To keep pace with growing national and international demand for its Flexi range of articulated forklift trucks, Flexi Narrow Aisle has undertaken a major expansion of its UK production facility.
Production space and output capacity at the site – which is located in Tipton at the heart of the Black Country – has increased by nearly 50%.
The 2.5 acre site now provides over 50,000sq ft of factory space.
Managing director, Peter Wooldridge, commented: "We have invested a sizable sum in our plant. In addition to the factory extension, we have upgraded our spare parts store and invested in our finished goods dispatch area and our offices – particularly our IT facilities.
"We believe the investment is a clear statement of intent and underscores our confidence in the future development of our Flexi range of articulated forklift trucks.
"Our commitment to Tipton means we can continue to offer local skilled jobs to existing staff. The Black Country is a great place to do business. The local availability of skilled engineering personnel has allowed us to employ a significant number of new staff -including five apprentices – during the last 12 months."
The additional capacity will allow Flexi Narrow Aisle to increase output of its Flexi range of articulated forklift trucks – sales of which continue to grow year on year. In 2012 the company announced that orders for the Flexi range of articulated forklifts had reached record levels with sales up 40 per cent on the corresponding period 12 months previously. The positive trend has been sustained in the first quarter of 2013.
Flexi Narrow Aisle has been producing Flexi articulated at its site in Tipton since the early 1990s, since which time many thousands of units have been built and sold throughout the world.
Since its launch, the Flexi range has been developed significantly and the trucks can now lift loads weighing up to 2.5 tonnes and lift to heights to over 14 metres. Over the last five years the Flexi G4 range has become the most popular articulated truck in Europe with sales increasing in rapidly developing markets in India, South Africa, Middle East (GCC) plus the Americas.
The success of the front wheel drive articulated forklift concept has been built around the fact that its clever design allows it to load and unload trailers like a counterbalance forklift truck and work comfortably within very narrow aisles saving up to 50 per cent of space required without compromising productivity compared to a conventional counterbalanced forklift truck.