Industrial logistics specialist GEFCO has placed a major forklift truck order with Yale in the UK.
One of Europe's leading third party logistics providers, GEFCO has acquired a mixed fleet of products from the Yale range to operate at its nine strategically located UK sites.
The deal involves the supply of over 40 trucks from the Yale range, including IC- engined counterbalanced models from the state of the art Veracitor series in capacities from 2.0 to 3.0 tonnes, pedestrian operated pallet trucks and a number of three wheel electric-powered counterbalanced trucks.
GEFCO's forklift selection process was undertaken by an in-house team that included Violaine Brossard, the company's Business Services Executive, Donna Matthews, Property and Purchasing Manager and Andrew Hill, GEFCO's UK Logistics Manager.
A number of materials handling equipment suppliers were invited to demonstrate their products but GEFCO's decision to choose Yale products was based on certain key criteria including: feedback from depot managers and truck operators; the level of service support offering by the supplier and, of course, the cost of the service package.
The fleet has been supplied on a five year contract with a full service and maintenance agreement and will be used by GEFCO to move high volumes of high value goods around the clock.
GEFCO's UK Logistics Manager, Andrew Hill, commented: “We were extremely impressed with the quality of the Yale product. We trialed a number of different counterbalanced trucks from the leading manufacturers, but Yale's Veracitor was, by some distance, the preferred choice of our operators. We were also extremely impressed by Yale's after sales service back-up.”
Yale Europe designs and manufactures a full line of forklift truck products from sites in Italy, the Netherlands, Northern Ireland and Scotland. Such has been the recent increase in demand for the company's products, that Yale has forecast a significant increase in sales across Europe during 2007.