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Lenzing Chief Operating Officer Resigns. In a press release issued September 25 by Lenzing AG, Friedrich Weninger, Chief Operating Officer, has announced a decision not to seek a contract extension as a Member of the Management Board after his current contract expires December 31, 2014. Lenzing is a global leader in the manufacture of manmade cellulose fibers. According to the Lenzing website, the Lenzing Group has been impacted in the first half of 2014 by the ongoing difficult market conditions creating low fiber selling prices. Mr. Friedrich has been with the company for more than 25 years. He will continue to serve as a consultant for the Lenzing Group after his COO contract ends. Click here to read the company release. Posted September 26, 2014
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IFAI Announces Dates and Location of 2015 Shows. The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has announced both the 2015 Specialty Fabrics Expo and the Advanced Textiles Expo will be taking place October 6-9, 2015 in Anaheim, Calif., USA. Taking place along with the Specialty Fabrics and Advance Textiles events will be the introduction of a third show called Shade Expo. It is being designated a stand-alone event with a concentrated focus on all things sun protection. Click here to read the release. Posted September 31, 2014
Teijin Aramid Receives Award for Developing Carbon Nanotube Fibers. Researchers of Teijin Aramid, based in the Netherlands, and Rice University, based in the US, have been awarded the honorary "Paul Schlack Man-Made Fibers Prize" for corporate-academic partnership in fiber research. The honary award was given by the European Man-Made Fibers Association for the development of a new generation of super fibers using carbon nanotubes. Click here to read the Teijin press release. Posted September 31, 2014
SYFA Fall Conference Features Key Industry Leaders. The Synthetic Yarn and Fiber Association's Fall Conference will have special presentation from Auggie Tantillo, president of the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), and Dr. James A. Hayward, CEO and president of Applied DNA Sciences. NCTO is considered the voice of the US domestic textile industry and Mr. Tantillo will be giving a report on the state of the industry as well as progress reports on pending trade agreements. Dr. Hayward's company was recently in the news with the announcement of a $3 million contract with the US Department of Defense to supply its counterfeit protection DNA marking technology to a host of new components destined for use by the military. The SYFA conference will take place October 3-4 in Charlotte, N.C., USA. Click here for more information on registering. Posted September 29, 2014
Institutes for Manufacturing Innovation Considering Fiber and Textiles. Here's something you might want to check out if you are a US domestic textile industry manufacturer: A few months ago the US Department of Defense (DoD) issued a Request for Information (RFI) as it began the process of developing future Institutes for Manufacturing Innovation (IMI). Fibers and textiles is one of the six new areas under consideration. Each of the IMIs is built around a specific manufacturing technology. An information meeting for a proposed fiber and textile IMI is now scheduled for Wednesday, October 1, at Gaston College's Textile Technology Center in Belmont, N.C., USA. Each IMI will have a minimum of $70 million in federal funding and $70 million in funding from states and industry over a 5-7 year period. The DoD plans to create 2 of these manufacturing sector institutes each year, with an overall total of 15 IMIs. Devin Steele, publisher of the website eTextile Communications, has written a nice blog about the upcoming event. Click here to read. Posted September 29, 2014
Yarn Manufacturer Purchases Textile Plant in Mexico. The website for the Charlotte Observer newspaper (Charlotte, N.C., USA) is reporting North Carolina-based Parkdale Mills has acquired the remaining half of Summit Yarns, a joint venture yarn plant located south of Mexico City. Parkdale purchased the half of the operation owned by International Textile Group. Parkdale is one of the world's largest supplier of spun yarns. Click here to read the article. Posted September 29, 2014
New Test Methods for Light-Blocking Window Coverings. AATCC, the Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals, has published two new test methods to measure the effectiveness of blocking light passing through material. One test uses a spectrophotometric method which is applicable for knits, wovens and nonwovens and the other uses a photodetector method which can be used on various textile-based materials, including coated textiles. Click here to read more from AATCC. Posted September 29, 2014
