Toyota Forklift, a division of Eqstra Industrial Equipment has responded to the disaster in Japan by making a substantial donation of R1 000 000 to the Japanese Red Cross Society,towards the disaster relief fund and assisting other organisations to get their donations to Japan.

The ladies from the South African Quilting Association based in George have responded to the disaster by collecting quilts. Annette Marx, chairlady of the Outeniqua Quilters says that “all ladies felt in their heart to help”. Intotal, Annemarie Coulson , chairlady of Riversdal’s Sleeping Beauty Guild, is expecting between 200 and 300 quilts, 25 of which have been made by Outeniqua Quilters. Riverdal/Stil Bay are preparing about 40, Swellendam, Montague and the Cape about another 50 or more, 35 will be contributed from Bloemfontein and 100 from Johannesburg and Pretoria.
The quilts will be sent to Japan to assist the survivors in withstand the biting cold weather. Eqstra Industrial Equipment will assist this excellent cause by arranging for the transportation of the quilts to the disaster area. The quilts will be distributed in Japan through the Japanese Patchwork Tsushin Co Ltd..

Eqstra has a long association with Toyota Tsusho Corporation (TTC) and Toyota Industrial Corporation (TICO) as we have distributed the Toyota forklifts products for the past 27 years. To show our respect and sympathy for their terrible situation, Gary Neubert, the CEO of Eqstra Industrial Equipment signed the register of condolence at the Japanese embassy on behalf of the organisation. ‘We are pleased that we can be instrumental in alleviating the plight of the Japanese people in this way’ says Neubert.

The factory where all our forklifts are manufactured is in the Nagoya Aichi prefecture which is about 358 km south of Tokyo. We are in constant contact with our colleagues at TTC, Nagoya in Japan and the feedback we received is that so far Nagoya was not impacted by the earthquake, however the forklift manufacturing plant was closed for two days to conserve electricity, but is now up and running. The ports were closed for a further four days. Currently the Nagoya Toyota manufacturing plant is operating at a 70% capacity. ‘We are in the position to supply stock to our customers well into the year based on current stock levels’ confirms Denny Reddy, MD of Toyota Forklift SA.

For further information please contact

Denny Reddy
Toyota Forklift
011 571 0200

Annemarie Coulson
SA Quilting society
082 664 0235 / 028 713 3583