Bachy Soletanche specialises in geotechnical solutions for foundation and underground engineering, and has locations around the UK including its HQ in Burscough, Lancashire.
Cutting the carbon footprint with EDiA
Leading geotechnical specialist chooses Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks in its long-term mission to reach net-zero carbon
What was the challenge?
Bachy Soletanche wanted to switch from diesel to electric forklifts at its manufacturing site in Burscough, Lancashire, as part of a companywide plan to reduce emissions by 40% by 2030.
Why this product(s)?
EDiA forklifts cut down on emissions without compromising on power or performance.
What was the outcome?
Blue spotlights and safety zone lights were added to the EDiA trucks to alert pedestrians to the trucks’ presence and enhance safety, plus anti-collision software was installed to encourage operator accountability.
Bachy Soletanche had been using diesel trucks for many years. But after demoing a truck supplied by their local Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks distributor, it was clear that the Mitsubishi EDiA electric counterbalance truck was the way forward.
We manufacture tools that are used in the geotechnical industry, and we have a busy 9-acre site. The small turning circle and manoeuvrability on the EDiA trucks was a good selling point for us, as was the electric differential lock as it reduces wheel spin. There is good visibility through the mast and around the truck too, which helps the operators to maintain awareness of the load and the surroundings.
Keeping loads steady
Bachy Soletanche now have two Mitsubishi 3-tonne EDiA EX forklifts, which are used to carry loads in and out of a service workshop on site, as well as a Mitsubishi 5-tonne EDiA XL used in the yard to unload lorries. With driver comfort a top priority, the 5-tonne forklift includes air conditioning to support all-weather working.
Every truck has been fitted with an accumulator to reduce load bouncing. The concrete yard is uneven in places, so when the trucks drive over bumps, the accumulator reduces load bouncing and minimises risk of a lost load. Weight indicators were also added to better inform the operators so that they don’t overload the truck. All trucks have side shifting fork positioners to take the strain away from the operator and allow for accurate loading.
It has been a smooth transition to electric at Bachy Soletanche and the team have been pleasantly surprised. The charging process has been easier than expected and the trucks only need to be charged around once a week.
The operators like the EDiA trucks. They think they are really comfortable to drive and easy to get on and off of. Plus the trucks are really quiet and it has reduced pollution in the area. Kevin and the team have been great to work with. They’re always on hand when we need them.
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