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Custom Nonwoven Assets Acquired by Fibrix. Only 3 years after Custom Nonwovens, Inc. (CNI) invested $12.8 million in a new manufacturing facility in Thomasville, N.C., USA, the facility and its assets have been sold to Fibrix LLC, headquartered in Conover, N.C. Part of the 2013 investment plan included a $128,000 matching grant from the State of North Carolina. It is not clear if Fibrix will be keeping the employees in Thomasville that were hired through the grant. Fibrix is a manufacturer of polyester nonwovens for filtration, furniture and bedding, automotive, and industrial products. CNI is a subsidiary of Korean-based Korea Synthetic Fiber (KSF), a producer of polyester stable. The other Custom Nonwoven plant in Mississippi was not affected by the acquisition and continues to be owned by KSF. Click here to read more about the sale. Posted April 25, 2017

Final Issue Published of Land and Water Magazine. Thanks to our good friend Chris Kelsey of, we have learned the publisher of Land and Water is retiring and the family-run business has decided to cease publishing the magazine. The publication, published for more than 43 years, covered natural resource management and restoration including pond lining, waste containment, and erosion control; thus, it was a staple for those involved in the geosysthetics industry. Mr. Kelsey has written a nice farewell column for Land and Water's final issue. Click here for more about his tribute to the magazine's impact on the industry. Posted April 25, 2017

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NASA Develops Foldable Metallic Fabric. Per a NASA press release, scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif., USA, have developed 3D-printed metal fabric prototypes for various space applications. Among the uses is on large antennas and other deployable devices on scacecrafts. The newly created fabrics performs 4 basic functions -- reflectivity, passive heat management, foldability and tensile strength. One side of the fabric reflects light and the other side absorbs it, giving the fabric thermal control. Click here to read the entire NASA press release posted on the website. Posted April 24, 2017

US Textile Trade Association Applauds President Trump's "Buy American" Commitment.  The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) has applauded President Donald Trump's April 18 Executive Order directing the federal government to maximize Buy American opportunities and to review compliance with existing Buy American laws and regulations. [Note: The Executive Order seems more to be more symbolic since there are already existing laws for Buy American criteria such as the Berry Amendment and the Kissell Amendment; however, the attention is welcomed by the US textile industry as there has been several notable abuses of the criteria in government contracts in recent years.] Click here to read the NCTO press release. Posted April 24, 2017

New York Times Article Features Upscale Fabric Canopy Designs. It's nice to see our industry get recognition for its craftsmanship. An article in the April 21 issue of the New York Times featured the upscaled new look of fabric building canopies, with the graphics designed by artists to reflect the nature of the building. Ara Starck, a New York-based artist, for example, designed the canopy on 41 Park Avenue in Manhattan, which from underneath looking up "offers a surreal take on the heavens -- an abstract map of Manhattan depicting Stonehenge NYC's 23 rental buildings as constellations," while from the above looking down "depicts leafy branches that blossom into human hands." The article offers numerous examples of these types of unique canopies. Click here to go to the New York Times website article. Posted April 24, 2017

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SAMPE 2017 Features President of Blue Origin. SAMPE Seattle 2017, the annual composites and advanced material show and conference, will feature a keynote address delivered by Rob Meyerson, president of the space vehicle company Blue Origin. His presentation is entitled "The Role of Advanced Manufacturing in the Development of Reusable Space Vehicles." The company's latest successful test featured a vehicle with more than 200 parts made of composite materials. SAMPE Seattle 2017 will be held in Seattle, Wash., USA. Expected attendance is more than 4300 and the exhibition will feature more than 250 companies in the advanced materials industry. Click here for more information on SAMPE Seattle 2017. Posted April 24, 2017

Request for Proposals to Host 12th International Conference on Geosynthetics. The International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) has announced a Call for Proposals for the 12th International Conference on Geosynthetics (12th ICG) to be held in 2022. All IGS Chapters are being invited to submit a proposal to host or co-host this important event. The deadline for submission of the formal proposal is July 14, 2017. Proposal presentations will be made during the IGS Council meetings at GeoAfrica 2017 on October 8, 2017. The successful proposal will be selected by vote of the IGS council. So, if you are in the geosynthetics industry and would like your region to be the host of the 2022 international event, now is the time to act. Contact your chapter representative and urge them to submit an application. Posted April 19, 2017

Chomarat Announces $37.5 Million 3-Year Investment to Modernize and Acquire New Innovative Technologies. The international textile group Chomarat has announced that it has set up an investment plan worth €35 million ($37.5 million). The investment will enable Chomarat  to acquire new technologies for its composite, construction and coating activities, to modernize its site dedicated to the production of glass-fiber reinforcements, and to develop carbon solutions. The Group has three businesses -- Composites Reinforcements, Construction Reinforcements, and Coatings & Films -- Textiles. Click here for more information.  Posted April 19, 2017

Geosynthetics Manufacturer HUESKER Group Establishes Australian Subsidiary. Following the recent acquisition of NBW Mining (Aust) Pty Ltd, the HUESKER Group has announced the establishment of HUESKER Australia Pty Ltd. Morné Breytenbach is the newly appointed Managing Director of the Australian company. HUESKER is a manufacturer of various woven, nonwovens and grids for geosynthetic applications. Currently on a global expansion drive, HUESKER Australia has other subsidiaries in France, USA, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, UK, Brazil, Singapore and Russia. Click here to read the company press release about the creation of the Australian subsidiary. Posted April 18, 2017

New Board Members Elected for Nonwovens Association. INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has announced the election of 6 new members to its board of directors for 2017. The new board members are: Christopher Astley, President, Advanced Airlaid Materials Business, Gladfelter; Thomas Balkom, Interim Sales Director, North America Nonwovens, Johns Manville; Andreas Dreher, Associate Director, Corporate R&D, The Procter & Gamble Co.; Tom Peters, Director of Strategic Sourcing, Rockline Industries; Jeff Slosman, President, National Wiper Allicance Inc.; and, Scott Tracey, President Health, Hygiene and Specialties Divison, Berry Global Group, Inc. Click here for more information about the board election. Posted April 18, 2017

Indian Textile Commissioner Speaks at TECHNOTEX 2017. At the recently concluded TECHNOTEX 2017 in Mumbai, Indian Textile Commissioner Dr. Kavita Gupta remarked there were close to 2,500 manufacturers of various technical textile products in the country. The event attracted 165 exhibitors from 22 countries including pavilions from China and Taiwan. Click here for more information published on the Daily News and Analysis website. Posted April 18, 2017

Record Number of Exhibitors Participating in Techtextil North America for Non-Atlanta Location. A nice achievement for the organizer of Techtextil North America. A record 156 exhibitors for a TTNA located outside of Atlanta are already signed for the exhibition in Chicago, Ill., USA. The annual show alternates between Atlanta (even years) and a different US location (odd years). Historically, the "odd" year show is a smaller event but this year, while it will still be smaller than the 2016 Atlanta show. There is a definite increased interest in show participation due to a steady economy ad more organization partnerships during the event. Check out who is exhibiting by clicking here going to the special section within BeaverLake6 Report. Posted April 17, 2017

