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US Commerce Department Releases New Technical Textiles Export Market Report. As part of the International Trade Administration's (ITA) new Top Market Series, the US Department of Commerce has published a 46-page export market report covering technical textiles and apparel markets. The study examines the US technical textile industry and highlights key markets that will see increased exports by US domestic producers, including a focus on past performance of exports and projects estimates for growth through 2016 in 8 countries. BeaverLake6 Report enthusiastically recommends the ITA's report. It's complimentary and can be download by clicking here. Posted July 27, 2015

Introducing a New Column

Well, yes and no. It is a new column but it has an old name. It's called "In My Opinion" and will now become a regular feature, published every two weeks. You will find more in-depth coverage of issues impacting the technical textiles industry including trade deals, product launches and failures, new initiatives and the trends. I'll probably ruffle some feathers when my opinions don't follow the industry "party line."  Click here for more about the column.

 

Steve Warner, Publisher

Posted July 18, 2015

Front Page News

US Nonwovens Company Acquired. The Charlotee Observer (Charlotte, N.C., USA) is reporting that Charlotte-based Avintiv is being acquired by Berry Plastics Group Inc. Avintiv was previously called the Polymer Group Inc. until a name change in June (see our June 17 post on the name change). Avintiv manufactures nonwoven materials with three areas of focus -- Infection protection, high performance solutions for infrastructure and transportation, and for personal hygiene such as wipes and baby diapers. It has operations in 14 countries and employs more than 4,500 worldwide. Berry Plastics is based in Evansville, Ind., USA. Click here to read the article. Posted July 31, 2015

ITMA to Offer One-Day Course on Nonwovens.  ITMA 2016 organizer MP International and EDANA, the European nonwovens trade association, will be jointly organizing the Nonwovens Forum on November 16 during the ITMA textile trade machinery show taking place in Milan, Italy. Jacques Prigneaux, EDANA's Market Analysis and Economic Affairs Director, will be leading a series of talks given by European nonwoven experts. Click here for the full conference schedule of speakers. Posted July 29, 2015

Chile Chooses US-Made Fabrics for New Firefighter Turnout Gear. High-performance fabrics of Safety Componets, Inc., Greenville, S.C., USA, have been selected for new turnout gear that will protect firefighters within The Republic of Chile. The order amounts to equipping about 6000 Chilean firefighters over a three-year period. Materials used will be Safety Component's Armor AP for the outer shell and the Glide Thermal for the liner. Click here to read an article about the purchase on the Fire Engineering website. Posted July 29, 2015

BBC Reports on Scottish Technical Textile Manufacturer Facility Decision to Expand into China. The British Broadcasting Corporation had an interesting article posted on its website today on two Scottish firms that have announced expansion plans in China. J&D Wilkie Ltd., one of the companies, is a vertical manufacturer of yarns, materials and finished products made from technical textiles. Finished products include radar camouflage textiles and flexible body armor marketed under the name Jack Ellis Body Protection. Wilkie is opening a new 3 million factory in Jianxing near Shanghai to enable it to expand its finished technical products offerings. Click here to read the BBC post. Posted July 29, 2015.

Sympatex Names New Vice President for North America. Sympatex Technologies, a manufacturer of high-tech materials for apparel functional applications, announced on July 24 it had appointed Derek Spingler as the new Vice President for North America. Sympatex is headquartered in Unterfohring, Germany, with a distribution office in Newburyport, Mass., USA. Click here to read the press release announcing Mr. Spingler's appointment. Posted July 28, 2015

Coating and Laminating Conference Planned for March 2016 in Prague. In our opinion, the International Conference on Textile Coating and Laminating (TCL) event is one of the best conferences held each year.  The speakers are primarily people who hold senior positions at major companies and the topics always provide cutting-edge information. The next TCL event will be held March 16-17 in Prague, Czech Republic. Organized by International Newsletters Ltd., Bill Smith of Industrial Textile Associates has been named Conference Chair. A Call for Abstracts is now underway. Click here for more information. Posted July 27, 2015 

