Raw Materials

2017-09-05

Finalists chosen for DNFI Innovation in Natural Fibres Award 2017

The Discover Natural Fibres Initiative is pleased to announce the finalists for the DNFI Innovation in Natural Fibers Award 2017. These five finalists represent a diverse set of technologies and approaches, each with good commercial possibilities.

The nominees:

  • Cloppenburg, Frederik, M.Sc. Head of Research Group Nonwoven Technology, and Ramaswamy, Sangeetha, Dr., Institute für Textilechnik (ITA) der RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany: “System4Green - Methodology for development of products with renewable raw materials.” 
  • Popzyk, Marie-Isabel, Dipl.-Ing., Scientific Assistant, Institute für Textilechnik (ITA) der RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany and Klein, Roland, Dr., Group Manager Design of Interfaces, Fraunhofer-Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability LBF, Darmstadt, Germany: “Reduction of the moisture absorption of natural fibers and production of no-twist yarns for use in structural components.”
  • Thouvay, Stéphane, Managing Director Product Management & Innovation, Südwolle Group, Schwaig, Germany: “Naturetexx® Plasma: making wool machine-washable without chlorine - just plasma and air.”
  • Wonneberger, Maik, Employee research and development, INVENT GmbH, Braunschweig, Germany and Thiele, Elke; Helbig, Reinhard, Falck, Corinna; and Thielemann, Günther; Saxon textile research institute, Chemnitz, Germany: “Biogenic Heavy Tows Based on Hemp Bast Bark.”
  • Wuzella, Günter Dipl.-Ing. Dr., Research team Green Composites, W3C, Kompetenzzentrum Holz GmbH: "Innovation in Renewable energy - Rotor blades from hemp-based composites.”

The DNFI Natural Fibres Award recognizes innovation in the development of products and processes using natural fibres and research involving natural fibres.

Evaluation criteria are:

  • Outstanding scientific work and technical feasibility.
  • Level of improvement or effectiveness of the innovation over existing products or processes.
  • Degree to which the innovative product or process has been implemented.
  • Potential for opening new outlets, markets or sectors for products made of natural fibres.

The Chair of DNFI, Terry Townsend, former Executive Director of the International Cotton Advisory Committee, noted that many submissions were of exceptional quality. He said that choosing the five finalists had been a very difficult process, and he thanked all the scientists and engineers who had made submissions.

Worldwide Voting Underway

There is a two-round selection process. Nominations were accepted through July 28, 2017, and a sub-committee of DNFI members narrowed the list in the first round.

In the second round, now underway through October 5, 2017, all members of DNFI, and anyone, anywhere in the world, including persons who are not members of DNFI, may create a voter ID on the DNFI website and vote for their top choice. A single winner will be chosen by majority vote.

The results will be final, without right of appeal.

http://dnfi.org/vote-2017


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