BITA – British Industrial Truck Association

BITA, the British Industrial Truck Association, has been the UK’s leading trade association for forklift truck manufacturers and suppliers, suppliers of associated components and services, and the materials handling media for 75 years. Working in partnership with international organisations, BITA plays a pivotal role in the industry, helping set and maintain the highest technical standards and working continually to improve forklift operational safety. Membership benefits include exclusive access to UK forklift sales statistics, free technical guidance notes and significant discounts on many of the highly regarded BITA publications. BITA maintains an active press presence.

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BITA Publications

Browse our wide range of essential safety and technical publications and buy online. BITA members receive FREE guidance notes, a 20% discount on all Operators Safety Code booklets and special prices on other items.

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BITA Membership

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BITA membership is open to fork-lift truck manufacturers, suppliers, service providers and media operating in the UK. Any company operating within one of those four groups is welcome to apply for membership. Click here for more details of each membership group.


Shaun Prendergast

BITA members will be deeply saddened to hear that Consolidated Fork Truck Services Ltd. (CFTS) has announced the untimely death of its most valued Technical Manager Shaun Prendergast.

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BITA issues lithium-ion guidance

BITA has published a Guidance Note for all users and potential users of lithium-ion traction batteries.

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IMHX 2019




The 2016 International Materials Handling Exhibition (IMHX) was a huge success with over 16,000 visitors and 409 exhibitors packing out five halls of Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre.

IMHX Event Director Rob Fisher said: “While the ‘biggest-ever’ numbers speak for themselves, what really validates the success of IMHX 2016 is the sheer number of exhibitors describing the quality of their experience and taking out their pens to sign up for the 2019 show.”

IMHX will next be held on 24-27 September 2019Click here to read more and to find out the 2016 Design4Safety Award winners.