Linde Material Handling has opened a new remanufacturing facility in Velké Bílovice, near Brno in the Czech Republic, employing 40 staff. The forklift specialist’s fourth site in the country will remanufacture its used industrial forklifts there for the central and eastern European market. Currently comprising 4,500 sq m, the facility can process 1,000 forklifts each year – but there is an option to boost space to 6,250 sq m, which would allow capacity to rise to 1,500 forklifts. All trucks at the Brno operation are returns from Linde’s own long-term and short-term rental fleets, and all repairs are carried out using original Linde spare parts. “We want to get even closer to our customers and provide them with the widest possible selection of material handling solutions,” says Christophe Lautray, member of Linde’s executive board and managing director sales & service. “Linde Approved Trucks are a high-quality, cost-effective option for our customers.” Linde has around 1,500 staff in the Czech Republic: Linde Pohony produces steering axles as well as electric and hydrostatic drive axles for the KION Group in Český Krumlov, while joint venture JULI (also based near Brno), produces electric motors, and Linde reach trucks have been manufactured at Stříbro, near Pilsen, since 2016.