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A closer look at Counterbalance trucks

Thursday, 21 Jan 2016 ( #753 )
In an interview with Rory Harvey-Kelly, General Manager of Baoli Material Handling Europe, Logistics Manager takes a look at the world of counterbalanced trucks.
  1. What are the factors driving developments in the market?
  2. What are some of the key developments?
  3. What are the key features that buyers look for when acquiring trucks?
The buyers of counterbalance trucks are different, because the conditions where the trucks will be used vary tremendously. Furthermore, operating hours may change as result of economic factors.  Buyers look for forklifts appropriate for the specific environment.

The Baoli development team keeps in mind, that users need different forklifts for different requirements. Baoli offers diesel forklifts in two different versions: The latest D-series is available as "Standard" as well as the upgraded "Plus" version. Whilst the footprint, i.e. chassis, mast, counterweight and engine remain the same, the differentiation is in the layout. The standard version offers competitively priced forklifts for normal applications, the D-series "Plus" provides the solution for challenging and multi-shift operations. Operators of D-series "Plus" benefit from more comfort resulting in more efficiency and less fatigue.

An important factor driving developments is the total cost of ownership of the trucks. This means that buyers are also considering the cost of maintenance and service. Accessibility of the components becomes more and more important, because time is money. When developing Baoli forklifts, easy accessibility of components is a key factor. Baoli ensures that technicians do not waste customer’s time and the money through inaccessibility of components.

Inefficiencies for technicians occur when a manufacturer develops similar trucks with different components. Therefore a key aspect for the Baoli development team is to offer different trucks, which are built on a joint platform. In this way the technicians easily understand to maintain and service the different versions, since the main aspects such as chassis, mast, engine, driver compartment and overhead guard are the same for both versions. Common spare parts are used by technicians ensuring maximum uptime.

For more information please contact:

Vera Klickova
Baoli Material Handling Europe s.r.o.
Phone: +420 255 725 441
Email: send an email

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About Baoli:
Baoli Material Handling Europe s.r.o. is a subsidiary of KION Baoli (Jiangsu) Forklift Co. Ltd, which develops, manufactures, sells and services practical and reliable forklift trucks. The product portfolio comprises engine, electric forklift and warehouse trucks with load capacities of between one and ten tonnes. KION Baoli employs over 700 people, headquarters and production facilities are located in Jingjiang in Jiangsu province of China (near Shanghai). The headquarters of Baoli Material Handling Europe is based in Prague, Czech Republic. Baoli is a member of KION Group. Further information about Baoli is available on and

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