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US Textile Organization Praises Proposed 2017 Defense Bill. The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), a US trade association representing the interests of domestic textile manufacturers, has applauded the US Senate's 92-7 vote on December 8 to approve the FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The US House of Representatives had previously approved the bill and it nows goes to the President for his signature to make it law. Key to getting the NCTO approval was the bill keeps intact the important Berry Amendment criteria for sourcing products made from textiles. Click here to read the entire NCTO press release. Posted December 9, 2016

Atlanta Attachment Purchased by HSM. HSM, a manufacturer of products components to the furniture, bedding and transportation industries, has announced the purchase of Atlanta Attachment Company and its subsidiaries. Atlanta Attachment is headquartered in Lawrenceville, Ga., USA, and is a supplier of heavy duty sewing machinery, packaging equipment and automation processes for the bedding, home furnishings, apparel and automotive industries. HSM is headquartered in Hickory, N.C., USA. Click here to read the company press release on the purchase. Posted December 9, 2016

Fiberglass Manufacturer Buys Mill in South Carolina. According to the website Greenville Online, B&W Fiberglass has announced the purchase of the JPS Composite Materials plant in Slater, S.C., USA. B&W is an advanced manufacturing family-owned business with operations in the UK and in North Carolina, USA. It plans to continue to manufacture high strength woven fiberglass material at the location. Click here to read the article posted. Posted December 8, 2016

Sioen Acquires Dry Suit Manufacturer. Coated fabric manufacturer Sioen Industries NV of The Netherlands announced yesterday it has reach an agreement for the acquisition of the Ursuit Oy group of companies. Headquartered in Finland, Ursuit is a manufacturer of dry suits used for diving, fishing and applications involving extreme environmental conditions. The value of the acquisition is approximately $25 million. Click here to read the Sioen press release. Posted December 7, 2016

US Department of Commerce Releases September Export Figures. US exports in the Specialty and Industrial Fabrics group continue their decline through October according to the latest figures released today by the US Department of Commerce. The overall World market for the group showed a -4.1% decline in comparing 12-month year-endfor October 2015 and 2016. Of the top 5 export designations, only the UK showed an increase. Below are the numbers for the World and the top 5 countries receiving exports. Click here to see the entire report. Posted December 6, 2016

 

 

 

Year Ending

10/2015

Year Ending

10/2016

 

% Change

Mexico

2,082,637

2,059,566

-1.11

Canada

573,040

553,856

-3.35

China

172,713

162,354

-6.00

Hong Kong

148,820

127,496

-14.33

United Kingdom

89,823

91,372

+1.72.

World 4,290,913 4,030,056 -4.13

 

Teijin Plans to Reorganize Polyester and Aramid Fiber Businesses. In a press release issued December 2, Teijin Limited announced it would integrate its industrial-application polyester fibers business and the Products Converting Business Group to form the new Fibers & Products Converting Business Group. The plan is to integrate by April 1, 2017. The new group will include industrial-application polyester fibers that are currently part of the High Performance Fibers Business Unit within the Advanced Fibers & Composites Business Group. Teijin's aramid fibers global business will continue under the High Performance Fibers Business Unit. Click here to read the press release. Posted December 4, 2016

Photo Credit: Jeff Sisto, NSRDEC Public Affairs

US Army Testing Wool for Its New Combat Uniforms. The US Army has developed a fabric composed of 50 percent wool, 42 percent Nomex, 5 percent Kevlar and 3 percent P140 antistatic fiber. One goal of textile R&D underway is to create a flame-resistant combat uniform made wholly from domestic materials, said Ms. Carole Winterhalter, a textile technologist with the Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center. "We have a lightweight fabric that is inherently flame resistant. No topical treatments are added to provide FR," Winterhalter further said. "We are introducing a very environmentally friendly and sustainable fiber to the combat uniform system. We don't have other wool-based fabrics in the system right now. This is a brand-new material." Click here to read a posting on the prototype testing on the Army Times website. Posted December 4, 2016

US Fabricator Gets Congressional Help in Effort to Import Duty-Free Yarn. Here we go again. As we posted on August 15, 2016, another US end-product fabricator in a Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) is unable to get competitive priced products from domestic sources and its request to the FTZ board to obtain duty-free yarns being blocked by industry trade associations representing the domestic fiber, yarn and fabric industries. It's similar to situation of the Coleman Co., a personal flotation device company in an FTZ in Sauk Rapids, Minn., USA. This time the company is Flemish Master Weavers (FMW), based in Sanford, Maine. And now, like Coleman, the company has enlisted the support of its Congressional delegation for repeal of the denial of the Proposed Production Authority request. Opposing the FMW request are American Fiber Producers Association, National Council of Textile Organizations, and United States Industrial Fabrics Association, a division of Industrial Fabrics Association International. Click here to read an article posted December 2 on the Sanford News website. Posted December 4, 2016

Maine Lobstermen Sought to Try Out New PFD Designs. High costs and uncomfortable designs have resulted in many lobstermen making what is literally a life-or-death decision to not wear personal flotation devices (PFDs) when going out to do their high risk jobs. According to a recent study in the US by the Northeast Center for Occupational Health and Safety, only 16% of lobstermen use a PFD on the job despite drowning being the leading cause of deaths in their profession. The Northeast Center is now asking New England lobstermen to help design a new PFD they would wear every day. It is hoped their input will result in designs that are more tailored and comfortable for the lobstermen. Click here to read the article posted on the Portland, Maine's Press Herald website. Posted December 2, 2016

Post-TPP Analysis. There have been a number of articles posted recently regarding what is going to happen now that it looks like US ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement is doomed. Stephen S. Roach, a faculty member at Yale University and former chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia, has written a good analysis posted on the Euroasia Review website, covering China's own problems in facing a shifting domestic economy that is moving to become more service oriented and less dependent on manufacturing. Click here to read. Posted December 2, 2016

Photo: Fox News

Making Ordinary Canopies Extraordinary: Special Forces Parachutes Overview. The Fox News website has a great overview posted on the parachutes used by the US military's special forces units. While there's not much on fabric technical information, the article describes the types of parachutes for different situations such as either a high-altitude or low-altitude insertion; there's even information on tandem parachutes for situations when dropping in dogs. Click here to read the article. Posted December 2, 2016 

2016 Geosynthetic Manufacturing in Review. Geosynthetica Editor Chris Kelsey does a very good job in reviewing the 2016 expansion initiatives for a number of manufacturers in the geosynthetics industry. Click here to read the posting on the Geosynthetica website. Posted December 2, 2016

