Croatian Innovation Wins Grand Prix in Brussels

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Another major success for Croatian innovators.

Innovation called “Invisible markings in the visual and infrared spectrum on textile with ink jet technology”, developed by the Faculty of Graphic Arts, University of Zagreb, won the Grand Prix at the prestigious inventions fair INNOVA 2016, which was held from 17 to 19 November in Brussels, reports HRT on November 20, 2016.

The authors of the innovation are Vilko Žiljak, Ivana Stanimirović Žiljak, Klaudio Pap and Jana Žiljak Vujić. This is a major success for Croatian innovators in Brussels, because the last Croatian innovation which won the Grand Prix there was presented in 1995, it was announced on Sunday from the Croatian Association of Innovators.

Croatian participation at this year’s INNOVA was organized by the Croatian Association of Innovators, Croatian Union of Technical Culture, and University of Zagreb, with the support of the Croatian Chamber of Economy. Croatia was represented by seven innovations and they all received important awards – four gold melds, two silver medals, and the Grand Prix.

The gold medals were given to: Ruconbar by Stjepan Lakušić and Ivo Haladin from the Faculty of Civil Engineering in Zagreb; a self-propelled wagon for transportation of bulk cargo created by Railways Workshops in Čakovec and Faculty of Traffic Sciences in Zagreb; MBO-T bioreactor composting machine developed by Đuro Horvat and Tehnix; and an innovation developed by the Faculty of Graphic Arts.

Silver medals were given to the machine for testing of moving parts of furniture developed by Ivica Grbac, Gojko Nikolić and Marko Krajnović from the Faculty of Forestry; and eco-honey developed by Domagoj Bračić and the PIP company.

This year, INNOVA included over 250 innovations from 15 countries, and about 30 percent of all innovations received one of the awards given. The awards were decided by the expert jury of a hundred judges from around the world.

Prestigious medals of the Knights of Innovations were also presented in Brussels. For his outstanding contribution to the development and promotion of innovations, one of the awards went to Miljenko Šimpraga, Deputy Rector for Innovations and Technology Transfer of the University of Zagreb.


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