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

One essential document BeaverLake6 Report recommends if you are going to be exporting your products is the 2016 Technical Textiles Top Markets Report, produced by the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration (ITA). The 59-page 2016 edition is now available online and forecasts global demand for U.S. technical textile products to increase 4% annually through 2017, from $8.6bn in 2015 to $9.3bn in 2017. Innovation and new technology coupled with trade relationships developed under existing and future free trade agreements will drive this increase in demand. Top Markets Report examines historical data from 2008 through 2015 plus forecasts demand for 2016 and 2017, and ranks 70 markets for overall technical textile exports. This study of the U.S. technical textiles market is intended to provide an analysis of the competitive landscape, including developing trends and key regions where U.S. producers could find new and continued opportunities for their products. Click here to go to the website to view the report. Posted May 25, 2016

Front Page News

Artist Rendition of Inflated Module Photo Source: Bigelow/NASA

Bigelow Fabric Module Fails to Inflate at International Space Station. Astronauts at the International Space Station were unable to fully inflate the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) today. The module was brought to the station April 8 and attached without incident. After trying for two hours with only a marginal expansion, NASA decided to stop any further attempt until they had time to evaluate why it was not inflating properly. When fully inflated, BEAM will be 10.5 feet wide and contain 565 feet cubed of space. The walls are made of various layers of fabrics. (See our March 28 post for more about the BEAM mission.) NASA plans to provide more information at a news conference which will be streaming live at www.nasa.gov/newsaudio on Friday, May 27, at 12 p.m. EDT. Posted May 26, 2016

OUTLOOK™ Madrid 2016 Program Launched. EDANA, the international association representing the nonwovens and related industries, has announced the program of speakers and topics for the 15th anniversary edition of OUTLOOK™, a nonwovens personal care and hygiene products conference. The event will take place September 21-23, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. The program will start with a keynote speech by Geoffrey West from the Santa Fe Institute followed by keynotes from Robert Glaze, the Brenva Institute, and Markus Hengstschläger of the Institute of Medical Genetics of the Medical University of Vienna on the second day. Click here to go to the Outlook Madrid website. Posted May 26, 2016

Former Awning Company Owners Arrested. The owners of an awning company located in South Yarmouth, Mass., USA, were arrested in Broward County, Fla., for fraud charges. According to an article posted on the Cape Cod Times website, Scott Alan Maceachern and Damaris A. Skids were charged with larceny after an investigation regarding failure to provide services to customers while doing business as Awnings by Peterson in 2014 and 2015. Click here to read the article. Posted May 26, 2016

Too Important to the Industry to Fail? Yesterday the Wall Street Journal reported on Takata Corporation's decision to restructure and seek additional cash to cover the mounting costs of the massive airbag system recalls. One of its strategies is to get the automotive companies like Honda, its biggest customer, to help shoulder the financial burden of the recalls. As the article says, automotive manufacturers have a vested interest in keeping the beleaguered Japanese manufacturer in business. In addition to airbags, Takata is a major supplier to the industry of seat belts and steering wheels. There are only a handful of companies that make airbags and seatbelts and the company’s failure would put an impossible demand on the other suppliers to make up the capacity loss. Click here to read the WSJ article. Posted May 26, 2016  

Indictment of US Army Colonel for Berry Amendment Fraud. According to a press release today from the US Justice Department, Lt. Col. Frederick Lamar Burnett of the US Army has been indicted on three counts of fraud for allegedly trying to pass off Chinese-made baseball caps and backpacks instead of American made, as specified in the contract with the Army Recruiting Command which requires compliance to the Berry Amendment and Buy American Act. The indictment claims that Mr. Burnett defrauded the Department of Defense on three contracts that he had through his company Lamar International Inc. Two of the contracts were for baseball caps and one was for backpacks. The three contracts were worth approximately $6.2 million and were all awarded between the years 2005 and 2007. Further, Mr. Burnett “negotiated and contracted with suppliers directly from China and with American companies who he knew were procuring the products from China. He hid their foreign manufacture by hiring workers on a cash basis to remove all the Chinese labels and repackage the items he sent to the Army Recruiting Command.” Click here to read the press release. Posted May 25, 2016

