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US Department of Commerce to Host Smart Fabrics Summit. The US Department of Commerce announced it will partner with the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) to host the first-ever Smart Fabrics Summit. The event will be held April 4, 2016 in Washington, D.C. The Summit will provide a forum for public and private sector leaders in technology, apparel, and textiles to highlight recent developments in the smart fabrics industry, identify opportunities for collaboration, and discuss key industry challenges. Click here for more information. Posted November 23, 2015

Commentary by David Trumbull

What Will the TPP Agreement Mean for the Technical Textile Industry?

David Trumbull

US technical and industrial textile manufacturers appear to have gotten a fairly good deal in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement reports David Trumbull, principal of Agathon Associates. Mr. Trumbull has two decades' experience in the textile industry, including many years in trade advisory positions. He has just completed a thorough look at the TPP agreement and offers his assessment as to what it means for the technical textiles industry in this exclusive contribution to BeaverLake6 Report. Click here to read his analysis. Posted November 19, 2015

Special Report on ITMA

Almost 123,000 Visitors Converge on Milan for ITMA 2015


Sustainability agenda drove the attendance at ITMA 2015. Delegations came from 147 countries. Read the latest press release issued by CEMATEX, the show organizer, in the special ITMA section on the BeaverLake6 Report website by clicking here.

Front Page News

Geosynthetics Middle East 2015 Takes Place in UAE. The 7th edition of Geosynthetics Middle East took place November 16-17 in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The event attracted +400 delegates from 35 countries and had more than 30 international exhibitors. Click here to read a review of the conference on the website Posted November 25, 2015

"Bulletproof" Panel Unveiled at Milipol Paris 2015. At Milipol Paris 2015, a trade show foucsed on internal security equipment and held November 17-20, Hyosung, a South Korea manufacturer of aramid fibers, introduced what is claimed to be the world's largest "bulletproof" panel. The panel has a resin with sprayed on aramid fiber called Alkex. The panel was co-developed by Axia Materials, a small South Korea thermoplastic composite producer. Hyosung's bulletproof panel is three meters wide and 12 meters long.  It is intended for use in applications such as additional protection in armored vehicles and in reinforcing refugee shelters in situations such as typhoons and earthquakes. Click here for more information. Posted November 24, 2015

Lack of Funding Closing Down the American Textile History Museum. Due to a lack of funding, the American Textile History Museum (ATHM) in Lowell, Mass., USA, is temporarily closing the exhibits to the public as of January 1,2016. Visits will still be available by appointment. If you are interested in contributing to keeping the museum open to the public, please click here. Posted November 24, 2015

INDA Wraps Up Successful Filtration 2015. The Filtration® 2015 Conference & Exposition took place last week in Chicago, Ill., USA, attracting 1500 delegates. The conference sessions featured topics focused on cutting edge technologies, industrial air filtration, and filtration market trends and statistics. The trade show featured 140 exhibitors. Next year the event will be held in Philadelphia, PA., USA. The filtration conference is organized by INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry. Click here to read the INDA press release. Posted November 24, 2015

Travel Goods Association Releases State of the US Travel Goods Market. We missed this report when it was first released by the Travel Goods Association but still worth noting as the organization's State of the U.S. Travel Goods Market 2003-2014 has some good statistics on US market trends. The travel sports bag market grew 3.4% in 2014. The business cases/computer bags market declined 4.7% as more business travelers used backpacks. US consumers bought an astonishing 173.7 million backpacks in 2014. Student backpacks also are starting to be designed to carry less weight as books are replaced with lighter weight electronic devices. Click here to read the report summary. Posted November 22, 2015.

Celina Tent Awarded Contract to Manufacture Humanitarian Tents. Celina Tent of Celina, Oh., USA, posted a press release November 19, announcing it had been awarded a contract to manufacture Humanitarian General Purpose Tent Systems (HGPTS) for the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Since 2006, Celina Tenta has provided FEMA with nearly 5,000 of these 16' x 16' HGPTS shelters. In addition to these shelters, Celina Tent provides for private label manufacturing of textile products. Click here to read the press release. Posted November 22, 2015

U.S. Air Force photo by Tommie Horton

Fabric Survival Equipment Shop Ensures Safety for Air Force Personnel. There is an interesting article posted on Air Force Print News Today about the work being done at the Fabric Survival Equipment Shop at Robbins Air Force Base in Warner Robbins, Ga., USA. The shop's mission is to provide all the equipment necessary for warfighters to survive in an emergency situation. The shop works on three diferent types of parachutes, inflatable escape slides, personal flotation devices, inflatable rafts, flight suits, cargo nets and many other items made of technical textiles. Click here to view the article. Posted November 22, 2015

President Barack Obama today has signed into law a bill that extends federal transportation funding through December 4. The funding authorization had been set to expire Friday night although there are already set aside enough funds to last through December. The new massive $325 billion Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015 contains a key amendment that says "...the use of durable, resilient, and sustainable materials and practices, including the use of geosynthetic materials and other innovative technologies in carrying out the activites of the Federal Highway Administration." which recognizes geosynthetics as a material which should be consdiered." The bill also includes funding for the Export-Import Bank which will help small business manufacturers. Click here to read more about the extension. Posted November 20, 2015

E-Textiles and Fashion Not Blending Well Yet.  There is interesting insight on the difficulty of wearable electronics being accepted by fashion designers in an article on the EETimes website. The article notes there are few examples of commercially successful electronic fabrics due to issues with textiles, conductive threads, and ways of connecting them to electronic equipment. Electronic textiles are making much faster headway into apparel applications in healthcare and industrial sections. Clare King, president of Propel LLC, a specialty textile manufacturer, said "If companies can make a viable yarn out of one of the conductive polymers that have been developed, that will be a game changer." Click here to read the story. Posted November 20, 2015

Can an Advertised Two-Person Tent Really Fit Two People? There is an interesting article posted on the website Outside that discusses the need to combine, volume, weight and square footage in publishing the "livability" size of tents. The premise is that more specification information is now needed to make a purchasing decision. It wasn't needed 10 years ago when people bought tents after looking at them set up in a display section at a retail store. However, most tents are now purchased on line and tents are only being described by weight and square footage.  One tent maker is now advocating all manufacturers should publish tent volume and, more important, a livability index -- a ratio of a tent's weight to space, making sure an advertised two-person tent can really fit two people. Click here to read the article. Posted November 20, 2015

September US Industrial Fabrics Export Figures Released. The US Department of Commerce has released the September export numbers for the Specialty and Industrial Fabrics 206 Group. Comparing the current last 12-month period over the previous 12-month period, the world market for US exports in this group is at a 3.28% increase. Mexico continues to be the dominant recipient country, accounting for almost 50% of the worldwide US exports. The rankings of the top 5 countries continue to be #1 Mexico, #2 Canada, #3 China, #4 Hong Kong and #5 Japan. It's interesting to note that in comparing this current 12-month period with the previous 12-month period, exports to China have dropped 4%. Click here to see the entire report. Posted November 19, 2015

