IFOY Test Certificates presented

  • Products and warehouse solutions from BYD, Jungheinrich, Liebherr, Still, Gebr. Schulte, Wegard and Witron receive the IFOY seal "Best in Intralogistics".
  • New certificate documents participation in the IFOY Test.

Ismaning near Munich, February 7, 2018.  At this year's IFOY Test Days, the organisation of the international intralogistics competition awarded the "Best in Intralogistics" certificates for the first time. BYD, Jungheinrich, Liebherr, Still, Gebr. Schulte, Wegard and Witron received the certificate at a reception in the Hermes Lounge of Deutsche Messe AG.

“The `Best in Intralogistics` certificate was developed to document even more clearly the high degree of innovation and technical quality of the finalists who have successfully completed the IFOY test procedure, known to be the toughest selection process in intralogistics. Best in Intralogistics is the visible sign of innovation," emphasizes Sascha Schmel, managing director of the VDMA Materials Handling and Intralogistics Sector Association and sponsor of the IFOY Award.

The IFOY audit lasts one week and includes various test series, which serve as decision support for the jury. In order to ensure that the performance values and innovation gap can be objectively assessed, the nominees in a category are not compared with each other, but always with comparable devices on the market.

One of the most important evaluations is the scientific IFOY Innovation Check, which is carried out by the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (IML) in Dortmund, the Chair for Technical Logistics at the University of Dresden and the Chair for Machine Elements and Technical Logistics at the Helmut Schmidt University in Hamburg. It particularly examines market relevance, novelty value, customer benefit and type of execution are assessed. To this end, the scientists verify the innovations specified by the manufacturers in the test hall and assess in a technology comparison whether they are innovative further developments, new compositions or real innovations.

The practice-oriented IFOY test conducted by the Dutch specialised journalist Theo Egberts measures the hard facts and compares them with the relevant competitive devices. The devices are subjected to individually tailored driving or function tests, including the IFOY test protocol, which covers around 80 criteria and determines the economic efficiency and energy efficiency, sustainability, safety and ergonomics of the devices. In order to ensure that the test results are not falsified by external influences such as lighting, weather conditions or aisle widths, the test hall creates identical environmental conditions for all candidates.

After all, more than 30 jurors and accredited consultants around the globe travel to Hanover to assess the finalists themselves before they cast their votes.

Who will win the race, however, remains a secret up to the end. Even the manufacturers will not be inaugurated before the award ceremony at the opening day of CeMAT and the Hannover Fair.



“Best in Intralogistics” 2018 at a glance


Photo download: Live extension of Keller & Kalmbach’s central warehouse, Jungheinrich

Photo download: migrolino - maximum fexibility for omnichannel logistics, Witron

Photo download: ECB50C, BYD (electric)

Photo download: RX 20, Still (electric)

Photo download: ECE 225 with easyPILOT Follow, Jungheinrich (electric)

Photo download: EZS 7280, Jungheinrich (electric)

Photo download: OPX-16 L, Still (electric)

Photo download: Wegard Trail, Wegard (electric)

Photo download: MK 140, Liebherr

Photo download: cross-technology battery charging system SLH300, Jungheinrich

Photo download: MULTIplus shelf, Gebr. Schulte

Photo download: EASY Drive steering wheel, Still



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 sponsor of the IFOY Award is the VDMA Materials Handling and Intralogistics Sector Association. The IFOY partners are Deutsche Messe with the leading international CeMAT trade fair for intralogistics in Hannover, and the Messe München trade fair company in Munich with the "transport logistic", bauma and IFAT fairs. The IFOY pallet partner is CHEP, the global market leader in pallet pooling. The IFOY technology partner is the battery charging specialist Fronius. The patron of the IFOY Award is the German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. The headquarters of the IFOY Organisation are in Ismaning near Munich.

Members of the jury: Kirsty Adams, editor-in-chief SHD Logistics (UK), Vladimir Antonov, editor-in-chief Sklad i Technika (Russia), Dr. Cecilia Biondi, editor-in-chief Logistica Management (Italy), Snejina Badjeva, editor-in-chief Logistika magazine (Bulgaria), Dave Blanchard, editor-in-chief of Material Handling & Logistics / Industry Week (USA), Theo Egberts, IFOY tester and owner of Buro Andersom / Andersom Testing (Netherlands, without voting rights), Thilo Jörgl, editor-in-chief Logistik Heute (Germany), Anders Karlsson, editor-in-chief 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, editor-in-chief LogWeb Magazine (Brazil), Øyvind Ludt, editor-in-chief Moderne Transport (Norway), Bernd Maienschein, editor-in-chief MM Logistik (Germany), Marilena Matei, editorial director Tranzit / Tranzit Logistica (Romania), Anton Mizunov, editor-in-chief Skladskoj complex (Russia), Maurizio Peruzzi, editor-in-chief Il Giornale della Logistica (Italy), Szilvia Rapi Jaubert, publisher and editor-in-chief Supply Chain Monitor (Hungary), Isabel Rodrigo, editor-in-chief Logística Profesional (Spain), Thomas Rosenberger, editor-in-chief lastauto omnibus (Germany), 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), Jarlath Sweeney, editor-in-chief Fleet transport (Ireland), Johannes Tomsich, editorial director Logistik-Kurier  (Austria), Mats Udikas, editor-in-chief Transportnytt (Sweden). The Executive Chairperson of the jury is Anita Wuermser, logistics journalist and managing director of wuermser.communications.

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