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British excellence reigns at DAME Design Awards 2015

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NautiBuoy collecting their Award

Winners of the prestigious DAME Design Awards 2015 were announced today with British designed and manufactured products receiving over half of the accolades presented. At the leading global design competition for new marine equipment and accessories, creativity from UK companies beat off stiff competition with revolutionary design and ingenuity. 

Overall, members of British Marine, the membership organisation for the leisure, superyacht and small commercial marine industry, dominated the list of UK companies to be honoured. The latest innovations from Lewmar, Raymarine, Spinlock and Navionics received Special Mentions, whilst Category Winners included products from Henri Lloyd, Navico, NautiBuoy Marine and Spinlock, who went on to receive joint Overall DAME 2015 Winner.

The ground-breaking thermal technology of Henri Lloyd’s ‘Flex 3D Jacket’ outshone its rivals to be named the winner of the ‘clothing and crew accessories’ category.

As Paul Strzelecki, Joint Chief Executive of Henri Lloyd, who had the honour of receiving the Award, explains: “Winning a DAME Design Award is always the pinnacle of achievement and demonstrates the innovative thinking that goes into creating our products. We always aim to push the boundaries of innovation in order to exceed our customer’s expectations.”

In the ‘marine electronics & marine related software’ category, Navico’s ‘Halo Pulse Compression Radar’, suitable for recreational and light marine markets, was honoured as Category Winner.

Whilst in the ‘deck equipment, sails and rigging’ category, the ‘NautiBuoy Multi-functional Inflatable Platforms’ seized victory with its unique modular air toggle connection system which allows users to create multiple configurations. Nina Anderson and Clay Builder developed the platform to fill a gap they saw in the market during their time working as superyacht crew. Commenting on the win, Clay says: “We are thrilled to win a DAME Award and to be recognised by some of the most influential people in the marine industry. It has been an incredible first few months of trading and if this Award is a sign of things to come, we have a great year ahead of us. We will use the feedback from customers at METS to keep innovating and to expand our product range over the next year.”

But it was Spinlock who had the most to celebrate. After receiving a Special Mention for its product, the ‘Rig-Sense’, in the ‘deck equipment, sail and rigging’ category, the ingenuity of its other entry, the ‘Lume-On’, saw it rise to be crowned both the winner of the ‘lifesaving and safety equipment’ category and joint overall winner of the DAME Design Awards.

Richard Selby, International Development Manager at British Marine, adds: “With UK innovation consistently dominating marine awards and competitions across the globe, the 2015 DAME Design Awards are further confirmation of British excellence and heritage in cutting-edge design and revolutionary technology.”

Receiving a nomination alone for these internationally renowned Awards highlights a business as a trendsetter for the next generation of product development. Here again, Britain dominated the field with a record 51% of the products shortlisted for the Awards produced by UK-based companies. Out of 108 entries from 92 companies, representing 24 nationalities, the latest innovations from 16 British Marine members sailed through this crucial elimination stage to be declared a finalist. This included products from the likes of Raymarine, Lumishore, Makefast and Barrow International, plus many more*.

As Bill Dixon, Chairman of the DAME Jury, reiterates: “We were offered a particularly strong set of products to consider for the 25th anniversary of the DAME Design Awards. It was difficult to award Category Winners because of the quality on display in the Jury room. The entries required a lot of discussion before we could reach a consensus – even the Special Mentions were really well earned. This was a highly appropriate way to celebrate the great strength and diversity of the design efforts that visitors will witness for themselves as they walk around METS.”

Kim Hollamby, former Chairman of the DAME who now serves as its non-voting Secretary, adds: “The DAME Design Awards remain a unique and increasingly important benchmark for marine equipment manufacturers. To have such important Awards focused on design in all of its disciplines is a vital reminder of the way in which the marine industry has to compete more than ever before in the wider world.”

For the duration of the 2015 Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) at 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.

On Wednesday 18 November, join British Marine for its annual drinks reception, sponsored by BGB SILS, from 16.30-18.30 on stand 03.321 in the British Pavilion (Hall 3). Alternatively, visit the British Marine stand throughout the Show to find out more about the industry and meet the team.

*Full list of British Marine members with shortlisted entries in the DAME Design Awards 2015:

  • Barrow International
  • Garmin
  • Harken
  • Henri Lloyd
  • Lewmar
  • Lumishore
  • Makefast
  • NautiBuoy Marine
  • Navico
  • Navionics
  • Rapid Marine
  • Raymarine
  • Spinlock
  • Survitec Group (Crewsaver)
  • Vetus
  • YachtSurfer

About British Marine

British Marine (the trading name of British Marine Federation Limited) is a membership organisation leading the UK leisure, superyacht and small commercial marine industry. It has over 1, 600 members drawn from both seagoing and inland sectors and represents an industry employing more than 31, 500 people in the UK. For more information about the work of British Marine and how to join, please visit the website: www.britishmarine.co.uk

Winners of the prestigious DAME Design Awards 2015 were announced today with British designed and manufactured products receiving over half of the accolades presented. At the leading global design competition for new marine equipment and accessories, creativity from UK companies beat off stiff competition with revolutionary design and ingenuity.

