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Special Report: Techtextil 2017

Trade Fair Closes with Record Attendance and Increasingly Optimistic Mood for the World Economy

Mars Prototype Shelter by MDT-tex

Imagination on Display in Frankfurt. It was known going into the Techtextil and Texprocess shows last week that tthere would be a record number of exhibitors and, further, there was so much attendance the last time in 2015 that the organizer decided to expand the length of the shows to 4 days in 2017. Thus so, it was no real surprise that the final report reveals more than 47,500 visitors came (an increase of 14% over 2015) from 114 countries. According to a poll taken of visitors, 42% felt the economic climate could be consider "good" (compared to only 32% in 2015). The next Techtextil and Texprocess shows in Frankfurt will be held May 14-17, 2019. Click here for more insight into the shows as well as the official final report from Messe Frankfurt. Posted May 17, 2017

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Sioen Acquires James Dewhurst Group. The Belgium coated fabrics producer Sioen Industries NV continues its acquistion mode with the announcement yesterday it had purchased the James Dewhurst Group, a UK-based producer of open construction laid scrims. The scrims provide stablility, strength and reinforcement to coated and laminate materials. The key markets are building and construction, industrial, geotextiles, health and hygiene, packaging and transport. The transaction value was a little more than $49.3 million. Click here to read the Sioen press release. Posted May 24, 2017

Australian and New Zealand Technical Textile Trade Associations Co-Locating Conferences.  The Outdoor Fabric Products Association of New Zealand (OFPANZ) and the Specialised Textiles Association (STA) of Australia will be co-locating their annual events in Queenstown, New Zealand. Taking place May 25-27, the theme of the conference is "Reaching New Heights." The scope of the topics discussed range from geosynthetics to awnings and marine applications. Equipment demonstrations included sewing techniques as well as hot air, wedge, RF and ultrasonic welding. Click here to view the program. Posted May 24, 2017

US Approves $75 Million High-Tech Chemical Protective Gear for Indian Armed Forces.  The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) made a notification to the US Congress requesting approval for a $75 million high-tech chemical protective clothing order from the Indian armed forces for biological and chemical warfare protection. The Joint Service Lightweight Integrated Suit Technology (JSLIST) consists of 38,000 sets of suits, trousers, gloves, boots and NBC bags. In addition, the package includes 850 aprons, 850 alternative aprons, 9,000 Quick Doff Hoods, and 114,00 M61 filters. Click here to read more. Posted May 24, 2017

Graduate Student Poster Program Presents Advanced Technologies. Need another reason to attend Techtextil North America (TTNA)? The 2017 Graduate Student Poster Program will be represented by top textile universities from around the United States. Ten students will be presenting their graduate study research on the show floor. Click here to visit our special TTNA page section and view the speakers and topics. Posted May 24, 2017

New Name, More Focus for JEC's North American Event. The international industry composite organization JEC Group has decided to focus on end-use events and is launching the Future of Composites in Construction, a brand-new show dedicated to one of the most promising composites market segments. JEC formerly called its event JEC Americas. The newly focused end-market trade show and conference takes place June 20-22, 2017, co-locating with Techtextil North America. Click here to find out more. Posted May 24, 2017

Toyoda Gosei Building Airbag Plant in India. As the Indian vehicle safety equipment requirements become more stringent, the demand is increasing for airbags. Japanese-based Toyoda Gosei has announced plans to build an airbag manufacturing plant in the western state Gujarat. The operation will be part of Toyoda Gosei Minda India, a subsidiary of Toyoda Gosei. The plant will have an initial capability to supply airbags for about 250,000 vehicles per year and will double that when it becomes fully operational. The expected plant cost is $11.3 million and will be producing by the second half of 2018. Toyoda already has 4 other automotive parts factories in India. Click here to read about the airbag plant. Posted May 23, 2017

The Greatest Show Closes. It's worth noting in our industry the last show of the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus is taking place tonight. The traveling circus tent is probably the most recognizable icon in describing the canvas tent era for shelters in the 1920s and 30s. Ringling Brothers is live-streaming the last show. Click here to go to its website. Posted May 21, 2017

Call for Papers for Digital Textile Printing Conference. Two industry associations -- AATCC and SGIA -- have issued a Call for Papers for presentation at their joint Digital Textile Printing conference. The event is being held November 29-30, 2017 in Durham, N.C., USA. The Conference Program will focus on topics that incorporate one of the following areas: image workflow and design, technology and markets, sourcing and supply chain, and case studies. AATCC is an association for the textile, apparel and materials professional. SGIA (Specialty Graphics & Imaging Association), is a non -profit for the imaging industry. Click here to go to the event website for more information. Posted May 21, 2017

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NASA's New Spacesuit for Starliner Spacecraft. Somehow we missed this article when it was published on the NASA website in January but we think it's still worth noting. Boeing has designed a new spacesuit specifically for the new Starliner spacecraft being developed to carry NASA astronauts to the International Space Station. The new suits are about 10 pounds lighter than the current launch and entry suits being worn. The new suit's material allows water vapor to pass out of the suit, away from the astronaut, but keeps air inside. This makes the suit cooler. Various zippers allow the astronaut to adjust the suit for better fit when in different physical positions such as sitting or walking. Click here to read the article. Posted May 20, 2017

Photo: U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Eric Sharman

Military Transitioning from Fabric Shelters. The US military is now starting to transition from fabric tents to trailers and other "hard-wall" structures. In an article posted on the US Air Force's official website, there is an article about one such transition for the 386th AEW Airmen." “We are transitioning to more of an enduring location rather than an expeditionary one,” said Capt. Godfrey A. Manera, Airmen and transient personnel have been lodged in the tents for about 15 years, traditionally with 8 to 10 other occupants. In an effort to significantly reduce the disruption of Airmen rest cycles, the trailers are being designed to make the rooms double occupancy only. The design of the trailers makes for a more efficient use of space compared to the tents. The new 120-by-30 foot dwellings will allow Airmen to gain 63% more square footage of living quarter space while taking up less overall space at the same time, according to Capt. Manera. Click here to read the article. [Publisher note: I have been reporting on this trend in my market reports for the last few years.] Posted May 19, 2017

USTR Begins First Steps to Renegotiate NAFTA. This didn't take that long: Newly-confirmed U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer formally notified Congress yesterday that President Donald Trump intends to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). In the letter, Ambassador Lighthizer said the Trump administration has already been working with trade advisory committees. Click here to read the official letter to the US Speaker of the House. Posted May 19, 2017

Polyurethane Coated Technical Textiles Factory Being Built in Russia. According to the Russian website, a French construction firm, HEFI Development, has been contracted to build a technical textiles factory for Strimtex. The company is a manufacturer of polyurethane coated fabrics for the construction industry. The factory will be located in the Moglino special economic zone in Pskov region of northwestern Russia. Click here to read the article. Posted May 19, 2019

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New USTR Takes Office. After months of delay, Robert Lighthizer was sworn in today as the new United States Trade Representative (USTR). Ambassador Lighthizer's confirmation in the US Senate completes the cabinet formed by President Donald Trump. The ambassador is an experienced trade negotiator, serving as Deputy USTR for President Ronald Reagan. His confirmation gained approval from a number of high-ranking Democrats including Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon, the Finance Committee's top Democrat. Industry trade associations were also quick to praise his swearing in. “In my estimation, Ambassador Lighthizer is likely the most qualified individual ever to be confirmed to this important post,” said National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) President and CEO Auggie Tantillo as he noted Lighthizer’s previous service as Staff Director of the Senate Finance committee and as Deputy USTR, as well as his distinguished legal career specializing in international trade law. Click here to read the USTR's official release on his swearing in. Posted May 16, 2017

