Pearl product named Best Textile Substrate.
Orange County SCORE named Chapter of the Year.
Market your products in Japan and Asia at the IFAI Japan Forum.
Free webinar to be hosted by SBA and Agility Recovery, June 17.
Two contracts totaling $3.5 million to provide reflective material for United States Air Force training apparel.
Gerber Technology's YuniquePLM to manage the design, development and manufacturing of its product line.
A strategic move to provide a more efficient and versatile calender that better fits customer needs and market demand.
Since STeP certification for Sustainable Textile Production was introduced in June 2013, the association has trained auditors in Europe and Asia.
For students in St. Paul, Minn., getting on the right track to a career in growing local industries starts early.
Non-flushable baby wipes are one of those items increasingly found in the wastewater stream.
Comprehensive review of U.S. and Canadian geosynthetics markets compiled by GMA is available at the IFAI Bookstore.
SPEEDFACTORY aims to combine the capabilities of humans and machines.
IFAI’s 2014 Outlook Conference speakers review current economic and industry trends.
A bio-derived spandex available for use in a wide variety of apparel fabrics and garments.
A lab-on-wheels that brings the testing equipment right to the user.
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.