Toyota automation forklift materials handling

Toyota's warehouse to go on autopilot in 2020

Toyota Australia, together with Toyota Material Handling Australia and Toyota Fleet Management, will be introducing a fleet of autonomous autopilot vehicles into its Altona warehouse from its operation start in 2020.
Manufactured in Sweden by Toyota Material Handling Europe, the fleet itself will consist of six Autopilot Tow Trucks (TAE500) and one Autopilot Reach Truck (RAE160), the flagship model when it comes to warehouse automation.
They will apply autopilot driverless technology to achieve mobility in conveyance, towing, lifting, and be able to autonomously place product throughout the warehouse and pick orders for customers.
All models in the range will also have the ability to be used in manual mode as conventional warehouse vehicles allowing complete flexibility in operations.
Built with the reliability and serviceability of their manual predecessors, the new hybrids will also include integrated navigation and leading safety systems.
The safety systems include scanners and obstacle detection devices which are designed to stop the vehicle and minimise the risk of a collision, ensuring protection for people, equipment, and infrastructure.
Fleet management, emergency-stop buttons, warning sounds, and lights will be standard across the range together with a blue LED warning light projected in front of the vehicle, to assist in noisy environments or when autopilot is approaching around a corner.
In addition to enhanced safety, Autopilot will also deliver energy efficiencies via Lithium-Ion battery technology, automatic charging, high vehicle utilisation, and low maintenance costs.
Toyota Australia vice president of sales and marketing Sean Hanley said the mobility company has a thorough understanding and appreciation of the importance of automation technology.
“Toyota Australia will continue to develop, progress, and employ these new ways of thinking whenever possible,” Mr Hanley said.
“We are extremely committed to delivering the highest level of reliability, performance, and productivity, and Autopilot ticks every one of these boxes,” he added.

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Growth drives the opening of new TMHA Adelaide facility

The Toyota Material Handling Australia national head office and branch management team attending the opening of the new facility in Gepps Cross, South Australia.

The ongoing growth of Toyota Material Handling Australia (TMHA)’s Adelaide branch was a primary reason for it to recently move from its former site to a brand new, 12,000m2 facility in Gepps Cross, South Australia.
The state-of-the art facility was opened in May and visitors in attendance included South Australian Government Treasurer the Hon Rob Lucas MLC, TMHA chairman Toshi Nakazawa and president & CEO, Steve Takacs.
TMHA general manager – Branch Operations South Hamish Harper said in his time with the branch he has watched it move from strength to strength. “We worked in the old facility for over 25 years and have been GM for the last 10, and in that time I have watched its steady growth,” said Mr Harper. “Growth in our people and growth in our product lines – our offering has vastly increased from what it was a decade ago, even a few years ago. The Adelaide branch has had the full line of TMHA products for years.”
Mr Harper said TMHA Adelaide’s growth has been tracked in market share. “We’ve gone from a mid-twenties market share ten years ago to our present market share, which is in the forties, so inevitably we required infrastructure to match increased demand.
“There were constraints on the volume we could put through our workshop before, but now we have vastly increased resources to meet growth in equipment sales and our rental and servicing requirements.”
The new facility dwarfs its predecessor’s 7,000m2 footprint and 4,000m2 building size, as Mr Harper explained: “Our new facility here in Gepps Cross has 1,000m2 of office space incorporating a new-unit showroom to showcase the vast breadth and depth of our product range, and a dedicated training facility,” he said.
“We also have a dedicated parts area with its own entrance. Parts are very important to our business and we needed to ensure easy accessibility for our parts customers.
“Our new state-of-the-art 5,000m2 workshop area, accompanied by another 6,000m2 of hardstand area for loading and unloading, is impressive – especially given it’s three times the size of our old workshop. That’s a huge difference for us. It gives us the ability to service over 4,000 forklifts that we have under service and rental.”
Additional features of the workshop include a new on-site spray booth, a wash-bay that uses recycled water, overhead gantry, and storage space for the branch’s short-term rental fleet. “We also have more workbays for our staff, which means we can work on our customers’ equipment more efficiently and, hopefully, return it quicker than ever before,” he said.
Mr Harper said further time savings have been gained by bringing the storage of new machines onto the same site as the pre-delivery workshop. “The former site operated two distinct buildings: one being the main facility where we had our sales force, undertook repairs, and our parts operation. The other was basically a pre-delivery facility for equipment such as forklifts.
“Now we have increased the speed of machine delivery by consolidating the two and bringing the storage of new machines onto the same site as the pre-delivery workshop.
“We now have only one workshop and all our other functionality is in the same envelope. Being able to have all services available under the one roof allows us to service our customers more efficiently and effectively.”
Customers will not have to travel far from the previous Cavan Road location to experience the benefits of the new facility. “Our new location in Matthews Road is only around the corner from our old facility, which is handy for our customers as they’ll have the general location familiarity.
“Matthews Road is off one of the main arterials in Gepps Cross, Wakefield Road, from where you can’t miss our new signage. We’re still twenty minutes’ drive from the city, right in the heart of Adelaide’s industrial area. It’s also a central location from which we can get to our customers for service requirements.”
After many years of planning, Mr Harper is thrilled to be in the now officially opened facility, along with his staff, whom he thanked for their contribution to the project, along with input from TMHA branches, nationally.
“We’re very excited to be here and seeing our new facility in action. Everything is modern, clean and new – as is befitting of Toyota Material Handling’s image and expected of a market leader.
“We have opened a facility that can meet all of the contemporary needs of our customers who demand not just a supplier of equipment but a full provider of systems and services. It’s a demonstration of our commitment to our customers and we think they will be very pleased with our new location and experience.
“We have lots of parking for customers and staff. Customers are enjoying our new amenities including a dedicated area where we can have a coffee with them and discuss their needs. It’s an enhanced customer experience.”

