Textile pioneer will be missed.
A step up from OEKO-TEX's STeP certification process for all sectors of the textile supply chain that need to validate sustainability credentials.
Ensures that its products offer superior UV protection to customers.
An expansion of its business with the acquisition of the Triad Wedge Welder, Spec Wedge Welder and Roof Welding Tool product line from Sinclair.
Foiling counterfeiters with DNA tags.
Government and business leaders attend dedication ceremonies.
Specialty contractor to provide a curbside cover for car rental center.
Dr. Pál Pataki retires as institute director.
A push for the use of water-based chemicals.
IFAI Expo 2014 will host a seminar about current research and innovation in advanced fabrics.
Fabric supplier is a leading European manufacturer of upholstery fabrics.
Industry leaders across the U.S. learn about the latest printing technologies.
Leading manufacturing organizations seek U.S. government action.
Partnership for DNA marking of packaging and original products.
Promoting entrepreneurship from coast to coast.
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.