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Interview with UCMTF President Bruno Ameline

Bruno Ameline

As we enter the last months before the International Textile Machinery Association (ITMA) show begins in Milan, BeaverLake6 Report is pleased to present a special interview with Mr. Bruno Ameline, chairman of the French Textile Machinery Association (UCMTF), conducted by Mrs. Evelyne Cholet, secretary general of the organization. Mr. Ameline discusses the European market conditions for textile machinery, global outreach, and intellectual property issues, a particular concern for machinery manufacturers displaying at an event like ITMA. Click here for the interview.


Steve Warner


Promotion and Brand-Reputation

Rose McKinney, APR, Fellow PRSA, President, Pineapple RM, Inc.

Posted August 24, 2015

Community Engagement Creates Employee and Customer Commitment, Benefits All. Organizations -- whether mom and pop or global conglomerates -- drive their success with well-defined missions, visions and core values. They know why they are in business, where they aim to go, and what are the non-negotiable ways of interacting with customers and coworkers...One of the key ways that organizations can further connect brand to reputation is through commitment to community relations...


Click here to read the entire commentary by Ms. McKinney.

Front Page News

Teijin Begins Production of New Meta-Aramid Fiber. Teijin Corp. (Thailand) Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Teijin Ltd., announced that it has begun producing Teiinconex® neo, a new type of highly heat-resistant and dyeable meta-aramid fiber. The plant is in Ayutthaya, Thailand and expects an annual output of 2,200 tons. According to the company's press release, with this new plant, "Teijin expects to take a leading position in the global market for protective apparel, targeting sales of 20 billion yen ($160 million) by 2020." Click here to read the cmpanypress release. Posted August 28, 2015

DoD Announces New Manufacturing Innovation Institute. Is there a possible important role for technical textiles in the announcement today by US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter in awarding of the Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Flexible Hybrid Electronics (MIIFHE) to a consortium of 162 companies, universities, and non-profits led by the FlexTech Alliance? The new institute will be focused on the innovative production of electronics and sensors packaging through emerging techniques in electronic device handling and high precision printing on flexible, stretchable substrates. We couldn't find any textile company yet involved in the FlexTex alliance, yet we know smart textiles are becoming increasingly important in the flexible electronics markets. If your company is into smart smart technology, you should keep a watch of the new institute. The US Department of Defense is providing $75 million in funding with another $90 million expected from industry, academia, and local governments. Earlier this year, the Department of Defense announced the creation of the Revolutionary Fibers and Textiles Manufacturing Innovation Institute. Click here for more infomation on the new Manufacturing Innovation for Flexible Hybrid Electronics. Posted August 28, 2015

Photo credit: Yale University

Coud Cornstarch Replace Layers of Aramid Fabrics in Bulletproof Vests? It's an interesting concept being investigated by Professor Eric Brown at the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Yale University. Professor Seshadri Ramkumar reports on the concept in his latest TexSnips blog. A unique cornstarch-water mixture responds to impacts well. Upon impact, it cracks resembling solids and then it returns to fluid state. It ls a phenomenon known as "shear thickening." According to the Professor Brown, certain type of fluids like the cornstarch/water mix will change properties due to various stresses. a potential application could using it in bulletproof vests, replacing aramid fabrics. Click here to read the TexSnip posting. Click here to read the orginal report on the Yale website. Posted August 28, 2015

Picanol Sales Increase 18% in H1 2015. The Picanol Group, a manufacturer of textile machinery, announced in a press release an increase in turnover for the first half of 2015 of 259.8 million, up 18% over the 2014 H1. Net sales grew to €30.3 million compared to €24.6 million in the same period of the prior year. The increase was due to a high global demand of textile weaving equipment. Orders booked for H2 2015 are also strong. Based on the current market situation, the Picanol Group expects the turnover for its activities to be in line with H2 2013. FY 2013 was a record year for the company. Click here to read the press release. Posted August 28, 2015

