“Wood and Natural Fibre Composite Award 2015" - Winners Announced
On December 16, 2015 the winners of the “Wood and Natural Fibre Composite Award 2015” were announced during the WPC & NFC Conference that took place in Cologne, Germany.
The award highlights new materials and products from the world of wood-plastic composites (WPC) and natural fiber composites (NFC) that entered the market in 2015 or will soon be launched. The 220 participants of the conference which was organized by nova-Institute, Hürth, Germany, chose three winners out of six nominees. The award was sponsored by Coperion GmbH, Stuttgart, Germany.
The winners are:
- First place: Onora BV, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, 100% bio-based coffin with hemp fiber reinforcement in injection molding technology. The product is injection molded which allows for great freedom of design and a variety of shapes and colors. The bio-based compound makes the coffin biodegradable and is an example for new large-volume applications of biocomposites. Life cycle assessments show a CO2 footprint that is not only lower than the CO2 footprint of conventional but also other eco-coffins.
- Second place: Millvision BV, Raamsdonksveer, Netherlands, Flower pots made of biodegradable biocomposite with agro rest fibers. These flower pots produced of agro rest fibres from pepper and tomato cultivation and bio-based plastics are price competitive. They are used for tree nurseries and market-gardens and are cold soil biodegradable within just a few months. This new pot acts as fertilizer, improves plant growth and therefore prevents plastic waste from oil based containers and the associated expense.
- Third place: Aqvacomp Oy, Sastamala, and Flaxwood Oy, Heinävaara, Finland, Cellulose fiber-reinforced polystyrene for music instruments. Those composites have the potential to replace the use of a number of rare and threatened wood species. Several recipes have been developed for various musical instruments with equivalent property profiles, for example a cellulose fibre composite replacing granadilla wood in clarinets. The components have excellent thermal and humidity resistance, reducing the typical tuning problems of wooden instruments.
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