INDA will be announcing the winner of the Lifetime Technical Achievement Award and the Lifetime Service Award Wednesday afternoon. The Lifetime Technical Achievement Award is presented to a professional who has a long-established technical career in the nonwovens industry. This professional will have a long history of technical innovation leading to the development of Intellectual Property resulting in new products and processes. The Lifetime Service Award will be presented to a professional who has a long-established record of service to INDA, specifically, and the nonwoven industry as a whole. This professional will have held a key role in planning and executing the long term success of at least one of INDA’s major industry services and is an avid supporter and spokesperson for the industry.
The second annual RISE Durable Product Award™ will be presented to a durable product using nonwoven fabric and technology that is commercially available and utilized in the consumer or industrial marketplace. Various categories such as raw materials, roll goods, converting, packaging, active ingredients, binders, additives and end products will be considered for nominations. Finalists will present their innovations to the industry at RISE 2012. The winner will be selected by RISE attendees and announced the afternoon of Wednesday, October 24.
The four finalists are:
1. ThermoPod: ThermoPod® Temperature-Control Packaging is a biodegradable temperature-control mailer. The outer surface consists of a waterproof biodegradable film and the inner surface is a permeable biodegradable film. Sandwiched between the layers is a proprietary, biodegradable pad made from recycled, purified, flocked textiles to which superabsorbent powders and antimicrobial powders have been added during manufacture.
2. Ecovative: EcoCradle® is a packaging material that is produced using mycelium, a fungal network of threadlike cells. This mycelium grows around agricultural by-products like buckwheat husks, oat hulls, or cotton burrs to any shape. In 5 – 7 days, in the dark, with no watering, and no petrochemical inputs, the mycelium envelops the by-products, binding them into a strong and beautiful packaging part. The way EcoCradle is produced uses significantly less energy than the manufacturing of synthetic foams.
3. Freudenberg Spunweb: Lutraflor® Automotive Carpet is a new kind of automotive floor carpet material suitable for full floor molded carpets as well as for floor mats, with significant ecological and performance advantages over current tufted and needlepunched carpet materials. The product portfolio is available in any OEM-agreed-upon color and weight.
4. SRP Canada: SRP AirOutshield™ products are triple layer, spunbonded polypropylene membranes that have high levels of water vapor transmission and are resistant to water penetration. They are constructed by thermally bonding a layer of polypropylene to either side of layer of Aptra® UV8 micro-porous film. AirOutshield membranes are installed in Rain Screen Wall Systems and Sloped Roofs and perform the function of underlayment, secondary drainage plane, air barrier and/or slip sheet.