Turkish Company Establishes Nonwovens Operation in US. According to a report posted on Greenville On-Line, Mogul, a privately-owned Turkish company that focuses on the production and sale of nonwovens, is establishing its first North American operation in Laurens Country, S.C., USA. It will be investing $17.5 million in the purchase and refurbishing of an existing plant. The new North American operations will be through a subsidiary called Mogul South Carolina Nonwovens Corp. The plant will focus on manufacturing spunlaced products that have medical, hygienic and personal wet wipe applications. Established in 1997, Mogul is headquartered in Gaziantep, Turkey. Click here to read the article. Posted August 28, 2015

Credit: NASA

Orion Parachute System Withstands Failure Test. As we first posted on August 5, the National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA) successfully conducted a test of the Mars Orion spacraft's parachute system on August 26. The dramatic test simulated a failure scenario in which one of the two drogue parachutes, used to slow and stabilize Orion at high altitude, and one of its three main parachutes, used to slow the crew module to landing speed, did not deploy. As part of the test, engineers also evaluated a change to the risers, which connect the parachutes to the vehicle, from steel to a textile material, as well as the use of lighter weight suspension lines for several of the parachutes. Both changes reduce overall mass and volume of the system. The first parachutes deployed when the crew module was traveling more than 300 mph. This August 24 airdrop was one of eleven planned test drops over a three-year period. Click here to read the NASA press release. Posted August 28, 2015

Nonwovens Leader Passes. Sad news received from the INDA organization today. The nonwovens industry is mourning the loss of Edward "Ed" Vaughn, Professor Emeritus at Clemson University. Dr. Vaughn, 75, of Clemson, S.C., USA, died August 20. He had spent his entire 37-year professional career on the faculty of Clemson. He taught many of INDA's training classes and also served as the Managing Editor of the Journal of Engineered Fibers and Fabrics published by INDA. The organization recognized Dr. Vaughn in 2004 for his contirbutions with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Posted August 25, 2015

New Airbag Manufacturing Plant Opens in India. The Occupant Safety Division of RANE TRW Steering Systems has opened an airbag manufacturing plant near Chennai, India. The plant is located next door to the division's seatbelt plant. Both the seatbelt and airbag plants are a joint venture between the Rane Group and ZF TRW. The plant expects to generate 500,000 airbags annually. Click here to read an article about the plant opening on the The Times of India website. Posted August 24, 2015

Credit: NASA

University of Maine Research Could Help NASA Put Man on Mars. It's pleasing for those of us in the industry to see how technical textile products may be helping in space exploration. There is an article on the Bangor Daily News (Bangor, Maine, USA) website posted today about how the University of Maine is working closely with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on the development of the Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator (HIAD). According to the article, "The HIAD is made up of a series of large inner tube-like inflatable rings called tori, arranged in the decreasing diameter and connected by fabric to form a cone shape." This could then be used on the outside of the spacecraft to slow the vehicle down as it enters Mars' atmosphere. The university is in the third year of a $750,000 four-year NASA grant to evaluate different styles of inflatable braided fabrics. It appears, too, this tori may a different style of the doughnut inflatable ring being tested around the middle of the re-entry vehicle. Click here to read the article. Posted August 24, 2015

INDA Filtration Conference to View Future of Filter Media Requirements. The organizer of INDA's Filtration International Conference & Exposition has announced Armando Brunetti, Executive Vice President of Camfil Americas will be the event's keynote speaker. Camfil, headquartered in Sweden, is one of the world's leading manufacturers of air filter products, a major market for nonwoven fabrics. Filter media in this market segment are valued at $15.4 billion in North America. Mr. Brunetti will share his perspectives on customers' needs based on the realities of the North American market and global business trends. The theme of the event is "Pure Opportunities." Click here to read the press release issued by INDA on Mr. Brunetti's keynote announcement. Posted August 24, 2015

Local Awning Company Featured. It's always nice to see a story about a small business in our industry. The Richmond Times-Dispatch (Richmond, Va., USA) has a feature about Watkins Awnings of Richmond. Fabric awnings represents about 70% of their sales. Business has increased 20% every year since he 2009. Click here to read the story posted on the Times-Dispatch website. Posted August 24, 2015

