Thursday, December 10, 2009

Dentressangle And Toyota Give Support To African Charity

Commitment of Expertise and Equipment Invaluable
Shipping News Feature

ZAMBIA / UK – Freight and logistics operator Norbert Dentressangle and Toyota Fork Trucks UK have combined with charity Transaid to assist The Industrial Training Centre Trust (ITC) in Lusaka, Zambia, by providing equipment and personnel to assist with the Trust’s training program.

Toyota is donating a 2.5-tonne counterbalance forklift truck to the organisation, while Norbert Dentressangle has arranged for Jason Thornton - one of its own forklift trainers - to fly out to and deliver onsite training to the centre’s instructors.

Transaid, an organisation that seeks to improve lives in the developing world through creating better transport training and infrastructure, has been working with the ITC to improve on the standards of training available for commercial drivers and logistics workers.

For those who wonder at the importance of this in comparison to other problems in Africa bear in mind that road accidents are the third highest cause of death in the region after HIV/AIDS and Malaria. Improvements in transportation and freight logistics are key to encouraging further economic development which in turn is crucial to dealing with these other problems.

The commitment from Norbert Dentressangle comes after Bob Faichnie, their Business Unit Director, visited the ITC earlier this year and identified a need for onsite forklift training. Speaking on the cooperative effort he said: “We’re delighted to be working in partnership with our customer, Toyota, to support the valuable training provision at the centre and help local people to develop skills for a sustainable income.”

“Our trainer will ensure that the ITC instructors will be able to deliver training that meets safe and professional industry standards for many years to come.”

Tony Wallis, Operations Director for Toyota Material Handling added: “Having access to a modern truck will help provide the right training equipment to teach valuable materials handling skills. The ability to move goods safely and effectively helps communities and regions to develop and Toyota are proud to support Transaid in their valuable efforts.”

Chris Saunders, the CEO of Transaid commented: “We are delighted to have the support of Norbert Dentressangle and Toyota on this project which is enabling us to extend driver training standards even further from on the road to within the warehouse, where it is equally important to prevent fatalities.

“This work would not have been possible without the support of the industry coming together for which we are truly grateful.”

Anyone interested in finding out more on Transaid’s projects can find it here.

(pic: the forklift handover. From left to right Tony Wallis of Toyota, Chantelle Cummings of Transaid, Bob Faichnie of Norbert Dentressangle)