Williams invests in Hyster reachstacker

New investment sees Williams Shipping buy a new Hyster reach stacker New investment sees Williams Shipping buy a new Hyster reach stacker

Williams Shipping has bought a powerful Hyster reach stacker as part of its £250,000 investment to boost its cargo handling capabilities.

It also developed a new one-acre cargo handling yard for its Transport Services division, the investment will allow the firm to increase throughputs, improve efficiency, win new business and deliver greater results.

Jonathan Williams, managing director at Williams Shipping logistics division, said: “We have successfully built our business on delivering a high quality and professional service over more than 120 years.”

“This significant new investment demonstrates our ability to adapt to the changing needs of the market and our commitment to reaching the highest possible standards.”

The 80-strong Williams Shipping group includes marine services, transport and storage, marine lubricants and container hire and sales through its Willbox container business.

Its new Hyster reach stacker has bolstered its fleet of specialist vehicles and equipment. It allows operators to stack containers weighing up to 45 tonnes each, it is also able to lift heavy cargo and onto trucks and flatracks.

Development of its new cargo yard included demolition of a warehouse, the construction of a heavy duty concrete slab and creation of new workspace.

Mr Williams added: “Cargo handling and transport are a major growth area for us and this investment allows us to grow the business as part of our strategic long-term plan.

“It will open up new employment opportunities, support the maritime and logistics sector and help us realise new revenue streams across multiple sectors.

A proportion of funding for the expansion came via the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership.

“We are grateful for funding support for the project from the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership,” said Mr Williams.

He concluded: “It shows great confidence in us as a company as well as the strength of the marine sector and related industries in the area.”

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