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The SPE120XR, SPE120XRD and SWE120XR have joined the BT Staxio P- and W-series from Toyota Material Handling Europe. Equipped with retractable masts, a compact chassis and the ability to handle different types of pallets, the Japanese giant says these models are designed to save space and increase efficiency.

This unique range combines the compactness of a stacker with the flexibility of a reach truck. This results in a versatile solution that can handle any pallet type up to a height of 4.8 metres. The range consists of a pedestrian stacker (SWE120XR), a platform stacker (SPE120XR) and a double pallet handler (SPE120XRD). The short turning radius and the retractable mast make this solution ideal for working in narrow aisles, tight spaces and adaptable to a wide variety of environments, including cold store. The models can also be optionally fitted with a side-shift or fork positioner to increase productivity.

With all driver functions integrated in the handle (driving, lifting, lowering, reaching, tilting, side-shifting and fork positioning) the new models are very easy to operate. Optimised Truck Performance adjusts speed when cornering and the Totalview concept allows for excellent visibility through the mast to the fork tips at any height, offering safe driving conditions. The platform SPE-version with ‘one-touch’ foldable gates and in-height adjustable steering arm further improves driver ergonomics and productivity.

The new stacker range is also highly energy-efficient and available with Lithium-ion battery as an option. This battery technology is ideal for intensive operations thanks to a reduced energy consumption of up to 30%. Furthermore, Lithium-ion provides an exceptional battery life and the option for quick charging at any time – eliminating the need for battery change in multi-shift applications.

“Especially in narrow areas you will benefit from the flexibility, energy efficiency, user-friendliness and high vertical and horizontal performance of the new BT Staxio W- and P- models. These stacker trucks with retractable mast will help you save storage space and increase efficiency”, says Martin Mimer, Product Management Warehouse Trucks at Toyota Material Handling Europe.

The new BT Staxio SPE120XR(D) and SWE120XR will be one of the many products, solutions and technologies that Toyota Material Handling will be presenting during CeMAT 2016 (May 30th to June 3rd). Come and see us in Hanover at Pavilion 32.

ACE Exports Ltd, a UK company that has been supplying a range of personal care, grocery and household products to retailers throughout the Caribbean Islands for over 25 years, has outsourced its supply chain process to Midlands-based DK Fufilment Ltd (DKF).

Under the terms of the two year agreement, DKF will be responsible for receiving palletised loads of goods from ACE Exports’ global suppliers and storing the stock at its 165,000 sq ft shared user facility in Coventry.

Orders will be picked and assembled in to containers for onward delivery to the Caribbean on a weekly basis and, at peak times, five container loads a week will be dispatched.

Prior to outsourcing to DKF, ACE Exports had operated three warehouse units in the Black Country region but, by appointing DKF as its logistics partner, ACE has been able to remove this costly fixed overhead from its business model.

“One of the attractions of outsourcing to a third party supply chain solutions specialist like DKF is the flexibility it brings to our business,”
says ACE Export’s Consultant, Steve Tandy.

He adds: “Our Black Country warehouses had to be staffed to a level appropriate to cope with our busiest periods and this meant that when things were less hectic we were paying for personnel that were under utilised. It was a fixed cost that we wanted to lose and outsourcing has allowed us to do so.”

DKF opened its Coventry facility in December 2015.
The site offers three storage chambers and features a combination of wide and narrow aisle pallet racking as well as small parts storage bays and a dedicated pick, pack and re-work area as well as modern office accommodation.

The building is served by a new fleet of Toyota materials handling equipment, including counterbalanced and reach trucks, very narrow aisle trucks and man-aloft high level order pickers.

DKF Fulfilment Ltd’s managing director, Mark Elward, commented: “We are delighted ACE Exports chose to award this business to DKF. DKF will bring industry leading standards and operational excellence to the contract and we look forward to a successful partnership.”

As an established EU-OSHA partner, Toyota Material Handling will collaborate again this year with the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA). The 2016-2017 campaign ‘Healthy Workplace for All Ages’ will promote a sustainable working life for every generation.

With safety as the number-one priority, Toyota Material Handling Europe has been a campaign partner fully supporting the EU-OSHA campaigns for more than 6 years now. Previous collaborations include the 2010-2011 campaign on ’Safe Maintenance’, the 2012-2013 operation, ’Working Together for Risk Prevention’, and the 2014-2015 campaign ‘Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress’.

With the 2016-2017 ‘Healthy Workplaces for All Ages’ campaign, Toyota Material Handling and EU-OSHA strive for a working environment that is healthy and productive for employees of all ages. Stimulating active ageing and keeping workers engaged until the end of their career brings numerous benefits. Firstly, employees are healthier and more motivated, while staff turnover and absenteeism are significantly lower, which leads to higher productivity. Secondly, valuable skills and work experience can be shared within the organisation and used to create a greater pool of talent and skills.

The campaign will therefore share policies or programmes that enable employees to work up to or past their retirement age, as well as emphasize the benefits of different generations working together.

“Our own diverse workforce of different ages and types of jobs make this a very relevant campaign for us. With a large portion of our employees being over 50 and a majority of them working as a service technician in a physically demanding job, their health remains a top priority,” comments Peter Damberg, Senior Vice President HR and Sustainability. “By encouraging these employees to stay with Toyota Material Handling until their retirement and making sure their knowledge is transferred internally, a workforce for the future can be built. We therefore look forward to continuing our cooperation with EU-OSHA and the campaign partners to ensure a healthy working environment for all ages.”

Jean-Pierre Sancier (pictured right), Chief Executive Officer of STEF and Matthias Fischer (left), President of Toyota Material Handling Europe, have signed a 4-year European contract to manage 100% of the STEF truck fleet. Toyota Material Handling Europe will now be the preferred supplier of the STEF Group for material handling equipment and associated services (multi-brand maintenance, rental).

In 2015, STEF initiated a major programme to redesign its business model for the management of its material handling equipment in Europe. A tender was launched with key market leaders to choose a partner to accompany the Group during this transition. In December, Toyota Material Handling won the tender with an efficient and innovative service offering to improve working conditions, equipment productivity and maintenance. Toyota Material Handling Europe will contribute important human resources to support STEF’s management of their truck fleet.

Matthias Fischer, President of Toyota Material Handling Europe, said: “STEF is a leading company in cold store logistics, which naturally requires a high level of service for their material handling equipment. We have been working very closely with STEF for the last few years and we are delighted to be selected as a sole partner for the coming 4 years. We are committed to continuing and exceeding their expectations by offering high-quality, highly productive and innovative solutions.”

STEF is the European specialist for cold logistics (-25°C to +18°C). STEF masters and brings together all transport, logistics and I.T. skills dedicated to raw and processed food products.

Toyota Material Handling Europe is the European headquarters of Toyota Material Handling Group, which is part of Toyota Industries Corporation – the global leader in material-handling equipment. It provides businesses of all sizes, in more than 30 European countries, with a full range of counterbalanced forklift trucks, BT warehouse equipment/services, added-value solutions and innovations.