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Take part in medical textile sourcing center

March 24th, 2020 / By: / COVID-19, News

This past weekend, Americas Apparel Producers’ Network (AAPN) opened an online SOURCING CENTER connecting our supplier and producer members to make masks, gowns and other urgently required medical garments and sewn products.

AAPN started this center with a captive audience of 1,609 executives. The center was announced at 8:30 AM this past Sunday, 3/22 and within 12 hours, nearly 1,000 people had accessed the page!

One U.S. mill that had closed on Friday, because of lack of work, reopened yesterday to respond to requests for production— in part from a resource we announced on SUNDAY. This .. center .. works.

Through IFAI’s ongoing partnership with AAPN, IFAI is able to offer this to our members and network at no cost. The entire industry is continuing to come together with cross developed resources as we all work together to fight this crisis.

Here are instructions on taking advantage of this resource. IFAI’s Member Directory is also fully available for sourcing support online, by phone and email.

Go to 
> Click on MEMBER LOGIN in top right corner (red block).  
You do not have to be an AAPN member to login.  If you are not already in our database you will be asked for your email address. This will become your username. Then you will be asked to create a password.  
> Click on the MEMBERS tile in the toolbar 
> Go to MEMBER LANDING page 
> Click on DISCUSSIONS link 
> Access the SOURCING EXCHANGE discussion 
> then log into the MAKING CONNECTIONS topic and you’ll see all previous exchanges 
Note—do not log out; this will make it faster and easier to use this feature next time. 
Problems logging in?  Contact Sue Strickland via email.

Thank you again for supporting the larger effort to meet the needs of our world in this crisis. Stay informed by visiting the COVID-19 Resource Center.



Linden Wicklund
Industrial Fabrics Association International
Director of Events and Member Programs
+1 651 225 6920
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