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Textile Industry Updates and News

Bunzl Distribution brings American antiviral technology to retailers in Mexico
April 22, 2021
Recent testing has demonstrated that Acteev technology deactivates the virus that causes COVID-19…read more

Ennis Fabrics donates face masks to Food Banks Canada
April 20, 2021
Ennis Fabrics has donated 3.5 million face masks to Food Banks Canada. …read more

Culp hosts on-site COVID-19 vaccination clinics
April 9, 2021
Culp Inc. partnered with North Carolina vaccine providers to offer on-site COVID-19 vaccination clinics…read more

Party Line Tent Rentals brings COVID-19 drive-through vaccination sites to its community
April 1, 2021
Party Line Tent Rentals, Elmsford, N.Y., has distributed and installed a variety of tents used …read more

Shawmut announces new health and safety business unit
February 18, 2021
Shawmut Corporation has announced the creation of a new health and safety business unit …read more

Milliken donates reusable gowns
February 1, 2021
Milliken & Co. teamed up with schools to provide more than 23,000 reusable fabric PPE gowns…read more

Brown and Manning call for Biden to prioritize American manufacturers and bolster domestic PPE
January 29, 2021
U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and U.S. Representative Kathy Manning (D-NC) wrote to President Biden callin…read more

Industry and union coalitions outlines PPE recommendations to Biden and Congress
January 29, 2021
A broad coalition of industry organizations and labor unions, representing a broad spectrum of manufacturers a…read more

Sorpol brings antiviral technology to Israel
January 21, 2021
Sorpol Ltd. has launched a website to sell Acteev Protect™ masks…read more

Ascend announces alliance with The S Group
January 8, 2021
The alliance will focus on commercialization of Acteev Protect™ antimicrobial yarns, fibers and fabrics….read more

Technology for sterilizing masks is launched
December 21, 2020
Swiss corporation Osmotex announces that it has developed the Osmotex Steriliser Technology…read more

Palm Beach Mask to donate 100,000 disposable facemasks
December 21, 2020
The company was created as a spin-off of Canvas Designers to combat the dangers of the COVID-19 pandemic…read more

3D printing comes into its own
August 10, 2020
New collaborations sparked by COVID-19 are set to support growth for the sector….read more

AATCC announces approval of face covering guidance
August 6, 2020
AATCC M14-2020, Guidance and Considerations for General Purpose Textile Face Coverings: Adult, recently became…read more

Bolger & O’Hearn donates hand sanitizer to help reopen Community Connections Inc.
July 29, 2020
Bolger & O’Hearn, Fall River, Mass., has donated 22 quarts of hand sanitizer to Community Connections Inc., a …read more

“Smart” face mask translates and transcribes language
July 27, 2020
With mask-wearing now a part of everyday life worldwide, designers and innovators have tried to provide improv…read more

Colback Nonwovens collaborates in Dutch face mask project
July 27, 2020
Colback Nonwovens has helped to solve the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) in healthcare instit…read more

Industry coalition releases statement on PPE policy
July 27, 2020
An industry coalition representing the full spectrum of domestic personal protective equipment (PPE) productio…read more

A “pandemic” of plastic PPE
July 27, 2020
From community masks and health workers’ kits, to hospital gowns, drapes and wraps, disposable personal protec…read more

Tillis and Warner lead bipartisan push for cotton and textile assistance in next COVID-19 package
July 15, 2020
U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Mark Warner (D-VA) recently led a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConne…read more

Textile outperforms N95s in face mask tests
June 22, 2020
According to AKAS Textiles, a recent study titled “Effectiveness of Common Fabrics to Block Aqueous Aerosols o…read more

Electroceutical fabrics found effective against coronavirus
June 22, 2020
A preprint paper published recently by scientists from Indiana University suggests a fabric which eradicates t…read more

The evolving business of PPE
June 22, 2020
As information on coronavirus becomes available, face covers and PPE specifications and standards should be de…read more

AATCC advises against false coronavirus PPE claims
June 15, 2020
The AATCC, in a June 8 press release, warns manufacturers to not be misled by false or ill-informed product cl…read more

