In the automotive and transport category the winner was Ophardt R+D for its OP-Shipp Module, which is a ship base designed to accommodate superstructurres that are custom made by boat builders. The hulls offer superior safety and performance and can be purchased off-the-shelf.
In the building and construction category, the winner was Mero Italiana for its twin coal domes, which are used for coal storage. The domes are two reticular space structures shaped as geodetical domes. They are 144 metres in diameter and 50 metrres in height and are made of aluminium alloy tubes and stainless spherical nodes. The domes were finished in 2010 and are claimed to be the largest built in Europe.
USA-based Pyrotek won the Production Techniques category with its automatic heated launder, a device that transfers molten aluminium with a minimum change of temperature while providing reliable and repeatable casting performance. The system is claimed to be suited to continuous sheet casting of aluminium alloys and for the casting of Al-Li alloys. Indirect heating allows the manufacturing company to lower furnace temperatures and significantly reduce dross generation.
Atlanta, USA-based Novelis, part of the Aditya Birla Group, won the Overall Jury Prize within the Building and Construction category for its aluminium facade panels at the Titanic Museum in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The panels were made from geometrically complex anodised aluminium J57S panels and have stimulated the enthusiasm and interest in the architectural potential of aluminium.
Four special prizes went to Novelis for its three-piece tailored welded blank for the Mercedes SL; Martinrea Honsel for its rear subframe for a Land Rover; VASCO for its aluminium radiator and Novelis again for its anti-graffiti aluminium surface known as Clearky 105.
Euralco received an honourable mention for its ultra-light air cargo hook.