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The FabricLink Network Announces the Top 10 Textile Innovation Awards for 2015-16

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The FabricLink Network Announces the

Top 10 Textile Innovation Awards for 2015-16

Tarzana, CA. March 22, 2016 – The annual FabricLink Network (FLN) Top 10 Innovation Awards are presented to the 10 most exceptional textile-based materials and technologies that have launched during the past year and are commercially available. The awards recognize the focused research and development effort required to create products that address needs within the specialty fabric markets.

This year’s Top 10 Textile Innovations range from innovative fiber technologies to new concepts in supply chain platforms. The awards recognize those organizations and people, whose originality and creativity enhance performance and bring new textile ideas to life. The awards are meant to empower and encourage textile industry researchers, engineers, designers, and product developers to pursue their ideas and strive for excellence in innovation. The FabricLink Network takes great pride in honoring this year’s Top 10 Textile Innovations for 2015-2016.

Adidas Ocean Wave

Kathy Swantko founder of the FabricLink Network, explains the motivation behind the annual awards, “Textiles are in everything we do: science, clothing, design, medical equipment, emergency first responders and more; these awards recognize the innovators in the high tech specialty fabric markets. The awards are presented to recognize the designers, manufacturers and suppliers, who are leading the way with new products and technologies.”

See more details on this year’s Top 10 Innovations at

1. Adidas’ 3D Shoe Made from Ocean Plastic Waste: In a unique partnership with the network, Parley for the Oceans, Adidas has been actively creating new sustainable materials and innovations for athletic shoes from the plastic waste that abounds in our oceans. 

2. Alexium’s Alexiflam-Crockban™: Alexium developed an environmentally friendly treatment that inhibits crocking, the transfer of dye between two surfaces. Fire retardant Alexiflam-Crockban™ keeps mattresses cleaner in both showrooms and bedrooms.

3. Bolt Threads:Bolt Threads has used yeast engineering to solve the decades-long problem of mass-producing and scaling up spider silk for everyday use at a commercially viable cost. Its Engineered Silk™ is a distinct polymer fiber material that is actually stronger, softer, and stretches better than the natural fibers made by silkworms or spiders.

4. Directa Plus S.p.A./Colmar:Directa Plus has partnered with Colmar to launch the first application of Graphene Plus (G+), which acts as a filter between the body and the external environment, in sportswear. Thermally conductive G+ disperses the warmth produced by the human body in warm climates and preserves and distributes it evenly in cold climates, making it ideal for skiwear, technical underwear and shirts.

5. Georgia Tech/SoftWear Automation, Inc.: As a collaboration, this team has developed a patented process that incorporates machine vision, robotics and computing technologies to create a fully automated sewing machine. The new machines can fundamentally redesign and transform today’s apparel value chain, making the U.S. sewn products manufacturing industry cost-competitive again.

6. Jason Mills’ Style 413Screening Fabric: This fabric is an enhanced “No-See-Um fabric,” which protects users against the penetration of baby ticks (nymphs), ticks and mosquitoes, while still offering superior ventilation and breathability. Also water repellent and fire retardant, the new transparent 413 fabric is UV-resistant and will not quickly degrade.

7. Newton® Wovenaire® Crib Mattress: Knowing that a healthy sleep environment is vital to infants, the 100% breathable Newton® Wovenaire®Crib Mattress’ patented core (90% air and 10% food grade polymer) facilitates airflow and drastically educes risk of suffocation, while helping regulate the baby’s body temperature. 

8. Nikwax Hydrophobic Down (NHD): Developed by Nikwax and DownLite, NHD is setting the performance standard for water-resistant down, while using clean chemistry. Without the addition of any polluting PFC-based water-repellents NHD enables down to maintain its loft and fill power even when damp.

9. Teijin Frontier’s Polyester Towel-like Fabric: The Teijin Group has developed a highly comfortable and functional 100% polyester material that achieves the highly absorbent pile structure of toweling, while also offering both exceptional moisture diffusion and heat insulation. End-uses include sportswear, functional underwear, uniforms, bedding and industrial products.

10. Texapore Softshell / EDAG Light Cocoon: The “EDAG Light Cocoon” is not just a compact dynamic sports car, but also an unprecedented projection of future lightweight automotive construction. The bionically optimized vehicle structure, combined with a weatherproof textile outer skin, made from Jack Wolfskin’sTexapore Softshell, is waterproof, windproof, and highly breathable.

Please visit the Top 10 Innovations at for more information on this year’s winners. 

Texapore Softshell

FabricLink Network and are online textile resources, which make up the FabricLink Network. (trade-to-consumer) and (trade-to-trade) provide information about new products and marketing opportunities for specialty textiles, textile-based products and services. The two sites offer valuable educational content and technical information, new releases on innovations, fabric descriptions, usage and care, supplier history, and key contacts. The Searchable indexes make the FabricLink Network websites the go-to resource for textile developers, fashion designers, and researchers. In addition, the Network offers effective platforms for all companies to reach other businesses within the supply chain and the consumer. “Like” FabricLink on Facebook or visit to learn more about all types of fabrics.

Kathy Swantko can be reached at (818) 345-7501, or at Communications Contact: Beth Cochran at or (406) 579-7909.