New IFAI member benefits

January 18, 2019

IFAI has created new member benefits over the past year. For more information about each benefit, visit https://www.ifai.com/membership/member-benefits/. Marine Fabricators Business Insurance The Marine Fabricators Business Insurance program is tailored to MFA division members and their unique risks and exposures. The best in practice program offers these insurance lines with competitive pricing: * Property—property contents …

Frisone joins Serge Ferrari

Kevin Frisone has been appointed market development manager at Serge Ferrari, a leader in flexible composite material technology. He will lead the company’s growth in the U.S. for the building /architectural segment, including solar protection, façade, acoustics and tensile architecture. Frisone brings 30 years of business development experience to the company. He previously worked for …

DNA molecular tagging study

January 17, 2019

Results of a new study published in the September/October 2018 issue of the AATCC Review confirmed that DNA molecular tagging is an effective tool to authenticate denim and maintains its integrity even after exposed to the rigors of bleaching and abrasion. “DNA Molecular Tagging is an Effective Tool to Authenticate Denim, One of the Toughest …

Archroma Pakistan wins awards

January 16, 2019

The Pakistani affiliate of Archroma, a global leader in color and specialty chemicals for sustainable solutions, was named employer of the year in the multinationals segment in a nationwide contest organized by the Employers Federation of Pakistan for the third time in a row. The award recognized Archroma’s best practice in human resource management, ethical …

Business insurance offered as new benefit to MFA members

January 15, 2019

IFAI now offers business insurance to members of the Marine Fabricators Association (MFA). The broker for this new membership benefit is Marsh & McLennan Agency, who is also IFAI’s insurance broker. “This is the first time IFAI has been able to offer this type of benefit to members. We have had many requests from members …

Losberger De Boer becomes a centenary company

One hundred years ago, Friedrich Losberger and Klaas de Boer laid the foundation for a company that would become one of the world’s leading suppliers of temporary and semi-permanent space solutions: Losberger De Boer. In 2019, the company celebrates its hundredth birthday. The early years It is in Heilbronn, near Stuttgart, that the story of …

Epson center opens in New Jersey

Equipment Zone in Franklin Lakes, N.J., has opened its Epson Certified Solution Center. This first such center located on the East Coast enables potential Epson customers to engage with product experts and run test print samples using their own files on the Epson dye-sublimation, signage, photography and direct-to-garment solutions. The technology includes a full suite …

Indorama Ventures acquires UTT

January 14, 2019

Indorama Ventures Public Co. Ltd. has acquired UTT, one of the leading suppliers of airbag fabrics and other highly specialized solutions in the field of technical textiles. The company has sites in Germany and Mexico with approximately 420 employees and produces around 70 million square meters of fabrics. Subject to regulatory approvals, UTT will be …

Longtime Hoigaard’s sales manager passes away

Michael J. O’Toole, a sales manager at Hoigaard’s Custom Canvas and Awning, Plymouth, Minn., has passed away. O’Toole worked for Hoigaard’s for more than 50 years. More information about O’Toole is available here. Hoigaard’s, an awning manufacturer, was founded more than 120 years ago and was one of fourteen companies that founded Industrial Fabrics Association …

Potential is great for smart textiles

January 11, 2019

Smart textiles and clothing are expected to transform the health care, sports and fitness, and work-wear sectors, according to a report in Issue 63 of Performance Apparel Markets from the global business information company Textiles Intelligence. Clothing is an ideal platform for the integration of smart technologies. To date, most products within the market have …