FREIGHT management and logistics operator Heneways has taken delivery of the Baoli KBE 25 electric forklift from Smith Power Equipment, a South African importation and distribution company.
Paul Hulley, Warehouse and Distribution Manager at Heneways, said the KBE 25 ticked all the right boxes for internal warehouse usage to handle food grade products in its facility, adding that its competitive pricing and aftermarket support from Smith Power Equipment were key factors iin the buying decision.
“We have deployed it for picking, staging and dispatching of stock for our food grade product customers,” said Hulley. The KBE 25 joins a fleet of other nine machines already in Heneways’ fleet, varying from reach trucks, electric and diesel forklifts.
The 2,5-t KBE 25 is a four-wheel electric lift truck with a 48 V power supply and a load capacity of 2,500 kg.
“Top class electronic components have been used. The traction and lifting motors are manufactured by Italian company, SME, a worldwide manufacturer of high-quality motors. Also manufactured by SME is the electronic controller, the ‘heart’ of the lift truck, which accurately controls every lift truck function and provides the high performance this series is capable of,” said Thami Mavuso, Sales Representative – Construction Division.
The KBE lift truck is equipped standard with a curve speed reduction system and the main driving functions can be parameterised. The driver can directly choose between the various performance levels via the display, for example, selecting a reduced performance profile for more delicate handling.
Smith Power has been supplying the Baoli range of materials handling equipment since late last year. Through the distributorship agreement, Smith Power added Baoli’s range of diesel, electric and LPG forklifts, as well as stackers and pallet trucks to its stable. KION Baoli is a brand of forklift trucks that was founded in China in 2003 and acquired in 2009 by the KION Group, the European market leader and the world’s second largest manufacturer of warehouse technology.
In 2017, the KION Group went on to establish Baoli EMEA, a new organisation which replaced and expanded the previous Baoli structure in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, currently covering 26 countries, but with the aim of covering 86 markets in the region in just a few years.