SHAH ALAM, 4 August 2015–In conjunction with its Golden Jubilee celebrations, UMW Industries (1985) Sdn. Bhd., a wholly-owned subsidiary in the UMW Group, officially opened its new building today to cater to its growing business and to better serve its customers. UMW Industries specialises in material handling and industrial floor cleaning equipment. The opening of the new building was officiated by UMW Group Chairman, Tan Sri Asmat Kamaludin.
This year sees UMW Industries celebrating 50 years of successful relationship with Toyota Industries Corporation (TICO), Japan since it was awarded the distribution rights for Toyota industrial equipment in 1965. The company currently distributes the full range of indoor and outdoor palletized material handling equipment manufactured by TICO, the world No. 1 material handling company – Toyota forklifts, BT indoor trucks from Sweden and Raymond warehouse trucks from USA. UMW Industries holds more than fifty percent market share in Malaysia’s material handling equipment business. It is the sole recipient of Toyota Diamond Club Membership in 2008, 2012 and 2014 awarded by TICO. This award is presented to the distributor who has achieved sales of at least 2,000 units annually and commands 50% or more market share in its territory.
Other than material handling equipment, UMW Industries also distributes leading brands in the world – Tennant industrial floor cleaning equipment for both indoor and outdoor from the US, related after-market products like Tokai and Aichi premium solid tyres, Trelleborg industrial & off the road tyres and GS Yuasa traction batteries & charges.
The UMW Group holds distributorship for Toyota forklifts in Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Vietnam and China (Shanghai and Zhejiang). Currently the company ranks among the top 3 distributors for Toyota material handling equipment in the world.
The four-storey modern building, with a 500-square-metre showroom displaying products carried by UMW Industries, is located adjacent to other UMW buildings along Jalan Utas. Its state-of-the-art Material Handling and Technical Training Centre is located on the ground floor. The new 750 square metres centre can accommodate live demonstrations of the various equipment and warehouse racking systems – including Very Narrow Aisles or VNA, Push-Back, Deep Reach, Selective and Drive-in. It is the only facility of its kind in ASEAN.
In addition, this Training Centre will be used as TICO’s regional training centre for Toyota and BT products and the Sistem Latihan Dual Nasional (SLDN) training programmes. SLDN programme is a collaboration between UMW and Ministry of Human Resources under the arm of Jabatan Pembangunan Kemahiran focusing on the apprenticeship and coaching methods to develop highly skilled mechanics from the ground up, and up-skill our existing workforce.
UMW Industries, as the market leader in Malaysia, plays an important role to promote safety awareness amongst forklift users. The company, OHSAS 18001-certified, is the pioneer in forklift operators’ training programmes in South East Asia. Its forklift operators’ training programmes are certified under Human Resources Development Fund (Pembagunan Sumber Manusia Berhad). UMW Industries’ overseas-trained trainers have trained more than sixty thousand forklift operators.
The new building, costing more than RM20 million, commenced construction in November 2012 and obtained its Certificate of Completion and Compliance in October 2014.