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Sioen Reports on FY2014. Sioen Industries NV, an international technical textiles manufacturer headquartered in The Netherlands, has released its preliminary financial report for 2014. Sioen is reporting a €16.5 million gross profit in 2014, an increase of 15% over the previous year. EBIT was €27.8 million compared to €23.8 million in 2013. The complete financial annual report will be released March 24. Click here to view the Sioen's financial report released today. Posted February 27, 2015

2015 Tent Expo Attracts Rental Tent Operators. The Tent Rental Division (TRD) of Industrial Fabrics Association International (Roseville, Minn., USA) met January 29-31 in Orlando, Fla., USA for its annual gathering. The event attracted almost 600 rental tent installers, tent fabricators, and tent material and equipment suppliers. The show had 58 exhibitors and featured 21 tent displays. Congratulations to Tom Markel of Bravo Events Expos Displays and Brian Richardson of L&A Tent Rentals Inc. Each received the Outstanding Volunteer Award for their work on the TRD steering committee. Click here to read an article in IFAI's InTents magazine, summarizing the event. Posted February 27, 2015

Student Wins Geosynthetic Society Paper Awards. The North American Geosynthetics Society's (NAGS) 2015 Student Paper Award was presented to Daniel Jones, an engineering student at Queen's University (Kingston, Ont., Canada) at Geosynthetics 2015 in Portland, Ore., USA. The paper was titled "Hydration of Geosynthetic Clay Liners in Antarctica." Mr. Jones was presented with a USD $500 award and will receive an invitation to present his winning paper in a special session at GeoAmericas 2016, the 3rd Pan-American Conference on Geoosynthetics, taking place April 10-13, 2016 in Miami, Fla., USA. Click here to read more about Mr. Jones' accomplishment on the website. Posted February 25, 2015

Astronaut will Present Keynote Address at Upcoming North American Composites Show. JEC, the international organization for the composites industry, has announced former NASA astronaut and motivational speaker Ron Garan will be the featured speaker at JEC Americas 2015 in Houston, Texas, USA. JEC Americas is co-locating for the second year with Techtextil North America. Since Houston is the home of NASA, the location brings a special opportunity to showcase how composites are used in many applications for space exploration. Click here to go to the JEC Americas 2015 website for more information. Posted February 25, 2015   

New Video Available on Importance of EMS Workers to Wear HIgh Visibility Safety Apparel. Emergency medical services (EMS) personnel often find themselves in dangerous situations when working on highways and fast moving traffic. In the US, there is a federal regulation that went into effect in 2008 which mandates anyone working in the right-of-way of a federal-aided highway has to wear high-visibility clothing that meets the requirements of the American National Standards Institute. While high-visibility apparel is required for EMS workers in Europe and Australia, many US responders prefer darker clothes and then don high visibility vests, seeing the safety vest as an accessory, To encourage more awareness, a new video has been produced to remind workers about safety vests entitled "High Visibility Safety Vests: Be Safe--Be Seen." The video shows the dramatic visibility difference of the EMS worker wearing a vest and without wearing the vest. Click here to read a post on the Journal of Emergency Medical Services website about the video. Posted February 25, 2015

US Defense Logistics Agency Exercises Option in Tactical Vest Contract. Protective Products Enterprises Inc., Sunrise, Fla., USA has been awarded a maximum $78,996,385 modification exercising the third one-year option period of a one-year base contract  with three one-year option periods for improved outer tactical vest and components.  Location of performance is Florida, with a Feb. 27, 2016 performance completion date. Using military services are Army, Air Force and Marine Corps. Type of appropriation is fiscal year 2015 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Penn., USA. Posted February 24, 2015

Photo provided by J. Stull

Scrutiny Required in Understanding PPE Certification Labels Claims. There's an interesting article published on the Fire Chief website discussing the potential in mislabeled PPE equipment such as firefighter turncoats. The article, written by Jeffrey and Grace Stull, is a very good examination of what certification labels mean, including the awareness a purchaser should have of "puffed up" and fraudulent claims by some manufacturers and even the making up of certifications and certification organizations. Click here to read the article. Posted February 24, 2015

Japanese Juice Company Creates a Backpack That Feeds Tomatoes to Runners. Yes, we found the definitive article on tomato dispensing backpacks today. According to the website The Mary Sue, the vegetable juice company Kogome has unveiled a wearable tomato backpack contraption called the Tomatan that can be filled with six mid-sized tomatoes. The maker felt this should be enough power for runners seeking energy from tomatoes in the Tokyo Marathon which took place last weekend. The backpack looks like a tomato doll and sits on the wearer's shoulders. A lever in the foot (see the photo) moves the arms to catch a tomato from a dispensing shoot and then places it in front of the runner's mouth. No word on how the runner(s) did using this backpack technology. Click here to read the article. Posted February 24, 2015