Russian Chemists Develop Fabric Resistant to Chemical and Biological Weapons. According to the TASS Russian News Agency, Chemist from Sartov State University have developed with a membrane solution capable of protecting military personnel from chemical and biological weapons while remaining air and vapor permeable. The membrane fabrics are reported to be impermeable to water, viruses, bacteria, toxins and allergens. The technical fabrics were created within the framework of a larger project of the Fund for Perspective Research, a project intended for creating combat gear of the future. The testing of special suits made of the fabric is to be completed by the end of 2017. Click here to read the article posted on the TASS website. Posted May 16, 2017

Milliken Announces Combining of Technical Textiles Divisions. According to an article posted in, the US-based textile giant Milliken & Co has announced it is restructuring, combining its specialty fabrics and performance fabrics divisions. It will be led by Jeff Price, the current manager of the specialty fabrics division. The restructuring also results in 6 end market segment products reporting to Mr. Price -- nonwovens, global airbag, uniform and protective, engineered performance products, and specialty interiors. In other restructuring, the company plans to combine the research division with marketing. As a result of all this, Sim Skinner, the previous president of the performance products division, and Chris DeSoiza, the previous vice president of research, have both left the company. This is one of the first strategic moves made by President/CEO Harold Chandler, who replaced Joseph Salley in October 2016.  Milliken is based in Spartanburg, S.C., USA. Click here to read the article. Posted May 16, 2017

US Narrow Fabrics Producer Acquired. Brand & Oppenheimer Co., Inc., a textile converter and provider of technical fabrics to multiple industries, has announced that it has acquired the assets of Cutting Edge TexStyles, a 99-year-old manufacturer of bias binding, trims and textiles based in Bedford, Mass., USA. The new business will continue to operate in its existing location with its current staff, including former CEO Joe Goldman, who will now serve as Vice President of the Cutting Edge TexStyles Sales Division of B&O alongside the Company’s Performance Textiles and 1947 Sales divisions. Click here to read the company’s press release on the acquisition. Posted May 16, 2017

US Textile  and Fiber Trade Associations Comment of US Trade Deficit.  In a joint letter to US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, Jr., four US-based textile organizations submitted comments in response to publishing of 82 FR 16721 - Omnibus Report on Significant Trade Deficit on March 13. The organizations are National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), American Fibers Manufacturers Association (AFMA), United States Industrial Fabrics Institute (USIFI) and Narrow Fabrics Institute NFI). Both NFI and USIFI are divisions of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI). Their comments outline the impact of unfair foreign trade practices on the US trade deficit in textiles and apparel. While it is difficult to separate technical textiles in the statistical information shared by the organizations, it appears most of the deficit impact in the comments relate to the apparel segment. The top 5 contributors they list that the US has trade deficits in textile and apparel are Vietnam, India, Bangladesh, Indonesia and China. With the possible exception of China, these countries are not significant exporters to the US of technical textiles. Click here to read the organizations' public comment posted on the NCTO website. Posted May 16, 2017  

Record Breaking Figures for JEC World 2017. The JEC Group, organizer of JEC World 2017 in Paris this past March, has released the attendance and exhibitor participation statistics:

   •  1300 exhibitors

   •  40,607 professional visits

   •  78% were international participants 

The visitor figure was an increase of +10% compared to 2016 and both the attendance and exhibitor figures were records for the annual event. JEC World is the largest gathering of the composites industry. The dates of JEC World 2018 are March 6-8, 2018 in Paris, France. Click here for more information. Posted May 16, 2017

US Fiber Manufacturer Investing $65 Million to Expand Capacity. INVISTA is investing over $65 million for state-of-the-art fiber production equipment at its Camden, S.C., USA facility. This investment will expand INVISTA’s capacity of Nylon 6,6 fiber used in a diverse range of applications. The investment will significantly increase domestic US capacity of high-tenacity, specialty fibers used in CORDURA® fabrics in military applications such as bags, backpacks and ballistic vest carriers as well as a wide variety of commercial end-uses from hiking boots to hunting gear, workwear to motorcycle, and many other outdoor and lifestyle apparel and equipment products.  The new assets will also be capable of manufacturing bulked continuous filament and high-quality fibers for airbags and industrial sewing threads. Click here to read the company press release. Posted May 10, 2017

Unifi Appoints New CEO. Unifi, Inc. has announced the appointment of Kevin D. Hall as Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors, effective June 1, 2017. Thomas Caudle will continue to serve as Unifi's President, a position he has held since 2016. According to the press release issued May 4, Mr. Hall has spent more than three decades building global brands and serving private equity partners in the development and execution of growth strategies in marketing-driven organizations, including Procter & Gamble, Hanesbrands and Fidelity Investments. Hall also serves on the Advisory Board for North Carolina-based technology and analytics company, Inmar. Unifi is a manufacturer of multi-filament textured polyester and nylon yarns for applications including the automotive, military and medical products. Click here to read the press release. Posted May 10, 2017

Circus Tent Owner Pleads Guilty in Tent Collapse Which Led to Deaths. A judge on May 3 ordered a Florida-based Walker International Events to pay $15,000 in fines for operating without a permit of the circus tent which collapsed  during a storm in Lancaster, N.H., USA, in 2015. The collpased resulted in two deaths. The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) had previously found that Walker had failed to properly anchor the tent. The company is now out of business. Click here to read a brief report of the recent verdict posted on the Lancaster Daily Journal website. Posted May 5, 2017  

ITMA Opens for Exhibition Space Reservation. ITMA 2019, the world's largest textile machinery exhibition, has opened today reservations for exhibitors. The show, held every 4 years, features the entire value chain of textile and garment making manufacturing, as well as raw materials. In 2015, the show was held in Milan, Italy, and had more than 122,000 visitors. The 2019 edition will be held in Barcelona, Spain, June 20-26, 2019, and is expected to have more than 1700 exhibitors. The event is owned by CEMATEX -- the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers. Click here for more information about exhibiting. Posted May 4, 2017

US Department of Commerce Releases March Technical Textile Export Figures.  The US Department of Commerce released today the year-end exports for March for the Specialty and Industrial Fabrics Group. There has been an interesting small uptick for the last couple of months of exports to China. Overall, US exports to the rest of the world decline 2.58% from the same period last year. Click here to see the entire report. Posted May 4, 2017




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INDA Nonwoven Conference Announces Keynote Speakers. The seventh edition of RISE® -- The Research, Innovation & Science of Engineered Fabrics Conference --has announced its keynote speakers. They include: Bernd Kunze, Dr. Ing., CEO, Reifenhauser RECOFIL; Keith Hoover, V.P., Material Process & Color Innovation, Under Armour; Yoel Fink, Ph.D., CEO Advanced Functional Fabrics of America; and, Behnam Pourdeyhimi, Ph.D., Professor, North Carolina State University, and Director, The Nonwovens Institute. RISE is being held September 12-14, 2017, in Raleigh, N.C., USA. Click here for additional information. Posted May 4, 2017

US Department of Commerce Stand at Techtextil Features 4 Companies. The US Department of Commerce's Office of Textiles & Apparel (OTEXA) will be participating in the 2017 Techtextil show in Frankfurt, Germany, next week. OTEXA is featuring four US companies: EEONYX, a California-based manufacturer of conductive textiles; Rebel Inc., another California company and manufacturer of polymer-based textiles; Mogul SC, a manufacturer of nonwovens in South Carolina; and Glen Raven Technical Fabrics, a manufacturer of various technical textiles, headquartered in North Carolina. The OTEXA booth stand is 3.1 D17. Posted May 4, 2017

US Yarn and Technical Textile Manufacturer Sold. Highlander Partners' portfolio company, Twitchell Technical Products, a specialty materials company focused on engineered polymer fabrics and coated films, today announced that its parent company acquired The Quantum Group, a manufacturer and innovator of unique yarns and high-performance woven fabrics to the furniture, construction, recreational, industrial, healthcare, automotive and airline industries. Founded in 1985, Quantum is a vertically integrated yarn and fabric manufacturer of mono- and multi-filament yarns and possessing extensive yarn preparation processes, including warping, texturizing and twisting fibers, producing a wide variety of engineered performance characteristics, patterns and textures. Quantum is located in Colfax, N.C., USA   Click here to read the company's press release on the acquistion. Posted May 4,.2017

