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Supplying forklifts since 1976

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Since 1976 H&F Trucks have provided local business with high quality materials handling solutions. For nearly four decades we have achieved steady growth year on year, enabling us to provide superior service to our customers from a stable & sustainable business platform.

Forklifts more essential than ever in the supply chain

According to the British Industrial Truck Association (BITA), thousands of businesses across many industries heavily rely on the use of forklift trucks. Last year, BITA stated that over the last decade “… the UK forklift market has risen dramatically from a low in 2009 of 17,658 units to 2018’s figure of over 35,300 units.” Showing an increase of over 50% in sales for the forklift industry. 

What’s caused this surge in forklift sales?

The ever-increasing diversity in types of forklift trucks being used throughout the industry certainly seems to correlate with the rise in sales in the British market and abroad. With many of the larger manufacturers being more active than ever before, thanks to a healthy global demand for reliable machinery. 

The UK and EU have no taxes for trading forklifts, unlike other markets in the world, such as Peru, Chile and Colombia who have to pay duties and taxes for importing them. This is clearly seen as a factor for why sales have been consistently stronger in European markets.

Other factors that have had an impact also include EU policies aimed at minimising CO2 emissions of course. According to EU Legislation published in June, 2009 – “From 2021, phased in from 2020, the EU fleet-wide average emission target for new cars will be 95 g CO2/km”. 

It may be the case that in the near future, the forklift industry may not be exempt to this legislation, which is why many manufacturers and companies in the industry are focused on investing in technology to innovate solutions that reduce environmental harm.

Strong global growth

The rising levels of manufacturing and sales continue to paint a positive picture that the industry is going to continue to see strong global growth, despite the current climate. Of course this can all depend  entirely on policies from individuals and departments within governments.

These factors will always have an impact on specific aspects of market trade, and every decision made will have a knock-on effect on local supply chains. However, it’s clear that investment in new technology and a persistent focus on improving efficiency using clean energy will have a big impact when manufacturing industries choose the brands they wish to work with.

At H&F Lift Trucks, we’ve got all the new or used forklift models you could ask for.

Please, contact us today on 0800 298 8790 for more information.

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H&F have supplied us with all our fork lift equipment for in excess of ten years now, and have maintained it in accordance with our stringent operation requirements. During this time they have provided a consistently high level of service (including short term hire when required) whilst never failing to support us in a totally honest and professional manner.

Ashley Basset, Director
R G Bassett & Sons Ltd

H&F Lift Trucks are a pleasure to deal with. All staff, Technicians, Sales and Directors have hands-on experience of all ranges of vehicles they supply. From initial assessments and listening to all users of a potential new vehicle requirement, they keep us informed of all aspects of specification and lead times through to delivery. Their maintenance service is superb – they organise suitable times around our busy working day with our Yard Managers. Any accidental damage or operator error faults are always discussed with me and dealt with fairly – not like some unscrupulous suppliers who seek to profit at every service visit! In a cut-throat market, where we are offered “good deals” a few quid cheaper every day, we are never tempted to stray.

James Hipkins, Managing Director

Pym and Wildsmith have been working closely with H&F Fork Trucks for many years. Their service is excellent, ranging from prompt callouts to breakdowns through to the supply of new trucks. We would not hesitate to recommend them.

Ian Pym, Operations Manager
Pym & Wildsmith

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