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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.

Industry News

Robert Cole receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Robert Cole, IFAI Honored Life Member (HLM) and owner of Goodwin-Cole, Sacramento, Calif., was presented with IFAI’s Lifetime Achievement Award yesterday at IFAI Expo 2015 in Anaheim, Calif. Not presented regularly, the award recognizes members who have had a tremendous, long-term effect on both the specialty fabrics industry and IFAI. Goodwin-Cole has been producing textile…

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Houston calling

The folks working at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston shared engaging insights during the IFAI Expo Advanced Textiles Conference reception on Tuesday. Here’s a sampling: “You don’t have to be an aerospace engineer to work for NASA,” said Mallory Jennings, a Johnson Space Center materials engineer working on spacesuit assembly. She added that there’s “nothing…

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IFAI announces Outstanding Volunteer Award winners

IFAI announced the recipients of its 2015 Outstanding Volunteer Awards yesterday at IFAI Expo 2015. Volunteers build the organization’s strength and contribute knowledge that benefits both IFAI’s divisions and its overall mission to contribute to the prosperity of its members in the specialty fabrics industry. In return, volunteers gain added ownership of their association and…

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Seeing is believing

Everybody wants to get noticed, but it’s more than just an ego thing. It’s a safety issue, as Shari Franklin Smith vividly demonstrated during an interactive IFAI Expo session on “The Science Behind Conspicuous Designs.” The technical service manager for the Personal Safety Division at 3M led attendees through a series of “tests” to disclose…

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Member spotlight

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

October 6-9, 2015
Anaheim, CA


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