Six winners celebrate IFOY 2021 Awards

Representatives of arculus, Cargotec, idealworks, Interroll Group, STILL and VOLUME Lagersysteme received their IFOY Awards – dubbed the “Oscar of intralogistics” – at an awards ceremony at the German Football Museum in Dortmund.

The honours were given out by laudators Thomas Westphal (Lord Mayor of Dortmund), Gordon Riske (Chairman of the Board of the VDMA Materials Handling and Intralogistics Sector Association and CEO of KION Group), Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Michael ten Hompel (Executive Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML in Dortmund), Sabine Loos (Managing Director of the Westfalenhallen Group), Jan-Dietrich Hempel (Managing Director of GARBE Industrial Real Estate) and Birgit Heitzer (Director Corporate Logistics at REWE Group).


  • Moffett E4-25.3NX, Cargotec
  • iw.hub, idealworks
  • Smart Pallet Mover (SPM), Interroll Group
  • arculus Fleet, arculus
  • Danfoss Project, STILL
  • Volume WAVE, VOLUME Storage Systems


The IFOY Award is the most important intralogistics award in the world. In 2021, 14 international companies entered 17 products and solutions in the ninth round of the award. “The winners of the IFOY Award 2021 have once again demonstrated that businesses can be innovative and forward-thinking even in persistent pandemic times and bring top products to the market that have a significant effect on the future of intralogistics,” emphasises jury chairwoman Anita Würmser.

Forklift specialist Cargotec won its first IFOY Award in the “Special Vehicle” category with the second generation of its Moffett E4-25.3NX, the world’s first fully electric truck-mounted forklift. According to the jury, the emission-free and low-noise truck is unique in its class. It has a three-wheel drive as well as numerous safety features and convinced the jury in the IFOY test, for example, with its economic efficiency and high performance.

The winner in the “Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV)” category is the BMW subsidiary idealworks with the iw.hub. Originally developed for in-house use, the autonomous mobile robot (AMR) is now freely available on the market and can be implemented very easily in just two days without any structural adjustments. The AMR, which set an example at the IFOY Test Days with its flexibility and other features, also scored points with its competitive price.

In the “Special of the Year” category, the IFOY Award got to the Smart Pallet Mover (SPM) from the Swiss Interroll Group. The new, mobile robot solution for the automation of pallet transport in the areas of production machines and order picking convinced testers and the jury not only with its high degree of innovation, but also with an outstanding cost-benefit advantage.

An IFOY Award was also won by arculus. In the category “Intralogistics Software”, the manufacturer-independent fleet management system arculus Fleet convinced the jury. The system enables the operation of AGVs from different manufacturers in one area via a VDA5050 interface and opens up new possibilities for the mixed operation of automated warehouse vehicles, which were unthinkable in practice until not long ago.

In the “Integrated Warehouse Solutions” category, this year’s award went to STILL. The Hamburg-based intralogistics company made it to the top with its Danfoss project. For Danfoss Power Electronics’ new production warehouse, STILL had implemented a perfectly coordinated solution consisting of three automated series industrial trucks, the smart iGo insights tool and the ELOshield safety system for its Danish customer. According to the jury, the project is an impressive example how automated warehouses will be controlled, monitored and analysed in the future.

No fewer than five young companies qualified for the final round in the “Start-up of the Year” category this year with very different innovative solutions. In the end, Volume WAVE from VOLUME Lagersysteme came out on top. The world’s first fully automated pallet shuttle warehouse with individual access to each storage location convinced the jury with its fundamentally new design principle as well as its professional implementation. Scientists described the extremely space-saving solution in the IFOY Innovation Check as “impressive”.

The International Intralogistics and Forklift Truck of the Year (IFOY) Award recognises the best intralogistics products and solutions of the year. It has established itself as an indicator of cost-effectiveness and innovation and is regarded as the leading innovation award in intralogistics due to its technical expertise. The basis for the decision is the three-stage audit – consisting of the IFOY test protocol with around 80 criteria, the scientific IFOY Innovation Check and the jury test. The most important detail is that the nominees are not compared with each other, but with their competitors’ products on the market.

At the IFOY Test Days in March at the Messe Dortmund exhibition centre, all nominees went through the IFOY test series. For the second year in a row, around 100 potential buyers were also on-site at the Test Camp Intralogistics. The winners of the IFOY Award are chosen annually by an international jury of trade journalists.

The IFOY Award is sponsored by the Association for Materials Handling and Intralogistics within the VDMA. IFOY partners are Messe Dortmund and the world’s leading forklift attachment manufacturer Cascade. The IFOY Awards’s pallet partner is CHEP, the global market leader in the pooling of pallets and containers. The logistics real estate partner is GARBE, the trailer partner is Kögel and the logistics partner is LTG.

The application phase for the IFOY Award 2022 starts on 1st August, 2021.

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