Toyota lifts output for fresh food business

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Patane Produce, a West Australian produce company, has adopted Toyota Series 8 forklift trucks to help meet Perth's demand for fresh greengrocery.

Toyota lifts output for fresh food business
Toyota Forklift in action at Patane Produce, Myalup WA (Image: Toyota Material Handling website)

The business, based at Myalup south of Perth, is a leading supplier of carrots, onions, potatoes and broccoli to the Perth markets as well as interstate and overseas.

The company commissioned three 1.8-tonne Toyota 8FG18 forklifts at the end of 2011 to increase production and improve the reliability of its material handling fleet.

Patane Produce Managing Director Michael Patane said he bought his first Toyota forklift, a 7FG18 model 15 years ago which is still in active service after logging an impressive 14,000 hours.

"Toyota forklifts - they just keep working," he said.

"I've come to know the machines well over the years and never had any reliability issues."

On top of the Toyota 7-series forklift, the business also owns a second-hand 6-series Toyota forklift which Mr Patane said is still performing well. 

Patane Produce's operation consists of 440 hectares in the southwest and includes growing areas, administration buildings and several packing complexes.

According to Toyota Material Handling Perth sales manager Danny Carbery, the Toyota 8-Series forklifts offer leading design and safety features such as Automatic Fork Levelling Control to level forks during loading; as well as Active Control Rear Stabiliser which locks the rear axle to help reduce the potential of lateral tip-overs.

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