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The name “Linde” is uttered with respect in engineering circles in Germany. Dr. Carl von Linde was a Munich engineer held in high regard as the developer of early refrigeration technology. He held many early machinery patents and partnered with Dr. Hugo Güldner and Dr. Georg von Krauss as founders of Güldner Motoren Gesellschaft in Munich, Germany, the company that eventually became Linde Material Handling, synonymous with the beginnings of the forklift industry in Germany.
Today, Linde Material Handling is headquartered in Aschaffenburg, Germany, and ranks among the world’s foremost makers of lift trucks and warehouse trucks and is also positioned as a major manufacturer of hydrostatic drives produced mainly for use in construction, farming and forest machinery.
Production units of the worldwide Linde Material Handling Group are found in Aschaffenburg, Aschaffenburg-Nilkheim, Weilbach and Kahl/Main, Germany; Fenwick-Linde in Cenon-sur-Vienne, France; Merthyr Tydfil, United Kingdom; LIPO, Czech Republic, and Linde in Xiamen, China. Lift trucks specifically designed for the US market are produced at Linde Lift Truck Corporation in Summerville, South Carolina, USA.
Linde Material Handling –North America has been a fixture in the North American transportation and material handling equipment market for over 150 years. Their roots extend back beyond the days of the industry. As a technology and manufacturing pioneer, they played an instrumental role in the early evolution of the electric forklift.
From their earliest beginnings – as a wagon repair shop in 1853 – to producing the first electric ram truck for carrying steel coils, Linde Material Handling North America has been rooted in the USA for over a century and a half and will continue its reliance and superior quality well into the future
The name of Linde Material Handling stands for quality. And this claim is also reflected in the design of their vehicles. Industrial trucks by Linde – whether diesel lift trucks, electric forklift trucks or warehouse handling equipment – stand out because of their innovative technology aimed at greater cost-effectiveness in logistics.
Linde Material Handling offers expertise in material flow and carefully conceived functionality combined with maximum economy. One of Linde’s MH innovations was the introduction of Hydrostatic drive. Linde launched the first forklift truck with a hydrostatic drive in 1960 – the Hubtrac. This signaled the start of smooth driving, simple and precise handling, reduced wear and a high level of safety. This innovation would lay the foundations for a success story that continues even to this day and that has made Linde Material Handling Europe’s leading manufacturers of counterbalance trucks. A good portion of companies in many sectors swear by the red trucks bearing the white, curved Linde lettering.
The next step in the evolution of lift truck and hydrostatics development was the 314 series, produced from 1968 until 1980. The Linde 351 series forklift trucks with the advanced and more compact hydrostatic drive were the top-selling trucks in Europe between 1985 and the middle of 2003. Thanks to the latest generation of hydrostatic drives, which does not have a mechanical reduction stage, the 39X series provides even greater power density.
A complete supplier not only offers an extensive range of forklifts and material handling equipment, but also offers a wide choice of services such as consulting expertise, training and after-sales support. Linde supplies complete and optimum answers for every materials handling requirement – forklift trucks driven by combustion engine or electric motor, sideloaders, order pickers, tractors, high-level stackers and reach trucks. By providing knowledgeable sales representatives, authentic Linde parts and certified technicians, Linde Material Handling North America has your solution.
At Linde Material Handling (MH), truck design has developed over a long period of time to become a key component of the brand. As early as 1985, the business achieved its first recognition in the form of a Design Award for the good design of its 351 diesel truck family. To date, almost twenty further prizes have followed for very diverse range of truck models. Certain factors have continued to define the image of Linde trucks over the years: revolutionary technical vehicle concepts, customer benefits and a 30-year partnership with Porsche Engineering.
This partnership with one of the world’s most prestigious design service providers runs through the entire development process from the concept phase to the development phase, including design planning, right up to finalization and production optimization. The company has embraced the philosophy of “form transports function.” According to a company spokesman, “The design should visualize the technical and ergonomic qualities of Linde industrial trucks and make them come alive. The driver and his workplace are the focus of this process; the driver should have a comfortable feeling of space, optimum visibility, intuitive operating functions and convenient access and exit points”
In the last few years, Linde Material Handling has won the prestigious industry-wide “red dot design award” five times, based on their truck designs, being judged on criteria such as degree of innovation, functionality, ergonomics, service life, and environmental compatibility. Last year, the award-winning truck from Linde won over the panel for its range of technical innovations that allow the driver to enjoy comfortable and ergonomic working conditions. According to the judges, the external design of the truck visually combines the defining attributes of agility, dynamics and efficiency, while the overall design boasts extreme comfort, precision operation and low operational noise.
Award-winning design, coupled with innovation and engineering prestige make Linde Forklifts a highly competitive player in the world of Material Handling equipment.
Linde Material Handling North America Corporation2450 West 5th North StreetSummerville SC 29483Phone: 1-843-875=8000 http://www.lmh-na.com