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Baumann Honours Hessle with Dealer of the Year Award

Baumann has announced its first UK winner of a ‘dealer of the year’ award, since the establishment of the UK subsidiary in August 2015.

Achieving top sales throughout Baumann’s UK dealer network, Hessle Fork Trucks was presented with the accolade to honour efforts made in sideloader sales in 2016.

Hessle was the first dealer to be appointed since the founding of the Italian manufacturer’s UK division. Baumann UK managing director, Jason Reynolds, said a strong presence in heavy industries marked out Castleford-based Hessle as an excellent partner.

“They’re off to a flying start,” said Jason. “Although Hessle have only been an official distributor for 18 months, Baumann has had an informal relationship with Hessle for some time. They understand our products and mechanics well, which we believe is what makes customers come back to us time and again. Hessle offers our customers with professional, reliable and high quality support, worthy only of this level of recognition.”

Hessle, formed in 1968 in Yorkshire, has been the largest Manitou forklift truck dealer in the country for several years with a short-term hire fleet of over 500 machines. Further depots in Durham and Northants have helped extend Hessle’s geographical reach, whilst the acquisition in 2011 by investors, Corpacq, made them an integral part of a group with an annual turnover approaching £240m.

Gary Hawkhead, director at Hessle Fork Trucks, was proud to be presented with the dealer of the year award. “I’m delighted that our partnership with Baumann is paying off,” he said. “As Hessle has grown, our customers handling timber, scaffolding or metalwork have recognised Baumann as a market leader and interest in what was once seen as a niche product has increased.”

Based in Cavaion on the shores of Lake Garda, Baumann is a family-owned company that has led the sector for over 40 years, and now sells its products worldwide through 106 dealers in 76 countries. The 2016 FLTA Innovation award winner produces equipment up to 50 tonnes capacity, and has a reputation for consistent invention and the highest level of design and productivity.

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Baumann Welcomes New UK Dealer Manager

As part of a bid to expand its UK presence, Italian sideloader manufacturer Cavaion Baumann is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Rodger as its first UK dealer manager. Chris will take on this role with immediate effect.

In addition to supporting in the promotion of sideloader sales in the UK and Ireland, Chris will be responsible for identifying vacant territories for Baumann, while attracting and working with new dealers.

Working in materials handling for over 20 years, Chris brings a wealth of knowledge and significant sideloader industry experience to the role. After stepping out of the sector to establish his own successful family business, Baumann persuaded Chris to return to the prosperous market.

Baumann UK managing director, Jason Reynolds is pleased to have coaxed Chris back into the industry. “I’m delighted to have Chris join our expanding team to help us manage increasing volumes and the demands of a growing dealer network,” said Jason.

“With his extensive experience in materials handling and a proven track record for working with sideloaders, we couldn’t have found a better fit for the job.”

The UK subsidiary of Baumann was established in August 2015 and has gone from strength to strength ever since. In 2016, Baumann was awarded the FLTA Award for Innovation for its patented Archimedes outreach system, the most important innovation in sideloader design in 40 years. The firm was also shortlisted in the same category in this year’s awards for its new high performance electric model, the ELX50.

Concludes Jason: “I am looking forward to working closely with Chris to expand our UK presence and spread the word about Baumann’s innovations in the sideloader market.”

Based in Cavaion on the shores of Lake Garda, Baumann is a family-owned company that has led the sector for over 40 years, and now sells its products worldwide through 106 dealers in 76 countries.

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Congrats FLTA Awards Winners!

The TB Marketing team got fancy last weekend, and got out the glad rags for a formal black tie awards gala for the FLTA awards, to honour the fork lift industry’s best in Environment, Ergonomics, Safety, Innovation and Safe Site.

Invited by media partner for the event, Handling & Storage Solutions magazine, we were joined by Baumann’s Klaus Pirpamer (managing director), Fabio Bernieri (sales director) and Jason Reynolds (UK managing director) alongside a mix of other people from the industry.

The ceremony was a circus-themed black tie gala dinner hosted by ringmaster Gyles Brandreth. Although only 50% of TB Marketing had heard of him, the ex-conservative MP now BBC radio 4 presenter entertained an audience of 400 industry professionals, and even got involved with some of the circus acts.

Baumann, Innovation Award winners for the 2016 FLTA Awards, were finalists in the Innovation category again this year, but this time for their brand new compact electric sideloader, the ELX50. Although we all had our fingers crossed that the new judgement panel would hand a second Archie award over to Jason and Klaus, the award was deservedly taken home by LPG supplier Flogas for their semi-translucent LPG bottles.

Congratulations go to all the winners and finalists who are listed below along with the category and sponsor for each award.

