2017 Innovations Awards
Winners of the Automechanika Johannesburg 2017’s Innovation Awards competition were announced at the opening presentation ceremony on Wednesday 27 September 2017.
The 2017 Innovations Awards competition welcomed dozens of entries deemed by their manufacturers or distributors to incorporate innovative qualities. From an automotive viewpoint, these products are considered to be game-changing from an OE or aftermarket perspective.
Six products out of nearly two dozen that were entered were honoured for their innovative qualities following evaluation by a jury of automotive experts. Following two rounds of assessment which includes physical examination of the products – the jury decided which items they perceive to be the most innovative. In getting to that point they assessed a host of factors, scoring the items not only in terms of pioneering prowess, but also for perceived quality, practicality, efficiency, benefits to users, environmental friendliness and value for money.
Bosch’s KTS Diagnostic Tester Jury members described it as a small, super-efficient device which promoted diagnostic competence and workshop efficiency using simple, quick and easy-to-operate technology.
Monroe’s OE Spectrum shock absorber In their summation, the jury said: “Monroe has responded with a shock absorber for the aftermarket which offers twice the usual number of internal tuning points to promote driving precision, agility and responsiveness. In this sense, the product helps to support road safety. What’s more, it’s backed by an extended, five-year warranty.”
Qwerty Tyre Solutions Str8-Lign Wheel Alignment unit Developed in Durban by start-up organisation Qwerty, the laser-based system took two years to reach manufacturing stage and, since April, has been undergoing tests with vehicle manufacturers, wheel alignment specialists and industry bodies, among them Toyota Gazoo Racing, Thomas Tyres, SupaQuick and Tune-Tech BMW.