Custom engraved wall switch provides personalized control of window coverings.
Certification shows TenCate's committment to sustainable business practices.
TenCate acquires Amber Composites in an effort to expand to new markets.
Integration is a bid to grow global markets in key business units.
The brigades ordered 1,850 uniforms made from TenCate's flame-resistant materials.
Denim, Duck and Naturalle were voted into the Material ConneXion Library.
Finding the best way to make your website generate profit and inform potential customers.
Enduratex became an early adopter of inventory-sharing by joining Warehouse Two.
Miller Weldmaste has opened a new facility near Amsterdam.
Effective July 1, 2013, both entities will be restructured to form ORAFOL Americas, Inc.
The Scrappy Products tote bags were featured in the Jan. 28 edition of Examiner.com.
TRS Industries purchased the T600 for its bigger machine throat capacity.
Teijin’s presentation will have a special focus on clean mobility and effective resource use.
Phase three of pilot production program launches after successful first two stages.
Olympic Tent rental company clients will now be able to directly order from the factory.
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.