Welcome to the Fourth German WPC-Congress, the European lead congress of the WPC-industry!

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Press Release: Upbeat Cologne WPC congress - two-figure growth in WPC production and exciting innovation awards for Evonik, Möller and Werzalit

With nearly 300 participants from 21 countries and 30 exhibitors, the 4th German WPC Congress held in Cologne (13th-14th December 2011) once more lived up to its reputation as the industry's leading European event. Organiser nova-Institut and sponsors Reifenhäuser, Werzalit, STAEDTLER and BASF (Innovation Prize) expressed enormous satisfaction, and the sector remains extremely upbeat.

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The winner of the WPC innovation award have been elected by the participants of the congress:

Evonik Industries AG: PMMA-wood composite PLEXIGLAS ® Wood

Möller GmbH & Co. KG: noise barrier profile of WPC

Werzalit GmbH & Co. KG: Process technology for in-mold coating of injection molded WPC parts




1 + 2: nova Institut GmbH 

3: J. Rettenmaier & Söhne GmbH + Co. KG

4: Hans Weber Maschinenfabrik GmbH
5: ENTEX Rust & Mitschke GmbH/NOVO-TECH GmbH & Co. KG

7: Brabender® GmbH & Co. KG
8: Kompetenzzentrum Holz GmbH

9: HP Compounding Technology

10: Beologic NV

11: Kosche Profilummantelung GmbH
12: H. Hiendl GmbH & Co. KG
13: Karle & Rubner GmbH
14: Velox GmbH und Struktol

15: Harold Scholz & Co. GmbH

16 + 17: Reifenhäuser Extrusion GmbH & Co. KG
18: KraussMaffei Berstorff GmbH
19: SKZ - KFE gGmbH
20: Möller GmbH & Co. KG

21: WPC Plattform Austria

22: W&R Plastics B.V.

23: Harburg Freudenberger Maschinenbau GmbH

24: Fraunhofer UMSICHT & Fraunhofer WKI

25: RDG – Kunststoffe GmbH
27: RENAD GmbH

28: WPC Innovation Award
29: Zeppelin Reimelt GmbH
30: AZO GmbH + Co. KG



The Congress

At the congress all current questions, developments and trends will be discussed. One focus are topics of the German-speaking Wood Plastic Composites industry, but the speakers, exhibitors and participants are international - all presentations will be translated simultaneously.
300 participants from 23 countries have visited the "3rd German WPC congress" in 2009 and made it the biggest meeting point for the WPC-industry in Europe. This year, we expect an even increasing number of participants.

WPC in brief

WPC or “Wood Plastic Composites” are composites that are typically made from wood flour (up to 80%) and plastics such as polypropylene or polyethylene plus additives like adhesive agents,
UV-protectors and pigments. The most important market for WPC are deckings, where WPC currently hold a market share of about 6%, with a high potential for growth, especially as a substitute for tropical wood. A significant rise has also taken place in applications for the furniture industry where for example several chairs and shelving systems are available already.

The production in Europe has now grown to 200.000 t/a. WPCs are beeing mostly used in the building-, furniture- and automotive industry. This makes WPC one of the most important and successful new biomaterials. Leading WPC-producing countries and regions are Germany, Austria, The Benelux and Scandinavia.