Delft innovation wins Dutch Design award

News - 25 April 2018 - Webredactie 3ME

The new grab (nemaX®) that Dutch grab manufacturer Nemag developed in partnership with transport engineer Dingena Schott and her team from the Department of Maritime and Transport Technology has won another award: the international design award called the Red Dot Award. It’s the first time that an industrial grab has received this international distinction. In November 2017 the grab was already singled out for an Innovative Technology Award from International Bulk Journal, the leading magazine in the maritime dry bulk industry.

Nemag developed a simulation method with Schott’s team to develop and optimise grabs by means of virtual simulations. The result speaks for itself: the nemaX is the most productive grab on the market that makes it possible to unload cargo from ships quicker and more sustainably. The nemaX increases the overall productivity of a transhipment terminal for dry bulk by at least 10% and has fewer moving parts and the lowest maintenance costs of all grabs on the market. The slim, elegant design makes optimal use of the mechanical properties of high-quality steel and has the minimum number of pivots. In addition to being a beautiful design, the nemaX is also guaranteed to be cost-efficient in its use and maintenance.

‘We are extremely proud that the nemaX is the first grab in the world to win a Red Dot Award,’ says Michel Corbeau, general manager at Nemag. ‘It’s a confirmation of our innovative partnership with TU Delft, who helped us to develop this smart and fast grab.’

About the Red Dot Design Award
The Red Dot Award is one of the most important design competitions in the world. In 1955 a jury convened for the first time to judge the best designs at the time. In the 1990s, Peter Zec, director of Red Dot, developed the name of the award and the brand. Since that time, the coveted Red Dot Award has been regarded as respectable international proof of superb design quality. In order to appreciate the diversity in the ‘design branch’, the Red Dot Design Award has been split into three disciplines: Product Design, Communication Design and Design Concept. For more information, see

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