Mobile App Developed for Calculations in Fabric Measurements. Here's something that will definitely be useful if you are going to ITMA in Milan later this year. Picanol NV is adding a calculator to a weaving application for mobile phones for determining fabric length and weight. The calculator helps you to estimate the length of warp yarn remaining on the warp beam as well as the total weight. Another calculater that was previously developed is the yarn-number convertor. Click here to read more about the apps. Posted July 27, 2015

Article Focuses on FR Protective Fabrics. There was an excellent article posted June 24 on the Innovation on Textiles website entitled "American Mills Focusing on Protective Fabrics for Energy Workers." The author, Debra Cobb, did a nice job in summarizing the current state of need for labor force flame-resistant gear protection. Click here to read the article. Posted July 26, 2015

Doomed Rocket's Cargo Could Have Been Saved If Parachutes Had Deployed. Two minutes into the June 28 launch of the SpaceX Dragon space capsule hauling needed supplies to the International Space Station exploded. The suspected cause of the explosion? An internal chain reaction cause by a 2-foot steel strut failure inside the second stage of the Falcon 9 rocket. The company's founder and CEO Elon Musk said the $110 million worth of NASA equipment and supplies would have survived if the parachutes normally used for descent at mission's end could have been activated. The appropriate software, however, wasn't installed for this flight. In the future the rocket cargo space capsule will be equipped for deploying in a similar launch failure situation. Click here to read an article posted on the Florida Today website. Posted July 26, 2015

Amfuel Plans Expansion in Texas. American Fuel Cell and Coated Fabrics Company (Amfuel) has announced plans to expand with a new facility in Wichita Falls, Texas, USA, creating possibly 280 jobs. Based now in Magnolia, Arkansas, USA, Amfuel is a manufacturer of fuel cells for the aerospace industry and rubberized custom coated fabrics used in flexible bladders to store fuel and other liquids. Amfuel is owned by Zodiac Aerospace and has its origin as part of Firestone Fabrics Company. There is some question as to whether the Wichita Falls announcement is an actual expansion or is more a relocation of the Magnolia facility. Amfuel has been embroiled in a labor dispute with workers in Magnolia. Click here to read an article about the Wichita move posted on the Magnolia Reporter newspaper. Posted July 26, 2015

Private Investment Consortium to Purchase TenCate. Another private equity acquisition was announced this past week. In a joint press release issued by the management of Royal Ten Cate NV (TenCate) and Tennessee Acquisition B.V., the Dutch maker of materials used in protective clothing, geosynthetics and composites has agreed to be acquired. Tennessee Acquisitions will make a public offer for all outstanding shares. The offer memorandum is expected to be published in September or October, according to Loek de Vries, CEO of Ten Cate. The total purchase offer is expected to be €675 million ($732 million). One of the factors which may have led to the buyout was that Ten Cate reported a loss last year for the first time since 2001, primarily due to a down market for military armor products. In a separate press release dated July 23, TenCate reported 5% organic sales growth with net profit sharply higher. In strong sales positions were military protective fabrics, artificial turf and aerospace composites. Sales in industrial protective fabrics and geotextiles were affected by the reduced activity in the oil and gas industry. Click here to read the acquisition press release. Posted July 24, 2015

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Alien Invasion or Cool Tent Innovation?  We talked about these tents about a year ago but they are so cool, we just had to mention them again. The website aol.travel.uk has a short article on the incredible tents being made by a company called Tentsile located in the United Kingdom. The tents are designed to be erected off the ground and create less of an environmental impact. Click here to read the article. Posted July 25, 2015

Serge Ferrari Announces New General Manager for North America. We missed this announcement when the press release first went out a few weeks ago but it's worth noting: Serge Ferrari, a coated fabric and composite material manufacturer, has appointed Lise Beterams as its new general manager for North America. Ms. Beterams is a 23-year veteran of the company, and her list of accomplishments includes many large projects such as overseeing the development of the structures using Ferrari fabrics at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Steve Frederickson, the national sales manager of Serge Ferrari North America, reports to Ms. Beterams. Posted July 16, 2015

