IFAI Virtual Expo 2020

November 2 – December 12

For close to a century, the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) Expo has been regarded as the industrial fabric industry’s flagship show for commerce, networking and knowledge. As the premier industrial, specialty and advanced textiles event, IFAI Expo attracts approximately 5,000 industry stakeholders from around the world for four days of buying and selling, networking, learning and fun — all designed to help participants grow their bottom line. For more information please visit the website.

Webinar: Fabric Structures and The Architectural Community: Building Partnerships Through Awareness and Personal Relationships

December 1

12 - 1 pm CST

Free for Members
$39 for Non-Members

Architectural projects are notoriously complex, circuitous, and lengthy. Every project can involve hundreds of players, thousands of decisions, and millions of dollars. This makes sense considering that each building is custom designed for a specific site, climate and particular client’s needs. Generally speaking, economies of scale rarely exist. With virtually no exposure to fabric in any architectural school curriculum, how can the FSA educate the A&D community about fabric structures and provide ongoing support for their evaluation and specification as building components? The answer is by creating broad industry awareness of product capabilities and applications while developing ongoing personal relationships with individual architects and architectural librarians.

Webinar: Appealing to Luxury Clientele

December 3

1 - 2 pm CST

Free for Members
$39 for Non-Members

Business can grow in size, or stature. Either way, setting yourself with a modern web design and tools to streamline incoming projects, will give a sense of professionalism and respect to both the fabricator and the client, no matter the size of the current business, or your production capabilities. Learn from my experience as a operator of a small shop. I’ll take you through go-to phrases, how to handle clients requests with kindness and certainty and how to respectfully decline a project and still have the rejected client send you referrals.

Learning objectives

  • Easy web design for managing jobs
  • Making the most of an at home shop
  • Keeping the best jobs

Webinar: Utilizing Software Tools in the Marine Industry

December 15

2 - 3pm CST

Free for Members
$39 for Non-Members

The Marine Fabric Industry is quickly converting to mostly digital processes and now industry specific software is available to dramatically speed up the development of accurate 3D models and the associated 2D fabric patterns required to manufacture those projects. This presentation will demonstrate software tools for:

  1. Optimizing digitally captured shapes of boats and their accessories
  2. Easily build 3D computer models of the project for client visualization and approval before any fabric is even cut
  3. Efficiently convert those same 3D models into accurate, flat patterns ready for cutting and production

All this can now be completed in only minutes, yet it results in covers, enclosures, bimini tops and upholstery that that are easier and faster to manufacture and fit perfectly. With less time required for production and no need for test-fits & alterations, greater profits are easily achieved.

Webinar: Seismic Shifts in Manufacturing – Pandemic Impact

December 17

1 - 2 pm CST

Free for Members
$39 for Non-Members

What is Industry 4.0? What will be the impact of the Pandemic on this conversation? What will success look like in the current industrial revolution? The manufacturing industry was already facing digital disruption. Shifting economic alignments, changing customer expectations, and new technology are forcing the industry to examine old assumptions and to transform processes. Gone are the days of consistent human oversight of mechanical manufacturing processes. Instead, traditional managers and supervisors are being supplanted by an army of robots and tech-enabled soldiers. Technological advancements are firmly entrenched and growing in power due to support of a tech-savvy workforce. The Fourth Industrial Revolution is here, creating both opportunities and challenges. Attendees will be challenged to think differently and build strategies to address:

  1. growing demands to increase efficiency
  2. increasing global competition
  3. multi-generational workforces
  4. critical demands for cyber security


Tent Rental Division (TRD) Virtual Summit

January 19 – January 21

Its hard to sit in front of your computer all day, to combat this fatigue TRD has planned a multi-day event that will offer dynamic education, product demos and networking sessions for a few hours each day. Come experience the Tent Rental Industry in a new way!

IFAI Fabricators Conference & Showcase 2021

February 18 – February 19

Sheraton Jacksonville Hotel

Make plans to attend this 1.5-day conference in person at the Sheraton Jacksonville Hotel from Feb. 18–19, 2021 in Jacksonville, FL USA and virtually from your home or office. Grow your industry knowledge with session topics on cutting rooms, industrial sewing machine maintenance, shade sails, foam and more! Network with fabricators and suppliers. Discover what’s new at the showcase tabletops featuring products and services.

MFA Marine Workshop 2021

February 18 – February 19

The Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) Marine Workshop features educational opportunities that offer hands-on training and education. Build your network with like-minded business owners and share information while you socialize with marine fabricators.

Co-located with Fabricators Conference and Showcase—Winter 2021.

Geosynthetics Virtual Conference

February 22 – February 25

Geosynthetics Conference 2021 is co-located with the International Erosion Control Association’s Annual Conference. This must-attend event features more than 3,000 combined geotechnical practitioners, designers, regulators, contractors, manufacturers and installers coming together to network and learn.

Women in Textiles Summit 2021

March 3 – March 5

Chateau Elan Resort & Winery

Conduct business while making connections at the Women in Textiles Summit 2021. The Summit gathers some of the brightest leaders in the textiles industry to share, grow and network. Come as colleagues and leave as friends. The goal of the Summit is to strengthen the advancement of women and men through an interactive forum that provides education, networking and dialogue about important issues affecting women in business.