There were 133 entries, and 15 companies – three in each of the five categories – were shortlisted and have reached the finals. One of them is Mayer & Cie., which entered its spinitsystems spinning and knitting technology. The Spinit 3.0 E circular knitting machine produces a fluffy single jersey fabric and also delivers significant benefits in resource requirements. That makes it, as the IKU organisers put it, a product with “an environmental performance that occurs as a side effect and not directly in terms of climate protection”.
Which company wins the award and the attractive prize money will not be known until the award ceremony is held on 21 February 2018. The decision is in the hands of a high-ranking jury chaired by Professor Ottmar Edenhofer, who is, inter alia, director of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change.
The jury will base its decision on a scientific evaluation of all entries by the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI). Mayer & Cie. received a number of queries from the ISI during the evaluation phase. Michael Tuschak, in charge of the project, is delighted by the interest it has shown. “That demonstrates,” he says, “as does reaching the finals, that we deliver a clear and transparent benefit. We are now excitedly waiting to see where we will end up standing on the winners’ rostrum.”