Operating at multiple sites across the UK, Rail Freight Services is a specialist materials handling and logistics provider offering customers a seamless and fully integrated transportation and handling service for bulk or containerised products from source to delivery point. Its South Wales operation incorporates a daily train, originating from Cumbria, which delivers containerised limestone and dolomite for a manufacturing process in South Wales.
One complete train is unloaded and reloaded in the rail sidings each day and, as the manufacturing facility must be permanently fed, the Sany reach stacker is deemed operation-critical. Cooper therefore ensures any preventative maintenance is scheduled so as not to compromise the operation.
The machine is a standard SRSC 4531G with a 31 tonne lift capability in the second row and is fitted with an EU-compliant Volvo engine, Dana transmission and Kessler axle. It was manufactured at Sany's new €100m production facility near Dusseldorf in Germany.
Kevin Biddle, operations manager for Rail Freight Services, has welcomed the positive impact of the Sany reach stacker, as well as the new business relationship with Cooper Specialised Handling.
"The Sany machine is a welcome addition to our fleet in what is an extremely ‘operation-critical' site for us. The response we have had from Cooper in meeting our particular heavy lifting requirements has been most refreshing."