Outstanding technology and design products were honored with the MATERIALICA Design + Technology Award on the evening of October 5th as part of the eMove360 ° 2022, 6th International Trade Fair for Mobility 4.0 electric – connected – autonomous (October 05-05) in Berlin. The prestigious award is the only one in the world to be positioned at the interface between design, technology and materials. The category winners were ceremoniously honored in conference room 1 of Hall Hub 27 at the Berlin Exhibition Center and duly celebrated at a subsequent get-together with cold beer and snacks.
“I am very pleased that we have received some very nice submissions from the field of design in the 20th edition of the award. We warmly congratulate all the award-winning companies,” says Robert Metzger, Managing Director of MunichExpo and organizer of the award. “The award-winning entries address, on the one hand, solutions for sustainable mobility, but, on the other hand, they also generally address the careful use of resources. As a trade fair that is committed to sustainability, we are thus sending an important signal,” emphasizes Robert Metzger, Managing Director of MunichExpo GmbH and organizer of the award.
Best of Award in the category Material
Mercedes Benz/BASF SE/Witte Automotive GmbH/Pyrum Innovations AG: Turning Used Tires into Door Handles: How to Close the Resource Loop
Recyclable material cycles are an important measure for conserving resources. At Mercedes-Benz, old tires will in future be turned into new plastic parts through chemical recycling. The plastic will be obtained from a combina-tion of pyrolysis oil and biomethane from agricultural waste in cooperation with various partners. This feedstock replaces fossil raw materials using the mass balance approach. Each partner contributes its know-how to the pro-cess: Starting with used tires from Mercedes-Benz for tire pyrolysis at Pyrum, plastic production at BASF and handle production at WITTE Automotive, and assembly at Mercedes-Benz. The sustainable and chemically identical drop-in solution is being explored for other components. www.mercedes-benz.com| www.basf.com| www.witte-automotive.com| www.pyrum.net
Gold Award in the category Material: Gesenkschmiede Schneider GmbH: Lightweight elements made of steel and aluminum for vehicle construction
Due to the progressive electrifi cation of commercial vehicles, the task was to achieve a signifi cant weight reduction in the area of frame attachments. Fender brackets, tanks, wiring harnesses, etc. are attached to the frame attachments. The highest load is in the connection from the forged fl ange to the vehicle frame. Until now, the components consisted of a forged fl ange and a steel tube (www.gsa-aalen.de).
Best of Award in the category Process: Mercedes Benz AG: BIONICAST
BIONICAST® – a registered trademark of Mercedes-Benz – applies to struc-tural castings designed according to the principles of nature. In addition to classic bionic optimization techniques, the process incorporates graphic and polygon modeling tools that are used in Hollywood animations, for example. The innovative BIONICAST® process helps engineers realize enormous weight potential while accelerating the design and evaluation process. This helps to conserve resources. In addition to the automotive industry, this method will fi nd its way into other sectors in order to minimize the use of weight and resources there as well (www.mercedes-benz.com)
Gold Award in the category Process: ARA-Coatings GmbH & Co.KG: Laser-induced PVD coatings
A process by which PVD coatings are transferred from a carrier fi lm to product surfaces after activation of a laser beam. This makes it possible to apply high-quality markings to products made of glass, steel, ceramics or plastics, as well as to create large-area, functional coatings. For example, it is possible to create unique hydrophilic, hydrophobic, catalytic or antimicrobial surfaces. The process is fast, cost-effective, and all that is required for application is a standard marking laser and the appropriate laser foil (www.ara-coatings.de).
Best of Award in the category Product: WMF: ULTIMATE stainless-steel pan
High-quality, uncoated stainless-steel pans are often used for frying at high temperatures. Standard is a construction with a stainless-steel pan body, an aluminum layer and a capsule for induction suitability. Current stainless-steel pans create a bulge in the bottom during heating. This prevents even searing over the entire surface and leads to temperature diff erences. The technology of the WMF ULTIMATE stainless-steel pan, which has been newly developed by WMF and for which a patent application has been fi led, enables a fl at pan bottom over a wide temperature range. Less fat is required for frying and the temperature distribution is very even (www.wmf.de).
