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US Military Shelter Contract Awarded. The US Defense Logistics Agency announced today that Anchor Industries, Evansville, In., USA, has been awarded a maximum $200,000,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery contract for commercial shelters. This contract was a competitive acquisition, and 20 offers were received. This is a one-year base contract, with three one-year option periods. Location of performance is Indiana, with a Nov. 22, 2015, performance completion date. Using military services are Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2014 defense working capital funds. Posted August 21, 2014
Airbag Fall Protection for Elderly. We love how our industry continually solves problems. A hip fracture for an elderly person is devastating. According to an article posted on the MedGadget website, a company called ActiveProtect is now developing a belt that is worn on the outside of the clothing and it includes motion sensors that monitor the movement of the hips. If it detects that a person is falling, an airbag within the belt opens before the person hits the ground, cushioning the impact. Click here to read the article. Posted August 17, 2014
Mobile Lodging Success Story. There's a nice article posted on the UpStart Businees Journal website about Shelter Company, a camping tent rental company located in San Francisco, Calif., USA. The company was founded in 2012 and offers camping tents for rent. Besides the basic two-person tent, add-ons" include restrooms, showers and even a butler tent. Click here to read the article. Posted August 17, 2014
US Manufacturing Organizations Urge Currency Manipulation Fix. Association presidents from the US textile, auto and steel industries will participate in a press conference on August 20, calling for their government representatives to address unfair currency policies in ongoing international trade talks and future trade aggreements, to protect American jobs and economic growth. For more information, contact Jennifer Whisnant or Eliza Levy. Posted August 15, 2014
AutoLiv Reorganizes to Focus on Active Safety Business. According to a report posted on the Automotive News website today, Swedish manufacturer Autoliv, the largest automotive supplier of seat belts and airbags, "is restructuring its business units to focus more on its fast-growing high-margin active safety business..." Two business units are being organized: Passive Safety will be for the airbags and seat belt products. Electronics will be organized for the active safety business including radar, night vision and front-view cameras. Click here to go to the Automotive News website for the article. Posted August 15, 2014
Wide-Format Printing Panel Scheduled for SGIA Expo. The Specialty Graphics Imaging Association (SGIA) is reporting the upcoming SGIA Expo 2014 has 530 exhibitors. The show is being held October 22-25 in Las Vegas, Nev., USA. An all-star cast of industry experts are part of the Digital Textile Printing panel discussion at the show. Panelists included representatives of Pacific Coast Fabrics, Mimaki USA, Mutoh America, Sawgrass Technologies, Epson, and ErgoSoft USA. You shouldn't miss this show if you're in the wide-format printing business. Click here for more information at the SGIA site. Posted August 15, 2014
Military Helmet Contracts Awarded. The US Defense Logistics Agency announced today it has awarded Gentex Corp., Simpson, Penn., USA, a $14,825,236 firm-fixed-price, multi-year, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for procurement of a maximum quantity of 42,000 Advanced Combat Vehicle crewman helmets. The DLA also announced Armor Source, Hebron, Oh., USA, was awarded a $12,893,417 firm-fixed-price, multi-year, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for procurement of a maximum quantity of 42,000 Advanced Combat Vehicle crewman helmets. Posted August 15, 2014
INDA Offers Beginning Course on Nonwovens. If you're new to the nonwovens industry, you might want to think about attending this workshop organized by INDA, the Association of the Nonwovens Industry. The elementary training course is taking place September 17-18, 2014 at the INDA headquarters in Cary, N.C., USA. Click here to go to the event's website site. Posted August 15, 2014
What is UAE's Second Largest Industry? You've probably guessed it is the textile industry since we are posting this on our website. According to officials at Abughazaleh Trading Company, United Arab Emirates exports textile products to more than 50 countries with major destinations being China, South Korea, Japan and other Asia countries. UAE has a diversified textile manufacturing portfolio including in our industry tents, automotive seating and luggage. Click here to read the article. Posted August 15, 2014
"Could This Be the [Motorcycle] Life Jacket of the Future?" This was the title of a short article found on the CarBuzz website (with our insertion of "Motorcycle"). The posting is about the performance of the new Decati D-Air motorcycle protection system which includes a jacket connected to the bike via a Bluetooth pairing system that senses an impact. There is a very cool short video that shows the inflation of the rider's jacket. Click here to visit the site and watch the video. Posted August 15, 2014
