State of the Industry 2009: Outlook

March 1st, 2009

Challenge, opportunity and growth: Our market forecast for the specialty fabrics industry By Jeff Rasmussen A survey conducted in fall 2008 by IFAI with its U.S. end-product manufacturer members revealed some interesting results. Almost half (45 percent) of all manufacturer respondents reported favorable sales in the first half of 2008 compared to the first half […]

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Health Savings Accounts benefit small businesses

March 1st, 2009

Health Savings Accounts are an increasingly popular option, especially for smaller businesses. By Mark E. Battersby How many small businesses can afford to offer fringe benefits, let alone good health insurance, to keep or attract good workers? Why, especially in these troubled economic times, are the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Internal Revenue […]

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State of the Industry 2009: Marine fabrication

March 1st, 2009

Challenge, opportunity and growth: Our market forecast for marine fabricators By Jeff Rasmussen The U.S. marine fabric market has been in a state of flux in 2007 and 2008. According to the National Marine Manufacturers Association, OEM boat sales could be down about 25-30 percent for 2008. Marine fabric suppliers experienced approximately a 15 to […]

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State of the Industry 2009: Tent rental

March 1st, 2009

Challenge, opportunity and growth: Our market forecast for tent renters By Jeff Rasmussen In 2008, tent manufacturers, who produce and sell tents to tent rental companies in the U.S. and Canada, consumed 24.3 million square yards of fabric, a 1 percent increase from 2007. For 2009, growth in total fabric consumed will probably be flat, […]

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State of the Industry 2009: Awnings and canopies

March 1st, 2009

Challenge, opportunity and growth: Our market forecast for manufacturers of awnings. By Jeff Rasmussen In 2008, nonresidential construction amounted to $712.9 billion, 11.8 percent above the $637.5 billion figure for 2007. This helped to offset a weak residential construction market in 2008, which was down 26.8 percent in 2008. The numbers for nonresidential construction continue […]

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Sports bra features heart-sensing technology

March 1st, 2009

[Textronics Inc.] Wilmington, Del.,U.S.A. NuMetrex® by Textronics® has premiered a new seamless control heart-sensing sports bra designed for even greater support during high impact sports. The NuMetrex Heart Sensing Sports Bra features electronic sensing technology integrated directly into the fabric. The textile electrodes are knitted into the bra so they stretch and move, maintaining contact […]

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Manufacturer produces made-for-iPod apparel

March 1st, 2009

[QIO Systems] New York, N.Y., U.S.A. French fashion brand Celio has launched the iPod compatible Celio Club Suit, and Canadian brand Killa has launched a range of hip-hop clothing for fall 2009, both incorporating advanced e-textile technologies from QIO Systems. QIO manufactures, licenses and sells made-for-iPod electronics to apparel manufacturers. The traditionally tailored Celio jacket […]

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Jacket features LED light system for safety

March 1st, 2009

[InteractiveWear] Starnberg, Germany InteractiveWear AG provides the technology services again for Italian menswear designer Ermenegildo Zegna with an innovative new product. The two companies previously collaborated on the Solar JKT Jacket in 2008. The Freeway Jacket, part of the spring/summer 2009 collection, is designed to improve safety in urban outdoor travel situations. Integrated into the […]

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Hendee finds new market opportunities

March 1st, 2009

Demand and supply: Chuck Hendee creates products to meet customer needs. By Sigrid Tornquist “In general, I don’t think we’ve ever developed a product—or spent any money to develop one—where there wasn’t an existing demand,” says Chuck Hendee, IFM, MFC, president of Hendee Enterprises Inc. “We respond to needs or inquiries that become obvious in […]

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Strong bale tarpaulins at a reasonable price

March 1st, 2009

Problem: Off-the-shelf tarps for covering large stores of hay and straw are relatively inexpensive, but they aren’t very durable. With the high price of hay and straw, a reliable covering is necessary. Solution: The Profitable Farming Company will be launching the Bull Flex, a new line of bale tarpaulins that will augment the company’s current […]

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