After being honoured as Materials Handling Equipment Provider of the Year twice in the last two years, UniCarriers has now won in the Customer Service category at the Temperature Controlled Storage & Distribution (TCS&D) Awards 2019. The globally active developer and manufacturer of industrial trucks convinced the jury with its high quality level of service. The TCS&D Awards were created to recognise companies and individuals making a difference in the temperature controlled storage and distribution industry. With its comprehensive range of forklift trucks UniCarriers has been providing excellent logistics solutions for this sector for more than 50 years.
Increased productivity in logistics
UniCarriers is introducing a new product range of highly efficient order pickers, and the first model, a low level order picker, has now been launched.
Thanks to an improved design and many technological refinements, the new order pickers meet the ever increasing demand for efficiency and productivity in order picking. Available in four models for lifting capacities from 1,200 to 2,500 kilograms, the new low level order picker enables fast, cost-efficient and ergonomic order picking.
International Intralogistics and Forklift Truck of the Year
UniCarriers is again IFOY-winning: The 3-wheel electric counterbalance truck TX3 from UniCarriers has won first place in the Counter Balanced Truck category at this year's International Intralogistics and Forklift Truck of the Year (IFOY) Award.
In extensive practical tests and the strict verdict of the IFOY jury of 27 international trade journalists, the TX3 beat its competition. Last Friday, 26 April, the IFOY Award 2019 was presented at the Vienna Hofburg. This makes the TX3 the second forklift from UniCarriers to receive the prestigious intralogistics award.
50th anniversary and donation of a forklift truck
UniCarriers UK Ltd was honoured by a visit of Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, in recognition of their long-standing partnership with international development charity Transaid. The forklift truck manufacturer welcomed Transaid’s patron to mark two very special occasions: to celebrate UniCarriers’ 50th anniversary, and also to receive, on behalf of Transaid, one of its counterbalance trucks. During her visit at the Head Office in Thame on Monday, April 8th, HRH The Princess Royal accepted the keys to the 2-ton diesel truck which will be delivered to Transaid’s partner training centre in Lusaka, Zambia, the Industrial Training Centre (ITC).
Mast Tilt Control
UniCarriers has added a new feature to the reach trucks in its ergonomic U-TERGO® series with Mast Tilt Control (MTC). This control system for stabilising the mast now forms part of the standard equipment for all high lifting models featuring mast tilt. The function is optionally available for reach trucks with lower lift heights and can also be retrofitted in existing vehicles. With MTC, the mast stabilises 80 percent faster, thus allowing stocking and retrieving at higher speeds when reach trucks work at great heights. Users achieve shorter cycle times and greater convenience for goods handling.
UniCarriers supporting the logistics industry with safe high-quality warehouse equipment & solutions
The logistics service provider NEX Logistics, a subsidiary of the Japanese Nippon Express, has ordered a forklift fleet from UniCarriers for its warehouse in Bedburg/Erft (Germany). Since September 2018, a total of 37 new vehicles have ensured a smooth flow of goods there. From Bedburg, NEX Logistics handles deliveries to the entire EMEA region for a customer from the electronics industry. In addition to the forklifts, UniCarriers also supplied battery change systems solutions, which can replace the heavy batteries of the reach trucks automatically in just one minute.
UniCarriers at LogiMAT 2019
Dynamic Cornering Control, Fork Safe Zone, and Level Assistance System: despite all the technological refinements of an industrial truck, its most important and valuable part is the driver. That's why UniCarriers is focusing on health and safety at LogiMAT 2019. In Hall 10 at Stand D61, the globally active developer of industrial trucks will present its ergonomic equipment and its concepts for driver health and safety from the UniCarriers 360° service package. The booth will also feature innovations in the product portfolio, such as the newly developed energy-efficient lithium-ion battery technology.
In the logistics industry, employees are the most important asset. With ever more complex requirements in warehousing, the demand for well-trained and reliable personnel is rising – reason enough for UniCarriers to focus on the driver at the LogiMAT 2019 intralogistics trade fair. The driver represents about 70 percent of the total life cycle costs, in shift operation up to 90 percent, of a forklift truck and driver cost. In view of ever longer working lives, health protection is gaining in importance. UniCarriers has continuously developed its vehicles accordingly – from the Mini-steering wheel to the tilting seats to the Ergologic joystick and the adjustable floor height. Numerous ergonomic equipment variants ensure a natural posture and maximum safety for the driver. Intuitive controls, a comfortable seat and visibility-optimised cabs maximise comfort. In order to stay fit in the long term, it is also important for employees to be able to balance their sporting activities. In the new ‘Forklift Fitness’ app, UniCarriers provides forklift drivers with effective strengthening and stretching exercises with explanatory videos.
Change in the European management team
UniCarriers Europe appoints Jonas Tornerefelt as Executive Vice President Sales & Marketing
New face in the European top management: UniCarriers Europe AB, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Logisnext, appoints the Swede Jonas Tornerefelt as Executive Vice President (EVP) Sales & Marketing. He succeeds Bengt Kristiansson in this position, who is retiring. Jonas Tornerefelt will fully take over the operational business after a handover phase on 1 January 2019. Bengt Kristiansson will remain with the company as strategic advisor to UniCarriers President Masashi Takamatsu.
Flexible logistics for millions of shoes
The Belgian municipality of Herstal near Liège is a paradise for all shoe lovers: The place is home to the European Distribution Center for the American shoe manufacturer Skechers. This is where the company sends its sports and casual shoes out into the entire European market. Skechers has automated many operations in its 118.000 m2 facility to speed up processes. However, forklifts are still in demand. Some 75 UniCarriers warehouse trucks help to load and unload delivery trucks, ensure that the high-bay warehouse is restocked and assist in picking and preparing shipments for up to 3,500 customer orders a day.
Masashi Takamatsu appointed new President
Change in management at UniCarriers Europe AB, based in the Swedish town of Mölnlycke: Masashi Takamatsu has been responsible for the international truck manufacturer's Europe-wide business as the new President since 1 May 2018. In his role, he is focusing on strengthening the UniCarriers and TCM brands, which will be further developed under the umbrella of UniCarriers’ new owner Mitsubishi Logisnext. Masashi Takamatsu takes over the position from Nobuo Yo, who returns to Japan as Head of the Overseas Sales Division of the company.