Combilift Ltd, the Irish specialist manufacturer of multidirectional forklifts, straddle carriers and other innovative handling solutions for long loads, containers and palletised goods, recently celebrated a milestone in the company’s history. The 30,000th Combilift to roll off the production lines in Monaghan was officially handed over to its new owner during the CeMAT materials handling and logistics trade fair in Hanover, Germany.
Managing director Mr Arno Sorger accepted the Combilift C14000 model on behalf of Haslinger Stahlbau, one of the major steel construction companies in Europe. Established in 1949 and headquartered in Feldkirchen in southern Austria, Haslinger Stahlbau also has facilities in Vienna, Munich and Dresden in Germany and Dunavecse in Hungary.
Haslinger Stahlbau processes an annual amount of around 40000 tons of steel to realise its varied construction projects – with this figure continuing to rise – and the new C14000 is its eighth Combilift. Various Combilift models with capacities ranging from four-14 tonnes are in operation across its sites to ensure safe and productive handling and storage of its in part very heavy loads.
Combilift has some way to go to catch up Haslinger Stahlbau’s longevity, but in terms of growth and success in the materials handling sector it has certainly made its mark since it was established in 1998. Impressive year on year growth has enabled what started as a small company offering a niche product to now be a major global name. From its headquarters, manufacturing facility and research and development department in Monaghan, Ireland, the 450-strong workforce designs, develops and manufactures a wide range of products which are exported to 75 countries.
Combilift MD Martin McVicar comments: “The amount of customisation featured in every model we produce makes the total of 30,000 units manufactured to date a very impressive achievement and I’d like to acknowledge the dedication and hard work of the Combilift team. But of course thanks must also go to customers such as Haslinger Stahlbau who put their faith in our products time and again and thus enable us to continue to be the market leader in our manufacturing segment.”