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UNIFI Has Unexpected Senior Management Shake-Up. The Winston-Salem Journal website is reporting yarn producer Unifi Manufacturing, Inc. has made major management changes with the sudden retirement announcement of its chairman and chief executive, Bill Jasper, and the resignation of president and chief operating officer, Roger Berrier Jr. The changes have caught industry analysts by surprise. No press release has yet been issued by Unifi. The company reported on April 20 a 3.3% drop in third quarter net income to $9.69 million. Revenue was down 6.3% to $161.3 million. Unifi, headquartered in Greensboro, N.C., USA, is a producer of multi-filament polyester and nylon textured yarns and related raw materials. The board has elected James Mead as non-executive chairman and appointed Thomas Caudel Jr. as president. Mr. Mead is president and CEO of James Mead & Company, a mangement consulting company. Mr. Caudle has previously served as Unifi's vice president of manufacturing. Click here to read the article. Posted May 2, 2016

New Advanced Functional Fabric Institute Leader to Speak at NDIA/New England Soldier Innovation Day. The featured speaker at Soldier Innovation Day 2016 will be Professor Yoel Fink, director of MIT's Research Laboratory of Electronics. Professor Fink is also the leader of the new Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) Institute. The AFFOA was recently selected to be the lead organization in a consortium of industry, nonprofits, government organizations, universities and research entities participating in the new Revolutionary Fibers and Textiles Manufacturing Innovation Institute. Professor Fink will speak about the vision and strategy for the new institute. Soldier Innovation Day 2016 will be held at the University of Massachuesetts, Cambridge, Mass., USA, on May 12. Click here to read more about the event. Posted April 29, 2016

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New England Tent & Awning Acquires Facility. There is a nice article on the Mainebiz website on the acquisition by New England Tent & Awning company purchasing its Brunswick, Maine, USA, facility. New England Tent & Awning had already been a tenant at the site for five years. The company was, established in 1929 and purchased by David Norton in 2011. New England Tent & Awning is a renter of commercial and party tents as well asa a maker and installer of residential awnings., It's nice to hear success stories of small businesses in our industry. Click here to read the Mainebiz website article. Posted April 29, 2016

47,000 Tent Dealers in India Stand Up Against Child Marriage. Even though child marriage has been illegal in India since 2006, it is still pavalent in many areas of the country, including Rajashan, its largest state. The Rajashan Tent Dealers Kiraya Vyavsai Samiti, a 47,000 member tent dealer association, is tired of inaction by the local legal authorities. Their association has created a strict pledge and criteria for its members to end the supply of tents for child marriages. Dealers will now require the parents provide the birth certificates of the bride and groom. If the dealer finds one or both of the couple are minors, they will not only refuse to provide a tent but they will also inform the nearby law enforcement agency. Click here to read the post about this provided on the India TV News Desk website. Posted April 29, 2016

Largest Textile Flammability Test Lab in UK Opens. Intertek, a multinational inspection, product testing and certification company headquartered in London, UK, welcomed Shadow Home Secretary Andy Burnham on April 22 to its Leigh facility to officially open the laboratory. Intertek has extensively renovated and expanded the 30-year old site to incorporate under one roof the UK's largest textile flammability laboratory, a new chemical laboratory, as well as upgraded textile testing capabilities. Click here to read more about the facility. Posted April 29, 2016

Three Finalists Named for Innovation Award. Wipes for unique applications are in the running for this year's World of Wipes Innovation Award®. The award is by INDA, the association of the nonwovens industry. Three finalists will present their products at the World of Wipes® International Conference, June 7-10, 2016, in Chicago, Ill., USA. The finalists are 1) Kimberly-Clark Corporation's Kleenex Facial Cleansing Wipes; 2) Kyser Musical Products' Kyser Cleaning Wipes; and, 3) Tec Laboratories' Tecnu Bits & Stings Medicated Itch and Pain Relief Wipes. Click here to find out more about the finalists. Posted April 29, 2016 

Rigid Inflatable Boat Manufacturer Makes Two New Appointments. Zodiac Nautic North America, a subsidiary of Zodiac Nautic -- a global manufacturer of rigid inflatable boats (RIBs), inflatable boats, inflatable life rafts and safety equipment -- has made two new corporate appointments. Greg Mathes has been hired as the company's new Director of Manufacturing. Alan Brocious has been promoted to Vice President -- Research & Development. Click here to learn more about the appointments. Posted April 29, 2016

Sioen Reports 3% Increase Sales in 1st Quarter. Sioen Industries NV, a Belgium-based manufacturer of technical fabrics and finished protective apparel, reports during the 1st Quarter of 2016 the Coating division realized net consolidated sales of EUR 53.5 million against EUR 49.9 million in the 1st Quarter of 2015, or an increase with 7.3%. The Apparel division decreased 8% due to a sizeable order being completed in 2015 of uniforms for the Dutch police force. The Chemicals division increased 10.8%. Overall, the companyincreased sales 3% in the quarter. Click here to read the 1st Quarter update. Posted April 29, 2016

Two Exposition Companies Partner to Produce Next ExpoProducción Mexico. Exposition Development Company, Inc. (ExpoDevCo) and E.J. Krause & Associates have announced they have partnered to produce the 4th edition of ExpoProducción Mexico. The event is being held March 29-31, 2016 in Mexico City, Mexico. E.J. Krause is one of the largest privately held exhibition management companies in the world. ExpDevCo produces expositions and events and organized the first two editions of ExpoProducción in 2013 and 2015. Click here for more information on the 2017 event. Posted April 28, 2016

Court Dismisses Crye Precision's Camouflage Patent Infringement Suit Against Duro Textile. A US Federal judge April 22 granted Duro Textiles' motion for summary judgement and dismissing Crye Precision's remaining claims against Duro Textiles stemming from a lawsuit filed against Duro in early 2015. Crye Precision LLC of Brooklyn, N.Y., USA, is a producer of apparel and equipment for military use. It holds four design patents relating to the “MultiCam” camouflage pattern used on military apparel and equipment. Crye licensed to Duro Textiles of Fall River, Mass., USA, the right to print the pattern on fabrics and sell it from 2008 to 2014, after which the license expired.The heart of the original dispute was the US Army's decision to switch from MultiCam to the new Operational Camouflage Pattern (OCP) that was jointly developed by the US Army and Crye. Click here to read an interesting analysis of the outcome posted on the Soldier Systems website. Posted April 28, 2016

JEC Announces New Automotive Technology Conference in US. The JEC Group, an international organization promoting the composites industry, has announced the First International Conference on Automotive Technology. After several JEC Forums editions over the last few years, for the first time JEC Forums will dedicate an entire conference on one end-product application -- composites in automotives. The event will be held October 13-14, 2016, in Knoxville, Tenn., USA. The focus will be new developments in automotive manufacturing and materials using composites, with a special emphasis on carbon fiber. There is a call for abstracts with a submission deadline of May 9, 2016. For more information click here. Posted April 28, 2016.