Geosynthetic Event in India Postponed. According to a  posting on the website, the organizers of the 2nd Global Geosynthetics Summit have decided to postpone the conference. The event was scheduled for December 8 in New Delhi, India. The reason given was that too many government officials would be unavailable to participatewith the Indian Parliament in recess during the time of the event.  A new date has not yet been announced. Click here to read the geosynthetica report. Posted November 18, 2015

Three Days Left to Prevent Highway Funding Shutdown. The US Congress has only until Friday to prevent a highway-funding shutdown. The  $325 billion Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015 is currently being reviewed. Earlier this month, geosynthetic advocacy groups like the Geosynthetic Materials Association were able to have an amendment successfully inserted into the House version of the bill language pertaining to geosynthetics. Included in the bill is also funding for the Export Import Bank. The method of funding and for how long remains differences which have to get resolved between the House and Senate versions. Click here to read more. Posted November 17, 2015

No Airbags in Most Popular Car? Here's an extreme to the other post below about the Flesby. The best-selling car in Mexico from September 2013 through August 2015 was the Chevrolet Aveo. The car has no airbags. It has received 0 out of 5 possible stars for adult occupant protection from the New Car Assessment Program, an independent Latin America group that evaluates the safety of cars. Click here to read more. Posted November 16, 2015

Toyoda Reveals Concept Car with External Airbags. At the recently completed Tokyo Motor Show 2015, Toyoda Gosei displayed a concept car named the Flesby. It is a mini-vehicle that is padded with external airbags. Toyoda is partially owned by Toyota and is a major manufacturer of automotive airbags and other automotive component parts. Don't rush to go out to purchase the Flesby. Toyoda says it probably won't be ready for production until 2030. Click here to see a video report on the car during the Tokyo auto show. Posted November 16, 2015

Sandy Thomas Retires from AATCC. Membership/Advertising Coordinator Sandy Thomas, a long-time member of the professional staff at the American Association of Textiles and Colorists (AATCC), retired on November 13. Ms. Thomas had been at AATCC for 22 years. Her replacement is Genevieve Bot. Posted November 14, 2015

Geomembrane Lining Company Opens New Facility in California. Colorado Lining International (CLI) has opened a new geomembrane fabrication facility in Colton, Calif., USA. CLI provides contracting, fabrication, and installation services to the containment industry in the United States and internationally in waste management, water resources, oil and gas, and industrial processing. CLI has been particularly involved in complex and critical water infrastructure projects utilizing fabricated materials that are custom built for the application. Click here to read the company press release on the opening of the new facility. Posted November 14, 2015

Juanita Duggan

AAFA President to Step Down. The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) yesterday announced that its President & CEO Juanita Duggan will step down. Ms. Duggan's tenure with AAFA was short but AAFA Chairman Rick Helfenbein praised her work. During her tenure, the organization significantly upgraded and expanded the reach of its signature industry events and took a proactive stand on the growing problem of counterfeits. Structurally, she oversaw the selection and design of a new office, strategically located six blocks from the Capitol, and drove the development of a three-year strategic plan. Ms. Duggan started at the association in July 2014. Immediately prior to AAFA, she had been President & CEO of the American Forest and Paper Association. The AAFA board is now putting together a transition plan. Click here to read the AAFA press release. Posted November 12, 2015

China Claims Stealth Drones Using Parachutes are a "Battlefield Game-Changer." There was an interesting article posted yesterday on the South China Morning Post website that said "Chinese researchers have completed the final field tests of a 'paragliding drone' in the western province of Tibet, a milestone seen as a prelude to China soon embarking on its first robotic air cargo fleet for military operations or disaster relief. Instead of using fixed wings or rotors like conventional drones, the newly test drones rely on a powered parachute for lift." The results showed that the unmanned parachutes could be deployed in harsh environments such as high-altitude areas with thin air. Click here to read the article. Posted November 11, 2015

SGIA Expo Attracts More Than 23,000 Visitors. SGIA President Michael Robertson knows how to go out with style. SGAI had a terrific record-breaking 2015 Specialty Graphics and Imaging Expo last week in Atlanta, Ga., USA. More than 23,800 visitors made it the largest SGIA Expo organized in the East (SGIA alternates between East and West shows). The sold-out Atlanta show floor held 545 exhibitors, many of them displaying graphic printing equipment and fabrics. This was Mr. Robertson's last show. He had earlier in the year announced his retirement at the end of January 2016 after 33 years with the association and nearly 15 years as its professional leader. Ford Bowers will succeed Mr. Robertson, starting February 1. Click here to read more about the 2015 SGIA Expo. Posted November 9, 2015

Pakistan Distributes 43,625 Tents to Earthquake Survivors. According to the website Dispatch News Desk, Pakistan's National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has distribute 43,625 tents in The Khyber Pahtunkhwa Province since the 7.5 magnitude earthquake on October 26 hit the region as well as the Badakshan Province in Afghanistan. The earthquake killed more than 300 people and left thousands homeless. Click here to read more. Posted November 9, 2015

Sioen Industries to Cease Production at Ireland Plant. A report posted on the website says that Belgium-based coated fabric producer Sioen Industries will cease its manufacturing at the Gaoth Dobhair Business Park in Donegal, Ireland. The Ireland plant manufactures a rang of high-end technical protective clothing for a number of markets, and include rainwear, high visibility clothing and flame retardant clothing. It will relocate all production to its plant in Romania. Click here to read the article. Posted November 7, 2015

DuPont Protection Technologies Announces Winners in Glove Innovation Awards. DuPont Protection Technologies has announced the winners in the second annual DuPont™ Kevlar® Innovation Awards. Winning glove entries were chosen based on designs that utilized Kevlar® fiber in the glove construction, were unique and groundbreaking in their approach, and challenged the boundaries of conventional cut protection. the winning entries this year were HyFlex® 11-541 from Ansell; Memphis 9178NFO from MCR Safety; SBKG from Superior Glove Works Ltd; FR Emergency Gas Glove from Youngstown Glove Company; and the MATA/KVBK40 from Worldwide Protective Products. Click here to read the DuPont press release. Posted November 7, 2015

110th Annual Meeting of Regional Canvas Association Taking Place in December. The 110th Annual Conference of the Canvas Products Association, Zone 7, is taking place December 2-5, 2015, in Cleveland, Oh., USA. The Canvas Products Association, Zone 7, is a trade organization comprised of fabric product manufacturers and suppliers to the industry. The membership of approximately 100 firms represents the states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, West Virginia, Western New York and Northern Kentucky. The conference will include a tour of Ohio Awning and a presentation by Occupational Heallth and Safety Administration (OSHA) on safety and health management systems. There will also be an exhibition of about 35 industry suppliers. Click here to view more information. Posted November 7, 2015

