Renewed strength in domestic manufacturing

December 1st, 2023

Advanced economies are now serious about boosting their manufacturing. In the U.S., textile market opportunities include high-end segments such as medical, aerospace, defense and infrastructure. Image: Dreamstime Since the pandemic, the world economy has been full of anomalies. With a strong labor market, one normally expects higher demand in daily nonessentials such as clothing, home […]

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An Olympian Task

July 2nd, 2022

Several volunteers and VIPs at the Beijing Winter Olympics are shown outside the 15-by-30-meter double-decker lounge structure by Liri Modular Structure. Photo courtesy of Liri Modular Structure and Liri Tent US. It would have been a tall order for a less adept company. After all, the job wasn’t only extremely high-profile—the Beijing Winter Olympics—it involved […]

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New Year, new reasons to know your supply chain

April 1st, 2022

On December 23, 2021, President Biden signed into law the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) which will significantly raise the stakes for any company importing from or doing business with China. Most significantly, once the statute fully comes into effect in 2022, importers of a wide range of products into the United States—including many […]

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World’s longest canopy skylight features ETFE cushions

June 1st, 2019

By Bruce N. Wright, AIA Like a sinuous paper dragon in a Chinese parade, bobbing and weaving between rooftops and towers, the Shimao “Dream Street” Plaza canopy floats above the sidewalk in a bejeweled state. Composed of about 406 trapezoidal ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) cushions, it is framed in a long unfolding strip on structural stilts […]

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