Potato plant goes green
18 March 2013
A potato processing plant in Shropshire has reduced both its carbon footprint and its fuel bills, after switching to LPG-powered forklift trucks from Jofson Mitsubishi. Market Drayton-based ER Birch & Sons considered several options when looking for forklift trucks, aiming to cut emissions and costs without compromising the performance to load and unload huge, one-tonne boxes of potatoes for sorting, grading and storage at heights of up to six metres.
The fleet of five Mitsubishi Grendia FG30N2 trucks are reported to offer class-leading fuel economy, combined with flexible rental terms from Jofson and the Japanese manufacturer's proven reputation for reliability.
The move to hire LPG forklifts has been described as groundbreaking in an agricultural setting, where ruggedness is essential and bought trucks, running on low-tax red diesel, are the norm. However, the LPG trucks offer far cleaner, quieter performance than diesel in a foodhandling environment where much of the work is done indoors.