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Jungheinrich receives major Mexico lithium-ion order

Jungheinrich receives major Mexico lithium-ion order

Mexican logistics service provider Seglo Logistics, a subsidiary of the Schnellecke Group, with headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany, has ordered 19 new Jungheinrich ETV 216i reach trucks. The new truck model is the first reach truck in the world with a permanently installed lithium-ion battery as a standard feature.

The order is part of a major contract covering a total of 118 lithium-ion trucks from Jungheinrich for Seglo Logistics. In addition to the reach trucks, the order includes 42 counterbalanced forklift trucks types EFG 430 and EFG 220; 50 tow tractors type EZS 350; and six horizontal order pickers type ECE 225. The Jungheinrich trucks will be used in a new automobile plant close to the central Mexican city of San Luis Potosi, with a population of about 700,000, roughly 420 kilometres north of Mexico City.

The Schnellecke Group is an internationally operating logistics service provider, specialising in added value logistics in the automotive industry. Their portfolio ranges from transport and warehousing to preassembly and Value Added Services and on to sequential production of individual parts and modules, plus packaging suitable for containers. Plans call for the automobile plant in San Luis Potosi to be equipped as a beacon of innovation where the latest available technologies will be used.

In the development of the ETV 216i, Jungheinrich consistently used the space-saving and efficiency advantages of lithium-ion technology. Because of this, the latest generation of reach trucks features significantly improved ergonomics, offering the operator greater freedom of movement and perfect all-round visibility. The result is extraordinary ease of use and maximum safety in the warehouse. Thanks to its especially compact design, the truck features maximum agility in the warehouse; compared to conventional reach trucks, the ETV 216i achieves significantly increased productivity.

Steve Richmond, Director – Logistics Systems, Jungheinrich UK, comments: “Innovation is now at the heart of successful intralogistics operations. With the demand for more flexible working and 24/7 shift operation, organisations are looking for minimum downtime, which requires shorter interim charging times and zero maintenance. One of the most important developments in the last ten years within the materials handling industry has therefore been lithium-ion and, as the launch of the Jungheinrich ETV 216i reach truck demonstrates, Jungheinrich is constantly adapting its equipment to combine the benefits of its market leading lithium-ion technology with original ergonomic design to meet customers’ evolving requirements.”

Automated small parts warehouse for VAHLE Group in Kamen

Shortly after the world premiere of the STC 2B1A, Jungheinrich has received the first order for its new stacker crane for automated miniload warehouses.

The VAHLE Group, a manufacturer of energy and data communication systems from Kamen, commissioned the Hamburg-based specialist in logistics solutions with the construction of an automated small parts warehouse. The order includes conventional warehouse technology, as well as forklift trucks, and the core element of the system is the new STC 2B1A stacker crane.

The Miniload will serve a total of 7,314 rack storage locations in Kamen at a travel speed of 6 metres per second. In the small parts warehouse, two different container formats are used simultaneously – boxes measuring 600 x 400 mm, which are stored double-deep, and boxes measuring 300 x 400 mm, which are stored four-deep and crosswise. Completion of the plant is scheduled for the end of 2018.

Rüdiger Kuhn, Head of Purchasing and Materials Management at VAHLE, explains: "The VAHLE Group always focuses on quality – quality of our products and services, our employees, training and building equipment. Our commitment to continuous improvement is also reflected in the new automated small parts warehouse that Jungheinrich is building for us in Kamen. We were impressed by the innovative power of the new stacker crane combined with Jungheinrich's ability to provide extensive problem-solving expertise in the field of logistics systems from a single source. We will therefore work with Jungheinrich on this project to implement a wide aisle warehouse, cantilever racking for longitudinal goods and drive-through shelving for packages in addition to the small parts warehouse".

Jungheinrich's STC 2B1A is considered to be the most powerful stacker crane for automated miniload warehouses in its class. It has energy buffers specially adapted to its handling characteristics called "SuperCaps". They store energy released during braking processes and feed it back into the drive system during acceleration. As a result, Jungheinrich has succeeded in reducing the energy requirement and, in particular, the required connected load of the stacker crane by up to 25 per cent compared to the competition. The energy is transferred by a VAHLE busbar system.

Jungheinrich has also designed the STC 2B1A for maximum efficiency in terms of space utilisation. Due to the innovative design of the travel rail and the Omega drive system—which, unlike other stacker cranes, is integrated into the foot of the mast to save space—the system achieves the lowest approach dimensions in its class. In comparison to other stacker cranes on the market, Jungheinrich's STC 2B1A enables its customers to save space while maintaining the same storage capacity or expand their storage capacity while increasing their throughput. Another innovation is the new modular mast design. Despite its lightweight construction, it ensures particularly high stability of the device up to a height of 25 metres.

Richmond commented: “The new STC 2B1A, Jungheinrich’s first internally developed Miniload, sets a new standard in throughput performance, energy efficiency, utilisation of space and flexibility. It’s what Jungheinrich strives for across all intralogistics solutions, and which underpins our unique position as a trusted provider of complete systems for customers, such as the VAHLE Group, from a single source, as they transition towards a more efficient, digitalised warehouse 4.0.”

Management Board changes

Jungheinirich AG has announced changes to its Board mangement structure with Christian Erlach becoming Marketing and Sales head as of September 2018, taking over from Dr Lars Brzoska, who will move to head its Technology division.

Erlach began his career at Jungheinrich in 2007 as the Managing Director of Jungheinrich Austria and has been a Regional Director at Jungheinrich AG since 2013, successively managing the South-Eastern Europe, South America and South Africa regions.

As part of the targeted preparations for the planned handover of the Chair of the Board of Management in 2019, the former Board member for Marketing and Sales, Brzoska, will be taking on the vacant Technology seat also in September 2018, having led its makrketing and sales division since 2014.

Hans-Georg Frey will stand for election to the Supervisory Board in 2019, following his resignation as Chairman of the Board of Management. The current Supervisory Board Chairman, Jürgen Peddinghaus, will resign his seat in 2019. Frey will succeed him in this position, in accordance with the wishes of the shareholder families Wolf and Lange.

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