FAQ for Isolation Gowns and Surgical Mask Solicitations (Closed June 1, 2020)
June 4, 2020
The FAQ information is in response to Isolation Gowns (Solicitation # SPE1C1-20-R-0103) and Surgical Masks (So…read more

Bio-designers produce a home-grown cellulose mask
May 25, 2020
During the current COVID-19 pandemic, the race has been on to provide adequate numbers of personal protective …read more

Oerlikon Nonwoven delivers meltblown technology for European masks
May 25, 2020
Two companies newly established in Germany to manufacture and distribute high-end protective masks were in the…read more

FDA grants approval for AR Tech’s isolation unit
May 25, 2020
AR Tech, Fontana, Calif., has received emergency approval for the use of its Patient Isolation Transportation …read more

The basics and the alternatives
May 25, 2020
Personnel Protective Equipment (PPE) are important and even mandatory procurements under any circumstance. The…read more

Rose Brand announces COVID19 efforts
April 24, 2020
Rose Brand has launched a national campaign to reinforce the social distancing message with the unfurling of a…read more

Pattern hub now available
April 6, 2020
Sewn products industry organization SEAMS reports that, as it has been engaged with its members in helping to …read more

Top tips for operating a specialty fabrics business during a pandemic
April 1, 2020
IFAI Division Webinars this week are bringing together diverse members of the specialty fabrics industry to di…read more

ASTM providing free access to COVID-19-related standards
April 1, 2020
ASTM International is providing no-cost public access to important ASTM standards used in the production and t…read more

The textile industry moves quickly to provide critical supplies to fight COVID-19
March 30, 2020
This scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (yellow)—also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that caus…read more

SCORE launches coronavirus (COVID-19) Small Business Resource Center
March 27, 2020
In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert b…read more

IFAI Is Here to Support Your Sourcing Needs
March 25, 2020
IFAI is here to support your sourcing needs during the COVID-19/Coronavirus crisis and year round….read more

SEAMS announces collaborative efforts for PPE products
March 25, 2020
SEAMS, the association for the U.S. sewn products Industry, has announced a community program for manufacturer…read more

IFAI offers template letter for shelter-in-place orders
March 23, 2020
IFAI and other industry associations have been working with officials at the highest levels of the White House…read more

Government and Agency Information

Joint Industry Statement on PPE Principles
July 20, 2020
Joint Statement onPolicy Objectives for Reshoring and Safeguarding Domestic PPE Manufacturing…read more

DOD PPE Virtual Information Day – Follow Up With Resource Links
July 15, 2020
On Tuesday, July 14 and Wednesday, July 15, the Department of Defense’s COVID-19 Joint Acquisition Task Force …read more

SBA and Treasury begin mobilization efforts to distribute funds
April 1, 2020
Following President Trump’s signing of the historic Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act…read more

Full text of CARES Act available for review
March 30, 2020
The U.S. Congress has posted the full text of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES). …read more

Accounting resources to explain CARES Act
March 30, 2020
The CPA Practice Advisor has posted a helpful summary of the most massive stimulus bill in American history—th…read more

Economic stimulus offers resources for businesses and individuals
March 30, 2020
President Donald Trump has signed the largest economic stimulus package in U.S. history. The $2.2 trillion pac…read more

Comprehensive listing of government websites
March 27, 2020
FEMA has established a website (www.fema.gov/coronavirus/how-to-help) with numerous online listings related to…read more

Families first coronavirus response act (FFCRA) national online dialogue
March 27, 2020
Thank you for continuing to follow the Women’s Bureau for important …read more

NCSL tracks state fiscal responses to COVID-19
March 23, 2020
As the global and national response to COVID-19 dominates public attention, state legislatures are taking step…read more

Department of Labor offers COVID-19 resources
March 22, 2020
The U.S. Department of Labor has resources to help workers and employers prepare for impacts related to the CO…read more

Financial Information and Assistance

Smart tax moves in the age of COVID-19
December 1, 2020
This may be the year for losses, but those losses don’t have to be a bad thing…read more

President Trump signs $484 billion aid bill
April 24, 2020
The Associated Press is reporting that President Donald Trump signed a $484 billion bill April 24 to support e…read more

