Application phase for the IFOY AWARD 2024 starts now

  • Search for the best new intralogistics products and system solutions of the year.
  • Applicant portal at open until October 30, 2023.
  • IFOY TEST DAYS will take place from April 8 - 11, 2024 as part of TEST CAMP INTRALOGISTICS.

Download (click on picture): At the IFOY TEST DAYS as part of the TEST CAMP INTRALOGISTICS, the nominees undergo intensive testing. Photos: IFOY AWARD

Ismaning near Munich, July 31, 2023. The starting signal is now given for the top class of intralogistics. The application portal for the International Intralogistics and Forklift Truck of the Year (IFOY AWARD) is open until October 30, and intralogistics companies worldwide can apply with their new developments and projects.

Eleven categories covering all areas of intralogistics are up for voting in the twelfth edition of the award for 2024. Forklift trucks and warehouse technology equipment as well as custom-built special vehicles are welcome to enter the competition. Automated and autonomous industrial trucks, stationary and mobile robots, software and outstanding technical details or components, such as ergonomic innovations, safety solutions or warehouse aids, now represent the largest IFOY field of applicants. Awards are also given for successfully implemented integrated warehouse and automation projects at customer sites.

A separate IFOY AWARD will be presented to start-up companies. Applications are open to start-up companies with their products and solutions.

The deadline for applications is October 30, 2023. Applications can only be submitted via the Internet at The conditions of participation can be requested from the IFOY office.

Due to its technical expertise and outstanding marketing value, the IFOY AWARD has established itself as an indicator of cost-effectiveness and innovation and is regarded as a coveted innovation award in intralogistics. The jury, which includes the editors-in-chief of leading international logistics media, makes its decisions independently, according to transparent criteria and on the basis of professional expertise.


At the IFOY TEST DAYS, the nominees undergo the three-stage IFOY audit, consisting of the IFOY Test, the scientific IFOY Innovation Check and the jury test. Essentially, the nominees are not compared with each other, but with their competitor products on the market.

Next year, the IFOY TEST DAYS will again be held as part of the TEST CAMP INTRALOGISTICS at Messe Dortmund, which opens its doors on April 10 and 11. The IFOY TEST DAYS will begin two days earlier - on the afternoon of April 8 with the first functional tests. On April 9, the IFOY finalists will undergo the scientific IFOY Innovation Check and present their innovations to the jury of trade journalists, who will be traveling from 18 countries.

The TEST CAMP INTRALOGISTICS is a testing event with an additional congress. This event format is all about hands-on testing of selected innovations and new developments in warehousing and material handling technology. Decision-makers from industry, trade and the service sector with a concrete interest in innovation and investment have the opportunity to extensively test the exhibits themselves on around 10,000 square meters of hall space and to discuss current trends and developments with experts.

The sponsors of the IFOY AWARD, which is under the patronage of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection, are the German Association for Materials Handling and Intralogistics and the Robotics + Automation Association within the VDMA. IFOY partners are Messe Dortmund and Cascade, the world's leading forklift attachment manufacturer. The IFOY AWARD's pallet partner is CHEP, the world market leader in the pooling of pallets and containers. Logistics partner is LTG.

At a glance: The 2024 IFOY AWARD categories

1. Counter Balanced Truck
All types of counterbalanced trucks up to 8 tons.

2. Heavy load forklift and special vehicle
Forklifts/vehicles for special tasks, special vehicle construction, drones, cargo bikes, container forklifts, heavy load forklifts over 8 tons.

3. Warehouse truck "highlifter
Warehouse trucks from circa 2nd rack level such as high rack, narrow aisle and reach trucks, pedestrian operated high lift trucks, order pickers, etc.

4. Warehouse truck "lowlifter”
Mainly manual warehouse equipment up to approx. 1st rack level such as pedestrian-controlled low-lift trucks, tractors, tugger trains, horizontal order pickers etc.

5. Mobile robot
Mobile autonomous or automated robots, such as AGVs, AMRs, cobots, robots for automatic unloading and loading of trucks, automated industrial trucks, etc.

