Marine award-winners announced at ibex – furnishings and interior parts winner

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Marine award-winners announced at IBEX:

Two winners include Structural Composites, for its Prisma SPT Strip Plant Technology, and Corium Urethane Technology for its molded PU-Skin and foam technology.

Thirteen marine manufacturers were honored on Sept. 28 for innovative achievement by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and Boating Writers International (BWI) at the 2010 International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference (IBEX) Innovation Awards in Louisville, Ky., USA. Winning companies received their 2010 IBEX Innovation Awards during the annual IBEX Industry Breakfast at the Kentucky Exposition Center.

The Innovation Awards, organized by NMMA and judged by BWI, recognize those products that best meet the following criteria: innovative distinction from other products currently being manufactured; benefit to the marine industry and/or consumer; practicality; cost-effectiveness; and availability to the consumer within 60 days of award receipt. A total of 67 new products were entered in this year’s IBEX Innovation Awards program.

IBEX Innovation Awards were presented to the following companies in the following categories. Two are materials-based:

Boatbuilding Methods and Materials
Winner: Structural Composites
Judges selected Structural Composites for its Prisma SPT Strip Plank Technology. “Using the strip plank technology, replacing a deck becomes less expensive for custom boatbuilders or consumers,” said judge Frank Lanier.

Furnishings and Interior Parts
Winner: Corium Urethane Technology
One of the newer advancements in construction techniques, “Corium Urethane Technology brings big time molding technology at affordable prices for small runs,” said judge Chris Caswell. “Their system creates seats, dashboards and interior wall finishing by using the molded PU-Skin and foam technology.”

Deck Equipment and Hardware
Winner: Sawgrass Distributors
Sawgrass Distributors solved an age-old problem that nearly every angler faces — where to put the beverage when the fish bite. The solution is a combination rod and drink holder.

Mechanical Systems
Winner 1: Dometic
Dometic took home the Innovation Award for its In-Duct Breathe Easy Air Purifier. “Easily retrofitable, this system helps improve the air inside a closed boat, removing noxious fumes and odors,” according to Wendt.

Winner 2: Whale Water Systems
The second winning entry is for Whale Water Systems Gulley IC. According to Lanier, “With no impeller to jam, this compact pump eliminates the hairy, sticky sumps for showers on board.”

Electrical Systems
Winner: Professional Mariner
With the ever-changing technology in batteries, the ability to mix newer types like Lithium with existing technology is a problem that Professional Mariner solved with the Pro Nautic P. “Setting up a variety of profiles to charge these batteries safely and easily will future proof battery maintenance for the average boater,” said judge Tom Tripp.

Honorable mention: Blue Sea Systems for the Safety Hub
Outboard Engines
Winner: Yamaha
Yamaha took home the trophy for its new VF250 outboard engine.

Boatyard Hardware
Winner: Kasco Marine
Kasco Marine took top honors for its Robust-Aire Marine Diffuser.

Propulsion Parts, Propellers
Winner: Power Tech Propellers
Judges found innovation in Power Tech Propellers’ Safety Torque Hub and Drive Line Protector system.

OEM Electronics
Winner: Garmin
Garmin is the winner in the OEM Electronics category for its GPS Map 7215..

Trailers, Parts and Trailer Accessories
Winner: Quality Mark
Quality Mark took the award for its ingenuity that comes from addressing experiences boaters encounter while enjoying the water with its new trailer add-on, the Lever Jack

Safety Equipment
Winner: PlasDeck
One product that will show up better at night than in day wins the Innovation Award for Safety. PlasDeck’s synthetic teak decking blends phosphorescent technology in the caulk line. After being charged by normal daylight it glows a soft azure blue at night.

Environmental Award
Winner: Energy Tech Marine Group
Energy Tech Marine Group’s Power Core Hybrid-Ion Energy Propulsion System took home this yearís Environmental Award, being recognized as a game changer for not only the boat industry but other industries that rely on propulsion.

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