Hand pallet truck design dazzles
18 April 2016
The BT Lifter L-series, the hand pallet truck manufactured by Toyota Material Handling Europe, has been labelled as iF Universal Design expert favourite 2016.
The award was handed over during the Munich Creative Business Week, where the BT Lifter was featured in the exhibition together with other recommended Universal Designs.
The BT Lifter was originally designed by the Swedish industrial designer Rune Monö in 1967. Throughout the years the iconic design has become the standard shape of the hand pallet truck. At present, the BT Lifter is built according to the Toyota Production System and has a unique lifetime guarantee of 99 years on the fork frame. Last year, the BT Lifter was also awarded the Japanese Good Design Long Life Design Award 2015.
The expert jury took a number of criteria into account to reach their verdict: a broad, flexible, simple and intuitive use; error tolerance and safety; marketability and market potential; feasibility and innovation; sustainability and environmental compatibility.