Combined Geosynthetic Events Attract Large Participation. A press release issued today by the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) reports the February 15-18 co-located Geosynthetics 2015 / IECA Environmental Connection attracted a combined 2,700 participants (conference delegates, trade show visitors and exhibit personnel) and 240 exhibits. The events were held in Portland, Ore., USA. Geosynthetics 2015 was organized by IFAI and Environmental Connections was organized by International Erosion Control Association. The next IFAI geosynthetics conference will co-organized with the ASCE's Geo-Institute GeoCongress and called Geotechnical Frontiers 2017. It will be held March 12-15, 2017, in Orlando, Fla., USA. Posted February 24, 2015

AATCC Honors Zeronian with the Olney Award. Congratulations to S. Haig Zeronian for being selected yesterday to receive The Olney Medal, the highest awaard presented by AATCC. Mr. Zeronian was recognized for his outstanding lifetime achievement in a field of major importance to textile science, including contributing to the understanding of the relationship of fiber structure The award will be presented March 26 during AATCC's International Conference in Savannah, Ga., USA. Posted February 24, 2015

Advanced Textiles Show Issues Call for Papers. A "Call for Papers" has been issued for Advanced Textiles 2015 Expo, one of three events occuring under the IFAI Expo 2015 banner, October 6-9, 2015. Advanced Textiles will be held in Anaheim, Calif., USA. Submissions are due by March 16, 2015. Click here to go to the Advanced Textiles website. Posted February 22, 2015

Takata Fined $14,000 Per Day for Uncooperative Behavior. Time for our weekly update about the Takata airbag recall fiasco. Apparently the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is not happy with the passive aggressive response Takata took when the NHTSA requested company documents relating to the company's internal investigation of potential problems with the airbag inflators. Takata response was to give NHTSA 2.4 million pages of documents without explaining anything about them. NHTSA, not satisfied, called the massive dump of documents a "waste of time," and is now fining Takata $14,000 per day until it feels there is actual cooperation from the company. Click here to read an article about the document dump. Posted February 22, 2015

(L-R) Pierre Wirtz, Diana Heelis and Patricia Featherstone

EDANA Presents Lifetime Achievement Award. EDANA, the international nonwovens trade association based in Brussels, announced at its recent Board of Governors meeting that it has awarded Diana Heelis, Public Affairs consultant representing Kimberly Clark, its Lifetime Achievement Award. the award was given in recognition of her dedication to the industry and contributions to the Association's activities for more than 20 years. Click here to read the release. Posted February 21, 2015

Shark Tanks" Television Show to Feature Backpack Manufacturers. The popular US television show "Shark Tank" will tonight feature two people who founded Taaluma Totes. According to an article on the Roanoke Times website (Roanoke, Va., USA), "Taaluma Totes sells colorful backpacks made from tradtional fabrics of developing countries. Twenty-five percent of the $65 paid for each backpack is turned into a microloan that is given to some farmers and small business owners in whichever country where the item's fabric comes from." Click here to read the article. [Note: This is the type of project that we could see funded by the Industrial Fabrics Foundation, a nonprofit foundation managed by the Industrial Fabrics Association International] Posted February 20, 2015 

Israeli Nonwovens Company Announces US Plant Expansion. The North Carolina governor's office issued a press release today announcing Shalag US, the North American division of the Israel-based textile company Shalag Nonwovens, will be investing $16 million in its Oxford, N.C. plant. The company manufactures calender-bonded and other types of nonwoven materials used in the hygiene marketplace. This is the company’s second major expansion at the plant since it opened in 2009. Today's announcement also noted the company has been awarded a grant from the One North Carolina fund worth up to $100,000 if the company meets its jobs and investments goals. Click here to read an article about this expansion in the Triangle Business Journal (Raleigh, N.C. USA). Posted February 20, 2015 

Geomembrane Quality Installation Guide Available. The Complete Field Guide to Ensuring Quality Geosynthetics Installs has recently been published. The 372-page guide's subhead is "Volume 1: Fundamentals & Geomembranes" indicating there are more volumes to come on different segments of the geosynthetic applications. The author is Glen Toepfer, C.E.T., president of CQA Solutions LTD. Click here for more information posted on the website. Posted February 19, 2015

Shade Cloth Protection Factor Claims Under Scrutiny in Australia. According to an article posted on the website of The Advertiser (Adelaide, South Australia, Australia) some shade cloths promoted as an extreme sun defense are failing to provide the minimum acceptable protection against skin cancer. The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency requires a Protection Factor of 35 or high to adequately provide a shield against UV rays. Most of the shade cloth being offered has a Protection Factor of 10 or 15. The problem may lie in the confusion over the intended use of the fabric. The Protection Factor was originally designed as a regulation for agricultural shade cloth not as relevant to humans as a UV blocking rating. Click here to read more. Posted February 19, 2015

Premier Technical Textiles Event in Canada Takes Place Next Month. One of those "hidden" quality events for the technical textiles industry is the upcoming Expo Hightex 2015. Organized by the CTT Group in Montreal, Expo Hightex 2015 will take place March 25-26 in Boucherville, Quebec. This year the conference part of Hightex has 4 sections -- Protect, Meditex, Transportech and Workwear. More than 600 delegates, 36 exhibitos and 20 guest speakers will be participating. Click here for more information. Posted February 17, 2015

