The biggest splash on Combilift‘s sizeable W6 stand was made by its new 4-way sideloader.

Described by managing director Martin McVicar as a “longer, thinner Combilift”, the C5000SL combines the manoeuvrability of the company’s 4-way technology with a format all sideloader drivers would recognise.

“And the model we’re showing has the front-mounted cabin optin, which makes it even more familiar,” said Combilift UK’s Roy Redman.

The sideloader is attracting particular interest from timber frame producers because of its ability to handle large, awkward panels, particularly its capacity to swivel its wheels to reverse out of a loading bay.

“It also has the benefit of a platform height of 850mm as opposed to the standard 1000mm,” said Mr Redman. “This enables users to lower the height of the first storage rack and maximise warehouse use.”

Combilift also promoted its association with the training specialist Mentnor to offer customers driver familiarisation courses. “Our vehicles offer enormous benefits, but only if operated correctly,” said Mr Redman.

He added that worldwide demand for its trucks (which it now promotes at 63 trade fairs a year worldwide) may compel Combilift to add more shifts at its new factory in Ireland.

So far this year, Combilift says it has produced around 1,500 vehicles.