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CROWN IN FOR THE LONG HAUL WITH DISC BRAKES AUSTRALIA

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Australia’s most awarded disc brake rotor manufacturer is relying on Crown material handling equipment to help it keep up with the strong global demand for its products.

Disc Brakes Australia (DBA), which distributes its high quality, patented design disc rotors to Australia and the world from its busy Sydney factory and warehouse, is using a range of Crown lift trucks including RR Series reach trucks, a CG Series LPG counterbalance forklift, Wave® Work Assist Vehicles® and WP Series power pallet trucks.

The company has been using Crown products for over 16 years in Sydney and other locations around Australia because of their functionality, durability and reliability in difficult conditions, and a strong relationship with Crown’s sales and service staff.

In addition to warehousing and despatch, DBA’s Crown fleet help transport large quantities of product around its busy workshop through different stages of manufacturing.

DBA managing director Phillip Joseph said Crown has remained a strong business partner thanks to its combination of products and service.

“Disc Brakes Australia started in the early ’70s when we used to make just one disc for the HD/HR Holden. From that time on we’ve been manufacturing in excess of 30,000 disc rotors a month,” Mr Joseph said.

“During that time we’ve been very happy to have Crown supply us with material handling equipment.

“Our operations start at six in the morning and run until 10 at night. Every day we have raw castings coming in and finished product going out.

“We’re located in Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Townsville and at all locations we are using Crown forklifts.

“Price is not what determines the purchase of a product at Disc Brakes Australia. We want service, and we get service with Crown equipment.”

DBA warehouse manager Mark Sutch said Crown equipment measures up to the demands of warehousing and manufacturing at DBA and has added capacity to the operation.

“Each day we have roughly 10 to 15 pallets coming in and anything from 10 to 30 pallets going out, which is around 2000 rotors,” Mr Sutch said.

“The biggest challenges we have are the available space and the weight of our product; everything here is quite heavy.

“We have everything from your basic pallet jack to electric pallet jacks, Wave pickers and high-reach lift trucks, and we’ve also got a counterbalance forklift.

“Our high-reach is used to make the most out of the space above us so we go five bays high and in some places in the warehouse it’s double deep.

“The Wave has enabled us to grow the warehouse capacity. We’re able to use some high-pick locations whereas in the past we haven’t been able to do that.

“We can now pick around twice as high as what we used to be able to, which has allowed us to put some shelves up high and put full pallet picks up there.

“Crown equipment is reliable and we don’t have much downtime with Crown. They also get here pretty quickly if we need a technician.

“It’s all positive feedback from the operators regarding Crown equipment. It’s easy to use, very comfortable.

“Crown equipment helps us maximise our space in here and the number of picks we can do per day.

“We’re all very happy with Crown equipment – have been for many years now – and we’ll continue to be partners for many years to come.”

DBA was founded over 40 years ago with two product lines. It now produces over 30,000 disc rotors per month for a wide range of vehicle brands and supplies brake pads and fluid.

The company has gained global recognition for its quality products for both street and motor racing applications as well as for its patented technology for disc brake ventilation and proprietary cast iron formulation.

DBA has won numerous industry awards including multiple product awards from the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association and Gold Manufacturer of the Year Award for Excellence in Manufacturing.

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Caption: Disc Brakes Australia is using a range of Crown lift trucks including RR Series reach trucks, a CG Series LPG counterbalance forklift, Wave® Work Assist Vehicles® and WP Series power pallet trucks.

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Crown Helps ACT Mailing House Boost Storage Capacity by up to 35 Per Cent

Crown Equipment is helping one of Australia’s biggest multi-user mailing house/print distribution centres grow the capacity and efficiency of its storage and distribution operations by providing a more capable and reliable material handling fleet.

National Mailing and Marketing (NMM), an award-winning company which has been providing customised distribution solutions to government and private sector clients in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales and beyond for over 30 years, is running a Crown CG Series counterbalance forklift for loading and unloading duties and three Crown RR Series reach trucks to fully capitalise on the height of its recently built storage facility.

