Company History

Founded in 1980, MLA has grown to be one of Australia's most important material handling equipment companies. 

MLA is widely regarded as a leader in a competitive market thanks to our strong focus on customer needs, and ongoing commitment to delivering quality, cost-effective material handling solutions.

Through more than three decades, MLA has built a reputation for excellence in customer service, safety, operational reliability, engineering and equipment maintenance.

Our customers know their needs will be satisfied by our comprehensive range of material handling equipment – from the largest container handlers and reach stackers, to nearly every type and size of industrial forklift and warehousing equipment. 

MLA's core business is the sale, hire and service support of material handling equipment. We are the exclusive Australian distributor of two complementary brands – Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks and MLA Vulcan Heavy Equipment. We operate our business nationally through five MLA owned branches and an extensive regional authorised dealer network.

1980      MLA Holdings Pty Ltd opens in NSW and Victoria

1982       MLA Queensland branch opens

1984       MLA appoints a South Australian distributor

1987       MLA appoints a Northern Territory distributor

1990       Investment allowance discontinued. Record forklift sales

1991       MLA appointed Australian Fantuzzi distributor

1994       10,000th Mitsubishi Forklift sold

1996       MLA accredited Quality Assurance ISO 9002

1997       MLA becomes National Rail supplier for Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide

1999       MLA appoints a Western Australian distributor

2000       MLA appoints a Tasmanian distributor

2001       MLA becomes Pacific National supplier for Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth

2002       MLA wins BHP (BlueScope) contract

2003       Mitsubishi electric trucks are introduced, and the new Mitsubishi Grendia series launches

2004       MLA appointed distributor for Mitsubishi engines

2005       MLA wins Smorgon Steel contract, as well as introducing the Vulcan range of heavy and container-handling

2006       MLA wins Pacific National Contract again

2007       BlueScope extends their contract with MLA

2008       MLA’s NSW Headquarters moves to Wetherill Park

2009       MLA introduces Pronto ERP system. We also earn the OneSteel & SCT National contracts

2010       While celebrating our 30th anniversary, the Victorian branch moves to Keilor Park, and MLA secures
                 national contract with CEVA Logistics

2011       Agility award MLA the contract to support the Gorgon Project in WA

2012      MLA achieve record profit result the same year the 25,000th Mitsubishi forklift is sold

2014      MLA offically opens its new permises in Bibra Lake Western Australia

2015      MLA's South Australian branch moves to a new location at Regency Park

2016      MLA's BlueScope Contract is extended to 2022

2018      MLA acquires Classic Forklifts on the Gold Coast is now called Classic MLA

2018      Hunter Liftrucks in Newcastle becomes apart of MLA Holdings and is now called Hunter MLA

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