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18 March 2006


Leading Japanese industrial forklifts manufacturer, TCM, has introduced an impressive new range of internal combustion forklift trucks ideally equipped to tackle and grow the company’s already substantial presence in Australia’s important one-to-three tonne market.

The revolutionary iNOMA – an acronym for Innovative Machine – family of four-wheel counterbalance internal combustion forklifts, announced in Melbourne earlier this month (15 February 2006), comprises three models: a two-tonne machine, a 2.5-tonne offering and a three-tonne machine.

All models retain the engineering toughness and durability hallmarks of their TCM predecessors while introducing new features to enhance performance and productivity.

These include the Nissan K-Series engine, which offers users greater responsiveness and smoother acceleration. In addition, the double-floating system for the engine and bonnet greatly reduces vibration and ensures quieter operation.

Other features and their associated benefits are:

  • a 45% roomier interior to deliver increased operator comfort and productivity;
  • an integral side shift that brings less lost load and better forward visibility;
  • an auto knob steering return system for superior control and manoeuvrability;
  • a wider mast and an anti-roll mechanism to enhance operator visibility and provide greater safety during turns;
  • detachable side covers for easy engine inspection and maintenance; and
  • an assortment of new design elements such as a cup holder and portable glove box.

The launch event was one of the most significant in recent TCM history. In addition to the iNOMA range, TCM also launched its new FTB VII Series of three-wheel battery electric offerings and, for the first time ever, introduced its latest skid steer loader offerings to the Australian market.

The event was hosted by TCM's national distributor for Australia, NTP Forklifts Australia, and attended by TCM’s General Manager: Marketing, Masa-aki Sumida; and Regional Manager for Asia Pacific, Hiroshi Narukawa.

Mr Sumida told key customers and dealers that TCM's policy of introducing new models to the market every three years – as opposed to the industry-standard eight to 10 years – forms an important component of the company's commitment to innovation and engineering and technological excellence.

"Thanks to TCM's unique technological strengths, the iNOMA forklift provides optimum performance for its class while, at the same time, delivering stand-out comfort and safety," he said.

Sharing the platform with Mr Sumida, NTP Forklifts Australia Managing Director, John Naffine added that the TCM announcements ensure that Australian customers remain at the forefront of forklift technology."

"These products – and their launch here ahead of the world launch in Bangkok later next month – reflect TCM's commitment to the Australian market and ensure that our customers continue to have access to state-of-the-art, innovative, reliable and robust forklift trucks that cost less to run and maintain," he said.

TCM's exciting iNOMA range will be widely available in Australia from March 2006. For further product information, please call your TCM State Distributor on 1300 367 011 or visit

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