This year’s METSTRADE show once again broke its own records for both visitor and exhibitor numbers, with everyone enjoying the buzzing, optimistic atmosphere. One of the highlights of the show is always the DAME Design Awards, recognizing outstanding innovation and design across the entire marine industry.
For the second year in a row (and third time ever!), Fusion was nominated for the DAME Design Award - this time for the Apollo 770. Whilst we didn’t win, the Apollo 770 did receive a special mention alongside other incredible technologies, including Garmin’s Panoptix LiveScope, Lumishore’s Smart Lighting and Raymarine’s Clear Cruise Augmented Reality. Being recognized among such incredible company is an absolute honor for all of us at Fusion.
Fusion also launched a range of new speakers across all levels at this year’s show, from the redesigned EL Series to the brand new XS Series, and the new Signature Series additions - in the form of wake tower speakers and component tweeters. With plenty of new products this year for visitors to see, the team was certainly kept busy!
Another brand new release for Fusion, the ARX remote, was a real hit! A simple, innovative solution to the basic problem that faces boat builders and consumers alike, the ARX remote provides localized audio control in different areas of the boat without having to cut holes or run wires. With at least 3 years of battery life and an IPX6 and IPX7 rating, this handy little remote can be mounted anywhere on board with peace of mind that it will last the distance.
The 2018 Boat Builders’ Awards, like always, was an incredible evening. It’s one that should always be marked in the diary as a “must attend” at METSTRADE. Held on the Tuesday, the awards night was filled with attention-grabbing performances, all with a marine theme, with the water-infused drumming session resembling the blue man group performance a firm crowd favorite.
Fusion sponsors the Innovative On-Board Design Solution category and is proud to be supporting the industry through recognition and reinforcement. This year’s winner was Galeon, for their walk through layouts for their 640 FLY and 650 SKYDECK models. The lifetime award acknowledged Beneteau Group for their commitment to the industry. A proud moment for a fellow Kiwi company was NZ Marine winning the apprentices program of the year. Well done to everyone involved!
Overall, METSTRADE was yet again an exciting and action-packed show for the team at Fusion. We don’t know about you, but we can’t wait to see what innovations and new products next year will bring for Fusion and the marine industry at METSTRADE 2019. We’ll see you there!