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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

Retro Birdy Pop-Up Tent

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

David Hinks

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

Image via Inhabitat

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 

NASA Parachute Testing in the News. Two NASA testing of the Orion Mars landing vehicle components were tested over the last few days. The actual testing of the vehicle parachute system was a success on June 25 in Arizona, USA. It involved a designed failure of one of the parachutes. It was a success. On June 28 in Hawaii the saucer-like ring around the entry vehicle was successfully test although one of the parachutes did malfunction.  The tested vehicle, called the Supersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator (SIAD), is made of woven aramid fabric and is designed to inflate into a huge ring around the craft, creating friction to slow the craft's descent. Click here to read more about the Hawaiian test. Posted June 29, 2014

ITMA Asia + CITME 2014 Numbers Released. Following up on our June 24 posting, the organizers of ITMA Asia + CITME 2014 have issued a post event press release. The five-day event in Shanghai ended June 20. Total number of visitors was around 100,000 from 102 countries, an increase of 7% over the previous record attendance at the 2012 show. The visitors were 80% from China, with other top countries being India, Japan, Chinese Taiwan, South Korea, Indonesia and Turkey. There were almost 1,600 exhibitors from 28 countries. China led with the largest number of exhibitors, followed by Germany, Japan, Italy and Switzerland. Posted June 28, 2014

Robotic Oil Boom Dispenser Developed. We found an interesting article on the website PortStrategy on the development of robotized boom deployment system. Response time to a containment situation is critical to control a spreading spill. Manual layout is time-consuming. The unmanned craft holding the new system is sent out on a pre-planned GPS route and automatically starts deploying the oil boom, cutting significant response time. The system is made by SP Marine in cooperation with the port of Gothenburg (Sweden) for use in its energy ports. Other ports such as the Copenhagen Malmoe (Denmark) and the Petroport in Stenungssund (Sweden) are also beginning to use the system. Click here to read the article. Posted June 25, 2014

Inflatable Airbags Being Studied to Save Cargo Ships and Environment. There is an interesting short article posted on the website phys.org™ exploring the possibility of installing airbags in a ship's ballast tanks. The bags could rapidly inflate if the ship is disabled, helping to keep it the upright and afloat. The stabilized ship could possibly avoid polluting the seas and land, plus gain valuable time for the off-loading of crew, pasengers and cargo. Click here to read the article. Posted June 24, 2014

Parachute Manufacturer Awarded Military Contract. Airborne Systems North America of Santa Ana, Calif., USA was awarded an $8,099,431 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery contract for foreign military sales customers India, Jordan, Moldova and Romania. The total estimated quantities are: 37 T-11 personnel parachute systems, eight T-11 spare parts packages, 825 MC-6 personnel parachute systems, and eight MC-6 spare parts packages.Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Mich., USA, is the contracting activity (W56HZV-14-D-0064). Posted June 24, 2014

ITMA Asia + CITME 2014 Textile Equipment Show Concludes. There is a nice quick posting on the website Textile Future by Virginia F. Bodmer-Altura about the just-concluded ITMA Asia + CITME 2014 in Shanghai, China. According to her report, more and more equipment purchasers are looking at sustainability value, meaning energy savings, less usage of water and air, etc.) There was some talk on the show floor about over-capacity. The next ITMA Asia + CITME will be held October 24-28, 2016 in Shanghai. Click here to read Ms. Bodmer-Altura's report. Posted June 24, 2014

US Military Tent Provider Purchased. The website for Bluestone Capital Partners has announced that Cold Mountain Capital, LLC, an investment and management company, has purchased Camel Manufacturing of Caryville, Tenn., USA. Cold Mountain Capital was launched in 2013 by Stony Point Group, a firm specializing in reorganizing distressed businesses. Camel Manufacturing is one of the few shelter manufacturers left supplying the US military. According to its website, Camel Manufacturing was founded in 1919, making it the oldest continuous provider of military shelters. Posted June 23, 2014

Source: DuPont

Noted Kevlar Inventor Passes. Kevlar inventor Stephanie Kwolek has died at age 90. Ms. Kwolek was a chemist in the DuPont labs in 1965 when she developed a liquid crystal solution that could be cold-spun. The new fiber became Kevlar, one of the most successful commercialized fibers in the technical textiles industry. It is estimated more than one million protective vests using Kevlar technology have been sold over the years. In April, BeaverLake6 Report noted the passing of Tom Bair, another member of the Kevlar team. Click here to read a nice tribute to Ms. Kwolek that was posted on the TireBusiness.com website. Posted June 23, 2014  

STA Announces Awards of Excellence Winners. The Specialised Textiles Association recently completed its successful conference and exhibition in Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia. David Burton of Ricky Richards (Sales) Pty Ltd. was appointed as the new association president. At the event, the annual STA Awards of Excellence winners were announced. To view the winning projects, please click here. Posted June 20, 2014

