2019 International Achievement Award winners announced

November 1, 2019

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has awarded this year’s International Achievement Awards (IAA) for design excellence in specialty fabrics applications, announced at the awards breakfast on Thursday, Oct. 3 at IFAI Expo 2019. IFAI Expo is the largest specialty fabrics trade show in North America, held this year at the Orange County Convention Center …

2019 Fabric Structures Student Design Competition winner announced

The Fabric Structures Association, a division of IFAI, recently announced the recipient of the 2019 Fabric Structures Student Design Competition. Association representatives announced the winner at IFAI Expo 2019, held Oct. 1-4 in Orlando, Florida.  First place went to Omar Fabrisio, Avellandea Lopez and Ramon Sastre for their project “Vertex Pavilion.” The Vertex Pavilion is …

FAQs: The Textile Industry Retirement Plan

Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has launched the new Textile Industry Retirement Plan, a benefit exclusively for IFAI members. Andrew Aho, IFAI’s vice president of new business development, describes why members should consider the plan and the many advantages it offers.  by Amanda Oelke, Editorial and marketing intern Q: How does the Textile Industry Retirement …

2019 Chairman’s Award winner: Scott Campbell, Rainier Industries

The Chairman’s Award (originally, the President’s Award) is an honor bestowed by the chairman of IFAI to an individual that has had an extraordinary and meaningful impact on the association. It is rarely given, and awarded at the sole discretion of the IFAI chairman. At IFAI’s annual meeting at IFAI Expo 2019, IFAI chairman Steve …

New leadership for IFAI

Each year, the Leadership Development Committee of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) follows a detailed process outlined in association bylaws for electing new board members. As recently announced at IFAI’s annual meeting at IFAI Expo in Orlando, the following individuals have been chosen to serve on the IFAI board of directors: Ron Houle, president …

Quiet Critters

2019 IAA Award of Excellence The eight 5-foot by 8-foot sound-absorbing “Acoustical FireFlys” that float above the Patten Free Library teen area allow a lively range of programming to take place, including films and maker workshops, without disturbing other library patrons. The new teen area has a distinctive high ceiling and a curved outer wall …

Cloud Ceiling

2019 IAA Outstanding Achievement Award The client wanted to create a more enclosed luxury retail space while retaining a view of the iconic domed roof of the O2 London, one of the largest tensile fabric structures in the U.K. The result was a stunning suspended ceiling system made of 256 fabric fins set 1250 mm …

2019 Show Stoppers at IFAI Expo

All the best from Florida: Thursday morning, Oct. 3, at IFAI Expo led off with lists of winners for the year, including the most popular products on the show floor. The eighth annual Show Stopper competition was designed to showcase the best of the best in the industry, from fabrics, equipment and chemicals to services …