The Cutting Room

May 9, 2018

June 12, 2018 | Noon EST Free to IFAI Members/$79.00 for Nonmembers The presenters will cover four components used in a cutting room: digitizing, cutting, material handling and ROI. Learn what applications are best suited for full automation and how to implement them and increase your product volumes. Presenters Truy Pham Autometrix Inc. Truy “Tree” …

Selling Quality Over Price

June 20, 2018 | Noon EST Free to IFAI Members/$75.00 for Nonmembers Learn about increasing your bottom line and how to encourage your clients to upgrade to better quality materials. Find out how upselling reflects company image, leads to future referrals and produces long-lasting products.   Presenter Dave Callahan Granite State Cover & Canvas Inc. …

Toray to acquire TenCate Advanced Composites

May 7, 2018

Toray Industries Inc., Tokyo, Japan, has reached an agreement to acquire Tencate Advanced Composites (TCAC), a developer and producer of advanced thermoplastic-and thermoset-based composites. Toray is committed to accelerating the growth of TCAC in the coming years, fully supporting its management’s strategy and investment growth plans. The combination brings together complementary product offerings in high …

IFAI’S Student Design Competition: Deadline is May 15, 2018

May 4, 2018

Each year, the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) sponsors a Student Design Competition for students enrolled in a post-secondary college or university program studying textiles, apparel, engineering or design. The annual competition offers students a valuable opportunity to build their portfolios and advance their career opportunities—and first-place winners also receive a $6,000+ Prize Pack with …

Bally Ribbon Mills receives Space Technology Award

May 2, 2018

Bally Ribbon Mills (BRM), an industry leader in the design, development and manufacture of highly specialized engineered woven fabrics, received a Space Technology Award from NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) for weaving the three-dimensional (3-D) material used to support the Heat-shield for Extreme Entry Environment Technology (HEEET) team. The team is developing a new …

Startup Booster Competition winners named

JEC Group, a global information and connection company in the composite sector, announced the winners of its Startup Booster Competition, the largest international startup competition in the composite sector, at JEC World 2018 in Paris. N12 Technologies won for vertically aligned carbon nanotubes at interlaminar interfaces for lighter and more durable composite structures. Inca-Fiber GmbH …

GOTS hosts U.S. roundtable

May 1, 2018

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) hosted a roundtable for the textile industry in Charleston, S.C., in February. The theme was “Making a Business Case for GOTS Certification.” These types of roundtables take place around the globe to help stakeholders define challenges and opportunities and to provide feedback to GOTS on specific sector or regional …

NCTO launches new textile website

April 30, 2018

The National Council of Textile Organizations has launched “Textiles in the News,” a new website promoting the U.S. textile industry. As part of the organization’s American Textiles: We Make Amazing™ public relations effort to rebrand the U.S. textile industry, the website showcases the dynamism of the U.S. textile industry and covers the policy issues that impact …

EURATEX initiates strategy review

April 27, 2018

EURATEX, the European Apparel and Textile Confederation, has launched a new strategic review to strengthen the voice of the European textile and apparel industry with the policy institutions in Brussels as well as governmental bodies and partner organizations around the globe. This initiative will help the organization better reflect its members’ objectives and priorities, which …

ARA partners with TechForce Foundation

April 26, 2018

The American Rental Association (ARA), Moline, Ill., and TechForce Foundation, a Scottsdale, Ariz., are partnering to raise the profile of trade and technical careers. According to TechForce’s “Technician Demand Report,” 125,000 new entrant technicians in auto, diesel and collision will be needed annually over the next ten years. TechForce Foundation has introduced the FutureTech Success™ …