Zodiac Aerospace Acquisition Could Be In Trouble. The January 2017 announcement by aircraft engine manufacturer Safran to purchase Zodiac Aerospace for $9bn may now be in trouble after a severely disappointing first half reported loss of more than $13 million. Zodiac is still projecting an operating profit in the range of $240 million for the year end in August. Based on the immediate financial report and projection, Safran's bid is certain to be lowered, according to Reuters News Agency. The deal had already met with uncertainty due to Safran stakeholders questions about the acquisition's complexity and the on-going manufacturing problems at Zodiac. The company is one of only two major manufacturers of commercial aircraft seating. The other company, B/E Aerospace was recently purchased by Rockwell Collins. Click here to read more about the troubled acquisition of Zodiac. Posted May 3, 2017

Former Employee Pleas Guilty to Embezzling almost $400K from Awning Company.  John D. Pilkington III has pled guilty in federal court for embezzling $399,316 from Cain Awning of Birmingham, Ala., USA. Mr. Pilkington worked for the company from 2002 to 2016. The embezzlement occurred between 2010 and 2016, involving writing unauthorized company checks to himself and using company credit cards for personal purchases and benefits. Established in 1946, Cain Awning is a manufacturer of commercial and residential awnings and canopies. Click here to read more about the embezzlement. Posted May 3, 2017

Forced Bankruptcy Looms for Japanese Airbag Company. Honestly, can it get much worse for Takata Corp? Shares of the beleaguered company had to be suspended on April 24 after the price fell 19% in heavy activity amidst looming fears of a forced bankruptcy. Takata is desperately trying to reach an out-of-court restructure to avoid bankruptcy and supply disruption. Carmakers are seeking the court bankruptcy due to several industry estimates of an up to $10 billion replacement cost for the defective Takata-made airbag. Another industry airbag manufacturer, Key Safety Systems, a division of China's Ningbo Joyson Electronic, has emerged as the preferred purchaser of Takata but no deal has yet been achieved. Click here to read an article about all this posted on the Financial Times website. Posted April 28, 2017

Geomembrane Institute Elects New Officers and Board. The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) inducted new Officers and a new Board of Directors during their annual membership meeting in Orlando, Fla., USA, on March 13, 2017 at the Geo-Frontiers Conference. The newly elected FGI Officers are President – Patrick Elliott (Colorado Lining International); Vice President – Laura Storey (Plastatech); Treasurer – Ed Silva (Engineered Polymer Technology); and, Secretary – Jimmie Eloff (Owens Corning). The FGI is a consortium of manufacturers, fabricators/installers, designers, regulators, and material suppliers of fabricated geomembranes. It is based in Urbana, Ill., USA. Click here to read the entire press release which includes the names of other newly elected FGI board members and awards given. Posted April 28, 2017

Porcher Industries Plans to Recruit 400. French-based Porcher Industries Group has announced plans to add more than 400 additional positions over the next 2 years for its facilities in Europe, Asia and North America. Porcher Industries is a manufacturer of technical textiles with 5 business units -- Automotive, Aerospace & Defense, Sport & Leisure, and Building & Industrial. The 100-year old company was purchased 5 months ago by Warwick Capital LLP of the UK and since then has announced an ambitious €50 million investment plan. The company plans to use the upcoming Techtextil show in Frankfurt to start its recruitment. Posted April 28, 2017

Belgium Technical Textile Producer Reports 35% Sales Growth Mainly Through Acquisitions. Sioen Industries NV released its 1st Quarter results yesterday, reporting sales growth of 35% (5% organic and 30% acquisitions). The Coating division realized net external consolidated sales of 71.8 million compared to 53.5 million in the 1st Quarter 2016. Acquisitions accounted for 29.1% of the overall 34.2% division growth that included Dimension-Polyant (sailcloth) and Manifattura Fontana (geosynthetics). The Apparel division acquisitions Verseidag Ballistic Protection (ballistic vests) and Ursuit (diving suits) accounted for 45.3% of the overall 50.8% growth in the division. Click here to read the Sioen press release. Posted April 28, 2017

US Army Reserve Officer Convicted of Violating Buy American Act with Chinese Backpacks.  In a follow-up to a notice we originally posted May 25, 2016, US Army Reserves Lt. Col. Frederick Lamar Burnett was found guilty in federal court April 25 on 3 counts of wire fraud. Lt. Col. Burnett conducted a business scheme to defraud the US Department of Defense (DOD) of $6.2 million involving contracts for the purchase of Army recruitment backpacks and baseball caps. The US Army determined he had used his Huntsville-based company -- Lamar International Inc. -- in a scheme that involved three contracts with the DOD from 2005 - 2007. Lt. Col. Burnett certified for all three contracts that he would meet the requirements of the Buy American Act, the Berry Amendment and federal regulations that require the government to buy domestic products and materials. In fact, the products were made in China. The maximum penalty for wire fraud is 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. A sentencing date has not yet been set. Click here to read an article on the conviction posted on the website. Posted April 26, 2017

Photo: Portland, Ore., USA Fire Dept.

More Comfortable Hazmat PPE Being Developed. There is a good article on Fire Chief website by Jeffrey and Grace Stull on the trending of new person protective equipment (PPE) being developed for firefighters found in chemical hazard situations. Key takeaways from the article: 1) firefighters want hazmat PPE that are more mobile; 2) past PPE has been developed based on material technology at the expense of design and comfort; 3) First Responders want PPE that is easy to get on and launder; and, 4) the trend towards more comfortable PPE has influenced PPE performance standards. Click here to read the article. Posted April 26, 2017

Custom Nonwoven Assets Acquired by Fibrix. Only 3 years after Custom Nonwovens, Inc. (CNI) invested $12.8 million in a new manufacturing facility in Thomasville, N.C., USA, the facility and its assets have been sold to Fibrix LLC, headquartered in Conover, N.C. Part of the 2013 investment plan included a $128,000 matching grant from the State of North Carolina. It is not clear if Fibrix will be keeping the employees in Thomasville that were hired through the grant. Fibrix is a manufacturer of polyester nonwovens for filtration, furniture and bedding, automotive, and industrial products. CNI is a subsidiary of Korean-based Korea Synthetic Fiber (KSF), a producer of polyester stable. The other Custom Nonwoven plant in Mississippi was not affected by the acquisition and continues to be owned by KSF. Click here to read more about the sale. Posted April 25, 2017

Final Issue Published of Land and Water Magazine. Thanks to our good friend Chris Kelsey of, we have learned the publisher of Land and Water is retiring and the family-run business has decided to cease publishing the magazine. The publication, published for more than 43 years, covered natural resource management and restoration including pond lining, waste containment, and erosion control; thus, it was a staple for those involved in the geosysthetics industry. Mr. Kelsey has written a nice farewell column for Land and Water's final issue. Click here for more about his tribute to the magazine's impact on the industry. Posted April 25, 2017

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NASA Develops Foldable Metallic Fabric. Per a NASA press release, scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif., USA, have developed 3D-printed metal fabric prototypes for various space applications. Among the uses is on large antennas and other deployable devices on scacecrafts. The newly created fabrics performs 4 basic functions -- reflectivity, passive heat management, foldability and tensile strength. One side of the fabric reflects light and the other side absorbs it, giving the fabric thermal control. Click here to read the entire NASA press release posted on the website. Posted April 24, 2017

US Textile Trade Association Applauds President Trump's "Buy American" Commitment.  The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) has applauded President Donald Trump's April 18 Executive Order directing the federal government to maximize Buy American opportunities and to review compliance with existing Buy American laws and regulations. [Note: The Executive Order seems more to be more symbolic since there are already existing laws for Buy American criteria such as the Berry Amendment and the Kissell Amendment; however, the attention is welcomed by the US textile industry as there has been several notable abuses of the criteria in government contracts in recent years.] Click here to read the NCTO press release. Posted April 24, 2017

