The VDMA Materials Handling and Intralogistics Sector Association is sponsor of the International Forklift Truck of the Year (IFOY).
CeMAT, the world's leading fair for intralogistics, is an exclusive IFOY partner and the platform for the award presentation.
Messe München with its trade fairs transport logistic, bauma and IFAT is official IFOY partner and host of the Test Days 2017.
CHEP is official partner of the IFOY Award.
Fronius International GmbH is official partner of the IFOY Award.
independent, objective, recognised
The jury members can draw on two key instruments to help them make their decisions: the IFOY test and the IFOY Innovation Check.
The IFOY test is based on the Andersom Test developed by Dutch trade journalist Theo Egberts. Since 1988, over 400 different forklift and warehouse trucks have undergone the Andersom Test. This has led to the creation of the biggest comparison database of independent test data anywhere in Europe and is considered the benchmark for the sector.
Access to the comparison database combined with an independent test will for the first time enable a jury to compare the innovative quality of different entered trucks, laying the foundation for a truly objective verdict. The IFOY test does not compare the various nominated trucks but the innovative quality of each truck with that of comparable devices on the market.
All nominated trucks undergo testing based on a test protocol comprising measureable and soft factors over the course of a week in a purpose-designed testing hall on the trade fair grounds of Deutsche Messe/CeMAT in Hannover. The IFOY test focuses on the practical use of forklift trucks. The test parameters include cost effectiveness and energy efficiency, sustainability, safety, ergonomics and design.
In order to avoid falsification of the test results due to external factors such as illumination, weather conditions, aisle widths etc. and therefore ensure comparability of data, the test hall creates identical ambient conditions for all entrants. In addition, the IFOY test is performed by the same tester from the outset, thereby ruling out the possibility of subjective findings based on different driving styles.
Following the testing week, all trucks must face the final decision by the jury members.
Theo Egberts, Buro Andersom, Wehl
• Energy efficiency
• Acceleration characteristics
• Entry and exit
• Hydraulics and shock absorption
• Steering characteristics and control
• Visibility conditions
• Braking performance
• Driving performance