Material Handling.


With its Japanese roots and sister companies worldwide, Toyota is a globally available brand. In fact, since 2001, Toyota Material Handling Europe (TMHE) has been the number one material handling provider. Planning for quality, always; TMHE has factories in Sweden, France and Italy – where over 95% of the trucks they sell in Europe are produced.

Toyota trucks are applicable in manufacturing, warehousing, temperature-controlled environments, logistics, and much more. They provide the perfect balance between safety, durability, productivity, driveability and simplicity. These are Toyota’s core values and are ultimately expressed in the form and function of their final material handling products.

Founded in 1985 by Brian Cowles, Locators secured an exclusive distributorship with Toyota. We support Toyota in the UK with coverage in parts of the southern counties – from Dorset to East Sussex and beyond. Our team of independent experts provide a full range of material handling equipment and after-sales support solutions.

Lean Thinking

Toyota is recognised as the source of lean thinking – which is applicable to any business and any process. At the core of lean thinking is the concept of True North and to achieve this, they have implemented a set of values called the Toyota Way.

Lean Thinking
The Toyota Way
True North

Toyota Material Handling

Upon founding Locators in 1985, Brian Cowles secured an exclusive distributorship with Toyota material handling. If you would like some more information about our Toyota portfolio, please do not hesitate to contact our expert team today.

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Information sourced from Toyota

What our clients say

We are very pleased with the change from an engine to an electric fleet. The trucks have been well received by our operators as they are comfortable and quiet to drive and give excellent protection from the elements. We even have the option and flexibility to use spare batteries and a simple battery change system if we ever want to work back to back shifts in the future. Locators also design, supply and install all types of racking and storage systems. They reconfigured the CooperVision warehouse for narrow aisle operation which increases the storage density and pallet locations. Locators supplied Aisle-Master articulated forklifts to work in this area.

Coopervision, Hamble

We have worked with Locators for nearly 20 years. We are confident they can always make the best use of the space we have available and provide us with forklifts that are well suited for the long loads and other stock we have to move.

Colin Macgregor
Director, Y Goldberg

Every time we look at an application, Locators approach it like a blank canvas and always recommend the best equipment for our business. Locators have proved themselves as a very reliable and proactive service provider by keeping our trucks working and our fleet costs as low as possible.

Adam Conrad
Group Transport Manager for Covers

Being able to work with one supplier for storage and materials handling has been a benefit to us. Locators managed the complete installation and ensured the correct materials handling equipment was specified for their design. They also service and maintain all of the equipment they have supplied and offer a rack inspection service to make sure our warehouse remains a safe working environment. We are very happy with our new facility and we believe we have made the best use of the available space.

Marc Congdon
Engineering Manager, Costa

We purchased our first Toyota forklift from Locators 14 years ago for our farm. This truck has been very reliable and is still in service so we had no hesitation in deciding to purchase another Toyota machine. Locators recommended an electric forklift for our machinery depot as it is very quiet, has low running costs and does not create any pollution, making it ideal for working both inside and outside. Our operators are very pleased with our new Toyota truck and our business is very happy to be operating a forklift that has such a low impact on the environment.

Ed Smales
Director, NFFM

Locators installed the new racking system within a tight timeframe while our business was fully operational. They have provided us with a facility that has a similar storage capacity and reduced the size of our forklift fleet allowing us to lease one building instead of two. We are very happy with the outcome.

Paul Bickell
Nippon Express

Locators gave us the benefit of working with just one supplier for all of the storage and materials handling requirements of this project. By mixing 3 and 4 wheel trucks from the same model range, we have gained extra pallet locations and have the option to battery change between them and work multi-shift in the future. I was initially sceptical that electric trucks could replace LPG, but I am very pleased with the successful outcome of this project.

Mark Davis
Logistics Supervisor for Hall & Woodhouse brewery

It is a great benefit to us that we have a single source supplier who understands the needs of our business. This saves us time, improves efficiency and ultimately reduces cost.

Richard Horrocks
Smurfitt Kappa