2016 Show Stopper winners: The best of the best

December 1, 2016

IFAI announced the six winners of the fifth annual Show Stopper Program at IFAI Expo 2016 in Charlotte, N.C. The competition showcased the best of the best in the industry, from advanced equipment and tools to innovative fabrics with the latest technological advances. Entries were submitted by IFAI Expo 2016 exhibitors and displayed on the …

ShowStoppers 2015

August 24, 2015

IFAI Expo 2015 will feature the fourth annual ShowStoppers competition, created to recognize the best of the best on the show floor. All IFAI Expo exhibitors are eligible to enter their new products and services for the chance to be awarded as a ShowStopper. A committee of industry specialists will choose the finalists in each …

The 2013 ShowStoppers winners from IFAI Expo in Orlando

December 4, 2013

Eight exhibitors chosen by attendees as the best new products at the show. By Galynn Nordstrom For our second annual ShowStoppers competition, IFAI received a total of 97 entries from 53 companies that were exhibiting at IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 in Orlando. These eight products received the most votes from show attendees on opening …

ShowStoppers 2013 competition at IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo

September 23, 2013

Last year, on IFAI’s 100th anniversary, we inaugurated a new tradition at IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo: the ShowStoppers competition. At this year’s show in Orlando we’ll feature the second annual competition, as we seek to recognize the best of the best new products from our 2013 exhibitors: the newest, the coolest, the most useful and …

Paiho North America offers webbing

September 1, 2013

Paiho North America IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 4657 New: Functional and decorative trims. Advantages: Special spun polyester material is applied to give a cotton-like look for reliable availability, consistent qualities and stable costs. Various raw materials may be applied to create different looks for all styles of designs. Applications include apparel, shoe and sporting goods …

FACID tension frame and clip

FACID North America IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 5230 New: Tension frame and clip system for fabric structures. Advantages: Easy-to-use extrusion profiles are the core framework system for basic fabric panels, shaped panels or a complete building envelope. New construction and retrofit applications benefit from the use of fabric as a complete systems approach with a …

SM-450-SA-Conveyor from SMRE Engineering

SMRE Engineering IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 5063 New: Multiple-roll bonding and cutting machine. Advantages: Processes multiple rolls of technical fabrics in a continuous production cycle—the ideal solution for applications in which multiple rolls are bonded, then cut, for the production of end products of unlimited length. Custom software makes production simple and efficient. Production cycles …

Maji-Shield RF-reduction fabric and film

Majilite Corp. IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 5700 New: RF-reduction fabric and film. Advantages: For use as a wall covering, the fabric and film contains metal particles to reduce radio frequency (RF) signals in RF-sensitive areas such as hospitals and electronic test facilities. Maji-Shield may be embossed for hundreds of textures and thousands of colors.

Recasens offers RecSystem

Recasens IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 4236 New: RecSystem is a woven, 100-percent solution-dyed acrylic fabric with an acrylic resin back coating stocked in 47-inch and 60-inch widths. Advantages: RecSystem offers a unique combination of beauty and protection by combining the rich color and natural woven look of Recacril solution-dyed acrylic fabric with the added protection …

PHIFER’s SheerWeave Acoustical

PHIFER Inc. IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 4412 New: Fabric shade options with acoustical properties. Advantages: SheerWeave® BASIC 3 percent, Style 2500 and Performance + Style 2500 interior sun control fabrics show beneficial performance ratings of 50-60 percent as measured by the Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC) for their ability to absorb sound. Increased absorption among human …

Paiho North America offers cable ties

Paiho North America IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 4657 New: Ties for cable management. Advantages: Light and simply constructed cable ties are easy safety solutions to managing cables in home or office, indoors or outdoors. Many customized and functional options are available by modifying colors, shapes, texts or logos.

Wolff Ergonomix Composites Shear 6278M

Wolff Industries Inc. IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 3809 New: Ergonomic shear for composite materials. Advantages: Shear stands up to the rigors of cutting the hardest composite materials while decreasing hand stress. Features a flat-faced blade edged at 25 degrees or below to add strength and longevity to each cut, and corrugations on both blades to …

Majilarâ„¢ lightweight fluoropolymer film

Majilite Corp. IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 5700 New: Lightweight fluoropolymer film. Advantages: Inherently fire-retardant, Majilar™ fluoropolymer film features OSU performance in the single digits. The pliable, vacuum-formable, chemical-resistant decorative laminate exceeds FAR 25.853 requirements for flammability, heat release rate, and smoke and gas emissions for aircraft interiors. Film is 50 percent lighter than alternatives.

