Impact Handling names partners for heavy-duty truck growth

Impact Handling has increased its offering of heavy-duty materials handling and distribution equipment after being appointed as the sole UK distributor for two new manufacturers.

German-based MAFI and Italian firm Carer will use Impact Handling after the company developed its range of heavy equipment as demand for specialist trucks grows year-on-year from customers in ports, paper and third party logistics industries.

As part of the new agreement, the firm and its UK-wide network of strategic dealer partners will supply customers with the full range of MAFI trucks – including distribution tractors and RoRo tractors– and Carer’s electric forklifts ranging from 6-45 tonnes.

Terry Kendrew, managing director of Impact Handling, said demand is a result of port and heavy applications continuing to become more active in the UK.

“By adding the MAFI range to our portfolio we’re able to offer customers high performing and reliable tractors for transportation which complement our already extensive range of materials handling solutions and provide greater choice for operators,” he said.

“The introduction of the Carer range is another really exciting development for us, as these forklifts bridge the gap in the market for a heavy duty truck with zero emissions.

“The new machines are built to incredibly high specifications and we are looking forward to seeing them perform well for our customers in a range of demanding environments.”

Mr Kendrew added: “We see the trend for the use of large electric machines, predominately seen in mainland Europe coming to the UK in the not too distant future.”

Antonella Ghini, sales manager at Carer, added the partnership allows the company to expand its range into the UK market for the first time.

“We are looking forward to building on the strong reputation Impact Handling has within the marketplace to help us introduce our products to a much wider audience,” she said.

Impact Handling predicts the new line-ups will be popular with its customer base and has a number of demonstrator models available, which will allow customers to see first-hand the benefits of the new products.

The new products will be on display on Impact Handling’s stand PCD38, at the Port Centric Show in London, June 24-26.