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INDUSTRYINSIGHT more news at www.heavyliftpfi.com


Material handling solutions provider Combilift has opened its new global headquarters and manufacturing facility in Monaghan, the Republic of Ireland, writes Sophie Barnes.


elebrating its 20th anniversary later this year, Combilift has more than doubled in size over the last five years and now has delivered 40,000 units, including its range of forklift trucks designed for long and oversized loads, to customers in more than 85 countries. The EUR50 million


More than 50 truckloads of finished products are dispatched from the facility each week. Spare parts are also shipped across the world from Monaghan to its international dealer network, which spans 85 countries.


(USD59.8 million) facility in Monaghan covers 46,500 sq m and, according to Combilift, it will allow the company to realise its ambitious growth plans, which include expanding its workforce with the creation of 200 new jobs in the next three years. “We have employed an additional 230 people since we announced our plans for this factory in 2015,” said Martin McVicar, Combilift’s managing director. “The combination of this state-of-the-art production plant and the growing skilled workforce will allow us to double production within the next five years.”


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Exports Comblift currently exports 98 percent of its products and with the new facility, the company says it will be able to manufacture four units from its straddle carrier range per week. The purpose-built factory is set on a 100 acre (40.5 ha) site, which Combilift says provides room for future expansion. It features


5,000 sq m of office space, four 90 m-long moving assembly lines, 60 welding bays, two


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plasma cutting machines, three paint lines and three automatic shot blasters. “The flexibility of our new facility means we can continue to accommodate any request for a customised material handling solution,” said McVicar.


Combilift invests 7 percent of its annual turnover in research and development (R&D) and has included a dedicated development and testing centre at the production plant in Monaghan.


At the official opening, held on May 2, McVicar confirmed the company’s intention to use its old factory as a refurbishment facility, where Combilift will buy back its old equipment to be restored or rebuilt. Currently a service


The combination of this state-of-the-art production plant and the growing skilled workforce will allow us to double production within the next five years. – Martin McVicar, Combilift


The future


Looking to the future of the company, McVicar stressed that Combilift would continue focusing on the niche market segments that have driven its growth for the past 20 years, following customers’ requests for new solutions. “Combilift has always focused on a number of niche market segments and has a proven track record of launching one or two new products annually.” At the launch event,


Combilift showcased one of its new products for the market – the Combilift Slip Sheet. Designed to load long cargoes into 40 ft containers, the equipment removes the need to “push” components, reducing the risk of damage. The hydraulically driven device is capable of loading a full container in approximately seven to eight minutes, says Combilift. The first unit will be supplied to Easy Logistics in Romania.


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offered only to customers in Ireland, Combilift expects to broaden this option for customers further afield.


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