Recasens offers RecScreen

Recasens IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 4236 New: RecScreen is a woven vinyl-coated polyester mesh fabric specifically engineered for solar protection exceeding 95 percent, while yielding excellent visibility and outstanding performance properties for interior and exterior applications. Advantages: By using high-tenacity polyester yarns combined with proprietary manufacturing processes, RecScreen has the look of a traditional woven …

PHIFER’s GeoBella Canvas

PHIFER Inc. IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 4412 New: Designed Fabrics Canvas Collection for outdoor furniture. Advantages: Collection of 20 colors and 10 coordinating stripes is inspired by the vintage style of grain sacks, burlap and linen. The newest collection to join the GeoBella® Cushion Fabrics line, these fabrics are made of 100 percent olefin yarns …

Paiho North America offers cable tubes

Paiho North America IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 4657 New: Tube for cable management. Advantages: Cable tubes are an economical approach to cable safety compliance. Available in colors designed for specific types of cables for easy identification. Different raw materials or treatments available for various standards and requirements.

Zimmer Austria offers Colaris-NF digital printer

Zimmer Austria IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 5639 New: Double-sided digital printer for narrow fabrics. Advantages: The Colaris-NF can print up to 70-millimeter widths, using disperse, acid or reactive inks. Capabilities include patterns, images and solid colors on elastics or rigid narrow fabrics at speeds up to 50 meters per minute.

Majilite offers coated PTFE films

Majilite Corp. IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 5700 New: Coated film. Advantages: Majilite casts on many fabrics and films, even very thin, slippery and stretchable films such as PTFE. These can be coated on both sides. Allows high-tech properties to be included in applications that require durability from fragile films. A pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) can also …

American Plastics supplies Dyneema Fabric

American Plastics IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 4607 New: Fabric made with Dyneema fibers. The fibers have have been woven into fabric creating a product that can be used for covers for vehicles, outdoor equipment, cut-resistant gloves, sailing and performance apparel. Advantages: With excellent abrasion and fatigue resistance, Dyneema® SK60 has the highest level value of …

Mock woven fabric in mid and light weights

Darlington Fabrics IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 5239 New: Mock woven fabric in mid and light weights. Advantages: Durable; an excellent alternative to stretch woven fabric.

PHIFER ‘s SunTex 95

PHIFER Inc. IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 4412 New: Vinyl-coated polyester shade fabric for exterior roller shade applications. Advantages: SunTex 95 is thinner and lighter than traditional SunTex fabrics and is a full basketweave. With a five percent openness factor, SunTex 95 offers increased heat and glare control, stopping about 95 percent of the sun’s rays. …

Paiho North America offers cable wraps

Paiho North America IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 4657 New: Cable covers that open and close. Advantages: A new, advanced cable cover with a hook-and-loop application, allowing wrap to be opened and closed on demand. Long-lasting wrap offers economical cable safety and management.

Bolger & O’Hearn OdorArmor™

Bolger & O’Hearn IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 5329 New: Odor-absorbing, growth-inhibiting textile treatment. Advantages: Durable textile effect controls bacterial growth and tenaciously absorbs odors. Textiles treated with OdorArmor absorb and lock in body and environmental odors on contact. The active component of OdorArmor rapidly absorbs odors and locks them into their core structure, while the …

Majilite AeroTekâ„¢ synthetic leather

Majilite Corp. IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 5700 New: Synthetic leather for aircraft seating. Advantages: AeroTek™ synthetic leather offers more than 50 percent weight reduction over traditional leather without sacrificing luxury, strength and FR requirements. The next generation of aircraft interior seating material.

Kenan produces Majesty awning fabric

Kenan Signs & Awning Supplies IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 5327 New: 17 oz. vinyl-coated polyester backlit awning fabric. Advantages: High-performance, flame-resistant, stain-resistant and waterproof backlit fabric, specifically made for outdoor use. Compatible with all digital printers, the unique bluish-white translucent substrate is for wide-format display and features enhanced clarity for visible image creation. Available is …

PVCee-Freeâ„¢ coated fabric on polyester base

Fabinno Co. Ltd. IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 4444 New: Coated fabric on polyester base. Advantages: Polyester base cloth; coated material is non-PVC and high-frequency weldable. Eco-friendly; potable water quality is available.