Public Hearing Set for Coleman's Foreign Trade Zone Application. At the request of The Coleman Company, a public hearing will be held on its application for additional production authority for activity within Subzone 119I in Sauk Rapids, Minn., The Coleman facility employs 252 and is used for the production of personal flotation devices and cushions constructed with textile fabrics. Coleman requested FTZ production authority in a notification proceeding in 2014. Click here to read more about the Coleman FTZ application in David Trumbull's Textiles & Trade website. Posted November 6, 2015

Daniel Poynter Photo: Rick Carter

Legendary Parachute Designer Passes. Dan Poynter was one of the earliest advocates of self-publisher, founding Para Publishing in 1969 and then writing more than 100 books on writing and self-publisher. He was a visionary in the new world of digital publishing and was a founding member of the Publishers Marketing Association. But it was earlier in his life that he made a name for himself in the parachute industry. Mr. Poynter began his career with the management of a parachute company in California, after which he became more involved with the design aspect of parachutes and became a design specialist. According to the website Drop Zone, he released in 1972 "The Parachute Manual—A Technical Treatise on the Parachute", which is often seen as one of the leading early publications on skydiving gear. Click here to learn about his remarkable career. Posted November 5, 2015

Howa Textile Invests $13.1 Million in New Kentucky Plant. Regional clustering of component manufacturers in the automotive industry continues with the announcement that Japanese automotive equipment supplier Howa Textile Industry is investing more than $13 million to build its 4th US manufacturing plant. America Howa Kentucky, Inc., will build its new facility in Midway, Ky., USA, near the Toyota Motor manufacturing plant in Georgetown, Ky. Howa will be fabricating automotive headliners in its new plant, fusing textile materials to polyurethane foam substrate. Click here to read an article posted on the Plastics News website about the project. Posted November 5, 2015 

Transportation Bill Update: Geosynthetics Included in an Amendment. The US House of Representatives is considering more than 300 amendments to the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015. Yesterday, Representative Chuck Fleischmann (R-Tenn.) successfully introduced an amendment that said SEC. 1431. USE OF DURABLE, RESILIENT, AND SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS AND PRACTICES: To the extent practicable, the Secretary shall encourage the use of durable, resilient, and sustainable materials and practices, including the use of geosynthetic materials and other innovative technologies, in carrying out the activities of the Federal Highway Administration.” The inclusion is due in large part to the lobbying done by the Geosynthetics Materials Association, a division of Industrial Fabrics Association International. Posted November 5, 2015


Anthony Foxx

US Transportation Secretary Confident Highway Infrastructure Funding Bill Will Get Passed. The US House of Representatives is now considering the multi-year $325 billion Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx was interviewed October 2 on the MSNBC news channel. He was optimistic the bill would pass because it has large bi-partisan support. This is good news for the geosynthetics industry because it includes $270 million for road construction, a major application for geosynthetics. Congress is facing a self-iomposed November 20 deadline to get the bill passed and funds authorized. Click here to read an article about the interview that was posted on The Hill website. Posted November 4, 2015 

North East Canvas Products Association Show Set for January. One of the best US regional shows for the custom canvas fabricator is the annual NECPA Expo and Conference organized by the North East Canvas Products Association (NECPA). The non-profit organization was founded in 1920 and, as the name implies, serves the north east regional section of the United States. The 2016 NECPA Expo and Conference will be taking place January 21-23, 2016, in Springfield, Mass. More than 40 exhibitors will be showing products to an estimated 300 participants. Proceeding the show will be workshops organized by the Marine Fabricators Association and the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association, both divisions of the Industrial Fabrics Association International. Click here for more information. Posted November 4, 2015

Kolon Industries Growing in Markets for Spundbond. According to Korea IT Times, the Korean-based Kolon Industries has seen continued growth of its spunbond material into civil engineering drainage filters. The material reportedly has captured 70% of the spunbond filter drainage market. Click here to read the release. Posted November 4, 2015

EDANA and CNITA Announce Joint  2017 EurAsian Geotextiles Symposium.  CNITA, the China Nonwovens & Industrial Textiles Association, and EDANA, the association serving the nonwovens and related industries, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to support the joint organization of the EurAsian Geotextiles Symposium (EAGS) in June 2017 in Beijing, China. The exact date has not yet been determined. This partnership seems like a good fit since the Asia Pacific market accounts for over 43% of the geosynthetic marketplace and much of the material is nonwovens. Our thanks to Chris Kelsey for alerting us to the news. Click here to read the entire EDANA press release. Posted November 3, 2015

Photo: Solvay

Technical Textiles Recycling Plant in Poland on Target. Solvay, an international chemical group, has announced that its Move4earth™ project for the recycling of technical textile waste from post-industrial sources is well on target. Construction is underway for an industrial-scale facility to become operational in 2016 in Gorzów, Poland. The project is focused on designing, implementing and validating an innovative recycling process designed to revalue technical textile waste, initially from airbags, into high-quality polyamide 6.6 (PA6.6) grades with reduced environmental impacts to complement Solvay Engineering Plastics’ Technyl® Force portfolio of engineering polymers. Click here to read the press release. Posted November 2, 2015

Michael Bowman

New Leadership at Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures. According to the St. Louis Business Journal, Jerry Grimaud, sole owner of Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures, Inc., of St. Louis, Mo., USA, has stepped down from the fabric structures company, retiring after the company had successfully adopting a new employee stock ownership plan for the 72 employees. Succeeding Mr. Grimaud as the company's president is Michael Bowman. Mr. Bowman joined the company in 2007 and became vice president in 2010. Mr. Gimaud had joined the company in 1979, becoming a minority partner in 1984, and in 2005 had bought out his partner, Bob Helmsing, to become the company's sole owner. The company was founded in 1941 and had grown to $10.7 million in revenue last year. Click here to read the article posted about the succession. Posted November 1, 2015

Filtration Event Ready with Impressive Exhibitor List. Filtration is an important end-market for technical textiles. The 2015 Filtration Conference & Exposition is set to take place in Chicago, Ill., USA, November 17-19, 2015. Click here to view a list of the exhibitors that includes a number of textile companies. Posted October 28, 2015

Vietnam to Raise Fabric Production Capacity to Meet Trade Deal Requirements. There is a good quick look on a Vietnam website called that reviews Vietnam's capacity to produce fibers and fabrics to meet the "yarn forward" rule of origin called for in the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the "fabric forward" rule of origin in their newly signed EU agreements. The focus is on the garment industry but the numbers are revealing on how much Vietnam will have to shift and increase fiber and fabric resources with the new agreement that probably can also be applied to techical textiles and products made from technical textiles. Click here to read the article. Posted October 28, 2015

