Kodak developed technology that works as an antimicrobial agent in textiles.
Amendment would remove language requiring military purchasing from FPI.
A number of new regulations come into force on April 1, 2014, for all certifications.
Webinar available on the OEKO-TEX website describes STeP certification for facilities.
Part II focuses on five end-product markets, primarily in the U. S.: safety and technical products, narrow fabrics, geosynthetics, truck covers and tarpaulins, and fabric graphics.
Film prevents bacteria from docking on textile fibers.
Super hydrophobic materials that work by reshaping the surface of textiles.
The Industrial Fabrics Foundation recently announced its annual awards to industry standouts.
Flexible solar-recharged battery will enhance the use of wearable electronics.
Printers running at speeds from 1,670 square feet per hour to 75 meters per minute.
Supplier named exclusive master distributor for G-Floor Graphic Products in North America.
Explore one often overlooked piece of the family business succession process: establishing a shared vision.
The show will be Feb. 20-21 at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach Hotel in Long Beach, Calif.
Innovative range of 3M Architectural Finishes to join Designtex offerings.
Request for submissions, due Friday, Jan. 31, 2014.
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.