The Red Dot Jury has made its decision: MK-42 emerged victorious from the Red Dot Product Design Award 2020, and won a Red Dot for its good design quality. This means that GHH is one of the winners in the world’s most renowned design competition.

The MK-42 is a 42 metric tonne dump truck for underground mining, construction and tunnelling. It can carry up to a maximum of 45 metric tons with the dump box range from 19 m³ up to 24 m³. What´s more: Best power rating in class at 460 kW. Best turning radius and dump angle in class leading to improved performance and less material adhesion in the box due to large dumping angle of 68°.

The truck boasts optimal traction and higher driving comfort thanks to oscillating articulation and front axle suspension system. The MK-42 has a large ergonomic ROPS/FOPS certified safety cabin with high performance aircon and air filtration. The pressurized cabin is noise and dust isolated with no high pressure hoses inside and includes a strategically placed trainer seat for on the job operator training.

The newest addition to the GHH product family

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GHH together with Studio Heikki Naulapää Oy created the baseline methodology and design philosophy for the MK-42 from which the GHH team developed this innovative, ergonomically designed, next generation dump truck setting the industry standard for future mining and construction products. This dump truck has been designed in collaboration with operators and miners in order to ensure the most fit-for-purpose product with best in class operator comfort and safety in mind. The powerful, rugged product design, lends not only to an extremely comfortable ride, but also provides for high productivity while maintaining low operating costs. The truck is strong on the inside and, through advanced industrial design, is also visually extremely appealing on the outside with the clear product colouring providing for maximum visibility in underground/tunnelling operations.

Red Dot CEO Professor Dr. Peter Zec on the laureates

“The winners of the Red Dot Award have proved that they have created excellent products worthy of winning an award. The products won over the jury not only through their aesthetic, but also thanks to their incomparable functionality. With their designs, the award winners are setting new standards in their industry. I wish to congratulate them most sincerely on their success,” said Professor Dr. Peter Zec, founder and CEO of Red Dot.

Detailed evaluation of the products entered

The Red Dot Award: Product Design offers designers and manufacturers from all over the world a platform for assessing their products. In 2020, designers and companies from 60 countries entered more than 6,500 products in the competition. The international jury comprises experienced experts from different disciplines and has been convening for around 65 years in order to select the year’s best designs. The adjudication process lasts several days and is based on two essential criteria: The jurors test all of the entries in order to assess not just the aesthetic but also the materials selected, the level of craftsmanship, the surface structure, ergonomics and functionality. After intensive discussions, they make a decision on the design quality of the products. True to the motto “In search of good design and innovation”, only the best designs receive an award.

MK-42 in exhibitions, online and in the yearbook

On 22 June 2020, the MK-42 material was added to the Red Dot Design Museum Essen, where all of the material of the award-winning products will be on show. The museum will thus be a hot spot for best-in-class industrial design. From that date, the winning product from GHH will also be presented in the online exhibition on the Red Dot website. The Red Dot Design Yearbook 2020/2021 comes out in July 2020.