Read a new white paper to discover how Combilift is improving customer materials management through tailored planning and innovation.
As Australia’s largest e-commerce warehousing and order fulfilment provider, eStore Logistics treats every square metre of floor space as a valuable commodity. The Combilift Aisle Master articulated forklift helps lift their inside game through the use of very narrow aisle racking, freeing up critical floor space for robotic automation handling operations.
How safe is warehousing in Australia? The surge in online shopping has also put increased pressure on logistics providers and manufacturers with warehousing facilities to improve their operational efficiency and maximise storage space.
Combilift has launched what it says is the first purpose-built order picker for long products.
Previously, customers have had to modify traditional order pickers to cope with the specific demands of long loads. The Combi-OP is said to provide much more efficient and non-compromised operation for easy picking of long profiles in, for example, steel service centres.
This man-up truck features a long platform to enable the operator to access long products stored at height. It is fitted with guide rollers to enable it to operate in existing guided narrow aisles of just 1.4m – the same width as those needed for Combilift’s GT truck. It enables operators to easily and safely hand pick orders for customers from the elevated platform and it has a capacity of 450 kg. Its overhead guard, light anti-slip floor, self-closing platform gate and guard rails guarantee utmost safety, as does the travel speed and steering angle that automatically adjusts according to lift heights.
- Standing operator overhead guard.
- Multi-function steering/function control.
- Dual speed control.
- Operator display.
- Guide rollers.
- AC electric steering.
- AC motor technology.
The Combi-OP was launched during the official opening of the new Combilift Global Headquarters. Built at a cost of AUD 80 million, the new 46,500 sqm headquarters and new manufacturing facility will allow Combilift to double production.
200 new jobs will be created in Monaghan, Ireland, with the announcement that innovative forklift and MHE maker Combilift is to expand its workforce. The announcement was made at the opening of the new €50 million (AUD 80m) global headquarters and manufacturing facility.
The 200 new jobs, to be created over the next three years, will be for skilled technicians, design engineers, logistics and supply chain specialists and those with mechanical and electrical mechatronics skills. Combilift currently employs 550 people for the manufacture of its forklifts and material handling products.
When the company was founded 20 years ago, it had three employees, an innovative concept, and the ambition to make it a reality. Built at a cost of AUD 80m, the new 46,500sqm global headquarters and manufacturing facility will allow Combilift to double production. Established in 1998, Combilift currently exports 98% of its products to 85 countries through its 250-strong international dealer network.
Combilift managing director Martin McVicar said the investment will enable Combilift to meet its ambitious growth plans. “We have employed an additional 230 people since we announced our plans for this factory in 2015, and we are planning to recruit an additional 200 in the next three years. The combination of this state-of-the-art production plant and a skilled workforce will allow us to double production within the next five years.”
Mr McVicar attributes the company’s impressive growth to mass customisation. “Combilift has set the benchmark for the mass production of customised innovative products. Mass customisation is the new frontier for both the customer and the manufacturer. Increasingly, customers are expecting products to be tailored to meet their needs.”
Since 1998, Combilift has been manufacturing customised products tailored to suit client requirements. “The flexibility in our new facility means that Combilift can continue to accommodate any customer request for a customised material handling solution,” says McVicar “The new factory enables us to double production and remain focused on the needs of our customers and dealers.”
Growth of Combilift
Established by Martin McVicar and Robert Moffett in 1998, Combilift is a privately held and fully capitalised company. It developed the world’s first multidirectional all-wheel drive IC engine-powered forklift in 1998. In its first year of operation, Combilift produced 18 units, 17 of which were exported. The company has more than doubled in the last five years and now has 40,000 units in operation in over 85 countries.
Combilift’s product range has expanded way beyond its first multidirectional Combilift, with product development and customisation being a cornerstone of the company’s ethos, according to Mr McVicar.
The new 46,500sqm purpose–built factory is set on a 100-acre site with room for expansion. With 11 acres of roof space, it is one of the largest manufacturing operations under one single roof in Ireland.
Incorporating lean manufacturing processes with a focus on sustainability, the new factory will enable Combilift to double its output in a single shift across all production lines. Four, 90-metre moving assembly lines produce a finished truck every 15 minutes.
30% of its roof space is covered in skylights enabling staff to work in natural daylight without the assistance of artificial lighting. Lighting is provided through 1,100 LED light with individual sensors. Solar panels supply 185 kW of energy with a 1 MW biomass plant fuelled by recycled wood (pallets etc) to heat the spray booths and assembly area. 110,000 litres of rain water is harvested for use throughout the facility.
More than 50 truckloads of finished products are dispatched to 85 countries each week. Spare parts are also shipped across the world from Monaghan to the dealer network.
Certified to international quality and safety management standards, the new headquarters and manufacturing facility has been awarded ISO 9001 international quality management system, ISO 14001 Environment Management and OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series.
A range of professional materials handling solutions will be on display on forklift specialist Adaptlift’s stand at trade event MEGATRANS2018, taking place 10–12 May 2018.
The company has revealed that its stand will feature its Combilift range of multidirectional materials-handling units, which are suited for handling long loads such as timber and piping in narrow areas.
“MEGATRANS2018 will allow us to showcase our extremely diverse product offering to many market segments and diverse customers in one large show,” said Chris Walker, General Manager of Adaptalift brand Combilift Australia.
According to Paul Hinz, Marketing Coordinator for Adaptalift, the company is looking forward to using MEGATRANS2018 as an opportunity to generate qualified industry leads.
“Trade shows are valuable to Adaptalift as they provide an opportunity to talk openly regarding the equipment and really understand the concept behind it, and how Combilift units can benefit businesses,” he said, adding that trade shows are as valuable for exhibitors as they are for visitors.
“For us, it’s also a bonus that we can wander around and catch up on industry trends and see what others in the space are doing.”
Two developing technologies Hinz will be keeping his eyes peeled for at the show are automated guided vehicles (AGVs) and fleet management software.
“Everyone’s looking to maximise their operations not only from a cost point of view, but also efficiency and safety, it’s something Adaptalift’s very involved in since we have our own fleet management system – ForkTrack,” he said.
Adaptalift, the official Australian distributor for Combilift and Hyster forklifts, is Australia’s largest privately owned forklift company. Originally founded in 1982 as a designer and manufacturer of forklift attachments, the company has since added forklift rental and purchase options in response to customer demand, and now has a national network of branches and a fleet of 10,500 units nationwide.