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Hyster-Yale Asia-Pacific managing director Tony Fagg.
The Hyster-Yale Group is strengthening its Yale sales, service and supply operations in NSW and VIC by expanding its partnership with the Adaptalift Group.
This enhanced relationship will create a stronger and more diverse sales and rental offering and provide a comprehensive product range and aftermarket service to customers, the companies say.
Hyster-Yale Asia-Pacific managing director Tony Fagg says the new Adaptalift-Yale operation extends the existing long-term relationship between Adaptalift and Hyster-Yale, which combines the local expertise of family owned Adaptalift with the support of global Hyster-Yale resources to meet all the material handling needs of its customers.
“Adaptalift will deliver a comprehensive, structured and responsive sales approach to support retail, fleet and global account customers,” said Mr Fagg. “Its expansive service organisation extends the quality and service standards that Yale customers expect from a trusted global brand in the materials handling market.”
Through rapid and continuous growth, Adaptalift is a privately owned and operated forklift distribution company that has grown to a nationwide fleet of approximately 10,500 units. With over 38 years’ experience in the materials handling industry, Adaptalift has built a reputation for total commitment to customer service – a commitment that will be extended to benefit the new Yale dealerships, said Adaptalift general manager – sales Lindsay Whiffen.
Adaptalift has established Yale branches at its Melbourne Head Office, its Truganina facility in West Melbourne, and its NSW State Office in Wetherill Park.
Yale materials handling equipment includes lift trucks, reach trucks, pantographs, order pickers, turret trucks, pallet trucks, walkie trucks and end-rider pallet trucks used globally by logistics, materials handling, warehousing, retail, food and beverage, automotive and transport operations, agribusiness and primary industry, paper and packaging and industrial plants.
Hyster claims to have released Australasia’s first hydrogen-powered forklifts to bring clean, green and reliable performance to industry.
The forklifts are being demonstrated by Hyster for companies seeking clean, green, environmental high performance, coupled with the convenience and workplace efficiency of rapid refuelling for maximum uptime.
The new machines – which offer the performance and refuelling speed of typical conventionally powered alternatives, but with the sustainability of electric motors – were demonstrated in Sydney in April. The products are currently available for distribution in the United States and Canada.
“These new hard-working forklifts comprise a production-tested Hyster range that complements our existing globally respected ranges and is backed by the distribution and technical resources of the Hyster-Yale group, which produces forklifts for the toughest working conditions in capacities from 1-52 tonnes,” said Mr Fagg.
“The new hydrogen powered forklift trucks are aimed particularly at companies seeking the ultimate combination of environmentally harmonious indoor and outdoor performance, without having to interrupt production cycles or have vehicles out of service for lengthy charging or battery changing. These benefits will extend to a wide range of materials handling operations, where productivity is a vital element in maintaining a competitive edge.
“We believe that not only are these the first hydrogen powered forklifts in Australia or New Zealand, but also that such practical hydrogen-powered vehicles as these show the way ahead for a whole new generation of future-focused work vehicles, and perhaps ultimately for passenger vehicles.
“Hyster’s hydrogen-powered ranges – which complement our broader globally respected materials handling technologies – utilise durable high-performance Nuvera fuel cell systems, which are fast-fuelled power options that replace lead-acid batteries in Class I, II, and III electric lift trucks. The Nuvera fuel cell system is designed and built to provide customer return on investment over the lifecycle of the product.
“The new hydrogen fuel cell-powered forklifts can be fully re-fuelled in as little as three minutes, which saves significant downtime compared with battery operated forklifts, that can take up to eight hours to recharge. This means the whole fleet can be used to its full potential – maximising product and operator utilisation – and the gains in uptime and productivity.”
How they work
Fuel cell vehicles are fuelled and refuelled by a hose from a dispenser in the same way that typical work vehicles and cars and trucks are refuelled at a petrol or diesel bowser. The hydrogen dispenser pumps hydrogen into the cell’s hydrogen storage tank. As long as the fuel cell is supplied with hydrogen and oxygen, it will generate electricity to power the forklift’s electric motor.
In the process of the hydrogen fuel’s conversion to electricity through a chemical reaction in the cell, electricity is produced, and this is used to power the electric motor that drives the vehicle. The process is very clean because, unlike a conventional fossil fuel engine, a fuel cell doesn’t burn the hydrogen. Instead, it’s fused chemically with oxygen producing electricity and water, this being the primary emission from the vehicle giving the vehicle outstanding clean, green credentials.
Who will use this technology?
The sustainability delivered by Hyster’s new work vehicles is applicable to an entire range of future-focused industries, including particularly materials handling, manufacturing, warehousing, distribution and processing operations,. It is also directly relevant to major resources companies (such as mining, oil and gas) that are seeking to reduce their operations’ environmental footprint in remote and sensitive areas, as well as environmentally aware utilities including local authorities, energy, water and waste water engineering facilities and transport and automotive service facilities where workers may be exposed to environmental and workplace OB&S hazards.
