BYD, the electric vehicle manufacturer, reports that it enjoyed a highly successful week at IMHX, the UK's largest event for the intralogistics industry.
Exhibiting at IMHX for the first time, BYD showcased its range of zero-emission forklift trucks and warehouse equipment, some of which was being shown in the UK for the first time.
BYD is a relatively new player in this industry sector, but boasts a strong presence in electric vehicles, trains, power storage and in particular in the zero-emission bus sector, where it is a dominant global player.
"It was the perfect opportunity for us to demonstrate the ambition we have for the forklift market in the UK and Ireland," says Blade Feng, Business unit Director of BYD Forklifts in Europe. "We are in an exciting period where businesses are aggressively seeking to drive carbon out of their supply chain. By switching their forklifts from diesel to those powered by BYD's proven Iron-Phosphate battery technology, we can help them do that whilst at the same time reduce their energy costs by up to 40%."
As well as its presence at IMHX, BYD was also a proud sponsor of the Environment category of The Logistics Awards, held at the VOX Centre alongside Birmingham's NEC during IMHX week. It was unsurprising in this day and age that the Environment category was one of the most fiercely contended, with nine business vying for the coveted award. In the end, the panel of independent judges chose Lisburn-based McCulla Transport as the winner.
"It was an amazing evening for BYD, made especially more so by the fact that McCulla Transport is a customer of ours and would invariably have taken into account the savings it has gained from using BYD forklifts into its submission to The Logistics Awards judging panel," says Gary Winter, UK manager for BYD Forklifts.
To crown the evening, McCulla was voted by the judges as the Overall Winner of The Logistics Awards, an incredible accolade this family-run haulage and warehousing business now has in common with the likes of John Lewis, Ocado and Kellogg's.
Feng concludes: "We believe we made a significant positive impression during our week in Birmingham. We were delighted both with the quantity and quality of visitors who came to speak with us, an we have come away with some very good enquiries, both from potential customers as well as dealers as we look to grow our existing network in the UK and Ireland. We aim to put BYD on the map in the UK, and IMHX will undoubtedly play a large part in that."