UniCarriers Group - which was created in November 2011 from the mergers of the Atlet, Nissan Forklift and TCM brands - unveiled several new additions to its range at an event in Gothenburg, close to its Swedish production plant in Mölnlycke.
The event effectively launched the new brand name, marking the cessation of Nissan as a fork lift truck brand with effect from 1st April 2015. However, the Atlet brand will be live on in the form of 'Atlet by UniCarriers'.
Making its world premiere in Mölnlycke was the new Tergo UFW multidirectional warehouse truck, designed specifically for the requirements in the transport and stacking of long goods and all kind of pallet loads with the same performance as a heavy duty reach truck.
The new Tergo UFW combines the advantages of a multidirectional truck with those of a reach truck. Its versatility makes it suitable for the broadest range of functions in the warehouse.
The centre distance of the forks can be hydraulically enlarged as standard, enabling all loads can be held conveniently and transported safely. Moreover, the unique Tergo ergonomics together with excellent visibility through mast, overhead guard and pillars in accordance with the new ProVision concept, guarantees all-round vision at all times.
With an additional reverse travel camera, the ends of the load remain completely visible, which allows particularly precise manoeuvring of the load.
The new Tergo URS turret truck has the smallest turning circle in its class and can operate easily and safely in warehouses with particularly narrow aisles. Moreover, it has an ergonomically optimised chassis. Individually adjustable seat height, back rest and positioning of controls provide a working environment that guarantees maximum user comfort.
Targeting intensive VNA operations such as are prevalent in the UK, the URS has been designed for minimum transfer aisle widths of 3,700 mm and an operational stacking aisle of only 1,650 mm.
The man-down truck is suited to provide maximum use of the warehouse space and still retains versatile free-range characteristics. The forks, which can be turned through 180°, allow convenient placement of the goods on both sides of the aisle. In the narrow aisles, the Tergo URS is steered by means of guide rails or inductive guidance, allowing the driver to concentrate fully on the stacking process.
Outside of the aisles, it can be operated as a free-range truck. The Tergo URS is therefore able to satisfy all the requirements of narrow aisle stacking as well as free-range transportation, thus eliminating the need for an additional 'feeder' counterbalance forklift and the costs associated with it.
UniCarriers also launched two new ranges of pedestrian stackers, the PDP and the PSP, with lift capacities from 1,250kg to 1,600kg.
Keiji Ikeda, CEO of UniCarriers Europe - headquartered in the German town of Meerbusch, near Dusseldorf - confirmed that warehouse products will continue to be manufactured at the former Atlet plant in Mölnlycke, and that production of the GX counterbalance forklift range will switch from Japan to the former Nissan plant at Pamplona in 2015.
Mr Ikeda said the company believed in "local production for local markets". He said the company's ambition is pinned on a proven combination of Japanese quality and Swedish design.
UniCarriers MHE has load capacities from 350 to 10,000kg. Beyond Europe, UniCarriers' solutions for logistics and warehouse - which can be configured individually for the customer - are manufactured in Japan, China and the USA and sold in 79 countries.
Central purchasers include the automotive, construction, electronics, food, logistics and pharmaceutical sectors, as well as heavy engineering and the processing industry.
The company's global base is Tokyo, and it has 12 branches in Europe, America and Asia. In the 2013 financial year, the group employed 5,208 people worldwide and achieved a turnover of €1.314bn.
UniCarriers unites the competences of its three original brands, giving rise to solutions that it says meet high demands in terms of technology, quality, ergonomics and design as well as the highest production standards. The product portfolio includes warehouse and counterbalance trucks as well as specific solutions for special applications, for example port logistics.
The UniCarriers portfolio covers all industrial truck requirements indoors and outdoors: for warehouse uses, forklifts are available for loading and unloading, transporting, stacking and picking. They have load capacities from 800 to 3,000kg and reach lifting heights up to 15.850m. The range is rounded off with counterbalance trucks for outdoors with an electric drive or combustion engine with load capacities up to 5,000kg available with a maximum lift height of 7m.
One feature of the UniCarriers lift trucks is their modular construction. All solutions for the warehouse area are based on seven base chassis, which can be extended with different modules.
Because all parts are interchangeable, the number of parts and individual components required for the different forklifts is minimised. Consequently, the UniCarriers service technicians can complete their work on the first visit in 95% of cases. Customers benefit from greater availability and minimal downtimes of their equipment.
All UniCarriers forklifts offer numerous standard and optional safety systems, which minimise the risks in the workplace. To protect the driver from accidents, the chassis is fitted for example with side protection bars and an optional overhead guard. Many technical options here also help to create a safe working environment:
- UniCarriers Truck Computer (UTC): Through an access control, the on-board computer prevents unauthorised use of the forklift. A further feature is the automatic safety check: this ensures the fault-free function of all systems before travel begins.
- Stability Support System (S3): In potentially hazardous situations, such as when cornering or during lifting of the forks, the Stability Support System reduces the speed of the forklift. The lifting speed can also be adapted to the height of the forks.
- Active Spin Reduction (ASR): When driving on a wet surface or in the case of loss of traction, the forklift automatically reduces the speed until there is sufficient traction. In addition to improving safety, this also reduces wear on the wheels.
For work that is especially gentle on health, all UniCarriers fork lift trucks are designed ergonomically. The driver can configure many elements of the cab equipment individually – such as the arm- and backrest or the seat and floor position. New developments such as the Ergologic joystick, which controls nine different functions of the lift mast, or the UniCarriers mini steering wheel allow a relaxed posture whilst working and prevent signs of fatigue.