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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

2016 international resource guide provides 31 boating market reports

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) has issued a press release announcing that the U.S. Department of Commerce has compiled, for the second time, Pleasure Boat International Resource Guide. The release said that this guide contains 31 market reports by country, including Colombia, Mexico, Germany, Taiwan, U.K., South Africa and Nigeria. It is sponsored by…

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Sensient Imaging Technologies announces launch of Ultra Black ink

Sensient Imaging Technologies S.A. announced the launch of the Ultra Black version of Sensient® Xennia® Amethyst™, a digital textile printing ink for cotton and viscose. The Sensient Xennia Amethyst range of digital textile inks is designed for high performance production of cotton and viscose apparel and homeware textiles. It is compatible with high production digital…

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ASCE’s Geo-Institute names Brad Keelor new staff director

The Geo-Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers announced in its November 2015 issue of the G-I E-Update the appointment of Brad Keelor as its new staff director. Keelor comes to ASCE from the British Embassy, where he was a senior science and innovation policy advisor from 2008–2015. His role there was to facilitate…

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Saint-Gobain opens North American headquarters

Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest building materials companies, based in France, announced the official opening of its new North American headquarters in Malvern, Pa. The 320,000-square-foot campus, situated on 65 acres, underwent an 18-month-long renovation to transform the site into a showcase for Saint-Gobain and its North America construction materials subsidiary, CertainTeed Corp. The…

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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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Recent advances in technology have brought together the apparel, technology, and textile industries to develop new capabilities.

April 4, 2016
Washington, DC


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