Raising the spire required the initiative of industrial fabric companies.
Sessions will focus on fibers, preparation, dyeing, finishing and sustainability.
The study will encompass the sector overview and growth potential of Asian countries.
A webinar series focused on what the new healthcare law means for you.
AATCC announced September deadlines for two programs to support textile students.
Polymer technology includes fiber extrusion and preserves the activity of therapeutic agents.
President Obama urged to tackle currency manipulation in Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations.
ASTM International and the ASC to develop Environmental Product Declarations for sealants and develop Product Category Rules.
The road to growth for geosynthetic textile markets goes straight through developing countries.
The Federal Agricultural Reform and Risk Management Act allows colleges and universities to cultivate industrial hemp in states where it is already legal.
Lillian Sabatini Quadri, former co-owner of Al’s Awning Shop, died May 26, 2013, at age 99.
Polymer partially manufactured from sebacic acid, obtained from castor oil seeds, developed.
Recycled PET fibers are gaining a significant foothold in the U.S. nonwovens industry.
The NMMA reported a 10.7 percent increase in retail sales of new power boats and sailboats in 2012.
SuperExpo 2013 in Australia combined the knowledge and communities of two similar associations.
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.