Full color palette presented in PP, polyamide and polyester fibers.
SCORE releases infographic depicting new data on mobile optimization.
Generation II Soldier Plate Carrier System armor maximizes mobility.
National college tour raises awareness about entrepreneurship possibilities.
Wall, floor and furniture designs offer printers new opportunities.
Manufacturers invest in research focused more precisely on athletes’ needs.
Ongoing labor negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association.
Zepol provides free report on import and export values, top trading companies, in-demand products.
Event will feature educational tracks, poster session, awards luncheon.
More than $25 billion will be spent on wearable technology in 2025.
Hygienically Clean Advisory Board introduces new testing protocols for Hygienically Clean Certification.
New institute to strengthen U.S. leadership in advanced composite materials.
OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 updates take effect April 1.
Agility Recovery and SBA to host free webinar Feb. 10.
Fabric showcase submissions due Feb. 13.
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.