Namibian Breweries, brewers of the famous Windhoek beer, take no chances in their impeccable, clockwork-like operation. So their decision to use specially designed Kipor forklifts is a feather in the cap for this fast-growing brand of warehouse materials handling equipment, which is distributed in Southern Africa by Smith Power Equipment.
In the latest order Namibian Breweries took delivery of three Kipor KDF25 – 2.5 Ton Diesel – and three KD35 – 3.5 Ton Diesel – forklifts, which are being used to load trucks with product from the warehouse. Sister company, Namibia Dairies (also owned by the Olthaver & List group) received three Kipor KDF25s.
The Breweries’ Kipor KD35s were custom designed with double fork attachments for extra productivity and also double front wheels for greater stability at height. These double front rims were designed and very precisely machined using an ingenious and innovative technique by J&H Refurbishing. “The extended “dish” had to be machined to fit exactly into the existing rim to help carry the extra weight and stress on the studs,” says J&H Refurbishing’s Joe Liebenberg. (011 869 2441) PDF of comments on the Rims.
“We are pleased with the machines,” says Namibian Breweries operations manager Gerhard Tredoux. “They are efficient and have thus far proved to be reliable. I am also very pleased with the service of the Lubbe group who have left no stone unturned to sort out any teething problems that we have had,” he says.
The Lubbe Group is the highly successful Smith Power Equipment dealer in Namibia.
Etienne Lubbe, says that one of the teething problems was that the machines tended to overheat at peak production in the warmer parts of the country – like in Oshakati. “In our experience all forklifts overheat in these conditions and we know for a fact that our main competing forklift overheated all the time and the problem was not resolved for years. The big difference is that we sorted the problem out in one month by replacing the standard engine fan with a much larger fan with fins of a much more aggressive gradient than the original fan,” he says.
He adds that another major difference between the Kipor forklifts and the opposition product that has been operating at the breweries is that the Kipors have 4-cylinder engines (as opposed to their 3-cylinders). This provides more power making our unit more efficient for faster loading because with the extra power you can lift the forks on-route to the truck where the 3-cylinder trucks must drive right up to the truck, stop and only then lift the forks.”
Lubbe says they have an excellent relationship with Namibian Breweries. “Its easy for them to work with us. We have an exceptional company footprint in Namibia – six branches and 14 service centres throughout the country – through which we offer them excellent after-sales service, a fully stocked parts warehouse, workshops on demand with on-the- road service vehicles,” he says.
He adds that Namibian Breweries is a very efficient operation. “They always take the bottom line into account without affecting their high standard of operation. With the Lubbe group in Namibia they found that, together with a well-priced and quality product, they could up their production and lower their capital outlay as well as their running costs.”
The Kipor Diesel series has an advanced, streamlined design, with solid sturdy frame, an all-new suspended and movable seat providing comfort for the operator. A hoist cylinder at the rear of mast makes the operation view wider, while the rear lamps are installed on the top cover, which ensures safety and, for even greater productivity, the tilt angle of steering column can be adjusted freely.
For more information on Kipor forklifts call Smith on 011 284 2000
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