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JD Forktrucks announces deal with Tracey Concrete

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Based in Newtownabbey in Northern Ireland, JD Forktrucks has completed a deal with precast concrete manufacturers, Tracey Concrete. The deal is for two new 7 t Hynundai 70D-9 diesel counterbalance forklift trucks.

Tracey Concrete is a ready-mixed concrete company that has grown into one of the largest precast concrete manufacturers in the UK and Ireland. It specialises in precast drainage, bespoke tunneling, and high-level engineering and building products. The company has an existing fleets of 38 forklift trucks, mostly ranging between 3 t and 7 t. It had not considered the Hyundai brand in the past, but in early 2018 a sales manager at JD Forktrucks, Martin McAfee, contacted Tracey Concrete to introduce it to Hyundai and JD Forktrucks.

Both machines are fitted with Fabcon Engineering lifting attachments, which are permanently fixed to the trucks. This allows them to perform the daily tasks of shifting and loading heavy manhole rings. The forklifts need to be robust and reliable because they work 10 hour shifts.

“We were looking for bigger machines and knew that Hyundai made a 7 t machine,” said Anton Tracey, Director of Tracey Concrete. “We got in touch with Martin and told him what we needed. He pitched the Hyundai brand well and highlighted all the features. He also offered a reasonable package. We decided to go ahead with the deal and ordered the Hyundai machines, which arrived in very good time in December. Although it is early days, we are very happy with the machines so far.

“The operators that moved over from our other forklift trucks on to the new Hyundai machines like them and say they have many advantages. They particularly like the better visibility that the 70D-9 offers and the high-spec, comfortable cab with its excellent suspension.

“They also say the machines are user-friendly and easy to get used to. They are also steady on uneven ground and can handle all terrains. The operators also like the in-cab entertainment system with Bluetooth.

“We are growing our forklift fleet and in any future investments would definitely consider Hyundai and JD Forktrucks again.”

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