Vaillant Industrial improves efficiency and sustainability with Jungheinrich
Vaillant Industrial, part of the Vaillant Group international heating and hot water corporation, has partnered with leading intralogistics provider, Jungheinrich UK, to deliver an optimised materials handling fleet and updated warehouse system to support its continued business growth.
Vaillant Group is a global, family-owned company with a heritage of more than 140 years providing customers with energy-saving and easy to operate solutions for heating, cooling, and hot water. In addition to requiring a full upgrade and renewal of its warehouse fleet, one of Vaillant Group’s priorities is to focus on sustainability, aligning with its overall business objectives to design and deliver manufactured products and systems that use renewable energy.
With a specific aim to move to more sustainable technology solutions to support its plans to become a carbon neutral plant by 2025, Vaillant is collaborating with Jungheinrich to introduce a new 26 vehicle Lithium-ion fleet to its operations. The new fleet involves a combination of ETV 216i reach trucks as well as conventional counter balances, increasing the capacity on some of its larger trucks from 2.5 tonnes to 3.5 tonnes to cater for the pressed steel works and tools.
The rapid interim charging times offered by Lithium-ion powered trucks enable a virtually continuous operation of fleets on a 24×7 basis with no dangerous gases or acids emitted, meaning that charging stations equipped with expensive and toxic exhaust systems are no longer necessary. Manual handling is reduced too, with no need for frequent battery changing for charging, giving Vaillant increased uptime to meet high demand at a greater speed. This also provides Vaillant the opportunity to eliminate the need for spare batteries during changeover and reduce the overall fleet size by two trucks because of lift opportunity and charging availability.
Adrian Ancliff, Head of Production Logistics and Scheduling, Vaillant Industrial, comments, “We are delighted to be working with Jungheinrich – the incorporation of Lithium-ion trucks is incredibly important to our sustainability goals and we have been extremely impressed with the overall energy savings and efficiency we stand to gain. Not only will Lithium-ion-powered vehicles provide huge sustainability benefits in terms of energy efficiency and carbon reduction, the transition will also reduce the health and safety risks associated with the removal of lead acid batteries, which is another huge bonus for us. We’re very pleased to be doing our part to reduce our carbon footprint and we are confident that we’ve purchased the best fleet on the market.”
In addition to introducing a new fleet, Vaillant has taken advantage of Jungheinrich’s Power By The Hour initiative – a flexible and transparent way to rent forklift trucks which allows warehouse operators to only pay for the hours they use the truck. For Vaillant, this means that they can have commercial flexibility when they have spikes in demand, short term peaks or another truck requires servicing, with an extra reach truck available at their convenience.
With a constantly evolving production line and desire to bring in levels of automation, Jungheinrich will also be deploying a state-of-the-art logistics and racking system, which will involve a new warehouse design to ensure the upgraded fleet matches the warehouse system. The new racking system will enable optimised storage up to 11 metres and accommodate the three new ETV 216i trucks which can reach up to 10.7 metres. The new optimised warehouse will therefore increase capacity from 1,100 pallet locations to almost 4,000, trebling their capacity within the same space it currently operates.
Adrian continues, “By introducing innovative racking concepts and optimising the height and layout, the support from Jungheinrich has exceeded our expectations. The team ensured that the new fleet complements the racking design, and the whole intralogistics system has been streamlined and linked together. The new warehouse design has been factored and designed around the building due to its restrictive entry and exit points and we have been able to work closely with Jungheinrich during the entire process, which has strengthened our relationship. Vaillant is going higher, bigger and upskilling its people with Jungheinrich, and we are excited to continue working together.”
Neil Warren, Region One Business Director at Jungheinrich concludes, “We are delighted to support Vaillant in improving its warehouse efficiency from both an economical and environmental perspective. Lithium-ion technology offers tremendous benefits in terms of efficiency and productivity gains, as well as supporting crucial sustainability efforts, so it’s great to see Vaillant taking advantage of this. Working closely with Vaillant to provide a fully integrated and combined system which completely optimises their warehouse operations and delivers energy efficiency in line with their company’s sustainability goals is extremely important to us and we look forward to our continued partnership with Vaillant as it enjoys the benefits of the new system.”
About Vaillant UK: The Vaillant Group is a global market and technology leader in the fields of heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning technology. For over 140 years, we have been following a strategy designed to achieve sustainable and profitable growth. Today, our family-owned company employs over 13,000 employees and has 10 sites in six European countries and China. In the UK, Vaillant is a growing brand for renewable heating solutions with a premium range of heat pumps to help meet current and future decarbonisation targets. Each year in the UK, Vaillant Group produces around 400,000 gas boilers for the Vaillant and Glow-worm brands, all of which are hand-built in our award-winning manufacturing plant in Derbyshire. About Jungheinrich UK Ltd: Jungheinrich UK Ltd is one of the top three leading intralogistics providers in the UK, generating a turnover of over £190 million annually. With a team of more than 800 dedicated and highly experienced employees, operating from seven locations across the UK, Jungheinrich offers the industry’s widest range of intralogistics solutions, high energy efficiency pallet trucks, stackers, counterbalance trucks, reach trucks, order pickers, very narrow aisle trucks, automated guided vehicles, racking and stacker cranes in more than 600 truck variants, new or fully refurbished. All used forklift trucks are industrially refurbished in accordance with Jungheinrich 5-star quality standards at the specially designed Dresden plant in Germany. In addition, Jungheinrich provides an extensive, 500-employee strong, customer service support network and has one of the largest short-term forklift rental fleets in the UK. The company has evolved from a manufacturer of forklift trucks to a full intralogistics solutions provider, excelling in automation, racking systems and warehouse planning, as well as in long- and short-term rental and financial services. The company is a division of the Jungheinrich AG Group, which is represented worldwide in 40 countries with its own direct sales companies and in more than 80 other countries through partner companies. Jungheinrich employs 18,000 people worldwide and generated consolidated revenue of €3.8 billion in 2018. www.jungheinrich.co.uk