Flexi Narrow Aisle has expanded one of its UK production facilities to respond to an increase in demand for its forklift trucks.
Production space and output capacity at the site – which is located in Tipton, in the Black Country – has increased by nearly 50%. Factory space is now over 50,000 square feet.
Managing director, Peter Wooldridge, said: “We have invested a sizable sum in our plant. In addition to the factory extension, we have upgraded our spare parts store and invested in our finished goods dispatch area and our offices – particularly our IT facilities.”
The additional capacity will allow the company to increase output: in 2012 orders for the Flexi range of articulated forklifts had reached record levels with sales up 40% on the corresponding period 12 months previously. The positive trend has been sustained in the first quarter of 2013.
“Our commitment to Tipton means we can continue to offer local skilled jobs to existing staff. The Black Country is a great place to do business. The local availability of skilled engineering personnel has allowed us to employ a significant number of new staff – including five apprentices – during the last 12 months,” Wooldridge continued.
Flexi Narrow Aisle has been producing Flexi articulated at Tipton since the early 1990s.
Trucks can now lift loads weighing up to 2.5 tonnes and lift to heights to over 14 metres. Over the last five years the Flexi G4 range has become the most popular articulated truck in Europe.