Alexanders Removals and Storage took delivery of an Ekeri side-opening 18 tonne rigid vehicle in 2017 which, says the company, has greatly improved loading flexibility and requires no maintenance or repairs.
The rigid-sided body is equipped with 6 doors, which open along the body length on the kerbside and lock centrally. While for secure loading, the Ekeri-designed lashing strap system runs along each side of the floor and both walls.
Based in London, Alexanders provide a comprehensive removals and storage service for domestic and commercial customers throughout the UK and Europe and rely on vehicles which enable fast, secure and flexible loading.
“In that respect” says General Manager Richard Lear, “the Ekeri body has more than proved itself and despite a demanding operation, has neither deteriorated nor required any looking after – useful factors when it comes to keeping downtime low and ensuring a good return on investment.”
The Ekeri vehicle is designed to allow access to any point along the load bed, from the near-side or rear. This saves handling time and avoids having to manoeuvre items around one-another or to off-load through the rear to reach a given part of the load.
Manufactured by Ekeri in Finland, the GRP-skinned body is also equipped with side and rear ramps for easy access. “If required, we can load 20 pallets or 5 of our large storage boxes through the sides and rear” adds Richard. “And as there are no posts in the way, we have unrestricted access with a loading length of 8150 mm and a height of 2740 mm.”
Formed in 2002 by husband and wife team Alex and Sam Pope, Alexanders’ diverse range of services includes tailored removals planning, individual packing, dismantling office equipment, schools, home cleaning, IT services, antiques care, insurance cover and secure self-storage and containerised storage.
In addition, the company provides a wide range of removals and related services for schools, airlines and private businesses and in recognition of their professionalism, the company recently won Domestic Mover of the Year 2019 and were awarded Certificate of Excellence for the Commercial Mover of the Year 2019 by the industry association – British Association of Removers.
“Overall”, concludes Richard Lear “the Ekeri body is perfect for mixed loads and multi-drop/collections where a certain degree of security is required. Add to that, its hard-wearing, low maintenance components and we have efficiency and reliability rolled into one. Good for us and good for our customers too.”