Entertainment fabrics market recovers post-COVID

June 1, 2022  |  Features

People in the entertainment world make their living around drama, suspense and unexpected plot twists and turns. But the people who make their living supplying entertainers with the tools of their trade—such as theatrical-based fabrics—would rather their business not have the kind of unpredictab…
Hardware prevails through travails

June 1, 2022  |  Features

COVID-19 battered economies and companies worldwide, with few industries spared its effects. But if the pandemic turned lives upside down, it also unleashed creativity, determination and a refusal to say “uncle.” The result in a lot of cases wasn’t just mere survival, but something closer to t…
Industry primed for growth

June 1, 2022  |  Editorial

Spring is the time of rebirth, growth and new life. And so it is with the textile and fabric industry. After more than two years of bad news with (stop me if you’ve heard this one before) the impact of a pandemic, rising costs, labor shortages, supply chain disruptions and overseas war, it’s abo…
A look back at 2022 Smart Fabrics Summit

June 1, 2022  |  Advanced Textiles, Markets

IFAI’s Smart Fabric Summit returned to an in-person event with a new location at North Carolina State University (NC State), its producing partner. This choice allowed for adding another day of activities that included student demonstrations and tours of the Zeis Textiles Extension complex and the…
Nanotechnology textile research

June 1, 2022  |  Swatches

The future is now. At least when it comes to textiles that incorporate nanotechnology. Researchers at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, are exploring ways to marry nanomaterials to textiles. ”We are very excited, because it is our …
The Four Crucial Habits of Successful Salespeople Part Two

June 1, 2022  |  Business, Markets

The R-S-P-F Sales Formula™ focuses on four measurable and repeatable habits, traits and processes that all salespeople must be proficient in, and that all sales leaders must monitor closely. Part One of this series outlined the first two crucial habits: Research and Scheduling. But that is only pa…
Students train for color management

June 1, 2022  |  Swatches

Archroma, a maker of specialty chemicals for sustainable solutions, has begun a collaboration with the Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies (CARS) department at the University of North Carolina Greensboro aiming to further the education of its students in the area of color management expertise.
Textile uses in transportation

June 1, 2022  |  Markets

The magic target is 1.5 degrees Celsius. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change) has set an ambitious goal to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees. Experts say that to maintain the global warming target, greenhouse ga…
Artistic Miliners expands factory

June 1, 2022  |  Swatches

Artistic Milliners is expanding its presence in Pakistan with a new $60 million state-of-the-art facility that follows through on its values. At full capacity, the 500,000-square-foot facility will employ 3,500 workers—70 percent of which will be women—and boost production capacity by 30 percent…
Chaise-ing perfection

June 1, 2022  |  Final Project

For 25 years, Matt’s Motortrimming in Havelock North, New Zealand, has specialized in auto and marine upholstery, but when the company couldn’t find just the right chaise lounge for its building, owner Matt Forbes decided they would custom-build one of their own.