Recognition program highlights companies committed to sustainable production conditions.
Kathie Leonard is guest of Senator Angus King.
Grand opening event to be held Jan. 23.
Consumers virtually discover uses for household hygiene and material protection.
Olympic hopefuls’ hulls and sails will feature Sunbrella fabric.
Fabric can be welded using hot air, heat, glue or ultrasonic equipment.
Liz Johnson joined MMI Textiles Inc. as director of product development and strategic sales.
Serves on the Innovation and Technology Committee and Finance and Audit Committee.
Manufactuer and supplier of metal fasteners and related attaching machines has launch a Spanish version of its website.
New products include SheerWeave fabrics, BetterVue Elite.
Design refresh offers more user-friendly navigation.
Color change films: new colors, more details.
Geomembrane fabrication, installation featured.
Now offers contract testing services for automotive corrosion tests requiring relative humidity control.
The electronic guide helps specifiers, fabricators, designers and engineers access product characteristics, benefits and resin compatibilities.
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.