COLUMBUS, Ind. (June 6, 2017 ) — After a successful inaugural year, Toyota Material Handling North America (TMHNA) announces the second year of the TMHNA University Research Program, a sponsored research program created to drive the next generation of material handling industry technology. The new program is accepting proposals via the website www.UniversityResearchProgram.com, now through Aug. 31, 2017.
Through the program, TMHNA seeks research proposals from full-time professors or researchers at North American universities. The TMHNA University Research Program’s mission is to encourage and support professors and researchers who are applying their engineering and technical field knowledge to the material handling industry.
“We are excited to launch the second year of our TMHNA University Research Program. We created this program to foster more innovation for the growth of our industry, and we are thrilled with the progress we have seen from the inaugural program,” said Brett Wood, president and chief executive officer for Toyota Material Handling North America. “The TMHNA University Research Program provides a unique opportunity for collaboration between collegiate research and TMHNA, which inevitably will benefit the entire industry.”
Proposals will be evaluated for their impact on the future of the material handling industry, as well as the planning and feasibility of the timeline and budget. After Aug. 31, 2017, TMHNA will evaluate the submissions and may choose multiple proposals as finalists. Professors or researchers with selected proposals will be notified by Oct. 1, 2017, with projects starting in November 2017.
For more information about the TMHNA University Research Program, visit www.UniversityResearchProgram.com
About Toyota Material Handling
Toyota Material Handling North America (TMHNA), the industry leader in forklift sales, is composed of three main group companies: Toyota Material Handling U.S.A., Inc.; Toyota Industrial Equipment Mfg., Inc.; and The Raymond Corporation. One in three forklifts sold in North America is either a Toyota or Raymond product. With more than 1.5 million square feet of manufacturing space, TMHNA is composed of three manufacturing plant locations (Columbus, Indiana; Greene, New York; and Muscatine, Iowa) that produce 1,500 forklifts per week on average, with parts distribution locations in Syracuse, New York, and Columbus, Indiana, with more than 3 million service parts available. With an annual revenue of approximately $3 billion, TMHNA has more than 8,000 people and more than 300 dealer locations to support Toyota and Raymond customers throughout North America.