Sany Europe has secured several orders for container handling equipment within the first half of 2019, with a total of 15 reachstackers and empty container handlers booked for UK customers alone.
UK-Based Goldstar Transport Ltd took delivery of three 4531 reachstackers as part of the expansion of its off-dock container storage across the UK, giving it a total of six Sany units in its fleet.
At Associated British Ports’ (ABP) Hams Hall Rail Freight Terminal near Sutton Coldfield, two 4540 intermodal reachstackers have entered service.
The machines are equipped with a newly developed jacking system, with a unique sliding rear ballast, that aims to offer the operator enhanced capacity without slowing operations down.
Executive Director of Cooper Specialised Handling Ltd, Sany’s UK representative, said: “Delays in deploying jacks, whilst only a matter of seconds down and seconds upwards, accumulate over a working week so time saving in jack deployment increases productivity.”
Other features of the reachstackers include a hydraulic sliding cabin, head-up display and an Elme 817 toplift spreader – a first for Sany in the UK – complete with Elme’s ‘soft landing’ system.
Sany also finalised its contract with Maritime Transport Ltd for a total of 10 machines, five reachstackers and five empty container handlers, in March 2019 which are expected to be supplied during August and September.
Maritime Transport’s new terminal, which is under construction at East Midlands Gateway and due for completion in autumn 2019, will receive three second rail reachstackers while its Tilbury facility will receive two of Sany’s H9 models.
Jann Rene Hansen, sales director for Sany Europe, said: “An order for ten units, we do not see that often here in Europe and we have been able to manufacture the machines in a fairly short time.”
Elsewhere in Europe Bergé Logistics put three 4531 reachstackers into operation at Terminal Port Nou in Barcelona.
The machines, delivered in June 2019, are supplied on a five-year rental agreement with the option to buy.
Hansen said: “We are thrilled about this opportunity to deliver reachstackers to one of the major port operators in Spain.
“This is a first step for Sany into the very competitive but highly interesting market in Spain and we hope that this will open the doors for more machines in the future.”