We have been looking for a while at applications for storing schools’ portable IT equipment. One idea we are mulling over is a trolley specially designed for storing Raspberry Pis used by school computer clubs. Currently we have a couple of prototypes being tested for us and depending on the feedback we’re hoping to have something to show at the BETT show in January.
Export has always been a key part of Gratnells business. Europe, America and the Far East have long been enthusiasts of our trays and storage, but Africa has always been difficult. However, through UNICEF we have partnered with a UK based company to provide more than 2000 schools in Zimbabwe with science storage and equipment. The project is being led by a Dutch company and is currently underway. The logistics are extremely complicated and even the box labels (see pictured) took weeks to agree on. The first 500 frames are about to be shipped and we will be working flat out until the new year to complete the order.
Earlier this month we were honoured to be asked to quote for new storage in the Quality Control department at the Mercedes Formula One HQ in Brackley, Northants. Their engineers were concerned that they were not making the most of their storage space and shelves. After endless combing the web they decided a tray based system was what they were looking for. They were slightly perplexed that Gratnells trays and storage was so popular in schools but not known outside the education arena. Our rep David Moore and I visited the extremely impressive campus, home to 700 people, to inspect the area and draw up their requirements. We hope to get some pictures soon.