FESPA to Launch Textile Print Conference. FESPA, a federation of global screen, textile and digital printing trade associations, has announced it is launching a new print event called FESPA Textile 2016. It will take place within the already planned FESPA Digital 2016, March 8-11, 2016, in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. FESPA Textile will be in a dedicated hall and will showcase textile equipment and applications. A recent FESPA census of the global industry revealed textile is one of the fastest growing areas of digital print globally. Click here to read the press release. Posted October 28, 2015

Reporter Volunteers to Get Shot to Demonstrate Effectiveness of Bullet-Proof Vest. There is one of those "oh-my-gosh videos" that we found on the website. It's a reporter visiting Miguel Caballero, a bullet-proof clothing manufacturer in Bogota, Columbia. The vests are ultra-thin and very stylish, perfect business work attire in a country ravaged by narco-terrorism and kidnappings, but even sold by department stores such as Harrods in London. After signing a letter of liability discharge, the reporter demonstrates the product's effectiveness by putting on a vest and allowing himself to get shot right by a .38 caliber handgun placed about six inches away from his chest. What's even more amazing is it's done right on the factory floor while people all around him continue to make vests. Click here to view. Posted October 26, 2015

Forum Selects Quantum Group to Receive Award. Textile World, the organizer of the Textile World Innovation Forum 2015, has selected The Quantum Group for its 2015 Innovation Award. The Forum is being held December 1-3, 2015, in Charlotte, N.C., USA. The Quantum Group, headquartered in Colfax, N.C., is a manufacturer of technical textiles and fibers. The award is being given because of the company's long-standing commitment to innovation in the textile industry. The company will be honored at a special dinner on December 2 during the Forum. Click here to go to the conference's website. Posted October 26, 2015

Hardy Poole

Great Speaker Lineup for Fall SYFA Conference. It's not too late to register for the SYFA Fall Conference taking place October 29-30 in Charlotte, N.C., USA. The theme this year is Hot Textile Technologies: Function for the Extremes. Speakers include Hardy Poole, Vice President of Regulatory & Technical Affairs for the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO). Mr. Poole will be speaking on the organizational progress of the newly established Revolutionary Fibers & Textiles Manufacturing Innovation Institute. Also on the schedule is Nicolas A. Pence, Vice President, Sales & Business Development for Coville, Inc. His presentation is entitled "US Cut-and-Sew Trends in Military and Commercial Markets." Contact SYFA by clicking here to look at the full schedule and register. Posted October 24, 2015

Bhilwara Technical Textiles Announces Resignation of Chief Financial Officer. According to the financial website Equity Bulls, Ms. Khwashish Awal, Company Secretary and Chief Financial Officer of Bhilwara Technical Textiles Ltd. has resigned and been relieved from the services. Bhilwara Technical Textiles is headquartered in Noida, India. It is a trading company which distributes automotive and home furnishing fabrics, and other products made from or with cotton, nylon, silk, polyester, acrylic and other types of fiber. Click here to read the Equity Bulls article. Posted October 24, 2015 

Anniversary Yesterday of First Parachute Jump. Did you miss it? Well, perhaps we should clarify that yesterday, October 23, was the anniversary date of the first "successful" parachute jump. It took place on October 22, 1797. Andre-Jacques Gernerin of France was the first to design and test parachutes capable of slowing a man's fall from a high altitude. In his historic feat, Mr. Garnerin used a hydrogen balloon to get to an altitude of 3,200 feet. He then attached a parachute of his design and jumped. He failed to include an airvent at the top of the chute which made it oscillate wildly but he landed safely. His wife, Jeanne-Genevieve late became the first female parachutist. Click here to read a story about the parachutes early days. Posted October 23, 2015

Techtextil India 2015 Attracts More Than 5,000. The 5th edition of Techtextil India, held in Mumbai, brought in more than 5,000 visitors rom 31 countries. The trade exhibition featured 158 companies from 11 countries. After India 76), China represented the largest contingent of exhibitors (36), followed by Germany (20). The next Techtextil India will be held again in Mumbai, September 13-15, 2017. Posted October 23, 2015

TenCate Releases Third Quarter 2015 Results. Koninklijke Ten Cate NV (TenCate) recorded sales of €297 million ($327.4 million) in the 3rd Quarter 2015. Revenues from military protective fabrics sales went as expected, according to the company. The sales for its Defender™ M sales increased sharply when compared to the same period 2014. However, industral protective fabrics sales were increasingly affected by the negative developments in the oil and gas industry following the global lower crude oil prices. TenCate Geosynthetics reported lower quarterly sales, specifically in the US, but noted a large order from Brazil will have a positive impact in 2015. Click here to read the complete TenCate financial press statement issued October 22. Posted October 23, 2015

Carbon Flax Hybrid Developed. It's interesting that flax, one of the world's oldest known fiber for textiles, can be combined with carbon, to create a hybrid composite material that offers more attractive physical properties than carbon fiber-based material itself. The manufacturer of the hybrid, Composite Evolution of Chesterfield, UK, says the hybrid material costs les. has a weight reduction and better aesthetics, and has a new sound dampening qualities better than carbon fiber material. All these benefits make a carbon flax hybrid an attractive new material for the automotive and sporting good industries. Click here to read the article posted on EngineerLive. Posted October 23, 2015

Photo: U.S. Navy/Mathew Bash

Grant Given to University to Improve Emergency Tents. The materials science researchers at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) have received a five-year, $3.6 million grant from the US National Science Foundation (NSF). According to Penn's publication Penn Current, "The grant is to develop multifunctional coatings for emergency tents, enabling them to manage water in both drought and flood conditions, prevent the spread of bacteria, and help channel sunlight to solar panels." Click here to read more about the project. Posted October 22, 2015

Inflatable Boat Company Plans Workforce Expansion. Inflatable boat manufacturer Wing Inflatables is planning on adding up to 77 new hires thanks to an increase in demand and a recent $3.15 million loan from the city of Arcata (Calif., USA). The company makes boats for all the branches of the US military, plus the Candian Armed Forces and Australian Navy. Click here to read a story posted on the website Times-Standard about the anticipated expansion. Posted October 22, 2015

JanSport Backpack Company Co-Founder Dies. If you ever toted a load of books in your high school and college days, chances are you used a JanSport backpack. JanSport, based in Alameda, Calif., USA, was one of the companies which helped create the consumer backpack market in the 1970s.  On October 19, Skip Yowell, co-founder of the company, died at the age of 69. Mr. Yowell started the company with his cousin Murray Pletz in 1967. In 1970, after enduring a terrible storm while camping, Mr. Yowell and Mr. Pletz also designed what Mr. Yowell later described as the first marketable dome tent. Biggest mistake of his life? According to his autobiography "The Hippie Guide to Climbing the Corporate Ladder and Other Mountains," the co-founders never patented their tent invention. Mr. Pletz left the company in 1982 and Mr. Yowell retired in 2005 as vice president of sales. Click here to read the obituary posted on the Los Angeles Times website. Posted October 21, 2015

