Company Overview

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) is a not-for-profit trade association comprised of member companies representing the international specialty fabrics marketplace. Member companies range in size from one-person shops to multinational corporations. Members’ products cover the broad spectrum of specialty fabrics and include fibers, fabrics, end products, equipment and hardware. IFAI is the largest, most comprehensive trade association serving this industry, and provides value to its members through:

  • Trade shows and events
  • Publications
  • Divisions and country sectors
  • Sourcing and information hotline
  • Technical services
  • Legislative updates
  • Business services
  • Certifications and awards programs
  • Educational programs
  • Industry resources


Serving the specialty fabrics industry since 1912

On September 12, 1912, fourteen manufacturers of canvas and awnings met at the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver and formed the National Tent & Awning Association. The manufacturers decided to establish the trade association initially to set standard weights and prices for canvas products, actions that would be considered illegal today. They also sought to form a unified voice to counter the price-setting strategies of their suppliers, the cotton mills. Since this first gathering, the association has expanded in scope and purpose to become the largest textile trade association in the world. Today, the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) ranks in the top ten percent of all the thousands of U.S. trade associations in size of membership, operating budget and professional size.

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Industrial Fabrics Foundation

The Industrial Fabrics Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization established in 1994 by IFAI’s Board of Directors to complement the association’s various efforts on behalf of the people and companies in the specialty fabrics industry. The Foundation is now separately incorporated and governed by an independent board of directors. IFF’s educational scholarship and research grants are supported entirely by individual and corporate tax-deductible contributions.

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