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FIRST Mobicon heads to the United Kingdom
Thursday, 6 Dec 2007 ( #339 )
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The first Mobicon sold in the UK market was recently delivered to Karl King Transport in Suffolk, England.

Karl King Transport (KKT) operates from Ipswich which is closely located to UK's largest container port of Felixstowe and the gateway from Europe. The KKT facility provides a ‘real alternative’ to the traditional import and distribution processes provided by the major shipping lines in the UK. KKT's goal of providing 'your distribution solution' seeks to offer alternative strategies than those provided by receipting full box lots directly from the vessel.

According to Mr Karl King, KKT were looking for a system to ‘better manage’ on-site container handling and de-stuffing processes. KKT was previously loading from container ramps.

"The restricted working yard and receiving locations at their Ipswich operations centre was becoming congested and containers were unable to be de-stuffed in a timely manner. Trailers were required to be unhitched and left in the yard for de-stuffing at alternative times; hence more trailer assets were required to complete the freight task,"

Warehousing and receipting operations were also being disadvantaged by poor trailer locations in the yard. Overtime, stress and extended working hours were also impacting on security, safety, product damage, demurrage and operating costs for Karl King Transport.

According to Mr King, the load carrying capacity of the yard pavement was assessed and it was recognised that the pavement was unsuitable for the use of large fork lifts or the preferred reach stacker concepts in the UK.

The right choice for Karl King Transport was a Mobicon - with its low axle weights and tighter maneuvering ability.

"The Mobicon has improved efficiency and reduced costs by totally transforming the way we worked. This has allowed us to lay off a expensive night shift, as the work can now all be done in the day. Forklift wear has been reduced and we all feel that it has improved safety in our yard." Mr King said.

"Thanks to the Mobicon KKT have now sold their container ramps and reduced their trailer numbers by 50% allowing is significant cost savings associated with container handling for our business." he said.

Benefits of a Mobicon for KKT:
  • Improved yard efficiency
  • Elimination of night shift
  • Improved yard safety
  • Significant reduction in container handling costs
  • Much lower operating costs than a forklift or reach-stacker
  • Ease and safety in operation
  • The ability to operate in tight and congested areas

The entrepreneurial Karl King immediately recognised a winning strategy and was confident to proceed with the acquisition of the First Mobicon in the UK.

To find out more about the Mobicon please contact Damian Cosgriff, Area Manager, Mobicon Systems on +61 (0)413 449 120. www.mobiconsystems.com


Background on Karl King Transport
Karl King Transport was founded in 1991 to set a new standard in group age distribution. While Transport and Warehousing have changed dramatically over these years, their commitment to customers has not, and is the reason for their continued success. The achievement of their fast and reliable distribution service soon generated the need for the same qualities to be applied to warehousing and 1995 saw the opening of our modern distribution site. Since then their progress has continued at an exciting tempo with Karl King Transport Ltd now operating in excess of 100,000 sq ft for warehousing and an ever increasing fleet. KKT is an entrepreneurial supplier of transport, warehousing, customs clearance and freight consolidation and distribution services.

Background on the Mobicon
The innovative Mobicon is a modern and flexible container handler that takes containers off the trailer and places them anywhere in the yard, under awnings and even inside buildings. The Mobicon can bring containers inside your warehouse increasing goods security and safety. More importantly the Mobicon gives you the freedom to place the containers close to where the goods are stored.

It is ideally suited for transport companies, importers and exporters, and manufacturers that pack and unpack freight containers of any length. The Mobicon has the lowest axle loadings of any container handler in the world making it the most yard- friendly design available today.

Key benefits of the Mobicon:

Improve Productivity
The Mobicon will take your containers close to where you want them, even inside your warehouse. This saves travel time of your forklifts while unpacking or packing the container and the goods stay out of the weather.

Cut Yard Maintenance
Carrying a 26 tonne container, the Mobicon has a wheel loading of only 6 tonnes. This is much less than a comparable forklift or reach-stacker. The Mobicon will not damage your yard, as a forklift does. The Mobicon is ideal for working on gravel, bitumen and lightweight concrete.

A Safer workplace
The Mobicon allows you to place the container on the ground quickly and safely for packing and unpacking. The low centre of gravity gives the machine maximum stability.
  • 33 Tonne lift capacity
  • Low height and narrow track
  • Lightest container handler in the world
  • Cheaper than alternatives to own and operate
  • Buy Lease or Rent…the new way to handle containers


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