The Fork Lift Truck Association FLTA has revealed the materials handling industry’s Pick of the Year: a line-up of forward-thinking products and services that are set to help British industry work smarter, leaner and greener in 2018.
Faced with a record number of entries, from companies across the globe, the FLTA’s Nominations Committee narrowed down the pool to just 22 products and services.
Fifteen different companies are celebrating, having earned their spot in this definitive buyer’s guide to all that’s best in the fork lift truck sector.
According to Peter Harvey MBE, Chief Executive of the FLTA: “The Awards is now in its 24th year and each year we see the number of entries continue to grow.
“The first hurdle for these entrants was to persuade our panel of technical experts that their entry deserves to become a Finalist.
“This committee comprises some of the most experienced and astute individuals within the fork lift truck sector. Each is fiercely independent and brings a deep and practical understanding of engineering and workplace environment. to this critical selection process.
“That’s why our Pick of the Year is always so diverse. And this year is certainly no exception. There’s everything from game-changing recycling methods that will reduce emissions and the costs associated with battery power to safety systems that prevent collisions between trucks and pedestrians… as well as truck and trucks!
“It’s a diverse selection but the one thing they have in common is a commitment to developing innovative solutions to day-to-day problems. Their ingenious ideas will significantly contribute to the wealth, health and welfare of the millions who work on and near fork lift trucks every day.
“While many of the companies featuring on this year’s shortlist are ‘household’ names, we’re also pleased to shine the spotlight on some smaller, highly enterprising businesses – newcomers who look set for success in a very competitive marketplace.”
Winners will be decided by a jury of materials handling experts. This group of 12 has been drawn from across the sector – including end users.
Mr Harvey continues: “Our jury is composed of experienced and knowledgeable professionals from all aspects of the industry. Importantly, they have current and relevant sales and technical know-how – enabling them to recognise excellence and originality.
Winners will be revealed on Saturday 24th February at the impressive International Centre Telford in a black-tie BAFTA-style ceremony.
The FLTA Awards for Excellence 2018 Finalists are:
Aurelius Environmental Fenix PB
HIAB E-MOFFETT electric truck-mounted fork lifts
Linde Material Handling T20 SR electric rider stand-on pallet trucks
STILL Materials Handling OPX Series
TCM EO Series
Toyota Material Handling BT Reflex R/E/O series reach trucks
Cat Lift Trucks NRM20-25N2 multi-way reach truck range
Combilift Combi-MR multi-directional reach truck
Linde Material Handling Linde Rescue Alarm
Robur Trucks Bespoke remote-control powered pallet truck
TCM FB Series
HIAB ePTO System
Hyster Empty container handler
KAUP T167S Discharging Device
Linde Material Handling K-Range man-aloft combi truck
Philadelphia Scientific SmartBlinky Tray Monitor
Robur Trucks Bespoke glass-handling truck
Toyota Material Handling Toyota Autopilot
Toyota Material Handling Autopilot TAE50
The Fork Lift Truck Association is the UK’s independent authority on fork lift trucks. For more information, please visit www.fork-truck.org.uk or call 01635 277577.