Fresh perspectives on the sewn products industry.
IFAI launches the #IFAIExpoPrize Twitter Contest at Expo.
All nominations must be submitted by Jan. 5.
Arose from an urgen need to upgrade the textile and garment industry infrastructure in emerging markets worldwide.
Included jacquard and dobby looms, related textile weaving euipment, the Keystone Brand and Keyston'es business.
Smart textile and wearable intelligence prototypes for all kinds of applications with the potential to alter people's lives.
Combining shows to create one boating and outdoors event.
Partnership has provided immediate andl long-term aid to families in need all over the world.
Offers a complete EVO range, the next generation polyurethane coatings for shoes, bags, upholstery and automotive interiors.
Working to promote the adotion of an EPA rule that clarifies the handling and disposal of solvent-contaminated industrial wiping cloths.
Five companies are finalists for the ITMA Innovator of the Year award and another five for Launch of the Year.
DNA-authentication technology used to interdict shipment of mislabeled textiles.
Methods available immediately as downloadable PDFs.
Companies sign a comprehensive premium warranty.
Certain reusable textile products are better for the environment than their disposable counterparts.
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.