Tent Manufacturer Benefiting from NFL Story. There is a good article on the Tuscaloosa News website regarding the interest in privacy tents being used by professional sport teams during games. The notice came after a television camera last week showed the NFL Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers disappearing into one of these tents last week along the sideline during a game so he could be treated for an injury. The article featured an interview with privacy tent maker Kinematic Sports of Tuscaloosa, Ala., USA. Click here to read the article. Posted December 1, 2016

Advances in Medical Textile Applications Overview Posted. There is a great overview of the medical textile industry that was recently published in the November/December issue of Textile World magazine and on their website. Author Jim Kaufmann takes a look at the broad range of applications textiles, from wound-care to implantable structures. Click here to read the article on the Textile World website. Posted November 30, 2016

International Technical Textile Conference Set for Taiwan. Leaders within the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers will be featured speakers at the 2017 International Technical Textiles Symposium. The conference is taking place March 22-23, 2017, in Taipai, Taiwan. The theme of the event this time is " Smart Textile and Circular Economy." The event is organized by the Taiwan Textile Research Institute. Posted November 29, 2016

Photo: Sputnik News

Russian Marines Get Floatable Infantry Combat System. As we previously reported (see September 16 post), the Russian military is getting an upgrade in its "Ratnik" personal combat gear system. The  website Interfax.com has reported  the first kits for the Russian Navy are being distriubted. "The Ratnik for marines is distinct in that it has a a special floating bulletproof vest called Korsar," said Dimitry Gnezdilov, Deputy Chief of the Russian Navy coastal troops. Click here to read more abou the Navy system. Posted November 28, 2016

Call for Abstracts Issued for Geosynthetics Conference. The Organizing Committee of the 11th International Conference on Geosynthetics (11ICG) has issued an invitation for those in the geosynthetics community to submit abstracts for presentation. The 11CG will be held in Seoul, South Korea, September 16-21, 2018. The 11ICG is being organized by the Korean Geosynthetics Society and held under the auspices of the International Geosynthetics Society. Click here for more information. Posted November 28, 2016 

South Korean Company to Build Tired Cord Fabrics Plant in Vietnam. Per the Nikkei Asian Review website, South Korea's Kolon Industries signed a memorandum of understanding November 23 with the government of Vietnam's Binh Duong Province to construct a $600 million a tire cord fabrics plant. The facility. expected to be operational in 2018, will have a monthly capacity of 6,000 tons, much of it planned for exports. Kolon already operates a $14 million plant producing automotive air bags in Binh Duong. Click here to read the entire article. Posted November 25, 2016

MFA Fabrication Excellence Awards Competition Deadline Coming Up. The entry deadline for the 2017 Fabrication Excellence Awards competition organized by the Marine Fabricators Association (MFA)) is December 9, 2016. MFA is a division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI). There are 9 categories in the compeition for marine tops, covers, enclosures, sails and upholstery. The winners will be announced at the Marine Fabricators Conference 2017, being held January 19-21, 2017, in Jacksonville, Fla., USA. Entries will also be featured in a future issue of Marine Fabricator maghaine. Marine fabric suppliers should encourage their customers to enteer. It's good promotion for both the fabricator and the material supplier. Click here to contact Jill Newman, MFA divison manager, for more information. Posted November 23. 2016

Indian Army Receives First Lot of Ballistic Jackets. The Indian Army has received the first lot of 20,000 ballistic jackets for its troops posted in counter-insurgency and anti-militancy operations. This comes after a delay of almost 8 years. The Defence Ministry had originally approved the purchase of more than 350,000 jackets in 2009 but failure in field trials from the 6 manufacturers bidding on the contract caused the delay. The jackets being supplied are part of a 50,000 lot emergency order given to Tata Advance Material Limited. Click here to read more. Posted November 23, 2016

Embattled Airbag Manufacturer Narrows Buyers to Two. Will this dismal saga ever end? Per the Industry Week website, Takata Corp. has narrowed a lists of potential buyers to other airbag module manufacturers -- Autoliv Inc. and Key Safety Systems (Nigbo Joyson Electronic Corp.). Antitrust concern may be a problem for Autoliv since it is already the world's largest supplier of airbags. Key is currently the 4th largest manufacturer but would jump up to Number 2 if its bid is successful. Both companies had the advantage of already being airbag suppliers over the three other rejected companies which were making bids. Takata is a bit under the gun to get this deal done since it has lost more than 60% of its market capitalization in the last year and bankruptcy looms. Click here to read the Industry Week article. Posted November 21, 2016 

 Automotive Textile Market Summary Posted. The website TechFeatured today posted a really detailed executive summary-style article about the automotive textile market. A couple of key take-aways from the article are that 45 square meters of textile materials are used in interior trim and that 2/3 of the materials are for interior trim, which, I guess means 67.5 square meters of textiles are used overall on average in a vehicle. The report seems very knowledgeable with lots of statistics but there is a note of caution: There is no attributed author or reference where the information was obtained. Click here to read it. Posted November 17, 2016 

Filtration 2016 Held in Philadelphia. Over 1,300 filter media and component suppliers, customers, consultants and academics met with more than 130 exhibitors at the Filtration 2016 International Conference and Exhibition in Philadelphia, Penn., USA. Organized by INDA, the Association of the Nonwovens Industry, this was the annual event's 25th anniversary and focused on the theme "Pure Solutions" Next year's event will take place in Chicago, Ill., USA, October 10-12. Click here more information about Filtration 2016. Posted November 17, 2016

SPESA Elects New Leadership.  At its Annual Executive Conference that was held November 4-5 in San Antonio, Texas, USA  the members of SPESA (Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas) elected their new leadership for two-year terms:

  • Chairman: Sam Simpson, Vice President of Gerber Technology 
  • Vice Chairman: Nina McCormack, Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of DAP America, Inc. 
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Ed Gribbin, President of Alvanon, Inc. 
  • President: Benton Gardner, SPESA ​

Posted November 17, 2016

Deadline Nears to Enter Future Textile Awards Competition. The deadline for entering the Future Textile Awards competition is November 30, 2016. The awards program (formerly known as Future Materials Awards) began in 2014. It is sponsored by World Textile Information Network (WTiN), the publisher of Future Textiles (formerly Future Materials) magazine, and is focused on the products used in the technical textiles industry. This year there are 20 categories including best product in market segments such as protective, packaging and geotextiles. Finalists will be announced March 15, 2017 and winners announced in Frankfurt, Germany on May 10, 2017. Click here to visit the competition's website. Posted November 16, 2016

JEC Asia Moving to Korea in 2017. At the Opening Ceremony for JEC Asia 2016 in Singapore today, JEC President and CEO Frédérique Mutel announced the change of the event's location in 2017 to Seoul, Republic of Korea. Singapore has been the home of JEC Asia since it began in 2008. JEC Asia 2017 will take place November 1-3, 2017. Click here to read the organization's press release on the change. Posted November 15, 2016