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E-Gloves Aim to Protect Workers from Vibrations. There is an interesting article on the Daily Commercial News website regarding how "smart" gloves are being developed by the University of Nottingham (Nottingham, U.K.) to protect construction workers from dangerous levels of vibrations when using heavy equipment. The article says that during the last decade in England, more than 10,000 claims have been made for a problem called "vibration white finger" as well as carpal tunnel syndrome. According to the article, sensors only about 2mm long are encapsulated in micro-pods embedded in the yarn that are then knitted into gloves. The gloves alert the worker when the sensors detect a dangerous level of vibration exposure. Click here to read the article. Posted April 13, 2017

AATCC's Jack Daniels Named 2017 Textile Leader of the Year. Congratulations to our colleague John "Jack" Daniels, executive vice president of AATCCC, the Association of Textiles Materials & Professionals, for being named 2017 Textile Leader of the Year by North Carolina State University (Raleigh, N.C., USA). Mr. Daniels has been the top staff professional at AATCC since 1996 and has led the organization into the international arena in the midst of the rapidly changing industry landscape. Mr. Daniels will receive his award on April 18 at a special ceremony on the NSCU campus .Click here for more information about Mr. Daniels' accomplishments. Posted April 13, 2017 

Shelter Manufacturer Finds Investor on Television's "Shark Tank" Show. It's always nice to see our industry's products featured on the hit US television show "Shark Tank."  On the April 7, 2017 episode, a Cincinnati (Ohio, USA)-based company Under the Weather® was featured. The company makes a portable one-person shelter designed for the outdoor sports spectator, the biggest market being parents of children playing games such as football, baseball and soccer. The company, founded in 2010, had online sales of about $2 million in 2016.  Founder Rick Perscovitz made the pitch for investment money and made a deal with billionaire Mark Cuban who offered $600,000 for a 15% stake in the company with an option to spend invest additional $600,000 for another 10% stake. Click here to read a Cincinnati Business Courier article about the company. Posted April 12, 2017

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University Biomedical Engineering Professor Wins National Science Foundation Grant for Smart Textiles. Congratulations to University of Rhode Island's Professor Kunal Mankodiya for receiving a $525,000 CAREER grant over 5 years which will allow him to continue researching and creating smart clothing that help people monitor their health from their home. The engineering assoicate professor is the director of URI's Wearable Biosensing Laboratory. His work is largely focusing on fabrics embedded with sensors which can measure tremors and rigidity, symptoms common for diseases such as Parkinson's. The CAREER awards are the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through research, education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.Click here to read more about his work and the grant. Posted April 12, 2017

Sewn Products Equipment Association to Hold Conference in Conjunction with Techtextil North America. One more reason to attend the gathering of the  NOrth American technical textile industry in Chicago in June: SPESA (Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas) is organizing its 8th Advancements in Manufacturing Technologies Conference June 20, 2017, during 2017 Techtextil North America in Chicago, Ill., USA. The SPESA event theme is "Understanding the Technology of Things."  Click here for more information on the event. Posted April 12, 2017

Lest We Forget: Ed Hunzinger Passes. Sad news to report today with the passing of Ed Hunzinger, Jr., April 10, after a long battle with cancer. Mr Hunzinger was the president of Evanston Awning Co., Evanston, Ill., USA. He was a 4th generation of a family involved in the canvas industry. While Evanston Awning started in 1931, the business lineage dates back to G.B. Carpeter & Company in Chicago in 1840.  G.B. Carpenter was a charter member of the National Tent & Awning Association (now Industrial Fabrics Association International). Both Mr. Hunzinger and his wife Ann are Honored Life Members of the Industrial Fabrics Association International. Mr. Hunzger also was past president of the Mid-America 8 Canvas Products Association. Posted April 11, 2017

Teijin Frontier Plans $18m Air Bag Fabric Plant in Vietnam. Per the Nikkei Asian Review website, Teijin, through its Teijin Frontier subsidiary, will build a factory in Vietnam for manufacturing air bag fabric. The target finish date is 2018. No location in Vietnam has been decided as yet. Teijin's annual sales for air bag fabrics in the year ended March 2016 was about $2,7m. The company plans to double the sales by 2020, taking advantage of the void left by the Takata fiasco. One of the gains of constructing the factory in Vietnam is the gateway to European sales through the new "fabric-forward" agreement Vietnam signed with the European Union. Click here to read the article. Posted April 11, 2017

Paper of the Year Announced. AATCC, the Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals, announced March 30 during the 2017 AATCC International Conference that Meredith L. MacQuerry, Emiel DenHartog, and Roger Barker, were awarded the J.W. Weaver Paper of the Year award recipients. They were recognized for their paper "Garment Ventilation Strategies for Improving Heat Loss in Structural Firefighter Clothing Ensembles."  The paper was published in the 2016 AATCC Journal of Research. Posted April 11, 2017

Nonwovens Show Achieves Record Attendance and Exhibitor Participation. Organizers of INDEX™17 declared the event one of the most successful ever global nonwovens exhibitions. The show took place April 4-7 in Geneva, Switzerland. A total of 12,758 visitors made their way through the doors of the exhibition center (a rise of over 2% on the 2014 edition). The exhibition featured 666 industry suppliers, service providers, and organizations -- an increase of over 13% INDEX 2014. Exhibitors came from 41 countries, using nearly 24,000 m2 of stand space. Click here to read the press release issued by EDANA, an international trade association for the nonwovens industry. Posted April 7, 2017

German Textile Machinery Manufacturers to Host Conferences in Mexico and US. The VDMA Textile Machinery Association will host B2B forums and technology conferences in Charlotte, N.C., USA, and Mexico City, Mexico, in November 2017. Twenty-three German textile machinery suppliers will participate in the Charlotte event being held November 6 while twenty-nine companies will be participating in the Mexico City event being held November 8-9. Click here to read the VDMA press release and see the list of companies participating. Posted April 6, 2017

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Shades Asia Branches Out with Project in Cambodia. It's nice to hear about emerging companies in Southeast Asia such as Shades Asia, featured in an April 2 article in The Phuket News. Shades Asia, based in Phuket, Thailand, was contracted by the French International School "Lycee Francais Rene Descartes" in Phnom Penh, Cambodia to provide shade sails covering more than 1,200 square meters. Shades Sails has been in business for 12 years and won many awards in the IFAI International Achievement Awards competition, organized by the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI). Click here to read more about their Cambodia project. Posted April 4, 2017

US Department of Commerce Releases February Technical Textile Export Figures. The US export slump continues for technical textiles. For the 12-month period ending February 28, total exports in the Specialty and Industrial Fabrics group decreased 3.48%.  Mexico. the largest country for exports, had a slip of 2.96%. Of the top 5 countries, only China and the UK saw increases over the previous year for the same 12-month period. Click here to see the entire report. Posted April 4, 2017