Fast financing available to IFAI members from Alliance Funding Group
April 8. 2020
Business owners across the world have seen fluctuating revenues this year. IFAI’s member benefit program, Alli…read more

IFAI releases overview of COVID-19 federal stimulus packages
April 7, 2020
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, Congress and the administration have approved a series of stimulus packages to…read more

Supply chain management has new emphasis with COVID-19
April 2, 2020
Harvard Business Review takes a look at how COVID-19 is impacting companies’ supply chains. Business experts r…read more

Financial resources for small businesses
March 23, 2020
America’s SBDC, the association that represents the country’s nationwide network of Small Business Development…read more

Small Business Administration responds to COVID-19
March 22, 2020
Health and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the Ameri…read more

Bank-information announced for COVID-19
March 22, 2020
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) is working with federal and state banking agencies, as well a…read more

Products, Services and Equipment

Test results announced for new antiviral chemical
March 24, 2021
DiOX, a company based in Ireland that develops fabric finishing chemicals, announces successful testing of its…read more

Antimicrobial found effective against SARS-CoV-2
March 1, 2021
Sciessent has announced the results of recent tests with its Agion® antimicrobial treatment….read more

Homework brand launches antiviral curtains with Amicor
March 1, 2021
Homework fabrics brand from Gold House Decor has launched a new collection of antiviral curtains with Amicor™ …read more

Pvilion and Rensselaer developing robotics to manufacture rapidly deployable structures
March 1, 2021
A new research effort led by a robotics team from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of Troy, N.Y., and Pvilion…read more

Soft furnishings for aircrafts successfully tested against SARS-CoV-2
February 4, 2021
Laboratory testing using MGRSafeWall and real aircraft cabin products has demonstrated efficacy of 96.8%…read more

Moss announces increased mask production capabilities in U.S.
September 10, 2020
With high-speed production lines in Franklin Park, Illinois, Moss has announced the industrial production of s…read more

Inova Textiles uses Coats Digital’s FastReactPlan to improve capacity
September 9, 2020
As Mexico grapples with effects of COVID-19, and businesses adopt different strategies for mitigating the impa…read more

New IM ViroBac fabric addresses microbial threats
August 10, 2020
Inner Mettle (IM) is launching its latest product, IM ViroBac fabric, developed to reduce the risk of viral an…read more

Intelligent tablecloths support social distancing in restaurants
August 10, 2020
Current hygiene regulations require restaurant operators to ensure sufficient distance between guests. Intelli…read more

Duvaltex ramps up production of medical textiles
August 10, 2020
Duvaltex, a North American producer of medical and technical textiles, has announced plans to ramp up producti…read more

Moss announces high-speed production of medical masks in Germany
August 6, 2020
Moss, Franklin Park, Ill., has announced that its high-speed production lines in Lennestadt, Germany, are now …read more

Precision Textiles sells 10 million yards of medical fabric
August 3, 2020
Precision Textiles, a leading supplier of coated fabrics, nonwovens and laminations for the bedding, automotiv…read more

Awning Works offers portable shade and isolation solutions for COVID-19 protection
July 24, 2020
Awning Works Inc., Clearwater, Fla., has been actively supporting the local community by meeting the demand fo…read more

AATCC offers blotting paper for use with PPE testing
July 7, 2020
With the rise in production and testing of medical personal protective equipment (PPE), access to correct test…read more

Raven offers BioFlex PE film for disposable isolation gowns
June 30, 2020
Raven Engineered Films is manufacturing a new Berry Amendment compliant plastic film to help meet the high dem…read more

Transparent surgical masks to be produced
June 20, 2020
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare workers have mentioned that using face masks can be a problem…read more

Serge Ferrari develops fabric virucidal technology
June 8, 2020
French material manufacturing company Serge Ferrari Group has developed and patented a virucidal technology fo…read more

Contec and Milliken partner to produce Sporicidin® disinfectant to kill coronavirus
May 15, 2020
To fight the COVID-19 pandemic, Contec Inc. is scaling up production of its Sporicidin® brand disinfectant, mo…read more

