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Oran and Douglas Gillespie Plant select Mitsubishi forklifts for optimum productivity with a responsible touch

When leading UK energy-led waste management company Oran recently upgraded its fleet of forklift trucks, productivity was the primary consideration.

Oran turned to respected Glasgow-based forklift dealership Douglas Gillespie Plant, who immediately recommended the outstanding performance and reliability of the FD15-35N series from Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks – its best seller.

As a leader within the ever-evolving waste management and recycling industry, Oran delivers a closed-loop service including material collection; recovery and recycling; liquid waste processing; beneficial recycling to land; landfill diversion activities and waste to energy. Due to the dynamic nature of this industry, Oran opts to work with suppliers who offer a flexible and high quality service.

Jim McLeary, Manager of Oran's Material Recycling Facility commented: “When embarking upon our new relationship with Douglas Gillespie Plant, we sought flexibility, product knowledge and a high quality service. DGP delivered a fantastic package, meeting our needs and providing us with two Mitsubishi FD25Ns and two FD30Ns.”

“Oran needed a 100% dependable forklift that would operate over long shifts, loading over 3,000 tons of baled paper and plastic waste each month,” says DGP Sales Manager Brian Docherty.

“We looked at the bigger picture: normally we insist on a five-year contract, but the recycling and renewables sector is constantly evolving so Oran required a rolling 12-month deal instead. We knew the almost legendary reliability of the Mitsubishi N series would keep the client satisfied and returning for more – so it was easy to adapt and provide Oran with what they required.”

Oran took one truck initially, followed by a further three of these clean-burn, diesel-powered forklifts. Two of the trucks have been fitted with special attachments – a rotating grab-fork and a bale clamp – to ensure Oran's operations were completed effectively and efficiently.

As Mr McLeary confirms, moving to Mitsubishi has proved to be an excellent decision: “We needed robust trucks that were able to deploy sophisticated attachments under intensive working conditions, driving up and down ramps to load and unload lorries. The Mitsubishi forklifts work around the clock and we haven't lost any operational time to breakdowns.”

He continues: “What's more, our drivers really appreciate the simplicity, comfort and low maintenance requirements of these trucks.”

Douglas Gillespie Plant strives to deliver customer satisfaction, building long-term working relationships through an unrivalled approach to maintenance and problem-solving. Jim McLeary commented that: “Any time we have called DGP they've been here within the hour. They are dedicated to their customers and in a high-pressure industry like waste management that kind of service is a must.”

Terry Foreman, General Manager of Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks UK, says: “I'm getting used to hearing compliments like these on our products and our dealers. The quality and dependability of our trucks is beyond question and we insist on the highest levels of customer care from everyone in our dealer network. I predict that Oran and Douglas Gillespie Plant will enjoy a long and very happy relationship!”

For further information on Oran Group and its services, call 0800 432 0000 or visit http://www.orangroup.co.uk. Postal address: Midtown Business Park, Blackgrange, Cambus, Alloa, FK10 2PG.

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