Record forklift apprentice intake for Toyota

Toyota Material Handling Australia (TMHA) has inducted a record 14 apprentice forklift technicians in its annual intake, ensuring a solid skills support base for the future.
The national forklift company this year received a staggering 826 applications for apprenticeships from around the country.
The 14 new apprentices, accompanied by mentors from their respective TMHA branches, were inducted and received their tools of trade at TMHA’s Sydney headquarters at the end of March.
TMHA president and CEO Steve Takacs – who began his career as a forklift technician – was on hand to welcome the inductees.
They also received presentations on Toyota values, company policies and expectations, safety procedures and Toyota history, and a tour of TMHA’s extensive national headquarters.
TMHA national technical advisor and trainer Gerry Larney said 14 apprentices was a record annual intake and continues Toyota’s commitment to industry leading skills training.
“We currently have 35 apprentices completing their four-year courses across our 18 branches and a total of 450 staff in product support roles,” he said.
“TMHA views the apprentice program as a cornerstone in providing the highest levels of product support.
“It is a real investment in our future, as today’s apprentices are tomorrow’s technicians.”
TMHA also conducts an annual national skills contest, open to all technicians and apprentices, with the aim of keeping service staff at the cutting edge of industry standards.
Steve Takacs said Toyota has been at the forefront of forklift technician training for much of the 50 years the company has been selling forklifts in Australia, this is further supported by specialist TAFE and inhouse training programs for Australia’s forklift technicians.
“The annual apprentice intake was initiated more than a decade ago to help ensure we have a strong skills base to support our business,” he said.

