Preliminary programme

Wood-Plastic Composites

  • Anemon Strohmeyer, German Wood-Based Panel Industry (VHI) (DE): Overview of the German Wood-Plastic Composite Industry

Biocomposites in Automotive

  • 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
  • Gurminder Minhas, Performance BioFilaments Inc. (CA): Automotive Biocomposites Based on Nano-Fibrillated Cellulose Technology
  • Heidi Peltola, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd (FI): Light-Weight Solutions with Wood Based Biocomposites

Injection Moulding: Granulates and Applications

  • Dr. Hans Korte, Dr. Hans Korte Innovationsberatung Holz & Fasern (DE): X-Plorator – High Throughput Technology for Rapid Compound Development
  • Dr. Asta Partanen, nova-Institut (DE): Successful Biocomposites in Toys and Consumer Goods
  • Dr. Claudia Pretschuh, Kompetenzzentrum Holz GmbH (AT): Regenerated Cellulose Fibres TENCEL® FCP as Filler in PP for Improved Foam Injection Moulding
  • Dr. Tanaka Tatsuya, Doshisha Unversity (JP): Study on Elucidation of Opening Fibre Bundle Mechanism in Manufacturing Process for LFT Granular

Biocomposites in 3D Printing

  • Nathalie Labonnote, SINTEF Building and Infrastructure (NO): Biocomposites for 3D Printing in Construction
  • Dr. Andreas Haider, Kompetenzzentrum Holz GmbH (AT): Use of Biocomposites in 3D-Fused Layer Modelling

Structural Applications

  • Patrick Teuffel, Eindhoven University of Technology (NL): Structural Use of Hemp and Flax Fibres with Bio-based Resins - Bio-based Bridge - Possibilities for Design and Structural Use

Raw materials for Biocomposites – Wood and Natural Fibres and Polymers

  • Anne Le Duc, Fibres Recherche Développement (FRD) (FR): From Plant to Agromaterial: Innovative Axes to a Better Design of Bio-based Fibres Used in Thermoplastic Composites
  • Kirsi Immonen, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd (FI): Biocomposites from Side Streams of Paper and Board Industry – Fibre Clay Composites
  • Richard Meisenheimer, Covestro Deutschland AG (DE): New Bio-based Polyisocyanate – Opens the Way to New Green Lightweight Applications
  • Oliver Mertens, University Hamburg Center of Wood Science and Technology (DE): In-Situ Refiner Compounding Approach for TMP-fibre Thermoplastic Composites
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörg Müssig, The Biological Materials Group, BIOMIMETICS, 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 (DE): Improvement of the Fire Retardancy of Wood-plastic Composites (WPC) by Wood Pre-treatment


Please send your proposal to Dr. Asta Partanen asta.partanen@nova-institut.de

Programme Advisory Board

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