Style, comfort and safety are not far behind durability and cleanability for transit upholstery.
Solid customer relationships is the underlying goal in successful sales.
The ‘retro-chic’ collection is constructed entirely of Sunbrella yarns for added durability.
Camira has ensured supply chain integrity by growing its own hemp crops.
It is the first time ECO CENTER Plantfiber will be used in a mass-produced vehicle.
Students preparing for careers in the auto industry may be eligible for financial awards.
The award capped the festivities and member recognition at IFAI’s annual meeting in Boston.
The awards showcase the best of the best new products at the IFAI Expo Americas.
IFAI announces 2012 IAA winners for design excellence in specialty fabrics applications.
Premier textile event will co-locate with SGIA Expo 2013.
The campaign seeks to promote the natural sustainability of wool as a fiber type.
California sets workshops to address proposed requirements to Technical Bulletin 117.
Recent studies show toxic chemicals in flame retardants may cause neurological damage.
Victor, Designtex and Steelcase Collaborate with Unifi on a new Eco Intelligence Initiative.
IFAI members encouraged to recommend candidates; applications due May 28, 2012.
Fabric suppliers see the marine market in a severe downturn because of the weakening U.S. and world economy, as well as cautious customer purchasing for the remainder of 2009. Until the economy does rebound, the OEM market segment will be sluggish. Price-conscious marine fabricators will continue to seek less expensive imported fabrics. This continued influx of imports (not just from Asia) will erode market shares for the market leaders. If the weather is warmer and sunnier in 2009, the marine fabric market may still face decreases, but not as much as in 2008.
Marine fabricators see the market slowly coming back if the economy begins to improve in 2009. The current slump in boat sales will change how they market their products and services. There will be more use of the Internet, discounting of prices, increasing advertising budgets, and increasing product features as they relate to sustainability trends. Technology will continue to improve, particularly in stitching and hot and dielectric welding. Fabricators see raw material prices remaining high compared to the past (before 2007). Like fabric manufacturers, they see more fabric being sourced outside of the U.S. They also feel that their industry will continue to have a hard time finding skilled craftspeople for custom work.
From the 2009 State of the Industry Report. Purchase a complete report at the IFAI Bookstore.