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Essex County

In addition to housing Colchester Castle, the oldest and largest castle of its kind in all of Europe, Essex is famous for hosting the Dunmow Flitch Trials every four years. Couples from all over the world travel to Essex to take part in this event and hopefully win a prize of a flitch of bacon. The tradition has carried on every four years without fail since 1104. In fact, the Dunmow Flitch Trials have been so famous for so long that they made it into some of the world’s most famous literature. In The Canterbury Tales, written in the 14th century, Chaucer mention them in ‘The Wife of Bath’s Tale.’

Romance and folk tales aside, Essex has a history of industrial development. From the medieval period to today, Essex has bustled with all different types of mills and factories. From the ending of the Industrial Revolution to the ending of World War II, Essex provided Britain with goods and technology for infrastructure and trade. In fact, Essex was a prime location for the development of gunpowder for all of the wars Britain participated in, especially World War II, when the citizens of Essex worked to produce the explosives used inside of Barnes Wallis’ Bouncing Bomb. The development of industry in Essex grew simultaneously with the development and sophistication of the forklift Essex. By the time the war was over, machine engineers specializing in industrial machinery had added power lifts, hydraulic technology, and side movements to make forklifts London more effective in storing and shipping manufactured goods to support the soldiers.

Mechanical engineering is one of the dominant businesses of Essex county, as evidenced by the presence of Ford Motor Company’s European headquarters in Basildon, and the numerous other companies that produce metalwork, plastics and glass products. Once plastics and glass products have taken their final form, workers need to ensure the goods are taken care of so they don’t scratch or break. Because of this, the utmost care and attention is required for the transportation of the goods from the production line, to packaging, to temporary storage, and finally to the truck for shipment.

In the glass and plastics industry, forklift London reach trucks and order pickers are the most highly recommended forklift hire London. Reach trucks can lift a height of over 9 meters with pallets of goods weighing as much as 2,000 kilograms. They work well navigating through narrow aisles with tall shelves, and have solid tyres to ensure safety and balance. Unlike reach trucks, order pickers require the operator to stand on a platform to properly handle the machine and the materials it transports. They can lift up to 3,000 kilograms, but only reach up to 6 meters high. Many believe the lack of height provided by an order picker is made up in the operator’s ability to feel more in control of the machine. Both types of forklift hire Essex are battery operated, and can be used safely in all indoor environments without emitting toxic fumes.

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