Winners of the prestigious DAME Awards 2014 were announced today with British products receiving over quarter of the accolades presented. At the world’s number one international design competition for new marine equipment and accessories, creativity from UK companies beat off competition with revolutionary design and ingenuity.
Overall, members of the British Marine Federation (BMF) dominated the list of UK companies to be honoured. The latest innovations from Allen Brothers and Makefast Ltd received Special Mentions, whilst Category Winners included products from UK-based company Seabung and BMF member Exposure Marine.
Exposure Marine’s MOB Search Light outshined over 100 entries from 23 countries to be named a Category Winner. Using its own patented Man Over Board Technology (MOBT) the innovation and functionality behind the company’s water activated strobe impressed the jury of the DAME Awards.
Tom Harrop, Brand Manager of Exposure Marine commented: “We consider ourselves at the forefront of Britain’s cutting edge marine industry so it is an honour to receive a DAME Award. Exposure’s ethos is about pioneering British innovation together with stylish, compact, lightweight designs. The MOB light illustrates how we continue to revolutionise boating, making it easier and safer.”
Tom Chant, International Development Manager of the British Marine Federation adds: “With British names consistently dominating international marine awards and competitions the 2014 DAME Awards are further confirmation of the UK’s outstanding heritage in cutting edge design and revolutionary technology.”
Nomination alone for the internationally renowned Awards highlights a business as a trendsetter for the next generation of product development. All entries are rigorously assessed on every aspect of design, from function to aesthetics and from packaging to end product.
Bill Dixon, Managing Director of Dixon Yacht Design and Chairman of the DAME Awards Jury remarked: “It’s good to see so much focus on product design in our industry. There is always pressure on budgets, so developing new products and being innovative is very difficult. Some of the products we saw in the DAME Awards this year are aimed at making boat production more efficient, while others deliver new and attractive solutions to users. The efforts of all nominated entrants are commendable.”
For the duration of the 2014 Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS), Amsterdam RAI both the nominated and winning products will be on display to the visiting 20, 500 professionals from over 39 countries across the globe.