Pakistan Event Discusses Technical Textiles. Pakistan's National Textile University (NTU) announced a strong group of regional speakers for the upcoming Textile Asia 2015 trade exhibition taking place August 29-31, 2015 in Lahore, Pakistan. Speakers from NTU will include Prof Dr Tanveer Hussain, Dr Yasir Nawab, Dr Munir Ashraf, Dr Abher Rasheed, Dr Sheraz Ahmad and Dr Muhammad Tausif from UET Faisalabad Campus. They will be presenting talks on technical textiles, textile composite materials, self-cleaning textiles, e-textiles, non-destructive testing of textiles and nonwoven textiles. More than 100,000 corporate visitors are expected to attend the overall event. Click here for more information. Posted August 24, 2015

Restoring the Suit. Credit: Smithsonian Institute

Internet Funding Effort Raises $720,000 to Save Moon Suit. The Smithsonian Institute located in Washington, D.C., USA, started a fund-raising 30-day campaign in July called "Reboot the Suit" to raise the $500,000 estimated needed to repair and display the spacesuit worn by astronaut Neil Armstrong when he made his 1969 historic Moon walk. Over the 46 years since the suit was worn, it has shown gradual deterioration and was in need of extensive repairs. The Internet fundraiser actually raised almost $720,000 from 9,500 contributors. The suit will be part of a 2020 museum display called "Destination Moon." The excess funds raised in the campaign will be used to repair and display the silver pressure suit worn by original Mercury astronaut Alan Shepard on NASA's first manned spaceflight in 1961. Click here to read more about the restoration effort on the website. Posted August 23, 2015

Credit: Squirrel

A Closer Look at Wingsuits. You've probably seen videos of those crazy people who jump without a parachute; instead, they wear a bird-like wingsuit. The website for Men's Journal has a good concise article about the Aura 2 wingsuit made by Seattle-based Squirrel. While the article is about a specific type of wingsuit, it does a nice job of explaining how the wingsuit works. Our only complaint is that the Squirrel manufacturing website does not contain much information about the company itself. Would it hurt to list an address and the history of the company? Click here to read the Men's Journal article. Posted August 22, 2015

American Flock Association Prepares for 30th Annual Meeting. The American Flock Association will be hosting its 30th Anniversary Annual Meeting on October 15-16, 2015. The event will be held at the American Textile History Museum in Lowell, Mass., USA. Click here to go to the event's website for more information. Posted August 22, 2015

India-US Strategic Dialog in September Includes Technical Textiles. As we first reported in January, the first India-US Sttrategic and Commercial Dialog has been announced. The first meeting will be held September 22, 2015 in New Delhi. The US delegation will be co-chaired by Secretary of State John Kerry and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker. The Indian delegation will be led by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. The objective of the dialog is greater convergence of trade through reducing investment barriers and streamlining commercial regulations to open new markets and facilitate new technologies. Technical textiles is one of the six targeted segments to be discussed. Click here to read an article posted on the Indian website The Business Standard for more information. Posted August 19, 2015

Former DuPont Employee Sentence in Theft of Trade Secrets. [Corrected: August 22, 2015] Former DuPont employee Edward Schulz was sentenced August 17 to two years' probation, a $75,000 fine and 500 hours of community service for his role in stealing trade secrets related to the company's Kevlar® aramid fiber products and selling them to Kolon Industries of South Korea. Previously, ex-DuPont engineer Michael Mitchell had also been convicted and sentenced to serve 18 months in a US Federal Prison for handing over trade secret documents to Kolon Industries. Click here to read a press release posted on the website of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation. Posted August 19, 2015

FTZ Board Issues Notice Production Request for Personal Flotation Device Manufacturer. An application requested has been submitted to the US Foreign Trade Zones (FTZ) Board by The Coleman Company, Inc., headquartered in Wichita, Kansas, USA, for its facility located in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota, USA. The Coleman facility in Sauk Rapids employs 252 and manufactures personal flotation devices (PFDs). Coleman requsted FTZ production authority in 2014 and, after an initial review, was approved subject to a restriction that precludes inverted tariff benefits on foreign textitle fabrics and cases/bags of textile materials used in production of PFDs and cushions for US domestic consumption. The new request seeks to remove the restrictions and also add several new components to Coleman's scope of authority. Click here to read the application notice posted on the Federal Register website. Posted August 19, 2015

