If you haven’t already registered, it’s time to reserve your spot at IFAI Expo. The flagship show for the industrial textile industry will be held Oct. 12-14 at the Charlotte Convention Center in the heart of North Carolina’s largest city, and we can’t wait to connect with you in person at Booth #1627.

While at the Expo, we hope you will make plans to attend our Campfire education session at 11 a.m. on Oct. 12 titled “Effective Ways to Use Social Media To Drive Sales.” Ron Paratore, our outside sales representative, and Kelsey Adamson, a senior public relations manager at our marketing partner Wray Ward, will cover social media basics for businesses of every size, the impact of this constantly evolving media on connecting with customers and prospects, and tips for identifying fresh content and sharing your customers’ success stories. You won’t want to miss a conversation that’s sure to be as engaging and interactive as it is informative.

You also can receive VIP discounts from Trivantage to access the Expo. When registering, you can apply code EX22VIPTV for a free “Show Floor Registration” package or code EX22TENTV for 10% off the “All Access Registration” or “Expo Plus Registration” packages. To register, go to IFAIexpo.com/Register and click the Attendee button to begin. Once on the Registration Details page, click either All Access, Expo Plus, or Show Floor Registration. Then on the Shopping Cart page, enter your choice of discount codes and the discount will be applied.

While in Charlotte, check out the website Charlotte’s Got A Lot for suggestions on things to do, see, and explore in this vibrant city. From the museum district and signature urban parks to the nearby NASCAR Hall of Fame, Charlotte holds something for everyone only a few block from the Charlotte Convention Center.

Be sure to also click on IFAI Expo for details on registration, accommodations, show schedules, and educational offerings designed with members in mind. Watch this space next month for additional previews on the Expo and how you can see for yourself the quality products and innovative solutions behind game-changing marine and shade offerings from Trivantage.


With summer coming to a close, you’ll want to check out the more than 275 products competitively priced at unprecedented discounts from Trivantage. These deals won’t last long, so order today!

You’ll find a great selection of discounted clearance items for any fabrication need. Though some products are limited in quantity, save big on a wide range of items in awning, marine, shade, upholstery, and more:

  • Clearance upholstery fabric – Up to 80% off
  • Clearance awning fabric – Up to 78% off
  • Clearance marine fabric – Up to 61% off
  • Clearance screen and mesh fabric – Up to 36% off
  • Clearance hardware – Up to 73% off


Shop Trivantage clearance now! You also can contact your sales representative or call us at 800-786-1876.

Polyfab, a trusted suppler of premium shade sail fabrics and supplies, is readily available from Trivantage® for shading commercial or residential outdoor spaces. Solar shades made from Polyfab products are ideal for patios, schools and playgrounds, shopping centers, hotels, pools, parking lots, and more.

An innovation in canopies, shade sails offer a modern look, flexible design, and wider coverage than traditional awnings or umbrellas. Use Polyfab fabric, hardware, and webbing together to create high-quality canopies. Choose from nearly 50 fade-resistant colors across three Polyfab shade sail fabric collections. Each style is made from woven HDPE for high strength and tension capability.

Polyfab’s Comtex®, Polytex®, and Architec 400® shade cloths consistently set and refine industry standards. Through rigorous research and development, Polyfab has improved the performance of these fabrics in recent years. Today, the company has taken its shade cloths to a whole new level with Polytex+ and Comtex+, both of which come with all the benefits of Polytex and Comtex as well as new, exciting advancements:

  • Improved pigment system for greater longevity
  • New colors
  • Heat set fabric that is easier to work with
  • 12-year warranty backed by Polyfab

Polytex+ and Comtex+ coupled with Architec 400 creates a complete offering. Architec 400 – the industry heavyweight champion for large shade structures – has excellent lay flat properties and comes with a 15-year warranty.


Please contact your sales representative for a sample card or with any questions, and you also can visit trivantage.com or call us at 800-786-1876.

