Hyster Forklift Part - Hyster is globally known as an industry leader in the lift truck manufacturing business. However, it began as a manufacturer of lifting machinery and winches. Most of its production was focused in the northwest United States and dealt mostly with the lumber and logging industry. A couple years after the first forklift trucks were invented Hyster became synonymous with quality production. Over the last 80 years Hyster has continued to expand and develop its product line. The growth of its products coupled with its wish to stay service oriented has allowed Hyster to develop into the worldwide player it is in our day.
In the period between 1940 and 1960, Hyster sustained its development throughout the western world. In 1946, Hyster opened a plant in Illinois that was completely committed to mass manufacturing trucks. This allowed Hyster to force its costs down and, at the same time, offer a better quality product at industry aggressive rates. In 1952, Hyster began its first foray in to the international production market through opening its first plant in the Netherlands. The Netherlands plant was originally designed to produce two products: Hyster 40" and the Karry Kranes.
The constantly varying needs of Hyster customers and Hyster's ability to continue to innovate led to rapid development throughout the 50's and sixties. They began building container handlers in the US in 1959 to satisfy the ever growing demand for transportation goods. In 1966, Hyster developed a system for enabling a lift truck to go both forward and backwards using the same pedal. This pedal was termed the Monotrol pedal, which revolutionized the industry. Later on in the decade Hyster opened a R&D centre in Oregon that was concentrated on enhancing the design and functionality of forklifts. The centre is still one of the world's greatest testing facilities in the materials handling industry.
As demand for materials handling equipment continued to expand swiftly during the 1960's, Hyster considered it necessary to reorient its concentration towards these new mass markets. Consequently, in 1970, the XL design philosophy was born. The XL design philosophy allowed Hyster to offer greater quality at a more reasonable cost. A further expansion in manufacturing capabilities was necessitated by the demand in Europe for Internal Combustion Engine Vehicles. To fill this gap, a plant in Craigavon, Ireland was opened in 1980. Through the 1980's Hyster continued to focus on developing industry leading forklifts. The Hyster brand name was known throughout the globe for its commitment towards quality. This attention to excellence brought a lot of suitors for the company. In 1989, a large international company based in Ohio called NACCO Industries purchased Hyster and started an aggressive growth strategy. NACCO swiftly changed the XL philosophy with a more driver oriented truck that focused on operator comfort, which is well-known as the XM generation of forklifts.
The evolving requirements of Hyster's valued clientele, led by improvements in supply chain management, required Hyster to constantly innovate and invest in modern manufacturing technologies during the next few decades. Acquisitions and investments were made in the United States, Italy, Netherlands, and numerous other places throughout the globe. All of these investments have made Hyster a international leader in the lift truck market. Recently, Hyster celebrated its eightieth anniversary as an industry leader of materials handling equipment, which includes more than three hundred various versions of forklift trucks.
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