Press release 02/2020

KWF-innovation medals will be awarded for the ninth time

The German Center for Forest Work and Technology (KWF) once again announces its contest for the prestigious innovation medals, being awarded at the KWF-Tagung 2020 (1st through 4th of July, Schwarzenborn / Hessia). For the ninth time, numerous companies from the forestry sector present their innovative forestry developments to the commission of experts. Most pioneering products and solutions will be ceremoniously awarded with the popular KWF-innovation medal on the opening day. But even beforehand the interested audience will get a broad impression of the innovative strength and inventiveness of the forestry technology sector by being shown the list of nominees. Registration closes on 31st of March.

Participation for innovative companies is worthwhile: the new developments will catch the public attention before and during the KWF-Tagung. Nominated products are highlighted by the KWF-innovation-labels at the fair. The commission’s well-founded valuations are made available to the specialist media and being summarized in a brochure. Hence valuable references on innovations and trends are provided to the experts.

The selection of laureates is a two-stage process. Until the 31st of March all interested exhibitors are invited to submit brief and concise descriptions of their developments to the KWF. On the basis of those a commission selects the most convincing products. They are then nominated as potential award winners.

In the second and final step – shortly before the KWF-Tagung – a jury of renowned forestry experts decides on which of the nominated developments will emerge as winner of the contest.
The presentation of nominees and awarding of the KWF-innovation-medals to the company representatives or institutions will take place on Wednesday, 1st of July, on stage right at the heart of KWF-Expo.

New to this year’s competition: All products which have not been presented at a KWF-Tagung yet can be registered. Thus the evaluation period is extended to four years. “We hope this results in a higher amount of products that have already proven themselves in practice or whose level of development is already ready for series production”, explains managing director of the KWF, Prof. Dr. Ute Seeling.

Products whose function has changed significantly, if their use enables a new process or a known process is essentially improved, are awarded with the KWF-innovation-medal. Expected positive effects on the value in use, on business management, occupational safety, the environment and the energy situation are decisive for the selection. Over 80 applications were handed in for the last awarding ceremony in 2016 – which resulted in nine medalists.

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P. Harbauer

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