GSI to host webinar on geomembrane punctures this Wednesday

April 6th, 2020

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will sponsor a webinar, “Geomembrane Puncture,” on April 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST. Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) member companies and their employees receive discounted rates on all GSI webinar and short course registrations. The need for geomembranes to remain free of holes while in service is paramount to...

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SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program for small businesses launches

April 3rd, 2020

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Jovita Carranza launched the Paycheck Protection Program on April 3, 2020, a $349 billion emergency loan program created last week with the President’s signing of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES). The program provides forgivable loans of up to $10 million to small businesses left...

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Urgent need for PPE patterns and specifications

April 3rd, 2020

  As the industry works together to address the vast PPE needs, please let us know if you have patterns or specification information you are willing to share with the industry at large. The hope is to publicly post designs for masks and gowns to enable manufacturing by more IFAI members. Some of our members...

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U.S. tent and structure manufacturers unite with the special events industry to address the COVID-19 pandemic

April 3rd, 2020

The special events industry stands poised to address surging capacity needs of the U.S. health care infrastructure. Ten of the major U.S. tent and structure manufacturers have joined together in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The principal strategy of the group is to align needs for disaster resources including field hospitals, emergency temporary shelters,...

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President Trump promotes face masks to fight COVID-19

April 3rd, 2020

The Trump administration is recommending that many Americans wear face mask to slow COVID-19 infection rates. And, Dr. Anthony Fauci has emphasized the goal is not to “take away from the availability of masks that are needed for the health care providers who are in real and present danger of getting infected from the people...

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Herculite and Strataglass offer DIY designs for protective equipment

April 3rd, 2020

Strataglass and Herculite are offering designs for PPE products. The designs are for face shields and protector shields. Strataglass is not FDA approved for use, but the companies have created two designs that use Strataglass as a protective barrier. They are providing these patterns as design guides and are not manufacturing or selling these products....

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Eastman customers unite to offer contract cutting resources to PPE manufacturers

April 2nd, 2020

Eastman Machine Co. announced today that its exclusive Matchmaker program is connecting facilities manufacturing personal protective equipment (PPE) with more than a dozen customers who offer automatic, CNC (computer-controlled) cutting services. The Matchmaker program has successfully linked organizations throughout the U.S. and U.K. for several decades from Eastman’s website. Thousands of manufacturers use automatic and...

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Supply chain management has new emphasis with COVID-19

April 2nd, 2020

Harvard Business Review takes a look at how COVID-19 is impacting companies’ supply chains. Business experts recommend that managers invest in mapping their supply networks before crisis happens. More information is available at https://hbr.org/2020/03/coronavirus-is-a-wake-up-call-for-supply-chain-management

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Brown to Administration: Drop Duty Deferral Plan, Support U.S. Manufacturers

April 2nd, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) wrote to the Trump Administration asking that it drop reported plans to defer duties on products unrelated to critical medical supplies that are subject to the Most-Favored Nation (MFN) tariff rate. Deferring duties on textile, fabric, and apparel items, in particular, will undermine American manufacturers’ efforts...

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Milliken pivots textile manufacturing to produce advanced medical PPE

April 2nd, 2020

Global textile manufacturer Milliken & Company is leveraging its materials science expertise to manufacture much needed personal protective equipment (PPE) for the health care industry amid the current COVID-19 global pandemic, focusing on engineering textiles into medical-grade fabrics using antimicrobial and fabric barrier coatings. Milliken’s new advanced medical fabrics and barriers are currently available, and...

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Call for Papers: World Congress on Textile Coating, Nov. 19-20

April 2nd, 2020

The organizers of the successful and long-running conference series Textile Coating and Laminating (TCL) have announced its expansion and refocus as the World Congress on Textile Coating (WCTC20). The event will debut in Berlin on November 19-20, 2020. The venue hotel is the Novotel Berlin Am Tiergarten, Berlin, Germany, which has excellent conference facilities. Tegel...

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NCTO response to Administration’s reported tariff deferral

April 2nd, 2020

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), representing the full spectrum of U.S. textiles from fiber through finished products, has issued a statement from NCTO President and CEO Kim Glas in response to the Administration’s plan to institute a 90-day deferral on MFN tariffs, as reported by numerous press outlets. The reported plan being pushed...

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Morito-Scovill Americas shifts focus to fight COVID-19

April 1st, 2020

Morito Scovill Americas (MSA) has shifted focus to help in the production of PPE to fight COVID-19 infection. MSA is actively reaching out to help manufacturers understand what components the company can supply, including plastic snaps, hook and loop fastening, and stainless steel snaps and fasteners. If you are shifting production to PPE or other...

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Top tips for operating a specialty fabrics business during a pandemic

April 1st, 2020

IFAI Division Webinars this week are bringing together diverse members of the specialty fabrics industry to discuss how they are navigating the COVID-19 crisis. For companies that are operational—that is, they have either been deemed essential businesses or they are not currently under a “shelter in place” order—worker health and safety is a major concern....

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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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