Eddie Stobart’s Contract Logistics and Warehousing Division has upgraded the materials handling equipment at its site at Magna Park, Lutterworth, with the introduction of state-of-the-art Flexi Truck articulated very narrow aisle (VNA) forklift technology.

Part of the Culina group, Eddie Stobart has operated articulated trucks across its business for several years and the new Flexi Truck models will be deployed to service the company’s long-standing B&Q account.

In total, Eddie Stobart has ordered a fleet of ?? Flexi Trucks. The new models have a lift height of 13.2 metres and, thanks to the Flexi Truck’s HiVIS lift mast and specially developed integrated tilting and side shifting fork carriage, mast deflection is eliminated. This means that even at the highest lift heights pallet movement is fast and hugely efficient.

The trucks, which are manufactured in the UK by Narrow Aisle Ltd, have been supplied with a high-definition LCD CCTV system to ensure that the operator has a clear view of the load and the racking when retrieving and putting away pallets at height.

Like all models in the Flexi Truck range, the trucks perform safely both inside and outside the warehouse. This feature eliminates double handling and means that a single Flexi will do the work of two trucks: it unloads or loads vehicles like a counterbalanced truck and operates within the VNA aisleways without needing costly guidance systems or pick and deposit stations at the end of an aisle.

Stobart’s new trucks have been supplied on a contract hire package, which includes service and maintenance.

Narrow Aisle’s managing director, John Maguire, commented: “Culina and Eddie Stobart seek to continuously improve operational efficiencies and the decision to invest in Flexi Truck articulated truck technology is part of that commitment.

“Eddie Stobart recognises the operational benefits that articulated truck-based intralogistics solutions offer and sees Flexi Truck as the articulated truck brand to trust.”