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New variable-reach forklift vastly improves cargo handling ability

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DURBAN-based material handling specialist BLT WORLD delivered a new Meclift ML1812R multi-purpose forklift truck to freight management and logistics specialists – Intermodal Connections.

This multi-purpose reach truck, with a lift height of 6 m, is the only machine in the lifting capacity range of 18 tons that can be operated inside containers for easy loading and unloading of cargo.

Jo-Ann Mouritzen MD of Intermodal Connections said that reliable handling equipment plays a critical role enabling Intermodal Connections to provide the highest standard of service in an extremely demanding, time-sensitive environment.

“Many of our customers are exporters and importers in competitive markets and require absolute reliability in every part of the supply chain to ensure cargo reaches its destination safely, in the most efficient and cost-effective manner,” said Mouritzen.

“Our first capital equipment investment in 2014 was a 45 T container handler that has since been enhanced by advanced materials handling machines, including variable reach trucks and forklifts,” she said.

“The investment in our new Meclift ML1812R variable reach truck has made it possible for us to handle a broader range of project cargo, steel plates and coils, increasing our flexibility and improving overall productivity.

“These compact and robust reach trucks have been designed to move safely and swiftly in confined spaces. Specialised lifting attachments enable one machine to handle paper reels, automotive coils, steel plates and project cargoes, safely and efficiently. By combining the strength of robust handling attachments and the extended reaching ability of our latest Meclift reach truck, cargo handling operations are safer, faster and more cost efficient,” notes Mouritzen.

BLT WORLD provided operator training to the Intermodal Connections team to ensure high-efficiencies and safety on site. The company also offers a technical advisory, spare parts and support service.

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