New York Times Article Features Upscale Fabric Canopy Designs. It's nice to see our industry get recognition for its craftsmanship. An article in the April 21 issue of the New York Times featured the upscaled new look of fabric building canopies, with the graphics designed by artists to reflect the nature of the building. Ara Starck, a New York-based artist, for example, designed the canopy on 41 Park Avenue in Manhattan, which from underneath looking up "offers a surreal take on the heavens -- an abstract map of Manhattan depicting Stonehenge NYC's 23 rental buildings as constellations," while from the above looking down "depicts leafy branches that blossom into human hands." The article offers numerous examples of these types of unique canopies. Click here to go to the New York Times website article. Posted April 24, 2017

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SAMPE 2017 Features President of Blue Origin. SAMPE Seattle 2017, the annual composites and advanced material show and conference, will feature a keynote address delivered by Rob Meyerson, president of the space vehicle company Blue Origin. His presentation is entitled "The Role of Advanced Manufacturing in the Development of Reusable Space Vehicles." The company's latest successful test featured a vehicle with more than 200 parts made of composite materials. SAMPE Seattle 2017 will be held in Seattle, Wash., USA. Expected attendance is more than 4300 and the exhibition will feature more than 250 companies in the advanced materials industry. Click here for more information on SAMPE Seattle 2017. Posted April 24, 2017

Request for Proposals to Host 12th International Conference on Geosynthetics. The International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) has announced a Call for Proposals for the 12th International Conference on Geosynthetics (12th ICG) to be held in 2022. All IGS Chapters are being invited to submit a proposal to host or co-host this important event. The deadline for submission of the formal proposal is July 14, 2017. Proposal presentations will be made during the IGS Council meetings at GeoAfrica 2017 on October 8, 2017. The successful proposal will be selected by vote of the IGS council. So, if you are in the geosynthetics industry and would like your region to be the host of the 2022 international event, now is the time to act. Contact your chapter representative and urge them to submit an application. Posted April 19, 2017

Chomarat Announces $37.5 Million 3-Year Investment to Modernize and Acquire New Innovative Technologies. The international textile group Chomarat has announced that it has set up an investment plan worth €35 million ($37.5 million). The investment will enable Chomarat  to acquire new technologies for its composite, construction and coating activities, to modernize its site dedicated to the production of glass-fiber reinforcements, and to develop carbon solutions. The Group has three businesses -- Composites Reinforcements, Construction Reinforcements, and Coatings & Films -- Textiles. Click here for more information.  Posted April 19, 2017

Geosynthetics Manufacturer HUESKER Group Establishes Australian Subsidiary. Following the recent acquisition of NBW Mining (Aust) Pty Ltd, the HUESKER Group has announced the establishment of HUESKER Australia Pty Ltd. Morné Breytenbach is the newly appointed Managing Director of the Australian company. HUESKER is a manufacturer of various woven, nonwovens and grids for geosynthetic applications. Currently on a global expansion drive, HUESKER Australia has other subsidiaries in France, USA, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, UK, Brazil, Singapore and Russia. Click here to read the company press release about the creation of the Australian subsidiary. Posted April 18, 2017

New Board Members Elected for Nonwovens Association. INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has announced the election of 6 new members to its board of directors for 2017. The new board members are: Christopher Astley, President, Advanced Airlaid Materials Business, Gladfelter; Thomas Balkom, Interim Sales Director, North America Nonwovens, Johns Manville; Andreas Dreher, Associate Director, Corporate R&D, The Procter & Gamble Co.; Tom Peters, Director of Strategic Sourcing, Rockline Industries; Jeff Slosman, President, National Wiper Allicance Inc.; and, Scott Tracey, President Health, Hygiene and Specialties Divison, Berry Global Group, Inc. Click here for more information about the board election. Posted April 18, 2017

Indian Textile Commissioner Speaks at TECHNOTEX 2017. At the recently concluded TECHNOTEX 2017 in Mumbai, Indian Textile Commissioner Dr. Kavita Gupta remarked there were close to 2,500 manufacturers of various technical textile products in the country. The event attracted 165 exhibitors from 22 countries including pavilions from China and Taiwan. Click here for more information published on the Daily News and Analysis website. Posted April 18, 2017

Record Number of Exhibitors Participating in Techtextil North America for Non-Atlanta Location. A nice achievement for the organizer of Techtextil North America. A record 156 exhibitors for a TTNA located outside of Atlanta are already signed for the exhibition in Chicago, Ill., USA. The annual show alternates between Atlanta (even years) and a different US location (odd years). Historically, the "odd" year show is a smaller event but this year, while it will still be smaller than the 2016 Atlanta show. There is a definite increased interest in show participation due to a steady economy ad more organization partnerships during the event. Check out who is exhibiting by clicking here going to the special section within BeaverLake6 Report. Posted April 17, 2017

Photo Source: Nottingham University

E-Gloves Aim to Protect Workers from Vibrations. There is an interesting article on the Daily Commercial News website regarding how "smart" gloves are being developed by the University of Nottingham (Nottingham, U.K.) to protect construction workers from dangerous levels of vibrations when using heavy equipment. The article says that during the last decade in England, more than 10,000 claims have been made for a problem called "vibration white finger" as well as carpal tunnel syndrome. According to the article, sensors only about 2mm long are encapsulated in micro-pods embedded in the yarn that are then knitted into gloves. The gloves alert the worker when the sensors detect a dangerous level of vibration exposure. Click here to read the article. Posted April 13, 2017

AATCC's Jack Daniels Named 2017 Textile Leader of the Year. Congratulations to our colleague John "Jack" Daniels, executive vice president of AATCCC, the Association of Textiles Materials & Professionals, for being named 2017 Textile Leader of the Year by North Carolina State University (Raleigh, N.C., USA). Mr. Daniels has been the top staff professional at AATCC since 1996 and has led the organization into the international arena in the midst of the rapidly changing industry landscape. Mr. Daniels will receive his award on April 18 at a special ceremony on the NSCU campus .Click here for more information about Mr. Daniels' accomplishments. Posted April 13, 2017 

Shelter Manufacturer Finds Investor on Television's "Shark Tank" Show. It's always nice to see our industry's products featured on the hit US television show "Shark Tank."  On the April 7, 2017 episode, a Cincinnati (Ohio, USA)-based company Under the Weather® was featured. The company makes a portable one-person shelter designed for the outdoor sports spectator, the biggest market being parents of children playing games such as football, baseball and soccer. The company, founded in 2010, had online sales of about $2 million in 2016.  Founder Rick Perscovitz made the pitch for investment money and made a deal with billionaire Mark Cuban who offered $600,000 for a 15% stake in the company with an option to spend invest additional $600,000 for another 10% stake. Click here to read a Cincinnati Business Courier article about the company. Posted April 12, 2017

K. Mankodiya Photo by Michael Salerno Photography.

University Biomedical Engineering Professor Wins National Science Foundation Grant for Smart Textiles. Congratulations to University of Rhode Island's Professor Kunal Mankodiya for receiving a $525,000 CAREER grant over 5 years which will allow him to continue researching and creating smart clothing that help people monitor their health from their home. The engineering assoicate professor is the director of URI's Wearable Biosensing Laboratory. His work is largely focusing on fabrics embedded with sensors which can measure tremors and rigidity, symptoms common for diseases such as Parkinson's. The CAREER awards are the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through research, education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.Click here to read more about his work and the grant. Posted April 12, 2017

Sewn Products Equipment Association to Hold Conference in Conjunction with Techtextil North America. One more reason to attend the gathering of the  NOrth American technical textile industry in Chicago in June: SPESA (Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas) is organizing its 8th Advancements in Manufacturing Technologies Conference June 20, 2017, during 2017 Techtextil North America in Chicago, Ill., USA. The SPESA event theme is "Understanding the Technology of Things."  Click here for more information on the event. Posted April 12, 2017