Miller Weldmaster Launches New Website. In this day and age you have to be constantly changing your look and upgrading your website. Miller Weldmaster, a manufacturer of industrial welding equipment used in seaming technical textiles, has created a new website. New features include easier-to-access on its products and a new service and support center feature. Check it out at Posted October 21, 2015

Joseph R. Greco

Retired Cooley Vice President Passes. Sad to note Joseph R. Greco, retired vice president of Sales for Cooley Inc., of Pawtucket, R.I., USA, passed away on October 14 at the age of 90. In addition to Cooley, Mr. Greco worked for several other technical textile suppliers during his long industry career including Coated Technical Solutions and Erez USA. In 1996, Mr. Greco was awarded Honored Life Member status in the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the industry, Posted October 19, 2015

AEC Narrow Fabrics Names New Product Manager. Fabric supplier AEC Narrow Fabrics has selected industry veteran Laura Alfred to serve as product manager, according to the website Bedtimes Magazine. AEC is located in Asheboro, N.C., USA. Ms. Alfred had previously served as accounts manager for Lava Textiles. Click here to read the announcement. Posted October 16, 2015

European Tent Manufacturer Says Tents Are Not Proper Shelters for Refugees. The website NL Times has posted an article quoting Dorrie Eilers, of special events tent manufacturer Neplunus, saying that tents should not be the solution for housing the flood of refugees coming into Europe, especially for the winter months where there could be snow accumulation. The owner of the Netherlands-base company, explaining why Neplunus would not be providing tents during the refugee crisis, said "Tents are not suitable to accommodate people for a longer period of time You can do much better for a proper temporary housing." Click here to read the article. [Meanwhile the Associate Press reported yesterday the Austrian government plans to have 4 huge tents built and installed at its border to house thousands of refugees for the winter.] Posted October 16, 2015

Christine Sun, Ph.D.

Filter Media Training Course Offered During Filtration 2015. Are you fairly new to the nonwovens industry and attending INDA's Filtration 2015 conference taking place November 17-18, 2015 in Chicago, Ill., USA?  Dr. Christine Sun, principal at Filtration Technologies, Inc., will be the instructor for the Nonwoven Filter Training Course being held during the conference. Her short course will discuss the markets and the principles of nonwovens. Click here for more information. Posted October 16, 2015

Noxious Gases Detected by Graphene-Coated E-Fabrics. There is an interesting article posted on the website R& on how scientists in the Republic of Korea (South Korea) have developed wearable, graphen-coated fabrics that can detect dangerous gases present in the air. Once detected, the wearer is alerted by a light-emitting diode (LED) light. The researchers at the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute and Konkuk University coated cotton and polyester yarn with a nano-glue called boving serum albumin. The yarns were then wrapped in graphene oxide sheets. Click here to read more. Posted October 14, 2015

Submission Deadlines Coming Up for Geosynthetics Conferences. While technical conferences like those in the geosynthetics community do not like to see commercialism in papers presented, it is always good for manufacturers to get their people to submit papers on interesting applications of their products. It helps the speakers establish rapport with their customers. The call for abstracts for EuroGeo6 closes October 30, 2015. EuroGeo6 is being held in Instabul, Turkey, September 25-28, 2016. Click here to learn about. The deadline for submission of abstracts for Geosynthetics Asia 2016 has been extended to Ocober 31, 2016. Geosynthetics Asia 2016 is being held in New Delhi, India, November 8-11, 2016. Click here to learn more. Both conferences are being held under the auspices of the International Geosynthetics Society. Posted October 13, 2015

Vietnam Preparing for Trans-Pacific Partnership Impact. The Nikkei Asian Review has posted a report on the preparations in Vietnam and other Southeast Asia countries for the benefits of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The Vietnam National Textile and Garment Group called Vinatex is growing its network of plants in advance of the pact's enactment. The most recent development is the breaking ground in March of a $55 million factory that will cover every step of the textile-making process, from spinning thread and weaving cloth to cutting and sewing finished products. It will be opened by 2017. Vinatex has invested more than $400 million since 2013 in building 15 centers for yarn, cloth and other production. Click here to read the article. Posted October 12, 2015

Iran Makes New Generation of Ballistic Vest. Researchers at Malek-Ashtar University of Technology in Tehran, Iran, have announced they have designed and manufactured a new generation of liquid armors using nanotechnology to make light and flexible ballistic vests. The armor is composed of two main components, including a fabric with high tensile strength such as Kevlar® and hardened undercutting fluid. The liquid absorbs the impact. Click here to read for more information. Posted October 12, 2015

Protective Clothing Manufacturer Makes Acquisition. Fire-Dex of Medina, Oh., USA, a manufacturer of protective firefighting clothing, has acquired TECGEN PPE, a flame , resistant fabric and garment technology from National Safety Apparel (NSA), Cleveland, Oh., USA. Fire-Dex is the exclusive licensee of the TECGEN PPE product line for the first responder market. This unique technical solution will expand Fire-Dex’s head-to-toe offering. Click here for more information on the acquisition. Posted October 8, 2015

Lectra Wins Intellectual Property Case in Germany. In a press release issued today, Lectra, a manufacturer of technical textile cutting equipment and software systems, announced that a German competitor’s machine was declared as infringing a Lectra’s patent protecting a solution for cutting one-piece-woven (OPW) airbags in Germany. The final court ruling stated that the competitor’s OPW-airbag-cutting machine makes use of Lectra patent EP 1 321 839’s inventive technical teaching, thus legally acknowledging that the machine infringes the patent. The Lectra patent describes an OPW-airbag-cutting machine as integrating three elements: a cut-on-the-fly cutting system for cutting patterns in sheet material; a vision system for locating on-the-fly landmarks in sheet material; and a control system that allows a pattern to be cut at the same time as the vision system locates the next landmark, while the sheet material continues to progress along the cutting table. Click here to read the entire press release. Posted October 6, 2015

Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Reached. It took a couple of extra days but there are reliable reports the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement has been finalized today in Atlanta, Ga., USA. According to BeaverLake6 Report sources, the agreement will have the "yarn forward" rule demanded by the National Council of Textile Organizations NCTO) and, equally important, is word that the short-supply list of products exempted from "yarn forward" requirements is limited. Let's now have a look for the first time what they have been negotiating in secret and hope the agreement avoids the disasterous affects for the US domestic textile industry that came from the North American Free Trade Agreement. Posted October 5, 2015

IFAI Reports US Department of Defense Purchase Level Requirement for US-Made Products to Stay at $150,000. The Specialty Fabrics Review, published by the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), posted on its website the "Berry Amendment Threshold to Stay at $150,000." We think the announcement is a little premature as the US 2016 National Defense Authorization Act has not yet been passed. Nonetheless, it looks very likely the threshold will remain at this level when the 2016 authorization act is passed. The Berry (and Kissel) amendments, which were renewed by both the US House and Senate a few months ago for inclusion in the authorization act, requires the US Department of Defense to procure textiles and certain other textile-products to be made in the US, if available, once the purchasing amount reaches $150,000. Click here to read the Review's article. Posted October 3, 2015

