2020 Outstanding Volunteer Award Recipients announced

November 12th, 2020

Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) is very fortunate to have so many volunteers who give of themselves selflessly, helping every day by serving on different boards, task forces and committees. These volunteers judge competitions, provide education and impassioned leadership to others day-in and day-out. To acknowledge their service, IFAI developed a program in 2012 called […]

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2020 Honored Life Member Award Recipient announced

November 12th, 2020

Honored Life Member status for Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) is designed for individuals who have shown a commitment to the association. Honored Life Membership is bestowed by special request only, and at the discretion of the IFAI Board of Directors to candidates based on the following criteria: Meritorious or outstanding work accomplished for the […]

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Meet the Newly Elected and Re-elected 2021 IFAI Board of Directors

November 12th, 2020

Each year, Industrial Fabrics Association International’s (IFAI) Leadership Development Committee follows a detailed process outlined in our bylaws for electing board members. It is IFAI’s pleasure to announce the newly elected and re-elected individuals who were chosen to serve on the 2021 IFAI Board of Directors. Newly Elected Directors Jennifer Fennell, Polo Custom ProductsJennifer Fennell […]

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Polygiene’s new ViralOff pairs with global brands

May 11th, 2020

Polygiene AB, solution provider in odor control and stay-fresh technologies continues to advance the development and production of ViralOff® technology, which the company says reduces over 99 percent of viruses in two hours on treated fabrics. Polygiene partner and sportswear brand Maloja was able to adapt their EU production facility and make available a consumer […]

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OEKO-TEX® offers no-fee certification for face masks

April 20th, 2020

With immediate effect, the OEKO-TEX® Association will waive the license fee for STANDARD 100 certification of mouth and nose masks. With the current demand and expert recommendations to wear mouth and nose coverings in public, OEKO-TEX® wants to support continued safety of the population. "We need to stay together in this extraordinary situation: now and […]

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AATCC offers free test methods to aid in the pandemic response

April 16th, 2020

AATCC is has made available Test Method TM42 Test Method for Water Resistance: Impact Penetration and TM127 Test Method for Water Resistance: Hydrostatic Pressure. These methods are offered at no cost in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and are available as a download from the organization’s website: https://www.aatcc.org/testing/methods/. These methods are often referenced in product development requirements for protective medical […]

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Pattern hub now available

April 6th, 2020

Sewn products industry organization SEAMS reports that, as it has been engaged with its members in helping to manufacture much needed PPE products for the U.S. Covid-19 pandemic.  As part of this collaboration with the industry, SEAMS has centralized many patterns required to produce PPE products from home creations to approved medical products for easy access. […]

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Drexel U. works to fill critical need for masks and respirators

April 1st, 2020

Drexel University design professor Genevieve Dion shifted 3D knitting machines from a Dept. of Defense project to the challenge of developing masks and respirators, according to a story in the Philadelphia Inquirer. “This is an opportunity to show what advanced manufacturing can do and rapid prototyping can do,” said Dion, who directs Drexel’s Center for Functional […]

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Supply chains get tripped up due to “essential” and “non-essential” designation

March 30th, 2020

The need for more medical textile products, such as face masks and hospital gowns, has been well publicized since the exponential growth of the COVID-19 pandemic. But equally important is a means to get the materials required to make the products, a means of transportation to move materials and end products and getting the final […]

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