The Narrow Fabrics Institute (NFI) defines narrow fabrics as textiles that are no more than 12 inches (300mm) in width and are made by weaving, knitting or braiding fibers or yarns with an edge to prevent unraveling. NFI works to support new technology, specifications and testing. The Division sells abrasion rods specified in ASTM D6770 and disseminates revenue to textile-related programs.
NFI was officially incorporated on January 31, 1956 in the state of New York. Over the past 59 years, NFI has devoted a great deal of time to improving technical specifications for webbings and tapes. With the U.S. Government dropping its use of many military and federal standards for narrow fabrics and instead relying on commercial standards, NFI members work to support this market-oriented standards conversion process.
As a division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), the mission of the Narrow Fabrics Institute (NFI) is to work on common interests and issues in the narrow fabrics industry.
Scope and Objectives of the NFI shall be:
- Growth of Jobs and Production of Narrow Fabrics
- Promote Fair Trade
- Support, Expand Berry Amendment
- Organize Industry Educational and Networking Events
Primary product areas of NFI’s 58 member companies include, but are not limited to:
- Automotive (seatbelts)
- Safety (fall control)
- Transportation (tie downs, slings)
- Other (aerospace, industrial, pet, recreational, electronics)
The North America market is estimated at over $335,000,000 in annual sales.
NFI maintains a strong relationship with its sister division, the U.S. Industrial Fabrics Institute.