Plant & Works Engineering
Second Red Dot Design Award for Combilift
Published:  15 September, 2020

Combilift 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 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.”

Combilift CEO and Co-founder Martin McVicar commented: “We are very proud that one of our products has once again been recognised as a worthy winner by the jury.

“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.”

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.