Holmatro is proud to have won this year’s iF DESIGN AWARD in one of the oldest and most important annual design competitions in the world. Our 5000 series spreaders competed with over 5,500 entries from 59 countries and won in the discipline Products, category Industry/Skilled Trades. Their strongly reduced weight combined with preservation of tool performance convinced an international jury of 58 independent experts.
The 5000 series spreaders are much lighter than previous generations, thanks to new materials, component integration and smart design. This makes them easier to carry and handle, which reduces the physical burden on the operator. At the same time no concessions were made on quality, spreading force and spreading distance as maintaining tool performance was a must. The spreaders were designed in collaboration with Spark design & innovation. They translated the Holmatro brand values into a consistent product line to help rescuers do their job safer, quicker and easier.
Besides an optimum performance-to-weight ratio, the winning spreaders have more benefits for their users:
• Integrated LED lighting in the carrying handle
− Six LED lights with a high output illuminating the working area. Rescuers can start right away, day and night, without working in their own shadow.
• Ergonomic carrying handle
− Designed to increase operator comfort in various working positions
• Effective spreader tip profile
− Thoroughly tested. Provides good grip under all circumstances.
• Speed Valve
− When unloaded, the arms open quickly to the desired distance to speed up spreader positioning.
For half a century, Holmatro has been developing, producing and testing high-pressure hydraulic equipment for industrial, rescue and special tactics applications. Manufactured at two state-of-the-art production plants in the Netherlands and the USA, Holmatro products are known for their innovative technology and high quality. The products are sold and serviced through offices in various countries and a global dealer network. When it comes to rescue equipment, Holmatro engineers translate innovative ideas into lighter and more compact solutions. Holmatro rescue tools are used by fire and rescue services worldwide to save people’s lives.
Spark design & innovation is a leading Dutch design agency, based in Rotterdam. With 25 years of experience in medical and industrial product design they have designed many innovative and award winning products. Spark believes in integrated design, creating balance between design and function, investments and cost price, lead time and technical innovation.
For more than 60 years, the iF DESIGN AWARD is being recognized as an arbiter of quality for exceptional design. It is one of the most important design prizes in the world, with the iF label being renowned for outstanding design. Awards are granted in the following disciplines: Product, Packaging, Communication and Service Design, Architecture, Interior Architecture and Professional Concepts. All winning designs are featured in the iF WORLD DESIGN GUIDE, in the iF design app and are displayed at the iF design exhibition Hamburg.