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Brand management of the products and services are critical to the success of your company. BeaverLake6 Report is pleased to announce Rose McKinney, APR, as a new contributor, writing on reputation and brand importance.
Ms. McKinney is the founder of PineappleRM, a communications firm focused on reputation management. Prior to starting the agency, Ms. McKinney was the president of Risdall McKinney Public Relations and is a recipient of many local and national awards in the public relations/ reputation management field. One of her past projects was the launch of the highly successful Awnings Today consumer awareness campaign for the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association.
Ms. McKinney's first contribution for BeaverLake6 Report is a three-part series entitled "Brand-Reputation: From Foundation to Flourish." Click here to read her column.
First Indonesian Nonwoven Event Organized by Associations. Indonesia has a growing nonwovens and technical textiles sector. EDANA, the Brussels-based international association serving the nonwovens and related industries, is co-sponsoring along with the Asian Nonwoven Fabrics Association (ANFA) a one-day workshop to promote the development of nonwovens and technical textiles in Indonesia. The event will take place December 17 in Bandung, Indonesia. Click here for more information. Posted December 10, 2013
Webinar Discusses Use of Geosynthetics in Aquaculture. The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) is hosting a webinar on the applications of geosynthetics in agriculture and aquaculture. The event is being held 11:30 am - 1:00 pm (Eastern) on December 11. Dr. Robert Koerner, Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering at Drexel University and Director Emeritus of the Geosynthetic Institute is leading the webinar. Click here for more information, including registering. Posted December 10, 2013
South Koreans Turn to Indoor Tents to Save Costs. Indoor tenta are all the rage in South Korea this winter. Faced with rising heating costs and power blackouts because of a shutdown of 6 of the 23 nuclear reactors, consumers are turning to indoor tents to stay warm. The room temperature may be a chilly 19C but inside the tent it's 23C. How popular is the trend? One tent manufacturer claims to have sold 4 million tents in just a couple of weeks. Click here to read an article about this trend. Posted December 6, 2013
Military $15 Million Contract Awarded for Cargo Tie-Downs. Cottonwood Inc., Lawrence, Kan., USA, has been awarded a maximum $15,000,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-quantity contract for vehicle cargo tie downs by the US Defense Logistics Agency. This contract is a sole-source acquisition. Location of performance is Kansas with a Dec. 4, 2018 performance completion date. This is a two-year base contract with three one-year option periods. Using military services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and federal civilian agencies. Posted December 5, 2013
Honda Develops Airbag for Smartphones. Do you remember last year Jeff Bezos of Amazon applying for a patent on an airbag for the smartphone? Well, it appears Honda has actually beaten him to the marketplace with a working device. Follow the link below to see a whimsical documentary of the Honda smartphone airbag development process. While the video is in Japanese, you will get the gist of it regardless of the language. Well worth watching if you want your day brightened in thinking about the power of innovation and research. Click here to the article and the link to the video. Posted December 5, 2013
Geosynthetics Conference Receives More Than 500 Abstracts. It is reported by the geosynthetica.net website that the 10th International Conference on Geosynthetics (10ICG) has received more than 500 abstracts for paper presentations. The conference is being held September 21-25, 2014 in Berlin under the auspices of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) and hosted by IGS Germany. Accepted abstract authors can expect to be notified this month. Click here to go to the conference website. Posted December 5, 2013
Court Rules Military Supplier Did Not Infringe on Patents. Brookwood Companies, Inc., a leading integrated textile company, announced on December 4 that the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit summarily affirmed the Southern District of New York's ruling that Brookwood did not infringe certain patents belonging to Nextec Applications, Inc. Nextec was seeking a permanent injunction and millions of dollars in damages for the alleged willful infringement stemming from the use and manufacture of Brookwood's Agility and Exlipse Storm-Tec X-Treme fabrics, which constitute two levels of the U.S. Military's Generation III Extend Cold Weather Clothing System. Click here to read the Brookwood release. Posted December 5, 2013
