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Outdoor Retailer Shows to Leave Salt Lake City Location

In a stunning announcement the organizer of the Outdoor Retailer shows released a statement on February 16 saying that the events will be leaving Salt Lake City, Utah, USA "as soon as possible" because of differing opinion with the state government on the use of public lands. The shows are contractually committed to Salt Lake City through Summer 2018. Emerald Expositions, the show owner, said there were 4 issues they wanted resolved with state officials including the end of legal efforts by the state that would facilitate the sale or transfer of federal lands to the state. The show, which has close ties with the Outdoor Retailer Association, is historically held twice a year -- Winter and Summer editions -- although in 2018 there were 3 scheduled as the organzier was realligning the times of the show during the year. The combined attendance is around 40,000 visitors a year. Click here to read an article on The Salt Lake City Tribune website. Posted February 17, 2017

Front Page News

Texprocess Americas Wins Award Two Editions in a Row. You can always tell when a trade show hits the sweet spot in success with its targeted audience. Trade Show Executive magazine has again recognized Texprocess Americas as one of the 5o fastest growing exhibitions in the US, naming it in 2 categories as one of its "Fastest 50" shows. The textile equipment and processes show was named in the catergories of net square feet of paid exhibit space and the number of attendees. Texprocess also was named in these same categories in the 2014. The biennial show is co-produced by Messe Frankfurt North America and Sewn Products Equipment Suppliers of the Americas (SPESA). Texprocess Americas 2018 will be taking place in Atlanta, Ga., USA, May 22-24, 2018. Click here to read a press release on the 2016 awards. Posted February 15, 2017

IGS North America Photo Contest Deadline Approaches. Do you have a customer with a unique geosynthetics project underway? The North America chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society is organizing a photo contest to demonstrate geosynthetics in action. The contest First, Second and Third-place winners will be announced at the chapter's General Assembly on March 14, 2017, during the Geotechnical Frontiers 2017. Click here for more information on the contest. Deadline for submissions is February 20, 2017. Posted February 15, 2017

Rebuffed in Entering US Car Market Chinese Companies Are Now After Auto Parts Makers. The automotive industry is one of the largest end-product markets for technical textiles. There is an interesting article posted on Crain's Detroit Business website that examines the recent Chinese purchases of automotive parts companies including those making airbags and fabric interiors and investment in a new tire plant in LaGrange, Ga., USA. One of the drivers for the spat of investments in the US marketplace is that the Chinese domestice automotive industry is slowing, down from 14% growth to an expected 5% this year. Click here to read the article. Posted February 15, 2017

Photograph: Erik Hagman/Better Shelter

IKEA's Better Shelter Wins Design Award. The Design Museum of London has awarded its prestigious Baezley Design of the Year award for 2016 to the IKEA Foundation's "Better Shelter." More than 30,000 of these uniquely designed flat-packed refugee shelters have been delivered around the world. It is 17.5 square meters of living space and comes in two flat boxes for easy shipment.  Click here for more information. Posted February 14, 2017

USDA Seeks Contractor to Provide Tents. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region (Region 5 - California), released on February 8 a request for quotes (RFQ) for tents for use during local, regional, and nationwide fire suppression and all-hazard incidents. The contract size is $7.5 million. Response are due by no later than 4:00 pm PST on February 16, 2017. Click here to read more. Posted February 13, 2017

David King

Lest We Forget: David King. We are sad to note the passing of David King, one of the co-owners of C.E. King and Sons, an awning and marine canvas company located in Springs, East Hampton, New York, USA. Mr. King died February 11. He was a former president of the North East Canvas Products Association and active in the regional technical textile industry. Mr. King was also a former chief and longtime member of the Springs Fire Department. Posted February 13, 2017

US Department of Commerce Releases December Export Figures. The 2016 calendar year finished pretty much as the trend has been all year long with a 3.52% decline of US exports in the Specialty and Industrial Fabrics group in the year ending December 2016 compared to December 2015. Since Mexico receives just over 50% of US textile exports, we can probably expect the trend continuing in 2017 with the Trump administration's hard-line trade approach to the country. Below are the numbers (in thousand dollars) for the World and the top 5 countries receiving exports. Click here to see the entire report. Posted February 9, 2017