UK Hi-Tech Fabric Maker Bought by US Company. Bradford (UK)-based Universal Carbon Fibres Ltd. (UCF) has been acquired by Tex Tech Industries, a global manufacturer of engineered, high-performance materials. UCF is a manufacturer of high-performance yarns and fabrics, predominantly from carbon-based fibers, for applications such as automotive fuel cells and friction materials, fire-blocking for the transportation and aerospace industries, and water-blocking technology for communication and power cells. UCF also manufacturers inherently fire-resistant fabrics for personal protective clothing. Tex Tech is headquartered in Portland, Maine, USA. Click here to read the company press release announcing the acquisition. Posted August 15, 2014
Failure to Pass MTB has Contributed to $10 Million in Duty Costs to American Companies Importing Rayon Fiber. According to a report by Agathon Associates lack of congressional action on the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill ("MTB") has contributed to $10 million in added costs to textile manufacturers who import rayon fiber. The US has not produced rayon filament fibers since Avtex, Inc. of Front Royal, Virginia, closed in the early 1990s, and has not produced rayon staple fibers since Liberty Fibers Corp. of Lowland, Tenn., USA, the last North American producer of these rayon fibers, terminated all U.S. manufacturing operations in 2005. However, rayon filament yarn (singles), staple fiber, tow, and top all continue to be subject to import duties ranging for 4.3% to 10%. Congress previously recognized that a tariff on a good for which there is no domestic producers adds a cost to other domestic producers while benefiting no one and, therefore, suspended, temporarily, the import duties on certain rayon fiber. Since the last of the rayon duty suspensions expired at the end of 2012, Congress has failed to act with the result that U.S. companies are now paying hundreds of thousands of dollars every month in import duties on rayon. Subscribers to Agathon Associates Trade Advisor service can read more by clicking here. Posted August 11, 2014
US Releases June Export Figures for Specialty Fabrics. The US Office of Textiles & Apparel (OTEXA) has released the June export numbers for the Specialty and Industrial Fabrics group. Exports continued to grow thorugh a 12-month year-to-year ending in June, increasing.5%. The top five recipients of US exports in this category were Mexico (+17.85%), Canada (-5.45%), China (-3.1%), Hong Kong (+1.16%) and Japan (+1.21%). Click here for the full report. Posted August 11, 2014
NASA Releases Video of Flying Saucer Ring Deployment. The US National Aeronautical Space Agency (NASA) has released a very cool video of the testing of the inflatable ring on the new Mars landing craft. The inflatable ring is shaped like a donut around the craft, giving the entire craft a "flaying saucer" look. The video was during a June 28 high-altitude test over Hawaii and shows the craft's descent velocity reduced from 4 times the speed of sound to 2 1/2 times. Click here to go to the site to watch the video. Posted August 9, 2014
MIller Weldmaster Acquires Product Lines from Sinclair Equipment. A news release was issued today from Miller Weldmast that the company has purchased the Triad, Spec and Roof Welding Toll product lines from Sinclair Equipment Company of Diamond Springs, Calif., USA. Miller Weldmaster, based in Navarre, Oh., USA, is a global manufacturer of heat seaming solutions for industrial fabrics and Sinclair has been one of the leading manufacturers of portable wedge welders, so the acquisition makes good sense. The press release is unclear what is happening to Sinclair Equipment but references that the owners, Frank and Anita Sinclair, are retiring. Posted August 8, 2014
Record Recall This Year on Airbags. According to the Reuters news agency more than 6.4 million vehicles have now been recalled this year because of possible faulty inflators used in the airbag systems manufactured by Japanese-based Takata Corp. Takata holds 20% of the world's airbag market. The recall is expected to result in the company's year-end loss of about $235 million for the year ending March 2015. Overall, automakers using Takata airbags have had to recall more than 12 million vehicles since 2008. Click here to read an article on the website InAutoNews.com about the recall and its effect. Posted August 7, 2014
Geosynthetics' Society Newsletter is Available. If you are looking for a comprehensive global look at the geosynthetics industry, we would suggest you consider the newsletter published by the International Geosynthetics Society. The latest IGS News (Volume 30, Issue 2) has just been released. It is free to download and filled with information on activities of the many IGS country and regional chapters as well as news about awards, recognitions and events to take place. Click here to view the newsletter. Posted August 7, 2014
AFMA Names Scholarship Recipient. Thanks to our good friend David Trumbull at Agathon Associates for reminding us today in his Textiles and Trade newsletter that the American Fiber Manufacturers Association (AFMA) announced in June the first recipient of the Paul T. O'Day Scholarship Award. The scholarship was given to Elaine (Lainey) Indermaur of Oak Ridge, N.C., USA. Ms. Indermaur will receive $5,000 per year for four years of study at North Carolina State University. She is pursuing a degree in biomedical engineering. The scholarship program is named for Paul T. O'Day. He has served as AFMA's president for three decades. Click here to read the AFMA press release that was posted on Mr. Trumbull's website. Posted August 7, 2014
