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Skyport Continues to Depend on TMHE - Counterbalanced Forklift Trucks

Working around the clock to facilitate the transport of special air cargo, Skyport’s cargo terminal operators depend greatly on Toyota counterbalanced forklift trucks. Prepared for all types of consignment, including food, mail, automobiles and zoo animals, Skyport’s 14,000 square metre warehouse contains cold and chilled stores, sections for hazardous cargos and live animals, and an area for customs clearance.

“There are moments when the warehouse is completely full,” comments Skyport CEO David Adámek, “but it could take only a few hours before it is almost empty again. This is not a long-term storage warehouse but only for very fast-moving goods.

“We charge a lot for long-term storage and in the best case we can get goods from an aircraft and into the hands of its owner in 40 minutes, including customs clearance.”

When a client airline’s flight arrives Skyport puts all of its technical facilities into action, including its Toyota and BT forklift trucks. Toyota 2TD20 towing tractors pull unloaded goods, including containers and pallets on special trolleys, to the Skyport terminal. The process of sorting and placing individual consignments in designated locations continues using Toyota Traigo 24 counterbalanced forklift trucks and BT Levio LWE180 powered pallet trucks.

“For manipulating the trolleys inside the warehouse we use the Toyota forklifts for consolidating loads and preparing the trolleys for despatch to the aircraft,” David Adámek continues. “We rely on the trucks – any aircraft will not wait for the goods – so we really require absolute technical reliability, which I can confirm we have with our Toyota forklift trucks.

“A couple of our forklifts are fitted with a built-in scale, which is a huge improvement in our process. In the past, the driver would have to put each load on the scale, withdraw the forks, write down the weight, and pick it back up before continuing the process. Now he just lifts the load and presses a button – a receipt is printed with the weight, which the driver sticks to the load – which helps us a lot.

“One more thing that we like on our forklifts is their compact size. The driver is able to drive them straight inside our chilled and cold rooms rather than having to put them down and use a smaller machine, which also helps our productivity.

“In 2007 we went out to tender to find a materials handling supplier. After a fairly long selection process we chose Toyota as our long-term partner for future co-operation. What we liked in Toyota’s proposal was mainly its complexity – they were the only provider that was able to supply all of the products we needed at the time.

“Out of all the competitors Toyota was the only supplier that was able to provide us with a complete forklift truck solution including the diesel towing tractors, so we could get all of the materials handling equipment serviced by one partner.

“We decided to go for a lease agreement so we don’t need to worry about repairs or maintenance and we’re quite happy with this solution.”

Toyota Material Handling Europe (TMHE) helps businesses of all sizes across Europe meet today’s materials handling challenges with a full range of Toyota counterbalanced forklift trucks (, BT warehouse equipment, and services and added value solutions, including service contracts, short term rental, used forklift trucks ( and the Toyota I_Site ( information service. Active in more than 30 countries across Europe and with headquarters in Sweden, TMHE has a European Office in Brussels and production centres in Ancenis (France), Bologna (Italy) and Mjölby (Sweden). With about 4,500 service engineers, 7,550 employees, and a network of independent distributors and dealers, TMHE is the European regional organisation of Toyota Material Handling Group (TMHG), which is part of Toyota Industries Corporation (TICO) – the global leader in materials handling equipment. For more information on TMHE, visit

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