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World 4,194,487 4,046,921 -3.52


JEC Event to Feature Noted Architect as Keynote Speaker. The JEC Group, has announced Architect Mark Goulthorpe, an associate professor at the MIT Department of Architecture, as the keynote speaker for its The Future of Composites in Construction. The event (formerly JEC Americas) will take place June 20-22, 2017, in Chicago, Ill., USA. It is being co-located with the Techtextil North America 2017 show also taking place at that time and location. Click here for more information. Posted February 9, 2017

Foundation Announces 2017 Scholarships.  The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF), a non-profit educational foundation managed by the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), has announced the availability of 4 $5,000 student scholarships for 2017. Applicants must be enrolled in a college or university, under one of the following programs of study: Chemical Engineering/Material Science, Textile Sciences and Engineering, Fiber Science, Civil Engineering (with geosynthetic interest), or any textile engineering related program. Deadline for submission is June 10, 2017. Click here for more information. Posted February 9, 2017

US Department of Commerce Hosting USA Pavilions at Techtextil 2017 and Adriatic Sea 2017. If you are a US manufacturer looking at a low-cost entry into promoting your products or services at international shows, you should consider a booth or providing sample books displayed inside a USA-sponsored pavilion. In the upcoming months, OTEXA (the Office of Textile and Apparel in the US Department of Commerce) will have pavilions at the Adriatic Sea 2017 Defense & Aerospace Exhibition & Conference that is being held April 26-28, 2017 in Split, Croatia, and the Techtextil 2017 International Trade Show for Technical Textiles and Nonwovens that is being held May 9-12, 2017 in Frankfurt, Germany. Click here to go to a special page BeaverLake6 Report has set up to find further information about participating in either of these shows. Posted February 8, 2017

AATCC Test Methods Available as Online Subscription. AATCC test methods, including all new and revised method published in 2016, can now be accessed as an online subscription through ASTM’s Compass database. The “AATCC Collection” is comprised of 123 test methods, 11 procedures, and nine monographs. Click here to find out more.  Posted February 8, 2017

High-Tech Sails Available for Everyday Racers. The website Sailing World has a neat article posted about the top-end sailcloth development evolution made by North Sails that is now making its way "into the hands of sailing's rank and file." The article explains how North's new 3Di Race sail is making the current widely used 3DL sail obsolete for the racer. According to the article, the 3DL fabric sets blends of carbon, aramids, and Dyneema or Spectra, in a 3-layers of scrim, yarn and Mylar film. The 3Di eliminates the need of the film. The race tape is strictly Dyneema and aramids, making it less expensive and easier to trim. The finished sail is more in line with a rigid airfoil wind. Click here to read the article. Posted February 8, 2017

Key Safety Systems Reportedly Chosen as Favored Buyer. There has been no official announcement yet but the Automotive News website has posted a report that according to the Reuters news agency, "Key Safety Systems Inc. has been selected as the favored buyer for embattled Japanese airbag supplier Takata Corp." In the last few days, Takata has also quietly separated from 3 key executives involved in its North America operations -- North America President Kevin Kennedy, Executive Vice President Robert Fisher and the company's general counsel. Autoliv was the other company being considered for taking over Takata. The acquisition could make Key Safety the largest airbag manufacturer in the world. Click here to read the Automotive News report. Posted February 4, 2017 

Photo Source: Sioen

Sioen Plant Wins Factory of the Future Award. Veranneman Technical Textiles, one of the companies of the Sioen Industries group, has won the Factory of the Future Award given out by the Belgium-based Agoria organization, an association comprised of more than 1,700 companies dedicated to advancing factory technology. Participating companies were audited in 7 areas of work by specialists in those areas. Veranneman produces coated fabric scrims used for applications in roof and pool reinforcement, nonwoven filters, and automotive products. Click here to read the Sioen press release. Posted February 4, 2017

