Kibsons International expands in Dubai with MHE from Al-Bahar
FMCG retailer Kibsons International has expanded its logistics operations in Dubai with a new warehouse in Alweer, equipped with MHE solutions from Al-Bahar.
Al-Bahar delivered seventeen units for a mixed fleet of Cat Lift trucks and UniCarriers forklifts that will enable Kibsons to carry out warehousing functionalities efficiently, storing and delivering fruit, vegetable, meat and poultry across the UAE.
“As part of our ongoing cold store expansion project, we were looking for flexibility and dependability while choosing the material handling solutions. Our business handles dynamic scenarios, demanding equipment that are versatile and compliant,” says Husainy Sharbat, operations head, Kibsons International.
The new warehouse was primarily for Storage & Distribution Capacity, with a restricted aisle space of 2.5 m and Radio shuttle racking system.
Kibsons therefore needed a solution that could operate in narrow spaces. They wanted reach trucks or counter balance forklifts.
“Having understood the unique need, we proposed narrow aisle reach trucks, with body chassis of reach truck and which was integrated with VNA mode of forklifts. This was ideal for use in narrow spaces,” says Mamoun Mutair, product manager, Building Construction & Paving, Al-Bahar. “They also requested for additional switch for directional control and operators protection along with a comfortable space. Our equipment addressed these needs, with its proven ergonomics for operational efficiency.”
Al-Bahar offered eight units of ALL 200 low lifter trucks, three units of each UHD 200 reach trucks and URS 150 free-range reach trucks. The fleet was completed with three units of Cat EP20 Lift Trucks.
No additional feeder equipment or P&D stations were needed, as these trucks offer ‘Stack & Move’ manoeuvrability.
“The UniCarriers Very-Narrow-Aisle (VNA) free-range reach truck – Tergo URS series seamlessly adapts to almost any warehouse task – VNA applications, stacking and internal transports,” explains Mutair.
“To utilise your warehouse space to the maximum, you need a VNA truck. For general duty, you need a free-range reach truck. If you need both, you can have it all. The TERGO URS 150 chosen by Kibsons combines both man-down VNA/reach truck,” he added.