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Combilift - The Right Platform for the Metal Industry



   Author: Gearoid Hogan
Location: Greensboro, NC


Greensboro, North Carolina. October 6, 2009 Booth # 538 — Combilift the global leader in multi-directional forklift trucks exhibits its C10000XL model and the new COMBI-CB at Metalcon 2009. The Combilift is a customized forklift designed to suit every customer’s application and solve their handling problems from storage issues, safety concerns with the ability to operate both indoors and outdoors.

Metal Companies face a unique set of challenges when handling: long, wide and awkward loads such as frames, metal roofing, wall panels and structural steel beams. The industry has sought many ways to find solutions to improve material handling, and the trend emerging is that the Combilift multi-directional forklift is the answer to these material handling safety problems while also bringing the added benefits of increasing storage space, improving productivity and efficiency.

For Metal Companies using a Combilift multi-directional machine can achieve greater safety and higher productivity resulting in saving money and ultimately increasing profits, companies often refer to this as ‘The Combilift Advantage’. Combilift will survey a company’s operations and will recommend a Combilift designed specifically to meet their needs to improve material handling workflow, enhance safety and productivity, increase storage space and equally importantly make their yard safer. A reach mast system allows a long load of metal to be retracted and rested on the Load Supporting Platform of the Combilift rather than on the two forks, lowering the center of gravity and providing greater stability when traveling. Unlike a conventional forklift there is no need for the Combilift to travel with loads held in an elevated position by the forks, which is not only unsafe but leads to severe mast wear and tear in conventional forklifts.

One such company benefiting from ‘The Combilift Advantage’ is Mueller, Inc, Ballinger, Texas, a leading manufacturer of pre-engineered metal building and residential metal roofing products. Today, Mueller, Inc. serves the Central and Southwest U.S. markets from 28 distribution and 3 manufacturing locations, employing 600 people. Mueller first introduced Combilift to their operations in 2003 and today operate a total of 32 Combilifts operating across 15 locations. For Mueller, Inc Combilift has not only brought safer product handling but has given the company much better storage utilization. Chauncey Mansell, Construction Manager with Mueller explains; “We were able to make better use of the cubic footage of our warehouses because the Combilift allows us to have the same inventory stored in a much smaller building”.

Available in LPG, Diesel and Electric the Combilift has no complicated electronics and is both operator and maintenance friendly making it an excellent all-round solution for small and large companies operating in tight, closed areas. The Combilift range are equipped with all-wheel hydrostatic drive providing superb outdoor as well as indoor capability and can also operate in semi-rough terrain and even snow making it a cost effective solution for metal related industries.

About Combilift
Combilift is the global leader in multi-directional lift trucks and offers customers solutions for handling long, awkward loads. Today, Combilift is experiencing double digit growth year on year and with over 10,000 units operating in over 50 countries, The C10000XL and Combi –CB complement the already extensive Combilift range that varies in capacities now from 5,000lbs to 55,000 lbs, and is offered in several chassis configurations to fit every type of long load application.

In North America Combilift is headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina. Combilift USA is the Technical & Spare Parts Support Center for North America providing back up and support to a network of over 60 dealers and 150 support locations. Visit www.combilift.com


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