Finnish Fiber-Material Manufacturer Reports Improved Profitability. Finland-based Ahlstrom has issued an interim report for January-June 2014. In the 2nd Quarter, while net sales fell by 4.5%, the profitability improved due to restructuring within the company. Ahlstrom is a manufacturer of fiber-based materials for the automotive, construction, food and medical industries. In the medical products segment, demand for its fabrics was stable in Europe and North America, while it strengthened in Asia. Click here to read the report issued by Ahlstrom. Posted August 7, 2014
Brawer Bros. Expand Warp Knitting Capability. More manufacturing in the US. Alasdair Carmichael of Carmichael International is reporting Brawer Bros., with headquarters based in New Jersey, USA, has announced it is expanding their conventional warping operations with the addition of a new plant located in Whiteville, N.C., USA. Posted August 6, 2014
Pioneer Big Top Sail Being Replaced. An interesting article was posted on the Sunshine Coast Daily website about the replacement of a shade sail from the Big Top Shopping Centre located in Maroochydore, Queensland, Australia. At the time the original sail was erected in 1986, it was the largest shade sail in the southern hemisphere. The sail, designed by David Oliver, used 4500 square meters of fabric and was designed to protect a shopping mall. Click here to read the article. Posted August 6, 2014
OTEXA Looking for Injection Molding Companies. The US Department of Commerce's Office of Textile and Apparel (OTEXA) has asked for BeaverLake6 Report to help to find a company capable of doing injection moldings for elbow and knee carriers. If you can help, please contact Nadeen Saqer at Nadeen.Saqer@trade.gov. Posted August 5, 2014
Nonwoven Show to Move to Boston for 2016. After years of being held in Miami Beach, Fla., USA, the IDEA International Engineered Fabrics Conference and Exposition will move to Boston, Mass., USA, for 2016. IDEA is organized by INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry. It is held on a triennial frequency. The move to Boston is prompted by major rennovations being undertaken at the Miami Beach Convention Center. While the intent is to return to Miami Beach after the 2016 show, this temporary re-location to Boston could prove to be a nice opportunity for the organizer to present something different to the nonwovens industry. A potentional issue could emerge, though, because the new show dates INDA announced, May 3-5, 2016, are the exact same dates as those previously announced by the organizers of the Techtextil North America 2016, Texprocess North America 2016 and JEC Composites 2016 events that are again being held together in Atlanta, Ga., USA. Both the IDEA and these other shows do have some crossover, competing, in part, for the same audience of visitors and exhibitors. Click here to read the INDA press release. Posted August 5, 2014
US Army Announces Date for Phasing in New Camouflage Pattern. The website armytimes.com posted an article on July 31 announcing that combat uniforms featuring the service's newest camouflage pattern called "Operational Camouflage Pattern" will be available starting in mid-2015. The plan is to transition to this new pattern, including dyeing over current wearable items which have the older digital Universal Camouflage Pattern. The Army is soliciting for industry partners who can over-dye nylon, cotton and rayon fabrics. The Operational Camouflage Pattern is expected to be used both in garrison and combat environments. According to the armytimes.com website, the new Operational Camouflage Pattern is one of a "family" of new patterns that will also include darker jungle-woodland and lighter desert environment variants. Click here to read the article. Posted August 1, 2014
Trelleborg Acquires Assets of US Coated Fabrics Company. Several news services are reporting that Trelleborg Coated Systems of Sweden has signed an agreement to acquire the assets and businesses of US-based Uretek Archer LLC Group. The acquired company consists of Uretek LLC and Archer Rubber Company LLC. The two companies manufacture urethane-coated and rubber-coated fabrics used in applications such as defense, outdoor recreation and aerospace. Total sales of Uretek and Archer amounted to almost US$70 million last year. Click here to read a Business Wire posting. Posted August 1, 2014
TenCate Shows Financial Improvement in 2nd Quarter. After a weak 1st Quarter, Royal Ten Cate (TenCate) has reported a 5% organic growth in revenues for the 2nd Quarter. Organic growth is the company's financial performance by increasing output and enhancing sales but excluding profits or growth acquired from takeovers, acquisitions or mergers. Strong growth in the composites and synthetic turf activities largely offset the decline in revenues in defense markets. TenCate, however, is investing in innovations in the defense section and and has strengthened its market position in particular of TenCate Advanced Armour. Revenues of TenCate Protective Fabrics declined in the first half of the year while revenues from protective fabrics for the industrial market rose by in excess of 10%. TenCate Geosynthetics rose 6% in organic terms in the first half of 2014 due from improved demand in the US. Click here to read the TenCate press release. Posted July 30, 2014
