MFA announces two fall regional workshops

June 28th, 2022

The Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) is offering two fall regional workshops that will provide networking and hands-on education in a shop setting. The workshops give fabricators an opportunity to see how other shops approach various projects as well as learn new options for shop layout, material and equipment placement/storage. The MFA Southeast Regional Workshop will […]

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MFA Tools, Tips and Tricks contest open

June 27th, 2022

The Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) annual Tools, Tips and Tricks contest is now open for submissions. Submissions can include anything fabricators do to save time, money or perform a job in a unique way. Even the simplest solutions are a great help to other shops. Submission ideas include using a tool or piece of equipment […]

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IAA Award deadline extended to June 30

June 20th, 2022

The deadline to submit a project to the 2022 International Achievement Awards (IAA) has been extended. Entries will now close on June 30. The IAA awards recognize the best projects across the specialty fabrics industry. Awards are given in seven major categories and 42 subcategories and are judged by industry experts. Major categories include: •Advanced […]

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Free employment branding webinar offered by ATA

June 8th, 2022

The Advanced Textiles Association (formerly IFAI) is offering the webinar “Employment Branding–What message does your brand send?” The webinar, which is free for ATA members and $39 for non-members, will take place June 22, 2022, from 12-1 p.m. CST. Webinar presenter Rita Revels, president & CEO of the Employers Network, has more than 20 years […]

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Call for speakers for IFAI’s Women in Textiles Summit now open

May 25th, 2022

The Advanced Textiles Association (ATA) will hold its Women in Textiles Summit 2023 at the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, S.C. on March 1–3. The vision of the summit is to strengthen the advancement of women by providing an interactive forum that provides education, networking and dialogue about important issues affecting women in business and […]

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May 15 deadline for 2023 MFA Conference speaker submissions

May 10th, 2022

Organizers of the 2023 Marine Fabricators Conference, which will be held Jan. 26-28, 2023, at the Sheraton New Orleans, in New Orleans, La., are looking for conference speakers. Speaker proposals must be free of commercial content, and conference organizers are especially interested in educational sessions that provide hands-on demonstrations covering topics such as patterning, business […]

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Upholstery & Trim International Council to join IFAI

May 9th, 2022

Photo: Rick Wisotzkey The Advanced Textiles Association (ATA) announced that the Upholstery & Trim International Council (UTIC) with its members are joining the ATA. UTIC membership is comprised of manufacturers and distributors of fabrics and accessories for applications in the automotive, marine, industrial and contract markets. “We are so glad to have the Upholstery & […]

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Registration for IFAI Expo 2022 opens with early bird pricing

May 5th, 2022

Registration is now open for IFAI Expo 2022, taking place October 12–14 with education happening from October 11–14 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C. IFAI Expo is known as the specialty textile industry's flagship show for sourcing, networking and education. It’s an opportunity to join thousands of industry stakeholders and leaders who are […]

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Ask Me Anything May 10 on trade and tariffs with Nate Bolin

April 28th, 2022

The Advanced Textiles Association will be hosting an “Ask Me Anything” on trade issues with attorney Nate Bolin in May. The event will take place on Tuesday, May 10, from 2 to 3 p.m. EDT, in CONNECT by ATA’s Open Forum. This is a great opportunity to ask him your questions about trade and tariffs. […]

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IFAI survey gathers data about economic outlook

April 27th, 2022

ATA is launching its Industry Survey to assess the effects of the past two years on textile companies. Survey findings will be published in the July issue of Specialty Fabrics Review magazine. The objective of the survey is to better understand the companies that are part of the textiles community, the current state of the […]

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