Hyster refresh operations at Heineken

Six new Hyster® electric lift trucks which feature special engineering to meet the demands of brewery operations have been provided to the Heineken Ireland site in Cork.

Heineken Ireland is a wholly owned subsidiary of Heineken International, whose portfolio of brands includes Heineken, the best-selling beer in Ireland, Murphy’s, Amstel and Coors Light. Its site in Cork, founded in 1856, employs 458 people and ships 2 million kegs per year to pubs, hotels, restaurants, supermarkets and wholesalers. As such, the brewery’s yard operations are intense, loading and unloading on average 20 lorries each day.

“Empty kegs arrive every day and have to be unloaded and placed on a conveyor to take them to the production area,” explains Matt Hardy, Industry Manager for Hyster Europe. “At the same time, full kegs are collected and stacked in the storage area ready for despatch.”

“These are challenging loads as they are not always palletised, they vary in size and are often very tall,” Matt continues.

To help overcome these challenges, the Hyster Special Truck Engineering Team developed a raised operator compartment for the six new Hyster® J3.5XN lift trucks which improves all-round and upwards visibility. In a standard truck the operator would not be able to see past tall loads and would normally have to work in reverse due to the limited forward visibility. The raised operator compartment enables operators to see over loads and operate in the forward direction where a standard truck could not, enhancing operator comfort