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Top awards for show stars

Published: 19 January 2009
Artex, Blue Spot, Davenport-Burgess, Gator Finishing Products, Sika and STV International topped the winners list in the annual Best New Product awards at the Totally DIY, Totally Tools and Totally Secure show in London on January 18.
Top awards for show stars
Gator took gold in the decorative product category with the Zip Sander range of moulded foam sanding blocks with an easy-change hook-and-loop system for replacing the sanding surface.

Sika's Mix & Go, gold winner of the DIY category, is a mix-in-the-bag mortar for small repairs - quick, clean and easy to use.

The Blue Spot Pro Series, gold winner in the hardware category, is a range of innovative lighting products using LEDs - practical, effective products in attractive packaging and countertop display units.

Gold winner in the garden category was STV's Tilt'n'Spin Squirrel Repeller: a bird feeder with a battery-powered motor which makes it spin round as soon as a squirrel climbs on and tries to reach the food.

Davenport-Burgess took gold in the security category with the Disney house key range. Children will want the latest Disney character on their keys, creating repeat business for stockists.

Finally, the tool category was won by Artex with the Gyproc Blade Runner: a purpose-designed plasterboard cutter which is quicker and safer than the traditional knife-and-straightedge method - and which delivers a far better cut as well.

The awards, organised by DIY Week, Hardware & Garden Review and Builders Merchants Journal, were judged by a panel of retail and wholesale buyers: Vin Vara of the Tool Shop in London, David Wheelhouse of Wheelhouse DIY in Hounslow, Robert Milliken of Sam's Trade Centre in Harlow and Brian Mills of Timber Mills Mica Hardware in Ayrshire.

The full list of winners:

Best New Decorative Product
Gold: Gator Finishing Products Zip Sander
Silver: Crown Ceiling Paint

Best New DIY Product
Gold: Sika Mix & Go
Silver: Gorilla Glue Precision Pen
Silver: Spectra Tools Solar House Numbers

Best New Hardware Product
Gold: Blue Spot Pro Series LED range
Silver: Tool Connection Kamasa LED Safety Goggles

Best New Garden Product
Gold: STV International Tilt'n'Spin Squirrel Repeller
Silver: Tool Connection Kamasa Twin Blade Secateurs
Silver: Liberon Aqua Stop Deck Finish

Best New Security Product
Gold: Davenport-Burgess Disney House Keys
Silver: Carl Kammerling International Kasp Padlock Range
Silver: Cane Bay Siren Alarm Padlock
Silver: RhinoCo The Sentry CCTV System

Best New Tool
Gold: Artex Gyproc Blade Runner
Silver: Spectra Tools Adjustable Plumbing Spanner
Silver: Arrow Fastener Tacker range

For further information:
Colin Petty
020 8651 7165
07768 583010
colin.petty@fav-house.com

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