Toyota Material Handling Europe (TMHE) and customers collaborate to bring forward Li-ion solutionsby Toyota Material Handling EU on 2012-07-17 03:46:19
Customers presently use Toyota Material Handling Europe (TMHE)’s Li-ion forklifts to carry out field tests
Toyota Material Handling Europe (TMHE) is strongly committed to supporting the growth of its customers’ business, while maintaining safe and healthy workplaces and protecting the environment. To achieve sustainability in intralogistics, TMHE explores energy solutions such as hybrid, fuel cell and lithium ion, and heavily invests in research and development of new technologies.
Li-ion batteries provide a more effective way to store and supply electricity than traditional lead acid batteries, which often need 6 - 12 hours to recharge. Thanks to fast charging during breaks, Li-ion batteries significantly increase productivity by eliminating the need for battery change and saving precious time in a rapidly-moving environment. The forklifts are thus able to operate even longer to their full potential.
Driven by the constant desire to make customers profit from its innovations, TMHE is currently conducting field tests to prove their Li-ion forklifts’ efficiency in the distribution centres of Sainsbury’s in the UK and Ahold in the Netherlands. These two major retailers are TMHE’s long-term customers for whom boosting performance and reducing environmental impact at the same time are top priorities.
This ongoing trial includes powered pallet trucks, which are usually used in multiple-shifts operations. For Ahold and Sainsbury’s, the Li-ion equipment they now test with TMHE ensures continuous truck availability with low energy consumption. This benefits both their business and the environment: productivity is considerably enhanced in a responsible way.
“TMHE is renowned for designing and manufacturing quality products that ensure durable use for years to come. Our Li-ion range of forklifts will be launched in the first half of 2013. We believe that our company largely contributes to supporting responsible innovations and we are happy to take this important step together with our customers,“ says Johan Rosén, Product Group Manager at TMHE.
About Toyota Material Handling Europe
Toyota Material Handling Europe (TMHE) helps businesses of all sizes across Europe meet today’s materials handling challenges with a full range of Toyota counterbalanced forklift trucks, BT warehouse equipment, and services and added value solutions, including service contracts, short term rental, used trucks and the Toyota I_Site Fleet Management Solution. Active in more than 30 countries across Europe and with headquarters in Sweden, TMHE has a European Office in Brussels and production centres in Ancenis (France), Bologna (Italy) and Mjölby (Sweden). With about 5,000 service engineers, around 8,000 employees, along with a network of independent distributors and dealers, TMHE is the European regional organisation of Toyota Material Handling Group (TMHG), which is part of Toyota Industries Corporation (TICO) – the global leader in materials handling equipment.
For more information on TMHE, visit www.toyota-forklifts.eu.