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Lithium ion investment for Mansfields

Kent fruit grower invests in 15 Hyster forklifts and platform pallet trucks as it works towards a carbon-zero strategy

Lithium ion investment for Mansfields

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Mansfields has bolstered its green credentials with the addition of a series of lithium ion farm machines.

The Kent fruit specialist has purchased the 15 new Hyster machines from Hiremech, made up of a mix of four-wheel forklifts and platform pallet trucks.

The move comes on the heels of Mansfields rolling out a carbon-zero scheme and new environmental strategy, and the firm expects the new machines to help it achieve greater levels of performance and efficiency. The lithium ion batteries mean operators can use the machines for longer, while also making significant energy savings and helping to reduce their environmental impact, according to the manufacturer. The technology also allows for opportunity charging, which is ideal for busy shift patterns that need to keep working. 

Lee Port, head of operations at Mansfields, said: “Advancements in farming technology continue apace, which is why Mansfields are constantly looking ahead to plan for future investments that will continue to keep them sustainable and ahead of the competition, and indeed continuing its legacy of innovation dating right back to its beginnings.”

Paul Green, Hiremech’s managing director, added: “We are delighted to have completed this latest delivery of Hyster equipment to Mansfields. From our initial conversations, they made it clear that any new equipment would need to be energy efficient. We were quickly able to present a suitable solution of Hyster trucks fitted with lithium ion batteries. 

“The team at Mansfields were impressed with the energy savings, performance and opportunity charging that this offered and following agreement of the deal earlier in 2020, the equipment has arrived on-time, on-site and ready to go."

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