Toyota forklifts go on a hydrogen charge

Toyota Material Handling Australia (TMHA) has put the first Toyota hydrogen fuel cell-powered forklifts outside of Japan into action during trials at Toyota Motor Corporation Australia’s parts centre located at its former manufacturing plant at Altona, Victoria.
The zero CO2-emission Toyota hydrogen fuel cell (FC) forklift demonstration is an extension of Toyota’s simultaneous trial for its Mirai fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV), which share the same hydrogen-powered technology.
The Toyota hydrogen FC forklifts with a nominal rating of 2,500kg lift capacity will also be featuring in the official opening of the new Toyota Parts Centre in Western Sydney’s Kemps Creek.
Toyota hydrogen FC vehicles take pressurised hydrogen that is fed into a fuel cell stack, where it is combined with oxygen to create a chemical reaction that produces electricity to drive various motors depending on demand for motive power or hydraulic power for steering, braking or lifting loads.
Toyota hydrogen fuel cell forklifts will be especially suitable for logistics and warehouse operations given they can be conveniently refuelled in just a few minutes, offering obvious productivity efficiencies.
Toyota Material Handling Australia general manager – corporate compliance and project development Bob Walmsley said the hydrogen FC forklifts take around three minutes to fill the hydrogen tank, compared with around eight hours to recharge a conventional battery. “This means we can use these forklifts more often, without having to significantly wait between charges or use second-shift batteries to achieve the same utilisation,” said Mr Walmsley.
TMHA president and CEO Steve Takacs said the Toyota hydrogen FC forklifts are another example of the synergies available to Toyota Material Handling Australia from Toyota’s automotive arm.
“In much the same way Toyota’s range of forklift products are researched and developed using Toyota’s advanced manufacturing technologies – and built to the same exacting standards of quality, durability and reliability as Toyota’s automotive vehicles – our engineers collaborate across the Toyota Group to incorporate the latest technologies acquired from our automotive sector,” said Mr Takacs.
“We at TMHA are committed to constantly developing new and better technologies that raise the bar in terms of safety, performance, efficiency and sustainability, which will ultimately benefit our customers.

“These hydrogen FC forklifts are a clear demonstration of our commitment to the environment through the adoption of new and sustainable technologies. They have excellent environmental credentials as they do not emit CO2 or substances of concern (SOC) during operation.
The hydrogen FC forklifts will also be trialled at Toyota’s newest and largest Parts Centre warehouse at Kemps Creek, New South Wales.
The Toyota hydrogen FC forklifts and Mirai are not for sale in Australia, mainly due to a lack of hydrogen refuelling infrastructure. Toyota’s mobile hydrogen fuelling station installed on a Hino 700 Series truck fuelled the FC forklifts and Mirai during the trials.


