IFAI 2021 State of the Industry report now available for purchase

July 21, 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 …

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

July 7, 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 …

McKeon joins Enduratex

July 6, 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 …

IFAI launches online community CONNECT

June 18, 2021

Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has launched CONNECT by IFAI, an online community that will facilitate valuable networking among industry peers and support industry-wide conversations. “One of many things the last year has taught us is the importance of connection and networking. With this in mind, we’re excited to launch our newest IFAI member benefit, CONNECT …

Schoeller Textil AG hires new sales directors

May 18, 2021

Schoeller Textil AG, a global textile solutions brand dedicated to innovating technical fabrics and smart textile finishing technologies, has announced that Megan Fulton and Jack McPheron have joined its North America team as sales directors, covering the Western U.S. and parts of Canada. Fulton, based in White Salmon, Wash., will concentrate on customers based in …

TSG Finishing, other local textile firms, tackling labor issue head on

May 17, 2021

By Devin Steele HICKORY, N.C. – Brian Rosenstein, CEO of TSG Finishing and fifth-generation owner to run the 120-year-old company, called his father Jack last week to ask if he remembers a time during his 50-plus-year career with the firm when a dire labor shortage existed. His father answered no, recalled the younger Rosenstein, who joined the …

Kozane joins global campaign against mental health stigma

May 14, 2021

This month sees communities across the globe raising vital awareness of mental health and campaigning to fight the stigma that often prevents individuals from seeking help. Having worked closely with mental health professionals in both the UK and the US, Kozane® is embracing the opportunity to encourage colleagues, customers, partners and followers to talk about …

Enter now: IFAI’s International Achievement Awards

May 13, 2021

After a year away, the International Achievement Awards (IAA) return for the 75th anniversary of recognizing the best projects across the specialty fabrics industry. The awards are an opportunity for you to showcase your technical skills and talents to the entire industry. The International Achievement Awards is an annual competition that recognizes and promotes awareness …

Registration is open for IFAI Expo 2021

May 10, 2021

Registration is open for IFAI Expo 2021. IFAI Expo celebrates the 100th anniversary of the show this November, and you won’t want to miss it! After a long hiatus of in-person events, this year’s show is the perfect place to reconnect with your industry. Register now to get the Early Bird rate! Early Bird rates end …

DSM sells functional materials business to Covestro

May 5, 2021

Polymer producer Covestro has completed the acquisition of the resins and functional materials business of Dutch company Royal DSM. It announced its intention to acquire this part of DSM’s business in September; regulatory approval for the deal came through early in April. Covestro said this would substantially expand its portfolio of coating resins and, thanks …