METS Design Awards recognize innovation
A new vector fin stabilizer from Norwegian marine parts manufacturer Sleipner Motor was named the overall winner of the 2013 Design Award METS, presented this morning just before the official opening of the 26th Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
The Fredrikstad, Norway-based company’s new vector fin stabilizers were selected as the overall DAME winner for 2013, as well as the winner of the machinery, propulsion, mechanical and electrical systems and fittings category.
“The number of nominations this year is the highest for some time,” said Bill Dixon, Chair of the DAME Awards Jury. “This reflects the overall quality of the entries, which is undoubtedly improved on previous years. We also had a very close call between some of the category finalists before selecting a worthy DAME Award winner.”
Additional category winners included:
Volvo Penta Glass Cockpit System
Marine electronics and related software category
Oceanair Skysol Motion
Interior equipment, furnishings, materials, and electrical fittings used in cabins category
Vanclaes boat trailer
Marina equipment, boatyard equipment, and boat construction tools and materials category
Deck equipment, sails, and rigging category
READING boarding ring
Clothing and crew accessories category
Fraser Optics Monolite
Lifesaving and safety equipment category
“For all marine products today we need a leap forward to attract buyers,” noted Dixon. “It’s not enough that a product does what it needs to do – it needs to look the part as well. We commend all entrants who have shown clear evidence of employing design the right way through the development and manufacturing process, from function to form.”
The 26th METS runs through November 21 at the Amsterdam RAI Convention Centre, the Netherlands.