Future Materials Awards Logo 10 May 2017
The Westin Grand Frankfurt, Germany

2014 Awards Review

Best innovation - Agrotextiles

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Winner - Bonar NV

“Bonar has developed a commercial product that anticipates future regulations and demand. The company overcame technical challenges and has worked well with partners. The material has performed well in trials, and been strongly received by the market.”


  • Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, Inc
  • Technical Absorbents Ltd
  • TenCate Geosynthetics Austria GmbH

Best innovation – Textiles for building and construction

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Winner: Sanitized AG

“The challenge was to create a stable, water-based formulation that was compatible with various textile aids, while simultaneously maintaining the UV-stable mold protection. Sanitized AG has delivered an innovation that will excel across a broad range of applications.”


  • CeNTI - Centre for Nanotechnology and Smart Materials
  • FR Safety Yarns GmbH & Co. KG/ Kienzler Textile Ventilation
  • KORDSA GLOBAL Endüstriyel İplik ve KordBezi Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş.
  • M+N Textiles

Best innovation – Textiles for clothing

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Winner: X-Technology Swiss R&D AG

“This is a well established company and a great example of a biomimetic approach. Comfort is the focus of the innovation, in particular breathability, and it will surely impact hugely on the sports and outerwear market.”


  • Advanced Textiles Research Group at Nottingham Trent University
  • MMT Textiles Limited
  • Polartec, LLC
  • Sanitized AG
  • Under Armour

Best innovation – Home textiles

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“Mitsa has developed a cellulose product that offers effective flame resistance and meets the required norms, breaking new ground for the sector. The potential seating applications also suggests further commercial success for this product.”


  • Elizabeth Whelan Design
  • Outlast Europe GmbH
  • Sanitized AG

Best innovation – Industrial textiles

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Winner: DSM Dyneema

“A radical innovation that delivers disruptive, game-changing, breakthrough materials for soft body armour and hard materials for helmets, vest inserts and vehicle armour. Impressive implementation and excellent market take-up potential.”


  • ITW Pro Brands
  • The Organotexcat Team
  • University of Bolton / Fibrlec Ltd.

Best innovation – Medical textiles

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Winner: Kelheim Fibres GmbH

“Kelheim Fibres has developed a washable solution by combining Bramante hollow viscose fibres, which are able to retain more than twice their own weight in water, and polyester fibres into a needlepunched nonwoven. A highly innovative solution with significant market potential.”


  • (1) Institute fuer Textiltechnik at RWTH-Aachen University; (2) Experimental Molecular Imaging at the University Hospital Aachen; (3) Lubrizol Corporation
  • Lauffenmühle GmbH & Co. KG
  • Schoeller Medical AG
  • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • TissueGen, Inc.
  • University of Bristol

Best innovation – Mobile textiles (automotive, aerospace and other transport)

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Winner: Procotex Corporation

“Procotex Corp has delivered a significant innovation with its versatile and lightweight solution that reduces energy consumption - a mixture of recycled natural and synthetic fibres. It will bring an evolution of lightweight car development.”


  • Advanced Textiles Research Group at Nottingham Trent University
  • Mattes & Ammann
  • Qmilch Deutschland GmbH
  • Schoeller GmbH & Co KG
  • Technical University Dresden

Best innovation – Sustainable textiles, Product

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Winner: Lauffenmühle GmbH & Co. KG

“Lauffenmuhles has developed an innovative, closed loop solution for the textiles services industry. A broad scope of the supply chain is being addressed. Excellent idea and very well planned market segment.”


  • Alchemy Goods
  • Cooley Group
  • Paper No. 9
  • Qmilch Deutschland GmbH
  • Toray International

Best innovation – Sustainable textiles, Process

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Winner: Schoeller GmbH & Co KG & University of Innsbrook

“This is a great technology with a broad impact and consumption savings. It is the first wool finishing process which meets the strict criteria of the Bluesign and Global Organic Textile (G.O.T.S) standards. A truly all-round sustainable innovation.”


