A focus on what we do best

April 1, 2022  |  Features, Perspective

If a college friend hadn’t had extra space in a harborside building he was renting in downtown Bellingham, Greg Keeler may have never started up Washington-based marine canvas company Oyster Creek Canvas Co.
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The revolution in soft signage

April 1, 2022  |  Features

You may say tomato and I may say to-MAH-toe, but at places like the International Sign Association, a trade group based in Alexandria, Va., Craig Campbell, vice president of business development, says the language around soft signage is often confusing.
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Ask the Expert: Understanding the Sunbrella® Warranty Expansion

April 1, 2022  |  Ask the Expert

With Sunbrella Care Director Alan Rampey To better serve our partners, consumers, and the industry as a whole, Sunbrella is proud to offer the industry’s most comprehensive warranty with an expansion that includes labor costs. To shed light on our enhanced warranty coverage and general warran…
2022 New Products Showcase Part 1

April 1, 2022  |  Features, Specialty Fabrics Showcase

Tents, awnings, shade sails, marine upholstery, protective gear, furniture: regardless of the end product, the fabric needs to perform in harsh conditions while looking good, keeping the planet green and fitting into a client’s budget. For our two-part annual showcase, we asked contributors to sen…
Why you should CONNECT

April 1, 2022  |  Editorial

The Industrial Fabrics Association International’s CONNECT is an active forum where members can ask questions and get helpful answers from others who have faced similar challenges.
Incremental or disruptive?

April 1, 2022  |  Advanced Textiles, Markets

Addressing the challenges of COVID-19 has underscored the importance of having faith in the ability of science and technology to make our lives better. While the textile industry has been an integral component of the manufacturing sector before COVID-19, people generally would not have realized that…
Dressing for the Olympics

April 1, 2022  |  Swatches

Viewers of February’s 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing saw the result of a new division of New York-based Ferrara Manufacturing during the event’s closing ceremonies. Team USA members at the Winter Games wore jackets and bottoms in the Closing Ceremony manufactured by the newly created Ferra…
The Four Crucial Habits of Successful Salespeople Part One

April 1, 2022  |  Business

I regularly get asked what the most important factor is that contributes to building and managing successful sales teams. While there are many contributing factors, the most critical is engaged sales leaders who proactively identify the four bad habits that impede a salesperson’s ability to effici…
Bluetooth-enabled slicker makes good horse sense

April 1, 2022  |  Swatches

According to Lee, adding e-textile properties to existing garments helps scientists, researchers and clinicians take advantage of garments’ already-existing ergonomic designs to secure a commercial grade of wearability, comfortability, air permeability and machine washability.
An alternative to brick and mortar

April 1, 2022  |  Markets

Successful businesses know that eco-friendly practices are part of sustainability, but creating long-term value is also key. More companies are choosing durable fabric structures to manage operating costs and reduce their impact on the environment, without sacrificing functionality.