Textile Coating Conference Enlists Top Experts. It looks like a great international  line-up of speakers for the International Conference on Textile Coating and Laminating including keynoter Nicholas Smith, Global Head, Textile Coating for Bayer MaterialScience, China; Steven Yializis, Chief Operating Officer, Sigma Technologies, USA; Jason Cole, Director Research & Development, Kappler Inc, USA; Gary S. Selwyn, President and Founder, Green Theme Technologies, USA; Karel Lansu, Director Marketing & Sales, Klieverik Heli BV, The Netherlands; Albert ManserWerner Mathis AG, Switzerland; and, Pierre Defaux, Global Marketing Manager, Textile Coating, Bluestar Silicones. The event is being held November 4-5, 2014, in Cannes, France. Click here to see the full list of speakers and topics. Posted June 19, 2014

Brief History of Geotextiles. We missed it when first published a few months ago but Chris Kelsey wrote an excellent concise article on the history of geotextiles that was published in the March/April issue of Land and Water Magazine.  The article is still available in pdf form. Click here. And, in a related posting on the geosynthetica.net website, Alan Ossege of geotextile pioneer Carthage Mills, has an article on the contributions of his company in History of Geosynthetics: Filter Fabrics Emerge from a 1957 Storm. The article can be found online by clicking herePosted June 19, 2014

Source: AST

Ballistic Protected Life Jacket Developed for Maritime Operations. According to a press release found on the website defenceweb, a site devoted to African military issues, Atlantis Systems Technologies (AST) has developed a ballistic protected life jacket for use by armed merchant ship guards when in Indian Ocean pirate waters. The jacket is called Oyster BPLJ and combines the buoyancy of the inflated life jacket with the bullet-resistant vest protection. AST is a South African company. Click here to read the article. Posted June 18, 2014

Agathon Associates Adds Customs Brokerage Service. Congratulations to David Trumbull, our good friend and BeaverLake6 Report contributor, who received his Customs Broker license on June 17. Mr. Trumbull will be adding Custom Broker services to his firm Agathon Associates' list of client services. Mr. Trumbull has represented US textile interests in trade and development policies at negotiations and conferences throughout the world for more than 20 years and is a sought after speaker for industry trade events. Posted June 18, 2014.

Innovation Forum Advance Registration Opens. Advance discount registration for Textile World Innovation Forum 2014 is open. As previously posted, the event is being held September 15-16 in Atlanta, Ga., USA. Click here to go to the registration page. Posted June 18, 2014

DuPont to Sell Sontara Nonwovens Business Unit. DuPont Protection Technologies has agreed to sell its Sontara nonwovens business to Switzerland-based Jacob Holm Group. Sontara produces nonwoven products used in medical and wipes applications. It has plants in Old Hickory, Tenn., USA and Asturias, Spain. The deal is expected to be completed in the 3rd Quarter 2014, pending regulatory approvals. Click here to read a posting about the pending sale. Posted June 18, 2014

Leigh Fibers Acquires "ICE" Recycling. Leigh Delaware Holdings LLC, an affiliate of Leigh Fibers Inc., has acquired Industrial Conservation Engineering "ICE" Recycling LLC of Lake City, S.C., USA. ICE Recycling reprocesses post-industrial polymers as well as cardboard, paper and metals. Leigh Fibers is one of the world's largest reprocessors of natural, synthetic and specialty fibers. Click here to read the press release posted on the Textile World website. Posted June 18, 2014

INDA Releases Annual Report on "Game Changers" in Nonwovens. INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has released its inaugural report called INDA Impact 2014. We really like this approach in studying a market: The report is intended on an annual to give insight into industry-wide events or "game changers" for nonwoven professionals. This first report covers four basically US market events: 1) The Environmental Protection Agency's "Wiper Rule"; 2) The upcoming Boomer Echo and its impact on the absorbent hygiene market; 3) The Affordable Care Act and Healthcare-Associated infections and its impact on disposable nonwovens markets; and, 4) the Potential Coal Ash Sorage and Hydraulic Fracturing Regulations and its impact on the geosynthetics market nonwovens usage and opportunities. Click here to read the INDA press release. Posted June 18, 2014

Firefighters to Receive Anti-Ballistic Vests. We suppose it's a sign of the times. We have read several reports lately regarding firefighters and emergency medical technician professionals are now receiving anti-ballistic vests for use during an emergency involving an active shooter. The latest is the Gwinnett County Fire Department, located in Georgia, USA, will be receiving 300 vests. Click here to read the news article posted on a local television's web site. Posted June 18, 2014

Indian Textile Machinery Company Opens Plant in China. India's largest textile machine manufacturer Lakshmi Machine Works (LMW) has opened a new plant in a Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China industrial park. The $29 million 22,000 square meter factory will manufacture spinning equipment. Click here to read the article posted on The Hindu website. Posted June 16, 2014

$3 Million of Inflatable Boats for Afghanistan?  According to the website Daily Mail Online, eight inflatable boats were ordered in 2010 by the US military for use in Afghanistan for $3 million or $375,000 each, a cost 7 times the standard price per boat. The boats were originally intended to be used to patrol the river between Afghanistan and Uzbekistan but never shipped because they were deemed unnecessary. The new unused boats are sitting in a navy warehouse in Yorktown, Virginia, USA, and are expected to be sold for pennies on the dollar. We don't think we need to add any further comment. The situation speaks for itself. Click here to read the article. Posted June 16, 2014