Airbag Rollers Haul Out 3600 Ton Ro-Ro Ship. We found another interesting article on the use of industrial airbags to bring a vessel out of the water. In this case it was a good size Ro-Ro (roll on, roll off) cargo ship. The 140 meter long ship was taken out of the water and set on the beach for repairs in Abu Dhabi. Fourteen airbags were used to roll the ship on to the beach. Click here to read the article. Posted February 16, 2015

European Rear Seat Automotive Airbags Will Debut in 2016. According to Automotive News website, TRW Automotive Holdings Corp., a major supplier of automotive safety systems including airbags and seatbelts, is preparing to introduce in 2016 two airbags designed to protective rear seat passengers. One is mounted in the roof and the other is in the back of the front seat. Click here to read the article. Posted February 16, 2015 

Defense Ministry Offers Bulletproof Vest to Russian Army Whistleblowers. Well, this was an interesting article we came across today posted on The Moscow Times website. The Russian Defense Ministry is offering the chance for citizens to win a Skoll bulletproof vest and other protective gear by writing a report on wrongdoings in the country's military. The contest organizer -- which is the government -- says it would protect the confidentiality of contenders who wish to remain anonymous. Click here to read the article. Posted February 13, 2015

NCTO Applauds USTR for Confronting China on Alleged Illegal Export Subsidies. The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), a US-based trade group in Washington, has issued a press release supporting the U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Michael Froman's decision to pursue dispute settlement consultations with the Government of China at the World Trade Organization (WTO) concerning China's "Demonstration Bases-Common Service Platform" export subsidy program. NCTO's long-standing position is that China's rise in the global textile and apparel market has been substantially aided by illegal and unfair trading practices. Click here to read the NCTO press release. Posted February 13, 2015

India Military Innovations Using Technical Textiles on Display. The Times of India has a short informative article on their website about the contributions coming from India's Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO). The products developed by DRDO include protective suits for nuclear, biological and chemical warfare. The products were on display February 5-9 at the Bhartiya Vigyan Expo 2015, in Campal, Panaji, India. Click here to read the article. Posted February 13, 2015

Automotive Recyclers Association Files Lawsuit Agains Takata on Defective Airbags. The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA), a US-based trade association, has filed a class action lawsuit against Takata Corporation, its subsidiaries TK Holdings Inc. and Highland Industries, as well as numerous automotive manufacturers relating to the defective airbags recall. The claim is that ARA members -- automotive recyclers -- are not able to sell or trade recycled airbags because they are now valueless. [Personally, we're not sure we're any more comfortable having the knowledge that we may have a recycled airbag in our car.] Click here to read the press release issued by Automotive Recyclers Association. Posted February 12, 2015

Potential 20,000 Jobs in UK Textile Manufacturing. Encouraging news for the UK's textile industry was in a report issued by the Manchester-based Alliance Project. According to an article posted on the website of the Manchester Evening News, up to 20,000 jobs could be created by 2020 in specific parts of the textile industry. Two segments highlighted in the report were the development of technical textiles and composites manufacturing industries. The report is said to be the biggest study on supply and demand in the textile industry in 20 years. Click here to read the article. Posted February 12, 2015

Proposed Law Would Make Counterfeit Airbags Illegal. Now you would think this law is already in place. Maybe so elsewhere but apparently not in the US State of Iowa. According to today's The Des Moines Register, Des Moines, Iowa, USA, there is a bill before the state legislature that would make the act of installing or selling counterfeit airbags illegal. One of the lawmakers quoted in the article says "They've got false logos on them. And sometimes they're filled with things other than [what] they should be, and they don't work at all." Click here to read the article (but be aware you have to answer a survey question on the website). Posted February 11, 2015

"How This Tiny Startup Plans To Dethrone Gore-Tex." Can it be done? Well, we don't know but that's the title of an interesting article found on the Australian website Gizmodo. The article describes a new production process -- Core Construction -- that allows Colorado-based Voormi to weave a technical membrane straight into the fabric of a one-layer item of clothing. Click here to read the article. Posted February 11, 2015

Photo Source: Dainese

Skiers Reluctant to Use Airbags in Competitions. The addition of even the slight weight and bulk has made caused many skiers to be reluctant in embracing the use of ski airbags. The IFA, the international ski federation which governs the large competitions, is also hesitant about making the airbags mandatory despite their potential protective advantages for the racer. It's an interesting article posted through the New York Times News Service that reveals the same old reluctance of trying to introduce acceptance of new technology. Click here to read the article. Posted February 10, 2015

New York City to Spend Millions on New Bulletproof Vests. City officials announced they are adding into this year's budget $7.3 million for new bulletproof vests for their police force, plus budgeting $4.2 million for vest purchases in 2016.  The 2015 purchases will fund 13,000 vests. The funding will allow replacement of older vests. Currently, 6,400 current vest are more than 10 years old and another 15,500 vests are more than five years old. Click here to read a New York Post article about the planned purchases. Posted February 10, 2015 

