After much thought and discussion with our Board of Directors, Division Advisory Board leadership and other stakeholders, the Advanced Textiles Association (ATA) will be restructuring some of its divisions to create greater member engagement, improve staff and volunteer efficiency and allow for a focus on broader initiatives that impact more of our members.
These structural changes will allow us to become a nimbler and more efficient Association, with the constant goal of serving and supporting the interests of our diverse membership. More than ever our membership shares opportunities and challenges across multiple markets. On average they serve six different market segments, and their needs and expectations are evolving.
Over the last few years, we have worked to enhance member value throughout the Association by adding new member benefits such as, the Textile Industry Retirement Plan, ATA Health and Benefit Insurance, ATA Business Insurance, electronic payment processing, adding a variety of education options, new shipping/freight discounts and many other ways to save you money. There are more reasons to join and/or stay a member of ATA than ever before. Click here to learn more.
On June 1, 2023 the following changes will go into effect:
Fabric Graphics Association and Tarp Association will be disbanded, and members not already affiliated with other divisions will be onboarded to other areas of the Association where ATA can provide significant value to their companies.
Equipment Division has agreed to disband and take the opportunity to engage directly with any/all divisions where they do business or would like to do business.
United States industrial Fabrics Institute (USIFI) and Narrow Fabrics Institute (NFI) have merged to form USINFI. They have long shared common issues and will continue working together to lobby on behalf of the Berry Amendment, Tariffs, and other important initiatives.
Makers Division will become a part of our new Workforce Development Council. The goal with this change is to engage more members in working together to help with the common industry challenge of bringing new workers into the textiles industry, while keeping the focus on the importance of sewing careers and other relevant workforce related issues.
Emerging Technologies Division, which changed its name at the same time IFAI rebranded to Advanced Textiles Association, will become Emerging Technologies Council, and continue its effort to prioritize the cultivation of knowledge and resource for emerging technology regardless of market.
As always thank you for your ATA membership. Demonstrating a return on your investment is our primary objective and we believe that the changes above will be another step in bringing additional value to you and your company.
Professional Awning Manufacturers Association’s (PAMA) represents companies providing awning and awning-related products and services to end-users. The division raises awareness of awnings as an image-enhancing, energy-saving and attractive addition to residential or commercial structures.
ATA Canada promotes the welfare of the Canadian industrial textile industry, to improve the status of the association members in the community and to benefit the users of Canadian industrial textile products. Members include manufacturers and suppliers of industrial textile products, goods or services for the industrial fabrics industry in Canada.
Emerging Technologies Council (ETC) provides the most current information on research, best practices and innovative knowledge available to advance emerging technologies within materials, products, and processes while also cultivating the next generation of textile professionals.
Fabric Structures Association (FSA) promotes the use of fabric structures among architects, engineers, suppliers and fabricators. The division influences the development of building codes related to the fabric structures industry, and seeks strategic alliances with organizations influencing the marketplace.
Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) is the central resource for geosynthetics in the United States. GMA provides engineering support, business development opportunities, educational programming, government relations expertise and industry recognition. The division lobbies on behalf of member companies several times a year in Washington, D.C.
Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) represents marine fabricators and establishes standards of excellence for business practices, products and craftsmanship. The division develops and hosts the annual Marine Fabricators Conference.
Military Division (MIL) provides its members networking opportunities, education, trade advocacy and specification information. It is engineered for those who do business with or in domestic or international military textiles markets, including government contractors. The division represents its members at trade shows and conferences and works to develop an industry-driven specification database for military fabric and accessories.
Tent Rental Division (TRD) represents companies in the commercial tent marketplace. The division hosts an annual Tent Expo or Conference, a venue for networking and sourcing industry experts from within and outside the industry. TRD promotes safety for the tent installer and the public in tented events, assembles products and services listings, and represents members in code committees.
U.S. Industrial and Narrow Fabrics Institute (USINFI) is a coalition of United States specialty and narrow fabric manufacturers and users. The division develops and hosts the Outlook® Conference. It monitors and advocates for member positions in both legislative and regulatory issues in international trade, and hosts an annual lobby day event in Washington, D.C., to advocate for issues pertinent to the industry and member companies.
Workforce Development Council is working to find solutions to the biggest problem facing the textile industry today—finding and keeping skilled employees. This group works to build and train the sewing, fabricating and manufacturing workforce across all segments of the industry.
Any ATA member is eligible to join.
More details to come soon.
Interested in being part of the Council? Contact Janelle Buerkley
Outdoor Fabric Products Association of New Zealand (OFPANZ) provides members an international forum. We dedicated to promoting, developing and protecting the interests of the manufacture, trading, and marketing of all outdoor fabric products with exceptional quality and to recognized standards, both nationally and internationally.