SPESA to host “Advancements in Manufacturing Technology” Dec. 8th

October 31st

SPESA will host a conference entitled “Advancements in Manufacturing Technology” to an audience of apparel and sewn products manufacturers on Thursday, Dec.8, 2011, at the Sheraton Greensboro Hotel at Four Seasons in Greensboro, North Carolina. The full-day conference—targeted at mid-level and upper-level managers and supervisors—will provide vendor-neutral, factual information to help manufacturers improve their quality...

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Honored Life Members recognized at Gala celebration

October 27th

The Industrial Fabrics Association International recognized four members for their contributions to the specialty fabrics industry at the organization’s annual Gala dinner at IFAI Expo Americas in Baltimore, Md. Missak Azirian, president of Alpha Productions Inc., Los Angeles, Calif., has been in the industry for 32 years and is a pioneer in the retractable awning...

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Somfy Systems’ TaHomA™ system wins 2011 Excite Award

October 27th

Somfy Systems Inc., a leader in manufacturing of radio-controlled motors for interior and exterior window coverings, was recently awarded a 2011 Excite Award from CustomRetailer magazine for its Total Home Automation System, TaHomA™. The innovative, Z-Wave® based home automation solution allows consumers to control, schedule and supervise their Somfy-powered window coverings, lighting and thermostats; the...

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TenCate receives 2011 IFF Innovation Award

October 26th

New geotextile manages water and soil stabilization issues. The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) chose TenCate’s new water-wicking geotextile, Mirafi® H2Ri, to receive this year’s Innovation Award. The product was officially launched with the announcement of the award at IFAI Expo Americas 2011.  The story of Mirafi H2Ri began with one question at a business meeting...

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IFAI announces the 2011 International Achievement Award winners

October 26th

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) 2011 International Achievement Awards (IAA) for design excellence in specialty fabrics applications ceremony took place at IFAI Expo Americas 2011 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Md. on October 25. This year’s competition included 33 categories. IFAI received a total of 385 entries from 16 countries. Winners were...

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Keynote speaker at IFAI Expo Americas 2011: Charles E. Cook Jr.

October 26th

Following IFAI’s annual meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 25, attendees were treated to a reasoned and occasionally biting analysis of U.S. politics by Charles E. Cook Jr., editor and publisher of the Cook Political Report and political analyst for NBC News and the National Journal. Cook analyzed the twists and turns of U.S. elections for the...

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Sewing expertise centers from Groz-Beckert®

October 26th

When large-scale sewing operations struggle with sophisticated equipment or nagging quality problems, Groz-Beckert® is ready with technical solutions. The sewing equipment company, headquartered in Albstadt, Germany, launched Sewing Expertise Centres in India, Singapore and Sri Lanka to provide consultation on correct needle selection, process optimization, quality assurance, fault analysis and alternative joining processes, among other...

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IFAI President/CEO Stephen Warner departing

October 25th

(Baltimore, MD – 25 October 2011)—Peter McKernan, Chairman of the Board for the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), announced today that President/CEO Stephen Warner is stepping down from his post. Said Warner, “I have sincerely enjoyed working for IFAI these last 35 years, including 25 years as its president. It has been a tremendous honor...

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Remodeling activity reaches record levels

October 25th

BuildFax has unveiled its BuildFax Remodeling Index (BFRI) for August 2011, showing that remodeling activity reached a record high during the month. BuildFax also released data showing, based on its national footprint of permit data, an estimate of more than 3.3 million residential remodeling projects will be permitted in 2011. This figure is up from...

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EU REACH: Two-part webinar series helps to learn requirements

October 24th

REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restrictions of Chemicals) is a major reform of European Union chemicals policy, affecting all global supply chains that produce and use chemicals. It is particularly important for small- and medium-sized companies to know about requirements under REACH and how to comply with this regulation, in force in all EU Member...

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