Toyota forklifts celebrate 50 years in Australia: from MHD

Celebrating 50 years in Australia
Toyota forklifts have come a long way since the first rugged and dependable 5LR models were imported into Australia in 1968.
The birth of TMHA
Toyota Material Handling Australia can trace its beginnings as the factory owned national distributor to the inaugural world Toyota industrial equipment congress in Nagoya in 2001.
Toyota Industries Corporation (TICO, or TAL as it then was), had just purchased BT Industries of Sweden.
In a breakthrough decision, TICO directors decided to create a separate forklift company in Australia – by buying Toyota Australia’s Industrial Equipment Division.
“That happened in 2003, with Hank Ogata as the founding president and CEO. Hank had extensive experience in TICO’s other acquisitions and amalgamations in France and the USA,” said TMHA president Steve Takacs.
As a result, the Australian operation head-office grew in 18 months from 13 staff to 40, and to a total of around 350 staff.
“Key people were left in place, because they knew their territory better than anyone else, as well as the product and the customer base.”
The BT integration was a four-year project as the new Australian team worked with TICO to create both a separate company for Toyota industrial equipment in Australia and to bring together the Toyota, BT and Raymond brands.
“With BT and Raymond products, we could supply 100 per cent of the warehouse equipment market place as a one-stop shop for material-handling equipment. Previously, we could only compete in 70 per cent of the marketplace,” Mr Takacs said.
Toyota Industries Corporation Australia (TICA) officially incorporated BT Lift Trucks into its national operations on April 1, 2005, creating a company with one-third share of the Australian forklift market.
TICA initially purchased the existing Toyota forklift dealerships in New South Wales and South Queensland, and progressively acquired the majority of other Toyota forklift dealerships nationally.
TMHA, where to now?
Toyota Material Handling Australia is poised for even more exciting times in the coming years, as new technology and software create greater efficiencies, cost savings and safety increases.
Fresh from the 50th anniversary celebrations for Toyota forklift sales in Australia, TMHA is looking to expand its distribution network, opening further branches, and broadening its product range – so customers can benefit from the company’s unique ‘one-stop experience’.
President and CEO Steve Takacs pointed to the new branch in Toowoomba, which serves a fast-growing regional hotspot and its new airport.
“Now, we’re looking beyond our traditional core product-base of forklifts, skid-steer loaders and towing tractors,” he said.
“Last year we introduced a range of pallet racking. Next to arrive will be scissor lifts, lift platforms, and sweepers and scrubbers. And the next 12 months will see more product lines. All these products will be supported by branch network service centres and a huge mobile service fleet.
“There are synergies in offering these products, with customers who have forklift fleets also needing to keep large floor areas clean and maintain the interiors of high buildings.”
In terms of future material-handling products, the key word is ‘automation’.
“The car industry shows us that this is the next big thing,” Steve Takacs said. “We are fortunate in the Toyota Group of companies, in being part of a global automotive leader. Self-driving cars are now in prototype production and the expectation for when we’ll see them in everyday use is surely a case of when, not if.
“Already we’re seeing self-driving Uber cars and trial deliveries of fast food and parcels by drones, with more applications to come.
“For some time, Toyota has been operating semi-autonomous forklifts that are intended to not only streamline functions such as order-picking but make it safer and more cost effective.
“Productive is of course the main advantage. But a secondary benefit is safety, with reduced risks on the warehouse floor – this is another excellent reason to embrace the new technology.
“It is an area that will continue to grow and applications will become broader, as the technology becomes more sophisticated – particularly when it is coupled with the developing area of virtual reality.”
Toyota’s massive year-by-year investment in research and development means its technology results in continual progress and refinement in material-handling technology and product. Advances such as lithium-ion batteries will see battery electric increasingly supplant internal combustion as the main fuel source for forklifts, with obvious benefits for both OH&S and the environment.
Logistics companies, from giants to minnows, are increasingly relying on their equipment suppliers to develop solutions for new high-density warehouses.
“Once again, this is an area where Toyota’s material handling engineers have access to the corporation’s automotive research and hence can take advantage of this ever-developing technology,” Steve Takacs said.
“At the 2018 CeMAT fair in Hanover, Germany, Toyota Material Handling Europe unveiled its all-new Traigo 80, a 6-8-tonne payload battery electric forklift. It is a heavy-duty counter-balanced forklift with 80-volt electrics, so it rivals an IC truck for performance. This would have been unheard of just a few years ago.”
Mr Takacs also said advancements in telematics will increasingly drive the material handling industry.
“Just four years ago, Toyota Material Handling Europe devised, patented and launched one of the world’s leading on-board forklift fleet management systems.
“Toyota ‘I-site’ was developed in Europe to provide a real-time GPS wireless on-machine monitoring and management protocol, to reduce cost, increase productivity and improve health and safety outcomes.
“Now when we service major fleets we’re able to compare the performance of identical forklifts, sometimes on different sites or even different states, and provide a solution for the most productive use of each forklift as well as the entire fleet.
“We can indeed look forward to the next 50 years.”
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TMHA Chairman’s message
Fifty years of Toyota forklift sales in Australia is a significant milestone and I want to thank our customers for their continued support and loyalty to Toyota Material Handling Australia.
The mother company of TMHA is Toyota Industries Corporation or TICO, which has now been in operation for 92 years and has become the world’s largest manufacturer of forklifts.
TICO has three main business sectors – Solution, which is material handling, logistics and textile machinery; Key Component, which includes air compressors and electronics; and Mobility, which is automobile and engine.
TICO has been number one in the global forklift market share since 2002 and within this corporation material handling is the biggest business sector, accounting for more than 60 per cent of global revenue.
Looking at the world material handling market, the USA is the largest market, but Australia as TMHA is an impressive eighth in the world sales volume as a single sales company. This shows how well we have been supported by our customers and means we can truly celebrate our 50th year anniversary.
