Sustainable VDE torque wrenches honoured for high quality design in the Red Dot Award

Essen, April, 3rd. The jury has reached its decision: After several days of assessing thousands of products from all over the world, VDE torque wrenches 5108 VDE and 5109 VDE the distinction “Honourable Mention”. With the new VDE torque wrenches 5108 VDE and 5109 VDE the german company HAZET has created a particularly well-executed aspect of design work that the expert committee for the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2017 has recognised with the internationally sought-after seal of quality.

The two new VDE torque wrenches 5108 VDE and 5109 VDE, now once again able to be adjusted and calibrated. The jury found the tools to be particularly sustainable and environmentally friendly, since they – unlike conventional wrenches – can now be disassembled again, making a necessary adjustment, potential repairs and even a recalibration in HAZET's Service Center possible for the very first time. Before now users have had to replace their used VDE torque wrenches by the required maintenance interval with new models, since they could not be recalibrated. With the facility for disassembling and recalibrating in the HAZET Service Center, the new HAZET tools guarantee a long service life and save the environment.

The accuracy of the new 10 mm = 3/8“ VDE torque wrenches 5108 VDE (2-10 Nm) and 5109 VDE (5-25N m) is ± 6% (5108VDE) as well as ± 4% (5109VDE) of the scale value. When the set torque value is reached, this is signalled to the user both palpably and audibly. A right/left release is possible with square box wrench. Both tools meet the high VDE inspection criteria.

Professor Dr. Peter Zec, Founder and CEO of the Red Dot Award: “The winners of the Red Dot Award: Product Design are pursuing the right design strategy. They have recognised that good design and economic success go hand in hand. The award by the critical Red Dot jury documents their high design quality and is indicative of their successful design policy.”

The significance of the international design competition, Red Dot Award: Product Design, with its headquarter in Essen, Germany is well established internationally. It was already more than 60 years ago that a jury convened for the first time to assess the best designs of the day. Since then, an expert team has been awarding the seal of quality for good design and innovation to the outstanding designs of the year.

Manufacturers and designers around the globe were also invited to enter their products in the 2017 competition. The jury of around 40 independent designers, design professors and specialist journalists tested, discussed and assessed each individual product, awarding the Honourable Mention for a well-conceived detail solution, the Red Dot for high design quality and the Red Dot: Best of the Best for groundbreaking design. In total, the competition received more than 5,500 entries from 54 countries this year.

The Red Dot Award: Product Design 2017 will culminate in Essen on 3 July 2017. This is when the Red Dot: Best of the Best laureates receive their trophies during the Red Dot Gala award ceremony. At the subsequent Designers’ Night after-show party, the award winners will celebrate in the midst of all the prize-winning products in the Red Dot Design Museum Essen, and the Honourable Mention winners will receive their well-earned certificates. For five weeks, the special exhibition “Design on Stage” will present the awarded products of the year as part of the world’s largest exhibition of contemporary design.

The Red Dot Design Yearbook 2017/2018 also comes out on 3 July. The international reference work for award-winning design presents all of the year’s winning products. They will also be presented on the Internet, in particular in the online presentation, the Red Dot App and on the design platform Red Dot 21.

About the Red Dot Design Award:
In order to appraise the diversity in the field of design in a professional manner, the Red Dot Design Award breaks down into the three disciplines of Red Dot Award: Product Design, Red Dot Award: Communication Design and Red Dot Award: Design Concept. The Red Dot Award is organised by Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen and is one of the world’s largest design competitions. In 1955, a jury convened for the first time to assess the best designs of the day. In the 1990s, Red Dot CEO Professor Dr. Peter Zec developed the name and brand of the award. Ever since, the sought-after Red Dot award has been the revered international seal of outstanding design quality. More information is available at


About HAZET:
The Remscheid-based company HAZET is a leading manufacturer of quality hand tools, tool trolleys and equipment for professional applications. HAZET has almost 150 years of experience in developing and producing standard and specialty tools for industry, trade, automotive engineering and aeronautics. The company boasts a huge manufacturing range of over 5,500 different tools, ranging from extractors to pliers, as well as specialty tools for all major car manufacturers, torque tools and tool trolleys under the "Assistent" brand. An exceptionally high proportion of these, about 75% of the entire product portfolio, are "Made in Germany".
HAZET employs over 500 staff in four factories (three in Remscheid and one in Heinsberg).

Many HAZET products have won the iF Design Award from iF International Forum Design GmbH a number of times, as well as the RedDot-Design Award from Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen e.V. HAZET was voted one of the "TOP 100 most innovative medium-sized companies" in 2011 and 2012 in recognition of its constant innovation and impressive inventive talent. In 2017 and 2014, HAZET received the "TOP employer" award!

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