The LAMMA Innovation Awards have gained a reputation for recognising and highlighting some of the best advances in agricultural manufacturing, and this year’s competition is no exception.
The awards, which have been given a thorough refresh to mark LAMMA’s move to the NEC, provide a platform for LAMMA exhibitors to introduce ground-breaking innovations in agricultural machinery, equipment and services to the market. This year featured some of the strongest entries yet seen in the competition.
The awards are open to all new products exhibited at LAMMA ’19. Over 50 entries were received from a wide range of exhibitors, vying for one gold and up to three silver medals in each of six new categories.
The judges considered a range of criteria including design innovation, practical impact, the sustainability of the product and its impact on the environment.
Thanks to a new Innovation Trail, visitors will be able to view the gold and silver medal winners for themselves at LAMMA and talk to the companies who put them forward, to see how they might best benefit their own farm or contractor business.
As well as the six category winners, an overall champion will be chosen by the judges on the first day of LAMMA. The Institution of Agricultural Engineers will also award the IVEL award to the best product for environmental innovation.
The shortlist was judged by a panel of 13 experts and one student judge, led by chairman Chris Rothery.
Mr Rothery said: “Having been a judge for LAMMA off and on since the inaugural 1982 show, I possess a long insight into the ideas and inventions that our amazing industry produces.
“2019 has provided our judging team with a wide range to span the new classes, and the response has been great for this first year at the NEC. The team will have a difficult job on the 8th January to decide the winner of the LAMMA Founders Trophy for the overall Best in Show.