Source: Duke Energy

Ban on Large Inflatables at Recreational Lakes. We've seen bans on large tents at beaches but now we have learned that trampoline inflatables are being banned starting next year on two of the largest lakes in North Carolina, USA. According to the website of the newspapaer Charlotte Observer, Duke Energy, the manager of the lakes under US federal license, plans to ban the floating inflatables because "they can block navigational access for boats and can hurt the 'aesthetics' of the lake." Click here to read the article. Posted June 14, 2014

Nonwovens Association Elects New Board of Governors. EDANA, the association serving the nonwovens and related industries, has announced its renewed Board of Governors for 2014-2016. Patricia Featherstone of RKW Group has been re-elected Chair of the Board of Governors. Elected to serve as Vice Chairs were Krzysztof Malowaniec of Paul Hartmann and Pieter Meijer of McAirlaid's Vlisstoffe. Click here to read the press release which lists all board members elected. Posted June 13, 2014

Auburn Manufacturing Wins $3.5 Million Defense Contract. In a June 9 press release, Auburn Manufacturing, Inc.of Auburn, Maine, USA, announced it had been awarded a multi-year contract to supply over 200,000 yards of AMI-SIL® fabric to the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Wash., USA for use in hot work operations during ship repair. AMI-SIL is a composite fabric used in extreme high temperature conditions such as welding and boiler work. The contract could be worth as much as $3.5 million over the next five years. Click here to read the press release. Posted June 12, 2014

New York State Will Provide Funding to Cities for Vests. Nice editorial posted on The Daily Gazette, Schenectady, N.Y., USA website, regarding the funding of new body armor for police officers. New York has a new program called inVEST Partnership which will provide matching funds for cities for up to 10,000 "bullet-proof" vests. In the past 30 years, the editorial states, more than 3,000 officers have been saved by vests. Click here to read the editorial. Posted June 12, 2014

Geosynthetic Executive Dies in Plane Crash. Gianmario Beretta, founder of TENAX Group, died May 28 in a lightweight aircraft crash in northern Italy. Under Mr. Beretta's guidance, Tenax became a global leader in the geosynthetics industry. Tenax has production plants in Europe, China and North America. Click here to read an obituary posted on the geosynthetica.net website. Posted June 12, 2014

Vienna University of Technology

New Construction Method Uses Air Cushion. An interesting construction method for creating large concrete shell structures is shown on the Product Design & Development website. The method was designed at the Vienna University of Technology in Austria and involves laying a flat slab of concrete, consisting of several segments, separated by wedge-shaped spaces between the segments. Beneath the slab an air cushion has been laid. Once the slab is harden, the air cushion below is inflated and the dome rises, fitting tightly as it expands into the wedge-shaped spaces. Thanks to our friend Joe Fields for alerting us to this article. Click here to read more. Posted June 12, 2014

AAFA Appoints a New CEO/President. The American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) has announced that Juanita D. Duggan will join the association on July 1 as President & CEO. Ms. Juggan replaces Kevin Burke who left in January. While we don't know what went on in the search process and mean no disrespect to Ms. Duggan (and we don't even know if he sought the job), we are disappointed that Steve Lamar did not get the position. Mr. Lamar has done an admirable job for AAFA for the last decade as its executive vice-president. We are, though, pleased to see that Ms. Juggan comes from an association career background, having previously served as the President and CEO of the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America. Click here to read the AAFA release. Posted June 11, 2014

Early Discount Registration for Events. Are you a Type A personality and just want to get things done now rather than procrastinate? A number of organizations have just opened early registration for industry events taking place in a few months. Might as well get the process out of the way and maybe save a few dollars:

  SGIA Expo, October 22-24, Las Vegas,  click here;

■   IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo/Advanced Textiles Expo, October 14-16, Minneapolis, click here;

■   10th International Conference on Geosynthetics, September 21-25, Berlin, click here;

■   International Conference on Textile Coating and Laminating, November 4-5, Cannes, click here.

Posted June 11, 2014

Uproar Over "Illegal" Awning Tax in Southern Spain. The English-language news site The Olive Press is reporting that cafes and bars across the Costa del Sol region in southern Spain are furious with a new tax that has come out for awnings and windbreaks. The tax will cost businesses €154 a year for each awning. Some of the popular coastal establishments could face annual bills in excess of €1,000. One of the reasons for the unhappinesss is that businesses already pay a tax when an awning is installed and they feel this is double-taxation. Click here to read the article. Posted June 9, 2014

Update on Development of New US Army Planning Camouflage Patterns. The website armytimes.com has a very good update on the US Army's development progress in developing its new camouflage uniforms. The Army was finishing up it testing and planning to introduce a "family" of three camouflage patterns and appeared to be on the verge of announcing a deal with Crye Precisions, one of four industry manufacturers of uniforms. The deal broke down because of the costs and then a new directive in the 2014 Defense Authorization Act complicated the process. The Act directed the Defense Department to coordinate its camouflage patterns with the Navy and Marines military branches. One of the more interesting points that came from the article was that while testing the camouflage the research revealed color of the pattern is important against the surrounding terrain but the actual pattern is not that relevant beyond 50 meters. Click here to go to the website; however, to read the article, you must pay for a 24 hour premium pass ($.99). Posted June 9, 2014.

