Innovation Award “Bio-based Material of the Year 2018″!

Special thanks to Infraserv Knapsack for sponsoring the innovation award!

NEW: Press Release: Innovation Award “Bio-based Material of the Year 2018” goes to Arctic Biomaterials from Finland for degradable glass fibre reinforced PLA


Please find here all winners of the past Innovation Awards as a PDF download.

For the 11th year in a row, the Innovation Award "Bio-based Material of the Year" will be granted to the young, innovative bio-based chemicals and materials industry for finding suitable applications and markets for bio-based products. The focus of the award is on new developments within these areas, which had been launched in 2017 or will be launched in 2018.

Producers and inventors of innovative bio-based materials are invited to hand in their application by middle of April 2018.

Nominated Companies and Products are:

  • AIMPLAS (ES): Bio-based and biodegradable nets for green beans
  • Arctic Biomaterials (FI): PLA reinforced with glass fibre
  • Borregaard (NO): Exilva - World’s first commercial cellulose fibril
  • Cardolite Corporation (BE): Cashew nutshell residual-based blocking agent
  • Rhenoflex (DE): Rx 35 – rice husk filled, thermoplastic material
  • Ohio Soybean Council, collaborating with Roof Revivers (US): Roof Maxx - Soybean-based roof material sealer



First stage: From now by middle of April 2018
Producers and inventors of innovative bio-based materials are invited to hand in a completed application form and a leaflet or a two-page PDF about the product in English including printable digital pictures (300 dpi), which are free of use in our subsequent media publicity. The documents should explain the particular aspects of the innovation and when it was launched on the market. It is also necessary to submit a sample of the product (or a small material sample if the product is too unhandy).

Second stage: Mid-April 2018
A jury consisting of representatives of the nova-Institute, the advisory board, sponsors and partners of the conference will nominate the outstanding "Top 6" applicants prior to the conference.
After the jury has selected the "Top 6" candidates among the applicants, their application documents will be made available for download from the conference website to provide our audience and other interested individuals a first glimpse of these innovations.

Third stage: At the conference (15-16 May 2018)
In a short 10-minute presentation, each one of the six companies will introduce its innovation on the first day of the conference (on May 15, 2018). Following the presentations, the audience will choose the three winners, who will be presented with their awards at the Innovation Award Ceremony (likewise on 15 May 2018, in the evening).
The "Top 6" will present their innovations in a shared exhibition space provided by the nova-Institute. Additionally there is the option to book your own exhibition space (for information see here).
All winners and their innovations will be highlighted in the subsequent media coverage.

Please note that it is obligatory for the chosen "Top 6" candidates to be physically present on May 15, 2018 at the event in Cologne in order to present their product to our audience. Each "Top 6" candidate will get one free 2-day ticket and further tickets at a discount rate.