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2018 State of the Industry

March 1, 2018

AWNINGS AND CANOPIES In 2017, growth in the awning market increased, in the low single-digit range. Contributing to the growth was an approximate 6.5 percent rise in housing values in 2017; a 4.1 percent increase in home values is anticipated in 2018. Many homeowners used their rising home equity to remodel in 2017. According to …

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Part 2: The state of the industry

February 1, 2014

Part II focuses on five end-product markets, primarily in the U. S.: safety and technical products, narrow fabrics, geosynthetics, truck covers and tarpaulins, and fabric graphics. Safety and technical products The global safety and technical products market was estimated to be $22 billion in 2013. Growth worldwide is 6 percent annually. Slow economic growth worldwide …

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Part 1: The state of the industry

January 1, 2014

Worldwide GDP remains subdued, and the specialty fabrics industry is responding with care, but stronger growth is anticipated in 2014. Worldwide GDP growth has settled into a subdued pace at 2.9 percent in 2013, and growth in U.S. GDP is expected to be at about 1.7 percent in 2013, down from 2.8 percent in 2012. …