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Australian University Research Develops Knitted Stretch-Sensing Fabric. According to an article posted on the Australian website, a wearable knee sleeve, knitted from stretch-sensing fibers that can detect human movement, has been developed by researchers at the University of Wollongong in New South Wales. The sleeve could be used to better control bending tolerances of the knee and prevent injuries in athletes and faster recovering after knee replacement. The researchers first developed a new, robust hybrid yarn that is pulled out of a solution made from a mixture of organic conducting polymers and polyurethane. The yarn strands are then blended with Spandex yarns that creates an electrically conductive textile. With a batter hookup to the material, the stretch of the yarn can be measure. Another application for the material could be seat belts. Click here to read the article. Posted October 2, 2015

Geosynthetics Show Issues "Call for Proposals."  The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has issued a "call for proposal" for session presentation topics, training lectures, and short courses to be held at Geotechnical Frontiers 2017, March 12-15, 2017 in Orlando, Fla., US. The theme of the conference is Innovation and Collaboration in Technology and PracticeContact Barbara Connett, Secretary General, for more information at Posted October 1, 2015

TPP Agreement May Be Reached Today. The Washington Post is reporting the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement may be concluded after today's meeting in Atlanta, Ga., USA. Even as the talks reach the final stage, there is still concern expressed in the US domestic textile industry about the agreement. Yesterday, the Atlanta Journal Constitution's website posted on article in which TenCate expressed fear their company's competitiveness "would be threatened by a deal that cuts barriers and writes rules but creates only toothless enforcement." Click here to read the Atlanta Journal Constitution's article. Posted October 1, 2015

Mining Smog to Make Carbon Fibers. Could Los Angeles and Beijing be the next hot spots for making carbon fibers? On Tuesday, the nonprofit foundation XPRIZE announced a $20 million NRG Cosia Carbon challenge. The prize will be split between two presented solutions, one focusing on pollution caused by coal and the other on pollution caused by natural gas. The challenge goal is to find a way to pull carbon from the atmosphere and turn it into useful material products.Click here to read more. Posted September 30, 2015

GSE Environmental Announces Closure of Chile Manufacturing Facility. Thanks to Chris Kelsey, editor at, for alerting us to a press release this morning from GSE Environmental announcing the company's decision to close its manufacturing plant located in Antogfagasta, Chile. A sales office will remain in Santiago, Chile. Bob Preston, President and CEO, said: "We believe this is the best way to serve our customers across the Americas by streamlining processes, consolidating manufacturing operations, and reducing costs." Click here to read the article. Posted September 29, 2015

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DuPont Will Make Ebola Protection Suit Designed by Johns Hopkins Team. During the peak of the Ebola crisis last year, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a global design challenge of products to help protect healthcare workers treating victims of the disease. A team at the Center for Biomedical Engineering Innovation and Design at Johns Hopkins University took up the challenge. After a rigorous review of more than 1500 submitted ideas by last December, USAID selected the Johns Hopkins suit design as one of three which would be recognized. Yesterday, the University announced a version of the suit will be manufactured by DuPont and available early next year. Click here to read an article posted on the Washington Post website. Posted September 28, 2015

Bloomington Tent & Awning Celebrates 125 Years in Business. Not too many companies can mark a 125-year anniversary. Congratulations to Bloomington Tent & Awning  of Bloomington, Ill., USA. The company originally started as Plumley Awning Company in 1895. Click here to read a short posted on the website. Posted September 28, 2015

Gant Named Casual Furniture Market Manager for Glen Raven. Another Gant family member is taking a leadership position in the family-owned textile giant Glen Raven Inc., headquartered in Burlington, N.C., USA. Allen Gant III, son of Glen Raven's CEO Allen E. Gant Jr., has been named Casual Market Manager for Glen Raven Custom Fabrics. His responsibilities include the casual furniture market and specialty outdoor segment. Gant joined the company in 2008. Click here for the Glen Raven press release announcing the appointment. Posted September 28, 2015

Fibers Congress Wraps Up in Austria. The 54th Dornbirn Man-Made Fibers Conference was held September 16-18 in Dornbirn, Austria. Dornbirn has gained a reputation as the pre-eminent annual meeting place of the scientific community in the fiber world. More than 100 presentations were given at the recent event. BeaverLake6 Report is pleased to have Dr. Isa Hofmann, managing director of IHOFMANN, give us a special report on the program and of plans for the 2016 event. Please click here to read Dr. Hofmann's report. Posted September 28, 2015

New Smart Fibers Developed by Chinese Scientists. According to the Xinhua News Agency, Chinese scientists has created fibers that react after being exposed to certain stimuli which eventually can open opportunities for use in applications such as artificial limbs, smart clothes and automatic shades. The stimuli can be such as light and vapor sensitivity which will cause movement. The movement can be controlled and manipulated. The research team is led by Professor Peng Huisheng at Fudan Univerisity in Shanghai. The research team's work has been published in the journal Nature Nanotechnology. Click here to read an article about the discovery. Posted September 28, 2015

Kolon / DuPont Trade Secret Settlement is Recognized in Law Journals. Well, it's kind of a dubious attention for our industry but AmLaw Daily has recognized the Kolon theft of DuPont's Kevlor body armor technology and its subsequent financial settlement as the "Global Dispute of the Year."  This follows a similar recognition in July by The American Lawyer, citing the case as the world's most distinguished dispute resolution for 2015 in its annual Global Legal Awards. Click here to read a short description of the award. Posted September 28, 2015

German Nonwoven Manufacturer to Build US Facility. Textile plant investments continue in the southeast US with the news that German nonwoven manufacturer Sandler AG will be opening a plant in Perry, Ga., US. Sandler is family-owned with sales of approximately $346 million and active in buth durable and disposable nonwoven applications. In the durable section, the intended markets are automotive, acoustics and filtration. Sandler offers a diverse range of nonwovens including thermal bonding, spunlaced, needle-punched and melt-blown. Click here to read the company's press release about the expansion into the US. Posted September 24, 2015

170 Year-Old Company Moves into Carbon Fiber for Aerospace and Automotive Industries. In-Cumbria, an online news website covering business in Burneside, England, UK, has a nice short article about James Cropper PLC, a 170 year-old family-owned business. The big news is the company is now moving into manufacturing nonwoven carbon fiber materials for the aviation, aerospace and defense industries. The company, now with 6th-generation Cropper management, has its roots in paper-making but set up a Technical Fibre Products division 30 years ago. It's inspiring to find a company like James Cropper which can adapt to business and technology changes so successfully over these many years. Click here to read the article. Posted September 24, 2015.

