Evolon product receives ECARF seal  

October 17, 2018

Freudenberg’s Evolon New Generation has been awarded the European seal of quality from the independent European Centre for Allergy Research Foundation (ECARF). The seal aims to help people with allergies select appropriate goods and services. The new Evolon anti-mite fabric meets the testing criteria for filtration performance and sleeping comfort. Made from super-microfilaments that are half the …

GlideWear finds new applications in reducing friction

October 16, 2018

A variety of advanced textile products were discussed in sessions during IFAI’s Pre-Expo Conference Oct. 15. Caroline Portoghese explained how her company’s product, called GlideWear, offers innovative skin protection by reducing friction and shear to prevent skin tears and blisters. The product has been used by athletes, burn patients wearing compression garments, in wheelchair components …

Digital presence is key to acquiring new customers in 2019

It’s no surprise the digital world means a company’s ability to attract and keep customers requires a dramatic shift in strategy, tools and resources. Ed Keough, vice president of sales for FutureGuard Building Products Inc. in Auburn, Maine, told business owners they need to embrace digital advertising or be “left in the dust” during his …

IFAI Expo keynote speaker Mark Scharenbroich: “acknowledge, honor and connect” with employees and customers

Keynote speaker Mark Scharenbroich has straightforward advice for growing a business: Make a true connection with employees and customers and positive results will follow. Scharenbroich shared his humor and motivational wisdom with a packed room at IFAI’s 2018 Expo annual meeting October 16. Rain, wind and cold outside the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in …

Textile testing for comfort

IFAI’s Pre-Expo Conference Oct. 15 in Dallas offered a range of presentations—many of them focused on topics of particular interest in the advanced textiles area. Textile testing is one topic that will be addressed in more than one session. At the beginning of his talk yesterday on testing and evaluating fabrics’ human comfort, performance and …

Zund America breaks ground on new North American headquarters

Zund America Inc. (Zünd) will construct a new North American headquarters in Oak Creek, Wis. The building will include loading docks for shipping and receiving, offices, as well as spaces for product display, customer and employee training, and warehousing for their product and miscellaneous materials that support the installation and servicing of Zünd equipment. The …

Useful social media for companies of all sizes

October 15, 2018

Should you bother with social media? Most definitely yes, says Luke Gusman, marketing manager for Sta-Lok Inc., a longtime manufacturer of marine and architectural rigging hardware. Gusman says that no matter how large or small your company, there are five social media platforms that can increase engagement with your product or service and raise your …

Successful multigenerational workplaces

This is the first time in history that five distinct generations are working in a single workplace, says J. Karl Sherrill Jr., a certified risk manager with Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC, in his 2018 Expo session “Leading Successful Teams in a Multigenerational Workplace.” “It’s a trend affecting every business,” says Sherrill. “You have people …

Sewing tips and tricks

One of the trickiest things facing the sewing industry is finding qualified workers. Many new employees may be unfamiliar with the basics of sewing machine operation, says Faith Roberts, owner of Banner Canvas in Ham Lake, Minn. In her IFAI Expo session “Sewing Tips and Tricks,” Roberts points out that many young people didn’t grow …

Electronic flat knitting expands in Africa

The African continent has always played a significant role for Stoll, a manufacturer of flat-knitting machines based in Reutlingen, Germany, says in a recent Knitting Industry article. The company has an agency contract in South Africa dating back more than 35 years, for example, and Stoll machines built in the 1950s and ’60s are still …