Anna Ruohonen has just received the prestigious Kay Franck Design Prize 2017

The Kaj Franck Design Prize of 2017, awarded by Design Forum Finland, has been given to clothing designer Anna Ruohonen. The prize is one of the most eminent design prizes in Finland and was now awarded for the 26th time.

The award ceremony had taken place on November 9, 2017 at the Design Museum Gallery. The evening continues with the opening of the prize exhibition at 6–8pm.

The prize jury stated that Anna Ruohonen has made a long, successful career in both Finland and France. She is a fine example of a fashion designer and entrepreneur who combines a strong creative approach with the technical mastery of clothing design skills. Anna Ruohonen has experience in long-term, successful co-operation with several major Finnish fashion brands. She has a distinct idiom that has found its shape and maturity over time and been influenced by her years of living in France. A courageous entrepreneur who has succeeded both domestically and globally, she sets an excellent example for young designers.

The members of the prize jury of 2017 were CEO Petteri Kolinen / Design Forum Finland (Chairman of the jury), Advocate Pentti Kivinen / Finnish Fair Foundation, Professor Heikki Orvola, and Director Jukka Savolainen / Design Museum.

The Kaj Franck Design Prize brings forth the central spirit and principles of designer Kaj Franck’s (1911– 1989) oeuvre: high-quality, democratic and functional design that solves practical challenges and opens up new opportunities for companies excelling in design. A particular merit is if the rewarded designer brings beauty and joy to everyday life and enhances the quality of life. The prize sum is EUR 10000. The Kaj Franck Design Prize was established in 1992 by Design Forum Finland and it is funded by the Finnish Fair Foundation.

Kaj Franck Design Prize 2017 – Anna Ruohonen 10 November 2017–14 January 2018 Design Museum Gallery, Korkeavuorenkatu 23, Helsinki

Design Forum Finland promotes the use of design in Finnish companies, especially as a tool for leadership on the strategic level, thus enhancing the international competitiveness of companies. We are a non-profit organization, and through our extensive network of design professionals, we will find the best design partners for companies.


First electric vehicle from Borgward wins award

A top-notch panel of judges from the German Design Council — the top German authority for brand and design — has once again honoured a product from Borgward

The Borgward BXi7, an all-electric concept SUV, has won the German Design Award for 2018. This award has also previously been presented to three other Borgward models: the Borgward BX7, the Borgward BX5, and the BX6 SUV coupe concept.


Schoeller’s heated e-soft–shell wins Design Preis Schweiz

A shining example of how technology and design work interact: On 3 November, 2017, Schoeller Textil AG wins the Design Preis Schweiz 2017/18 in the textile category. E-soft-shell is a heated fabric which can be cut to size without affecting the embedded technology and is primarily suited to clothing for outdoor activities and motorcycling

The innovative company Schoeller Textil AG from the Rhine valley is the proud winner of the Design Preis Schweiz 2017/18, picking up the award for Excellent Swiss Design in the textile category onNovember 3, 2017 in Langenthal. Together with the whole Schoeller team, the Schoeller delegation – consisting of Roland Lottenbach (Head of Research and Development, left), Dagmar Signer (Marketing, centre) and Ruedi Kühne (CFO, right) – takes enormous delight in this recognition for the many years of intensive work. The company was bestowed with the award for the heated fabric, E-soft-shell. Among others, the evaluation criteria were: technologies, material combinations, zeitgeist and innovation.

E-soft-shell by the metre

The Design Prize jury commented as follows on the Schoeller development: Electrically heated clothing which makes it possible for us to stay pleasantly warm in winter has long been a dream of the textiles industry. Projects in this field have hardly made it beyond the development and trial phase hitherto. But now Schoeller Textil has created E-soft-shell, a material that makes this utopia a reality. E-soft-shell is a laminate consisting of bi-elastic tissue, machined lining and a functional corkshell coating. The heating technology is integrated with the fabric in a diamond-shaped geometrical pattern. It is based on metallic yarns, making it possible for the material to be evenly heated at standard voltages. The fabric is designed to be sold off the roll, and can be cut up without affecting the embedded technology. It is suitable above all as clothing for outdoor activities or motor cycling – but applications in the fashion or wellness worlds could also come into consideration.