Jeff Price

Outgoing NCTO Chairman Gives State of the US Textile Industry Report. Textile World magazine has published the 2016 State of the U.S. Textile Industry report given by outgoing chairman Jeff Price at the recent meeting of the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) held in Washington, D.C. Mr. Price gave a concise overview of key issues facing the domestic textile industry and the NCTO positions on these issues, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, the Tariff Preference Levels (TPLs), the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB), the Berry Amendment, and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP). Besides his NCTO involvement, Mr. Price is president of the Specialty Fabrics Division of Milliken & Company. Click here to go to the Textile World website to view Mr. Price's entire presentation. Posted May 25, 2016

JEC Develops New Composites Show Called "Experience Composites 2016 -- powered by JEC Group."  A new biennial composites show organized by the JEC Group is set to debut September 21-23, 2016 in  Augsburg, Bavaria, Germany. The Experience Composites 2016 - powered by JEC Group event is a collaborative project between Messe Augsburg, Carbon Composites e.V. and JEC Group. It is exploring new fiber materials and lightweight construction and will display composite fiber innovations and projects for mechanical and plant engineering in one of six industry display windows. Click here for more information on the event. Posted May 25, 2016

Canadian Government Proposes PFD Requirement for Float Plane Passengers. Transport Canada, the Canadian Federal government's transportation department, has released a proposed regulation which would require passengers on board commercial float planes wear personal flotation devices (PFDs). Currently, a number of the commercial services keep the PFDs in pouches in an accessable area for each passenger. If passed, the proposed regulation would not be expected to take effect for one year. Click here to read an article posted on The Globe and Mail website. Posted May 25, 2016

Aerospace Composite Material Supplier Opens New Innovation Center. Hexcel Corporation, an advanced composites manufacturing company, opened today a new $10 million Innovation Centre in Duxford, UK. According to a company press release, the Duxford site is Hexcel's largest center for research into resin systems and adhesives. Duxford will also be Hexcel's center of excellence for process technology, including product scale-up and research into new processes for making composite materials. Click here to read the entire press release. Posted May 24, 2016

Fabric Fire Retardancy Webinar Planned. A webinar titled "Environmental and Regulatory Considerations of Flame Retardants" is taking place June 21, 2016. It is a session within a series of webinars organized by the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) focused on fabric flammability issues. Speakers are Kristin Robrock, Ph.D., P.E. of Exponent, and Mark Duvall, Principal at Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. The session will be moderated by Haskell Beckham, Ph.D. of Exponent. Exponent is a scientific and consulting firm. Beveridge & Diamond is a legal firm with special focus on environmental and toxic substances. Click here to find out more about the webinar. Posted May 24, 2016 

Zero Stars for Indian Cars Submitted without Airbags in Latest Crash Tests. Well, go figure. The latest Indian crash test results from Global NCAP released May 17 in Delhi, India continue to disappoint with all five models rated as zero star. It is worth pointing out that none of the cars had airbags. Airbags are not mandatory for cars in India. The Renault Kwid, Maruti Suzuki Celerio, Maruti Suzuki Eeco, Mahindra Scorpio and Hyundai Eon all showed low levels of adult occupant protection. Global NCAP is an NGO based in London which provides product rating services for industries such as automotive. Maruti Suzuki defended their cars, saying the company met the exisiting Indian automotive safety standards. Things will be changing next year, however; India has formally adopted the Bharat NCAP standards for new cars starting in 2017 which require new cars to meet frontal crash test standards at 56 kilometers per hour. A recent Reuters report forecasted India's airbag industry will grow by 11% to $2 billion by 2020. In contrast, China's airbag industry growth will only be 9%. Click here to read the Global NCAP press release on the Indian testing. Posted May 23, 2016

