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Case Study - Coca Cola

Coca Cola harnesses the power of STILL’s Hybrid technology to reduce their carbon footprint

Scottish firm Northern Forklift (Scotland) Ltd is helping drinks giant Coca Cola reduce their carbon footprint by supplying a new fleet of STILL RX70 hybrid drive forklift trucks to Coca Cola’s facility at East Kilbride near Glasgow.

Along with some purpose built STILL EK10 specialist warehouse handling equipment, more than 20 new machines have been supplied on a long term rental basis, which includes a full maintenance package.

Offering the latest forklift technology, with a unique gas powered electric drive system, the new fleet of counterbalance trucks will help Coca Cola reduce the fuel consumption of their forklifts in Scotland dramatically, in turn reducing emissions for the benefit of their staff on the site and the environment overall and potentially saving Coca Cola many £1,000’s every year in fuel costs.

These STILL RX70 gas powered ‘green machines’ are used throughout the Coca Cola factory at East Kilbride, sometimes with special pallet handing attachments fitted to make the process more efficient. Collectively the forklifts handle all the goods-in materials, move pallets around the factory to support the production and packaging processes and eventually load the millions of litres from Coca Cola’s drinks range the bottling facility produces each year on to the transporters which deliver most of what the factory produces to their customers’ distribution centres across Scotland and the North of England. In a different part of the process, some of the finished goods are diverted to an on-site distribution warehouse where electric powered STILL EK10 order picker trucks, that were specially designed to meet coca Cola’s requirements, are used to make up mixed orders of smaller quantities of products on to pallets which in turn are lifted by the STILL RX70 gas forklifts on to transport for delivery to retailers in the local area.

As the exclusive Scottish distributor for STILL forklifts, Northern Forklift can provide the most modern trucks available and have an excellent service reputation based on many years of experience with STILL products and an excellent engineer development program, testimony to that being one of their young engineers winning the FLTA Apprentice of the Year Award in 2010.

Andy Sirel, managing director of Northern Forklift, said: “Winning this contract with Coca Cola secures our position as a leading provider of environmentally friendly forklifts in Scotland and Northern Ireland. More importantly it demonstrates our commitment, and that of our clients like Coca Cola, to ensuring our respective operations recognise the need to protect the environment for the next generation and beyond. STILL’s products are at the leading edge in our industry and as such are not the cheapest to buy or hire in themselves, however Coca Cola’s investment in our products demonstrates a commitment by them beyond simple up front costs, with the comfort of knowing that by adopting STILL’s hybrid technology they have when all factors are taken into account a very low cost base overall for their forklift fleet and a reduced carbon footprint with improved green credentials as well, so everyone wins”.

Northern Forklift is one of Scotland’s leading supplier of forklift trucks. The family-run company was launched in March 2000 and has a turnover around £4million per annum. The firm, which now employs over 25 staff locally and around 50 within the Northern Forklift group overall, supports customers in may different types of industry and in addition to its drinks industry customers have clients operating in oil and gas, manufacturing, distribution, food production, hardware retailing, warehousing, packing and many more.

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