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Windsor Stacks Up For Metsä Wood
Independent materials handling business, Windsor, has been awarded a long-term nationwide contract for the supply and maintenance of the MHE fleet of premium-quality wood products business, Metsä Wood.
By: Windsor Materials Handling UK
In choosing Windsor, the former Finnforest business cited the company’s independent approach and commitment to delivering additional safety, efficiency and fleet management capabilities as crucial elements of their winning proposal.
Gary Isherwood, operations purchasing manager at Metsä Wood UK, said: “Our commitment to improving our operational capabilities is a key part of our ethos, as is delivering industrial efficiencies across the business. It may make us a more demanding customer, when it comes to materials handling, but we feel it makes us a better supplier to our customers and a better company to work for.”
Efficiencies throughout the supply chain, and changing demands within the construction, industrial and distribution sectors, have resulted in changes to the way Metsä handles its Nordic premium timber, plywood and other core products.
“We surveyed the way the equipment was being utilised across all the sites,” said Windsor director, Jason Reynolds, “and felt there were several ways in which we could bring efficiencies, whilst adding flexibility and an upgraded operator experience.”
As a result, the entire fleet will now include cutting-edge GPS driver access and monitoring devices, and a host of safety, environmental and ergonomic improvements. Online fleet management will allow Metsä to monitor equipment usage and accidental damage, stay up-to-date with costs and access service records.
“The GPS devices provide valuable information for the management team, whilst additional LED lights, reduced paperwork, upgrades to seats and reduced noise and vibration levels are small improvements that add up to a far greater user experience,”
The companies have also launched an operator safety award and challenged manufacturers to redesign parts of their equipment to make it both safer and more suitable to their needs.
“This equipment plays a vital role in our operation and it is fitting that we have gone for a complete package,” adds Gary Isherwood. “Windsor had a clear approach and we were impressed with the way they looked at our requirements in an objective manner. We included our operators in the decision-making process, in fact the review was driven by them, and we continue to involve them in the fleet implementation as well as look at ways of rewarding best practice and safer working.”
A selection of new Baumann sideloaders, Doosan counterbalance trucks, JCB Workmax site vehicles and Nilfisk cleaning equipment have begun to be delivered, with the whole fleet of over 50 units expected to be replaced by summer 2015.
Concludes Gary: “Our aim here is to develop a long-term partnership with Windsor, to learn more about our fleet usage and work together to take advantage of new technology. We are looking for like-minded partners that will make us aware of what is available and what is possible. It is a team effort and we are delighted with the steps taken so far.”
Windsor operates from 11 local branches across the UK, offering materials handling and access equipment, for sale, hire and maintenance. Established in 1977, the business is now the UK’s leading independent supplier of Komatsu, Kalmar and Doosan forklifts, Baumann sideloaders, Atlet warehousing and JLG access equipment.
About Metsä Wood Site Safety, Widnes
As part of a 12 month long review of the MHE fleet, a number of safety technologies were identified to improve operator and pedestrian safety. Together with the help of Windsor Materials Handling and a variety of suppliers, they were implemented on the Widnes site and across the company as a whole.
In conjunction with regular account management and the analysis of operator and equipment performance, and even routes of operations and times spent idling, the company is leading the way with a zero tolerance policy towards accidents.
The improvements included:
- LED lights to all vehicles to provide greater & more robust illumination
- Introduction of front and rear blue spot lights, for pedestrian safety awareness. Particularly relevant for sideloaders handling loads up to 6 metres, which can be operated safely in a darkened environment
- 10mph site-wide speed limit & all materials handling equipment fitted with a road speed controller at this limit
- Wheel nut indicators on counterbalance trucks as a visual daily check that each is correctly tightened
- Onboard daily check monitoring via LCD monitor, real-time tracking & advanced reporting and analytics
- Live event feed & instant notification of operator behaviour monitoring
- Servicing and driver licensing management
- Establishing of the Metsä operator of the year award to promote best practice
Results include a reduction in reported incidents and fully engaged operators and frontline workers.