Two award-winning new products from Toyota Material Handling Europe (TMHE) are part of a special exhibition in Hannover, Germany honouring winners of the prestigious iF Product Design Award 2009.
BT Levio and Toyota Traigo 48 were winners in the category Special Vehicles / Construction / Agriculture. Products in 16 different categories received awards this year. Other companies with winning products included Toyota Motor Corporation, Volkswagen, Sony Corporation and Apple, Inc.
The BT Levio powered pallet truck and Toyota Traigo 48 electric counterbalanced forklift are part of the iF Product Design Award 2009 exhibition at the Hannover exhibition centre. Open to the visiting public free of charge during opening hours of every tradeshow, the iF Product Design Award 2009 exhibition opened on 3 March 2009 and is scheduled to remain in place until August 2009. BT Levio and Toyota Traigo 48 are also part of the iF online exhibition at www.ifdesign.de
The BT Levio powered pallet truck range consists of five ‘walkie’ models with load capacities from 1.4 to 2.5 tons. The Toyota Traigo 48 is Toyota’s most compact 48-volt forklift yet, with six 3-wheel models and four 4-wheel models and load capacities ranging from 1.5 to 2.0 tons.
“Customer requirements influenced the entire design and development process for BT Levio and Toyota Traigo 48,” said Jonas Tornerefelt, TMHE Vice President Product Planning. “Attention to detail is a trademark of our Toyota Production System approach. Receiving the iF Product Design Award for BT Levio and Toyota Traigo 48 is a milestone achievement for our entire organisation.”
Presented by iF Industrie Forum Design e.V., the iF Product Design Award is one of the world’s best-known design competitions.
iF Product Design Awards presentation ceremony in Hannover
Magnus Oliveira Andersson, TMHE Product Design Manager,
responsible for appearance design for BT Levio