Canadian Parachute Company Still Operating. Well, not exactly the same company is still operating. In May 2014, we reported Airborne Systems Canda Ltd. of Belleville, Ont., was ceasing operation in Canada in August 2014 due to a restructuing of its parent company. Managers and employees of the affected plant banded together and formed Miltex Solutions Canada. The new company has gone outside the niche of parachutes but stayed in technical textile products, providng specialized products to the Canadian military. One of their products is the Artic tent liner. Click here to read a nice article about the rise of this new company that was posted yesterday on the The Intelligencer website. Posted July 16, 2015

Highway Safety Administration Opens Probe on Second Airbag Manufacturer. If misery loves company, Takata should be dusting off the welcome mat for ARC Automotive Inc., another manufacturer of automotive airbag systems. Based upon reports of airbag ruptures in a 2004 Kia Optima and in a 2002 Chrysler Town and Country minivan, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced today it was opening an investigation into the inflators made by ARC Automotive. The company is headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., USA. In the Chrysler situation, the inflators were then provided to Key Safety Systems, another parts manufacturer, for assembly into the minivan's airbag system. Regarding the Kia Optima failure, according to the NHTSA website: "The air bag module in question was manufactured by Delphi and had a single stage ARC inflator. The root causes of the rupture is presently unknown. Presently, this is the only known incident involving the subject inflator in a Kia vehicle." The website said both inflators were hybrids and are no longer used. Click here to read the NHTSA probe announcement. Posted July 14, 2015

ITMA Issues New Sustainability Bulletin. The organizer of ITMA 2015, the largest textile machinery exhibition in the world, has published Issue 2, 2015 of ITMA Sustainability Bulletin. As the name implies, the ITMA publication contains short articles which relate to textile manufacturing environmental issues. ITMA takes place November 12-19, 2015 in Milan, Italy. Click here to go to the bulletin's website. Posted July 14, 2015 

Sioen Ships a Container of Tarps Made by European Fabricators to Nepal. Congratulations to Sioen Industries NV for providing the fabric and to its customers for making tarps from Sioen technical fabrics which are desperately needed in Nepal. More than 100,000 m² of material were made into tarps and tents large enough to each provide temporary shelters for up to 10 people. It would be nice to see more material suppliers organize efforts like this. If you have a story on how your company helps in disaster situations, please let us know. Click here to learn who the fabricators were in this Sioen project. Posted July 14, 2015

US Releases May Export Figures for Industrial Fabrics. The US Department of Commerce has released the May exports numbers for the Specialty and Industrial Fabrics Group. Comparing 12-month years ending May 31, the report finds an increase of $153.6 million this current year over the previous year. Mexico remains the US's strongest country of designation, accounting for about 48% of the exports, a slight drop in percentage from last month's comparison. Canada, China, Hong Kong and Japan are the other countries in the top five. Click here to see the entire report. Posted July 13, 2015

The Role of 3D Printing in Geosynthetics. Our friend Chris Kelsey has a neat interview with Dr. Gary Fowmes on the development of 3D printing for geosynthetic materials. The interview is posted on the geosynthetica.net website. Dr. Fowmes is a Lecturer in Engineering Geology at Loughborough University's School of Civil and Building Engineering (Leicestershire, UK) and is also the Chairman of the United Kingdom Chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society. Click here to go to the geosynthetica.net website to read the article. Posted July 13, 2015

Highlander Partners Acquires Twitchell Technical Products. Highlander Partners, L.P., a private investment firm based in Dallas, Texas, USA, has announced the acquisition of Twitchell Technical Products, LLC. Twitchell is a Dothan, Ala., USA, manufacturer of engineered polymer fabrics and coatings that are used in a diverse range of end products, including interior window shades, awnings, screens, wall and floor coverings, environment protection and containment products, and automotive components. Twitchell, currently owned by another private investment company afilliated with Capital Partners, will retain the current management team, led by President and CEO Jeff Register. Click here to read the Highlander Partners press release announcing the acquisition. Posted July 11, 2015

British Columbia Company Awarded $7.2 Million Contract to Supply Inflatable Boats. The Canadian Coast Guard has awarded a $7.2 million contract to Zodiac Hurricane Technologies Inc. of Delta, B.C., Canada, to supply 27 rescue boats. Boat construction will begin within the next month and will be finished by March 2017. Click here to read more. Posted July 7, 2015

