Finalists Chosen – Worldwide Voting Underway


Five finalists have been chosen for the DNFI Innovation in Natural Fibers Award 2017. The five finalists represent a diverse set of technologies and approaches, each with good commercial possibilities:

  • Cloppenburg, Frederik, M.Sc., Head of Research Group Nonwoven Technology, and Ramaswamy, Sangeetha, Dr., Institute für Textilechnik (ITA) der RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany: “System4Green – Methodology for development of products with renewable raw materials.”
  • Popzyk, Marie-Isabel, Dipl.-Ing., Scientific Assistant, Institute für Textilechnik (ITA) der RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany and Klein, Roland, Dr., Group Manager Design of Interfaces, Fraunhofer-Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability LBF, Darmstadt, Germany: Reduction of the moisture absorption of natural fibers and production of no-twist yarns for use in structural components.”
  • Thouvay, Stéphane, Managing Director Product Management & Innovation, Südwolle Group, Schwaig, Germany: Naturetexx® Plasma: making wool machine-washable without chlorine – just plasma and air.”
  • Wonneberger, Maik, Employee research and development, INVENT GmbH, Braunschweig, Germany and Thiele, Elke; Helbig, Reinhard, Falck, Corinna; and Thielemann, Günther; Saxon textile research institute, Chemnitz, Germany: Biogenic Heavy Tows Based on Hemp Bast Bark.
  • Wuzella, Günter, Dipl.-Ing. Dr., Research team Green Composites, W3C, Kompetenzzentrum Holz GmbH: Innovation in Renewable energy – Rotor blades from hemp-based composites.”


The DNFI award recognizes innovation in the development of products and processes using natural fibres and research involving natural fibres.

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