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Pacific BioLogics swaps diesel for “green” forklift

PACIFIC BioLogics, supplier of mosquito-control products, has purchased a new battery electric forklift to improve productivity and reduce emissions at its Queensland branch.

The family-owned company commissioned d the 1.8-tonne capacity Toyota 7-FBE18 forklift for its Kippa-Ring warehouses in Brisbane’s north in February this year. The forklift was to replace a diesel machine from another manufacturer.

Alex Boyd, Pacific BioLogics warehouse manager, said the change to a battery electric forklift has eliminated fuel spills and fumes, and reduced noise at its two Kippa-Ring warehouses.

“One of the two warehouses on this site has an office inside, and switching to the electric machine means people can work in the office without the noise disturbance that the previous forklift created,” he said.

Boyd summed up the functions and features new forklift is a “neat bit of gear”.

“[It] is simple to operate and easy to recharge – just plug-in and the charger takes care of itself,” he said.

“[It] also offers increased safety, ease of use and convenience, including a side-shift feature that we didn’t have before.”

The forklift will be used to lift sandbags into a cradle, and then lifting the combined 1,300kg of the bag and cradle over a hopper.

It will also used to unload chemicals from trucks, as part of Pacific BioLogics’ expansion into the rural wholesale market.

The company initially enquired about replacing its old diesel forklift with an internal-combustion machine running on LPG, as part of the company’s “green” push.

However on assessment, Toyota Material Handling suggested a battery electric machine would better suit the task at hand while meeting the company’s environmental goals.

Toyota Material Handling Brisbane forklift area manager Adam Gates said the Pacific BioLogics team was provided a ‘whole of life ownership’ comparison between LPG and Battery Electric. This included tables to help calculate the total cost of a unit, including fuel versus battery usage/consumption, operating costs, and recommendations for the battery and charger.

Based on that supplied information, Pacific BioLogics chose the battery electric forklift.

Image: Pacific Biologics Brisbane warehouse manager Alex Boyd, with the company's new Toyota 7-FBE18 battery electric forklift.

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