Flexi Narrow Aisle design, manufacture & market the award winning Flexi AC articulated trucks
30 years of Flexi reach truck pioneering development
Since 1976, Flexi Narrow Aisle has been one of the world’s leading pioneers of very narrow aisle (VNA) equipment design and development. Today our Flexi range is distributed worldwide through a fully supported distributor network from the company’s manufacturing plants through hubs in the UK, USA and in over 60 countries worldwide.
Since Narrow Aisle pioneered the Flexi articulated truck concept in the early 1990s it has gone on to become the most popular type of articulated reach truck on the market. The concept we developed for 'back wheel drive Bendi' articulated units has been superseded as front wheel drive has many more benefits.
Over 10,000 units have been built and shipped throughout the world, with the many customers in North America recognising the space saving benefits.
Over the past five years, the Flexi AC Reach Truck range has been developed significantly and can now lift loads weighing over 2.5 tonnes and to lift heights of over 14 metres.
Although Flexi Narrow Aisle’s customers are involved in the storage and handling of many different products – from FMCG, foodstuffs and beverages to automotive – they all share at least one common aim: the need to maximize efficiency within their warehousing operation by increasing throughput and making the most of all the space that is available.
The Flexi VNA solution provides a space-efficient storage solution by eliminating dead aisle space required by traditional counterbalance forklifts, masts, reach trucks or guided Man Up VNA trucks. Depending on the building, the Flexi trucks can increase usable storage space between 25% and 50%, and by eliminating double handling make material handling operations significantly more efficient, reducing the cost per pallet stored and truck numbers and operators. Flexi trucks can work in aisles just 1.6M (ISO 1m) or 2.0M (EURO 1.2m) deep and transfer aisles of less than 3 metres, enabling warehouse layouts to be substantially improved.
The Flexi articulated truck is equally at home working outside the warehouse pallet racks in loading dock areas. It is able to operate a complete ‘road to rack’ function, eliminating time-consuming double pallet handling, and the cost of a separate counterbalance truck outside or into the back of a semi-trailer, enabling Flexi ACiON to cut overall handling costs by up to 50%.