Lifting and industrial tools supplier, Worlifts, has recently celebrated 20 years as an Enerpac industrial tools distributor. The company is now Enerpac’s flagship distributor and service centre in the UK, offering hydraulic lifting and jacking equipment, rail jacks, torque wrenches and bolting tools together with focused on-site services and asset management for a growing number of industry sectors
Worlifts was founded over 40 years ago, but it was back in 1997 that Worlifts began offering a limited range of Enerpac tools. “We wanted to work with Enerpac as they are the world’s leading supplier of high pressure hydraulic tools. Moreover, we liked the fact that they have a structured distribution network where all sales enquiries are passed on to Authorised Distributors” says John Worley, managing director, Worlifts.
Interest in Enerpac tools was such that it wasn’t long before Worlifts took the decision to make the Enerpac Distributorship a prime focus for the business. Within 18 months, Worlifts had doubled the sales turnover with Enerpac achieved by the previous distributor for the area. Shortly after this Worlifts were appointed as an Enerpac Authorised Service & Repair Centre.
In 2012, Worlifts took advantage of Enerpac’s initiative to roll-out Bolting Tool Service Vans to selected European distributors. The Bolting Tool Service Van is purpose built to provide on-site tool inspection, testing and calibration of manual, pneumatic, electric and hydraulic torque wrenches and associated bolting tools.
Worlifts to support the Bolting Tool initiative has formed a specialist Bolting Division incorporated into its On-Site Services Division which already boasts a fleet of fully equipped specialist inspection, testing and preventive maintenance vehicles for hydraulic tools and associated lifting equipment manned by fully trained engineers. They allow Worlifts to deliver statutory legislative examinations, on-site certification, live tool inventory detail and minor repairs, ensuring tools are fully compliant with all current standards and legislation.
“Asset management is a growing part of our business, as is the trend towards servitisation,” notes John Worley. “Customers value the on-site service. Their equipment stays on-site; customers don’t want to have their tools sent off-site for inspection, testing and/or calibration if this service can be successfully delivered safely On-Site.
Enerpac tools are offered across the business through the various dedicated divisions comprising of the Lifting and Handling Division, Rail and Utilities Division, Bolting Tool Division and Hydraulic Tool Hire Division. Worlifts provides a one-stop shop for all your lifting and jacking equipment, small plant and maintenance tools.
The close working relationship with Enerpac is a vital part of Worlifts day-to-day business activities and new servitisation opportunities, observes John Worley. “Our Enerpac account manager is very supportive and is seen as part of the team when it comes to advice on hydraulic tool applications, technical queries and also supporting us with Enerpac Hydraulic Tool Safety Seminar days.
“Working with Enerpac, we’re able to offer additional equipment customisation and value added technical services that can assist customers in improving safety, reliability and asset management.”