Initial City Link streamlines loading operation with Truckloada

Two Truckloada mobile lifting platforms from Thorworld Industries are delivering increased efficiencies at an Initial City Link distribution operation.

Their introduction has streamlined loading procedures and substantially reduced the number of vehicles needed at a 500,000 sq ft state-of-the-art logistics centre operated by Computer 2000 at Magna Park, Leicestershire.

Computer 2000 is the UK’s largest trade-only distributor of IT products and services, serving re-sellers across the UK and Ireland.

Initial City Link has been awarded the contract to collect small items from the logistics centre, which it takes to its hub sites at Wolverhampton and Heston, near Heathrow, for onward delivery.

As the levellers fitted to the four bays used by Initial City Link do not reach floor level, it could not use its fleet of special low floor, double deck vehicles. It was restricted to using conventional vehicles which could only take up to 28 full cages.

The introduction of the Truckloada platforms has meant that the double deck vehicles, which can be loaded with up to 43 cages, can be used. This has led to almost a halving of vehicle movements, making the operation more cost-effective as well as more environmentally friendly.

The Truckloada is designed for loading and unloading any vehicle or raised loading bay area with loads of up to 3000Kg. Push button controls operate the hydraulic lifting and lowering mechanism.

The platform has a minimum height of 46-56m when lowered. This makes it easy for cages or pallets to be loaded or unloaded. It is mounted on four heavy duty bearing castors, with down locks provided to keep the platform firmly in place during use.

The Truckloada is available in three sizes, depending on the size and number of cages or pallets to be handled, to suit various applications. No pit is required as the lifting gear is mounted on the platform. Special fixed or drive-through versions are also available.

Initial City Link currently uses only two of its four designated bays at Magna Park. As the Truckloada is highly mobile and can be moved around by one man, in the event of problems occurring with the doors on either bay it can quickly and easily be placed in position at an adjacent bay.

Thorworld is firmly established as a market-leading manufacturer and supplier of a wide range of top quality loading and unloading equipment and loading bay accessories, such as mobile yardramps, dock shelters & seals, dock levellers, modular loading docks, dock plates & boards, dock & vehicle bumpers, Truckloada mobile yardlifts, scissor lifts, hand & powered pallet trucks, counterbalanced container lift trucks, a pedestrian operated trailer moving system, and a choice of walk, fixed and wheelchair access ramps, together with a comprehensive selection of safety and protection accessories, to help ensure safe, efficient, profitable working and the protection of vehicles, plant and personnel.

For further information about the Truckloada mobile lifting platform and other Thorworld loading bay equipment & accessories, and to receive a copy of their latest product range catalogue, contact: Thorworld Industries Ltd, Station Lane Industrial Estate, Old Whittington, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S41 9QX. Tel: 01246 260981. Fax: 01246 260493. Email: Web:

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Truckloada mobile lifting platforms from Thorworld Industries are streamlining loading operations for Initial City Link at the Computer 2000 logistics centre, Magna Park, Leicestershire.

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