The recipient of the RISE Durable Product Award will be announced Thursday morning, October 3rd.
The finalists have been selected for the prestigious 3rd annual RISE® Durable Product Award and the Award will be presented at the annual RISE Conference in Denver, Colorado USA.
Three unique durable products were chosen for their innovative use of nonwovens. The finalists will make their product presentations at the 4th annual RISE Conference, organized by INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry and held September 30-October 3, 2013 at the Grand Hyatt in Denver, Colorado. Following the presentations, RISE attendees will cast their vote for the recipient of the 2013 RISE Durable Products Award.
The three RISE Durable Product Award finalists are:
Bonar: Colback® Profloor is a nonwoven backing that improves the tuftability for carpet producers. Along with enhanced tuftability, Profloor has a greater stitch holding performance and provides improved carpet appearance. Website:
Presented by: Rob Tyler (Bonar, Inc..)
BS Chemistry – Wake Forest
Masters Textile Engineering – North Carolina State
29 year career in fibers and nonwovens including rayon, bicomponent hygiene fibers, carpet yarn
and durable nonwovens
Previous assignments include R&D, Process Engineering, Production Management, Technical Service and Product Management
Dell Seven & GMX, Inc.: ThermalDrain™ is a patented synthetic protection board for below grade waterproofing that is an alternative to fiberglass. ThermalDrain is durable with no skin irritation, easy to install, formaldehyde-free and has excellent drainage.
Presented by: Lindsay Castles (GMX, Inc.)
Lindsay Castles has more than 15 years of experience in product development and sales in various segments of the chemical industry, including helping to build and grow a successful commercial and residential below-grade waterproofing company. Castles began his career in the textile chemistry industry, working for Henkel Corporation, a large multi-national chemical company based out of Germany. Castles also worked for the Specialty Chemical division of MeadWestvaco selling asphalt emulsifiers and related products. In 2005, Castles joined DryDog Barriers, LLC as its president, helping to expand the company’s market reach through increased sales and innovative product development. DryDog was recently acquired by GMX, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Garland Industries, Inc. and manufacturer of commercial and residential waterproofing systems. The DryDog line of products and services are being integrated into GMX’s line of highperformance, below-grade waterproofing products. Castles will serve as vice president of GMX, continuing to be involved in both product development and sales. Castles graduated from Clemson University in 1997 with a bachelor’s of science degree in textile chemistry.
RIT International: NLITe™ Nanofiber Light Improvement Technology is an innovative technology platform for the lighting industry using nonwovens. This technology can be applied to any lighting fixture that creates 20% more light while using 0% more energy. NLITe provides efficient light diffusion and improved glare resistance for overall better light quality.
Presented by: J. Lynn Davis Ph.D. (RIT International.)
Dr. James “Lynn” Davis is the Director of the Nano-enabled Devices and Materials (NDM) Program in RTI International’s (RTI’s) Center for Aerosol and Nanomaterials Engineering (CANE). He leads research into the application of nanomaterials for energy efficient products in air filtration, lighting, and energy storage. Dr. Davis also serves as the director of RTI’s lighting technology research center. The efforts of his team have been recognized with several major awards including the R&D 100 award from R&D Magazine, Innovation Award from the Energy Institute, and R&D Achievement Award from DOE. Dr. Davis is a Senior Member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE), and has received the 1906 Award from the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) for his work in developing nanotechnology standards. He has written more than 30 technical articles and has been granted 39 U.S. patents, covering a broad range of energy efficient and materials technologies.