A senior executive of national forklift supplier Toyota Material Handling Australia has been promoted, effective from the start of the company’s financial year on 1 April.
Steve Takacs has been promoted from executive vice president and chief operating officer to president and CEO.
The president of Toyota Material Handling International and senior managing officer of Toyota Industries Corporation Toshifumi Onishi made the announcement at the headquarters of Toyota Industries Corporation in Japan.
Mr Takacs was keen to emphasise the team effort behind the recognition: “To be recognised and rewarded by TMHA’s global Japanese parent Toyota Industries Corporation is humbling. Toyota Material Handling Australia’s best attribute is the skill, passion and quality of staff – ‘people first’, I’m proud to be part of such a great team.”
On the outlook for the material handling industry, Mr Takacs said: “I’m sure there is massive amounts of game-changing technology in front of us still to come, so we at TMHA accept and recognise that we must continue to heavily invest in our ability to smoothly supply and professionally service the equipment we offer.
“TMHA’s business direction is to continue to invest in the training of existing service technicians whilst also continuing our apprentice program we are also focused on the expansion of our branch locations within regional towns.
“Looking ahead, TMHA has some exciting new forklift products due for release in 2018 including a range of warehouse equipment and reach trucks, and will increase its portfolio of products with the introduction of a range of sweepers, scrubbers and scissor lifts.”