Technical Textiles in India to Reach $30bn Over Next 5 Years. In a presentation opening the 2015 Techtextil India event, India's Textile Commissioner Kiran Soni Gupta said that the country's technical textile industry is expected to grow at a rate of 20% annually to reach $30bn over the next 5 years. Sections which will account for much of the growth will be applications in agriculture, automotive, health care and infrastructure markets. Minister Gupta also reported the National Textile Policy is in its final draft and will be announced soon. Click here to read more about her presentation. Posted September 24, 2015

Health Concerns Stops Teijin Aramid Research for New Aramid Copolymers Containing DAPBI. In a press release issued yesterday, Teijin Aramid announced that it is stopping its research program to develop and commercialize aramid copolymers containing DAPBI. The developed prototype materials had good anti-ballistic performance but usage of this substance could be dangerous to people involved in the production of the monomer and copolymer. It was found that the DAPBI monomer is mutagenic, severely toxic to the kidneys at very low dosages, toxic to reproduction and possibly carcinogenic. Click here to read the press release. Posted September 24, 2015

Chinese Automotive Material Manufacturer Investing in US Facility. According to the Carolina Clarion website, Suzhou Glacier Import & Export Co., Ltd., a global textile manufacturer, has created a subsidiary called Cold Mountain Material Corporation and is investing $24 million in a new manufacturing facility in Travelers Rest, S.C., USA. The focus of the operation will be supplying textiles for the automotive interiors industry. Click here to read the article. Posted September 24, 2015

India and the US Hold Strategic Talks that Includes Technical Textile Development Cooperation. As we reported in earlier posts, yesterday United States Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker welcomed India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman for the first U.S.- India strategic and commercial dialogue. The meeting was held in Washington, D.C. The topics included cooperation in technology development for technical textiles. The countries agreed they will facilitate exchanges on technical textiles between centers of excellence in India and U.S. universities. They will encourage industry to participate in trade exhibitions focused on technical textiles in their respective countries. Both sides agreed to consider collaborating on standards in this area, and to address concerns regarding barriers to technical textile exports in the relevant work stream. click here to read further from the press release issued yesterday that was posted on the website. Posted September 23, 2015

Finland to Send Winter Tents to Shelter Refugees in Hungary. It's not much considering the human crisis happening in Europe but perhaps it's just a start. Finland's Interior Ministry today announced plans to send 192 cold-weather tents to Hungary to help Syrian and Iraq refugees in need of accomodation. There are already an estimated 475,000 asylum seekers with 5,000 more coming each day. Our industry needs to step into the contribution for providing temporary shelters. Has your company been approached yet by a European country to supply shelters? Let us here from you. Posted September 22, 2015 

Yarn and Fiber Association Announces Speaker Line-Up for Fall Conference. The Synthetic Yarn & Fiber Association has announced the names of the speakers for the organization's SYFA Fall Conference 2015. The speakers include: Hardy Poole, Vice President of the National Council of Textile Organizations giving an update on the new Revolutionary Fiber and Textiles Institute for Manufacturing Innovation; Paul O'Day, President of the American Fiber Manufacturers Association; and, Roger Tutterow, Ph.D., Professor of Economics, Director of Econometric Center at Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Ga., USA, speaking on the current economic, political and business climate. Click here to go to the SYFA conference website. Posted September 21, 2015

TenCate Magazine is a Good Read for All in Technical Textiles. This may sound like a promotion for TenCate. We want to recommend reading the Autumn issue of their company publication called Txtures. It's available online and contains articles about applications in protective clothing for firefighters and in the workplace, applications in civil engineering for geosynthetics, and applications for durable material in sports facilities. Naturally all the articles are slanted to promote TenCate products but regardless there was a lot of good information about the challenges of developing materials that solve problems in unique applications. This got us wondering if there are many other company publications like Txtures out there that go beyond just a promotion of the company products? If so, let us know. Click here to go to the Txtures website. Posted September 21, 2015

Small Company Competes Against Large Military Contractors. We found an interesting article posted on the new technology website Alphr about a two-person operation called Intelligent Textiles. Based in the United Kingdom, the company recently was awarded a multimillion dollar deal with the US Department of Defense and is now also working with the UK Ministry of Defence. Intelligent Textiles started out in 2002 making "talking jackets" for children with special needs. Over the years, the company's founders' research has evolved and they developed a proprietary method of weaving two conductive yarns to make a tiny mechanical switch that is perfectly separated or connected, much like a circuit board. Worth a quick read if you like a success story of a very small company operating in a world dominated with big military defense contractors. Click here. Posted September 21, 2015 

Philippines Armed Forces Receive Protective Gear. According to the website, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has received $1 million worth of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) protective gear and detection equipment from the United States. The equipment enables the AFP to outfit a platoon-size contingent to conduct CBRN site assessments to mitigate risks and gather intelligence on chemical agents of biological agents and other potential chemical hazards. Click here to read the article. Posted September 18, 2015 

2015 Nonwovens Standard Procedures Released. EDANA and INDA, the global nonwovens associations, jointly announce the launch of the 2015 edition of Nonwovens Standards Procedures. These published procedures help technically define the nonwovens industry, with specifiers for the properties, composition, and specifications of its products. Offering harmonized language for the industry across the USA and Europe, and recognized by many other individual markets, the procedures offer a way for the nonwovens industry to communicate both across the globe, and within the supply chain to ensure that product properties can be consistently described, produced, and tested. The 2015 edition includes updated or modified procedures with a new numbering structure to make the document more intuitive to search and use. Each method now also includes a page to summarize and track relevant changes made to the document. In an effort to make all methods more consistent, each one is now presented in a format building on the International Standards Organisation (ISO) template. Click here to read more information or find out how to order. Posted September 17, 2015

JEC Asia Announces Keynote Speakers. The JEC Group, organizer of JEC Asia 2015, has announced the names of the three renowned inspirational individuals as keynote speakers -- Water Tay, Dr. William Tan, and David Lim. The three keynote speakers will illustrate human development, team spirit and winning methods. JEC Asia 2015 is being held October 20-22, in Singapore. Click here to go to the special JEC Events section on BeaverLake6 Report and read more about the speakers and the topics of their presentations. Posted September 17, 2015

"4 Questions to Ask When Buying Body Armor." There is a neat, concise article posted on the website CorrectionsOne about basic questions to consider when purchasing body armor for correctional officers. . The 4 questions to ask are: 1) Is it made of the right material? 2) Does it meet the National Institute of Justice rating? 3) Is it the right fit? 4) How do I take care of it? [Publisher note: We also like this article because it clearly states descriptive words like "bullet-proof" and "stab-proof" vests are wrong.] Click here to read the article. Posted September 17, 2015 

ITMA Returns to Barcelona in 2019. CEMATEX, the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers, has announced today Barcelona, Spain, will be the host city for the 18th edition of ITMA, June 20-26, 2019. Barcelona was most recently the location for ITMA in 2011. ITMA is the world's largest exhibition of textile and garment machinery technology. This year ITMA 2016 is taking place in Milan, Italy, November 12-19, and the organizer is expecting more than 100,000 visitors and 1600 exhibitors. Posted September 16, 2015 

