Amsterdam, 24 May 2023 – IBI and METSTRADE announce they are continuing their long-standing collaboration with headline sponsor Raymarine to produce the largest ever Boat Builder Awards for Business Achievement, culminating in a celebratory gala dinner at the spectacular National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam on Thursday 16 November during METSTRADE 2023.
Companies and industry professionals have the largest yet range of opportunities for global recognition within the 2023 Boat Builder Awards which uniquely focuses on the essential business of boat building and allied trades. This year’s categories draw strong attention to the key pillars that lie at the heart of future marine leisure industry success – innovation, people, and the environment.
Raymarine has supported as headline sponsor of the Boat Builder Awards since inception – IBI and METSTRADE are pleased to announce the continuity of this partnership for the ninth edition. Grégoire Outters, Raymarine’s General Manager, comments: “We are delighted to be headline sponsor of The Boat Builder Awards once again as it is important to us to shine a spotlight on the exceptional talent within our industry. Not only do the awards support the work of fellow businesses and individuals – they also encourage new and innovative approaches to boat building for the next generation.”
Niels Klarenbeek, Show Director, METSTRADE, states: “Our consistent cooperation with IBI is invaluable as we continue to build on our vision of a widely recognised awards that focuses specifically on the crucial business of boat building. METSTRADE provides the perfect occasion to hold this celebration, given its pivotal role over three busy days in Amsterdam drawing together the global boat building community with the world’s leading supply chain partners.”
“The Boat Builder Awards provides an important opportunity to encourage the individuals and teams who are so important to the health of our whole industry,” comments Ed Slack, Editorial Director of IBI. “There is so much good work happening around the world that would otherwise go unrecognised. We want to encourage the whole industry to submit their nominations and make our judges aware of examples of great practice and achievement. For boat builders this is a perfect way to bring credit to your business and its valuable teams and individuals. For supply chain partners it enables you to bring stronger attention to the many great things that are happening within your partner networks as we collectively progress the marine industry of the future.”
Nominations now open
Awards will be presented in 11 categories – three of which will be entirely new for 2023 with additional important emphasis placed on innovation, people, and the environment.
The Boat Builder Awards is free to enter. You can nominate on your behalf or send in entries for companies or people who you think deserve recognition. Nominations are via a simple to use online form and open now until 22 September. To ensure judges have maximum time to evaluate entries, businesses are encouraged to submit their nominations as soon as possible.
Full details of the 11 award categories and how to nominate are available at www.ibinews.com/bba2023.
Be sure to save the date, Thursday 16 November, for the 2023 Boat Builder Awards for Business Achievement, jointly run by IBI and METSTRADE, in association with Raymarine. This gala dinner and celebration of achievement will be held in the historic and atmospheric star canopy covered courtyard of Amsterdam’s National Maritime Museum.
The 2023 categories
Customer of Tomorrow
Breakthrough Launch of the Year – sponsored by HP Watermakers
Designer of the Year
Innovative Design Solution – sponsored by Fusion
Supply Chain Collaboration – production boats – sponsored by Ultraflex
Supply Chain Collaboration – superyachts
Sustainability Project of the Year – sponsored by ePropulsion
Eco-focused Boat of the Year – sponsored by Marine Resources
People and Skills Development
Lifetime Achievement Award – Sleipner
International Boat Industry (IBI) is the leading business-to-business magazine and website covering the global recreational marine trade. The magazine and its related Daily Newsletter are received by over 22,670 professionals in the industry.
METSTRADE is the world’s largest trade exhibition for equipment, materials and systems for the global leisure marine industry. Organised by RAI Amsterdam in cooperation with ICOMIA (International Council of Marine Industry Associations), METSTRADE’s target audience includes yacht builders, naval architects, refit yards, distributors, dealers, wholesalers, captains, marina owners and marine equipment manufacturers worldwide. METSTRADE 2023 will run from 15-17 November 2023 at the RAI Convention Centre in Amsterdam, celebrating its 35thanniversary.
In 2023, METSTRADE will be held from Wednesday 15 to Friday 17 November. Since the existence of METSTRADE in 1988, the show has always been from Tuesday to Thursday. This one-time change in days is to ensure that there will be sufficient build-up time for all exhibitors, as the RAI halls have a very full calendar this autumn.
Raymarine makes high-performance marine electronics for the recreational boating and light commercial marine markets. With a legacy of marine navigation technology spanning over 80 years, Raymarine products are renowned today for their ease-of-use, rugged design, and reliability. We are continually innovating to deliver best-in-class sensors and intelligent navigation systems - making boaters’ time on the water safer and more fun. Our range of marine electronics is available through a global network of dealers and distributors. For more information, visit www.raymarine.com
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In 2023, METSTRADE will be held from Wednesday 15 to Friday 17 November.
Since the existence of METSTRADE in 1988, the show has always been from Tuesday to Thursday. This one-time change in days is to ensure that there will be sufficient build-up time for all exhibitors, as the RAI halls have a very full calendar this autumn.
For more information about METSTRADE, please contact Eva van de Pol, Brand Marketing Manager, +31 643427014, firstname.lastname@example.org