Ifor Williams in Running for International Innovation Award 13/03/2019 – Posted in: News

Ifor Williams, Europe’s top trailer maker, is in the running for an international innovation award for its cutting-edge design

The trailblazing brand has been nominated in the Vehicles and Trailers category of the Equitana Innovation Award 2019 for the new awning that can be attached to its new HBX horseboxes, enabling equestrians to shelter from the elements during events and shows with the opportunity of overnight accommodation.

Specially designed for IWT and manufactured by Kampa, the awning can be inflated in less than 15 minutes with the option of a host of comfort extras including cushioned carpet and inner tent with sleeping space for two.

Simon Johnson, IWT’s national account manager for European Sales, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be nominated for this prestigious award.

“This is a very important show, reported to be the most important of its kind in the world, and we will obviously be there alongside all the main competitors in Europe including the domestic market leaders in Germany. It really is the perfect platform to unveil our horseboxes and pioneering accessories to the German public.

“The most significant point about our entry is that it is the first time an awning has been associated with a horsebox, certainly in Europe. We have taken technology from the camping industry and created a highly practical accessory that will assist equestrians in all weather.

“In this respect it is very innovative and it gives us an opportunity to sell a unique feature that our competitors currently do not have. In such a competitive market any advantage or unique selling point is most welcome.”

The Equitana Innovation Award is one of the most coveted awards in the European equestrian sports market. It celebrates creative and helpful product developments which make everyday life easier for horse owners, riders and breeders and competition is strong across the international entries.

IWT unveiled the new awning upon the launch of its new flagship HBX and HBE horsebox trailers to great fanfare last autumn. The horseboxes have been added to the overall range which also includes the market-leading HB trailers and the Eventa which also has living accommodation.

The body of the HBX is constructed from aluminium, making it lightweight and easy to tow while also highly durable. IWT has fitted as standard an awning rail between the roof and the glazing.

Weighing around 20kg, the awning is available in two sizes, one to fit the HBX511 and another to fit both the HBX 506 and the HBX 403 and can be ordered to fit either the left-hand or right-hand side of the trailer. It is erected by inflating seven air poles from one inflation point, either manually or using an electric pump, and is foldable to allow easy storage in the accompanying carry bag.

Among optional accessories is a mesh panel kit which fits into the window to provide shade and keep insects out while still allowing airflow through to the awning and an inner tent for two providing a cost-effective alternative to hotels while away from home.

To find out more about the range of Ifor Williams horse boxes click here.

To read more about the team behind the awning click here.

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