Navy Audit Finds 23 of 55 Procurements Sampled Did Not Comply with Berry Amendment or Buy America Act. The US Inspector General Office of the Department of Defense released a report on August 12 on an audit that looked at 53 US Navy and Marine Corp procurement contracts valued at $74 million awarded in FY13 and FY14 for compliance to the Berry Amendment or Buy America Act. The contract includes procurement that includes tents, clothing and other textile items. The audit found 11 of the 23 contracts did not consistently comply with the Berry Amendment. Navy and Marine Corps contracting personnel did not ensure compliance with the Buy America Act for 12 of 32 contracts reviewed. The recommendation was that Navy and Marine Corps officials modify noncompliant contracts to include the appropriate clauses and review potential Antideficiency violations. Click here to read the report. Posted September 14, 2015

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Royal Academy of Engineering Innovations Award Candidates Feature Inflatable Incubator and Biodegradable Tent. The Royal Academy of Engineering in the United Kingdom has announced four young engineers from the UK have just been shortlisted for consideration its Launchpad Competition. The competition is "to enable a budding engineering entrepreneur aged 16-25 to start a new business based on their engineering innovation and maximize the chances of its successful growth." Two of the four products are made of technical textiles. There is a biodegradable tent designed to deal with a growing problem of abandoned tents after festivals. It is compostable, built from cellulose fibers and plastics. Its short-term life is ideal with one-time use shelters such as for festivals. The other product is an inflatable incubator, designed to be used in the developing world in the instances of premature births. It is compactable and only a 1/30th the cost of a normal incubator. Click here to read an article on the website about the products and competition. Posted September 14, 2015

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Saudi Arabia Has Enough Empty Tents to Take All Syria Asylum Seekers. It is almost mind-boggling. As the 600,000 Syria refugee plight captures headlines all over the world trying to put up anything to shelter them from the harsh wet, cold weather, there sits an entire tent city in Saudi Arabia with enough shelters already to take the entire refugee population. The scope is staggering: The tent city of Mina in Saudi Arabia is 20 square kilometers and could house three million people. Sitting empty are 100,000 tents with air conditioning, each measuring eight by eight meters, complete with kitchen and bathroom facilities. The tents, however, are used once a year for 5 days during the Hajj pilgrimage which starts September 22 and are thus unavailable to help the immediate humanitarian crisis. This posting is not meant as a criticism of the Saudi government. It's a complicated religious and political situation. There is definitely a need for the tents to accommodate the 5 million religious pilgrims going to Mecca and Mina but it is frustrating to know the tents will be sitting empty for 360 days a year. Click here for more information. Posted September 14, 2015

New India Automotive Safety Regulations Taking Affect Could Increase Annual Airbag Sales to $2 Billion. Normally, we don't like to promote market research studies since many seem to be questionable in the information but the website DNA India has quoted a study conducted by Transparency Market Research that has attracted our attention. The report says that overall revenues from airbag sales in India are set to rise 11% a year to hit $2 billion, outpacing even the growth in China. The cause is the new rules, part of India's Road Transport and Safety Bill that makes airbags mandatory for new cars built in India starting in 2017. Click here to read the article posted on the DNA India website. Posted September 14, 2015

New James Bond Film Features Ejector Seat Parachute. Precision Stitching, a Lenton, UK company, was tasked with producing an ejector seat parachute for the new James Bond film Spectre that will be out in October. Precision Stitches is an industrial textiles company founded by Ray Armstrong in 1992 that has produced numerous movie and television props requiring technical textiles. It is not clear how the parachute will be used but speculation is that it is for a scene involving the famed Aston Martin driven by Bond. Click here to read an article posted on the Nottingham Post website. Posted September 14, 2015

Techtextil India to Open with Address by Textile Commissioner. Mrs. Kiran Soni Gupta, Textile Commissioner, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India will give the opening address at next week's Techtextil India 2016 in Mumbai. The symposium and trade show will be September 24-26. The exhibition will have 145 exhibitors from 10 countries. Click here for more information about Mrs. Gupta's participation. Posted September 14, 2015

Carbon Fibers Explained. Wow. At a website called, we found a concise but comprehensive article explaining the development, types, and use of carbon fiber in the technical textiles industry. The article is filled with illustrations and pictures, is plainly written without the scientific verbiage, and goes through the different types of carbon fiber materials. Highly recommended if you are unfamiliar with carbon fiber and looking for the one article that will serve as a basic reference. Click here to go to the article. Posted September 14, 2015

Geosynthetic Liner Material Manufacturer Ends Direct Sales, Forms Strategic Distribution and installation Partnerships. Burke Industries has announced exclusive, strategic partnerships with Colorado Lining International Inc. and Layfield Environmental Systems Corp. in the US and Canada. Burke, headquarted in San Jose, Calif., USA, is a manufacturer of CSPE (chlorosulfonated polyethylene) geomembrane liners. The liners are used in applications such as reservoir containment and floating cover systems. Colorado Linings is a contractor and installer of liners. Layfield is a provider of geosynthetics, industrial fabrics and polyethylene film for construction applications. These agreements mean Burke will no longer be handling direct sales or distribution of its products. Our thanks to Chris Kelsey, editor at, for alerting us to this news. Click here to read more about the partnerships. Posted September 9, 2015

Medical Fabric Producer Completes $3.3 Million Bridge Loan. According to the website, Vestagen Technical Textiles has announced it has completed a $3.3 million convertible note bridging financing. The additional funds will be used in the ongoing commercialization of VESTEX®, an active barrier technology that combines fluid repellent, antimicrobial and breathability properties. The material is used in medical and protective clothing situations that need to reduce the risk of pathogens and other contaminants. Click here to read the press release. Posted September 9, 2015

India Asks Swiss Government in Investigating Technical Textiles Producer in Black Money Scandal. According to the Economic Times website, the Indian government has asked the Swiss government for information about the Neo Corp International Ltd. (NCIL) as it investigates "black money" companies. "Black money" is a term to describe the hiding of funds by a company to avoid taxes.  NCIL is headquartered in Madhya Pradesh, India, and its website describe it as formed in 1985 as a small sack manufacturer which grew to become a multinational technical textiles, including geosynthetics and packaging. Click here to read more about the probe. Posted September 8, 2015

Milliken Acquires Safety Apparel Material Manufacturer. Spartanburg, S.C.-based Milliken & Co. has announced it has acquired Springfield LLC, a manufacturer of flame-resistant materials for safety apparel. Springfield is based in Jericho, New York, USA, with production facilities in South Carolina. Springfield is a major material supplier for the US military, fire safety and gas exploration markets. Milliken's acquisition continues to solidify its presence as a major player for FR material in these safety protective gear markets. Click here to read a report of the acquisition on the GSA Business website. Posted September 8, 2015

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

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