Three winners were elected from the six nominated candidates from six different countries by the 270 participants of the 5th German WPC-Conference, 10-11 Decembre 2013, Cologne, Germany.
No. 1 RENOLIT SE, Germany: RENOLIT GORCELL thermoformable WPC-sheets
RENOLIT GORCELL is a thermoplastic lightweight panel with WPC-sheets on the top and the bottom, which are giving an aesthetical and natural character to the panel in addition of having high stability and stiffness. Further strengths are resource and energy efficiency due to the continuous inline-process in manufacture of the panels. A very good thermoformability, easy processability, resistance against water and various chemicals as well as a 100% recyclability are additional advantages of this new kind of WPC lightweight board.
No. 2 Kappes Environment Technology Co. Ltd. (KET), China: ECOLIFE® – Planet Protecting Profiles
ECOLIFE® offers a PVC-free alternative for window frames made of recycled plastic. The novel combination of a co-extruded WPC-profile with a weather-resistant bonding (laminate) of a thin and coloured aluminium ribbon protects the profile from sunlight and rain. For the first time worldwide, a WPC window profile meets all complex technical demands. It was certified by the Chinese Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development in 2012, market entry of the window will take place in 2014.
No. 3 Langmatz GmbH and SKZ KFE gGmbH, Germany: Structural foamed WPC for modular cable manholes
The new structural foamed WPC for modular cable manholes significantly reduces both the cycle times of production as well as the transport weight and offers easy assembly. Both partners worked together in order to develop a new WPC material that consists to a large extent of renewable resources (45% wood) and is suitable for the injection moulding of complex, foamed cable manholes with a lower density than the plastic alternatives.