Former Glen Raven Corporate Counsel Passes. Carl Edison Wallace, Jr. (Wally) passed away on April 24. Mr. Wallace was for many years the corporate attorney for Glen Raven, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of technical textiles. During his tenure at Glen Raven, the company expanded internationally, opening plants in other countries, and also purchasing other companies, all of which transformed Glen Raven into an international corporation. Many who met him will remember Mr. Wallace's infectious hearty deep laugh and quick wit. He will be missed. Click here for his complete obituary. Posted April 28, 2016

Legislation Introduced in the US Congress to Require Adherent to Berry Amendment. Congresswoman Niki Tsongas and Congressman Bruce Poliquin have introduced legislation to boost US footwear manufacturing. The Stepping Up for American Workers an Troops Act requires the US Department of Defense (DOD) to adhere to the long-established law -- the Berry Amendment -- that provides US service members with American-made clothing, footwear and other equipment. Recent audits of the Navy and Air Force have found a serious lack of Berry Amendment understanding by procurement officers in the military branches. Further, since FY 2002, the DOD has circumvented this policy by issuing cash allowances to new recruits for training shows, which are not required to be American-made or Berry Amendment compliant. Click here to read the press release announcing the new legislation. Posted April 26, 2016  

New Jersey Textile Company Featured on Website. There is a neat article and video about Absecon Mills posted on the Press of Atlantic City website. The company is a small textile producer located in Cologne, N.J., USA. Absecon's manufacturing space only occupies about 100,000 sq. feet and the company employs 90 workers. It manufactures textiles for the commercial contract market such as seating for transportation, healthcare and public theaters. The company recently started making technical textiles for a variety of products including ballistic-grade fabrics for the military market. Click here to read more and watch the video about the company. Posted April 26, 2016

Seaman Corporation Appoints New FiberTite Vice President and General Manager. Seaman Corporation issued a press release today announcing Scott Gipson has been named Vice President & General Manager of its FiberTite Roofing Systems division. Mr. Gipson had previously worked the last 4 years at OMNOVA's Global Coated Fabrics Operation in China. Seaman Corporation, headquartered in Wooster, Oh., USA, is a manufacturer of high-performance fabrics. Posted April 26, 2016  

John Mortensen

Former Industry Leader Passes. Industry veteran John Mortensen died on April 20, 2016. at the age of 78. Mr. Mortensen began his career at Johnson & Johnson and retired from C.M. Offray of Bernardsville, N.J., USA, as head of their Specialty Narrow Fabrics division. Mr. Mortensen was a man of many talents, holding over 30 patents. In recognition of his work in the industry and the association he received Honored Life Member status from the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) in 2004. Besides all the work he did for the industry, he will be remembered by many for the simple small embroidered rose he gave out whenever he saw you. Posted April 24, 2016

Sport Dimension Body Glove

Coleman Can Sue on PFD Design Patent Infringement. A US Federal Circuit Court ruling has now paved the way for The Coleman Company to sue Sport Dimension Inc. (SDI) for infringement on its patent covering personal flotation devices. Sport Dimension’s accused personal flotation devices, like Coleman’s design, have two armbands connected to a torso piece. But, unlike Coleman’s design, the torso section in the Body Glove® device extends upwards to form a vest that goes over a person’s shoulders. SDI had sued for a judgement that its products do not infringe on the Coleman patent. The trial court ruled in SDI's favor but the Federal Circuit Court now says that judgement was in error and the lower trial court should have looked at the overall design disclosed in the patent, not just the collection of elements. Click here to read more on this issue. Posted April 23, 2016 

US Army Contract for Parachutes Awarded. Yoland Corp., Brooklyn, New York, US, was awarded an $18,730,839 firm-fixed-price contract for 60mm, 81mm, 120mm, and 155mm main and drogue mortar and artillery parachutes.  Bids were solicited via the Internet with four received, with an estimated completion date of April 20, 2021.  Funding and work location will be determined with each order.  Army Contracting Command, Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois, US, is the contracting activity (W52P1J-16-D-0071). Posted April 22, 2016

Google Testing Reliability of Its Interactive Fabrics Using Robotics. The MIT Technology Review has posted an interesting article regarding the progress of Google's Project Jacquard. As you may, last year Google revealed it was creating interactive advanced textiles using grids of conductive yarns. The intent is to apply the advanced textiles into 'smart" clothing and other products. Activation of the electronics in the smart textiles would be done byusing hand gestures across the fabric surface. The MIT article summarizes a research paper that will be presented at a technology conference in May that describes a robotic arm test pf which repeated swiped gestures acrose the interactive fabric. The fabric held up to 200 swipes a day and 12,000 total swipes without showing visible damage to its electronic capabilties. After 20,000robitic arm swipes, the fabric still reported 95% integrity in recognizing the gestures. Click here to read more. Posted April 22, 2016 

Kufner Group Acquires Ploucquet.  The Munich-based Kufner Group has announced it will take over Ploucquet GmbH from Smart Solutions Holding GmbH (formerly SympaTex Holding GmbH). SympaTex is a laminator and finisher of technical textiles. Kufner is a 200-year-old company that manufactures technical textiles and interlinings. Ploucquet is a producer and distributor of lining materlal and a finisher of technical textiles. SympaTex management says the sale of the company and the production site located in Zittau, Germany is also the beginning of a long-term partnership between the two textile companies and Sympatex. Click here to read the press release. Posted April 21, 2016

Coating and Laminating Conference Takes Place in Prague. There is a very nice summary of the recently held International Conference on Textile Coating and Laminating (TCL2016) on the Innovation in Textiles website today. It is written by long-time industry consultant Bill Smith, who served this year as the conference director, The event, held March 16-17, in Prague, Czech Republic, attracted 130 delegates and speakers from more than 23 countries. The conference is organized by International Newsletters Ltd., a publisher of technical textiles magazines, directories and newsletters. The next conference will take place in October in Atlanta, Ga., USA. Click here to read the article. Posted April 21, 2016

US Industrial Fabrics Export Figures for February Released. The US Department of Commerce has released the February export numbers for the Specialty and Industrial Fabrics 206 Group. The numbers in the table below represent 12-month totals for the top five countries with year ending February 2015 and 2016. Exports to Mexico and the United Kingdom has shown increases while Canada, China and Hong Kong have declined. (Data figures in thousands.) Click here to see the entire report. Posted April 18, 2016

 

 

Country

Year Ending

2/2015

Year Ending

2/2016

 

