Former BITA Technical Manager receives US award


Bob Hine’s contribution recognised by the Industrial Truck Association

Bob Hine, who recently retired after 10 years as BITA’s Technical Manager has been presented with a Special Industry Award from BITA’s sister organisation in the United States, the Industrial Truck Association (ITA).

The award was presented by Brett Wood, President and CEO of Toyota Materials Handling North America, and outgoing Chairman of the board of the ITA, at their recent annual meeting held in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA.

The award pays tribute to Bob’s work in the development of international forklift safety standards, with the citation reading:

‘In grateful recognition of his many contrbutions to the worldwide industrial truck industry during his career. His leadership and diplomacy in the development of international forklift safety standards are recognised by his peers and assocates as major accomplishments in a global industry.’

David Goss, Bob’s successor as BITA’s Technical Manager, will be continuing and extending his work in co-operation with the ITA’s Chris Merther, and presented a liaison report on European standardisation and legislative activities at the annual meeting.

James Clark, Secretary-General of BITA, said: “Bob is widely respected and gave many years of valued service to BITA and our members. I know that David will continue to work closely with Chris Merther of the ITA in pursuit of our mutual interests, building on and extending our relationship with them in the years to come.”

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