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About us

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) is the world’s leading and longest-running specialty fabrics trade organization, dating back to 1912. We support nearly 1,900 member companies located in 55 countries in more than 30 market niches, representing the entire specialty fabrics/advanced textiles industry. IFAI publishes six magazines, seven websites and an e-newsletter and organizes global events, including the IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo and Advanced Textiles Expo, the largest specialty fabrics trade event in North America.

IFAI cares about its members. Membership dollars, event revenue and publication income are invested directly back into the industry, providing a holistic experience with more services and solid representation for our worldwide membership base. Read more about IFAI.

Industry stats

IFAI is a leader in providing valuable resources, including current market research, to industry members.

The global specialty fabrics market was valued at an estimated $126 billion in 2011—$29 billion of that in the U.S. Sales growth in the U.S. is between 1.5 percent to 2 percent a year, and the industry overall is comprised of approximately 250,000 workers. In 2011, total U.S. specialty fabric exports increased approximately 8 percent.

For more information, read a summary of our 2013 State of the Industry report.

IFAI events

International conferences, trade shows, symposiums, and workshops provide an in-depth experience through innovations, hands-on knowledge and valuable face-to-face marketing opportunities for specialty fabric suppliers and manufacturers. Upcoming events include:

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IFAI member services

Valuable services engage our industry members, who range from large corporations to small fabrication shops. Divisions and geographic sectors align to advance their respective industries and grow their individual businesses. Learn more about membership

IFAI publications

Six award-winning magazines, seven websites and e-newsletter enrich and serve niche markets by delivering vital best business practices, industry information and market trends to high-performance fabric end-product manufacturers and industry members. Learn more about our publications