Our industry is an interactive one. One in which the expansion of knowledge and network is rooted in engagement—engagement with timely resources and with each other. In our industry, professionals prosper from access to dedicated, curated resources and they benefit from year-round exchanges about challenges and solutions. With the support of Advanced Textiles Association, our textile community comes together and emerges stronger. Together.
After a Board of Directors recommendation, IFAI set out to ‘reimagine” what IFAI can and must be to best serve its various members and markets in a swiftly evolving textiles industry. The goal was to find a name and acronym that was more inclusive of the textiles, fabrics, materials that make up the marketplace that IFAI already serves. The feeling was that the word, “industrial” didn’t represent the materials that members were manufacturing and applying in various projects. Most textiles and fabrics have become engineered to meet the needs of the application field. From awnings to aerospace, marine to geosynthetics, tent, fabric graphics and fabric structures, the textiles that serve the industries that IFAI serves are advanced, technical and engineered. MDG, IFAI’s marketing partner, surveyed members on how they described the materials that they were working with and it soon became evident that IFAI needed a name that better represented the applications and textiles already in use by members.
These core statements represent our exciting future.
A thriving textiles industry for our members.
ATA will contribute to the prosperity of its members in the textiles industry by providing a global marketplace for innovative products, services, relevant education, promotion, and networking opportunities.
Sometimes, it is who you know. Connect with industry experts and peers at ATA events.
ATA provides a broad range of education opportunities through events, publications and digital media.
Support for the issues and challenges facing your business.
On September 12, 1912, fourteen manufacturers of canvas and awnings met at the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver and formed the National Tent & Awning Association. Since then, we have evolved our name 4 times to meet the needs of the current industry landscape. This change to Advanced Textiles Association is now the latest update in a storied history of staying at the forefront of the textiles industry.
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We are excited about this evolution and think you’ll want to come along. Join us for exclusive member connections, discounts on education, and more.