Covestro, KraussMaffei and IKV win 2017 FSK Innovation Award for polyurethanes

Covestro, together with KraussMaffei and the Institute of Plastics Processing at RWTH Aachen University, was the recipient of a 2017 FSK Innovation Award for polyurethanes. The Specialist Association of Foamed Plastics and Polyurethanes (FSK) elected to honor the partners’ achievements in promoting the wider industrial use of pultrusion with polyurethane resins.

For the award in the category “Technology – Processing and Chemistry,” the panel of judges commended the increased cost-efficiency of the method for processors and the partnering approach to the project. The award ceremony was held at the International FSK Specialist Conference Polyurethane 2017 in Gurten, Austria.

Tremendous potential

Pultruded composite sections have already proven successful in thermally insulating window frames and in reinforcing rotor blades for wind turbines. The process offers tremendous potential for the continuous manufacturing of composite sections, but more widespread use was prevented until now by the inadequate degree of industrialization.

In close cooperation, the three partners enhanced the chemistry, technology and process to significantly increase productivity as well as process and product quality. Processors can now cut costs significantly compared to the previous method.

Flexible turnkey systems with high automation

The new iPul machines from KraussMaffei are the first turnkey systems to incorporate system, process and die technology all from a single supplier. Critical processing parameters, such as output rate and haul-off rate, are controlled centrally.

In the new systems, the fibres are no longer impregnated in an open process, but rather by a metering machine in a closed injection chamber. Apart from eliminating odor problems for a pultruder’s employees, the new technology supports precision temperature management during curing and thus increases production speeds. The systems are sensor-assisted and highly automated.

Another advantage of the iPul machines is their extensive flexibility and precision. Thanks to the injection chamber and metering device with newly engineered mixing head, a wide variety of resins can now be processed, including highly reactive polyurethane systems. The matrix material is injected at low pressure to additionally cut costs.

The polyurethane advantage

Polyurethane resins offer significant advantages over established pultrusion materials, such as epoxy, unsaturated polyester and vinyl ester resins. Their low viscosity, good fibre wetting and high reactivity support faster processing speeds than epoxies, which reduces manufacturing costs. Another advantage is their considerable flexibility: The reaction time and viscosity of polyurethane resins can be varied widely, permitting the reproduction of even very thin component geometries.

Covestro markets the polyurethane systems Baydur® PUL and Desmocomp® for pultrusion. The former are liquid, two-component systems for fabricating highly durable sections that display outstandin

Wolfgang Hinz from KraussMaffei (left) and Benedikt Kilian from Covestro (second from left) are proud winners of the 2017 FSK Innovation Award for polyurethanes. FSK´s CEO Albrecht Manderscheid (CANNON Germany) and Dr. Alexander Strietholt (Dow Germany), former spokesperson of the polyurethanes expert group at FSK, share their pleasure.

g thermal insulation properties, among other things. They therefore are perfectly suited for use in insulating window frames. Desmocomp® displays not only good mechanical properties, but also excellent UV and weathering resistance, making it the product of choice for outdoor applications. The aliphatic system won a JEC Innovation Award at this year’s JEC World Composites trade show.

How pultrusion works

In pultrusion, glass, carbon or other fibres are fed continuously from rovings into an injection chamber, where they are impregnated with a liquid, thermoset resin system. The fibre composite cures on exposure to heat in a die. The hardened section is pulled continuously in the process, hence its name. After cooling, the profile is trimmed by an integrated saw. The resulting, straight sections display low weight, paired with very high strength and stiffness in the fibre direction.

