The Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) Awards debutants Elokon and Philadelphia Scientific were surprise winners of the Safety and Innovation categories at last weekend’s awards gala in Telford.
Big winners in the product categories included HIAB’s E-Moffett in the Environment category, sponsored by B&B Attachments. It was praised by the jury for allowing a national chain to overcome residential noise complaint issues, while reducing costs and its carbon footprint. All this without any altercation to its distribution model.
Linde added another Archie statuette to its eight-string collection when it was awarded the FLTA Awards for Ergonomics, which is sponsored by Ecobat. The unique design approach of its T20 S electric rider stand-on pallet truck – which reduces body vibration by 38% - really caught the jury’s attention.
However, the most eye-catching winners were two debutants of the awards. In the Safety category, sponsored by Trelleborg Wheel Systems, jurors recognised first-time entrant Elokon for its ground-breaking ELOprotect system. Available for retrofit, it helps prevent collisions involving pedestrians and/or trucks in risky narrow aisle environments.
The Innovation Award, sponsored by Investec Asset Finance, went to another first-time winner: Philadelphia Scientific. The Awards’ expert jury was impressed by its simple-but-effective, affordable and time-saving solution to the costly and widespread issue of flooded batteries.
Other awards recipients included Graham Jones from TCM , who was recognised for more than four decades of devotion to the industry with the Services to the Fork Lift Truck Industry Award, sponsored by Mentor FLT Training.
The association also revealed the 15th recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Toyota Materials Handling. Presented to those whose extraordinary career achievements are an inspiration to all, this year’s honour was bestowed on Paul Pleasants from PLP Lift Trucks.
The Archie for Suppler of the Year, sponsored by Yale Europe Materials Handling and decided entirely by the votes of FLTA Members, went to MIDAC.
Meanwhile, highly praised customer service, involvement in the wider community and commitment to health and safety saw MSM DRH win the Combilift-sponsored Dealer of the Year trophy.
The FLTA Board was hugely impressed by the wide field of entrants in this year’s Safe Site category, sponsored by Doosan Industrial Vehicle UK. The winner, Scottish Railway Preservation Society, was impressive in the way the organisation used engagement to tackle negative attitudes towards training – particularly among older volunteers. Entries from CF Fertilisers and Chivas Brothers were so impressive that the Board awarded highly commended status to each.
The FLTA Awards has served as a ‘Pick of the Year’ for the materials handling industry’s best products and services since 1995. It was established to encourage and reward those striving to raise standards. This year's awards gala was presented by comedian Dominic Holland.
“With a record number of entries to each contend with, each of our winners faced the stiffest of competition,” said Association Chairman Duncan Nealon. “My hat goes off to each and every one of them.
“Just being named a Finalist in these categories was an outstanding achievement, worthy of international recognition. They are driving us towards a safer, smarter and more environmentally friendly future – safeguarding operations for generations to come.
“This year’s Awards raised the bar once again,” concluded Nealon. “It was a fantastic evening for all who attended. IT was wonderful to see so many old friends and new faces come together for this special evening and I’m already looking forward to seeing them all back here – same time, next year!”
The FLTA is Europe's largest representative body for dealers, suppliers and manufacturers of lift trucks and associated equipment. Since 1972, the FLTA has been improving standards and safety in the materials handling industry, with initiatives including National Fork Lift Safety Week, the FLTA Awards for Excellence, and a national apprenticeship. The Safety USer Group encourages safety among Members' customers.