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FabricLink Announces Top 10 Textile Innovation Award Winners

Resource network FabricLink has recognized ten textile companies for leadership in fabric technology development and originality in the 2014 Top 10 Innovation Awards.

FabricLink announced the winners Monday, saying that the awards highlight cutting edge products like fiber technologies and fabric developments that improve design, construction or performance of existing textile products. The technologies involved include innovations in technical sports textiles, industrial and medical textiles, and safety and protective home furnishings.

Kathlyn Swantko, president of the FabricLink Network, said, “The research and development required to launch these award winning advancements often extends over several years. This year’s winners include products that can be used in a broad range of industries and consumer applications, and represent some of the best innovative achievements in the textile industry.”

The new technologies are available for sale in the specialty fabrics market and one is currently available as a finished consumer product.

As outlined in a company statement, the 2014 winners include:

CRAiLAR® Flax is a new, high-quality, sustainable natural fiber, which surpasses the comfort of cotton, but exhibits performance characteristics similar to a synthetic. CRAiLAR Flax Fiber reduces chemical and water usage, and is designated as a 100% BioPreferred® product by the USDA.

The Edema Stocking, developed by Ohmatex in Denmark, is a smart electronic textile device that monitors and measures changes in leg volume for patients suffering from edema (fluid accumulation or swelling) of the lower limbs.

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ELUTEâ„¢ is a biodegradable, drug-loaded fiber delivery system, developed by TissueGen, Inc., which can be used in implantable medical devices. This allows a broad array of drugs to be delivered directly to targeted internal sites.

EQ-Top Seismic Wallpaper was developed through a partnership between the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Bayer’s Material Science division. This product is a composite of strong, stiff glass fibers, crisscrossed in various directions to distribute energy evenly when the walls of a building shake during an earthquake.

Geckskinâ„¢, developed by scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and marketed by Felsuma LLC, is a new attach-and-release material that replicates the feet of the gecko. The material peels away easily on any surface, leaving no residue, and can hold up to 700 lbs.

GeoDetect®, developed by TenCate, is a combination of geotextile performance and fiber optic sensing technology to provide actionable information related to soil strain and temperature changes of geo-structures. GeoDetect® is the “first intelligent geotextile” able to provide soil reinforcement, structural health monitoring, design validation, and an early warning system.

Mushroom® Materials, developed by Ecovative, are a new class of home-compostable bio-plastics with a mycelium base, which are a high-performance and an environmentally responsible alternative to traditional polystyrene plastic foam packaging material, insulation, and other synthetic materials.

PurThread Technologies’ high-performance fabrics are embedded with an EPA-registered antimicrobial agent developed by Eastman Kodak. The antimicrobial agent, a form of silver salt, works to keep fabrics fresh by inhibiting the growth of odor-causing bacteria, mold, mildew, and fungus.

Qmilk, a biopolymer fiber manufactured by Qmilch GmbH, is a compostable fiber based on casein milk protein. The Qmilk fiber can be obtained both as a staple fiber and filament. Like wool and silk, Q-Milk is soft, gentle on the skin, antimicrobial, flame-resistant, and non-allergenic.

RamTectâ„¢ is a 100% American wool insulation product, developed by Hobbs Bonded Fibers, to serve as insulation for outdoor garments. RamTect is an extremely soft, lightweight, and pliable wool insulation fabric using patent pending, no-yarn compression technology.