Interview Reveals More about the Lab Developing India's Space Recovery Systems. The Times of India website has an interesting interview with S.C. Sati, the director of the lab at India's Aerial Delivery Research and Development Establishment (ADRDE). ADRDE makes nearly 60 varieties of parachutes. Besides supplying the nation's space craft recovery systems, parachutes developed by ADRDE are used by all three branches of India's armed forces. Click here to read more on the Times of India website. Posted February 9, 2015

New Recommendations Out for Police Body Armor. The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has issued new federal guidelines aimed to address the comfortability of bullet-proof vests worn by members of law enforcement. The thinking is that many of the current vests manufactureed are uncomfortable and are not being worn. According to the website The Hill, the DOJ also noted "it is in the process of developing new guidelines for stab-resistant armor, which would be better suited for correction officers in prisons than bullet-proof vests." You can read or download the new 104 page federal guidelines by clicking here. Click here to read The Hill. Posted February 9, 2015

AATCC Foundation Offers New Scholarship. If your company is an AATCC Corporate member and you have a child looking soon at attending a university, it might not be a bad idea to look at a new scholarship that has become available. The AATCC Foundation is offering a $2000 scholarship that will be awarded annually to one high school senior, who plans to major in a textile-related university program. Click here to find more information ablut requirements and to obtain an application. Posted February 9, 2015

HDT Global Acquires Purchase of DHS Technologies' Operations. The consolidation of US military shelter manufacturerss continue to consolidate as a result of severe military budget cutbacks. Today, HDT Global, a shelter supplier headquartered in Solon, Ohio, USA, announced the acquisition of the business and assets of DHS Technologies, LLC from Kanders & Company, a private investment firm. DHS, headquartered in Orangeburg,N.Y., USA,, is the manufacturer of the military's Deployable Rapid Assembly Shelter (DRASH). Click here to read the press release issued by HDT. Posted February 5, 2015

Takata Warns of Big Loss on Recalls. It seems things just keep getting worse with the ongoing Takata airbag fiasco. A number of financial news organizations are reporting today that the Japanese airbag manufacturer Takata has warned of a "facing a bigger-than-expected" financial loss as a result of the recalls. The number is staggering: Takata said it was expecting to lose $265 million in the fiscal year ending in March. Click here to read an article about the loss that is posted on the Industry News website. Posted February 5, 2015

Turkish Nonwoven 2015 Symposium Date Set. EDANA, the nonwovens industry trade association based in Brussels, Belgium, has announced the Turkish Nonwovens Symposium will be held in Istanbul on November 10-11, 2015. EDANA is currently seeking presentations and will also offer table top exhibit opportunities for industry suppliers. Click here to read the press release. Posted February 3, 2015

IFAI Japan Delegation to Attend Taiwan Technical Textile Conference. The Taiwan Technical Textiles Association reports that a 7-person delegation from IFAI Japan will be attending the 2015 9th TTTA International Technical Textiles Symposium. The symposium is taking place in Taipai Hsien, Taiwan, March 25-26, 2015. The IFAI Japan delegation will be led by Chair Junko Takai of Hivix Co. Ltd., Mizuho, Japan and, in addition to representatives from a number of other companies, will include the organization's Executive Director Kiko Tagawa. This is the first time the Japanese group has organized a delegation to attend the Tawan annual conference. Posted February 2, 2015

Highland Industries Set to Expand in US. The Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, N.C., USA) is reporting today that high-performance textile manufacturer Highland Industries has received an economic development grant from the city of Statesville, N.C. to expand its business in the city's industrial park. This city grant is part of a larger incentive funding previously approved by the North Carolina Department of Commerce. Click here to read the article posted in the Observer. Posted Janaury 31, 2015

Sunbrella Pioneer Allen Swers Passes. Long-time textile industry veteran Allen Swers died this past week at 93. Mr. Swers was in the furniture industry when in 1982 he approached the sales manager of Glen Raven Custom Fabrics, the manufacturer of the outdoor fabric Sunbrella. In an article posted January 29 on the Casual Living website, Allen E. Gant, Jr., chairman and CEO of Glen Raven, Inc., reflecting on the passing of Mr. Swers, said "It was his vision that led Glen Raven to create the Sunbrella furniture fabric business..." Mr. Swers son, David Swers, is now the president of Glen Raven Custom Fabrics. Click here to go to the Casual Living article. Posted January 30, 2015


HLC Industries Names Raneri as Vice President. HLC Industries, Inc., a converter and supplier of military and commercial fabrics, has announced the appointment of Peter Raneri as Vice President of Sales and Business Development. Mr. Raneri has nearly three decades of diverse textile industry experience and was most recently with Brand & Oppenheimer. Posted January 30, 2015

IFAI Graphics Event Cancelled. We received late word the IFAI Fabric Graphics Day conference scheduled for January 29, 2015 has been cancelled. The notice was posted on the IFAI website. The conference was being organized by the Fabric Graphics Association, a division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), at the Glen Raven Sunbrella manufacturing plant in Anderson, S.C., USA. Posted January 28, 2015

