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Finnforest UK, a supplier of ecological Nordic timber and timber-based products, has appointed Briggs Equipment UK as its exclusive materials-handling partner.

The deal, worth more than GBP4m, encompasses a fleet of 78 machines, including three- and 4.5- tonne Cat diesel counterbalance trucks, 27 Baumann sideloaders and five Combi multi-directional machines.

Briggs can offer a combination of engineer coverage, stringent service-level agreements, extended service hours and free service-cover trucks if a machine cannot be fixed within 12 working hours.

Briggs has helped Finnforest to reduce its materials-handling fleet by approximately 38 per cent.

Mike Lomas, Finnforest’s operations director, said: ‘Our sites are geographically diverse, located across the UK, and Briggs has 70 engineers within a 25-mile radius of each of our sites.

‘This enables Briggs to deliver its guaranteed 96 per cent uptime levels and a service response of less than three hours guaranteed.’ With six sites spanning the UK from Tilbury in Essex to Grangemouth in Scotland, Finnforest needed a supplier that could offer a national single-source solution across a diverse range of equipment.

As well as forklift trucks, access platforms and sweepers, Briggs supplied a fleet of Baumann sideloaders.

Sean Herrick, Briggs’ key account manager, said: ‘The sideloaders were a critical part of the materials-handling solution and Baumann is a European market leader with parts supply and reputation to match.

‘Our short-term hire fleet includes 17 sideloaders and our long-standing relationship with Cooper SH means that we can fully support Finnforest’s needs.’ The five-and-a-half-year contract includes full maintenance and service and resident engineers.

It offers a single point of invoicing across a complex contract.

Bespoke truck modifications that help to reduce damage, tyre wear and fuel expenditure, have also contributed to reduced lifetime costs.

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Formerly Finning Materials Handling, Briggs Equipment UK became part of Sammons Enterprises in September 2006. Sammons Enterprises is a diversified holding company with interests in industrial equipment as well as insurance and hospitality. With assets approaching $50 billion, Sammons Enterprise is a diversified conglomerate, ranking among the largest privately owned companies in the world. The core of the company reflects proven operational expertise surrounded by a superior foundations of ethics and values.

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