Case Study

Results: Switching to lithium-ion powered forklifts helped cut costs and emissions

Paper & packaging

Paper and packaging operations


A Hyster forklift with a paper roll clamp in actionTwo large paper and packaging solution providers needed to cut material handling costs, reduce emissions, improve their work environments and boost labor utilization. While they faced similar challenges, one operation used trucks powered by internal combustion engines (ICE) and the other used lead acid batteries.


The operations wanted to cut costs, boost labor utilization, reduce emissions and improve their work environments. They sought alternatives to the fumes and emissions of ICE and the long battery charging times and complex requirements of lead acid batteries.


Transition forklift fleet to new units powered by lithium-ion batteries. One operation switched from ICE equipment to 130 lithium-ion trucks, while the other transitioned from lead acid to 684 lithium-ion trucks. Both fleets use Hyster Tracker telematics and have units with the Hyster Reaction operator assist solution.


Both operations saw productivity gains and eliminated emissions or charging fumes by making the switch. The operation switching from ICE saved $1.5 million just from transitioning their fleet in one facility, while the lead acid operation was able to make a cost-effective transition by extending battery financing.

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