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The FabricLink Network Announces Top 10 Textile Innovation Awards for 2017-18 (3/26/18)
The FabricLink Network (FLN) announces their anticipated Top 10 Innovation Awards for 2017-18,
presented to the exceptional textile-based materials and technologies that have launched during the
past year and are commercially available. The Top 10 Textile Innovations for 2017-18 range from a
super lightweight fabric that NASA will use for the next Mars landing; apparel that provides cutting-
edge pathogen protection to doctors; to regenerative polyester and nylon fabrics upcycled from
discarded fishing nets and bottles from the ocean.
The Top 10 Awards are presented to recognize technical achievements and originality that advances
and/or improves finished product applications and the performance of products within the specialty
Top 10 Innovations 2017-2018
1. Ahlstrom-Munksjö PureArmor™ is a breathable impervious fabric that provides superior
protection with great comfort for blood borne pathogen and cleanroom apparel.
2. CORDURA® Brand, DuPont Tate & Lyles's Susterra®, and DuPont™ Sorona® combine to create a
new three-layer eco-efficient fabric interconnecting durability, sustainability, and wearability.
3. Eastman Naia™ Cellulosic yarn combines certified sustainability and performance with a natural
touch. Its lightness, silkiness and soft hand combined with its hypoallergenic nature make it ideally
suited for intimate apparel and other next-to-skin applications.
4. FilSpec Inc.'s FireFil™ is a new engineered yarn containing a glass multi-filament core yarn that is
flame resistant, cut resistant and tear resistant, offering triple protection to firefighters and industrial
5. Heathcoat Fabric's DecelAir Superlight™ is a new range of top-quality super, light-weight
parachute fabrics. Heathcoat Fabrics has announced that its DecelAir Superlight™ has been selected
by NASA as the fabric to be used in the next Mars rover landing in 2020.
6. Lubrizol's innovative new fiber technology, X4zol™-J, takes apparel comfort and fit to the next
dimension by combining 360-degree stretch and support with breathability, fast drying and cooling
7. PALTEX, a Taiwan textile company, has established an ongoing commitment to sustainability since
it was established in 2003. "From Waste to Yarn" is the company's regeneration system that collects
discarded fishing nets and plastic bottles from the ocean, which are then recycled.
8. Safety Components' Filament Twill Technology™ is a new innovative fabric construction used to
produce textiles for firefighter turnout gear. Lighter, stronger, more flexible FR fabrics coupled with
ergonomic garment designs have revolutionized the way firefighters perform.
9. Spectra® Centurion™ composite fabric is a high-performance material designed to make law
enforcement apparel and equipment lighter in weight. Honeywell's new offering eliminates stitching,
extra fabric and webbing on plate carriers for body armor, reducing the carrier weight by up to 40
10. Teijin Aramid's Twaron® ComForte™ SB3 is one of the lightest ballistic protection fabrics for body
armor available. Twaron® ComForte™ SB3 meets demanding protection in accordance with NIJ
(National Institute of Justice) standard 0101.06.
To be eligible for an award, the textile product technology or production process improvement must
have been developed in the previous year, and be commercially available during the current year.
Contact Kathlyn Swantko at email@example.com for consideration in future years.
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