Now, we need to look to the future and where we can grow as partners. Toyota’s famed QDR – Quality, Durability & Reliability – is the base of our products. In addition, customer satisfaction is always Number One priority for Toyota.
We will continue to enhance our quality services and product line-up, striving to stay ahead of the times and contribute to our customers as a Total Solution Provider.
We thank you again for your continued support for TMHA and look forward to the next 50 years working together.
Toshi (Tom) Nakazawa, chairman, TMHA.
TMHA President’s message
Toyota forklifts have come a long way since the first rugged and dependable 5LR models were imported into Australia in 1968.
A watershed moment occurred in 1999 with the launch of the 7-Series forklifts. At that moment we understood the value of Toyota’s extraordinary investment in research and development, and how it paid direct dividends for our customers.
The 7-Series featured Toyota’s world-first System of Active Stability, a computer-controlled stability device protected by over 300 patents and developed in conjunction with technology from Toyota’s automotive division. It was not only ground-breaking technologically, but a true innovation in improving forklift productivity and efficiency, and most importantly, enhancing operator safety.
This brings us to the current Toyota forklift, the magnificent 8-Series, which has built upon the legacy of the Toyota 7-Series and become the leading counter-balance forklift model in Australia. Toyota’s counter-balance forklift models have been Australia’s number one consecutively since 1987, representing 31 years of undisputed market dominance. To date, more than 50,000 Toyota forklifts have been sold into the Australian market.
Backing this fleet is Toyota Material Handling Australia, which has a rental fleet of more than 23,000 units and a fully factory-owned network of 17 Australian branches. Those outlets are all committed to giving valued customers the best possible forklift products, coupled with the best possible people in the material handling industry.
Our product lines have also expanded. TMHA is now proud to offer an unparalleled range of logistics and automation equipment to our Australian customers – including warehouse equipment, AGV (driverless forklifts), elevated work platforms, scissor lifts, sweepers and scrubbers, a comprehensive range of warehouse racking and state-of-the-art fleet management software.
So, to our very valued customers nationwide, I say thank you for your ongoing support and for helping us achieve these truly amazing milestones.
A lot has changed in the last 50 years, and it is truly a joyous occasion for TMHA to be able to celebrate this golden anniversary.
Steve Takacs, president & CEO, TMHA.
Toyota forklift milestones
1955: First Toyota forklift prototype sent to the automobile factory for three months’ testing.
1956: Toyota forklift LA, one-ton internal combustion model, is launched in March; towing tractor based on it launched in December.
1958: First Toyota forklift exports from Japan.
1959: New Toyota forklift factory built, capable of producing more than 150 forklifts per month.
1963: Toyota’s first international specification forklift is announced, the 5LR – it gives Toyota the lead in the two-ton forklift market; first major export contract to Port of Singapore Authority.
1968: First Toyota forklift imported into Australia.
1970s: Toyota builds the Takahama plant, the world’s largest facility devoted solely to manufacturing industrial vehicles; develops technology to address issue of air pollution, including positive crankcase ventilation.
1973: Toyota develops engines specifically for industrial vehicles.
1975: Evolution of Toyota battery electric forklifts begins, with smoother control and 48-volt electrics; 3FBRE first Toyota reach truck with sit-down operator launched.
1978: 4-Series forklifts launched with improved travel speed and load handling.
1985-88:  500,000th Toyota forklift produced; Toyota forklift exports exceed 200,000 units for the first time; 5-Series forklifts launched with improved operator comfort and full floating powertrain; local assembly begins in France and then the USA.
1992: One millionth Toyota forklift produced.
Mid-1990s: 6-Series forklifts introduced with special attention to ergonomic design, increased productivity, easier operation, lower noise and improved styling.
1996: 25,000th Toyota forklift sold in Australia.
1999: Toyota’s breakthrough System of Active Stability (SAS) introduced on 7-Series 1-3 ton petrol models, along with innovative AC power system and SAS on 7FB electric models; In Australia, Toyota wins national OH&S award for its in-house developed swing-down gas-bottle bracket.
2000: Toyota acquires BT Industries and Raymond forklifts.
2001: Toyota combines all its lift truck operations into a single business area called Toyota Industries Corporation (TICO), later renamed Toyota Material Handling; TICO world congress held in Nagoya.
2003: Toyota Industries Corporation Australia (TICA) established to distribute and sell Toyota industrial equipment and one year later wins TICA Global Excellence Award; Toyota’s worldwide sales and supply network now covers 170 countries and 80 distributors.
2005: TICA becomes authorised Australian distributor of Raymond forklifts.
2006: Toyota’s 50th anniversary of forklift manufacture and 80th anniversary of Toyota Industries Corporation, which now has 35,000 employees worldwide; 8-Series 1.0-3.5-tonne forklift range launched.
2007: Toyota Material Handling, as it is now known, celebrates 21 years of consecutive Australian market leadership in counter-balance forklifts.
2009: World’s first engine-powered hybrid forklift launched – diesel-electric GENCO-Hybrid; new product action on several fronts with BT Reflex electric reach trucks, new pedestrian pallet trucks and 5-Series Huski SSL range, followed in 2010 by new electric towing tractors, in 2011 by 7-Series 6-8 models with segment-first SAS and in 2012 by new Raymond reach trucks, BT Optio order pickers and 8FBN 4-wheel forklifts.
2012: A quarter of a century of Toyota IC counter-balance market leadership in Australia, achieving 34 per cent market share.
2012-13: A wave of TMHA branch activity, with new premises in Brisbane, Albury and Gladstone, and Toyota’s first direct presence in Darwin, Townsville and Tasmania.
2016: Toyota launches BT-branded Automatic Guided Vehicles – automated forklifts.
2016-17: TMHA wins back-to-back Toyota Material Handling International president’s awards for record years in 2015-16 and overall business excellence.
2017: 25-year anniversary of Toyota skills contest in Australia, highlighting excellence in training forklift technicians; TMHA staff build show-stopper V8 forklift.
2018: Toyota tops the Australian IC forklift market for the 31st year in a row and the overall forklift market for the ninth consecutive year, with approximately 5100 units sold in 2017.
Ongoing: The Takahama Plant, constructed in the 1970s, is continuously upgraded in equipment and facilities. Toyota’s industry-leading R&D investment in material handling equipment continues, giving customers leading QDR, safety, ease of operation and efficiency: the Toyota Advantage.

