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24.04.2014“Bio-based Material of the Year 2014” Innovation Award
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For the seventh year running, the Innovation Award “Bio-based Material of the Year” has been awarded to the young, innovative bio-based industry, that finds suitable applications and markets for bio-based materials. The competition focuses on new developments in these areas, which have been (or will be) launched onto the market in 2013 and 2014, but exclusively from Europe this time round. A jury consisting of representatives of nova-Institute nominated the “Top 7” outstanding applicants from 20 submissions prior to the conference. Each of the seven companies gave a ten minute presentation to introduce its innovation. The participants of the conference elected the four winners. One of the leading compounding and extrusion company Coperion ( is the Innovation Award sponsor for years.

Qmilch won first place with its compostable and antibacterial casein-based polymer Qmilk. Casein is a milk protein that Qmilch extracts from non-food milk in order to give an added value to waste milk. The second place was attributed to the company fischerwerke who presented the first bio-based injection mortar, the FIS Green 300 T. For the first time, two companies are placed equal third: Hemp Eco Systems and ZinCo. Hemp Eco Systems offers a hemp-based building material with high thermal insulation and easy application. ZinCo provides a bioplastics solution for green roofing.

1st place: Qmilch Deutschland GmbH, Germany - Qmilk: The fiber made of milk

Qmilk produces a 100 % natural textile fiber based on the casein, a milk protein – utilized from Non-Food-Milk. In spring 2014, the start-up from Hanover begins the production of Qmilk fiber for fashion, sportswear and home textiles. The new fiber feels like silk, is compostable, suitable for allergy sufferers, and even antibacterial. The production process takes solely five minutes, demands temperatures of only 80 °C and max. 2 litres of water per kilogram fiber.

2nd place: fischerwerke GmbH & Co. KG, Germany - FIS Green
300 T: The first bio-based injection mortar

FIS Green 300 T is the first chemical injection mortar which contains bio-based components. Chemical injection mortars are complex mixtures consisting of a multitude of different raw materials for each of which green substitutes were examined. This radical product redesign approach made it possible to achieve a high bio carbon content of 50-85 %. FIS Green 300 T demonstrates that it is possible to re-formulate even complex products to make them bio-based and more sustainable.

3rd place: Hemp Eco Systems SA, Switzerland - HES-mix: The hemp-based building insulation

A building material made from hemp shivs, lime, natural minerals and water. It is used to construction material with good thermal insulation, creating a good living environment. In can be used for walls, under roof, and for floors.

3rd place: ZinCo GmbH, Germany - Natureline: Green roofing for the 21st century

As a pioneer in matters of green roofing, ZinCo has been consistent in treading the environmental path for over forty years. ZinCo system substrates are based on recycled clay brick. Where possible, recycling materials are used for drainage elements and protection mats. ZinCo has now taken yet another innovative step and introduced the market the system build-up “Natureline”, made from bioplastics – mats from PLA-fibres and bio-based PE.

From end of April all presentations will be free available for the participants, everyone else can get them for 150 €: