Stars in a ma­te­rial world

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FOR fork­lift sales, hire and ser­vice, or any other ma­te­rial han­dling equip­ment re­quire­ment, one brand of­fers more so­lu­tions for more Aus­tralian cus­tomers, ac­cord­ing to Queens­land branch man­ager David Lin­foot (pic­tured).

‘‘ That brand is Linde. We’ve got the peo­ple, the ex­per­tise, the tech­nol­ogy and the re­sources to help cus­tomers suc­ceed in any busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment,’’ he said.

Linde Ma­te­rial Han­dling is a ma­jor par­tic­i­pant in Aus­tralia’s ma­te­rial han­dling equip­ment in­dus­try, with a client list which in­cludes small, medium and large busi­nesses and some of the best known com­pa­nies in Aus­tralia.

‘‘ We are a one-stop-shop for ma­te­rial han­dling equip­ment re­quire­ments and we’ve won a rep­u­ta­tion for pro­vid­ing pre­mium fork­lift qual­ity and per­for­mance de­liv­ered over a long, pro­duc­tive and cost ef­fi­cient life,’’ Mr Lin­foot said.

The Queens­land op­er­a­tion is based at Lara­p­inta, south of Bris­bane, with 58 em­ploy­ees in­clud­ing 32 mo­bile ser­vice team mem­bers.

As the lo­cal arm of Europe’s ma­te­rial han­dling equip­ment pow­er­house, Linde Ma­te­rial Han­dling Aus­tralia is uniquely equipped to un­der­stand the needs of cus­tomers, no mat­ter how spe­cialised they may be.

‘‘ From elec­tric hand pal­let jacks through to 52 tonne con­tainer fork­lifts and spe­cialised ware­hous­ing equip­ment, there’s a Linde so­lu­tion for ev­ery busi­ness,’’ Mr Lin­foot said.

Based on a five-year com­mer­cial hire pur­chase agree­ment, hand pal­let jacks are avail­able from $4 per day with fork­lift trucks rang­ing be­tween $11 and $16 per day.

A rep­u­ta­tion for qual­ity and per­for­mance con­sis­tently places Linde on prospec­tive buy­ers’ short­lists and its mar­ket share has risen steadily.

Pre­vi­ously known pri­mar­ily as a provider of pre­mium qual­ity fork­lifts and ware­house equip­ment, Linde Ma­te­rial Han­dling equip­ment to­day of­fers much more.

A his­tory of in­no­va­tion lies be­hind Linde Ma­te­rial Han­dling’s lo­cal evo­lu­tion to be­come a ma­jor force in Aus­tralian in­dus­try.

The ben­e­fits en­joyed to­day by lo­cal cus­tomers are the out­come of an on­go­ing drive for ef­fi­ciency and pro­duc­tiv­ity, which has been at Linde’s core since 1907.

In those early days as a ma­chin­ery builder in Ger­many, Linde’s en­gi­neer founders en­cour­aged a spirit of in­no­va­tion, which still keeps its de­signs at the fore­front of ma­te­rial han­dling equip­ment evo­lu­tion to­day.

A cen­tury later, that same drive for in­no­va­tion has made Linde in Aus­tralia a one-stop shop for ma­te­rial han­dling so­lu­tions built on un­ri­valled pro­duc­tiv­ity, cost ef­fi­ciency, ad­vanced safety and na­tion­wide sup­port.

Since 2004, the com­mit­ment to qual­ity has broad­ened into a com­pany cul­ture which has trans­formed Linde and pro­vided new op­tions for lo­cal ma­te­rial han­dling equip­ment users.

‘‘ That’s been achieved not by try­ing to sell the most fork­lifts in Aus­tralia, but by sell­ing and sup­port­ing the most pro­duc­tive fork­lifts in the world, with a fo­cus on the out­comes that re­ally mat­ter - cy­cle times, fuel ef­fi­ciency, ser­vic­ing, labour and fi­nance costs,’’ Mr Lin­foot said.

‘‘ In­de­pen­dent tests have proven that at Linde, fork­lifts are up to 22 per cent more pro­duc­tive than their clos­est com­peti­tor.

‘‘ This was es­tab­lished us­ing com­par­a­tive pub­lished data and in­de­pen­dent test­ing by Tuv Nord and was based on the Linde H25T 392 on 1000 hours use per an­num.’’

The drive to in­no­vate has shown it­self in Aus­tralia through Linde field ser­vice tech­ni­cian ve­hi­cles fit­ted with GPS track­ing for bet­ter fleet con­trol and in-van ter­mi­nals to pro­vide live data feeds of ser­vice his­to­ries and billing in­for­ma­tion.

Linde has also pi­o­neered a sys­tem of overnight parts de­liv­er­ies into ser­vice vans, elim­i­nat­ing the dead time of re­turns to base for com­po­nents. Call 1300 135 463 or visit www.lin­

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