Cheshire Concrete Products
The Bolzoni Meyer block clamp helps the trucks work efficiently, quickly and accurately.
Around 20 loading operations are performed every day, moving product from the stock yard to the delivery lorries.
With millions of concrete blocks produced every year, the CESAB Drago H300s work intensively moving blocks from the conveyor belt.
With production set to reach 15 million concrete blocks a year, Cheshire Concrete Products supplies to builders merchants for public sector and housing projects across the North West.
The company’s Middlewich site produces five million blocks a year and its new seven acre site in Llay, North Wales will make around 10 million concrete blocks a year in a new 20,000ft² factory.
This rapid growth has made strong, reliable forklifts a critical part of the operation, moving packs of blocks from the conveyor belt in the factory to the stock yard where they are stacked in cubes.
As a local, trusted forklift supplier, Andy Evans from CESAB dealer Global Materials Handling was asked to discuss the replacement of the existing fleet. After a review, he recommended the CESAB Drago H300 as a powerful, reliable, high performance forklift.
The CESAB range is manufactured in Europe using TPS*, which is certified to ISO 14001 and widely regarded as one of the world’s best manufacturing systems.
Global Materials Handling has supplied three diesel CESAB Drago H300s, one for Middlewich and two for Llay.
Jim Woodyer of Cheshire Concrete Products: “The CESAB trucks are making a significant contribution to productivity because they are very robust, well engineered and perform consistently well in a demanding work environment.”
Global arranged for the Drago to have a Bolzoni Meyer block clamp fitted, which is a bespoke piece of equipment for handling the kind of packs that Cheshire Concrete Products produces.
Jim Woodyer: “The drivers tell us the trucks are working better than their predecessors over the course of a shift, are much easier to use and more comfortable. When you are in a truck for the best part of ten hours, the environment inside the forklift cab has to be right for the driver to function well and operate the truck easily and productively.”
Working with Global Materials Handling as a trusted regional dealer means that Cheshire Concrete have access to the highest quality products and reliable, local support. The deal includes a full maintenance agreement, with service and breakdown cover, to ensure up-time is maximised.
Andy Evans of Global: “We’ve been delighted to help Cheshire Concrete Products enhance productivity on both sites. Good materials handling equipment is at the heart of any strong manufacturing operation and will make a huge difference to productivity, safety and operator satisfaction.”
*Toyota Production System
We need equipment that we can completely rely on, that will perform to the highest level throughout ten hour shifts. All the forklifts have to be tough and durable and help to make operations as straightforward as possible, as well as comfortable for the driver.
Jim Woodyer, Cheshire Concrete Products..
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Park Cakes is the UK’s leading manufacturer of retailer own brand cakes, with up to 3000 employees producing a range of over 130 year-round and seasonal product lines.
The highest operational levels are expected, with Park Cakes’ Oldham site certifed to ISO14001 environmental standard and only one of a handful of food manufacturing locations to be awarded Silver Status under Marks & Spencer’s Plan A programme.
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