After the Late Jury 2016/2017 has convened and all registered products have been assessed, the most innovative brands of the year are established. The most prestigious accolade of the Plus X Award – the "Most Innovative Brand Award" – was awarded for the fourteenth time this year, honouring the Plus X Award entries that have won the most quality seals within their product group. uvex was a successful participant with the uvex 2 safety footwear series and received the prize in the "Tools" category, impressively reinforcing its innovative prowess as a supplier of protective equipment for work, sport and leisure.
The uvex 2 safety footwear series received the Plus X Award accolade of "Best product 2017" as well as five of the seven Plus X Award quality seals.
The jury members, organisers, partners and ambassadors of the world’s largest innovation award for technology, sports and lifestyle congratulate these outstanding brands on their extraordinary performance.
"Congratulations to all the winners of the Most Innovative Brand Award 2017. As in the past, our jury members have been truly impressed with the presentation of such a number of innovative products, strong brands and powerful product studies. Those brands very much deserve their awards and are proudly taking these impressive, golden trophies back home to their enterprises, bright symbols for the spirit of making innovative ideas and visions become a reality. Many of these innovative products will not only enrich consumers' day-to-day lives but also have the potential to change entire markets or even create completely new ones", says Donat Brandt, President of the Plus X Award.
The most innovative brands of 2017
- ABUS (electrical and media technology)
- adidas (footwear)
- ARAG (insurance)
- Beurer (health and personal care)
- Bien-Zenker (residential buildings)
- BRUDER (toys and hobby items)
- CHIQ (large electrical appliances)
- Fitbit (sport and fitness equipment)
- Grohe (sanitary fittings)
- Hensel (video and photo technology)
- Hyla (small electrical appliances)
- J.W. Ostendorf (construction materials)
- KEF (high-end audio)
- Lässig (families and children)
- Leicht (furniture)
- Magnat (home entertainment)
- markilux (garden products)
- Matrix (sport and fitness devices)
- Medion (IT and digital products)
- MYMIU (pet supplies and accessories)
- Theben (energy and lighting)
- uvex (tools)
- Vestel (telecommunications)
- Volkswagen (the automotive sector)
- Waterkotte (heating and air-conditioning systems)
- Wenko (accessories)
- X-Bionic (sportswear)
About the Plus X Award
With an international, independent panel of specialist judges from 25 sectors, 23 highly skilled strategic partners and more than 600 participating international brands, the Plus X Award is the world's biggest innovation prize for technology, sport and lifestyle today. Entries worthy of a prize include recently developed and innovative technologies, outstanding designs as well as intelligent yet simple operating concepts. Criteria such as good ergonomic and ecological product features, an extensive range of functions as well as the use of high-quality materials and the processing of such materials also result in sustainable products with long-lasting value and are thereby also worthy of distinction. The innovation prize was initiated as a project to protect and strengthen brands, trade and commerce as well as to support customers in their purchasing decisions. In 2017, the Plus X Award is celebrating its fourteenth anniversary.
The uvex group
The uvex group brings together three globally active companies under one roof: the uvex safety group, the uvex sports group (with uvex sports and Alpina Sports), and the Filtral group (Filtral and Primetta). The uvex group is represented in 22 countries by 48 subsidiaries but chooses to do most of its manufacturing in Germany. Two thirds of the company’s 2,600-strong workforce (as at fiscal year 2016/2017) is employed in Germany. uvex is a global partner to international elite sport and equips a host of top athletes. The motto protecting people is at the heart of the company’s activities. uvex develops, manufactures and distributes products and services for the safety and protection of people at work, in sport and for leisure pursuits.