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TenCate Grass Acquires Synthetic Grass Warehouse. TenCate Grass has announced it has acquired Synthetic Grass Warehouse. (SGW). SWW was established in 2004, and primarily markets synthetic turf products for landscaping across the southwestern United States. TenCate Grass is a producer of synthetic grass components and the design of synthetic grass systems for sport, recreation and landscape applications. TenCate Grass is a division of Koniklijke Ten Cate, headquartered in Amelo, The Netherlands. SGW is headquartered in Anaheim, Calif., USA. Click here to read the TenCate Grass press release. Posted April 4, 2017

2016 Grand Prize Winner for Building Shade "Quasicrystals for Design" by A. Adolfo, F. Gonzalez and C. Benjamin

Future of Shade 2017 Competition  Opens. Sunbrella and Architizer are calling for submissions for the 5th annual Future of Shade competition. The competition calls on creative architects and designers from around the world to envision pioneering shade designs using Sunbrella fabrics to meet the needs of the 21st century. The competition offers 3 unique categories, each with a distinct challenge where shade plays a critical role in the solution. The categories are 1) Building Shade, 2) Humanitarian, and, 3) Well-Being. The winner in each category receives a $10,000 grand prize. Sunbrella fabrics are manufactured by Glen Raven, based in North Carolina, USA, with operations worldwide. Architizer is an American media company focused on organizing a database for architects on products and projects. Deadline for Future of Shade 2017 registration is April 30 and submissions are due by May 14, 2017. Click here for more information. Posted April 4, 2017

Crypton® Acquired by Private Equity Investment Company. Per a company press release today, the Crypton Companies (Crypton LLC and Nanotex LLC), providers of performance fabrics in the contract, home furnishings and apparel markets, has announced that Berkley Capital, LLC has acquired a majority stake. Berkley Capital will become majority owners of the new entity to be formed from the acquisition. The new company will continue to be headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., USA, and maintain its research and manufacturing plant in Kings Mountain, N.C., and continue its operations in Hong Kong. In 2014, Crypton acquired Nanotex® which manufactures nanotechnology solutions for textiles. Click here to read the company press release. Posted April 3, 2017

Magna Seating Invests More Into Serbia Plant. According to the newsletter Textiles Eastern Europe, Canada-based Magna Seating is constructing another facility in Odzaci, Serbia to produce automotive seat coverings. Magna built its first Serbian plant in 2013 and currently employs there almost 1,000 workers. Click here to find out more about Textiles Eastern Europe. Posted March 31, 2017

Chinese Developing Recovery System for Reusable Rockets Using Parachutes and Inflatable Bags. While the SpaceX's Falcon 9 had a successful test yesterday in first launching then recovering its reusable booster rocket using thrusters to control its vertical landing, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) is developing a different system for recovering used rockets. In the CNSA proposed system, parachutes would deploy on the first-stage booster after it separates from the rocket. It would come back to Earth using a controlled landing system of parachutes to slow the descent and then an airbag deploying right before it hits the ground. Click here to read an article on the technology posted on the South China Morning Post website. Posted March 31, 2017 

INDA Issues Annual Report on Nonwoven Capacity, Production and Trade. INDA, the Association of the Nonwovens Fabrics Industry, has published the fourth edition of the annual North American Nonwovens Supply Report for its members. The 45-page report provides a view of North American supply, including the metrics of capacity, production and operating rates. New finds this year include reporting capacity investment has rebounded back to its long-term growth rate of 5.4% and US exports of nonwovens continue to trend downward while imports are increasing. Click here to find out more about the report. Posted March 31, 2017

Huge Success Reported by Organizers of Geotechnical Frontiers 2017. Over 2100 attendees gathered in Orlando, Fla., USA, for Geotechnical Frontiers 2017, March 12-15. Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 was a combination of the annual Geo-Congress and the biennial Geosynthetics Conference. Geo-Congress is organized by the Geo-Institute, a specialty division with the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Geosynthetics Conference is organized by the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI). The combined 2017 event was supported by IGS North America, under the auspices of the International Geosynthetics Society. What all this means is that the event was well-supported by the active organizations in North America promoting the applications and advancements of geosynthetics. Besides an extensive series of 362 presentations, Geotechnical Frontiers featured a trade show of 193 exhibitors. Posted March 31, 2017

Sandler Reports Successful 2016. Sandler AG, a family-owned manufacturer of nonwovens for a variety of markets, has release a report showing a successful 2016 with stable sales of 288 million despite a sharp decline in raw material prices. End-product markets include construction, engineering, filtration, home textiles, hygiene, transportation and wipes.  In the filtration market its products are used for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning. In the automotive market, Sandler produces nonwovens for sound dampening and seating applications. Headquartered in Schwarzenbach, Germany, the company also opened a manufacturing facility in 2016 in Perry, Ga., USA. Click here to read the company press release. Posted March 31, 2017

Western Excelsior Acquires North American Green. Western Excelsior Corp. announced this week it has acquired North American Green, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tensar Corp. Both North American Green and Western Excelsior are manufacturers of biodegradable temporary erosion control blankets made from both natural and synthetic fiber. Both companies are also headquartered in Evansville, Ind., to read the Western Excelsior press release on the acquisition. Posted March 31, 2017

Church Tent Designed by China Structure Supplier. Liri Tent Technology co., Ltd., of Zhuhai, Guangdong, China, has designed a tent to serve specifically for church services. The biggest roof pitch and highest top height within it’s clear span width range is the highlight. Because of the special shape, the wind factor on gable walls needs to be considered stronger than a normal tent, so the gable wall is separated into three sections to increase its wind resistance. To make the tent looks more suitable for church, Gothic transparent PVC windows for tent walls are made instead of normal arch window.Liri is the largest event tent manufacturer in China. Click here to view an online video online of the installation process for the tent. Posted March 29, 2017

US Textile Association Elects 2017 Leadership. The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) held its 14th Annual Meeting March 21-23 in Washington, D.C., USA. William "Bill" V. McCrary Jr., Chairman and CEO of Willam Barner and Son LLC, was elected the NCTO Chairman for 2017. William Barner is a fiber/yarn/polymer manufacturer headquartered in Spartanburg, S.C., USA, with plants and offices located worldwide. Marty Moran, CEO of Buhler Quality Yarns Corp., was elected the organization's Vice Chairman. Buhler Quality Yarns, which was recently acquired by a Korean spinner (see the March 22 post), is a yarn supplier located in Jefferson, Ga., USA. Posted March 28, 2017

Spring SYFA Conference Registration is Open. Registration is now open for the Synthetic Yarn and Fabric Association (SYFA) 2017 Spring Conference. The annual event is being held April 27 - 28, 2017, in Charlotte, N.C., USA. Featured speakers include David Adkins, Director of the Americas for Lenzing Fibers Inc., Alasdair Carmichael, Director- America of PCI Wood Mackenzie, and Elena Egorova, Environmental Metrics Analyst for Patagonia. Click here for registration information and the complete list of speakers. Posted March 27, 2017

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) held their annual meeting on March 23 in Washington, D.C. Outgoing 2016 NCTO Chairman Robert "Rob" H. Chapman, III delivered the trade association's 2017 State of the U.S. Textile Industry overview. Mr. Chapman is Chairman and CEO of Inman Mills, a yarn and fabric manufacturer headquartered in Inman, S.C., USA. Key highlights include:

+ US employment in the textile supply chain was 565,000 in 2016.