Julie Bui

Serge Ferrari North America Appoints New Regional Sales Manager. Serge Ferrari North America, a manufacturer of flexible composite membranes,  has announced Julie Bui is the new Regional Sales Manager for South Central United States. Ms. Bui handle sales and service of Serge Ferrari products in the states of Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Illinois. She will report to Steve Fredrickson, Serge Ferrari North America’s National Sales Manager. Posted February 1, 2017

Final Program Announced for Latin American Nonnwoven Conference. The final program has been announced for Outlook Plus Latin America 2017. The two global nonwoven trade associations, EDANA and INDA, are co-organizing the event that is taking place in Sao Paulo, Brazil, March 7-9. The program will examine the latest Latin American developments in the nonwoven personal care, absorbent hygiene and nonwoven medical products industry. The event will include a tabletop display exhibition. Click here to go to the INDA website to read the entire press release and see the speakers and topic lists. Posted February 1, 2017

Kitty Dickerson, Ph.D.

Lest We Forget: Pioneer in Textile Education Passes. University of Missouri Professor Emerita Kitty Dickerson, Ph.D., passed away on January 17. Dr. Dickerson taught at UM for more than two decades, retiring as the chair of the Department of Textile and Apparel Management. Her specialization areas included textiles, apparel and retailing industries with a particular emphasis on global trade and sourcing issues. During her active career, she was a consultant for international policymakers on global textile and apparel trade. She received many awards and honors such as the 2006 Distinguished Scholar Award from the International Textile and Apparel Association. and was named a "Top 10" leader by industry magazine Textile World. Click here for more about her career. Posted January 29, 2017 

SHOT Show Attracts 2nd Most Attendance. More than 65,500 visitors attended the 2017 SHOT (Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor) Show, held January 17-20, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nev., USA. The show has become one of the premier trade shows for fabricators displaying outdoor hunting and shooting-related gear using technical textiles. The 2018 show will be held January 23-26, 2018, again in Las Vegas. Click here for more information. Posted January 25, 2017

First World Cup Win for Skier Wearing Airbag. In 2015, Austrian professional skier Matthias Mayer survived a nasty fall when his wearable airbag inflated. Yesterday Mr. Mayer became the first skier to win a World Cup while wearing an airbag system. The airbag was developed and manufactured by Dainese, an Italian fabricator of safety apparel for sports including skiing, motorcycles, and automotive. Click here to read the article posted on In the Snow's website. Posted January 25, 2017 

South African Firm Thriving Despite Chinese Imports Flooding the Market. I've talked about Gelvenor before and they are in the news again. This time there is a a short feature article posted on the CNNMoney website about the South African textile manufacturer. Similar to what happened in the US when the Chinese swamped the domestic textile market in the 90s, South Africa faced the same situation with the textile industry employment plummeting from 200,000 in 2001 to 80,000 today. Gelvenor survived by focusing on technical fabrics; specifically, aeronautical fabrics, ballistic textiles and fire resistant materials. Click here to read the CNNMoney article. Posted January 25, 2017 

Outdoor Retailer Holding 3 Shows in 2018. Responding to a changing global industry, the organizer of the huge biennial Outdoor Retailer (OR) shows is shifting the timing of the Winter Market show from its usual January timing. The shift starts in 2018 with the OR Winter Market show January 9-11, the Summer Market show June 11-14, and then the new Winter market show November 12-15. The just-completed 2017 OR Winter Market attracted an estimated 20,000 visitors. Posted January 23, 2017

Poster Program Now Accepting Applications for Techtextil North America. The 2017 edition of Techtextil North America is now accepting abstracts for the Graduate Student Poster Program that is being held at the show in Chicago, Ill., USA, June 20-22, 2017. Graduate students have a chance to show off the fruits of their research directly to individuals who would be impacted most. Abstract deadline is March 15, 2017. Click here to apply for participation. Posted January 23, 2017

JEC Innovation Awards Winners Announced. The JEC Group, the global composite organization, has announced the winners of the JEC Innovation Awards Winners in advance of JEC World 2017, being held March 14-16 in Paris.

