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Combilift Delivers 60,000th Truck

The Irish manufacturer Combilift recently marked a milestone when its 60,000th unit came off the production lines at the company HQ in Monaghan.

Posted: July 13, 2021

The special forklift was then shipped to the other side of the world, to Metroll, a leading Australian manufacturer and supplier of steel building products, including roofing, cladding, rainwater, structural and fencing.

The new Combi-CB3000 forklift will be another addition to Metroll’s fleet of 13 Combilifts, which operate throughout the Metroll Group. Metroll has branches across Australia. Moreover, the company has another 10 Combilifts already on order. They range from 6,000-pound multidirectional units to a highly customized 22,000-pound model.

Combilift number 60,000 will be working at the site in Toowoomba and has been fitted with features such as 195″ triplex mast with a 120″ spreader to safely and easily manage the long loads that are typically handled by Metroll.

According to Metroll operations manager Vic Josephs: “Like most businesses, we are very busy and we’re also growing at a significant rate, so space has become a premium resource. With this unit, we can utilize our space more efficiently whilst at the same time operating safely. Safety is of paramount importance. This forklift allows our machinery to get into tighter spaces and for us to space our racks more closely together to maximize factory floor space.”

Combilift CEO and co-founder Martin McVicar said: “This is a great achievement for Combilift, particularly as almost every truck we manufacture is a one-off, designed for specific and individual requirements. There are very few other companies, if any, that can offer this level of customization whilst manufacturing in such volume. The first half of this year has been by far the best in our 23-year history for the number of orders we have received – not just for Combi-CB models but across our complete product range.”

Chris Littlewood, country manager of Combilift Australia, said: “The Combi-CB 3t model is the most popular unit in the Australian market and accounted for 50% of the machines we sold in the year ending March 2021. So, we are particularly pleased that it is one of our customers in this country that has been able to receive this landmark machine.”

Following the successful collaboration with Metroll in Australia, Combilift now also supplies its trucks to the company’s California-based operations, too. “We have often found that a recommendation from one country leads to sites elsewhere adopting the same material handling processes with our products,” McVicar said. “So we’d like to congratulate Metroll on taking delivery of our 60,000th truck, and thank them for their continued support over the years.”

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