When it comes to finding the right package, the CMTP group of companies is always a good place to start. Following its recent acquisition of Aspect Packaging, CMTP is now Australia’s largest combined manufacturer and supplier of pallets, packaging products and associated supplies.
In the middle of 2009, Aspect Packaging looked to replace the forklift fleet at its Braeside facility in Melbourne.
“We wanted to find the right material handling package for our specific needs,” Fraser Lockhart, the CMTP Group’s Process Improvement Coordinator said.
Powerlift Nissan has ties with the packaging specialist going back 17 years, yet it wasn’t the incumbent supplier. It had to join the incumbent and two other brands on a shortlist which underwent a comprehensive assessment.
The replacement forklifts ultimately chosen would need to perform efficiently and safely in busy manufacturing environments. They would need to be fuel efficient, reliable and backed by a supplier with the service and replacement parts support to ensure maximum forklift availability.
Now part of the CMTP group, the busy Braeside plant provides a stern challenge for forklifts required for its separate facilities handling cardboard, timber pallet processing and case and crate assembly.
Part of the evaluation process before a decision was taken on a new forklift fleet was an on-site direct comparison between a 2.5 tonne capacity Nissan 1F Series gas powered forklift and the incumbent brand’s direct competitor, which had previously been regarded as the benchmark.
CMTP’s operators set up the fuel economy and performance comparison to ensure it reflected their everyday activities and the results were a clear win to the Nissan.
“Our calculations showed we could achieve a potential annual saving of up to $4,000 on LPG costs by switching to Nissan,” Lockhart said.
“Powerlift Nissan provided us with the total package. Their forklifts have all the performance, fuel efficiency, safety and usability features we need and they are backed by reliable service and parts organisations with competitive pricing.”
“The Nissan specification isn’t ‘basic’. In fact it includes built in digital scales, but we’re not paying for forklifts with features which aren’t relevant to us. At the same time we’re getting equipment with advanced, low emission engines and excellent fuel saving and safety features which we can use.”