+ The value of shipments for US textiles and apparel was $74.4 billion last year,       a nearly 11% increase since 2009.

+ US exports of fiber, textiles and apparel were $26.billion in 2016.

Click here to read the entire NCTO's report. Posted March 26, 2017

DuPont Celebrates 50 Years of Nomex®.  Congratulations to DePont as it kicks off a year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the commercialization of Nomex, the inherently heat-and flame-resistant fiber. The impetus for discovery was the search for protecting race car drivers after a series of deaths in fiery crashes in the 1960s. Over the next 50 years, Nomex is being used as a critical component fiber in almost every application involving extreme heat protection, including more than 3 million firefighters wearing turnout gear. Click here to read more. Posted March 24, 2017

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Texas State Senate Approves $25 Million Grant for Police Ballistic Vests. Last week the Texas Senate approved a bill to create a $25 million grant program providing bullet-resistant vests for up to 60,000 law enforcement officers in the state. Many of the current vests being worn are considered primarily useful for lower-caliber ballistic protection. These newer vests are intended to be worn over the other vests in dangerous situations. The bill now goes to the Texas State House of Representatives for approval. Click here to read an article posted on The Daily Texan website. Posted March 24, 2017 

Buhler Quality Yarns Acquired by Korean Cotton Spinner. The Korea JoongAng Daily is reporting Korean-based Samil Spinning has acquired Buhler Quality Yarns, a US subsidiary of Hermann Buhler. The move is an apparent effort to anticipate the trade changes that will go with US President Donald Trump's aggressive domestic protectionist stance. Samil Spinning was originally considering either Vietnam and the US under the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement but with the US withdrawal from the agreement it decided to focus either on building a facility in the US or acquiring an already established yarn manufacturer. Through its acquisition, Samil Spinning can now also make use of the US free trade agreements with the Dominican Republic and Central America. Click here to read the article. Posted March 22, 2017

DuPont Partners with Start-Up Aerospace Company to Design Body Armor Fabrics. Luminati Aerospace, headquartered in Calverton, N.Y., USA, has signed an agreement with aramid fabric materials manufacturer DuPont to develop technology to make body armor fabrics that weigh a fraction of the current products. Luminati is a relatively new company which makes solar powered aircraft including drones. According to the website ChemInfo, the new material being developed will use Luminati's approach of spreading yard into single-filament tapes that create nonwoven fabrics with up to 80 layers. Click here too read the article. Posted March 23, 2017

US Military Conference to Focus on Advanced Textiles. The Defense Strategies Institute has announced a focus of the upcoming Future Warfighter Symposium will be advanced fabrics. The symposium is taking place in Alexandria, Va., USA, April 25-26, 2017. Topics include materials to aid in clothing efficiency -- heat / cold, weather, wicking and waterproofing -- and next generation research in personal protective equipment / exoskelteons including malleable fabric "exosuits" and liquid armor and buoyant armor. Click here to visit the organizer's website for a list of speakers. Posted March 22, 2017

More than 30 French Textile Machinery Manufacturers Participating In Techtextil. Per the latest press release issued by UCMTF, the French textile machinery association, the organization will have more than 30 of its members in the exhibition area at the Techtextil show taking place in Frankfurt, May 9-12, 2017. Bruno Amerline, the UCMTF president, stated the machinery makers focus primarily on niche markets in the technical textile industry. Posted March 21, 2017 

US Recycled Fiber Company Names North American Exclusive Distributor. Custom Synthetic Fibers, LLC, a recycled polyester staple manufacturer announced March 21 that it had selected FiberQuest, LLC as its sole sales distribution partner. Custom Synthetic, headquartered in Florence, S.C., USA, has been operational since the fall of 2016 and produces 40 million pounds annually for end-product markets such as automotive, home furnishing, industrial and apparel goods. Click here to read the press release posted on the Textile World website. Posted March 21, 2017

North Carolina Safety Product Company Being Sold to 3M for $2 Billion. 3M announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Scott Safety from Johnson Controls for a total enterprise value of $2.0 billion. Scott Safety is a manufacturer of personal protection equipment for the police, firefighters, military and rescue teams, including self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) systems, gas and flame detection instruments, and other safety devices that complement 3M’s personal safety portfolio. Scott Safety is headquartered in Monroe, N.C., USA and employees more than 1500 people around the world. Click here to read the 3M press release. Posted March 17, 2017 

JEC World Shatters Previous Attendance Record. JEC World 2017, closed March 16 with a record 40,607 visitors, including attendance from 113 countries. JEC World 2017, organized by the JEC Group, is an annual event for the composite industry held in Paris. The number of visitors in 2017 was an increase of more than 10% over 2016, the previous record event. This year the event placed a special focus on 4 end-markets for composites -- automotive, aerospace, better living and building. Posted March 17, 2017

OUTLOOK™ Plus Latin America 2017 Keeps Its Promises. The two global nonwoven trade associations, EDANA and INDA, closed the second edition of OUTLOOK™ Plus Latin America conference in São Paulo, Brazil with more than 270 participants for the seminars and 25 suppliers taking part in a tabletop exhibition. The event focused on the personal hygiene, infection prevention, and healthcare markets for nonwovens. Click here to read the organizers' press release on the outcome of the event. Posted March 17, 2017

AATCC Announces Young Entrepreneur Award Recipient. AATCC, the Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals, has announced Cody Reynolds is the recipient of the AATCC Young Entrepreneur Award. Dr. Reynolds is the CEO and Co-Founder of Additive Drug Delivering Devices Inc. (AD3). He is being recognized for developing patents that allow drugs to be added to uniquely formed bi-component fibers that elute the drugs in an even, time-controlled manner to fight surgical-site infections. Click here to read more about Dr. Reynolds' accomplishments and the Young Entrepreneur Award. Posted March 15, 2017

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Levi and Google Introduce New Smart Jacket Developed Through Project Jacquard. Google and Levi's will together bring a new smart connected jacket targeted at bike riders. The jacket is dubbed as a commuter trucker jacket and uses Google's technology known as Jacquard, which turns fabric into a touch-controlled fabric. Per the article posted on the Popular Science website, the jacket works "by incorporating conductive threads into the left sleeve of the Levi's denim jacket, which senses your touch." Through the touch, you can be connected to your phone or another electronic device. Pretty cool stuff. Click here to read the article. Posted March 15, 2017