Outdoor Retailer Extra Exposure for Exhibitors. If you are exhibiting at the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market (OR), you have an additional opportunity to promote your textile products through the show's Source & Design Center. OR is the largest show of its kind in North America. It's being held in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, January 21-25. Our good friend Kathy Swantko of FabricLink is again assisting in the organization of the Design Center which will showcase fabric swatches from exhibitors. Interested companies should contact Maria Sampedro for more information on the submission guidelines and where to send your fabric swatches. Posted December 5, 2013
Techtextil Middle East Symposium Announces Speakers. The first Techtextil Middle East Symposium will debut in Dubai in January, running concurrently with Intersec 2014, an international trade fair for safety and security. Intersec takes place January 19-21, 2014. The Techtextil Symposium will be held January 19-20 and divided into three sessions. The scheduled speakers include Michael Janecke, Messe Frankfurt; Steve Warner, BeaverLake6 Report; Stefan Schmidt, IVGT; Aldo Tempesti, TexClubTec; and, Nick Butler, Technical Textiles International. Click here to view all the symposium speakers and topics. Posted December 4, 2013
Ferrari Announces Hiring of Former IFAI Manager. Serge Ferrari North America, a manufacturer of technical textiles, has announced Beth Hungiville has been hired for the position of Design Specifications Manager. Her responsibilities include Batyline® outdoor furniture mesh, Stamskin® contract upholstery faux leather, and Soltis® contract solar protection textile membranes. Ms. Hungiville had been previously employed at Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), in charge of the association's Core Market segment (awnings, marine covers, tarps/truck covers and shelters) and was a member of the senior management team. Posted December 4, 2013
UN Places Order for 100,000 Tents at Trade Show in China. According to a statement released by the Ningbo Municipal Government (Zhejiang Province, China), a delegation from the United Nations led by the Procurement Officer of the Asia-Pacific region of the International Relief and Development Agency attended the recent 2nd China Outdoor Products Expo that took place in Ningbo and made an order of 100,000 tents. The tents are expected to be delivered by May 2014. Click here to view the press release. Posted December 4, 2013
Parachute Company to be Acquired. TransDigm Group Incorporated has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Airborne Systems Inc. for approximately $250 million from Metalmark Capital. Airborne Systems is the industry leading designer and manufacturer of personnel parachutes, cargo aerial delivery systems, emergency escape systems, naval decoys and other related products. The company's highly proprietary products have significant sole source positions with the governments of the United States, the United Kingdom and over 50 additional nations. The product offerings primarily include current generation troop parachutes, latest generation steerable parachutes for tight drop zone landings, and the ram-air, maneuverable parachute systems used for special operations. The company's precision-guided cargo parachutes are used for high altitude GPS-driven cargo drops. Click here to read the press release. Posted December 2, 2013
Undertand the Basics in FR Protective Apparel. There is a nice article on the Occupational Health & Safety website that gives an overview of flame resistant protective apparel. The article covers performance standards used in the industry. Recommended reading for a quick look of the issues. Click here to read the article. Posted December 2, 2013
No Airbags in Some Cars Made in Mexico. Now here's something we didn't realize. Two Nissan's rolling off the assembly line in Mexico and selling for the same price may look identical but the one destined for the US market has an airbag and the one to be sold in Mexico and the rest of Latin America does not have an airbag. It's crazy. Mexico's traffic accidents deaths increased by 58% since 2001 while US traffic-related deaths decreased by 40%. And, Mexico has now become the 4th largest exporter of automotives. Nissan isn't the only car company in Mexcio making two distinct models of the same car, depending upon its market destination. More stringent saftey requirements are coming in many Latin American countries, though, so look for the airbag demand to go up. Click here to read the article. Posted November 30, 2013
