Susan Shields and Mike Miller foster leadership skills and personal accountability to pursue entrepreneurial excellence.
Cleanrooms are spaces that maintain low levels of airborne particulate and viable micro-organisms.
Waterborne PU technology from Bayer MaterialScience replaces solvent-based processes.
The Hohenstein Institute puts antimicrobial products and hygiene precautions to the test.
The challenge is finding the right materials in architectural applications.
Advanced armor forecasted to play key role in solving challenges for military, law enforcement and security vehicles.
Embracing the dynamic business technology environment of smartphones and tablets.
With the current consumer demand for performance, how are fabrics tested, and who does the testing?
SMART’s free lesson plans for students; new OEKO-TEX® test criteria for 2014.
Despite worldwide climate issues, fabric structures meet the environmental challenges.
Part II focuses on five end-product markets, primarily in the U. S.: safety and technical products, narrow fabrics, geosynthetics, truck covers and tarpaulins, and fabric graphics.
The Industrial Fabrics Foundation recently announced its annual awards to industry standouts.
Worldwide GDP remains subdued, and the specialty fabrics industry is responding with care, but stronger growth is anticipated in 2014.
Aerospace products were displayed at IFAI Expo 2013.
SBA lending activity in FY 2013 tops $29 billion.
In an IFAI business climate survey, three factors constraining growth in the U.S. specialty fabrics market were mentioned: high raw material costs, overseas competition, and high oil/energy prices. From September –December 2008, high raw material and petroleum-related prices were exacerbated by tighter credit markets and record unemployment.
Survey respondents reported some positive factors: increasing market share due to increased consolidation, greater export opportunities, and development of new technology and growth in eco-friendly green markets. Growth markets include medical textiles, military applications, safety and protective products, and the domestic and international use of geosynthetics.
Increases in raw material and energy costs, increased labor costs and medical insurance premiums and the possible long-term shrinkage of the military market were mentioned as threats to growth. The poor economy means a weak U.S. dollar, tighter credit and reduced consumer buying. Overcapacity could be a problem, due to increased costs, decreased customer demand and global competition, especially from China and India.
In response, suppliers will focus on high value products, profitable niche markets and product diversification, improving manufacturing processes, R&D and information technology. Advertising, marketing and sales promotion will be key.
From the 2009 State of the Industry Report. Purchase a complete report at the IFAI Bookstore.