% Change

Mexico

1,987,655

2,118,930

+6.6

Canada

588,406

564,279

-4.1

China

169,292

166,798

-1.5

Hong Kong

146,675

144,174

-1.7

United Kingdom

87,166

92,363

+6.0

 

General Motors to Stop Making Cars without Airbags. It was only this past January that General Motors Corporation CEO Mary Barra told an audience at the World Economic Forum that it had to make cars in some countries without airbags and other safety devices in order to make them affordable to buyers (see our January 24 post). However, the company has changed its mind after the Latin New Car Assessment Program gave the Chevrolet Sail zero stars in its latest crash test evaluation. The Chevrolet Sail is made in China and sold to emerging markets without airbags or three-point seat belts. GM said it will gradually stop the production of all cars which do not have these safety features with a completion goal of model year 2019. This action should significantly increase the market for airbag manufacturers. Click here to read an article about the GM decision. Posted April 17, 2016

Taiwanese Technical Textile Companies Looking to Partner with Indian Firms. There is an interesting article posted on India's The Economic Times website on how Taiwanese composite and technical textile companies are exploring partnership opportunities with Indian firms. According to the article, India's technical textiles industry is expected to grow at 20% per year, reaching $30 billion over the next 5 years The composite industry is currently estimated at $2.2 billion with an expected growth of 15% per year over the next 4 years.Click here to read the article. Posted April 17, 2016

China Agrees to Dismantle WTO Prohibited Export Subsidies for Textiles, Apparel and Footwear. On April 14, 2016, United States Trade Representative Michael Froman announced China has agreed to terminate its export subsidies provided through a program it called the "Demonstration Bases-Common Service Platform." On February 11, 2015, the US had filed a challenge in the World Trade Organization (WTO) against the China program that provides prohibited export subsidies to Chinese enterprises located in 179 industrial clusters throughout China known as “Demonstration Bases.” The program channeled export-contingent subsidies across seven economic sectors and dozens of subsectors. Textiles, Apparel and Footwear was one of the sectors affected by the termination. Click here to read the USTR announcement and also to other links which go into more detail on the Memo of Understanding. Posted April 17, 2016

Parent Company of Coleman Merges with Newell Rubbermaid. Newell Rubbermaid and Jarden Corporation, owner of The Coleman Company, hav successfully completed their $16 billion merger. The newly combined company is called Newell Brands Inc. The company is headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., USA. The Coleman Company is a manufacturer of a variety of outdoor products including tents and personal flotation devices with amnufacturing facilities in severla countries. Click here to read the Newell Brands company press release. Posted April 16, 2016

NCTO Elects 2016 Leaders. The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) held their 13th Annual Meeting April 12-14, 2016, in Washington, D.C., USA. At the meeting, the members elected Robert H. Chapman III, Chairman, CEO and Treasurer of Inman Mills as Chairman of the NCTO for 2016. Inman Mills is a family-owned textle company headquartered in Inman, S.C., USA, that manufactures yarns and fabrics. NCTO also elected as Vice Chairman for 2016 William V. McCrary, Jr., President & CEO of William Barnet and Son LLC. Barnet is a fiber, yarn and resin manufacturer, headquarterd in Spartanburg, S.C., USA. Click here to read the entire NCTO press release, including highlights of 2015 NCTO Chairman Jeff Price's 2015 State of the Textile Industry address. Posted April 15, 2016

Ohio State University Develops Super Thin Woven Circuitry for Wearable Tech. What is holding back the common acceptance of smart textile technology in apparel is the washable issue. A team of researchers at Ohio State University (OSU), located in Columbus, Oh., USA, has developed electronic circuitry as thin as a regular thread. They are being tested for use in smart textile applications. The team, led by John Volakis and Asimina Kiiourti have been refining the e-textile technology. Their newest accomplishment is a silver-coated polymer threat that is 0.1 millimeter thick, made with 7 filaments twisted into a single strand. The copper and pure silver threads can be used to make extremely fine and detailed circuit boards. Click here to read more. Posted April 15, 2016 

ASTM International Committee on Geosynthetics Names New Chairman. ASTM Committee D35 on Geosynthetics has named James B. Goddard, an industry consultant, as its new chairman. Mr. Goddard has been an industry consultant since 2010, having previously served as chief engineer of Advanced Drainage Systems. ASTM D35 was formed in 1984 and currently has over 340 members, representing 27 counteies.  The committee oversees 145 geosynthetic-related standards with applciations in the use of roadway stabilization and repair, erosion control, soil drainage and reinforcement, and hydraulic barriers.. Posted April 15, 2016

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Meridian Specialty Yarn Group Breaks Ground on New North Carolina Textile Plant. The US textile industry continues to expand with the special ground breaking on April 12, 2016, of the new plant for Meridian Specialty Yarn Group, Inc. The multi-milion dollar textile plant will be located in Valdese, N.C., USA. It is an $8 million expansion for the company which manufactures package dyed yarn, space dyed yarn, yarn printing and twisting. Posted April 15, 2016

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Facebook Hires Former DARPA Head for Projects Including Digitally Advanced Textiles. Last week Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerman laid out his 10-year vision for the company. Yesterday he announced Facebook had hired Google executive Regina Dugan, Ph.D. At Google she led the Advanced Technology and Products section. Dr. Dugan is also the former director of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). At Facebook, like at Google, one of her projects will be the development of emerging technologies including digitally advanced textiles. Click here to read more about her hiring. Posted April 14, 2016

Polyfab USA Spun Off from Australian Company. Barry Jamieson, Director of Polyfab Australia, has announced that the Polyfab USA division has been sold to its American management. Polyfab is the manufacturer of heavy duty knitted HDPE shadecloth. The American division was established in 2008. Steve Morenberg is the new Managing Director of Polyfab USA Ltd. Posted April 11, 2016

Filtration 2016 to Explore "Pure Need." The filtration market will have a projected $19,1 billion in sales in 2018. End use sales in North Amerca are a robust 4.4%. Evolving markets, changing health requirements, and breathroughs in water filtration are all fueling "Pure Need" in the filtration industry and so this is the theme which will be expored at INDA's Filtration 2016 International Conference & Exposition. The event is being held November 8-10, 2016 in Philadelphia, Penn., USA. Click here for more information. Posted April 11, 2016

Smart Textiles Being Tested for Cycling. The website bicycling.com has an interesting article on the development of temperature-regulating performance wear for cycling enthusiasts.  Mentioned is the research being done at Falmouth University. There are three ways the smart fabrics can work: 1) Trapping dead air inside the fabrics to increase insulation against cold; 2) Have the smart materials carry electric currents though the fibers to generate heat; and. 3) Have the fabric contain microcapsules of some type of material like wax that absorbs body heat and melts but can also radiate the heat back when needed. Click here to read the article. Posted April 11, 2016

Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 Receives Record-Breaking Number of Abstracts. Even while GeoAmericas 2016, the 3rd Pan-Americas Conference on GeosyntheticsGeoAmericas, is taking place this week in Miami Beach, Fla., USA, next year's Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 is busy getting preparing presentations. The event is being organized by The Geo Institute and Industrial Fabrics Association International. A record-breaking 800+ abstracts have been submitted for presentation consideration for 2017. The show and conference will be taking place March 12-15, 2017 in Orlando, Fla., USA. Posted April 11, 2016

SYFA Spring Conference Focuses on "Moving Forward." The theme for the Synthetic Yarn and Fiber Association's Spring Conference is "Textile Materials in Motion...Moving Industry Forward." It will feature a number of end-product industry experts on several industry segments such as the e-textile and automotive markets. James Hayward, technology analyst at IDTechEx will give a presentation "Innovations and Opportunities in Electronic Textiles." Sean McAlinden, Ph.D., vice presdient of Strategic Studies & chief economist at the Center for Automotive Research, will give a presentation on "The Short and LongTerm Forecast for the U.S. and North American Motor Vehicle Market." Altogether, ten speakers over the two-day event will be featurerd. Click here to go to the SYFA event website for a complete schedule. Posted April 9, 2016

Southern Weaving in the News. There is a nice article posted today on the Greenville News website about Southern Weaving and its CEO Ron Mohling. Southern Weaving, located in Greenville, S.C., USA, is a manufacturer of nylon and polyester narrow fabrics. Its webbing is being used in the BEAM (Bigelow Expandable Activity Module) that was just sent to the International Space Station for testing (see our March 28 post). Click here to read the Greenville News article. Posted April 9, 2016

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The Story Behind the Development of the "Bulletproof" Vest. The website atlasobscura has a fascinating article posted about the murky development of the original bulletproof vest in the early 1900s. A Chicago-based Polish priest named Casimir Zeglen, motivated by the assassination of the mayor of Chicago in 1893, began development of a vest and by1897 had "patented his new method of weaving silk into layers thick enough to stop bullets." Shortly after, Father Zenglen began giving live demonstrations of his new vest. Interest in the vest became even greater after the 1901 assassination of US President William McKinley. Unfortunately, Father Zeglen's business partner, textile manufacturer Jan Szczepanik, forced him out of the business and managed to market himself as the inventor of the vest. Eventually the protective properties of the tightly woven silk could not keep up with the increasing strength of the bullets. Click here to read the article. Posted April 9, 2016 

Madrid Policewomen Discipline for Refusing to Wear Male Ballistic Vests. Wearing protective vests is mandatory in Spain due to the ongoing "Orange" terrorist level; however, ballistic vests are in short supply. And the situation is further exacerbated by the lack of female form fitting vests.  According to the Spanish News Today, two Madrid, Spain policewomen have been recently disciplined because they have refused to wear "bulletproof" vests designed for men, complaining they are too ill-fitting and heavy. Click here to read more. Posted April 9, 2016  

JEC Americas Announces Major General Jocelyn M. Seng as Keynote Speaker. The JEC Group, organizer of the JEC Americas 2016, has announced Major General Jocelyn M. Seng will be the 1st day keynote speaker on May 3. Major General Seng's presentation is entitled "Composites Materials Outlook." The JEC Americas 2016 is taking place May 3-5, 2016, in Atlata, Ga., USA. Please click here for more information about her presentation. Posted April 6. 2016 

Bringing Down Unwanted Drones with Net and Parachute.  As unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones become increasingly popular, they are also becoming a serious problem for flying in restricted air space near airports, sensitive power or military facilities, and sometimes just a nuisance in invading your privacy. What to do about it? Send in a "dronecatcher." Delft Dynamics, a Dutch company, has developed a drone that tracks down other drones, fires a wide fabric net that captures it, and then deploys a parachute to bring it softly down to earth.  The website sputnik.international has a couple of neat videos of the dronechatcher in action. Click here to view. Posted April 5, 2016

US International Trade Commission Rules Imported PET Resins Dumped. The US International Trade Commission (ITC) made a final determination on March 31, 2016 that imports of polyethylene terephthalate resin (PET resin) from Canada, China, India and Oman are causing injury to the domestic industry. This was the final step in the antidumping and countervailing duty investigations and follows the March 7, 2016 determination by the US Department of Commerce that imports of PET resin were dumped from all four countries and that imports from China and India were also subsidized. The US PET producers filing the petition were DAK Americas, M&G Chemicals and Nan Ya Plastics Corp. America. Our thanks to Alasdair Carmichael of Carmichael International for alerting us to this case. Click here to read the entire release. Posted April 4, 2016 

Understanding the Necessary Components for Melding Technical Textiles and Sustainable Product Innovation. If you are looking for a good quick read on technical textiles and sustainable product innovation, John Klein, Business Development Manager of the Aerogel Division of PrimaLoft, Inc., has a new post up on LinkedIn entitled "The Future Development of Technical Textiles and Sustainable Product Innovation." Mr. Klein has in the past posted other excellent analysis that demonstrates his command of the specific market segments including "The Future of Technical Textile Design" and "Body Armor: Protecting Your Assets." PrimaLoft, headquartered in Latham, N.Y., US, is a manufacturer of insulation used primarily in the outdoor apparel industry. Click here to read his latest LinkedIn posting. Posted April 4, 2016

China Delivers Tents to Fiji After Cyclone Devastation. The Ministry of Commerce of China has procured and delivered more than 6000 tents, 13,000 set of blankets and 5,800 pieces of waterproof canvases to the Republic of Fiji. The island nation was devastated by a Category 5 Severe Tropical Cyclone on February 20, 2016. Click here to read more on the Fiji Times website. Posted April 4, 2016

Korea Research Institute Developing Aluminum-Coated Fabrics. According to the website Korea Bizwire, the Korea Institute of Materials Science (KIMS) has developed technology to coat various surfaces with liquefied aluminum. The research center's internal technology firm ALINK has produced fabrics for wearable devices, and is preparing the launch of aluminum-coated filters that block ultrafine particles. The core of the technology is turning aluminum into a form of nano-particle ink and coating fabrics with it. Using the technology, conductive fabrics that are used in wearable devices such as smart watches can be produced. click here to read the entire posting. Posted April 4, 2016

3M Vest

Updated Version of High-Visibility Safety Vest Standard Becomes Law. A new edition of the American National Standard for High-Visibility Public Safety Vests became effective February 1, 2016 in the US. The updated edition consolidates the requirements of ANSI/ISEA 107-2010 and ANSI/ISEA 207 in an effort to establish a single, comprehensive document that considers all occupational tasks.  The standard, developed jointly by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA), continues to present three performance classes of garments based on the amount of visible materials and design attributes incorporated into the final configuration, and identifies garment types based on expected use settings and work activities being performed.  These are designated as off-road (type O), roadway and temporary traffic control (type R), or public safety activities (type P). What is new is that the parts mentioning flame resistance was revised to require a clear "FR" or "not FR" on the pictogram and a statement of flame resistance is required on the label of the garment. Click here to read a good article about the standard posted on the 3M website. Posted April 4, 2016

