7th manus® competition for plastic plain bearing applications

The application period 2015 is finished!

From viewing telescopes to train doors – the applications for the manus® awards have been astonishingly diverse. Now the search is back on for applications that use polymer plain bearings. The competition aims to support innovations and honour courageous applications.

The prizes

The manus® award comprise:

The closing date for applications was 20th february 2015. The award ceremony takes place at the Hanover Fair.


1st Prize The Gold manus®,
a certificate and a prize money of
€ 5,000


2nd Prize The Silver manus®,
a certificate and a prize money of
€ 2,500


3rd Prize The Bronze manus®,
a certificate and a prize money of
€ 1,000

The competition first implemented in 2003 and with great success goes into the next round.
manus® is a joint initiative by igus®, polymer researchers and manufacturers of plastic plain bearings, the technical publication Industrieanzeiger, Cologne Technical College and the Institute of Composite Materials.
"manus" (Latin for hand) symbolizes the drive to explore new ways in bearing technology.
In the past two decades, plastic bearings have made great progress from the "bushing" to a precisely predictable and durable machine element. Spread across all industries, they now enable solutions that combine the apparent contradictions with each other.
The competition awards bold applications with plastic bearings, which distinguish themselves through technical and economic efficiency, creativity and surprising results. manus® symbolizes the courage and drive to explore new ways in bearing technology.

Medical assistance system

This year’s Gold award winner is a system that assists doctors with keyhole cochlea implant surgery to treat inner ear deafness and profound deafness.

Medical assistance system    

Smoothing machine

The winner of this year’s Silver manus® award is a machine that makes it easier to draw off screed.

Smoothing machine    

3D printing machine

This year, Bronze goes to a laser-based 3D printing machine that prints metal parts made of titanium, aluminium, steel or even gold.

3D printing machine    

The winners of the 7th manus® competition

Formal manus® award ceremony at the Hanover Trade Fair 2015

(f.l.t.r.): Deepak Pauk, igus® India, Dr. Stefan Kombüchen, Jan-Philipp Kobler - Leibniz University Hannover (gold), Gerhard Baus, Frank Blase, David Kampitsch - Mai International GmbH Österreich (silver), Christian Hardenbicker, Tobias Vogel

manus® winners 2015  

Video (German)