Case study: Parton Logistics and Toyota Material Handling

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An expanding logistics company is benefiting from employing a wide range of Toyota Material Handling (TMH) equipment at its warehouses in Perth and Melbourne.

Case study: Parton Logistics and Toyota Material Handling
Parton Logistics uses a wide range of Toyota Material Handling equipment at its warehouses in Perth and Melbourne.

Parton Logistics uses Toyota 32-8FG25 and 8FBN counter-balance forklifts, BT Reflex RRE160M reach trucks and Raymond 8510 twin-pallet ride-ons to handle a variety of goods, from industrial products and domestic electrical appliances to consumables.

"We've always had Toyota forklifts and we now use a variety of TMH brand products, including Toyota forklifts with clamp attachments, as well as the BT reach loaders, Raymond ride-ons and electric counter-balance machines," Director Craig Walker says.

"Company founder Paul Parton and I both had positive experiences with Toyota equipment in the past," he says. "The fact we've purchased some of the forklifts we had previously rented shows our faith in the product; we knew the service of those machines was up to date.

"The variety of equipment on offer was a plus too as we knew that there would be a machine to handle every job as our needs changed."

Walker says Parton Logistics has enjoyed a strong relationship with the Kewdale TMH branch in Perth, and in particular with Area Sales Manager Tony McGuire.

"Tony has been terrific and proactive too. He was here just recently to tell us about Toyota's order pickers which we might need for a job we've tendered for, so if that's a success we'll probably be broadening our range of Toyota equipment even further."

Parton Logistics still has its first Toyota forklift, a 5-FBRE14 model, bought second-hand 10 years ago, and "it's there as a backup and is still going strong", Walker says.

Paul Parton founded the company in 2004 with one 600 square-metre warehouse. Walker bought into the business in 2006, and growth in Perth led to a larger warehousing and distribution facility being opened in 2007.

In 2009 a facility was opened in Noble Park, Melbourne — close to both the Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley.

"We now have a 9000 sq m warehouse in Kewdale, another 4000 sq m of warehouse space in Welshpool and a 15,000 sq m wine distribution centre in Melbourne," Walker says.

In April the company started a new contract to store and distribute kitchen appliances for a leading home appliance company in Western Australia.

Toyota Material Handling is the factory-owned national distributor for the range of Toyota, BT Lift Truck and Raymond products, as well as Toyota's Huski skid-steer loader range. It also offers a range of internal combustion and battery-electric towing tractors.

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