Craig Williams, Logistics Manager at Envirowales

“We need quality equipment we can depend on, day in day out, and the Yale machines have certainly proved their worth in what must be one of the toughest applications around. When the contract came up for renewal, we had no hesitation in opting for more of the same.”

Based in Ebbw Vale, Envirowales recycles as many of the constituent parts of a battery as possible to produce lead alloys, used predominantly in the manufacture of building products, which it sells throughout Europe. The Envirowales recycling application creates its own unique set of challenges. A purpose-designed materials handling solution that copes with the heat and dust of a demanding lead-acid battery recycling plant is at the heart of the collaboration between Yale® dealer Briggs Equipment and Envirowales.

Briggs reviewed the company’s entire operation and took the time to understand the overall business challenge before developing a solution that would help the recycling plant achieve its objectives. Taking into consideration both current requirements and future needs, Yale and Briggs created a customised materials handling resource. Lift trucks capable of performing multiple tasks in a harsh environment were specified along with full asset management support, to maximise throughput and reduce operational costs.

Investing in 11 counterbalance diesel lift trucks – including 3-tonne, 5.5-tonne and 12-tonne machines and eight GDP 40VX 4-tonne machines – and some rotator attachments, Envirowales has replaced its five-year old Yale trucks on a like-for-like basis while also adding extra capacity to support its growing operation.