Biocomposites Innovation Awards finalists announced

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    The finalists for the 2017 Biocomposites Innovation Awards have been announced by the nova-Institute (Hürth, Germany), a consultancy specialized in biobased research and business intelligence. The three winners will be revealed at the Biocomposites Conference Cologne, which takes place on Dec. 6 and 7 in Cologne, Germany.

    The awards competition is stiff, as you can see for yourself in this slide show. From a biobased pedestrian bridge to a boat that is made of 80% renewable materials, these companies and researchers have found opportunities to innovate on land and sea. Each of the six finalists will make its case at the event; attendees will determine the three winners.

    And the nominees are . . . 

    This first-in-the-world bio-based pedestrian bridge was developed at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands and wa installed by the company NPSP BV (Hoofddorp, Netherlands). Flax and hemp fibers, which ensure the strength of the structure, are combined with a bio-based epoxy resin. Polylactic acid (PLA) bio-foam provides the core. A vacuum infusion production process is used: Layers of natural fibers are glued around a laser-cut shape of bio-foam.

  • biocomposite innovations 2017

    Mass produced boats typically are made of fossil-based resins, glass fibers and plastic foam. By contrast, 80% of the GreenBente24 from GreenBoats (Bremen, Germany) is made from renewable materials such as flax, cork and bio-based epoxy resin. The GreenBente24 has the same weight and stiffness as a standard boat, yet achieves an 80% reduction in its carbon footprint and is thermally recyclable.

  • biocomposite innovations 2017

    A moldable medium-density fiberboard (MDF) from BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany) and Sonae Arauco Deutschland AG (Horn-Bad Meinberg, Germany) is described as a new material for the furniture industry. The thermoplastic processable and storage-stable composite can be produced on existing MDF production lines. Unlike standard thermoset boards, the composite features post-moldability and surface structuring on standard equipment in short cycle times. Because of the processing flexibility, the composite offers new design options.

  • biocomposite innovations 2017

    The Stratos sandwich window scantling system by G.S. Stemeseder GmbH (Hof bei Salzburg, Austria) is a combination of a foamed polypropylene and wood composite material with solid wooden elements. The system was developed for the manufacture of passive house windows. Required heat conductivity was achieved by a reduction in density of approximately 50%. The components are produced with standard machinery and tools of the wood industry.

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    This injection molded classroom seat shell is manufactured by OWI GmbH (Lohr am Main, Germany). The polypropylene (PP) and wood-based granulates were developed by Linotech GmbH (Lausitz, Germany). The chair is soft and warm to the touch while maintaining standard PP chair requirements regarding flexibility and notch impact strength. It withstands upholstery staples and stress load cycles.

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    Wooden nails are among the oldest known fasteners in the world; Raimund Beck Nageltechnik GmbH (Mauerkirchen, Austria) has taken the technology to its next evolutionary stage with collated wooden nails for use with pneumatic nailers. The LignoLoc fasteners do not require pre-drilling and achieve their holding power because of a natural welding effect with the base wood.

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