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Build Center improves handling

Leading UK builder's merchants, Build Center, has significantly improved the handling of its products following the purchase of Seven Kaup 2T402UV from B&B Attachments, the UK's leading supplier of masts and forklift truck attachments. Purchased via Barloworld Handling, exclusive suppliers of Hyster forklift trucks to Wolseley UK, whose brands include Build Center, the clamps are being used for handling a wide range of products including narrow and long loads and brick and block packs.

“The Kaup attachment has saved time and money as we have much more flexibility and versatility for one forklift”, says David Elliott, Operations Manager at The Build Center, Northampton Depot.

Previously, Build Center used a scissor grab for handling bricks and blocks, which was difficult to fit and relied on gravity to function. Now with the Kaup 2T402UV, the brick and blocks are clamped hydraulically which speeds up the handling process.

Build Center is finding the Kaup 2T402UV indispensable for transporting the variety and sizes of products found in its branches. It reduces the costs associated with dispatching a pallet with every load, and as the clamp is able to handle a variety of load sizes, increases the versatility of the forklift.

“The unit has impressed customers as we are loading without pallet and do not pass the cost of the pallet onto the customer”, concluded David Elliott.

Provided to Build Center with fork positioning, the Kaup 402VP enables the truck operator to move the forks so that wide and narrow loads can be better supported. The clamp provides excellent visibility for the lift truck driver, enabling loads to be moved quickly and easily.

As well as brick and block packs and palletised loads, the Kaup unit has also successfully demonstrated the safe handling of many other diverse loads associated with the building industry (when using the slip on arms), such as inspection covers, concrete pipes and specialised products – improving the handling efficiency and safety around site.

Manufactured by KAUP GmbH & Co. KG, Europe's foremost producer of forklift attachments the Kaup 402VP is available with a large selection of attachable brick lamp arms to convert the clamping forks into special purpose clamps. Ends

About Build Center
A nationwide network of 200+ branches supplying a wide range of building materials and equipment, Build Center is an integral part of Wolseley UK, one of the largest distributors of building products in the UK. The company is organised into trading brands that service distinct customer groups. Many of these brands are market leaders with outstanding reputations for supplying professionals in the market. Names such as Plumb Center, Parts Center, Pipe Center, Drain Center, Climate Center and Hire Center as well as Build Center are widely recognised throughout the industry.

About B&B Attachments
Established for over 24 years, B&B Attachments is the UK's leading independent supplier of forklift truck attachments and masts. From its sites in Newbury, Berkshire and Cramlington, Northumberland, the company operates the UK's largest fleet of service vehicles in the forklift attachment industry, handling site maintenance and repairs for a client base that includes OEMs, forklift truck dealerships and end users.

Contact:
B&B Attachments Ltd., Guildgate House, Pelican Lane, Newbury, Berkshire RG14 1NX Tel: 01635 232000 Fax: 01635 237444 Web: www.bandbattachments.com

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