New Method for Measuring Tent Space. Gizmodo, one of our favorite websites, posted an article September 20 on a method developed comparing the interior volume and shape between two or more tents without setting them up side-by-side. Two tents with exactly the same measured floor space can have immensely different interior space depending on the shape of the tent. The intent of the new method is to have a standardized methodology for manufacturers and retailers to use when comparing different tents. Click here to read the article. Posted October 26, 2014
EDANA Launches New Asia Award. EDANA, an international trade organization, has announced a new award for the Asia/Pacific nonwovens industry. The award is called Outlook™. The award winner will be announced at Outlook Asia 2014, an EDANA event taking place October 26-27 in Singapore. Companies can either nominate a nonwoven product, a product containing nonwoven elements, or a service for personal care and hygiene, which has been developed, designed, manufactured and/or is on sale in Asia Pacific. Click here for more information. Posted October 27, 2014
US Coast Guard Clarifies PFD Labeling. The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is trying to harmonize the US rules with those of Canada and make a North American standard, according to a report posted on the website examiner.com. The new labeling rules which go into effect on October 22, 2014 reduce the number of types of code for a personal flotation device (PFD). Click here to read the article and for contact information at the USCG if you desire more information. Posted September 26, 2014
MIT Developing New Space Suits Using SMA Material. There is a short interesting article by Professor Seshadri Ramkumar about the use of shape memory alloys (SMA) that are being tested for space suit applications. The SMA provides a skin-tight suit when heated and are not dependent on the traditional presurized gas. Click here to read the article found on CommodityOnLine.com. Posted September 26, 2014
IFAI Vice President Resigns. Two sources have told BeaverLake6 Report that Todd Lindemann, vice president of Conference Management for the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), resigned yesterday. Mr. Lindemann has been with the trade organization for many years and has served as the conference management vice president since 2006. His responsibilities included management of the IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo that is taking place October 14-16 in Minneapolis, Minn., USA. Posted September 24, 2014
US Defense Logistics Agency Awards Contract to Federal Prison Industries. Federal Prison Industries, Inc., doing business as UNICOR, Washington, District of Columbia, has been awarded a maximum $13,533,000 modification on a one-year base contract with two one-year option periods. This is a firm-fixed-price contract for US Army physical fitness uniform jackets. Posted September 19, 2014
INDA and Nonwovens Institute to Offer New Education Courses. INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, and North Carolina State University's Nonwovens Institute (NWI) have announced a new jointly organized series of nonwovens short courses for 2015 named "The Professional Development Series." The new portfolio will consist of six courses, starting with the nonwoven's basics, increasing to intermediate and capping with an advanced series of product development, nanofibers and microfibers. Click here for more information. Posted September 19, 2014
US Defense Department of Defense Awards Sand Bag Contract. On September 17, the US Department of Defense announced Quincy Bag Co. Inc., Dubuque, Iowa, USA was awarded an $8,393,200 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract, with options, for standard and large sandbags, and poly sheets in support of the National Flood Fight Center. Funding and work location will be determined with each order. Posted September 19, 2014
New President for AEC Narrow Fabrics. The Triad Business Journal (North Carolina, USA) has posted an article reporting AEC Narrow Fabrics has announced the appointment of Charles R. Adams as the company's new president. AEC Narrow Fabrics is a global supplier of narrow fabrics for medical and industrial applications. Mr. Adams has previously held positions in Milliken & Co. and Polyester Fibers LLC. Click here to read the article. Posted September 19, 2014
Sale of TRW Expected Soon. The industry trade magazine Automotive News has posted an article by Reuters that ZF Friedrichshafen, a German automotive parts manufacturer, is preparing to purchase US-based TRW for an estimated $11-12 billion. TRW is the world's largest automtive-safety equipment suppliers, including airbags and other fabric-based restraint systems. Click here to read the article posted on the Automotive News website. Posted September 15, 2014
Tornado Sleeping Bag Protection. There is an interesting article and video posted on the UK-based MailOnline.com website about an armored sleeping bag invented to provide some protection from flying debris from a tornado or other extreme weather conditions. The sleeping bag is called the Tuuli Armor Tornado Shield. Click here to read the article and watch the video. Posted September 15, 2014
