Forklift investment should improve efficiency

Savvy investment: The Linde forklift trucks at Port of Ipswich will make operations more efficient Savvy investment: The Linde forklift trucks at Port of Ipswich will make operations more efficient

ABP’s Port of Ipswich in the UK has announced an £170,000 investment in new Linde forklift trucks to improve efficiency of port operations.

The purchase is part of an ongoing innovation programme, representing a substantial investment in the port which involves purchasing state-of-the-art equipment to help meet customers’ needs.

“We maintain a close focus on efficiency across all our processes to ensure cost-effectiveness, safety and operational improvements across all our ports,” said Andy Constable, head of operations at Ipswich.

“As we continue to build up our fleet of forklift trucks, we are looking to achieve optimum levels of reliability and performance together with advanced technology for reduced wear and tear and improved ergonomics for our operators.”

The new forklift trucks are equipped with hydraulic fork positioners to aid their operators and make the process of transporting materials more efficient.

Other features include integral side shift, air conditioning and the latest fuel-efficient engines.

Andrew Harston, short sea ports director, added: “We are committed to always providing the highest quality equipment for our customers so that their operations at our ports run as smoothly as possible.”

“Investing in better port infrastructure undoubtedly attracts new business, which in turn can lead to the creation of new local jobs. Together our East Anglian Ports of Ipswich, Lowestoft and King’s Lynn currently support more than 170,000 jobs and we hope to continue to play an important part in securing a bright future for the local economy.”

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