An effort to limit unnecessary exposure to flame retardants.
Collapsible fabric storage tank standard.
Studying heat transfer in car seats to create a model of the processes involved and implement it in the design of improved seating.
Leading supplier of fabrics for digital printing, fully stocks and distributes all digitex sign materials.
First-of-its-kind solar fund that makes investing in solar projects easy.
A coalition of companies and organizations dedicated to improving social and environmental standards in the textiles and garment industry.
“Fiber Forward” supply chain protection authenticates ELS cotton.
“Hot Technology for Cool Days” theme challenges students to create outerwear collection.
Awards include five gold, two silver and two bronze.
SCORE releases new statistics in an infographic.
“Clothes the Loop NY” campaign is in conjunction with “America Recycles Day,” Nov. 15.
Exhibitors, new products, awards, new divisions, and market-specific programming presented by industry experts.
Colorfastness tests to include crocking, light, washing and perspiration.
Rise in the use of bioresins and biofibers in China's nonwovens industry in the coming years.
Funding to be used to produce advanced TenCate materials.
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.