Innovation Award
"Biocomposite of the Year 2017"

Special thanks to Coperion GmbH for sponsoring the innovation award!

The 230 participants of the Biocomposites Conference Cologne (BCC), the worldwide largest conference on Natural Fibre and Wood-Plastic Composites, chose the three winners out of six nominees. The Innovation Award highlights biocomposites and their applications that entered the market in 2017 or are just about to be launched.

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The Innovation Award highlights products that entered the Market in 2017 or are just about to be launched. On the 6 – 7 December 2017, the largest conference on Wood-Plastic Composites (WPC) and Natural Fibre Composites (NFC) worldwide will take place in Cologne: the Biocompoistes Conference Cologne (BCC). Producers and inventors of innovative, new applications for WPC and NFC were invited to hand in their applications to the Innovation Award “Biocomposite of the Year 2017".

Thirteen companies applied for this year’s Innovation Award. The biocomposite experts of the advisory board met on 4 September 2017 and selected six top products. Now, we proudly present the nominees:

BASF SE & Sonae Arauco Deutschland AG (DE): 3D mouldable Medium-Density Fibreboard (MDF)

The innovative 3D mouldable MDF 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 offered formaldehyde free.

GreenBoats (DE): GreenBente24 – boat from 80% renewable materials

Usually, mass produced boats are made of fossil-based resins, glass fibres and plastic foam. By contrast, GreenBente24 from GreenBoats (DE) is made from 80% out of renewable materials like flax, cork and bio-based epoxy resin. The GreenBente24 has the same weight and stiffness as a standard boat. The boat achieves a 80% reduction of carbon footprint compared to other options and is thermally recyclable.

G.S. Stemeseder GmbH (AT): GS Stratos® passive – sandwich window scantling system

Stratos® passive – sandwich window scantling system by G.S. Stemeseder GmbH (AT) is 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 and Uf-value of ≤ 0.8 W/m2K were achieved. The components are produced with standard machinery and tools of the wood industry and are certified combustible.


OWI GmbH (DE): Injection moulded school seat shell

OWI GmbH (DE) launched an injection moulded school seat shell. The polypropylene (PP) and wood-based granulates were developed by Linotech GmbH (DE). 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 GmbH (AT): LignoLoc® – Collated wooden nails

Nails made from wood are one of the oldest known fasteners in the world, thus Raimund Beck Nageltechnik GmbH (AT) has initiated the next evolution stage 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.

Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) (NL): Fully bio-based pedestrian bridge

A fully bio-based pedestrian bridge, the first in the world, has been realised at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) (NL). After a successful load test (5,0 kN/m2), the bridge was installed by the company NPSP bv (NL). Flax and hemp fibres provide the strength for the bridge, combined with a bio-based epoxy resin. Polylactic acid (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.





First stage: From now until end of August 2017
Producers and inventors of innovative bio-based materials are invited to hand in a completed application form (Word file) and a leaflet or a two-page PDF about the product in English including printable digital pictures (300 dpi), which are free of use in our subsequent media publicity. The documents should explain the particular aspects of the innovation and when it was launched on the market. It is also necessary to submit a sample of the product (or a small material sample if the product is too unhandy).

Second stage: Mid-September 2017
A jury consisting of representatives of the nova-Institute, the advisory board, sponsors and partners of the conference will nominate the outstanding "Top 6" applicants prior to the conference.
After the jury has selected the "Top 6" candidates among the applicants, their application documents will be made available for download from the conference website to give our audience and other interested individuals a first glimpse of these innovations.

Third stage: At the conference (6 - 7 December 2017)
In a short 10-minute presentation, each one of the six companies will introduce its innovation on the first day of the conference (on 6 December 2017). Following the presentations, the audience will choose the three winners, who will be presented with their awards at the Innovation Award Ceremony (likewise on 6 December 2017, in the evening). The "Top 6" will present their innovations in a shared exhibition space provided by the nova-Institute. Additionally there is the option to book your own exhibition space (for information see here.) All winners and their innovations will be highlighted in the subsequent media coverage.

Please note that it is obligatory for the chosen "Top 6" candidates to be physically present on 6 December 2017 at the event in Cologne in order to present their product to our audience. Each "Top 6" candidate will get one free 2-day ticket and further tickets at a discount rate.