AgUARDIAN from Sommers Plastic Products

Sommers Plastic Products Co. Inc. IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 4067 New: Antimicrobial polyurethane with silver-ion exchange technology laminated to neoprene rubber. Advantages: Agion silver-ion exchange technology is safe, effective and lasts the lifetime of the end product. No harm to the environment, no “superbugs” developing resistance. Kills more than 99.9999 percent of bacteria, virus and …

Paiho North America drawcords

Paiho North America IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 4657 New: Drawcords and shoelaces with three-dimensional designs. Advantages: Complex designs with abundant colors and patterns create three-dimensional presentations on drawcords and shoelaces that are both functional and decorative. Endless combinations of colors and patterns available. For apparel, shoe and sporting goods markets. Different types of materials and …

Ultra-Fresh DW-56 from Thomson Research Associates

Thomson Research Associates IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 5821 New: Growth-controlling suspension for water-based coatings and textiles. Advantages: Controls the growth of fungi, bacteria and algae, dispersed into solution and applied by pad. Outdoor applications include cotton and cotton/poly blend ducking for canvas and awnings. Can treat filter media, polyester fiber for use in tow and …

Oxide fabric from Sedac Textiles

Sedac Textiles IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 5827 New: Indoor/outdoor PU-PVC/polyester fabric. Advantages: A special protective finish for indoor and outdoor applications. Makes cleaning easier and results in a longer life expectancy for the 670 gr. fabric—without losing its soft handle and durability.

Digitally Printed Nylon/Spandex with Woodland Camo

MMI Textiles Inc. IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 5604 New: Digitally printed fabric enables the printing of custom designs or logos for medical, commercial and military customers who want quick turnaround and smaller yardage requirements. Advantages: Product provides a whole host of substrates that can be printed with short runs and short lead times and with …

Ennis 1974 74-inch-wide fabric

J. Ennis Fabrics IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 4239 New: 74-inch-wide fabric. Advantages: Fits 6-foot frames with 1 inch left over on either side for welding. Helpful in reducing waste.

Popper Interlock Flannel PU

Sommers Plastic Products Co. Inc. IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 4067 New: Thermochromatic polyurethane that indicates temperature by appearance. Advantages: Below 18 degrees C, the top color (dark brown) appears; between 18-30 (room temperature) the middle color (cinnamon) is evident; above 30 (by human touch or ambient temperature) the base color “pops” through as the top …

Paiho North America offers elastic tape

Paiho North America IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 4657 New: Stylishly finished elastic tape stretches in four directions. Advantages: Innovative elastic tape is flexible both vertically and horizontally. Inspires creative design ideas for product developers. Four-directional stretchiness lends itself to comfortable body movements. Finished in styles for apparel, shoe and sporting goods markets, tapes are attractive …

Darlington Fabrics offers direct digital printing service

Darlington Fabrics IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 5239 New: Printing on nylon and nylon-blend raschel, tricot and mesh fabrics. Advantages: Available for Darlington fabrics or prepared-for-print (PFP) nylon/nylon blend fabrics. Small runs up to 62 inches wide can be printed for sampling or short-run production, allowing customers to incorporate new trends, colors and/or exclusive designs in …

Tutti Frutti contract collection from Sedac Textiles

Sedac Textiles IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 5827 New: Fabric collection in vibrant colors. Advantages: Made in Europe, Tutti Frutti is an exquisite, fashionable fabric collection in a vivid color palette. High contract specs on the 100 percent blackout curtain fabrics, velvets and matching high-end PVC-PU material. Pick and choose from designer team creations.

ChroMyxâ„¢ Stretch by Chameleon

Chameleon International LLC IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 5822 New: Color Changing Pearlescent Polyurethane Stretch Advantages: Waterproof, durable and highly stretchable, Chameleon’s ChroMyx™ Stretch creates ideas for new applications. Perfect for costumes, leotards and swimwear, ChroMyx Stretch allows the customization of color, temperature and finish.

Style 270 polyester knitted mesh

Jason Mills LLC IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 4213 New: 60-inch-wide, 100 percent polyester knitted mesh. Advantages: Dyed black, firm finish. Applications for home and office furnishings and automotive industry. Meets Motor Vehicle Safety Standard Number 302. May be produced to meet Berry Amendment and NAFTA compliant rules. Stocked style, made in the USA. Low minimums …

Spectral plastic film from Sommers Plastic Products

Sommers Plastic Products Co. Inc. IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 4067 New: Multilayered, 18-inch-wide plastic film with dramatic optical qualities. Advantages: Hundreds of layers of clear PET polyethelene and PMMA plexiglass are produced in atomic thicknesses, laminated to a secondary backing of reflective TPU thermoformable polyurethane. Spectral reflects, refracts and is transparent to light depending on …

