The TB Marketing team got fancy last weekend, and got out the glad rags for a formal black tie awards gala for the FLTA awards, to honour the fork lift industry’s best in Environment, Ergonomics, Safety, Innovation and Safe Site.

Invited by media partner for the event, Handling & Storage Solutions magazine, we were joined by Baumann’s Klaus Pirpamer (managing director), Fabio Bernieri (sales director) and Jason Reynolds (UK managing director) alongside a mix of other people from the industry.

The ceremony was a circus-themed black tie gala dinner hosted by ringmaster Gyles Brandreth. Although only 50% of TB Marketing had heard of him, the ex-conservative MP now BBC radio 4 presenter entertained an audience of 400 industry professionals, and even got involved with some of the circus acts.

Baumann, Innovation Award winners for the 2016 FLTA Awards, were finalists in the Innovation category again this year, but this time for their brand new compact electric sideloader, the ELX50. Although we all had our fingers crossed that the new judgement panel would hand a second Archie award over to Jason and Klaus, the award was deservedly taken home by LPG supplier Flogas for their semi-translucent LPG bottles.

Congratulations go to all the winners and finalists who are listed below along with the category and sponsor for each award.

After the awards were presented, an auction and a game of ‘Heads or Tails’ raised a huge £6650 for Transaid, a charity that transforms lives across the world, by providing safe, sustainable transport. Thank you to everyone who helped to raise the donations. Thank you also to H&SS for inviting the TB Marketing team and our partners along for a great night.

Award Category Winner Sponsor
Apprentice of the Year Robin Klein

Klein Handling Systems

Crown Lift Trucks
Services to the Fork Lift Truck Industry Mike Barton Mentor FLT Training Ltd
Supplier of the Year IBCS Yale Europe Materials Handling
Safe Site Unilever Doosan Industrial Vehicle UK Ltd
Environment Toyota Material Handling B&B Attachments Ltd
Ergonomics Yale Forklifts ECOBAT
Safety Mentor Training Trelleborg Wheel Systems
Innovation Flogas Investec
Lifetime Achievement David Rowell Toyota Materials Handling
Dealer Member of the Year Acclaim Handling Combilift