This morning at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference (IBEX) in Tampa, Florida, the winners of the 2016 Innovation Awards were announced at the event’s annual Industry Breakfast.
The Innovation Awards honour achievement in product development in 13 areas of the marine industry. Winners were selected by a panel of judges from Boating Writers International (BWI), a professional organization consisting of writers, editors, publishers, photographers, broadcasters, public relations specialists and others in the communications profession associated with the boating industry.
“Every year IBEX is honoured by the number of submissions to the Innovation Awards and 2016 was no exception with 85 entrees. We would like to thank Alan Wendt (Chair of the Innovation Awards) and all of the BWI judges for participating in selecting the award winners,” says Anne Dunbar, IBEX Show Director. “These Awards highlight the importance of innovation for our industry, and IBEX is honoured to recognize the companies who continue to create dynamic new products.”
The 2016 IBEX Innovation Award winners include:
Boatbuilding Methods & Materials: BANOVA, 3A Composites Baltek Inc.
Deck Equipment & Hardware: Dual Winners – Roswell Marine, Triton Board Rack; T-H Marine Supplies, Snapflex LED Stern Navigation Light
Furnishings & Interior Parts: Kenyon International Inc., Texan Grill with IntelliKEN Touch Control
Mechanical Systems: XYLEM, Rule Bilge Pumps
Electrical Systems: Mercury Marine, Electronic Steering Hel
Inboard Engines: Volvo Penta, Easy Drain
Outboard Engines: Honda Marine, BF6
Propulsion Parts, Propellers: Mercury Marine, VesselView Mobile
Boat Care and Maintenance: Pettit Paint, SeaGold
OEM Electronics: Dual Winners – Garmin USA, Fantom 6; Wet Sounds Inc., SYN-DX 6-DSP
Environmental Award: Fireboy-Xintex Inc., CG / MA and GA 3M Novec 1230 Fixed Fire Extinguisher