Toyota puts its technicians to the test

Countless hours of technician study and practice were put to the test by Toyota Material Handling Australia (TMHA) during its recently held National Skills Competition at TMHA’s Training and Development Centre in Moorebank, Sydney.
The annual competition saw 160 forklift technicians and apprentices from across the TMHA national branch network complete two online exams, the first whittling the field to 68 and the second determining 15 finalists. Six apprentices and nine technicians then put their knowledge and ability on display over two days of theory- and practical-based exercises covering TMHA’s Toyota, BT and Raymond brands of forklifts and warehouse equipment.
TMHA president & CEO Steve Takacs said the National Skills Competition is important on a number of levels. “It’s an investment in the skills of our technicians and apprentices. It helps ensure they have a high level of product knowledge and the abilities required to remain at the forefront of industry standards,” said Mr Takacs.
“Conducting the skills contest provides real benefits. It has been proven to support high customer satisfaction rates thanks to less downtime and increased efficiency for all our business partners.
“It’s also just reward for their efforts in continually up-skilling. The Apprentice of the Year component in particular allows budding technicians to test themselves against the country’s best.”
This year’s TMHA National Skills Contest marked the eleventh anniversary of adding the Apprentice Award.
Mr Takacs said the competition is also important to him, personally. “I started out in this industry as a Toyota technician so I know the importance of skills training. It’s something we have run for over a quarter of a century and something we will continue to support as part of our commitment to maintaining industry-leading service standards.”
Mr Takacs said this year’s TMHA National Skills Competition also coincided with TMHA celebrating 50 years of forklift sales in Australia. “So it was a particularly special event. Toyota sold its first forklift in this country in 1968, and now holds almost 40 per cent of the Australian market, and the number eight position for sales in the world.”
This year, nine technicians specialised in one of three brands – Toyota, Raymond and BT – for the practical component and also sat an exam covering all three brands to determine the overall Master Technician.
The Master Technician of the Year award for 2018 was won by TMHA Brisbane’s Luke Kuschert after also winning 2018 National Technician of the Year award for Raymond products. Mr Kuschert was also crowned Master Technician of the Year in 2016 and 2016 National Technician of the Year for BT products.
This year’s BT Technician of the Year was won by TMHA Melbourne’s Jhon Gallego and TMHA Brisbane’s Aaron Lang took out Toyota Technician of the Year 2018.
Michael Chattin of TMHA Albury rose from a field of six to become Apprentice of the Year 2018. As part of his prize, Mr Chattin will attend an Educational Factory Tour of an overseas Toyota forklift production plant, as will Master Technician Winner, Luke Kuschert. All brand winners received a $2,000 cash prize and all participants given Makita power tools.
In June, all winners were presented with their awards and prizes at a national TMHA awards function by Mr Takacs and TMHA Chairman, Toshi Nakazawa.

