A new report by world-leading materials handling company Crown Equipment reveals that the company has improved safety in its operations by achieving industry and world best practices.
Crown Equipment’s latest ecologic report highlights the company’s global efforts to minimise waste, manage energy use, and maximise product and facility lifespan.
According to Greg Facer, general manager marketing & Crown Insite, Crown Equipment Asia Pacific, the Australian operation set new standards when renovating existing facilities, including installing T5 high efficiency lighting, utilising only low-volatile organic compound (VOC) paints, and registering under Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA). Crown Australia received certification in AS/NZS4801 and OHSAS 18001 Safety Management Systems.
This latest report also emphasises Crown’s success in designing, engineering and manufacturing materials handling equipment and solutions that help customers’ sustainability efforts through increased energy efficiency that saves valuable resources and cuts costs. These solutions include Crown RM 6000 Series narrow aisle forklift, which features Xpress Lower technology that increases lowering speed to 240 fpm (feet per minute) without using any additional energy; and Crown’s InfoLink fleet and operator management software that helps customers monitor the efficient use of their forklift fleet and total operations.
Crown evaluates the ecological and human health impact of its products during their lifecycle, which helps the company understand the cradle-to-grave environmental performance of the product design and manufacturing processes. Design and engineering teams also conduct human-factors research by test driving forklifts, researching trends and talking to expert users with the efforts enabling the company to discover innovative ideas that benefit customers with safer, and more reliable, durable and energy-efficient forklifts.
Brian Duffy, Crown’s director of corporate environmental and manufacturing safety comments that while it is crucial that they make informed sustainable choices and implement strategies around reducing, reusing and recycling, it is equally important for the company to help their customers achieve success with their own sustainability efforts. With energy efficiency as a key element of a greener supply chain, it is important to provide customers with products and technologies that will help reduce energy use and lower their carbon footprint.
This commitment to sustainability continues to gain the company industry recognition. For instance, Crown recently earned the prestigious International Forklift of the Year (IFOY) honour in the Forklift Truck Solutions category. The award program is sponsored by the German Engineering Federation (Verband Deutscher Maschinen und Anlagenbau e.V. – VDMA).