Alliance, one of the leading suppliers of non-food catering equipment
and catering disposables in the UK, has upgraded the materials
handling equipment at its Marlow and Glasgow warehouse facilities with
the addition of counterbalanced trucks, reach trucks and order pickers
from Jungheinrich UK Ltd.
Alliance operates a number of regional storage facilities
strategically located around the UK as well as a national hub in
Crewe. The arrival of the new trucks coincides with the company’s
decision to move its High Wycombe facility to a bigger site in nearby
Marlow and to expand its Glasgow operation to a larger unit in the
"Thanks to the growing demand for our products we had outgrown both
the High Wycombe operation and our original Glasgow facility", says
Alliance’s operations director, Aidan Walker.
Jungheinrich supplied reach trucks from its ETV range, models from the
EFG Series of electric counterbalance trucks and EKS 110 order pickers.
The racking aisles are served by a combination of order pickers and
reach trucks, while the counterbalanced machines unload and load
incoming and outgoing delivery vehicles and undertake other general
duties at the site.
Jungheinrich’s ETV reach truck range provides excellent working
conditions for the operator. For example, there is no steering column
in the cockpit which enables the operator to mount and dismount
quickly and safely. This also ensures ample legroom is available and
provides a comfortable sitting position on the reach truck. In
addition, an adjustable backrest and body weight facility on the
truck’s Comfort seat allows the operator to adjust the sitting
position to his or her exact requirements.
Meanwhile, the EFG counterbalance trucks supplied feature fourth
generation AC technology – which means that they offer class leading
performance and the lowest running costs.
Alliance operates Jungheinrich equipment at each of the other sites
within its UK logistics operation and, as Aidan Walker explains, the
company had little hesitation in specifying Jungheinrich products for
the new facilities.
"We have used Jungheinrich trucks throughout our business for several
years during which time we have experienced very few mechanical
problems with the fleet and, apart from routine service and
maintenance, we have had very few occasions to call out an engineer.
We rely on materials handling equipment for the smooth running of our
business and the reliability of the Jungheinrich products is a major
factor in our ability to deliver best in class services to our growing
Alliance has over 18,000 line items in its range and its customers
include hotels, pubs, health and leisure clubs, care homes,
restaurants and catering establishments of all shapes and sizes from
major national hotel chains to small high street cafes.