Stand-Alone Cinte Techtextil China to be Larger This Year. In the past Cinte Techtextil has occurred concurrently with Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics in Shanghai which made it difficult to measure the true "success" of technical textile because many visitors simply wandered into the hall while attending Intertextile. This year, however, the biennial Cinte Techtextil will be held as a stand-alone show. It's still being held in Shanghai and will take place September 24-26. The separation does not appear to have affected the positive interest of the exhibitors. Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd., one of the organizers, has announced more than 500 exhibitors will participate. Click here to read the company's press release. Posted June 9, 2014

The Economist Features Article on New Generation of Spacesuits. In the latest edition of The Economist there is an excellent article about the new generation of spacesuits being developed. Much of the creative ideas for new designs are coming from the private space industry. As we reported in a similar article a few months ago, there are three types of suits being designed -- pressurized flight suits, suits for extravehicular activities such as space walks, and suits to use on planetary exploration. Click here to read an online version of the article. Posted June 8, 2014

Interview with a Manufacturer of "Bulletproof" Men's Attire. A writer on the website The Wire interviewed Abbas Haider, CEO, and Robert Imre Davis, vice president, of Aspetto, a small men's suiting retailer located in the Commonwealth of Virginia, USA. The company offers a line of armored men's business suits. The interview is revealing as to why the owners started the company, the line of products offered and some of the markets they serve. [We do take issue with this article and others like it that claim they have "bulletproof" suits or tactical gear. We think a more appropriate term is "bullet resistance."] Click here to read the interview. Posted June 8, 2014

Smart Textiles Making Inroads. There was an intersting article posted on The Indian Express website June 8 about the latest wearable technology. We loved the title of the article: "My T-Shirt Told Me to Take a Chill Pill." The article is about smart clothing with sensors in them. In our opinion, the key to the consumer acceptance of these types of products will be cost and washability. Click here to read the article. Posted June 8, 2014

Source: US Army

US Army Tests New Parachute. According to a May 29 article posted on the websitewww.army.mil, "The Airborne and Special Operations Test Directorate conducted a rigorous operation test recently on the new Military Free Fall Advanced Ram-Air Parachute System." The new system, shortened to the acronym RA-1, will be replacing the two decades old MC-4 parachute system for all service branches. Further, according to a June 6 article posted on the website oregonlive, the parachute will be able to support a load of up to 450 pounds and the operater can fly the parachute as far as 29 miles. The parchutes are being made by Airborne Systems, a New Jersey, USA company. Click here to read the article on the US Army website. Posted June 8, 2014

Low & Bonar Appoint New Chief Executive Officer. Advance materials manufacturer Low & Bonar PLC announced today the appointment of Brett Simpson as its new Group Chief Executive. Mr. Simpson will join the company in August and assume the CEO position in September with the retirement of Steve Good, the current CEO. Mr. Simpson was most recently CEO of Belgium-based LBC Tank Terminals Group. Low & Boar have a number of business units involved in technical textiles including Colbond in geosynthetics, Mehler Texnologies in coated fabrics and Yhua Bonar, a manufacturer of specialty yarns and fabrics. Click here to read the company press release. Posted June 6, 2014

US Releases April Export Figures for Specialty Fabrics. The US Office of Textiles & Apparel (OTEXA) today released the April export numbers for the Specialty and Industrial Fabrics group. Exports to Mexico, the leading country receiving US goods, is up 17.8% over the last 12 months. The UK re-entered the top 5, dropping Japan to 6th place. Overall, US exports in the Specialty and Industrial Fabrics group are up 6.75% over the last 12 months. Click here for the full report. Posted June 5, 2014

BeaverLake6 Report Partners with Czech Military Conference. BeaverLake6 Report has become an media/industry partner for Future Forces Exhibition & Conference 2014 (FF14). The event is taking place October 15-17, 2014 in Prague, Czech Republic. FF14 is a highly recognized international event in the defense and security field organized biennially in Prague under the auspices and support by the Czech Ministry of Defence and Chief of Defence, plus many other national and international institutions. The exhibition will feature more than 200 companies supplying military products. Click here to go the FF14 website. Posted June 4, 2014

Kim Glas

Kim Glas Leaving Department of Commerce. BeaverLake6 Report has learned that Kim Glas, deputy assistant secretary for textiles, consumer goods and materials at the US Department of Commerce, has submitted her resignation. Ms. Glas will become the executive vice president of the BlueGreen Alliance in Washington. BlueGreen is a coalition of 14 of the country's largest unions and environmental organizations. Posted June 3, 2014

Korean Firms Should Be Aware of the US Legal Attack. Are you a Korean company trying to enter the US marketplace? On the Korea Times website, Jeff Randall, global head of Paul Hastings, the law firm representing Kolon Industries in its legal battles with DuPont, advised Korean companies to be aware of aggressive US company attacks against their attempts to enter the US market. In August 2012, a  US District Court ordered Kolon to pay $919.9 million to DuPont and to cease making its aramid fiber for 20 years. The US court this past April, however, overturned the verdict. The case is currently being appealed. It's an interesting short article. Click here to read it. Posted June 3, 2014

