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Carpet manufacturer upgrades loading facilities

11 July 2017

Cormar Carpets has made significant improvements to its Bury-based mill upgrading its loading bay facility using specialist apparatus, designed and installed by Thorworld Industries.

The two British companies have enjoyed a working relationship since 2009, when Cormar first used Thorworld’s services to create a loading ramp solution, specifically designed to better enable carpet loading logistics, from mill warehouse to vehicle container.

“Our first-class service depends on the effective and safe despatch of our products,” explains Mike Wykes, FLT training officer at Cormar Carpets.

“To fulfil this requirement to the best of our ability, we need access to specialist loading equipment that’s been specifically designed to enable operatives to perform their loading tasks effectively, prevent stock from becoming damaged, and enable employees to stay safe at all times.

“The Thorworld loading ramp we brought into our warehouse facility eight years ago, has fulfilled its role on all counts. However, a recent decision to change our loading process, and expand apparatus provision to include a docking system featuring two ramps, led us to readdress the design of our existing loading bay, and make some enabling alterations.”

The loading bay has two platforms, with two bespoke, short type 10 access ramps, each with expanded metal decking and 1000mm high handrails. The equipment has a 6,000kg capacity.

Thorworld’s plans for Cormar’s refurbished loading bay has involved the installation of two platforms with a Bimagrip anti-slip surface, access steps with side platforms and two bespoke, short type 10 access ramps, each with expanded metal decking and 1000mm high handrails. The equipment has a 6,000kg capacity and has been designed to improve access within Cormar’s loading facility. 

Cormar will be using Thorworld’s maintenance division to ensure the new equipment is professionally serviced on an annual basis, and the carpet manufacturer has also sold its original loading ramp back to Thorworld, as part of re-installation process.

“With this latest loading bay installation for Cormar, we purposely designed the loading ramps to be one metre shorter. This bespoke design has helped to create additional space enabling easy vehicle access onto the ramps and allowing for greater manoeuvrability,” explains Ian Langan, technical director at Thorworld Industries.

Mike Wykes goes on to explain that he and the team had no reservation in bringing Thorworld back-on-board to perform the required re-design of the company’s loading bay facility. 

“We’ve always found Thorworld to be a great group of people to work with, and would work with them again on any future loading bay project without hesitation. We explained what we’d like our loading bay to do, and Thorworld came up with designs that would work.”