July 31 Deadline for Early Registration for Innovation Forum. Organizers of the Textile World Innovation Forum 2014 have informed us July 31 is the last day to receive the "early bird" registration discount. The high-level textile management forum is taking place September 15-16, 2014, in Atlanta, Ga., USA. The themes of the presentations focus on the innovations occurring in the various levels of the textile manufacturing value chain. Participants who register on or before July 31 receive a $300 discount from the on-site price. If you're going, you should take care of the registration today or tomorrow. Click here to go to the registration site. Posted July 30, 2014
German Membrane Conference to Feature International Presentations. The role of waterproof membranes has expanded from the traditional roof applications for dwellings and buildings to serve a wide range of geomembrane applications in water containment, land reclamation, and building and infrastructure protection. The conference Waterproof Membranes 2014 will examine many of these areas through presentations by leading international speakers. The conference is being held November 17-19 2014 in Bonn, Germany. Speakers include our good friend Chris Kelsey, editor/writer for the website Geosynthetica, and former editor of Geosynthetics magazine. Click here to view the conference program. Posted July 30, 2014
GSE Environmental Receives Approval of Its Reorganization Plan. As you may remember, GSE Environmental, Inc. announced on May 4, 2014 that it had voluntarily sought protection under Chapter 11 of the US Bankruptcy Code. The company is one of the world's largest producers of geomembranes. On July 28, GSE announced in a press release that the US Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Del., USA, has confirmed the reorganization plan for GSE. The plan eliminates a large amount of debt and provides capital for the company's future needs. Click here to read the press release. Posted July 30, 2014
Alternative to Aramid-Based Fabrics Tested in Body Armor. The regional Washington state website Business Examiner has posted an interesting article about a company called Moore Innovative Technologies LLC (MIT). The company claims to have developed a body armor vest material whose main component a gel-based substance that could become "an alternative to Kevlar as a component in the next evolution of bulletproof vests." The vest is reinforced with layers of ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene fabric. Law enforcement officials who recently tested the vests were inpressed with the results. [Readers: Any thoughts on this? We're thinking maybe it is the UHMWPE material that is making the vest ballistic-resistant and the gel helps to lessen the impact force and helps to close the hole created when the first layers of the fabric yarn is separated by the bullet penetration.] Click here to read the article. Posted July 30, 2014
World Record for Lightest Two-Person Tent. The UK website Ripley & Heanor News is reporting Terra Nova Equipment was awarded the Guinness World Record for the lightest two-person tent commercially available. The new Laser Ultra 2 will be available for consumer purchase next spring. The tent weighs 1.532 pounds (695g). [Sharp-eye readers of the posted article may wonder like us how the tent can be awarded this distinction in a category labeled "commercially available" when the product is not yet "commercially available." Still, less than 2 pounds for a two-person tent is impressive.] Click here to read more about the tent and the company. Posted July 30, 2014
US Foreign Trade Zone Approved for Coleman Company. We've learned from Agathon Associates's website that the US Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) Board has authorized limited production activity for the Coleman Company at their facility in Sauk Rapids, Minn., USA. [See our previous April 2 post in the Archived News section.] This limited approval issued July 25 means that Coleman will be exempt from customs duty payments on foreign status components used in production of personal flotation devices (pfds) and cushions constructed in Sauk Rapids that are designated for export. However, Coleman had also sought to pay the duty for produced pfds and cushions intended for the US domestic market based upon the import duty for a finished product (which is lower) rather than on the materials imported to make the product. The FTZ Board declined to allow the lower duty rates for domestic sales as requested by Coleman. Click here to go to the Agathon Associate website. Posted July 27, 2014
UK Company Donates $6.8 Million of Fire Protective Gear. The website thecourier.com.uk has a nice article posted about the donation by protective clothing manufacturer Ballyclare Ltd., of Barnsley, South Yorkshire, UK. The donation amounted to $6.8 million of specialist clothing and was given to the International Fire and Rescue Association (IFRA) for distribution to fire services in needed countries. The protective gear includes tunics, boots, helmets, gloves, and trousers; enough to outfit about 4,500 firefighters. They will be given to fire services in Mexico, Argentina, Paraguay, Albania and Bosnia. The donated materials have reached their expiration dates for allowing them to be sold in the UK. The IFRA founder says that despite the expired dates, the protective gearis still very serviceable. Click here to read the article. Posted July 27, 2014
Stab-Resistant Fashion Clothing Unveiled. Do you want to look fashionable in a knife fight? The NBC news website has posted an article about a new line of knife-resistant clothes recently shown at Columbiamoda 2014, an international fashion show which took place July 22-24 in Medellin, Columbia. Click here to read the article. Posted July 27, 2014
