ERJ staff report (TP)
Hanover / Munich, Germany – Continental and the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology (IME) at the University of Münster were honoured with the GreenTec Award 2014 for their co-development project "RUBIN – Industrial Emergence of Natural Rubber from Dandelion".
A 60-member jury panel consisting of experts from industry, academia, trade associations, and the media considered this project to be an “outstanding” example of commitment to the environment and pioneering environmental technology in the category 'Automobility'. The award ceremony was held on 4 May in Munich at the start of IFAT, the global trade fair for environmental technology. The GreenTec Awards, of which there are 14 different categories, are Europe's biggest environmental and business awards and were first presented in 2008.
"We are very pleased to receive this award for our dandelion rubber project. Continental is pushing a very promising technology whose full potential will fully unfold in the next few years. In view of increasing levels of motorisation in growth markets such as Asia, we expect a major increase in demand for natural rubber in the future. We are convinced that the use of rubber from dandelion root will make our tire production considerably more efficient and sustainable," said Nikolai Setzer, member of the executive board of Continental and head of tire division.
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Press release from Continental