The investment will further enhance Linde as the largest supplier of short term hire trucks, now totalling over 10,000 machines across its UK network.
Linde is the leading supplier of short term hire materials handling equipment in the industry, with more than three times the amount of trucks available for hire compared to its nearest competitor.
Mark Sullivan, Head of Used Trucks and Short Term Rental at Linde (UK) commented: “The addition of these new trucks, to our already 10,000 strong fleet, ensures that we can provide our customers with a complete range of equipment from a 1 tonne powered pallet truck, right through to a container handling truck.
“Businesses are now, more than ever before, turning to short term rental options due to tighter finances and also seasonal demands. With the rental landscape changing, it was important that we invested into a growing market to meet customer demands.”
Linde’s investment into its rental fleet has resulted in the company becoming the official materials handling supplier for the Caterham F1 team.
Linde has supplied the Caterham F1 team with three Engine Counterbalance Trucks, from a 12 tonne truck to a 3 tonne and 3.5 tonne truck which are all based at Caterham F1 team’s site in Leafield, Oxfordshire.
The trucks have been used to load over 25 tonnes of equipment onto air freight containers which transport the F1 kit by air to Grand Prix competitions across the world including Shanghai, Abu Dhabi, India, Brazil and Texas.
In August 2012, the trucks were also used to move equipment from Caterham F1 team’s old base in Hingham, Norfolk to its new premises in Leafield. The trucks were needed to load and unload heavy equipment onto delivery vehicles to ensure that it ran as smoothly as possible.
Mark Sullivan, continued: “We’re really excited that our investment in short term rental trucks has meant that we’re now official suppliers of Caterham F1 team. This partnership is something that we’re really proud of, knowing that Caterham turned to us for their short term rental solution. The partnership has meant that we’re not only associated with such a credible manufacturing company, but we’re also able to provide our staff with exciting opportunities to see first-hand how our trucks can be used in practice within a fast paced industry.”
Richard St Clair Quentin, Commercial Manager at Caterham F1 team, said: “As an F1 team, we need to travel across the world to each Grand Prix safely, knowing that our equipment is in good hands. Linde’s global network of trucks has meant that a majority of our destinations have been markets in which Linde has a strong presence so we’ve had Linde trucks at hand to offload our equipment too.
“The Linde global network is only one of many factors in which we chose Linde over its competitors. The company’s renowned for manufacturing the most durable, reliable and comfortable trucks which is exactly what we need at Caterham F1 team. The short term option for the next two years is ideal for us and we hope to continue to work with Linde in the future.”
Linde Material Handling has been developing its fork lift truck rental service over the last 20 years. It operates the largest fork lift truck rental fleet in the UK with over 10,000 units available for hire periods of one week upwards, to meet seasonal peak periods or unscheduled requirements. The fleet covers the widest range of truck types including powered pallet trucks, order pickers, reach trucks and engine/electric counterbalance trucks and the Linde national network of 20 local dealerships offers an easy one stop shop to meet any company's peak demand needs. One call on 0845 609 3333 will connect customers to Linde Lift Truck Hire at the nearest local dedicated Linde national network service for a rapid response.