New Recycled Polyester Staple Fiber Plant Announced. Custom Synthetic Fibers, LLC announced on May 19 that a new recycled polyester fiber plant will be operational in mid-summer 2016. The operation will be located in Rogersville, Ala., USA. The plant is owned by a group of individual investors, including the majority owners of Custom Polymers, Inc., a plastics recycler and reprocessor based in Charlotte, N.C., USA, and Custom Polymers PET, LLC, a post consumer PET bottle recycler, located in Athens, Ala., USA. The new plant will produce 40 million pounds annually of recycled polyester staple fiber for sale into a variety of applications including automotive, home furnishing and industrial. Our thanks to Alasdair Carmichael of Carmichael International for sending us the news. Posted May 22, 2016

Smart Textile Market Examined in Article. There is an excellent market overview on wearable smart textiles posted on the New Electronics website. The article examines the potential of smart textiles and cites research involving major global players including those in the sports clothing industry such as Nike, Addidas and Under Amour. Click here to read the article. Posted May 22, 2016

OUTLOOK™ Plus Latin America Returns to Brazil in March 2017. OUTLOOK™ Plus Latin America will return to Brazil for the second edition March 7-9, 2017, with a focus on hygiene, personal care and medical nonwovens. Organized by the two nonwoven associations INDA and EDANA, the event will be held in São Paulol. The three-day conference will examine economic and market statistics, products, and technology intelligence for the hygiene, personal care, and medical market segments. There will also be a table-top exhibition March 7 and 8 for companies showcasing products and services. The first addition was held March 2015 and attracted more than 250 visitors. ABINT, the Brazilian Technical Textiles and Nonwovens Association, is also supporting the event. Click here for more information. Posted May 22, 2016

Las Vegas Police Seeking Improved "Bulletproof" Vests for K-9 Dogs. The Las Vegas Review Journal (Las Vegas, Nev., USA) website posted an interesting story on the search for a better "bullet-proof" vest for the law enforcement dogs. Key takeaways from the story are the current dog vests being used cost between $700-2,000 each, they are too hot for dogs in that part of the country, they have design problems which limits the dog's mobility, and they are too heavy for the dogs. Click here to read the entire article. Posted May 22, 2016

Impact Report of TPP Agreement Released. The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has released its report assessing the impact of the potential  Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement that is now being considered by the US Congress. The USITC's report, Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement: Likely Impact on the U.S. Economy and on Specific Industry Sectors, includes a lengthy section on the impact for the textile and apparel industry (pages 254-271), plus comments by several textile industry trade associations and specialists. Click here to go to the USTR website that has the full report online. Posted May 20, 2016

Final Report for Techtextil North America and Co-Located Events Show Record Attendance. Messe Frankfurt North America, the organizer of both Techtextil North America 2016 and Texprocess Americas shows that took place May 3-5 in Atlanta, report the events, along with the co-located JEC Americas, attracted a record 9,357 visitors. In the final report press release, Dennis Smith, President of Messe Frankfurt North America, felt attendance was particularly strong considering the IDEA nonwovens show was being held over the same dates. You can read the complete press release on the special BeaverLake6 Report Techtextil North America section by clicking here. Posted May 20, 2016 

US Army and Marines Testing New Uniforms in Hawaii. The Tropic Lightning Soldiers of the 25th Infantry Division's Jungle Operations Center have been testing new uniforms designed specifically for jungle operations. The prototype uniforms, designed by the US Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and engineering Center, have the Army's new camouflage pattern and are designed to improve the cooling factor of the uniforms. The uniforms, called M4, feature mesh materials for outer products, new material moisture wicking characteristics, and added ventilation ports in the chest and back to allow for faster cooling. The testing is being done under Natick's Jungle Fabric and Architecture Development Effort (JFADE). Click here to read an article about the testing posted on the Hawaii Army Weekly website. Posted May 20, 2016

Seaman Fabric Structure

Failure Mechanisms of a Fabric Structure. Seaman Corporation, a US manufacturer of coated fabrics and fabric structures, has a very good quick article on its blog site written by Felon Wilson entitled "Failure Mechanisms of a Fabric Structure." Mr. Wilson, the Business Director for Seaman's Industrial Fabrics Division, lists 5 basic factors which can determine the life expectancy of a fabric structure. Click here to view the posting on their company website. Posted May 20 2016

