12 October 2011

Kipper nominated for Herman Wijffels Innovation Award 2011

The lightweight composite tipping body Kipper has been nominated for the Herman Wijffels Innovation Award 2011. TenCate Advanced Composites is one of the participants in this project. The Herman Wijffels Innovation Award has been created to support entrepreneurs to realize their sustainable innovations.

The Innovation Prize is awarded annually by the Rabobank. In total 11 out of the 493 projects were nominated for the Innovation Award 2011. The nominations arise from different sectors. On Thursday, November 3rd the winners will be announced by the jury.

A group of companies from Overijssel has made a world first with the development of lightweight composite tipping body for the transport sector. The new Kipper is lighter, stronger, more energy efficient and quieter than the current metal tipping bodies.

The lightweight composite tipping body Kipper

The trailer is constructed with different layers of (insulating) composites from TenCate. Composites are fiber reinforced plastics that are four to six times stronger than traditional metal materials. With these composite materials a significant weight reduction can be achieved. This has a positive impact on fuel consumption, range and payload of the truck. In addition, the composite laminate can also be used as an insulating layer, for example to maintain the temperature of hot tar. This also saves energy.

The participants of the plastic Kipper project are:

  • Kooiker Bedrijfswagenspuiterij & Carrosserie in Rouveen;
  • Roelofs Kipper in Rouveen;
  • TenCate Advanced Composites in Nijverdal, developer and manufacturer of composite materials;
  • Norma MPM in Hengelo, complex mechatronic modules;
  • CTC (Composite Technology Centre) in Hengelo, knowledge center for composites;
  • De Sprong Metaal in Nieuwleusen, mold construction;
  • ThermoPlastic composite Research Centre (TPRC) in Enschede, research center for composites;
  • STODT in Hengelo, knowledge center for metal and plastic processing industry;
  • Hogeschool (University of applied sciences) Windesheim in Zwolle, research group Polymer Technology;
  • University of Twente in Enschede, faculty of Engineering Technology.
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