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2019 International Achievement Award winners announced

Awards, Features, IAA | November 1, 2019 | By:

Transformit, Gorham, Maine, won a Best in Category 2019 IAA Award for Serpentine. Photo: Tranformit.

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has awarded this year’s International Achievement Awards (IAA) for design excellence in specialty fabrics applications, announced at the awards breakfast on Thursday, Oct. 3 at IFAI Expo 2019. IFAI Expo is the largest specialty fabrics trade show in North America, held this year at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.  

For seven 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. 

IFAI received a total of 255 entries from 24 countries in 42 categories for 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. 

Judges also selected the “Best of Category” winners in each of the six major award categories (earning the highest total scores among the Award of Excellence winners within that major category). The winners are:

Fabric Structures: Taiyo Europe GmbH Sauerlach, Germany, for Testing Tower Rottweil, Germany

Awnings and Canopies: SHADE Industries Inc. Phoenix, Ariz., for McKesson GORILLABrellas

Fabric Environments: Transformit Gorham, Maine, for Serpentine

Marine Fabrication: Chicago Marine Canvas, Chicago, Ill., for A “Skater” with Style

Tent: Eventstar Structures Medley, Fla., for Ralph Lauren 50th Anniversary

Geosynthetics: Hallaton Environmental Linings Sparks, Md., for Temporary Lined Stone Cofferdam

The International Achievement Awards competition is sponsored by IFAI, a not-for-profit trade association with more than 1,600 member companies representing the international specialty fabrics and technical textiles marketplace.  

For more on all the winners and other entries, with photos and detailed project descriptions, visit

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