35 OutDoor Industry Awards in 2014 – seven in gold
At the start of the OutDoor trade show the curtain is raised to reveal which companies received one of the 35 OutDoor Industry Awards. The awards go to products and technologies that demonstrate a particularly high degree of innovation and design quality and that have the potential to set new trends. In addition, there are seven gold awards this year for exceptionally outstanding products. Details of the prestigious gold awards are announced during the official prize ceremony at the end of the first day of the show.
The OutDoor Industry Award is one of the highest design prizes available to companies in the outdoor industry. This year the expert panel of judges reviewed 361 products, 35 were selected to receive an award and there were seven gold awards. “The OutDoor Industry Award honours innovative products that represent an exceptional achievement. They have the potential to become future trendsetters in the outdoor industry. Among these OutDoor Industry Award winners are products that set new benchmarks for the entire industry. These products are the gold award winners,” explained Stefan Reisinger, Head of OutDoor.
The OutDoor Industry Award is held by Messe Friedrichshafen this year for the first time in association with the German Designer Club (DDC). “The OutDoor Industry Award is proof of the high level of design, sustainability and above all technical innovation of the products in this industry. For us at the DDC, it was an exciting challenge to organise the award and accompany the expert panel during the decision making process,” said Michael Eibes, designer and DDC president.
All 35 winners of the OutDoor Industry Award, including the gold award winners, are on display until the last day of the show (Sunday, July 13, 2014) in the Foyer East.
Mark Held is the Managing Director of the European Outdoor Group (EOG), an association that was founded by the 19 largest outdoor companies in the world in 2003 In addition, he represents the outdoor industry in the FESI (Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry). Mark has been active in the outdoor industry since 1983 – among other things, as the head of product development at Berghaus and the Lowe Alpine Group.
Boris Gnielka has been an editor and equipment tester for outdoor magazine in Stuttgart since 2000. A passionate hiker, climber and mountaineer, he started working in outdoor retail and writing for travel and equipment publications as a freelance author while completing his studies in business management.
Ingalill Forslund Editor-in-chief at Utemagasinet in Sweden, the largest outdoor magazine in Scandinavia. Her office is located in Åre in the Swedish mountains, a leading ski resort. Ingalill lives in exactly the right place, as she is a passionate skier, both cross country and downhill. Utemagasinet presents a gear test in each issue, from tents to headlamps and skis to raingear and backpacks.
Christian Nothdurfter has been with Sportler AG since 1977, i.e. right from the start. He currently holds the position Purchasing Manager Mountaineering and Winter Sports. Christian is a passionate mountaineer, skier and climbers – all sports that are easy to pursue in South Tyrol where he lives. As such, he lives and breathes what he does and tests large numbers of products personally.
Jürg Buschor has worked since 1996 as a journalist and publisher in the outdoor business. He publishes the Swiss magazine Outdoor Guide, Freeride Maps (topographic maps for freeriders) and Supertrail Maps (topographic maps for mountain bikers). As editor-in-chief, he is working closely with publisher Stefan Glowacz on the launch of All Mountain magazine. Jürg has authored several books on mountain biking and freeriding and contributes as a freelance journalist to the outdoor section of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung NZZ and other publications. He lives in the Swiss mountains and seizes every spare moment to go mountain biking, kayaking, trekking, skiing or climbing.
Lars Schneider comes from Hamburg and has been working as an outdoor photographer and journalist for 15 years, as such he is often on location for different clients all over the world. Lars is passionate about and actively involved in all the sports that he photographs and writes about. This makes his work particularly authentic. For more information visit www.outdoor-visions.com.