The Oeko-Tex® STeP Certification for the textile industry.
The standard deviation for the new replica was lower than the previous replica.
Umbrella organization is designed to strengthen the German composites industry.
We seek to recognize the best of the best new products from our 2013 exhibitors.
Manufacturers of needles and threads have need to develop highly specified products.
The EPA published its final “solvent-contaminated wipes rule,” a.k.a. the “wiper rule.”
Scientists observe differences in alertness of people wearing different tight fabrics.
The first-ever symposium on Asia Pacific Nonwovens will be held October 22 in Shanghai.
Textile and clothing exports from member countries of Asean declined sharply in 2012.
Bipartisan bill to eliminate or reduce tariffs on materials manufacturers can’t get otherwise.
Kogakuin University will bring its A game to the world’s biggest solar car race.
One of three names for the manikin can be chosen at the Institute’s website.
What if you could “feel your way” by wearing a GPS-linked device on your skin?
Agreement negotiations ended and progress was made in several areas.
Helping communities manage clothing and textile recycling; NCTO welcomes new president.
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.