China Company Unloads Barges Using Airbags. Loading and stacking huge containers are now problem when you are in a major port but what happens when you're unloading in an area that doesn't have crane facilities? There is an interesting article on the website maritimeprofessional.com about Eversafe Marine, a Chinese manufacturer contracted to provide airbags to unload two 1400-ton 300-foot barges made in China and shipped to Guinea. The 18 airbags used are 1.5 meters in diameter and used as pneumatic rollers to the shore when they launched the barge from the barge-carrier. Click here to read the article. Posted July 7, 2015

Did Google Get It Wrong With Levi Apparel Partnership? There was a lot of excitement in late May when Google announced Project Jacquard, partnering with Levi Strauss to develop smart fashion jeans (see our May 29 post). However, we found an interesting article posted on the website Control Engineering Asia that argues Google got it wrong and Project Jacquard will go the way of Google Glass -- a lot of hype but no practical market. The article, basing research originally published by Lux Research, Inc., argues there is not enough compelling demand in fashion apparel to justify the additional cost to the consumer; instead, Lux researchers argue more value and and success in marketing smart textiles will come from applications in the medical products market. Click here to read the article. Posted July 6, 2015

Johnston Textiles Liquidating Phenix City Plant. We are sorry to learn that the Johnston Textiles plant in Phenix City is being shut down. According to the Columbus Ledger Enquirer (Columbus, Ga., USA), the property and equipment are up for sale. Operating as Johnston Fabrics and Finishing, the company was producing material for the hospitality, industrial and technical textile markets. Click here to read the newspaper article. Posted July 2, 2015

Dye House Gets Sizeable Loan. The Biddeford-Saco-OOB Courier (Biddeford, Maine, USA) reports the Saco River Dyehouse is the recipient of a $220,000 loan from the Maine Technology Institute. The company dyes 10,000 pounds of yarn monthly.  The funding will be used to purchase new equipment which will allow the start in dyeing technical fibers for applications such as nylon cords and rope. Click here to read the article. Posted July 2, 2015

Outdoor Industry Association Names New Executive Director. The Board of Directors of the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) announced today it has selected Amy Roberts as its new executive director. OIA, headquartered in Boulder, Co., USA, is the prime sponsor of the bi-annual Outdoor Retailer Market in Salt Lake City, Ut., USA, one of the largest trade shows in the country, and a showcase of outdoor products made by the technical textiles industry. Ms.Roberts replaces interim executive director Steve Barker. Ms. Roberts was most recently the director of sustainability of the Mountain Equipment Co-Op. She had previously served as the OIA vice president of government affairs. The new leadership comes during the transition as the OIA board itself is downsizing from 25 to 15-18 members. Click here to read the official press release. Posted July 2, 2015

Army Waits a Decade for Bullet-Proof Jackets. You have to be patient for new equipment if you're trying to modernize the Indian Army.. According to the website The Times of India, the Army is yet to receive the complete number of basic light-weight modular bullet-proof vests it originally ordered a decade ago. In October 2009, the nation's defence acquisition council cleared the purchase of the remaining 186,000 from the original order of 353,000. Still not delivered, the defence ministry announced an emergency procurement of 50,000 of the vests but even that procurement order hasn't produced the required vests. Click here to read the article. Posted July 1, 2015

Geosynthetics Manufacturer Announces Plans to Expand US Plant. According to the Charlotte Business Journal website, Huesker Inc. will invest more than $8.5 million to triple the size of its geosynthetics manufacturing facility. The company makes erosion-control products for the industrial and agricultural markets. The expansion will create 20 jobs at the facility located in Shelby, N.C., USA. Huesker Inc. is owned by Huesker Synthetic GmbH of Gescher, Germany. Click here to read the article. Posted July 1, 2015

