(L-R): Katharina C. Hamma (COO Koelnmesse), Sean Phillips (inventor and Co-Founder OVVO®), Prof. Dipl. -Ing. Martin Stosch (lecturer Wood Technology at Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences & Judge), Dick Spierenburg (Designer & Judge), Brendan Phillips (Chief Executive Officer, OVVO®) and Prof. Dr. Peter Zec (founder and CEO, Red Dot & Judge)
In the stunning setting of the Rheinterrassen a glittering awards ceremony held on Monday May 15th marked the start of the Interzum 2017 trade fair in Cologne, Germany, where the OVVO® V-0930 Connection system was awarded “Best of the Best” – the top prize awarded only to innovations that feature ground-breaking design and set new standards for form and function in their industry. The Interzum 2017 awards, hosted by Koelnmesse in collaboration with Red Dot, emphasise the significance of design as a value-added factor and is an internationally-recognised label by which winners can be set apart from their competitors. OVVO® is now confident of delivering against its global growth ambitions and looks forward to exciting times.
Application for “Interzum Award: Intelligent Material & Design” was open to all exhibitors at Interzum 2017, and the submissions were assessed in late March by an expert jury of five respected and independent international experts from design and architecture, who assessed the products’ design quality and made a final decision concerning the industry award. The judging criteria were as follows: Degree of innovation, Functionality, Material Quality, Design and Sustainability.
The innovative new OVVO® V-0930 Connection system received the top prize of “Best of the Best” from the judging panel, setting it apart from its competitors and confirming the high quality of the product. The new smaller connector greatly extends the range of materials, industries and applications in which OVVO® can be used, and will amplify the scale of efficiencies that manufacturers will achieve when OVVO® is incorporated into production/manufacturing processes. It is available in both permanent and releasable versions.
It works best in high-grade board with a thickness of 12 mm and above, and can also work in slightly thinner materials that are denser, such as high-pressure laminates, composite material and solid wood for certain applications. The innovative dovetail design delivers increased intrinsic tolerance which leads to enhanced shear and tensile strength of the joint created; the new design also features a solid central rib that confers increased joint rigidity. The new single piece housing also makes automatic insertion possible – a significant enhancement on the design of the original connector.
OVVO® inventor Sean Phillips said “To win a “Best of the Best” award at Interzum 2017 means a lot to OVVO® – it is a fantastic endorsement and validation of our product, into which we have put a huge amount of effort and time to develop and design. We are now more confident than ever that OVVO® will transform the woodworking industry and look forward to working with more and more customers to revolutionise their businesses”.
Come and experience the OVVO® V-Range at Interzum 2017 – we are in Hall 5.1, at Stand D-089.
Here we are amongst all the winners at last night’s Interzum Award Ceremony 2017.