These winners will be honored on Wednesday, March 15, at the show:

AERONAUTICS – IHI Corporation (Japan)

Innovative composite fan system for aero-engines

AUTOMOTIVE, STRUCTURAL – Forward Engineering GmbH (Germany)


AUTOMOTIVE, EXTERIOR – LG Hausys (South Korea)

One-piece roof rack

CONSTRUCTION – ACCIONA Construcción SA (Spain)

Innovative composite panels, an alternative to steel and concrete for high-speed railway tunnel construction

PROCESS – IRT M2P (France)

Fast RTM

MANUFACTURING – Voith Composites GmbH & Co. KG (Germany)

Voith Roving Applicator

SUSTAINABILITY – Faurecia (France)

NAFILite™ microcellular foamed material

MARINE – VABO Composites (the Netherlands)

“Plug-and-play” composite ship door

3D PRINTING – +LAB - Politecnico di Milano University (Italy)

Smart manufacturing of continuous-fibre composites: Atropos

SOFTWARE – e-Xstream (Luxembourg)

Digimat AM

SPORTS – Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden e.V. (IPF) (Germany)

Recurve bow riser

RAW MATERIALS – Covestro Deutschland AG (Germany)

Desmocomp® – a novel solution for composites

BETTER LIVING – Brødrene AA (Norway)

Vision of the Fjords, Ship of the Year 2016 in Norway

 Posted January 18, 2017

Czech Army Withdraws Ballistic Vest Contract. As we reported November 7, the Czech military has had an on-going dispute with Ceska zbrojovka, its contracted supplier of ballistic vests for failure to deliver as promised. As no progress was achieved in the dispute, the Czech Defence Ministry has now withdrawn the contract and has contracted with Argun s.r.o., another ballistic vest supplier located in the Czech Republic. The contract is for 5,500 vests for the army and the military police. Click here to read an article about this on the Prague Daily Monitor website. Posted January 17, 2017

Trelleborg Launches Fabricator Program with Six Other Companies. Swedish coated fabric producer Trelleborg has launched the Trelleborg Master Fabricator Program in the U.S. in collaboration with six industry-leading fabricators serving the general industry and the aerospace market. The Master Fabricator Program is a collaboration between Trelleborg Engineered Coated Fabrics and American Rubber Products, Floats & Fuel Cells Inc., Freudenberg NOK Sealing Technologies, Gasket Engineering Company, Mueller Die Cut Solutions Inc. and Sealing Devices Inc. Steve Brockman, Sales & Business Development Director for Trelleborg’s engineered coated fabrics in the US, explained: “The mission of the Master Fabricator Program is to collectively add more value to the supply chain. Trelleborg and their key fabrication partners will leverage their strengths and close collaboration to gain deeper end user insights." Click here to read the company's press release. Posted January 17, 2017

US Military Selects Winners of the National Challenge to Redesign Chembio Warfighter Suits. The Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense has awarded 12 prizes to winners of its Proof Challenge – a "chembio" suit design challenge that called on the public to submit designs and ideas for a new suit.  Finalists came from a variety of fields that ranged from students to engineers. A total of $250,000 was awarded to 12 participants/teams. The 3 winning projects and teams were:


Increase Dexterity & Tactility ChemBio Suit

Shana Kaplan, Madeline Haas, Itohan Asemota, Nicole Raab, Angela Villanueva, and Jess Roberts


JSLIST Rapid Cooling System (RCS) & Integrated Cooling Ensemble

Steven Link, Barret Schlegelmilch, Jonathan Lovett, Eric Hinterman, and Phillip Ebben


SPIDER© Suit Grey Matter

Thomas Luginbill, Brandy Johnson, Aaron Brauner, Steve Winters, and Steve Luginbill


Click here to read more and find out the names of semi-finalists. Posted January 17, 2017