Medical Textiles Company Appoints New CEO. BeoCare Group, Inc., has announced the appointment of Matt Velago as Chief Executive Offices. BeoCare, based in the US, is a supplier of knit medical fabrics, medical elastics, and post-surgical apparel. Click here to read the company press release. Posted May 20, 2016

Sioen Industries Elects New Board Chairman. The Board of Directors of Sioen Industries, a Belgium-based manufacturer of technical textiles, chemicals and protective clothing, has elected Michel Delbaere as chairman to the board of directors. Mr. Delbaere succeeds Luc Vansteenkiste who has chosen to resign. Mr. Delbaere is the founder of the food company Crop's NV and serves on the board of several companies. Posted May 20, 2016

University Creates New Smart Textiles Research & Development Center. Drexel University, located in Philadelphia, Penn., USA, has created a new Center for Functional Fabrics (CFF) in response to the school being designated a regional center in the U.S. Department of Defense's newly created Revolutionary Fibers and Textiles Manufacturing Innovation Institute. Some of the smart textile projects already being worked on at Drexel include a maternity bellyband to monitor uterine activity and assess fetal well-being; protective, touch-sensitive garments for robots; a knitted exoskeleton for the hand; energy storage for textiles and wearable technology. Click here for more information about the CFF's scope and development. Posted May 18, 2016

Engineering Staff Earns Special Achievement Award from NASA's Capsule Parachute Assembly System Team. The National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA) Capsule Parachute Assembly System (CPAS) Team has given a Special Achievement Award to the Strainsert Company, to recognize their efforts to develop a force sensor to collect textile riser load measurements during engineering development for use on qualification airdrop testing, spaceflight testing and human spaceflights. Drogue and main parachute riser loads are critical measurements collected during CPAS airdrop tests. Riser design changes from steel to textile required a complete revision of how these loads could be measured. Strainsert, a premier manufacturer of standard and custom force sensors for research, testing, weighing and control applications in the aerospace, military, marine and automotive industries. Click here to read more. Posted May 18, 2016

 

Lest We Forget: Mike Funk of Glen Raven. Sad news to report. Michael (Mike) Funk passed away unexpectedly on May 14 in Aurora, Ill., USA. Mr. Funk worked for Glen Raven/Sunbrella in Sales for the Midwest for the last 30 years. Click here for more information. Posted May 18, 2016

Italian Textile Machinery Domestic Sales Up in 1st Quarter; Globally Signs of Lackluster Performance. Some good news for the domestic Italian textile industry as ACIMIT, the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers, reported 1st Quarter 2016 domestic sales were up 82%. The huge increase in the domestic industry, however, only shows how bad sales were in 2015. Considering both domestic and foreign sales found only a 3% increase. In looking at the global market, ACIMIT President Raffaella Carabelli said "The current global economic situation is not too much positive. The recovery in China in 2015 has yet to be verified, while other Asian countries, such as Bangladesh, which invested significantly last year, are showing signs of slowing down. The outlook  for 2016 is spotty at best." Click here to read the entire ACIMIT press release. Posted May 18, 2016

Flame Retardants Used In Tents Could Pose Hazard to Campers. In the US, almost all camping tents adhere to the flame retardant CPAI-84, a test method written by the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) for flame-resistant materials used in camping tents. A study appearing in Environmental Science & Technology has found that the flame retardants used by manufacturers to be compliant with CPAI-84 are released in the air within the enclosed tent space. The researchers tested 15 different tents, taking air quality samples. All the samples contained various amounts of the FR compounds.Click here to read more about the testing. Posted May 16, 2016

AATCC Education Award Winner Announced. The American Association of Textile Chemists & Colorists (AATCC) has announced Roland L. Connelly, Sr., has been honored with its AATCC Education Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the educational and training activities of AATCC. The announcement was made at the recent AATCC International Conference, held in Williamsburg, Va., USA. Mr. Connolly joined the society in 1970 and has served in many AATCC volunteer roles throughout the years, including as the organization's President from 2003-2004. Click here to read the AATCC press release. Posted May 15, 2015

