During the opening session of this year's 25th International Plastics Technology Colloquium, organized by Germany's Institute for Plastics Processing (IKV; Aachen), the prestigious Georg-Menges prize, awarded to individuals who promote research and development in the plastics processing field, was presented to Hartwig Höcker. He is emeritus professor for textile chemistry and macromolecular chemistry, as well as former director of the Interactive Material Research Institute (DWI), at the RWTH Aachen University.
|Hartwig Höcker (center) accepts the 2010 Georg-Menges prize during this year's IKV colloquium from institute director Walter Michaeli (right).|
Since 2004 he has been a member of the board of the German Academy of Technology (acatech). The Georg-Menges prize, awarded every two years since 1999, is cosponsored by the Plastics & Rubber Machinery division of the German Engineering Federation (VDMA), the plastics suppliers' association PlasticsEurope Deutschland, and the IKV. The Menges trophy is a replica of a hand-assembled Leitz microscope from 1899.
MPW attended the IKV's colloquium and will report on the technical developments and processing technology discussed at the event in articles to come.—[email protected]