Dow XLA fiber wins R&D award.
Dow XLA, an elastic fiber launched to the apparel industry in
September 2002 by Dow Fiber Solutions, Midland, MI, has received R&D
Magazine's 2003 R&D 100 technology award. Given to the most
technologically significant products introduced into the marketplace
during the past year, recipients are selected by independent judging
panels consisting of professional consultants, university faculty and
industrial researchers, as well as editors of R&D Magazine. Dow XLA
is a specially-modified, cross linked, olefinic polymer based on
Dow's award-winning Insite technology, Dow XLA offers
freedom-of-movement to fabrics and garments and is resistant to harsh
chemicals and heat. The fiber, which was recently awarded its own
generic name, Lastol, has reportedly added new levels of stretch to
natural, synthetic or blended fabrics.