Takata Criminal Payment Settlement has to Wait Until Company is Sold.  As reported last week, The Tokyo-based airbag maker Takata Corp has settled with the US Justice Department on a criminal complaint for hiding the deadly risks of its airbag system. It received a $1 billion fine. The settlement was hurried in part because the Justice Department was seeking to settle many of its major cases before the end of the Obama administration when many of the key prosecutors were leaving. Another critical element is that the restitution doesn't have to be paid by Takata until the company is sold. Why? According to some news outlets, Takata simply doesn't have the cash to pay right now with only $692 million in market capitalization. The two company bidders favored by Takata are Autoliv and Key Safety Systems because of their technical knowledge of airbag manufacturing. Click here to read an article posted on the Bangkok Post website. Posted January 17, 2017

Registration Open for EXPO HIGHTEX. Registration is now open for those planning to attend EXPO HIGHTEX 2017, the Canadian technical textile conference and exhibition. The event, taking place April 4-5, 2017 in Montreal, Que., will explore the impact of new textile technologies on the climate and how our various sectors of activity can create cutting-edge solutions to help in the fight against the greatest challenge facing the world today. Conference session topics include climate-proof technical clothing, the US/worldwide uniform markets and a panel discussion on international economic & trade development. Click here to visit the event's website. Posted January 26, 2016

Registration Opens for Asia Pacific Business Outlook Conference. As one who attended a few years ago, I must say APBO -- Asia Pacific Business Outlook -- is one of the best conferences I have ever attended to learn about export potential for US businesses. Organized by the US Department of Commerce and the USC Marshall School of Business, APBO features presentation after presentation of about 30 minutes in length by the Department orf Commerce's Senior Commercial Officer or other in-country experts. This year's speakers include Sarah Kemp, the long-time Senior Commercial Officer in China. The conference will be held March 27-28, 2017. Click here to visit the APBO 2017 website for the schedule and registration information. Posted January 13, 2017 

Settlement Reportedly Near with Takata. Bloomberg News is reporting troubled Japanese airbag manufacturer Takata Corp and the U.S. Justice Department may announce a settlement as soon as Friday (January 13) over airbags blamed for deadly accidental deployments. The fine is reported to be about $1 billion and there are possible criminal charges facing Takata executives. Besides the federal settlement, it is estimated the airbag recalls will end up costing the company $8.8 billion. The Justice Department settlement will now allow Takata to move forward in negotiations with potential company buyers. Click here to read Bloomberg's article. Posted January 12, 2017

Klaus Huneke

New EURATEX President Begins Term. EURATEX, the European Apparel and Textile Confederation, welcomed Klaus Huneke as its President, taking the office in January 2017 for a two-year term. Mr. Huneke has an extensive international experience in the textile industry. He worked for more than 20 years at Heimbach GmbH & Company AG, a large technical textiles producer in Germany, eventually serving as CEO until has retirement at the end of 2013. In this EURATEX position, Mr. Huneke succeeds Sege Piolat. Click here to read the organization's press release. Posted Janaury 12, 2017 

Steve Toth

J. Ennis Appoints New US Regional Director. Canadian-based technical textile distributor J. Ennis Fabrics has announced the appointment of Steve Toth as its new US regional manager. Mr. Toth has more than 30 years of industry experience, starting with The Astrup Company and then moving to Trivantage, the distribution subsidiary of technical textile manufacturer Glen Raven. Posted January 10, 2017

Hanes Geo Components Acquires Canadian Geosynthetics Manufacturer. Hanes Geo Components of Winston Salem, N.C., USA, has announced it has reach an agreement to acquire Terrafix Geosynthetics, Inc., of Toronto, Ont., Canada. Terrafix, established in 1979, is a manufacturer, distributor and installer of geosynthetic materials, including wovens, nonwovens and grids. It will continue to operate as Terrafix. David Fuerth, formerly Terrafix's vice president, has been named president of the company. Hanes Geo Components is a distributor of geotextile and erosion control products. It is a business segment of Hanes Companies, a wholly owned subsidiary of Leggett & Platt. Click here to read Hanes Geo Components press release. Posted January 9, 2017

US Army Exoskeleton Suit to be Introduced in 2017. There is an interesting short article on the Wire website regarding the US Army's plan to introduce exoskeleton and exosuits in the coming years for its elite combat soldiers. The US Department of Defense will launch the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (Talos) this year. Meanwhile, at Harvard University's Wyss Institute, other researchers are designing a more flexible fabric exosuit, sacrificing some of the exoskeleton's protective armor for more power to propel the wearer forward while using less energy. Click here to read the article. Posted January 9, 2017

