Awards programs for material handing equipment are not beauty contests; the most important criteria, of course, are innovation and practical application. But many of the 11 finalists for the 2017 International Forklift Truck of the Year (IFOY) awards are nearly works of art, with sleek lines, colorful finishes, and eye-catching designs.
The awards, to be presented by Europe's VDMA Materials Handling and Logistics Systems Sector Association in May, assess products' innovative quality, technology, design, ergonomics, handling, safety, cost effectiveness, and sustainability. Finalists are required to undergo rigorous weeklong competitive testing sessions as well as further evaluation by specialists at two logistics engineering institutes in Germany. The winner in each category will be chosen by an international jury of logistics and material handling journalists.
Here's a quick look at the finalists: