Helmut Lingemann declared the 8th Global Bioplastics Award winner

In keeping with tradition, this year's European Bioplastics Conference (Berlin, Germany) closed the first day with the announcement of the 2013 winner of the Global Bioplastics Award. Somewhat surprisingly, the winner came from an industry not normally known for embracing the use of bioplastics: Helmut Lingemann GmbH & Co.KG, a company specialized in the production of aluminum profiles for the insulated glass industry. It was presented with the award for its development of a new spacer system for double and triple insulating glass units called Nirotec Evo, in which functional use is made of bioplastic.

As presenter of the award Michael Thielen of Bioplastics Magazine noted: "It's what happens when modern thermal insulation technology meets modern materials. Plus, it's an application that offers potential for high volumes of bioplastics." Fortuitously, it's also one that fits particularly well with this year's conference's motto: "Building a Biobased Future for Europe."...

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