HEICO wins industry award 23 February 2024

Nominated in the category ‘Connection Technology’, HEICO Group recently competed in Vogel Communications Group’s annual awards – with its HEICO-LOCK® combi-washers, for the sustainable securing of bolted joints, being announced as the category winner. 

For 8 years, the Vogel Communications Group has been honouring new and innovative product developments in 24 different categories. Companies who take part in the award will face the most demanding jury with their products – the specialists and users in the industry. Over a period of five months, people from the industry were allowed to vote for the nominated products of the nominees. 

As a manufacturer of bolt locking and pre-tensioning systems, HEICO Group competed in the ‘Connection Technology’ category with its HEICO-LOCK® combi-washers, which effectively and sustainably secure bolted joints against self-loosening. Based on the wedge locking principle, the two-washer locking system prevents bolts from loosening due to vibrations and dynamic loads. Small tabs on the plastic inner ring of the washers enable them to be easily attached to any conventional bolt and thus prevent washers from slipping off the bolt shaft. This allows the user to pre-assemble bolts and bolt locking devices and thus have both hands free for the correct assembly of the components. A significant advantage, particularly in difficult installation situations, this ease of use, and fact that the HEICO-LOCK® combi-washers can be combined with any type of bolt, also convinced the judges. 

The celebratory award ceremony, to which the top 3 companies in each category were invited, took place on 7th December 2023 at the Vogel Convention Center in Würzburg, Germany.  The award for the best product development in the category ‘Connection Technology’ was gratefully received by Jan Bernd Heimann, CEO of HEICO Group – who attended the ceremony together with Tobias Grobe, head of sales & marketing and Frank Lutter, head of the R&D department. On accepting the award, Mr Heimann said: “We would like to thank everyone who voted for our HEICO-LOCK® combi-washers. However, my special thanks go to our employees, who work day after day with a high motivation and a great spirit of innovation to develop and manufacture our products. This award not only recognises an innovation but is also an appreciation of a strong team behind a strong product.” 

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Will joined Fastener + Fixing Magazine in 2007 and over the last 12 years has experienced every facet of the fastener sector – interviewing key figures within the industry and visiting leading companies and exhibitions around the globe. Will manages the content strategy across all platforms and is the guardian for the high editorial standards that the brand is renowned.