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HIGH POINTS AND HIGHLIGHTS
Recognizing 75 years of excellence
2021 marked the 75th anniversary of the International Achievement Awards
(IAA), which means for 75 years, the IAA competition has recognized
excellence in design and innovation, highlighting truly spectacular work
in the specialty fabrics and technical textiles industry. IFAI's goal is to
promote awareness of the specialty fabrics used in thousands of products and
applications in the growing, $130 billion-plus global fabrics marketplace.
This year, IFAI received a total of 223 entries from 14 countries in 44
categories. Sixty-four winners were selected based on complexity, design,
workmanship, uniqueness and function. Judges included industry experts,
editors, architects, educators and design professionals.
Judges also selected the " Best of Category " winners in each of the seven
major award categories (earning the highest total scores among the Award of
Excellence winners within that major category). The winners are:
FABRIC STRUCTURES
MakMax Australia, Queensland,
Australia, for The Link, Chadstone
AWNING AND CANOPIES
Cobertens, San Isidro, Peru,
for Rooftop Hotel B
FABRIC ENVIRONMENTS
Rainier Industries, Seattle, Wash.,
for The Canyon at Salt Lake City
International Airport
MARINE
Charlton's Marine Canvas,
Yorktown, Va., for Leopard 39
TENTS
Eventstar Structures, Medley, Fla.,
for Casa De Crunch
GEOSYNTHETICS
ACE Geosynthetics Inc., Taichung
City, Taiwan, for Segmental Block
Reinforced Structure Applied for
the Highway Interchange Project
ADVANCED TEXTILES
J. Miller Canvas LLC, Santa Ana,
Calif., for Bicep Array Telescope
Boot at South Pole in Antarctica.
For more information on all the winners and other entries, with photos and
detailed project descriptions, visit iaa.ifai.com. The 2022 IAA competition will
start accepting entries in the spring of 2022.
Demo Area IFAI/Makers member Tom Auer, president of
Bearse USA, along with plant supervisor William Ackerley and a team
of sewers came together to provide live sewing demonstrations and to
assemble 50 red backpacks from start to finish for this year's Demo
Area on the Nashville show floor.
Hosted by the Makers Division and the Industrial Fabric Foundation,
the Demo Area featured impromptu and scheduled demonstrations
on sewing techniques for making shoulder straps, joining fabric pieces,
sewing zippers to bags and building interior seams. The backpacks
were donated to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee.
The program was sponsored by Brother International Corp.,
Fil-Tec Inc. and Gerber Technology, a Lectra company.
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IFAI names new leadership
A
s part of the IFAI Annual Meeting
at the IFAI Expo 2021, newly
elected IFAI board members officially
took office.
Amy Bircher is now
IFAI's 53rd board chair.
Bircher is founder and
CEO of MMI Textiles
in Westlake, Ohio.
Bircher will be profiled
in the January issue of
Specialty Fabrics Review.
Kathy Schaefer, IFM,
has finished her term
as chair and becomes past chair.
Schaefer is chief financial officer of
Glawe Tent and Awning Company in
Fairborn, Ohio.
Other board members and officers
Amy Bircher, founder and
CEO of MMI Textiles is now
IFAI's 53rd board chair.
elected to new roles:
* Roy Chism has been elected
as the new first vice chairman/
chairman-elect. Chism is president
of The Chism Company in
San Antonio, Texas.
* Craig Zola has been elected to the
position of second vice chairman.
Zola is vice president of marketing
and distribution with Herculite
Products in Emigsville, Pa.
* David Segal has been elected to
his second three-year director term.
He is with Edward Segal Inc. in
Thomaston, Conn.
Past chair Steve Ellington has
completed his term and is leaving
the board. Ellington is president
of Trivantage.
http://iaa.ifai.com

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