Registration open for IFAI Canada Expo 2018

January 1, 2018

Registration is now open for IFAI Canada Expo 2018 set for February 9-9 in Montreal. IFAI Canada Expo promotes and expands the Canadian marketplace for the textile industry. In conjunction with the foremost industry leaders and experts this event provides a forum for connection through the latest in education and networking opportunities. For more information, …

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

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. …

Retractable awning offers clear ocean views

The Cane & Canoe, an exclusive hotel restaurant known for its unique blend of Hawaiian and Polynesian cuisine, is located in the Montage Hotel at the Kapalua Bay resort, one of Hawaii’s premier oceanfront resorts. Kapalua Bay, a 22,000-acre former pineapple plantation on Maui, has developed into a popular resort that includes two award-winning championship …

Advanced awning fabric launched

Cooley Group has launched Weathertyte PLUS, a premier product designed for use in commercial awning applications. The product features the benefits of the original flagship Weathertyte® fabric, with a softer hand, superior strength, improved weldability and bolder image quality. It offers the high performance of vinyl with the look, feel and texture of a woven …

Léger joins Serge Ferrari

Serge Ferrari North America has name Simon Léger as regional sales manager for Canada. The new position is part of Serge Ferrari North America’s expansion of its sales team to better serve existing customers as well as to accommodate an increased interest in Canada for the company’s products, particularly in the solar protection, furniture and …

Saint-Gobain documents sustainability

Saint-Gobain has published the first Environmental Product Declaration for a PTFE-coated architectural membrane, SHEERFILL II. The report documents the ways in which the product affects the environment throughout its lifecycle. A global leader in strong, long-lasting architectural membranes, SHEERFILL is committed to sustainability; it’s the only PTFE-coated architectural membrane that is Energy Star and Cool …

Engaging and retaining employees: management practices that pay off

Like many industries that rely on skilled workers, the specialty fabrics industry is facing a shortage of qualified personnel. As manufacturers and fabricators develop recruitment efforts to attract the next-generation workforce, management must simultaneously find strategies to retain the employees they already have—and keep their skills updated. Adapt and engage Industry employers and insiders agree …

Working with architects: How fabricators can forge productive partnerships

Fabrics and architecture have been partners for millennia and have worked together to create some of the most iconic, useful and beautiful structures in the world—from traditional Mongolian yurts to arena domes at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Indeed, fabric is a critical element of our built environment. It’s still a process of education about fabric …