  • Green Theme Technologies LLC
  • Kordsa Global
  • Nonwovens Innovation & Research Institute Ltd. & C-Tech Innovation Ltd
  • The Yeh Group
  • Tonello
  • VTT, Technical research centre of Finland

Best innovation – Sportswear and outdoor apparel

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Winner: Sympatex Technologies GmbH

“A material which enhances breathability and reduces thermal insulation at the same time when sweating. Very interesting innovative construction, and outstanding environmental considerations. Wonderful new innovation.”


  • Coolcore
  • NILIT LTD - cooling Yarn
  • Polartec, LLC
  • Toray International
  • Under Armour
  • X-Technology Swiss R&D AG

Best innovation – Protective textiles

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Winner: Schoeller Textil AG

“Pyroshell can not only integrate all functions such as flame retardant, water repellent, UV cut, etc, but also complies with Bluesign certification. Very impressive achievement which enables a totally new range of PPE fabrics to enter the market."


  • DSM Dyneema
  • Engtex AB
  • Forcefield FF LTD
  • Luna Innovations Incorporated
  • University of Bolton
  • X-Technology Swiss R&D AG

Most innovative small company

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Winner: Green Theme Technologies LLC

“Green Theme Technologies is providing a new environmentally friendly technology that has a broad scope of application for many industries. Its initial and measurable commercial results suggest the outstanding potential for this material process innovation.”


  • BARK CLOTH_europe  //  BARK CLOTH_uganda Ltd.
  • Coolcore
  • Forcefield FF LTD
  • Kraig Biocraft Laboratories Inc.
  • Primo1D SAS
  • Tamicare Ltd

Most innovative medium company

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"We are thrilled to have won the Future Materials Award for Polartec Alpha! We deeply regret not being able to attend. Polartec Alpha was originally invented for the US Special Operations Forces and has since be adopted into the commercial outdoor and fitness markets. It created a new category in textiles, that of active insulation. It is a highly breathable yet insulative fabric that dries quickly and is aesthetically versatile. We would like to thank the judges and extend our congratulations to the other winners." Lindsey Thompson, Marketing Communications Manager, Polartec, LLC

Polartec, LLCWinner: Polartec, LLC

“Polartec’s 100-year history and early success with fleece could have led to complacency. But the company now competes in multiple categories, and recent developments such as Alpha and Neoshell demonstrate its continuing commitment to innovation.”


  • Outlast Europe GmbH
  • Sanitized AG
  • Schoeller Textil AG
  • Technical Absorbents
  • X-Technology Swiss research & development AG

Most innovative large company

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Winner: DSM Dyneema

“Very impressive achievement by innovative products, especially the lightweight, flexible and durable protective textiles. In addition, the company even creates a platform to link technicians and product designers to shorten the market journey.”


  • ITW Pro Brands
  • Kelheim Fibres GmbH

Innovator of the year

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Winner: MMT Textiles - Veronika Kapsali

“Veronika is the inventor and co-director of MMT Textiles Limited, an R&D company which owns the rights and IP for INOTEK TM, a biomimetic fibre-based textile technology that uses moisture in clothing microclimate to create a mechanical response for advanced moisture management.”


  • Lauffenmühle GmbH & Co. KG - Volker Steidel | CEO
  • Royal College of Art MA Textile - Sophie Zajicek
  • Suleyman Demirel University - Caglar Sivri
  • Tamicare Ltd - Ehud Giloh

Launch of the year

Winner: DSM Dyneema

“After a 30-month R&D initiative that yielded dramatic, and potentially game-changing materials for armour, DSM Dyneema devised and implemented a successful four-part launch strategy. Addresses significant market need. "


  • Armadillo Merino®
  • ITW Pro Brands
  • Lauffenmühle GmbH & Co. KG
  • VTT, Technical research centre of Finland


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