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