Korean Textile and Chemical Producer Acquires MEA Technology from Gore. According to the Korean Business website Kolon Industries, the chemical and textile unit of the Kolon Group, announced on November 7 that it has acquired the membrane electrode assembly (MEA) technology from U.S.-based W.L. Gore and Associates, Inc. An MEA is considered the "heart" of a PEM (polymer electrolyte membrane) fuel cell. It is composed of a film of ion exchange polymer (the membrane) and two electrodes, to convert fuel into electricity. Click here to read the entire article. Posted November 11, 2016

JEC World Free Show Passes Deadline Approaches. Are you thinking of going to JEC World 2017 in Paris that is place March 14-16, 2017? Deadline to apply for free 3-day show passes is November 30. Click here to go to the the JEC World registration site. Posted November 11, 2016

New Association Leadership Announced for 2017-2018. AATCC, the Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals, held its annual meeting on November 2, 2016 and elected Kerry M. King from Spoonflower as its President-Elect for 2017-2018. Current President-Elect Rembert (Bert) J. Truesdale III of Tencate Protective Fabrics will become the AATCC president beginning January 1, 2017. Elected as Regional Directors were Debra F. Chronicle, SGS, New England Region; Martha Carper, University of Delaware, Central Atlantic Region; John Crocker, SDL Atlas, Midwest Region; Harrie Schoots, Ascend Performance Materials, Southern Region; Ken A. Kaiser, Standard Textile Co., Western Region; and, A.N. Desai, Southeast Asia Region. Click here to read the entire press release. Posted November 10, 2016

Terry-Ann Paulo

Geosynthetics Society Announces New Secretariat. The International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) has announced the hiring of Terry-Ann Paulo as its incoming Secretariat Manager. Ms. Aulo will be replacing Diana Davis when she retires November 18, 2016. Ms Paulo comes with experience in both government and nonprofits, working for the National Pork Producers Council and more recently as an aide to Florida Congresswoman Debbie Mayfield. Posted November 10, 2016

Roger Chastain

Industry Leader Passes. Roger Chastain, former president of Mt. Vernon Mills, passed away November 3. He was 74. Mr. Chastain was also active in the industry through involvement in several US national trade associations. He served as president of the American Textile Manufacturers Institute (ATMI), the fore-runner of the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) and was a past president of the South Carolina Manufacturer's Association (SCMA). He retired from Mt. Vernon Mills in 2008. Click here for more information. Posted November 8, 2016 

Tension Structure Sues Contractor on DOD Project. Signature Structures, a designer, manufacturer and installer of fabric tension structures, and the US Department of Defense are suing in US District Court for the Southern District of California, alleging non-payment for services against Bilbro Construction Company, Inc., and Suretec Insurance Company. Click here for more information. Posted November 7, 2016

Self-Powered Textile Could Be Woven into Smart Clothes. According to the website nanotechweb.org, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the US and the Beijing Institute of Nanoenergy and Nanosystems in China have made the first hybrid self-charging power textile system that can harvest both solar energy and the mechanical energy from a person’s movements. These energies can then be stored as chemical energy in fiber-shaped supercapacitors. The system can easily be woven into textiles for making smart clothes that power mobile and wearable electronics. Click here to read the article. Posted November 7, 2016

US Department of Commerce Releases September Export Figures. The numbers released by the US Department of Commerce for the month of September showed a continued decline in US exports for the Specialty and Industrial Fabrics group. The United Kingdom at 1.88% was the only country in the top 5 to show an increase. Most troubling, Mexico, the top exporting designation, now for the first time recorded a decline in September. Below are the September export numbers for the World and the top 5 countries receiving exports. Click here to see the entire report. Posted November 7, 2016

 

 

Country

Year Ending

9/2015

Year Ending

9/2016

 

% Change

Mexico

2,074,220

2,069,202

-0.24

Canada

580,937

558,004

-3.95

China

173,926

162,407

-6.62

Hong Kong

145,292

131,805

-9.28

United Kingdom

88,937

90,608

1.88

World 4,209,124 4,867,665 -3.36

 

Czech Defence Ministry Seeks Out US Army to Buy Ballistic Vests. According to the Prague Daily Monitor website, the Czech Defence Ministry is looking to buy 1000 ballistic vest plate carriers from the US Army. The Defence Ministry has reached out to the US military because no agreement on the supply of more than 2000 new "bullet-proof" vests by the Ceska zbrojovka Czech armament maker has been resolved. The vests were supposed to be supplied by November 2015 but not yet been received because of a contract dispute. The Defence ministry has decided to approach the US military because the lifespan of current vests will expire in February 2017. Click here to read the article. Posted November 7, 2016

Cooley Celebrates 90 Years. There is a nice article on the Innovation In Textiles website written by industry veteran Bill Smith on coated fabric manufacturer Cooley, Inc. celebrating its 90th year in 2016. Cooley is headquartered in Pawtucket, R.I., USA. It is a supplier of coated and laminated fabrics for industrial and signage markets, Click here to read the article. Posted November 7, 2016

FR Protection 101. The website Penn Energy has posted a nice concise overview entitled FR Protection 101 -- A Guide to Flame-Resistant Clothing for the Utilities Industry. The article gives a couple of key statistics revealing how many burn-related injuries and deaths are occurring in the workplace and applicable codes in the utility industry for FR protective gear. Click here to read the article. Posted November 7, 2016

JEC Asia Innovation Awards 2016 Announced. The JEC Asia 2016 Innovation Awsards were announced in advance of JEC Asia taking placing in Singapore, November 15-17, 2016. This year there were 11 prizes awarded, involving 19 companies. Specific end markets categories were Automotive, Aeronautics, Railway, Wind Energy, Construction, and Oil & Gas. The other categories were Raw Materials, Design, Manufacturing, Non-Destructive Testing, and Recycling. Click here to read who won in each category in our special JEC Events section. Posted November 7, 2016

Last Minute Change for Indian Geosynthetics Conference. Due to last minute logistics constraints, the venue for the 6th Asian Regional Conference on Geosynthetics has been shifted from Manekshaw Centre to the Leela Ambience Convention Hotel in Delhi. The event also has appeared to have shifted by starting one day earlier than previously posted. It is now taking place November 7-10, 2016. Click here for more information. Posted November 5, 2016

Geosynthetics Society Changes Name, Executive Director to Leave. According to the industry trade magazine Geosynthetics, John Henderson, the president of the North American Geosynthetics Society (NAGS), has sent a letter to the membership saying the organization has changed its name to IGS - North America (IGS-NA) and that long-time Executive Director David Suits has resigned his position, effective November 30, 2017. Click here to read the article. Posted November 2, 2016