AATCC Opens Office in Hong Kong. AATCC, the Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals, has announced the opening of an AATCC Global Membership Office in Hong Kong, China. The new Hong Kong office joins other AATCC Global Membership offices in Bangladesh, Peru, South Korea, and Hangzhou, China. AATCC is headquartered in Research Triangle Park, N.C., USA. The Hong Kong office will be headed by Calvin YM Lam. Mr. Lam is also the Business Development Director of Global Softlines for Intertek. Click here to read the AATCC press release. Posted January 9, 2017

ASCE Creates New Guidelines for Tensile Membrane Structures. Shelter-Rite, a division of coated fabric producer Seaman Corporation, has posted an article on its website by Sue Uhler, the company's IFD Technical Marketing Manager, on the just-published revised guidelines created by the Tension Membrane Committee of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) for designing tensioned fabric structures. The guidelines, ASCE 55-16, considers updated material, revising descriptions and terminology used in the industry, and defining which standards make sense for each material. Click here to go to the Shelter-Rite blog page to read more. Posted January 9, 2017

Nonwovens Association Adds New Position to Attract College Recruits for Industry. INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, announced that it is expanding its staff with the addition of a new Assistant Director of Career Services. The added new position will increase the organization to 21 full-time staff and enhance it's members' existing college recruiting efforts to the nonwovens industry. The association is responding to the recent resurgence of the nonwovens manufacturing in the US and the corresponding need to have more skilled professionals. INDA is based in Carey, N.C., USA, and serves a world-wide membership. Click here to read the organization's press release. Posted January 8, 2017

Event Tent Supplier Recognized. There was a nice company profile on Mahaffey Tent & Event Rentals recently on the Memphis Daily News website. The company, located in Memphis, Tenn., USA, was started in 1924, and has become one of the largest regional event tent manufacturer, renter and installer in the US. Check out the article by clicking here. Posted January 8, 2017

Historic Awning Sells for Big Bucks at Auction. Well, if you are a regular reader of BeaverLake6 Report, you might recall that almost a year ago (January 28), I was posting about what might have happened to the famous CBGB Awning that hung above Manhattan's legendary punk club. Turns out, one of the 3 known awnings had been rescued from a garbage bin by a manager in 2004. He kept it for more than a decade under his bed until last year when he heard people were looking for it. Pretty nice intuition to keep it for all those years. It just sold at the auction house Sotheby's for $30,000. Click here to read a quick story about it. Posted January 6, 2017

US Department of Commerce Releases November Export Figures. It's pretty much a steady monthly trend report: US exports in the Specialty and Industrial Fabrics group continued their decline through November according to the latest figures released today by the US Department of Commerce. The overall World market for the group showed a 3.96% decline in comparing 12-month year-end for November 2015 and 2016. Below are the numbers for the World and the top 5 countries receiving exports. Click here to see the entire report. Posted January 6, 2017




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World 4,204,823 4,038,413 -3.96


German Spunbond Maker for Automotive Industry to Open Factory in Serbia. According to Textiles Eastern Europe, the German spunbond fabric producer Hydroweb GmbH plans to build a $62 million factory in Jagodina, Serbia. Construction is due to start no later than March. Hydroweb produces spunbonded fabric for the medical, construction and automotive industries. Part of the production for the Serbia plant is intended for the Italian car cover manufacturer Confezioni Andrea Serbia. The rest is for exporting to China and Russia. Click here to obtain more information about Textiles Eastern Europe. Posted January 6, 2017

Source: Toyobo

Toyobo to Double Airbag Fabrics Output Capacity. Per a press release by Toyobo Co., Ltd., and a follow up report on the Asia Nikkei website, Toyobo will be investing more than $85.7 million and double production capacity for air bag fabrics over the new four years. As the first step, the Japan-based Toyobo will separate the fabric production plant for airbags from the existing fabric plant in Thailand and establish a manufacturing JV company Toyobo Saha Safety Weave Co., Ltd. with Thailand-based Saha Group. It will also be building a manufacturing facility by 2020 in Germany, and add production equipment to its facilities in Japan, USA, Europe, China and Thailand to fulfill plans to double worldwide production by 2020. Click here to read the Asia Nikkei website article. Posted December 29, 2016