Men, Protect Your Fertility with Technical Textiles. Oh dear. There's something new to worry about. Most men have never given the harmful side effects of electromagnetic radiation a thought as they go about their lives connected to their WIFI, smart phones and computers. Many men stick their cell phones in the front pants pocket. Not good. According to the Yahoo gadget website, the phones emit radiation which can affect a man's fertility. Once again technical textiles can provide a solution. A new men's underwear called Wireless Underwear, using a material called RadiaTex, is now available to shield and protect a man's most precious assets. Click here to read about the development. Posted August 19, 2015

Messe Frankfurt Announces New Nonwovens Event in China. The German exhibition company Messe Frankfurt, organizers already of the Techtextil events in China, US, Russia and German, is planning a new event in China to focus on nonwovens. The event is called China International Nonwovens Expo & Forum (CINE) . It will be held in Shanghai, October 14-16, 2015 and is co-organized by the Sub-Council of Textile Industry, CCPIT, the China Nonwovens & Industrial Textiles Association (CNITA) and INDA, the North American-based nonwovens trade association. CINE is being positioned to be held on the "off" year of the CINTE Techtextil China event. Click here to read the organizer's press release. Posted August 19, 2015

Ford Replacing Fabric Airbag with Plastic. The Ford Motor Company website has a very interesting story on the planned replacement of passenger side knee airbag on the 2016 Mustang with an inflatable flexible bladder integrated into the glove box. According to the website: "To make the new knee airbag possible, Ford engineers developed and tested innovative materials, and construction techniques. Unlike a traditional fabric airbag, the new system consists of a pliable, injection-molded plastic bladder sandwiched between the inner and outer glove bax door panels."  Click here to read the Ford website article. Posted August 14, 2015

Takata Future Analysis Discussed on CNBC World. Can Takata survive its exploding airbag fiasco? Scott Upham, a corporate strategist and market researcher for Valient Market Research, answered questions about the long-term outlook of airbag system maker Takata Corporation on the August 13 edition of CNBC's Asia Squawk Box. Click here to view the video. Posted August 14, 2015

Biblical-Inspired Tents Featured in Sydney Architectural Competition. According to the Australian website, the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF) of Sydney is unveiling the 2015 edition of its "Fugitive Structures" temporary pavilion project on August 20. The 2015 project was created through a collective architectural effort by Sack and Reicher+ Muller of Tel Aviv and fabric expert Eyal Zur. The project is modeled after the traditional sukkah, a symbolic wilderness shelter used by the Israelites in their flight from Egypt. Very interesting. Click here for the article and more pictures. Posted August 13, 2015  

Garware-Wall Ropes Net Profit Jumps 50%. According to a report posted on The Financial Express website, Garware-Wall Ropes Q1FY16 net profit jumped 50% to Rs.14.6 crores. Net sales grew by 20.5% in the quarter compared to last year. The 1st Quarter ended June 30, 2015. Garware is a manufacturer of technical textiles for the Indian and global markets. Management cited the expansion into new products and markets created the increased financial performance. Click here for reading more. Posted August 10, 2015

New Type of Bullet-Resistant Vests Being Developed in India. According to the website The Times of India, bullet-resistant vests for the Indian armed forces will become lighter by 2kg as researchers are working on replacing several layers Kevlar™ aramid fiber content with a polymeric liquid under a project being developed by the Indian Defense Research and Development Organization. The new liquid bullet-resistant liquid will be encapsulated by three layers of Kevlar but reducing the current number of layers from seven to four, making the vest much lighter. Average weight of the current vests are 3.8kg. Click here to read more. Posted August 10, 2015

US Department of Defense Awards Shelter Contract. CAMSS Shelters, Kirkland, Washington, USA has been awarded a maximum $200,000,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery contract for commercial shelters. This was a competitive acquisition with 20 responses received. This is a one-year base contract and three one-year option periods. Location of performance is Washington, with an Aug. 6, 2016, performance completion date. Using military services are Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2015 through fiscal 2016 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [Publisher note: This is the third of an expected four large contracts awarded for shelters, the other two announced are Anchor Industries and Diamond Brand Canvas Products. The expected minimum value of the contract for each company is $25,000.] Posted August 8, 2015

