The focus of the Award is on new developments in the innovative bio-based chemicals and materials industry, exclusively from Europe this time round, which have had a market launch in 2013 or 2014.
The following companies and products are nominated for the Innovation Award:
Pebax® Rnew 80R53: The new high-performance thermoplastic elastomer for ski boots application
Arkema goes beyond the limits of thermoplastic elastomers, introducing Pebax® RNew 80R53, a new rigid bio-based Pebax®, opening 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, already well-known for several years as reference materials for both alpine touring and cross-country ski boots.
It retains the key Pebax® characteristics and environmental qualities that appeal to sportsmen and women: produced from renewable raw materials with more than 90% bio-based content, lightweight, renowned long-term UV resistance and offering great creativity for novel designs, it maintains perfect quality and performance under extreme cold conditions.
fischerwerke GmbH & Co. KG, Germany
FIS Green 300 T: The first bio-based injection mortar
FIS Green 300 T is the first chemical injection mortar which contains bio-based components. The goal was to innovate a real “green” product which is based on a majority of bio-based raw materials. Chemical injection mortars are complex mixtures consisting of a multitude of different raw materials for each of which green substitutes were examined. As a result, bio-based raw materials with various functions were used:
- reactive resins
- two different thermoplastic polymers for the cartridge and pistons
This radical product redesign approach made it possible to achieve a high bio carbon content of 50-85 %. FIS Green 300 T demonstrates that it is possible to re-formulate even complex products to make them bio-based and more sustainable.
Hemp Eco Systems SA, Switzerland
HES-mix: The hemp-based building insulation
Our products for inside & outside insulation and building have been optimized to deliver the highest efficiency. While offering a strong reply to environmental needs they also deliver concrete technical and economic advantages to the end-user :
- Thermal efficiency, with obtained 30-50% reduction in energy consumption.
- Unique material in humidity regulation.
- Do not burn or rot.
- Contain no chemicals.
- Fully recyclable.
- “NEW”, HES “Health System” with a guaranteed ALKALINE indoor climate to the benefit of children and grown-ups.
- Economical in cost.
With our products, application methods, and as the leader in the market, HES is in the position to address the urgent need for change in the building and renovation market.
Qmilch Deutschland GmbH, Germany
Qmilk: The fiber made of milk
Qmilk produces a 100 % natural textile fiber based on the casein, a milk protein. In spring 2014, the start-up from Hanover begins the production of Qmilk fiber for fashion, sportswear and home textiles. The new fiber feels like silk, is compostable, suitable for allergy sufferers, and even antibacterial. The production process takes solely five minutes, demands temperatures of only 80 °C and max. 2 liters of water per kilogram fiber. The raw material is no food but casein from milk that is not suitable for grocery. 2 Mio. tons of waste milk are disposed in Germany annually. In the future, Qmilk wants to recycle that milk and turn it into fibers. Qmilk also manufactures a biopolymer granulate applicable e.g. in automotive interior, toys, foils, and packaging – a zero waste product Made in Germany.
Witasek Pflanzenschutz GmbH, Austria
BioWit®-Tube: The biodegradable tree protector tube
Tree protector tubes have been used for years to protect trees from climatic conditions and damages caused by animals. Witasek uses in its BioWit product line biological plastics that are free of additives and fully compostable.
Quality features of the BioWit®-Tube:
- 100% compostable
- Time saving – no need of removal from the forest
- Translucent material for healthy plants and strong growth
Bionic Bio-Fan: The Bio-Fan inspired by the nature
The new bionic bio-fan from ZIEHL-ABEGG cuts down noise, uses less electricity and reduces CO2 emissions in several ways. This evolutionary design can use, for example, in refrigeration engineering (refrigeration chain to the supermarket), in heaters, heat-pumps and for electrical cooling (computer centres, control cabinet cooling, inverter cooling). In keeping with its sustainable concept, the fan is 100 percent recyclable, thus minimising the CO2-footprint.
Benefits for appliance planners: The fan has greater chemical resistance, better low-temperature impact strength and withstands hot water and steam. The market potential is huge: 22 million of these kind of fans were produced in 2012 only in Germany.
Zinco GmbH, Germany
Natureline: Green roofing for the 21st century
As a pioneer in matters of green roofing, ZinCo has been consistent in treading the environmental path for over forty years. Providing permanently reliable green roof systems for all types of roof, our top priority is to do so in an environmentally-compatible way. ZinCo system substrates, therefore, are based on recycled, pure-grade clay brick. Where possible, recycling materials are also used for drainage elements and protection mats. ZinCo has now taken yet another innovative step and introduced the market the system build-up “Natureline”, made from renewable raw materials. Thanks to this, bioplastics have now found their way onto the green roof market where they will prove themselves as an alternative with a promising future.
The three winners will be selected out of the seven nominees by the participants of the 7th International Conference on Bio-based Materials on 8 April 2014, with more than 200 participants and 20 exhibitors to be expected.
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About the conference on Bio-based Materials
This conference aims to provide major players from the European bio-based chemicals, plastics and composites industries with an opportunity to present and discuss their latest developments and strategies. Representatives of political bodies and associations will have their say alongside leading companies. More than 200 participants mainly from industry are expected! Information on the Conference you find at www.biowerkstoff-kongress.de