Aussies Donate 1,000 Tents. The Philippines news website inquirer.net is reporting the Australian government has donated 1,000 tents to the Philippines Department of Social Welfare and Development 7 to aid the survivors of typhoon Yolanda. Each tent is able to cover an area of 16 square meters and can accomodate a family of 8-10 members. Posted November 28, 2013
Avalanche Airbags Recalled. We've heard a lot about automotive airbag recalls but this is the first we have heard of an avalanche airbag being recalled. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued the recall on November 26 for the airbag made by Backcountry Access, Boulder, Colo., U.S.A. due to the trigger assembly that can fail resulting in the airbag not deploying. The airbags are used for skiing, snowmobiling, and mountain climbing to help keep the user above the surface if an avalanche occurs. Click here for more information from the CPSC. Posted November 27, 2013
New Method Developed to Test Parachutes. The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD) China Lake and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif., U.S.A. recently conducted the first demonstration of a new method of performing load tests on large parachutes. The new test is trying to simulate cargo being dropped in the thin atmosphere of Mars. The approach is to have a helicopter lift the parachute into the sky with a rope trailing down to a pulley on the ground. The rope goes through the pulley and attaches to a rocket sled. The parachute is released and inflated as it drops to the ground. Once the parachute is fully inflated, the rockets fire and the sled tows the parachute down towards the ground. Click here to read the full story in the NAWCWD press release. Posted November 27, 2013
Amendment Introduced to Remove Some of Federal Prison Industries' Preferences in Government Contracting. David Trumbull is reporting on his Agathon Associates website that "U.S. Senator Rand Paul has introduced an amendment to the Senate National Defense Authorization Act of 2014 which would remove current language mandating sourcing from Federal Prison Industries (FPI), bar FPI from contracts reserved for small businesses and require, in some cases that FPI's portion be reduced by the same percent as the overall reduction." The changes would be welcomed news for many small U.S. manufacturers who have long felt FPI holds a distinct discount advantage over them in competing for government contracts. Click here to go to Mr. Trumbull's website to read the amendment. Posted November 27, 2013
Fabric Structures Architect Opens FabricArchitect.com. Sam Armijos, AIA, a well-known industry architect and builder of fabrics structure, has formed a new company called FabricArchitect.com. Armijos is the former Vice President at FabriTec Structures, one of the largest structure designer, fabricator and installer in the world. His new company is located in Fairfield, N.J., USA, just outside of New York City. His company will be offering sales, marketing, design assistance and project coordination to clients worldwide. Congratulations and best wishes to Mr. Armijos, a tireless advocate for the fabric structures industry. Click here to visit his website. Posted November 26, 2013
Karl Mayer Acquires Majority Ownership of Competitor. Karl Mayer, the leading manufacturer of warp knitting machines for the technical textiles industry, has announced it has acquired the majority ownership of Liba Maschinenfabrik GmbH. Liba is also a manufacturer and distributor of warp knitting machines for the technical textiles industry. Click here to read the press release. Posted November 26, 2013
Hanes Geo Components Acquires Canadian Company. The Winston-Salem Journal (Winston-Salem, N.C., USA) is reporting Hanes Geo Components has qcquired A&R Geosynthetics Inc., a company based in Dundas, Ont., Canada. A&R Geosynthetics is a distributor of geosynthetic and erosion-control products. Hanes Geo is part of Hanes Company, a subsidiary of Leggett and Platt. Jerry Green, president of Hanes Companies, said the acquisition is a continuance of the company's strategy to develop a North American distribution network for geosynthetics and erosion-control products. Click here to read the article. Posted November 26, 2013