Firefighter Gear Manufacturer to Speak at Smart Textiles Conference. Globe Manufacturing Company will be giving a presentation April 11 at the Smart Fabrics Summit in Washington, D.C., USA. Globe and its project team partner, Propel, will present its Wearable Advanced Sensors Platform (WASP), a real-time system monitoring of physiology and location designed for firefighters and first responders. The Summit is being organized the US Department of Commerce and the Industrial Fabrics Association International. Posted April 3, 2016

ITMA Asia + CITME Exhibition Nearing Sellout. Organizers of ITMA Asia + CITME have reported thethe textile machinery show is nearing a sellout of exhibit space. The show will be taking place October 21-25, 2016 in Shanghai, China. Over 1,500 exhibitors from 26 countries have reserved space. This will be the 5th combined show between CEMATEX, the organizer of the European ITMA show, and the China Textile Machinery Association (CTMA), the Sub-Council of Textile Industry, CCPIT, and the China Exhibition Centre Group Corporation. Posted March 31, 2016 

APV Announces New Vice President. APV Engineered Coatings, a custom formulator and manufacturer of industrial coatings and advanced chemical products, has promoted John Russel to the position of Vice President and Technical Director. APV is located in Akron, Oh., USA. Click here to read the company press release announcing the promotion. Posted March 29, 2016

JEC Americas Innovation Award Winners Announced. JEC Group, the international organization dedicated to the composites industry, has announced the ten winners of its prestigious 2016 JEC Americas Innovation Awards program. The ceremony honoring these winners will take place May 4 during the 5th annual JEC Americas Composites Show and Conferences in Atlanta, Ga., USA, May 3-5, 2016. This year's award's program categories are Design, Testing, Biocomposites, Aeronautics, Transportation, Automotive, E-Mobility, Process, and Sports & Leisure. Click here to go to the special section in the BeaverLake6 Report website for the complete list of JEC Innovation winners. Posted March 29, 2016

Bouncy Castle Mishap Results in Death and Criminal Charges. We've talked about this issue before: Large inflatable toys being improperly managed on-site. This time a 7-year old girl died in Britain over the weekend when the bouncy castle she was playing in was swept away by a strong gust of wind. Two people from the firm that runs the inflatable bouncy castle attraction were arrested on suspicion of manslaughter by gross negligence. There needs to be a required for owner/operators of these products to show proper anchoring system techniques. Click here to read the article posted on the FoxNews website. Posted March 28, 2016

Inflatable Module Being Loaded into Spacecraft

Company Plans Hotels and Stations in Space Using Inflatable Modules. Bigelow Aerospace is promoting the idea of using inflatable modules as hotels in space. It sounds a bit far-fetched until you realize how far the idea has progressed. NASA has signed a $17.4 million contract with Bigelow to find out if it's possible to build future low-cost inflatable space stations. On April 8, 2016, the first deflated Bigelow module called BEAM (Bigelow Expandable Activity Module) will launch with the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft for a trip to the International Space Station. Once there, it will be attached to the ISS and inflated until the module grows to 10.5 feet wide and 565 feet cubed. It will then be tested for 2 years, to determine leak rate, thermal properties, and radiation protection. The advantage of an inflatable module are payload weight and bulk. One day a larger version of the BEAM could be used for a space station in orbit around the Moon or Mars or as a commercial hotel orbiting the Earth. Click here to read a fascinating article posted on the Ars Technica website and click here for another great article about the inflatable module posted on the Popular Science website. Posted March 28, 2016

Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas Expanding Exhibition Area. Messe Frankfurt Inc., the organizer of the 13th edition of Techtextil North America and the third edition of Texprocess Americasreports exhibitors are up 25% from the co-located 2014 event. Over 500 exhibitors from 33+ countries will be on the show floor of the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga., USA. the shows, also co-located with JEC Americas, are taking place Mary 2-5, 2016. Click here to go to the special web page we have within BeaverLake6 Report for extensive Techtextil North America coverage. Posted March 28, 2016

IDEA16 Early Registration Discount Ends March 31. Procrastination is going to cost you up to $100 if you're planning to go to IDEA16 and haven't yet registered. Early discounted registration ends March 31 for the huge nonwovens show taking place Mary 2-5, 2016 in Boston, Mass., USA. Click here to go to the IDEA16 registration page. Posted March 28, 2016

Selecting High-Visibility Personal Protective Equipment. There is a nice basic short article posted on the website Safety & Health on selecting high-visibility personal protective apparel. The article covers background color, flame-retardant, temperature and tear-away considerations. You can read the article in 30 seconds and come away with a fundamental understanding on the criteria issues for high-visibility vests. Click here to read. Posted March 28, 2016

Self-Cleaning Nanoparticle-Coated Textiles Being Developed in Australia. One of our favorite "go-to" consumer magazines Popular Science has a very interesting article on the research being done by RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. They are working on the development of self-cleaning fabrics. According to the article, the researchers "have created a nanoparticle coating that quickly eliminated dirt or stains when exposed to visible light." The researchers tested both silver and copper nanoparticles coated on cotton fibers. It turns out that the silver-coated cotton performed better in self-cleaning the fabric. Click here to read the Popular Science article. Posted March 26, 2016

Texas Tech Researcher Wins TAPPI Technical Achievement Award. It's nice to hear our good friend Professor Seshadri (Ram) Ramkumar will be recognized for his nonwoven industry contributions by TAPPI, the association for the worldwide pulp, paper, and packaging industries. Professor Ramkumar is a professor of technical textiles and countermeasures to chemical threats in Texas Tech's Department of Environment Toxicology. At an awards dinner May 17 during the 2016 NET INC (Innovative Nonwovens Conference in Cincinnati, Oh., USA, he will receive TAPPI's NET (Nonwovens Engineers and Technologists) Division Technical Achievement Award and the Mark Hollingsworth Prize for Technical Advancement in the field of nonwoven technology.. Posted March 24, 2016

Corruption Alleged in South Korea Military Ballistic Vest Contract. According to an article on the Korea Joongang Daily website, the South Korea Board of Audit and Inspection of Korea (BAI) has accused the Ministry of National Defense and several other government bodies of receiving bribes to enter into an exclusive contract with a private company to develop bulletproof armor. Another Korean news outlet has identified that company as Samyang Cometech Co., Ltd., of Seoul, South Korea. The exclusive contract revealed is worth about $231 million and calls for providing 308,500 vests from 2014 to 2025. About 35,000 vests have already been supplied. Tests have shown the armor is easily punctured by North Korean armor-piercing ammunition. The BAI announced the findings on March 23 based on a review of the Ministry of National Defense, Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), and three other institutions. Click here to read the article from the Joongang Daily website. Posted March 24, 2016

