International award for local forklift manufacturer

An Monaghan manufacturer has won a prestigious international award for its one of its forklifts. Combilift has been announced as the winner of the International Forklift of the Year Award (IFOY) for its innovative Combi-CS pedestrian counterbalance stacker forklift. The announcement comes after an international judging process.

The IFOY Awards are one of the most prestigious and hotly contested international awards in the materials handling industry which honours the best products and solutions of the year. The Monaghan company won the Warehouse Truck Lowlifter Category for its innovative Combi-CS pedestrian counterbalance stacker.

Finalists’ products underwent stringent IFOY audit and innovation checks by industry experts from 19 countries.

The win for the Monaghan company comes a week after it won 2020 Red Dot Design Award for its recently launched Combi-CBE4 model - the world’s first compact counterbalance design electric powered multidirectional forklift with its patented traction on all wheels. The CB-series developed by the Monaghan company, is the smallest counterweight forklift in the world. The “Red Dot” distinction is one of the most sought-after seals of quality for good design, attracting submissions from over 50 countries every year.

Speaking after the announcement of the IFOY win Martin McVicar, CEO and co-founder of Combilift thanked the judges.

“After celebrating 22 years in business this win is really special for everyone associated with Combilift. It highlights the strong focus we have in Combilift of investing 7% of our turnover in R& D each year and the emphasis we place on solving the challenges that our customers meet every day.

"I would like to acknowledge the commitment of everyone in Combilift to consistently delivering state-of-the art, award winning designs. Both these accolades are testimony to the high calibre of our product designers and R&D department, and to the benefit achieved in collaboration with our clients during the design process of a new model.”