BOLO forklift mirror makes strides to market


Forward-looking and award-winning Australian vision solution set to gain international profile

BOLO forklift mirror makes strides to market
The BOLO mirror aids forward vision on forklifts

 

After 14 years in gestation, the Australian BOLO (Be On The Look Out) forklift mirror for small to medium vehicles is about to make it on to the national and international markets.

The device allows forklift drivers to see around and beyond the carried load, thereby reducing personal accidents and injury, and damage to goods and equipment.

BOLO’s commercial launch will be in August, although pre-launch trials are in progress and will continue throughout July, inventor and AVSS Group managing director Craig Macdougall tells ATN.

Macdougall and the company are celebrating winning the commercial and industrial gong at this year’s Good Design Awards, making it a good past 12 months for the firm that picked up a $398,735 Commercialisation Australia grant for the mirror last July.

"Two weeks prior to receiving our recent award, my fellow director Dennis Horne and I went on a whistle-stop tour with BOLO samples, visiting the US, UK and Europe, to speak with John Deere, Mitsubishi Motors US, Performance Foods, Mars Petcare, Jungheinrich, Cat, Clark, Hyundai, TVH etc," Macdougall says.

"We also set up offices in Jacksonville USA and Nuremberg Germany, as well as appointing a UK agent. We’ve been fairly busy!"

In Australia, Melbourne-based AVSS has had interest from firms including Linde, Crown, Hyster, Bunnings and Nestle, Australia Post, he adds.

Originally developed with the automotive market, it is similar to a car’s rear-vision wing mirror.

The clutch design enables the mirrors to be set and locked.

If the mirror is knocked or moved, it reverts back to the set position.

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