The Chair Forum™ slated for March 2017

February 3, 2017

Facilitated by leading family business governance experts Dr. Craig Aronoff, Dr. Jennifer Pendergast, and Joe Schmieder, the Chair Forum will provide an insider’s view of the innovative and meaningful ways that family businesses build thriving governance systems. It is an opportunity for in-depth conversations with peers and experts on some of the distinct questions that face …

Growth for the North American markets

February 2, 2017

German-based HUESKER Inc. celebrated another milestone during the month of December. The expanding of their operations in Cleveland County and the city of Shelby, through of an 8.5-million-dollar state-of-the-art facility. HUESKER Inc. recently celebrated their 25th anniversary in the United States. The new facility will manufacture core products locally for the North American market per …

Toyobo to increase airbag business

January 30, 2017

Toyobo Co. Ltd., Osaka, Japan, is increasing its production of fabrics and yarn for automobile airbags by investing more than $8.5 million in plants and equipment globally through 2020. The company will separate its fabric production plant for airbags from their existing fabric plant in Thailand and establish a manufacturing joint-venture company with a local …

Outdoor Graphics Webinar

January 24, 2017

IFAI Member Exclusive Presented by the Fabric Graphics Association One week left to register!  January 31, 2017 at 2:00 pm Eastern / 1:00pm Central Come learn about techniques for creating successful outdoor graphics. Industry experts will provide detailed and tangible ways to specify, produce, and finish outdoor graphics for strength and longevity. A few of the …

NCTO praises textile outcomes in FY 2017 Defense Bill

January 18, 2017

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) applauded the senate’s 92-7 vote to pass S. 2943, the FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The Defense bill would give way to favorable textile industry outcomes. There wasn’t any increase to the simplified acquisition threshold (SAT). The Berry Amendment was exempted from changes to the procurement …

ARA to honor member volunteers at The Rental Show

January 16, 2017

The American Rental Association (ARA) recognizes individuals each year for outstanding service to the association and the rental industry. They will be honored at The Rental Show® 2017 in Orlando, Fla. Various awards will be presented including the 2016 Distinguished Service Award, the 2016 Meritorious Service Award, the 2016 Special Service Award and the 2016 …

Natural pigments and useful raw materials from autumn leaves for industry

January 6, 2017

Autumn leaves contain a range of interesting substances such as pigments, carbohydrates, proteins and compounds that inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is developing leaf-processing technologies. Pigments from autumn leaves can be used to color cosmetics and textiles. Compounds obtained from the leaves may be suitable for use as …

Gore opens fabrics testing facility

December 15, 2016

L. Gore & Associates, Inc., Elkton, Md., has opened the Biophysics and Heat and Flame Protection Labs, a state-of-the-art fabric testing facility. There, Gore engineers will be able to measure the properties of component materials, Gore laminates and fully constructed garments and footwear in new, expanded and relevant conditions. The facility will enable Gore to …

Gains for equipment rental industry

December 12, 2016

A five-year forecast for the equipment rental industry released by the American Rental Association (ARA) remains positive. ARA projects equipment rental revenue to reach $55.5 billion in the U.S. in 2020. Numbers in the forecast reflect recent changes in the marketplace as the forecast calls for industry revenue to increase by 4.3 percent in 2016 …