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News April 2012 PEOPLE Toyota’s new chairman


Following Christer Högberg, chairman of Toyota Material Handling Europe AB (TMHE AB), retiring from this position, Hirooki Fujiwara, vice chairman of TMHE AB, is taking up the position of chairman with effect from 1st April. Mr. Högberg has enjoyed a career with TMHE AB spanning 22 years, starting in the time of BT Industries. He has been one of the architects of the Toyota business, which today is one of the leaders in the European materials handling market. He has been described as an innovative leader, ensuring that the Toyota material handling business has a strong position and presence in the European material handling market. Mr. Fujiwara, a graduate from Hitotsubashi University, joined Toyota Motor Corporation in 1981 and


gained a broad overseas experience working in Indonesia, China and Europe. In 2011 he joined Toyota Industries Corporation as Operating Officer TICO, and then in June 2011 was appointed Vice Chairman of TMHE based in Sweden. n www.toyota-forklifts.eu


DHL expands Unilever facility 3PL


DHL Supply Chain and Unilever celebrated the opening of the consumer goods company’s extended Cannock warehousing operation.


Marking the culmination of a 21-month project, the expanded automated high bay facility is now capable of housing well over 100,000 pallets, allowing DHL to hold Unilever UK & Ireland’s entire Homecare product range and its ambient foods line from a single location. The ambitious project has seen a substantial extension to the building, as well as upgrades to the IT infrastructure, in total creating approximately 75 new jobs to operate the enlarged facility. The automated high bay warehouse combines a range of conveyors, elevators, goods-in and dispatch areas, with low bay warehousing to manage separate ambient and homecare pick halls. An automatic vehicle off-loading


facility accommodates transport from Unilever’s north-west homecare factories. Bringing two of Unilever’s product categories under one roof allows customers to order and receive cross- category deliveries, bringing greater efficiencies for the customer and reducing carbon emissions by taking trucks off the road. “We’re delighted to be extending our


partnership with Unilever,” said DHL Supply Chain’s CEO for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Graham Inglis. “Having operated the Cannock operation since 2005, we were always mindful of the site’s potential to accommodate more capacity and it’s exciting to see this come to fruition today. With the enlarged Cannock operation we are looking forward to deliver even greater levels of service for Unilever.” n www.dhl.co.uk


12 April 2012 Storage Handling Distribution


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