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FIRST Mobicon heads to the United Kingdom

The first Mobicon sold in the UK market was recently delivered to Karl King Transport in Suffolk, England.

Karl King Transport (KKT) operates from Ipswich which is closely located to UK's largest container port of Felixstowe and the gateway from Europe. The KKT facility provides a ‘real alternative’ to the traditional import and distribution processes provided by the major shipping lines in the UK. KKT's goal of providing 'your distribution solution' seeks to offer alternative strategies than those provided by receipting full box lots directly from the vessel.

According to Mr Karl King, KKT were looking for a system to ‘better manage’ on-site container handling and de-stuffing processes. KKT was previously loading from container ramps.

“The restricted working yard and receiving locations at their Ipswich operations centre was becoming congested and containers were unable to be de-stuffed in a timely manner. Trailers were required to be unhitched and left in the yard for de-stuffing at alternative times; hence more trailer assets were required to complete the freight task,”

Warehousing and receipting operations were also being disadvantaged by poor trailer locations in the yard. Overtime, stress and extended working hours were also impacting on security, safety, product damage, demurrage and operating costs for Karl King Transport.

According to Mr King, the load carrying capacity of the yard pavement was assessed and it was recognised that the pavement was unsuitable for the use of large fork lifts or the preferred reach stacker concepts in the UK.

The right choice for Karl King Transport was a Mobicon - with its low axle weights and tighter manouvering ability.

“The Mobicon has improved efficiency and reduced costs by totally transforming the way we worked. This has allowed us to lay off a expensive night shift, as the work can now all be done in the day. Forklift wear has been reduced and we all feel that it has improved safety in our yard.” Mr King said.

“Thanks to the Mobicon KKT have now sold their container ramps and reduced their trainer numbers by 50% allowing is significant cost savings associated with container handling for our business.” he said.

Benefits of a Mobicon for KKT:

• Improved yard efficiency

• Elimination of night shift

• Improved yard safety

• Significant reduction in container handling costs

• Much lower operating costs than a forklift or reach-stacker

• Ease and safety in operation

• The ability to operate in tight and congested areas

The entrepreneurial Karl King immediately recognised a winning strategy and was confident to proceed with the acquisition of the First Mobicon in the UK.


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