EDANA joins the Circular Plastics Alliance

April 9, 2020

EDANA, the association representing the nonwovens and related industries, has joined the Circular Plastics Alliance. EDANA endorses the vision to deliver on the circular economy for plastics and substantially increase the use of recycled plastics in new products. By 2025 at least 10 million tons of recycled plastics should find their way into products and …

SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program for small businesses launches

April 4, 2020

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Jovita Carranza launched the Paycheck Protection Program on April 3, 2020, a $349 billion emergency loan program created last week with the President’s signing of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES). The program provides forgivable loans of up to $10 million to small businesses left …

U.S. tent and structure manufacturers unite with the special events industry to address the COVID-19 pandemic

April 3, 2020

The special events industry stands poised to address surging capacity needs of the U.S. health care infrastructure. Ten of the major U.S. tent and structure manufacturers have joined together in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The principal strategy of the group is to align needs for disaster resources including field hospitals, emergency temporary shelters, …

Smart fabrics market outlook

According to the “Smart Fabrics Market—Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2020-2025” report by ResearchAndMarkets.com, the smart fabrics market was valued at USD 2.16 billion in 2019 and is expected to reach USD 5.93 billion by 2025, at a CAGR of 19.89 percent over the forecast period 2020-2025. The trend of using miniaturized electronics in the fabrics …

NCTO response to Administration’s reported tariff deferral

April 2, 2020

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), representing the full spectrum of U.S. textiles from fiber through finished products, has issued a statement from NCTO President and CEO Kim Glas in response to the Administration’s plan to institute a 90-day deferral on MFN tariffs, as reported by numerous press outlets. The reported plan being pushed …

Outdoor lifestyles of the rich and famous

April 1, 2020

Villa Sarbonne, a Bel Air mega mansion, was designed with no detail left unattended. The 25,000-square-foot home boasts nine bedrooms, 15 bathrooms, a movie theater, hair salon, spa and even a car elevator that rises seamlessly from underground to deliver the auto of choice for the day.  Builder Ardie Tavangarian, of Arya Group Inc., known …

10,000 scrubs per month made available to health care professionals

March 30, 2020

Barco Uniforms, Los Angeles, Calif., a recognized leader of design innovation in the premium health care apparel industry, has announced its pledge to donate 10,000 scrubs to health care professionals each month for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic. Donations will be prioritized and distributed based on requests made by health care teams who submit …

Cinte Techtextil China 2020: growth rebound and opportunities for the technical textiles and nonwovens sector expected

March 27, 2020

While the global economy as well as the textiles sector are in a state of flux at present, the unique situation is expected to present opportunities for exhibitors at Cinte Techtextil China. Taking place from September 2–4, at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre in halls N2 – N4, the event is Asia’s leading international …

NEW Covid-19 Resource Center

March 24, 2020

As we navigate through the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic, we want to remind you that IFAI is with you every step of the way. We have developed a COVID-19 Resource Center that will be updated daily on recent developments surrounding the virus and our industry. In this Resource Center, you will find up-to-date information on: Government and Agency Information  Financial Information …

Florida Keys shut down due to coronavirus

March 23, 2020

The Florida Keys are closed to visitors, including all hotels and other lodging establishments. Officials from Monroe County, which encompasses most of the archipelago off the southern coast of Florida, posted a statement on the county’s website that said the Keys would be “closed to all tourists and leisure visitors, lodging establishment are no longer …