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Combilift wins second Red Dot Design Award

14 July 2020

The manufacturer was among the winners of the 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 “Red Dot” distinction is now established internationally as one of the most sought-after seals of quality for good design, and as one of the world’s largest product competitions, these awards attract submissions from over 50 countries every year. This is the 2nd Red Dot Award that Combilift has received - it was a winner in 2014 with the Combi-WR4 multidirectional pedestrian operated reach stacker. 

“We are very proud that one of our products has once again been recognised as a worthy winner by the jury,” said Combilift CEO and Co-founder Martin McVicar. “Both these accolades are testimony to the high calibre of our product designers and R&D department, and to the benefits achieved in collaboration with our clients during the design process of a new model.”

Traction control

The Combi-CBE, with 4t lift capacity, features the company’s internationally patented independent electric traction which provides all front and rear drive wheels with 100% traction control, therefore negating the need for differential lock on slippery surfaces. By inputting the wheel-base parameters, the traction commands are calculated by the control system. As the truck drives, the speed and rotational direction of the wheels are controlled independently, and tight turns can be negotiated with no tyre wear. This also offers precise acceleration and deceleration control for the operator, significantly reducing long load momentum twisting when travelling sideways. The Red Dot jury commented as follows: “This compact, multidirectional forklift truck is characterised by its extraordinary manoeuvrability and high traction as well as emission-free operation.”

Reduced operating aisles

The CB-series is the smallest counterweight forklift in the world with a dimension from the back to the front of forks of only 1.85 metres. Compared to other traditional counterweight forklifts this reduces operating aisles to less than 3.5 metres. This 3-in-1 solution from Combilift allows the operator to handle pallets in less space than all other forklifts on the market, and by flicking a switch allows the change to sideways mode in under 3 seconds for handling long loads - in the same aisle, with the same machine.

Martin McVicar: “If there was ever a time to make sure that your warehouse is working at optimum capacity and efficiency, then it’s now. A multi-purpose forklift allows you to do more with less, to optimizse space safety and efficiency. It also enhances and improves the return of your investment (ROI) and reduces the total cost of ownership to an absolute minimum. In recent years demand for storage facilities has risen due to the continued growth of E-Commerce, and the Coronavirus has had a further dramatic impact on shopping habits and therefore the warehousing sector. Combilift’s innovative, multi-directional technology coupled with over 20 years of experience in volume optimisation means we’re experts in making your space work harder. Our free warehouse planning consultancy service lets you visualise the potential Combilift can unlock within your existing footprint.”