Small Custom Canvas Shop Featured. The website YourErie.com has a nice video and article posted about Al's Awning Shop of Erie, Penn., USA. The company is more than 70 years old and fabricates a number of different custom canvas products. We've known the Quadri family, owners of Al's Awning Shop, for a long time. Click here to go to the website. Posted September 15, 2014
More Investment in the US Technical Textile Industry. Continued good news for the US domestic manufacturing base. According to an article posted on the SCNow website, Glen Raven Inc., is expanding its Anderson County, S.C., USA, manufacturing center through a $13.5 million investment. The plant manufactures the company's Sunbrella brand of acrylic fabrics for the upholstery, marine and awning industry. Click here to read the article. Posted September 12, 2014
Ohmatex has a New CEO. The management of Ohmatex has announced the appointment of Klaus Ostergaard as CEO of the company. The Danish company works with Euopean technology companies in the development of space, medical, sports and safety products. Click here to read the company's press release on the appointment of Mr. Ostergaard. Posted September 5, 2014
Automotive Restraint System Manufacturer Acquired. Hong Kong-based investment company FountainVest has acquired a majority stake of Key Safety Systems, Inc. (KKS), headquarted in Sterling Heights. Mich., USA. KKS is a manufacturer of automotive airbags and seatbelts, with sales and manufacturering facilities in 28 locations. Click here to read more about the purchase. Posted August 5, 2014
US Releases July Export Figures for Specialty Fabrics. The US Office of Textiles & Apparel (OTEXA) has released the July export numbers for the Specialty and Industrial Fabrics group. Total year-ending comparison July 2013/July 2014 finds US exports in this category grew by 9.26%. Mexico was again the largest recipient of US exports for specialty and industrial fabrics with export value of $1.932bn, a 19.7% increase. Click here for the full report. Posted September 5, 2014
Geosynthetics Company Expanding North American Distribution Network Through Acquisitions. The website TriadBizBlog (Raleigh, N.C., USA) and several other geo-related websites have reported Hanes Geo Components (HGC) has acquired ERO-TEX, a distributor of erosion control and geosynthetic materials in the US Mid-West region. ERO-TEX is headquartered in Menomonee Falls, Wis., USA. HGC is a division of Legett & Platt, a global company which has 130 locations in 18 countries and annual corporate revenues of $3.7 billion. Over the last three years, HGC has acquired three other geosynthetic distributors -- Price & Co. (Mich., USA), CSI Geosynthetics (Wash., USA) and A&R Geosynthetics (Ont., Canada). HGC now has 34 geosynthetic material distribution locations in North America. Click here to read more. Posted August 29, 2014
Seaman Corporation Completes $50 Million Capital Investment. More good news regarding the coated technical textiles industry: Seaman Corporation, based in Wooster, Oh., USA, issued a press release saying the company has recently completed a 10-year, $50 million capital improvement program, capped with a $15 million investment over the past three years. Richard Seaman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said that in the past 10 years the company's business has doubled, largely as a result of expanded capabilities through capital investments designed to take advantage of emerging opportunities. Click here to read the entire company press release. Posted August 29, 2014
Sioen Industries Reports First Half Increase. One of the global giants in the coated technical textile industry is Sioen Industries NV based in Belgium. Yesterday the company issued a press release reporting on its first half 2014 performance. Net sales were up 3.1%, EBIT up +35% and EBITDA up +22.6%. All good news for our industry. In the coated fabrics marketplace, growth was mainly driven by product lines for the truck, agriculture and building segments. Click here to read the entire press release. Posted August 29, 2014
SPESA Holding Executive Conference in Washington. The September-November event season continues to build up with more event announcements including the holding of the SPESA 2014 Executive Conference, November 5-6, 2014, in Washington, DC, USA. SPESA is a trade association representing suppliers of sewn products machinery, and ancilliary equipment parts, services and technology for the sewn products industry. The theme of this year's event is "Fresh Perspectives on the Sewn Products Industry." Click here to find out more information on their website. Posted August 27, 2014
