The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) announced the 2012 ShowStoppers awards for the best of the best new products at the IFAI Expo Americas 2012, at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in Boston, Mass.
IFAI received a total of 84 entries from 4 countries that were submitted by 56 companies in this year's competition. Winners exhibited the newest; coolest; the most pragmatic and the most innovative; the most effective and the most efficient; the most economical and the most environmentally sound.
Winners were chosen by their industry peers in attendance and exhibiting at IFAI Expo 2012. ShowStoppers entries were displayed on the show floor in exhibitors' booths and highlighted in a prominent voting display.
The awards were presented Thursday, Nov. 8 on the show floor by IFAI staff.
The following is a complete list of award winners by category. Some categories received more than one winner. The name of the product is followed by the company name and a brief description of the product.
Hardware findings & accessories
Xtreme Seal® Pro Seal
New dual-durometer extrusion designed to use as a weather seal for marine canvases, windows and edge seals of all types.
Equipment & tools
The machine is designed for marking and cutting material for ultra-wide textile applications.
The motor is a replacement for all standard clutch motors. The Servo Motor uses less power, makes no sound, is lightweight and simple to install.
Services & end products
Cabrio™ Frameless Wall Systems
This sophisticated moving wall system provides clear, unobstructed views.
SigNature® DNA Textile Authentication Marker
Applied DNA Sciences
SigNature DNA protects the quality and integrity of textiles by safeguarding against counterfeiting with secure, affordable and forensic methods to authenticate.
Fabrics, fibers & films
KTTEX™ Silicone Impregnated Reflective Fabric
King Tech Industry Corp.
High-strength KTTEX silicone reflective fabric features low-friction to protect aircraft from scratches.
Sommers Plastic Products
Thermoformable polyurethane (TPU) lace is extruded into wire then looped over itself to create an open lace-like mesh 42 inches wide.
Chemicals, coatings & compounds
Thomson Research Associates
EPA-registered Ultra-Fresh DW30 is designed to be applied to textiles and other materials to protect against the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria.
The Industrial Fabrics Association International is the largest and longest-running textile trade organization in the world. Celebrating its 100-year anniversary in 2012, IFAI publishes six market-specific magazines in print and online; organizes industry events; and supports the growth of nearly 1,900 member companies located in 54 countries.