GE Robinson boosts sideloader fleet

6 January 2017

Long-standing UK timber importer GE Robinson & Co Ltd has boosted its efficiency with the addition of five more Baumann sideloaders.

The additions are the latest in a relationship with Baumann stretching back to 2012 when it ordered an initial seven Baumann GX50 5-tonne sideloaders.

The sideloaders were recommended by Industrial Truck Services (ITS), who have supplied and maintained materials handling equipment for GE Robinson for over 15 years.

“We have experienced seasonal peaks, but output has remained strong this year,” said Paul Kavanagh, operations director at GE Robinson.

“We’re currently 15% up compared to last year in terms of tonnage, so it’s important for us to keep running at maximum productivity.”

The company operates 25 trucks in total from its Salford site and Walsall distribution division. In Salford, 12 of the 15 trucks in operation were supplied by Baumann.

“Over the past four years, the machines have proved effective and reliable, but what we didn’t expect is how much quieter they are compared to our older machines,” said Mr Kavanagh.

“With 15 side loaders working at full capacity the site can get very noisy, so a reduction in noise is definitely a bonus to our operators and neighbours – particularly during the night shift.”

Italy-based Baumann established a new UK business in August 2015, led by managing director, Jason Reynolds.

A Baumann sideloader in action at GE Robinson’s Salford site