IFAI Expo 2016: Show Stopper winners

October 21st, 2016

Thursday morning at IFAI Expo led off with lists of winners for the year—including the 2016 winners of the Show Stopper program, recognizing the most innovative new products in the exhibit hall. Thomson Research Associates was recognized for Ultra-Fresh DM-25 in the category of chemicals, coatings and compounds. Fenetex won for its Adjustable Tracks for […]

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Protect your competitive advantage using intellectual property

October 21st, 2016

According to Art MacCord, a patent lawyer with MacCord Mason, marketplace winners are those whose products are unique and desirable. MacCord shared information about protecting your company’s competitive advantage and product differentiation using intellectual property during a campfire session on Oct. 20 at IFAI Expo in Charlotte, N.C. Intellectual property law cannot bestow desirability, but […]

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Grit: guts, resilience, initiative and tenacity

October 20th, 2016

Wednesday morning’s keynote speaker at IFAI Expo 2016, Linda Kaplan Thaler, spoke with verve about the importance of “keeping at it.” Thaler is president of Kaplan Thaler Productions, a member of the Advertising Hall of Fame, and the award-winning author of the best-selling business book, “Grit to Great.” When she started her agency, she says […]

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IFAI announces International Achievement Award winners

October 20th, 2016

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has awarded seven 2016 Best in Category International Achievement Awards (IAA) for design excellence in specialty fabrics applications at the 2016 IFAI Expo. IFAI Expo is the largest specialty fabrics trade show in the Americas, held this year at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C. For more than […]

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In textile testing, little things matter

October 19th, 2016

The comprehensive tutorial on textile testing delivered at an Oct. 18 session by Dr. Jan Pegram Ballard of NCSU's College of Textiles to attendees at IFAI's Advanced Textiles Conference should be a required refresher course for anyone in the business. By highlighting the “little things” that can affect test results, the three-hour class exposed many of the difficulties […]

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BMW focuses on a sustainable approach with CFRCs

October 19th, 2016

Dr. -Ing Joachim Starke, BMW, launched the Automotive Track at the Advanced Textiles Conference in Charlotte, N.C., with a description of BMW’s newest innovations in the use of carbon fiber. According to Starke, one of the main goals is to meet the growing demand for automobiles to be more sustainable. This includes lower carbon emissions. […]

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Lightweighting in automotive materials

October 19th, 2016

Since the first automobiles hit the road, coated fabrics have fulfilled a critical role in decorative and functional surfaces for various trim applications such as convertible tops, seat covers, headliners, and other soft flexible components. In his presentation, Matt Williams, The Haartz Corp., discussed the latest innovations in these coated fabrics ranging from customizable jacquard […]

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Expo keynoter addresses business ethics

October 19th, 2016

Expo Keynote luncheon keynote speaker, Chuck Gallagher, told his audience,” Every choice has a consequence.” He speaks from experience, having served time in prison for a embezzlement. But it was a crime that started small and grew incrementally, once he was on “that slippery slope.” Gallagher’s point in speaking to an audience of business people […]

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2016 Advanced Textiles Student Design Challenge Winners Announced

October 19th, 2016

Advanced Textile Products and the Narrow Fabrics Institute, divisions of the Industrial Fabrics Association International, announced the winners of the 2016 Advanced Textile Student Design Challenge on Oct. 18, 2016, during the Advanced Textile Reception following the Advanced Textiles Conference at IFAI Expo. This year’s student design challenge was to use textiles as a major […]

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Taking the heat: Thermal control of the automotive interior with phase change material

October 18th, 2016

In order to reduce and stabilize the interior temperature while driving a car, many models are equipped with air-conditioning systems; however providing a sufficient cooling capacity requires a lot of energy. Energy can be saved and the thermal comfort inside a passenger compartment can be enhanced substantially by the use of new textile composite materials […]

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