ITMA Highlights Innovation for Its Second Barcelona Edition. ITMA, the giant textile machineryand garment technology showcase, will continue its focus on innovation for its upcoming 2019 edition in Barcelona, Spain. The main theme of the show will be "Innovating the World of Textiles." Online exhibition space application will open May 4, 2017. ITMA 2019 is expected to feature over 1500 exhibitors from 45 countries. The show is being held June 20-26, 2019. Click here for addition information about reserving exhibition space as well as general information about ITMA 2019. Posted March 15, 2017

INDA Announces Finalists for 2017 World of Wipes Innovation Award®. Competition for the 2017 World of Wipes Innovation Award has been narrowed to three finalists and the visitors at the World of Wipes® International Conference (WOW) will have key deciding votes in the selection of the winner. The event is being held June 12-15, 2017 in Nashville, Tenn., USA. The three finalists are Berry Plastics' Chicopee® Microfiber Floor Care System, Elsner Engineering's Glueless Tail Tie for rolled wipes, and Kimberly-Clark Corporation's Huggies® Natural Care Extra Sensitive Baby Wipes. INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, is the organizer of WOW. Click here for more information on the products of the finalists. Posted March 15, 2017

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Extra! Extra! Awning Saves Toddler's Life. Perhaps the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association should tone down the aesthetic look and energy saving qualities of awnings and emphasize more the safety factor of the sturdy structure. Per the Seattle--based The Stranger website, a 3-year old boy's life was saved yesterday when he fell from a second story window at a motel near the SeaTac airport and landed first on the awning before ending up on the concrete surface below. No word on the condition of the boy (or the awning). Click here to read the story. Posted March 14, 2017

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First Parachute Test  for Boeing Starliner Successful. While much publicity is being made about the successful testing  for the Orion space capsule and Mars landing craft, Boeing has been quietly working on its Starliner spacecraft designed for low-orbit missions. On March 10, per the company website, "Boeing test teams reached a significant milestone for the CST-100 Starliner program by testing the parachute system Starliner will use on its return to Earth. Using a helium-filled balloon, it took about 30 minutes for the test vehicle to reach 38,300 ft. The ride down took four minutes and reached speeds of 300 mph. A series of mortars deployed parachutes at different altitudes, ultimately slowing the vehicle down to gently land...This was the first test of the parachute system. More testing is planned for the next several months." Boeing posted parachute drop video which also shows inside the CST-100 Starliner test vehicle during its return to the ground. Click here to watch. Posted March 13, 2017

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VDMA's Elgar Straub Interviewed. The website Innovations in Textiles has posted an informative interview with Elgar Straub, managing director of the new Textile Care, Fabric and Leather Technoligies division of VDMA (Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau). Mr. Straub offers his views on the state of the European textile industry and some very good insight on the demand for individual products within what are viewed as commodity markets such as the automotive industry. Click here to check out the interview. Posted March 13, 2017 

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Folding Ballistic Shield Developed at BYU. Per the website of the Department of Material Engineering at Brigham Young University, a team of engineers at the school have developed an "origami" type of folding ballistic shield that can protect police officers. About a dozen layers of the Kevlar™ woven material are used to create the foldable shield. The weight is about 40 pounds compared to the currently used 90 pounds of a rigid shield. Click here to read the article on the BYU engineering website. Posted March 10, 2017

2016 Chapin Award Winner Announced. AATCC, the Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals, has named Adi B. Chehna as the 2016 recipient of the Harold C. Chapin Award for his service and contributions in test method research and development. Mr. Chehna joined AATCC in 1977. He has served, and currently serves, on many AATCC Test Method, Technology, and Administrative committees. The Chapin Award was established in 1958 in honor of Harold C. Chapin, professor of chemistry at Lowell Textile School, who served as national secretary of AATCC for nearly 25 years. The Association will present the Chapin Scroll at the AATCC International Conference during the Awards Luncheon at noon on March 30, 2017, in Wilmington, N.C., USA. Click here to read the entire AATCC press release. Posted March 9, 2017

Source: NASA

NASA's Orion Spacecraft Parachutes Tested at U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground. Engineers successfully tested the parachutes for NASA's Orion spacecraft at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona Wednesday, March 8. This was the second test in a series of eight that will certify Orion's parachutes for human spaceflight. The test, which dropped an Orion engineering model from a C-17 aircraft at 25,000 feet, simulated the descent astronauts might experience if they must abort a mission after liftoff. There's a neat video on the website which shows the three stages of parachutes being deployed to slow up the craft's descent. Click here to watch. Posted March 9, 2017

US Department of Commerce Releases January Technical Textile Export Figures. 2017 has started on the same downward trending that we experienced in most of 2016. For the 12-month period ending January 31, total exports in the Specialty and Industrial Fabrics group decreased 3.48%.  Mexico remains our largest destination with a 52% share of the export market. Of the top 5 countries, only China and the UK saw increases over the previous year.  Click here to see the entire report. Posted March 8, 2017




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Re-Thinking Parachute Design for Space Exploration. The website has an interesting article posted entitled "A New Paradigm in Parachute Design." Scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's Advanced Light Source are working on developing prototypes for parachutes designed to assist in the decelerating of planetary vehicles. The article also says " A test chamber is also being designed to simulate the strain that parachutes will undergo during atmospheric descent."  Click here to read the article. Posted March 7, 2017

Apple Files Patent for Next Generation Fabrics for Housing Devices. In a move that shows progress towards more flexible housing for items such as the iPhone, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that relates to fabric housing. According to the website Patently Apple, the patent shows " that a device's housing may be formed from layers of material such as fabrics and polymer layers." The article said that fabric layers may be made of woven polyester yarns.  Interestingly, the website article notes the scope of this invention may go beyond Apple's current types of devices and could be applied to "electronic equipment associated with furniture or a vehicle, equipment in a building, or other suitable electronic device. Click here to read the posted article. Posted March 7, 2017

US Department of Commerce Conducting Industry Survey. The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), Office of Technology Evaluation (OTE), is conducting a survey and assessment of the health and competitiveness of the U.S. textile, apparel, and footwear industry. The assessment, requested by the U.S. Congress, will update a similar BIS/OTE industry study conducted for Congress in 2003. This survey will cover topics including employment, production, competitors and customers, supply chain, financial information, research and development, effectiveness of the Berry Amendment, and future industrial challenges. This is a mandatory BIS survey for organizations that manufacture textiles, textile products, or apparel in the Unites States. Our thanks to David Trumbull of Agathon Associates for alerting us. Click here to learn more about the survey at the DOC website. Posted March 6, 2017

Photo Source: Lakeland Asia Pacific

Multiple Function Protection Needed for Steel Workers. There's another good article posted on the Occupational Health & Safety website entitled "The Need for a Shield Against Steel." The premise of the article, written by Tim Cashell, director of protective markets at TexTech Industries, is that while NFPA 2112 is regarded as the industry governing standard for personal protective equipment used in environments where workers are at risk of flash fire exposure, there are other risks for workers who have cross-function responsibilities. In those situations, NFPA 2112 may not provide the needed protection against both flash fire and contact exposure from molten metal in steel foundries. Click here to read the article. Posted March 2, 2017

