Advanced Textiles Expo: New name, improved event

August 31, 2023  |  Features

Join thousands of textile professionals for the first Advanced Textiles Expo (formerly known as IFAI Expo). Orlando is always a great location for the industry’s flagship event, and this year we are partnering once again with Sun Shading Expo North America. Connect with the industry for four days …
Safe travels: Airports zone in on geotextiles

August 31, 2023  |  Features

Airport runways are not the same as roads. They need to be built smoother and stronger to support the loads of jet planes without buckling under the weight, which is no small task in areas that may be swampy; dry; or subject to heavy rains, earthquakes or myriad other challenging soil conditions.
10 business lessons from Southern Stitch of Gulfport, Miss.

August 1, 2023  |  Features, Perspective

There’s a saying that chance favors the prepared. Sometimes that preparation can take some surprising forms. Just ask Steven Wayne, founder and operator at Southern Stitch Canvas & Upholstery LLC in Gulfport, Miss. 
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Multigenerational workplaces: Challenges and opportunities

August 1, 2023  |  Features

In today’s workforce, and particularly in the specialty fabrics industry, it’s difficult to bring in new, younger workers and make them feel engaged and productive. And with older workers delaying retirement, companies now must grapple with adapting to multigenerational workforces.
Advanced Textiles Expo Exhibitor Product Preview

August 1, 2023  |  Exhibitor Product Preview, Features

Your first look at the new products and value-added services waiting for you on the show floor at Advanced Textiles Expo 2023 in Orlando, Fla., Nov 1–3.
Scott Neville: Prioritize trust to join legacy companies

July 1, 2023  |  Features, Perspective

Fifteen years ago, Scott Neville was a newcomer to the shade industry. In partnership with his father, Ron, he has since acquired three renowned awning companies with more than 300 years of combined industry leadership. And he’s just getting started.
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“Alternative” fabrics: Biofabrics made from plant sources

July 1, 2023  |  Features

The search for bio-based alternative fabrics, an important tenet of sustainability, is top of mind for fiber and fabric manufacturers these days. The companies featured here illustrate some of the different approaches that are being taken to reduce carbon, improve sustainability and deliver on the p…
PFAS regulations prompt innovation

July 1, 2023  |  Features

A s the momentum to eliminate per- and polyfluorinated alkyl compounds (PFAS) picks up speed, growing numbers of product manufacturers and suppliers are exploring how to make their lines comply with the ever-tightening regulations and restrictions affecting C6 PFAS (long-chain C8 chemistries are alr…