You probably know that Toyota makes forklifts. That’s why you’re on our blog. Maybe you operate a Toyota-orange forklift or are thinking about how great it would be to do so. Those forklifts are produced by Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing (TIEM) and most are built in Columbus, Indiana. But did you know that that TIEM is part of a global organization, Toyota Industries Corporation (TICO)?
TICO started in 1926 with an automatic loom invented by its founder, Sakichi Toyoda. From this innovative loom, Toyota grew into one of the top-10 recognized brands in the world. Today, TICO is a global company headquartered in Aichi, Japan, with more than 200 companies and 50,000 associates worldwide.
In addition to producing some of the best material handling equipment in the industry, TICO makes other products you might see or use every day.
TICO started with the Publica pickup truck in 1967. Today, the company has sold more than 10 million automobiles and manufactures two staples of the Toyota Motor line, the Yaris and the RAV4.
TICO doesn’t just produce engines for forklifts, it also produces gas and diesel engines for passenger cars and RVs. And sometimes it’s a family effort. TICO’s automotive diesel engines are developed in collaboration with Toyota Motor Corporation.
TICO’s air-conditioning compressors are so popular they’ve sold more than 500 million units to companies including Daimler AG, General Motors Company, Volkswagen AG, and Hyundai Motor Company. You might have one in your car today.
TICO holds tightly to its roots. Today, the company produces two kinds of textile machinery: spinning and weaving. Its looms are known for quality, durability, reliability, and value, and, just like its forklifts, TICO’s flagship air-jet loom is number one in the industry.
As you can see, TICO offers so much more than just forklifts. Now you know.
For more information about TICO and its diverse businesses, visit their website!