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IFAI is a trade association comprised of member companies representing the global specialty fabrics and advanced textiles marketplace. We invest more than $8 million each year to advance the fabrics industry and support member companies.

IFAI Divisions offer seminars, workshops, educational programs, conferences, publications, marketing tools, standards development and more. The Divisions work with members to provide sourcing solutions and referrals throughout the sales and production cycle. IFAI’s award-winning magazines and websites deliver timely industry information to help you stay informed about your marketplace.

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Marine mattress installation continues on Elliott Bay seawall project

At the ongoing construction of the new Elliott Bay seawall in Seattle, marine mattresses are installed in front of the new face panels to create a shallow water corridor for migrating fish. Marine mattresses are rock-filled containers generally constructed with UV-stabilized co-polymer geogrid materials. Geogrid panels are laced together to form mattress-shaped baskets that are…

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Wasatch SoftRIP TX wins SGIA’s Product of the Year Award

Wasatch Computer Technology, a RIP and print management software company, took home SGIA’s 2015 Product of the Year Award in the category “Roll- to-Roll Dye Sublimation on Textile for RIP Software” for its SoftRIP TX. Wasatch’s SoftRIP TX has all the functionality of the SoftRIP and is specifically designed for digital textile printing. The 16-bit…

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AFHA petitions CPSC to adopt California upholstered furniture standard

American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA) petitioned the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on Oct. 30 to adopt the upholstered furniture performance standards and flammability test methods prescribed by California’s Technical Bulletin 117-2013. The petition, filed on behalf of a Joint Industry Coalition, proposes that the standards and test methods in TB 117-2013 be adopted…

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Most inspired tent winners announced

Aztec Tents has announced the winners of its 2015 photo and video contest. More than 300 companies submitted their best event photos and videos. This year’s most inspired tents are: Coastal Tented, Millville, Del. Choura Events, Torrance, Calif. Aable Rents, Cleveland, Ohio The Party Store, Columbia Falls, Mont. See the winning submissions at Aztec Tents’…

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Expo is the one opportunity we have to meet our industry. That means a great deal because the suppliers are key to the industry’s success.

— Robert Cole, owner, Goodwin-Cole, IFAI Honored Life Member

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IFAI Expo 2016

From face-to-face interaction with hundreds of suppliers, to education programs with in-depth insight, IFAI Expo is the premier textiles event.

October 18-21, 2016
Charlotte, NC


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April 4th, 2016
Washington, DC


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