Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. is restructuring its forklift truck production in Europe by transferring production from the Netherlands to Finland. Under the plan, the manufacture of battery-powered forklift trucks at Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift Europe B.V. (MCFE) in the Netherlands will be transferred to Rocla Oyj in Finland, in which MCFE owns nearly 100% of equity.
Through the restructuring initiative, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries aims for MCFE to further improve its operational efficiency and achieve a stabilized revenue base. According to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Rocla will expand its product portfolio through the addition of a lineup of battery-powered forklift trucks – the mainstream of the European market – and pursue enhanced competitiveness through scale merit.
Growth and recognition for Finnish factory
Rocla’s factory in Järvenpää, southern Finland, will be producing about 2500 battery-powered forklift trucks, which is expected to boost the company’s turnover by as much as 40%. As a result, Rocla is currently looking for 20 new professionals to join the company’s product development and production teams. According to Rami Alho, production manager at Rocla, recruitment may still increase when the latest truck comes to the market.
Mitsubishi’s confidence in Rocla is also visible in the Finnish company being designated as a Mitsubishi Global Design Center, a status previously only held by the company’s unit in Japan. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries acquired Rocla, a manufacturer of electric warehouse trucks and automated guided vehicles, in 2008.
Sources: Mitsubishi, Keski-Uusimaa