German materials handling and logistics specialist HUBTEX was among the first companies to announce they would be exhibiting at the upcoming LIGNA 2019. Its presentation in Hannover includes its latest vehicle developments for the handling and order picking of bulky wood materials. It will also be premiering its new FluX 70 - a heavy-duty electric multidirectional counterbalance forklift that can safely transport long and heavy loads weighing up to 7 metric tons, even over uneven surfaces and in narrow aisles. This forklift is ideal for use both inside and outside and combines the benefits of an electric multidirectional forklift with those of a heavy-duty forklift with a combustion engine. But that’s not all, as HUBTEX will also be using LIGNA to unveil the new generation of its core product. The company has redesigned its electric multidirectional sideloader and added a number of features to meet the challenges of the Industry 4.0 era.

HUBTEX has totally overhauled the vehicle series and modified its modular system accordingly. For example, the 48 V and 80 V drive models with load-carrying capacities of three to five metric tons have now been combined in one modular system. The redesigned forklift offers optimum maneuverability, a highly ergonomic cabin and enhanced all-round visibility. Switching to purely electric steering also ensures maximum energy efficiency. Even in its basic configuration, the forklift is primed for step-by-step automation. Pre-planned cable routes, positions for sensors and other features are designed to ensure users can make the most of all the opportunities that the era of Industry 4.0 brings. For instance, numerous assistance systems can be retrofitted to the vehicles.