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Toyota Forklift Fleets Helps Distribution Centre

A massive Queensland warehouse - flooded to a depth of 1.8 metres on 12 January - has returned to operation with a new fleet of Toyota Material Handing forklift equipment.

Australian Pharmaceutical Industries' Bundamba (Ipswich) Distribution Centre supplies Queensland and northern New South Wales.

The flood destroyed stock and the warehouse's entire fleet of battery-electric forklift equipment.

When it returns to full operation, the 19,000 square metre warehouse will have 31 state-of-the-art pieces of mobile forklift equipment - all supplied and serviced by Toyota Material Handling (QLD).

TMH (QLD) has a service technician permanently on site.

The centre has racking to nine metres and is temperature-controlled between 22 and 24 degrees.

Distribution Centre manager Brett Roy said Toyota Material Handling had played a pivotal role in the massive task of recommissioning the centre.

"We returned to a Centre caked in mud - and all our material handling equipment ruined. We didn't have a telephone system for 10 weeks, so we had to use mobiles," he said.

Brett Roy said 50 vans operate out of the Centre, many delivering twice a day to metropolitan Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast.

"In addition, there are a dozen line-haul trucks which move stock to North Queensland and into northern NSW.

"The forklift equipment includes 14 BT OSE 100 low-level order pickers, 12 BT Reflex RRE 140 reach trucks, five Toyota 7-FBE15 forklifts and five Raymond 5400 high order pickers.

"The equipment is state of the art, right down to the battery charging system TMH Qld has built for us," Mr Roy said.

It has a second-shift function, battery electronic queuing system and auto watering system.

This equipment ensures that forklift operators select the most suitable battery - one that has finished charging and cooled down. The water levels are automatically topped up as the batteries charge.

Australian Pharmaceutical Industries (API) has a BT Orion LPE 200 medium-duty pedestrian pallet truck to move batteries at the charging points.

API was founded in 1910 and is now one of Australia's leading health and beauty companies principally through its network of over 300 Priceline and Priceline Pharmacy retail outlets.

Toyota Forklift Fleets Helps Distribution Centre