Production Pause: Toyota Suspends Shipment of Some Forklifts

May 27, 2021

Toyota Industries Corporation recently announced the suspension of certain forklift models beginning June 1. The company has decided to temporarily pause the production of LPG and gasoline forklift models while they go through the process of obtaining a U.S. engine emissions certification.

In a May 21, 2021 press release, the company noted that their decision to pause the shipment of certain engine-powered lift trucks manufactured by Toyota Material Handling, Inc. was simply due to delays in obtaining the certificate.

They made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend the production of these machines because they expect that the process will take a significant amount of time.

Read the press release here.

What Does This Mean for Me?

New LPG and gas Toyota forklifts may be tough to get while Toyota experiences this delay. However, we expect them to pick production back up as soon as the certification is obtained. Right now, no one knows exactly when this will be. Of course, we’ll keep you updated as we hear updates.

Toyota is responsible for producing about 2,000 units per month of LPG and gas models. Clearly, this was a big decision for the company, but one that could not be avoided.

In a statement, Toyota said, “It’s not clear at this time how many associates will be affected by this production suspension of some models, but our goal is to preserve as much of our workforce as possible. We are exploring all possible options to reallocate resources internally, if necessary, to make that happen. We are also looking at alternative work projects and assignments and working to identify potential opportunities at our sister companies in the area.”

Moving Forward

A pause in production shouldn’t have to mean a pause for your company. You can still find all the equipment you need with Forklift Inventory.

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