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Combilift’s 25th Anniversary Celebration – 25 Years of Innovation and Community

Recently, Combilift, a prominent player in the world of multi-directional forklifts and long load handling solutions, marked an impressive milestone – a quarter-century of groundbreaking achievements. The company unveiled three exciting new products during an exclusive event at its headquarters in Ireland to commemorate this special occasion.

 

Combilift's 25th Anniversary Celebration - 25 Years of Innovation and Community soc

Haydn Davies, Director of ATF Professional and Auto Recycling World, was privileged to join Combilift for their 25th-anniversary celebration in Monaghan, Ireland, on the 25th of September. The event was a blend of insightful elements, including a factory tour, engaging discussions with staff members, a press conference, the introduction of innovative products, and a delightful celebratory dinner.

Throughout its remarkable journey, Combilift has excelled in its industry and nurtured a sense of community within the organisation and among its supporters. Heather Humphreys, Minister for Social Protection and Rural and Community Development, commended Combilift’s achievements and commitment to the community. She also acknowledged the company’s remarkable growth over the years.

At the heart of Combilift’s success is its dedication to delivering a personalised customer experience. Their products, which can be customised to suit individual needs, are complemented by a space utilisation consultation. This service involves assessing a customer’s workspace and recommending effective optimisation of space usage.

During the factory tour, visitors witnessed Combilift’s skilled employees working alongside advanced Industry 4.0 technology. The company’s commitment to efficiency extends beyond its products to its workspace design, emphasising fluid movement throughout the facility.

Among the three new products that they introduced on the day, including their venture into the offshore wind sector, other highlights included the Combi-AGT Autonomous Guided Forklift Truck, which is designed to safely and efficiently transport long loads in narrow aisles, operating round-the-clock. It combines autonomous technology with manual driving options, ensuring productivity and safety.

They also introduced Combi-Connect, a telematics software product providing valuable insights into fleet management. Businesses gain access to real-time data on fleet performance, including location tracking, usage analytics, and maintenance alerts, allowing for enhanced operational efficiency.

The celebratory dinner was an evening of recognition and cultural enjoyment. Awards were presented to employees and distributors for their unwavering commitment to Combilift’s success. Attendees also had the opportunity to experience Irish culture through traditional music and dance performances.

The following morning, and always eager to show Combilift’s machinery in its natural habitat, Martin McVicar, CEO and Co-founder of Combilift, invited ATF Professional to local auto recycler, Atkinsons Dismantlers, to see their multi-directional loader in use, and as their operation has expanded, we were also informed that they were soon to take delivery of a new Combi Cube – Combilift’s latest model.

Combilift’s multi-directional loader in action at Atkinsons Dismantlers

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In 1998, founders Robert Moffett and Martin McVicar joined forces to create the world’s first internal combustion engine-powered, all-wheel-drive, multi-directional forklift. Combilift has since grown into a global player, exporting to 85 countries and boasting over 60,000 trucks in use worldwide. With a quarter-century of innovation behind them, Combilift’s future looks brighter than ever.

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Owain Griffiths

Head of Circular Economy at Volvo Cars

Owain joined Volvo Cars in June 2021 to lead Circular Economy in the Global Sustainability Team. The company has committed to being a circular business by 2040 and has financial, recycled content and CO2 based targets for 2025, all of which Owain is working across the company to make happen. Owain previously worked for circular economy consultancy Oakdene Hollins where he advised businesses on evidence led circular economy implementation. 

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