The new test criteria for Standard 100 will be effective April 1.
OEKO-TEX is working on a certification for eco-friendly and socially responsible companies.
Fiber from super-spinning silkworm helps give violins a softer sound.
Wires may help prevent the shut-downs that happen from mistakenly cut wires.
Warehouse Two's inventory-sharing tool is designed for manufacturers and distributors.
Awards recognize developments in textiles for outdoor, industrial and medical applications.
In terms of SBA disaster lending, Hurricane Sandy is the third largest disaster in U.S. history.
Program brings top innovators into government for “tours of duty” to develop solutions.
Arturo Vittori and Andreas Vogler presented WarkaWater at 'FuturoTextiles' in Paris.
Newlife™ returns to Première Vision for the PE 2014 with its Eco-Innovation Library.
The Code of Conduct requires companies to be transparent about their business model.
The Hohenstein Institute is compiling a hand dimension database for glove producers.
Steady but slow economic recovery characterized the industry in 2012.
ASTM Intl. to develop environmental guidelines for products.
Jeffery, a long-time sales executive for the John Boyle Co., passed away on Dec. 22, 2012.
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.