Beating the pink stain problem in marine fabrics

October 20th, 2016

What’s known as pink stain is a common problem on light colored vinyl. Marine fabricators know exactly what pink stain looks like on cushions and other applications, but the problem also occurs in flooring, bedding and other vinyl surfaces. Thomas Robitaille, global technical marketing lead at Lonza Inc., presented an overview of pink staining Oct. […]

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Industrial Fabrics Foundation Innovation Award Recipient announced

October 20th, 2016

The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) recently announced Gelvenor Textile of South Africa as the 2016 IFF Innovation Award winner, presented at IFAI Expo in Charlotte, N.C., on Oct. 20. The company won for its project, the VulAmanz Rural Water Filter (VA-RWF). Gelvenor Textiles was awarded a prize of $5,000. The innovation is a unique woven […]

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Functional apparel designer says ‘Technology is your friend’

October 20th, 2016

Maureen MacGillivray, Ph.D., tells her students to think of their fashion designs as “product development” and to get used to wearing lots of hats. MacGillivray presented an overview of what a functional apparel designer does Oct. 20 at the 2016 IFAI Expo in Charlotte, N.C. MacGillivray’s work at the Center for Merchandising and Design Technology, […]

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Winning the manufacturing war requires strategy

October 20th, 2016

Michael McKeldon Woody, CEO at Trans-Tex LLC, says that manufacturing tide is beginning to turn favorably to the U.S., but companies have to be ready to embrace customers who expect to “have it their way.” Woody presented the principles found in his book, American Dragon, Oct 19, at the IFAI 2016 Expo in Charlotte, N.C. […]

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IFAI announces International Achievement Award winners

October 20th, 2016

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has awarded seven 2016 Best in Category International Achievement Awards (IAA) for design excellence in specialty fabrics applications at the 2016 IFAI Expo. IFAI Expo is the largest specialty fabrics trade show in the Americas, held this year at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C. For more than […]

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IFAI Honored Life Members announced at IFAI Expo 2016

October 20th, 2016

First Vice Chairman Steve Ellington announced this year’s newly appointed Honored Life Members at the annual meetingWednesday morning. Honored Life Membership is bestowed by special request only at the discretion of the IFAI Board of Directors to candidates who meet one or both of the following criteria: For meritorious or outstanding work accomplished for the […]

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IFAI Expo 2016 Sewing Machine Tour

October 19th, 2016

Harry Berzack’s unique collection of antique sewing machines wowed visitors on three tours at The Fox Company in Charlotte, Tuesday, Oct. 18. The tours were sponsored by the Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) as a fundraising opportunity for the organization’s educational programs for students. Berzack, president of The Fox Co., treated guests to a personally guided […]

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AIP acquires Gerber Technology

October 19th, 2016

American Industrial Partners, (AIP), New York, N.Y., has acquired all outstanding shares of Gerber Technology, a Tolland, Conn.-based leader in integrated software, automation and vision systems for the apparel, graphics, packaging and other industrial markets. Gerber’s full line of digital solutions includes many of the most recognized products in the industry. They enable leading brands, […]

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Grit: Guts, Resilience, Initiative and Tenacity

October 19th, 2016

Wednesday morning’s keynote speaker at IFAI Expo 2016, Linda Kaplan Thaler, spoke with verve and vivacity about the importance of “keeping at it.” Thaler is president of Kaplan Thaler Productions, a member of the Advertising Hall of Fame, and the award—winning author of the best-selling business book “Grit to Great.” When she started her agency, […]

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Work Groups vs Teams

October 19th, 2016

How both approaches impact business profitability In the U.S., approximately 30 percent of employees are engaged in their jobs—which means that more than 2/3 of employees are not. According to Lynn Dessert, MBA, DCC, an executive career advisor who spoke Tuesday morning at IFAI EXPO 2016 in Charlotte, forming committed and valued teams and work […]

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