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KNAPP holds prize draw to drive a Maserati Spyder Competition to promote launch of Knapp's new SPIDER concept 

3. August 2007

Martyn Burchall of Bookpoint Ltd won a weekend for two in the vineyards of Austria, driving a Maserati Spyder, courtesy of KNAPP. The Austrian-owned logistics solutions provider offered the weekend break and driving experience as a prize for visitors to its stand at materials handling exhibition IMHX 2007 in London. 

Mr Burchall, Operations Director for the Abingdon-based book distribution company, was the lucky winner when his business card was pulled from a jar of visitors’ cards on the last day of the exhibition at the NEC, Birmingham, back in March. He was recently presented with a framed voucher for the prize by David James, Business Development Director for KNAPP UK Ltd.

Martyn, who will be accompanied on the trip in late August by his wife, Patricia, was delighted at scooping the prize and is looking forward to testing out the power of the V8 Spyder, which has a top speed of 175mph. “I have never won a competition before,” said Martyn, “and I am so pleased to get such a fascinating prize. I had forgotten to take my new business cards to IMHX but I did find one old one in my jacket pocket, so even entering the competition had an element of luck! I do like the occasional glass of red wine, so I’m looking forward to learning about Austrian wines.”

Prizewinner Martyn Burchall

Martyn Burchall, Operations Director for Bookpoint Ltd, was the lucky winner of KNAPP’s weekend break to drive a Maserati Spyder through the vineyards of Austria 

KNAPP staged the prize draw to promote SPIDER, its brand new concept in automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS), which was demonstrated live on the KNAPP stand at IMHX. Revolutionary in design, SPIDER achieves greater performance from ASRS technology by using ‘mini’ cranes on multiple levels. This ensures exceptionally fast speeds with very high acceleration and deceleration, yet without the penalties of higher maintenance and more downtime that typically result from using larger cranes. SPIDER, which can be configured up to 24m high and with as many lateral aisles as required, also reduces power requirements and operational costs dramatically.

About Knapp UK Ltd

KNAPP UK Ltd designs, supplies and maintains automated logistics systems and software. The company specialises in order fulfilment solutions featuring intelligent conveyor systems, sorters, A-frames, mini-cranes and handling robots. Paperless picking – including RF picking, pick-by-light and voice-directed picking – is a particular specialism and integration of handling equipment and software is a key strength of all KNAPP solutions. The company offers its own powerful WMS and also integrates its logistics equipment with WMS products from other suppliers. KNAPP UK Ltd is a subsidiary of the KNAPP group – headquartered in Graz , Austria – which is active in all the main European markets as well as in North and South America . The group has a turnover of some 200 million Euros and employs 1,300 people worldwide. During the last 10 years, the group has supplied over 600 handling installations for more than 300 customers around the globe including Clarks Shoes, Avon , Tiffany, QVC, TEN, Office Depot, British Gas, Muller, Siemens, L’Oréal, Sony, Unichem, Wella and Yves Rocher.

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