Final Program for Outlook Plus Latin America 2015 is Announced. The first nonwoven event organized in South America by the two global nonwoven trade associations -- EDANA and INDA -- is now set with the program established. Outlook Plus Latin America 2015 will take place March 3-5, 2015 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The first two days, will examine market, product and technology intelligence for hygiene and personal care. The third day will feature a unique focus on durable nonwoven applications and future opportunities. The keynote presentation will be delivered by Roberto Macedo, Ph.D..  His presentation will be  on global and regional economic prospects for the Mercosul Region (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela). Click here to read the press release issued by the two organizations. Posted January 28, 2015

Geosynthetics Video on Sustainability Released. The International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) has produced a video called "Geosynthetics for Sustainable Development." As the title implies, the video shows the many applications of geosynthetics which go towards protecting the earth and its limited resources. I would recommend viewing it for those wanting a 5-minute overview of geosynthetics applications. Click here to view the video. Posted January 28, 2015

Canadian Military Seeks New Protective Suits. According to an article posted on the Ottawa Citizen website, the Canadian Department of National Defence "wants a contractor to design and develop a hybrid protective suit that would shield wearers against chemical or biological hazards while allowing them to effectivel engage an enemy." The DND is allocating $700,000 for the development of the suit. It would be an all-hazard protective suit system. The RFP  notes the construction of the prototype must be done by June 2016. Click here to read the article. Posted January 27, 2015

US Military Tent Maker Thrives Despite Defense Cutbacks. There's a nice article posted on The Dispatch (Columbus, Miss. USA) website about the success of two brothers, Iraqi war veterans, and their father in establishing a startup tent manufacturing company. LiteFighter makes one- and two-man tents, and currently markets them exclusively for the military. LiteFighters teamed up with American Power Sources, a military apparel company which had fallen on hard times because of the US military budget cutback. Now they are making 3,000 LiteFighter tents per month. Click here to read the article. Posted January 27, 2015

US Military Textile Supplier Appoints New Management Team. Brand & Oppenheimer Co., Inc., a US textile converter and supplier to the US military, has been given a new management team by controlling shareholder Praesidian Capital. Edward Ricci has been appointed CEO. Ben Galben and Bryan Boulis, have also been appointed to the Office of the CEO, although their positions within Brand & Oppenheimer are not noted in the company press release. Mr. Ricci and Mr. Galpen were founders of 1947 LLC, a company which owns the exclusive international distributor rights to MultiCam®, a licensed camouflage pattern used by the US Army. Prasidian also owns US textiles supplier Performance Textiles, so this appears to be a good fit for all parties involved. Click here to read the company press release. Posted January 27, 2015

Honda is Dropping Takata as Airbag Supplier for New Accord. It was bound to happen with the problems involving the massive recall of vehicles with potentially defective Takata airbag systems. Several websites are reporting today that Honda will be switching its supplier of airbags from Takata to Toyoda Gosei for the next Honda Accord model intended for the North American market. Click here to read an article posted on the Financial Times website. Posted January 25, 2015

Indian and US Officials Meet on Technical Textiles Issues During President Obama's Trip. According to the Indian website, Nirmala Sitharaman India's Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, is meeting US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker this week during US President Barack Obama's visit and one of the issues being discussed is making US technology in manufacturing technical textiles more available to India. Technical textiles is called a "sunrise" industry in India. Click here to read the article. Posted January 25, 2015

Amazing Mountain Parachute Skiing Video. We came across a post on the web blog that talked about a sports documentary that premiered on January 21 called "The Unrideables: Alaska Range." Simply put, as the article's author Lisa Ianucci says: "It's breathtaking." The documentary features the exploits of Jan DeVore's touch-and-go skiing down Alaskan mountain peaks using a parachute to jump from cliff to cliff. It's inspiring to know how our industry's products are used in such challenging situations. Click here to see the video. Posted January 25, 2015

Takata Executive Indicted in US for Price Fixing. According to a post today on the website, there's more bad press for Takata, the Japanese manufacturer of technical textiles and automotive safety systems. A US grand jury in Detroit, Mich., USA, has indicted an executive of Takata with price-fixing in the automotive seatbelt market. The federal grand jury indicted Hiromu Usuda, former Takata group and department manager in customer relations, with one count of conspiring to fix seatbelt prices the company sold to Japanese auto companies marketing in the US. The company has already paid a $71.3 million criminal fine in the case. Click here to read the article. Posted January 23, 2015

Costs of Those Corporate Tents at Golf Tournaments: A Lot. Every wonder what those coroporate tents that you see at professional golf tournaments cost to rent? The 2016 Ryder Cup is being held in Chaska, Minn., USA. According to an article posted on the website of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, the cost to rent the most expensive tents that hold up to 150 people are going for $600,000. Smaller tents are going for $275,000 to $425,000. Click here to read the article. Posted January 21, 2015

German Financial Institution Issues Report on Technical Textiles. Commerzbank, a German-based financial institution, has developed a report on the global technical textiles industry. A summary of the report issued January 16 forecasts a 2% increase in global production for 2015. Other key takeaways from the summary include there are 600 companies in Germany making technical textiles; 62% of the 2013 technical textiles made in Germany were exported; and, nearly 50% of the German textile industry is devoted to the manufacture of technical textiles. The summary is a little frustrating to read because it goes back and forth between nonwovens and technical textiles statistics. Commerzbank is offering the full report for free. Click here to read the press release. Posted January 21, 2015

