Combilift Lifting Solutions, New Global Manufacturing facility sets the benchmark for mass multidirectional all-wheel forklift-fork-truck, long-load, material-handling, tight footprint handling, product customization, innovative manufacturing, and customization with its new $50+ million manufacturing production-line plant and corporate offices.
30th Apri, 2018: Combilift Lifting Solutions, the global material handling solutions provider, has set the benchmark for mass production of customized innovative products according to Martin McVicar, Managing Director.
The new Combilift Corporate Global Manufacturing Headquarters has a footprint of just over 500,000 sq.ft (46,500 sq. m) This new manufacturing facility allows Combilift to double its production while automating the process with a dedicated workforce of 550 employees. (With a backlog of qualified resumes from a local community of 7,000 +\- and a global work pool that’s endless.
Entering the 20-twenty year mark, Combilift Lifting Solutions currently exports 98% of its fork truck lifting products to a global market of 85 countries. With a solid network of 250-dealers, and service consultants. Combilift continues to increase market share with a line of custom lifts and lifting solutions across “EVERY MARKET SEGMENT,”
Martin McVicar, Managing Director, Combilift says that the investment will enable Combilift to meet its ambitious growth plans. “We have employed an additional 230 people since we announced our plans for this factory in 2015 and we are planning to recruit an additional 200 in the next 3 years. The combination of this state of the art production plant and a skilled workforce will allow us to double production within the next 5 years.”
Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Business, Enterprise, and Innovation pointed to the positive impact of Combilift on the border region. “As one of the most significant employers in Monaghan, the positive impact that Combilift has on the county, the region, and Ireland cannot be under-estimated. Perhaps above all, the company is living proof that you don’t have to be in a big city to achieve global success. As Minister, I am focused on ensuring we have the right conditions in place to encourage job creation right across the country, so supporting ambitious companies like Combilift is hugely important. I am delighted that the Government, through Enterprise Ireland, has part-funded the manufacturing facility, which paves the way for this exciting business to double its output and create new jobs in the region. Today is a wonderful day for Monaghan and Ireland.”
Speaking at the opening of the new manufacturing facility, part-funded by Enterprise Ireland, Julie Sinnamon, Enterprise Ireland CEO said “Enterprise Ireland has worked closely with Combilift from the outset of their incredible journey as a start-up to a global leader today, exporting to 85 countries. Combilift’s success is a testament to the hard work of the team, and to an unrelenting focus on market-led innovation. These achievements represent the strength of Irish businesses who are achieving global scale and are positioned as global leaders in their own right. Their success has been built on being innovative and being the best in their field. Enterprise Ireland has worked intensively with Combilift to achieve their ambition, scale, and phenomenal international growth.”
An acknowledged world leader in the material handling sector, Martin McVicar, Managing Director, Combilift, attributes the company’s impressive growth to mass customization. “Combilift has set the benchmark for the mass production of customized innovative products. Mass customization is the new frontier for both the customer and the manufacturer. Increasingly customers are expecting products to be tailored to meet their needs.”
Since 1998 Combilift has manufacturing customized forklift products tailored to suit client requirements. “The flexibility in our new facility means that Combilift can continue to accommodate any customer request for a customized material handling solution,” says McVicar “The new factory enables us to double production and remain focused on the needs of our customers and dealers. We have become much more than a forklift manufacturer and are transforming the transport and logistics sector with our innovative, space-spacing products.”
Combilift offers a free logistic and warehouse design service. “Our engineers proactively design, plan and produce solutions in collaboration with our customers by offering material flow analysis and 3D animations,” says McVicar.
Growth of Combilift
Established by Martin McVicar, Managing Director and Robert Moffett, Technical Director, in 1998, Combilift is a privately held and fully capitalized company. It developed the world’s first multidirectional all-wheel drive IC engine powered forklift in 1998. In its first year of operation, Combilift produced 18 units, 17 of which were exported. The company has more than doubled in the last 5 years and now has 40,000 units in operation in over 85 countries.
Combilift’s product portfolio has expanded way beyond its first multidirectional Combilift, with innovative product development and customization being a cornerstone of the company’s ethos according to McVicar.
The new factory is set on a 100-acre site with room for expansion. With 11 acres of roof space, it is one of the largest manufacturing operations under one single roof in the Republic of Ireland.
Incorporating the latest manufacturing processes with a focus on sustainability, the new factory will enable Combilift to double its output in a single shift across all production lines. Four 90 meter moving assembly lines produce a finished truck every 15 minutes.
30% of its roof space is covered in skylights enabling staff to work in natural daylight without the assistance of artificial lighting. Lighting is provided through 1100 LED light with individual sensors. Solar panels supply 185 kW of energy with a 1 MW Biomass plant fuelled by recycled wood (pallets etc) to heat the spray booths and assembly area. 110,000 liters of rainwater is harvested for use throughout the facility.
More than 50 truckloads of finished products are dispatched to 85 countries each week. Spare parts are also shipped across the world from Monaghan to the dealer network.
Certified to international quality and safety management standards, the new headquarters and manufacturing facility has been awarded ISO 9001 international quality management system, ISO 14001 Environment Management and OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series.
For additional information visit. The Combilift website