ITG Acquired by Investment Company. International Textile Group, Inc. (ITG) announced that it has been acquired by Platinum Equity. ITG will continue as an entity. ITG has 5 companies within its portfolio -- Burlington, Cone Denim, Safety Components, Carlisle Finishing, and Burlington Contract Fabrics. Safety Components, based in Greenville, S.C., USA, is a manufacturer of fabrics for automotive airbags, military, outdoor products, protective clothing and other technical textile end markets. Click here for more information about the acquisition. Posted November 1, 2016

Good Primer on Smart Textiles. There's a neat article on the T3 website called "A Beginner's Guide to Smart Materials." It's a quick look for the consumer on what makes up the scope of wearable smart textiles, including touch materials, super strength graphene, and Goggle's Project Jacquard. Click here to look at it. Posted October 24, 2016

A Third Option on an Asian Regional Trade Agreement. While it looks increasingly unlikely the US will ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, there is now a third option which could be considered. The second option, of course, is the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) proposal, an agreement being actively pushed by China. The third trade agreement option is the Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP). This agreement is also been brought forth by the Chinese and differs from TPP because it avoids sticky issues like Intellectual Property Rights which would not be acceptable to China. Prior to the development of TPP, it is reported the US was actually supportive of FTAAP in its early stages. FTAAP would include all of the TPP and RCEP members except India, plus Russia and Taiwan. Click here to read more on the issue. Posted October 23, 2016

Nonwovens Association Publishes Report on South American Market. INDA, the Association of the Nonwovens Fabrics Industry, has published the fourth study of the South American region with the “South American Nonwovens Industry Outlook, 2015 – 2020” for nonwoven producers and suppliers, converters, manufacturers, brand owners, analysts, and raw materials and machinery suppliers. Written by industry consultant, Rick Jezzi, Principal, A.D. Jezzi & Associates, LLC, and Brad Kalil, Director of Market Research and Statistics, INDA, the 180-page report defines where the industry has been (2010-2015) and the forecast of where it is heading (2015-2020). Click here for more information. Posted October 23, 2016

IFAI Japan Announces Date of New Product Showcase. The annual winter meeting IFAI Japan, a country sector of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), will be taking place January 24, 2017, in Osaka, Japan. It is called New Product Showcase because it allows non-Japanese companies to introduce their products. The organization is looking for company presentations of about 45 minutes in length. Click here to contact Ms. Kikuko Tagawa, IFAI Japan's Executive Director, for more information. Posted October 23, 2016

Textile Machinery Association Elects New Leader. CEMATEX, the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers based in Zurich, Switzerland, has appointed Fritz P. Mayer as its new President at its recent General Assembly meeting held in Amsterdam. Mr Mayer takes over the Presidency from Charles Beauduin, who retires from the position after 4 years at the helm. Mr. Mayer joined Karl Mayer Textilmaschinenfabrik in 1975. In 1981 he was appointed Managing Director of the company and became a Member of the Management Board of Karl Mayer Group, taking over the position of CEO of Karl Mayer Group in 2007.Posted October 21, 2016

Sudden Leadership Change at Milliken. Textile giant Milliken & Co. announced Monday that J. Harold Chandler has been elected its chairman, president and chief executive officer, effective immediately, following the resignation of Joseph M. Salley as president / chief executive officer and as a member of the board of directors. No reason was given for Mr. Salley's resignation. Mr. Chandler has served on Milliken's board of directors for 14 years and as its chairman for the past five years. Mr. Salley served at Milliken for 20 years, serving as president and CEO for the past eight years. MIlliken is headquartered in Spartanburg, S.C., USA. Click here for more information. Posted October 18, 2016

August Statistics Continue to Show Cooling of US Export Figures for Specialty Fabrics. Weakness in US specialty fabric exports is evident with the US Department of Commerce releasing August export numbers and the results showing the fifth straight month of continued decline in exports in the Specialty and Industrial Fabrics group. Below are the August export numbers for the World and the top 5 countries receiving exports. Click here to see the entire report. Posted October 17, 2016

 

 

Country

Year Ending

8/2015

Year Ending

8/2016

 

% Change

Mexico

2,062,224

2,072,086

+0.48

Canada

584,890

555,728

-4.99

China

172,067

164,425

-4.44

Hong Kong

151,318

130,748

-13.59

United Kingdom

88,749

90,254

1.70

World 4,214,635 4,072,963 -3.36

 

US Automotive Interior Company Acquires Italian Company. According to a press release issued by Sage Automotive Interiors, the company has acquired the automotive manufacturing assets of Italy-based Apollo S.p.A. with the goal of expanding capacity and capability for automotive interior products to the European market. Based in Florence, Italy, and Bucharest, Romania, Apollo is ideally suited to supply automotive fabrics and sewn covers in Central and Eastern Europe. Specifics of the transaction were not disclosed. Sage and Apollo have a long history of working closely together in Europe. Sage Automotive Interiors is a global supplier of soft automotive interior surfaces—seating, door panel surfaces and headliners—to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). Office and manufacturing locations include the U.S., Japan, China, Brazil, Korea, Mexico and Europe. Click here for more information posted on the Greenville Business Magazine website. Posted October 13, 2016

Narrow Fabrics Producer Has Name Change. Offray Specialty Narrow Fabrics® has changed its name to OTEX Specialty Narrow Fabrics™.  CEO Denise Offray says "I am proud of our family legacy that spans an astonishing 14 generations. But where once our family designed and manufactured decorative ribbons that brought joy to people lives; today we innovate and weave advanced fibers into narrow fabrics that save lives." OTEX is headquartered in Bernardsville, N.J., USA. Click here to read the entire company press release. Posted October 7, 2016 

 

European Mars Parachute Update. It seems to be the week for Internet postings about parachutes and Mars. The website Mil-Tech has a short article on the European landing craft that will settle on the planet October 19 using a 12-meter diameter parachute. Click here for the article. Posted October 7, 2016

Russian Tankers Wear "Cowboy" Protective Suits. There's an interesting article on the Sputnik website about the deployment of better protective suits for Russian military tank crews. The protective clothing is formally known as 6B15 kit since its introduction in 2012 but is only now becoming more widespread with more than 1,000 kits being delivered in the Southern Military District this year. The crews have affectionately nicknamed the kits "Cowboy." the kits features Class 1 body armor, fire-retardancy, and ballistics-resistant padding on the tanker's headset. The suits, covering 80% of the tanker's body, weighs 6.5kg. Click here to read the article. Posted October 6, 2016

