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WTiN launches Future Textiles Awards 2017


Leeds, UK – 13 June, 2016 – The Future Textiles Awards (formerly Future Materials Awards) will be held on Wednesday 10 May, 2017, in Frankfurt, Germany. This third edition, hosted by WTiN, will take place during Techtextil, the flagship trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens.

WTiN launched the Future Textiles Awards in 2014 with the aim of recognising success in textile innovation and celebrating the essential work of the many businesses that support the industry.

This was followed by a second edition in Milan, staged during ITMA 2015. Each welcomed over 200 guests, including a host of leading companies and research institutes. Now a biennial event to reflect the product development cycle, it is hoped that the longer time period between editions will attract an even bigger variety of cutting-edge products, processes and treatments.

The competition will again be open to all end-use sectors for technical textiles as well as materials experts, product developers and designers. Categories for 2017 include best innovations in textiles for clothing, mobile textiles, sportswear and medical textiles, as well as Best Start-up Company, Innovator of the Year and Launch of the Year. 

Double win

Covestro led the way at the 2015 Awards, winning both the Innovator of the Year and Sustainable Process categories for the development of Impranil eco – a new class of waterborne polyurethane dispersions for textile coating, built with biomass replacing fossil-based feedstock. Judges paid tribute to Covestro’s “excellent research work and breakthrough in sustainable solutions for the whole industry”.

Tonello took the top prize of Launch of the Year in recognition of its Water Brush process, which uses a chemical-free approach to achieve an authentic vintage look on denim.

WTiN Managing Director, Mark Jarvis, said: “The success of the first two editions of the Future Textiles Awards highlighted the pioneering developments that are shaping the technical textiles industry.

“The third instalment aims to broaden the variety of entrants even further, and what better place to hold the grand ceremony than during Techtextil, the leading showcase for technical textiles? Not only will this attract leading industry players, but it will hopefully inspire a new generation of groundbreaking innovations.”

A new and improved website for 2017 has be developed, offering all the need-to-know details on the Awards, including a full list of categories, entry guidelines, online entry forms and details of the grand ceremony taking place in Frankfurt. Meanwhile, to discover more about the Awards, visit www.futuretextilesawards.com

About WTiN:

World Textile Information Network (WTiN) is an information provider, delivering unmatched intelligence and insight into the global textile manufacturing industry. Whether through wtin.com, the WTiN app, portfolio of business-to-business magazines, exhibition newspapers and conferences, WTiN’s content is recognised for its authority and market-leading coverage. This clear industry focus means WTiN has become an integral part of the textile community, providing the highest-quality business and technical intelligence.


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