Autoliv Increases Share of 2015 Airbag Market. There is an interesting article on the Bloomberg News website reporting on the growth of Autoliv these past couple of years in the wake of Takata's airbag recall mess. According to the report, about half of all frontal airbag orders for new cars last year went to Autoliv. Projections are for 7% annual growth through the next decade. Click here to read the article. Posted March 24, 2016

TenCate Geosynthetics Announces Two Top Leadership Position Appointments. TenCate global group director Wally Moore has announced in a March 21 press release the appointment of Lee Bryan as global director of product supply for TenCate Geosynthetics and the appointment of John Henderson as president of TenCate Geosynthetics Americas. Posted March 23, 2016

Graphics Show Attracts 1200 Seminar Visitors. The 41st Graphics of the Americas (GOA) attracted had over 200 exhibitors. The show organizer also report that 1,200 from more than 100 countries attended the educational programs. The programs were offered in both English and Spanish, appealing to a large number of delegates from Latin America. The event was held in Miami Beach, Fla., USA. It was announced next year's event will be held February 6-8 in Ft. Llauderdale, Fla., USA. Click here to read the report on the 2016 show from the organizers. Posted March 22, 2016

Top Innovation Winners Announced for 2015-2016. FabricLink.com, the online trade-to-consumer online resource website, has announced its Top 10 Textile Innovation Awards for 2015-2016. The winners are: Adidas for the Adidas’ 3D Shoe Made from Ocean Plastic Waste; Alexium for its Alexflam-Crockban™ chemistry; Bolt Threads for its Engineered Silk™ technology; Directa Plus S.p.A. and Colmar for the Colmar sportswear collection made from Directa Plus’ Graphene Plus (G+) fiber; Georgia Tech and SoftWear Automation for their fully-automated, robotic sewing machine technology; Jason Mills for its Transparent Screening Fabric; the Newton® Wovenaire® Crib Mattress; Nikwax and DownLite for their Nikwax Hydophobic Down (NHD); Teijin for its Functional Polyester Towel Fabric; and, the EDAG Light Cocoon vehicle structure, made from the Texapore Softshell fabric. Click here to read more about these awards. Posted March 22, 2016

Vern and Freddy Schaefer

Long-Time President of Glawe Awning and Tent Retires. Not many people can say they worked for a company for 70 years but that is what Vern Schaefer has done at Glawe Awning and Tent of Dayton, Oh., USA. Mr. Schaefer recently announced his retirement as president of the company. His position will be taken over by his daughter Kathy Schaefer. Among the many accomplishments during his career, Mr. Schaefer served from 1980-81 as President of the Canvas Products Association International (the position is now Chairman of the Board and the organization is now known as Industrial Fabrics Association International). He was given the IFAI Honored Life Member status in 1985 in recognition of his service to the association. Posted March 21, 2016 

Backpack Developed for Students with Autism. A new backpack called the Nesei Backpack has been designed by a group of students at the University of Minnesota to help those with autism in school. According to a report posted on the ABC News website, "it features straps that mimic a person hugging a student, along with pouches for electronics and weights. The backpack also has clips for any sensory tools a student on the spectrum might need along with a slot for a name card so the student can be easily identified if needed." Along with the tight hugging straps, the weights in the backpack give the student a sense of deep pressure and security. Click here to read the article. Posted March 21, 2016

No Mandatory Automotive Airbags for India. Despite recent statements, the government of India has now decided the time isn't right to impose a mandatory requirement for new cars to have airbags. Road, Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari had said in January "No car will be built without airbag..."  Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh speaking at the same Road Safety conference said that airbags will be made compulsory in every car sold in India. The decision not to now make airbags mandatory is very puzzling. Click here to read more. Posted March 18, 2016

Soldier Innovation Day 2016 Set for May. In the US, the National Defense Industry Association's New England Chapter is hosting a day-long symposium highlighting two new economic development programs -- the Revolutionary Fibers and Textiles Manufacturing Innovation Institute  (RFT-MII) and the Soldier Squad Performance Research Institute (S2PRINT). The session will include speakers from the Natick Soldier Systems Center, Natick Soldier Research Development & Engineering Center, and the US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine. The event will be held May 11, 2016, in Lowell, Mass., USA. Click here for the full schedule and registration information. Posted March 17, 2016 

NASA Announces Winning Concepts for Space Suit Textile Testing Competition. The National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA) has announced the winners of its Space Suit Textile Testing Challenge. Future space suits need to be developed for extra-terrestrial exploration beyond low-earth orbit, which will require expanding environmental hazard protection to encompass planetary environments such as those on the moon, Mars, and large asteroids. A major consideration in these environments is the lack of commonality of the dirt and dust environment and those on Earth. A result of these differences is no standard assessment technique for determining the wear performance of newly developed environmental protection garment (EPG) designs vs current and past thermal micrometeoroid garment (TMG) designs. The Challenge offered three prizes of $5,000 for winning ideas on how to test the outer protective layer of spacesuit material for performance in different kinds of planetary environments, such as like Mars or large asteroids. Winners for the Space Suit Textile Testing Challenge:

  • Evaluating Space Suit Textile Abrasion in Planetary Environments -- Ahilan Anantha Krishnan
  • Cylindrical Abrasion Method -- Himel BaruaThomas L. CollinsRiniah FoorEvan HessJoey StavaleChristopher DanielsHeather OravecJanice Mather and M.J. Braun
  • Point-of-Failure Based System Using High Velocity Abrasives -- John Holler

​Posted March 17, 2016

INDA Announces Awards and New Board Members at Annual Meeting. INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, recognized three nonwoven industry leaders at its recent Annual Meeting & Leadership Conference. The event was held March 7-9 in Cary, N.C., USA. The INDA Lifetime Achievement award was presented posthumously to Edward (Ed) A. Vaughn, Ph.D., for his remarkable nonwoven career. The INDA Lifetime Service Award was given to Robert (Bob) Dale in recognition to his over 25 years of service to the nonwovens industry, including leadership as an INDA Board Member. Gideon (Gidi) Krasny was given the INDA President's Award, an award given only periodically, for his outstanding contributions to the nonwovens industry. New INDA board members are Henry Johnson of AstenJohnson Advanced Fabrics, John Mulcahy of Georgia-Pacific LLC, James Vogt of Hollingsworth & Vose Company, John McNabb of Freudenberg Performance Materials, Uwe Peregi of Herrmann Ultrasonics, and John Poccia of Johnson & Johnson Worldwide. Click here to read the entire INDA press release on what happened at the annual meeting. Posted March 17, 2016  

