Plant & Works Engineering

Christmas all wrapped up with lift truck hire service

Published:  27 October, 2007

With Christmas just around the corner, there is growing pressure on manufacturing and distribution operations throughout the country. Materials handling equipment specialists Barloworld expects further growth in the short term hire of lift trucks as customers choose to supplement their fleets with additional units at peak times.

Barloworld Handling is one of the largest lift truck hire companies in Britain with some 2500 units available for short term rental nationwide. Barloworld's service network has helped many companies improve the reliability of their fleets so that they can run fewer trucks during standard operations with significant long term savings whilst supplementing their fleet at peak times.

Mark Ward, UK commercial asset manager of Barloworld Handling explains: "Fleet reduction has several benefits, most notably cost, however it can mean there is greater demand for short term rental in busy periods so fleet operators must ensure their supplier can provide the extra trucks they need when they need them.

To maximise availability Barloworld has 20 hire centres nationwide and its rental fleets are tailored to the needs of local industry. The company stocks all types of counterbalance and warehouse equipment including powered pallet trucks, reach trucks and equipment used for order picking. Rental trucks can usually be supplied rapidly anywhere in the country with flexible hire periods by the month, week or even a single day. 

Barloworld reports that it is already seeing seasonal growth in the short term rental sector as companies gear up for Christmas and look for extra capacity during this busy time of the year.

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