SGIA Expo Attracts More Than 24,000. Final results aren't in yet but it appears the SGIA Expo 2016 held September 14-16 in Las Vegas, Nev., USA, attracted a strong audience visiting the largest trade floor in the history of the show. Organized by the Specialty Graphics Imaging Association (SGIA), the exhibition floor featured a sold-out 562 exhibitors. During the show, Rich Thompson, Ad Graphics, Pompano Beach, Fla., USA, took over as SGIA Chairman of the Board for 2016-2017. Click here to read more about the 2016 event. Posted October 6, 2016

NASA Tests Mars Parachutes. Well, the Chinese are not the only ones busy with parachute testing for a landing craft destined to land on Mars [see our posting yesterday]. The US National Aeronautical Space Agency (NASA) conducted a series of tests on September 30 to qualify Orion's parachute system for test flights with astronauts. The unmanned test vehicle was dropped from a plane at 35,000 feet (about 6 miles). Click here to read an article on the spaceref.com website about the tests conducted. Posted October 6, 2016 

Key Safety Systems Plans Expansion in Japan. Regardless whether or not it is successful in being selected for taking over Takata, the beleaguered Japanese airbag manufacturer, Key Safety Systems is aiming to triple its revenues from Japanese automotive to $300 million by 2020, according to Automotive News, by building its first manufacturing plant while also looking at acquisitions. Currently No. 4 in the airbag business, acquiring Takata would propel Detroit-based Key to No. 2, in the world behind only Sweden's Autoliv, Inc. Click here to read the Automoitve News article. Posted October 6, 2016

Attendee Ping Hao, Durafiber, talks with Roger Crossfield of CTW (and SYFA President)

SYFA Meets in Charlotte, Announces Name Change. More than a hundred textile industry leaders gathered in Charlotte, N.C., USA, last week for the SYFA 2016 Fall Conference organized by the Synthetic Yarn and Fiber Association. The conference theme was Diverse Elements of the U.S. Textile Supply Chain...Leaders in Action  Living up to the theme, presentations included the outlook on energy prices, a progress report on the development of the new Revolutionary Fibers and Textiles Manufacturing Innovation Institute, the US economic outlook, and the transformation of the automotive textile industry needs. During the meeting, SYFA President Roger Crossfield announced the organization would undergo a slight name change to the Synthetic Yarn and Fabric Association which would still the use of of the well-known "SYFA" acronym. Posted October 5, 2016.

Associations Organize Digital Textile Printing Conference. AATCC, the Association of Textile, Apparel & Matrials Professionals, and the Specialty Graphics Imaging Association (SGIA) are partnering to offer the conference Digital Textile Printing: The Future is Now. The event will be held December 6-7, 2016 in Durham, N.C., USA. The program will feature 18 digital textile processing presentation on topics such as ink technology and surface imaging. Click here to find out more information. Posted October 5, 2016.

Foss Manufacturing Buys Nonwovens Plant in Georgia. Foss Manufacturing, headquartered in New Hampshire, USA, with plants in Georgia, has purchased a needlepunch fabrics plant in Murray County, Georgia, USA, from Beaulieu America. The plant produces carpet fabrics and employs about 55 people. Foss produces an array of needlepunch nonwovens for markets including automotive and healthcare. Our thanks to industry consultant Alasdair Carmichael of Carmichael International for alerting us to the acquisition. Click here to read more about the purchase at the Dalton Daily Citizen website. Posted October 5, 2016

China Test Supersonic Parachute for Planned Mars Mission. China is preparing its first trip to Mars in 2021. The planned expedition includes landing a 5-ton spacecraft on the planet's surface. With this objective, China recently tested an experimental supersonic, low density parachute, launching it into the upper layers of Earth's atmosphere to simulate Mars' conditions. Few details have been released about the test other than it was a complete success. The craft will also include an inflatable airbag system for a soft landing. Click here to read more about the planned mission. Posted October 5, 2016   

Qartar Plans Tent Cities to House Fans Attending 2022 World Cup.  Qatar has a housing problem for the 2022 World Cup. The country is expected to have only 46,000 available hotel rooms ready for the event, short of the 55,000 Qatar promised in being selected. According to Doha News, the Supreme Committee of Delivery & Legacy has begun a trial project which could see 350 temporary tents and 300 permanent tents created in the traditional Arabian style. The tents will house 2,000 people. If the test is successful, Qatar will start the building of 5 desert tent cities of similar size, each with a different desert theme. Click here to read more. Posted October 5, 2016

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Russian Military Interested in New Parachute for Ultra-Low Jumps. The Pravda.Ru website reports a parachute designed for ulta-low jumps is being developed. Called the Shturm, it will allow the airborne forces to land from a jump the height of 80 meters and perhaps as low as 50 meters. The D-10 standard Russian military parachute system is also being modernized in 2017 and is planned to be used until the new D-14 system is introduced in 2020. Click here to read more. Posted October 1, 2016

US Military Shelter Maker Closing Plant. In a memo given employees today, HDT Global announced that the US military defense shelter manufacturer is closing its facility in Buena Vista, Va., and moving the operations to Huntsville, Ala. The plant makes military tents for emergency operation centers and employs about 80 people. The Virginia plant was once called Base-X before it was sold to Hunter Defense Technologies in 2005 (now HDT Global). The company memo blamed the closure on significant defense spending reduction and a decline in sales. The memo said orders for shelters made at the Buena Vista plant have dropped 50% since 2015. The company also announced it plans to consolidate operations in the Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania Virginia area to a new built-for-purpose facility. Click here to read an article about the Buena Vista closing on the Roanoke Times website. Posted September 26, 2016 

Takata Subsidiary Reported to Be Sold This Week. According to the Crain's Detroit Business website, the airbag and seatbelt manufacturer Takata Corporation is in the process of selling its Irvin Automotive subsidiary to Piston Group, a supplier of interior automotive parts. Irvin, based in Pontiac, Mich., USA, is a supplier of headrests, seats, visors and other trim for the automotive and mass transportation industries. Irvin employs about 7,100 people and has annual sales of about $500 million. Takata acquired Irvin in 1989. The company traces its roots back to Leslie Irvin, a supplier and innovator of parachutes. Clck here to read the Crain article. Posted September 25, 2016

Solar Energy Plans for Textile Giant. According to the website Upstate Business Journal today, "Glen Raven Inc. plans to build a $2 million solar farm through the Duke Energy Solar Rebate Program at its Anderson-based Sunbrella manufacturing center [Anderson, S.C., USA]. The 1000-kW project will become the largest solar energy installation in the Upstate owned by a privately held company. The solar farm will be online in January 2017." Glen Raven is a global manufacturer of technical textiles. Click here to read another article that appear on the website September 9. Posted September 25, 2016

