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Material ConneXion Announces First 
MEDIUM Award for Material of the Year 2009


UK-based Company Concrete Canvas's Concrete Cloth Named as Inaugural Winner

Award-Winner and 11 Finalists to be showcased in an Exhibition at 
Material ConneXion, January 11-February 19, 2010


New York, NY, November 23, 2009 - Global materials consultancy Material ConneXion announced today the launchof its first annual MEDIUM Award for Material of the Year, naming UK-based company Concrete Canvas’s Concrete Cloth as the inaugural winner.

The award recognizes materials juried into the company’s Materials Library within the past year that demonstrate outstanding technological innovation and the potential to make a significant contribution to the advancement of design, industry, society and economy.

“The MEDIUM Award for Material of the Year is an opportunity to celebrate the extraordinary breadth and scope of materials innovation today,” says George M. Beylerian, Founder & CEO of Material ConneXion. “The winner is distinguished not only for its technical ability, but for its capacity to make a lasting impact on our lives.”

Concrete Cloth’s groundbreaking cement impregnated flexible fabric technology, which allows it to be quickly and easily molded and set into shapes, is a natural choice for 2009’s winner. “With the simple addition of water, Concrete Cloth makes it possible to create safe, durable, non-combustible structures for a wide range of commercial, military and humanitarian uses,” says Dr. Andrew H. Dent, Vice President, Library & Materials Research at Material ConneXion. “This innovation is especially remarkable for enabling the construction of rapidly deployable shelter and food storage structures in disaster relief situations,” Dent adds.

As the world’s leading global materials consultancy and library of innovative and sustainable materials, Material ConneXion has unparalleled insight into the materials, processes and emerging technologies that are having the greatest impact on design worldwide. In addition to Concrete Cloth, the company is recognizing eleven Material of the Year honorable mentions whose exemplary material innovation makes them particularly worthy of note.

Among them are Abtech Industries’s groundbreaking Smart Sponge® technology, which is making enormous strides to combat water pollution by enabling the safe and effective removal of oil from water, and Objet Geometries’ Connex 3D Multiple Material Printers, whose cutting-edge rapid prototyping technology enables multiple material types with different properties to be formed in the same object.

Great advances in sustainable material innovation can be seen in materials such as Arkema's Pebax Rnew, an elastomer comprised of up to 95% plant-based materials that significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions when compared to equivalent fossil-fuel based products, and in Cellucomp's Curran, a high-strength biofiber formulated from degraded carrots with a stiffness that rivals carbon fiber. Solutions like Milliken Chemical's Millad NX8000® are significant for allowing companies to choose more sustainable materials previously unspecified because they didn’t meet their designs standards.

Other honorable mentions, such as Innegrity’s Innegra S fiber, Momentive’s Performance Materials’s LSR 7070, and OCTAMOLD Technologies’s OCTAMOLD are recognized for increasing construction capabilities, improving performance, and lowering costs in a wide range of applications - from sporting goods and military equipment to transportation design.

Cutting-edge processes including Keil Gmbh’s Xylogramm, Vestige Veneer’s Infigure and Quin Arts & Media Science’s Metal Architectural Surfaces are recognized for pushing aesthetic boundaries and transforming architectural and interior spaces by achieving extraordinary visual and dimensional effects in a wide range of mediums.

Material ConneXion will mount an exhibition of the MEDIUM Award for Material of the Year 2009 winner and finalists in its New York City showroom from January 11-February 19, 2010, giving the public an opportunity to see and interact with these extraordinary innovations in person.

For high-resolution images and additional information on MEDIUM Award for Material of the Year 2009 award program and exhibition please contact:

Sarah Natkins, Director of Marketing & Communications, Material ConneXion
E.
snatkins@materialconnexion.com T. 212-842-1509


Concrete Cloth
Concrete Canvas (United Kingdom)

WINNER
MEDIUM Award for Material of the Year 2009


Concrete Cloth has been chosen as winner for its groundbreaking cement impregnated flexible fabric technology that can be quickly and easily molded and set into shapes. This innovation is remarkable for enabling the quick construction of safe and insulated infrastructure for a wide range of humanitarian, commercial, and military uses, including the creation of rapidly deployable shelter and food storage structures in disaster relief situations.
 
Material of the Year 2009 Honorable Mentions

Connex 3D Multiple Material Printers by Objet Geometries (ISRAEL) are recognized for their ability to simultaneously jet multiple materials with different properties into the same object. This extraordinary innovation is advancing the state of product development today by enabling the creation of prototypes and models that are far closer in form to the desired end product.

Curran by Cellucomp (UNITED KINGDOM) is a high-strength biofiber formulated from degraded carrots with a stiffness that rivals carbon fiber. The material is remarkable for its capacity to enhance sustainability in a wide range of applications where lightness, maximum performance, and durability are crucial, from consumer products to aeronautics.

Infigure by Vestige Veneer (UNITED STATES) has been cited for its ability to create extraordinary depth effects in wood veneers through an incredible mechanical process that manipulates the wood cell structure to produce a virtually limitless range of designs.

Innegra S fiber by Innegrity (UNITED STATES) is the lightest high-performance fiber currently on the market, offering a lower cost alternative to Kevlar for composite ballistics fabrics and providing excellent durability and strength when used in composites for sporting goods, marine and automotive applications, and military helments.
Liquid Silicone Rubber LSR 7070 by Momentive Performance Materials (UNITED STATES) is a groundbreaking transparent silicone with the potential to greatly enhance the production of optical fibers, lenses and consumer products through its outstanding optical clarity, efficient and economical manufacturing process, and ability to produce highly complex optical components that surpass those made with traditional thermoplastic materials or glass.
Metal Architectural Surfaces by Quin Media Arts & Sciences (CANADA) is recognized for its ability to create extraordinary large-scale textural and 3D visual effects on exterior rainscreen cladding that can change based on lighting conditions and the viewer's perception. The innovation exhibits a remarkable pairing of form and function by eliminating the need for paint or printed graphics.

Millad NX8000 by Milliken Chemical (UNITED STATES) is a chemical additive that achieves clarity at a level never before seen in polypropylene (PP), a clean, low-cost, and low-toxicity recyclable plastic. Millad NX8000 enables the use of PP in a wider range of packaging and consumer product applications, thus reducing the carbon footprint, embodied energy and toxicity levels of these items.

OCTAMOLD by Octamold Technologies (SWITZERLAND) provides an alternative to honeycomb paneling that offers similarly stiff and lightweight structures, but with lower processing costs and the ability to hold screws and other hardware in its form – a seemingly simple but quite important innovation that allows OCTAMOLD to dramatically enhance construction in a wide range of uses, from automotive and marine applications to furniture making.

Smart Sponge® by Abtech Industries, Inc. (UNITED STATES) is a groundbreaking material that absorbs oil but not water. The sponge is making great strides to combat water pollution through its ability to facilitate the convenient and safe removal of oils from the environment.

Pebax Rnew® by Arkema (UNITED STATES) has been cited as one of the most sustainable elastomer alternatives for consumer products, sports equipment and footwear applications, due to its composition of up to 95% plant-based materials, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 30% when compared to equivalent fossil-fuel based products.
Xylogramm by Keil GmbH (GERMANY) has been cited for its exceptional use of CNC routing techniques to create decorative panels with extraordinary visual and dimensional effects that can dramatically enhance architectural and interior spaces.

About Material ConneXion®:

Material ConneXion is a global materials consultancy that helps companies innovate through smart materials thinking. Built on the belief that Every Idea Has A Material Solution, Material ConneXion is the trusted advisor to Fortune 500s, smaller forward-thinking companies, and government agencies seeking a creative, competitive, or sustainable edge through strategic material selections. With offices in New York, Bangkok, Cologne, Milan and Daegu, Korea, Material ConneXion's international network of specialists provides a global, cross-industry perspective on materials and their potential uses. Material ConneXion maintains the largest subscription-based Materials Library of innovative materials and processes in the world – an indispensable asset to a wide audience of designers and architects and a vital tool for the development of design, industry and economy.


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