CESAB Forklifts Delivered to Steel Giant

Posted Mon, 04/15/2013 - 12:28

ThyssenKrupp, one of the world’s largest steel producers, has bought 11 CESAB Material Handling forklift trucks for its Wörth plant in Germany.

The high capacity dual battery design and 8.5 tonnes lift capacity of the CESAB B800 4-wheel electric forklift are among the reasons the German multi-national has decided to make exclusive use of CESAB equipment at its 44,000m² site.

After extensive research into different material handling options, ThyssenKrupp bought a fleet of CESAB B300s and B800s through independent CESAB dealer Albert Wasmer GmbH in Karlsruhe.

The Wörth plant, which employs 130 people working a 3 shift pattern at 11 production lines, is responsible for cutting large aluminium coils into bespoke sizes and delivering these ‘just-in-time’ to customers across Europe, with 250 tonnes of aluminium processed each day.

The demands on material handling equipment at the Wörth site are significant. Forklifts work 24 hours, five days a week, loading and unloading weights of up to 8.5 tonnes and at heights of up to 7 metres. Safety and ergonomics are important, so good visibillity through the mast is essential.

CESAB dealer Albert Wasmer: “A high capacity dual battery design ensures the trucks are more compact and battery changes can be performed smoothly and quickly. This battery design also gives operators a larger area to work in, which means easier entry and exit as well as a more comfortable working environment.

"CESAB’s unique Intelligent Mast Design has also given ThyssenKrupp operators higher levels of visibility through the mast and stronger performance. The benefits of Intelligent Mast Design include reduced maintenance needs and safer, quicker and less stressful workplace operations.”

Production manager Werne Betzler: “The trucks are proving to be robust and agile products, with very good all round visibility. For our transportation and production needs, we believe CESAB electric trucks are the best and most economic option.” 
“The performance of the trucks and service from Albert Wasmer has already given us great confidence and we look forward to working with them for many years to come.”