The filter specialist Hengst has been honored with a particular distinction: "Blue-on", a product that the company developed as a sustainable alternative to spin-on oil filters, was honored with the Münsterland Award for Innovation.
The idea behind "Blue.on" was to develop a sustainable oil filter concept that can be applied on the conventional spin-on filter interface. Presently, approximately 800 million vehicles equipped with spin-on oil filters are driving on the world's roads. These filters require that the entire filter unit be replaced during an oil change and involve the undesirable necessity of disposing of the remaining oil as hazardous waste. This necessity puts an enormous strain on the environment, as it causes waste volumes in the realm of 500,000 t of steel (50 Eiffel Towers) and 142,000 t of waste oil (one Suezmax tanker) per year.
On the other hand the "Blue.on" developed by Hengst Filtration consists of a solid plastic lid, the replaceable filter cartridge and a base with integrated valve technology. Lid and base remain on the engine as lifetime components. When the oil is changed, only the filter cartridge, which can be completely thermally recycled, is replaced. With the "Blue.on", manufacturers can retrofit existing engine systems in the short term and the thus the "Blue.on" makes an important contribution to environmental protection.
Every two years Münsterland e.V. confers the award on creative and innovative developments from Münsterland. An independent jury consisting of six business and scientific experts selects the nominees and the award winners.
In the "Business" category, Hengst was able to prevail against its competitors and convinced the six-member jury from business and science.
At the award ceremony, Mr. Frank Knura, Head of Corporate Clients at Sparkasse Münsterland Ost, presented the award to Ingo Brunsmann, Group Vice President Engine & Mobile at Hengst Filtration. "We are very proud to have won this award. For us, this award is a confirmation of our work and it shows that we are on the leading edge with our products."