DuPont Settles Two Nomex® Counterfeit Cases. We found an article on the ConstrutionWeekOnline.com website reporting that DuPont Protection Technologies has signed settlement agreements in two separate counterfeit cases invloving fake DuPont Nomex® protective apparel. The counterfeit products were sold into the oil and gas industries by Safety Depot of Indonesia and DeLUX and ASTOMA, a manufacturer in Slovakia. Click here to read more. Posted July 1, 2015

New Digital Print Show Created. Riding the huge growth potential of digital print textiles, Messe Frankfurt, the organizer of Texworld, and WTiN (World Textile Information Network), have announced a new trade show for the textile digital print industry. The event is called Avanprint and will debut February 15-18, 2016 in Paris during the Texworld and Apparel Sourcing International shows. Accoring to the organizers, Avantex will be offering the latest developments in digital print technolgies. Currently, only an estimated 2-3% of textile prints are produced digitally. This is expected to increase to 5% by 2017 and continue oto grow at an annual 25% growth rate. Click here to read the Messe Frankfurt press release. Posted July 1, 2015

Picanol Creates Rapier Machine to Handle Heavy Weight Fabrics. Accoridng to a press release issued by textile equipment supplier Picanol, the company has extended the capabilities of its flexible rapier machine by creating a module to handle heavy fabrics such as canvas and filament filter. Click here to read the release. Posted July 1, 2015

3M Acquires Fall Safety Company. 3M Company is buying Capital Safety, a global leader in fall protection equipment, many such as lanyards, harnesses, and self-retracting lines for the growing personal protection equipment industry (PPE). The PPE marketplace is driven by increasing regulatory focus on worker safety across both developed and developing countries. 3M is headquartered in St. Paul, Minn., USA, and Capital Safety, with more than 1,500 employees, is located in nearby Bloomington, Minn. The purchase price is about $2.3 bn, including assumption of $700 million debt. Click here to read the 3M press release. Posted June 29, 2015

Smart Textiles Conference to Premiere in 2016 at Messe Dornbirn. SALTEX, the new community-platform for smart textiles and fiber-reinforced composites, will take place at Messe Dornbirn, Dornbirn, Austria, October 5-6, 2016. Click here for more information. Posted June 29, 2015

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Squirrels Nest Leads to New Awnings for Historic Building. You just gotta love a story like this. The History Center, an old historic building in Fort Wayne, Ind., USA, was having renovations done a few years ago and workers found a long-ago abandoned squirrel's nest in the attic. In the nest was a scrap of canvas. It took some detective work but those at the History Center determined the canvas was from one of the original blue and white-striped awnings that first graced the windows of the building. The folks at The History Center took down their current solid red awnings and replaced them with blue and white-striped awnings.  Historical accuracy wins...all thanks to a long forgotten squirrel. Click here to read the article posted in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. Posted June 29, 2015

INDA Launches Website Exclusively for IDEA16 Show. INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has created a special website for IDEA16, their triennial event for nonwovens and engineered fabrics. IDEA16 is being held May 2-5, 2016 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Boston, Mass., USA. The site will contain information on the exhibition, education programs, housing and transportation options, and registration. IDEA16 is expected to attract more than 7,000 visitors and over 450 exhibitors. Click here to go to the new IDEA16 site. Posted June 29, 2015

Expiration of the Charter for the Export-Import Bank Disappoints Many California Businesses. Our good friend Bud Weisbart, vice president of AR Tech, was in the news June 26, being interviewed for an article posted on the San Bernardino County Sun (San Bernardino, Calif., USA) website regarding the impact of the US Congress failure to re-charter of the US Export-Import Bank. Mr. Weisbart's company makes products from technical textiles that go into the aerospace, truck cover and awning markets. He said "We don't have the ability as a smaller company, as many exporters are, to do the analysis necessary that would allow us to guarantee payments to our business relationships outside the United Statss, and that's what Export-Import allows us." While the bank plays an important role in helping finance and guarantee loans for overseas transaction, it has been plagued by scandal and alleged cronyism. According to the website The Daily Signal, though the Export-Import's charter will likely expire, Congress could move to revive the bank next month by attaching reauthorization to must-pass legislation, such as a highway trust fund bill. Click here to read the article quoting Mr. Weisbart. Posted June 29, 2015