Geosynthetics Trade Association Sets Date for Lobbying in Washington. The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) has set December 1, 2016  for its members' annual Fall Lobby Day. Industry companies are urged to send representatives to Washington, D.C., to help the association meet with government-elected officials to promote awareness of the applications of geosynthetics in efforts such as government-funded infrastructure projects and inclusion of geosynthetic terminology in environmental regulations. GMA is a division of Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI). Click here to find out more about the Fall Lobby Day schedule. Posted September 25, 2016

New Global Automotive Textiles Market Report Shows Industry in State of Flux. Higher demand for increased comfort and improved safety is driving the market for increased textile materials in cars according to the just-release market report Automotive Textiles: An Industry in Flux -- From Motor City to Silicon Valley. The 330-page report is authored by Adrian Wilson and published by Textile Media Services. Key take-aways from the prospectus are 1) textile usage has increased from an average 20kg in 2000 to 28kg in 2016 for a mid-size car and 2) an the unprecedented industry consolidation is underway even as the market growth explodes. Click here to read more on the Innovation in Textiles website. More than 70 companies are profiled. Posted September 25, 2016

Cycling Airbag Helmet Manufacturer Claims Hundreds of Lives Saved. It doesn't look fashionable when its inflated but the airbag cycling helmet, which is stored uninflated wrapped around the neck, seems to be catching on in Europe. The Swedish company Hövding is the manufacturer and Fredrik Carling, the company's CEO, claims more than 30,000 cyclists are now wearing the inflatable helmet, saving hundreds of lives in bike accidents. The website Sputnik News has a nice article on the company, including a number of great videos showing how the helmet in action. Click here. Posted September 26, 2016

AATCC to Host Introduction to Textile Testing Workshop. AATCC's Introduction to Textile Testing Workshop will be held November 16-17 at Research Triangle Park, N.C., USA. The workshop includes a review of AATCC and ASTM textile testing methods for better testing and approval decisions, and more accurate, reproducible results. AATCC is the Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals. Click here to find out more information on the workshop. Posted September 24, 2016

Felicia Pullam

US Commerce Department Names New Deputy Assistant Secretary for Textiles. The US Department of Commerce has announced Felicia Pullam has joined the Industry & Analysis section of the International Trade Administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Textiles, Consumer Goods, and Materials. Her responsbilities include overseeing programs and strategies to improve domestic and international competitiveness of US textiles. Prior to this position, Deputy Assistant Secretary Pullam was the Director of Outreach for SelectUSA where she managed outreach efforts, including communications, legislative and intergovernmental affairs. She replaces Joshua Teitelbaum. Posted September 24, 2016

Arkansas Coated Fabric Plant to Close, 300 Jobs Lost. American Fuel Cell and Coated Fabrics Co., (Amfuel) will close its plant in Magnolia, Ark., USA, ending the employment of 300 workers. [We first reported about the possible closure on July 26, 2015.] The company began in 1917 in California as Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. It moved to Magnolia at the end of World War II, changing its name to American Fuel Cell in 1983. In 1995 it was sold to Zodiac Aerospace and sold again in 2015 to Crosslake Investment Group. Amfuel makes coated fabrics and fuel cells for the aerospace industry. The closure reason appears to be due to the aging infrastructure needs of the plant and an on-going labor dispute. Amfuel recently opened a new plant in Wichita Falls, Texas, USA. Click here to read the article on the Democrat-Gazette website. Posted September 24, 2016

SYFA Fall Conference Speaker Line-Up. The Synthetic Yarn & Fabric Association has a great line-up of speakers at its SYFA Fall Conference in Charlotte, N.C., USA, next week. Many of the topics relate to issues facing the technical textiles industry including Carole Winterhalter, Textile Technologist at US Army Natick Soldier Research, giving an update on the newly organized Revolutionary Fibers and Textiles Manufacturing Innovation Institute.  Click here to review the schedule and register. Posted September 23, 2016

Pakistan University Organizing National Conference on Technical Textiles. National Textile University (NTU) Faisalabad is organizing the Pakistan's first ever national conference on technical textiles. The event will take place September 26-27, 2016 at NTU in Faisalabad. Already more than 150 technical directors and general managers in the textile industry have confirmed their participation. Click here to read the FTU announcement. Posted September 20, 2016

Why Local Governments Should Consider Fabric Structures for Emergency Situations. There is a good article by Joe DiCersare on the Seaman Corporation's Shelter-Rite Architectural Fabrics website on why governments should consider fabric structures as emergency shelters, taking into account how quickly and effectively the structures can be put in place to protect the public in disaster situations such as hurricanes and earthquakes. Click here to read Mr. DiCersare's article. Posted September 19, 2016

Participation Strong for Experience Composites. JEC, one of the organizers of the new Experience Composites conference, has released a list of more than 200 companies participating in the event. Experience Composites is scheduled for September 21-23, 2016, in Augsburg, Bavaria, Germany. Click here to review the list of participating companies. Posted September 19, 2016

UK Technical Textiles Company Set to Expand. Yarn manufacturer TBA Textiles, with the help of a development grant, will be investing about $1 million in new technology and equipment. The company, located in Rochdale (Greater Manchester area) in the UK, is more than 140 years old. It supplies companies located in more than 100 countries with high performance yarns and fabrics. Approximately $195,000 of the funds will be supplied through a grant by the N Brown Textiles Growth Programme. Click here to read an article about the grant and TBA Textiles posted on the Manchester Evening News website. Posted September 19, 2016

NanoMech Wins Contract from U.S. Army To Develop Next- Generation Combat Uniforms. A $235,000 contract from the US Army (Project Manager Soldier Protection and Individual Equipment) has been awarded to NanoMech, Inc., to develop and evaluate advanced multi-functional textiles using NanoMech's proprietary and technology platform, nGuard®. If successful, the new technology could be used for the next generation Army combat uniform and other Army individual equipment and clothing items. nGuard is a coating finish and additive for a wide variety of textile fabrics, including protection against vector-borne diseases such as malaria and zika. It can also offer material resistance for flash fire and thermal threats. NanoMech is headquartered in Springdale, Ark., USA. Click here to read the company's press release on the contract being awarded. Posted September 19, 2016

Military Branches Share Research and Acquisition Information. There is a good informative article posted on the website Seapower on the collaborative acquisition efforts of the US Marine Corps and US Army. Both the Marine Corps Systems Command and the Army's Program Executive Office-Soldier are collaborating to develop, test and deliver ever-better capabilities for Marines and Soldiers. Two of the initiatives are the Cross-Service Warfighter Equipment Board and Improved Personal Protective Equipment System Integrated Product Team. One of the projects the team is working on regards cold weather clothing and equipment, including sleeping gear. Click here to read more. Posted September 19, 2016

