Submissions open for Lexus Design Award

Updated 09 October 2018
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Submissions open for Lexus Design Award

Emerging designers and creators have about three weeks left to submit their entries for the Lexus Design Award 2019. The worldwide design competition provides a platform for creative talent from around the world, whose innovative works ultimately lead to a better future for all. Now in its seventh year, the award is being held under the inspiring call to “Design for a Better Tomorrow,” and the deadline for entries is Oct. 28.

Yugo Miyamoto, chief representative, Middle East and North Africa Representative ‎Office, Toyota Motor Corporation, said: “We are extremely delighted to launch the 2019 Lexus Design Award. This international competition has been motivating talented emerging creatives to fresh heights of innovation for seven consecutive years. 

“We look forward to being inspired by this year’s entries that are expected to ‘Anticipate,’ ‘Innovate,’ and ‘Captivate,’ and deliver groundbreaking solutions through designs that answer the evolving needs of society and overcome challenges to design a better tomorrow for all.” 

Miyamoto added: “Each of our chosen finalists will benefit from a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to turn their visions into reality with the assistance of our mentorship program, giving them an exclusive opportunity to partner with acclaimed professionals who share their valuable knowledge and experience. I would like to extend my gratitude to our loyal customers, whose support is a constant source of inspiration in our quest to reach beyond the conventional and create amazing experiences.” 

The six finalists in the contest are due to be announced in early 2019. Each will receive a production budget of up to JPY3 million ($26,400) to develop their ideas into functional prototypes. 

These will be displayed at the Milan Design Week 2019, where they will compete for the Grand Prix. 


Bahri’s maritime solutions on show

Updated 20 February 2019
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Bahri’s maritime solutions on show

Saudi shipping company Bahri is demonstrating its commitment to advancing the growth of maritime industry and improving security in the logistics business at the International Defense Exhibition (IDEX) and Naval Defense and Maritime Security Exhibition (NAVDEX).

The events are being held under the patronage of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, president of the UAE and supreme commander of the UAE Armed Forces in Abu Dhabi from Feb.17-21.

Khaled bin Hussain Biyari, assistant minister of defense — executive affairs; General Awwad Eid Al-Balawi, director general of Saudi Arabian Border Guards; and other officials visited Bahri’s booth during the events.

As part of its participation, Bahri is showcasing its maritime capabilities and innovation-driven solutions at the largest defense expo in the Middle East. The company is also highlighting its unmanned surface vessels (USVs) at its booth. Powered by MAP Pro technology, which transforms any vessel into an autonomous one, Bahri’s USVs are capable of numerous applications, including gathering data, surveillance and reconnaissance. In addition, the vessels offer significant cost savings and reduce human workload in high-risk operations. 

Bringing together more than 1,310 specialized companies from 62 countries, both events offer a strategic business platform for exhibitors to present their latest naval, maritime and coastal security technology, equipment and crafts, and explore partnership opportunities with local and international companies. 

Abdullah Aldubaikhi, CEO of Bahri, said: “Events such as IDEX and NAVDEX provide a unique opportunity to gather new insights into new security technologies that can help companies thrive in a safe and secure trade. With Saudi Arabia being at the forefront of efforts aimed at maintaining stability and security in the region, maritime security is a key focus area for the Kingdom.” 

Aldubaikhi added: “Bahri’s presence at IDEX and NAVDEX 2019 is part of our strategy to further strengthen our offerings to enhance the Kingdom’s maritime capabilities and support its transformation as the world’s leading logistics hub. The exhibition also provides us with an excellent platform to connect with our customers and explore new partnership opportunities that will further drive our ambitious expansion plans.”

Bahri Logistics, one of the five business units within Bahri and one of the top 10 breakbulk carriers in the world, operates six new state-of-the-art multipurpose vessels that are capable of carrying different types of cargo, including project, ro-ro, breakbulk, equipment, and container cargo.