China Filtration Society Leader to Speak at Nonwoven Conference. The keynote speaker for FILTREX Asia 2015 will be Wang Yanxi, Chairman of the Chinese Filtration Society. The conference, organized by EDANA, an international nonwoven association based in Belgium, will be held March 17-18, 2015, in Hong Kong. Mr. Wang's presentation is entitled "Present & Future of the Chinese Filtration and Separation Business." Click here to go to the EDANA website to find out more about the event. Posted January 21, 2015

Photo credit: IDF

Israel Defense Force Receives New Parachutes. According to The Times of Israel website, the Israeli army is replacing the current Tzabar parachute with a new US-made parachute called T-11. Unlike the Tzabar parachute, the T-11 is non-steerable but will be able to carry a heavier load and be deployed at a greater speed. It's a good article to read because it gives a brief history of the paratroopers in war and then questions the need and expense of the parachute in this modern era. Click here to read the article. Posted January 20, 2015

Geosynthetics Expert Recognized by Spanish Government for His Work. It's nice to see people get the recognition they deserve. Dr. Manuel Blanco has been honored with the Command of the Order of the Civil Merit by the King Felip VI of Span. Dr. Blanco, head of the Central Laboratory of Structures and Materials at Centro de Estudios y Experimentación de Obras Públicas (CEDEX) located in Madrid, Spain, has been involved in the field of geosynthetics since the 1970s, particularly in hydraulics applications and durability studies. Dr. Blanco was recognized for his more than 25 years of work on geomembranes in reservoirs. Click here to read an article about his award at the website of the International Geosynthetics Society. Post January 20, 2015 

Call for Entries Issued for Tectextil Innovation Award 2015. Messe Frankfurt, the organizer of Techtextil 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany, has issued a call for entries for its Techtextil Innovation Award. The deadline for receipt of entries is February 20, 2015. The competition is open to all Techtextil 2015 exhibitors as well as other companies, institutes, universities and individuals. All award-winning projects will be featured at a special exhibition held during the Techtextil event which runs May 4-7, 2015. Click here for more information. Posted January 20, 2015

Redesign Expected for Orion Airbag Flotation System. Today seems to be the day to post information about the use of technical textiles in spacecraft applications. According to the website Spaceflight Now, "engineers plan to redesign part of the Orion capsule's self-righting flotation system that only partially engaged as the spacecraft splashed down" following its test flight in December. Only 3 of the 5 bags inflated and 2 of the 3 failed to maintain pressure. Click here to read the article. Posted January 19, 2015

Ray Haries (L), president of Bally Ribbon, and Charles Bolden (R), NASA Administrator

NASA Official Visits Bally Ribbon Mills. National Aeronautic Space Agency (NASA) Administrator Charles Bolden led an agency delegation during a January 9 tour of Bally Ribbon Mills (BRM), a key supplier of a 3D woven composite quartz and carbon fiber material that will be used in the thermal compression pad protection system for the Orion spacecraft which will eventually carry astronauts to Mars. The high-temperature material must withstand heat of 4,000 degrees encountered as the craft re-enters the atmosphere upon its return. BRM, established in 1923 as a manufacturer of hat bands, now employs 270 workers and is a producer of many types of narrow fabrics and technical textiles. Nice to see Ray Harries and his company recognized for their contribution to the space program. Click here to read an article about the NASA visit. Posted January 19, 2015

Per Lindstrand

Parachutes Deployed Successfully on Lost Mars Landing Craft. There are long-overdue congratulations owed to Per Lindstrand and his team at Lindstrand Technologies, Shropshire, UK. The company made the highly advanced parachutes used for the European-funded Mars spacecraft that disappeared ten years ago as it began its descent to the surface and had presumed to have crashed. New pictures, however, show the craft, Beagle 2, had successfully deployed its parachutes and the failure is now assumed to be the inability of the craft to deploy its solar panels needed for power and communication. According to the website, this new discovery means the Beagle 2 is the first British and European spacecraft to successfully land on Mars. Click here to read the article. Posted January 19, 2015

J. W. Hulme: American Success Story. Being based near St. Paul, Minn., we were pleased to see a very nicely done article and video about the amazing transformation of the J.W. Hulme Company. Founded in St. Paul in 1905, the company was for most of its life a custom awning shop and maker of fishing/hunting accessories. On the brink of bankruptcy in 2009, it has reinvented itself as a cult brand manufacturer of handcrafted luxury leather handbags and luggage. We highly recommend you read the article and view the video. Click here. Posted January 17, 2015

