Friday 24 May 2019 • Customer Stories
Award winning Acclaim Handling is a forklift hire sales and materials handling equipment specialist, headquartered in Purfleet in Essex. The company also has six regional service centres across the UK and Ireland and has been a Hyundai forklift distributor since 2012.
Acclaim Handling has recently secured a brand-new customer, leading Shipping and Port company, SEACON, based in Northfleet, Kent. The company has recently taken delivery of 13 new Hyundai forklift trucks from Acclaim Handling in a deal worth in excess of £500K.
SEACON’s new Hyundai fleet comprises two 13000kg load capacity, 130D-9 diesel forktrucks, fitted with Terminal West Carriage integrated fork positioners. Also, four 7000kg load capacity 70D-9’s diesel trucks, which will be fitted with Cascade Intelligent Clamps. Five, 5000kg load capacity 50DA-9’s and one 50DA-9 Container Specification truck. The final Hyundai machine in the fleet is a 30D-9, which is a 3000kg load capacity diesel forktruck.
SEACON is a family owned and operated independent combined shipping and port business within the Port of London. The company began trading in the1950’s and has occupied the Northfleet site since 1989. The business operates its own ships – and transports goods from the near continent to Northfleet for discharge, store and then onward distribution.
SEACON Chairman James Roth reported, “We handle neo-bulk type cargo, comprising coils of steel, units of wood pulp and reels of paper, which are shipped from the near continent and discharged at Northfleet. Naturally, we (SEACON) also offer facilities for other ships – not just our own.
We have just invested in 13 new trucks from Hyundai which is part of a major renewal programme. This includes some elements of upgrading to reflect a slightly different product mix in relation to the goods we handle.”
James added, “The trucks are being used for a mix of different commodities and they will have the range of attachments required. For example, wood pulp requires bale clamps, paper reels need reel clamps in addition to some specialised tissue clamps. For other cargos, such as palletised goods, we would use the standard forks. Acclaim is also sourcing new attachments on behalf of SEACON. Some of our machines already have the necessary attachments – but we are taking the opportunity to invest in some new units.
In total we have 25 forktrucks onsite which range in size from three tonnes up to 25 tonnes and the Hyundai fleet falls within this size range.”