Lest We Forget: Ed Hunzinger Passes. Sad news to report today with the passing of Ed Hunzinger, Jr., April 10, after a long battle with cancer. Mr Hunzinger was the president of Evanston Awning Co., Evanston, Ill., USA. He was a 4th generation of a family involved in the canvas industry. While Evanston Awning started in 1931, the business lineage dates back to G.B. Carpeter & Company in Chicago in 1840.  G.B. Carpenter was a charter member of the National Tent & Awning Association (now Industrial Fabrics Association International). Both Mr. Hunzinger and his wife Ann are Honored Life Members of the Industrial Fabrics Association International. Mr. Hunzger also was past president of the Mid-America 8 Canvas Products Association. Posted April 11, 2017

Teijin Frontier Plans $18m Air Bag Fabric Plant in Vietnam. Per the Nikkei Asian Review website, Teijin, through its Teijin Frontier subsidiary, will build a factory in Vietnam for manufacturing air bag fabric. The target finish date is 2018. No location in Vietnam has been decided as yet. Teijin's annual sales for air bag fabrics in the year ended March 2016 was about $2,7m. The company plans to double the sales by 2020, taking advantage of the void left by the Takata fiasco. One of the gains of constructing the factory in Vietnam is the gateway to European sales through the new "fabric-forward" agreement Vietnam signed with the European Union. Click here to read the article. Posted April 11, 2017

Paper of the Year Announced. AATCC, the Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals, announced March 30 during the 2017 AATCC International Conference that Meredith L. MacQuerry, Emiel DenHartog, and Roger Barker, were awarded the J.W. Weaver Paper of the Year award recipients. They were recognized for their paper "Garment Ventilation Strategies for Improving Heat Loss in Structural Firefighter Clothing Ensembles."  The paper was published in the 2016 AATCC Journal of Research. Posted April 11, 2017

Nonwovens Show Achieves Record Attendance and Exhibitor Participation. Organizers of INDEX™17 declared the event one of the most successful ever global nonwovens exhibitions. The show took place April 4-7 in Geneva, Switzerland. A total of 12,758 visitors made their way through the doors of the exhibition center (a rise of over 2% on the 2014 edition). The exhibition featured 666 industry suppliers, service providers, and organizations -- an increase of over 13% INDEX 2014. Exhibitors came from 41 countries, using nearly 24,000 m2 of stand space. Click here to read the press release issued by EDANA, an international trade association for the nonwovens industry. Posted April 7, 2017

German Textile Machinery Manufacturers to Host Conferences in Mexico and US. The VDMA Textile Machinery Association will host B2B forums and technology conferences in Charlotte, N.C., USA, and Mexico City, Mexico, in November 2017. Twenty-three German textile machinery suppliers will participate in the Charlotte event being held November 6 while twenty-nine companies will be participating in the Mexico City event being held November 8-9. Click here to read the VDMA press release and see the list of companies participating. Posted April 6, 2017

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Shades Asia Branches Out with Project in Cambodia. It's nice to hear about emerging companies in Southeast Asia such as Shades Asia, featured in an April 2 article in The Phuket News. Shades Asia, based in Phuket, Thailand, was contracted by the French International School "Lycee Francais Rene Descartes" in Phnom Penh, Cambodia to provide shade sails covering more than 1,200 square meters. Shades Sails has been in business for 12 years and won many awards in the IFAI International Achievement Awards competition, organized by the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI). Click here to read more about their Cambodia project. Posted April 4, 2017

US Department of Commerce Releases February Technical Textile Export Figures. The US export slump continues for technical textiles. For the 12-month period ending February 28, total exports in the Specialty and Industrial Fabrics group decreased 3.48%.  Mexico. the largest country for exports, had a slip of 2.96%. Of the top 5 countries, only China and the UK saw increases over the previous year for the same 12-month period. Click here to see the entire report. Posted April 4, 2017




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TenCate Grass Acquires Synthetic Grass Warehouse. TenCate Grass has announced it has acquired Synthetic Grass Warehouse. (SGW). SWW was established in 2004, and primarily markets synthetic turf products for landscaping across the southwestern United States. TenCate Grass is a producer of synthetic grass components and the design of synthetic grass systems for sport, recreation and landscape applications. TenCate Grass is a division of Koniklijke Ten Cate, headquartered in Amelo, The Netherlands. SGW is headquartered in Anaheim, Calif., USA. Click here to read the TenCate Grass press release. Posted April 4, 2017

2016 Grand Prize Winner for Building Shade "Quasicrystals for Design" by A. Adolfo, F. Gonzalez and C. Benjamin

Future of Shade 2017 Competition  Opens. Sunbrella and Architizer are calling for submissions for the 5th annual Future of Shade competition. The competition calls on creative architects and designers from around the world to envision pioneering shade designs using Sunbrella fabrics to meet the needs of the 21st century. The competition offers 3 unique categories, each with a distinct challenge where shade plays a critical role in the solution. The categories are 1) Building Shade, 2) Humanitarian, and, 3) Well-Being. The winner in each category receives a $10,000 grand prize. Sunbrella fabrics are manufactured by Glen Raven, based in North Carolina, USA, with operations worldwide. Architizer is an American media company focused on organizing a database for architects on products and projects. Deadline for Future of Shade 2017 registration is April 30 and submissions are due by May 14, 2017. Click here for more information. Posted April 4, 2017

Crypton® Acquired by Private Equity Investment Company. Per a company press release today, the Crypton Companies (Crypton LLC and Nanotex LLC), providers of performance fabrics in the contract, home furnishings and apparel markets, has announced that Berkley Capital, LLC has acquired a majority stake. Berkley Capital will become majority owners of the new entity to be formed from the acquisition. The new company will continue to be headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., USA, and maintain its research and manufacturing plant in Kings Mountain, N.C., and continue its operations in Hong Kong. In 2014, Crypton acquired Nanotex® which manufactures nanotechnology solutions for textiles. Click here to read the company press release. Posted April 3, 2017

Magna Seating Invests More Into Serbia Plant. According to the newsletter Textiles Eastern Europe, Canada-based Magna Seating is constructing another facility in Odzaci, Serbia to produce automotive seat coverings. Magna built its first Serbian plant in 2013 and currently employs there almost 1,000 workers. Click here to find out more about Textiles Eastern Europe. Posted March 31, 2017

Chinese Developing Recovery System for Reusable Rockets Using Parachutes and Inflatable Bags. While the SpaceX's Falcon 9 had a successful test yesterday in first launching then recovering its reusable booster rocket using thrusters to control its vertical landing, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) is developing a different system for recovering used rockets. In the CNSA proposed system, parachutes would deploy on the first-stage booster after it separates from the rocket. It would come back to Earth using a controlled landing system of parachutes to slow the descent and then an airbag deploying right before it hits the ground. Click here to read an article on the technology posted on the South China Morning Post website. Posted March 31, 2017 

INDA Issues Annual Report on Nonwoven Capacity, Production and Trade. INDA, the Association of the Nonwovens Fabrics Industry, has published the fourth edition of the annual North American Nonwovens Supply Report for its members. The 45-page report provides a view of North American supply, including the metrics of capacity, production and operating rates. New finds this year include reporting capacity investment has rebounded back to its long-term growth rate of 5.4% and US exports of nonwovens continue to trend downward while imports are increasing. Click here to find out more about the report. Posted March 31, 2017

Huge Success Reported by Organizers of Geotechnical Frontiers 2017. Over 2100 attendees gathered in Orlando, Fla., USA, for Geotechnical Frontiers 2017, March 12-15. Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 was a combination of the annual Geo-Congress and the biennial Geosynthetics Conference. Geo-Congress is organized by the Geo-Institute, a specialty division with the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Geosynthetics Conference is organized by the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI). The combined 2017 event was supported by IGS North America, under the auspices of the International Geosynthetics Society. What all this means is that the event was well-supported by the active organizations in North America promoting the applications and advancements of geosynthetics. Besides an extensive series of 362 presentations, Geotechnical Frontiers featured a trade show of 193 exhibitors. Posted March 31, 2017

