Shimadzu has been awarded the Red Dot Award for its IRSpirit and AIM-9000 systems. The Red Dot Design Award is an international product and communication design prize awarded by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen in Essen, Germany. The Award is dedicated to good design, covering an attractive product as well as outstanding functionality. There are prize categories for product design, design agencies and design concepts. A panel of experts awards the internationally recognised seal of quality only to products that win them over with their high design quality.