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Fabric structures that withstand extreme environments

October 1, 2022  |  Features

Visitors to the Hawaiian Islands are drawn by the chance to vacation in surroundings renowned for their beauty and serenity. While locals share the tourists’ appreciation for what their paradise offers, they are also mindful of the environmental challenges Mother Nature often throws at them. This …
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The science behind military uniforms

October 1, 2022  |  Features

Military uniforms have come a long way since the American Revolution when the Continental Army battled the British attired in tricorn hats and blue coats paired with white waistcoats and white overalls.
IFAI EXPO Show Preview 2022

September 1, 2022  |  Features

Join thousands of textile professionals as we return to Charlotte for the industry’s flagship event and partner with the Sun Shading Expo North America. Connect with the industry for four days of networking, education and product sourcing. Celebrate more than 100 years of IFAI Expo as we look towa…
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Advanced textiles improve lifestyles, protect environment

September 1, 2022  |  Features

Textiles are important consumer products next to food and medicine. Given the high volatility of raw materials, particularly cotton, the textile sector is in a tailspin. Both manufacturers and consumers are feeling price pressures. In this circumstance, with adversity comes new opportunities, which …
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Cleaning & repairing fabric products

September 1, 2022  |  Features

Now that inventories are back to earning their keep, attention has turned to making them presentable and putting them back in good working condition. In some cases, this means giving these items—tents, boat covers, awnings, banners, canopies, upholstery and the like—a thorough cleaning. Other ti…
Technotense leader takes DIY approach

August 1, 2022  |  Features, Perspective

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.
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Tricky shade projects

August 1, 2022  |  Features

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) p…
IFAI Expo 2022 Exhibitor Product Preview

August 1, 2022  |  Exhibitor Product Preview, Features

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.
2022 Equipment Showcase

July 21, 2022  |  Features

How often do you find yourself in the middle of an arduous task and think “There’s got to be a better way”? In the textile and fabric industry over the last few years, there have been many jobs and processes that technology has simplified or even automated to make life easier. 
State of the Industry 2022

July 1, 2022  |  Features, State of the Industry

How did textile and fabric manufacturers survive the global pandemic? How do supply chain issues and labor shortages continue to be a problem? What markets are manufacturers looking to expand into, and how do they plan to get there? Which trends will have the biggest impact on the industry in the ne…