Patent Awarded for Direct Yarn Spinning Process.  Lorica International, a developer of materials and manufacturing methods in technical textiles and yarns based in San Diego, Calif., USA, has been granted U.S. patent for its Direct Yarn Spinning Process (DYSP), a disruptive technology that enables the production of 100% Oxidized Polyacrylonitrile Fiber (OPF) yarn. This new patent complements other issued patents surrounding the company's DYSP technology and OPF yarn, covering input products for yarn machines to draft and spin the yarn, processes used in factories for manufacturing the yarn and the final yarn product. Click here to read more about the patent. Posted January 16, 2015

Wang Tiankai

China Textile Industry Enters Deep Transition. There is an interesting article published today on the website China Economic Net addressing the slowing volume growth of China's textile industry. Year-on-year growth for the first 8 months of 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 were respectively 10.7%, 10.8%, 8.3% and 7.4%. In most parts of the world, we'd settle for a 7.4% growth rate but in China it is troubling. According to Wang Tiankai, chair of China National Textile and Apparel Council (CNTAC), the cost advantage of China's textile industry in international competition no longer exists. Thus, this is the time to seize the opportunity of technological revolution and industrial upgrading. We'd recommend this as a "must read" if you're trying to get a grasp on what's going on in China. Click here to read the article. Posted January 16, 2015

Thailand Appeals for Public Donations to Equip Army with Bulletproof Vests. While New York City is planning to spend millions on equiping its law enforement officers (see posting below), the Thai government admitted only about 1/3 or 100,000 of its soldiers have protective vests and is appealing to the public for donations. Click here to read the article posted on the Bangkok Post website. Posted January 15, 2015

New York City Budget May Include Millions of Dollars for Bulletproof Vests. The New York Daily News posted an article on its online website reporting the NewYork City Council is trying to include spending of $7.3 million into next year's budget to purchase new anti-ballistic vests for its law enforcement departments. The proposal would be to fund approximately 10,000 vests. Click here to read the online article. Posted January 15, 2015

Autoliv Will Make 25 Million Replacement Airbag Inflators. The website for Automotive News posted an article this morning saying that Autoliv Inc., has signed an agreement "with several automakers to deliver up to 25 million inflators to fix potentially defective airbags produced by Takata Inc." The inflators will be made at the Autoliv facility in Utah, USA. Takata is in the process of putting into place two new production lines at its Mexico facility which are expected to go into operation later this month that will boost its production capacity to 450,00 inflators a month. It is not clear, from the article, however, if the inflators are being assembled into new fabric bags or if they are using the current bag. Click here to read the Automotive News article. Posted January 15, 2015

Southern Textile Research Council Meeting to Focus on Advanced Automotive Materials. We saw posted on the website Textiles and Trade that the Southern Textile Research Council's 2015 event will be held May 17-19, 2015, in Greenville, S.C., USA. The theme of the 2015 STRC will be Advanced Automotive Materials, Textiles and Fibers. The conference dates are same as the IFAI Outlook 2015 conference being held in White Sulphur Springs, W.V., USA. It's too bad these conference organizers cannot do a better job of avoiding conflicts. They both sound like good events. Click here to read the post on Textiles and Trade website. Posted January 15, 2015

TenCate Supplying Digitally Printed Tent Cloth to Camping Tour Operators. Interesting news coming out of the 2015 Vakantiebeurs (Holiday Trade Fair) being held this week in Utrecht in The Netherlands: TenCate Outdoor Fabrics is to supply Rent-a-Tent digitally printed tent cloth for bungalow tents that will be rented to camping enthusiaists across Europe. Patterns and designs can now be tailored towards the target audience sought by a particular tent renter. Click here to read the TenCate press release. Posted January 15, 2015

Dr. Heribert Decher (CEO, Heytex) and Ted Anderson, CEO, BondCote

Heytex Acquires BondCote Corporation. BeaverLake6 Report has learned Heytex Brasche GmbH, Lower Saxony, Germany, is acquiring US coated and laminated fabrics manufacturer BondCote Corporation. Heytex is a manufacturer of textile print media and technical textiles with manufacturing facilities in Germany and China. In the US, its sales have primarily been in the print media market such as banners and translucent advertising media. BondCote is a diverse manufacturer of coated and laminated technical textiles for a variety of end markets, including military, shelters, marine, tarpaulin and pool covers applications. Click here  to read the entire commentary by BeaverLake6 Report and official press release. Posted January 14, 2014

Bob Evans

New Freudenberg North America President Named. In a press release issued today, Bob Evans has been appointed the Freudenberg North America LP president and the Group's regional representative, effective January 1, 2015. Mr. Evans will report directly to the Freudenberg Board of Management. Prior to this new appointment, he was the Group's General Counsel for the region, a position he will keep as well. Mr. Evans joined the Freudenberg Group in August 2003. Click here to read the company release. Posted January 13, 2015

Geo-Americas 2016 Issues Call for Abstracts. The North American Geosynthetics Society (NAGS), the organizer of Geosynthetics 2016, the 3rd Pan-American Conference on Geosynthetics, has issued a Call for Abstract for those interested in submitting a presentation. The topic areas include a wide variety of geosynthetic applications such as mining, water and wastewater containment, sustainability and materials used in tunnels. The event will be held at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel, Miami Beach, Fla., US, April 11-14, 2016. Deadline for abstract submissions is March 30, 2015. Click here to go to the Geosynthetics 2016 website to gain more information on abstract submissions. Posted January 13, 2015

