In a ceremony held at the Doosan factory, in Korea, in May, forklift supplier Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC) received the Doosan Forklift Global Dealer of the Year 2015 award. While GLTC has won several awards for its performance over the years from Doosan, this is the first time they have won the Global Dealer of the Year Award.
GLTC MD Daryl Shafto says that he is delighted at having won this award. He says that 2015 was a very special year for GLTC, especially in the internal combustion (IC) market where it exceeded its targets both from a financial and a unit sales perspective, increasing its forklift market share by 4% in South Africa. Shafto comments that this was the result of an exceptional effort from sales director Patrick Barber and his team, adding that, the company is humbled that this was recognised by its Doosan principals in Korea.
Doosan Lift Trucks executive director Kun Hwa Lee says GLTC deserves this award for its outstanding performance. “We have been with Goscor since 1994 and each year there has been an improvement.” He lauds Shafto and his team for their 2015 performance, stating that it was “outstanding”. Further, Lee states that GLTC’s service is of high quality and it has developed excellent relationships with its customers, principals and suppliers.
“They also have an outstanding team spirit, which has obviously helped the team in its successes. I am very pleased to have been able to hand over this award to this fine company and I look forward to many more years of successful business with the team.”
Shafto says that Doosan has always been way ahead in terms of innovative forklift technology – the ‘brakes-for-life’ system, introduced several years back, being an excellent example.
The ‘brakes-for-life’ system, which made world headlines when it was introduced and is still a very prevalent feature on Doosan forklifts, is an oil-cooled disc brake system, which, being totally enclosed, eliminates all outside contamination of any humid, abrasive or corrosive dust particles. The system significantly reduces operating costs and GLTC offers a 60-month, unlimited hours guarantee.
Shafto says that Doosan accounts for about 50% of Goscor’s business and that it will play a significant role in the future growth and development of the company. “We see the IC market as key going forward and I have no doubt that this prestigious award will motivate the team to go the extra mile in making Doosan an even more important player in the Southern African market,” he concludes.