ToughBuilt takes top tech prize at TMB 2022

TOUGHBUILT crowned a day of busy trade and industry networking at the 2022 Troy Means Business (TMB) trading event by coming out ahead of the pack at the show’s prestigious Innovation Trail.

Troy Group marshalled their members to put on the first TMB show in more than three years on 17th March. The event filled three halls of the trading wing at Silverstone to capacity – with 184 stands – and attracted more than 2,000 visitors, breaking the show’s records for attendance, supplier stands and business generation.

Paul Kilbride, CEO and Chairman of the Troy Group, said: “It was incredible to get everyone under the same roof again after so long and I’d like to thank members, suppliers and the team at Troy who all came together to make TMB 2022 our best show yet.

“The atmosphere was incredible, with people delighted to finally be able to do business face-to-face after such a long time. Thank you to those who contributed to making it such a success; I was blown away by TMB 2022 and I hope everyone that attended it was too.”

Troy reinforced its ethos of acting as part of its members’ extended teams by unveiling several key initiatives relating to product data solutions as well as exclusive digital, e-commerce and marketing services at the show. The Group’s category specialists were on hand for advice alongside its invaluable vending, manufacturing, wholesale and product data business’s offering support and expertise.

Once business hours were over, 600 of the members then attended the gala dinner celebrations at nearby Whittlebury Park, where the winners of the TMB 2022 Innovation Trail – featuring eleven of the most ingenious and impressive advances in design across the tools sector from Troy members – were announced.

Read on to find out more about the clever kit which made the cut…

WINNER

ToughBuilt – Scraper Utility Knife

TMB top tech winner – TOUGHBUILT

They say the best ideas are the simplest, and ToughBuilt has certainly proved the point. With just a simple flip of a switch, this super-handy tool converts from a utility knife to a scraper and back again.

Fiendishly clever, the Scraper Utility Knife delivers all the quality that ToughBuilt customers expect, with a rugged handle made from metal and a rubber grip for maximum user comfort and durability over long periods of time.

Matthew Handley, ToughBuilt’s European Head of Marketing, said: “The scraper utility knife perfectly embodies the ToughBuilt ethos of designing and developing products that help the professional user to work faster, smarter and more efficiently.

“By combining two commonly used hand tools in one convenient product, it enables users to carry less – and do more. We’re delighted that its innovative nature and exceptional level of engineering have been recognised with the TMB 2022 Innovation Award.

“We’d like to congratulate the other shortlisted companies and to extend our thanks to the judges. Best of all, the scraper utility knife is just one of much exciting products launches ToughBuilt has planned for the immediate future.”

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Stanley, Black & Decker – DEWALT PowerStack

DEWALT powerstack

With the launch of the PowerStack, DEWALT became the world’s first major power tool brand to use pouch cell batteries designed for the construction industry.

Launched in October 2021, the PowerStack is a real industry breakthrough for cordless power tools, providing more durability, power and performance in a lighter and more compact form. It promises twice the lifespan based on cycle charges vs DEWALT 2Ah Compact Batteries, with up to 50% more power and a 25% smaller footprint than a DCB183 battery.

This 18V battery is compatible with all 18V XR tools and, for the first time ever on a DEWALT battery, comes with a 3-year guarantee, so you can test out the difference for yourself with confidence.

RUNNERS UP – IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

Advent Tools – Komelon 8m / 26ft LED Light Tape Measure

KOMELON 26ft LED light tape measure

This ultra-comfortable compact tape measure features a powerful, rechargeable LED light angled to illuminate the blade in low light. The light includes an auto shut-off function to minimise energy consumption and prolong the battery life.

The tape’s non-reflective blade is white to ensure readability and features metric and imperial markings on both sides, allowing marking on the top and the reverse. It also had rounded edges to minimise finger cuts.

The case has a moulded rubber grip to ensure comfort and grip, even in damp and slippery conditions.

