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Nominations open for outstanding forestry technology at KWF-Tagung 2020

In Germany, Kuratorium für Waldarbeit und Forsttechnik e.V. (KWF), the organisers of 18th KWF Tagung forestry demo event, have announced that nominations for its prestigious innovation awards to be presented at KWF-Tagung 2020 that takes place in Schwarzenborn, Hessia on July 1-4, are open.

At the 16th KWF Tagung, forest machinery company HSM was awarded a KWF innovation medal for its “Starkholzharvester HSM 405 H3”. For the ninth time, numerous companies from the forestry sector will present their innovative forestry developments to a committee of experts. The most pioneering products and solutions will be ceremoniously awarded the popular KWF-innovation medal on July 1, 2020, the opening day of the 18th KWF Tagung.

For the ninth time, numerous companies from the forestry sector will present their innovative forestry developments to a committee of experts. The most pioneering products and solutions will be ceremoniously awarded the popular KWF-innovation medal on July 1, 2020, the opening day of the 18th KWF Tagung that will be held in Schwarzenborn.

But even beforehand the interested audience will get a broad impression of the innovative strength and inventiveness of the forestry technology sector by being shown the list of nominees. Registration closes on March 31, 2020.

Participation for innovative companies is worthwhile: the new developments will catch the public attention before and during the KWF-Tagung. Nominated products are highlighted by the KWF-innovation-labels at the fair. The committee’s well-founded valuations are made available to the specialist media and are summarized in a brochure. Hence valuable references on innovations and trends are provided to the experts.

Two-stage process

The selection of laureates is a two-stage process. Until March 31, 2020, all interested exhibitors are invited to submit brief and concise descriptions of their developments to the KWF. On the basis of those, a committee selects the most convincing products. They are then nominated as potential award winners.

In the second and final step – shortly before the KWF-Tagung – a jury of renowned forestry experts decides on which of the nominated developments will emerge as the winner of the contest. The presentation of nominees and awarding of the KWF-innovation-medals to the company representatives or institutions will take place on July 1, on stage right at the heart of KWF-Expo.

New to this year’s competition is that all products which have not been presented at a KWF-Tagung yet can be registered. Thus the evaluation period is extended to four years.

We hope this results in a higher amount of products that have already proven themselves in practice or whose level of development is already ready for series production, explained Professor Dr Ute Seeling, Managing Director of KWF.

Products whose function has changed significantly, if their use enables a new process or a known process is essentially improved, are awarded the KWF-innovation-medal. Expected positive effects on the value in use, on business management, occupational safety, the environment, and the energy situation are decisive for the selection.

Over 80 applications were handed in for the last awarding ceremony in 2016 at the 17th KWF Tagung– which resulted in nine medalists.

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