The company has also taken on Crown Wave® Work Assist Vehicles, which are improving stock-picking efficiency and safety over the step ladders previously used.

NMM began using Crown material handling equipment when its growing operations outpaced the capabilities of its old lift truck fleet.

The company currently manages over 5,000 pallets and 10,000 product lines for its 50 clients, to whom it provides digital print on demand, mail fulfilment and distribution and third-party logistics services.

General Manager Dennis Ogden said the boost in reliability and the way Crown equipment fulfils NMM’s material handling needs has led to a strong relationship between the companies.

“Going back to the early days of NMM, we started off with one second-hand forklift and steadily built-up the fleet over the years,” Mr Ogden said.

“As the business grew we obviously needed to upgrade those vehicles. We then started having problems with certain vehicles, at which time we looked around for a short-term hire vehicle.

“That hire vehicle replaced two of our vehicles and became a permanent fixture. We had excellent service from Crown so we decided to dispose of the second-hand forklifts altogether, which were failing continuously. The costs were mounting so we went for the full hire fleet option.

“We now have a full fleet of Crown vehicles and they’re operating very well.

“Manoeuvrability, reliability and a lack of downtime is what we were looking for and we’ve achieved all those things.”

The reliability of Crown lift trucks has been a major factor in operating cost savings that NMM has made since working with the brand.

“Because of the lack of reliability with the forklifts we had, we actually had a spare forklift that sat in the corner for 90 per cent of the time but was there to call on if any of the others failed. Usually there was a regular failure so we’ve saved the cost of one forklift just to start with.”

Crown has also substantially helped NMM maximise the storage space available at its new warehouse.

“The forklift we have here, without it we would not be in this new building.

“We had to have the forklift with the lift height and lifting capacity and it had to be easy to operate. When our new facility was built we needed to source the larger vehicle with a taller mast, given that we’re going eight levels high. We then spoke to Crown, who were very helpful in spec’ing the vehicle we needed.

“Having this forklift enabled us to go that little bit higher in the warehouse and we’ve probably gone an extra 15 to 20 per cent above what we were initially planning.

“We’ve also been able to design the racking layout with narrow aisles because of the tight turning circle of the Crown, so overall we’ve maximised the storage space.

“Comparing this to our other building we’ve probably got a 30 to 35 per cent capacity increase and we were only able to do that by having the Crown forklifts on site.

“Crown were with us right from the start, on opening day when the vehicle first rolled in and we’ve been happy with Crown ever since.”

Crown sales staff have also been instrumental in providing new, affordable material handling solutions to help improve other areas of the business.

“Speaking to our Crown sales representative the other day, he suggested that we might like to have a look at the new order picking equipment that Crown is bringing in. He delivered a new Wave on site within a few days and all of our pickers and packers have now trialled it.

“It’s easy to operate, easy to manoeuvre and they feel comfortable and safe on it. I think that’s going to improve our picking capability and capacity fairly significantly as well.

“We have been using step ladders but I think this is going to bring a whole new way of picking orders at NMM.

“Given the service we’ve received and where we’re heading in the future, we’ll be very happy to have Crown come along with us.”

NMM specialises in warehousing and distribution, mail fulfilment, print production and specialised 3PL support services.

Based in Hume, ACT, NMM has been servicing the public sector and private businesses since 1993. In addition to the ACT and southern New South Wales regional areas, it also has clients based in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and as far afield as London.

The company won the Medium Employer of the Year category at the ACT Training Awards in 2014 and 2016, and the ACT Chief Minister’s Inclusion Awards in 2012 and 2014.

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Caption: National Mailing and Marketing is running a Crown CG Series counterbalance forklift, three Crown RR Series reach trucks and Wave® Work Assist Vehicles to manage its material handling needs. (Pictured: left, General Manager Dennis Ogden)

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