Andreas Limper has more than three decades in the rubber industry, with innovations in rubber processing technologies and rubber mixing research that have been developed into real-world applications.
For these accomplishments, Limper has been named the 2024 winner of the Fernley H. Banbury Award.
The award, named for the inventor and developer of the internal mixer, honors innovations in production equipment, instrumentation, control systems and improved processing technologies widely used in the manufacture of rubber or rubber-like goods.
This year's award from the ACS Rubber Division is sponsored by Ace Laboratories of Ravenna, Ohio.
"This candidate has, in my opinion, accomplished more than any others in (the) research and development field of rubber and plastic mixing ... and is deserving of this prestigious award," Paul White, vice president of service with HF Mixing Group, wrote in his nomination letter. "Without hesitation, it is an honor to offer my endorsement of Dr. Limper for this (award)."
Limper has served as CEO of the HF Mixing Group, a developer and producer of machines and accessories for the plastics and rubber industry.
He also has worked as a professor for the University of Paderborn in Germany, leading development of tire manufacturing, rubber mixing and rubber extrusion.
He has made contributions in the development of the biggest producers of rubber mixing equipment; tandem mixing technology (in concert with Continental Tire); and development of the twin extruder for downstream mixing lines.