Vertilux producing face mask kits: sewers needed!

March 31, 2020

Vertilux, headquartered in Miami, Fla, is one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of fabrics, components and automated solutions for the window covering industry. Recently, the company decided to join the fight against COVID-19 and start producing face masks kits for other people and organizations who have the capabilities to sew them in large quantities. …

MMI providing critical supply chain services to medical industry

As a global supplier to the diverse textile market, MMI Textiles, headquartered in Westlake, is often called upon for the products and components needed for medical industry professionals. Today that call is greater than ever. “We’re seeing unprecedented demand,” said Amy Bircher, president and founder of MMI Textiles. “Today alone we are sourcing all sorts …

Supply chains get tripped up due to “essential” and “non-essential” designation

March 30, 2020

The need for more medical textile products, such as face masks and hospital gowns, has been well publicized since the exponential growth of the COVID-19 pandemic. But equally important is a means to get the materials required to make the products, a means of transportation to move materials and end products and getting the final …

IPC to host weekly Zoom meetings

IPC, a global association that serves the electronics industry, has launched an online community and will host weekly Zoom meetings to collaborate and help one another through the COVID-19 crisis. The meetings are open to anyone, including those from the general textile community. More information can be found at https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/ipc-e-textiles-committee-launches-covid-19-response-open-jorgensen/?trackingId=f6wLL3TfTDuGye0HwEk3TQ%3D%3D. Chris Jorgensen, director of IPC technology …

Taking action

The textile industry moves quickly to provide critical supplies to fight COVID-19. As the coronavirus pandemic spreads, the story has changed daily and even hourly. The textile industry has galvanized to respond to the need for medical masks, hospital gowns and other textile applications. In some cases, manufacturing facilities shuttered due to the crisis, were …

FEMA calls for PPE solicitations

March 27, 2020

Lloyd Wood, with the International Trade Administration, U.S. Dept. of Commerce (www.trade.gov) has notified IFAI that on March 26 the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) posted a new solicitation for personal protective equipment (PPE) and medical supplies in response to COVID-19. Products identified include (but are not limited to) face shields, gown coveralls, face masks, and …

SCORE launches coronavirus (COVID-19) Small Business Resource Center

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, has launched the Coronavirus Small Business Resource Center, a central hub of up-to-date information and best practices for small business resilience at this time. The completely free resource center includes financial support resources, live and on-demand educational content and access …

AR Tech to produce the Patient Isolation Transportation Unit

AR Tech, an aerospace and medical equipment manufacturer, announces that its Patient Isolation Transportation Unit (PITU) is now ready for production. The unit encloses individuals suffering from highly contagious diseases like Covid 19, providing a secure barrier between the patient and medical staff.   “The PITU is a negative pressure isolation enclosure that provides protection from …

NEW Covid-19 Resource Center

March 24, 2020

As we navigate through the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic, we want to remind you that IFAI is with you every step of the way. We have developed a COVID-19 Resource Center that will be updated daily on recent developments surrounding the virus and our industry. In this Resource Center, you will find up-to-date information on: Government and Agency Information  Financial Information …

IFAI announces its Smart Fabrics Summit will be virtual

Registration is open for the IFAI Smart Fabrics Summit to be held via webinar April 16-17. Under the theme, “Ideation to Commercialization,” the event provides a forum for professionals in the industrial textiles industry to discuss, examine and understand how to bring a “smart” product to market.   Because these high-tech products can interact with their user or …