Our History

We are extremely proud of our heritage at Forkway. Having serviced the needs of their clients throughout 7 decades, Forkway are one of the leading materials handling specialists in the UK. Established in 1961, the business has kept its philosophy at heart, ensuring “Our customers at all times feel valued and respected, through all that they see, hear and experience from all members of the Forkway business.”

As a founding member of the Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) in 1972, known back then as the Fork Truck Hire Association (FTHA), Forkway has been at the forefront of further developments in the forklift industry.

In 1979, Forkway became the first appointed UK dealers for Nissan (Datsun). Following this addition the company continued to grow, further expanding its influence in the Yorkshire area in 1992 before continuing this development in 2007.

The year of 1998 brought the acquisition of Solent Forklift Trucks. Following this acquisition, Forkway have now become the leading materials handling specialists for the Solent Region.

In 2008 Forkway joined forces with Yale Forklifts, increasing their product offerings and territory coverage. Yale is one of the oldest manufacturers of forklifts and warehouse equipment, having been in the business for 137 years. As a Yale dealer, Forkway have at their disposal, a wide range of materials handling equipment, ranging from speciality warehouse equipment to traditional counterbalance forklifts that can be tailored to suit the needs of their clients. To keep pace with changing storage solutions, Forkway have also forged long lasting partnerships with a number of global leaders in specialist handling equipment including Combilift.

In November 2021, Forkway was acquired by Briggs Equipment. Read the full article here.