IFAI Expo 2018 call for presentations

December 6, 2017

IFAI Expo 2018 is looking for presentation topic ideas and interested speakers. Expo will be held October 15-18, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. Submit now! The Call for Presentations deadline is January 12, 2018.  Categories Advanced Textiles  Shade and Weather Protection Specialty Fabrics  General Business Benefits of Presenting Build your reputation as an industry expert Share your knowledge …

IFAI Canada Expo 2018

Canada Expo 2018 is like no other event – a unique opportunity to meet manufacturers and businesses face-to-face and immerse yourself in new knowledge and leading edge solutions. Don’t miss your opportunity to experience the latest in the specialty fabrics industry through the sights, sounds and innovations of the exhibit floor. Register now! Dedicated Exhibit Hall Hours …

R+T 2018 trade show to include IFAI booth and members-only delegation

December 4, 2017

The Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA) and the Fabric Structures Association (FSA), will be hosting a booth at the upcoming R + T 2018 trade show floor, the international trade fair for roller shutter, doors/gates and sun protection systems. The event will be held February 27 through March 3, 2018, at the Messe Stuttgart, Germany. …

Saint-Gobain announces its first EPD for SHEERFILL II

December 1, 2017

An Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) is a comprehensive, internationally-harmonized report that documents the ways in which a product, throughout its lifecycle, affects the environment. SHEERFILL II, manufactured by Saint-Gobain, now has an EPD and is the only PTFE coated architectural membrane that is Energy Star and Cool Roof Rated. “Our company is committed to producing …

2017 IAA awards announced

For more than 70 years, IFAI’s International Achievement Awards (IAA) competition has acknowledged innovation and excellence in design and fabrication. This year’s winners were selected based on project complexity, design, workmanship, uniqueness and function. We received a total of 235 entries from 11 countries. Seven AOE recipients were also chosen as “Best in Category” winners: …

Smart Fabrics Summit 2018 set

The U.S. Department of Commerce has announced that it will partner with the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) to co-host the Smart Fabrics Summit 2018 on April 24 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. The Summit provides a forum for public and private sector leaders in technology, apparel and …

Former IFAI board member/chairman Roy Schweinfurth dies

Roy Schweinfurth, former IFAI board member and former president/chairman of IFAI, died on October 8, 2017. Roy served on the IFAI board of directors from 1977 to 1989 and as president (a position now called chairman) of IFAI from 1985 to 1987. He was a Master Fabric Craftsman (MFC) in his lifelong work as an …

Honduras transforming textile sector

With a $1.5 billion U.S. investment, Honduras’ textile and apparel sector is investing in cutting-edge technologies to help transform the country into one of the world’s major players in the booming synthetic yarn and activewear market. The funds have been used to modernize sewing machines and other equipment, expand industrial parks, improve port and road …

IFAI magazines win six awards at MMPA ceremony  

November 6, 2017

Awards include two gold and four bronze. IFAI magazines won a total of six awards at the 21st annual Minnesota Magazine & Publishing Association (MMPA) Excellence Awards ceremony held on November 2 in Minneapolis, Minn. The Excellence Awards competition was created to recognize and foster outstanding publishing achievement. Winners were chosen by a panel of judges …

2017 IFAI Board of Directors election results announced

November 1, 2017

IFAI’s immediate past chairman Katie Bradford, MFC, IFM, reported the results of this year’s call for candidates at IFAI Expo 2017 in September in New Orleans, La. The following positions were announced: Steve Ellington, president of Trivantage LLC, is IFAI’s 52nd chairman of the board. Kathy Schaefer, IFM, owner and CFO of Glawe Awning and …