Gant to Retire As Glen Raven President/CEO. Glen Raven announced on November 22 that President and Chief Executive Office Allen E. Gant, Jr., will be stepping down after a succession transition period of four years. Current Glen Raven Custom Fabrics LLC president Lieb Oehmig has been selected as Mr. Gant's successor. During the transition period, Mr. Oehmig will assume the role of chief operating officer, eventually taking the positions of president and CEO of Glen Raven. Mr. Gant will remain chairman of the board after the transition. David Swers will become president of Glen Raven Custom Fabrics. Click here to read the article appearing in the Triad County The Business Journal. Reposted November 26, 2013
NECPA Helps Relief Efforts in the Philippines. Congratulations to the North East Canvas Products Association (NECPA), a US-based organization of custom fabric manufacturers and their suppliers. Members of NECPA have been recycling waste acrylic awning fabrics and making them into emergency shelter tarps. These tarps have been donated to the relief effort in helping the Philippines in the aftermath of the disastrous typhoon last month. Over 15,000 pounds of waste fabrics have been recycled or repurposed by NECPA members. A job well done! Posted November 25, 2013
Wearable Flexible Batteries. The fibre2fashion website has an interesting article today about South Korean scientists inventing wearable textile batteries. "The innovative product, which has been created with nickel and polyurethane as main components, is capable of storing energy and is completely flexible, and therefore it could be applied to any type of clothing, accessories or watchbands." Click here to visit the fibre2fashion website to read the article. Posted November 25, 2013
Ten Best Luxury Tents for Glamping Holidays. The travel section at the Melbourne, Australia Herald Sun has a fantastic collection of ten luxury tents available at exclusive resorts around the world. Great inspiration for people in our industry. Click here to read the articles and view the tents. Let us know if you made one of them or know who did. Posted November 23, 2013
Life Jacket Contract Awarded. The US Defense Logistics Agency announced today BAE Systems Aerospace, Phoenix, Ariz., USA has been awarded a maximum $11,093,991 modification exercising the first one-year option period on a one-year base contract with four one-year option periods for life preservers and component parts. Posted November 22, 2013
INDA Strengthens Relations in Asia-Pacific. In this global industry, it is critical for US-based trade associations to reach out to the world markets. INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabric Industry, has written a nice report of its activities this past year to enhance member access to new markets in Asia. The projects included being a sponsor of the Asia-Pacific Nonwovens Symposium held this past month in Shanghai, a presence at the Shanghai International Nonwovens Convention & Exposition (SINCE) and the co-organization of the China International Nonwovens Conference 2013 in Shaoxing, China. INDA has developed a strategic partnership with the China Nonwovens & Industrial Textiles Association and other organizations. Click here to read the press release. Posted November 22, 2013
AATCC Honors 50-Year Members. None of us would probably enjoy the success we have achieved today without the volunteer contributions in the trade associations and professional societies of those who work on our behalf to better the industy. Each year the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) pays a special tribute to the textile industry professionals who have been members of the Association for 50 years. This year the individuals are:
Henry D. DeWolf Jr., 79, of Palm City, FL, USA, former CEO of DeWolf Marketing Inc.
Ian Russell Hardin, 69, of Athens, GA, USA, professor and department head, and now professor emeritus, at University of Georgia.
Jack B. Joffe, 72, of Wyckoff, NJ, USA, former vice-president, Vivitone.
George MacDonald Mackie, 83, of Matthews, NC, USA, manager of international affairs at Crompton & Knowles until his retirement in 1993.
John Anthony Primiano, 83, of Danville, VA, USA, a research and development chemist and in technical sales for Rhône-Poulenc until he retired in 1997.
George F. Ruppenicker Jr., 85, of Slidell, LA, USA, a textile technologist at the Southern Regional Research Center (SRRC), ARS, USDA, retiring in 1993.
Jerry G. Tew, 73, of Durham, NC, USA, started AATCC’s textile testing laboratory after the Association’s move to Research Triangle Park, NC, USA, later becoming the Association’s Technical Director in 1986. Tew retired from AATCC in 2002.
Paul L. Weinle, 79, of Aiken, SC, USA, joined Collins & Aikman in 1985 and was named vice-president, research and development for the company’s corporate research operations, where he worked until his retirement in 1997.
