A leading not-for-profit forklift training provider has relied on the reliability and functionality of Toyota forklifts since the organisation was founded a decade ago.
Blueprint Employment and Training now operates a fleet of Toyota electric forklifts at its fully equipped facilities at Underwood, south of Brisbane.
Blueprint Training Operations Manager Angie Rue said the decision to partner with Toyota forklifts supplied by the local Toyota Material Handling Australia branch was a simple one.
"Although we started small with only one forklift we were looking to engage with a major supplier that we could call on as we grew," she said. "Our training manager also had good experiences with Toyota forklifts, going right back to his days learning to drive on one as an apprentice."
Reliability, quality service and equipment that was competitively priced and suitable for learners were all top of mind for the fledgling training provider.
"Toyota met our criteria better than others, and we received great service from our sales rep straight off the bat - which has carried right through to now.
"Personal interaction with Toyota Material Handling Australia sales and service staff has always been key. The service staff are helpful and explain everything to us and our account manager never fails to come through for us when we need to call on him.
"Toyota also offers a wide range of forklifts which is good for us as our needs have changed over time."
Blueprint's electric Toyota forklift fleet currently includes a 7FBE18 three-wheel and two 7FB18 four-wheel counterbalance battery-electric forklifts, a BT OME100M order picker forklift, a Toyota 6FBRE16 reach forklift and a BT LWE180 electric pallet jack.
Over the years the Toyota forklifts have proven well suited to the training environment.
"Our students find them easy to manoeuvre and control, and they like the visibility they provide," Ms Rue said. "Another advantage for us is that they're popular in the industry so our students know they are operating a forklift they are likely to encounter once they enter the workforce."
Blueprint's relationship with Toyota extends beyond the training floor.
"We also have Toyota company cars - a HiLux, a Corolla and a Yaris - for similar reasons to the forklifts: they're reliable, economical to run, and service and repair costs are reasonable."
Blueprint Employment and Training is a not for profit registered training provider that specialises in training in warehousing operations, logistics and load-shifting equipment. Training is conducted at its fully equipped training centre or for customers at their premises.