The new £1.5m (US$2.2m) Giraffe House 2 which stands 80 feet (24.4 m) tall will be used to finish the construction of machines that are capable of stacking up to eight 9’6” high containers. It will not only enable Linde to meet an increase in demand and assist in new product development but it will also strengthen LHTD’s status as the only UK manufacturer of such equipment.
Roland Hartwig, managing director of LHTD said: “This has been a very productive year for LHTD. We have been able to increase our largest truck’s output by 40% and increase the output of our new forklift trucks significantly to meet the increased demand whilst maintaining consistent product deliveries.
“However, due to the huge rise we have seen in demand for our trucks over the years, our existing facilities were experiencing production bottlenecks. The new Giraffe House is part of the plan we announced in October last year to effectively double our output and provide for the increase in demand in the industry and for LHTD’s future growth plans.”
Building on the Giraffe House 2 – which represents the first stage in extensive plans to further expand the assembly line during 2009 – was started earlier in 2008 and the new facilities adhere to strict environmental regulations having been constructed with specialist containment pipes and sensors that prevent and detect any leakages.