IFAI selects Advanced Textiles Association as new name

May 17th, 2022

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) will become the Advanced Textiles Association (ATA) effective June 1. The name change was approved in April with 85.6 percent of association members casting their votes to do so. Association bylaws require the approval of two-thirds of those returning ballots. The results were audited by Clifton Larson Allen. “This […]

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Outlook® gives attendees exclusive insights to power informed decisions at the 2022 conference

May 17th, 2022

Close to 100 attendees gathered at the Omni Homestead Resort (circa 1766) in Hot Springs, VA to engage, learn and connect with colleagues in the industry. A day and a half of informative business sessions, intermingled with several networking opportunities, were filled with knowledge and idea exchange as well as insights from various thought leaders […]

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Eschenbach Temporary Architecture celebrates 50th anniversary

May 9th, 2022

Eschenbach Zeltbau GmbH & Co. KG from Bad Königshofen looks back on 50 years of tent construction. It started when James T. Eschenbach founded the family business in 1972. At that time, the focus was on the sale and renting of simple marquees. Managing director Alexander Eschenbach has remained true to the classic marquee of […]

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The Four Crucial Habits of Successful Salespeople Part One

May 1st, 2022

I regularly get asked what the most important factor is that contributes to building and managing successful sales teams. While there are many contributing factors, the most critical is engaged sales leaders who proactively identify the four bad habits that impede a salesperson’s ability to efficiently manage his or her time and exceed organizational goals. Failure […]

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An alternative to brick and mortar

May 1st, 2022

Fabric structures can offer an affordable, practical grain-storage solution. This fabric structure at the Rake, Iowa, location of Landus, a farmer-owned cooperative, measures 685 feet long and 180 feet wide. It was built in 2021 and holds up to 4 million bushels of corn or soybeans. Photo: Landus Successful businesses know that eco-friendly practices are […]

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U.S. sanctions compliance

May 1st, 2022

In response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, new sanctions/restrictive measures have been issued by the U.S., EU, UK and several other countries. Violations of these sanctions are prosecuted as felony violations of federal criminal law, and it is vital that companies understand that the standard for prosecution of even indirect sanctions violations is not […]

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Fabric structures reduce environmental impact

May 1st, 2022

A free-standing protective ETFE canopy over a contiguous pedestrian passageway links four existing campus buildings at Providence College, Providence, R.I. FTL reduced retrofitting costs by not tying back to each building. A glass atrium would have been more than 50 times heavier and cost prohibitive. Renderings: FTL Design Engineering Studio More than ever before, architects […]

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Siersema office interior

May 1st, 2022

When Amsterdam’s Siersema Interieur, a design studio specializing in fabrics, needed an identifying look for its new riverfront offices, it turned to architectural firm Beyond Space.   “The space benefitted from high ceilings and lots of light, but frankly, was otherwise quite boring,” says Thom Uildriks, business development manager for Beyond Space. “We wanted to […]

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International Achievement Awards submissions portal opens

May 1st, 2022

Winner of the 2021 IAA Award of Excellence in the Tensile Structures < 600 square meters category, the PFEIFER Structures-designed Seaplane Lagoon Ferry Terminal in Alameda, Calif. features a spectacular canopy. Photograph courtesy of PFEIFFER Structures For more than 75 years, the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has recognized outstanding and innovative projects representing the latest accomplishments in […]

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Growing shade

April 1st, 2022

The saying “sunshine is the best medicine” can be traced to public health pioneer Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), who observed the healing benefits of fresh air and direct sunlight in her patients. Since then, taking in the sun’s rays has been prescribed for a myriad of ailments, from skin rashes to depression and sleep disorders. But […]

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