Striving for sustainability

November 1st, 2022

Glen Raven Inc. has increased the use of renewable energy in its facilities, but has also prioritized the use of more energy-efficient machinery. Photo: Glen Raven Inc. As public awareness of the importance of sustainability grows, there’s no doubt that fabricators are becoming greener. But it’s also becoming obvious that there are many different routes […]

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Eight promotions announced at Glen Raven

August 7th, 2020

Glen Raven Inc., has announced the promotion of eight executives in its Technical Fabrics operating division. The moves will support the continued growth of its diverse business segments, particularly its GlenGuard brand of high-performance flame-resistant fabric. Glen Raven Technical Fabrics creates technical solutions that help keep people safe from military and protective work wear to […]

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Sustainability in textiles

May 1st, 2020

As sustainability becomes more important to consumers, suppliers and manufacturers are pressed to verify product claims and become more eco-friendly. by Pamela Mills-Senn There are plenty of fashion trends hitting the runways this season, such as this year’s hottest color (orange is very in), patterns (think floral) and capes—lots of capes. But sustainable fashions are […]

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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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Sioen Industries acquires Dickson Coatings

December 20th, 2019

Sioen Industries has reached an agreement to acquire Dickson Coatings from Glen Raven Inc., Glen Raven, N.C. Sioen, a Belgium-based Euronext stock-quoted company, is a leading producer of PVC coated technical fabrics. With the acquisition, Sioen and Dickson plan to partner in the development of sun-protection fabrics, outdoor textiles and PVC-free coated fabrics, according to […]

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Management plans for innovation in process and product

June 1st, 2017

Centering business processes on continual improvement clears the path for innovative ideas to become innovative products. Every industry-changing product started as a great idea. But without an effective organizational structure in place, not every great idea has the opportunity to come to fruition. A good manager knows this. An innovative manager puts it into practice. […]

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IFAI Expo 2016 closes successful show with near-record attendance

October 31st, 2016

IFAI Expo 2016, the textile industry's show of record, attracted 5,023 participants to the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C., from Oct. 18-21. IFAI Expo is the largest display of specialty fabrics and technical textiles in the Americas. Attendees were treated to four days of product demonstrations, education, networking, exhibits and awards recognizing industry achievement. "We […]

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IFAI Honored Life Members announced at IFAI Expo 2016

October 20th, 2016

First Vice Chairman Steve Ellington announced this year’s newly appointed Honored Life Members at the annual meetingWednesday morning. Honored Life Membership is bestowed by special request only at the discretion of the IFAI Board of Directors to candidates who meet one or both of the following criteria: For meritorious or outstanding work accomplished for the […]

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