India Investing in US Technical Textiles Industry. According to a report on the website DNA India, India is one of the fastest growing sources for the United States of Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) with one of the prime targets being the US aerospace and technical textiles sections. The website doesn't breakdown how much funding is going into the technical textiles section but it says India FDI totals about $11 billion. Click here to read the article. Posted June 29, 2015

Tale of a Textile Town. A new book popped up on our horizon called "Sailcloth, Webbing and Shirts." It's the story of a town in England called Crewkerne (which is now a part of Somerset) and its contributions to the textile industry over a period of hundreds of years. The author, Richard Sims, traces the history from supplying the Royal Navy with sailcloth to supplying NASA with webbing for spacecraft recovery. Click here to read more. We're always fascinated on where we came from and how we got to here. Posted June 29, 2015

250 Awnings Protect Worshippers at Prophet's Mosque from the Hot Sun. There's an interesting article in the June 27 issue of the Saudi Gazette regarding the installation of awnings to help the close to 200,000 worshippers at any one time at the Prophet's Mosque in Madinah, Saudi Arabia. Over 250 awnings have been fitted in between the pillars at the mosque. Each awning is capable of providing shade for up to 800 worshippers. The awnings open automatically when needed. Click here to read the article. Posted June 29, 2015

Inherently Flame-Resistant vs. Treated FR Material. We found a good article on the Safety & Health magazine website which explains the differences between inherently flame-resistant material and FR-treated material used in protective clothing. If you're new to the field, this is a quick read covering strengths and weaknesses of different types of materials which can be used in personal protective equipment. Click here for the article. Posted June 29, 2015

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ECBC Testing Fabric for New Warfighter Uniforms. An interesting article can be found on the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) website regarding the US Defense Threat Reduction Agency's efforts to design a new Warfighter chemical protection uniform. The project is part of a joint U.S. Army and Air Force program called the Integrated Protective Fabric System (IPFS). Different fabrics may be used in the decided uniform, depending upon environmental climate factors. Other organizations involved in the testing include Calgon/Chemviron, Emory University, Enropics and Phasex. Worth the read if you are in the chemical protective clothing business. Click here to see the article. Posted June 26, 2015

Dates Established for China Technical Textiles Show. The dates for the biennial Cinte Techtextil China have just been released. The show will be held again in Shanghai, October 12-14, 2016. Click here for more information. Posted June 26, 2015

"Fast Track" Treaty Authority is Approved. After a series of votes yesterday and today, the US Senate approved a bill to give Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) or "fast track" Congressional approval. It has now been passed on to President Barack Obama for his signature. After an embarrassing setback two weeks ago in which the House rejected it, the TPA, which is essential for any finalized Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, appears to be back on track. A number of participating countries had expressed reluctance to work towards a finalized TPP agreement if the "fast track" authority had not been approved within the US. So, now, when the TPP agreement between the nations is reached, the only action by the US Congress is to vote it up or down but no modification or amendments. Let's hope what is in it (which has been a secret) is good for the domestic textile industry. Click here to read the latest CNN update on the passage of TPA. Posted June 24, 2015

US Releases April Numbers for Industrial Fabrics Exports. the US Department of Commerce has released the exports numbers for the Specialty and Industrial Fabrics Group. Comparing year-ending April 30 from the previous year, the report finds a 6.2% increase in exports or $247 million. Mexico remains the US's strongest country of designation, accounting for about 49% of the exports. Canada, China, Hong Kong and Japan are the other countries in the top five. Click here to see the entire report. Posted June 24, 2015

Registration Opens for Graphics Show. The Specialty Fabrics Imaging Association has opened registration for its SGIA Expo 2015. The event is taking place in Atlanta, Ga., USA, November 4-6, 2015. Click here to go to the show's registration site. Posted June 24, 2015

Techtextil North America 2015 Exceeds Expectations. The 4th edition of Techtextil North America (TTNA) held during the "off year" of the Atlanta event showed that finding a good partner and a new location results in more and better quality of visitors. The 2015 TTNA was co-located with the 2015 JEC Americas show in Houston, Texas, USA, June 2-4. In its final report on the show, TTNA revealed the show had 145 exhibitors from 18 countries, a 98% net square feet in show floor space from exhibitors and a 90% increase in exhibitors, and a 39% increase in attendance from the last "off year" show held in Anaheim, Calif., USA. Altogether, the TTNA and JEC Americas event had 2,821 visitors and 281 exhibitors. Posted June 23, 2015

