Toyota Industries Corporation is a Japanese company specializing in the production and sale of automobiles, materials handling equipment and textile machinery, among other things. Founded in 1926 and headquartered in Kariya, Aichi, Toyota Industries is the world’s number one manufacturer of forklift trucks. It is a member of Toyota Group.
Toyota Industries built its first forklift truck in 1956; the following year it began production of D-type diesel engine parts. 1960 saw the company open a facility dedicated to the manufacture of forklifts and begin production of its first shovel loader. In 1963 it began manufacturing dump trucks.
By 1985 Toyota Industries had produced 500,000 forklift trucks. Throughout the 1990s it began producing FZ-type gasoline engines, automated storage and retrieval systems and X500 series internal combustion counterbalanced forklifts.
Since 2001, Toyota Industries has been in charge of the industrial equipment sales division of Toyota Motor Corporation. In 2008, the company marked the production of 2 million forklift trucks. The GENEO Ecore compact forklift was introduced in 2015. In 2016, Toyota Industries began selling fuel-cell forklifts and gene B electric counterbalanced forklifts. The next year it began selling the Rinova electric reach truck.
“We provide materials handling products and service to our customers around the world through Toyota Material Handling Group (TMHG), under the brands of TOYOTA, BT, RAYMOND and CESAB,” the company states. “Under the AICHI brand, we provide aerial work platforms."
“Toyota Industries’ materials handling umbrella organization Toyota Material Handling Group (TMHG) is the world’s leading manufacturing group of lift trucks with a global reach. We provide financing, leasing, fleet management, insurance and innovative material handling solutions.”