Conference Programme

1st Day, 6 December 2017
10 am - 6 pm

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
  Barry John Davis
DPDS International Ltd. (UK)
A Global Overview of the WPC Decking Market - Abstract here

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

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

Award Session

Chairmen: Michael Carus & Dr. Asta Partanen, nova-institut GmbH, DE

  Marie-Isabel Popyzy
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
  Dr. Michael Kalbe
BASF SE & Sonae Arauco Deutschland AG (DE)
3D Moldable MDF
  Bernhard Mösl
G.S. Stemeseder GmbH (AT)
GS Stratos® Passive - Sandwich Window Scantling System
    Friedrich J. Deimann
GreenBoats (DE)
  Dipl.-Ing. Bernd Köhler
Injection Moulded Biocomposite School Seat Shell

Dr. Hans Korte
Raimund Beck Nageltechnik GmbH (AT)

LignoLoc® - Collated Wooden Nails
  Patrick Teuffel
TU/e University of Technology Eindhoven in Collaboration (NL)
Fully Biobased Pedestran Bridge

20:00 Gala Dinner & Awarding Ceremony


2nd Day, 7 December 2017
9 am - 6 pm

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
  Jun.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hanaa Dahy
University of Stuttgart (DE)
Biocomposites for Architecture Between Design and Fabrication-Current and Future Visions - Abstract here
Nathalie Labonnote
SINTEF Building and Infrastrucure (NO)
Biocomposites for 3D Printing in Construction
  Carmen Michels

FKuR Kunststoff GmbH (DE)

Be Creative with Bioplastics and Natural Fibres! - Compounds for 3D Printing

Structual Applications

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

  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 - Bio-Based Bridge - 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

Bio-Based Thermoset Resins and New Polymers

Chairman: N.N.

  Michael Carus
nova-Institut GmbH (DE)
Overview of the Bio-Based Thermoset Resins in Biocomposites
  Hans Hoydonckx
TransFurans Chemicals bvba (BE)
New Applications of Polyfurfuryl Alcohol Thermosets in Biocomposites
  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

Wood and Natural Fibres for Biocomposites

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

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
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
  Mark Reinders
HempFlax BV (NL)
Why You Should Use European Hemp Fibres for Biocomposites 
Dr. Arne Schirp
Fraunhofer-Institute for Wood Research (WKI) (DE)
Improvement of the Fire Retardancy of Wood-Plastic Composites (WPC) by Wood Pre-Treatment


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)