Josef Ehrler (on the left of the picture, with two visitors) and Brigitte Ehrler talked to and answered questions of businesses, engineers and students at ACHEMA for a period of five days. The entrepreneurial couple insisted on entering into the international exchange with leading companies themselves. Hosting about 4,000 exhibitors from fifty countries, the ACHEMA fair in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, is the global forum for chemical technology, process engineering and biotechnology. This year JELU-WERK was represented as an industrial partner of Aalen University. Aalen University presented the LICIL research project together with associated and industrial partners at ACHEMA 2015. Under the auspices of this project, which is headed by Professor Dr Willi Kantlehner, a new, energy-efficient process for obtaining lignin, cellulose and hemicellulose is being developed. Around 167,000 visitors from more than 100 countries came to Frankfurt to this year’s “World Summit of Innovation”.
JELUPLAST® – newly developed wood plastic composite
JELU-WERK has been processing natural fibres to produce functional additives for more than 100 years. In its capacity as industrial partner in the LICIL research project, JELU-WERK above all addresses the utilisation of cellulose. At ACHEMA, JELU presented product and application samples. JELU-WERK’s newly developed, high-performance wood plastic composite (WPC) attracted great attention in particular. Under the brand name JELUPLAST, JELU-WERK presented its newly developed biocompound, which is a mixture of wood fibres and food-friendly plastic. The compound can consist of up to 70 per cent wood fibres or cellulose and replace pure plastics products in numerous applications. It can be used to produce floorings, furniture boards, toys and compostable products. JELUPLAST is suitable for extrusion, injection moulding and compression moulding. At ACHEMA, engineers and students in particular were interested in the new product, on which the inventor and producer Josef Ehrler gladly provided information.