Massive Tent Goes Up in 10 MInutes. One of the largest tents in the world is ready to go up. The Singapore website asiaone has an interesting story posted about a 10-story tent near the iconic Marina Bay Sands. The tent is used for the Cavalia's White Theatre Tent, a touring show the website article says "featuring a mix of equestrian and performing arts, multimedia and special effects.' The structure takes up almost 6,700 square meters. Once the support towers are in place, it will take about 10 minutes to erect the huge structure. Click here to read the article and see the pictures. Posted July 27, 2014
AATCC Wins Magazine Award. Congratulations to our friends at AATCC, the Association of Textile, Apparel & Material Professions. The AATCC Review magazine has won a 2014 Tabbie award for an in-depth feature article published in the March/April 2013 issue. The annual Tabbie Awards are sponsored by Trade Association Business Publications International. Nearly 500 editorial and design entries from around the globe were entered in the 2014 contest. The AATCC Review article recognized was "A Matter of Fiber Veracity." The article was a recap of investigations being done by the US Federal Trade Commission into fake product labeling claims such as a manufacturer's claim that it was selling a bamboo product when it was really made of rayon and another where the percentage of fiber composition claimed by a manufacturer as 100% cotton when it was really a blend of fibers. It is an excellent article that is well worth your time to read. Click here for the article. Posted July 23, 2014
Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers Showing in Uzbekistan. ACIMIT, the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers, and the Italian Trade Agency have organized an Institutional Point at the upcoming Central Asian International Textile Machinery Exhibition (CAITME). The show is taking place September 10-12, 2014 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Four Italian machinery manufacturers will be present. The ACIMIT press release stated that in 2013 the Italian textile machinery industry exported $5.5 million worth of equipment, mostly spinning and weaving machinery. Click here to read the release. Posted July 23, 2014
World Textile Summit 2015 Again to Be Held at ITMA. Following up on the inaugural World Textile Summit (WTS) conference held at ITMA 2011 in Barcelona, Spain, the event will again be held during ITMA 2015 in Milan, Italy, November 12-19, 2015. The theme will be exploring the business benefits of an effective sustainability strategy. WTS 2015 will take place November 13. It is a joint initiative by ITMA owners CEMATEX, the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers, in partnership with World Textile Information Network Ltd. (WTiN) and the Singapore-based exhibition organizer MP Expositions Pte Ltd. Click here to read the WTS 2015 press release. Posted July 23, 2014
Call for Material from Outdoor Retailer Exhibitors. There is a "no brainer" promotion opportunity for companies exhibiting at the Outdoor Summer Market 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA next month. Kathy Swantko, owner of FabricLink Network, is once again in charge of organizing Outdoor Retailer's The Industrial Design Center. The theme this year is "The Future of Outdoor Design." Send samples of the products you are exhibiting to Ms. Swantko and she will include them in the International Design Center display. Click here to go to the submission's website. The deadline is August 2, so get a move on this today. Posted July 21, 2014
"Bulletproof" Vests Now Mandatory for Police Officers in Illinois. According to the Chicago Tribune website, the State of Illinois (USA) has passed a law that mandates "every law enforcement agency in the state to provide a bulletproof vest to each new recruit as part of the officer's initial equipment issue, and that the agency replace the vests before their warranties expire." The law also mandates that "the unit of government with jurisdiction over each department apply to the U.S. Justice Department for matching grants to pay for the vests under the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Act." Federal reimbursement is available for up to half the cost of the vests. [However, as BeaverLake6 Report posted in May, federal funding is currently being held up in the US Congress.] According to statistics provided by the federal government, since the Bulletproof Vest Partnership program was established in 1999, $375 million has been given by the federal authority to the local enforcement agencies to purchase more than 1.1 million vests. Click here to read the Chicago Tribune posting. Posted July 20, 2014
Israel Defense Force Orders New Parachutes. According to the website IsraelDefense, the Israel Defense Force (IDF), after 50 years of using the same designed parachute, has ordered new parachutes based on the T-11 model by the Airborne Systems Company, Santa Ana, Cal., USA. The T-11 parachute is square-shaped. In the website posting, it says one of the main reasons for the replacement is the fact that today's paratroopers weigh, on average, a few kilograms more than the average paratrooper of the last century. The T-11 system includes a new reserve parachute that has a wider canopy than the one being replaced. The IDF will have to wait, though, until the US Army has received its order of about 15,000 of the new T-11 parachutes. Click here to read the article. Posted July 16, 2014