US Department of Commerce Organizing a US Pavilion for the Defense Industry Show. The Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA) at the US Department of Commerce is organizing a US pavilion at the Defense & Security Equipment International (DSEI) show taking place September 15-18, 2015 in London, UK. OTEXA is seeking up to 12 companies in the defense/military, industrial  and technical textiles industry to participate in the pavilion through the showing of their product catalogs. DSEI is the world's largest land, sea. air defense and security exhibition in the world. In 2013, the exhibition attracted 32,100 visitors and more than 97 official delegations from 56 countries. BeaverLake6 Report has developed a special internal page for you to review requirements and contact information if you're a US company interested in participating. Click here. Posted June 21, 2015

AATCC to Host Conference on Antibacterial & Odor Control. AATCC, the Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals, has organized a conference entitled Antibacterial & Odor Control: Marketing and Technology Advancements. The event will be held September 16-17, 2015 in Research Triangle Park, N.C., USA. Program sessions will address current market trends, what consumers value in product/performance enhancements, antimicrobial chemistry, and the regulatory issues affecting treatment technologies.  Click here for a list of speakers and more information. Posted June 21, 2015

Co-Founder of Bruin Plastics Passes. Birdie Angelone, co-founder of Bruin Plastics Company Inc. along with her late husband Edward Angelone, died on June 11 at the age of 91. Bruin Plastics, located in Glendale, R.I., USA, was founded in 1964. It is a producer of vinyl-reinforced coated and laminated fabrics. The company is managed by Mrs. Angelone's two sons -- Dennis Angelone, president and co-owner, and Steven Angelone, vice president and co-owner. Posted June 19, 2015

Trade Promotion Authority Passes. Today the US House of Representatives narrowly passed the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation that is key to the eventual passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. This is the second time within the last week the TPA action was brought up for a vote. It also narrowly in the House passed June 12 but it was then tied to a passage of another legislation called Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA). This time it wasn't dependent upon TAA passage. The TPA bill now goes back to the US Senate for approval. The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) supports TPA and sent out a news release today praising the House passage. Click here to read the NCTO press release. Posted June 18, 2015

Carolina Nonwovens Expanding. The Stanly News and Press website is reporting Carolina Nonwovens, LLC, a subsidiary of National Spinning Company headquartered in Washington, N.C., USA, is expanding its facilities in North Carolina and more than doubling its workforce with the creation of 35 new jobs. Carolina Nonwovens is a manufacturer of airlaid and thermal bonded nonwovens using recycled fibers. End markets are primarily sound insulation applications such as in automotives and appliances. Click here to read the article. Posted June 17, 2015

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Growing Wind Turbine Market for Geosynthetics. Only two weeks ago, Frederique Mutel, the president of JEC Group, was explaining during the JEC Americas show in Houston that the composites industry is being driven by three end markets. One of the markets was wind energy where the turvines are being made from woven carbon fibers composites. (The other two end markets being automotive and aircraft.) Now we've come across an article written by Chris Kelsey about the use of geosynthetics to provide soil stabilization underneath these huge wind turbines. It seems the technical textiles industry is playing a vital role in renewable energy. Click here to read the article. Our thanks to the folks at geosynthetica.net for alerting us to the article. Posted June 17, 2015

IFAI to Showcase Industry Disaster Mitigation Products at 2015 Expo. The technical textiles industry is all about solving problems and bettering our lives. On the exhibition floor during the IFAI Expo 2015 there will be a unique showcase of industry products used in disaster mitigation situations. The exhibition during the IFAI Expo is taking place October 7-9, 2015 in Anaheim, Calif., USA. The deadline for submitting a product to be used in the display is July 7, 2015. Click here to go to the IFAI website page that contains the submission form and more information. Posted June 17, 2015

