The Irish company scooped the first and only ‘Victor Ludorum’ prize, billed by the FLTA as the ultimate winner of winners in the awards’ 18-year history.

The prize was awarded to Combilift’s Combi-CB model. The company also won the Innovation Category for the second time, for its Rough Terrain RT forklift.

To mark London 2012 the FLTA introduced an Olympic theme to the event, which was co-hosted by British Olympic Champion Sally Gunnell.

The Victor Ludorum was a one-off award chosen from every winning entry in all previous awards in the Environment, Ergonomics, Safety and Innovation categories. The final votes were cast by attendees at the event.

The FLTA’s verdict on the Combi-CB when it won the Innovation category in 2009 was that “the Combi-CB compact multi-directional counterbalance transfers the 4-way principle into a small counterbalance truck for the first time.”

This development, designed for operations handling palletised and long loads, has become one of Combilift’s best-selling models.