IFOY AWARD 2019: “Best in Intralogistics” certificates presented

At the end of the IFOY Test Days, from 1 to 8 March 2019 at the Hannover Exhibition Grounds, the IFOY organisation presented the ‘Best in Intralogistics’ certificates 2019. Representatives from Cargometer, Clark, Combilift, Hubtex, Jungheinrich, Raymond, SAE, Still, Torwegge and UniCarriers were delighted to receive the seal. For the first time in the history of the IFOY AWARD certificates were given to two startups: ProGlove and Trône Seating.

“The ‘Best in Intralogistics’ seal was introduced last year in order to visibly document the high degree of innovation of the nominated trucks and solutions that successfully completed the IFOY test procedure. Only innovations, that carry the certificate, have passed the three-part IFOY Audit as well as the independent intralogistics test,” explains Sascha Schmel, managing director of the VDMA Materials Handling and Intralogistics Sector Association, which is the sponsor of the IFOY Award.

IFOY Innovation Check

The IFOY Audit, which traditionally takes place on the premises of IFOY partner Deutsche Messe, lasts eight days. It comprises various test series. The results serve as decision support for the 29 jury members. In order to ensure that the performance values and the innovation gap are objectively assessable, the nominees in a category are not compared with each other, but always with comparable trucks or solutions on the market.

The first part of the IFOY Audit is the scientific IFOY Innovation Check, which is conducted by the Dortmund Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (IML), the Chair for Technical Logistics at the University of Dresden, the Chair for Materials Handling Material Flow Logistics (fml) at the Technical University of Munich and the Chair for Machine Elements and Technical Logistics at the Helmut Schmidt University in Hamburg. The experts give their assessments of the finalists in terms of market relevance, customer benefit, type of execution and degree of innovation.

In addition the scientists verify the innovations specified by the manufacturers in the test hall and evaluate in a technology comparison, whether they are further developments, new compositions or genuine innovations.


The second of the IFOY Audit is the practice-oriented IFOY Test by Dutch trade journalist Theo Egberts. It measures the hard facts and compares them with the relevant competitive machines. They are subjected to individually tailored driving or functional tests, including the IFOY Test protocol, which comprises around 80 criteria and determines, among other things, cost-effectiveness and energy efficiency, sustainability, safety and ergonomics. In order to ensure that the test results are not falsified by external influences such as lighting, weather conditions or aisle widths, the test hall creates identical conditions for all candidates.

Jurors and consultants

The third part of the audit is the assessment of the finalists by the jurors and their authorised consultants. The jury members form an opinion from the IFOY Innovation Check, the IFOY Test results and their own test experiences and vote accordingly.

However, whoever wins the 2019 race will remain a well-kept secret for a few weeks to come – for the manufacturers, too. The secret will be ventilated during the festive IFOY AWARD Night, which will take place on 26 April in the Hofburg Vienna (Austria).


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