Autoliv Inc. has found a better way to inflate airbags.
Not-for-profit organization needed a dust cover for fire truck with a past as well as a future.
Shrinkable Fabric™ consists of three layers that work to protect industrial, military, marine, RV and power sports products and vehicles during transportation and storage.
To combat substructure corrosion in aircraft interiors, 3M™ Polyurethane Protective Tapes cover the seams in floor panel joints.
Ford will drive an increase in PET plastic recovery by using REPREVE® brand seat fabrics.
BMW enters joint venture with SGL Carbon SE to build a carbon fiber manufacturing plant.
Charger™ contour tape layer will produce parts for commercial passenger jets.
Harp’s Tarps is sending a custom-designed product where few tarps have gone before.
KTTEX™ reflective fabric for aircraft covers reflects heat and sunlight.
Template Perfect™ is clear, waterproof material for patterns, templates for boat tops.
Dow® Chemical and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have joined forces to develop a polyolefin-based carbon filter precursor in an attempt to make low-cost carbon fiber for use in automotive composite parts.
AFRL researchers awarded Dante Barbis $25,000 for rights to use his “airbag vehicle” design.
The Lenzing Group aims to reinvent automotive materials with new applications for the fibers, derived from eucalyptus wood.
Teijin Ltd.'s mass production technologies for CFRP have been recognized by Frost & Sullivan.
TRW Automotive will roll out a roof airbag in a mini-compact European car in 2014.
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.