AS the costs of doing business keep rising, especially in constrained economic conditions, purchasing new materials handling equipment may be out of question for many, especially when the application doesn’t necessarily warrant buying new.
To survive the tide of such a downward economic cycle, there has been a clear shift towards rebuilt and refurbished equipment, both globally and locally.
With that in mind, Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC), has identified the need to offer machine rebuilding services for the full range of products in its stable, allowing its customers to extend the lifecycles of their existing forklifts, or buying refurbished or fully rebuilt units that have the same capabilities of a new unit, but coming at a much lesser price.
German company Helukabel’s South African subsidiary, a specialist in the importation and distribution of cables, recently took delivery of two rebuilt Doosan BR16JW forklifts.
Helukabel is one of South Africa’s leading cable companies, boasting an extensive range of cables, wires, special cables, media technology, cable accessories, as well as data, network and bus technology.
Today, the company produces for all markets and a wide range of industrial and infrastructure applications. Its extensive warehouse stock, containing over 33 000 articles, enables it to deliver its customers’ orders within extremely short delivery times. Thus, the reliability of its lifting equipment is of great significance.
“We needed to upgrade our lifting equipment, and these units were the most suited for our warehousing and storage needs. The cost was obviously the main reason for opting for these machines, and also the fact that the type of industry we are in doesn’t necessarily warrant us buying new machinery, as they get changed regularly,” said Habib Chagan of Helukabel.
“Buying a rebuilt forklift makes economic sense, especially for our type of warehousing and storage needs. When the rebuilding work is carried out by a credible supplier like GLTC, one can be rest assured that the equipment will offer the best possible production during its second life,” he added.
Darryl Shafto, MD of GLTC said, “We established a dedicated Rebuild Centre in March 2017, which is purely focused on refurbishing ex-long-term rental units”.
“Our rebuild programme gives customers the opportunity to save as much as 50% over buying new, while having the assurance that their refurbished machines will operate at peak capacity.
“When it comes to the lifetime of refurbished forklifts, depending on the original age of the truck and the application hours worked, one can get an additional 3 years or 6 000 hours from their rebuilt unit. Again, this is only possible when the particular rebuilding job is undertaken by a credible service provider like GLTC.”
Shafto said the customer also had the ability to add site-specific requirements to the work scope. Additionally, with each refurbished unit, customers get a standard 250-hour or three-month warranty, whichever comes first.
“Our rebuild programme gives customers the best possible return on investment and the lowest total cost of ownership,” Shafto said.
Chagan said he was happy with the performance of the machines. “Goscor has given us very good service. I would recommend them anytime to anyone looking for quality, rebuilt forklifts, and will most certainly consider them again on my next purchase.”