One of the key elements that Katoen Natie looked at was fuel consumption and the way in which the different brands achieve Tier 4i/Stage IIIB emissions compliance.
All Hyster Big Trucks over 16 tonne lift capacity use Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) technology, so the operators can fill the fuel tank as normal without having to use the urea resin known as AdBlue, unlike other suppliers. Hyster claims that eliminating the need for AdBlue and associated hidden costs and hassle, fuel savings of up to 15% are now typical across its new big truck range but savings of up to 20% are achievable in reachstacker applications.
Following a challenging specification process, the contract was finally awarded to Barloworld Handling, the Hyster distribution partner in Belgium.
In addition to the Big Trucks, Katoen Natie also acquired nine RS46-36 Hyster reachstackers which provides a capacity of 46 tonnes in the first row and 36 tonnes in the second, achieving up to 140 moves per shift.
Tyre expense was an important consideration and to help monitor and reduce the number of tyres used, the Hyster equipment is fitted with a tyre pressure monitoring system to ensure that the tyres are always fully inflated, helping to reduce wear and optimise performance. Additional features such as a fixed speed limiter, a camera and radar system to help prevent damage, LED lights, an auto-greasing system to lower maintenance costs and an empty seat switch-off, also help to contribute to a low total cost of operation.
“This is a completely new generation of reachstacker,” said Katoen Natie’s Danny Senecaut. “Not only did we audit the Hyster build quality, we involved the drivers in the decision making process, two of which joined us on our visit to the Hyster factory in Nijmegen, to test the trucks.”
After testing, Katoen Natie decided to achieve maximum fuel saving by selecting the ECO-eLo “fuel efficiency” mode, and features such as oil-immersed brakes, a robust drive-axle and powertrain protection help to maintain maximum productivity and dependability.
“This contract is not only about the machines, it is about uptime and the best value handling solution so that we can provide superior levels of service to our Katoen Natie customers,” added Katoen Natie’s Dirk Waeterschoot. “This is a long term partnership as we seek to drive down cost, boost productivity and increase efficiency.”