Asset management and engineering services specialist Briggs Equipment is celebrating further success in the food and beverage sector after securing a repeat order with a world renowned Highland distillery.
A well-established supplier to the whisky industry in Scotland, Briggs has won another important contract with The Glenmorangie Company.The firm’s latest order comprises six Hyster four-wheel electric counterbalance forklift trucks, ranging in size from 1.6 tonnes to 3 tonnes, a 2.0S ride on pallet truck and a JLG 1930ES scissor lift.
Briggs is supplying all of the machines on a five-year contract hire basis, including full servicing and maintenance support, which will be provided by engineers based at its Cumbernauld depot.
Reliability was a key consideration for The Glenmorangie Company – famous for Glenmorangie and Ardberg, two of the world’s most respected single malt brands – which can trace its roots back to 1815.
Since 2005 the business has been part of Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH), a portfolio of 60 prestigious brands that employs almost 100,000 people worldwide.
The Highland distillery, which produces 10 million bottles of single malt a year, operates a fleet of 17 forklifts across five sites, 15 of which have been supplied by Briggs.
Following a review of its requirements and a highly competitive tender, The Glenmorangie Company awarded the contract to Briggs based on its low total cost of ownership proposal. The excellent standard of customer service it receives from its materials handling partner was also a deciding factor.
Five of the new Hyster forklifts are being put to work at The Glenmorangie Company’s purposebuilt bottling plant in Livingston, West Lothian. Opened in 2010, the facility meets high environmental standards and offers improved energy efficiencies, more natural daylight and a rainwater harvesting system. The forklifts will be used for general pallet movements in the production and goods in/out areas by a team of dedicated operators who work a single, Monday to Friday shift. The remaining trucks are being deployed at the Ardberg Distillery in Port Ellen, Islay.