Baumann, the world’s largest sideloader manufacturer, has appointed Carrylift Group as an official distributor for Scotland and the North East of England.

The appointment provides Baumann with greater access the sideloader market north and south of the border.

The addition of Carrylift is part of the new initiative to develop a nationwide network, following the establishment of the Baumann UK subsidiary in August 2015.

A strong presence in Scotland, as well as multi-site fleet customers marked out Carrylift as a potential partner for the Italian producer. Cavaion Baumann managing director, Klaus Pirpamer, welcomed the company to the new dealer network and praised the work gone in to establishing the new UK base.

Said Klaus: “As a well-established and respected business, we look for companies that can deliver the levels of professionalism and dedication that a trusted brand deserves. Carrylift is therefore an excellent partner for our business and we are delighted to have them officially on board. We now have a significant part of the UK well represented and a superb team of people dedicated to providing parts, technical and sales support.”

Carrylift national sales manager, Jason Jordan, says Baumann is also a perfect fit for their range of products on offer, being the market leader in a discerning market. Says Jason:

“We are very happy to be partnering with Baumann at an important stage in our history. Baumann is a deserved market leader in the sideloader business and as we have grown, our customers handling long loads have increased their interest in what used to be seen as a niche product. Our approach has always been to look at quality products that complement our engineering expertise and with a reputation for quality, stability and innovation, the Baumann range is right there.”

Whilst the size of the UK sideloader market remains relatively modest, the ability of sideloader equipment to carry long loads over greater distances has led to resurgence in popularity, particularly amongst ports operators, timber, metals and extrusions businesses.

Baumann UK managing director, Jason Reynolds, welcomed the company to the new dealer network and highlighted recent developments which have seen the nationwide business become the leading independent MHE provider.

Said Jason: “Carrylift were always near the top of our wish list, with excellent financial stability and professionalism, the agreement is excellent news for us. We value long-term partnerships and believe our customers are best served by committed distributors that understand the products and mechanics well. Our products keep going year in, year out, so it is important that customers have a professional, reliable and high quality support partner to turn to.”

Baumann has been at the forefront of developing AC battery powered sideloaders, offering very low maintenance and operating costs, together with a load-levelling system that enables the machine deck, load bed and forks to remain perfectly level at all times, even on rough terrain or slopes.

This year the company is also shortlisted for a Fork Lift Truck Association award for Innovation, for its Archimedes screw outreach system, one of the most significant developments in sideloader design in 40 years.

The new Baumann GX Series utilises the direct drive Archimedes screw and sliding blocks, to extend the fork carriage, whilst preventing transverse movements and eliminating unnecessary stresses. The system means greater sensitivity and consistent control, and the maximum working speeds – results never before reached.

Despite being considered one of the most respected and reliable brands in the sideloader sector, the Baumann brand has suffered from confusion brought about by the sale of its German service arm in 2007, and subsequent attempts by competitors to utilise the Baumann name. The factory itself, established in the late 1960s, has responded by adopting the name of its birthplace on the shores of Lake Garda, Cavaion.

The location of ‘Cavaion Sideloaders Baumann’ was said to have been selected for its proximity to a renowned nearby technical school by owner, Wolfgang Baumann, who believes craftsmanship “permeates the local culture.” The fledgling business took just six months to produce its first model. A family company to this day, Baumann now sells its 3 to 50 tonnes sideloaders worldwide through 106 dealers in 76 countries.

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