New Publication Benchmarks Nonwovens Capacity and Production. INDA, the Association of the Nonwowens Industry, has announced its first edition of the annual North American Nonwovens Supply Report. The report is available for its members. One of the key findings of the report is that over the last 23 years, North American nonwovens capacity has increased an average of 6.9% per year, more than outpacing US real GDP. The industry is now estimated to produce 2.35 million tons per year. Click here to seek more information. Posted August 27, 2014
South African Police Reluctant to Wear Anti-Ballistic Vests. There is an interesting article posted on the South Africa website iolnews about the reluctance of police in Durban province to wear their "bulletproof" vests. Amongst the police complaints were the vests are heavy and limited their movement, caused them to sweat profusely, did not take into account individual physiques as they were either too big or too small, and cause women pain and bruises. Many of the vests are more than 10 years old and long past their expiration dates. It is a terrible paradox because 146 police officers have been shot dead in South Africa in the past three years. The families of police officers killed in action will not get a death payout if it is found the officer was not wearing a vest. It's time Durban gets new modern vests. Click here to read the complete article. Posted August 26, 2014
Smart Textiles Used at US Tennis Open. When you see those ball girls and ball boys scooting around at the US Open tennis tournament, you will see 'smart" textiles at work. Designer Ralph Lauren polo shirts are using material in the shirts to take readings of heart rate, breathing and stress levels. At least one tennis player, Marcos Giron, will also be wearing one of the shirts. Click here for more information. Posted August 26, 2014
Building Code Officials Wearing Anti-Ballistic Vests. It's a tough world out there...and more violent as firemen, first responders and now even building code and animal control officials are wearing anti-ballistic vests. The Sacramento (Calif., USA) County Code Enforcement officers have new rules which require they wear "bulletproof" vests. This requirement came after a country animal control officer was killed by a person residing in a foreclosed home. The American Society For The Prevention of Cruelty To Animals paid for the animal control officers vests while the county is paying for the building code officials vests. Click here to read the article posted on a local television website. Posted August 26, 2014
High-Performance Nonwovens Conference Announced. International Newsletters has announced the second edition of its Nonwovens for High-Performance Applications conference will be held on March 4-5, 2015 in Cannes, France. Click here for more information. Posted August 24, 2014
Textile Technology Center Receives Extra Training Funds from State. It's good to hear the North Carolina government is giving Gaston College in Belment, N.C., USA, an extra $150,000 in funding to help train textile workers. The funding makes sense: In the last year North Carolina has gained $513 million in new investments in the textile industry, resulting in more than 800 jobs. Click here to read the article posted on the Gaston Gazette website. Posted August 24, 2014
"Yarn Forward" May Only Delay the Inevitable in TTP Agreement. The US textile industry's insistence of including the "Yarn Forward" Rule of Origin in the negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, if then implemented, may only delay the inevitable for the decline in textile exports for apparel manufacturing to Central American countries. In a website blog posting, Dr. Sheng Lu, Assistant Professor at the University of Rhode Island's Department of Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design, summarizes that the inclusion of the Yarn Forward Rule of Origin will allow the US to export to Vietnam apparel production facilities. However, the already strong investment in manufacturing facilities by Japan in Vietnam may hamper efforts by the US. Dr. Sheng concludes that the US domestic industry's best prospect lays in industrial and technical textiles. Click here to read his posting. Posted August 24, 2014
Dutch Sending Helmets and Vests to Iraqi Kurds. The website DutchNews.nl reported on August 22 that The Netherlands is sending 1,000 helmets and 1,000 "bullet-proof" vests to help the Kurds in Iraq who are fighting against Islamic State militants. Click here to read the article. Posted August 24, 2014
Archive Features Silk Applications in World War One. We love it when we learn something new: The Warner Textile Archive is one of many museums in the United Kingdom taking part in the First World War Centenary Partnership. The archive is located in Braintree, Essex, UK, and contains a collection of more than 60,000 textiles, plus more than 10,000 textile books and documents. A unique contribution for the World War One Partnership is its feature of Frank Warner, owner of silk manufacturer Warner & Sons. During World War One, Warner experimented with using 15-20 layers of loose layers of silk to make bullet-proof vests. The company also made noil cloth, a material made from the short fibers left after silk is spun. Noil was essential for making cartridge-bags that held the explosive charge for the artillery shells. The fabric was the only material that could guarantee complete combustion; it did not leave ashes when it burned, and, thus, prevented the accidental reigniting of the next shell. Click here to visit the website with the archive. Posted August 24, 2014