U.S. Law Enforcement Ballistic Vest Grant Program Reauthorized. On May 10, the US House of Representatives unanimously approved the reauthorization of the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program. This reauthorization of the grant program will provide up to $25 million annually through Fiscal Year 2020. Local and state law enforcement officials are able to offset up to 50% of the costs of the vest purchases through the funding program. Since its inception in 1997, the program has assisted in the purchase of 1,235,593 vests in more than 13,000 jurisdictions nationwide. The program is administered through the Bureau of Justice Assistance at the US Department of Justice. Click here to read a short article posted on the Chesterton Tribune (Chesterton, Ind., USA) website. Posted May 15, 2016

Awning Company Celebrates Its 135th Anniversary. Congratulations to Ed and Lynda Burak, president and vice president respectively, of the family-owned Hudson Awning & Sign. In 2016, the company is celebrating its 135th year. It has been located all these years in Bayonne, N.J., USA, orginally making sails for the ships along the Hudson River. Posted May 15, 2016

Texprocess Americas Review. There is a good summary on the Apparel News website of last week's Texprocess Americas show that took place in Atlanta alongside of Techtextil North America and JEC Americas. Veteran industry writer John McCurry wrote the article and provides key insight in interviews with exhibitors on the state of the sewn products industry. Click here to read it. Posted May 13, 2016

Daniel Cotter

Summit on Smart Textiles Has Government Looking to Build Technology Platform for First Responders. At the April Smart Fabrics Summit in Washington, D.C., First Responders Group (FRG) Director Daniel Cotter said the use of smart fabrics as a technology platform is something "FRG can build off of." The Summit took place April 11, co-organized by the US Department of Commerce and the Industrial Fabrics Association International. FRG is part of the Science & Technology Directorate of the US Department of Homeland Security. According to Director Cotter, the results of research and development in smart textiles should introduce at least proto-types of smart textile apparel protection in the next two or three years. Click here to read more about the area of smart textiles from the Department of Homeland Security's FirstResponders.gove website. Posted May 11, 2016

IDEA16 Resounding Success with Largest Turnout in its 45-Year History. A last minute location switch to Boston and an accidental date conflict with the Techtextil North America/ Texprocess/JEC Americas shows in Atlanta did not deter those participating at IDEA16 in Boston, Mass., USA. Attracting over 7,000 attendees and 555 exhibitors, IDEA16, held last week, broke all prior exhibitor and visitor records. The number of exhibitors was a 15% increase and the actual floor space increased 25% from the previous event in 2013. During the show, the IDEA16 Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Leo Cancio, advisor at Clopay Plastic Products. INDA, the nonwovens trade association which organizes IDEA, announced the next show will be held March 26-28, 2019, in Miami Beach, Fla., USA. Read more about what happened at IDEA16 by clicking here and going to the special show page on the BeaverLake6 Report website. Posted May 11, 2016

Daniele Cazzuffi

Geosynthetic Experts to Headline New Lecture Series at Regional Conferences. A new lecture series has been accepted by the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) to be delivered at each Regional European Geosynthetics Conference. The lecture series has been named as L.M.N.S. lecture after E. Leflaive (Chairman, France), A. McGown (United Kingdom), J. Nieuwenhuis (Netherlands) and M. Sotton (France) who were the four members of the organizing committee of the first International Conference of Geosynthetics which took place in Paris, France, in April 1977. The first lecture will be given by Dr. Daniele Cazzuffi. His presention is titled "Evolution in Design of Geotextile Filters" and will be given at the 6th European Geosynthetics Conference during the September 25-28, 2016, in Instanbul, Turkey. Click here for more information about the speakers at the conference. Posted May 11, 2016

