The UKMHA is a not-for-profit organisation representing all aspects of the UK's material handling industry, including manufacturers, suppliers, dealers and other stakeholders. The new association has been formed by the merger of the industry’s two most respected trade associations – the British Industrial Truck Association (BITA) and the Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA).

Providing the entire material handling industry with a single voice and ensuring the highest standards of safety and service are maintained at all times.

Harnessing the expertise from both organisations, the UKMHA will play a vital role as the single voice of the material handling industry, dedicated to creating an environment where all its members can prosper, and technical excellence is paramount.

Promoting improved safety standards industry-wide is a main priority, aided by existing campaigns including National Forklift Safety Day, the Forklift Safety Convention and Safety Drive. In addition to collating focused market intelligence, which is shared between all members, the association ensures that member needs are considered in key areas of legislation, including on key issues such as safety, trade and training. Representation on UK and European standards committees will ensure the highest standards are consistently maintained.

Who Are We


Tim Waples

Chief Executive


Chief Executive Tim Waples is one of the most respected figures in the materials handling industry, bringing a wealth of experience and in-depth knowledge.

Operating at the highest levels he is an approachable leader with the ability to inspire and develop those around him. With a lifetime of practical, commercial and strategic experience he has a singular understanding not only of those who sell, service and manufacture forklift trucks but also those who buy and operate them

David Goss

Technical Director


David Goss, UKMHA Technical Director, is an experienced senior mechanical engineer with specialist knowledge of materials handling equipment, fluid power and engineering design. He represents member's interests with bodies such as the UK HSE, the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and the International Standards Organisation (ISO). By influencing and interpreting changes in industry standards and legislation he acts as an advisor and information resource to UKMHA.

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