Andrea Lynn on how shade sails have kept her creative

November 1, 2023  |  Features

It takes less than a five-minute conversation with Andrea Lynn to appreciate her earnest enthusiasm for shade sails—which is why her reflection on a decades-long career in the industry may come as a surprise. “I jumped into the business with rose-colored glasses on,” she muses. “This journey…
Poetic dialogue between factory and office

October 1, 2023  |  Features

There is a taut geometric synergy at the Enrich Life Bio-Tec headquarters in Ningbo, China, where the head office building—a multifaceted “diamond”—and the attendant factory building—a sleek, gently arcing semicircle—talk to each other over a calm reflective pool of water.
Advanced Textiles Expo: New name, improved event

October 1, 2023  |  Features

Join thousands of textile professionals for the first Advanced Textiles Expo (formerly known as IFAI Expo). Orlando is always a great location for the industry’s flagship event, and this year we are partnering once again with Sun Shading Expo North America. Connect with the industry for four days …
Outdoor fabrics: School spirit via banners, tarps and more

October 1, 2023  |  Features

When high schools and colleges resume classes every fall, outdoor sports are underway too. Fabrics play a key role in training and in the way stadiums and other sports facilities look.
New fabric roof improves energy efficiency

September 1, 2023  |  Features

Sports arenas, especially college sports arenas, have a challenging mandate to keep up with new technologies and active public usage. Case in point is Syracuse University’s sports dome that, since its debut in 1980, was heavily used by the university to accommodate football, women’s and men’s …
Playground shade sails protect patients

September 1, 2023  |  Features

Could there be a more feel-good project than one that gives a little bit of joy to children being treated (or having completed treatment) for cancer?
Multistory tents

September 1, 2023  |  Features

Shawn Smith is sitting in a tent on the 17th green at TPC Sawgrass, a celebrated golf course in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. It’s a typical sunny morning in the middle of February, and Smith, who is responsible for product development and quality control for Shaffer Sports & Events, one of the lead…
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Sustaining a legacy that extends to the 19th century

August 1, 2023  |  Features

Lycée Michelet is located in an old but storied suburb of Paris on a piece of land it first occupied in 1871. Vanves is a first-ring suburb at the southwest corner of Paris. The school (Lycée) is at the center of Vanes and within blocks of the Paris Convention Center and little more than a third o…
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Scott Neville: Prioritize trust to join legacy companies

August 1, 2023  |  Features

Fifteen years ago, Scott Neville was a newcomer to the shade industry. In partnership with his father, Ron, he has since acquired three renowned awning companies with more than 300 years of combined industry leadership. And he’s just getting started.
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PFAS Regulations prompt innovation

August 1, 2023  |  Features

A s the momentum to eliminate per- and polyfluorinated alkyl compounds (PFAS) picks up speed, growing numbers of product manufacturers and suppliers are exploring how to make their lines comply with the ever-tightening regulations and restrictions affecting C6 PFAS (long-chain C8 chemistries are alr…