This year’s winners in IFAI’s global International Achievement Awards (IAA) competition, recognizing design excellence in specialty fabrics applications, were announced Sept. 28 at the organization’s annual meeting at IFAI Expo 2017 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.
For more than 70 years, IAA has acknowledged innovation and excellence in design and fabrication, 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 dollar global fabrics marketplace.
Winners were selected based on project complexity, design, workmanship, uniqueness and function. Judges included industry experts, editors, architects, educators and design professionals. This year, IFAI received a total of 235 entries from 11 countries, resulting in 41 Award of Excellence (AOE) winners and 31 Outstanding Achievement Awards.
Best in Category
Seven AOE recipients were also chosen as “Best in Category” winners:
Fabric Structures: Commercial Industrial Delta SA (CIDELSA); Lima, Peru.
Awnings and Canopies: J. Miller Canvas Inc.; Santa Ana, Calif, U.S.
Fabric Environments: Fabric Images Inc.; Elgin, Ill., U.S.
Marine Fabrication: David’s Custom Trimmers; Wakerley, Queensland, Australia.
Tent Rental and Manufacturing: Fiesta Tents Ltd.; Saint-Laurent, Quebec, Canada.
Geosynthetics: ACE Geosynthetics Inc.; Taichung City, Taiwan.
Advanced Textiles: Coppins Sea Anchors Ltd.; Motueka, New Zealand
Detailed descriptions and photos of all 2017 IAA winners can be found at https://iaa.ifai.com.