AMI certificate attests that the products are made in the USA.
John Crum promoted to president and chief operating officer of Seaman.
Shelly Pawlus joins the company as director of Outreach Contract Division.
John Kessler appointed contract manager to oversee growth of the company's vinyl-coated fabrics in the contract market segment.
Erica Martin appointed visual communication specialist for the wide- and grand-format printing and supplies integrator.
The company determines entire product line in compliance with the Berry Amendment.
Company has grown tremendously since 1914.
California company is awarded the MIF Seal of Approval.
Kisha Moldovan builds relationships with sincerity and enthusiasm to boost business and advance the industry.
Company supplies textiles for industrial, activewear and print media markets since 1974.
All products certified to date have achieved either a Gold or Silver Facts rating, including panel, seating and health care cubicle fabrics.
Multi-functional fabrics earn Top 10 Honors at ISPO 2014 Textrends Forum.
Sweating thermal articulated manikin is called after the British master detective.
Designed to be more simpler and provide more detailed information to customers.
Offers water repellency, mildew resistance, breathability and durability.
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.