Viewed from a distance, the boxes almost resemble the pattern of honeycomb with an impressive, almost uncanny, sense of order. It’s clear at first glance that the goods here must be handled with the utmost care. Welcome to the warehouse of Claris Otsuka, a leading manufacturer of medical infusions based in the state of Gujarat in north-west India. “We need a huge amount of space for our products,” says Bhadresh Parmar, Sr General Manager Project at Claris Otsuka. “That’s why we have to stack vertically. And when you are looking at vertical storage, material handling trucks have their limitations.”
There are, of course, reach trucks in India that extend to heights of 6.5 metres or even 8.5 metres. But for many customers, these are too expensive, particularly in India where the market generally demands affordable and robust solutions. This calls for innovation. For the KION Group, innovative solutions that help customers to create value are a matter of course, even in emerging markets.
Extendable feet for stability
The engineers at the KION India factory in Pune, an hour’s flight from Claris Otsuka, had a brainwave: they converted a pallet stacker specially for Claris Otsuka so that it could reach the required height of 6.5 metres. This kind of truck usually stops at 5.4 metres. The pallet stackers for Claris Otsuka were fitted with extendable feet for stability.