Sandler Reports Successful 2016. Sandler AG, a family-owned manufacturer of nonwovens for a variety of markets, has release a report showing a successful 2016 with stable sales of 288 million despite a sharp decline in raw material prices. End-product markets include construction, engineering, filtration, home textiles, hygiene, transportation and wipes.  In the filtration market its products are used for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning. In the automotive market, Sandler produces nonwovens for sound dampening and seating applications. Headquartered in Schwarzenbach, Germany, the company also opened a manufacturing facility in 2016 in Perry, Ga., USA. Click here to read the company press release. Posted March 31, 2017

Western Excelsior Acquires North American Green. Western Excelsior Corp. announced this week it has acquired North American Green, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tensar Corp. Both North American Green and Western Excelsior are manufacturers of biodegradable temporary erosion control blankets made from both natural and synthetic fiber. Both companies are also headquartered in Evansville, Ind., to read the Western Excelsior press release on the acquisition. Posted March 31, 2017

Church Tent Designed by China Structure Supplier. Liri Tent Technology co., Ltd., of Zhuhai, Guangdong, China, has designed a tent to serve specifically for church services. The biggest roof pitch and highest top height within it’s clear span width range is the highlight. Because of the special shape, the wind factor on gable walls needs to be considered stronger than a normal tent, so the gable wall is separated into three sections to increase its wind resistance. To make the tent looks more suitable for church, Gothic transparent PVC windows for tent walls are made instead of normal arch window.Liri is the largest event tent manufacturer in China. Click here to view an online video online of the installation process for the tent. Posted March 29, 2017

US Textile Association Elects 2017 Leadership. The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) held its 14th Annual Meeting March 21-23 in Washington, D.C., USA. William "Bill" V. McCrary Jr., Chairman and CEO of Willam Barner and Son LLC, was elected the NCTO Chairman for 2017. William Barner is a fiber/yarn/polymer manufacturer headquartered in Spartanburg, S.C., USA, with plants and offices located worldwide. Marty Moran, CEO of Buhler Quality Yarns Corp., was elected the organization's Vice Chairman. Buhler Quality Yarns, which was recently acquired by a Korean spinner (see the March 22 post), is a yarn supplier located in Jefferson, Ga., USA. Posted March 28, 2017

Spring SYFA Conference Registration is Open. Registration is now open for the Synthetic Yarn and Fabric Association (SYFA) 2017 Spring Conference. The annual event is being held April 27 - 28, 2017, in Charlotte, N.C., USA. Featured speakers include David Adkins, Director of the Americas for Lenzing Fibers Inc., Alasdair Carmichael, Director- America of PCI Wood Mackenzie, and Elena Egorova, Environmental Metrics Analyst for Patagonia. Click here for registration information and the complete list of speakers. Posted March 27, 2017

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) held their annual meeting on March 23 in Washington, D.C. Outgoing 2016 NCTO Chairman Robert "Rob" H. Chapman, III delivered the trade association's 2017 State of the U.S. Textile Industry overview. Mr. Chapman is Chairman and CEO of Inman Mills, a yarn and fabric manufacturer headquartered in Inman, S.C., USA. Key highlights include:

+ US employment in the textile supply chain was 565,000 in 2016.

+ The value of shipments for US textiles and apparel was $74.4 billion last year,       a nearly 11% increase since 2009.

+ US exports of fiber, textiles and apparel were $26.billion in 2016.

Click here to read the entire NCTO's report. Posted March 26, 2017

DuPont Celebrates 50 Years of Nomex®.  Congratulations to DePont as it kicks off a year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the commercialization of Nomex, the inherently heat-and flame-resistant fiber. The impetus for discovery was the search for protecting race car drivers after a series of deaths in fiery crashes in the 1960s. Over the next 50 years, Nomex is being used as a critical component fiber in almost every application involving extreme heat protection, including more than 3 million firefighters wearing turnout gear. Click here to read more. Posted March 24, 2017

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Texas State Senate Approves $25 Million Grant for Police Ballistic Vests. Last week the Texas Senate approved a bill to create a $25 million grant program providing bullet-resistant vests for up to 60,000 law enforcement officers in the state. Many of the current vests being worn are considered primarily useful for lower-caliber ballistic protection. These newer vests are intended to be worn over the other vests in dangerous situations. The bill now goes to the Texas State House of Representatives for approval. Click here to read an article posted on The Daily Texan website. Posted March 24, 2017 

Buhler Quality Yarns Acquired by Korean Cotton Spinner. The Korea JoongAng Daily is reporting Korean-based Samil Spinning has acquired Buhler Quality Yarns, a US subsidiary of Hermann Buhler. The move is an apparent effort to anticipate the trade changes that will go with US President Donald Trump's aggressive domestic protectionist stance. Samil Spinning was originally considering either Vietnam and the US under the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement but with the US withdrawal from the agreement it decided to focus either on building a facility in the US or acquiring an already established yarn manufacturer. Through its acquisition, Samil Spinning can now also make use of the US free trade agreements with the Dominican Republic and Central America. Click here to read the article. Posted March 22, 2017

DuPont Partners with Start-Up Aerospace Company to Design Body Armor Fabrics. Luminati Aerospace, headquartered in Calverton, N.Y., USA, has signed an agreement with aramid fabric materials manufacturer DuPont to develop technology to make body armor fabrics that weigh a fraction of the current products. Luminati is a relatively new company which makes solar powered aircraft including drones. According to the website ChemInfo, the new material being developed will use Luminati's approach of spreading yard into single-filament tapes that create nonwoven fabrics with up to 80 layers. Click here too read the article. Posted March 23, 2017

US Military Conference to Focus on Advanced Textiles. The Defense Strategies Institute has announced a focus of the upcoming Future Warfighter Symposium will be advanced fabrics. The symposium is taking place in Alexandria, Va., USA, April 25-26, 2017. Topics include materials to aid in clothing efficiency -- heat / cold, weather, wicking and waterproofing -- and next generation research in personal protective equipment / exoskelteons including malleable fabric "exosuits" and liquid armor and buoyant armor. Click here to visit the organizer's website for a list of speakers. Posted March 22, 2017

More than 30 French Textile Machinery Manufacturers Participating In Techtextil. Per the latest press release issued by UCMTF, the French textile machinery association, the organization will have more than 30 of its members in the exhibition area at the Techtextil show taking place in Frankfurt, May 9-12, 2017. Bruno Amerline, the UCMTF president, stated the machinery makers focus primarily on niche markets in the technical textile industry. Posted March 21, 2017 

US Recycled Fiber Company Names North American Exclusive Distributor. Custom Synthetic Fibers, LLC, a recycled polyester staple manufacturer announced March 21 that it had selected FiberQuest, LLC as its sole sales distribution partner. Custom Synthetic, headquartered in Florence, S.C., USA, has been operational since the fall of 2016 and produces 40 million pounds annually for end-product markets such as automotive, home furnishing, industrial and apparel goods. Click here to read the press release posted on the Textile World website. Posted March 21, 2017

North Carolina Safety Product Company Being Sold to 3M for $2 Billion. 3M announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Scott Safety from Johnson Controls for a total enterprise value of $2.0 billion. Scott Safety is a manufacturer of personal protection equipment for the police, firefighters, military and rescue teams, including self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) systems, gas and flame detection instruments, and other safety devices that complement 3M’s personal safety portfolio. Scott Safety is headquartered in Monroe, N.C., USA and employees more than 1500 people around the world. Click here to read the 3M press release. Posted March 17, 2017 

JEC World Shatters Previous Attendance Record. JEC World 2017, closed March 16 with a record 40,607 visitors, including attendance from 113 countries. JEC World 2017, organized by the JEC Group, is an annual event for the composite industry held in Paris. The number of visitors in 2017 was an increase of more than 10% over 2016, the previous record event. This year the event placed a special focus on 4 end-markets for composites -- automotive, aerospace, better living and building. Posted March 17, 2017

