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TOYOTA RANKS NUMBER ONE FORKLIFT SUPPLIER WORLDWIDE FOR 12TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR
COLUMBUS, Ind., (September 30, 2014) – For the 12th consecutive year, Toyota achieved the top position as the world’s largest lift truck supplier in Modern Materials Handling’s Annual Top 20 list. Toyota reported $7.7 billion in worldwide sales revenue for fiscal year 2013, a 26 percent increase over the second largest global forklift supplier on the list.
To qualify for Modern’s annual Top 20 lift truck suppliers list, companies must manufacture and sell forklifts in at least one of the Industrial Truck Association’s seven truck classes, which includes a variety of electric and internal combustion forklifts. Rankings are based on worldwide revenue from powered industrial trucks during each company’s most recent fiscal year.
“Thanks to the support of Toyota’s loyal customers, a dedicated team of associates and a great network of dealers, Toyota has achieved this distinctive ranking once again,” said Jeff Rufener, president of Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc. “Delivering on our philosophy of ‘kaizen’ or continuous improvement, Toyota remains committed to pushing forward new product design and technology to support our customers’ material-handling needs.
”Toyota continues to improve the material-handling process and enhance the end-user experience with new equipment and innovations, including: the recent introduction of the new 8-Series Electric Stand-Up Rider Counterbalance forklifts, an extended hand pallet jack line with 10 specialty models to provide one of the most comprehensive offerings of pallet jacks in the industry, and Toyota’s 8-Series forklift line with new large-capacity models and two new engines.
About Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc.
Celebrating more than 45 years in business in North America, TMHU is the supplier of Toyota forklifts, the No. 1 selling brand since 2002. In addition to a full line of high-quality forklifts, the company’s extended industrial equipment solutions include Automated Guided Vehicles and Tow Tractors.
Quality is the hallmark of the Toyota Production System practiced at all Toyota manufacturing facilities, including Toyota Industrial Equipment Mfg., Inc. (TIEM), a zero-landfill facility in Columbus, Indiana. TIEM, named a North American Best Plant by IndustryWeek magazine, is a member of the National Safety Council, complies with the ISO 14001 standard from the International Organization for Standardization and has produced more than 450,000 Toyota lift trucks since opening in 1990.
Toyota’s commitment to excellence in customer service extends throughout the U.S. and Canada. With 69 authorized Toyota Industrial Equipment dealers and more than 220 dealership locations throughout North America, Toyota dealers offer comprehensive customer service and support, including one-stop shopping for both new and used forklifts, rentals, parts and service, fleet servicing and financing.