Staying agile in the time of COVID-19

August 1st, 2020

Agility has emerged as the essential defining attribute of organizations able to respond to this crisis and chart a new, resilient course for the future. by Jeff Moravec Agility has always been something of a prerequisite for owning a company, and that skill set is clearly more valuable now than it ever has been. We […]

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NECPA: A century of survival

July 1st, 2020

Lessons from four member companies that have survived for a century and continue to thrive. by Cathy Broberg In January 2020, the North East Canvas Products Association (NECPA), a trade organization for the canvas and outdoor fabric industry, marked its 100th anniversary. Members celebrated at its annual conference with a gala and by touring a […]

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A historical perspective to a historic pandemic

July 1st, 2020

What is the biggest professional challenge you’ve overcome? This is one of the standard questions Review asks the subjects of the Perspective cover article. While some responses are unique to an interviewee’s specific circumstances, the most common answer involves seeing a business through the economic impacts of 9/11 and the Great Recession.  While the coronavirus […]

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Nonwoven fabrics on the frontline of infection containment

May 1st, 2020

By Jeff Moravec Transmission electron microscopic image of an isolate from the first U.S. case of COVID-19, formerly known as 2019-nCoV. The spherical viral particles, colorized blue, contain cross-section through the viral genome, seen as black dots. Image: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s easy to misunderstand viral respiratory diseases, whether the current pandemic […]

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Market watch: The specialty fabrics industry responds to COVID-19

May 1st, 2020

By Elisa Bernick, Sammi Jones, Jill C. Lafferty,  Galynn Nordstrom, Rebecca J. Post and Janet Preus The global response to the COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented, with the textile industry playing a key role. Suppliers and end product manufacturers have pivoted at lightning speed to produce much-needed PPE for front-line medical workers. IFAI members are reaching […]

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FDA continues to facilitate access to crucial medical products

March 23rd, 2020

On March 22, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration took significant action to help increase the availability of ventilators and accessories, as well as other respiratory devices, during the COVID-19 pandemic to support patients with respiratory failure or difficulty breathing. “The FDA’s new actions will mean America can make more ventilators during this crisis,” said Health and […]

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Berry Global produces materials critical for coronavirus defense and expands wipes capacity

March 19th, 2020

As the world leader for nonwovens manufacturing, Berry Global Group Inc. is supplying leading healthcare and consumer brand companies around the world to create products in high demand to fight spread of the coronavirus. In its January 31 announcement, Berry reported the prioritization of health care production in its Chinese facilities in response to the increased […]

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IFAI president responds to Coronavirus, adjusts upcoming events

March 17th, 2020

As concern over the Coronavirus (COVID-19) grows, I want all IFAI members to know we are closely monitoring developments and following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). We will follow their recommendations to keep our employees, their families and our members healthy and safe. With this in […]

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Tent rental companies grapple with COVID-19 cancellations

March 13th, 2020

Amid a wave of postponed and cancelled events, tent rental companies brace for the worst while attempting to find a “win-win” for themselves and their customers. By Jill C. Lafferty Tent rentals companies that were gearing up for a robust spring season, and those whose season was already underway, spent the week of March 9 […]

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IFAI update on Covid-19/Coronavirus preparedness from Geosynthetics Conference 2020: Case Studies

March 6th, 2020

We understand concerns about COVID-19/Coronavirus are top of mind, and we want to be as transparent as possible and share information about what we are doing to prepare for the Geosynthetics Conference: CASE STUDIES 2020 in North Charleston, SC USA. Many of our exhibitors will be onsite soon to setup for the show, and we […]

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