The Marine Equipment Trade Show and International Boat Industry magazine are partnering to create the Boat Builders Business Achievement Awards.
The awards were announced during the opening ceremony of METS 2014 in the Amsterdam RAI complex and will be presented for the first time at next year’s show. They are designed to offer boatbuilders a platform at the world’s largest gathering of marine equipment suppliers.
“This new joint initiative from IBI and the RAI is designed to recognize outstanding accomplishments within the boatbuilding industry,” International Boat Industry publishing director Nick Hopkinson said in a statement.
“The emphasis will be very much on business achievement and the people and teams involved in building and marketing boats,” he said. “This will set the IBI/METS Boat Builders Business Achievement Awards apart from the many existing awards in the boating world, which focus more on the end product.”
Nominations will be sought from across the industry. Organizers will be asking the global audience for supported submissions in the first quarter of next year. Suggestions will be subject to a rigorous judging process, which will include polling the industry to rank the nominations.
An international jury chaired by the secretary general of the International Council of Marine Industry Associations and composed of recently retired people who have run major companies in the marine sector, together with journalists from around the world, will then decide on the winners. They will be announced at a gala dinner and award ceremony at the National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam on the Wednesday during METS in 2015.
“Our goal is to further increase the engagement of boatbuilders with the METS experience and the marine equipment supply community,” RAI maritime domain manager Irene Dros said.
“We have expressly chosen to highlight areas within boatbuilding that do not always get the attention they deserve and yet have a vital importance to suppliers. In the first year the awards will include six categories, which will cover recognition for retail marketing initiatives, international dealer development, innovative onboard design solutions, procurement manager of the year, innovation in a production process and a lifetime achievement award to an individual within a boatbuilding company who has made an outstanding contribution to his or her business.”