November US Export Figures for Specialty and Industrial Fabrics Released. The US Office of Textiles & Apparel (OTEXA) has released the November export figures for the Specialty and Industrial Fabrics group. Comparing 2013 and 2014 12-month periods ending November, total US exports increased by $247 million or 6.4%. Mexico was up more than 14% during the 12-month comparison period and remained the leading country to receive US specialty fabrics exports, followed by Canada, China, Hong Kong and Japan. Export value to China over this time period has decreased by almost 8%. Click here to go to the OTEXA webpage to view export figures. Posted January 12, 2015

US Senators Push Federal Legislation for More Bulletproof Vest Funding. A number of US trade associations have lobbying efforts coming up in the next few months when members have a coordinated day to visit with their government representatives to seek support on issues that are of benefit to the textile industry. If you're going on one of these lobbying efforts, make sure your organizastion has on its agenda the seeking of support for the bi-partisan effort led by US Senators Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and Patrick Leahy (Vt.) for the reintroduction of federal legislation to reauthorize the expired Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program. The legislation provides federal dollars to match spending by local police departments to purchase body armor. The original program helped local law enforcement departments to purchase more than a million bulletproof vests before expiring in 2012. The average effective life of a ballastic vest is about 5 years, so there is a constant need for refreshing the supply. Click here to read an article posted about this Senate effort on the VTDigger website. Posted January 12, 2015

New and Revised AATCC Test Methods for Textile Testing. Word from AATCC, the Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professions, is that the 2015 AATCC Technical Manual is now available and includes 2 new test methods, 10 significantly revised methods, and 9 editorially revised methods. The technical manual is published annually and the 2015 version includes nearly 150 test methods and evaluation procedures used worldwide to evaluate and characterize fiber and textile materials. The two new test methods are TM148-2014, Light Blocking Effect of Textiles and Related Materials: Photodetector Method and TM203-2014, Lifht Blocking Effect of Textiles: Spectrophotometric Method.  This later method measure the light pasing through window covering textiles. Click here to go to the AATCC website for more information. Posted January 11, 2015

Serge Piolat

New EURATEX President Begins Term. The European Apparel and Textile Confederation (EURATEX) has a new President. Serge Piolat took office this month for a two-year term. He succeeds Alberto Paccanelli, who headed EURATEX during the last four years. Mr. Piolat has an extensive international experience in the textile industry, including as a Director of Porcher Industries Group's textile division. He is currently co-owner of SCHAPPE, a French Group of companies specialized in the production of technical spun yarns. He has been a member of EURATEX's Board of Directors since 2009 and acted as Vice President since 2011. A critical issue during his term will be the ongoing negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership agreement between the US and Europe. Click here to read the EURATEX press release on Mr. Piolat. Posted January 11, 2015

Nonwovens Industry Report with Forecast to 2018 Published. Almost every week BeaverLake6 Report receives word of a new report on a technical textile market segment. The ones we like are done by the industry trade associations. They have professionals on staff dedicated to the industry and have a wide access to industry expertise. Thus, we are pleased to see that INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has announced the availability of a new industry report entitled North American Nonwovens Industry Outlook 2013-2018. This is INDA's 9th analysis of the nonwoven markets. It contains detailed demand and supply data (capacity, production and trade flows) for the North American industry for 2008, 2013 and a forecast for 2018. According to the report, the North American market in 2013 consumed 1.9 million tons of nonwoven material and the market is forecasted to reach 2.3 million tons in 2018, a 4.2% annual growth rate. Click here to find out how to obtain the report. Posted January 11, 2015

ISEA Seeks Consensus Panel Participants for Revision of High-Visibility Worker Apparel Standard. The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) is revising its ANSI/ISEA 107-2010, American National Standard for High-Visibility Safety Apparel and Headwear. The standard, first established in 2009, is recognized as the standard mandated by US federal, state and local authorities as well as private industry entities. The US Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration requires nearly all workers in or near a high right-of-way to wear garments that comply with the standard. ISEA is looking for industry volunteers interested in serving as a panel member for the standard revision work. Click here for more information. Posted January 11, 2015

China Sends 1,600 Tents to Malaysia. According to the website The Rakyat Post, the Chinese government will supply 1,600 tents for victims in Malaysia of the most devastating flooding in a decade that occurred in the state of Kelantan at the end of December. The donated tents will be in 12 square meters and 36 square meters sizes. Click here to read the article. Posted January 11, 2015

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Technical Textiles "Shark Proof" Underwater Internet Cables. Apparently we missed this item last August was it was first news but thanks to the website The Inquisitr we found a posting yesterday that sharks apparently find underwater Internet cables kind of tasty. The biting problem has caused major Internet outages in the submerged Asia-America Gateway (AAG) cable system. The sharks are drawn by the electromagnetic waves emited by the cable. The solution? Technical textiles, of course. The cables are now being wrapped with an additional layer of Kevlar fabric. Click here to read the article. Posted January 11, 2015

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