Plant & Works Engineering
£1.2M materials handling contract
Published:  24 September, 2009


Pilkington Automotive has announced the appointment of Briggs Equipment, the UK’s national Cat Lift Truck distributor, to manage its materials handling operations. Briggs’ approach to damage prevention, coupled with battery management solutions, secured the £1.2 million 5-year contract.


Briggs’ lifetime cost approach will see Pilkington Automotive’s European distribution centre reduce its costs by nearly £100,000 across its warehousing operations. The move helps Pilkington Automotive to counter the effects of the current economic recession while maintaining high levels of productivity.


Richard Leese, site manager at Pilkington Automotive in Redditch said: “We were really impressed by the relationship-based approach and the time Briggs invested in ensuring they put together a solution that was truly fit for purpose. They have really exceeded our expectations by reducing damage and energy costs and adding value through improved account management.”


Briggs supplied the glass manufacturer with a 29-strong warehouse fleet consisting of Cat reach trucks, electric 3 and 4-wheel counterbalance trucks and power pallets, as well as Dambach man-up VNA equipment. Briggs’ battery handling and management solution encompasses the entire fleet and includes a state of the art battery racking system and intelligent chargers providing monthly battery performance reports and inclusion of battery maintenance in the standard contract.

Briggs estimates that over the lifetime of the batteries, this solution will realise cost savings of £93,000 compared to conventional battery systems. In addition, the energy savings will help Pilkington meet its environmental targets by reducing the number of electrical units by nearly 300,000 per year.


The service and maintenance contract that Briggs has put in place includes stringent service level agreement, which stipulates 90% first fix and fleet uptime rates as well as three-hour response from local engineers.


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