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Floor cleaning partnership pays dividends

Published 2nd June, 2014 by Neil Nixon

Floor cleaning partnership pays dividends

Leicester based Angus Lift Trucks Ltd has partnered with Nilfisk and is experiencing rapid expansion across all sectors. Managing director, Robert Duncan, purchased the business from Bill Angus in September 2012. Trading for over 36 years, the company already had a strong trading base across the East and West Midlands.

A second depot is currently being built at junction 25 on the M1 Motorway. The new premises will see service extended into Nottingham, Derbyshire and South Yorkshire.

The fast growing company provides sales, hire and service of both materials handling equipment and floor care cleaning machines. It also supports Nilfisk nationally with hire stock as necessary and provides service for other manufacturer's equipment.

Duncan spotted a gap in the market to provide cleaning equipment to clients using the same financial calculations as materials handling products. Casual hire was common place but instead of short term hire at higher rates, Duncan proposed 3-5 year long term hire rates to the same client base. This meant that a customer had the advantage of a permanently sited machine for much lower weekly rates - and a constantly clean floor. Floor cleaning equipment could then be serviced in line with materials handling stock and logistics was much reduced.

The combination of improved product range, excellent service and long term hire options have proved a huge success. Robert Duncan said: “Being new to the business I could not understand why on off casual cleaning hire was prevalent. It makes sense to have a machine on the premises ready for use whenever it is needed. I am delighted to say that the long term hire options have proved a hit and are contributing towards our significant growth. Nilfisk provides us with excellent quality machines and offers good lead times for both new equipment and spare parts. The equipment is very reliable and easy to service. We have an exclusive agreement with Nilfisk and a first class working relationship. We were not floor cleaning experts, but they are, and we get daily support in all areas including joint client surveys and demonstrations.”

The current hire fleet includes the award winning ride on sweeper-scrubber the CS7000. The CS7000 is the first hybrid combination machine that provides for a fuel saving of up to 30%. The unit is available in three models: the LPG-hybrid and ePower battery versions are designed for indoor use whilst the diesel-hybrid engine driven machine is perfect for outdoors. All models have been designed to reduce the cost of operation, labour and maintenance. Fuel economy is impressive and new productivity standards have been set at 7756 actual square metres per hour.

The CS7000 has a revolutionary hot water scrubbing facility which provides for excellent cleaning performance particularly in oily or food spill environments. Water is heated up on board to 55 degrees and can be used with or without concentrated chemical as required.

Another popular favourite is the BR1100 ride on scrubber dryer, a real work horse. Interchangeable scrub decks provide for a cleaning width of 1000 or 1300mm, both cylindrical brush and disc versions are available.

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