BASF's "Tell us your dreams" competition
Over a period of six weeks, 189
specialists and amateurs entered the plastics competition “Tell
us your dreams” sponsored by BASF and sent their dreams
to Ludwigshafen, Germany. Upon the occasion of the K2004 plastics
trade fair, BASF had issued a call for people to submit their
ideas and wishes in the realm of plastics.
BASF received a total of 210
“wishes in plastic” from 21 countries; about half
of these wishes came through the internet, another quarter was
made directly at the trade fair and the remaining quarter came
by mail. Although almost 75 percent of the respondents hailed
from Germany (46 percent), the Netherlands (14 percent) or Great
Britain (13 percent), there were still quite a few ideas that
originated from India, Turkey, Mexico, New Zealand and Pakistan.
“We had not expected so
many good ideas. There was a bit of everything, ranging from technically
sophisticated concepts with business potential, to socially beneficial
suggestions, all the way to out-of-the-ordinary flights of fancy,”
explained Thomas Fritzsche, head of sales for electric applications
in engineering plastics and mentor of the campaign.
The first prize went to Carolin
Tappe and Nathalie Kohler from Bremen and Hannover, respectively,
for their portable food warmer made of several types of plastic
and of a reusable recrystallization heating module. “Well
thought out and formulated, can be realized with various types
of plastic,” were the decisive criteria here.
The second prize was given to
Andreas Kalweit from Bochum, likewise in Germany. He was on a
quest for a plastic that functions as a reactive sponge and that,
depending on its composition, picks up pollutants from the air
and water, at the same time binding them chemically. The jury
found this concept to be of an enduring and visionary nature.
Ludger Wuller from Warendorf
came in third for his corrosion-proof exhaust system made entirely
of plastic, ahead of its time but feasible in the not-too-distant
future through the use of engineering plastics.
The fourth prize went o Luke
Hogan from Littleover (Derbyshire), England, who submitted a total
of five innovation and interesting ideas. He not only dreamed
of plastic cutlery that is both functional and approved for use
in airplanes, but he also yearned for an all-season plastic jacket
with air cushions that could be inflated in the winter and deflated
in the summer.