Linde Material Handling’s Roadster forklift has scooped a prize in the much-vaunted German Design Awards. An international panel of experts selected the vision-optimized version of the successful electric counterbalance truck series, Linde E20-E35, as one of the 2019 winners in the Utility Vehicles category.
The unique vehicle concept, which eliminated the need for the traditional A-pillar, caused a stir in forklift construction when it made its debut in 2016. The overhead tilt cylinders absorb the lifting forces and direct them backwards via the overhead guard frame. Thanks to this creative solution, Linde Roadster drivers enjoy an almost unlimited all-round view, which makes their work not only much easier but also significantly safer.
The German Design Awards jury agreed. Prior to this, international design experts from business, science and the design industry had scrutinized around 5,400 submissions. The German Design Award has been presented annually by the German Design Council since 2012 and is one of the most recognized design competitions worldwide.
“We are delighted to receive this special award. It shows that it is absolutely worthwhile to keep on challenging what already exists and – in the interests of our customers – tread new paths that provide clear added value in material handling,” emphasizes Christophe Lautray, Chief Sales Officer, Linde Material Handling.
It’s the second top-class award for the Roadster this year: Back in January, this special model variant won the renowned French industrial design award “Observeur du design 2018” offered by APCI (Agence pour la promotion de la création industrielle).