Fortec Distribution Network has seen an investment of £430,000 in its Northamptonshire hub in a move to improve efficiency and capacity.

The bulk of the investment has been spent on a new fleet of 36 forklift trucks from Still, with an additional £180,000 spent on upgrading the roof of its 210,000sq ft warehouse.

The RX70 LPG forklifts will enable its warehouse team to load and unload more quickly, ensuring a better service for Fortec pallet network members and customers.

Pall-Ex Group said safety was paramount in its choice of the RX70 LPG forklift truck, which it said had impressed with its all-round visibility and high performance.

The roof upgrade, which is currently being installed, is designed to provide additional visibility through the use of skylights.

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Kevin Buchanan, Pall-Ex Group chief executive, said: “This is a significant investment that has provided the operations team with more reliable kit, ensuring quicker turnarounds and an all-round better service from the central hub.

“The Still RX70 LPG is the best in class for the industry and benefits from state-of-the-art technology, a spacious driver’s cab, lateral battery change programmable drive and hydraulic performance, while complying with Euro-5 emission standard regulations.

“We have replaced the previous fleet and increased it, enabling us to improve handling within the hub and reduce waiting times for our members.

“The addition of the new roof will vastly improve the warehouse environment and provide the right setting to support our ambitious growth plans.

“Since acquiring the business, Pall-Ex Group has invested in all areas of the network to ensure Fortec is operating to the same standard as Pall-Ex and to position it as best in class among the pallet networks.”