UniCarriers TX3 wins IFOY AWARD in the premier category “Counter Balanced Trucks”

International jury of journalists selects the UniCarriers TX3 as winner in the IFOY category “Counter Balanced Truck”.

Herbert Mühlböck, COO at Fronius International, presents the IFOY trophy.

Festive IFOY AWARD Night with 600 guests at the Vienna Hofburg.

Vienna, April 26, 2019. The IFOY AWARD 2019 in the category “Counter Balanced Truck” goes to the TX 3 3-wheel from UniCarriers Europe. The international jury selected the electric counterbalanced truck from the TX series with a load capacity of 1,600 kilograms as the best new release of the year. The jubilation was huge when Herbert Mühlböck, COO at Fronius International, revealed the traditionally well-kept secret about the winner in the Vienna Hofburg in Austria.

Counter Balanced Truck of the Year 2019

The jury's decision was based on the practical combination of improved ergonomics, good visibility, low energy consumption and a comfortable all-electric steering system. 

“The most important innovation is the free-swinging armrest, which is available either with a mini steering wheel familiar from the reach truck segment or with a normal steering wheel. It ensures a better posture. In addition, the truck scores with the ProVision concept, which provides a better 360-degree panoramic view. Among other things, the slanted roof edge, the low dashboard and the two side windows, which are unique on the market, provide an excellent view from the cabin. Customers can also look forward to low energy consumption. This makes it an extremely economical electric counterbalanced truck on the market,” the jury explained. 

With the new TX series, the manufacturer offers its customers a multifunctional truck model series for indoor and outdoor use. The three- and four-wheel electric counter balanced trucks with capacities from 1.3 to 2.0 tons and a lifting height of up to 4.75 meters are suitable for various multi-purpose applications and all industries. The TX3 test truck also comes with a comprehensive range of features, including a weight indicator and an overload warning.

Another highlight: The Stability Support System monitors the driving safety of the truck. The feature measures steering angle, load and speed to ensure vehicle stability. In addition, the Dynamic Cornering Control tool automatically reduces the speed when cornering, which gives the driver a good feeling of safety even during heavy everyday work. The new all-electric parking brake also increases operational safety. It is applied automatically when the truck stops and allows the truck to stop on a ramp and to restart continuously with a simple restart function. 

In the IFOY Test, the TX3-16 with 48V/625Ah battery was slightly above the market average in terms of energy consumption, but needed less energy than its predecessor. According to the IFOY Test, the better values are partly due to the electric steering and the improved energy recovery.

The IFOY AWARD has established itself as an indicator of economic efficiency and innovation. Due to its specialised expertise it is regarded as the most important innovation award in intralogistics. The decision is based on the IFOY Audit. The devices and solutions are subjected to individually tailored driving or function tests, including the IFOY Test protocol comprising around 80 criteria and the scientific IFOY Innovation Check. In addition, jurors and their advisory teams from the economy assess the finalists personally before voting. Above all, it is crucial that the nominees are compared not with each other, yet with their competing devices on the market. 

The IFOY AWARD, which is sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy, is presented by the Association for Materials Handling and Intralogistics within the VDMA. IFOY partner is the Hannover Fair. Pallet partner of the IFOY AWARD is Chep, world market leader in the pooling of pallets and containers. The technology partner is battery charging specialist Fronius.

Press releases of all winners can be found in the press section at http://www.ifoy.org

IFOY Test reports and Innovation Checks of all finalists are available for free use at: https://www.ifoy.org/en/ifoy-2019-en/nominations-2019


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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 partner is Deutsche Messe AG with its Hannover Fair and CeMAT. IFOY pallet partner is CHEP, the global market leader in pallet pooling. The IFOY technology partner is the battery charging specialist Fronius. 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), Winfried Bauer, editor-in-chief f+h Fördertechnik, Materialfluss, Logistik 4.0 (Germany), Cecilia Biondi, editor-in-chief Logistica Management (Italy), Snejina Badjeva, editor-in-chief Logistika magazine (Bulgaria), Dave Blanchard, editor-in-chief Material Handling & Logistics / Industry Week (USA), Theo Egberts, IFOY tester and owner Buro Andersom / Andersom Testing (Netherlands, without voting rights), Paul Hamblin, editor-in-chief Logistics Business (United Kingdom), Anders Karlsson, editor-in-chief Svensk Åkeritidning(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), Matthias Pieringer, editor-in-chief Logistik Heute (Germany), 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), Gilles Solard, publisher and editor-in-chief Stratégies Logistique (France), 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 Würmser, logistics journalist and managing director of impact media projects.

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