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Former Mecano engineer starts Bomaq

Thursday, 20 June 2013 ( #621 ) - Murcia, Spain
The 3 T capacity B30 MP model
The 3 T capacity B30 MP model
A former Mecano Continental engineer has established a new rough-terrain forklift company and is set to launch more of the company's Bomaq-branded forklifts soon.

Antonio Martínez, managing director of Bomaq Industries SL of Murcia, Spain, tells Forkliftaction.com News in an exclusive interview that he decided to start his own business because he saw a need in the market.

"I'd been working for Mecano Continental for 10 years; from the very beginning to the last model presented to the market (8 T forklift).

"For all that time, I realised that the product and service could be better, and that's why one year ago, I decided to begin my own business, manufacturing high-quality products, and taking care of the aftersales service."

Bomaq has opened a factory in the same area as the former Mecano Continental, and apart from Martínez, it currently has two employees. The plant can now produce one unit a week, of the 3 T capacity B30 MP model.

"Our aim is to grow slowly, with the market, and once the demand is constant and the business is stable, grow in people and in facilities. These are times to be careful with growth and the market," Martínez explains.

It's still too early to talk about global marketing, but Bomaq plans to establish its brand worldwide. "Right now, Spain is not the place to concentrate our sales efforts, because the situation is still bad. So we are concentrating in the rest of Europe, South Africa, Russia and Australia. The aim is to work with a distributor network, not to sell directly to the end-user."

Its first customer was Lencrow Materials Handling in Australia. Lencrow acquired Calmat, the Australasian distributor of Mast Explorer forklifts, this year (Forkliftaction.com News #617).

Martínez's experience at Mecano Continental has been instrumental in forming his current business.

"I've been working as the Mast Explorer designer for 10 years, and in all that time I've learned a lot from customers' feedback. All that information from the users has been applied to the Bomaq forklift, offering the customers all the solutions they have been requiring from Mecano for such a long time without an answer. We have focused on quality, performance, reliability and, of course, the after sales support."

Bomaq has launched its 3T model in 2WD and 4WD. It claims to be the only forklift manufacturer in the world that offers the small turning radius of the 2WD versions in the 4WD version as well.

"It took three years to get the design that offers a 3 T forklift with only 3,025 mm (119 in.) from face of fork to rear of counterweight, 1,475 mm (58 in.) wide and 2,100 mm (83 in.) overall height. The turning radius we have achieved is 2,590 mm (101 in.) for 2WD and 4WD. To our knowledge, no other manufacturer has achieved the same turning radius in both 2WD and 4WD.

"In fact, the turning radius of all our models is the same in 2WD and 4WD," Martínez says.

The truck is suitable for applications that work in both mud and snow where they need the added traction of 4WD, and also stack a warehouse that requires the same maneuverability that an industrial forklift offers.

Perkins engines have been used on the new truck and its axles are made by ZF. The Linde transmissions are connected with Parker hydraulics, supplying pump valves and hosing.

Bomaq's 5 T units are in the planning stage, with a pre-production unit due to be ready early in 2014, and the 7 T forklift will be out by the end of that year.

(In this week's newsletter, UK independent forklift dealer Stacatruc's Richard Godfrey tells Forkliftaction.com News that his company has enjoyed good service from Mast Explorer manufacturer Mecano Continental over its 12-year relationship. Read here.)
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