IFAI announces 2014 ShowStoppers awards
October 31, 2014
St. Paul, Minn. – October 31, 2014 – The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) announces the 2014 ShowStoppers awards for the best new products and services at the 2014 Specialty Fabrics Expo and Advanced Textiles Expo, at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minn.
The annual event had a record number of entries with 130 participants vying for a chance to win an award. Winners exhibited the newest; coolest; the most pragmatic and the most innovative; the most effective and the most efficient; the most economical and the most environmentally sound products and services in the specialty fabrics and technical textiles industries.
Winners were chosen by their industry peers in attendance and exhibiting in Minneapolis. ShowStoppers entries were displayed on the show floor in a comprehensive display.
The awards were presented Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014 during the show’s opening reception.
See below for a list of award winners by category.
Fabrics, Fibers & Film
SommerStone — Sommers Plastics Products Co. Inc
SommerStone is the first genuine stone that can be cut and sewn. Sheets are sized 2 feet-by-4 feet and fit a wide range of patterns made from schist stones, mica and slate. It is easily handled and becomes highly malleable when warmed. Recommended for applications from fashion accessories to interior design, particularly where weight load is an issue, such as aviation, motor homes, yachts, trains and doors.
Hardware, Findings & Accessories
CAF-316® — Surefas® Next Generation Fasteners
The only seawater-resistant press fastener is self-piercing, easy to install and available in 316 stainless steel. The internal spring is also made of high-quality duplex stainless steel to provide years of dependable and stable performance.
Equipment & Tools
MG-Flex 300 — Forsstrom High Frequency AB
The portable, compact RF-welding machine makes it easy to weld heavy materials with a welding head that rotates 90 degrees and features that include a Z-guide for controlling overlaps up to more than 3 inches, increased lift height of welding head (daylight) of more than 7 inches and Forsstrom’s latest software and computer with a 12-inch touchscreen.
Chemicals, Coatings & Compounds
Silpure FBR-6 — Thomson Research Associates
A silver-based antimicrobial technology applicable to both synthetic and natural fibers protects textiles from odors, staining and degradation caused by microbial spoilage. It is compatible with other textile finishes, designed to co-apply with fluorocarbons for extended durability, U.S. EPA-registered, BPD-compliant and Oeko-Tex®-listed. Applications include medical textiles, high-performance fabrics, safety and protective equipment and household textiles.
Infinity Canopy — Infinity Canopy Inc.
Ready to install out of the box, this is the first and only modular slide-on wire canopy system of its kind. Its unique modular design allows it to fit to any space and be modified infinitely based on shade needs. It does not require pre-measurement or custom fabrication and can be easily assembled as a single or multi-color canopy with uniform or varying width sections. It also allows for additional panels, cables and accessories such as fans or LED lights.
IFAI member benefits — Business AdvantEdge
Business AdvantEdge offers a variety of discounts and value-added business services. Grainger offers IFAI members 5 percent off catalog pricing and standard shipping, in addition to discounts on products in categories including furniture and hospitality, adhesives and sealants, and material handling. Other discount suppliers include HP, UPS, Office Depot/Max and Staples, ADP payroll processing, Sprint Mobile, ExxonMobil, Holiday Station stores, UniFirst, several credit card merchant programs, Big Bark Graphics for print and branded marketing, Monster.com and Constant Contact.