Illustration credit: NASA

NASA Testing Tiny Parachutes to Bring Back Satellites and Payloads. The National Aeronautics Space Agency (NASA) will be using a new technology called "Exo-Brake" to allow for accurate guided landings of small payloads returning to Earth from the International Space Station (ISS) as well as orbiting satellites. An Exo-Brake is a "tension-based, flexible braking device resembling a cross-parachute that deploys from the rear of a satellite to increase the drag." A test nano-satellite will be deployed from the ISS in early 2017Click here to read more. Posted December 21, 2016

Top 5 Flame-Resistant Clothing Trends for 2017. The website EHS Today (environmental health and safety) has posted the top 5 flame-resistant trends the editors see for 2017. The trends are 1) greater comfort; 2) multiple functionalities; 3) women's workwear; 4) higher quality; and, 5) modern styles. No earth-shattering revelations amongst these trends but nice to confirm what we have been seeing these past few years in protective clothing. Click here to view the pictures posted that accompany the trends. Posted December 21, 2016

IFAI Expo 2017 Issues Call for Presentations. Are you interested in more than attending the IFAI Expo 2017 in New Orleans, La., USA? The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), organizer of the event, is looking for presentation topic ideas and interested speakers. IFAI Expo 2017 will be held September 26-29, 2017. Topics include advanced textiles, shade & weather protection, business, and specialty fabrics. IFAI is also looking for facility tour hosts in the region. Click here to find out more. Submissions are due February 5. Posted December 21, 2016

Fishermen's Union Supports Mandatory Personal Floatation Devices. The union representing commercial fishermen in the western Canada, is supporting a call to make personal floatation devices (PFDs) mandatory on commercial fishing vessels. The call came following a report released yesterday by the Canadian Transportation Safety Board that found 70% of fishing fatalities in British Columbia occur when workers are not wearing PFDs. Click here to read the article posted on the CVC News website. Posted December 21, 2016

Russian Technical Textiles Market Attracts Private Investments. The website Innovations in Textiles has posted an excellent article reporting on how the Russian technical textiles industry is attracting investments. The current Russian technical textiles market is estimate $450 million. Click here to go to the website and read the article. Posted December 21, 2016

Sioen Continues Acquisition Spree, Purchasing Finnish Ballistic Protection Manufacturer. Shortly after announcing its acquisition of the Finnish drysuit maker Ursuite Oy group (see our December 7 post), Sioen Industries has now announced it has acquired Verseidag Ballistic Protection OY, another Finland-based company. It is a manufacturer of ballistic protective products, including a full range of vests, EOD suites and shields. Verseidag Ballistic Protection was a part of the Jagenberg Group. For 2017, Verseidag Ballistic Protection is forecasting an EBITDA of approximately $2.46 million. Click here to read the Sioen company press release on the acquisition. Posted December 21, 2016

Engineered Netting Company Purchased. SWM, a provider of engineered solutions and advanced materials, announced December 14 that it has agreed to buy Conwed Plastics, a maker of thermoplastic nets, nonwovens, laminates and extruded components. The purchased is intended to fuel the expansion of SWM’s Advanced Materials and Structures growth platform. It adds complimentary company assets to a similar SWM purchase in 2013 of DelStar, another thermal knit fabric company. Conwed is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., USA, has as 5 manufacturing locations. Its products go into filtration applications, erosion and sediment control for highway infrastructure, and oil and gas site development, as well as carpet and turf backings used in residential construction. SWM and its subsidiaries in over 90 countries. The announced purchased price is $295 million. Click here for more information. Posted December 20, 2016

