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Advanced Textiles Association new name for IFAI
T
he Industrial Fabrics Association International has adopted a new
name, the Advanced Textiles Association, effective June 1.
The name change was approved by a vote of association members
in March and April, with 85.6 percent of members voting for the new name.
Per association bylaws, a two-thirds affirmative vote of those returning ballots
was needed for approval. The results were audited by Clifton Larson Allen.
" This is an exciting time for our great association, " says IFAI Chairman Amy
Bircher. " IFAI President and CEO Steve Schiffman and his staff have worked hard
to meet the needs of our members in finding a name that reflects the vision for
our future, yet still honoring the past and the importance of our history. "
The new name reflects the evolving textile industry and is designed to
position the association to meet the needs of members and the industry. The
board of directors, staff and industry partners have been researching the IFAI
brand for more than a year, with the goal of ensuring the association is wellpositioned
for the future.
" There has been discussion about a name change for several years at the
board of directors level, " said Schiffman. " We wanted a name that is more
inclusive, easier to remember, and reflects advances in and the future of all
the industries we currently serve and will serve in the future. "
That market research and discussion with members found the need for a
new brand. After more than 40 years as IFAI, the updated name not only speaks
to those core markets, but also reflects the fact that members are working in
markets that may not be readily identified as " industrial fabrics. "
IND HEMP and Hempitecture announced
the coordinated supply chain partnership
for the production and manufacture of
natural hemp fibers for Hempitecture's
nonwoven Hempwool®
insulation to be
grown, processed and manufactured in
the western United States. IND HEMP
is coordinating genetics, agronomy and
contracting production acres of industrial
hemp fiber in Mont., Ore., Wash. and
now Idaho. Hempitecture is currently
constructing the factory that will make
its nonwoven airlaid insulation product
in Jerome, Idaho.
The global market for technical textiles
is projected to reach US$208.5 billion
by 2024, registering a CAGR of 5% over
the analysis period. Europe represents
the largest regional market for technical
textiles, accounting for an estimated
28.8% share of the global total. The
market is projected to reach US$58.5
Billion by the close of the analysis period.
Asia-Pacific is forecast to emerge as the
fastest growing regional market with a
CAGR of 7.7% over the analysis period.
Full report at researchandmarkets.
com/r/8y74zg.
Global apparel supply chains are under
pressure according to a report from
Textiles Intelligence. The global cotton
price almost doubled between April 2020
and December 2021, from $.64 to $1.20
per pound. To ensure compliance with
the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention
Act (UFLPA), apparel brands are likely
to source from locations that do not use
materials made in the Xinjiang province,
which accounts for around 90% of the
cotton produced in China and for 20%
of the cotton produced worldwide. As
a result, cotton prices would continue
to rise, leading to significantly higher
apparel prices. The report is available
at bit.ly/3tEu2Pc.
IN MEMORIAM
Thomas " Tom " Robert Fridley, age 69, of
Waynesville, Ohio passed away Tuesday,
April 19, 2022, surrounded by his family.
Passionate about business, he had a
35-year career at Glawe Awnings and
Tents in Dayton, Ohio before retiring in
2011 as part-owner and VP of the awning
division. Fridley was on the IFAI Board of
Directors from 1990-2003, and chairman
from 2000-2001. He was appointed
an Honored Life Member in 2006. He
also served on the board of directors
of the Industrial Fabrics Foundation,
the executive committee of the Miami
Valley Better Business Bureau and as
president of Zone 7 Canvas Products.
After retiring, he continued to serve
customers by founding TF Serging LLC,
which provided serging and other carpet
services. Condolences can be made at
stubbsconner.com.
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