United Equipment, trading as United Forklift and Access Solutions, is today one of Australia’s largest privately owned forklift and access equipment companies. Our ambition is to be the best lifting solutions business in Australia by offering the right lifting and access solutions to meet our customers’ needs, by providing the best brands in the business, coupled with the best service and support second to none.
Since our humble beginnings, United has established a national footprint across Australia with branches in Perth, Bunbury, Darwin, Adelaide, Melbourne, Ballarat, Brisbane, Sydney and Burnie. As the company continues to grow we expect to establish ourselves in other areas to further expand our national footprint and better service our customers.
United offers the world’s most renowned forklift and access equipment brands, including Cat Lift Trucks (Cat forklifts), Konecranes Lift Trucks and Haulotte access equipment. This extensive portfolio of equipment ensures we can tailor material handling and access solutions to meet the needs of businesses of all sizes.
Apart from offering quality products, we are proud to deliver an extensive range of professional services to support our customers’ ongoing needs. These specialised support services, including service and repairs, spare parts, equipment finance, training, bulk LPG, fleet management and customer care, ensure we can support our customers not only today, but well into the future. At United our business is not only about selling and renting forklift and access equipment, it’s about lifting our customers’ businesses so they can succeed as well.
At United we absolutely mean it when we say it’s all about you.
Our origins date back to 1985 through the establishment of WA Fork Trucks in Welshpool, Perth. This business became a well-known and respected player in the local Perth forklift market offering sales, hire, service and spare parts. The business was soon followed by the establishment of our sister business, WA Access, which was established to create a foothold in the access market and further diversify the businesses product offering.
In August 2005 United Equipment was established and both WA Fork Trucks and WA Access were acquired under this newly created company. This same year several individually operating businesses around Australia were also acquired to join United’s growing portfolio, including NT Forklifts and Wagmac Forklift Services. In 2006 another three businesses were acquired including Sky Master Plant Hire, DFS Holdings and Western Forklift Services.
January 2009 was an important milestone in our company’s history, which saw the consolidation of all these subsidiaries under the newly created company United Equipment Pty Ltd. In November 2010, another significant milestone was reached through the merger of United Equipment with All Forks Australia. This decisive merger established United as Australia’s largest Cat Lift Truck dealer.
In 2012, following the rapid growth of the company, we decided to rebrand and change our trading name to United Forklift and Access Solutions. We felt this new name and image was a clearer representation of who we are and what the company is all about.
In June 2015, United was acquired by The Elphinstone Group.
The Elphinstone Group
United became 100% owned by The Elphinstone Group in 2015. The Elphinstone Group started in 1975 with the establishment of Elphinstone Underground Mining Equipment.
Today, The Elphinstone Group is made up of ten businesses in which the Group holds a controlling or substantial interest. The Group employs over 2,000 people and has combined annual revenues exceeding one billion Australian dollars. The companies that are part of The Elphinstone Group include William Adams (Cat), PhuThai (Cat), Energy Power Systems (Cat), United Forklift and Access Solutions (Cat Lift Trucks), Sitech, Ultimate Positioning, Elphinstone, Engenco & Gekko.