Best Forklifts of 2019 Awards

May 9, 2019
A look at the winners of the industry's annual awards honoring innovative and technical merit in forklift and warehouse technology.

The International Intralogistics and Forklift Truck of the Year (IFOY) Awards for 2019 were presented in Vienna, Austria, in April. The IFOY Awards recognize the year’s best material handling equipment and intralogistics solutions as determined by an independent jury of international trade journalists, managed by Anita Würmser (full disclosure: I am a voting member of the jury).

The aim of the IFOY Awards is to document the performance capability and innovative drive of the material handling and intralogistics sector, helping to boost competitiveness and raise the profile of the entire sector in the public arena. This year, for the first time, an award was given to the best start-up.

The IFOY Awards are based on an audit. The devices and solutions are subjected to individually tailored driving or function tests, including the IFOY Test protocol comprising around 80 criteria and the scientific IFOY Innovation Check. In addition, jurors and their advisory teams assess the finalists personally before voting.

The IFOY Awards, which are sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy, is presented by the Association for Materials Handling and Intralogistics within the VDMA.

About the Author

Dave Blanchard | Senior Director of Content

During his career Dave Blanchard has led the editorial management of many of Endeavor Business Media's best-known brands, including IndustryWeek, EHS Today, Material Handling & Logistics, Logistics Today, Supply Chain Technology News, and Business Finance. He also serves as senior content director of the annual Safety Leadership Conference. With over 30 years of B2B media experience, Dave literally wrote the book on supply chain management, Supply Chain Management Best Practices (John Wiley & Sons, 2021), which has been translated into several languages and is currently in its third edition. He is a frequent speaker and moderator at major trade shows and conferences, and has won numerous awards for writing and editing. He is a voting member of the jury of the Logistics Hall of Fame, and is a graduate of Northern Illinois University.