Conference Programme

1st Day, 6 December 2017

9:50 Michael Carus
nova-Institut GmbH (DE)

Wood-Plastic Composites

Chairwoman: Dr. Asta Partanen, nova-Institut GmbH, DE

Anemon Strohmeyer
German Wood-Based Panel Industry (VHI) (DE)
Horst Walther
Overview of the German Wood-Plastic Composite Industry

Dr. Wayne Song
WPCC Wood-Plastic Composite Council of China (CN)

WPC Development and Actual Trends in China

Biocomposites in Automotive

Chairman: Michael Carus, nova-Institut GmbH, DE

10:50 Maira Magnani
Ford Forschungszentrum Aachen GmbH (DE)
Biocomposites: a Milestone Towards Sustainable Mobility within Ford Motor Company
11:20 Benedikt Lahl
Volkswagen AG (DE)
Fiber Reinforced Composites for Structural Applications Made from Bio-based and Recycled Materials - Abstract here

Adriano Odino
Renolit GOR S.p.A. (IT)


Marco Tuninetti, FCA EMEA (IT)

The application of RENOLIT NATGOR at new Alfa Romeo Stelvio
12:20 Lunch Break  
Sophie de Rijk
Bcomp Ltd. (CH)
powerRibs in Automotive: the Benefits of Using Flax Grid Reinforcements in Automotive Large Series Interiors and Race Car Body Parts - Abstract here
Gurminder Minhas 
Performance BioFilaments Inc. (CA)
Automotive Biocomposites Based on Nano-Fibrollated Celluose Technology - Abstract here
Heidi Peltola
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. (FI)
Light-Weight Solutions with Wood Based Biocomposites - Abstract here

Injection Moulding: Granulates and Applications

Chairman: Dr. Andreas Haider, Kompetenzzentrum Holz GmbH, DE

Dr. Asta Partanen
nova-Institut GmbH (DE)
Successful Biocomposites in Toys, Furniture and Consumer Goods - Abstract here
15:20 Coffee Break  
Dr. Hans Korte
Dr. Hans Korte Innovationsberatung Holz & Fasern (DE)
X-Plorator - High Throughput Technology for Rapid Compound Development - Abstract here
Markku Nikkilä
Elastopoli Oy (FI)

Dr. Paul F. Filz

Simcon kunststofftechnische Software GmbH (DE)

Injection Moulding and Simulation of Consumer Products with Aqvacomp Composites - Abstract here
Dr. Claudia Pretschuh
Kompetenzzentrum Holz GmbH (AT)
Regenerated Cellulose Fibres TENCEL ® FCP as Filler in PP for Improved Foam Injection Moulding - Abstract here

Innovation Award Session

Prize-giving DNFI Innovation Award 2017 by Michael Carus, nova-Institut GmbH (DE)

Marie-Isabel Popzyk
RWTH Aachen University (DE)

Dr. Roland Klein, Fraunhofer-Institute for Structural Durability & System Reliability LBF (DE)
Reduction of the Moisture Absorption of Natural Fibres and Production of No-twist Yarns for Use in Structural Components - Abstract here

Innovation Award "Biocomposite of the Year 2017"

Introduction by Michael Carus, nova-Institut GmbH

17:10 Dr. Michael Kalbe
BASF SE & Sonae Arauco Deutschland AG (DE)
3D Moldable MDF

Friedrich J. Deimann
GreenBoats (DE)

17:30 Bernhard Mösl
G.S. Stemeseder GmbH (AT)
GS Stratos® Passive - Sandwich Window Scantling System
17:40 Bernd Köhler
Injection Moulded Biocomposite School Seat Shell

Dr. Hans Korte
Raimund Beck Nageltechnik GmbH (AT)

LignoLoc® - Collated Wooden Nails
18:00 Prof. Dr. Patrick Teuffel
TU/e University of Technology Eindhoven in Collaboration (NL)
Fully Biobased Pedestran Bridge
18:15 Champagne Reception by VTT & Cold Beer on Tap  
20:00 Gala Dinner & Awarding Ceremony  
22:00 Social Gathering  

2nd Day, 7 December 2017

Biocomposites in 3D Printing and Design

Chairman: Dr. Hans Korte, Dr. Hans Korte Innovationsberatung Holz und Fasern, DE

Dr. Andreas Haider
Kompetenzzentrum Holz GmbH (AT)
Use of Biocomposites in 3D-Fused Layer Modelling - Abstract here
09:20 Carmen Michels

FKuR Kunststoff GmbH (DE)

Be Creative with Bioplastics and Natural Fibres! - Compounds for 3D Printing
Nathalie Labonnote
SINTEF Building and Infrastrucure (NO)
Biocomposites for 3D Printing in Construction
10:00 Jun.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hanaa Dahy
University of Stuttgart (DE)
Biocomposites for Architecture Between Design and Fabrication-Current and Future Visions - Abstract here
10:20 Coffee Break  