Bounce Houses Need to be Regulated. Can you see the little speck in the upper left quadrant of the picture? That's a children's bounce house that got swept up in a wind gust in upstate New York in May, seriously hurting two children. The little boys fell out at about 50 feet high but can you imagine what would have happened to them if they been still in the bounce house when this picture was taken? Another incident occurred on June 1 in Colorado when a wind gust blew a bounce house 300 yards across a lacrosse field. Again, two children were hurt in the house. It's time to recognize and enforce proper staking and onsite supervision of these potentially dangerous inflatable "toys." Click here to view the video CNN has posted on its site about the Colorado accident. Posted June 2, 2014

Brand & Oppenheimer Announces Promotion of David Mackney. Brand & Oppenheimer (B&O), a textile converter for the US military with operations in Duxbury, Mass. and Greensboro, N.C., has announced the promotion of David Mackney to Vice President of Protective Fabrics for the company's Performance Textiles Division. Mackney was previously the Specialty Fabrics Business Manager. Posted June 2, 2014

Color-Changing Textile Developed. A textile that uses electricity to change color on command has been demonstrated by a textile designer from Hungary. The fabric is called Chromosonic and is more a research project at the moment, far from commercial viability. To make Chromosonic, thermochromatic dyes were screen-printed on to a fabric. The standard fibers were interwoven with thin nichrome wires which are driven by 24V industrial DC power supplies When the power is turned on, the wires quicly heat-up and the thermochromatic dyes react to change the color red or black to white. The weight of the batteries at the moment make the fabric prohibitive for apparel application but possible for an application such as curtains. Click here to read the article posted on the Plastic Electronics website. Posted June 2, 2014 

Research Center in Spain Examines Practicality of Embedding Fabrics with Solar Cells. The Cetemmsa Technological Centre in Spain is investigating the suitability of various materials for use as photovoltaic cells, as well as different techniques for implanting the cells into fabric. The research is funded by the European Union. The report appearing on the website Printed Electronics World, mentions large applications such as stadium awnings to smaller applications such as umbrellas and athletic uniforms. Click here to read the article. Posted June 2, 2014 

Source: Ford Media

Ford to Offer Competitors Its Inflatable Seatbelt Technology. The Motor Report website is reporting today that "Ford has confirmed it will extend an offer for rival carmakers to use its life-saving inflatable seatbelt technology..." Ford is currently one of only two carmakers offering inflatable seatbelts. Ford's inflatable seatabelt works on cold compressed gas, unlike airbags which rely on heat-generated chemical reactions.  Click here to read the article. Posted June 2, 2014

Photo credit: Treeline Outdoors

Car-Top Shelter Market Has Its Enthusiasts. We haven't really previously explored this very niche market but we came across the website gearjunkie.com that was featuring a company making tents for car-tops. They look ungainly and precariously perched. The article, though, piqued our interest, leading us to further research the market. We found an interesting article from September 2013 on the website landcruisersadventures.com that gave a good summary of car-top tents. Tents typically range in price from $1500-$2500, making it a bit expensive for the average camper but that's why we probably found the article posted on the Land Cruiser website. Click here to read the article. Posted June 1, 2014

Indian and Japanese Companies Form JV to Manufacture Nonwovens. Arvind Ltd., India's largest textiles and apparel manufacturer, and OG Corporation, a trading company based in Japan which specializes in technical textiles, have formed Arvind OG to manufacture needle-punched nonwovens fabrics in India. The first intended end markets are bag house filtration and artificial leather. Later plans included supplying the automotive interiors, industrial filters and geotextiles markets. Arvind has put into place an Advanced Materials Division with four core market segments -- protective textiles, industrial fabrics, composite application fabrics and nonwovens. Arvind estimates it already has 10% of the $12 billion Indian technical textiles market but this is its first forray into manufacturing nonwovens. OG, which will have a 26% stake in the joint venture, has a technology partnership arrangment with Kureha, a wholly owned subsidiary of Toyobo. Click here to read an article that was posted on The Indian Express website. Posted June 1, 2014

"Bulletproof" Vests and Kevlar Helmets Going to Ukraine. The Ukrainian News Agency is preporting the country's National Guard expects to receive 3,000 "bulletproof' vests with level-6 protection and 7,000 Kevlar helmets during the period of May 31-June under a contract with a European country.  Click here to read the posting on the Ukranian News agency site. Posted May 30, 2014

Geosynthetics 2015 Announces Short Courses. The organizer of Geosynthetics 2015 conference and exhibition being held February 15-18, 2015 in Portland, Ore., USA has announced eight full-day short courses that will take place on February 15. It looks like a very strong line-up of courses and speakers: 

