Milliken showcases Innovation Gallery of problem-solving textiles
Milliken & Company features at Techtextil an on-site Innovation Gallery and its many textile, performance materials, and services. The Innovation Gallery will showcase industry-leading products and services that improve health and safety.
Among the products are custom textiles and other high-performance materials that offer solutions for buildings and infrastructure, industrial reinforcement applications, protective and specialty clothing, the automotive industry, commercial flooring, and table linens. 2015 marks Milliken’s 150th anniversary. Here are just a few examples of what the company will be highlighting at Techtextil:
- Reinforcements for roofing, tape and industrial applications: Milliken offers a wide range of textile capabilities for use in reinforcement fabrics. It has built its reputation on designing unique, competitive products to solve customers’ challenges. Milliken products for reinforcing roofing help manufacturers comply with strict wind-performance standards, improve durability and increase the longevity of their commercial roofing systems.
- High-performance, sustainable solutions in table linens: The Signature by Milliken® portfolio of table linens includes the REPREVE® brand of recycled fiber. REPREVE is made from recycled materials, including polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles. Milliken’s use of REPREVE means that laundries and other table linen users now have a more sustainable product, with no sacrifice in appearance, performance or durability.
- Flame-resistant fabrics for protective clothing: Milliken’s recent acquisition of Westex, Inc., a leading manufacturer of branded flame resistant (FR) fabrics, establishes Westex by Milliken, the newly created FR business, in the forefront of the protective fabric market. Together, Milliken and Westex create an unprecedented ability to provide the most innovative fabrics for industrial workers around the world who need protection from arc flash, flash fire, and other thermal hazards. The diverse portfolio of Westex FR fabric products are real-world tested, comfortable to wear, and are sold under such brands as UltraSoft, Indura, and True Comfort.
- Reinforcements for tires and rubber goods used in various industries: With more than 40 years of innovations in rubber reinforcement, the Milliken fabric and cord solutions make tires, rubberized belts and hoses stronger, while reducing weight and cutting material requirements. Ready-to-use reinforcement fabrics reduce the amount of rubber needed. That means lighter tires, and thus lower fuel consumption and CO2emissions.
“Visitors to Techtextil will be able to see for themselves how and where our innovative products and services solve problems around the world,” says Barbara Haaksma, vice president of corporate marketing and communications. “Innovation has been at the heart of Milliken’s success since 1865 and we remain focused on doing good for the world, creating new experiences for our customers, and building for the future.”
Pic: Milliken’s reinforcements for rubber goods industries: power transmission belt reinforced with a polyester stiff cord in a car engine. (Photo © 2015 Milliken & Company, all rights reserved, MKTPR001):i
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