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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Milliken & Company receives InnoVision, R&D 100 awards for innovation excellence

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Milliken & Company has been recognized for its leadership, technological excellence and innovation on a regional and global scale with the receipt of two prestigious honors – an R&D 100 Award and InnoVision Award for Technology Integration. Both accolades highlight select Milliken & Company products for their revolutionary protective and environmental qualities impacting a multitude of industries. 

R&D Magazine presented Westex by Milliken® with an R&D 100 Award for its breakthrough technology displayed in Westex ShieldCXP, a protective fabric that defends the wearer from both flame and inadvertent chemical splash hazards. 

Interactions with hazardous chemicals and flames are frequent in laboratories, so an effective protective coat must be properly worn to serve as a solution to multiple risks. Prior to Westex ShieldCXP™, the end user was forced to choose between garments that offered either flame-resistant (FR) properties or protection from toxic and corrosive liquids found in common laboratory solvents. Unless individuals elected to layer the garments, a solution with comfort and breathability issues, many workers often wore apparel that only provided part of the protection needed to defend against dangerous, yet routine, laboratory hazards.                                 

Unlike other protective fabrics, Westex ShieldCXP™ provides protection for each of these laboratory risks in one fabric – without compromising comfort. The first of its kind, the single fabric solution simplifies purchasing decisions for laboratory managers and helps ensure proper protection. 

Additionally, Milliguard UVX200 HF, an innovative UV absorber used in polyurethanes, received the 2016 InnoVision Award for excellence in Technology Integration. The product offers widespread application for polyurethane systems used in the automotive industry and apparel foam, serving as a first line of defense to protect polyurethane substrates from harmful UV radiation. 

UV absorbers are habitually added into the polyurethane value chain to protect the articles from both UV and thermal degradation during the lifetime of the polyurethane article. However, traditional absorbers are nonreactive and can migrate out of the substrate, leaving the threat of degradation, discoloration and failure of physical properties. 

In the automotive industry, Milliguard™ UVX200 HF prevents interior parts, including instruments, door panels and the middle console, from degradation when exposed to UV light penetrating through automobile windows. Milliguard™ UVX200 HF boasts a zero-emission profile, improving interior air quality to help manufacturers meet strict industry standards, decreasing fogging and improving the overall chemical safety profile of vehicles. 

“Our community of innovators is not afraid to ask questions, push boundaries and challenge the status-quo,” said Chris Desoiza, Milliken vice president of research. “Our passion to ‘do good’ motivates all areas of business at Milliken—from idea generation to end-user products. We are all driven by the belief that we can make a real difference in the world. It is humbling and inspiring for two renowned organizations to recognize and applaud this pursuit.” 

The R&D 100 Awards program, coined the “Oscars of Innovation,” celebrates those who have “achieved greatness” in research and development. Milliken & Company has proudly received honors for various innovations for five consecutive years. Additionally, the InnoVision Awards have been distinguishing South Carolina businesses for nearly two decades. Milliken innovations have been honored four times since 2012. 

About Milliken
For 150 years, Milliken has been innovating with the purpose to explore, discover and create ways to enhance people’s lives. Our community of innovators has developed one of the larger collections of United States patents held by a private U.S. company. With expertise across a breadth of disciplines, including specialty chemical, floor covering and performance materials, we work around the world every day to add true value to people’s lives, improve health and safety, and help make this world more sustainable. For more information, visit and join us on Twitter and Facebook. 

About Westex by Milliken
Westex by Milliken, a Milliken & Company business, has more than 60 years of experience manufacturing flame resistant fabrics. Millions of garments made with Westex by Milliken fabrics are in service globally in the utility, electrical maintenance, oil and gas, and metals industries. With a strong commitment to the FR clothing marketplace and a deep understanding of the needs of the FR supply-chain and end users, Westex by Milliken has a proven track record of offering FR workwear with an excellent balance of protection, comfort and value. For more information, visit