June US Export Figures Show Continued Growth for Industrial Fabrics. The US Department of Commerce has released the June export numbers for the Specialty and Industrial Fabrics Group. Comparing 12-month years ending June 30, the report finds a continued increase this year now growing to $201,098,000 from the previous year. This is up almost $50,000,000 from the increase shown in the May year-to-year report. Total US exports in Specialty and Industrial Fabrics Group for the 12-month period ending June 30 is $4,220,291,000. Click here to see the entire report. Posted August 8, 2015

Mission to Mars Space Wear Competition Narrows Selection. In June, a specialist jury selected 10 students from the entrants to go through the first round of the "Spacetex 2030" design competition. The competition is to design the "everyday" wear used by the space ship crew during the long voyage to Mars. It was created by the "Spacetex" research partners from the Hohenstein Institute (Bönnigheim - Germany), Schoeller Textil AG (Sevelen – Switzerland), Charité (Berlin – Germany) and DLR (Bonn/Bremen – Germany). Dr. Jan Beringer of the Hohenstein Institute in Bonningheim, Germany was the chair of the jury in the selection process. The winner(s) will receive prize money amounting to 3000 euros. Click here for a complete description of the project. Posted August 7, 2015

Call for Papers for Geosynthetics Middle East 2015. The German organization SKZ is issueing a Call for Papers for its Geosynthetics Middle East 2015 conference set for November 16-17, 2015 in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The main focus of the event will be geosynthetics used in infrastructure, transportation, oil and gas, water, and energy. Click here to go the their website's paper submission page. Posted August 7, 2015

New Manufacturing Facility in Japan for Nonwoven Manufacturer. The China Chemical Fiber website posted that Asahi Kasei Fibers will be breaking ground on a new production facility for its Bemliese™ cellulose nonwoven fabric in Nobeoka, Miyazaki, Japan. Production is expected to begin in March 2017, adding 1500 tons/year of the mateterial to its existing 4000 tons/year. The material is used in the industrial, landscaping and liquid filtration markets. Click here to read the entire article. Posted August 6, 2015

TTP Negotiations Fail to be Final. How many times now after the conclusion of a round of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement talks has the US negotiator come out and said in summarizing the talks "Significant progress has been made..." This happened again last week after the latest round was held in Hawaii. Many had expected this to be the finalization of the negotiations but the end result was no concluding deal was accomplished. Small but thorny issues continued on agreement sections like automotive parts, intellectual property, and dairy products. The textile section did not appear to be affected. US President Barack Obama has to be disappointed the economic and trade ministers of the 12 nations could not reach agreement. Now the issue will start to become an election campaign issue in both the US and Canada. The last chance before the election season hits full swing is the meeting scheduled for late August in Malaysia. Posted August 5, 2015

Trade Publication Wins Award on Technical Textiles Reporting. Congratulations to the publishing team at the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC). The trade association announced yesterday their bi-monthly magazine AATCC Review had received a Tabbie Award for an in-depth feature article published in the November/December 2014 issue. Written by feature writer Glenna Musante, the article "Mopping Up Disasters: Textiles Protect People and the Planet" focused on the critical role nonwovens played in the cleaning up of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster as well as in other environmental liguid spill situations. The Tabbie Awards are sponsored by the Trade Association Business Publications International. More than 400 editoral and design entries were submitted for the 2015 contest. Click here to read the article. Posted August 6, 2015

Safety Concerns Raised After Deadly Tent Collapses. ABC News has posted a short article on its website reporting on safety measures tent installers take to prevent the deadly tragedies like what happened on August 3 (see our August 4 post). ABC's affiliate station WLS interviewed spokespeople from Cirque du Soleil and Chicago Special Events Management on their installation techniques and safety measures. Good to see the quick positive response from the special events industry. It would be good, too, to see an immediate industry response from trade associations that represent the industry like the Tent Rental Division of IFAI abd the American Rental Association. A tent failure for a company is also a failure for the industry in the eyes of the consumer. Click here to read the ABC posting. Posted August 6, 2015

