Winners Named of "Bio-based Material of the Year 2016"
On Tuesday, the Innovation Award "Bio-based Material of the Year 2016" was awarded to three innovative materials in suitable applications. The competition focused on new developments in the bio-based economy, which have had (or will have) a market launch in 2015 or 2016. The winners were elected by the participants of the 9th International Conference on Bio-based Materials in Cologne, Germany.
Six companies were nominated by the conference’s advisory board and experts from nova-Institute. Each nominee introduced its innovation in a short 10-minute presentation to the audience. The three winners were elected by the participants of the conference and announced at the Innovation Award Ceremony:
- Orineo BVBA, Belgium: Touch of Nature – Filled bio-based resin for stimulating biomaterials. Orineo has developed a new range of biomaterials based on the 80% waste of a cup of coffee, coffee grounds. The biomaterials are designed for a 20 years’ lifetime.
- Evonik Nutrition & Care GmbH, Germany: Rewoferm SL 446 – Novel sophorolipid-type biosurfactant. Rewoferm SL 446 is a sophorolipid-type biosurfactant. It is made by fermentation with a natural, non-GMO yeast using European sourced sugar and oil feedstock. Due to its environmentally benign production process, Rewoferm SL 446 has a low carbon footprint and a Renewable Carbon Index (RCI) of 100%. It exhibits an excellent toxicological and eco-toxicological profile and is completely biodegradable.
- Covestro Deutschland AG, Germany: Impranil eco – Bio-based waterborne polyurethane dispersions for textile coatings. Covestro has developed a technology to raise the content of renewable resources in polyurethane dispersions (PUDs) up to 65%. This makes new levels of sustainability possible for PU synthetic materials (footwear, garment, accessories…). Thanks to this development, it is now possible to produce coated textiles with high performance and low content of fossil-based raw materials in each layer.
nova-Institute and the award sponsor InfraServ GmbH & Co. Knapsack KG announced the winners during the “International Conference on Bio-based Materials”. This conference is a well established meeting point for companies working in the field of bio-based chemicals and materials. This year, 200 participants, mainly from the industry and representing 25 countries, met in Cologne to discuss the latest developments in the sector. 24 companies presented their products and services at the exhibition. The event is organized by nova-Institute GmbH and was supported by FKuR, Linotech and Livemold Trading.
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