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Kalmar forklifts help Truffer AG make its mark in stone

We wanted the Ferrari of forklifts, and that’s Kalmar. Pius Truffer, CEO, Truffer AG


Forklift trucks
The solution Material handling

Kalmar's durable, fuel-efficient DCF500 forklift provides the heavy-lifting power that Truffer AG needs to keep its Swiss quarry moving.



Truffer AG


Vals, Switzerland




Truffer makes its mark in stone with the help of the Kalmar DCF500 diesel forklift

The challenge

Truffer AG extracts high-quality natural gneiss stone in Vals, Switzerland, and transports it to its own factory for processing into decorative stones. 
Logistics plays a major role, and efficiency is key.
“We wanted the Ferrari of forklifts and that’s Kalmar. The quality and reliability of the machines and the good service support is vital for us, because the quarry is located high up in the Swiss Alps,” says Pius Truffer, CEO of Truffer AG.

The solution

Truffer AG chose the DCF500 because of Kalmar’s 70-year experience in handling heavy loads. To operate in the limited space on site, the truck had to meet various customer-specific specifications, such as machine width and turning radius. The truck has a lift capacity of 50 tons, and the reliable Volvo diesel engine generates 260 kW at 2,200 rpm. Controlling the huge machine is easy thanks to the fully automatic transmission.

The results

Thanks to its advanced electronics, the DCF500 runs on optimum torque at low engine speeds. This reduces wear, fuel consumption, emissions and noise. The machine is also known for its strength and durability. Pius Truffer also appreciates the value of the machine as a morale booster. “A machine like this is a motivating factor for our employees. It is a rewarding feeling to drive the biggest forklift in Switzerland