Russell Fernandez, Bryan Lebsack and David Shaw have joined the technical support team of Global Imaging, Louisville, Colo.
The knitted fabrics supplier and raschel and tricot fabrics supplier will combine.
Brian Phipps has been appointed vice president and general manager for the manufacturer of wide-format printers and cutters.
Three key employees at Herculite Products Inc. have been appointed to new positions.
Includes manufacturing sites in Germany, Italy and India, as well as laboratories in several other locations.
Craig Zirkelbach has been named regional sales manager representing Taylor Made Systems and its Ameritex Fabric Systems subsidiary
Retail industry leader merges with retail division to enhance expertise.
Centralized all textile processing operations in Illinois headquarters and plant.
New partnership with specialist sub-contractor.
Jeff Jimison appointed national sales manager of Tempotest USA division's line of performance fabrics.
Two key employees of MMI Textiles, Westlake, Ohio, were promoted to management positions.
Expands selection of banner vinyl and fabrics for digital print and sublimation applications.
Effective in April, Dan Patterson assumed the post of president and chief executive officer of Moss Inc.
50 patterns in fabric line receive third-party certification by UL Environment.
The continuous development of advanced nonwoven processing is opening up many new applications.
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.