When Skyline Exhibits was recently granted a patent for its new DesignView Exhibit System, it was a special occasion. The patent marked the 100th time Skyline has been recognized for invention.
“It’s an honor,” stated Bill Dierberger, president of Skyline Exhibits. “So many people have worked so hard to create new and better products over the years. This milestone is a result of that cumulative effort.”
Skyline has earned product patents for its tradeshow exhibit systems and components, and has also been awarded numerous design patents for appearance and aesthetic. Many patents are also registered internationally.
Skyline began business in 1980 intent on delivering portable products that were better exhibiting solutions than were available at the time. The goal was to create tradeshow displays that were more attractive, lighter weight, packed smaller and were easier to use and transport.
While the portable market is still a significant part of Skyline’s focus and product development, much of their effort goes into applying those same attributes to larger, structural systems. Skyline Custom Modular systems are now a major part of the inline and island exhibit market.
In 2010, the Product Development and Management Association (PDMA) named Skyline Exhibits a finalist for their Outstanding Corporate Innovator (OCI) Award. While Skyline did not emerge as the winner, the OCI selection committee – a group of esteemed experts in the field of innovation and new product development – were impressed.
“Skyline has an excellent product development system, certainly worthy of recognition,” said committee member Bill Riggs. “Finalist status is testimony to that. Skyline can be justifiably proud of their system. It’s very impressive.”
Skyline has no plans to slow down product development. A good percentage of the products it sells and rents today did not exist five years ago.
“The world moves fast,” added Dierberger. “New technologies continue to emerge, the manner in which people interact and market continues to change, and environmental sensitivity continues to grow. Skyline will continue to evolve and design products that answer the changing needs of exhibitors.”