Tuesday, June 18, 2013

First International Fork Lift Truck Winners Announced at Logistics Exhibition

IFOY Awards Set to Become a Calendar Fixture
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GERMANY – The recent Transport Logistics 2013 exhibition in Munich was host to the inaugural International Forklift Truck of the Year (IFOY) awards organised by leading German trade bodies, VDMA Materials Handling and the Logistics Systems Sector Association. The awards are open to all manufacturers of materials handling equipment who supply products or services to the European market with the winner in each category picked by a jury made up of well-respected trade journalists. Considerable satisfaction therefore for Jungheinrich which managed to collect two of the four possible awards.

Jungheinrich’s DFG/TFG 540s engine truck range was voted the outstanding product in the IFOY Counterbalanced Trucks (3.5 tonne capacity and above) category, while the Jungheinrich ETV/ETM 214/216 reach truck was named IFOY’s Warehouse Truck of the Year.

Launched last year, the Jungheinrich DFG/TFG 540s counterbalanced engine truck range features hydrostatic drive technology and has been designed to offer the lowest noise levels and emissions. Fuel consumption is also particularly low and over a number of operational tests, the truck made large, fuel cost savings in comparison to competitor’s conventional torque converter counterbalanced trucks.

Meanwhile, the ETV/ETM 214/216 reach truck is a recent addition to Jungheinrich’s best-selling range of sit-on reach trucks. The trucks feature the latest generation AC technology which offers exceptionally high performance and reduces operating costs to a minimum. They also benefit from a fully sealed electronic controller and custom-designed onboard software specifically tailored for forklift truck use. Because it is bespoke the software helps to increase both truck reliability and energy efficiency still further.

The award for counter balanced trucks below 3.5 tonnes went to the RX 70 Hybrid from Still GmbH. The world's first series-produced hybrid forklift truck uses 95% recycled materials in its manufacture and it was commended for its high level of innovation and low operating costs. As the first diesel forklift with an energy recovery system and electrical power transmission, the RX 70 Hybrid marks a major advance in ecological and economic terms.

The IFOY Award 2013 in the Forklift Truck Solutions category went to Crown GmbH specifically for the company’s achievement in cutting maintenance and repair costs at UK office supplies wholesaler Spicers by 90% at the end of 2012 utilising its ‘InfoLink’ management system combined with a more advanced and efficient fork lift fleet halving the number of trucks on site.

Photo: Jungheinrich’s DFG/TFG 540s and ETV/ETM 214/216 models.