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