IFOY Test Days 2015: jury tests nominated forklift and warehouse trucks 

  • International jury evaluates 14 forklifts, warehouse trucks and intralogistics solutions entered for the IFOY Award 2015 by five manufacturers.
  • Twelve nominated vehicles from Clark, Jungheinrich, Still, Toyota Material Handling and Unicarriers undergo the IFOY Test and Innovation Check over the course of one week.

Munich, February 27, 2015. The excitement was almost tangible: during the test days for the International Forklift Truck of the Year, IFOY for short, on February 25 and 26 in Osnabrück, 22 jury members tested 12 trucks from manufacturers Clark, Jungheinrich, Still, Toyota and UniCarriers that had previously been nominated for the final round. 80 invited guests made the trip to Osnabrück to watch the tests as they were being carried out on the site of Hellmann Worldwide Logistics.

The first jury testing day began with the presentation of the nominated intralogistics solutions. In the atrium of the Hellmann headquarters, the team from Jungheinrich AG presented the nominated tugger train solution implemented at VEMAG Maschinenbau GmbH to the jury. Hamburg-based competitor Still then showcased a solution realised for the raw materials warehouse of the Kuraray company in Troisdorf, where semi-automatic pallet shuttle vehicles communicate with two automatic reach trucks in a rack-channel warehouse. As is now tradition, the jury also had the chance to test the nominated trucks in depth for themselves.

All this was preceded by just under a week of lifting, driving, measuring and stacking. The twelve new trucks that were nominated were put through their paces during a comprehensive testing protocol and the IFOY Innovation Check that took place in the specially prepared "Glass Hall" at logistics partner Hellmann in Osnabrück. The IFOY test devised by Dutch testing specialist Theo Egberts from Andersom Testing measures the hard data of each machine and compares it with the data for rival trucks. The scientific IFOY Innovation Check developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (IML) in Dortmund assesses the innovative features of the trucks and the degree of innovation relative to the market. Both testing series form the basis for the final vote of the jury.
The award ceremony and announcement of the winners will take place in the "Double Cone" of BMW World in Munich on May 5 during the CeMAT@transport logistic fair. The IFOY Award is sponsored by the VDMA Materials Handling and Intralogistics Sector Association.

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Photo credits (IFOY AWARD)
Photo 1: The IFOY AWARD jury.
Photo 2: IFOY Test, Innovation Check, jury test: the finalists for the IFOY AWARD were put through their paces over seven days.


The International Forklift Truck of the Year (IFOY AWARD) recognises the year's best materials handling equipment and intralogistics solutions. The aim of the non-profit organisation is to document the performance capability and innovative drive of the materials handling and intralogistics sector, helping to boost competitiveness and raise the profile of the entire intralogistics sector in the public arena. The winners of the IFOY Award are selected once a year by an independent jury of international trade journalists. A neutral test and an innovation Check by the Fraunhofer IML forms the basis for assessment by the jury. The sponsor of the IFOY Award is the VDMA Materials Handling and Logistics Systems Sector Association. The “official logistics provider“ is Hellmann Worldwide Logistics, presentation partner is the leading international CeMAT trade fair for intralogistics in Hannover. The patron of the IFOY Award is the German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.
Members of the jury: Martin Althoff, Editor-in-Chief of Logistiek Totaal (Netherlands), Vladimir Antonov, Editor-in-Chief of Sklad i Technika (Warehouse & Equipment), (Russia), Snejina Badjeva, Editor-in-Chief of LOGISTIKA magazine (Bulgaria), Theo Egberts, IFOY tester and owner of Buro Andersom/Andersom Testing (Netherlands, without voting rights), Werner Götz, Editor-in-Chief of Beschaffung aktuell (Germany), Günther Hörbst, Editor-in-Chief of Deutsche Logistik-Zeitung (DVZ) (Germany), Thilo Jörgl, Editor-in-Chief of LOGISTIK HEUTE (Germany), Anders Karlsson, Editor-in-Chief of Transport & Logistik iDag (Sweden), Glenn Lund, Editor-in-Chief of Moderne Transport (Norway), Peter MacLeod, Editor-in-Chief of SHD Magazine (England), Bernd Maienschein, Editor-in-Chief of MM Logistik (Germany), Marilena Matei, Editorial Manager of Tranzit and Tranzit Logistica (Romania), Anton Mizunov, Editor-in-Chief of Skladskoj Komplex (Logistics and Transport)(Russia), Maurizio Peruzzi, Editor-in-Chief of Il Giornale della Logistica (Italy), Isabel Rodrigo, Editor-in-Chief of Logística Profesional (Spain), Hans-Joachim Schlobach, Publisher-Editor and Editor-in-Chief of BUSINESS+LOGISTIC (Austria), Sascha Schmel, Managing Director of the VDMA Materials Handling and Intralogistics Sector Association (without voting rights), Sebastian Śliwieński, Editor-in-Chief of Warehouse Monitor (Poland), Heres Stad, Editor-in-Chief of Logistiek (Netherlands), Jarlath Sweeney, Editor-in-Chief of Fleet Transport (Irland), Mats Udikas, Editor-in-Chief of Transportnytt (Schweden). Executive Jury Chairperson is Anita Würmser, logistics journalist and Managing Director of wuermser.communications. The headquarters of the IFOY Organisation are in Munich.
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