Structural Applications

Chairman: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörg Müssig, Hochschule Bremen, DE

10:50 Dr. Ing. Vincent Placet
FEMTO-ST Institute (FR)
Characterisation and Prediction of the Long-Term Behaviour of Plant Fibre Composites for Semi-Structural Applications - Abstract here
Prof. Dr. Patrick Teuffel
Eindhoven University of Technology (NL)
Structural Use of Hemp and Flax Fibres with Bio-Based Resins - Possibilities for Design and Structural Use - Abstract here
Dr. Nathalie Benoit
Fibres Recherche Développement (FRD) (FR)
From Plant to Agromaterial: Innovative Axes to a Better Design of Bio-Based Fibres Used in Thermoplastic Composites - Abstract here
11:50 Lunch Break  

Bio-Based Thermoset Resins and New Polymers

Chairman: Dr. Ing. Vincent Placet, FEMTO-ST Institute (FR)

13:20 Michael Carus
nova-Institut GmbH (DE)
Overview of the Bio-Based Polymers for Biocomposites
13:30 Hans Hoydonckx
TransFurans Chemicals bvba (BE)
New Applications of Polyfurfuryl Alcohol Thermosets in Biocomposites
13:50 Pawin Boonyaporn
Advanced Biochemicals (Thailand) Co., Ltd (TH)
Epicerol® - A Bio-Based Epichlorohydrin to Further Improve the Environmental Footprint of Composites Through Epoxy Resins - Abstract here
Richard Meisenheimer
Covestro Deutschland (DE)
New Bio-Based Polyisocyanate - Opens the Way to New Green Lightweight Applications - Abstract here
14:30 Manfred Penning
Shellac Consultant (DE)
SHELLAC - A Unique Natural Thermoplastic Resin for Biocomposites - Abstract here
14:50 Coffee Break  

Wood and Natural Fibres for Biocomposites

Chairman: Dr. Arne Schirp, Fraunhofer-Institut für Holzforschung - Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut WKI, DE

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörg Müssig 
Hochschule Bremen - City University of Applied Sciences (DE)
New NFC Product Development Starts with the Selection of an Appropriate Fibre
Dr. Arne Schirp
Fraunhofer-Institute for Wood Research (WKI) (DE)
Improvement of the Fire Retardancy of Wood-Plastic Composites (WPC) by Wood Pre-Treatment
Kirsi Immonen
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. (FI)
Biocomposites From Side Streams of Paper and Board Industry - Fibre Clay Composites - Abstract here
Oliver Mertens
University Hamburg Center of Wood Science and Technology (DE)
In-Situ Refiner Compounding Approach for TMP-Fibre Thermoplastic Composites - Abstract here
16:40 Mark Reinders
HempFlax BV (NL)
Why You Should Use European Hemp Fibres for Biocomposites 
17:00 Prof. Dr. Katsuyuki Wakabayashi Bucknell University (USA)

Flax Fiber-Polyamide 6 Composites via Solid-State Shear Pulverization: Expanding the Portfolio of Natural Fiber-Reinforced Thermoplastics - Abstract here
17:20 Dr. Hassane Boudhani,
Faurecia (FR)
New Lightweight and Biosourced Solutions for Cars’ Interiors - Abstract here
17:40 End of Conference  
  Christmas Market  


Programme Advisory Board

  • Dr. Elmar Witten / AVK - Industrievereinigung Verstärkte Kunststoffe e.V. (DE)
  • Katharina Brozyna | BASF Color Solutions Germany GmbH (DE)
  • Peter von Hoffmann | Coperion GmbH (DE)
  • Jens Fischer | DRW-Verlag Weinbrenner GmbH & Co. KG, Holz-Zentralblatt (DE)
  • Thorsten Weber | Der Grüne Punkt – Duales System Deutschland GmbH (DE)
  • Dr. Arne Schirp | Fraunhofer-Institut für Holzforschung - Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut WKI (DE)
  • Pierre Bono | Fibres Recherche Développement FRD (FR)
  • Dr. Hans Korte | Dr. Hans Korte Innovationsberatung Holz und Fasern (DE)
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörg Müssig | Hochschule Bremen (DE)
  • Dr. Andreas Haider | Kompetenzzentrum Holz GmbH (AU)
  • Michael Carus | nova-Institut GmbH (DE)
  • Dr. Asta Partanen | nova-Institut GmbH (DE)
  • Stephan Hofherr | Verband der Deutschen Holzwerkstoffindustrie e.V. (VHI) (DE)
  • Jörg Golombek | Werzalit GmbH & Co. KG (DE)