Restyling Companies Recognized for New-Product Innovation

Nov 25, 2013

Glass Apps, M.O.R.E. and American Force Wheels were among the aftermarket companies that recently snagged honors from the Global Media Awards program. The program recognizes manufacturers that create specialty products and accessories that have mass appeal to consumers outside of the U.S.

Recognized companies had their products selected by a panel of 36 international journalists from 19 countries at this year’s SEMA Show. Each judge carefully reviewed and evaluated nearly 2,500 entries before making their selections.

Culver City, Calif.-based Glass Apps won a Global Media Award for its Switchable Automotive Window Film and Glass, a film that allows drivers to change tint opacity levels on command.

Delta, Colo.-based Mountain Off-Road Enterprises (M.O.R.E.) received a Global Media Award for its ARB Air Compressor Mounting Bracket, which fits under the hood of Jeep JK Wranglers to mount the CKMTA12 twin motor/dual cylinder on-board air compressor.

Miami-based American Force Wheels received five Global Media Awards for its new wheel designs. The company’s Nightmare wheel faceplate insert design was recognized by Pro Rider magazine, Car Stereo magazine, Super Fly magazine and TF1 TV, while its Master wheel  faceplate was selected by Pro Rider for the award. Meanwhile, EcoTrek Foundation’s Ford F-350 pickup, customized with recycled and eco-sensitive materials and Axalta Coatings Systems Beyond Bronze paint, received Ford’s Outstanding Achievement in Design Award for its “stylish customization and eco-friendliness,” according to Axalta.

Axalta donated the paint, which was applied by students studying collision repair and vehicle refinishing at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College.

Corona, Calif.–based Rampage Products’ front door stay/catch also was recognized as a runner-up in the Best New Interior Accessory Product category in SEMA’s New Product Showcase. The front door stay/catch, which fits all 1976-2014 Jeep CJ and Wranglers, holds doors open to eliminate loose swinging entry doors, according to the company.