21 Companies to contest this year’s Awards at the National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam on November 15.
The shortlisted nominations for the third Boat Builder Awards for business achievement have been announced. With more than 100 entries received, the 21 shortlisted companies named by the judges have already achieved notable success at this stage and it is from this group that the Winners and Special Mentions will be announced on November 15th in Amsterdam.
Now in its third year the prestigious Boat Builder Awards is jointly organised by IBI magazine and METSTRADE, in association with Raymarine. It recognises and rewards the outstanding business achievements of individuals and teams across key areas in the global leisure boatbuilding industry. Between 250 and 300 guests are expected to attend an extraordinary gala dinner celebration, which is held under the glittering dome of the National Maritime Museum.
The shortlist is as follows:
Boat Builder & Equipment Manufacturer Collaborative Solution
Boat Builder International Distributor/Dealer Development
sponsored by Lumishore
sponsored by Ultraflex
Multiplast and Beneteau
Naviop and Ferretti
Next Four Solutions and Buster Boats
Torqeedo and Zodiac
Best Apprenticeship Scheme
sponsored by Marine Resources
Ta Shing Yachts
Innovative Onboard Design Solution
sponsored by Fusion
Innovation in a Production Process
sponsored by Dometic
Environmental Initiative Award
sponsored by UCINA
Eco Sail The World
The Hinkley Company
Retail Marketing Initiative
sponsored by RAI Amsterdam
Brunswick Boat Group
Lifetime Achievement Award
sponsored by Side-Power
The evening culminates with the much-anticipated Lifetime Achievement Award, presented in the previous two years to Paolo Vitelli, founder and chairman of Azimut Benetti, and to Robert Braithwaite, CBE, founder of Sunseeker International.
Chair of the judging panel and IBI Editor, Ed Slack, commented: “We have continued to see growth in the number of entries for the Boat Builder Awards and we are seeing impressive examples of innovation, marketing, training and collaboration throughout the sector. Many entries demonstrate a real focus on addressing the changing social trends and demands of the industry’s customers that we at IBI are constantly monitoring globally. Companies in our industry need to be bold, co-operate well together and invest in their research, development, promotion efforts and staff skills. The Boat Builder Awards celebrates notable examples of the huge efforts that are being made in each of these areas.”
METSTRADE manager maritime Irene Dros added: “Working with IBI three years ago we knew it was important to highlight the vital role of boatbuilders within the leisure marine industry and the crucial relationship they have with equipment manufacturers and distributors. Seeing the Boat Builder Awards becoming a reality and established as one of the highlights of the year in the global marine industry calendar, is a fulfilment of that vision. We, our headline sponsor Raymarine and our partner IBI, very much look forward to celebrating the amazing achievements of the shortlisted companies and the people behind those really special projects on November 15 at the National Maritime Museum.”
About the Boat Builder Awards
The IBI-METSTRADE Boat Builder Awards are jointly organised by METSTRADE, the world’s leading platform for professionals in the leisure marine equipment industry with its flagship event Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS), and International Boat Industry magazine (IBI). METSTRADE is the world’s largest trade exhibition of equipment, materials and systems for the international leisure marine industry. It is organised by RAI Amsterdam in association with ICOMIA (International Council of Marine Industry Associations).
International Boat Industry (IBI) has been tracking the world’s leisure marine market for nearly fifty years and remains the only business magazine and website to investigate and analyse commercial developments in established and emerging leisure boating markets across the globe. The magazine and its related daily newsletter, IBI-plus.com, are received by over 14,000 professionals in the industry in more than 120 countries.
Tickets are selling quickly, so please don’t delay your order. Visit www.boatbuilderawards.com to order online.
The headline sponsor for the event is Raymarine. The category sponsors are Dometic, Fusion, Lumishore, Marine Resources, Side-Power, Ultraflex, UCINA, RAI Amsterdam, with Kohler sponsoring the pre-dinner drinks reception.