Malaysian port invests in Aussie straddlers

Mobicon Straddle Carriers recently delivered four Mobicon top frame straddle carriers to be used at Northport’s Container Terminal in Port Klang, Malaysia.
The four Mobicon Top Lift machines are currently in operation at the container terminal to handle 20′ & 40′ containers, and have a lift height of 3.6 meters, turning radius of 12.3 meters and a cycle time of 2 minutes.
Managing director of Brisbane-based Mobicon Straddle Carriers Tom Schults said: “With a tight turning circle, low wheel loads and very economical running costs, the Mobicon top frame machine doesn’t come with the big price tags of reach stackers, three-high straddle carriers and container forklift trucks. However, it still allows the operation to stack containers two-high and manoeuvre easily in tight spaces.
“Mobicon is known for making quality container handlers that offer the lowest point loads of any straddle carrier in the world. Mobicon’s top frame machine won’t damage the concrete or bitumen of an average industrial yard.”
Mr Schults continued: “In the past we saw a tendency by large logistics operations to a one-size-fits-all approach when it came to their container handling machinery. However, as the economic squeeze has tightened, we have now started to notice an emerging trend where the more successful companies are starting to look at every aspect of their operation individually, and decide on the most efficient machinery to suit each part.
“Fully understanding what a machine will cost your operation in the long term should be one of the most important factors to consider before making a purchase.
“When we designed the Mobicon top frame we looked at all of our options to assess what would make the Mobicon the best value for our customers. Taking a chance on a design and hoping that it works just because it is a little less expensive in our experience, never pays off.
“By assessing container handling machines as a complete package over a lifetime, not just its purchase price, you can save hundreds of thousands in unexpected repair costs, labour bills and lost income due to unexpected downtime.” Mr Schults said.

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