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Toyota Industrial Equipment (TIE) is the material handling division of Toyota Industries Corp. (TICO). Toyota Industries Corp. is under the larger corporate umbrella of the Toyota Group of companies, consisting of 13 distinct business units. Toyota Industries Corporation also encompasses Toyota’s automotive, logistics, and textile machinery businesses. The material handling brands Raymond and BT are also part of Toyota Industries Corp.[1]

Toyota Industrial Equipment is one of the world’s leading suppliers of lift trucks, operating in more than 170 countries. With a global network of 80 distributors and 675 sales outlets, its product line includes internal combustion engine lift trucks with cushion tires and pneumatic tires, electric motor rider lift trucks, electric motor pallet stackers and walkie stackers, reach trucks, order selectors and hand pallet trucks.[2] Its primary manufacturing plants are strategically positioned within the U.S., France, Japan, and China to meet the needs of major material handling markets.

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[edit] History

The global enterprise known as Toyota today started from meager beginnings as a local spinning and weaving company. In 1918 the founding father of Toyota, Sakichi Toyoda formed the Toyoda Spinning and Weaving Co. With his automatic power loom Sakichi transformed Japan’s textile industry. In 1937 Sakichi’s son, Kiichiro Toyoda expanded the family business by making a substantial investment in the automotive sector and establishing the Toyota Motor Corp. Over time the company branched off into other types of business under such brand names as Denso, Toyota Tsusho, and Aichi Steel.[3]

[edit] Toyota and the Material Handling Market

Toyota officially entered the industrial vehicle market in 1956 with the introduction of its first engine-powered forklift truck. By 1958 the company was exporting its forklifts to markets outside Japan. By 1965 it was selling its forklift trucks from Japan to Europe. In 1967 TIE expanded its product range with the introduction of its first electric forklift. Production increased when it opened one of the world’s largest industrial equipment plants in Takahama Japan in 1970. By 1971 the company had sold 100,000 forklifts worldwide and by 1985 the total had reached  500,000.[4] A decade later in 1995, it would attain sales of one million forklift units worldwide.[5]

[edit] The 7-Series Lift Trucks 

In the late 1990s, Toyota Industrial Equipment launched its 7-series internal combustion engine models. The 7-series incorporated the company’s trademarked System of Active Stability (SAS) technology. It worked to reduce the chance of a lateral overturn by engaging a swing lock cylinder to stabilize the rear axle of the forklift, thereby changing its stability footprint from triangular in shape to rectangular. The technology has since been integrated into the majority of Toyota’s internal combustion models and other standard equipment including its new 8-series forklifts.[6]

[edit] Launch of First Fuel Cell Lift Truck

In 2000 Toyota proclaimed its commitment to the development of environmentally friendly vehicle and truck applications when it introduced the industry’s first fuel cell lift truck at  ProMat 2007 in Chicago. The prototype developed in partnership between Toyota Industries Corp. and the Toyota Motor Corp. used hydrogen as its primary power source. The prototype produced electricity without combustion and with absolutely no carbon emissions.[7]

[edit] A Hybrid Lift Truck

Toyota Material Handling USA introduced a hybrid concept lift truck at ProMat in January 2009. The new hybrid forklift utilizes technology made available by the Toyota Group that combines an IC engine, electric generator, and battery into an engine capable of operating with optimum fuel and emissions efficiency by shifting between battery and engine mode and recharging the battery during operation.[8]

[edit] AICHI, A Toyota Industries Company

In August of 2008, Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc. became the sole distributor of Aichi Scissor Lifts, Aichi Wheeled Boom Lifts and Aichi Crawler Boom Lifts in the United States.[9] Aichi is the first company in the aerial work platform industry to offer AC Motor Technology in the scissor lift models.[10]

[edit] The Company Today

Toyota Industrial Equipment reported global sales revenue of more than $5.5 billion as of 2006. This was a nine percent increase over 2005 sales figures. It operates material handling divisions in Canada under Toyota Canada Industrial Equipment, in the U.S. under Toyota Material Handling, USA, Inc., and in the U.K. under Toyota Material Handling U.K. Ltd.[11]

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[edit] References

  1. Material Handling Equipment. Toyota Industries Corporation Official website. 07-02-2009.
  2. Global Network. Toyota Industrial Equipment website. 17-02-2009.
  3. Toyota: The History. Toyota Material Handling UK. 17-02-2009.
  4. Toyota: The History. Toyota Material Handling UK. 17-02-2009.
  5. Our History. Toyota Industrial Equipment website. 17-02-2209.
  6. Our History. Toyota Industrial Equipment website. 17-02-2209.
  7. Our History. Toyota Industrial Equipment website. 17-02-2209.
  8. Toyota Debuts Hybrid Concept Lift Truck. Press Release. Toyota Industrial Equipment website. 17-02-2009.
  9. Toyota Distributor For Aichi Aerial Work Platforms In U.S. Market. Toyota AICHI, 2009-04-20.
  10. Products. Toyota AICHI, 2009-04-20.
  11. Toyota Number One in Lift Truck Sales for Fifth Consecutive Year. Press Release. Toyota website. 17-02-2009.

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