Five tips for attending a virtual conference

October 1, 2020

Like so many organizations, Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has opted to host its Expo 2020 on a virtual platform. Attendees and exhibitors can expect to experience all the major components of past Expos, including education, networking opportunities and access to resources that support business growth in the textile industry. “We’ve been working very hard …

Breakthroughs in advanced textiles: Smart objects that benefit play, on-skin smart interface, and more

Smart objects support the benefits of play London, U.K.-based smart textile designer Michelle Rinow has unveiled her Transforming Touch series, which was developed based on research about the benefits of sensory play for adults. Her design methodology places emphasis on human interaction, connection and engagement through color and materials. Using cotton, silk and nylon blend …

Eco-friendly, fluorine-free upholstery fabric

Fluorine-free Sunbrella® Assure upholstery fabric delivers water repellency, stain resistance and enhanced durability for healthy and sustainable indoor and outdoor health-care and commercial spaces. A proprietary bio-based formula combats the absorption of water-based spills and messes without the use of fluorochemicals; oil-based stains can be removed easily by following the cleaning and care guide. Highly …

Virtual Expo 2020: timely, relevant, essential

Several years ago, the conference management team at Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) started planning the 100th annual Expo event. People asked, “You mean the 100th anniversary of the organization?” “No,” I clarified. “The organization is older than the show, and we didn’t host Expo during certain war years.” As the impact of the COVID-19 …

Egyptian consortium develops textile palm fibers and reinforcements

A consortium of five Egyptian researchers has developed PalmFil, the world’s first high-performance fibers and reinforcements extracted from the byproducts of pruning date palms, such as fronds and fruit stalks, according to a press release from the PalmFil Consortium. PalmFil is sustainable, economical in manufacturing, compatible with textile and composite processing, and even offers the …

Ask the Expert: APV Engineered Coatings

SPONSORED CONTENT Have Commercial Wallcoverings ‘Hit a Wall’ in Today’s Performance Standards? New criteria for coatings and lacquers emergeduring the pandemic Protection for vinyl and textiles used in commercial wallcovering applications is a hot topic. Industries such as hospitality, education, and healthcare demand that coatings and finishes for wallcoverings used in harsh environments:  1. Perform …

The specialty textiles market copes with COVID-19

While some industry suppliers and end product manufacturers have found ways to remain afloat, the economic effects of the pandemic have proven devastating to many, and the future can only be described as uncertain. by Pamela Mills-Senn The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the overall economy, and on the specialty textiles industry specifically, is …

John Delaloye: Innovating for the end user

John Delaloye combines Diamond Brand Gear’s history and reputation with a strategy that focuses on doing what lower-priced competitors can’t.  by Michelle Miron I get really pumped about new products, new fabrics, and when we learn from something we’ve researched or read about or seen somewhere and can bring those elements to fruition here,” says …

Designing for lightness in fabric structures

A new book examines sustainability in materials design. By Marie O’Mahony Editor’s note: Marie O’Mahony will moderate a panel session led by author Ed van Hinte on Nov. 5 at IFAI Virtual Expo 2020. The session will provide an updated view on lightness in design and how the world might benefit from it. As the …

Inflatable forest comes to life with human interaction

The Canopy, an inflatable installation that debuted in 2019 at the Light City festival in Baltimore, Md., is designed to bring people together for a greater good. At first glance, it is a forest of tree-like sculptures that are white in the daylight and aglow with neon colors at night. That’s where people come in. …