JAPANESE industrial forklifts manufacturer, TCM, has introduced a string of new products to boost its already significant 10% share of the Australian market.
At the Australian launch in Melbourne, TCM unveiled a family of iNOMA four-wheel counterbalance internal combustion forklifts, announced its FTB VII Series of three-wheel battery electric offerings, and introduced its skid steer loaders to Australia.
The iNOMA products further enhance the company's successful one-to-three-tonne range while the FTB VII Series is set to strengthen TCM's position in the rapidly growing battery electric class - in both Australia and the world.
The launch marks the first time that TCM skid steer loaders, a longstanding success story in Japan, have been made available to the Australian market.
Hosted by the company's national distributor for Australia, NTP Forklifts Australia , the launch was attended by TCM's general manager: marketing, Masa-aki Sumida; and regional manager for Asia Pacific, Hiroshi Narukawa.
Mr Sumida told the launch audience - made up of major account customers, dealers, and NTP administrative and factory staff - that as part of its commitment to innovation, TCM introduced new models every three years, as opposed to the industry standard of eight to 10 years.
Sharing the platform with Mr Sumida, NTP Forklifts managing director John Naffine noted that the TCM announcement ensured that Australian customers remained at the forefront of forklift technology.
The revolutionary iNOMA (an acronym for Innovative Machine) family of internal combustion forklift trucks comprises a two-tonne, a 2.5-tonne and a three-tonne model. All models retain the engineering toughness and durability hallmarks of their TCM predecessors while introducing new features to enhance performance and productivity.
TCM's new FTB VII Series of electric three-wheel forklift trucks builds on the company's reputation as an environmentally responsible manufacturer. The Series is aimed specifically at the more sensitive work environments like those found in the food processing industry and features two models, the FTB16 and the FTB18.
The introduction to Australia of the new 7 Series skid steer loaders is expected to be well-received by the local construction, engineering, livestock and agriculture sectors, especially as it is packed with features required to take on and beat the established competition. The six models in the robust range all come with plenty of power, agile movement, enhanced operator comfort and attractive styling.