Leading marine manufacturer, Tru-Design Plastics Ltd. has won a prestigious DAME Award for the second year in succession at the world’s largest marine boat show, METS, in Amsterdam.
With 117 entries from 26 countries Tru-Design won the top accolade in the Marine Equipment Category for their newly released and innovative ‘Skin Fitting Installation Tool’.
Skin Fittings (thru-hulls) have been used in both commercial and recreational vessels for over 100 years. They provide the only means for water to enter and exit through a hull and modern boats have a multitude of them installed.
Installing Skin Fittings has always been a laborious task for both boat-builders and enthusiasts alike, whether it be during production fit outs or when undergoing routine maintenance replacing old corroded metallic thru-hulls.
With Tru-Design’s revolutionary new Skin Fitting Installation Tool, this procedure can now be performed by one person thus speeding up manufacture and maintenance.
An additional feature is the ability to hold the Skin Fitting securely which facilitates clean and easy application of the sealant.
The major inconvenience involved with installation is due to the fact that traditionally two people are needed to complete the job – a person on the outside of the hull to hold the Skin Fitting in place and prevent it from turning whilst the second person, positioned on the inside of the hull fits the washer and tightens the backing nut.
Available in five sizes from ¾” to 2”, they are reusable and work with both Tru-Design’s Dome Head Skin Fitting models as well as their Recessed Head models.
The Judges commented that for Tru-Design to win for a second year in succession is a huge endorsement of the companies approach to design led development.
“Last year we won with our ‘Load bearing Collar’ which has changed the concept of a skin fitting and ball valve assembly and this year our ‘Skin Fitting Installation Tool’ has revolutionized the way all skin fittings are installed into vessels world wide,” says Tru-Design Managing Director Alan Maddox
“To win this award is great recognition to all our staff and proves that New Zealand companies can compete on the world stage through innovative design.