Need for Specifying Proper Flame Resistant Workwear for the Occupation. The Occupational Health & Safety website has posted a very good article concisely summarizing the different needs when confronting arc fire and flash fire situations. The industry standard for arc fire/ flame resistant (AR/FR) situations is NFPA 70E, while the flash fire standard is NFPA 2112. The article, authored by Scott Francis, Midwest regional manager of Westex by Milliken, explores beyond industry standards to specify the best FR fabrics to protect workers from these different fire hazards. Click here to read the article. Posted March 2, 2017

Picanol Has Record Year. Textile machinery manufacturer Picanol Group has reported 2016 produced a record 119 million profit, its 7th consecutive year of strong financial results, and outperforming its previous record year set in 2013. Further, Picanol management is forecasting a positive outlook for 2017 based on a well-filled order book. For the Weaving Machines Division, 2016 was a record breaking year. This all spells good news for the technical textiles industry. Click here to read a summary of the audit results. Posted March 2, 2017

Techtextil North America Releases Preliminary List of Exhibitors. With almost 4 months until it takes place, the 2017 Techtextil North America is on track to be the organizer's largest technical textile show held outside of Atlanta. This year the show is being held June 20-24 in Chicago, Ill., USA, and has already attracted 114 exhibitors. The show and conference is being co-located with The Future of Composites in Construction event organized by JEC, the composite industry association. Click here to view the lsit of exhibitors at our special Techtextil North America section on the website. Posted March 1, 2017 

Belgium Coated Fabrics Producer Releases 2016 Annual Results. Sioen, a global manufacturer of coated technical textiles as well as finished safeety apparel end products, has released the results of its 2016 year. A summary shows:

  • Net sales 363.4 million € (+11.3%)
  • EBT 38.0 million € (+16.1%)
  • REBITDA 59.9 million € (+ 13.3%)
  • Group profit 26.0 million € (+12.4%)
  • Proposed dividend 0.53 € per share

Click here to read the Sioen 2016 Annual Report. Posted February 27, 2017

Photo source: 3M

3 Key Considerations in High-Visibility Workwear. The National Safety Council's website Health & Safety has posted a concise article on the basic requirements of high-visibility work apparel: 1) 24-hour visibility; 2) Proper location of reflective materials; and, 3) Make sure the amount of high-visibility materials meets the key safety standards for its unique application. Click here to read the article. Posted February 27, 2017

INVISTA to Explore Strategic Alternatives for its Apparel & Advanced Textiles. Per an INVISTA February 24 press release, the company is said to be exploring strategic alternatives for its Apparel & Advanced Textiles business. INVISTA is a global producer of premium fibers and fabrics. The alternatives they are exploring including potentially selluing, or retaining and further investing in the business within INVISTA. The business unit includes LYCRA® and COOLMAX® fiber. Click here to read the press release. Posted February 25, 2017  

DuPont Closing Kevlar Plant. Well, there goes $500 million. The Charleston Post & Courier, Charleston, S.C., USA, has reported DuPont will be closing its Kevlar plant near Goose Creek, S.C., USA. The reason is the declining demand for the aramid fiber in protective gear such as helmets and bullet-proof vests.  The operations will be moved into the DuPont plant in Richmond, Va. In 2011, DuPont increased its global Kevlar manufactuing capacity by 25% with the opening of the plant. That segment, however, experienced a 9.6% sales decline between 2014 and 2015.  DuPont received a $1.2 million state grant for site work when building the plant and the DuPont investment itself was more than $400 million. Click here to read more. Thanks to Alasdair Carmichael of Carmichael International for alerting us to the closing. Posted February 25, 2017

Ana-Maria Petrea

Safety Components Adds to the Team. Safety Components, a manufacturer of technical textiles has named Ana-Maria Petrea merchandise planning manager. Ms. Petrea will manage planning for Safety Components' product lines suchas as WeatherMax performance outdoor fabric, and Armor AP, Glide Ice and PBO Max structural firefighting materials. Safety Components is based in Greenville, S.C., USA. Posted February 25, 2017

EDANA Announces Nominees for INDEX 17 Awards. EDANA, the nonwovens trade association based in Belgium, has announced the nominees for the INDEX17 awards. The awards are the highest accolade for the best examples of excellence in the industry, highlighting creativity and innovations from business of all sizes, and from all parts of the nonwovens supply chain. The awards are in 6 categories. INDEX17 is the European largest gathering of the nonwovens industry. Again, this year it will be held in Geneva, Switzerland, April 4-7. Click here to view the 3 nominees in each of the categories. Posted February 25, 2017 

Takata Aviation Restraint Subsidiaries Purchased. According to Crain's Cleveland Business, aircraft components maker TransDigm Group Inc. has acquired the stock of SCHROTH Safety Products GmbH and certain assets and liabilities of Takata Protection Systems Inc. Both companies make proprietary safety systems for aviation, racing and military ground vehicles.  SCHROTH, headquartered in Arnsberg, Germany, accounts for nearly 90% of its revenues in the manufacture of specialty technical restraints, passenger belts, and structural monument airbags for commercial, military and private aircraft. Click here to read more about the acquisition. Posted February 23, 2017

DSM Dyneema Wins Patent Case in Israel. According to a company news release issued today, DSM Dyneema, the manufacturer of Dyneema®, has prevailed after a long-lasting challenge in Israel of one of its key patents. An Israeli firm — the publicly held FMS Enterprises Migun Ltd. of Tel Aviv — had been trying to prevent the issuance of this patent through a series of opposition proceedings and appeals. The decision clears the way for grant of a patent to DSM Dyneema on highly oriented polyethylene fibers with amongst others a defined amount of solvent, and the technique for producing them. These fibers are used in products such as ropes and ballistic resistant vests. Click here to read the entire press release. Posted February 23, 2017

Technical Textile State of the Industry Published. The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has published Part 1 of its "State of the Industry 2017" market research report. The report is published annually in IFAI's Specialty Products Review and is authored by the organization's market research specialist Jeff Rasmussen. It gives a quick analysis of 11 end-product segments for the US and Canada. The first 5 market segments are covered in the publication's February issue with the remaining segments covered in the March issue. Click here if you want to read Part 1 on-line. (If you haven't one already, you will have to create an account with IFAI for access). Posted February 23, 2017

Photo Courtesy of Desmi

Danish Company Sets up Oil Boom Manufacturing Operation in India. Denmark-based pump manufacturer Desmi has set up a production facility in India near Hyderabad to mmake oil spill response equipment including inflatable oil booms. When full operational, the plant should make about 20,000 meter of booms per year, made of either PVC coated nylon or polyurethane fabrics. Click here for more information. Posted February 23, 2017

