AFFOA launches a “product accelerator” program

October 9th, 2023

The Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) has introduced its Product Accelerator for Functional Fabrics (PAFF) program, available to AFFOA’s Fabric Innovation Network Members. The program is designed to help U.S. companies close the gap(s) in their advanced functional fabric product and technology development.  To improve the time to market of these products, industry will be […]

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AFFOA Partners with National Family, Consumer Sciences Education leaders

June 30th, 2023

The Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) Manufacturing Innovation Institute is partnering with the leadership of Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) programs across the United States to ensure that the FCS textile curriculum is recognized as a valuable entry point to STEM-based careers in advanced functional fabrics. AFFOA's Education and Workforce Development (EWD) Team envisions a world […]

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Tomorrow’s textiles

September 12th, 2022

An example use of the fiber-based microelectronics integrated into a New Balance running shoe for safety applications and unique data transmission. Photo: AFFOA  Historical branding of textiles has led the general population to think that textiles are anything but advanced. As anyone in the textile industry can appreciate, textiles are not simple or basic, but […]

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Michelle Farrington new CTO of AFFOA

August 24th, 2022

Advanced Functional Fabrics of America, Inc. (AFFOA), a non-profit public-private partnership focused on invigorating the American textile industry, has announced the promotion of Michelle Farrington to Chief Technology Officer (CTO). In this new role as CTO, Farrington will be leading AFFOA’s integrated technology development team, with responsibilities spanning business development, program management, and engineering. She […]

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Progress through collaboration

April 25th, 2022

Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) presented and exhibited at the Smart Fabrics Summit, showing AFFOA advanced functional fiber preforms and advanced fibers demonstrating semiconductor devices (LED chips) embedded into fibers. The Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) continues to be in the forefront of new developments in technologies for advanced textile systems. Michelle Farrington, […]

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$2.8 Million awarded for manufacturing innovation initiative

March 28th, 2022

Massachusetts’ Baker-Polito Administration has announced $2.8 million in new infrastructure grants, through the Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (M2I2), to three growing manufacturers. Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy made the announcement during an event at 99Degrees Custom in Lawrence, a 375-employee manufacturer of tech-integrated apparel, which received one of the grants. Additional recipients were Soliyarn, a maker […]

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A vision of the future in advanced textiles

November 9th, 2020

Virtual Expo 2020 advanced textiles education notes industry progress and new opportunities.  by Janet Preus The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) opened the advanced textiles education sessions of Virtual Expo 2020 with topics designed to support the successful research, development and commercialization of new, advanced textile technologies and products. The first session was presented by […]

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Virtual Expo 2020 advanced textiles education begins

November 3rd, 2020

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) opened the advanced textiles education sessions of Virtual Expo 2020 with a presentation by Dr. Sasha Stolyarov, CEO, Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA). His presentation, “The Development of Advanced Functional Fibers and Fabrics” outlined the progress made in AFFOA’s mission to “rekindle the domestic textiles industry” with its coordinated […]

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IFAI finalizes plans for 2020 Smart Fabrics Summit

February 10th, 2020

Registration is open for the Smart Fabrics Summit to be held April 16-17 in Washington, D.C. This year’s event provides a forum for professionals in the industrial textiles industry to discuss, examine and understand how to bring a “smart” product to market, under the theme “Ideation to Commercialization.”  The event is hosted by the Industrial […]

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Entrepreneurs sought for advanced textiles program

December 20th, 2017

Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) has partnered with MIT Venture Mentoring Service to launch a year-long pre-commercial, part-time program for entrepreneurs with a passion for commercializing important innovations in the advanced fabrics space domestically. The project is now seeking applicants for its Advanced Fabric Entrepreneurship Program (AFEP). People who have an idea for an […]

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