At the recent Hanover Trade Fair, several partners in the Biopolymers/Biomaterials Cluster were awarded prizes. A project group, which includes scientists from BASF SE and Daimler AG, were awarded the “Prize for Innovative Material Applications” from the VDI Society for Materials Engineering. The bio-based ARBOFORM plastic of TECNARO GmbH of Ilsfeld-Auenstein was awarded the “Industry Award” from the Huber Verlag für Neue Medien.
Normally, as the saying goes, “too many cooks spoil the broth”, but every now and then this is no longer the case. Sometimes success is only achieved through cooperation between many partners.
Daimler AG, BASF SE, Mann + Hummel GmbH and Robert Bosch GmbH worked together on a cooperative project to develop and produce automobile parts from bio-based polyamides. The partners were awarded the "Prize for Innovative Materials Applications" for their new air filter casing. Criteria for the prize, awarded by the VDI Society for Materials Engineering, are the product's degree of innovation, its market potential, a pioneering spirit in the search for new paths and the degree of cooperation between the partners. "The jury were impressed with the partners' achievements. They have shown that intensive cooperation across company borders along the entire value creation chain leads to outstanding innovations," explains Dr. Hans-Jürgen Schäfer, managing director of VDI - Society for Materials Engineering.
The plastic ARBOFORM, a bio-plastic produced from lignin and developed by TECNARO GmbH based in Ilsfeld-Auenstein, was awarded the Industry Prize 2009 “for the most innovative solution in the category suppliers”. The jury awarded the prize to TECNARO on the basis of the bio-plastic’s novelty, product maturity, future orientation, functionality and the positive effects on the efficiency of a process. Jürgen Pfitzer, Managing Director of TECNARO GmbH, said: “The prize confirms our opinion that ARBOFORM presents outstanding opportunities in industrial applications.”As a partner of the Biopolymers/Biomaterials Cluster, which was initiated by BIOPRO Baden-Württemberg GmbH, TECNARO is further developing the innovative plastic. The company coordinates the ARBOCAR project, in which it develops lignin compounds that conform to the high requirements of the automobile industry, in cooperation with other industrial partners. The compounds consist of lignin and other natural materials such as hemp and sisal. “We envisage that lignin compounds have an excellent chance of being used in technological areas where outstanding material properties are required,” emphasised Dr. Ralf Kindervater, CEO of BIOPRO Baden-Württemberg GmbH.