Technotense leader takes DIY approach

August 1st, 2022

When Cesar Eloy Pérez founded Technotense  in 2019, he wanted to create a company that would professionalize the industry of designing, building and installing lightweight tensile structures.  “I wanted to change the way structures were made in Mexico,” he says. “There  were a lot of people who weren’t very professional and were making things how […]

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Tricky shade projects

August 1st, 2022

Each year, fabricators across the globe set the bar higher by achieving more beauty, functionality and innovation in their shade projects. And each year, the Advanced Textiles Association (formerly IFAI) strives to recognize these industry leaders through its International Achievement Awards (IAA) program. Here, we interview four of last year’s winners about the rewards and […]

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IFAI Expo 2022 Exhibitor Product Preview

August 1st, 2022

Your first look at the new products and value-added services waiting for you on the show floor at IFAI EXPO 2022 in Charlotte, N.C., October 12-14. Celebrate textile innovation at the IFAI Expo, where hundreds of exhibitors will bring you the latest products and information from the entire supply chain, from fibers and fabrics to […]

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Defining “textiles”

August 1st, 2022

Flexible TPU printing materials from Covestro’s Addigy brand are making 3D printed fashion more wearable. Photo: Covestro AG When is a material a textile? When is a textile a fabric? The unprecedented scope of new materials in development—by academia, government-funded technology groups and start-ups—is challenging traditional concepts of fabric formation. How this will impact the […]

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Hiring the right talent

August 1st, 2022

Regardless of size, companies rely on human capital to function and provide value to their stakeholders. An employee who is a good fit for your company can increase productivity, customer satisfaction and the quality of services delivered. In the textiles industry, workforce shortages and the challenges of how to make the workforce grow is a […]

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Retrofit roof on UFG building

August 1st, 2022

In 2021, the University of Florida in Gainesville decided to give a facelift to its School of Architecture building on campus, which would include a retrofitted roof to cover the existing open atrium space. The school turned to Birdair Inc., a specialty contractor for custom tensile membrane structures, to create a one-of-a-kind roofing system atop […]

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