If you know any of these remarkable people, give them a call or send an email and congratulate them. Posted November 22, 2013
Smart Fabrics Conference Set for San Francisco in April. Smithers Apex, the organizers of the past Smart Fabric conferences, has changed the name of the annual Smart Fabrics event to Smart Fabrics & Wearable Technology 2014. Conference Director Barbara Fowler says the name change was a reflection of how the industry is now moving beyond fabrics to other wearable "smart" products such as watches and eyeglasses. The event will take place April 23-25, 2014 in San Francisco, Calif., USA. Click here for more information. Posted November 22, 2013
Volvo Limits External Airbag to V40 Hatchback. Lex Kerssemaker, senior vice president of Volvo Cars product planning, told The Sydney Morning Herald there would not be further implementation of external airbags in any Volvo models beyond the V40 Hatchback. Further, he said Volvo was not even sure it would be continued in the V40. More focus will be on active safety detective systems that can brake the car automatically. Click here to read the article. Posted November 21, 2013
The Hosiery Association to Close. Another association is ceasing operations due to changes in the industry. Textile World's weekly online update is reporting The Hosiery Association (THA) has issued a letter to its membership announcing that its board had voted to dissolve the 108 year-old organization, effective December 31, 2013. Increased globalization of the hosiery business and a severe decline in membership led to this decision. THA revealed The American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) is forming a Legwear Committee and invited all current THA member companies to become AAFA members. Click here to read the entire letter sent by THA Chairman Rich Stober and President Sally Kay that was posted on the TW site. Posted November 20, 2013
Radiation Underwear for Fukushima Workers. Yamamoto, a Japanese swimsuit company, has unveiled underwear and drysuits designed for worker protection in the cleanup of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. The first layer of protection is a pair of lead-lined underwear that keeps harmful gamma rays away from the abdomen and lower spine. Over these is a drysuit what is designed to stop radioactive materials from sticking to your person. Click here to read the article at the dvice website. Posted November 20, 2013
French Composite Company Builds New Plant in United States. Chomarat
announced the opening of a new plant in the US to boost the development of its carbon and advanced composites activities. The facility will open early in 2014 in South Carolina and start production of Chomarat's C-Ply™ spread tow carbon fiber multiaxial reinforcements later in the year. Click here to read the company press release. Posted November 19, 2013
Polymer Group Inc. has completed its acquisition of U.K. based Fiberweb. According to a press release issued by Polymer Group, the global developer and manufacturer of specialty nonwoven products and materials for a variety of industrial end markets, has completed its purchase of Fiberweb PLC. As a result of the acquisition, PGI is the world’s largest manufacturer of nonwovens. It had already operated in 13 countries with approximately 4,000 employees. Fiberweb's unique offerings in filtration, building and construction, agriculture, healthcare, technical Fabrics, geosynthetics and hygiene will complement PGI's established presence across hygiene, healthcare, wipes and industrial markets. Click here to read the press release. Posted November 16, 2013
Merging Wide Format Printing and Tent Manufacturing. Gala Tent, one of the largest importers and exporters of marquee (rental) tents in Europe has announced it has purchased a 50% stake in wide format printer Sign Man. Both are located in the U.K. Gala Tent manufactures about 10,000 tents and gazebos a year. Sign Man will become a new subsidiary for Gala and will give the tent manufacturer a greater control of its printing of branded products. Sign Man will relocated to Gala's headquarters in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, U.K. Click here to read the online article from the Sheffield (U.K.) The Star newspaper. Posted November 18, 2013
Colombian Army Choses TenCate Defender™ M for Flight Suits. The Colombia Army Aviation Air Assault Division has chosen TenCate's Defender M fabric to be used in manufacturing two-piece flight suits. Defender M has a proprietary blend of fibers which provides intrinsic flame-resistant qualities, protecting personnel from flame and high-temperature heat. TenCate is expected to ship 50,000 yards for the order and will partner with Complementos Industriales Ltda. in Cartegena, Colombia. The flight suits will be made by Batallón de Intendencia which handles textile operations for the Colombian military. Click here to read the TenCate press release. Posted November 18, 2013
FILTRATION® 2013 Attracts Record Attendance. INDA's annual FILTRATION International Conference & Exposition was held November 12-14 in Chicago, Ill., USA, drawing a record 1500 attendees from 30 countries. The conference theme was "Filtration Protecting Health and Environment." The event brought together all aspects of the filtration media industry value chain. FILTRATION® 2014 is scheduled for November 18-20, 2014 in Baltimore, Md., USA. Click here to view the INDA press release on the 2013 event. Posted November 18, 2013