OUTLOOK™ Plus Latin America 2017 Keeps Its Promises. The two global nonwoven trade associations, EDANA and INDA, closed the second edition of OUTLOOK™ Plus Latin America conference in São Paulo, Brazil with more than 270 participants for the seminars and 25 suppliers taking part in a tabletop exhibition. The event focused on the personal hygiene, infection prevention, and healthcare markets for nonwovens. Click here to read the organizers' press release on the outcome of the event. Posted March 17, 2017

AATCC Announces Young Entrepreneur Award Recipient. AATCC, the Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals, has announced Cody Reynolds is the recipient of the AATCC Young Entrepreneur Award. Dr. Reynolds is the CEO and Co-Founder of Additive Drug Delivering Devices Inc. (AD3). He is being recognized for developing patents that allow drugs to be added to uniquely formed bi-component fibers that elute the drugs in an even, time-controlled manner to fight surgical-site infections. Click here to read more about Dr. Reynolds' accomplishments and the Young Entrepreneur Award. Posted March 15, 2017

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Levi and Google Introduce New Smart Jacket Developed Through Project Jacquard. Google and Levi's will together bring a new smart connected jacket targeted at bike riders. The jacket is dubbed as a commuter trucker jacket and uses Google's technology known as Jacquard, which turns fabric into a touch-controlled fabric. Per the article posted on the Popular Science website, the jacket works "by incorporating conductive threads into the left sleeve of the Levi's denim jacket, which senses your touch." Through the touch, you can be connected to your phone or another electronic device. Pretty cool stuff. Click here to read the article. Posted March 15, 2017

ITMA Highlights Innovation for Its Second Barcelona Edition. ITMA, the giant textile machineryand garment technology showcase, will continue its focus on innovation for its upcoming 2019 edition in Barcelona, Spain. The main theme of the show will be "Innovating the World of Textiles." Online exhibition space application will open May 4, 2017. ITMA 2019 is expected to feature over 1500 exhibitors from 45 countries. The show is being held June 20-26, 2019. Click here for addition information about reserving exhibition space as well as general information about ITMA 2019. Posted March 15, 2017

INDA Announces Finalists for 2017 World of Wipes Innovation Award®. Competition for the 2017 World of Wipes Innovation Award has been narrowed to three finalists and the visitors at the World of Wipes® International Conference (WOW) will have key deciding votes in the selection of the winner. The event is being held June 12-15, 2017 in Nashville, Tenn., USA. The three finalists are Berry Plastics' Chicopee® Microfiber Floor Care System, Elsner Engineering's Glueless Tail Tie for rolled wipes, and Kimberly-Clark Corporation's Huggies® Natural Care Extra Sensitive Baby Wipes. INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, is the organizer of WOW. Click here for more information on the products of the finalists. Posted March 15, 2017

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Extra! Extra! Awning Saves Toddler's Life. Perhaps the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association should tone down the aesthetic look and energy saving qualities of awnings and emphasize more the safety factor of the sturdy structure. Per the Seattle--based The Stranger website, a 3-year old boy's life was saved yesterday when he fell from a second story window at a motel near the SeaTac airport and landed first on the awning before ending up on the concrete surface below. No word on the condition of the boy (or the awning). Click here to read the story. Posted March 14, 2017

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First Parachute Test  for Boeing Starliner Successful. While much publicity is being made about the successful testing  for the Orion space capsule and Mars landing craft, Boeing has been quietly working on its Starliner spacecraft designed for low-orbit missions. On March 10, per the company website, "Boeing test teams reached a significant milestone for the CST-100 Starliner program by testing the parachute system Starliner will use on its return to Earth. Using a helium-filled balloon, it took about 30 minutes for the test vehicle to reach 38,300 ft. The ride down took four minutes and reached speeds of 300 mph. A series of mortars deployed parachutes at different altitudes, ultimately slowing the vehicle down to gently land...This was the first test of the parachute system. More testing is planned for the next several months." Boeing posted parachute drop video which also shows inside the CST-100 Starliner test vehicle during its return to the ground. Click here to watch. Posted March 13, 2017

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VDMA's Elgar Straub Interviewed. The website Innovations in Textiles has posted an informative interview with Elgar Straub, managing director of the new Textile Care, Fabric and Leather Technoligies division of VDMA (Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau). Mr. Straub offers his views on the state of the European textile industry and some very good insight on the demand for individual products within what are viewed as commodity markets such as the automotive industry. Click here to check out the interview. Posted March 13, 2017 

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Folding Ballistic Shield Developed at BYU. Per the website of the Department of Material Engineering at Brigham Young University, a team of engineers at the school have developed an "origami" type of folding ballistic shield that can protect police officers. About a dozen layers of the Kevlar™ woven material are used to create the foldable shield. The weight is about 40 pounds compared to the currently used 90 pounds of a rigid shield. Click here to read the article on the BYU engineering website. Posted March 10, 2017

2016 Chapin Award Winner Announced. AATCC, the Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals, has named Adi B. Chehna as the 2016 recipient of the Harold C. Chapin Award for his service and contributions in test method research and development. Mr. Chehna joined AATCC in 1977. He has served, and currently serves, on many AATCC Test Method, Technology, and Administrative committees. The Chapin Award was established in 1958 in honor of Harold C. Chapin, professor of chemistry at Lowell Textile School, who served as national secretary of AATCC for nearly 25 years. The Association will present the Chapin Scroll at the AATCC International Conference during the Awards Luncheon at noon on March 30, 2017, in Wilmington, N.C., USA. Click here to read the entire AATCC press release. Posted March 9, 2017

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NASA's Orion Spacecraft Parachutes Tested at U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground. Engineers successfully tested the parachutes for NASA's Orion spacecraft at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona Wednesday, March 8. This was the second test in a series of eight that will certify Orion's parachutes for human spaceflight. The test, which dropped an Orion engineering model from a C-17 aircraft at 25,000 feet, simulated the descent astronauts might experience if they must abort a mission after liftoff. There's a neat video on the website which shows the three stages of parachutes being deployed to slow up the craft's descent. Click here to watch. Posted March 9, 2017

US Department of Commerce Releases January Technical Textile Export Figures. 2017 has started on the same downward trending that we experienced in most of 2016. For the 12-month period ending January 31, total exports in the Specialty and Industrial Fabrics group decreased 3.48%.  Mexico remains our largest destination with a 52% share of the export market. Of the top 5 countries, only China and the UK saw increases over the previous year.  Click here to see the entire report. Posted March 8, 2017




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Re-Thinking Parachute Design for Space Exploration. The website has an interesting article posted entitled "A New Paradigm in Parachute Design." Scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's Advanced Light Source are working on developing prototypes for parachutes designed to assist in the decelerating of planetary vehicles. The article also says " A test chamber is also being designed to simulate the strain that parachutes will undergo during atmospheric descent."  Click here to read the article. Posted March 7, 2017

Apple Files Patent for Next Generation Fabrics for Housing Devices. In a move that shows progress towards more flexible housing for items such as the iPhone, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that relates to fabric housing. According to the website Patently Apple, the patent shows " that a device's housing may be formed from layers of material such as fabrics and polymer layers." The article said that fabric layers may be made of woven polyester yarns.  Interestingly, the website article notes the scope of this invention may go beyond Apple's current types of devices and could be applied to "electronic equipment associated with furniture or a vehicle, equipment in a building, or other suitable electronic device. Click here to read the posted article. Posted March 7, 2017

US Department of Commerce Conducting Industry Survey. The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), Office of Technology Evaluation (OTE), is conducting a survey and assessment of the health and competitiveness of the U.S. textile, apparel, and footwear industry. The assessment, requested by the U.S. Congress, will update a similar BIS/OTE industry study conducted for Congress in 2003. This survey will cover topics including employment, production, competitors and customers, supply chain, financial information, research and development, effectiveness of the Berry Amendment, and future industrial challenges. This is a mandatory BIS survey for organizations that manufacture textiles, textile products, or apparel in the Unites States. Our thanks to David Trumbull of Agathon Associates for alerting us. Click here to learn more about the survey at the DOC website. Posted March 6, 2017

