Small and essential

November 20th, 2017

Narrow and small-scale textiles thrive in collaborative partnerships. The narrow fabrics industry belongs in the small- and medium-sized enterprise (SME) category, based on the number of employees per organization. The latest United States’ Census Bureau data show that this sector has about 248 companies in the U.S. that employ about 7,840 people, with the average […]

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NC Specialty Fabrics will launch at IFAI Expo

August 8th, 2017

NC Netting & Upholstery Machines is pleased to announce the launch of its new NC Specialty Fabrics Line. The company has purchased a textile mill and has added capabilities that include fabrication of a variety of narrow fabrics including binding tapes, seatbelts, straps, harnesses, hides and twill tapes. Stocked lines are already in place and […]

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The State of the Industry 2016

March 18th, 2016

Advanced textiles markets are discussed in IFAI’s annual report. As consumer confidence slowly increases, buoyed by improvements in the U.S. economy and employment figures, respondents in 10 of the 11 markets surveyed by IFAI predict single-digit increases in sales in 2016. Innovation in products and processes will help manufacturers anticipate customer needs and stay competitive […]

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Smaller, “smarter” and versatile

July 24th, 2015

Multidimensional narrow fabrics offer new ways to develop structures in medical and biomedical applications. A narrow fabric is loosely defined as being any non-elastic woven textile having a width of 12 inches or less and a woven selvage on each side. Narrow fabrics found use early on as hatbands, in corsets and lingerie, and have […]

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Narrow fabrics’ widening markets

July 10th, 2015

Say “narrow fabric” and the average consumer may think of ribbon and zippers. The markets for narrow fabric manufacturers go far beyond those products, and with ongoing technological advances are broadening even further. Carolina Narrow Fabric proves the point. Founded in 1929, the company based in Winston-Salem, N.C., didn’t start with an interest in the […]

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The State of the Industry, Part II

February 20th, 2015

IFAI’s 2015 State of the Industry report discusses key markets, issues and trends in the U.S. and global specialty fabrics marketplace. Part II focuses on six markets, primarily in the U.S.: advanced technical products, military markets, narrow fabrics, geosynthetics, truck covers and tarpaulins, and industrial fabric equipment. This article will cover advanced technical products, military […]

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