Associations Sponsor Life Jacket Design Contest. The BoatUS Foundation, along with the Personal Floatation Device Manufacturers Association (PFDMA) and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), are sponsoring the "Innovation in Life Jacket Design Competition." A $10,000 cash award goes to the winning designer. Additional cash prizes are offered for second and third place. Submission deadline is April 15, 2015. Click here for more details. Posted August 24, 2014
Brand & Oppenheimer Names Business Development and Marketing Manager. Brand & Oppenheimer Co., Inc., a textile converter headquartered in Red Bank, N.J., USA, has appointed Lizz Gillcrist as Business Development and Marketing Manager for Protective Fabrics. Ms. Gillcrist had previously worked as Product Specialist in the Advanced Concepts Group for Polartec, LLC. Click here to read the company's press release. Posted August 24, 2014
Vietnam to Buy Ebola Protective Clothing Suits. According to the website VietNamNet Bridge, the concern of the spread of the deadly Ebola disease has prompted the Vietnam Ministry of Health to order the purchase of 10,000 personal protective equipment for those who may potentially have to work with patients infected with the virus. Click here to read the article. Posted August 24, 2014
Trinidad & Tobago Government Puchasing Anti-Ballistic Vests. The possibility of a prison shutdown has caused the Trinidad & Tobago government to announce plans to act on the recommendations of Prime Minister Kamla Perad-Biessear's Special Prison Committee to spend $7.5 million on 4,000 "bulletproof vests" for prison officers. Click here to read the post found on the Trinidad & Tobago Guardian website. Posted August 24, 2014
Futuro Textiles Lighter-Than-Air Exhibit in Argentina. The Buenos Aires Herald (Buenos Aires, Argentina) has an interesting article posted on the third addition of Futuro Textiles that is taking place July 16 - November 2, 2014 at the Tecnopolis Exhibition Centre in Buenos Aires. Futuro Textiles is an exhibition of prototypes in the world of technical textiles. Previous editions of the exhibition have taken place in Lille, France and Kortrijk, Belgium. The theme this year is "lightness." There are three different segments -- medical workspaces and space missions, exotic and fashionalbe pieces, and an exhibition of fibers. Click here to read the article. Posted August 24, 2014
US Military Shelter Contract Awarded. The US Defense Logistics Agency announced today that Anchor Industries, Evansville, In., USA, has been awarded a maximum $200,000,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery contract for commercial shelters. This contract was a competitive acquisition, and 20 offers were received. This is a one-year base contract, with three one-year option periods. Location of performance is Indiana, with a Nov. 22, 2015, performance completion date. Using military services are Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2014 defense working capital funds. Posted August 21, 2014
Airbag Fall Protection for Elderly. We love how our industry continually solves problems. A hip fracture for an elderly person is devastating. According to an article posted on the MedGadget website, a company called ActiveProtect is now developing a belt that is worn on the outside of the clothing and it includes motion sensors that monitor the movement of the hips. If it detects that a person is falling, an airbag within the belt opens before the person hits the ground, cushioning the impact. Click here to read the article. Posted August 17, 2014
Mobile Lodging Success Story. There's a nice article posted on the UpStart Businees Journal website about Shelter Company, a camping tent rental company located in San Francisco, Calif., USA. The company was founded in 2012 and offers camping tents for rent. Besides the basic two-person tent, add-ons" include restrooms, showers and even a butler tent. Click here to read the article. Posted August 17, 2014
US Manufacturing Organizations Urge Currency Manipulation Fix. Association presidents from the US textile, auto and steel industries will participate in a press conference on August 20, calling for their government representatives to address unfair currency policies in ongoing international trade talks and future trade aggreements, to protect American jobs and economic growth. For more information, contact Jennifer Whisnant or Eliza Levy. Posted August 15, 2014
