HC Forklifts UK revealed its enhanced range of diesel and gas-powered forklift trucks, plus a complete line of warehouse equipment, at its annual dealer conference at the Rockingham Race Circuit in Corby on Thursday (27 March).
The company’s network of strategic partners was the first to hear about the latest additions to HC Forklift UK’s portfolio – including the updated XF series, which now features heavy duty counterbalance machines ranging from 5-7 tonnes at a 600mm load centre. The complete range is made up of trucks with lifting capabilities from 1-7 tonnes. The 5-7 tonners are available in diesel and LPG models.
The new energy efficient trucks are fitted with a number of enhanced features to ensure safer working, including an automatic parking brake and a revised seat position to provide the driver with a better line of sight. The driver also enjoys a more comfortable ride thanks to a rubber absorber fitted to the steering axle to reduce vibration.
The company’s updated 12-16 tonne R series trucks, which have a 600mm load centre, were also revealed. These are designed for high productivity, working in demanding environments and feature a range of innovative designs including a large capacity radiator, which improves the ventilation capacity of the truck and guarantees a reliable performance from the engine cooling system.
The machines, which are manufactured in China, are equipped with Cummins engines and Okamura transmissions, running gear which is well proven within the lift truck environment.
Terry Kendrew, who heads the South African parent company Eqstra Holding’s operations in the UK, says: "Our comprehensive range of materials handling equipment has been designed to provide our customers with the right machine at a competitive price.
"All HC trucks are built to a high standard and customers can be confident the machines they are investing in are built to last. All our machines offer a long and reliable service life and we were delighted to be able to unveil the latest machines available from the HC range."
HC Forklifts UK’s new A series warehouse range, rounds off the company’s latest additions to its line-up and is made up of pedestrian and ride-on pallet trucks and pedestrian and ride-on pallet stackers. Each model is available in three specification levels – the mini range, ideal for less demanding environments, the basic range, a low cost but highly durable machine, perfect for a multitude of warehouse operations and the hi range, HC’s heavy duty warehouse equipment.
The audience was made up of representatives from the company’s 24-strong dealer network including, Dublin-based Atlas Forklifts, J&B Lift Trucks, Selkirk Mechanical Handling and Sheaf Materials Handling, and the guests were treated to a thrilling high-speed drive around the famous race track.
The full HC Forklifts UK offering includes diesel counterbalance trucks up to 32 tonnes, plus a mix of three and four-wheel electric trucks up to 5 tonnes, 1-7 tonne gas-powered forklifts as well as a selection of tow tractors, access equipment and sideloaders. All electric trucks come with a UK sourced battery and Curtis (UK) electronic systems.