Covestro bestows first awards and medals for outstanding researchers

At K 2016, the world’s largest plastics trade fair, Covestro held a first-ever theme day dedicated to current and outstanding results in polymer research: The Covestro Science Celebration. The company invited leading researchers to its stand for the event and handed out awards to several of them for their distinguished achievements

Prof Dr André Bardow of RWTH Aachen University received the first Covestro Science Award, in the form of a three-year doctoral grant. Through this award, the company wants to honour researchers in the early stages of their career. In another first, four Covestro researchers were awarded the Covestro Science Medal: Drs. Andreas Seidel, Thomas Eckel and Sven Hobeika, as well as Ralf Hufen each received a medal and certificate for outstanding scientific developments.

Award-winning junior researchers

“Innovation and sustainability are the core elements of our corporate strategy and the basis of future growth,” said CEO Patrick Thomas. “We want our developments to benefit both society and the environment, and make the world a brighter place. We get help achieving these goals from our immense innovative force, which to a great extent is the result of intensive research, both inside and outside the organization. With the Covestro Science Award, we want to promote junior university scientists working in material research.”

Dr Markus Steilemann, Member of the Board of Management responsible for innovation, added: “Developments that push boundaries require a broad understanding of innovation within the meaning of an open innovation approach. That’s why collaborations with customers, process chains, suppliers and especially universities is so important to us.” Last year, the company invested some EUR 260 million in research and development.

New awareness of eco-balances

CovestroAndré Bardow is Director of the Institute of Thermodynamics at RWTH Aachen University and Chair of Technical Thermodynamics. One of his main areas of research is evaluating the impact of products on the environment throughout their entire life cycle. “With his outstanding pioneering work in the field of life cycle assessment, particularly of CO2-based polymers, Prof. Bardow has redefined the state of the art,” said Thomas. “That impressed us very much, and we therefore would like to support your future work through this award.”

Every employee is an innovator

“In addition to collaborating with external partners, it is also important to strengthen our own innovation activities,” said Markus Steilemann at the award ceremony for the Covestro Science Medal. “By that I don’t mean only the 1,200 researchers and technicians at our company, but rather all employees. With fresh ideas, valuable contacts and targeted scouting, they also contribute to making the world a brighter place and pushing existing boundaries.” Steilemann added that he wants to build up a culture of innovation within the company.

Andreas Seidel, Thomas Eckel, Ralf Hufen and Sven Hobeika, the first winners of the Covestro Science Medal, succeeded in significantly Covestro 2improving the surfaces of components made of polycarbonate blends by specifically adjusting the phase morphology. Surface quality is an important criterion for creating value and promoting the market growth of polycarbonate blends.

Through their interdepartmental and interregional research over a period of five years, the researchers obtained a more in-depth understanding of structure/property relationships. They discovered in the process that a number of seemingly different surface and interface problems share a common cause. “The results open up new possibilities in product development and strengthen our competitiveness in our business with polycarbonate blends,” said Markus Steilemann in his laudatory speech. Their results are protected by a number of patent applications.

New ambassadors for research

Covestro also took advantage of its Science Celebration at K 2016 to introduce eight new Science Fellows. Their task is to represent and promote Research and Development in the global Covestro organization. They are mentors for research and technology. In developing the innovation strategy, they serve as advisers to the Covestro Board of Management. They also identify possibilities and opportunities for further expanding technology competence in everything from chemistry and material research, to applications, physics and process engineering.

The following were appointed as new Science Fellows:

• Rick Adkins, PhD (polyether process chain, Pittsburgh)

• Andreas Bulan (electrochemistry, Leverkusen)

• Dr Dirk Dijkstra (material research and testing, Leverkusen)

• Ulrich Grosser (composites and polycarbonates, Leverkusen)

• Dr Thomas König (polymer processing, Leverkusen)

• Dr Robbie Lau (isocyanate processing, Baytown)

• David Steppan, PhD (simulation and computer-assisted chemistry, Pittsburgh)

• Dr Chenxi Zhang (polyurethanes, Shanghai)

K 2016 plastics trade fair takes place October 19 – 26 in Düsseldorf, Germany. Covestro can be found at Hall 6, Stand A 75.

ISKO I-SKOOL hits social networks and announces winner of the Denim Design Digital Prize

The Denim Design Digital Prize proclaims its three winners and makes a leap forward in social audience and engagement. Voted by the Facebook users, the three winning students will receive special prizes to support their efforts to develop creativity

This year’s Digital Prize is an important extension of the ISKO I-SKOOL™ 2016 project that ended last July with a dazzling celebration during the “The Night Is Young” fashion show in Treviso – Italy. This latest initiative promoted the entire global educational project through social media.

