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Barloworld offers a glimpse into the future at Multimodal

Barloworld Handling will be offering visitors to Multimodal 2012 Exhibition a glimpse into the future of materials handling on stand 231 at the NEC in May. The company will exhibit a 3D simulator used to help plan port centric warehousing and it will show how its customers are benefiting from the latest technology and intelligent service to provide a greener, more efficient solution.

"Every operation is different, so it’s important to tailor a solution around current and future needs" says Drew Farrell, Business Development Manager, of Barloworld Handling, the UK’s exclusive supplier of Hyster equipment.

Experienced Barloworld specialists offer a comprehensive survey and analysis of any logistics operation which looks at material types, number of SKUs, storage volumes, movements, lift heights, weights and safety considerations amongst other factors. The sophisticated Hyster 3D simulator helps Barloworld to test and visualise different scenarios enabling companies to make informed decisions prior to investment.

Barloworld will demonstrate how its complete range of solutions, coupled with intelligent service and unmatched experience across all types of freight handling and logistics operations, helps companies to reduce costs.

"At Multimodal we will provide sound advice to some of the biggest challenges facing the logistics sector today," says Drew Farrell. "For example, what is the ideal fleet mix and warehouse configuration for my operation, how can I reduce my fuel bill and other running costs, and how can I significantly reduce carbon footprint?"

In 2011, Hyster re-launched its entire Big Truck range above 16 tonnes with new Cummins engines using EGR technology and other energy saving technology which claimed to offer fuel savings of up to 15-20%. Barloworld can now prove these claims through case history data from operational units throughout EMEA. The trucks are also compliant with the latest Tier 4 Interim, Stage IIIB emissions legislations helping companies to significantly reduce their carbon footprint.

Visitors to Multimodal will have the opportunity to learn about the full range of dependable Hyster equipment available from Barloworld. In addition to reachstackers, empty container handlers and high capacity forklift trucks, the company provides market leading warehousing equipment solutions including electric counterbalance, VNA and order pickers ideal for port logistics operations such as cold storage for fresh produce.

Mike Parkin, Ports and Terminals Sales Manager for Barloworld Handling says the combination of Barloworld’s specialist knowledge and application based solutions ensures maximum availability and lifts the performance of the handling fleet. "We work in partnership with our customers to understand and improve their operations, optimising fleet efficiency, managing utilisation and minimising costs such as tyres, brakes and batteries," says Parkin, who will be available throughout the show to answer visitors’ questions.

With 56 years industry experience and 500 professional trained engineers throughout the UK, Barloworld has unrivalled service support capabilities and works intelligently to maximise fleet uptime, safety and efficiency. Visitors to Multimodal can learn about Barloworld’s unique fleet management system which automatically transmits truck usage data directly to Barloworld’s back office system for review online.

Through Barloworld’s national support infrastructure, the company has an unmatched capability to support multi-site operations and meet the varied requirements of larger fleet operators. The company also has the largest number of ‘Big Truck’ trained engineers in the UK, uniquely positioning the company to support the ports, terminals and heavy manufacturing sector.

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