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Entry deadline for Archies approaching fast

12 May 2024

Don't miss out and get your entries in now, so you can compete for a place in the Archies forklift excellence hall of fame.

THE UK Material Handling Association (UKMHA) is renowned for hosting the prestigious Archies awards to honour excellence in material handling. This annual event brings together a wide range of industry representatives to celebrate the special people and ingenious products that make this industry what it is today. The Archies awards ceremony will be held on Saturday 14th September at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole where over 500 attendees are anticipated to attend the ‘event of the year’. 

The UKMHA strongly encourages people and businesses to submit their entries for any of the 14 award categories. The deadline for the entries has been extended until 31st May. The whole industry, UKMHA members and non-members, are all invited to submit nominations for any of the awards. 

Tim Waples, Chief Executive of UKMHA commented: “The Archies awards is a great opportunity for everyone, from manufacturers and suppliers to end users, to showcase the exceptional achievements of people and products. These deserve to be celebrated and recognised for making a significant impact on the material handling industry.”

This event has been the highlight of the material handling industry’s calendar for over 30 years. A few years ago, it was renamed as the Archies to be more representative of how the industry has evolved, the event now represents the entire spectrum of material handling. 

Every year, entrants seek to win the ultimate accolade: a hand-cast Archie statuette, which has been modelled on Archimedes, the father of engineering. The award has become a symbol of distinction within the material handling sector, so to honour this most coveted prize, the event is known as the Archies.

The award categories are: 

  • Sustainability Award of the Year
  • Ergonomics Award of the Year 
  • Manufacturer Safety Product of the Year
  • Ancillary Safety Product of the Year
  • Manufacturer Product Innovation of the Year
  • Automation Product Innovation of the Year
  • Supplier of the Year Award (Sponsored by B&B attachments)
  • Safe Site Award (Sponsored by Toyota) 
  • Apprentice of the Year Award (Sponsored by TVH)
  • Services to the Industry Award
  • Lifetime Achievement Award (Sponsored by HUBTEX)
  • UKMHA Dealer Member of the Year Award (Sponsored by Combilift)
  • Training Provider of the Year Award
  • Unsung Hero of the Year Award 

The winners will be announced during the highly anticipated Archies awards ceremony on 14th September. The event will provide a wonderful evening with plenty of entertainment, a delicious three-course dinner, and a fantastic after dinner party until the early hours of the following morning. The compere for the evening is well-known actress, comedian and TV presenter Sally Phillips. There will be lots of opportunities for networking with hundreds of colleagues, meeting old friends and making new ones. 

Companies are encouraged to take advantage of the Archies sponsorship packages. This is a proven way for a sponsoring company to boost both their profile and visibility before, during and after the event. There are many fantastic sponsorship packages available to suit all budgets, from 14 different award categories to menu, host, drinks, band and late-night refreshments. 

For more information, please visit: https://ukmha.org.uk/events-2/ukmha-archies-awards-2024/