Free webinar, Nov. 7: Export opportunities in Mexico for textiles and apparel.
Accepting applications from graduate and undergraduate university students.
According to projections from the American Rental Association.
According to the latest issue of Global Apparel Markets by Textiles Intelligence.
Coolcore fibers received after label extensive testing by the Hohenstein Institute.
To identify, showcase and support innovative approaches to sustainability challenges.
Manufacturers are challenged to obtain needles and thread for technical textiles.
JEC Group predicts strong growth.
Premier textile event will take place in Minneapolis, Minn., Oct. 14-16.
IFAI received a total of 97 entries from 53 companies in this year's competition.
IFAI announces 2013 IAA winners for design excellence in specialty fabrics applications.
Resilience is key when it comes to the delivery of humanitarian and development aid.
Colombia hosted two major textile and fashion events in 2013 to attract buyers.
Demand for indoor sportswear will grow rapidly, despite constrained consumer spending.
OTEXA Export Guide for Textiles and Apparel, updated.
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.