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A niche fresh produce supplier has filled its material handling needs by winning a Toyota forklift in a Sydney Produce Markets charity raffle.

Coolibah Salad owners Brett and Kim Smith won the new 1.8-tonne payload Toyota 8-FG18 machine at the annual Mango Auction event.

The season's first box of mangos is auctioned and a raffle is held to support the Children's Hospital at Westmead, Sydney.

Auction organiser Joe Fuda of Advance Produce said this year's event raised nearly $60,000 for the hospital.

The 1.8-tonne payload is the most popular size forklift at the Sydney markets, with Toyota Material Handling (NSW) Sydney Sales Supervisor Josh Emerson estimating there are more than 1000 units on the site.

"We estimate 75 per cent of those machines are Toyotas," he said.

Coolibah Salad was founded in 1999 and specialises in the supply of quality gourmet salad mixes, herbs and baby vegetables.

It is the Sydney wholesaler for leading produce supplier Coolibah Herbs, based at Pearcedale, Victoria.

Coolibah Salad's Kim Smith said winning the Toyota machine in the raffle had generated considerable excitement throughout the company.

"We have three Toyota forklifts, two we own and one that we rent.

"The business is going well and we were already looking at purchasing a new machine early next year," she said.

"For the moment, the new machine means we can now use our very first machine as the 'spare' - we bought it when we started Coolibah Salad and it has served us well."

The 8-FG18 is one of the most popular models in Toyota's leading edge 8-Series range.

Safety features of the Toyota 8-Series range include Toyota's System of Active Stability (SAS) and Operator Presence Sensing (OPS) as standard equipment.

For further information on the Toyota Material Handling range, freecall 1800 425 438, or visit the website at


Notes to Editors:
Toyota Industries Corporation (TICO) is the global leader in materials handling according to Fordermittel Journal and The Modern Materials Handling World Ranking 2004. Based on 2003 turnover, TICO is ranked well ahead of its nearest competitor with worldwide revenue increasing by over US$1 billion to US$4.23 billion. Made up of the top 20 suppliers, the ranking also reflects that worldwide forklift sales have increased significantly since 2002.

Australian Operations
Toyota Material Handling Australia (TMHA) is the Australian subsidiary of TICO. It distributes the TICO leading material handling brands of Toyota Industrial Equipment, BT Lift Trucks and Raymond Forklifts. TMHA provides world-leading materials handling products and services to customers across Australia.

Within Australia, over 40,000 Toyota Industrial Equipment forklifts have been sold, and the brand has been the Australian counter-balance forklift market leader since 1987. Toyota's selection of internal-combustion and battery-electric counter-balance forklifts range from 0.9 tonnes right up to a massive 24.0 tonnes.

BT is the world's largest producer of Warehouse Trucks. It has been one of the world's leading warehouse forklift brands for over 50 years, with a range of products committed to increasing productivity and reducing materials handling costs.

The Raymond Corporation is the leading North American provider of Warehouse materials handling solutions that improve space utilisation and productivity, with lower cost of operation and greater ease of use.

Josh Emerson, Sydney sales supervisor for Toyota Material Handling NSW (right) presents a new Toyota 8-FG18 forklift to Mango Auction raffle winners Kim and Brett Smith of Coolibah Salad. Looking on at left: Glenn Millerchen from G&S Forklifts (Toyota's agent in the Sydney Markets) and Mango Auction organiser Joe Fuda of Advance Produce.