Katherine Morgan

ASTM New President Takes Over. ASTM International has a new president. Katherine Morgan became president on February1, following the retirement of James Thomas. Mr. Thomas had been with ASTM for more than 40 years, serving the last 25 years as its president. ASTM International is one of the world's largest international standards developing organizations. Ms. Morgan has been with ASTM for 33 years. There are more than 12,000 ASTM standards, including hundreds pertaining to technical textiles. Click here to read Ms. Morgan's vision of the future for the organization. Posted February 23, 2017

Music City Tents & Events Adquires 3 companies in Southeast US. Music City Tents & Events LLC, based in Nashville, Tenn., USA, has announced the purchase of 3 regional tent and event rental companies -- Tents Unlimited, Event Flooring Solutions, and Event Rentals Unlimited. Altogether, Music City Tents & Events now has more than 1 million square feet of rental tents available. Click here to read a Nashville Business Journal article posted on the acquisitions. Posted February 22, 2017

Inland Tarp & Liner Acquires Brawler Industries Assets. Per the geosynthetica website, it is reported Inland Tarp & Liner LLC, headquartered in Moses Lake, Wash., USA, has acquired the physical assets and equipment of Brawler Industries and Brawler Environmental Containment located in Midland, Texas, USA. Both Inland and Brawler are in the pit and pond liner markets. The Midland purchase will help support the Inland Tarp & Liner production facility in Odessa, Texas. Combined, the production space is now more than 100,000 square feet and 12,000 square feet of offices. Inland Tarp & Liner originally started about 35 years ago as a West Coast-focused hay tarp manufacturer. Click here to read the entire article at geosynthetica. Posted February 20, 2017 

Pakistan Organizing Trade Show Visit. According to Pakistan's The Express Tribune website, the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) is organizing a delegation to Techtextil Frankfurt from May 9 to 11, 2017. TDAP is providing 50% subsidy of the return economy airfare on the shortest route to and from the destination of the delegation and $100 per day per delegate for the approved duration. Huqas Corporation, Master Textile Mills, Sapphire Finishing Mills and Mahroz Textile Mills are participating from Pakistan. Posted February 20, 2017

Indian Navy Issues RFI for Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats. Per the website Defense World, the Indian Navy has issued a request for information (RFI) to procure Special Operation Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats from global manufacturers. The Indian Navy is looking for purchasing 10 of these inflatables. They have asked for carbon fiber-layered hull with a foam core and an outer layer of aramid fabric. Click here to read more on the website. Posted February 20, 2017

Directa Plus Receives European Grant for Smart Fabric Development. Per a company press release yesterday, Directa Plus PLC reports it has been allocated a EUR1.0 miliion grant from the European Regional Development Fund to develop smart fabrics. The grant money will towards a research project called Graphene for Advanced Textiles and Fashion. It is a collaboration between Directa Plus, Novaresin and Soliani companies and the Politecnico of Milan university. The project is seeking to enhance the thermal and electrical performance of textiles used in fashion applications. Directa is one of the largest producers and suppliers of graphene-based products. Click here to read the press release. Posted February 21, 2017

Outdoor Retailer Shows to Relocate from Salt Lake City. In a stunning announcement the organizer of the Outdoor Retailer shows released a statement on February 16 saying that the events will be leaving Salt Lake City, Utah, USA "as soon as possible" because of differing opinion with the state government on the use of public lands. The shows are contractually committed to Salt Lake City through Summer 2018. Emerald Expositions, the show owner, said there were 4 issues they wanted resolved with state officials including the end of legal efforts by the state that would facilitate the sale or transfer of federal lands to the state. The show, which has close ties with the Outdoor Retailer Association, is historically held twice a year -- Winter and Summer editions -- although in 2018 there were 3 scheduled as the organzier was realligning the times of the show during the year. The combined attendance is around 40,000 visitors a year. Click here to read an article on The Salt Lake City Tribune website. Posted February 17, 2017

Texprocess Americas Wins Award Two Editions in a Row. You can always tell when a trade show hits the sweet spot in success with its targeted audience. Trade Show Executive magazine has again recognized Texprocess Americas as one of the 5o fastest growing exhibitions in the US, naming it in 2 categories as one of its "Fastest 50" shows. The textile equipment and processes show was named in the catergories of net square feet of paid exhibit space and the number of attendees. Texprocess also was named in these same categories in the 2014. The biennial show is co-produced by Messe Frankfurt North America and Sewn Products Equipment Suppliers of the Americas (SPESA). Texprocess Americas 2018 will be taking place in Atlanta, Ga., USA, May 22-24, 2018. Click here to read a press release on the 2016 awards. Posted February 15, 2017

IGS North America Photo Contest Deadline Approaches. Do you have a customer with a unique geosynthetics project underway? The North America chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society is organizing a photo contest to demonstrate geosynthetics in action. The contest First, Second and Third-place winners will be announced at the chapter's General Assembly on March 14, 2017, during the Geotechnical Frontiers 2017. Click here for more information on the contest. Deadline for submissions is February 20, 2017. Posted February 15, 2017

Rebuffed in Entering US Car Market Chinese Companies Are Now After Auto Parts Makers. The automotive industry is one of the largest end-product markets for technical textiles. There is an interesting article posted on Crain's Detroit Business website that examines the recent Chinese purchases of automotive parts companies including those making airbags and fabric interiors and investment in a new tire plant in LaGrange, Ga., USA. One of the drivers for the spat of investments in the US marketplace is that the Chinese domestice automotive industry is slowing, down from 14% growth to an expected 5% this year. Click here to read the article. Posted February 15, 2017

Photograph: Erik Hagman/Better Shelter

IKEA's Better Shelter Wins Design Award. The Design Museum of London has awarded its prestigious Baezley Design of the Year award for 2016 to the IKEA Foundation's "Better Shelter." More than 30,000 of these uniquely designed flat-packed refugee shelters have been delivered around the world. It is 17.5 square meters of living space and comes in two flat boxes for easy shipment.  Click here for more information. Posted February 14, 2017

USDA Seeks Contractor to Provide Tents. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region (Region 5 - California), released on February 8 a request for quotes (RFQ) for tents for use during local, regional, and nationwide fire suppression and all-hazard incidents. The contract size is $7.5 million. Response are due by no later than 4:00 pm PST on February 16, 2017. Click here to read more. Posted February 13, 2017

David King

Lest We Forget: David King. We are sad to note the passing of David King, one of the co-owners of C.E. King and Sons, an awning and marine canvas company located in Springs, East Hampton, New York, USA. Mr. King died February 11. He was a former president of the North East Canvas Products Association and active in the regional technical textile industry. Mr. King was also a former chief and longtime member of the Springs Fire Department. Posted February 13, 2017

US Department of Commerce Releases December Export Figures. The 2016 calendar year finished pretty much as the trend has been all year long with a 3.52% decline of US exports in the Specialty and Industrial Fabrics group in the year ending December 2016 compared to December 2015. Since Mexico receives just over 50% of US textile exports, we can probably expect the trend continuing in 2017 with the Trump administration's hard-line trade approach to the country. Below are the numbers (in thousand dollars) for the World and the top 5 countries receiving exports. Click here to see the entire report. Posted February 9, 2017




