Pacific BioLogics goes green

Leading mosquito-control products supplier commissions a Toyota battery electric forklift to reduce emissions at its Queensland branch

Pacific BioLogics goes green
Pacific BioLogics goes green

July 26, 2012

Australia’s leading mosquito-control products supplier has commissioned a Toyota battery electric forklift to reduce emissions at its Queensland branch.

Pacific BioLogics
selected the 1.8-tonne capacity Toyota 7-FBE18 battery electric forklift in February 2012
for its Kippa-Ring warehouses in Brisbane’s north.

The battery electric Toyota forklift replaces a diesel machine from another manufacturer.

Warehouse manager Alex Boyd says changing to the battery electric forklift had eliminated fuel spills and fumes, and reduced noise.

"One of the two warehouses on this site has an office inside, and switching to the electric machine means people can work in the office without the noise disturbance that the previous forklift created," Boyd says.

"The new Toyota forklift also offers increases safety, ease of use and convenience, including a side-shift feature we didn’t have before.

"It’s a neat bit of gear, as the saying goes; simple to operate and easy to recharge – just plug-in and the charger takes care of itself."

Boyd says the new forklift’s primary role is lifting sandbags into a cradle, then lifting the combined 1300kg of the bag and cradle over a hopper.

It is also used to unload chemicals from trucks, as part of Pacific BioLogics’ 2005 expansion into the rural wholesale market.

Pacific BioLogics Pty Ltd was founded in October 1999 as a subsidiary of Clarke, a 65-year-old family-owned company that has been at the forefront of mosquito control for many decades.

It supplies to local and state government, pest-control operators, mines, resorts, retail and many others in the private sector.

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