Shortlist announced for IBI-METSTRADE Boat Builder Awards

The shortlisted nominations for the second Boat Builder Awards for Business Achievement in association with Raymarine have been announced, with 22 companies in the running to pick up an award.

More than 100 entries across eight categories were nominated this year. Winners and honorable mentions will be announced at a gala dinner on the evening of Wednesday, November 16 at the National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam.

The shortlist is as follows:

Retail Marketing Initiative
Ferretti group
Sea Ray

Boat Builder International Distributor/Dealer Development
Larson Boat Group

Boat Builder & Equipment Manufacturer Collaborative Solution
Lewmar / NV Equipment / Beneteau
Amer Yachts / Volvo Penta
Azimut Benetti / Rolls Royce

Best Apprenticeship Scheme
Sunseeker International

Innovative Onboard Design Solution
Ferretti Yachts
Malibu Boats

Innovative Production System
Azimut Yachts

Environmental Initiative Award
Alerion Yachts
Blue Gas Inc
SES Europe

The evening culminates with the Lifetime Achievement Award, presented last year to Paolo Vitelli, founder and chairman of Azimut Benetti.

“The event promises to be even bigger and better than last year,” said IBI publishing director Nick Hopkinson. “The standard of entries continues to impress and in some cases the judging panel found picking an outright winner tough. That said winners have been chosen for what promises to be a memorable night.”

METSTRADE manager maritime Irene Dros added: “It feels only fitting that as the industry emerges from some tough years that we can celebrate those individuals and companies positively transforming the way the marine business operates. We look forward to honouring their best practices, innovations and can-do spirit.”

Now in its second year the Boat Builder Awards for Business Achievement is jointly organized by IBI and METSTRADE and recognizes and rewards the outstanding business achievements of individuals and teams within a number of key areas in the global leisure boat building industry.

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