Huge Success for JEC World in Paris. More than 36,900 professionals in the composites industry visited the 2016 JEC World, according to the show organizer. The show and conference took place at the new Paris Nord Villepinte venue, March 8-10. This year JEC World featured more than 1,300 exhibitors and saw the launch of four "Innovation Plantes", each one addressing a specific end-user  market -- Aero Planet, Auto Planet, Sports Planet and Sustainable Planet. Next year's JEC World will be held March 14-16, 2017. Click here to read the entire post-conference report. Posted March 16, 2016

AATCC Announces Chapin Award Winner. In recognition of his outstanding service to the Association, AATCC has named R. Michael Tyndall as the 2015 recipient of the Harold C. Chapin Award for his service to AATCC. Mr. Tyndall has been an active member of both AATCC technical and administrative committees since the 1990s. He served as AATCC President from 2011-2012. AATCC, the Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals, is based in Research Triangle Park, N.C., USA. Click here to read the entire press releases. Posted March 16, 2016

New President at Lectra North America. Lectra has announced the appointment of Jason Adams as President, Lectra North America. According to a company press release on the appointment, Mr. Adams will report directly to Daniel Harai, Lectra CEO. Lectra North America is based in Atlanta, Ga., USA, The company is a manufacturer of computer-aided cutting equipment used by the technical textiles industry, including automotive car seats, interiors and airbags. Click here to read the press release. Posted March 16, 2016

January US Industrial Fabrics Export Figures Released. The US Department of Commerce has released the January export numbers for the Specialty and Industrial Fabrics 206 Group. The numbers in the table below represent 12-month totals for the top five countries with year ending January 2015 and 2016. Japan has dropped out of the top 5, replaced by the United Kingdom. Click here to see the entire report. Posted March 14, 2016

 

 

Country

Year Ending

1/2015

Year Ending

1/2016

 

% Change

Mexico

1,981,913

2,103,333

+6.1

Canada

588,103

564,050

-4.1

China

168,287

166,716

-1.5

Hong Kong

147,872

140,092

-4.7

United Kingdom

86,827

90,230

+3.9

(Figures in ,000)

Japanese Delegation Will Again Participate in the Taiwan Technical Textiles Symposium. The Taiwan Technical Textiles Association (TTTA) will organize the 2016 International Technical Textiles Symposium 10th (ITT 10) on March 23-24, 2016 in Taipei, Taiwan. The theme this year is Textile Industry Productivity 4.0. More than 160 members from the technical textiles industry will participate. The exhibitor area will feature 22 organizations to promote their activities, products and services. The Taiwan Textile Industry office (TIPO) will be organizing 25 business-to-business matching for speakers and participation members in the two days. The symposium has 20 speakers scheduled from 10 countries to cover two days of state-of-the-art technical textile topics. IFAI Japan, an organization affiliated with the Industrial Fabrics Association International, will send a business delegation to the event led by the group's Vice Chairman Toshio Katayama (and Vice President of Daiichi Hanpu Co.) Click here for more information, including the list of speakers, topics, and schedule of events. Posted March 13, 2016

N.C. Governor Pat McCorory and Uniquetex CEO Benny Deng

Chinese Nonwoven Manufacturer to Invest $31.6 Million in US Plant. Chinese textile companies continue their investments in building US manufacturing plants. The latest to announce is Uniquetex, a joint venture between two Chinese manufacturers -- Foshan Nanhai Beautiful Nonwoven Co., and Wezhou Chaolong Textile Machinery Co. Uniquetex will build a $31.6 million production facility in Grover, N.C., USA. The new venture will also receive an $800,000 state grant. The joint venture company will manufacturer nonwoven fabrics used by medical and healthcare providers. Foshan Nanhai is one of China's largest nonwoven textile producers. Wenzhou Chaolong is a developer of equipment and technologies for nonwoven manufacturing. Click here to read more on Sourcingjournalonline.com. Posted March 12, 2016

AATCC Names Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Congratulations to Patrick Whaley, founder and Chief Executive Officer of TITIN, LLC. He is the recipient of the AATCC Young Entrepreneur Award. The award recognizes young entrepreneurs operating in the broader textile industry. AATCC, Mr. Whaley is being honored for developing a line of fitted, weighted compression athletic apparel that creates an improved workout experience. The Young Entrepreneur Award is given by AATCC, the Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals. It is headquartered in Research Triangle Park, N.C., USA. The award will be given to Mr. Whaley at the AATCC International Conference, being held April 19-21, 2016 in Williamsburg, Va., USA. Click here to read the AATCC press release on the recognition. Posted March 12, 2016

Registration for Techtextil and Texprocess 2017 Has Begun. It seems hard to believe but registration is already open for those planning to attend the 2017 Techtextil or Texprocess in Frankfurt, Germany. This will be the 17th Techtextil and 4th Texprocess. The shows again will run currently, May 9-13, 2017. One of the focal points of Techtextil 2017 will be functional textiles and nonwovens, from smart textiles for sport, medicine or hazard protection. The shows increased from 3 to 4 days in 2015 and will remain 4 days in 2017; however, the shows will now have a Tuesday-Friday sequence rather than the Monday-Thursday sequence as they did in 2015. Click here to read more about the events. Posted March 12, 2016

3 Great Opportunities for US Manufacturers to Promote Overseas. The Office of Textiles & Apparel (OTEXA) at the US Department of Commerce is seeking US manufacturers interested in testing the export waters. OTEXA will have USA Pavilion sample booths at three events this year: Eurosatory 2016 (military and law enforcement), June 13-17 in Paris, France; Offshore Northern Seas (gas and oil industry), August 29 - September 1 in Stavanger, Norway; and, Land Forces 2016 (military and law enforcement), September 6-9 in Adelaide, Australia. If you are interested in providing samples of your products for the OTEXA booth at a show, contact Mary-Lynn Lansgraff at mary-lynn.landgraf@trade.gov.  Posted March 9, 2016

Prof. Masami Fukuoka / Michael Stroud

Lest We Forget: Two Industry Experts Have Passed. News of the passing of two well-known industry experts has reached us. Professor Masami Fukuoka died on January 27. Professor Fukuoka was very active in promoting the application of geosynthetics in civil engineering projects. He was a founding member of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS), serving 2 terms on its council, and helped the IGS expand internationally with the organization of the IGS's Japan chapter. Professor Fukuoka was also president for the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering. Click here to read a nice memoriam posted by Chris Kelsey on the geosynthetic.net website. Also passing was consultant Michael Stoud. He died on December 16. Mr. Stroud worked for many years at Celanese/Kosa before leaving the company to work with PCI Fibres consulting group. He was a familiar face at many technical textile trade shows and conferences in North America and Europe. Posted March 8, 2016

