Recognizing employee for three decades of service.
Leading textile converter announces business development and marketing manager for protective fabrics.
Responsible for further developing sales globally for the industrial inkjet manufacturer.
Safety Components to celebrate achievement at IFAI Expo.
Leister SEAMTEK 36 will debut at IFAI Expo.
Mary K. Wagner has joined Maine-based Auburn Manufacturin.
A Swiss company that manufactures spublaced nonwoven fabrics will acquire DuPont's Sontara business.
Celebrates 40 years of innovation using nonwovens for health and healing.
Founded in 2009, Global Garage now has more than 1,200 customers in 37 states and 25 countries.
Invested $8.25 million to establish a 62,000-square-foot composites operation in North Carolina.
Safety Components Fabric Technologies Inc., Greenville, S.C., welcomes Kevin Maine to its WeatherMAX sales and development team.
A specialty chemical company based in Reinach, Switzerland, acquired 49 percent of the shares of M. Dohmen SA, San Vittore, Switzerland.
BondCote Corp. annouced the launch of the company's new website.
Working together on the perfect fit.
More news updates, product information
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.