The Industrial Fabrics Association International IFAI
The Industrial Fabrics Association International IFAI is a not-for-profit trade association comprised of member companies representing the international specialty fabrics marketplace. Member companies range in size from one-person shops to multinational corporations. Members’ products cover the broad spectrum of specialty fabrics and include fibers, fabrics, end products, equipment and hardware. IFAI is the largest, most comprehensive trade association serving this industry, and provides value to its members through:
- Trade shows and events
- Divisions and country sectors
- Sourcing and information hotline
- Technical services
- Legislative updates
- Business services
- Certification and awards programs
- Educational programs
- Industry resources
A series of strategic moves including targeted marketing to visitors, good location, involving suppliers in show marketing efforts, return of a keynote address and expansion of the market application inclusions helped the Roseville, Minn.-based Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) host a successful IFAI Expo 2015 recently in Anaheim, California.
In 2015, IFAI continued to define several distinct markets within its show Specialty Fabrics Expo, Advanced Textiles Expo and the newly added Shade & Weather Expo, but combined them under one event banner called IFAI Expo. Each section had its own education track and separate physical space on the show floor.
The aisles in the Specialty Fabrics and Shade & Weather sections were filled until the end of the opening day and continued strong on the second day. According to show management, more than 5,500 people registered for the show, which represents approximately 30-percent growth over last year’s event held in Minneapolis. Equally exciting for the exhibitors was that more than half the pre-registered visitors said they were first time attendees. The number of exhibitors also grew slightly to 376.
The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) from California location also attracted a higher than typical number of companies from Mexico as Grupo Denim, in addition the exhibition hall was definitely very positive said Salomón Juan Marcos Villarreal the president of this company.