During the eMove360° – International Trade Fair for Electromobility & Autonomous Driving (October 17-19), the winners of the 21st MATERIALICA Design + Technology Award were announced yesterday evening. The expert jury had selected the most innovative and sustainable products and projects from a total of more than 30 entries to become finalists of this prestigious award. It is the only one worldwide positioned at the interface of design, technology and materials. The category winners were honored in the FORUM of Hall A6 at Messe München on Tuesday, October 17, the first evening of eMove360°, and duly celebrated at the subsequent get-together.
“It was once again a great pleasure to discuss the consistently high-quality entries with my jury colleagues. The award-winning entries address solutions for sustainable mobility on the one hand, but also the careful use of resources in general. As a trade show that is committed to sustainability, we are sending out an important signal,” emphasizes Robert Metzger, Managing Director of MunichExpo GmbH and organizer of the award.
The finalists of the 21st MATERIALICA Design + Technology Award at a glance:
Winner: Enertect from Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
To enable green hydrogen as an energy carrier, Schaeffler has developed thin, robust high-performance coatings. This family of coatings is called Enertect. One example is Schaeffler’s customized carbon-based material solution Enertect PC+. This, for example, meets the requirements of fuel cell applications very well; excellent electrical conductivity, reduced interfacial resistance enables optimal fuel cell performance; up to 99% lower carbon footprint and up to 90% more cost efficient than precious metal based coatings with comparable performance superior to other commercially available coating. For more information www.schaeffler.com
Finalist: Composite profiled carbon concrete reinforcements from ITM Technische Universität Dresden.
The profiled reinforcement yarn structures for carbon concrete developed at the Institute of Textile Machinery and High Performance Textile Materials (ITM) at Dresden University of Technology transmit 500% higher bond forces than unprofiled reinforcements, enabling up to 80% reduction in bond and anchorage length (from 500 mm to 100 mm). In addition, the pre-stabilized and surface-profiled braided and profiled yarns exhibit the highest tensile mechanical properties due to the material-specific manufacturing process, so that the performance potential of the carbon fibers is exploited to the full. This results in significantly higher material efficiency and sustainability of the profiled carbon reinforcement, as previously necessary disproportionate oversizing and overlap lengths can be significantly reduced. Further information at https://tu-dresden.de/ing/maschinenwesen/itm
Category CO2 Efficency
Winner: Seat crossmember made of fossil-free steel by SSAB Swedish Steel GmbH with Mercedes Benz AG.
SSAB introduced fossil-free (ff) steel to the steel processing industry in 2016 with its HYBRIT technology. This technology is a direct iron ore reduction process that uses fossil-free hydrogen as a reducing agent, thus eliminating CO2 emissions. As part of a partnership between Mercedes Benz AG and SSAB, the first ff-produced ultra-high-strength martensitic steel sheets were delivered from Sweden to the Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen plant in September 2022 – a global first in the automotive industry. Among other things, the first of a seat cross-member was produced from the fossil-free steel in Sindelfingen. The same properties as those of the sei material were confirmed. Further information at www.ssab.com; www.mercedes-benz.de
Winner: Rolf Wire collection. Glasses made from beans. From Rolf Spectacles.
Sustainable materials and Made in Austria underscore the spirit of the times, while luminous threads add artistic accents. The Wire collection by Rolf Spectacles offers several combination options and combines style and functionality. An elegant eyeglass chain can be attached to the glasses and is a demonstration of the possibilities of printing technology. The castor bean is the origin of the eyeglass frame. Purely vegetable. And economical with natural resources. So light. So robust. Durable. Durable. And so sustainable in every way. A miracle bean. From the miracle tree. Behind it is a love of eyewear. And a love of nature. Rolf, by nature. Further information under www.rolf-spectacles.com
Winner: Bionic concept for microfiber filters by E.G.O. Elektro-Gerätebau GmbH with the University of Freiburg
The main cause of the increasing water pollution by microplastics and microfibers are household appliances such as washing machines with a high technical potential to separate problematic contaminants from wastewater during cleaning cycles. To exploit this potential, a novel bionic concept was developed that allows filtration and removal of particles such as microfibers in conventional washing machines. Starting from a biological idea generator, such as the basking shark, different filters with and without a fin structure were developed and efficiency analyses were performed. The results are very promising for integration into an easy-to-use and cost-effective filter concept. Further information can be found at www.egoproducts.com
Winner: Re3kinned and ReVived by Weber & Möllers Design Studio.
The combination of a unified sustainable design of the backpack and the interior design of the car takes comfort and style, in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals 12, 13 & 17 and the goal of a closed-loop textile supply chain, to a new level. The “Re3kinned” and “ReVived” textiles are recycled from returned garments. The textile “ReVived”, used for car seat surfaces, is made from a yarn provided by TURNS from old clothes (70%) & PET bottles (30%). The textile “Re3kinned” was woven from returned polo shirts in collaboration with the Prodia workshop for people with disabilities to create a new textile surface that could be used for car carpets and headrests. More information at www.webermoellersdesignstudios.myportfolio.com
Finalist: NOTA lamp by finalist by Angelo Rito.
The NOTA lamp was developed as part of the “Circular” project as a symbolic product to draw attention to a conscious use of resources. It has the ability to absorb and mineralize carbon dioxide (CO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), transforming them into particles that are harmless to the environment and humans. The lamp is fully recyclable without losing its properties. It has the peculiarity of becoming CO2 negative after prolonged use. To turn it on, gently touch the plant. Give a plant a home and show your support by caring and a gentle touch, and it will return light. For more information www.angelorito.de
Finalist: Revival Fiber green pocket for the automotive future by Swetlana Koch.
The sustainable sandwich design “Revival Fiber”, by Swetlana Koch, was created from surplus roving and recycled wool to follow the zero-waste philosophy. Pockets are placed on the felt to store items. The additional lighting, which lights up when the respective pocket is pressed, is used to find everything in the dark without blinding or distracting the rider(s). The shaping base of hemp fibers and corn starch, a natural binder, gives the felt surface a haptically appealing shape that can be varied at will by heat and pressure. The textile sustainable design ‘Revival Fiber’ by Swetlana Koch is equally used in car door panels. For more information, visit www.swetlanakochdesign.wixsite.com/my-site/info
The high-caliber jury of experts represents a cross-section of the industry, from academia to business to publishing, ensuring a comprehensive evaluation of all entries for the Materialica Design + Technology Award and the eMove360° Award for Electric & Autonomous Mobility.
The members of the jury of the MATERIALICA Design + Technology Award 2023
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Volker Altstädt, Faculty of Applied Natural Sciences, University of Bayreuth
Holger Czuday, Head of Automotive Cluster Bayern Innovativ GmbH
Prof. Christian Labonte, Manager Design Strategy, Audi AG
Prof. Michael Lanz, Managing Partner, designaffairs
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Markus Lienkamp, TU Munich, Head of Automotive Engineering Faculty
Robert Metzger, CEO & Publisher, MunichExpo Veranstaltungs GmbH
Prof. Peter Naumann, Dean of Munich University of Applied Sciences, Department of Industrial Design
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Karl Reiling, Landshut University of Applied Sciences, Chair of Adhesive Bonding Technology and Composite Materials
Josef Reitberger, Editor-in-Chief, CHIP and EFAHRER.com
Nina Saller, Director, XbeyondS
Dr. Günter Schipper, International Service VDE Testing and Certification Institute GmbH
Dr. Martin Vetter, Head of Team MOTION Division Mobility TÜV Süd