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IFAI announces International Achievement Award winners

News | October 20, 2016 | By:

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has awarded seven 2016 Best in Category International Achievement Awards (IAA) for design excellence in specialty fabrics applications at the 2016 IFAI Expo. IFAI Expo is the largest specialty fabrics trade show in the Americas, held this year at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C.

For more than six decades, IAA has recognized excellence in design and innovation, highlighting truly spectacular work in the specialty fabrics and technical textiles industry. IFAI’s goal is to promote awareness of the specialty fabrics used in thousands of products and applications in the growing, $130 billion-plus dollar global fabrics marketplace.

The seven winners announced at IFAI Expo are:

Project Title Category Company
Xiangtan BBG Shopping Mall ETFE Skylight Fabric Structures Shanghai Taiyo Kogyo Co. Ltd.
Abdali Mall ETFE canopies Awnings and Canopies Covertex Membranes (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.
NHL Hockey Pucks Fabric Environments Rainier Industries Ltd.
Caryali Custom Sofa Marine Canvas Designers, Inc.
Dining Under the Stars Tents Mahaffey Fabric Structures
Erosion Repair Underneath The Gatun Locks of The Panama Canal Geosynthetics TenCate Geosynthetics Americas
Globe ATHLETIX™ Turnout Gear Advanced Textiles Globe Mfg. Co.

IFAI received a total of 296 entries from 10 countries in 42 categories in this year’s competition. Winners were selected based on complexity, design, workmanship, uniqueness and function. Judges included industry experts, editors, architects, educators and design professionals.

For more information on these winners, other winners and other entries, and to view photos and detailed project descriptions, visit

The International Achievement Awards competition is sponsored by IFAI, a not-for-profit trade association whose more than 1,500 member companies represent the international specialty fabrics and technical textiles marketplace.

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