From Des Walsh, Director at Central Forklift Group
Welcome to our first newsletter for the year.
Despite covid19, trade and the movement of product around NZ (and around the world, albeit very slowly at times) seems to have continued through the start of 2021.
An area we have noticed a significant demand is our driver training courses which includes forklift certifications. Feedback we have received from external recruiters is that qualified forklift operators are high demand at present. With forward bookings of 4 weeks, the team are recommending getting in early with your booking and using the time prior to your course developing practical skills of forklift operations (under supervision) and reading up on your theory. The training team at Central Forklift Group have a reputation for offering a high-quality curriculum which is respected in the industry.
For 2021, Heli Forklift have exciting product launches which have now arrived in the country. The new product further develops the lithium-ion model (I encourage you to read the article from Steve Mackay on this model), Steve is predicting this to be a game changer as a lithium battery forklift model which can match the performance of other IC engines.
Now is a good time to look at upgrades as we have stocked up before planned price increases coming from our suppliers later in the year.
Our rental market continues to grow, Louis (Lower Hutt) and the team in Palmerston North and Napier have a large fleet of machines which are available for short (1/2 day to 6 months) and long-term options (up to 60 months) rental.