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.
An Israeli manufacturer of nylon 6.6 for thermoplastics and apparel applications acquires INVISTA's Americana, Brazil, manufacturing site.
The division delivers services and components for expeditionary systems.
The groundbreaking sensor technology provides body armor users the ability to inspect, in real time, the ballistic integrity of hard body armor inserts.
To qualify, products must meet the rigorous requirements of the NSF/ANSI 336 standard.
HP printer and ink added to warranty offerings.
ValueJet 2638 honored in solvent/latex over 96 inches category.
U.K. plant expansion scheduled for completion in 2015.
First digital printer manufacturer to receive Wide/Grand Format Inkjet Certification.
Expanded its distribution partnership with screen and digital inks and equipment supplier Nazdar.
Flame-retardent yarns now available for applications from fine furniture fabrics.
Foley to be responsible for implementation and execution of special projects and programs.
Inventer of intelligent fabric and apparel technologies signs two-year supplier agreement.
Newbury has been named vice president and general manager of software solutions.
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.