Darwin's leading manufacturer and supplier of concrete building blocks has commissioned a fleet of new Toyota forklifts to help boost productivity.
HB Blocks has four 3-tonne payload Toyota 8-FG30 forklifts on long-term rental and servicing agreement from the Toyota Material Handling Australia (TMHA) Darwin branch.
HB Blocks director Nick Halkitis said he chose the rental and servicing agreement to free-up space in the company workshop.
"The new Toyota forklifts are integral to the block production cycle, their storage and distribution," he said.
"They unload freshly made product, stack that product, make up and load orders, and handle pallets that need repair."
Mr Halkitis said the company bought its first Toyota forklift in 1997.
"It was soon followed by two more Toyotas, then another two, and now the four rental forklifts.
"Toyotas are good forklifts, especially for reliability and longevity, and they are backed by good local support from TMHA."
TMHA's factory-owned and backed Darwin branch is poised to celebrate its first anniversary after replacing the previous independent dealer last year.
HB Blocks can trace its beginnings to 1960 and the civil construction company Halkitis Brothers. The locally owned and operated business now employs close to 180 staff and is involved in construction, manufacturing, tourism, mining, transport and maintenance.
Toyota's 8-Series internal-combustion forklift range now covers every payload capacity from 1 to 8-tonne payload.
Design and safety features also include Automatic Fork Levelling Control to level the forks during loading, ergonomic controls and smooth, quiet operation from the Toyota engine.
Selected 8-Series forklift models also feature Toyota's exclusive System of Active Stability comprising the advanced Active Swing Lock Cylinder, which can help improve forklift stability and reduce the potential for lateral tip overs.