Biz Brief: June 2012 CT

SGL names ideas competition award winners.

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At an April 18 symposium on structural reinforcement, SGL Group – The Carbon Co. (Meitingen, Germany) recognized the winners of its ideas competition, conceived to generate innovative applications for the company’s new CARBOCRETE carbon fiber/concrete composite material. The company claims the material makes structures as strong as, and as much as to 75 percent lighter than, steel-reinforced concrete, and has a longer service life. Part of the “Germany – Land of Ideas” initiative, the competition attracted more than 300 ideas in January and February. From these, a jury selected the six best ideas and then named a single winner and a runner-up. The first prize of €6,000 ($7,937) went to the Leipzig, Germany, design team for its sensuously curved, plantable “Carbocrete Balcony,” and second prize and a special design award totaling €3,500 ($4,630) were given to Vinzenz Maria Hoppe from Ibbenbüren, Germany, for his “Küstenschutzhunde” coastal protection anchor made from carbon concrete.