Gold Award in the category Product: WOGG Furniture AG: W75 Rollfront system and furniture application
WOGG 75 is composed of a cube-shaped guide element as a sliding mech-anism and aluminum profi les. The small injection-molded plastic part, which encloses a soft rubber tire, is clipped into the slats at any pre-milled point. The lightweight construction gets by with a material thickness of one millimeter. It can run around the body in a suspended or upright position. Its geometry allows individual dimensions and, for the fi rst time, concave and convex, tight and wide radii. In addition, the ingenious kit has eliminated a widespread weakness in sliding doors: The fronts slide quietly and without jerking. The system is internationally patented (www.wogg.ch).
Silver Award in the category Product: Enovates: Single Wallbox
Enovates, an OEM manufacturer of EV chargers, has developed a Single WallBox that is easy to install and use, and can be customized to a custom-er’s identity. All electrical components have been integrated onto printed circuit boards that are inaccessible to an installer, eliminating installation errors. The product has a low total cost of ownership and can be easily installed. Our new charger is smart, connected and ready for the future by meeting the highest and latest EU standards. The CO₂ footprint has been kept to a minimum by using recycled and recyclable cardboard boxes. After an expected lifetime of at least 7 years, the product is 99% recyclable (www.enovates.com)
Best of Award in the category Material CO₂ Efficiency: ContiTech/Continental: ContiTech ECO C100 und ContiTech ECO C200
R744 hose lines for CO₂-effi cient vehicle air conditioning Continental has developed hose systems that are suitable for operating CO₂ air-conditioning systems and the associated increased pressure and temperature requirements, thus off ering a climate-friendly alternative to conventional air-conditioning line systems. These hose lines were intro-duced as a small series at two well-known OEMs and are currently being industrialized as a large series at a third renowned OEM with an electric platform (www.continental.com)
Winner of the category Student: Joline Kaufmanns: Abundance of Light
“Abundance of Light” implies diff erentiated, complementary material pro-perties. Materials such as wool, paper yarn and recycled cellophane are used with sustainability in mind. These components are connected in a woven and knitted structure as a sandwich material. The individual parts of the surface visually interlock. The loosely knitted ab side gives the material a voluminous feel and provides air pockets. Lanolin makes it particularly water-repellent and dill, Sweden’s national spice, gives it further multisensory properties.The material can be returned to the natural cycle in a multifunctional and sustainability-oriented way.
Jury-Members of the MATERIALICA Design + Technology Award 2022
Prof. Christian Labonte, Design Strategy, Manager Design Communications, AUDI – Prof. Peter Naumann Dean of Munich University of Applied Sciences, Industrial Design Department, chairman of the jury – Prof. Dr.-Ing. Volker Altstädt Faculty of Applied Sciences, University of Bayreuth – Prof. Michael Lanz Managing Partner, designaffairs – Robert Metzger CEO & Publisher, MunichExpo Veranstaltungs GmbH – Prof. Dr.-Ing. Karl Reiling University of Landshut, professorship for Adhesive Bonding Technology and Composite Materials – Nina Saller Director, XbeyondS
About eMove360°: The eMove360° International Trade Fair for Mobility 4.0 – electric – connected – autonomous is the leading technology trade and festival fair for electric mobility and connected & autonomous driving. It is also dedicated to sustainable mobility solutions such as car-sharing and intermodal mobility. With its various platforms – the trade show as the annual industry gathering, the eMove360° Award and the MATERIALICA Award, the eMove360° magazine with online news portal, the eMove360° Conferences as well as the eMove360° Club and the e-Monday networking events – eMove360° is the umbrella brand for the New Mobility and international marketplace that brings together supply and demand on a global level.
The focused sectors are: Vehicles (electric, connected, autonomous), Charging & Energy, Infotainment & Connectivity, Automated Driving & Electronics, Battery & Powertrain, Mobility Concepts & Services, Urban & Mobile Design, Materials & Engineering. 34 percent of the visitors and 45 percent of the about 300 exhibitors are International. They underline the International leadership role of eMove360° for the mobility of the future. Visitor target groups of the trade fair are developers, designers and IT experts of the big OEM and TIER1 suppliers, as well as buyers and users, such as fleet managers, decision makers in cities, communities, hotels & tourism and service providers. For more information: www.emove360.com.
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