2019 State of the Industry

April 1st, 2019

Economic growth in 2018 increased in the United States: Gross Domestic Product (GDP) reached 3.0 percent for the first time since 2005. Unfortunately, growth has been down in other advanced economies such as Canada, Japan and Europe. Growth in the emerging economy of China was also down in 2018—reaching 6.6 percent. China’s GDP is projected […]

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Fabric’s role in revitalizing neglected urban areas

February 1st, 2019

Like other rust belt cities, Detroit began declining decades ago, propelled by a combination of bad luck, bad timing, bad decisions and economic transformations that delivered additional crushing, seemingly fatal, blows. Its condition was such that not so long ago, numerous companies sprang up offering tours of the city’s ruined buildings and factories—a somewhat morbid […]

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IAA submissions due June 30

May 1st, 2018

The International Achievement Awards (IAA) are an annual competition with a goal to promote awareness of the specialty fabrics used in thousands of products and applications ranging in size and shape. For more than six decades, the awards have recognized innovation, technical skill and design excellence. Entries are judged by industry experts, editors, architects, educators […]

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Economic growth projected for shade markets

April 1st, 2018

Editor's note: A brief summary of IFAI's State of the Industry report appeared in the March 2018 issue of Specialty Fabrics Review. The summaries for the awnings/canopies and fabric structures appear here. For the summary of all 11 market areas covered by IFAI, visit www.SpecialtyFabricsReview.com. To purchase the entire report, visit www.ifai.com/marketresearch. Economic growth in […]

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Working with architects: How fabricators can forge productive partnerships

January 1st, 2018

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 […]

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Five top reasons for using an air-supported structure

October 1st, 2015

Many manufacturers use similar arguments when pitching to clients on the benefits of air-supported structures. The top five: 1. Quick to erect. Air-supported fabric structures are significantly faster to erect than traditional “brick-and-mortar” structures. They do not require permanent foundations and generally need minimal site preparation, and often don’t require planning consent if they are […]

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