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January 12, 2009

Hybrid forklift truck helps events industry meet its sustainable goals

Exhibition logistics company CEVA Showfreight has introduced the world’s first and most fuel-efficient hybrid forklift truck to the UK exhibition sector. 

The RX 70, designed and manufactured by German-based company Still, has been trialled at Birmingham venue the NEC during the build up and breakdown of the recently held BBC Good Food Show. The introduction of the forklift is in response to ever increasing demands placed upon contractors by organisers to adhere to sustainability accreditation standards.

“Following the introduction of the industry specific BS8901 standard last year, the race is on among all sectors of the exhibition industry to become totally compliant and therefore accredited,” said Ray Myles, CEVA Showfreight’s compliance manger. “As a company, we are looking beyond those standards at ways we can give our clients added value.

“Benefits of using the new forklift include reduced emissions, lower fuel costs and increased safety, reliability and handling capability,” he continued. “Our clients have welcomed the introduction of this new vehicle and are keen to see it in action.”

Bernard Cottrell, group operations manager at Haymarket, organisers of the BBC Good Food Show, commented: “Sustainability is a buzz word in the industry at the moment and it is good working with a company, such as CEVA, that is constantly pushing the boundaries and looking to address such important issues. 

"The hybrid forklift trucks are not only the world’s most efficient, but they also look good too. We look forward to using these trucks at our new launch show Carbon 2009, the exhibition dedicated to finding carbon solutions next year, which is being held at ExCeL in October.”

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