After the awards were presented, an auction and a game of ‘Heads or Tails’ raised a huge £6650 for Transaid, a charity that transforms lives across the world, by providing safe, sustainable transport. Thank you to everyone who helped to raise the donations. Thank you also to H&SS for inviting the TB Marketing team and our partners along for a great night.

Award CategoryWinnerSponsor
Apprentice of the YearRobin Klein

Klein Handling Systems

Crown Lift Trucks
Services to the Fork Lift Truck IndustryMike BartonMentor FLT Training Ltd
Supplier of the YearIBCSYale Europe Materials Handling
Safe SiteUnileverDoosan Industrial Vehicle UK Ltd
EnvironmentToyota Material HandlingB&B Attachments Ltd
ErgonomicsYale ForkliftsECOBAT
SafetyMentor TrainingTrelleborg Wheel Systems
Lifetime AchievementDavid RowellToyota Materials Handling
Dealer Member of the YearAcclaim HandlingCombilift



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Timber Specialist GE Robinson Strengthens Its Sideways Force

For one of the UK’s leading timber importers, choosing the right long-term materials handling partner was a big decision. Fortunately, GE Robinson & Co Ltd, who rely on the most efficient machinery to run their busy operation, made a good choice a number of years ago.

Established over 100 years ago, GE Robinson has boosted efficiency once again with the addition of five more Baumann sideloaders.

A long-term advocate of Baumann equipment, Robinson’s relationship began in 2012 after an initial order of seven Baumann GX50 5-tonne sideloaders.

The sideloaders were recommended by Industrial Truck Services (ITS), who have supplied and expertly maintained materials handling equipment for GE Robinson for over 15 years.

“The decision to choose Baumann was carefully considered by Robinson, but also by ITS,” said Ged Conaghan, manging director at ITS. “We support the equipment with service and maintenance, so it was a big decision for us too, and just by looking around the Salford site it’s easy to tell it was a worthwhile investment.”

The lively six-acre Salford distribution yard is bustling with activity, and the fact that at least five sideloaders are passing at any one time is testament to the success the timber supplier is experiencing this year.

“We have experienced seasonal peaks, but output has remained strong this year,” said Paul Kavanagh, operations director at GE Robinson. “We’re currently 15% up compared to last year in terms of tonnage, so it’s important for us to keep running at maximum productivity.”

The company operates 25 trucks in total from their Salford site and Walsall distribution division. In Salford, 12 of the 15 trucks in operation were supplied by Baumann, and the benefits are immediately noticeable.

“By choosing Baumann, we feel we are benefitting from the equipment’s fuel efficiency, reliability and robust design,” continued Mr Kavanagh. “Indeed, over the past four years, the machines have proved effective and reliable, but what we didn’t expect is how much quieter they are compared to our older machines. With 15 side loaders working at full capacity the site can get very noisy, so a reduction in noise is definitely a bonus to our operators and neighbours – particularly during the night shift.”

Baumann equipment offers the most effective way to handle a multitude of long or bulky products, typically timber, plastics or metals. The Italian manufacturer established a new UK business in August 2015, led by managing director, Jason Reynolds.

Jason said: “We value our long-term partnerships and it’s great to hear GE Robinson are pleased with the sideloaders we supplied. We can’t quite compete with their 100-year history, but we do have 40 years in development, design and production under our belt, and it is proving to be an important selling point with many of our customers.”

Based in Cavaion on the shores of Lake Garda, Baumann is a family-owned company that has led the sector for over 40 years, and now sells its products worldwide through 106 dealers in 76 countries. The 2016 FLTA Innovation award winner produces equipment up to 50 tonnes capacity, and has a reputation for consistent invention and the highest level of design and productivity.

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Baumann’s Innovation Electrifies LogiMAT

Leading sideloader manufacturer, Baumann, had launched a new high performance electric model, the ELX50, at LogiMAT in Stuttgart.

The model is the most compact of its kind ever produced, measuring less than four metres in length and 750mm in deck height. TTJ 2016 Award sponsors, Baumann, are clearly delighted with the results and expect the ELX50 to have a profound effect on future production. Managing director, Klaus Pirpamer, said:

“We had a very clear brief. To produce a lighter, shorter, and more energy efficient electric model, without sacrificing the quality and durability that we have become famous for. The development was difficult, and raised many technical challenges that our team worked incredibly hard to overcome. The result is a model we are very proud of.”

The reduced overall length and improved turning circle have been achieved without sacrificing the mast or well width, clearance and low bed height, whilst the combination of 120 volt power supply and 2.5 tonnes weight reduction is expected to increase battery performance by up to 30%.