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Jones Interiors, the international textiles and soft furnishings company, has streamlined loading efficiencies at its Nottingham-based warehouse with the addition of a bespoke loading platform specified and supplied by James Corfield of Darmax UK.

The successful interiors firm was originally founded in 1909, and since diversifying in the 1980s has grown significantly, employing 70 staff in Nottingham, while operating an additional office in Hong Kong. Through expansion and increased expertise, Jones Interiors has fostered a global reputation within the interiors industry, for quality, design, finishing and development.

In line with its international growth, Jones’ busy Nottingham warehouse has looked to further both capability and productivity in recent months, and has chosen to purchase stock in full containers; reducing the company’s carbon footprint and improving efficiencies.

By implementing these changes, the company has consequently required new, more appropriate loading apparatus – designed to offer an enhanced safety specification to place operative welfare as the main priority.

Michael Hayes, Operations Director at Jones Interiors, had ideas for an apposite solution, he explains: “We considered several options, including the purchase of an extending roller conveyor system to assist operatives with unloading tasks.  However, as we didn’t have a conventional loading dock in place, or the internal room to store such a system, we needed to look at more suitable outdoor alternatives.”

Michael wanted a realistic solution that could be stored and used outdoors; that two operatives could work off simultaneously and safely; and could be easily maneuvered into place using a forklift truck. His requirements led him to consider the made-to-measure, and off-the-shelf, dock and loading bay solutions offered by Darmax.

He continues: “The firm’s design specialists used extensive knowledge and expertise to recommend apparatus, that with the right adjustments and specification additions, could prove to be the ideal solution for Jones’.

“Together we discussed the fine points of ‘the right’ loading platform’s design, and an engineer visited our warehouse to assess plans for operation, check vital statistics, and ensure a new platform would be compatible for use with our fork lift truck.

“Throughout discussions, and the planning and design stage, safety was placed as the key priority, however it was also made obvious that the operational benefits were going to be great.”

Michael goes on to describe how, post installation, his team’s first unloading exercise proved the new equipment’s worth; immediately enabling safer working methods and faster completion times, which as the platform is situated outdoors, meant staff would be exposed to the elements for shorter periods.

“Our own staff were also very appreciative of this new equipment which is easy to manoeuvre and presents a steady secure base for them to work upon.

“We are delighted with our loading platform and give our sincere thanks to Darmax for offering their expertise, advice and excellent service.”

James of Darmax UK has worked with Jones Interiors throughout the platform design and installation process. He’s delighted to learn that the equipment has so readily proved itself, commenting: “It’s terrific to hear that a bespoke piece of equipment has quickly ticked the boxes and delivered improved capability and safety to a client.

“It also demonstrates that irrelevant of allocated space, internal or external situation, and the pre-existing loading bay function, or lack of, bespoke solutions can be designed to perform.”