New elec­tric multi-direc­tional coun­ter­bal­ance 4,000kg ca­pac­ity fork­lift truck

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Com­bilift, the Ir­ish man­u­fac­turer of multi-direc­tional fork­lifts, has launched a new all-wheel drive, elec­tric, multi-direc­tional coun­ter­bal­ance fork­lift truck, with a lift ca­pac­ity of 4,000kg.

The launch of the new Combi-CBE4t comes in ad­vance of Com­bilift’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in En­ter­prise Ire­land and IDA Ire­land trade and in­vest­ment pro­gram visit to Aus­tralia and New Zealand as part of the State Visit by

Ir­ish Pres­i­dent Michael D Hig­gins to Aus­tralia and New Zealand.

The new in­no­va­tive Combi-CBE 4t fork­lift was launched by Com­bilift, at the GIS, Lift­ing, In­dus­trial and Port Han­dling and Heavy Trans­port show at the Pi­a­cenza Expo ex­hi­bi­tion cen­tre in Italy. It is based on the orig­i­nal mul­ti­di­rec­tional coun­ter­bal­ance fork­lift truck which Com­bilift brought to mar­ket in 2006. The Ir­ish man­u­fac­turer is build­ing on the suc­cess of the Combi-CB range of fork­lifts, with the launch of the Com­biCBE 4t with a lift ca­pac­ity of 4,000kg.

Pre­vi­ously the elec­tric model was only avail­able up to 3,000kg.

The all-wheel drive Combi-CBE

4t, cou­pled with large rub­ber tyres, al­lows the truck to work ef­fort­lessly in­doors and out and to work on all types of ter­rains. Its ver­sa­til­ity en­ables it to off­load from HGVs, bring prod­uct di­rectly to rack­ing or free stack­ing ar­eas, as well as to feed pro­duc­tion lines.

Com­bined with load sens­ing steer­ing and no fumes, this means that this fork­lift is ideal for in­door ware­house op­er­a­tions.

Side shift comes as stan­dard and an in­te­grated hy­draulic fork po­si­tioner is an op­tion to fa­cil­i­tate the han­dling of var­i­ous sized loads, with­out op­er­a­tors hav­ing to leave the cab to man­u­ally ad­just the forks. Driver con­ve­nience and com­fort is also a con­sid­er­a­tion in the de­sign of the new Combi-CBE 4t. Hy­draulic steer­ing and syn­chro­nised front wheel po­si­tions al­low for ease of con­trol while driv­ing in all di­rec­tions.

Speak­ing at the launch in Italy Com­bilift’s Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Martin McVicar re­vealed that the new fork­lift was de­vel­oped in re­sponse to a spe­cific cus­tomer re­quest for heav­ier lift ca­pac­i­ties on elec­tric fork­lift trucks.

“This prod­uct is a clear ex­am­ple of Com­bilift’s ap­proach to meet­ing our cus­tomers’ re­quire­ments. We work with our cus­tomers to en­sure that the end prod­uct meets their needs. This fork­lift is par­tic­u­larly in­ter­est­ing to the Ital­ian mar­ket where 93% of fork­lifts are elec­tric. The ini­tial en­quiry came to us in 2015 and this week we are de­lighted to launch the Combi-CBE

4t in Italy be­fore de­liv­er­ing it to an Ital­ian cus­tomer. It was de­liv­ered af­ter ex­hi­bi­tion by Euro As­sis­tance, our Ital­ian dealer to Mir­rione Leg­nami, a com­pany spe­cial­is­ing in wood prod­ucts and the tim­ber and lum­ber in­dus­try lo­cated in Si­cily.

“This is the first Com­bilift prod­uct that Mir­rione Leg­nami has pur­chased and epit­o­mises the con­tin­ued growth of sales of Com­bilift prod­ucts.”

The new model is very cost ef­fec­tive ac­cord­ing to the Com­bilift Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor. “As a cus­tomer fo­cused com­pany Com­bilift strives to pro­vide our deal­ers and cus­tomers with ma­chines that not only do the job but also save them money. By opt­ing for the elec­tric model cus­tomers no longer need to al­lo­cate space for fuel stor­age.”

On­go­ing main­te­nance and ser­vice re­quire­ments were taken into con­sid­er­a­tion in the de­sign of the new fork­lift.

“The com­po­nents used in the de­sign and man­u­fac­ture of this new fork­lift are tried and tested in our ex­ist­ing prod­uct range,” says Mr McVicar. “Ease of ac­cess to all com­po­nents al­lows for greater ser­vice­abil­ity and also al­lows all main­te­nance checks to be com­pleted quickly, with­out any in­con­ve­nience for the end user. The launch of this fork­lift is part of Com­bilift’s con­tin­ued com­mit­ment to meet­ing our cus­tomers re­quire­ments and is part of the grow­ing range of prod­ucts of­fered by Com­bilift.”

World first

Com­bilift in­vented the world’s first in­ter­nal com­bus­tion en­gine-pow­ered, all-wheel drive mul­ti­di­rec­tional fork­lift in 1998 and has ex­pe­ri­enced ex­cep­tional growth ever since. Lo­cated in Mon­aghan, Ire­land, Com­bilift was es­tab­lished by Martin McVicar and Robert Mof­fett, both highly qual­i­fied en­gi­neers with decades of ex­pe­ri­ence be­tween them.

Their ex­per­tise, knowl­edge of the mar­ket and prac­ti­cal ex­pe­ri­ence led to the de­vel­op­ment of the Com­bilift - the ul­ti­mate long-load ma­te­rial han­dling so­lu­tion.

The Ir­ish-based com­pany, is set to dou­ble its out­put in the next few years as its new pur­pose-built fac­tory nears com­ple­tion. 46 mil­lion has been in­vested in the new 46,000m² fac­tory on a 40 hectare site, which will be the largest sin­gle man­u­fac­tur­ing unit un­der one roof in Ire­land. Com­bilift, is boost­ing its re­search and de­vel­op­ment spend­ing to 20 mil­lion. The new global head­quar­ters and pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity will in­clude a ded­i­cated re­search and de­vel­op­ment build­ing and ad­join­ing ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fices.

The new fac­tory will be fully op­er­a­tional in the spring of 2018. The ex­pan­sion will also cre­ate around 200 new jobs, mainly for skilled tech­ni­cians and de­sign en­gi­neers.

Pic­tured at the launch of the new Combi-CBE 4t in Italy: Martin McVicar (Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Com­bilift) and Ste­fano Chi­mentin (Euro As­sis­tance, Com­bilift dealer in Italy).

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