We recently heard from our customer Acme Awning, a manufacturer of custom canvas awnings and canopies in the Twin Cities metro area of Minnesota, and we just had to share their story. Owner Greg Mantel needed an exterior storefront awning for a customer’s new business, so he turned to Trivantage and PrintCraft, an innovative new print system technology backed by Glen Raven. The result was nothing short of spectacular:

“We’ve worked with the owner of a local dry cleaner chain in the Twin Cities area for decades. Our point of contact would always come to us to print their proprietary pattern on printable Sunbrella® fabric for their interior and exterior storefront awnings in malls, grocery stores, and standalone stores. When our customer left the dry cleaning industry and decided to open a restaurant in the middle of a pandemic, he trusted us with printing, fabricating, and installing an exterior storefront awning to introduce his brand – a pizza shop, Love Pizza – to our community. It’s the first thing his potential customers see when they drive by or walk down the block, and it was an honor to tackle this for him and his team.

“The new owner of Love Pizza worked with a graphic designer to create a proprietary graphic pattern for the awning and other brand materials. Then, they passed the pattern on to us. At that time, the new PrintCraft technology had recently launched. We were thrilled to work with PrintCraft because the team ‘spoke awning,’ as opposed to commercial printing shops we were used to, in which it was always a cumbersome task. Printing a pattern with custom awning specs takes patience and vetting, and it made our lives as a fabricator easier and helped us deliver for Love Pizza to work with PrintCraft as our single source. Once printed, we easily fabricated and installed the awning. The result was a 10/10 pop of color and pattern, and our customer’s pizza shop is killing it.

“The custom printing aspect of this project makes it stand out from others we do. We railroaded the fabric to best align with the graphic pattern and make sure the look was perfect. Our long-time customer was really pleased and loved the way it turned out to help him launch a new business.”


For more information on PrintCraft and its unlimited shade fabric customization through a single source, contact your sales representative, visit trivantage.com, or call us at 800-786-1876. Be sure contact your sales representative and share your story with us for a future Market Corner.

The countdown is on: IFAI Expo, the flagship show for the industrial textile industry, is set for Oct. 12-14 in Charlotte, North Carolina, and as your partner, we at Trivantage® look forward to reconnecting with you in person to discuss the variety fabrics, tools, and hardware we offer to best suit your needs.

We invite you to visit Booth #1627 and see for yourself the quality products and innovative solutions behind our game-changing marine and shade offerings, including:

  • Hydrofend® cover fabrics – Hydrofend is a solution-dyed polyester with a proprietary high-performance back coating. Available exclusively from Trivantage, the product is designed to balance high water resistance with breathability, and its multi-purpose applications include boat covers, bimini tops, boat enclosures, storage covers, and furniture covers. Click herefor a complete listing of 13 available colors, including our two newest colorways, mahogany brown and hunter green.
  • Marine Shade Fly – The heat may be on this summer, but aMarine Shade Fly offers convenient, easy shade when needed the most. This easy-on-and-off application provides a cool, comfortable on-board boating experience, and you will see our premium boat shade poles firsthand at IFAI Expo. We’ll also show you some of the most popular shade fabrics we’ve hand-selected from multiple collections to pair beautifully with any of the shade pole sets.
  • Engineering Services – You won’t want to miss Awning Composer®, an easy-to-use rendering software designed to move projects to production in half the time. As part of a new service solution from Trivantage for awning and shade fabricators, we are now offering access to professional engineers for awning or shade sail projects that require sealed computer-aided design (CAD) drawings or engineering letters of approval. Stop by our booth to learn how a simple, three-step process assists licensed engineers in all 50 U.S. states in providing the technical information needed for them to run load calculations on your projects.

Watch this space in the months ahead for additional previews on IFAI Expo and how you can experience the Trivantage difference at the show. In the meantime, be sure to follow our social pages – Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn – for the real-time updates up to and during the Expo. You also can click on IFAI Expo for details on registration, agendas, and educational offerings and solutions designed with members in mind.


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