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Schobesberger & Fuchs GmbH, known as SF Logistik for short, is a successful logistics business with years of experience in the industry. With 14 flatbed vehicles with cranes and 16 covered vehicles, the company is equipped for every need. At the end of 2014, one of these covered vehicles received a very special upgrade, when the PALFINGER BM 214 truck-mounted forklift was installed for an initial trial run. For this trial run, SF Logistik took on the direct delivery of plasterboard to the Austria, Switzerland and Germany region for the customer Saint-Gobain Rigips Austria.

Plasterboard is a practical material, handy and easy to assemble. However, there are challenges associated with delivering it to small warehouses and with direct supply to construction sites, as on-site help with unloading is not usually available. The PALFINGER BM 214 comes in useful in such situations. “It was the flexibility of the forklift that won us over”, comments Adrian Fuchs, Managing Director of Schobesberger & Fuchs GmbH, explaining why his company chose the PALFINGER truck-mounted forklift. “Its excellent all-terrain mobility and manoeuvrability makes direct delivery easier even on tough construction sites.” In addition, the PALFINGER BM 214 is installed in a box between the axles of the carrier vehicle, rather than mounted at the rear of an articulated lorry as with conventional truck-mounted forklifts.

The advantages of this method of installation are that the truck does not lose loading space and the distribution of load across the axles is optimised in all load situations. This makes the covered vehicle safer on the road and reduces tyre wear. Furthermore, installation in a box means that the vehicle does not become excessively long and thus is not subject to restrictions when driving abroad, such as in Switzerland or Italy.

Source: Palfinger