Facebook users and followers of the Facebook page were invited to vote one of the 20 shortlisted projects presented by the students from the best fashion academies in the world, participants in the ISKO I- SKOOL™ 3 Denim Design Award.

Through a special platform, integrated on the ISKO I-SKOOL™ official Facebook page, Facebook users  were asked to participate with their vote for their favorite denim outfit project so they could contribute to designating the ‘Digital winners’ of this third edition.

Voting happened from October 3-17, 2016 and was open to all Facebook users, generating a total of 1641 votes, given by unique users, with overall coverage of 570000 people involved, for a page that has now reached over 36000 followers.

The three winners of the ISKO I-SKOOL™ Denim Design Digital Prize are:

–              1st Place: David Caracuel (from FIDM – Los Angeles) with the project “Air Force Urbanite”, presented for the “Renovated Denim Icons” mood. He received 25% of the votes and wins a Reflex Digital Camera as well as 200 meters of ISKO™ denim for his school.

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–              2nd Place: Anna Biotti (from IUAV – Venice) with the project “Wendy”, presented for the “Renovated Denim Icons” mood. She received 23 % of the votes and wins 50 meters of ISKO™ denim.

–              3rd Place: Alessia Gozzano (from NABA – Milan) with the project “Alliance”, presented for the “Jool” mood. She received 14 % of the votes and wins 25 meters of ISKO™ denim.

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The success of the third edition of ISKO I-SKOOL™ made it a must-have project for the industry and promises to grow even more as it prepares to unveil future developments.

“The ISKO I-SKOOL™ Denim Design Digital Prize marked another successful ending for the third edition of the contest. Promotion of values such as education, generating sharing, and engagement of the denim fashion industry, are the core of the project and we will continue the initiatives in the future, helping tomorrow’s fashion stars grow and develop their full potential” says Marco Lucietti, Global Marketing Director of SANKO/ISKO™ division.

ISKO I-SKOOL™ – third edition

ISKO I-SKOOL™ once again illuminated young talented students through two sections of the same contest: the Denim Design Award, dedicated to designers and Denim Marketing Award, dedicated to students of marketing.

This edition’s Gold Partners are Avery Dennison RBIS, Mavi and Archroma, who will work with students throughout the design and industrialization phases of the garments. The technical partners are prestigious as well: Tonello laundry, C&S garment maker, Ralph Lauren, Swarovski, Replay and haikure. What’s more: Vogue Talents, the international project created by the most iconic fashion magazine of the world, will be one of the driving forces in Denim Design Jury and will award its selected student design with its own Special Mention.

The schools that participated in the third edition were among the most prestigious in the fashion universe: UAL Chelsea (UK), ESMOD Munich (Germany), IUAV (Italy), Artesis Plantijn University College (Antwerp, Belgium), POLIMODA (Italy), AMD (Germany), FIDM (USA), NABA – Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, Milan (Italy), AALTO (Finland), Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology (China), Academy of Arts & Design of Tsinghua University (China), BUNKA Fashion college (Japan) and UTS (Australia), AMFI (Amsterdam, Netherlands), Milan Fashion Institute (Milan, Italy), Sapienza (Rome, Italy).

Finally, specialized partners were involved: CREATIVE ROOM™ and ISKOTECA™ for the Denim Design Award andnMenabò Group for the Denim Marketing Award.

İSKO™ is a company of SANKO holding and leading worldwide manufacturer of denim. With a wide range of innovative fabric technologies and products that meet the most diverse demands of the denim sector, İSKO™ is geared towards the market’s high end. İSKO™ has offices in 35 countries across the globe. İSKO is a registered trademark of SANKO TEKSTIL.

Avery Dennison RBIS Retail Branding and Information Solutions, a global leader in apparel and footwear industry solutions, is a USD 1.5 billion division of Avery Dennison. Avery Dennison RBIS provides intelligent, creative and sustainable solutions that elevate brands and accelerate performance throughout the global retail supply chain. We elevate brands through graphic tickets, tags and labels, embellishments and packaging solutions that enhance consumer appeal. We accelerate performance through RFID enabled inventory and loss prevention solutions, price management, global compliance, and brand security solutions. Based in Westborough, Massachusetts, Avery Dennison RBIS responsibly serves the global marketplace with operations in 50 countries, across 6 continents  

TÜV SÜD bestows award for digitized industries 2016 to Nano Dimension

The TÜV SÜD INNOVATION AWARD FOR DIGITIZED INDUSTRIES 2016 recognizes and rewards the best tech venture in innovations for digital industries with EUR 6000 sponsored by TÜV SÜD. Munich Network e.V. encourages digital industry start-ups from all disciplines with disruptive solutions to apply for the Innovation Award

We are proud to announce the winner of the ‘TÜV SÜD INNOVATION AWARD FOR DIGITIZED INDUSTRIES 2016′: Nano Dimension Ltd. 3D Printing.

