HEYWOOD: Keystone Distribution employee Adrian Bradbury is to represent the company and country in the 2011 Stapler Cup, an international forklift operator competition taking place in Aschaffenburg, Germany this September.

Mr Bradbury, 25, a forklift driver in Keystone's Heywood distribution centre, will travel with the UK team on an all-expenses paid trip to Germany having secured a first place finish in the counterbalance category of the Linde 'Ultimate Operator Challenge'.

Mr Bradbury will have to overcome some formidable opposition in order to add to his silverware collection, however, as he comes face to face with Europe's forklift driving elite. Nerves of steel will be essential as competitors from a total of nine countries endure a series of challenges designed to test competencies such as manoeuvring and stacking technique.

Greg Duckett, general manager, Heywood Distribution Centre, said: "This is a fantastic achievement for Adrian and he can be very proud to be representing both Keystone and the UK in what is sure to be an exciting but extremely tough challenge. We wish Adrian every success in what will be a fantastic experience both for him and his fellow competitors."