Fair trade: imports, tariffs and the textile industry

April 24, 2018

In August 2017, the President formally instructed the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to determine whether to launch a 301 investigation of “laws, policies, practices, or actions of the Government of China that may be unreasonable or discriminatory and that may be harming American intellectual property rights, innovation, or technology development.” After deciding …

IFAI names Schiffman new president and CEO

April 20, 2018

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has named Steve Schiffman, the association’s vice president of media and sales, the new president and CEO of IFAI. He will replace Mary Hennessy, who is retiring June 1, 2018, after holding the position for the last six years. Schiffman had a long and successful career in publishing before …

Immigration art in Minnesota skyways

More than 30,000 skyway pedestrians as well as thousands of street-level commuters and motorists are expected to view St. Paul, Minn., through new Americans’ eyes as they pass an exhibit dedicated to immigrants’ experiences. Photos: Peter Von De Linde. The U.S. is a nation of immigrants. The call to “huddled masses, yearning to breathe free” …

Translucent roofing inspires at German airport

April 1, 2018

Lilienthalhaus, a new building at the Braunschweig Research Airport in Braunschweig, Germany, is named after pioneer aviator Otto Lilienthal. Known as the “flying man,” Lilienthal was the first person to successfully carry out unpowered flights. The designation is fitting; the design of the four-story building embodies the same inventive spirit as the adventurous pilot. Designed …

Upscale shade options complement outdoor living trends

While many manufacturers concentrate on making smart products that give people convenient and luxurious control over functions in their homes and businesses, others are finding ways to make the outdoors equally responsive and comfortable to lifestyles in the Internet of Things age. A robotics company in Pasadena, Calif., is, in fact, throwing all its weight …

More space, stability and technical expertise enhance the new Tennessee Titans facility

The Tennessee Titans debuted a new practice facility in the summer of 2016, replacing their former air structure with one much brighter, bigger and sturdier. After more than 17 years of use, the original facility, located at Saint Thomas Sports Park in Nashville, Tenn., was showing signs of deterioration, including dirty fabric, poor lighting, inconsistent …

Economic growth projected for shade markets

Editor’s note: A brief summary of IFAI’s State of the Industry report appeared in the March 2018 issue of Specialty Fabrics Review. The summaries for the awnings/canopies and fabric structures appear here. For the summary of all 11 market areas covered by IFAI, visit www.SpecialtyFabricsReview.com. To purchase the entire report, visit www.ifai.com/marketresearch. Economic growth in …

IAA submissions due June 30

The International Achievement Awards (IAA) are an annual competition with a goal to promote awareness of the specialty fabrics used in thousands of products and applications ranging in size and shape. For more than six decades, the awards have recognized innovation, technical skill and design excellence. Entries are judged by industry experts, editors, architects, educators …

Mosque in Dubai features fabric and tranquility

A newly constructed mosque in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, makes unique use of fabric to create a tranquil setting aglow with filtered light. Mosque of the Light features a spacious, spare design that also relies on fabric to divide and organize the space. Designed by the Dubai-based architecture firm, Studio Niko Kapa, the 4,800-square-meter building …

Pacific Yurts reflects customer-driven innovation

“I never had an interest in going into business to just duplicate a product that already existed,” says Alan Bair, founder and owner of Pacific Yurts Inc. in Cottage Grove, Ore. “But early on I realized the yurt is a unique warm space that is limited only by the imagination. When you go into that …