The Hermes Award is one of the most prestigious international prizes for technological achievement, and this year‘s winner is Krautzberger GmbH ( www.krautzberger.com ) based in Eltville. The company received the award for an innovative steam spraying system.
With this technology, atomization is effected by steam instead of the more conventional compressed air. Krautzberger‘s adoption of steam as the atomizing medium for paints, adhesives, glazes and varnishes is a world first. The use of steam results in a smoother, more even coating with reduced overspray, giving a higher-quality finish combined with significant savings in coating material (up to 25%) and energy consumption (up to 50%). At the same time noise levels are reduced. Furthermore, the drying process takes less time, resulting in a further reduction in energy costs. Altogether it amounts to a big step forward in environment-friendly production processes. As well as conserving resources, the new technology also poses less of a health risk to the paint shop operatives.
This year‘s Hermes Award was presented on 3 April 2011 at the opening ceremony for Hannover Messe by Dr. Annette Schavan, Germany’s Federal Minister for Education and Research. In her speech the Minister praised the SME sector as the driving force behind so much technological innovation today: “Krautzberger GmbH is a perfect example of a relatively small company driving technology, which despite the economic downturn has managed to stay on course with good ideas, discipline and a real commitment to business success. And today that company has been awarded this distinguished prize for a uniquely innovative technology with great commercial potential.”