Internship resources now available to IFAI members

April 18th, 2017

Investing in the industry is something the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) and members prioritize. These investments help ensure the growth of the many companies within the association. With this mission in mind, it is vital to continue the tradition of hiring ambitious individuals to join the industry and drive it into the future. Finding...

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MIL-SPECS: Get the facts and gain a competitive edge

April 18th, 2017

May 4, 2017 | Noon, EST  Free to all industry professionals  Need help deciphering Military Specifications? Attend Mil-Specs, Get the Facts and Gain a Competive Edge, a free webinar that provides an in-depth analysis of the entire scope of a Detail Specification, followed by a Q&A session. Understanding the significant cost implications can give you a competitive edge when bidding...

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The PGA of America and Arena Americas enter long-term contract for golf event products and services

April 18th, 2017

The Professional Golfers’ Association of America and Arena Americas signed a long-term contract for golf event-related products and services. Under the terms of the agreement, Arena Americas will provide tenting, flooring, and carpeting products and services in support of the PGA’s three annual golf championships. Arena’s support of these iconic golf events is already well...

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Connecticut Marine Trades Association works on Tax Reform Bill

April 17th, 2017

The Connecticut Marine Trades Association has been working on Senate Bill 1048, which would decrease the sales and use tax from around six percent to approximately three percent on all vessels sold and registered within the state of Connecticut. The goal of the bill is to continue to strengthen Connecticut’s boating industry and make the...

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Call for entries: Expo 2017 Fabric Sourcing Center

April 17th, 2017

The Fabric Sourcing Center at IFAI Expo 2017, in New Orleans, LA, is a daily Expo feature open to all. This hub organizes hundreds of exhibitor materials in one prime location on the show floor. Exhibitors have the opportunity to display up to 12 fabric samples, with contact information and booth numbers, conveniently displayed on...

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Huesker establishes Australian subsidiary

April 17th, 2017

Following the recent acquisition of NBW Mining (Aust) Pty Ltd, the Huesker Group announced April 13, 2017, the establishment of Huesker Australia Pty Ltd. Huesker Australia will better enable the group to serve clients in Australasia. “We will service and supply the infrastructure, civil, environmental, and hydraulic construction and engineering industries [in Australasia] directly,” said...

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ASTM establishes cannabis committee

April 17th, 2017

ASTM International will launch a new committee focused on creating technical standards and guidance materials for cannabis and its products and processes, pending approval from its board of directors. The committee will focus on standards development in six technical areas, including indoor and outdoor horticulture and agriculture, quality management systems, laboratory, processing and handling, security...

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A revolution in moisture management

April 14th, 2017

Five textile industry leaders are launching HYDRO_BOT, a new technology for moisture management. It is expected to solve a major challenge in sports, work and protective clothing: to transport moisture to match human sweat rates in various climates, conditions and activity levels. Behind HYDRO_BOT is Osmotex, a Swiss-Norwegian start-up dedicated to developing solutions for electro...

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NC State researchers develop touch-sensitive fabric

April 14th, 2017

Researchers at North Carolina (NC) State University have developed elastic, touch-sensitive fibers with the ability to interface with electronic devices. Michael Dickey, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at NC State and the author of the study says, “We have created soft and stretchable fibers that can detect touch, as well as strain and...

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Road contractor employment grew 8.2 percent in February

April 13th, 2017

The American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) announced workers employed by highway, street and bridge contractors grew 8.2 percent in February compared to the same month in 2016, representing a net increase of roughly 20,300 workers. Total workers employed reached 267,400, the highest mark for February since 2008. To view ARTBA’s full labor report...

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