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International Forklift Truck of the Year Nominees, 2015

Back in January, we previewed the upcoming Fork Lift Truck Association Awards for Excellence, the UK’s premier awards event for the materials handling sector.

This time around, we set our sights overseas towards the International Forklift Truck of the Year (IFOY) competition, 2015, to be held in Germany in the not-too-distant future.


Setup in order to highlight and celebrate outstanding developments in the world of forklifts and materials handling, the IFOY award helps to drive healthy competition between those companies operating in the manufacturing of equipment in this industry.
Now entering its third year, the award is the brainchild of logistics journalist Anita Würmser, an experienced consultant who often sits on the judging panel.

With big name sponsors, such as the VDMA Materials Handling and Intralogistics Sector Association, and partnerships with Hellmann Worldwide Logistics and CeMAT, the IFOY award has an understandable air of prestige about it, and 2015 looks set to be the biggest event yet. Manufacturers and organisations operating within the European market can enter the event, putting forward as many of their trucks for consideration as they wish.

There then follows a “test week”, with a specialist examination and inspection standard based on the Andersom Test, the results of which are then provided to an expert panel in order to inform their final decision as to the winner.


So which forklifts and handling equipment have made the grade this year?

The nominees has been announced, and those put forward to the test week include vehicles from a number of categories.

So which forklifts and handling equipment have made the grade this year?

Counter Balanced Trucks up to 3.5ft

  • EFG S30s, manufactured by Jungheinrich
  • RX 20, manufactured by Still
  • Tonero HST LPG, manufactured by Toyota Material Handling

Counter Balanced Trucks over 3.5ft

  • DFG 540s, manufactured by Jungheinrich
  • RX 60-80, manufactured by Still
  • Traigo 80, manufactured by Toyota Material Handling
  • Tonero, manufactured by Toyota Material Handling

Warehouse Trucks

  • CBX4, manufactured by Clark Europe
  • BT Levio LPE, manufactured by Toyota Material Handling
  • ECE 225, manufactured by Jungheinrich
  • FM-X, manufactured by Still

Intralogistics Solution

  • A raw materials warehouse project carried out by Still on behalf of Kuraray Europe GmbH.
  • A tugger train solution for VEMAG Maschinebau GmbH performed by Jungheinrich.

The IFOY test and innovation check week is currently underway, with the winners announced at a special ceremony in the BMW Welt Double Cone, Munich, on May 5th.
Written by East Midlands Forklifts, the leading providers of forklift sales, repairs and thorough inspections in the region.


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