CONNECT with fellow ATA members

December 13th, 2022

The Advanced Textiles Association (formerly IFAI) announces the launch of Peer Groups on CONNECT by ATA for members of the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA) and Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) divisions. This new group offers an opportunity for members to share resources, find answers and network with industry peers.Included features:• Discussions—You’ll have the ability to […]

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Optimizing awnings

February 1st, 2022

Photo: © Inigo Calles, www.dreamstime.com. Last November the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA), a division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) introduced a web-based tool that calculates the energy savings for residential and commercial awning products.  The new Energy Savings Calculator app was designed as an IFAI member benefit to allow users to input […]

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The Northeast Canvas Products Association celebrates its 100th anniversary

February 20th, 2020

The Northeast Canvas Products Association (NECPA) celebrated its 100th anniversary on January 16-18 in Worcester, Mass. The conference event included a full slate of Friday seminars presented by NECPA in conjunction with the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA) and the Marine Fabricators Association (MFA), divisions of IFAI, plus a full Expo day with more than […]

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Retractables: part of the shade package

February 1st, 2020

There has been growth in the U.S. market for retractable awnings, but today they’re part of a wide range of shade products designed to offer comfort, color, convenience, style and protection from insects as well as weather. by Laurie Junker The awning industry had been anticipating a boom in retractables for a long time. Scouring […]

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Joe Belli retires from Eide Industries

September 14th, 2018

After a remarkable career of 37 years with Eide Industries Inc., based in Cerritos, Calif., Joe Belli has announced his retirement, effective September 6, 2018. Belli became part of the Eide team in 1981, ending as president of the company. From the start, he invested his time and abundant energy into building Eide Industries into […]

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2017 Student Design Challenge Winners: Awnings and Canopies

September 28th, 2017

The Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA), a division of IFAI, announced the winners of the 2017 Awning and Canopy Student Design Challenge at IFAI Expo in New Orleans on Sept. 28. First Place: Gabriel Ramon Galeano Carcamo, from Anhalt University in Germany, won the top prize for his project “Eternal Sailboat,” a retractable shading structure. […]

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Educate the Professor seminar set on using fabrics as building materials

June 30th, 2017

The Fabric Structures Association (FSA) and the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA), both divisions of Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), are hosting an introductory two-day Educate the Professor seminar on the fundamentals of using fabric and films as building materials. Professors who attend these courses can bring their knowledge to students at their respective institutions. […]

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PAMA seeking board candidates

September 24th, 2015

The Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA), a division of IFAI, is seeking candidates for its board of directors. The mission of PAMA is to raise general awareness of awnings as an image-enhancing, energy-savings and attractive addition to a residential or commercial structure. Interested candidates must be awning supplier members of PAMA. They will be evaluated […]

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Behind the curves

April 1st, 2015

Tensile structures add exciting new dimensions —and distinct engineering challenges— to the commercial shade products market. It could be said, like the mythical Greek lion-goat-snake beast the chimera, that the tensile awning is a creature of blended ancestors. Not long ago, structures with tensile fabric characteristics started appearing in places often reserved for framed awnings […]

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PAMA in the news for Awnings Today PR campaign

August 1st, 2008

The Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA), a division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International, is creating a buzz thanks to its Awnings Today PR campaign, now entering its third year. PAMA was featured in a front-page Washington Post (July 12, 2008) Real Estate section. The article illustrates how awnings are making a comeback, and highlights […]

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