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Gala evening prior to IFAT 2018
GreenTec Awards finalists have been confirmed



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Just four months until the awarding of the GreenTec Awards 2018. (Picture: GreenTec Awards)

The online vote on the GreenTec Awards 2018 finalists has ended: the three most innovative projects have been selected from every category’s top 10 list. On May 13, the GreenTec Awards for the eleventh time will distinguish the best innovations in the fields of environmental protection and sustainability. The exclusive gala evening is the prelude to IFAT, the World’s Leading Trade Fair for Water, Sewage, Waste and Raw Materials Management, taking place from May 14 to 18 in Munich.

For every category, the jury chose two finalists, the third was determined in the online voting—with votes from more than 130 countries worldwide. “To only have three innovations in the finals often seems to be unfair,” says Sven Krüger, Initiator of the GreenTec Awards. “Over and over again, we are impressed with the commitment of individual people and the high level of the many projects submitted.” Stefan Rummel, Managing Director of Messe München and organizer of IFAT adds: “We watch the finalists of the GreenTec Awards with great interest. New ideas and concepts in environment protection are enormously important to find the answers to the most significant questions of tomorrow.”

The finalists at a glance

The top 3 in Construction & Living are the projects of DAW SE (sustainable wood care products based on camelina), CONTAINERWERK eins (conversion of used sea freight containers into living space) and Werkgemeinschaft Böhme Hilse Diplomingenieure Freie Architekten (housing area with surplus energy, district-power and e-mobility).

In the Energy category, Fraunhofer ISE (18 % more power through innovative solar cell design), MWK Bionik (self-cleaning coating for PV plants) and sonnen (produce, store and share own and clean energy) were selected.

The three finalists in the Galileo Wissenspreis category are Biolab Eberswalde (sustainable mushroom-based materials to reduce plastic use), AES (sustainable energy system to supply a single-family home) and REIelectronics (to allow an ecological and economical recycling of electronic scrap).

In Lifestyle, tip me (tip for product manufacturers), Relenda (the environmentally conscious generation: renting and using over buying) and aha-Zweckverband (Hannoccino: innovative reusable cup system) took the three places in the final.

In the category of Mobility, DiniTech GmbH (charging of electric cars on any conventional power socket), paper planes e.V. (Radbahn under Berlin’s U1) and Alstom (CO2 emission-free train that runs with a fuel cell) are the three best innovations.

The finalists of Resources & Recycling by Veolia are creapaper GmbH (grass paper), Enactus RUB (a profitable, ecological alternative to burning electronic waste) and the Association of Lady Entrepreneurs of India (turning industrial waste into a business opportunity).

In the Sports by Jack Wolfskin category, SunnyBag GmbH (The Leaf+ solar panel charges all devices on the go), VAUDE (sustainable outdoor gear) and Solarskilift Tenna (world’s first solar-powered winter sports) were chosen.

einhorn products (fair and sustainably produced condoms), CONTAINERWERK eins (see above) and Fresh Energy (fighting power guzzlers: eco-friendly, low-cost, data-driven) compete for the Special Prize Start-up.

The finalists in Sustainable Development are BIO-LUTIONS International (biodegradable packaging made of 100 % agricultural waste), SUNfarming (agro-solar greenhouses) and Land Life Company (combat against desertification).

The Water & Sewage category’s top3 are Unimatec Chemicals Europe GmbH (portable water filter), Enactus Regensburg e.V. (cost-effective water filter for Africa) and Enactus Hochschule Bochum (Roots Up green house with its own water-production).

The jury meeting

On February 21, 2018, the selection committee will define the winners for all categories. The jury consists of representatives of economy, politics and media, including Prof. Dr. Claudia Kemfert (German Institute for Economic Research), Marco Vollmar (WWF Executive Director Communications) and Anna Loos (actress and musician), thus covering all socially relevant fields.

More information on the GreenTec Awards is available at

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WuXi AppTec
Expansion in California for Pharmaceutical R&D Services



WuXi AppTec, a pharmaceutical and medical device open-access capability and technology platform company with global operations, announces the expansion of its facilities in San Diego, California.

WuXi AppTec’s newly expanded facility will establish a center of excellence in screening, discovery biology, pharmacology, and small molecule process R&D including phase I GMP manufacturing. The expansion will provide key elements of WuXi’s small molecule capability and technology platform under one roof, further enhancing services to North American pharmaceutical and biotech industries. WuXi will also add extensively from the local talent base, further contributing to regional economic growth.

