After 10 years operating as senior vice president for Toyota Material Handling Europe, Nick Duckworth has now taken the position of managing director for Toyota Material Handling UK following the retirement of Mike Matthias.
Duckworth is a long serving member of Toyota with vast experience gained in the material handling world. He brings a wealth of skill and experience gained as SVP for Logistics, Rental, Used and Service and also as chairman in many European countries including the biggest two markets Germany and France.
“I’m really looking forward to getting closer to customers and ensuring Toyota Material Handling UK is the customer’s preferred choice partner for material handling solutions. The UK is an incredibly important market for Toyota both at a European and global level.” Duckworth adds “It’s an exciting time to join the UK team as we see many opportunities for continued growth in our core forklift solutions business as well as for exploiting the full potential from developments in our automation offering and Toyota’s acquisition of Vanderlande. We have a fantastic platform from which to continue our growth in the UK and I am excited and honoured to be part of a great team and leading the company.”
Jon Buckley who joined Toyota as commercial director from April, succeeds Tony Wallis, the previous incumbent who retired at the end of April. Buckley has a passion for delivering outstanding performance and customer service and brings a wealth of experience gained from working with major brands in the UK materials handling industry. Duckworth adds “We’re delighted to have secured Jon’s services, he will be a major contributor to our continued success.“
Both Duckworth and Buckley are excited about driving the business forward and working with Toyota’s UK team. Duckworth added “We have a great team here at Toyota Material Handling and an exciting journey ahead of us to ensure that we are the customer’s preferred choice as well as to grow our business further and reflect our position as the world’s number one material handling company.”