Material Handling

Overview

Overview

Material handling applications require flexibility and reliability as well as the stability to handle high payloads accurately. 

We have been supplying OEMs in this sector globally for more than 30 years, our wheel solutions having become synonymous with quality, reliability and performance. Our range includes new wheels specifically developed for automated guided vehicles, the wheels being 50% stronger and having a lifespan 50% longer than conventionally manufactured, multi-piece wheels.

Material Handling Wheels

The combination of cost and performance have resulted in 3-piece wheels becoming the industry standard in some sectors. Lighter and more stable than 5-piece rims, these wheels make tyre-mounting safer, as the driver is in place before the tyre is inflated, and protect the driver from hazards.

Our standard 5-Piece wheels are designed for tubeless operation, with reinforced bead seat bands and back section. Featuring an optimised locked ring design and a continuous tyre tool pocket feature, these high-specification, high-quality wheels allow for ease of tyre fitting for heavy duty machinery and increased productivity.

33", 35", 49" Truck Rims Datasheet

51", 57" Truck Rims Datasheet

With extensive experience in the container handling industry, our durable, reliable wheels are able to tolerate high loads and provide stability - critical requirements in heavy engineering environments. Our high-quality product range is backed by our experienced support and development teams, based in two world-class design centres. 

Our unique rim design for our 4-part, forklift wheel is a 'flat base' concept in which the tyre is fitted by pressing on it from one side. The rim is designed according to ETRTO standards and can be made to match three different types of tyres - Superelastic Tyres, Pneumatic Tyres and traditional Solid Tyres. Designed almost entirely to customer specifications, the type of hub used and disc position is flexible to suit different tracks.

Hub Systems

Hub Systems

As a leading manufacturer of hubs and spindles, we supply all major manufacturers and OEM suppliers across North America and Europe. 

We work closely with our customers to develop hubs that enhance performance by offering innovative, bespoke solutions, drawing on our extensive technical expertise. Our experienced team provides support for our comprehensive product range - from concept, through design, analysis, manufacture and testing. 

Hub Systems

Structures

Structures

GKN Structures is a specialist in the design, development and manufacture of structural assemblies for the automotive and off-highway market, supplying equipment for agriculture, construction, defence, rail and mass transit applications.

Our product range covers full chassis frames, front and rear sub-frames, cross members, suspension arms, control arms, rear non-driven axles, steel and aluminium panels and assemblies and cast aluminium wheels.

Structures

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