MATELEC, International Trade Fair for the Electrical and Electronics Industry, and AFME, Association of Manufacturers of Electrical Material, have launched the 4th Innovation and Energy Efficiency Awards.
The awards acknowledge and recognise the research and development undertaken by companies taking part in MATELEC, and raise the profile of all the innovations exhibited to visitors at the fair by participants. Nominations for these awards are now open, and will close on 15 October.
They will be handed out at the 19th edition of MATELEC, a trade fair organised by IFEMA that will take place from 13 to 16 November 2018, at Feria de Madrid, under the ePower&Building umbrella, with the slogan “Transforming the way we build a Green World”.
Awards are handed out in three categories. The first for Electrical Installation: Switchgear, Mechanisms, Cables and Conductors, Electronics, Electric Vehicles, Self-consumption, Home Automation, Building Automation and Smart Cities. The second for Industry: Automation in Industry, Processes and Energy, Digital Factory, Industrial Electronics, Control Solutions and Industrial Energy Management, Telecommunications and Networks, Energy Storage and Industry Suppliers. And a third for Lighting.
The awards are designed to acknowledge and distinguish products that incorporate technological, design, functional or instrumental innovations capable of improving the energy performance of products or installations in any of the competition categories.
Products put forward by companies must be exhibited at MATELEC 2018; have been designed for serial production; have been launched for sale after 1 January 2017; be innovative, and comply with the applicable regulations.
Entries are scored for innovation, taking into account improvements in performance in any of the following aspects: functionality (installation and use) and design (attractiveness to consumers). Other relevant features are energy efficiency (intrinsic to the product or derived from installation); and environmental impact (compliance with environmental regulations): RAEE, RoHS, Ecodiseño, etc.).
The members of the jury are Eduard Sarto Monteys, General Secretary-Manager of ADIME, Association of Manufacturers of Electrical Material,; Carlos Esteban, President of AENOR; José Luis Sánchez, General Manager of CEIS, Test, Innovation and Services Centre; Francisco Javier Abajo Dávila, Director of Industry, Energy and Mines of the Community of Madrid; Alfredo Arias Berenguer, Vice President of the General Council of Industrial Engineers; Manuel Valcárcel, Manager of F2I2, Foundation for the Promotion of Industrial Innovation; Jesús Román, General Secretary of FENIE, National Federation of Employers of Electrical Installations and Telecommunications of Spain; Pedro Antonio Prieto, Saving and Energy Efficiency Manager at IDAE, Institute for the Diversification and Saving of Energy; and José Manuel Prieto, Deputy Quality and Industrial Safety Manager at MINECO, Ministry of the Economy, Industry and Competitiveness.
As well as public recognition, the award includes preferential conditions for hiring exhibition space at MATELEC 2020. There will be a dedicated space for award winners at the trade fair (3 finalists per category). The selected manufacturers will be awarded a special logo to display on their stands.