The postponement of R+T also creates new opportunities for the industry: In 2021 all exhibitors and partners will have the opportunity to present their new products to the worldwide network digitally within the framework of R+T. The core of R+T digital is the Innovation Award, which will be held as a hybrid event in February 2021 according to the original plan.

Thus, for the 11th time, our exhibitors from all over the world will have the opportunity to present their innovative ideas and products to a renowned expert jury, and this already in February 2021.

During R+T digital, the best entries will be chosen and awarded at the official awards ceremony, which will be broadcast live. Participants will also have the opportunity to make the content presented on the award-winning innovations available online for 365 days after R+T digital until the next R+T and to update it regularly. Further information on R+T digital will follow soon.



Due to the postponement of R+T, our exhibitors will have the opportunity to present their innovations and new products developed for R+T to a worldwide audience as early as 2021. In addition, the information provided will be available online 365 days after R+T digital until the next R+T and will be updated regularly. The award helps to highlight exemplary innovations to the experts and, in the best case, to secure exclusive market advantages. 

The R+T Innovation Award is presented jointly by the Federal Association for Manufacturers of Roller Shutters and Sun Protection, the BVT (National Federation of Door and Gate Manufacturers), the Industrial Association of Technical Textiles, Roller Shutters and Sun Protection, and Messe Stuttgart. 

Exhibitors and companies can apply for the following ten prize categories:

  • Roller shutters
  • External venetian blinds
  • Outdoor
  • Interior sun protection systems
  • Drive and control systems for roller shutters and sun protection systems
  • Textile Sun Protection
  • Doors/gates
  • Drive and control systems for doors/gates
  • Building automation
  • Technical textiles
  • Special solutions

Several awards can be given per category. In addition, the jury can award various special prizes – However, entries for these prizes are not possible.

Association representatives, specialist journalists, architects and industry experts: All specialist areas of R+T are represented in the Innovation Award jury. With their extensive knowledge and diverse experience, the jurors are optimally qualified for understanding and being able to judge the participants' innovative entries in accordance with the assessment criteria.




September 2020

December 2020

February 2021

Application phase

Application phase

Open the roller shutters for the most innovative developments in the sector! From September to end of October 2020, companies can register online for the R+T Innovation Award 2021. It is essential to observe the Conditions of Participation: For example, only exhibitors of R+T digital are allowed to participate in the R+T Innovation Award and also the products must not have been available on the market before 2019.

Registration is now possible.



The diverse entries submitted by the exhbitors will be reviewed: Do they comply with the specifications? On the basis of the above-stated assessment criteria, the representatives of the promoter associations of the R+T will make a preliminary selection. Applicants will be informed by e-mail who is through to the final judgement in February 2021 and is thus nominated for the Innovation Award 2021.

Final judgement and prize awarding

Final judgement and prize awarding

In the final assessment round, the participants' power of persuasion will be required: In five-minute presentations, they will personally showcase their competition entries in Stuttgart at R+T digital. After careful examination and detailed consultation, the jury will finally select the products that best satisfy the above-stated assessment criteria. The winners of the Innovation Award will be declared and honoured on the same evening. From this point in time, the respective companies will officially be authorised to use the title "R+T Innovation Award 2021".



Impressions of the Award Ceremony 2018