On 10th April 2019, TCM dealers from across Europe gathered at The Belfry Hotel & Resort near Birmingham to discuss the past, the present, and the future of the material handling industry. TCM also announced some exciting new product launches.
It was in 1949 when TCM (Toyo Carriers Manufacturing Co., Ltd) manufactured the first “Made in Japan” internal combustion engine forklift truck. Over the last 70 years, TCM has like The Belfry evolved and built upon this historical and traditional excellence through innovations and product developments to be the Worlds’ 3rd largest manufacturer of forklifts and materials handling products.
The presentations from the European President and Senior Management team were both interesting and insightful, further reinforcing the TCM shared vision to continue challenging for excellence on a Global stage.
As expected, the concept and process of ‘Electrification’ was prevalent throughout the Summit.
Electrification will ultimately transform the way businesses undertake their daily operations — from the equipment used and the types of fuel to operator shift patterns and more. Furthermore, in a world of rising energy costs, ensuring the optimal use of energy is as important as the operational efficiency and effectiveness of materials handling equipment.
The key notable points from the Summit involved:
Electrification – New Products:
- The release of the new Electric 2.5T – 3.5T Counterbalance 4 Wheel Forklift Truck (80 Volt) – further news to follow.
New Energy Solutions – Lithium Batteries:
- The integration of Li-Ion Battery Technology for our range of TCM Forklifts and Warehouse Equipment – further news to follow.
New Product Upgrades:
- Improvements to the current range of counterbalance and internal combustion engine trucks – further news to follow.
- Compliance of the new European Tier 5 emissions standards for internal combustion engine trucks – further news to follow.
The dealers left happy safe in the knowledge that the TCM brand is dedicated to future growth within the European market regardless of any Brexit outcome.