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Efficiency wins major fleet role

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A SPECIALIST Sydney produce handling company has taken on a fleet of 30 Linde forklift trucks to help increase its efficiency in one of Australia’s toughest materials handling environments.

Sydney Markets Transport Services plays a key role in the smooth handling of more than one million tonnes of fresh produce which passes through the gates of the Sydney Growers Market each year.

Operations Manager Peter Lazarus said the decision to replace its 43 well-used forklifts with 30 Linde H20 units was part of an overall efficiency drive by the family-owned company.

“We have three direct competitors in a market segment which is basically a courier service built around forklifts,” he said. “Our forklifts unload trucks and deliver the stock to wholesalers located up to 500m away. There can be up to 40 consignments in one truck load and there’s usually another truck waiting” Lazarus said.

“The feedback we have got from the operators is that they like them. We didn’t have any structured lessons. We just let each operator jump on a new Linde as it arrived and over the next two or three nights get used to them. A couple of the operators were a bit hesitant – but they have got used to them pretty quickly.”

“We had reduced productivity over that time, but now they are totally familiar we’re getting the benefit of the increased productivity and a drop in operator fatigue towards the end of a shift.”

Maintenance of Sydney Markets Transport Services’ previous fleet was covered under the terms of the lease, but the company has elected to purchase the H20s outright and cover its own maintenance costs.

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