Korean Consumers Complain About Quality of Tents Made by US and Japanese manufacturers. According to the Yonhap News Agency, foreign tent manufacturers Coleman and Snow Peak are having to recall defective tents after Korean consumer complaints. Coleman's Weathermaster Wide 2 Room COCOON received complaints about discoloration. While headquartered in the US, the COCOON tent is made in China. The Japanese manufacturer Snow Peak recalled its Tortue Pro tents due to flaws. Click here to read the news article. Posted November 16, 2013
Vietnam's Concerns on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MolT) and the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry on November 15 held a conference in Hanoi on the engagement of Vietnam in the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement talks. MolT Deputy Minister Tran Quoc Khanh, head of the Vietnamese delegation, highlighted the opportunities and challenges of the agreement for his country. Esxpanding market for textiles and apparel were cited as opportunities. A concern is the protection of the Vietnam automotive industry. The agreement will create increased competition from US and Japanese car manufacturers. If you're a textile supplier to the US automotive industry, this may be one opportunity in the TPP concerning Vietnam. Click here to read the article appearing on the Saigon website. Posted November 16, 2013
New Unidirectional Laminate for Anti-Ballistic Vests. Teijin Aramid has introduced a Twaron Unidirectional Laminate for anti-ballistic vests. The materialconsists of two plies of Twaron yarn plied in a 0"/90" configuration and a Unidirectional technology which aligns the Twaron fibers in each layer in a parallel direction. Click here to read more about the product on the reinforcedplastics.com website. Posted November 16, 2013
Chinese Textile Delegation Visits India Seeking Cooperative Agreement. A Chinese delegation led by Wang Tiankai, president of the China National Textile and Apparel Council, visited textile factories in the Coimatore state in India. Nearly 40% of the India's cotton yarn exports were to China. More than one-half of all Indian yarn exports were from Coimbatore. The Chinese visit was to better understand the industry in India and to explore potential partnerships. Mr. Wang is the most influential person in the Chinese textile industry, so his personal involvement in this visit should be noticed. Click here to read a report on the trip in online edition of The Hindu. Posted November 16, 2013
US Releases September Export Numbers for Specialty Fabrics. The US Office of Textiles & Apparel (OTEXA) has released the September export numbers for the Specialty and Industrial Fabrics group. A 2012/2013 comparison for the five largest destinations of US exports for the 12 months ending September 30 shows Mexico continuing to be the largest recipient in the Specialty and Industrial Fabrics Group, followed by Canada, China, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom. Mexico and the United Kingdom reported increases in the 12-month comparison while Canda, China and Hong Kong saw decreases in the US exports. Click here for the full report. Posted November 16, 2013
Shelters Coming to Philippines. In the wake of the devastating typhoon in the Philippines, a number of countries are supplying shelters and other products made of technical textiles for the homeless survivors. The New Zealand's Red Cross has announced it is sending 200 five-person family tents. China, after initially being critized for its small financial contribution, announced on November 14 it would be sending $1.64 million of tents and blankets. Japan is sending $10 million worth of emergency shelters. France is sending 10 tons of emergency equipment including tents and tarps. India and Australia are also among the other nations contributing shelters. Click here to read the New Zealand report and click here to read the Chinese contribution report. Posted November 16, 2013
Takata to Build New Airbag Manufacturing Facility. According to both Reuters and the Wall Street Journal, Japanese auto parts manufacturer Takata Corp will build a production facility in Hungary, employing about 1,000 people. The factory will manufacture airbags as well as other components for airbag systems. The investment is to be about $79 million. Posted November 16, 2013
Tent Supplier Receives Major US Army Contract. The US Department of Defense announced on November 15 a $17,198,000 contract had been awarded to Mahaffey Tent & Awning Co., Inc., Memphis, Tenn., USA to provide life support services and equipment (generators, tentage, light sets, handwash stations, shower trailers, etc.) to support rotation training units in meeting their training requirements at the Joint Readiness Training Center and tenant unit training events. Posted November 16, 2013