AutoLiv Reorganizes to Focus on Active Safety Business. According to a report posted on the Automotive News website today, Swedish manufacturer Autoliv, the largest automotive supplier of seat belts and airbags, "is restructuring its business units to focus more on its fast-growing high-margin active safety business..." Two business units are being organized: Passive Safety will be for the airbags and seat belt products. Electronics will be organized for the active safety business including radar, night vision and front-view cameras. Click here to go to the Automotive News website for the article. Posted August 15, 2014
Wide-Format Printing Panel Scheduled for SGIA Expo. The Specialty Graphics Imaging Association (SGIA) is reporting the upcoming SGIA Expo 2014 has 530 exhibitors. The show is being held October 22-25 in Las Vegas, Nev., USA. An all-star cast of industry experts are part of the Digital Textile Printing panel discussion at the show. Panelists included representatives of Pacific Coast Fabrics, Mimaki USA, Mutoh America, Sawgrass Technologies, Epson, and ErgoSoft USA. You shouldn't miss this show if you're in the wide-format printing business. Click here for more information at the SGIA site. Posted August 15, 2014
Military Helmet Contracts Awarded. The US Defense Logistics Agency announced today it has awarded Gentex Corp., Simpson, Penn., USA, a $14,825,236 firm-fixed-price, multi-year, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for procurement of a maximum quantity of 42,000 Advanced Combat Vehicle crewman helmets. The DLA also announced Armor Source, Hebron, Oh., USA, was awarded a $12,893,417 firm-fixed-price, multi-year, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for procurement of a maximum quantity of 42,000 Advanced Combat Vehicle crewman helmets. Posted August 15, 2014
INDA Offers Beginning Course on Nonwovens. If you're new to the nonwovens industry, you might want to think about attending this workshop organized by INDA, the Association of the Nonwovens Industry. The elementary training course is taking place September 17-18, 2014 at the INDA headquarters in Cary, N.C., USA. Click here to go to the event's website site. Posted August 15, 2014
What is UAE's Second Largest Industry? You've probably guessed it is the textile industry since we are posting this on our website. According to officials at Abughazaleh Trading Company, United Arab Emirates exports textile products to more than 50 countries with major destinations being China, South Korea, Japan and other Asia countries. UAE has a diversified textile manufacturing portfolio including in our industry tents, automotive seating and luggage. Click here to read the article. Posted August 15, 2014
"Could This Be the [Motorcycle] Life Jacket of the Future?" This was the title of a short article found on the CarBuzz website (with our insertion of "Motorcycle"). The posting is about the performance of the new Decati D-Air motorcycle protection system which includes a jacket connected to the bike via a Bluetooth pairing system that senses an impact. There is a very cool short video that shows the inflation of the rider's jacket. Click here to visit the site and watch the video. Posted August 15, 2014
UK Hi-Tech Fabric Maker Bought by US Company. Bradford (UK)-based Universal Carbon Fibres Ltd. (UCF) has been acquired by Tex Tech Industries, a global manufacturer of engineered, high-performance materials. UCF is a manufacturer of high-performance yarns and fabrics, predominantly from carbon-based fibers, for applications such as automotive fuel cells and friction materials, fire-blocking for the transportation and aerospace industries, and water-blocking technology for communication and power cells. UCF also manufacturers inherently fire-resistant fabrics for personal protective clothing. Tex Tech is headquartered in Portland, Maine, USA. Click here to read the company press release announcing the acquisition. Posted August 15, 2014
Failure to Pass MTB has Contributed to $10 Million in Duty Costs to American Companies Importing Rayon Fiber. According to a report by Agathon Associates lack of congressional action on the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill ("MTB") has contributed to $10 million in added costs to textile manufacturers who import rayon fiber. The US has not produced rayon filament fibers since Avtex, Inc. of Front Royal, Virginia, closed in the early 1990s, and has not produced rayon staple fibers since Liberty Fibers Corp. of Lowland, Tenn., USA, the last North American producer of these rayon fibers, terminated all U.S. manufacturing operations in 2005. However, rayon filament yarn (singles), staple fiber, tow, and top all continue to be subject to import duties ranging for 4.3% to 10%. Congress previously recognized that a tariff on a good for which there is no domestic producers adds a cost to other domestic producers while benefiting no one and, therefore, suspended, temporarily, the import duties on certain rayon fiber. Since the last of the rayon duty suspensions expired at the end of 2012, Congress has failed to act with the result that U.S. companies are now paying hundreds of thousands of dollars every month in import duties on rayon. Subscribers to Agathon Associates Trade Advisor service can read more by clicking here. Posted August 11, 2014
