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M Design Award Ceremony 2008

Deadline: Closed

The M TECHNOLOGY AWARD, organized by iF, is an annual open competition honoring outstanding supplier products on a broad international basis. The award process is in the reliable hands of the iF International Forum Design (Hanover).

Furniture industry and interior fittings suppliers as well as suppliers of architectural and design products can now submit their entries for the M Technology Award 2009. Both exhibitors at the international ZOW trade fairs and non-exhibitors are invited to participate. And designs can be entered in the categories fittings, chemical products, fitted units and systems, semi-finished products, interior furnishings, surfaces, materials and concepts.

The deadline for entries is August 21, 2009. The awards ceremony will take place at the opening of the ZOW Italy on October 21 in Verona. Products entered should not have been on the market for longer than two years at the time of the fair.
Since 2007, the prize has been organized and supported by the ZOW trade fair organizer Survey Marketing + Consulting GmbH & Co. KG, with iF International Forum Design GmbH in Hanover responsible for its organization and realization. The exhibition of the winners’ products will be on show at the international ZOW business events in cities including Moscow and Shenzhen.

As an annual open competition since 2007, the M TECHNOLOGY AWARD is attractive not only to exhibitors from the entire array of Survey’s international ZOW events in Germany, Italy, Spain, Russia and China and Turkey: non-ZOW exhibitors can also take part and present their latest developments to a panel of renowned experts.


Early Bird registration deadline  25 May 2009
Official registration deadline 21 August 2009 
Submission of competition entries 22 bis 31 August 2009
Judging session  10 September 2009
Judging results  until 16 September 2009
Awards ceremony  21 Oktober 2009 
Exhibition  2 bis 24 Oktober 2009


Both ZOW exhibitors and non-ZOW-exhibitors can take part in the M TECHNOLOGY AWARD 2009. Entries should display technical features, innovation and quality of design. At the time of the fair, they must not have been on the market for more than two years. Of course, concept entries do not have to have made it to market.

There is no limit to the number of entries allowed per applicant. A manufacturer, designer, architect, developer or design engineer can enter. The products entered must not violate patents or trademarks belonging to others. Any liability of the organizer is excluded

Submissions are welcome for all ZOW product categories – Materials, Chemical Products, Surfaces, Interior Design Supply Products, Elements and Systems, Fittings, Semi-finished Products, Industry-related Services and Concepts


01. Fittings
Functional fittings, locks and locking systems, ornamental fittings

02. Chemical products
Adhesives, glues & sealing compounds, lacquers and stains, resins, abrasives

03. Elements & systems
Drawer inserts, drawer and drawer runners, furniture feet and castors, furniture roller shutters, glass elements and mirrors, interior fittings for cabinets, lightning systems, niche systems, fitted kitchens, sinks, domestic appliances, accessories

4. Semi-finished products
Semi-finished parts, ready-to-assemble elements, furniture door fronts, postforming elements, table frames, tabeltops, worktops

5. Interior decoration
Floors, panels, profile systems

6. Surfaces
Decorative papers unprinted, decorative papers printed, foils, laminates, veneers

7. Materials
Bars, boards, mineral materials, edges, edge strips, trims, profiles, tools

8. Concepts
Products which are yet to enter production and development processes


Heike Meier
Fon +49 (0)511/89-32408
Fax +49 (0)511/89-32401

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