US Defense Logistics Agency Awards Tarp Contract. It was announced to day that GTA Containers Inc, South Bend, Ind., USA, was awarded a $7,539,057 firm-fixed-price contract with options for 6,333 tarps and bows for the five-ton long wheel base vehicle. Work will be performed in South Bend, Indiana, with an estimated completion date of June 17, 2017. Bids were solicited via the Internet with 10 received. Fiscal 2011 other procurement funds in the amount of $3,967,737, and fiscal 2012 other procurement funds in the amount of $3,571, 320 are being obligated at the time of the award. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Mich., USA, is the contracting activity (W56HZV-14-C-0223). Posted July 16, 2014
"Tornado Lifejacket" Developed. At least that's what inventors Dr. Steve Walker and Stan Schone of ProTecht, LLC, call their new product BODYGUARD™. Made of "heavy duty" nylon, a layer of what's called "Impact Gel," and a final layer of a woven aramid fabric, the blanket is designed for use in schools as a protective cover over a student's body to lessen the impact of flying debris during a catastrophic event like a tornado. BODYGUARD will be marketed to schools that are particularly in the path of frequent devastating weather events. In looking at the ProTecht website, the blanket appears to be related to another product they developed called the Storm ProTecht™ blanket that is marketed to consumers for keeping in cars, boats and other outdoor exposed areas. Click here to read the article posted on the accuweather.com website. Posted July 16, 2014
"Pure Opportunity" is Theme for Filtration Event. The upcoming Filtration 2014 International Conference & Exposition, November 18-20, will focus on nonwoven media for air and liquid filtration. The theme is "Pure Opportunity." In addition to the main event, INDA's Nonwoven Filter Media Training Course is being held prior to the exposition on November 18-19 and the National Air Filtration Association (NAFA) will present the NAFA Air Tutorial on November 18. Click here for more information. Posted July 16, 2014
Polyester Fibers Completes Management-Led Buyout. The website furnituretoday.com has posted an article noting that the management of Polyester Fibers LLC, a North American manufacturer of nonwoven polyester materials, have completed a management-led buyout from its parent company, Empire Investment Holdings. Polyester Fibers, headquartered in Conover, N.C., USA, is a supplier of polyester nonwoven material for various end-product markets including the filtration and automotive industries. Click here to read the entire posting. Posted July 16, 2014
Date Changed for ITM 2016. The organizers of the 2016 ITM Texpo Eurasia International Textile Exhibition (ITM 2016) have announced dates of the event have been changed from September 1-4, 2016 to June 1-4, 2016. Click here to go the ITM 2016 website. Posted July 16, 2014
Consolidation and Staff Changes at US Trade Association. The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), headquartered in Washington, D.C., USA, has confirmed to BeaverLake6 Report that it will be closing its Gastonia, North Carolina, office, effective December 2014. Staff changes/responsibilities will result from the closing. Mike Hubbard, vice president of international trade, has declined for family reasons to move to the Washington office. He will be leaving the organization within the next two months. Mr. Hubbard is well-respected throughout the textile industry and will be missed. Robin Haynes, the other member of the North Carolina office, will remain with NCTO as Treasurer and Director of Administration but will work from a new location in North Carolina. Mr. Hubbard’s replacement will be Sara Beatty, the president of Whitehaven Trade Advisories. She had previously worked with the NCTO President Auggie Tantillo at the American Manufacturing Trade Action Coalition as its Director of the International Trade. Posted July 11, 2014
Takeover Bid Launched on TRW. TRW Automotive Holdings, one of the three major global manufacturers of airbags, is the target of a takeover bid by German auto-parts maker ZF Friedrichshafen AG. TRW is based in Livonia, Mich., USA. If the bid is successful, it would be create a $40 billion company. Click here to read a Wall Street Journal posting on the bid. Posted July 11, 2014
Australia's Largest Manufacturer of Technical Textiles Sold. The Australian newspaper website The Border Mail reported today Bruck Textiles of Wangaratta, Vic., Australia, has been sold to Australian Textile Mills (ATM). Bruck, established in 1947 and currently employing about 250 workers, specializes in supplying performance and protective fabrics textiles for the automotive and defense industries. The sale is estimated to result in the loss of 60 jobs. [BeaverLake6 Report did a quick search and was unable to find out anything about ATM.] Click here to read the post from The Boarder Mail website. Posted July 11, 2014
Low & Bonar Reports Strong Coated Fabrics Growth. Global technical textiles manufacturer Low & Bonar has reported the technical coated fabrics division, which makes fabrics for applications such as truck covers, advertising banners, tent rental and awnings markets, posted a 7.7% growth in revenue to $104.3 million for the first half of 2014. Operating profits, totaling $11.21 million, were up almost 26%. Click here to read the article posted on The Herald Scotland website. Posted July 11, 2014