6. Stationary robot
Automated storage systems, stationary robot-based solutions for intralogistics applications such as palletizing and depalletizing, cobots, picking robots, etc.

7. Intralogistics software
Apps and intralogistics system or software solutions in the context of Apps and intralogistics system or software solutions in the context of application possibilities, such as warehouse management systems, forklift control systems, driver assistance systems, fleet management systems, etc.

8. Integrated customer solution
Integrated warehouse projects successfully implemented for a customer.

9. Special of the year
Components or technical equipment that significantly improve profitability, sustainability or the physical or psychological conditions for the user, such as ergonomic innovations, safety assistance solutions, automation solutions, drive technologies, supporting devices in the warehouse, forklift attachments, etc.

10. Crane and lifting technology
Cranes for various applications, such as gantry and bridge cranes, bracket and wall-mounted travelling cranes, slewing cranes, suspension cranes, light cranes, etc. Lifting equipment for various applications, such as chain and rope hoists, winches, magnetic and vacuum lifters, lifting table and working platforms, etc.

11. IFOY Start-up of the Year
Innovative prototypes or functional developments, intralogistics products, software, vehicles or components from start-up companies.

Applications can be submitted at:

The International Intralogistics and Forklift Truck of the Year (IFOY AWARD) recognises the year's best intralogistics products and system solutions. The aim of the organisation is to document the performance capability and innovative drive of the intralogistics, helping to boost competitiveness and raise the profile of the entire sector in the public arena. The winners of the IFOY AWARD are selected once a year by an independent jury of international trade journalists. The sponsors of the IFOY AWARD are the VDMA Materials Handling and Intralogistics Sector Association and the VDMA Robotics + Automation Sector Association. IFOY partners are Messe Dortmund and the world´s leading forklift attachment manufacturer Cascade. The IFOY pallet partner is CHEP, the global market leader in pallet pooling. Logistics partner is LTG. The headquarter of the IFOY organisation is in Ismaning near Munich. The IFOY AWARD is under the patronage of Dr. Robert Habeck, German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action.

Members of the jury: Snejina Badjeva, editor-in-chief Logistika magazine (Bulgaria), Winfried Bauer, editor-in-chief f+h Fördertechnik (Germany), Cecilia Biondi, editor-in-chief Logistica Management (Italy), Alejandra Cabornero, editor-in-chief Logistica Profesional (Spain), Rosa Maria Cherubini, editor Il Giornale della Logistica (Italy), Charleen Clarke, editor-in-chief Focus on Transport and Logistics (South Africa), Theo Egberts, IFOY tester and owner of Buro Andersom / Andersom Testing (Netherlands, without voting rights), Klaus Koch, editor-in-chief (Switzerland), Valeria Lima de Azevedo Nammur, editor-in-chief LogWeb Magazine (Brazil), Øyvind Ludt, editor-in-chief Moderne Transport (Norway), Peter MacLeod, news editor Logistics Business (Great Britain), Bernd Maienschein, specialist editor MM Logistik (Germany), Marilena Matei, editorial director Tranzit / Tranzit Logistica (Romania), Matthias Pieringer, editor-in-chief Logistik Heute (Germany), Szilvia Rapi-Jaubert, publisher and editor-in-chief Supply Chain Monitor (Hungary), Matthias Rathmann, editor-in-chief trans aktuell (Germany), Isabel Rodrigo, editor-in-chief Cuadernos de Logística (Spain), Hans-Joachim Schlobach, publisher and editor-in-chief Business+Logistic (Austria), Sascha Schmel, managing director association materials handling and intralogistics in the VDMA (Germany, without voting rights), Sebastian Śliwieński, editor-in-chief Warehouse Monitor (Poland), Gilles Solard, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Stratégies Logistique (France), Michal Štengl, editor-in-chief Transport a Logistika (Czech Republic), Jarlath Sweeney, editor-in-chief Fleet transport (Ireland), Ying (Crystal) Xu, representative Editor-in-chief, China Industrial News Network (China). The executive chairperson of the jury is Anita Würmser, logistics journalist and managing partner of impact media projects.

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