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21st September 2017, Cologne

Biocomposites innovation in Cologne

Six products have been nominated for the Biocomposite of the Year 2017 innovation award, with the overall winner to be announced at the Biocomposites Conference Cologne (BCC), which takes place from December 6-7 in Cologne, Germany.

This year’s conference and exhibition will be the largest industry meeting on biocomposites worldwide, with more than 300 participants and 30 exhibitors are expected.

Nominees for The Biocomposite Award 2017. © BCC

Nominees for the award are:

  • BASF and Sonae Arauco for 3D mouldable medium-density fibreboard (MDF), which provides the furniture industry with a new wood-based material. It is a thermoplastic processable and storage-stable composite which can be produced on existing MDF production lines. In contrast to standard thermoset boards, it offers post-mouldability and surface structuring of the composites on standard equipment in short cycle times. Due to the increased mouldability of the composite, new design options are possible. The resin system is formaldehyde free.
  • Eindhoven University of Technology, for a fully bio-based pedestrian bridge. Flax and hemp fibres provide the strength for the bridge, combined with a bio-based epoxy resin. PLA bio-foam provides the core. The production method was vacuum-infusion – layers of natural fibres were glued around a laser-cut shape of bio-foam.
  • GreenBoats, for GreenBente24, a boat made from 80% renewable materials – flax, cork and bio-based epoxy resin. The GreenBente24 has the same weight and stiffness as a standard boat.
  • GS Stemeseder for the GS Stratos passive sandwich window scantling system, a combination of a foamed PP and wood composite material with solid wooden elements. The system was developed for the building of passive house windows. Through the reduction in density of approximately 50%, the required specific heat conductivity was achieved. The components are produced with standard machinery and tools of the wood industry and are certified combustible.
  • OWI GmbH for its injection moulded school seat shell. The PP and wood-based granulates were developed by Linotech. The chair combines properties such as positive haptics – comfortably soft and warm to the touch – and standard PP chair requirements in terms of flex behaviour, notch impact strength and staple taking properties for upholstery, and stress load cycles without breakages.
  • Raimund Beck Nageltechnik for LignoLoc – collated wooden nails for use with pneumatic nailers. This new technology requires no pre-drilling, offers maximum holding power due to a natural welding effect with the base wood, and offers new application fields for domestic beech wood-based composite.

A wide range of successful new technologies and applications for biocomposites in consumer goods, automotive i and construction will be presented at Biocomposites Conference Cologne.

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