Taiwanese firms win 92 ‘Red Dot’ design awards


TAIPEI–Taiwan has garnered 92 prestigious Red Dot Awards for product design this year, including six “best of the best” awards for products of the highest design quality, the Taiwan Design Center announced yesterday.

The total was higher than the number of awards won by Japan and South Korea and represented Taiwan’s best showing ever, the center said.

A total of 1,007 items were selected by a jury of 36 experts from among 4,433 products vying for a “red dot” — an internationally recognized quality seal — in recognition for their outstanding design.

The highest quality designs were given “best of the best” awards, with only 1.3 percent of all submissions awarded the top honor this year, according to an online statement dated March 15 issued by the German-based organizer of the awards.

The six Taiwanese winners of the 2011 “best of the best” awards included the QPT231 portable projector and the Coral Reef LED lamp created by Qisda Corp.

Other award winners were the Slide iPad Stand developed by Just Mobil Ltd., Penpower Technology’s WorldCard Ultra plus business card reader, the HTC EVO 4G cell phone by HTC Corp., and an ultra-light wrench made of a special compound by the Metal Industries Research and Development Center.

The wrench designer said the product, which weighs 40 to 50 percent less than a conventional wrench, was created for electricity tower and oil drill workers.

It is scheduled to go on the market — mainly overseas — by the end of this year, the center said.