Coalition of apparel brands and textile companies heeds call for medical face masks

March 23rd, 2020

A coalition of iconic American apparel brands and textile companies, responding to the urgent call of the White House for medical supplies, has come together to build a supply chain virtually overnight and fast-track the manufacturing of medical face masks to help hospitals, health care workers and citizens battling the spread of the COVID-19 disease. […]

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IFAI and U.S. textile/nonwoven associations urge government to deem manufacturing facilities “essential”

March 20th, 2020

Industrial Fabrics International Association (IFAI) and two other U.S. textile and nonwoven associations issued a joint statement March 19 urging federal, state and local governments to deem textile and nonwoven manufacturing facilities as “essential” when drafting “Shelter in Place” orders in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The statement notes, “We associations recognize the serious challenges […]

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Defense Product Act invoked to expand medical supplies

March 18th, 2020

On Wednesday, March 18, U.S. President Donald Trump invoked the Defense Product Act (DPA) to speed up and expand the supply of resources from the country's industrial base, particularly to increase the production of medical supplies and equipment.  "We will be invoking the Defense Production Act," the president announced during Wednesday's Coronavirus Task Force briefing. […]

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GeoAmericas 2020 moved to October due to coronavirus outbreak

March 17th, 2020

After extensive evaluation and broad debate with IGS and representatives of the main supporters of the event, the GeoAmericas 2020 Organizing Committee decided to change the date of the conference to Oct. 26–29, 2020. The conference will still be in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In this unique moment of alertness and consternation and which has […]

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IFAI president responds to Coronavirus, adjusts upcoming events

March 17th, 2020

As concern over the Coronavirus (COVID-19) grows, I want all IFAI members to know we are closely monitoring developments and following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). We will follow their recommendations to keep our employees, their families and our members healthy and safe. With this in […]

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GSI to host webinar on stability designs of landfill cover soils

March 16th, 2020

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will sponsor a webinar, “Stability Designs of Landfill Cover Soils,” on March 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT. Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) member companies and their employees receive discounted rates on all GSI webinar and short course registrations. This webinar focuses on the stability design of relatively thin soil […]

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IFAI update on Covid-19/Coronavirus preparedness from Geosynthetics Conference 2020: Case Studies

March 6th, 2020

We understand concerns about COVID-19/Coronavirus are top of mind, and we want to be as transparent as possible and share information about what we are doing to prepare for the Geosynthetics Conference: CASE STUDIES 2020 in North Charleston, SC USA. Many of our exhibitors will be onsite soon to setup for the show, and we […]

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Performance benefits of factory-fabricated geomembrane liners

March 4th, 2020

Geomembranes are meant to provide a practically impermeable barrier for large-scale containment of liquids and gasses. Therefore, geomembrane liners are manufactured for the lowest possible permeability, depending on the application and chemicals involved. However, the amount of seam welding, patching, and other fieldwork that is carried out during their installation can play a significant role […]

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IECA Region One and GMA announce co-located conference in 2021

March 4th, 2020

The International Erosion Control Association (IECA) Region One and the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA), a division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) will co-locate the Geosynthetics Conference with the IECA Annual Conference in Kansas City, Mo., Feb. 21–24, 2021. The combined conferences are anticipated to attract more than 3,000 attendees and double the exhibition area […]

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How a company in rural Israel became a global leader in technical fabrics

March 2nd, 2020

One of the two companies that formed E² is a technical fabric manufacturer in southern Israel called Erez Thermoplastic Products. Founded in 1982, Erez introduced advanced polymer technologies in industrial technical fabrics. Over the years, their research and product developments earned them a reputation as a global leader in coated technical fabrics. Through pioneering technologies and […]

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