Winners of "Bio-Based Material of the Year 2015" Award Elected
The Innovation Award "Bio-based Material of the Year", now in its eighth year, has been awarded by nova-Institute and sponsored by Coperion GmbH at the “8th International Conference on Bio-based Materials” in Cologne (Germany), 13 April 2015.
Six bio-based materials and products have been nominated for the Award by the advisory board – out of 24 submitted products. The nominated companies were from the United Kingdom, the United States and Germany. In a 10-minute presentation, each nominated company explained their innovative materials and products to the audience. The three winners were elected by the participants of the conference and awarded with the prize at the dinner buffet. The winners of the Innovation Award “Bio-based Material of the Year 2015” are:
- Bayer MaterialScience AG (Germany): Desmodur eco N – First bio-based polyurethane crosslinker in the market for high performance automotive coatings. This crosslinker is based on a new isocyanate, pentamethylene diisocyanate (PDI), 70 percent of whose carbon content comes from biomass. Furthermore it is produced using energy-efficient gas-phase technology, to assure minimum impact on the carbon footprint. This product enables the production of bio-based polyurethanes for high-performance automotive coatings.
- HIB Trim Part Solutions GmbH (Germany): Nature 50 – Natural fibre reinforced plastic (Hemp – PP) including a long fibre ratio > 50% for injection molding. Long hemp fibres (> 50%) are mixed with PP and additives in an innovative cold-press technology (no extruder). The granulate can then be extruded and injection molded in serial molding tools. The long hemp fibres give a unique design and a good Charpy impact property to the material – making it suitable for automotive parts.
- EcoTechnilin Ltd (UK): FibriRock innovative composite material for aircraft applications comprising flax non-woven, basalt yarns and a sugar-based bioresin. Co-developed with TFC. Certified for use in an airline galley cart, FibriRock combines a Nomex-type core with skins formed from flax, basalt and a sugar-based bioresin.
With 220 participants from more than 20 countries, the "International Conference on Bio-based Materials" is one of the biggest conferences in the world, gathering the latest developments in the field of bio-based materials and providing an excellent platform for networking.
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