New IFAI member benefits

April 1, 2019

IFAI has created new member benefits over the past year. For more information about each benefit, visit https://www.ifai.com/membership/member-benefits/. Marine Fabricators Business Insurance The Marine Fabricators Business Insurance program is tailored to MFA division members and their unique risks and exposures. The best in practice program offers these insurance lines with competitive pricing: * Property—property contents …

2019 State of the Industry

Economic growth in 2018 increased in the United States: Gross Domestic Product (GDP) reached 3.0 percent for the first time since 2005. Unfortunately, growth has been down in other advanced economies such as Canada, Japan and Europe. Growth in the emerging economy of China was also down in 2018—reaching 6.6 percent. China’s GDP is projected …

Enter the 2019 IFAI Student Design Competition

The 2019 IFAI (Industrial Fabrics Association International) Student Design Competition is searching for talented students to enter their best projects in an effort to be recognized within the textile industry. Students pursuing degrees in textiles, apparels, engineering, architecture or design can now enter the 2019 Student Design Competition. This is an elite competition focused on giving …

Getting into fabric graphics means doing your homework

March 1, 2019

Ron Nissenbaum, CEO of Humphrys CoverSports in Philadelphia, Pa., has been in the business long enough—51 years to be precise—to have witnessed a few changes in the way fabricators use graphics. When Nissenbaum started at Humphrys, which itself is nearly 150 years old, graphics were a rarity on the tarps, sports field covers and other …

Paul Aumento relies on employees and customers to keep Creative Textile Solutions a responsive manufacturer

Nova Scotia is a small market and Halifax is a smaller city compared to some others, so we’ve had to diversify to continue a successful year-round employment,” says Paul Aumento, co-owner and president of Creative Textile Solutions Ltd., Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. “So we expanded our markets right away to include whatever can be manufactured …

All successful companies innovate to grow, but each approach is unique

February 1, 2019

If there were a formula for writing a hit song, we could all do it. Efforts have certainly been made to figure out just what’s required to reach the top of the charts, but there simply isn’t a single defined path that can be taken to ensure musical success. In manufacturing, businesses that look to …

Fabric’s role in revitalizing neglected urban areas

Like other rust belt cities, Detroit began declining decades ago, propelled by a combination of bad luck, bad timing, bad decisions and economic transformations that delivered additional crushing, seemingly fatal, blows. Its condition was such that not so long ago, numerous companies sprang up offering tours of the city’s ruined buildings and factories—a somewhat morbid …

Women’s work: challenges and rewards in the specialty fabrics industry

Since the earliest days of civilization, women have sewn garments, constructed the tents they called home, and woven the textiles that made life more comfortable and defined distinctive cultures. Over the millennia, textiles produced by women have been essential to life and enterprise. As industrialization made these goods profitable, however, the textile world became a …

A dazzling duo: indoor fabrics and lighting

January 1, 2019

Fabrics have always been an essential component in commercial interior spaces. But, historically, their inclusion has been limited to more conventional roles, such as draperies and curtains, or flexible room dividers. With some exceptions, fabrics were not intended to serve as a focus in and of themselves. That has changed—decidedly. Fabrics are now looked to …

The development of the membrane structure industry in China

In past decades, with the rapid development of the Chinese economy, noticeable progress has been made for both theoretical research and practical applications of spatial structures in China. New forms of shell and spatial structures have been used in sports facilities, convention and exhibition centers, hangars, manufacturing plants and warehouses. Membrane structures, with the unique …