Milliken and Company wins R and D Awards for ResQ™ Flame Resistant Fabric and Concrete Cloth™ Cement Impregnated Fabric

ResQ™ Flame Resistant Fabric and Concrete Cloth™ Cement Impregnated Fabric Recognized as Two of the Most Technologically Significant Products of 2012

SPARTANBURG, SC - Milliken & Company was recognized by R&D Magazine with two R&D 100 Awards – recognition given to the 100 most technologically significant products introduced in the last year on the basis of their importance, uniqueness, innovation, and usefulness. The magazine recognized Milliken for ResQ™ flame resistant fabrics, and Milliken and Concrete Canvas, Ltd. for Concrete Cloth™ cement impregnated fabric.

A fabric designed to withstand the rigors of the U.S. military, ResQ provides a thermal barrier that can reduce the likelihood and severity of burns caused by explosions and fuel fires by up to 50%, thereby helping to improve the predicted survivability rates in these situations by up to 65%. Additionally, with twice the tear strength as other flame resistant materials, ResQ is durable enough to stand up to the extremes of today’s warfare situations, doubling the expected lifetime of the garment.
Concrete Cloth is a three-dimensional fabric impregnated with a cement mix that is a unique substitute for concrete. It requires no forms, no mixing, and minimal equipment, and it provides a cost-effective solution for the building and infrastructure industry for applications such as erosion control, pipe protection and repair, and mining. Available in large rolls, the material can be laid in place and hardened just by adding water, saving significant man hours and cost. Concrete Cloth is also more ecologically friendly because it uses up to 95% less concrete than conventional materials.

“We are honored to be recognized with two R&D 100 awards this year,” said Dr. Joe Salley, CEO, Milliken. “Concrete Cloth and ResQ are great examples of the efforts by our associates to create innovations that do good for the world."

The R&D 100 Awards have long been a benchmark of excellence for industry sectors as diverse as telecommunications, high-energy physics, software, manufacturing, and biotechnology. Winners in this year's competition include new methods for thin film deposition, nanoparticle-based materials, advances for laser systems, solar reflective roofing shingles, a light field camera, and electronic focusing reading glasses. Detailed information about the R&D 100 awards is available at

Over the last 50 years, the R&D 100 Awards have identified revolutionary technologies newly introduced to the market. Many of these have become household names, helping shape everyday life for many Americans. These include the flashcube (1965), the automated teller machine (1973), the halogen lamp (1974), the fax machine (1975), the liquid crystal display (1980), the Kodak Photo CD (1991), the Nicoderm anti-smoking patch (1992), Taxol anticancer drug (1993), lab on a chip (1996), and HDTV (1998).

About Milliken
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