August 16, 2018: Hoppecke Industrial Batteries has won a contract valued at £1 million ($1.3 million) from forklift truck distributor Briggs Equipment to supply lead batteries and battery chargers for the company’s short-term hire fleet.
Hoppecke, the largest battery manufacturer in European ownership, has been awarded the status of approved supplier to deliver and service 600 of trak | air batteries. The trak | air system comprises a traction battery with electrolyte circulation and a microprocessor-regulated charger to ensure rapid charging of the battery
Briggs Equipment is the UK distributor for the Hyster and Yale ranges of forklift trucks and a variety of other materials handling equipment.
Briggs says it is taking the batteries and chargers to enable renting units to cope with seasonal or emergency peaks in demand and changing work patterns.
Briggs Equipment has been expanding its short-term hire fleet — around 5,000 machines are in operation at any one time — with a particular focus on next-day delivery so that where customers have an urgent requirement, such as a critical deadline or a truck unexpectedly being out of commission, they can be back up to their full quota within 24 hours.