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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

R&D Magazine names Westex ShieldCXP™ among most innovative products of 2016

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – For the fifth consecutive year, R&D Magazine presented a Milliken & Company innovation with an R&D 100 Award, naming Westex ShieldCXP™, among the most technologically relevant products of 2016.   

Recognized for its breakthrough technology, Westex ShieldCXP™ is a protective fabric that defends the wearer from both flame and inadvertent chemical splash hazards. The innovation combines Milliken’s textile expertise, state-of-the-art flame resistant (FR) protection and patented softening technology to form a groundbreaking design that is shaping the next generation in FR protective laboratory wear. 

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. 

“The development of Westex ShieldCXP™ is a reflection of our team’s commitment to ‘doing good’ in areas of workplace health, safety and efficiency,” said Chris Desoiza, Milliken vice president of research. “We are constantly searching for new ways to push the boundaries of textile design and are pleased that Westex ShieldCXP™ is paving the way in protective apparel.” 

The R&D 100 Awards program, coined the “Oscars of Innovation,” celebrates those who have “achieved greatness” in research and development. To date, Milliken has proudly won eight R&D 100 Awards, beginning in 2008 with Millad® NXTM 8000 and every year since 2012.  

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 

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.