Design of Bottom Liners and Final Cover Systems for Containment Facilities 

▪ Design of Geosynthetic-Reinforced Unpaved and Paved Roads

▪ Designing and Specifying Planar Drainage Geocomposites

▪ Geomembranes for Potable Water Applications 

▪ Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil 

▪ Geosynthetic Test Procedures and Material Specifications

▪  Nanotechnologies for Geosynthetics: Opportunities and Challenges 

▪ Static Lining and Cover Systems

Click here to go to the Geosynthetics 2015 website. Posted May 30, 2014

INDA Acquires INSIGHT Conference from Marketing Technology Service, Inc. INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has announced the purchase today of the INSIGHT International Conference from Marketing Technology Service, Inc. (MTS) and will combine the long-standing event with its VISION Consumer Products Conference. Both events have focused on the absorbent product and disposable hygiene market segments. The acquisition, approved by the INDA Executive Committee and its Board of Directors, closed on May 29. The acquisition will cause a number of INDA event dates to change. Click here to read the entire press release. Posted May 29, 2014

STA Leader Meets With Australian Prime Minister. On May 23 Tom Gastin, president of the Specialised Textiles Association (STA), met with the Honorable Tony Abbott, MP Prime Minister of Australia. STA is a national trade association representing the interests of companies in Australia which are involved in the technical textiles industry. Mr. Gastin attended a lunch with the Prime Minister on behalf of all STA members, discussing the opportunities of technical textiles. Discussion points included providing more shade structures to protect children against skin cancer. Click here to read the entire STA press release about the meeting. Posted May 29, 2014

Techtextil North America Hits Record Attendance. Messe Frankfurt USA, the organizer of Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas, has issued a final report for the two shows as well as JEC Americas which all co-located in Atlanta, May 13-15. Techtextil North America had 363 exhibitors, Texprocess Americas had 164 exhibitors and JEC Americas had 232 exhibitors. The combined attendance was a record 9,039 (not including exhibitor personnel), a 45.8% increase over the 2012 event. Click here to read the full press release. Posted May 29, 2014  

US Army Orders Joint Precision Airdrop System. According to the military website Strategy Page, the US Army recently ordered another 110 JPADS (Joint Precision Airdrop System. Each costs $273,000. The high-altitude guided cargo parachute system involves a parachute and guidance controls. Each equipment pallet can contain up to 5 tons of material. The JPADs system is expensive but reusable. Most of these systems are sold to foreign military services. Click here to read the online article. Posted May 27, 2014

Canadian Parachute Manufacturer Closing Plant, Moving Operations to US. According to a report by a Canadian broadcasting website called Quinte News, Airborne Systems Canada, located in Belleville, Ontario, Canada, will close in August 2014 and move its operations to one of Airborne Systems' US locations. In addition to locations in the US and the Canadian plant, Airborne Systems, one of the leading global suppliers of military parachutes, has manufacturing facilities in the United Kingdom and France. Last year, Airborne Systems Canada received a $3.5 million contract from the Canadian military. The investment company TransDign Group purchased Airborne Systems in December 2013 for $250 million.The Belleville plant closing will result in the loss of 30 jobs. Click here to read the original posting. Posted May 27, 2014

INDA Holds Converting and Bonding Conference. There is an excellent report by Bill Smith posted on the Innovation In Textiles website summarizing the presentations given May 6-8 at the Converting and Bonding Conference (CAB2014). The event was held by INDA, the Association of the Nonwovens Fabrics Industry, in Greenville, S.C., USA. Brad Kalil, Director of Research and Statistics for INDA, gave a state of the industry presentation. He said there was a 3.9% global growth in nonwovens for 2013, up from 3.2% growth in 2012. Click here to go to the Innovation In Textiles website to read the CAB2014 report. Posted May 27, 2014

Awning Collapses on Children. A commercial store-front awning collapsed on May 22, falling on several children in Mundelein, Ill., USA. The report, posted on a local television website, has a surveillance video showing the complete structure falling as an intact unit, indicating  the problem was installation with the building. Not a good PR image for the awning industry. Fortunately, none of the children were seriously hurt. Click here to watch the television report. Posted May 27, 2014

AAFA Database Now Features Domestic Manufacturing Search Capability. The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) announced on May 7 the organization had launched a new search feature on its website to better highlight members with domestic (US) manufacturing capabilities. The decline of military contracts has caused many government contractors to search for new markets. Check out the new search tool by clicking here and going to the AAFA member directory section of the organization's website. Posted May 22, 2014

Military Contract for Shrapnel Vests Awarded. The US Defense Logistics Agency today announced that TYR Tactical*, Peoria, Arizona, was awarded a $10,689,084 firm-fixed-price, foreign military sales contract for the procurement of nonstandard fragmentation shrapnel vests and projectile protection. This contract involves foreign military sales to Denmark. Posted May 21, 2014

Geosynthetics Language Included in Major US Water Resources Bill. Congratulations to the Geosynthetics Materials Association, a division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International, for leading the effort to include the "use of innovative materials...including the use of geosynthetic materials...in carry out the activities of the Corps of Engineers." The language was included in the Conference Report of the Water Resources Reform & Development Act (WRRDA) that the US House of Representatives passed yesterday. The US Senate is expected to vote on the bill tomorrow. Click here to read the entire article appearing in the online Geosynthetics publication. Posted May 21, 2014