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JEC Event to Feature Noted Architect as Keynote Speaker. The JEC Group, has announced Architect Mark Goulthorpe, an associate professor at the MIT Department of Architecture, as the keynote speaker for its The Future of Composites in Construction. The event (formerly JEC Americas) will take place June 20-22, 2017, in Chicago, Ill., USA. It is being co-located with the Techtextil North America 2017 show also taking place at that time and location. Click here for more information. Posted February 9, 2017

Foundation Announces 2017 Scholarships.  The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF), a non-profit educational foundation managed by the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), has announced the availability of 4 $5,000 student scholarships for 2017. Applicants must be enrolled in a college or university, under one of the following programs of study: Chemical Engineering/Material Science, Textile Sciences and Engineering, Fiber Science, Civil Engineering (with geosynthetic interest), or any textile engineering related program. Deadline for submission is June 10, 2017. Click here for more information. Posted February 9, 2017

US Department of Commerce Hosting USA Pavilions at Techtextil 2017 and Adriatic Sea 2017. If you are a US manufacturer looking at a low-cost entry into promoting your products or services at international shows, you should consider a booth or providing sample books displayed inside a USA-sponsored pavilion. In the upcoming months, OTEXA (the Office of Textile and Apparel in the US Department of Commerce) will have pavilions at the Adriatic Sea 2017 Defense & Aerospace Exhibition & Conference that is being held April 26-28, 2017 in Split, Croatia, and the Techtextil 2017 International Trade Show for Technical Textiles and Nonwovens that is being held May 9-12, 2017 in Frankfurt, Germany. Click here to go to a special page BeaverLake6 Report has set up to find further information about participating in either of these shows. Posted February 8, 2017

AATCC Test Methods Available as Online Subscription. AATCC test methods, including all new and revised method published in 2016, can now be accessed as an online subscription through ASTM’s Compass database. The “AATCC Collection” is comprised of 123 test methods, 11 procedures, and nine monographs. Click here to find out more.  Posted February 8, 2017

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Trans-Pacific Partnership Withdrawal Impact

Bud Weisbart, MFC, IFM

"The United States is looked upon by those with whom I inter-related as less and less relevant as an economic force, and has become simply the market into which those within and outside of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries would sell their goods and services with little concern for reciprocity.  To me, our immediate withdrawal from TPP after the election only compounds this situation." Click here to read the entire posting by Bud Weisbart, a small business owner and frequent contributor to BeaverLake6 Report. Posted March 29, 2017

President Trump's Reveals 2017 Trade Policy Agenda

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has released President Trump's 2017 Trade Policy Agenda. The document, officially called 2017 Trade Policy Agenda and 2016 Annual Report of the President of the United States on the Trade Agreements Program, outlines the new Administration’s four trade priorities:

  • Defending the US National Sovereignty over Trade Policy
  • Strictly Enforcing US Trade Laws
  • Using Leverage to Open Foreign Markets
  • Negotiating New and Better Trade Deals

​BeaverLake6 Report has created a special page within this website and placed the first chapter of the 336-page document which summarizes the policy. Click here to read it. Posted March 2, 2017

INDEX 17 Conference Program

The INDEX™17 nonwovens exposition taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, April 4-7, 2017 will have an extensive series of conference tracks featuring the leading authorities in 5 areas:

• Geosynthetics/Sustainable Products

• Healthcare

• Air Filtration

• Personal Care

• Automotive Interiors

BeaverLake6 Report has created a special page and posted descriptions of the these topics as well as the speaker list. Click here to view. Posted March 7, 2017

What's the NCTO Game Plan for the Post-TPP Era?

Back on March 24, 2016, I was one of the first to predict the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement was a dead deal. In fact, I said that I wouldn’t be surprised that, if Donald Trump became President, the agreement is shredded on day one of his new administration. Well, I was off by three days. Yesterday, President Trump signed an Executive Order, officially withdrawing the United States from the TPP agreement. Now the question is can the National Council of Textile Organizations put together a comprehensive plan for the domestic textile industry in a post-TPP era? Click here to read the rest. Posted January 25, 2017

Steady Growth Prospects for Expanding Specialty Geosynthetics

There are literally dozens of market reports for the many market sections and subsections within the technical textiles industry. In 2017, BeaverLake6 Report will be introducing a few of these reports to our viewers. The first report being features is The Future of Spcialty Geosynthetics to 2021. It was developed by Smithers Apex, a market research firm based in the United Kingdom. 


In exchange for the promotion, Smithers Apex agreed to write an exclusive expanded executive summary of the market report for our readers. Click here to view the market summary. Posted January 9, 2017

2016 China Textile Innovation Conference Explores the Roads to a Textile Power

Sun Ruizhe

2016 China Textile Innovation Conference, as an annual summit of industry innovation, was held in Beijing on December 12th, 2016. The conference, themed on “New Opportunity, New Advantages, New Vitality” – Stepping Towards a Textile Power, comprehensively summarized the industry innovation achievements and explored the new advantages in development in order to grasp the strategic opportunity of the new round of industrial changes. BeaverLake6 Report is pleased to present a report on the conference via our partnership with China Textile magazine. Please click here. Posted December 21, 2016

In My Opinion

Re-Shoring: Good for the Goose is Not Good for the Gander?

Domestic PFD Manufacturer's Application for FTZ Additional Production Authority Riles Textile Industry Trade Associations. There is a nasty fight taking place these past few months behind the closed doors of Room 48019 at the Herbert C. Hoover Building in Washington, D.C. The room is the office of the Foreign-Trade Zones Board. The fight pits domestic technical textile industry suppliers and a coalition of textile-trade associations against a fairly large domestic end-product cut-and-sew manufacturer. Click here to read the story.


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Jon Klein's Outlook 

I am pleased to announce BeaverLake6 Report has added a new column called "Jon Klein's Outlook." Jon Klein is the Business Development Leader at PrimaLoft® Aerogel insulation. With over 20 years in the industry, Mr. Klein has extensive experience in the textiles, apparel and footwear industry. Mr. Klein is a frequent contributor of short articles on LinkedIn, the world's largest business network, writing about the various market segments of the technical textiles. This column covers his LinkedIn postings. Please click here to go to his column. 


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June 27, 2016

US International Trade Administration Publishes New Top Market Report for Technical Textiles

Industry Market Report Available.  What impact has the sale of decline of military products purchases have on government shelter fabricators? What is the outlook on textiles going into the automotive industry? What are three issues that can negatively impact the growth of the protective clothing market segment?


You can find the answers to all these questions in the 2016 State of the U.S. Technical Textiles Industry report published in Textile World magazine. Part One of the report is in the March/April issue and Part Two will be in the May/June issue.

Click here to go to the report on the Textile World website.

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