Composites Conference Issues Last Call for Abstracts. The JEC Group, the oganizer of The Future of Composites in Construction (Formerly JEC Americas) is issuing a last call for conference abstracts. In rebranding the event, JEC is focusing on end-users of composites in the construction industry.Click here for more information about submitting an abstract. Posted December 20, 2016

New INDA Report Forecasts Excellent Global Growth for Wipes Industry. A new report published by INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, forecasts excellent growth in the global and regional nonwovens wipes markets through the next four years. According to the Global Nonwoven Wipes Industry Outlook, 2016, the wipes market is one of the fastest growing and most-dynamic nonwoven sectors. The in-depth report provides a view of the production data for nonwoven wipes for each major region of the world including. In addition, the report provides a regional view across 31 nonwoven wipes segments within North America and six segments within the South American region. Click here to view the market report press release. Posted December 17, 2016

Sioen production sewing opens in Myanmar

Sioen Protective Clothing Plant in Myanmar Up and Running. The brand new factory of Sioen in Myanmar making protective clothing is open. The factory began operations in June 2016 and will reach full capacity by the end of 2017. The Sioen Industries Group is expected to invest $2.29 million in the factory, operated under the subsidiary Sioen Myanmar Ltd. Posted December 17, 2016

Techtextil North America's Registration Opens. It's never too early to plan ahead for the "must attend" events you'll be at in 2017. Registration for the 14th edition of Techtextil North America (TTNA) has begun. The show will be held June 20-22, 2017 in Chicago, Ill., USA. The Future of Composites in Construction, powered by JEC Group (previously JEC Americas) is once again co-located with TTNA. Early registration can result in significant savings on visitor fees for both the conference sessions and the trade show. One of the new programs at TTNA is called Tech Talks, hosted by The Nonwoven Institute, which will take place on the exhibition show floor each day on topics such as geosynthetics and filtration. Click here to read the press release by TTNA. Posted December 12, 2016

Plenary Speakers Announced for Geosynthetics Event. The Organizing Committee for Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 has announced the 5 plenary speakers for the conference taking place March 12-15, 2017, in Orlando, Fla., USA. The speakers are: Mercer Lecture -- Jorge Zornberg, the University of Texas; H. Bolton Seed Lecture -- D. Vaughan Griffiths, Colorado School of Mines; Ralph B. Peck Medal Lecture -- Ning Lu, Colorado School of Mines; Robert M. Koerner Award and Lecture -- George Koerner, Geosynthetics Institute; and, Karl Terzaghi Lecture -- R. Kerry Rowe, GeoEngineering Centre at Queens's - RMC. Click here for more event information. Posted December 12, 2016

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 October 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




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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

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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

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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

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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 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, 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




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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




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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 website about the tests conducted. Posted October 6, 2016 

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What's Going on in Nonwovens?

Dave Rousse, INDA

BeaverLake6 Report is very pleased to continue its series of reports on specific market segments within the technical textiles industry with a special "state-of-the-industry" look at the nonwovens industry. The report is authored by Dave Rousse, president of INDA, the international nonwovens association. Mr. Rousse looks at market drivers and new emerging markets.  Click here to read the article.

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

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





New FR Cellulose Fiber Developed in China


China accounts for more than half of the world's fiber processing capacity but still is following hehind some other countries in many high-tech breakthroughs in the technical textile applications. This new article, presented exclusively for the BeaverLake6 Report website by China Textile magazine, offers a look at the new flame-resistant and anti-bacterial fiber developed by Beijing SOL Flame-Retardant Fiber Limited. Click here to read the article. Posted January 18, 2017

Steady Growth Prospects for Expanding Specialty Geosynthetics

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


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

Managing in Times of Political Uncertainy

Bud Weisbart

Small business owner and BeaverLake6 Report columnist Bud Weisbart writes about the business uncertainty which may come with the political uncertainty following the election of businessman Donald Trump as President of the United States. Click here to read his new column.

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

Sun Ruizhe

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

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.


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.


Steve Warner


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. 


Steve Warner, Publisher

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


Steve Warner, Publisher

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


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

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

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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.


Steve Warner


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


Posted January 17, 2016

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. 

Steve Warner


Posted August 4, 2015

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