"Iron Man" Suit May Be Coming to Elite US Forces. The Associated Press is running a story today that explores the consideration of US special operations forces obtaining a battlefield suit that has an exoskeleton made of liquid armor and incorporates smart textiles which can stop hemorrhaging and monitor vital signs to its operatives. The Light Operator Suit project is coordinated through the Special Operations Command headquarters at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fl., USA. Click here to read the article. Posted May 21, 2014

TTIP Trade Position Presented by US Textile Organization. Today, the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) made a formal "stakeholder" presentation at the 5th negotiating round of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) meeting in Arlington, Va., USA. The presentation highlighted key US textile industry positions, including the need for a yarn forward rule of origin and the preservation of the US government procurement regulations such as the Berry Amendment. Click here to read the entire press release. Posted May 21, 2014

"Bullet-Proof" Plates in Backpack Prove No Safer Than School Books.  A  television station in San Diego, Calif., USA, tested the effectiveness of "bullet-proof" backpackes against a regular backpack filled with books. Guess which one did better? That's right, keep your kid's backpack filled with books and it serves just as well as those high-priced new glamour backpacks with ceramic plates. Click here to view the television report. Posted May 21, 2014

Rescue/Recovery Parachutes for UAVs Now Available. One less thing for us to worry about as we walk outside. Drones won't be crashing around us. skygraphics AG has been working several years on the development of a family of parachute systems for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to allow drones to land without a runway or net recovery system; and to also protective a drone and its payload in case of an unexpected out of control emergency situation. The skygraphics protection system is already being used in Europe and is being introduced in North America. Click here to read more. Posted May 20, 2014

Parachute Training Contract Awarded. The US Defense Logistics Agency has awarded a $21,717,415 contract to Complete Parachute Solutions Inc., DeLand, Fla., USA to provide training and technical support for the Multi-Mission Parachute Course (MMPX). The MMPC will provide students with the unique knowledge and technical skills needed to safely pack and jump the multi-mission parachute system. Posted May 19, 2014

Autoliv to Expand in Hungary. It seems almost every month there is new announcement about an expansion of an automotive restraint system factories, the result of the booming car market and increased inclusion of safety airbags. The Swedish automotive restraint company Autoliv has announced its plan to expand its Sopronk, Hungary factory. No financial figures were given but the expansion is expected to go through 2018 and eventually double the capacity of the plant. Autoliv has plants in 28 countries. Click here to read the news release. Posted May 19, 2014

IFAI Japan Hosting Product Showcase in July. IFAI Japan, a country sector of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), has announced its annual IFAI Japan Showcase will take place July 17, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. The showcase features two industry suppliers introducing their products, followed by a networking reception. Often the suppliers are new to Japan and thus it becomes a good way for both the visitors and the presenters to get to know each other. If you interested in participating, please click here to go to the 2014 Product Showcase information. Posted May 19, 2014

BMW To Triple Carbon Fiber Production. The website justauto.com is reporting SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers, a joint venture of BMW and SGL Group, is planning to triple the capacity of its carbon fiber plant in Moses Lake, Wash., USA. The plant manufactures carbon fiber body panels. It will first double the capacity to 6,000 tons by adding a third and fourth production line in the next couple of months and then in 2015 add a 5th and 6th production line, tripling the capacity to 9,000 tons. Click here to read the web article. Posted May 16, 2014

US Department of Defense Enforces Berry Amendment on Athletic Shoes. The US Department of Defense has closed a loophole in the Berry Amendment which requires that the US military purchase domestic textile products whenever it is possible. Previously, military personnel had been given an allowance to purchase their own shoes, regardless of production origin. Now, the service members will be required to use the cash allowance to purchase athletic footwear that is produced in the US. This will be good news for the US-based show manufacturer New Balance, headquartered in Brighton, Mass., USA and Guilford Performance Textiles, the supplier to New Balance with a mesh fabric. Guildford is headquartered in Kanansville, N.C., USA. Click here to read more. Posted May 16, 2014

BioPrinting Research Collaborative Effort Formed Between Ireland and Australia Research Centers. A new partnership between Dublin City University and the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) has been formed to create advanced, wearable medical devices. Particular interest of the research will be 3D printing, called BioPrinting, of smart textile products. Click here to read the press release. Posted May 16, 2014

Steve Eckhart

Interview with GSE Leader After Bankruptcy Filing. When one of the largest geosynthetics manufacturers files for US Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, it makes for big news (see our May posting of the news). The website www.geosynthetica.net has now posted an exclusive interview with Steve Eckhart, vice president of GSE Environmental, on what happened and the company's plan for restructuring. One of the factors Mr. Eckhart cites for the cause is the estimation that current US production capacity exceeds US demand by 30-40% for geomembranes. Great interview conducted by Elizabeth Peggs, publisher of Geosynthetica. Click here to go to the geosynthetica.net website. Posted May 16, 2014

Anit-Gravity Suit Contract Awarded. The US Defense Logistics Agency has awarded Vinyl Technology a maximum $9,287,082 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the manufacture and delivery of advanced technology anti-gravity suit. Posted May 16, 2014

