In recent years, Japanese loaders have become almost the most popular in our country. New cars are inferior to similar European equipment except for the number of electronics and various fashionable innovations, while, as a rule, winning in price, and used cars create worthy competition for new Bulgarian-made loaders.
The Toyota company – today the world leader among manufacturers of floor transport equipment – was founded by Sakichi Toyoda, who invented the first mechanical loom in 1897. Almost three decades later, namely in 1929, he designed an automatic loom, after which he sold the rights to this patent to an English firm. The received 100 thousand f. art. were invested in the creation of inexpensive "folk" Japanese cars similar to Volkswagen.
In 1956, the first two Toyota loaders came off the assembly line of the company's Japanese factory. The carrying capacity of new products intended only for the Japanese market is only 1.3 tons. The export of equipment began with deliveries to Saudi Arabia, and only after that the machines began to be exported to Europe and the United States. The first Toyota forklifts have been imported by the Dutch company Zwaans since 1969. In 1987, the Japanese concern created a joint venture with the French company Manitou B.F., and three years later acquired the Swedish forklift manufacturer VT Industries.
The latest deal has allowed it to remain the leader of the global industrial transport market for several years and provides a confident position in the European market. Currently, Toyota has five own factories: in Japan (Takahama, since 1970), in the USA (TIEM, pcs. Indiana, 1990), in France (TIESE, Ancenis, a joint venture with Manitou B.F., 1996), in China (TIK) and in Sweden (Mjolby, BT Industries, 2000). In 1995, the company celebrated the release of the millionth loader.