Combilift signs $1 million contract with Civmec in Australia

17th October, 2017

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Back row (left to right): Mary Kinnane, Enterprise Ireland Australian Country Manager; An Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald TD; Julie Sinnamon, Enterprise Ireland CEO. Front row (left to right) Pat Tallon, CEO, Civmec; Chris Littlewood, Combilift Australia Business Development Manager.

Announcement was made at an Enterprise Ireland business lunch in Sydney as part of the Enterprise Ireland trade and investment mission to Australia

Combilift, the Irish manufacturer of multi-directional forklifts based in Monaghan, has signed a contract with Civmec, an Australian construction and engineering company that is worth an additional $1 million to the Irish company.

Civmec are an integrated, multi-disciplined construction and engineering services provider to the oil and gas, metals and minerals, infrastructure and defence markets in Australia.

The contract signing in Sydney was witnessed by An Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald TD at an Enterprise Ireland business lunch in Sydney, attended by 200 business leaders from Ireland and Australia. The event was part of the Enterprise Ireland trade and investment programme to Australia, during a State Visit to Australia led by the President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins.

Combilift will deliver a Straddle Carrier (Combilift SC) with a lift capacity of 90 metric tonne (200,000 lbs) to the Australian company in 2018. The Irish built machine is destined for use by Civmec on a significant project they are undertaking on the east coast of Australia.

Witnessing the contract signing today, An Tánaiste said “The global export success that Combilift has achieved is outstanding. World-class Irish companies like Combilift are hugely important for our economy, employing hundreds of people in the regions from their headquarters in Monaghan. The focus of my Department through our agencies, and trade missions is to support more companies to achieve international success, on par with Combilift. I warmly congratulate them on their success.”

Commenting on the contract Chris Littlewood, Combilift Australia Business Development Manager, said “Civmec selected Combilift due to its ability to deliver a customised product that can work on challenging ground conditions. Combilift has a long-standing relationship with Civmec, starting off with their first Combilift SC to handle prefabricated steel roof components for the New Perth Stadium and are in providing equipment for the different discipline requirements across their Australian wide operations. Civmec have challenged us on this machine to provide a highly customised, fit for purpose machine designed to their very “precise” requirements. Civmec will have 9 Combilift units in operation across their sites in Australia following the delivery of this most recent order. This is the fourth Straddle Carrier they have purchased from us. It is double the capacity of their previous orders and the largest machine that Combilift have sold into the Australian market to date.”

Australia is a significant market for Combilift with sales of €10 million to date in 2017 making it the 6th largest export market for the Irish company according to Martin McVicar, Managing Director, Combilift. The Monaghan based manufacturer also supplies a range of products to Bunnings, the largest DIY and home improvement chain in Australia.

“Initially 15 years ago we supplied Aisle Master units and now they purchase 100+ Combilift units on an annual basis including Combi-CB units and Combi-WR units. Safety and space saving are their key requirements. The Combi Safe lift minimises the risk of the operator overloading the forklift. Bunnings want a safe, easy to operate machine that all their staff can utilise whilst also cutting down their aisle widths and Combilift can provide that,” says Martin McVicar.

“Combilift has a long-term relationship with Bunnings and appreciates the confidence that they have in our products. We continue to work closely with them in product development to meet their needs. They have a significant presence in Ireland and UK with their acquisition of Homebase, a large DIY chain in the United Kingdom and Ireland in 2016 where they also have started to operate a number of Combi-WR products”

Welcoming today’s announcement, Julie Sinnamon, Enterprise Ireland CEO said “Innovation, competitiveness and a great management team are at the centre of Combilift’s international success. It is these hallmarks that Enterprise Ireland prioritises to support our client companies to win business abroad and grow their international footprint. Australia has become an important market for Combilift and other Enterprise Ireland backed companies who combined have grown their exports by 14% in 2016 to €256 million. This trade and investment programme to Australia is the largest that we have undertaken to date and is focused on supporting our client companies, many of whom are Brexit exposed, to expand their footprint in this increasingly important market.”

Launched in 2010, the Combilift Straddle Carrier (Combi-SC) range was developed as a more cost effective and flexible solution for distribution, shipping and haulage companies. The Combi-SC is much more economical option compared to heavy handling forklifts, reach stackers or mobile cranes and offers complete independence when moving very large fully laden containers and other oversized loads around sites.

About CombiLift:
Combilift invented the world’s first internal combustion engine-powered, all-wheel drive multidirectional forklift in 1998 and has experienced exceptional growth ever since. Located in Monaghan, Ireland, Combilift was established by Martin McVicar and Robert Moffett, both highly qualified engineers with decades of experience between them. Their expertise, knowledge of the market and practical experience led to the development of the Combilift - the ultimate long-load material handling solution. The Irish based company, is set to double its output in the next few years as its new purpose-built factory nears completion. €46 million has been invested in the new 46,000m² factory on a 40 hectare site, which will be the largest single manufacturing unit under one roof in Ireland. Combilift, is boosting its research and development spending to €20 million. The new global headquarters and production facility will include a dedicated research and development building and adjoining administration offices. The new factory will be fully operational in the spring of 2018. The expansion will also create around 200 new jobs, mainly for skilled technicians and design engineers.


For further information please contact Catherine Fox, Combilift, +353 47 80500 or +353 87 4194880

Note to those travelling on the Trade Mission: Chris Littlewood, Combilift Australia Business Development Manager, is available for interview at the announcement in Australia.