For the seventh year running, the Bio-based Material of the Year Innovation Award will be awarded during the International Conference on Bio-Based Materials, to be held this year on April 8-10, 2014, in Cologne, Germany. The award recognizes young, innovative developments in the biobased chemicals and materials field launched or to be launched in 2013 and 2014.
This year’s competition was open exclusively to competitors from Europe. Three winners will be selected by the conference participants on the basis of a 10-minute presentation from each of the seven nominees, in which they introduce their innovation to the conference participants. The award itself, which is sponsored by Coperion GmbH, will be presented to the winners during the dinner buffet on the first evening of the conference. The nominated companies and products are a selection of the very best recent European developments in the field of biobased materials and products.
Let’s take a look:
Bio-based free-ride ski boots
Pebax RNew 80R53 is a new, rigid bio-based polyamide block based elastomer, that “opens up the scope of ski boot design, combining light weight, outstanding responsiveness to skiers’ movements, and creativity in decoration." Pebax Rnew 80R53 is 50% more rigid than existing Pebax grades, yet retains all key Pebax features, such as: it is produced from renewable raw materials with more than 90% bio-based content, it is lightweight, offers long-term UV resistance and maintains perfect quality and performance under extreme cold conditions.
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