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TECNARO Nominated for European Inventor's Award

Jury chooses "liquid wood" from more than 1,000 proposals worldwide / ARBOFORM liquid wood replaces petroleum-based plastics

(PresseBox) (Ilsfeld-Auenstein, ) TECNARO GmbH located in Ilsfeld Auenstein near Heilbronn expects not only further increases in sales in the fiscal year 2010 but is also very happy about their nomination for one of the most prestigious international awards, the European Inventor Award. The two managing directors of TECNARO GmbH, Jürgen Pfitzer and Helmut Nägele, were proposed by international patent examiners and nominated from among more than 1,000 inventors and patent applicants for the European Inventor Award 2010, awarded annually by the EU Commission and the European Patent Office.

The nomination is virtually the final of the European Inventor Award selection process, only twelve candidates will compete, three in each award category; consisting of Lifework Achievment, Industry, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises / Research and Non-European States. The announcment of the successful candidates takes place at the Eurostars Tower in Madrid on April 28th, and will be announced by Alison Brimelow, President of the European Patent Office, in the presence of members of the Spanish Royal Family.

The international jury has nominated Jürgen Pfitzer and Helmut Nägele in the category of SME's / Research for the invention of ARBOFORM, an environmentally friendly material replacing petroleumbased plastics in many industrial applications and offering further significant advantages for example being biodegradable and pleasant to handle as a finished product (wood). Among previous awardees are outstanding personalities such as Adolf Goetz Berger (2009), the "father" of solar technology, Nobel Prize winner in Physics Peter Grünberg (2006), AIDS researcher Eric De Clercq (2008) and Federico Faggin (2006), the inventor of the microprocessor.

Material based on renewable resources replaces petroleum product

The initials of TEChnologie NAchwachsender ROhstoffe (Technology of renewable resources) represent the company's name "TECNARO". Twelve years ago the company was established by Helmut Nägele from Karlsruhe and Jürgen Pfitzer from Ellwangen after their development of the brandnew material "ARBOFORM" at the Fraunhofer Institute. This biopolymer material offers the same processing qualities and features as plastic. ARBOFORM, however, is based on lignin, (a major component of wood), various natural fibers such as hemp and flax as well as natural additives. Besides cellulose, the wood component lignin is the second most common organic material on earth, about 20 billion tons of lignin being formed each year by photosynthesis. This ensures an almost infinite supply of lignin as a raw material without competing with food products. Approximately 60 million tons of lignin are produced annually as a byproduct within the Cellulose industry, mainly in the production of paper. Lignin may even be extracted from tree bark, sawdust or straw. The mixture of renewable resources is processed further through special procedures to form granules which can be used for various products manufactured by conventional plastic fabrication techniques.

This thermoplastic material offers not only technical and economical advantages but also tremendous ecological benefits. With ARBOFORM, industry gains independence from petroleum as a raw material, it can easily be recycled, and even composted or burnt without releasing additional CO2. This explains the very strong interest within the plastic and wood processing industry in ARBOFORM. Particularly the automotive industry is fascinated by this new environmentally friendly material: ARBOFORM looks like wood, it feels like wood, but can nevertheless be processed easily into a wide variety of threedimensional shapes, e.g. for car interior design. Companies involved in the packaging business as well as manufacturers of furniture, toys, shoes and music instruments have become established users of the material. TECNARO, however, is convinced that its product will have a significant future impact on many other industries.

TECNAROs' turnover has multiplied by a factor of five from 2005 to 2009. The demand for AR-BOFORM and TECNAROs' other products ARBOBLEND and ARBOFILL is exploding, explains the management, primarily because of the product's environmental friendliness, and secondly because of their competitive prices. This success is also reflected by the increasing number of technical staff and the enlargement of the production area by 50% within the current year to cope with increasing demand.