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Combilift opens new €50m facility


Wednesday, 9 May 2018 ( #871 ) - Monaghan, Ireland
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Combilift's official factory opening ceremony
Forklift manufacturer and materials handling solutions provider Combilift has officially opened its new global headquarters and manufacturing facility in Monaghan, Ireland.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the company also announced that it will be significantly expanding its workforce with the creation of 200 new jobs in the next three years.    

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Irish Prime Minister An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said: "Combilift is an incredible home-grown Monaghan success story. When the company was founded 20 years ago, it had three employees, a brilliant concept and the ambition to make it a reality. Combilift is playing a significant role in Monaghan’s success, and I would like to congratulate Robert Moffett and Martin McVicar and everyone at Combilift on their achievements to date and wish them every success for the future."

Built at a cost of EUR50 million (USD60 million), the new 46,500 sqm facility will allow Combilift to realise its ambitious growth plans.

Managing director Martin McVicar said: "We have employed an additional 230 people since we announced our plans for this factory in 2015 and the combination of this state-of-the-art production plant and the growing skilled workforce will allow us to double production within the next five years."

Combilift currently exports 98% of its products to 85 countries through its 250-strong international dealer network. The current workforce stands at 550 and the new employment opportunities will be for skilled technicians, design engineers, logistics and supply chain specialists, and those with mechanical and electrical mechatronics skills.

The new purpose-built factory is one of the largest manufacturing operations under one single roof in the Republic of Ireland. It includes four 90 m moving assembly lines which produce a finished truck every 15 minutes. There are 60 welding bays, two plasma cutting machines, three paint lines using sustainable water-based paints, and three automatic shot blasters to cater for different-sized products.

Almost a quarter of the roof area is covered in skylights, enabling staff to work in natural daylight without the assistance of artificial lighting. Solar panels supply 185 kW of energy with a 1 MW Biomass plant fuelled by recycled wood (pallets etc.) to heat the spraying booths and assembly area. 110,000 l of rain water are harvested for jet washing and bathroom facilities.

More than 50 truckloads of finished products are dispatched from the factory each week, and spare parts are shipped across the world to the dealer network.
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