AATCC member recognized for honorable service in admistrative, research and global outreach functions.
The popular SPESA dinner and industry networking function will be held at the Georgia Aquarium.
2014 conference theme focused on increasing collaboration among supply chain partners.
John Richard Aspland is awarded for outstanding achievement in the field of textile chemistry.
SBA to support R & D; apply through April 11, 2014.
Techmer PM sponsors Royal Society of Arts inaugural Bill Moggridge Award.
The launch of "One Stitch Closer" extends Gap's long-standing commitment of supporting women.
Selection will enter negotiations for contract awards as part of Phase II of the agency's SBIR Program.
SBA launches 2014 Emerging Leaders Initiative to assist with quick growth and job creation.
The School of Mimaki Application and Resource Training course schedule for RasterLink6 RIP software is announced.
GRA countries represent $73 billion in combined rental revenue.
New digital manufacturing solutions at industrial print show from April 8-10.
Focus on completing talks ahead of an April 2014 visit by President Obama.
Two University of St. Thomas students fight pediatric cancer with a new strategy.
Unique shade installation with fabric panels that twist.
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.