PGI Group Rebrands and Selects New Corporate Name.  According to a company press release issued June 4, PGI Specialty Materials, Inc. is being renamed AVINTIV, Inc. The concept behind the name comes from the combination of the names "advanced" , "inventive", and "innovative." AVINTIV is a global producer of specialty materials used in infection prevention, personal care and high performance solutions including geosynthetics. The company will register similar names for many of its operating subsidiaries. Click here to read the press release. Posted June 17, 2015

NASA Technology May Help Protect Wildland Firefighters. Here's something very interesting we found on the NASA website: NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., USA, is working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forest Service to see if flexible thermal protection system technology being developed for space entry vehicles also could work to protect firefighters caught in a raging forest fire. The work is being conducted by Langley researchers Anthony Calomino and Mary Beth Wusk after they reached out to the Forest Service following the tragic death of 29 firefighters in Arizona in June 2013. The NASA/Forest Servie team is testing multiple layers of thermal protective materials similar to what's used on a spacecraft heat shield. Click here to read more and watch a video of a test. Thanks to Jon Klein at Aerotherm® Aergel Solutions for directing me to this article. Posted June 17, 2015

Trade Promotion Authority Fails to Pass in US House of Representatives. Last Friday, the US President Barrack Obama was dealt a severe blow to his quest to create the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement when the US House of Representatives defeated passage of the proposed Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA). TAA is part of a package of trade initiatives that includes the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). TPA is commonly called "fast-track" because it allows no amendments to the bill once it is introduced.

 

The TPA legislation actually passed but the House leadership had structured the vote so that it required passage of three separate measures (including TAA) to advance. The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement's fate is tied to the ability of the US Congress to advance it through "fast-track," so the TAA defeat means no TPA passage either. No participating country would agree to the TPP without knowing for sure what the US Congress may do in making changes through amendments.

 

President Obama and leaders of the TPP are expected to try again in gaining passage sometime in the next few weeks. Posted June 15, 2015

MIT Hosting Meeting to Investigate Representing the Technical Textiles Industry with the New Government REvolutionary Fiber Initiative The Advanced Functional Fabric of America (AFFOA) Institute, a nonprofit organization, has been formed that includes Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and other academia and industry leaders. It's in response to the US Department of Defense seeking the development of a new Revolutionary Fiber and Textile Manufacturing Institute. An industry day organizing event is planned for June 16 in Cambridge, Mass., USA, to allow other organizations and companies in the industry to learn more about the MIT plans. Click here to contact Tina Gliman at MIT for more information. Posted June 15, 2015

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Jaguar Tests Parachute Braking System in Quest for Land Speed Record.  The goal of the Bloodhound SSC project is to build a car that can not only break the current land-speed record of 763 mph but reach the unthinkable 1,000 mph. Last week, Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations tested a specially equipment Jaguar F-TYPE R Coup for the SSC's parachute braking system. The car reached 170 mph before deploying the newly design drogue chute and then the main chute. The actual jet- and rocket-powered car will attempt the speed record in South Africa in Spring 2016. Jaquar is a partner in the project. Click here to go to the website easier and see a cool video of the parachute deployment test. Posted June 15, 2015

Tent Collapses in Mexico, One Dead. According to the oil and gas on-line website Upstream, a huge tent erected in Guadalajara, Mexico, collapsed June 12 during a party held by the Mexico Petroleum Congress. A powerful storm came through the city about an hour into the party. More than 50 people were injured and one delegate died during the collapse. One of the dreaded headlines in the tent rental business is one that uses the word "tent" with the word "collapse."  It doesn't matter who installed it, who made it or what were the circumstance which might have caused it to come down; the entire industry gets a black eye when there is a situation like this. Click here to read the article posted on Upstream. Posted June 15, 2015

400 Submissions for Papers at Geo-Americas 2016. The organizer of the 3rd Pan-American Conference on Geosynthetics has reported the event's technical committee received more than 400 submissions for presentation consideration. The papers are due August 3. Geo-Americas 2016 will take place April 11-13, 2016 in Miami, Fla., USA. click here for more information at the geosynthetica.net website about the paper submissions. Posted June 15, 2015

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