TenCate Advanced Armour to Supply Nexter Systems. TenCate Advanced Armour DanMark A/S has won a contract for the supply of lightweight composite armour to Nexter Systems.  The contract to be supplied protects vehicle occupants against the effects of blasts, fragments, and projectiles. Click here to read the TenCate news release. Posted May 16, 2014

Textile Executive and US Congressional Candidate Dies. Keith Crisco, founder of Asheboro Elastics Corp., Asheville, N.C., USA, died in a home accident on May 12. Asheboro Elastics Corp. is now known as AEC Narrow Fabrics. Mr. Crisco was currently a candidate for a US Congressional position and was in a very tight primary race with another candidate. Posted May 14, 2014 

US Releases March Export Figures for Specialty Fabrics. The US Office of Textiles & Apparel (OTEXA) today released the March export numbers for the Specialty and Industrial Fabrics group. Japan has entered the top 5 countries receiving US exports in the category, dropping the UK to 6th on the list. Mexico continues to be the dominant destination, receiving 46.4% of the exports in the last 12 months. Canada, the second largest destination, dropped slightly in percentage but continues as the 2nd highest destination, followed by China, Hong Kong and Japan. Click here for the full report. Posted May 11, 2014

Milliken Acquires Westex. Our friend Alasdair Carmichael of Carmichael Associates has alerted us that Milliken & Company, Spartanburg, S.C., USA today announced the acquisition of Westex, Inc., a manufacturer of flame-retardant fabrics. Westex, Inc., Chicago, Ill., USA was established in 1919 and is a supplier to the FR clothing fabricator marketplace. The manufacturing plant is located in Sylvania, Ga., USA. The purchase better positions Millken in the competitive FR fabric supplier market. Click here to read an article about the purchase. Posted May 9, 2014

US Defense Logistics Agency Awards Contracts for Uniforms. The US Defense Logistics Agency announced today Burlington Apparel, Greensboro, N.C., USA has been awarded a maximum $19,500,000 modification (P00100) for Army poly/wool cloth. Burlington Apparel was also award another Army poly/wool cloth contract for a maximum $13,633,200 modification (P00100). Posted May 9, 2014

French Navy Awards Inflatable Boat Contract. The French defense ministry has announced it is purchasing 9 inflatable ECUME RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) manufacturer by Zodiac Milrpo. The ECUME is a new multi-mission craft. Further, the French navy says it will order another 10 boats in the future. ECUME RIB is manufactured in Ladner, B.C., Canada. Click here for more information about the recent selection. Posted May 9, 2014

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2014 Techtextil North America Final Update

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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. 

 

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I am delighted to announce BeaverLake6 Report has become an official publication of the Indian Technical Textile Association. ITTA is the only association of the technical textile industry in India. 

 

Steve Warner

Publisher

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Interview with Auggie Tantillo, President of National Council of Textile Organizations

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Auggie Tantillo has been NCTO president for 8 months. He was recently inteviewed to discuss these trade agreements and the state of the US textile industry. Click here to read this exclusive interview with one of the top leaders in the US textile industry.

Brand Outcomes -- A Whole Lot More Than a Visual Facelift

Rose McKinney

We are pleased to announce the third and final segment in Rose McKinney's column on building your company's brand is now posted. In this segment, Ms. McKinney, founder of the award-winning reputation management firm PineappleRM, discusses how brand outcomes are not just the visual image of the logo but a refresh in the thinking of how people see your company and the image you project. Click here to read the new column. 

Textile World Interviews

Dear Readers,

 

In addition to publishing BeaverLake6 Report, I am also a contributing editor forTextile World magazine. My TW assignment is to interview industry leaders. I am pleased to now make these interviews available via links to the TW website. Click here to go to the special Textile World interview links page. 

 

Steve Warner

Publisher

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"BeaverLake6 Report is a must have resource for those that need quick, concise information on global trends and news occurring in the technical textiles industry.”

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Director, Sales & Marketing

Highland Industries, Inc.

 

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New Commentary from David Trumbull

In his latest commentary, BeaverLake6 Report contributor David Trumbull gives an overview of the Berry Amendment, a US law requiring the Defense Department and some other agencies to purchase US goods. It's a good concise primer for companies who are thinking of government contracting and also for those US companies considering providing for Foreign Military Sales through the US Department of Defense. Click here to go to the article. Posted June 3, 2014

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Seeking Business Relationships in Japan?

BeaverLake6 Group, publisher of BeaverLake6 Report, can help you find the right translator who has textile knowledge for your promotion material and website, and the right interpreter/business guide during your visits.

 

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US Export Promotion Opportunities at International Shows.

Are you making products for the construction industry and interested in a low-cost way to market your products internationally? Clikc here to look at participating in the US Department of Commerce's OTEXA catalog booth at BakuBuild Show in Azerbaijan.

 

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Success in our industry is all about knowledge, integrity and developing relationships. BeaverLake6 Group, LLC, publisher of BeaverLake6 Report, is a management consulting firm focused on helping businesses understand the complex global technical textiles industry.

 

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