Vietnam Delays Vote on TPP Agreement. According to the Bangkok Post, Vietnam's next National Assembly gathering in October will not include a vote on the ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement because of the uncertainty of the US passing the trade deal. Vietnam is seen as the largest beneficiary of TPP and was expected to be the first to ratify the agreement. Its ratification was seen as a formality. The country has already seen a tremendous spur of foreign investment in its domestic textile industry. Click here to read the article. Posted September 19, 2016

Smart Materials Reshaping How We Should Look at Things. There is an inspiring article found on the website techcrunch.com about making inactive material -- including technical textiles -- into sentient materials capable of responding to its environment, sending data and fixing themselves. The crux of the article is that current technology is exploring embedding sensors into material to relay information; however, we should look beyond this technology to explore making the material itself the sensor. Examples given include an airplane skin that self-heals to removed dents and dings, thereby improving aerodynamics. Borstena, a Portuguese automotive textile supplier, is developing prototypes of seats and seatbelts that use smart textiles with built-in sensors to detect a driver's heart and breathing rates so it can alert drivers to tell-tale signs of drowsiness. Worth the read. Click here to view. Posted September 19, 2016

Smart Parachute Program Being Investigated to Track Inventory. The US Army has submitted a Request for Proposal for a program called the Automated Parachute Management System IT Platform that could help keep better track of cargo and personnel parachutes. The program would involve using radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags sewn into parachutes and would work with different types of devices including mobile smart phones. The tagged parachutes would enable the Army to keep better track of parachute inventory, the individual parachute's history and its maintenance. Click here to read an article posted on the website fayobserver.com about the program. Posted September 19, 2016

New Russian Body Armor 30% Lighter. An article posted on the Russian website Sputnik International says the Russian Defense Ministry and the Russian State Corporation Rostec are developing brand new "bulletproof" vests made of an ultra-lightweight aramid woven material as part of its new Ratnik-3 personal combat uniform kit. As the name implies, this is 3rd-generation soldier equipment. It is estimated the vest, which includes additional protection for the groin, forearm and neck, will weigh about 15 kilograms, about 30% less than the previous Ratnik version. About 80,000 vests of the Ratnik-2 version were distributed in 2015. Click here to read the article. Posted September 16, 2016

Architectural Fabrics Industry Veteran Joins Value Vinyls. Value Vinyls, Inc., of Grand Prairie, Texas, USA, has appointed Marc Shellshear as Director of Sales -- Structure Fabrics. Mr. Shellshear, formerly the Director of Commercial Sales at Gale Pacific USA, is well-known throughout the architectural fabrics industry. Value Vinyls is a distributor of coated vinyl and other materials used in many end-markets in the technical textiles industry. Posted September 9, 2016

Latest US Export Figures Continue to Show Decline. The US Department of Commerce has released July export numbers and the results show a continued decline in exports in the Specialty and Industrial Fabrics group. The World consolidated number shows a 3.85% decline in comparing year-ending July 2015 and 2016. The UK and Mexico showed slight increases while Canada, China and Hong Kong showed declines in US exports. Click here to see the entire report. Posted September 9, 2016

 

 

Country

Year Ending

7/2015

Year Ending

7/2016

 

% Change

Mexico

2,050,194

2,064,539

+0.70

Canada

589,064

553,727

-6.00

China

173,648

163,014

-6.12

Hong Kong

149,130

135,908

-8.93

United Kingdom

88,008

90,654

+3.01

World 4,220,177 4,057,888 -3.85

 

Geosynthetics: Does It Hurt to Compare to "Traditional" Products? Geosynthetic.com's editor Chris Kelsey has an interesting posting on the website, trying to figure out whether comparing geosynthetics to "traditional" civil engineering products (such as clay, cement, rocks and asphalt) may actually hinder its market penetration with agencies like state transportation agencies who don't want to take risks with their product selection. Mr. Kelsey doesn't conclude it hinders when producers use this "vs. traditional" terminology but he raises a valid question that can be applied in many market sectors including architectural fabrics and protective clothing: Should we be seeking to isolate new materials as completely different from products already in use or is it more practical to gain market acceptance by promoting the materials as if it's already in the pool of established choices...just better than the rest of the choices? Click here to read Mr. Kelsey's posting. Posted September 9, 2016

US Defense Logistics Agency Awards Contract for Anti-Gravity Suits. Vinyl Technology Inc., Monrovia, Calif., USA, has been awarded a maximum $10,160,073 modification exercising the second one-year option period of a one-year base contract with three one-year option periods for advanced technology anti-gravity suits. Location of performance is California, with a Sept. 9, 2017, performance completion date. Using military service is Air Force. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2016 through fiscal 2017 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the US Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support. Posted September 7, 2016

Global Airbag Market Estimated to be 380 Million Units. In a further report on the Kolon Group acquiring an air bag manufacturing facility in Vietnam [see our September 1 posting], the website BusinessKorea has included interesting statistics on Kolon's air bag manufacturing. It's new Vietnam facility produces 7 million air bag cushions a year; it's Mexican facility produces 3 million units a year; and, its Chinese factory in Nanjing will be making 600,000 air bags a year when is fully operating next year. Kolon also has another facility in China but no figures were given. The article says the global market size for air bags was estimated to be 380 million units in 2015. Click here to read the article. Posted September 7, 2016 

History of the Backpack. There is a neat article on the Time magazine website titled "A Brief History of the Modern Backpack." A key take-away from the article was the contribution to the backpack designs from Gerry Cunningham, owner of Gerry Outdoors. Mr. Cunningham invented the first backpack with zippers in 1938 and in 1967 his company came out with the first nylon teardrop-shaped backpack which allowed controlled weight distribution. Click here to read the article. Posted September 7, 2016

Vanishing Parachutes Being Developed for Military Stealth Missions. Under a $3 million grant from the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), a team of researchers at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, Penn., USA, is designing special polymers for use to make stealth single-use parachutes which will disintegrate on demand in response to an electrical trigger. Click here to read more about this work. Posted September 1, 2016

International Geosynthetics Conference Issues Call for Abstracts. The Organizing Committee of the 11th International Conference on Geosynthetics (11ICG) has issued a call to members of the industry, academia and government to submit abstracts. The 11ICG is being held September 16-21, 2018 in Seoul, Korea. The abstract submission deadline is December 30, 2016. Click here to go to the event's home page. Posted September 1, 2016

New Co-President and CFO at US Event Management Company. Patrick Nohilly has been selected as the new Co-President of Messe Frankfurt Inc., the US subsidiary of the Messe Frankfurt Group. Mr. Nohilly relaces Kathryn Fitts, who left the company earlier in the year. He will oversee the US company's business together with Dennis Smith, who will be continuing as Co-President and CEO. Mr. Nohilly's responsibilities will be Finance & Administration. Messe Frankfurt Inc. is the organizer of the annual Techtextil North America show and the biennial Texprocess show. Posted September 1, 2016