Requirements essential to the success of the use of this technology include a steady, cost-effective supply of hydrogen, which can be delivered, generated on-site or by employing a fleet dispenser system such as Hyster-Yale’s proven Nuvera system.
Adaptalift Hyster is proud to bring the new technologically advanced Hyster XT series forklifts to the Australian Market.
The new XT series replaces the TX series of internal combustion counterbalanced forklifts and is available in different variations with lifting capacities from 1500kg up to 3500kg, as well as a variety of fuel options including LPG, diesel and dual fuel. New tier 4 diesel engines are available in the larger lift capacities to comply with new stricter emission levels.
The XT series continues to be the solution for all materials handling needs, with a strong commitment to quality and dependability, incorporating proven design processes and systems to deliver a class-leading product.
The new trucks provide unmatched low cost of operation, maximum uptime, operator preferred ergonomic features and unmatched performance in even the toughest conditions.
Hyster has incorporated many industry leading advanced features including a new innovative cooling system, noise reduction measures and a new stability system.
Hyster forklifts continue to be the choice of industry operators with the Vista cabin providing supreme driver comfort with a superior driver’s seat and ergonomic steering column, whilst also offering high visibility through the Vista mast.
The XT series has been designed to require low maintenance offering extended service intervals and easy maintenance through a combination of the integrated dash display and easy opening hood.
Overall the new XT series provides total truck reliability and low cost of ownership, while providing an advanced truck with state of the art modern features.
Hyster Company announced that it has been selected as the successful bidder by Pacific National for a 31-unit big truck deal. Pacific National, one of Australia’s largest rail companies has ordered 21 Hyster ReachStackers, five masted container handlers and five heavy duty forklifts with two boasting 48 tons of lifting capacity and three with 18 tons of lifting capacity.
Hyster along with one of its dealers, Adaptalift, worked with Pacific National to evaluate each site across Australia (Perth, Melbourne, Moolabin, Townsville, Adelaide and Sydney), where the trucks would be deployed in rail terminals, moving containers, trailers and steel coils.
“A good analysis of each site’s application, together with the detailed tender document allowed us to provide tailored solutions for each site, meeting Pacific National’s diverse requirements”, said Jan-Willem van den Brand, Manager of the Big Truck Application Center for Hyster. “The tender focussed on total cost of ownership, ergonomics and safety.”
“With system and option enhancements on the equipment, Pacific National was seeking to achieve safety, customer and performance benefits in line with its company values,” said Andrew Adam, General Manager, National Intermodal for Pacific National. “While at Hyster’s factory in Nijmegen, Pacific National staff witnessed first-hand the alignment of these company values that supported our safety motto, to ensure that operators, customers and all facility users return “home safely every day.”
Since Pacific National’s various rail sites handle different types of loads, ranging from high top containers with round roofs to curtain containers with bottom pick points, the company needed solutions that were adaptable. To meet these requirements, Hyster will provide customized ReachStackers that allow operators to easily swap between a standard container spreader to a piggy back spreader, enabling quick response to changing operational demands of loads and helping to optimize fleet usage.
In the company’s Melbourne steel handling location, a Hyster RS46-41XLS with 7500mm/295 inch wheelbase and stabilizers will be equipped with a tool changer, so it can switch between a c-hook for coil handling and a spreader for container handling. With the c-hook, the truck will be able to pick 32 ton coils from the second rail using the patented Hyster Stabilizer Control System. This Stabilizer Control System optimally spreads the load over the stabilizer and the tyres for good stability in all directions. Three 18 ton trucks will be supplied with special coil handling carriages optimized for this application, and chamfered forks.
The Hyster big trucks that will be deployed at Pacific National’s various Australian locations will feature modular designs helping to minimize the variation of parts needed to support the trucks, making servicing and operator training easier. All customized options chosen are also designed using similar components, having a positive impact on uptime and cost of ownership. All trucks will be fully serviced by Adaptalift Hyster, the nationwide dealer for Hyster in Australia.
“We are very excited that Pacific National selected our products which can provide the durability and versatility that their demanding operations need, said Brett Schemerhorn, president of Big Truck Products for Hyster Company.
Fresh from its recent success with Qantas (see report), Hyster Asia-Pacific is reported to be close to announcing a new distributor for Australia. The front-runner is understood to be Melbourne-based Adapt-A-Lift.
The iconic Hyster and its stablemate Yale are manufactured by the American NACCO Materials Handling Group and were previously distributed by Nacco Australia. Yale is not part of the impending Hyster distribution deal.