“The San Diego life science community continues to thrive with the commitments and investments made by leading international powerhouses like WuXi AppTec,” said Joe Panetta, president and CEO of Biocom. “Their latest facility expansion in San Diego is a testament to the deep relationships they have built with the local biotech community. Biocom applauds the positive impact they’ve had on the region’s economic growth and innovative healthcare products for our patients.”

“This expansion will enable us to better serve our U.S. and global customers, and contribute to the growth and success of the dynamic San Diego biotech ecosystem. Together with our ecosystem partners, we will continue to strengthen WuXi’s capability and technology enabling platform to expedite the discovery and development of new medicines for patients worldwide, and for a future where every drug can be made and every disease can be treated.”

Dr. Ge Li, Chairman and CEO of WuXi AppTec

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Chemicals News

New Head of Investor Relations



The Investor Relations department of Continental AG in Hanover will be under new management as of January 1, 2019. Bernard Wang (38), who previously held the same position at Linde plc in Munich, Germany, will succeed Rolf Woller (45), who is leaving Continental at his own request at the end of 2018 to pursue new professional challenges.

Wolfgang Schäfer, the technology company’s chief financial officer, welcomed Bernard Wang: “With him we are gaining an internationally experienced executive who is well versed in capital market and technology issues. I firmly believe that he will seamlessly continue and deepen our trusting dialogue with investors and analysts.” He thanked Rolf Woller for his excellent, award-winning work. “During his 12 years with Continental, he was involved in our return to the DAX and the sustained increase in the value of our company, among other things. We would like to thank him for his extraordinary commitment and wish him all the best for the future,” said Schäfer.

Born in Taiwan and a U.S. citizen, Wang studied electrical engineering at Princeton University in the U.S.A., has an MBA from the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT) in Germany and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder. Between 2001 and 2014, he worked in the chip industry in the U.S.A., Europe and Asia, first as an engineer and then in strategy and investor relations. In 2014, Wang moved from the semiconductor manufacturer Infineon to the gases and engineering company Linde in Munich, Germany, where he has headed the Investor Relations department since the end of 2016.

Continental develops pioneering technologies and services for sustainable and connected mobility of people and their goods. Founded in 1871, the technology company offers safe, efficient, intelligent and affordable solutions for vehicles, machines, traffic and transportation. In 2017, Continental generated sales of €44 billion and currently employs more than 244,000 people in 61 countries and markets.

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Humidity and temperature transmitter
Transmitters with Stainless Steel Enclosure



Humidity Transmitters with Stainless Steel Enclosure E+E Elektronik
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The high-end EE310 and EE360 industrial transmitters from E+E Elektronik are now available with stainless steel or with polycarbonate enclosure.  The EE310 humidity and temperature transmitter is dedicated for demanding industrial processes control. The EE360 measures the moisture content of industrial oils and thus enables predictive maintenance of machines and plants.

Display with Data Logger Function

Both devices feature an optional 3.5″ TFT color display, which offers an optimal view of the measured values and facilitates the commissioning and configuration. The built-in data logger can save 20,000 values per measurand. The recorded data can be displayed as a graph directly on the display or downloaded via USB interface for further analysis.

Analogue Outputs and Digital Interface

The measured data is available on two analogue outputs and on the optional digital interface (RS485 with Modbus RTU or Ethernet with Modbus TCP). An optional relay module can be used for alarms and process control.

Easy Installation and Service

The enclosure design facilitates installation and maintenance. The front cover, which accommodates the electronics and the probe, can be replaced within seconds, while the wiring inside the back cover remains intact.

Humidity and Temperature Measurement up to 180 °C

The EE310 measures relative humidity and temperature in the range -40 °C…180 °C (‑40…356 °F) and calculates further physical quantities such as dew point temperature, absolute humidity or mixing ratio. The transmitter is available for duct or wall mount, as well as with remote probes.

Reliable Oil Condition Monitoring

The EE360 measures water activity and temperature and calculates the absolute water content of transformer, lubrication and hydraulic oil, as well as of diesel fuel. The sensing probe can be employed up to 180 °C (356 °F) and 20 bar (290 psi). The ISO or NPT slide fitting and the optional ball valve facilitate the installation.

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