Materials handling show IMHX launch an awards programme for handling and storage industry

The leading materials handling show IMHX has launched an awards programme for the handling and storage industry designed to highlight the importance of product design in improving safety standards.

Jointly organised by IMHX co-owners Quartz and BITA (the British Industrial Truck Association), the Design 4 Safety Awards are open to all 300+ anticipated exhibitors at IMHX 2010, which takes place at the NEC in Birmingham from 16-19 November.

Exhibitors can nominate any number of products or services in each of the competition's four categories - Industrial Trucks, Racking & Storage, Automation and Technology (software & IT products). Three entries for each category will be shortlisted by 1 September and the overall winners will be announced at a special VIP Awards Breakfast at IMHX on the first day of the show.

Shortlisting and final judging will be undertaken by an independent panel of materials handling and health and safety experts, chaired by a senior figure from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE). The winning products or services will be those deemed to provide the strongest evidence of a measurable contribution to either the level of safety awareness or the rate of incident reduction.

Comments IMHX Event Director, Rob Fisher, of Quartz Publishing & Exhibitions Ltd, "The IMHX Design 4 Safety Awards scheme will promote and reward innovative thinking about handling and storage safety, regardless of product type or cost." James Clark, Secretary General of BITA, adds, "As the UK's leading logistics event, IMHX is a huge opportunity to promote the importance of safety, celebrate excellence in design and raise wider awareness of our industry's commitment to safety."

All shortlisted products will be highlighted in the show catalogue and featured in the IMHX Design 4 Safety showcase zone within the exhibition, while category winners will receive certificates, trophies and flyers to use on their stands throughout the event. Exhibitors wishing to enter the competition can do so via the official entry form available on the IMHX website at