RSI International (RSI), a South African manufacturer of truck accessories, made quite an impression on the aftermarket industry at the 2019 SEMA Show in Las Vegas earlier this month when its SmartCap EVO took home several awards.
As a part of their North American launch, RSI was a first-year exhibitor at the SEMA Show and a first-year participant in the SEMA New Product Showcase and awards competition. Debuting their new SmartCap EVO, a stainless steel 5-piece modular truck cap system, RSI took home the 2020 SEMA Award for Best New Van/Pickup/Sport-Utility Product. Additionally, they were runner-up for the Best New Exterior Accessory Product and were awarded 9 Global Media Awards—the most of any participant in the show. According to SEMA, more than 3,000 products were entered into the New Product Showcase.
Michael Voss, CEO of RSI, commented, “It goes without saying, we’re very proud of the SmartCap EVO and believe it to be a giant step forward for the entire truck cap category, but the response we received from both the industry and the media blew us away. Our entire team, both stateside and in South Africa, are feeling excited, humbled and very grateful for the recognition.” Also, as mentioned, RSI was awarded 9 Global Media Awards. Chosen by a panel of international journalists, these awards recognize the product’s consumer appeal in each of their home countries. The RSI SmartCap EVO, SmartKitchen, and SmartRack received awards from Australia (4), Canada, China (2), New Zealand, and Peru.
“This recognition means a great deal to us. It validates that the design innovation and products our team has worked so hard to bring to market, are truly resonating with people and organizations we hold in very high regard. It means we’re on the right track.” Dan Beaulaurier, Vice President, RSI North America, Inc. The RSI SmartCap EVO and SmartSystem of Accessories will be available in early 2020 and are being exclusively distributed by Keystone Automotive Operations.