Covestro and the Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) at RWTH Aachen University are cooperating closely on pultrusion process development using polyurethanes. The IKV with its long-term experience in the fields of polyurethane processing and pultrusion with reactive resin systems is supporting Covestro in case of development issues regarding pultrusion processes.

The FSK has been sponsoring the Innovation Award every year since 1998 in recognition of outstanding ideas, products and processes in the categories Design, Technology and Process and Chemical Engineering.

With 2016 sales of EUR 11.9 billion, Covestro is among the world’s largest polymer companies. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, construction, wood processing and furniture, and electrical and electronics industries. Other sectors include sports and leisure, cosmetics, health and the chemical industry itself. Covestro has 30 production sites worldwide and employs approximately 15600 people (calculated as full-time equivalents) at the end of 2016.

The KraussMaffei product brand is internationally recognized for its groundbreaking, multi-technology system and process solutions for injection and reaction moulding technology and factory automation. With its standalone, modular or standardized machinery and systems, and a wide, customizable service offering, KraussMaffei is a full-system partner for customers in many industry sectors. KraussMaffei bundles many decades of engineering expertise in plastics machinery and is headquartered in Munich, Germany.

IKV, the Institute of Plastics Processing in Industry and the Skilled Crafts at RWTH Aachen University, is Europe-wide the leading research and education institute engaged in the field of plastics processing enjoying outstanding reputation. More than 300 staff are employed in finding solutions to problems connected with processing, materials technology and part design in the plastics and rubber industries. IKV’s close contacts with industry and science, together with its outstanding facilities, enable cutting-edge research in plastics technology and ensure that students benefit from a comprehensive, practically oriented course of study. IKV is run by an Association of Sponsors, which currently has a membership of about 290 plastics companies from all over the world. Univ.-Prof Dr-Ing. Christian Hopmann is Head of the Institute and Managing Director of the Association of Sponsors. He also holds the Chair of Plastics Processing at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at RWTH Aachen University.


Superior Graphite to Receive Century Award

Superior Graphite has been designated to receive the Century Award from the Family Business Center at Loyola University Chicago’s Quinlan School of Business

The annual awards program recognizes Illinois-based family businesses that have demonstrated a strong commitment to family business, contributions to industry and community, and innovative business practices and strategies. The award categories include Small, Medium and Large Family Business Awards, Community Service Award, the Dean’s Award, and the Century Award.

“We are both honoured and humbled to have been chosen by the esteemed panel to receive this prestigious Loyola Family Business Center Century award,” commented Edward Carney, the company’s President & CEO.

Superior Graphite celebrates a century this year: 100 years of innovation and technical expertise in manufacturing graphite and carbon-based solutions for its global customer base. The company was founded in 1917 by William J. Carney and started with a graphite mine in Alabama. In 1925, Superior Flake Graphite Company moved to Chicago and opened its Bulk Graphite plant.

In 1977, third generation company leader Peter Carney, along with the team of gifted scientists, invented a high-temperature electro-thermal purification process which propelled the company forward. Now, led by Edward Carney, a fourth generation company executive, Superior Graphite has multiple locations globally and continues to carry on the tradition of innovation, ingenuity, and customer focus.

This year’s award winners were honoured at an awards gala on Thursday, November 16, at The Four Seasons Hotel Chicago. The event attracted professionals from across the Chicagoland area.

About Family Business Center at Loyola University Chicago’s Quinlan School of Business

The Loyola Family Business Centre is an interdisciplinary Center of Excellence dedicated to serving multigenerational, mid- to large-sized family businesses. The centre provides learning experiences aimed at increasing effectiveness in planning, problem solving, and preparing current and future generations of family-business owners and managers.

An innovation leader since 1917, Superior Graphite provides continuous electro-thermal treatment/purification of graphite & carbons, advanced sizing, and custom-mix technologies for energy/thermal management, metallurgy, friction, drilling material additives, non-oxide ceramics, and polymers/CASE materials. The company’s purpose-created solutions deliver outstanding quality, consistency, and performance across industries and around the globe.