UK manufacturer Sovex has seen a boost to European sales after creating an innovative conveyor solution to meet the demands of the world’s largest courier company.
German-based Deutsche Post DHL challenged the materials handling specialist to manufacture a cutting edge, space-saving parcel handling system which has led to several multi-million pound orders.
Sovex’s innovative Space Saver Booms can unload any type of trailer and container and retract underneath its specially designed roller conveyor to help save warehouse space.
Sovex European Managing Director Gijs Kurvers said Deutsche Post initially ordered 125 of the conveyors following several prototypes. There are now more than 200 in use at the postal giant’s 33 German depots, with a further order placed for 38 telescopic conveyors.
“Deutsche Post requested a parcel handling system which would help maintain its position as world number one,” he said. “Working with the customer we created a prototype of the Space Saver Boom – a single vehicle loading system that saves space to enable forklift trucks, roller cages and pallet trucks to get past. Our engineering team spent six months developing it. It was a real team effort. Deutsche Post appreciated the versatility and compactness of the design and using the Space Saver Boom has enabled them to increase throughput at their depots. A further order for another 38 has recently been placed along with an order for 25 TL3 telescopic conveyors with three extendable sections for another project.”
Merseyside-based Sovex, which, as one of the UK’s fastest-growing companies, ranked number 82 in the prestigious Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100, specialises in the design, manufacture, installation and maintenance of conveyor systems.
Aside from its work with Deutsche Post DHL, the firm works with other major parcel carriers such as DPD and Hermes. It has also recently renewed its UK servicing agreement with DHL Express UK and Ireland.
Sovex’s other products include the award-winning Bendy Boom – a single vehicle loading system initially developed with DPD which can load any height or length of truck. Due to its flexibility, the Bendy Boom is now one of Sovex’s most popular conveyor systems.
“Both the Space Saver Boom and Bendy Boom were created as a result of working in collaboration with customers,” said Sovex executive chairman David Lindfield. “We pride ourselves on manufacturing bespoke solutions where required, but firmly believe that our existing products can benefit many more customers too. Through engineering expertise and a passion for innovation Sovex has experienced rapid growth in recent years. But by continuing to break into new European markets we can continue to create new products and services and further enhance our offering.”