Originators Design+Fabric Structures integrates technology and traditional design.
Hyde Industrial Blade Solutions appoints Steve Foskett as regional sales manager.
Darrell J. Turner appointed president and chief operating officer of Leigh Fibers.
The updated site has a fresh look and creative overview for each product area.
John Mitchell has been appointed Canadian sales representative.
Laura Wilson appointed print media account manager for Aurora Specialty Textiles.
Moving toward becoming the first-choice chemistry solution source for customers.
Plans to add NanoWave® Filtration Media production capability in Germany plant.
Student members are invited to showcase to win cash, prizes and recognition.
Ensures that PurThread acts as a responsible part of the textile supply chain.
The world's lightest insert for protecting against the AK47 Mild Steel Core.
Opening of office in Germany and first-time presence at K Fair highlight emphasis on Europe.
The first third-party verified gold level certification under the facts™ ecolabel.
J. Ennis Fabrics and Pará SPA have decided to end their distribution agreement.
Toho Tenax Europe developed its PvP technology by utilizing Tenax® binder yarn.
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.