A call for policy changes to support U.S. PPE

November 23, 2020

The U.S. textile industry has stepped up to meet the demand for face masks, medical gowns, wipes and other products necessary to combat the coronavirus pandemic, but it needs policy changes from Washington so that the U.S. is not caught off-guard again in a future crisis, according to association leaders speaking at Industrial Fabrics Association …

Rapid prototyping = faster market launch

A presentation at IFAI Virtual Expo 2020, titled, “Rapid Prototyping and Textile Product Development” urged attendees to use “sticks and glue … whatever method you have to get your idea out there.” The presenter, Dr. Andre West, director of the Zeis Textiles Extension (ZTE), Wilson College of Textiles, NC State University, may not have meant …

2020 Outstanding Volunteer Award Recipients announced

November 12, 2020

Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) is very fortunate to have so many volunteers who give of themselves selflessly, helping every day by serving on different boards, task forces and committees. These volunteers judge competitions, provide education and impassioned leadership to others day-in and day-out. To acknowledge their service, IFAI developed a program in 2012 called …

2020 Honored Life Member Award Recipient announced

Honored Life Member status for Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) is designed for individuals who have shown a commitment to the association. Honored Life Membership is bestowed by special request only, and at the discretion of the IFAI Board of Directors to candidates based on the following criteria: Meritorious or outstanding work accomplished for the …

Meet the Newly Elected and Re-elected 2021 IFAI Board of Directors

Each year, Industrial Fabrics Association International’s (IFAI) Leadership Development Committee follows a detailed process outlined in our bylaws for electing board members. It is IFAI’s pleasure to announce the newly elected and re-elected individuals who were chosen to serve on the 2021 IFAI Board of Directors. Newly Elected Directors Jennifer Fennell, Polo Custom ProductsJennifer Fennell …

Understanding the regulation and testing of medical PPE

November 9, 2020

Jing Liang, founder and president of Medical PPE Consulting LLC, walked participants through the regulatory process and testing for medical personnel protective equipment (PPE) In her IFAI Expo 2020 education session, “Understanding Testing Requirements of Medical PPE.” Medical PPE are considered to be “medical devices,” which underscores the importance of understanding and following the regulatory …

Kraig Biocraft readies shipment for spider silk production

November 2, 2020

Kraig Biocraft Laboratories Inc. has announced that it has completed production and genetic screening of its latest batch of spider silk silkworm eggs.  These specialized silkworm eggs are now ready for shipment to Vietnam to restart commercial production.  Production operations at the company’s factory were suspended in March due to a mandatory shutdown, resulting from …

Antimicrobial hospital textiles market report

October 26, 2020

A new market research report published by MarketsandMarkets™ says that the antimicrobial hospital textiles market size is estimated at $7.1 billion in 2020 and is projected to reach USD 9.4 billion by 2025, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.8 percent.  According to the report “Antimicrobial Hospital Textiles Market by Material, Usability (Disposable, …

Central National Gottesman (CNG) Expands into Nonwovens & Fibers, Growing Its Global Product Category Offerings

October 23, 2020

Central National Gottesman Inc. (CNG), which owns sales and distribution businesses in the global pulp, paper, tissue, packaging, wood products and metals industries, has announced that its Central National division will expand its product offering to include nonwovens and fibers. The new category includes viscose and lyocell, the plant-based fibers used in textiles, nonwovens and …

American & Efird agrees to buy Charles Craft Performance Yarns

October 20, 2020

Elevate Textiles Inc., a global provider of advanced products and mission-critical textile solutions, announced that its American & Efird (A&E) division has agreed to purchase the high-performance yarn business of Charles Craft Inc., a leading manufacturer and distributor of high-performance flame resistant/cut resistant industrial yarns and other specialty products. The combination of these legacy brands brings together …