"Bullet-Proof" Business Suit Offered by Toronto Tailor. Tough times at your office? You can rest a little more easily if you have purchased a $20,000 Donegal tweed three-piece suit made by Garrison Bespoke, an upscale Toronto tailor shop. The Garrison's tailors have lined the vest and suit jacket with several ultrathin sheets of carbon nanotubes. The tailor says the carbon nanotubes are 50% stronger than Kevlar and 30 times stronger than steel. The manufacturer of the anti-ballistic lining material also supplies the military and wishes to remain anonymous. US President Barack Obama is rumored to have worn a suit and coat made of this material during his first inauguration. Click here to read The Globe and Mail (Toronto, Ont., Canada) online article. Posted November 10, 2013
Geo-Synthetics Leader Killed in Plane Crash. Robert Groh, president and owner of Geo-Synthetics LLC (GSI), died in a small plane crash on November 5 near Kirksville, Mo., USA. Founded in 1971 by Mr. Groh, GSI is one of the largest independent installers of geosynthetic materials in the US. Posted November 6, 2013
Apparel Import Association Renamed and Seminar Scheduled. The United States Association of Importers of Textiles and Apparel (USA-ITA) announced November 7 that it had changed its name to United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) to more accurately reflect its mission. USFIA also has announced a seminar in New York City on December 3 to cover classification and trade policy. The policy portion of the seminar will be given by USFIA Washington Counsel David Spooner of Squire Sanders and the classificatioon portion by Diane Weinberg, Partner at Meeks, Sheppard, Leo & Pillsbury. Click here to read more about the seminar. Posted November 8, 2013
Super Secret Tent for President Obama. What do you do if you're the President of the United States of America and you need a quick secure room to hold conversations and there is no facility? The White House released a photograph showing a portable tent used by the President when traveling abroad. The tent is known as Sensitive Compartmental Information Facility (SCIF) and is set up by his security team to prevent eavesdropping, phone tapping and computer hacking. The only word about the material is that is is "blue tarp-like." Click here to read more. Posted November 11, 2013
Court Ruling Should Limit Nanosilver in Textiles. The US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) and against the US Environmental Protection Agency regarding the use of nanosilver in textiles. The EPA had approved the use of nanosilver by HeiQ Materials, a textile manufacturer. Silver is a well-recognized antimicrobial which kills both harmful and beneficial bacteria. Nanosilver is engineered from silver and is said to be much more powerful. Click here to read the NRDC press release on the ruling. Posted November 9, 2013
US Military Contract for Duffel Bags Awarded. The US Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Penn., USA, has awarded a maximum $32.86 million contractfor manufacturing military personnel duffel bags to API, LLC, Comerio, Puerto Rico. Posted November 7, 2013
Trumbull Addresses EURATEX Conference on proposed TTIP Agreement. On November 4, David Trumbull, Principal at Agethon Associates (and BeaverLake6 Report columnist) gave a presentation at the Second Annual Convention of the European Textile and Apparel Federation on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Mr. Trumbull has made the slides used in the presentation available at his website. Click here to view the slides. Posted November 5, 2013
Buhler Quality Yarns Founder Dies. Werner Bieri, founder of Buhler Quality Yarns Corp., died November 2 after a long battle with leukemia. Mr. Bieri served as the Managing Director of Hermann Buhler AG prior to coming to the US and founding Buhler in 1996. Under his leadership, Buhler survived the turbulence of the US textile industry over the last two decades and has emerged as the leading supplier of fine-count yarns in the US with annual sales of $37 million. Mr. Bieri was active in the reshaping of the American textile manufacturing industry, serving on the Executive Board of the National Council of Textile Organizations and as a board member of Cotton Council International and the National Cotton Council. Posted November 6, 2013
GSE Announces New Leadership. In a press release issued November 4, GSE Holding, Inc., announced that Charles A. Sorrentino, has been appointe the company's permanent President and Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Mr. Sorrentino had previously been serving as the interim President and CEO. Prior to his engagement at GSE, Mr. Sorrentino had last served as President and CEOd for Houston Wire & Cable until his retirement in 2011. It was also announced in the press release that Daniel Storey had been appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for GSE. Posted November 5, 2013
