Milliken’s Millad®, Entek’s Xscape™ Membranes Win R&D Awards

Milliken Chemical — a manufacturer of additives for plastics, textiles, fibers and other processes,
and a division of Spartanburg-based Milliken & Company — has received the 2008 R&D 100
Award for its for its Millad® NX8000 clarifier for polypropylene. According to the company, Millad
NX8000 yields a 50-percent haze reduction compared with the current industry standard and offers
benefits such as increased material strength and rigidity as well as improved heat and chemical
resistance. The technology also enables the substitution of polypropylene for glass and other clear
materials in packaging and other applications. 

Entek Membranes LLC — a producer of Teklon® battery separators, and the sister company of
Lebanon, Ore.-based Entek International LLC — has been awarded the 2008 R&D 100 Award for its
Xscape™ Membranes. Entek created Xscape Membranes in response to consumers’ concerns that most
waterproof, breathable clothing has limited breatheability and comfort. According to the company,
Xscape technology increases the volume of moisture vapor that escapes, removing the clammy feeling
often associated with waterproof apparel.

The R&D 100 Awards are given by R&D magazine to recognize innovative products
introduced during the year.  

July 29, 2008