Polygiene’s new ViralOff pairs with global brands
May 12, 2020
Polygiene AB, solution provider in odor control and stay-fresh technologies continues to advance the developme…read more

Closca offers washable masks with disposable filters
May 12, 2020
Spanish company Closca Design has launched an innovative protective mask. Initially conceived to protect from …read more

Cleanrest bedding products certified to block viruses
April 20, 2020
CleanBrands LLC, a leader in pillow and mattress protection, has announced that its CleanRest products with Mi…read more

Ennis Fabrics introduces new COVID-19 product and resource page
April 16, 2020
The Ennis Fabrics e-commerce website now has a COVID-19 product and resource page to help customers easily fin…read more

Healthcare Cleaner Compatibility List available on Serge Ferrari textiles
April 10, 2020
Serge Ferrari, manufacturer of technical and performance flexible composite materials, has tested its silicone…read more

High school students in Missouri use 3D printers to fight COVID-19
April 9, 2020
With healthcare workers at the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic, the demand for personal protective equ…read more

Gerber announces industry-wide PPE resource website – including patterns
March 31, 2020
SEAMS member company, Gerber Te…read more

Inflatable, self-erecting IsoTent available from Flexitank Australia
March 26, 2020
Flexitank Australia, owned by FloatPac, announces the immediate release of a new range of inflatable, self-ere…read more

Devan offers antiviral solutions for textiles to support and protect professional workers
March 25, 2020
Over the past few weeks, Devan has received a lot of questions regarding an antiviral solution for textiles ag…read more

Israeli startup produces anti-pathogen fabric
March 25, 2020
An Israeli start-up company that developed an anti-pathogen fabric that could be used in masks to stop the spr…read more

Shima Seiki releases knitting data for WHOLEGARMENT® mask
March 25, 2020
In light of the recent worldwide shortage of surgical masks due to the spread of COVID­-19, flat-knitting solu…read more

MRA offers free HR-related toolkit for employers
March 24, 2020
MRA, a larger employer association, is offering an online toolkit to help employers with best practices to hel…read more

Patterns, Training and Other Resources

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Patterns and Resources

PPE Patterns and Resources
April 7, 2020
A collection of PPE patterns and resources…read more

Buying and selling in a world with less face time
April 1, 2021
Through efficient buying and virtual relationship building, save time and continue to build your business…read more

Managing remote workers
February 1, 2021
Ways for both managers and employees to reap the benefits of remote work…read more

Training and Conferences

COVID-19 and the tent rental industry supply chain
February 23, 2021
Michael Tharpe discussed the effects of COVID-19 on the tent rental industry supply chain …read more

Employers face continued challenges creating employee pandemic policies
February 23, 2021
Chad Sorenson, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, presented a session entitled “Employee Strategies in the midst of COVID-19.”…read more

MFA Virtual Series kicks off with awards, networking and survival lessons
February 2, 2021
The first session of the three-part Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) Virtual Series took place Jan. 28…read more

TRD Virtual Summit brings industry together in a new way
January 28, 2021
Members of the tent and event rental industry connected Jan. 19–21, 2021, for a three-day virtual summit…read more

IFAI Expo Going Virtual for 2020
July 29, 2020
Given the continuing uncertainty with the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and the importance of the health and…read more

Webinar

Covid-19 Webinar
April 28,2020
IFAI has been working hard to produce informative webinars to help you….read more

Supplier Directory

Supplier Directory
April 3, 2020
IFAI’s COVID-19 Response Textile-Related Supply & PPE Supplier Directory…read more

IFAI Member Updates

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Member Updates

COVID-19 survey: Labor and supply chain challenges dominate pandemic struggles
March 1, 2021
Nearly two-thirds of industry businesses report a negative effect, and a quarter of companies pivoted to PPE…read more

A year like no other
January 25, 2021
This article is a brief retrospective of the “year like no other,” and it offers some thoughts about “looking …read more

PPE Production Stories from Members of IFAI
November 3, 2020
IFAI applauds all of its members who have adapted and pivoted during the COVID-19 pandemic. In August, we aske…read more

IFAI Creates LinkedIn Group to Discuss COVID-19
April 16, 2020
Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has created a LinkedIn Group dedicated to discussing the C…read more

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