IFOY Test Days 2016: jury tests nominated forklift and warehouse trucks

  • International jury tests 13 forklifts, warehouse trucks and intralogistics solutions entered for the IFOY Award 2016 by six manufacturers.
  • BYD, Crown, Jungheinrich, SSI Schäfer, Still and Toyota Material Handling undergo the IFOY Test and "Innovation Check" over the course of one week.

Unterföhring/Hannnover, February 26, 2016. The excitement was almost tangible: during the testing days for the International Forklift Truck of the Year, IFOY for short, on February 24 and 25 at the Hannover Messe trade fair venue, 25 jury members tested the nominated vehicles from manufacturers BYD, Crown, Jungheinrich, SSI Schäfer, Still und Toyota that had previously been nominated for the final round. 100 invited guests made the trip to Hannover to watch the tests as they were being carried out in Hall 9.

The first jury testing day began with the presentation of the nominated intralogistics solutions. The team from Crown presented the nominated QuickPick remote order picking solution implemented at Jumbo Supermarkten to the jury in the Hermes Tower of Deutsche Messe. And SSI Schäfer showcased its shuttle solution for NextLevel Logistik. Hamburg-based intralogistics provider Still showed a pallet-shuttle high-bay warehouse with iGoEasy system for the Miehlen logistics centre of the Heuchemer Verpackung company.

All this was preceded by just under a week of lifting, driving, measuring and stacking. The ten new trucks that were nominated were put through their paces during a comprehensive testing protocol and the IFOY "Innovation Check" in Hall 9 of Deutsche Messe. The latter was performed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (IML) in Dortmund and the Chair of Machine Elements and Technical Logistics at the Helmut Schmidt University in Hamburg, and assesses in particular the innovative features of the trucks and the degree of innovation relative to the market. The IFOY test measures the "hard data" of each machine and compares it with the data for rival trucks. Both testing series form the basis for the final vote of the jury.

The award ceremony and announcement of the winners will take place on the opening day of the CeMAT fair on May 31 in Hannover.

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The IFOY AWARD jury.

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The International Forklift Truck of the Year (IFOY AWARD) recognises the year's best materials handling equipment and intralogistics solutions. The aim of the 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. The sponsor of the IFOY Award is the VDMA Materials Handling and Intralogistics Sector Association. Presentation partner is the leading international CeMAT trade fair for intralogistics in Hannover. IFOY partners are CHEP, the global market leader in pallet pooling, and the battery charging specialist Fronius. The patron of the IFOY Award is the German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

Members of the jury: Vladimir Antonov, Editor-in-Chief of Sklad i Technika, (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), Sven Bennühr (proxy), Deutsche Logistik-Zeitung (DVZ) (Germany), Thilo Jörgl, Editor-in-Chief of LOGISTIK HEUTE (Germany), Anders Karlsson, Editor-in-Chief of Transport & Logistik iDag (Sweden), Klaus Koch, Editor-in-Chief Logistik&Fördertechnik, Handel Heute (Switzerland), Allan Leibowitz, Editor-in-Chief forkliftaction.com (Australia), Valeria Lima de Azevedo Nammur, Publisher LOGWEB Magazin (Brazil), 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), Sabine Schulz-Rohde, Editor-in-Chief of Beschaffung aktuell (Germany), 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 (Ireland), Mats Udikas, Editor-in-Chief of Transportnytt (Sweden). Executive Jury Chairperson is Anita Würmser, logistics journalist and Managing Director of wuermser.communications. The headquarters of the IFOY Organisation are in Unterföhring near Munich.

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