2012 IFF Innovation Award Competition Announced For Specialty Fabrics Industry

ROSEVILLE, Minn. — February 13, 2012 — The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) today announced the
beginning of the competition for the 2012 IFF Innovation Award.

The specialty fabrics industry encompasses some of the most innovative companies in the
world, and the IFF Innovation Award honors the achievements of the manufacturers whose innovative
ideas have made or will make a difference in today’s competitive marketplace.

According to IFF Director Ruth Stephens, “Innovation is at the heart of a dynamic specialty
fabrics industry, and the IFF Innovation Award encourages invention.” Stephens says that the IFF
Innovation Award was designed to inspire and reward companies from all over the world, large and
small, to create great ideas and bring them to life.

TenCate Geosynthetics of Pendergrass, Georgia, was presented with the 2011 IFF Innovation
Award for a product called Mirafi®H2i — the most highly engineered geotextile on the market — which
offers a unique combination of high particle retention and exceptional coefficient of interaction.

As Congress and the president focus on restoring the national transportation infrastructure,
this super textile significantly minimizes costs of highway repairs, especially in locations of
moisture management concern.  

The award competition is open to any company which has developed and manufactured an
innovative product or process related to the specialty fabrics industry. The IFF Innovation Award
and $5,000 prize will be presented at IFAI Expo Americas 2012 (Nov. 7-9, Boston Convention Center).

Entries must meet several criteria: Innovation distinctive from other products currently
manufactured or processes currently in use; benefit to the specialty fabrics industry or consumer;
practicality and cost-effectiveness.

To qualify entries much be a product or process that is available for the market; the final
development of the product or process must have been after 2010; and the product or process must
not have been entered in any previous IFF Innovation Award contest or any other competition.  

For details on how to enter, go to
www.indfabfnd.com, or contact IFF Managing Director Ruth
Stephens at +1 651 225 6545 or at
rastephens@ifai.com. There is a fee of $250 per entry. All
entries must be received on or before July 12, 2012 to be considered.

Posted on February 14, 2012

Source: IFAI