Volvo Penta achieves Special Mention at METSTRADE

Volvo Penta gains a Special Mention for its Joystick for Inboard Shaft at METSTRADE, the world’s largest trade show for equipment in the marine leisure industry. The commendation in the DAME Design Awards is in the category of ‘machinery, propulsion, mechanical and electrical systems and fittings’. The company is also delighted to receive nominations for two other awards.


Volvo Penta is pleased to begin its exhibition at METSTRADE by receiving a Special Mention for its Joystick for Inboard Shaft. The company was nominated for another DAME Design Award at the show in Amsterdam for its Battery Management System with e-Key Remote. Volvo Penta has also been nominated for a collaborative Boat Builder Award with Amer Yachts, in recognition of the use of Volvo Penta’s Inboard Performance System (IPS) in the Amer 100 – the largest superyacht in the world to be equipped with IPS.

“It’s exciting to be exhibiting at METSTRADE once again,” says Anders Thorin, Volvo Penta’s electronics project planning manager. “We’ve worked hard at developing new innovative products that are safe and simple to use and make boating even more enjoyable. And we’re extremely proud to receive the Special Mention for our Joystick for Inboard Shaft and to be nominated for two other awards.

On display
At Volvo Penta’s stand, the company is showing:

  • The D8 engine matched with IPS 15 drive
  • Battery Management System
  • Easy boating simulator that enables visitors to test out some of the latest products including e-Key Remote, Joystick for Inboard, and Glass Cockpit System

The Joystick for Inboard Shaft and Battery Management System are also on display in the DAME Award Presentations area in the InnovationLAB in Hall 6.

Latest innovations
The company’s Joystick for Inboard Shaft co-ordinates the rudders, engine, gearbox and thrusters – providing superior driving and docking capabilities.

Instead of performing complicated shift, throttle and steering wheel combinations, drivers can just move the joystick in the desired direction and the boat will respond accordingly. Joystick for Inboard Shaft received a Special Mention in the Dame Design Awards’ category of ‘machinery, propulsion, mechanical and electrical systems and fittings’.

Volvo Penta’s Battery Management System is a fully integrated solution for monitoring, managing and maintaining a boat’s batteries; it features the industry’s first e-Key Remote – a control fob that works like a car-key. The system offers unprecedented control and security, and is easy to install. It was nominated for a DAME Design Award in the category of ‘marine electronics and marine-related software’.

Building on more than a decade of success since first introducing the IPS, Volvo Penta has expanded this revolutionary product range through the introduction of the D8-IPS700 and D8-IPS800. With this addition to the range, Volvo Penta is extending the benefits of IPS to an even greater variety of boats.

Boat Builder Award for Business Achievement
Volvo Penta and Amer Yachts have been nominated in the category of Boat Builder & Equipment Manufacturer Collaborative Solution Award, at the Boat Builder Awards for Business Achievement. The nomination recognizes the design, manufacture and excellence in teamwork in the quadruple installation of Volvo Penta’s innovative Inboard Performance System (IPS) in Amer Yacht’s new high performance superyacht, the Amer 100. 

The Boat Builder Awards for Business Achievement 2016 in Association with Raymarine, are organized by IBI magazine and METSTRADE, and the winners will be announced at a gala dinner on Wednesday, November 16.

Volvo Penta is at stand 12.821 at METSTRADE in Amsterdam, from November 15-17.