IFAI has a strong tradition for delivering solid market research results. The purpose of IFAI research is to produce focused information that provides its members and staff with in-depth insights on the present state and future direction of the U.S. and worldwide specialty fabrics marketplace—particularly in the individual market segments of the specialty fabrics marketplace. Individual markets covered by IFAI are cited below under State of the Industry.


State of the Industry (Member access only) The 2017 State of the Industry Report provides an overview of the 2016 U.S. specialty fabrics industry. It includes information and statistics—market size and growth rates—on key markets. The report also includes brief overviews for the following end-product market segments:

  • Awnings and canopies
  • Marine
  • Tent manufacturing and tent rental
  • Fabric structures
  • Fabric graphics
  • Military
  • Advanced textile products—ATP (safety/protective)
  • Narrow fabrics
  • Geosynthetics
  • Tarpaulins and truck covers
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2017 State of the Industry Part I

2017 State of the Industry Part II

2016 Smart Fabrics Summit (SFS) Watch videos from the 2016 Smart Fabrics Summit on the website of the International Trade Administration Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA) otexa.trade.gov

The SFS features Jeff Rasmussen, IFAI’s Director of Market Research, as the opening presentation; he delivers an overview of the U.S. and World Smart Fabrics Market as well as important market developments in smart fabrics as of 2016.

IFAI President/CEO Mary Hennessy closes the presentations as she participates in a Business Roundtable on the Future of Smart Fabrics moderated by Penny Pritzker, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Link to 2016 Smart Fabric Summit:

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2016 Smart Fabrics Summit Videos

Jeffrey C. Rasmussen
Director of Market Research