Toyota MH Australia executive recognised

A senior executive of national forklift supplier Toyota Material Handling Australia has been promoted, effective from the start of the company’s financial year on 1 April.
Steve Takacs has been promoted from executive vice president and chief operating officer to president and CEO.
The president of Toyota Material Handling International and senior managing officer of Toyota Industries Corporation Toshifumi Onishi made the announcement at the headquarters of Toyota Industries Corporation in Japan.
Mr Takacs was keen to emphasise the team effort behind the recognition: “To be recognised and rewarded by TMHA’s global Japanese parent Toyota Industries Corporation is humbling. Toyota Material Handling Australia’s best attribute is the skill, passion and quality of staff – ‘people first’, I’m proud to be part of such a great team.”
On the outlook for the material handling industry, Mr Takacs said: “I’m sure there is massive amounts of game-changing technology in front of us still to come, so we at TMHA accept and recognise that we must continue to heavily invest in our ability to smoothly supply and professionally service the equipment we offer.
“TMHA’s business direction is to continue to invest in the training of existing service technicians whilst also continuing our apprentice program we are also focused on the expansion of our branch locations within regional towns.
“Looking ahead, TMHA has some exciting new forklift products due for release in 2018 including a range of warehouse equipment and reach trucks, and will increase its portfolio of products with the introduction of a range of sweepers, scrubbers and scissor lifts.”

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TMHA equips new NewCold Melbourne facilities

Toyota Material Handling Australia (TMHA) has supplied equipment to new cold storage market entrant, NewCold.
NewCold Melbourne opened its two warehouses in August and September, with 45 leased Toyota and BT forklifts.
Netherlands-based NewCold Advanced Cold Logistics reportedly decided to approach TMHA for its first Australian operations due to its relations with Toyota in Europe.
The 34-metre-high warehouses have a combined 40,800m2 of floor area, storage for over 200,000 pallets, 39 loading docks and operate around the clock.
One is a cold store at minus 23oC, the other a chilled store with two, eight and 11oC environments.
“This makes Toyota our material handling partner of choice, while the comprehensive service offering is unique and cost effective as well,” said Ray Perry, Director – Oceania, NewCold.
“We appreciate that Toyota does not only supply the forklift [equipment] but will also service the equipment as and when we need it.
“Being a logistics and warehouse service provider, Toyota shares common customer values with NewCold. We trust that we will benefit from TMHA’s wealth of knowledge in the industry in Australia to increase our productivity, while staying ahead of our competition.”
Jason Fennell, Corporate Account Manager at TMHA, said local discussions with NewCold began in October 2016 and a decision was made in May 2017.
“We received a request to assist NewCold from our corporate division and worked from there,” he said.
“NewCold uses a variety of suppliers and products in Europe. However, the core business is to be able to pick orders, replenish stock, load and unload required deliveries, and store required long-life stocks on a 24/7 basis.
“This is the company’s first development in Australia, so we are committed to working with them to develop the relationship and ensure we cover all the material handling requirements, as well as making this process easy for the customer.”
The initial equipment roster for NewCold’s Melbourne facilities includes 21 BT electric pallet jacks, 10 Toyota 8-Series FBE18 three-wheel electric forklifts, seven BT RRE140H reach trucks, four Toyota 32-8FG30 internal combustion forklifts, a pair of 32-8FG18 Toyota forklifts, a BT RRE250H reach truck and four battery chargers.

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