Sewers are in Demand for US Outdoor Gear Manufacturers. There's an interesting article in the August 11 online edition of Outside magazine on the shortage of skilled domestic sewers in the US to make outdoor equipment such as ultralight tens, bags and stuff sacks. One company has even started an informal training school. Our thanks to industry veteran Fred Magenheimer for alerting us to the article. [The Industrial Fabrics Association International has recently formed a new division called Maker which focuses on developing training curricula for sewing machine operators.]  Posted September 1, 2016

Korean Company Investing in Vietnam. The Kolon Group, the Korean-based manufacturer of technical textiles, is continuing to announce new investments in Vietnam. Earlier this year, the company was licensed to start up a $14.1 million airbag manufacturing facility in the southern province of Bin Duong. According to an article in the Vietnam Breaking News website, Kolon is now negotiating to build a high tech materials manufacturing plant also in Bin Duong. The company has filed other proposals to build plants in Vietnam to make chemical fibers and industrial fabrics for automotive tires. Click here to read the article. Posted September 1, 2016

Geosynthetics Website Adds Spanish Version. The geosynthetics news website Geosynthetica has launched Geosynthetiica Latin America. The new portal delivers Spanish-language articles for Mexico and South and Central America-based readers. Click here to visit the new website. Posted September 1, 2016

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Coleman Escalates FTZ Dispute with the Textile Industry. In a letter to Mr. Gene Dodaro, Controller General of the US General Accountability Office, five US senators and one congressman have requested the GAO to investigate how the Foreign-Trade Zones Board evaluates applications, ensuring a fair and transparent manner, as required by law. In conducting an examination.

 

In an August 22 letter, the Congressional leaders ask that Mr. Dodaro assess the process for reviewing applications that involve the import of textile products for use in a manufacturing process. Further, they asked the GAO to assess the FTZ Board's procedures for determining whether an application meets the tests for "threshold factors" and "economic factors" described in the Foreign-Trade Zones Act's implementing regulations.

 

While the letter does not specifically state the Coleman situation, all of the senators and congressman are from states with Coleman operations in the Midwest. A ruling was expected in August on the Coleman request for additional Production Authority allowing them to bring in textiles at a lower duty rate. [See the complete BeaverLake6 Report editorial for background information by clicking here.]

 

This call for a GAO investigation may delay the decison on Coleman's request for additional Production Authority for up to a year. Our thanks to industry trade expert David Trumbull for alerting us to this letter and his excellent coverage on his Textiles and Trade website which has more details. Posted September 29, 2016

Jon Klein's Outlook

Sports Footwear

The global sports footwear market is witnessing positive growth, mainly driven by the consumer demand for customized performance and comfort in sports footwear. Read the latest column about the research and trends by Jon Klein, Business Development Leader at PrimaLoft® Aerogel insulation. Click here.

 

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Wendy Wen on the China Technical Textile Market and the Cinte Techtextil China Show

Wendy Wen

What is the outlook for technical textiles in China and the region? Cinte Techtextil China is Asia’s leading biennial trade fair for the technical textiles industry and it's taking place in October. BeaverLake6 Report’s publisher Steve Warner has an exclusive interview with Wendy Wen, Senior General Manager of Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd., the organizer of the trade fair. Click here to read the interview.

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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Fiber Composite Growth (2016-2020), Part 2

BeaverLake6 Report is pleased to present "Fiber Composites Growth, Part 2", a new contribution from our partnership with China Textile magazine. The authors are China Textile's Zhao Hong, Editor-in-Chief, and Flora Zhao, the Director of the Editorial Department. Mr. Zhao is also the Director of International Trade Office of the China National Textile and Apparel Council, (CNTAC) and Vice President of the China Knitting Industry Association (CKIA). In Part 2, the focus of the article is on international trade and the development of fiber-reinforced composites. Click here to read. Posted July 12, 2016

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. 

 

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June 27, 2016

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

One essential document BeaverLake6 Report recommends if you are going to be exporting your products is the 2016 Technical Textiles Top Markets Report, produced by the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration (ITA).

 

The 59-page 2016 edition is now available online and forecasts global demand for U.S. technical textile products to increase 4% annually through 2017, from $8.6bn in 2015 to $9.3bn in 2017. Innovation and new technology coupled with trade relationships developed under existing and future free trade agreements will drive this increase in demand.

 

Top Markets Report examines historical data from 2008 through 2015 plus forecasts demand for 2016 and 2017, and ranks 70 markets for overall technical textile exports. This study of the U.S. technical textiles market is intended to provide an analysis of the competitive landscape, including developing trends and key regions where U.S. producers could find new and continued opportunities for their products.

 

Click here to go to the website to view the report. Posted May 25, 2016

Fiber Composites Growth (2016-2020)

We are pleased to present a new contribution in the China Textile section of the website. This article starts a multi-part series Fiber Composites Growth  (2016-2020). The authors are Zhao Hong, Editor-in-Chief, and Flora Zhao, the Director of the Editorial Department of China Textile magazine. In addition to his role at China Textile, Mr. Zhao is also the Director of International Trade Office of the China National Textile and Apparel Council, a national confederation of all textile-related industries, and the Vice President of the China Knitting Industry Association. Click here to read the article. Posted May 16, 2016

 

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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.

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement is a Dead Deal

OK, I am going to say what the National Council of Textile Organizations is reluctant to concede: There is not a chance in the world for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement to pass in the US Congress next year. It is a dead deal. There is still a lot of wasted energy in justifying support for a trade agreement that is going nowhere. Click here to read the rest.

 

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Posted March 24, 2016

In My Opinion

Warner's Eleven Things That Mattered for Our Industry in 2015

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

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Posted January 17, 2016

In Pursuit of Clarity

Read the latest thoughts on our industry from small business owner Bud Weisbart, IFM, MFC., Mr. Weisbart is vice president of AR Tech, Fontana, Calif., USA. HIs company is a manufacturer of a variety of products to the shade, architectural and aerospace industries. In his new contribution, he continues his conversation about the makeup of people in our industry. Click here to read. Posted January 25, 2016

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

JEC Event Pages Now Available

We are pleased to now offer a special Sponsored page for the JEC Group. JEC is the largest composites industry organization in the world with a network of 250,000 professionals. JEC represents, promotes and expands composites markets by providing global or local networking and information services

 

With their new Sponsored page on BeaverLake6 Report, JEC will be featuring their three major events -- JEC Asia 2016, JEC World 2016 and JEC Americas 2016. Click here to go immediately to the JEC home page. Make sure to come back often to these pages for the most up-to-date information on the events.

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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Posted August 4, 2015

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