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LA and Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks have
delivered what they believe is a no-non-
sense, uncomplicated reach truck that
comes at the top in a competitive market.
MLA Holdings has announced an extension
of its warehouse product range with the
release of a brand new reach truck. The
warehousing and distribution industry
has long desired a reach truck that’s
unproblematic to operate and maintain, yet
excels in productivity.
“The RBF14-20CA from Mitsubishi is incred-
ibly user friendly, it’s built on simplicity without
compromising on performance,” says Gary
Hodge, national sales and marketing manager
at MLA Holdings. “MLA is very pleased that
we are now able to offer this product to the
Hydraulics, travelling, and power steering
functions on the RBF have been integrated
into one AC control system, which makes the
truck smooth to operate. The simplicity of the
controls allows the operator to be more focused
and productive. Visibility is also significantly
enhanced on the RBF. The free lift cylinder is
mounted diagonally and away from the mast
symmetry, allowing for unflawed forward view.
AC motor technology delivers a smooth and
powerful drive, while 360 degree steering gives
the truck a tight turning radius, creating space
efficiency in busy warehousing environments.
The RBF14-20CA reach truck is available
in three different models with a maximum lift
height of 10 metres.
For more information call 131 652 or visit
Switching to Nichiyu electric forklifts
has resulted in a 75% saving
on fuel for one of Australia’s
leading suppliers of fruit and vegetables.
Hydro Produce Australia has replaced
the majority of its engine-powered
counterbalance forklifts with Nichiyu’s
electric FBC series, and has welcomed
an immediate increase in productivity and
efficiency. The move adds to a continued
trend that’s seeing electric forklifts
replacing engine-powered models in many
traditional outdoor working environments.
Hydro Produce operates out of
the fast-paced Sydney Markets, an
environment where engine powered forklifts
can be seen dominating the roadways and are
the preferred choice for many of the business
operators. The perception within the markets
was that electric forklifts were not as powerful,
not as strong, and don’t last as long as engine
forklifts. Hydro Produce and the Nichiyu FBC
series have started to change those beliefs.
The company was first prompted to consider
electric forklifts amid concerns about OH&S and
the issue of gases and fumes associated with
engine forklifts in the food industry. They were
looking for something that would do the job of
an engine forklift without having to compromise
on operating times and overall performance.
Nichiyu designed a forklift with-high perfor-
mance motors that was suited specifically to the
company’s application. Nichiyu’s strategy was
to increase power and performance of the drive
and lift motors, as well as increasing the battery
capacities of the forklifts.
According to Hydro Produce, the Nichiyu FBC
is actually faster and much more stable than
its pre-existing gas forklifts. Furthermore, the
Nichiyu FBC has been effective in increasing
productivity and efficiency. At the end of a
10-hour shift, the forklifts still have one-third
battery capacity available, something that Hydro
Produce had not witnessed in all their previous
trials of electric forklifts. Most importantly, the
drivers and employees are not breathing in
harmful gases and fumes.
Powered by a 70V battery, the
Nichiyu FBC excels in overall
performance and is ideal for both
indoor and outdoor applications.
Its ergonomic design, exceptional
turning performance and stability,
and comprehensive safety features
make it the obvious choice for all
busy working environments.
The powerful AC motor provides
increased grade-ability, which has
in the past been regarded as a
weak point of conventional battery
electric forklifts. In addition, inching
performance is maintained even
whilst attaining excellent lift speeds.
As is the case with all Nichiyu electric forklifts,
maintenance costs associated with the Nichiyu
FBC have been very low. Hydro Produce has
seen 100% reliability from the Nichiyu FBC
in the first 6 months of operation. This is very
important for the company as they can’t afford to
have any forklifts sidelined in the busy and com-
petitive environment that is the Sydney Markets.
Hydro Produce purchased an initial 9
Nichiyu FBC series forklifts and plan to switch
the rest of their fleet to electric as soon as they
are able to do so.
For more information contact NFM Forklifts
on (02) 9765 2040 or email craig@nfmfork-
NEW MITSUBISHI REACH
TRUCK FROM MLA
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