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.

Popzyk and Klein win 2017 DNFI Innovation Award 2017

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