JEC Group Issues Wrap-Up Report on JEC Americas, Announces New Office in US and More Events. Fresh off its successful JEC Americas Show and Conferences last week, the JEC Group has announced the opening of a new office in Atlanta, Ga., USA. The office should be busy as JEC plans three major US composites events in the next 14 months. JEC Events in Composites Innovation & Technology will be held in Knoxville, Tenn., USA, on October 13-14, 2016, in partnership with Oak Ridge National Center. The forum will address challenges, current trends and innovations in the automotive industry. The 2nd Cyclitech conference is dedicated to composites in bicycles. It's being co-organized with the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), and will take place in Newport Beach, Calif., USA, December 6-7, 2016. The JEC Americas 2017 will be co-located with the Techtextil North America show, June 22-24, in Chicago, Ill., USA. Click here to go to the JEC special web pages on BeaverLake6 Report to read more about the success of JEC Americas Show and Conferences. Posted May 11, 2011 

Italian Textile Machinery Association Plans Promotion in Iran. 26 Italian textile machinery manufacturers will be taking part in the forthcoming Roadshow in Iran. The event is being organized by the Italian Trade Agency and ACIMIT, the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers, and supported by the Italian Ministry of Economic Development. The traveling show will start May 22, hitting a number of major Iranian cities, before ending May 30. Click here for more information. Posted May 9, 2016

New Home Furnishings Trade Show Announced. Progressive Business Media (PBM) and Exposition Development Company, Inc. (EDC) have announced the launch of the Home Furnishings Manufacturing Solutions Expo (HFMSE), a trade show for the supply chain of home furnishings manufacturers, including furniture makers. The show will be held June 7-8, 2017, in Atlanta, Ga., USA. Click here for more information. Posted May 9, 2016

Paper of the Year Announced for AATCC. The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) has announced the recipients of the J. William Weaver Paper of the Year Award. The authors are Mark Ackerman, Jane Batcheller, and Stephen Paskluk. The paper, published in the March/April 2015 issue of the AATCC Journal of Research, is titled "Off-Gas Measurements from FR Materials Exposed to a Flash Fire." The Weaver Award, created in 1990, is named after J. William Weaver, the former chair of the AATCC editorial board. Click here to read an AATCC press release on the winners. Posted May 9, 2016

Workshop on Smart Textiles  A Workshop on Smart Textiles will be held June 26, 2016, in Chicago, Ill., USA, in conjunction with the June standards development meetings of ASTM D13 Committee on Textiles. Sponsored by ASTM Committee D13 on Textiles and AATCC (American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists), the workshop's objective is to educate those in the area of smart textiles by providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and to identify new opportunities for standards in this emerging industry segment. Click here for me information. Posted May 9, 2016

US Industrial Fabrics Export Figures for March Released. The US Department of Commerce has released the March 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 March 2015 and 2016. Exports to Mexico and the United Kingdom have shown increases while Canada, China and Hong Kong continue to show declines from 2015. (Data figures in thousands.) Click here to see the entire report. Posted May 9, 2016

 

 

Country

Year Ending

3/2015

Year Ending

3/2016

 

% Change

Mexico

2,007,667

2,121,805

+5.69

Canada

590,939

652,702

-4.78

China

169,145

165,581

-2.11

Hong Kong

143,866

142,487

-0.96

United Kingdom

87.010

91,498

+5.16

 

Bangladesh Preparing for Future Disasters. According to the Dhaka Tribune's website, the Bangladesh government has authorized the importation of 7,339 as it begins to plan for future disaster responses such as what was needed after the country's devastating earthquake experienced in 2015. The MInistry of Disaster Management and Relief is going to purchase tents in three phases. Mizan Construction Ltd won the right to supply the first 2,591 tents. Computer World BD is to oversee the import of the next 2,672 tents and JSM Corporation is to import the remaining 2,676 tents. Click here to read the article. Posted May 7, 2016

Name Change Announced for Protective Medical Device Manufacturer. Vestagen Technical Fabrics,, Inc., based in Orlando, Fla., USA, has changed its name to Vestagen Protective Technologies, Inc. Vestagen was founded in 2009 and develops performance textiles for healthcare and other related industries. The company press release says the name change "is intended to reinforce the company's focus on innovative products designed to maintain worker and patient health and safety, and allow for inclusion of new product applications going forward."  Click here to read the entire press release. Posted May 7, 2016