SUREFAS® offers PERFIX® fasteners

SUREFAS®, Next Generation Fasteners IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 4234 New: Fastener with no protruding parts. Advantages: Smooth, round fixing points prevent injury, cloth damage and snagged ropes and cords. Durable and corrosion-free, made of high quality and UV-resistant plastic; spring is made of 316 stainless steel. Easily replaces most other fasteners using existing holes. Combinations …

APV Vynguard® Weldable PVDF

APV Engineered Coatings IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 5814 New: High-performance, customized fluoropolymer coating. Advantages: Vynguard® Weldable PVDF addresses several common causes of product failure on flexible vinyl films for outdoor applications. The coating blocks 100 percent of plasticizer migration from the vinyl, maintains flexibility and extends the useful life of the product. Available in both …

Sijia Group PVC-coated industrial fabrics

Sijia Group IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 3800 New: PVC coating, laminating, printing. Advantages: Product width may be up to 3,400 mm. Four coatings (two each side) of PVC are possible. Finishing system allows fabric to be treated with double lacquering on the outside and single lacquering on the inside. May be two-color printed on one …

ChroMyxâ„¢ Multi-Temp by Chameleon

Chameleon International LLC IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 5822 New: ChroMyx™ multiple temperature profiles illustrated by distinct changes of color. Advantages: From hot to cold, Chameleon’s multiple temperature films have you covered. The films are engineered with Chameleon’s Patented ChroMyx™ technology and feature three or four color illustrations to comply with your specifications. Choose your color, …

Style 1925 polyester knitted mesh

Jason Mills LLC IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 4213 New: 120-inch-wide, 100 percent polyester knitted mesh. Advantages: Dyed white, medium soft, fire-resistant finish (meets NFPA 701 large scale test). High resolution, high reflective gain, bright luster. Application: simulator impact screen; additional uses include protective apparel and patient slings. May be produced to meet Berry Amendment and …

Terrakey synthetic leather from Sommers Plastic Products

Sommers Plastic Products Co. Inc. IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 4067 New: Synthetic leather comprised of polyurethane-coated fabric. Advantages: Durable polyurethane surface (over 100,000 double rubs) has a strong 60/40 poly/cotton woven backing. Hide texture with overprint is 54 inches wide and exceeds all ACT standards for contract upholstery. Water repellent, stain resistant and easy to …

SUREFAS® offers Q-SNAP® fasteners

SUREFAS®, Next Generation Fasteners IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 4234 New: Secure fastener with stretch function. Advantages: Easy to use, stainless steel Q-SNAP is like a normal press fastener with two additional parts: a ring underneath the cloth and a gentle hook on deck. Turns fastener into secured connection that won’t pop loose, while incorporating a …

Alutech United presents Scorpion Screen

Alutech United Inc. IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 4251 New: Retractable (folding) insect screen. Advantages: Retractable insect screen for almost any size opening, including out-swinging doors, French doors, lanais and garage doors. With a bottom track that is only 3/16-inch tall, the bi-folding design allows the screen to be manually pushed and pulled effortlessly. Easy to …

Volm offers mono tape shade cloth

Volm Companies IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 4132 New: Raschel knitted structure of 100 percent virgin polyethylene (HDPE) UV-stabilized material. Advantages: Unique lock-stitch construction allows consumer to cut fabric without concern for unraveling. Monofilament yarn in the warp direction maximizes the strength properties of the fabric, while tape yarn in the weft direction provides premium shade …

ChroMyxâ„¢ Leather Touch by Chameleon

Chameleon International LLC IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 5822 New: ChroMyx™ temperature–sensitive color changing polyurethane leather. Advantages: Attractive to the eyes and sensitive to the touch, Chameleon’s new polyurethane ChroMyx™ Leather Touch incorporates antimicrobial properties with high-performance durability. ChroMyx™ Leather Touch is engineered with a proprietary construction that utilizes Chameleon’s patented ChroMyx™ technology. Multiple colors, textures …

Style 1998 nylon knitted mesh

Jason Mills LLC IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 4213 New: 54/55-inch-wide, 100 percent nylon knitted mesh. Advantages: Dyed gray, medium firm, fire resistant finish (meets FAR 25.853A spec.). Applications: airline seating, seat and literature pockets. May be produced to meet Berry Amendment and NAFTA compliant rules. Made in the USA. Low minimums for specialty colors.