Avonmouth Shipping has called on Impact, the UK’s sole supplier of Cat® lift trucks, to expand its materials handling capabilities, adding a specially modified Cat® DP45 diesel-powered forklift to its hard-working fleet.

The modified DP45 features a lowered chassis, seat and masts, to assist the truck in its primary duties – unloading containers at the Port of Bristol.

The new arrival is the third Impact-supplied Cat truck to join the company, following a pair of DP45s delivered in 2014 and 2015.

John Cox, Director at Avonmouth Shipping, says: “Impact has taken the time to understand the demands of life in the port, and helped us specify a tough truck to match.

“When a container ship docks, it can’t be allowed to stay there long – it needs unloading fast, so the three lining up behind it can have their turn. As such, we need forklifts that can reliably be ready to go as soon as the Captain calls ‘stop engines’ – and Impact supplied just that.”

The DP45 will be in operation six days per week at the Port of Bristol, helping unload 100-200 containers as part of Avonmouth Shipping’s dockside fleet, or moving cargo around the company’s nearby warehouses.

Cox adds: “The Cat trucks are durable, no-nonsense vehicles more than up to the task of unloading hundreds of containers, and our drivers greatly appreciate the trucks’ hard-wearing design and low maintenance requirements.”

Founded in 1983 as a family-run dockside enterprise, Avonmouth Shipping has since expanded into warehousing, storage, dockside labour and stevedoring. The company is also involved in the construction industry.

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About Impact
Impact is the sole distributor for Cat® Lift Trucks, Konecranes Lift Trucks, Mafi and Carer Heavy Duty Electric Lift trucks for the whole of the UK and Ireland. Impact is also an agent for some of the world’s best-known specialist brands, and offers a full complement of materials handling equipment, ranging from automated guided vehicles, multi-directional trucks, side loaders, articulated trucks, access equipment and cranes. As one of the UK’s largest independent materials handling companies, Impact operates from 11 locations and has more than 300 employees, including in excess of 160 service engineers. It operates a combined fleet of more than 5,000 rental units, plus supports 3,000 customer-owned machines and 1,000 used assets.

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About Impact

Impact is the sole UK & Ireland distributor for Cat® Lift Trucks, Konecranes Lift Trucks, Carer Heavy Duty Electric Lift Trucks and Rocla AGVs as well as an approved dealer for leading specialist brands, Combilift, Flexi, Hako, Bulmor and JLG. Impact offers the most comprehensive range of premium materials handling equipment in the UK and operates nationwide from 10 key locations and 8 dedicated Cat dealers strategically-placed across the UK and Ireland, supported by a mobile network of fully equipped and manufacturer-trained service engineers.


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