Back to the future

November 1st, 2015

From 1915 to 2015—and beyond—we’ve gone from horsepower to hovercraft, yet business basics still surround technology. If the only constant in life is change, that’s also certainly true for the specialty fabrics industry and Specialty Fabrics Review, whether from a perspective inside the industry or the view from outside. Beginning as a narrowly focused journal […]

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Members make the industry

November 1st, 2015

As the Specialty Fabrics Review turns 100, we honor the members, readers and contributors who help keep the industry a strong and evolving economic force. For 100 years the Review has been the voice of the specialty fabrics industry—but it is the members of IFAI who helped to create and have supported that voice; it […]

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Ad Vantageous

November 1st, 2015

Review advertisements commemorated key events and trends throughout the years. Shown here are some of our favorites.  

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Celebrating 100 years of Review

November 1st, 2015

In its earliest incarnation, the Review began as a newsletter shortly after the National Tent & Awning Manufacturers Association was formed in 1912, and gradually took on characteristics resembling a journal of record for the industry, reporting on trends and important industry developments. It became a magazine with the November 1915 publication of The National […]

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Engaging the workforce

November 1st, 2015

Finding, training and retaining skilled employees remains a vital issue. Labor and workforce issues have always been an industry concern, and from the first issue to the current one, the Review has run frequent and regular articles about how readers can improve the bottom line by getting a better grip on finding and keeping valuable […]

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Advances in technology

November 1st, 2015

Following the changes in materials, methods and markets in the specialty fabrics industry. The introduction of new technologies transforms a society. From the beginning of recorded history, when a new technology supplants an earlier one (for example, metal replacing stone in tools, or the development of the crossbow), a disruption of existing social and economic […]

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Specialty Fabrics Review timeline: 100 years

November 1st, 2015

For a century, Specialty Fabrics Review has provided credible and accurate industry intelligence to the global specialty fabrics industry. The award-winning magazine delivers timely industry information to help its readers stay informed about their marketplace—and has truly provided trusted information through a century of change. Specialty Fabrics Review has changed its look several times over […]

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Regulation and trade

November 1st, 2015

Attempts to maintain fair competition, both national and international, have become far more complex in a global marketplace. George Washington, looking at Betsy Ross’ first attempt at sewing a national flag: “You having a little fun at your country’s expense?” Betsy Ross: “How’s that?” GW: “Are you kidding with these colors here? Red? White? And […]

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Our readers speak

November 1st, 2015

In honor of Specialty Fabrics Review's first 100 years, we asked our readers for thoughts on the magazine to help us continue its successes into the next 100 years: topics covered that hold the most long-term and lasting significance for the industry, and what the Review’s most meaningful role has been to the industry. I […]

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