Overall, members of British Marine, the membership organisation for the leisure, superyacht and small commercial marine industry, dominated the list of UK companies to be honoured. The latest innovations from Lewmar, Raymarine, Spinlock and Navionics received Special Mentions, whilst Category Winners included products from Henri Lloyd, Navico, NautiBuoy Marine and Spinlock, who went on to receive joint Overall DAME 2015 Winner.

The ground-breaking thermal technology of Henri Lloyd’s ‘Flex 3D Jacket’ outshone its rivals to be named the win of the ‘clothing and crew accessories’ category.

As Paul Strzelecki, Joint Chief Executive of Henri Lloyd, who had the honour of receiving the award, explains: “Winning a DAME Design Award is always the pinnacle of achievement and demonstrates the innovating thinking that’s goes into creating our products. We always aim to push the boundaries of innovation in order to exceed our customer’s expectations.”

In the ‘marine electronics & marine related software’ category, Navico’s ‘Halo Pulse Compression Radar’, suitable for recreational and light marine markets, was honoured the Category Winner.

Whilst in the ‘deck equipment, sails and rigging’ category, the ‘NautiBuoy Multi-functional Inflatable Platforms’ seized victory with its unique modular air toggle connection systems which allows users to create multiple configurations. Nina Anderson and Clay Builder developed the platform to fill a gap they saw in the market during their time working as superyacht crew. Commenting on the win, Clay says, “We are thrilled to win a DAME Award and to be recognised by some of the most influential people in the marine industry. It has been an incredible first few months of trading and if this award is a sign of things to come, we have a great year ahead of us. We will use the feedback from customers at METS to keep innovating and to expand our product range over the next year.”

But it was Spinlock who had the most to celebrate. After receiving a Special Mention for its product, the ‘Rig-Sense’, in the ‘deck equipment, sail and rigging’ category, the ingenuity of its other entry, the ‘Lume-On’, saw it rise to be crowned both the winner of the ‘lifesaving and safety equipment’ category and joint overall winner of the DAME Design Awards.

Richard Selby, International Development Manager at British Marine, adds: “With UK innovation consistently dominating marine awards and competitions across the globe, the 2015 DAME Design Awards are further confirmation of British excellence and heritage in cutting-edge design and revolutionary technology.”

Receiving a nomination alone for the internationally renowned Awards highlights a business as a trendsetter for the next generation of product development. Here again, Britain dominated the field with a record 51% of the products shortlisted for the Awards produced by UK-based companies. Out of 108 entries from 92 companies, representing 24 nationalities, the latest innovations from 16 British Marine members sailed through this crucial elimination stage to be declared a finalist. This included merchandise from the likes of Raymarine, Lumishore, Makefast and Barrow International, plus many more*.

As Bill Dixon, Chairman of the DAME Jury, reiterates: “We were offered a particularly strong set of products to consider for the 25th anniversary of the DAME Design Awards. It was difficult to award Category Winners because of the quality on display in the Jury room. Mantra id the entries required a lot of discussion before we could reach a consensus – even the Special Mentions were really hard earned. This was a highly appropriate way to celebrate the great strength and diversity of the design efforts that visitors will witness for themselves as they walk around METS.”

Kim Hollomby, former Chairman of the DAME who now serves as its non-voting secretary, and holds the position of British Marine magazine editor, adds: “The DAME Design Awards remain a unique and increasingly important benchmark for marine equipment manufacturers. To have such an important awards focused on design in all of its disciplines is a vital reminder of the way in which the marine industry has to compete more than ever before in the wider world.”

For the duration of the 2015 Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) at 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.

On Wednesday 18 November, join British Marine for its annual drinks reception, sponsored by BGB SILS, from 16.30-18.30 on stand 03.321 in the British Pavilion (Hall 3). Alternatively, feel free to visit the British Marine stand any time throughout the Show to find out more about the industry and meet the team.

*Full list of British Marine members with shortlisted entries in the DAME Design Awards 2015:

  • Barrow International
  • Gamrin
  • Harken
  • Henri Lloyd
  • Lewmar
  • Lumishore
  • Makefast
  • NautiBuoy Marine
  • Navico
  • Navionics
  • Rapid Marine
  • Raymarine
  • Spinlock
  • Survitec Group (Crewsaver)
  • Vetus
  • YachtSurfer

British marine logoAbout British Marine

British Marine (the trading name of British Marine Federation Limited) is a membership organisation leading the UK leisure, superyacht and small commercial marine industry. It has over 1, 600 members drawn from both seagoing and inland sectors and represents an industry employing more than 31, 500 people in the UK. For more information about the work of British Marine and how to join, please visit the website: www.britishmarine.co.uk

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