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SPECIAL EDITION

A
YEAR
The COVID-19 pandemic proved just how valuable a robust and agile
textile industry is to the health and safety of people worldwide.
Now, the industry looks ahead to a post-pandemic economy.

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President Trump declared a national emergency, it
was clear that virtually every company in the specialty
fabrics industry would feel the effects of government
shutdowns, an economic crisis, supply chain disruptions
and labor challenges. The events of 2020 also revealed
the critical role the textile industry plays in a health
crisis, supplying frontline workers with protective
gear and temporary shelters.
A year later, what have we learned? How will the
industry landscape be forever changed by COVID-19?
With vaccines rolling out, how are companies preparing
for a post-pandemic economy? What did industry
members do to pivot and prosper? And how can U.S.
manufacturing use this moment to strengthen its
foundation? In this special issue of Specialty Fabrics
Review, we've asked industry members these questions.
In addition, in late December 2020 and early January
2021, IFAI conducted the " COVID-19 Business Impact
Survey " to gauge the pandemic's effect on the industry.
See survey results on pages 36-37.

ockdown. Stay-at-home order. N95. Pivot. PPE. Reopen.
Six feet apart. Mask up. Everything changed in 2020,
including our everyday vocabulary.
The disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 emerged in
Wuhan, China in late 2019, and the first known death
was reported by the Chinese government on Jan. 11,
2020. A month later, the World Health Organization
(WHO) had given the disease a specific name: COVID-19.
But for most of the North American specialty
fabrics industry, especially those outside of medical
textiles, the COVID-19 pandemic hit home in March
2020. Prior to that point, supply chain disruptions from
Asia, where manufacturing was shutting down, were
the clearest early-indicators of the pandemic's
industry-wide repercussions.
The March 6 cancellation of SXSW 2020 in Austin,
Texas-followed days later by the cancellation of
the Coachella music festival-signaled the start of a
devasting year for the tent and event rental industry.
By mid-March, when the WHO declared a pandemic and

A path forward
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Put to the test: lean
manufacturing

Pivot, persevere
and prosper

COVID stories
and stats

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A 'mixed bag'
for U.S. textile
manufacturing
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