A lifting specialist is in talks with a number of plant hirers as it steps up marketing of an electric telehandler.
The Eco machine is manufactured by Italian company Faresin Industries and the first in the UK has been sold to Flannery Plant Hire to work on the HS2 rail project in England. The machine has a lifting capacity of 2.6 tonnes and is being distributed by GGR Group following its launch at the Executive Hire Show in February.
Potential customers are now being encouraged to sign up for demonstration days said GGR marketing director Daniel Ezzatvar. “We were fortunate to have an intensive schedule of activity planned very early on in the campaign. At the time, a lot of restrictions were being put in place in Italy, where the manufacturer is based, so we had a taste of what communication and planning would be like in the event of our own lockdown.
“We took the decision to postpone a large-scale open day that we had planned but instead welcomed a smaller number of guests who were already further down the line with the purchasing process. With lockdown restrictions starting to be lifted and the industry starting to pick up again, we are now inviting potential customers to visit us for their own exclusive demo days where they can bring their company representatives and own guests as required.”
Niall Hester, operations director at Flannery, added: “The HS2 project seemed the natural option for this machine as the project focuses heavily on environmentally friendly innovation and reducing carbon emissions of assets.
“The electric telehandler has been very well received on site and has helped set up a concrete compound. The teams were able to get full 10-hour shifts with the machine without needing a re-charge. The machine was then left to charge overnight ready for the next shift. A fast charger was supplied to the customer which would have charged the machine in just under two hours, however it was not needed in the end.”
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©Scottish Plant. Article posted 8/7/2020