US Releases June Export Figures for Specialty Fabrics. The US Office of Textiles & Apparel (OTEXA) has released the June export numbers for the Specialty and Industrial Fabrics group. Exports continued to grow thorugh a 12-month year-to-year ending in June, increasing.5%. The top five recipients of US exports in this category were Mexico (+17.85%), Canada (-5.45%), China (-3.1%), Hong Kong (+1.16%) and Japan (+1.21%). Click here for the full report. Posted August 11, 2014
NASA Releases Video of Flying Saucer Ring Deployment. The US National Aeronautical Space Agency (NASA) has released a very cool video of the testing of the inflatable ring on the new Mars landing craft. The inflatable ring is shaped like a donut around the craft, giving the entire craft a "flaying saucer" look. The video was during a June 28 high-altitude test over Hawaii and shows the craft's descent velocity reduced from 4 times the speed of sound to 2 1/2 times. Click here to go to the site to watch the video. Posted August 9, 2014
MIller Weldmaster Acquires Product Lines from Sinclair Equipment. A news release was issued today from Miller Weldmast that the company has purchased the Triad, Spec and Roof Welding Toll product lines from Sinclair Equipment Company of Diamond Springs, Calif., USA. Miller Weldmaster, based in Navarre, Oh., USA, is a global manufacturer of heat seaming solutions for industrial fabrics and Sinclair has been one of the leading manufacturers of portable wedge welders, so the acquisition makes good sense. The press release is unclear what is happening to Sinclair Equipment but references that the owners, Frank and Anita Sinclair, are retiring. Posted August 8, 2014
Record Recall This Year on Airbags. According to the Reuters news agency more than 6.4 million vehicles have now been recalled this year because of possible faulty inflators used in the airbag systems manufactured by Japanese-based Takata Corp. Takata holds 20% of the world's airbag market. The recall is expected to result in the company's year-end loss of about $235 million for the year ending March 2015. Overall, automakers using Takata airbags have had to recall more than 12 million vehicles since 2008. Click here to read an article on the website InAutoNews.com about the recall and its effect. Posted August 7, 2014
Geosynthetics' Society Newsletter is Available. If you are looking for a comprehensive global look at the geosynthetics industry, we would suggest you consider the newsletter published by the International Geosynthetics Society. The latest IGS News (Volume 30, Issue 2) has just been released. It is free to download and filled with information on activities of the many IGS country and regional chapters as well as news about awards, recognitions and events to take place. Click here to view the newsletter. Posted August 7, 2014
AFMA Names Scholarship Recipient. Thanks to our good friend David Trumbull at Agathon Associates for reminding us today in his Textiles and Trade newsletter that the American Fiber Manufacturers Association (AFMA) announced in June the first recipient of the Paul T. O'Day Scholarship Award. The scholarship was given to Elaine (Lainey) Indermaur of Oak Ridge, N.C., USA. Ms. Indermaur will receive $5,000 per year for four years of study at North Carolina State University. She is pursuing a degree in biomedical engineering. The scholarship program is named for Paul T. O'Day. He has served as AFMA's president for three decades. Click here to read the AFMA press release that was posted on Mr. Trumbull's website. Posted August 7, 2014
Finnish Fiber-Material Manufacturer Reports Improved Profitability. Finland-based Ahlstrom has issued an interim report for January-June 2014. In the 2nd Quarter, while net sales fell by 4.5%, the profitability improved due to restructuring within the company. Ahlstrom is a manufacturer of fiber-based materials for the automotive, construction, food and medical industries. In the medical products segment, demand for its fabrics was stable in Europe and North America, while it strengthened in Asia. Click here to read the report issued by Ahlstrom. Posted August 7, 2014
Brawer Bros. Expand Warp Knitting Capability. More manufacturing in the US. Alasdair Carmichael of Carmichael International is reporting Brawer Bros., with headquarters based in New Jersey, USA, has announced it is expanding their conventional warping operations with the addition of a new plant located in Whiteville, N.C., USA. Posted August 6, 2014
Pioneer Big Top Sail Being Replaced. An interesting article was posted on the Sunshine Coast Daily website about the replacement of a shade sail from the Big Top Shopping Centre located in Maroochydore, Queensland, Australia. At the time the original sail was erected in 1986, it was the largest shade sail in the southern hemisphere. The sail, designed by David Oliver, used 4500 square meters of fabric and was designed to protect a shopping mall. Click here to read the article. Posted August 6, 2014
