JEC Group predicts strong growth.
Fabric shade structures that collect rainwater and provide an attractive aesthetic.
Renovation of a seaside resort included custom awnings, shades and canopies.
Demand for indoor sportswear will grow rapidly, despite constrained consumer spending.
Technological developments lead to uniforms and gear that perform double duty: protect the soldier while withstanding harsh environments.
OTEXA Export Guide for Textiles and Apparel, updated.
From the fiber level to surface coatings, new developments in nanotechnology impact many specialty fabrics markets.
Exciting developments highlight new applications for technical textiles and nonwovens.
Fabric graphics: charting new territory—and new opportunities in the exterior marketplace.
For advanced technical textiles, knits offer a diverse and versatile fabric system.
New technology can create more resilient, longer-lasting synthetic fibers.
Light traveling through a polymer sheet may lead to UI devices that respond to gestures.
EDANA reports better than predicted growth in European nonwovens production.
Exports to emerging markets in Asia, Africa and South America increase.
Global nonwovens associations to promote free and fair trade.
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.