Chinese Airbag Manufacturer Sees Opportunity with Takata Troubles. As BeaverLake6 Report reported on February 2, Chinese automotive parts manufacturer Ningbo Joyson Electronic Corp. has purchased US airbag manufacturer Key Safety Systems for $920 million. The website for Automotive News has now posted an article based on an interview with Wang Jianfeng, founder of Ningbo Joyson, describing his intent to make the company a major global player in the airbag industry which is currently dominated by Takata (Japan), Autoliv (Sweden) and ZF Friedrichshafen (Germany). Click here to read the article. Posted March 8, 2016

Tessenderlo Group and Picanol Group Call Off Plan to Merge. Textile machinery manufacturer Picanol Group and chemical specialty company Tessenderlo Group have decided not to go ahead with a planned merger that had been announced January 25. The Picanol Group's board of directors had concluded there was insufficient market support at the terms reasonable for Picanol and its shareholders to complete the transaction successfully. Both companies are headquartered in Belgium. Click here to read the company press release. Posted March 7, 2016

Sioen Industries Acquires Italian Geotextile Manufacturer. Management at Sioen Industries, a diversified manufacturer of technical textiles, has announced the acquisition of Manifattura Fontana S.P.A., an Italian producer of geotextile nonwovens. Manifattura Fontana, S.p.A., located in Valstagna, Vicenze, was founded in 1704 and since 1932 has been in the hands of the family Fontana. It is a manufacturer of nonwoven needlefelt. The purchase reinforces Sioen's nonwovens business and broadens its involvement in technical textiles markets. Click here to read the company press release. Posted March 7, 2016

How They Did Ballistic Vest Testing in the Old Days. We had to share with you today this amazing picture. It was posted on the LinkedIn page for the US Army Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center. The picture shows a field test being done on ballistic vests back in 1923. They must have used the new guy at the company. Posted March 3, 2016

Asian Textile Industry Investing in Vietnam. There is a nice concise article posted on the yarnsandfibers.com website about the investments being made in the Vietnam textile industry by companies in surrounding countries including Japan, Taiwan, India, China and South Korea. Japanese firms, for example, have invested more than $37 billion in Vietnam as of the end of 2014, including Kuraray Trading, Toray Industries, Shikibo, and Itochu. While most of the article is focused on apparel, there are applications cited for the technical textiles industry. All this investment is due to the anticipation resulting from the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. Click here to read the article. Posted March 3, 2016

Nanofibers Conference Announced for September.  INDA and The Nonwovens Institute have announced the Nanofibers, Applications and Related Technologies (NART 2016) Conference will be held Spetember 13 -15 in Raleigh, N.C., USA. NART 2016 will feature presentations on micro and nanofiber technology and trends; micro and nanofibers and related materials; and, micro and nanofibers and other nanomaterials in products. Click here for more information. Posted March 3, 2016

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  • May 3-5: 2016 Techtextil North America, Atlanta, Ga., USA
  • May 3-5: Texprocess Americas, Atlanta, Ga., USA
  • May 3-5: 2016 JEC Americas, Atlanta, Ga., USA
  • May 3-5: IDEA 2016 International Engineered Fabrics Conference & Expo, Boston, Mass., USA
  • May 11: Soldier Innovation Day 2016, Lowell, Mass., USA
  • May 15-17: Outlook 2016, Hilton Head, S.C., USA
  • May 15-18: 2016 NETInc, Innovative Nonwovens Conference, Cincinnati, Oh., USA

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

 

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

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

MIT Selected as Location of Revolutionary Fibers and Textiles Manufacturing Innovation Institute

At last the wait is over. US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter is visiting Cambridge, Mass., USA, today to announce the creation of a $317 million Revolutionary Fibers and Textiles Manufacturing Innovation Institute (RFT-MII). The RFT-MII will be located at the nearby MIT campus and near the US Army-funded Institute for Soldier Nanotechnology. Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) Alliance, a new non-profit research and development consortium comprised of partners from industry, academia and state governments, has been selected to lead this effort.  Click here to read the official press release. Posted April 1, 2016

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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

Publisher

Posted March 24, 2016

Be Alert for Hotel Booking Scam for Big Events. It’s that time of year. This week I got a call from a person claiming to be with the housing bureau that is being used by the Techtextil North America show. The woman was very professional and wanted to let me know all the hotels are booking fast for the May event in Atlanta. She suggested a couple of hotels, gave me their rates and wanted me to book the room right then. As a former event manager, I knew this was a scam. Housing bureaus for events do not call you. To use an official conference or trade show hotel, you should always go through the event’s website. These unscrupulous scammers are only trying to take your credit card number and you will be left not only with a charge but with no hotel room when you arrive at the event.

 

Steve Warner, Publisher

Posted February 12, 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

Publisher

Posted January 17, 2016

Textile Industries Media Group, LLC Acquires the Textile Assets of Billian Publishing, Inc.

Textile Industries Media Group, LLC, a newly formed Georgia-based corporation, has acquired Billian Publishing, Inc.'s textile assets including Textile World, Textiles Panamericanos and Textile World Asia, the affiliated magazines, websites and e-newsletters.

 

"After many years of ownership and support, Billian Publishing made the strategic decision to exit textile publishing," said Jim Borneman, past president, Biillian Publishing. " I can't thank the board and the Billian family enough for their many years of dedication and support of the textile industry through their commitment to the textile trade magazines.  Also, their offer to sell the assets to Textile Industries Media Group, LLC creates a terrific opportunity for the brands to continue. Textile World has been published in one form or another since 1896, and the opportunity provided by Billian is an extremely generous one."

 

"Many of the staff will continue their work for Textile Industries Media Group, LLC, and every effort is being made for a seamless transition. Textile Industries Media Group, LLC has every intention of continuing the magazines, websites and e-newsletters. There are some changes in store for the properties, including new website designs that are tablet friendly and an updated e-newsletter platform. Thank you to our loyal readers, and for continued support from our advertisers during this time of change."

 

Posted January 5, 2016

In Pursuit of Clarity

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

Tick-Tock: Plotting the Passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

What are the dates that are critical fhe US Congress passing the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement? Can it be done in 2016? Click here for a calendar developed by Paul O'Day, president of the American Fiber Manufacturers Association. 

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

David Trumbull

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

JEC Event Pages Now Available

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

 

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

NCTO was Wrong to Support TPA and TPP So Early in the Game

I don’t get the logic behind the National Council of Textile Organizations' (NCTO) support of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. In my opinion, NCTO’s primary desire for supporting TPP is the textile economic containment of China. This approach will fail with TPP and may end up putting the US domestic industry at future risk with other trade agreements ... Click here to read the rest of the column. 

Steve Warner

Publisher

Posted August 4, 2015

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