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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.

How Does The New Year Look For The Forklift Industry?

We are well and truly into 2020, but we’ve still got most of the new year left to go, and there’s plenty of development to come for the forklift industry. Here, we wanted to explore some of the forklift industry trends that are set to make more head-way in 2020…

Promising growth for the new decade

It’s fair to say that the industry is predicted to have more positive growth in the new decade. Especially given the positive figures seen at the end of the the last, with 2019  seeing overall sales increase by more than 35,000 units in the UK. Statistics from the British Industrial Truck Association (BITA) have pointed towards a continued modest rise in the sector for this year. 

The first quarter of 2019 saw a 14.3% year-on-year peak for warehouse equipment bookings, which remained at around 0.7% for the other three quarters. The trend has continued, rising up to 2.2% for the present period. 

Autonomous trucks in warehouse facilities

Thanks to the steady evolution of artificial intelligence (AI), ILIAD (Intra-Logistics with Integrated Automatic Deployment) is allowing workers to safely operate alongside autonomous reach trucks in many warehouse environments. This innovative initiative is being developed as part of the EU’s Horizon 2020 project.

Through the use of AI, these trucks will be able to collect data on the movement of humans in the working environment, in order to establish patterns of activity. This will help the automated forklifts tol recognise and therefore predict human behaviour and adapt to it accordingly.

More investment in electric

Diesel powered forklifts are still the most popular option when it comes to materials handling solutions. However, electric forklifts have continued to make strides in the sector. As the li-ion battery technology improves, it’s bringing big changes to electric handling equipment. 

For example, longer lasting batteries are allowing trucks to operate for a whole day without needing to be recharged. Making electric forklifts almost as efficient in terms of performance as their diesel-powered counterparts. All this invention in electric handling equipment is partly due to the climate emergency that requires action on greenhouse emissions.

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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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

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

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

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