New southern region sales representative.
President Obama renews his call for fast-tracking free trade agreements with Asia and Europe.
Josh Udall recognized for work developing bioinformatics tools to understand cotton genome.
Companies partner to provide flame resistant denim apparel.
IDTechEx-hosted event creates market engagement between end users and suppliers.
BannerPRO™ offers ability to fabricate perimeter hems, pole pockets and pocket signs in-house.
Antimicrobial policy recommendations.
How the Export Control Reform Initiative affects U.S. exporters.
Defining wilderness in pictures and displaying as large-format prints in the Smithsonian.
Acquires sister companies Cortina Leathers and DMS Leathers.
Demand for greater performance properties in sports and casual wear.
A form of radiation therapy in which a radiation source is implanted next to the area requiring treatment.
Expanding sales and marketing territory to include Florida.
Featuring environmentally friendly products displaying a "Made in Taiwan" label.
Focus on the future of the membrane structure industry.
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.