To quote a line from my favorite book, “…let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us…”
Takeuchi U.S. is in the middle of a post-pandemic race. We ended 2020 with strong customer demand, and we’ve seen that demand carry forward into 2021 like no other year. In fact, we’re on track to close out 2021 with many significant achievements:
- Our parent company in Japan has done a great job this year, and here in America, we’re set to receive a record number of machine shipments from them.
- We’re also on track for a record number of machine shipments within the U.S., as well as a record number of sales and market-share increases in 2021.
- Our parts department is headed toward another record year for shipments and sales as customer demand shows no signs of slowing.
While we are extremely excited about all of these new accomplishments, we also realize that we’re participating in a long-distance race, not just a quick sprint.
To help us continue growing, our parent company in Japan has increased production to the U.S. by more than 20 percent – even in the middle of lingering COVID-19 supply chain issues. Our team in Japan works hard each day to manufacture, quality check and ship machines as quickly as possible. Meanwhile, they’re also preparing for a few new machine introductions later this year.
Our new Takeuchi-branded attachment program has taken off, and our dealers are successfully helping customers discover how Takeuchi attachments can increase both the utilization and productivity of their machines.
We are helping our dealers run the race as well, as we start rolling out our new Takeuchi Dealer Portal. The portal will provide dealers with access to real-time information that can help them propel sales and streamline administrative tasks by replacing paper submissions with online forms. This investment in our infrastructure continues to strengthen Takeuchi’s legacy by making it even easier to do business with us.
As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic – which injected a lot of uncertainty into the marketplace – we believe that 2021 will be the best year yet for Takeuchi and our growing number of Takeuchi owners. The economic indicators that we monitor expect housing starts to remain strong, unemployment numbers to decrease and interest rates to decline (take a look at our financial programs), among other positive predictions.
As we try to find the right pace for this long race, Takeuchi continues to seek out new opportunities that can further improve our support and sales abilities. We are constantly working on adding quality people to the Takeuchi family so we can continue Takeuchi’s tradition of quality products and support.
Takeuchi would like to thank everyone for being loyal supporters to Mr. Takeuchi’s dream, and we wish you continued success in 2021 and beyond.