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Multiple Function Protection Needed for Steel Workers. There's another good article posted on the Occupational Health & Safety website entitled "The Need for a Shield Against Steel." The premise of the article, written by Tim Cashell, director of protective markets at TexTech Industries, is that while NFPA 2112 is regarded as the industry governing standard for personal protective equipment used in environments where workers are at risk of flash fire exposure, there are other risks for workers who have cross-function responsibilities. In those situations, NFPA 2112 may not provide the needed protection against both flash fire and contact exposure from molten metal in steel foundries. Click here to read the article. Posted March 2, 2017

Need for Specifying Proper Flame Resistant Workwear for the Occupation. The Occupational Health & Safety website has posted a very good article concisely summarizing the different needs when confronting arc fire and flash fire situations. The industry standard for arc fire/ flame resistant (AR/FR) situations is NFPA 70E, while the flash fire standard is NFPA 2112. The article, authored by Scott Francis, Midwest regional manager of Westex by Milliken, explores beyond industry standards to specify the best FR fabrics to protect workers from these different fire hazards. Click here to read the article. Posted March 2, 2017

Picanol Has Record Year. Textile machinery manufacturer Picanol Group has reported 2016 produced a record 119 million profit, its 7th consecutive year of strong financial results, and outperforming its previous record year set in 2013. Further, Picanol management is forecasting a positive outlook for 2017 based on a well-filled order book. For the Weaving Machines Division, 2016 was a record breaking year. This all spells good news for the technical textiles industry. Click here to read a summary of the audit results. Posted March 2, 2017

Techtextil North America Releases Preliminary List of Exhibitors. With almost 4 months until it takes place, the 2017 Techtextil North America is on track to be the organizer's largest technical textile show held outside of Atlanta. This year the show is being held June 20-24 in Chicago, Ill., USA, and has already attracted 114 exhibitors. The show and conference is being co-located with The Future of Composites in Construction event organized by JEC, the composite industry association. Click here to view the lsit of exhibitors at our special Techtextil North America section on the website. Posted March 1, 2017 

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US Department of Commerce Leaves Textile Industry Out of Trade Agreement Priorities. Since President Donald Trump took office there has been much talk about the ambitious "America First" trade priorities including pulling out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, the planned renegotiating of the North American Free Trade Agreement, and even revisiting the textile industry's disastrous US-Korea Free Trade Agreement.


So, it would seem logical the US textile industry would be a priority in the changes in all these trade talks. Apparently not.


Last week Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, no stranger to the textile industry, named 6 core industries for its trade agenda -- steel, aluminum, vehicles, aircraft, shipbuilding and semiconductors. Noticeably missing was the consideration of textiles as a vital core industry for inclusion in these trade talks.  Despite back-patting about the optimism of working with the new Trump Administration when the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) met in Washington recently  for its annual meeting, there seems to be a long road to hoe before textiles is taken seriously by the Federal government for its importance to the US economy. Again, I ask: Who will take the lead in developing a US textile industry vision?


Steve Warner


Posted April 26, 2017

Trans-Pacific Partnership Withdrawal Impact

Bud Weisbart, MFC, IFM

"The United States is looked upon by those with whom I inter-related as less and less relevant as an economic force, and has become simply the market into which those within and outside of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries would sell their goods and services with little concern for reciprocity.  To me, our immediate withdrawal from TPP after the election only compounds this situation." Click here to read the entire posting by Bud Weisbart, a small business owner and frequent contributor to BeaverLake6 Report. Posted March 29, 2017

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has released President Trump's 2017 Trade Policy Agenda. The document, officially called 2017 Trade Policy Agenda and 2016 Annual Report of the President of the United States on the Trade Agreements Program, outlines the new Administration’s four trade priorities:

  • Defending the US National Sovereignty over Trade Policy
  • Strictly Enforcing US Trade Laws
  • Using Leverage to Open Foreign Markets
  • Negotiating New and Better Trade Deals

​BeaverLake6 Report has created a special page within this website and placed the first chapter of the 336-page document which summarizes the policy. Click here to read it. Posted March 2, 2017

What's the NCTO Game Plan for the Post-TPP Era?

Back on March 24, 2016, I was one of the first to predict the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement was a dead deal. In fact, I said that I wouldn’t be surprised that, if Donald Trump became President, the agreement is shredded on day one of his new administration. Well, I was off by three days. Yesterday, President Trump signed an Executive Order, officially withdrawing the United States from the TPP agreement. Now the question is can the National Council of Textile Organizations put together a comprehensive plan for the domestic textile industry in a post-TPP era? Click here to read the rest. Posted January 25, 2017

Steady Growth Prospects for Expanding Specialty Geosynthetics

There are literally dozens of market reports for the many market sections and subsections within the technical textiles industry. In 2017, BeaverLake6 Report will be introducing a few of these reports to our viewers. The first report being features is The Future of Spcialty Geosynthetics to 2021. It was developed by Smithers Apex, a market research firm based in the United Kingdom. 


In exchange for the promotion, Smithers Apex agreed to write an exclusive expanded executive summary of the market report for our readers. Click here to view the market summary. Posted January 9, 2017

2016 China Textile Innovation Conference Explores the Roads to a Textile Power

Sun Ruizhe

2016 China Textile Innovation Conference, as an annual summit of industry innovation, was held in Beijing on December 12th, 2016. The conference, themed on “New Opportunity, New Advantages, New Vitality” – Stepping Towards a Textile Power, comprehensively summarized the industry innovation achievements and explored the new advantages in development in order to grasp the strategic opportunity of the new round of industrial changes. BeaverLake6 Report is pleased to present a report on the conference via our partnership with China Textile magazine. Please click here. Posted December 21, 2016

In My Opinion

Re-Shoring: Good for the Goose is Not Good for the Gander?

Domestic PFD Manufacturer's Application for FTZ Additional Production Authority Riles Textile Industry Trade Associations. There is a nasty fight taking place these past few months behind the closed doors of Room 48019 at the Herbert C. Hoover Building in Washington, D.C. The room is the office of the Foreign-Trade Zones Board. The fight pits domestic technical textile industry suppliers and a coalition of textile-trade associations against a fairly large domestic end-product cut-and-sew manufacturer. Click here to read the story.


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Jon Klein's Outlook 

I am pleased to announce BeaverLake6 Report has added a new column called "Jon Klein's Outlook." Jon Klein is the Business Development Leader at PrimaLoft® Aerogel insulation. With over 20 years in the industry, Mr. Klein has extensive experience in the textiles, apparel and footwear industry. Mr. Klein is a frequent contributor of short articles on LinkedIn, the world's largest business network, writing about the various market segments of the technical textiles. This column covers his LinkedIn postings. Please click here to go to his column. 


Steve Warner, Publisher

June 27, 2016

US International Trade Administration Publishes New Top Market Report for Technical Textiles

Industry Market Report Available.  What impact has the sale of decline of military products purchases have on government shelter fabricators? What is the outlook on textiles going into the automotive industry? What are three issues that can negatively impact the growth of the protective clothing market segment?


You can find the answers to all these questions in the 2016 State of the U.S. Technical Textiles Industry report published in Textile World magazine. Part One of the report is in the March/April issue and Part Two will be in the May/June issue.

Click here to go to the report on the Textile World website.

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In My Opinion

In 2015, I posted more than 425 items of interest for our industry on the BeaverLake6 Report website. In reviewing it all last week, it got me to thinking about putting together a list of influential events, news and trends that I observed during the past year. I have focused primarily on the US marketplace but each of “the things that mattered” to me has global implications.


So, here go my thoughts in no particular order of importance. Let me know if you agree or if I have missed some. Click here to read the list.


Steve Warner


Posted January 17, 2016

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