Raymarine, a division of FLIR Systems, has elected to become the headline sponsor for the inaugural IBI-METS Boat Builder Business Achievement Awards to be presented at a gala dinner during METS at the National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam on Wednesday, November 18, 2015.

The prestigious new awards, organised jointly by IBI magazine and METSTRADE, are designed to recognise individual and team success within boatbuilding companies globally across six categories of business achievement. The categories involved will highlight success in the following business areas: retail marketing initiatives; international distributor/dealer development; boatbuilder and equipment manufacturer collaborative solutions; innovative on-board design solution; advancement in a production process; and individual lifetime achievement award.

Raymarine joins a list of high-profile award category sponsors – including Fusion, Whale, Lumishore, Saltwater Communications and Sleipner – that have already signed up to support the event.

IBI’s publishing director, Nick Hopkinson, comments: “It is highly significant that Raymarine, one of the world’s major suppliers of OEM marine electronics, has taken the step of backing what is likely to become a major event in the global boatbuilding industry’s calendar. The awards, which are scheduled to be presented at a spectacular gala dinner during METS, the world’s largest leisure marine trade show, will focus uniquely on areas of business achievement designed to reward innovative thinking not recognised by any existing awards.”

Nominations will be sought from June to August (details of how to enter will be released shortly) and all entrants will be included in an online marine industry poll to ascertain the three most highly thought of nominations in each category. The 18 short-listed candidates will be reviewed by a soon to be announced international panel of judges to select a winner in each category.