Bosch – EXPERT Starlock Multi Material Coated Carbide Plunge Saw Blade

BOSCH Starlock plunge saw blade

Wherever you work, this multitool blade is the ultimate for cutting the toughest materials such as sheet metals, carbon fibre and red brick.

The Expert MultiMax has coated teeth that last even longer than the normally extremely tough Carbide blades. It’s strip of Bosch’s unique Curved-Tec design makes this the first blade to manage chatter-free plunge cuts in sheet metal.

This gives the MultiMax up to 50 times longer life than bi-metal blades.

Buckbootz – Bang Guardz Ankle Protect Boots

Buckbootz Bang Guardz

Buckbootz showed off the impressive ankle support and impact protection with two of their most impressive pieces of footwear: the BSH012 Safety Lace Boot and the BSH014 Revolutionary Safety ‘Slip In’ Dealer Boot.

These boots offer snug fitting and support around the ankle area – a hugely important aspect of health and safety when working on site.

Whether you prefer a lace-up or a ‘slip-in’ design, Buckbootz can ensure you put your best foot forward and keep your feet comfortable and safe whatever the weather.

Makita – Cordless Pressure Washer DHW080ZK

Cordless pressure washer

The first of two entries from Makita was a cordless high pressure washer, powered by two 18V LXT batteries. This high-powered piece delivers more than adequate performance for cleaning cars or agricultural machinery.

Water can be supplied not only from a tap, but also from a tank or bucket using the self-suction hose set.

As long as the battery cover is closed, the power washer’s excellent water-resistant performance means it can be used not matter how wet it gets.

Makita – Cordless Kettle DKT360Z

Makita’s second item was a real essential that no work site should be without – a cordless kettle!

Cordless kettle DKT 360Z

This highly transportable item comes equipped with an anti-spill lock button to minimise the risk of spilling scalding hot water. Along with the fact that it is cordless, this is the height of work site safety for making that all-important brew!

It also features an inner stainless layer as well as an outer plastic layer to provide high heat retention while keeping the kettle surface cool.

Touchfree station earplug dispenser

Moldex – TouchFree Station Earplug Dispenser

In a new era of sanitation and hygiene, Moldex’s new hands-free station is a clever solution to providing PPE when working with noisy equipment. Placing your hands under the TouchFree Station’s sensor will make it dispense exactly one pair of earplugs from the 500 it is capable of holding.

The station is see-through so you can easily see when it needs refilling, which can be done easily and hygienically with a refill pack that simply pours out the items.

The comfortable and contamination-free earplugs mean keeping site workers protected has never been easier nor cleaner!

Presto – Quick Core Hole Saw System

Quick core Hole saw system

For simple and efficient hole drilling, then look no further than Presto’s Blu-Mol Xtreme.

The patented technology allows the user to engage the quick release, exposing the unique open ended back design to remove the plug immediately, using no added tools.

Say goodbye to wasted time and frustration wrestling with your hole saw to remove a stubborn core.

In addition to this, the hole saws themselves can be easily changed with no extra tools, and the wide diamond slots allow for increased visibility and cooling while cutting.

‘Honestly Made’ Clothing range

Regatta Professional – ‘Honestly Made’ Clothing Range

Regatta Professional lives in the intersection of comfortable, quality workwear and sustainability, leading by example as the first company in the workwear industry to offer 100% recycled fabrics and insulation.

Each piece in the stylish ‘Honestly Made’ range is manufactured with 100% recycled polyester fabric. The patented technology allows the user to engage the quick release, exposing the unique open ended back design to remove the plug immediately, using no added tools.

U-Power – Carbon Neutral U-Green Industry Footwear

Carbon Neutral U-green industry footwear

Speaking of sustainable workwear, U-Power rounded off the Innovation Trail’s impressive offerings with the first safety shoe in the world to be certified Carbon Neutral.

Reaching the level of zero net CO2 emissions through the use of materials with reduced environmental impact, and off-setting the residual emissions by the purchase of carbon credits, these impressive boots will really have you stepping up to the mark.

Congratulations to all those who took part!

To learn more about the Troy Means Business show click the link: tmb-show.co.uk

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