IFAI 2021 State of the Industry report now available for purchase

July 21st, 2021

The 2021 State of the Industry report from Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) is now available for sale at IFAI’s e-store. IFAI members may purchase the report for $79, a $300 discount off the non-member price. Read a summary of the report here, and purchase the full report here. IFAI conducts research annually among its […]

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ESA seeks ways to make spacesuit underclothes more hygienic

July 12th, 2021

The European Space Agency (ESA) is working on a more hygienic kind of underclothing worn by astronauts in their spacesuits. The ESA reports that the Austrian Space Forum (OeWF) will work with the Vienna Textile Lab on the BACTeRMA project to test textiles with improved anti-bacterial properties for spacesuits used on long-duration space missions. As […]

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The new Space race

July 12th, 2021

by Janet Preus The U.S. has been seriously engaged in space exploration since 1958 with the founding of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, or NASA as we all know it. That act of Congress followed the 1957 launching of the satellite Sputnik by the Soviet Union.  And the space race was on.  I stood […]

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Breakthroughs in textiles for the aerospace market

July 12th, 2021

Astronaut Nicholas Patrick participates in the STS-130 mission's third and final spacewalk as construction and maintenance continue on the ISS. Photo: NASA.  New fibers and composite technologies offer high-tech solutions in Space exploration.   by Marie O’Mahony In Space, from the needs of humans to rocket engines, advanced textiles are providing some of the most effective solutions […]

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Commercial, high-altitude ballooning gets a lift

July 12th, 2021

Space Perspectives has launched its first test flight from the Space Coast Spaceport in Florida, located adjacent to Kennedy Space Center. The June 18 un-crewed flight, lasted about six-and-one-half hours, reaching a maximum altitude of 108,409 feet. It splashed down as scheduled in the Gulf of Mexico. The test flight carried a number of scientific payloads, […]

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AR Tech products support Delta IV Heavy rocket launch

July 12th, 2021

AR Tech supplied the Delta IV Heavy rocket with insulation blankets on a recent launch. Photos: AR Tech. When a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Heavy rocket launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base recently, it was carrying the NROL-82 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). AR Tech, a division of A&R Tarpaulins Inc., […]

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Messe Stuttgart’s Sun Shading Expo North America moves co-location debut with IFAI Expo to 2022

July 7th, 2021

Messe Stuttgart announced that its new U.S.-based show Sun Shading Expo North America will not be held in 2021 as a separate trade show but will instead contribute its expertise in internal and external sun shading systems at IFAI Expo 2021 in the form of expert talks, open discussions and more.IFAI Expo 2021 will still take place Nov. […]

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McKeon joins Enduratex

July 6th, 2021

Enduratex has hired Jim McKeon as Territory Sale Manager, a newly created position in the company. He will manage the Enduratex contract business in the Northeast, Eastern Canada and strategic accounts in the Midwest and along the East Coast. McKeon comes to Enduratex with more than 15 years of experience in the coated fabrics industry. Prior […]

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IFAI Expo to celebrate 100 years

June 28th, 2021

For a century, IFAI Expo has been the industrial fabrics industry’s flagship show. More than 4,000 industry participants gather to learn, conduct business, share ideas and make the connections necessary to support their businesses.  The Advanced Textiles (AT) Conference is an integral part of the event. Following a welcome lunch and plenary session Nov. 1, the conference is underway […]

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Energy in the sustainable textiles’ equation

June 28th, 2021

Advanced textiles that support energy conservation fill a growing need.  by Seshadri Ramkumar While it upended normal activities, COVID-19 has provided opportunities to think about what is best for our future globally, in terms of health planning, climate change, energy infrastructure and inclusive economic growth. Textile materials are important components of the energy and sustainability […]

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