OTEXA Looking for Injection Molding Companies. The US Department of Commerce's Office of Textile and Apparel (OTEXA) has asked for BeaverLake6 Report to help to find a company capable of doing injection moldings for elbow and knee carriers. If you can help, please contact Nadeen Saqer at Nadeen.Saqer@trade.gov. Posted August 5, 2014
Nonwoven Show to Move to Boston for 2016. After years of being held in Miami Beach, Fla., USA, the IDEA International Engineered Fabrics Conference and Exposition will move to Boston, Mass., USA, for 2016. IDEA is organized by INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry. It is held on a triennial frequency. The move to Boston is prompted by major rennovations being undertaken at the Miami Beach Convention Center. While the intent is to return to Miami Beach after the 2016 show, this temporary re-location to Boston could prove to be a nice opportunity for the organizer to present something different to the nonwovens industry. A potentional issue could emerge, though, because the new show dates INDA announced, May 3-5, 2016, are the exact same dates as those previously announced by the organizers of the Techtextil North America 2016, Texprocess North America 2016 and JEC Composites 2016 events that are again being held together in Atlanta, Ga., USA. Both the IDEA and these other shows do have some crossover, competing, in part, for the same audience of visitors and exhibitors. Click here to read the INDA press release. Posted August 5, 2014
US Army Announces Date for Phasing in New Camouflage Pattern. The website armytimes.com posted an article on July 31 announcing that combat uniforms featuring the service's newest camouflage pattern called "Operational Camouflage Pattern" will be available starting in mid-2015. The plan is to transition to this new pattern, including dyeing over current wearable items which have the older digital Universal Camouflage Pattern. The Army is soliciting for industry partners who can over-dye nylon, cotton and rayon fabrics. The Operational Camouflage Pattern is expected to be used both in garrison and combat environments. According to the armytimes.com website, the new Operational Camouflage Pattern is one of a "family" of new patterns that will also include darker jungle-woodland and lighter desert environment variants. Click here to read the article. Posted August 1, 2014
Trelleborg Acquires Assets of US Coated Fabrics Company. Several news services are reporting that Trelleborg Coated Systems of Sweden has signed an agreement to acquire the assets and businesses of US-based Uretek Archer LLC Group. The acquired company consists of Uretek LLC and Archer Rubber Company LLC. The two companies manufacture urethane-coated and rubber-coated fabrics used in applications such as defense, outdoor recreation and aerospace. Total sales of Uretek and Archer amounted to almost US$70 million last year. Click here to read a Business Wire posting. Posted August 1, 2014
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SYFA Fall Conference
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October 2-3, 2014
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Thursday, May 15
Last Day Visits Always Hold Surprises. One of the nice results of a multi-day show is that by late morning of the last day the visitor traffic has slowed. Why is this good? It allows the exhibitors, especially the personnel of smaller booths, to get out and explore the show themselves. After 35 years in the event management business, I know there is a lot of informal business which takes place between exhibitors in these final hours of a trade show.
The winner of the iPad Mini we gave away at our booth was Jeremy Day, district manager of Penford Products Co., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA. Congratulations to Mr. Day and thanks to all of you who entered the drawing. Special kudos to Jim Borneman, publisher of Textile World magazine, who helped us out with drawing the winning business card.
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Auggie Tantillo has been NCTO president for 8 months. He was recently inteviewed to discuss these trade agreements and the state of the US textile industry. Click here to read this exclusive interview with one of the top leaders in the US textile industry.
We are pleased to announce the third and final segment in Rose McKinney's column on building your company's brand is now posted. In this segment, Ms. McKinney, founder of the award-winning reputation management firm PineappleRM, discusses how brand outcomes are not just the visual image of the logo but a refresh in the thinking of how people see your company and the image you project. Click here to read the new column.
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