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The Archies honour excellence in material handling

archiesThe UKMHA members and the wider material handling industry representatives will gather on Saturday 14th September 2024 for the prestigious Archies industry awards ceremony and dinner.

This occasion celebrates the dynamism within the industry and recognises the innovative products and special people that make it what it is today. This renowned industry awards dinner will once again return to the Hilton Birmingham Metropole where over 500 material handling professionals are anticipated to attend the ‘event of the year’. 

The UK Material Handling Association (UKMHA) is recognised as a leading trade body for the material handling sector. The association provides its members with a vast array of member benefits, and the association is renowned for holding the annual Archies event.

For more than three decades, the Archies has been the most distinguished event in the material handling industry’s calendar. The event’s ongoing triumph is a tribute to the industry’s innovative and forward-thinking attitude and its commitment to strive for progress that continues to make this industry better for everyone working within it.

Tim Waples, Chief Executive of UKMHA explains: “The Awards for Excellence 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 give it some real gravitas and be truly representative of how the industry has evolved. We are delighted that the event now represents the entire spectrum of material handling.”

He continued: “We are excited to share that this year we have three new award categories, making it 14 in total. This provides plenty of opportunities for individuals and businesses, from manufacturers and suppliers to end users, to shine and showcase their achievements.”

 The award categories are:

  • Manufacturer product innovation of the year
  • Manufacturer safety product of the year 
  • Ancillary product of the year 
  • Dealer of the year 
  • Supplier of the year 
  • Training provider of the year 
  • Sustainability award of the year 
  • Automation innovation of the year 
  • Safe site award
  • Ergonomics
  • Lifetime achievement 
  • Services to the industry 
  • Apprentice of the year
  • Unsung Hero of the year

The ultimate accolade is a hand-cast Archie statuette modelled on Archimedes, the father of engineering. Each year, entrants seek to win this magnificent award that has now become a symbol of honour and distinction within the material handling sector. The whole industry, whether they be members or non-members of UKMHA are welcomed to make nominations for any of the awards.

Tim Waples, Chief Executive of the UK Material Handling Association said: “We are pleased to announce that nominations are now open for our much-respected Archies awards. We encourage as many people as possible to submit nominations and recognise the excellence of those in the industry.”

The winners will be revealed at the much-awaited Archies awards ceremony night on 14th September. Those attending the event will be treated to fabulous evening with an abundance of entertainment, compered by a celebrity host, a delicious three-course dinner, and a fantastic after dinner party until the early hours of the following morning. There will be plenty of opportunities for networking with hundreds of colleagues, meeting old friends and making new ones. 


Now representing the entire material handling sector and giving a much wider market reach, the prestigious Archies awards dinner is always a memorable night, drawing a large audience and generating a significant amount of publicity throughout the year. Having delivered over 300 Archies over the last 3 decades, it is recognised that the success of this event is, in a large part, down to the generosity of our sponsors. 

Due to the high esteem that the Archies is held in across the sector, sponsorship of the Archies awards event is the perfect way to maximise impact on and raise the prominence of your company profile and brand awareness. It will increase your company’s visibility before, during and after the event to maximise exposure of your brand, in particular with key decision makers and leaders within the sector, who will recognise the contribution and support made by a sponsoring company. This also provides an ideal opportunity to network and develop beneficial business relationships with key people within material handling sector.

We deliver benefits to our sponsors through featuring them in the UKMHA’s comprehensive range of marketing activities which run for a period of about 10 months. These include online promotion on our website and social media platforms, e-shots to the industry and the public, and continuous presence in trade press and UKMHA publications. In addition, our official media partner Logistics Matters will be running a series of articles to further enhance the exposure of the Archies awards ceremony and highlighting the generosity of our sponsors.

We have a number of fantastic sponsorship packages available to suit all budgets. These brilliant sponsorship options include 14 different award categories as well as sponsoring the event, menu, host, drinks, band or late-night refreshments. 

To book your tickets, submit nominations and sponsor the event, please visit: 

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