Research team creates material that moves quickly in response to light.
Interior design firm transform the walls of a Beverly Hills mansion to look like an Italian estate.
Polyfab USA appoints Tunali Tec the new stocking distributor in Mexico.
H. Dawson Wool will use SigNature T® to assure the originality and authenticity of loose wool fiber.
The AATCC International Conference for 2014 is an important event for the industry.
Changes to the STTR Program Policy Directive maintain concordance with SBIR.
Deadline: Feb. 21, 2014
Program focuses on in-depth understanding of graphic installation and certification.
WNC company makes donation to families of fallen soldiers through the Night Stalker Association.
To be held in Grapevine, Texas, at the Embassy Suites and Bass Pro Shops Outdoor.
An opportunity for all fabric manufacturers and distributors to get the word out.
SMART’s free lesson plans for students; new OEKO-TEX® test criteria for 2014.
TRD-developed ballasting tool provides an accurate way to calculate ballast weights.
Kodak developed technology that works as an antimicrobial agent in textiles.
Amendment would remove language requiring military purchasing from FPI.
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.