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OHRA and Combilift at CARS 2012
Keeping your business moving forward means keeping on top of changes. CARS lets you check all the latest developments in one place.
I bumped into Rob Mowat, the guy responsible for CARS 2014 recently and it was good to hear that spaces are filling up fast. This is great news for us as this show is the only real opportunity to see all the latest equipment and techniques in one place. And its this informaiton that can keep our profits climbing.

Apart from all the training programmes, seminars and forums (which we shall look at another time), the big, big plus as far as I see it is that you can look at competitors machines and equipment, quiz the staff and actually see how they work and how effective they are. Once you have seen what you want to see, you can also chat to dismantlers from not only the UK but worldwide to get their views. Nothing like talking to someone who actually uses a piece of equipment to help you decide if it makes sense or not. That’s what CARS is about. It’s a show started by dismantlers, for dismantlers.

There’s nothing like an example to explain what I mean. CARS 2012 had plenty of examples but one that really summed up the benefits for me was a joint stand between racking specialist, OHRA and a fork lift company, Combilift. To see these products separately only gives you half the picture.

Why? Well we all know what cantilever racking is and OHRA’s system allows you to go 5 high at push (if you could find a council that would allow it). And it makes sense, by stacking your cars on racks you don't only save space you also reduce damage. We all know how much space costs to buy or rent so improving the number of vehicles you put on your site gives you a very simple way to expand without having to invest in a new site.

Then there’s Combilift. To call the product a fork lift gives you the wrong idea. This is a four directional piece of kit and what this means for the dismantler is amazing manoeuvrability which allows greatly reduced aisle widths with much less damage to vehicles. In a recent article about Atkinson Car Dismantlers we reported that they had reduced aisle-widths between the storage bays from 22ft to 13ft, increasing their site capacity from 100 to 275 cars. Now that’s a serious increase without any more land!

Getting back to CARS last year, the two companies worked together so we could actually see how effective the two products were together. We can quote figures but it isn’t until you see it with your own eyes that you fully appreciate how under-utilised your site might be.

If you attended CARS last year you will know what I mean. If you didn’t attend then I hope that this example gives an insight into just how beneficial this show can be. CARS 2014 takes place on June 5-6th at Motorhog’s 25 acre site in Doncaster. It’s early days and we shall keep you up to date as things develop, but it’s worth marking your diary now.

If you want further details in the meantime, you can visit CARS website, email the show’s organiser, Iona Smith at EMG or call her on 020 7633 4500. If you want to see what Motorhog is about, visit their website here. Taking a look around their 25 acre site is reason enough to visit CARS 2014.

November 2013

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