Use of Prison Labor Ok in US But Not in China? There is an article posted on the website The Hill by Rick Helfenbein, president and CEO of the American Apparel & Footwear Association, questioning why the Obama Administration seeks to prohibit products coming into the US that have been made by prison labor when, in fact, the US also makes textile products by prisoners under the longstanding UNICOR program administered by the Federal Prison Industries. Mr. Helfenbein is not advocating allowing products to be imported if they are made from prison labor; instead, he wonders why the US itself allows its domestic prison industry to employ cheap labor and compete with American companies trying to make the same products. Click here to read his article. Posted May 7, 2016

First Law Enforcement Officer Saved by "Bulletproof" Vest Dies 40 Years Later. There is an interesting article/video on the KIRO 7 television website noting the passing of Raymond Johnson, the first law enforcement officer in the United Sates credited with being saved by a "bulletproof" vest. The retired Seattle, Wa., USA, police officer passed away in his sleep a few weeks ago, 40 years after being shot multiple times while on-duty. Since he was shot in 1975, the vests made with DuPont Kevlar aramid woven fabric has saved more than 3,100 lives. The vest Mr. Johnson wore back in the 70s weighed over 60 pounds. Today's vest weigh a little more than 2 pounds. Click here to go to the website and watch the video report. Posted May 7, 2016

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 management 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 Massachusetts, Cambridge, Mass., USA, on May 11. Click here to read more about the event. Posted April 29, 2016

Photo by David Norton

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

Photo Credit: Glenna Musante

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

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Coming Events

  • May 23-26: SAMPE Long Beach 2016, Long Beach, Calif., USA
  • May 24-25: Nonwoven Filter Media Training Course, Cary, N.C., USA
  • May 24-26: WEAR Conference 2016, Boston, Mass., USA
  • May 25-27: The Fiber Society Spring Conference, Mulhouse, France
  • May 31-June 2: Automotive Interiors Expo 2016, Stuttgart, Germany
  • May31-June 2: 2016 mtex+ 6th International Trade Fair for Technical Textiles, Chimnitz, Germany
  • June 1-4: ITM 2016 Exhibition, Istanbul, Turkey
  • June 7-10: World of Wipes International Conference, Chicago, Ill, USA
  • June 8-10: SuperExpo2016, Broad Beach (Gold Coast), QSD, Australia
  • June 8-10: AUTEX 2016, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • June 13-17: 2016 Eurasatory Defence & Security International Exhibition, Paris, France
  • June 23-26: 2016 OFPANZ Trade Exhibition and Conference, Auckland, New Zealand
  • June 26: Workshop on Smart Textiles, Chicago, Ill., USA

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Fiber Composites Growth (2016-2020)

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

 

Steve Warner, Publisher

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

 

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

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

Vincenzo di Pietro

Atlanta Trade Shows End After Three Hectic Days. It is amazing how fast three days can go past. After months of preparation, the co-located Techtextil North America, Texprocess Americas and JEC Americas ended this past Thursday. During the week, the organizations hosted many educational sessions, social receptions and, of course, held the largest trade show in the Americas for the technical textiles industry. Our BeaverLake6 Report booth was busy during the entire trade show. More than 150 people entered the drawing for the Kindle Fire HD 10. The lucky winner was Vincenzo di Pietro of the Italian Trade Commission. Special thanks to Sheree Turner of Textile World for helping as with the drawing. Posted May 7, 2016

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

Media Partners

BeaverLake6 Report is pleased to announce a special section has been created on the website to focus on the Italian Textile Machinery pavilion at Techtextil North America. Among these companies participating in the pavilion are ACIMIT members Dell'Orco & Villani, Fadis, PMT Ribbons, Ramina, Rollmac, Saspe, Siltex, Tecnorama and Ugolini. Click here to go to the special page and watch for more updates in the coming weeks.

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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