Heneways, one of the leading freight management and logistics operators in South Africa, has taken delivery of the Baoli KBE 25 electric forklift from Smith Power Equipment, a South African importation and distribution company representing leading global equipment brands.
For internal warehouse usage to handle food grade products in its facility, Heneways went into the market for an electric forklift. Paul Hulley, Warehouse & Distribution Manager at Heneways, says the KBE 25 ticked all the right boxes for the freight management company. However, its competitive pricing against other brands in the local market, complemented by the aftermarket support reputation of Smith Power Equipment, largely influenced the buying decision.
The unit, delivered in June this year, is said to deliver “flawless” performance. We have deployed it for picking, staging and dispatching of stock for our food grade product customers,” explains Hulley. The KBE 25 joins a fleet of other nine machines already in Heneways’ fleet, varying from reach trucks, electric and diesel forklifts.
The 2,5-t KBE 25 is a four-wheel electric lift truck with a 48 V power supply which guarantees greater productivity and economy. With a load capacity of 2 500 kg, the unit provides excellent handling.
“Top class electronic components have been used. The traction and lifting motors are manufactured by Italian company, SME, a worldwide manufacturer of high-quality motors. Also manufactured by SME is the electronic controller, the ‘heart’ of the lift truck, which accurately controls every lift truck function and provides the high performance this series is capable of,” says Thami Mavuso, Sales Representative – Construction Division.
The KBE lift truck is equipped standard with a curve speed reduction system and the main driving functions can be parameterised. The driver can directly choose between the various performance levels via the display, for example, selecting a reduced performance profile for more delicate handling.
Smith Power has been supplying the Baoli range of materials handling equipment since late last year. Through the distributorship agreement, Smith Power added Baoli’s range of diesel, electric and LPG forklifts, as well as stackers and pallet trucks to its stable. KION Baoli is a brand of forklift trucks that was founded in China in 2003 and acquired in 2009 by the KION Group, the European market leader and the world’s second largest manufacturer of warehouse technology.
In 2017, the KION Group went on to establish Baoli EMEA, a new organisation which replaced and expanded the previous Baoli structure in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, currently covering 26 countries, but with the ambitious aim of covering 86 markets in the region in just a few years. In South Africa, the brand has gained early traction in the market, benefitting from Smith Power’s knowledge of the market, as well as the extended branch and dealer network.