Ukraine Reportedly Receives 2,000 Body Armor Vests from US. A Ukrainian website posting this week the US Embassy put out a July 7 press release confirming that the Ukrainian Armed Forces has received 2,000 sets of Interceptor body armor from the US government. Further, the press release said that other recent deliveries from the US include 1,000 sleeping mats and 3,600 camouflage jackets, and that 1,000 helmet covers will arrive shortly. These are all part of the $23 million non-lethal aid package announced earlier this year. [BeaverLake6 Report was unable to find this July 7 press release on the US Embassy's Ukraine website but did find a June 21 press release which announced in more general terms a $23 million non-lethal aid package that included body armor and other materials.] Click here to read the Ukraine website posting. Posted July 10, 2014
Leading Geosynthetic Supplier Acquired. In a July 9 press release, Tensar Corporation, a major supplier within the global geosynthetics industry, announced it had been acquired by Castle Harlan, Inc., a New York-based private equity firm. Tensar was originally formed in 1983 as a jointly venture formed by Gulf Canada Limited, Netlon Limited and Netlon Limited's majority shareholder. Since then, the company has been through a number of acquisitions, most recently in 2005 by the investment group Arcapita Inc. Tensar is headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., USA. Click here to read the press release on the acquisition. Posted July 10, 2014
Truck Side Curtains May Have Caused a Fatal Accident. A Scotland television news website, stv.tv, has posted an article on its site reporting on police speculation that a fatal lorry accident was caused because the vehicle's fabric side curtains acted like a sail and toppled the truck during a bad gust of wind. The side curtains were closed on the empty trailer. At the inquiry, the road policing constable said that "industry bodies recommend leaving the weatherproofing membrane [curtains] open in windy conditions, but the advice was not published." Further, "there was no legislation or formal guidance covering the use of trailer side curtains." Click here to read the accident article. Posted July 10, 2014
Home Sew Acquired by MAD Holdings. Congratulations to our good friend Mark Dammeyer. His company, MAD Holdings, Inc. of Bethlehem, Penn., US, has acquired Home Sew, Inc., a leading US catalog and online retailer of sewing and craft supplies. Mr. Dammeyer has long experience in the technical textiles industry and previously held management positions with United Textiles (UNITEX) and Somfy. He will now become president/CEO of Home-Sew Holdings LLC. Click here to read the news release about the acquisition. Posted July 9, 2014
Review of ITMA Asia + CITME 2014. If you're looking for a good concise summary of the ITMA Asia + CITME 2014 exhibition in Shanghai, we would suggest you read Adrian Wilson's column posted on the Innovations In Textiles website. Mr. Wilson is a well-known writer on the textile industry and his expertise shines in an analysis of the recent textile machinery event, including why there were fewer textile machine manufacturers exhibiting. Click here to go to the article. Posted July 9, 2014
Crazy Innovative Tent Designs. No website goes unchecked as we search to bring you the most cool applications in the technical textiles industry. We came across some amazing camping tents at the unlikely website named dometicsluttery that are intended to appeal to the female camper. Click here to look at all the uniquely designed tents displayed on the website. Posted July 9, 2014
US Releases May Export Figures for Specialty Fabrics. The US Office of Textiles & Apparel (OTEXA) has released the May export numbers for the Specialty and Industrial Fabrics group. Over a 12-month year-to-year ending in May, exports increased 6.8%. Mexico, the largest recipient of products in the Specialty and Industrial Fabrics group during the last 12 months at $3.2bn, grew 17.17%, The other countries in the top 5 are Canada, China, Hong Kong and Japan. Click here for the full report. Posted July 9, 2014
Foreign Investers Urge Vietnam to Speed Up FTAs' Negotiations. According to the Vietnam daily newspaper Thankh Nien, many foreign companies that have invested in Vietnam in anticipation of the country's benefits from its involvement in the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, are now urging the government to speed up the negotiation process. While trade value between the US and Vietnam reached $29.7 billion last year, a 20% year-on-year increase, the TPP benefit could result in a jump of another 14%. [Note: Much of the anticipated trade lies in textiles and finished products made of textiles.] Click here to read the article. Posted July 8, 2014
State Sues Nonwovens Company for Failure to Abide by Terms of Grant. Custom Nonwovens Inc. is being sued by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development for the return of $100,000 in grant money given to the company in 2012. The grant was awarded with the understanding the company was going to invest $5.3 million in the development of a plant in Allentown, Penn., USA, and operate it for at least 5 years. The North Carolina based company shuttered the project in 2013. Click here to read an article posted on the Allentown Morning Call website. Posted July 8, 2014