NASA Testing Spacecraft's Parachutes in a Failure Situation. NASA is inviting the media to attend a test of the Orion spacecraft's parachutes that is being held August 26 at the US Army's Yuma Proving Grounds in Ariz., USA. An engineering model of the spacecraft will drop from an airplane 35,000 feet up to evaluate how it fares when the parachute system does not perform as expected. During the test, Orion engineers will carry out a scenario in which one of the spacecraft’s two drogue parachutes and one of its three main parachutes fail. Click here to read the press release. Posted August 5, 2015

Geosynthetic Industry Veteran Announces Retirement. It's hard to believe that Paul Barker is retiring. He has been in the geosynthetics business for 52 years, the last 28 with Agru America. Mr. Barker calm demeanor and stately manner characterizes the word "gentleman" in an otherwise fast-changing industry. He has been recognized by Agru America President Robert Johnson as helping grow Agru America into one of the geosynthetic leaders in the North American marketplace. Mr. Barker officially retires from the company on August 31. Click here to read a nice tribute to him posted today on the website. Posted August 4,. 2015

Public Tent Collapses in Two US Locations Kill Three People. Yesterday was a tragic day for the tent industry in the US. Severe storms hit a music concert in Illinois and a circus in New Hampshire that resulted in the collapse of tents and the killing of three people. In both instances, news reports have quoted officials saying they will be looking into the installation of the tent. The tent rental industry, through the work of the Tent Rental Division (TRA) of the industrial Fabrics Association International, has done extensive industry education on proper staking and ballasting of commercial tents. In 2004, TRA published The IFAI Procedural Handbook for the Safe Installation and Maintenance of Tents and in 2012 published a comprehensive ballasting study with guideline recommendations. Click here to read the report on the Illinois blowdown and click here to read about the New Hamshire collapse. Posted August 4, 2015

Southern Mills Files Patent Suit Against International Textiles Group. It's a bit confusing because Southern Mills is part of the TenCate Protective Fabrics group and International Textiles Group does business in this particular segment as Safety Components. Southern Mills is contending in its patent infringement suit that International Textile's infringement is in the manufacture of its Glide product. The complaint alleges that warp and fill weaving technques are used to present the Kevlar® fiber toward the wearer and the Blend Flame Resistant Fiber away from the wearer is part of its US Patent. Click here for more information. Posted August 4, 2015

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Designer of NASA's Mars Parachute Interviewed. One of the reasons we love publishing BeaverLake6 Report is that it helps us find the people who make up the industry like Dr. Anita Sengupta. The website The Verge has a fascinating interview with Dr. Sengupta, the project manager for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's (JPL) Cold Atom Laboratory located in Pasadena, Calif., USA.. Dr. Sengupta's interview isn't really about how she helped design the 70-foot parachute for NASA's Mars Rover Curiosity but it is about how she got into her field. It's inspirational and contains the excitement and energy that is found throughout the industry. Click here to read the article. Posted August 2, 2015

US Nonwovens Company Acquired. The Charlotte 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 Components, 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 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 Ilse 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 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 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 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 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


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 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 Service 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

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Need to Renew Authorization of the Export Import Bank of the United States

Bud Weisbart, MFC, IFM, Vice President, AR Tech, Fontana, Calif., USA

Despite an 80-year history of helping small businesses and a generating of $7 billion more than the cost of its operations over the last two decades, EXIM’s funding has been caught up in the politics of Washington.  Current funding lapsed at the end of June.  On July 1, EXIM stopped providing funding. The U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan effort to reauthorize EXIM but the House of Representatives failed to act on the bill before going on its August break. Click here to read more.

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NCTO was Wrong to Support TPA and TPP So Early in the Game

I don’t get the logic behind the National Council of Textile Organizations' (NCTO) support of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. In my opinion, NCTO’s primary desire for supporting TPP is the textile economic containment of China. This approach will fail with TPP and may end up putting the US domestic industry at future risk with other trade agreements ... Click here to read the rest of the column. 

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