Nano Dimension’s novel proprietary technologies enable the use of advanced nanoparticle conductive and dielectric inks for in-house rapid prototyping of complex, high-performance multilayer PCB’s Printed Circuit Boards.

The Jury has assessed all award nominees in the categories: ‘Value Proposition’, ‘Innovation Level’, ‘Market Size’, ‘Business Model’ and ‘Management’. Furthermore, all conference participants of the 3rd Smart Factory Innovation Forum on October 18, 2016 in Munich, Germany, were invited to give their vote after the startu-ps’ 3-minutes pitches on stage, using their smart devices. The participants assessed the start-ups’ performance in the categories ‘Business opportunity’ and ‘Pitch presentation’.

Nano Dimension Ltd. founded in 2012, focuses on development of advanced 3D printed electronics systems and advanced additive manufacturing. Nano Dimension’s unique products combine three advanced technologies: 3D inkjet, 3D software and nanomaterials. The company’s primary products include the first 3D printer in development, dedicated to printing multi-layer PCBs (printed circuit boards) and advanced nanotechnology-based conductive and dielectric inks. Nano Dimension trades on the NASDAQ and TASE under the symbol NNDM. The Bank of New York Mellon serves as the depositary for Nano Dimension.

Nano Dimension will play a prominent role at electronica in Munich, Germany November 8-11, 2016, with a featured speaking slot and technology demonstrations.

Simon Fried, Co-Founder and Chief Business Officer of Nano Dimension, will present in the electronica PCB & Components Marketplace. The marketplace is a forum where leading companies in the PCB, components and Electronic Manufacturing Services (EMS) industry will present their latest products and solutions to a gathering of developers, engineers and decision-makers in the industry.

Fried will present, “3D Printed Electronics: A New Dimension in PCB Prototyping & Manufacturing,” in Hall B on Wednesday, November 9, 16:30 to 17:00. He will explore the challenges and benefits of 3D printing for PCB prototyping, as well as the “factory in a box” capabilities enabled by 3D printing advancements.

Nano Dimension will also be exhibiting at the trade fair in Hall C4 Booth 133. The company will demonstrate its highly-anticipated DragonFly 2020 3D Printer, which is the world’s first desktop-sized 3D printer designed specifically for the production of professional multilayer PCBs. Visitors to the booth will be able to see the 3D printer as well as a wide range of PCB and circuit samples printed by the DragonFly.

Domenic Di Mondo receives Young Leader Award from Canadian Plastics Industry Association

Domenic Di Mondo, Technical Director for GreenMantra Technologies, which produces high-value waxes from recycled plastics, was recently honored with the first-ever Young Leader Award from CPIA, the Canadian Plastics Industry AssociationGreenMantra-TM-logo-90-1474374903MR

The new award is intended to “showcase inspirational and dedicated young leaders who demonstrate leadership in plastics innovation or technical leadership and/or sustainability efforts,” according to CPIA. “Recipients (also) serve as a positive role model for young professionals thinking of entering the plastics industry.”

20160920123503EGreenMantra-Technologies-Dom-CPIA-award-90-1474374903MR“Domenic is an outstanding leader within our company and is richly deserving of this important industry recognition,” said GreenMantra President and CEO Kousay Said. “He has been instrumental to our company’s growth and success.”

Di Mondo, 30, has been with GreenMantra since its inception in 2010 and is an inorganic chemist with expertise in polymer chemistry, catalysis and conversion of waste materials to higher value products. He has led GreenMantra’s technical efforts to develop and enhance its process, which converts polyolefin waste plastics into waxes and other specialty chemicals. He and his technical teams have been awarded several patents for processes and manufacturing configurations in support of the GreenMantra conversion technology.

He also created and has led the company’s internship and co-op programs for college and university students focused on careers in chemistry and science, and has served as a mentor for numerous young scientists.

About GreenMantra: Based in Brantford, Ontario, GreenMantra(TM) Technologies utilizes a proven patented process to cost-effectively transform plastics into high-value specialty chemicals such as waxes, greases and lubricants. More information on the company, its products and its innovative technology can be found at the link below.


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