British Airlines Tests "Happiness Blanket." A very cool marketing study was conducted last month when British Airlines gave flyers going from London to New York special blankets. The blankets had fiber optics woven into the material and the customers wore headbands with neurosensors to measure brain wavers. The purpose was to measure the passenger's relaxation. The fiber optics caused the color of the blanket to turn red for a minimum of relaxation and blue showed the maximum relaxation. The goal was to provide the passenger with the best sleep possible on long flights. Testing was done on food served, takeoff and landing, and even the types of movies shown on the trips. Click here to read an article on the test and watch a neat video produced by British Airways. Posted July 8, 2014
NC State Names Hinks Interim Dean of Textiles. The search committee's task for finding a new dean of the College of Textiles at North Carolina State University is proving to be a difficult. The committee has not been able to reach a concensus on a candidate to recommend. Provost Warwick Arden has suspended the search and appointed professor David Hinks to serve as interim dean effective July 1. Dr. Hinks is the Cone Mills Professor of Textile Chemistry and director of the Forensic Sciences Institute. Blanton Godfrey, who has served as dean for 14 years, will be returning to the faculty. The search for the new dean will start up again in the coming academic year. Click here to read the NC State press release announcing Dr. Hinks' interim appointment. Posted July 2, 2014
Geosynthetic Leader Receives ASTM Award of Merit. Congratulations to Gary Kolbasuk, Director of Innovation and Technology at Raven Industries, Sioux Falls, S.D., USA. The ASTM International Committee D35 on Geosynthetics has awarded Mr. Kolbasuk the organization's Award of Merit for his contribution to standards activities. Mr. Kolbasuk has been an ASTM International member since 1985 and has worked on many new and revised standards regarding geomembranes. Click here to read the news release on his recognition posted on the geosynthetica.net website. Posted July 2, 2014
World's First RIB Saved from Scrapheap. We love these types of stories: There's an interesting little article on the UK's motorboatsmonthly website about the restoration of the earliest-known example of a rigid inflatable boat (RIB). Built in the 1960s at Atlantic College located in Wales, the RIB was conceived and designed under the direction of Rear Admiral Desmond Hoare, the school's headmaster. The original boat now restored, is making its last run of 550 miles over the next few days before being placed July 5 in the school's museum. The RIB design spawned the future generations of inflatable boats that have saved thousands of lives in almost every country during the last 50 years. Click here to read the posting. Posted July 2, 2014
More Carbon Fiber Plants Going Up in US. As industry consultant Alasdair Carmichael of Carmichael International reported yesterday, "The carbon fiber industry in the US is on a significant growth spurt." Japan's Mitsubishi Rayon Company, Ltd. (MRC) announced June 30 that it plans to double carbon fiber capacity at its US location in Sacramento, Calif. Capacity would increase from 2,000 tons to 4,000 tons. The fibers would be between 12k tow and 50k tow. MRC notes that worldwide demand for carbon fiber is increasing at an annual 20% rate. One of the applications causing the increase is the use in carbon fiber-reinforced pressure vessel used in compressed natural gas fuel tanks. These tanks are used in transportation from the boom in shale gas development. Click here to read more about the MRC increase. Posted July 2, 2014
Qatar Reveals Tent-Like Stadium Structure Design for 2022 FIFA World Cup. The design of a new 60,000-theater stadium in Al Khor, Qatar, has been unveiled. The stadium is to be modeled after a traditional Bayt Al-Sha'al tent used by the region's nomadic tribes. The stadium, called "Al Bayt," will be fabric-covered and is intended as one of the semi-final venues for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Three more venues in Qatar are expected to be announced soon. The architect of Al Bayt stadium is Dar Al Handasah. Click here to view a fascinating video of how it will look. Posted June 30, 2014
NATO Army Armaments Group to Meet at Future Forces 2014. The Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic, together with the 11th edition of Future Forces 2014 (FF14), will host the official meeting of the NATO LCG DSS in Prague, Czech Republic, in October. One of the plenary sessions is Reconnaissance/Camouflage Concealment, Deception and Denial. To assess the technological components and logistical requirements of a 21st century combatant and "NATO Forces 2020", there will be an open NATO Future Soldier workshop that will evaluate the equipment needed by dismounted soldiers and small units to fight effectively. Click here to go to the FF14 website. Posted June 30, 2014
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Last Day Visits Always Hold Surprises. One of the nice results of a multi-day show is that by late morning of the last day the visitor traffic has slowed. Why is this good? It allows the exhibitors, especially the personnel of smaller booths, to get out and explore the show themselves. After 35 years in the event management business, I know there is a lot of informal business which takes place between exhibitors in these final hours of a trade show.
The winner of the iPad Mini we gave away at our booth was Jeremy Day, district manager of Penford Products Co., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA. Congratulations to Mr. Day and thanks to all of you who entered the drawing. Special kudos to Jim Borneman, publisher of Textile World magazine, who helped us out with drawing the winning business card.
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