FSK calls for Innovation Award 2017 applications

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Once a year, the Specialist Association Foamed Plastics and Polyurethanes (FSK) honours innovative ideas, products and processes in the categories Design and Construction, as well as Technology and/or Process Engineering and Chemical Engineering. Alternating annually the focus is on either foams or polyurethanes. This year focuses on new developments from the world of polyurethanes.

Throughout Europe, junior professionals, specialists, senior professionals and companies are invited to submit their innovative developments in and around polyurethane. Both individuals and groups can apply. Different criteria applies for evaluating innovations, which are submitted in two categories. To ensure a fair and appropriate evaluation by the FSK appointed expert jury, a distinction is also made between junior and senior professionals.

Precondition for being honoured or receiving an award is the originality of the submitted idea, product or process and the marketability and competitiveness of the new developments. The intention of the awards is to support winners in making their innovations known to the industry and to establish them on the market. In the junior professional group of candidates, the award winners also receive an attractive financial bonus (first prize: € 3,000. - // 2nd prize: € 1,500. - // 3rd prize: € 500.-).

Last year the Innovation Award 2016 was presented for seven outstanding innovations in the field of foamed plastics, impressively demonstrating the variety of new products and applications. BASF Polyurethanes GmbH presented its high-performance insulation panel SLENTITE®. The unique combination of material properties exhibits an extremely high and moisture-regulating insulation performance. The Swedish company Cellutech AB developed the environmentally friendly multifunctional foam CELLUFOAM made of wood. It is not only suitable for acoustic and thermal insulation and liquid absorption but also as packaging material. Eurofoam Deutschland GmbH introduced the new mattress foam xdura®, offering an ideal microclimate along with highest comfort, elasticity and internal stability. ISL Schaumstoff-Technik GmbH presented a robust, space-saving folding container, an extremely flexible and sustainable transport system. The graduate student Georg Tauer received the junior professional award in the category ‘Technology’ for his master thesis on the production of particle foams with variable skin thickness.

In the category ‘Design and Construction’, the Rotterdam design agency Nightshop captivated with its Showdown carpets, revealing the shear endless creative potential of polyurethane foam for large-format art objects. As a new artist, designer Teresa Mendler was distinguished for her Office Pieces. Using PUR foam in combination with fabric, she creates aesthetic, three-dimensional, spatial objects, which can be used optionally as room dividers or artistic acoustic elements in large rooms.

The Specialist Association Foamed Plastics and Polyurethanes is looking forward to new ideas and innovations from the world of polyurethanes. Application deadline is 31 August 2017; application documents can be requested immediately and are found on the FSK-Website. The Innovation Award 2017 will be presented at FILL GmbH in Gurten (Austria) during the FSK Specialist Conference Polyurethanes 2017 on 7 November 2017.

For further information, please visit www.fsk-vsv.de or call +49 (0)711 993751 0

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