CeMAT 2020, 20 - 24 April
Awards and Compititons

And the IFOY AWARD goes to …

There were once again major celebrations when the all-important words

Night of Winners ...

IFOY Award Logo

After the welcome address by IFOY sponsor Sascha Schmel, Managing Director of the VDMA Materials Handling and Intralogistics Sector Association and IFOY partner Dr. Jochen Köckler, Member of the Board of Deutsche Messe, the speakers revealed the winners in the categories. Liebherr, Jungheinrich, Still, Wegard and Witron won this year's IFOY Awards in five categories.

But at first the excitement was tangible, because aside from the jury, no one traditionally knows in advance which of the nominated vehicles will take home one of the prestigious awards. The winners were announced by Frank Dreeke, CEO of BLG Logistics Group, Patrick Gojer (Global Director Perfect Charging, Fronius), Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Michael ten Hompel (Managing Director of the Fraunhofer IML), Dr. Jochen Köckler (Member of the Board, Deutsche Messe AG), Ralf Pätzold (Member of the Executive Board at Chep Germany) and Sascha Schmel (Managing Director of VDMA Materials Handling and Intralogistics Sector Association).

After six months of selection and testing, the final straight was tighter than ever before. As always, the cheers were tremendous when the laudators revealed the traditionally well-kept secret about the winners at the CeMAT opening ceremony.

Witron Logistik + Informatik GmbH, Parkstein, Germany, triumphed in the "Integrated Warehouse Solution" category for its Migros Distribution Center Suhr AG in Switzerland. The new RX 20 from Hamburg-based Still GmbH was voted best truck of the year. This year, two vehicles can call themselves "Warehouse Truck of the Year". For the first time in IFOY history, two finalists crossed the finish line: The ECE 225 from Jungheinrich AG and the Wegard Trail from the Hamburg startup Wegard GmbH. Jungheinrich won a second IFOY Award in the "Special of the Year" category with the cross-technology SLH300 battery charger for industrial trucks. In the crane category, the MK 140 tower crane from Liebherr-Werk Biberach GmbH was honoured with an IFOY Award.

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The IFOY categories in 2018

The entry categories have been also redefined. At a glance:

  • Counter Balanced Truck: up to 3.5 tons
  • Counter Balanced Truck: from 3.51 tons
  • Heavy Load Forklift and Special Vehicle: Forklifts and vehicles for special tasks: container stackers, transportable forklifts, heavy-load forklifts from 8 tons, special vehicle manufacturing
  • Warehouse Truck "highlifter": Materials handling equipment from the 2nd shelving level like high-bay trucks, VNA trucks or reach trucks, pedestrian-controlled highlift trucks, orderpicking trucks, etc.
  • Warehouse Truck "lowlifter": Materials handling equipment up to the 1st shelving level like pedestrian-controlled lowlift trucks, lift trucks, tow tractors, tugger trains, order-picking trucks, etc.
  • Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV), Shuttle: Shuttle (systems), driverless transport systems, automated/partially automated materials handling equipment in the context of the application options
  • Intralogistics Robot: Robots or robot-based solutions for intralogistic applications like picking robots, palletizing and depalletizing robots, cobots, robots for automatic unloading and loading of trucks, etc.
  • Intralogistics Software: Apps and intralogistics system or software solutions in the context of the application options like warehouse management systems, truck guidance systems, advanced driver assistance systems, fleet management systems, etc.
  • Integrated Warehouse Solution: A warehouse concept that has been successfully realised at the customer's location
  • Special of the Year: Components or technical details that significantly improve economics or environment, or the physical or psychological conditions of the user, like ergonomic innovations, safety assistant solutions, automation solutions, drive technology, forklift attachments, etc.
  • 2018 only: Crane and Lifting Appliance: Cranes for various applications, like bridge and gantry cranes, wall travelling cranes, jib cranes, overhead monorail cranes, light cranes, etc. Lifting appliances like chain hoists and rope hoists, winches, magnet lifters, vacuum lifters, lifting platforms and mobile elevating work platforms etc.

The Jury


The winners of the IFOY Award are selected by a jury .

The jury is made up of internationally reputed trade journalists and Europe's leading logistics media. The jury is independent in its decisions, which are based on transparent criteria and specialist expertise.

The members of the jury are appointed for an unlimited period of time; the chairperson of the jury is Anita Würmser


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