The Cutting Room

May 9, 2018

June 12, 2018 | Noon EST Free to IFAI Members/$79.00 for Nonmembers The presenters will cover four components used in a cutting room: digitizing, cutting, material handling and ROI. Learn what applications are best suited for full automation and how to implement them and increase your product volumes. Presenters Truy Pham Autometrix Inc. Truy “Tree” …

Selling Quality Over Price

June 20, 2018 | Noon EST Free to IFAI Members/$75.00 for Nonmembers Learn about increasing your bottom line and how to encourage your clients to upgrade to better quality materials. Find out how upselling reflects company image, leads to future referrals and produces long-lasting products. Presenter Dave Callahan Granite State Cover & Canvas Inc. After …

IFAI’S Student Design Competition: Deadline is May 15, 2018

May 4, 2018

Each year, the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) sponsors a Student Design Competition for students enrolled in a post-secondary college or university program studying textiles, apparel, engineering or design. The annual competition offers students a valuable opportunity to build their portfolios and advance their career opportunities—and first-place winners also receive a $6,000+ Prize Pack with …

Experiential marketing and tent design

April 25, 2018

As the corporate industry becomes ever more competitive for attendees’ attention, the winners will be the ones who go beyond traditional event design to deliver a memorable, engaging experience—and one way to do that is through innovative tent design. But just what role is experiential marketing in today’s tent industry? A big one, say the …

Fair trade: imports, tariffs and the textile industry

April 24, 2018

In August 2017, the President formally instructed the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to determine whether to launch a 301 investigation of “laws, policies, practices, or actions of the Government of China that may be unreasonable or discriminatory and that may be harming American intellectual property rights, innovation, or technology development.” After deciding …

IFAI names Schiffman new president and CEO

April 20, 2018

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has named Steve Schiffman, the association’s vice president of media and sales, the new president and CEO of IFAI. He will replace Mary Hennessy, who is retiring June 1, 2018, after holding the position for the last six years. Schiffman had a long and successful career in publishing before …

Serge Ferrari Group acquires Italian manufacturer Plastitex

April 18, 2018

Serge Ferrari Group has acquired Plastitex, an Italian manufacturer of specialty composite materials for indoor and outdoor furniture. Besides its expertise in new product design, Plastitex will provide Serge Ferrari Group with extra capacity and additional manufacturing flexibility. Through Plastitex, Serge Ferrari Americas, based in Pompano Beach, Fla., will now offer a new service of …

Ron G. Duke Joins TopTec Event Tents

March 23, 2018

Ron G. Duke has joined TopTec Event Tents, Moore, S.C., to lead the company’s business development initiatives. Duke previously served as the director of sales at American Credit Acceptance and brings more than 25 years of new business acquisition and product management experience to TopTec. “Most of Ron’s career has been dedicated to increasing sales …

AmazonSmile promotion

March 22, 2018

If you shop on Amazon, be sure to take advantage of the AmazonSmile promotion. From March 12–31, 2018, AmazonSmile will triple the donation amount to 1.5 percent to Industrial Fabrics Foundation. Go to smile.amazon.com/ch/52-2164483. For additional details about the promotion, click here

Jules Duguay appointed vice president, Serge Ferrari Americas

March 21, 2018

Flexible composite material technology supplier Serge Ferrari has named Jules Duguay as vice president, Serge Ferrari Americas. A more than 20-year industry veteran, Duguay will lead business operations in North, Central, and South America. Duguay joins Serge Ferrari after spending 13 years in the textile industry, where he was responsible for managing a multi-million dollar …