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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IFAI Expo 2019: Growth through diversification

October 2nd, 2019

Bud Weisbart, vice president of AR Tech, Fontana, Calif., led the advanced textiles conference session “Growing through diversification into technical markets: from trash covers and truck covers to ground support and flight hardware,” presented Tuesday, Oct. 1, at IFAI Expo 2019 in Orlando, Fla. The session explored how diversification based on core competencies—capabilities or advantages […]

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Understanding ITAR and export controls

September 28th, 2017

IFAI’s Advanced Textiles Conference in New Orleans began Tuesday in New Orleans with presentations organized into four tracks: Medical, Military, Testing and Smart Fabrics. The Military track covered a range of topics from protective materials to the DoD budget. It also addressed a critical topic for any company that exports beyond U.S. borders, or is […]

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IFAI Expo 2017 offers e-textile ‘Hackathon’ design challenge 

May 22nd, 2017

As part of the Advanced Textiles Conference, Smart Fabrics Track, IFAI Expo 2017 introduces its first “Hackathon,” challenging registrants to create the most innovative, new, e-textiles product – with only materials available in the show’s E-Textiles Workshop. Entrepreneurs, developers, designers, students, engineers and artists attending Expo 2017 are invited to participate. This year’s Expo takes […]

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The textile testing challenge

November 4th, 2016

Standards for textiles are a good thing. People would agree, generally, that this is true. But this is not really a yes-or-no question, either. Establishing standards that fit today’s materials and end products – and staying on top of all the performance capabilities possible – is a relentless challenge for those who participate in this […]

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BMW focuses on a sustainable approach with CFRCs

October 19th, 2016

Dr. -Ing Joachim Starke, BMW, launched the Automotive Track at the Advanced Textiles Conference in Charlotte, N.C., with a description of BMW’s newest innovations in the use of carbon fiber. According to Starke, one of the main goals is to meet the growing demand for automobiles to be more sustainable. This includes lower carbon emissions. […]

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2016 Advanced Textiles Student Design Challenge Winners Announced

October 19th, 2016

Advanced Textile Products and the Narrow Fabrics Institute, divisions of the Industrial Fabrics Association International, announced the winners of the 2016 Advanced Textile Student Design Challenge on Oct. 18, 2016, during the Advanced Textile Reception following the Advanced Textiles Conference at IFAI Expo. This year’s student design challenge was to use textiles as a major […]

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Advanced Textiles Conference focuses on automotive market and testing

September 12th, 2016

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) presents the Advanced Textiles Conference Oct. 18-19 in Charlotte, N.C. The special two-day event is in conjunction with IFAI’s Expo running through Oct. 21. A special focus on automotive textiles, specific performance capabilities and applications will be covered in sessions throughout the day Tuesday, Oct. 18. Joachim Starke, product […]

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IFAI’s Advanced Textiles Conference registration opens

August 19th, 2016

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) presents its Advanced Textiles Conference Oct. 18-19 in Charlotte, N.C. The special two-day event is in conjunction with IFAI Expo running through Oct. 21. Programming is divided into three tracks: Textile Testing, which includes the opportunity to earn certification from North Carolina State University (NCSU); Automotive; and Materials and […]

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