High-Tech Fabric Developed for Military Desert Applications. An interesting article appeared in the November 4 online edition of The Union Leader (Manchester, New Hampshire, USA) about a local company called Cocoon, Inc. The family-owned company is a military supplier of tensioned fabric aircraft hangers and is a developer of fabric that goes into products to protect personnel and equipment from dust in harsh desert environments such as Afghanistan and Iraq. Cocoon's newest product is designed for facial protection and is about two-thirds of the way through the military review at the US Army textile development facilty in Natick, Mass., USA. In addition to its dust filtering qualities, the new material is both anti-microbial and hydrophobic. The company is also working on another product which is a lighweight liner for the Chinook helicopter. Click here to read the article. Posted November 5, 2013
American Excelsior Celebrates 125 Years in Business. The website geosynthetica.net has posted a nice vidoe interview Elizabeth Peggs conducted with Jerry Bohannon, Director of Earth Service Division of American Excelsior, during the 6th Canadian Geotechnical Society Conference, held last June in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. American Excelsior is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. It is a producer of erosion control products made from both natural and synthetic fibers. The background noise during the interview is a little distracting but still it's always interesting to hear the furutre direction of a company which has a long rich history within the industry. Click here to view the interview. Posted November 5, 2013
TenCate Records 11% Profit Growth in 3rd Quarter. TenCate released its 3rd quarter report October 24. The company recorded an 11% organic increase in EBITA compared to the 3rd quarter of 2012. The increase is almost entirely attributable to the Advanced Textiles & Composites sector, though sales of TenCate Defender M remained at a low level outside of the US. One area of strong growth was body armor for personal protection. Sales of TenCate Tecasafe Plus for the industrial market was strong. In the geosynthetics and grass products areas of the company, the market level remained about the same as the previous year's 3rd quarter. Revenues grew in this sector in Europe and North America but declined in Asia. Click here to read the report. Posted October 31, 2013
New Conference on Geosynthetics in the Mining Industry. Geosynthetics Mining Solutions 2014 is a new conference focusing on the applications of geosynthetics in the mining industry. The event will take place September 8-11, 2014 in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. The organizer has issued a Call for Papers with a February 24, 2014 abstract submission deadline. Special short courses are planned for the day prior to the start of the conference. Click here to go to the geosynthetica.net website to read more about the event and topic areas for reviewed papers. Posted October 31, 2013
US Army Deploys Energy-Efficient Tents for Testing. A group of shelters were sent to the Southwest Asia Area of Responsibility to be tested by both the US Army and Air Force recently as part of the Advanced Energy-Efficient Shelter Systems for Contingency Basing and Other Applications program. According to the Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center, the shelters are 20 feet wide by 32 feet long and equipped with various energy-saving technologies. Click here to read the article found on the US Army website. Posted October 31, 2013
Geosynthetics Leader Receives ASTM Award. ASTM International has announced that L. David Suits, Executive Director of the North American Geosynthetics Society (NAGS) has received the A. Ivan Johnson Outstanding Achievement Award. Mr. Suits is a dedicated ASTM International member for 35 years and is a founding member and past chairman of Committee D35 on Geosynthetics. Prior to his current NAGS position, Mr. Suits was employed by the New York State Department of Transportation for 37 years. The ASTM award he receives is named for Ivan Johnson, a long-time ASTM member who worked on standard writing in the field of civil engineering. Click here to read the ASTM press release. Posted October 31, 2013
Globe Canvas Products Merges into D.C. Humphrys. In an October 28 letter to customers and colleagues, Globe Canvas Products Company President Kevin Kelly, IFM, MFC, CPP, announced that he had signed an agreement during the recent IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo to merge the assets and personnel of his company into D.C. Humphrys Company. Humphrys, founded in 1874, is a manufacturer and distributer of tarps, truck covers, windscreens and other industrial fabric end products. Mr. Kelly expects the settlement of the transaction to be completed within the next 4-6 weeks. He will then become President of the Globe Division of Humphrys. Posted October 29, 2013
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We are pleased to present an exclusive report prepared by David Trumbull on the recent Second EURATEX Convention. Mr. Trumbull is the principal at Agethon Associates and a regular contributor to BeaverLake6 Report. Event speakers included Li Lingshen, president of the China Nonwovens and Industrial Textiles Association, who spoke on "General Situation and Future Prospect of China Textile and Nonwoven and Industrial Textiles Industry" and Professor Chang Whan Jeo, Chungname National University, presented "The Roadmap of Korean Technical Textiles for Future Transition of Global Textile Markets."
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