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Korean Acquisition May Be First of Many in Response to New US Trade Protectionist Stance

Buhler Quality Yarns Acquired by Korean Cotton Spinner. The Korea JoongAng Daily is reporting Korean-based Samil Spinning has acquired Buhler Quality Yarns, a US subsidiary of Hermann Buhler. The move is an apparent effort to anticipate the trade changes that will go with US President Donald Trump's aggressive domestic protectionist stance. Samil Spinning was originally considering either Vietnam and the US under the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement but with the US withdrawal from the agreement it decided to focus either on building a facility in the US or acquiring an already established yarn manufacturer. Through its acquisition, Samil Spinning can now also make use of the US free trade agreements with the Dominican Republic and Central America. Click here to read the article. Posted March 22, 2017

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Exhibitor List Released. The Techtextil 2017 show's preliminary list of almost 1500 exhibitors has been released. BeaverLake6 Report has posted the list on a special page within this website. Check out who will be there by clicking here. Posted March 13, 2017

Front Page News

US Military Conference to Focus on Advanced Textiles. The Defense Strategies Institute has announced a focus of the upcoming Future Warfighter Symposium will be advanced fabrics. The symposium is taking place in Alexandria, Va., USA, April 25-26, 2017. Topics include materials to aid in clothing efficiency -- heat / cold, weather, wicking and waterproofing -- and next generation research in personal protective equipment / exoskelteons including malleable fabric "exosuits" and liquid armor and buoyant armor. Click here to visit the organizer's website for a list of speakers. Posted March 22, 2017

More than 30 French Textile Machinery Manufacturers Participating In Techtextil. Per the latest press release issued by UCMTF, the French textile machinery association, the organization will have more than 30 of its members in the exhibition area at the Techtextil show taking place in Frankfurt, May 9-12, 2017. Bruno Amerline, the UCMTF president, stated the machinery makers focus primarily on niche markets in the technical textile industry. Posted March 21, 2017 

US Recycled Fiber Company Names North American Exclusive Distributor. Custom Synthetic Fibers, LLC, a recycled polyester staple manufacturer announced March 21 that it had selected FiberQuest, LLC as its sole sales distribution partner. Custom Synthetic, headquartered in Florence, S.C., USA, has been operational since the fall of 2016 and produces 40 million pounds annually for end-product markets such as automotive, home furnishing, industrial and apparel goods. Click here to read the press release posted on the Textile World website. Posted March 21, 2017

North Carolina Safety Product Company Being Sold to 3M for $2 Billion. 3M announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Scott Safety from Johnson Controls for a total enterprise value of $2.0 billion. Scott Safety is a manufacturer of personal protection equipment for the police, firefighters, military and rescue teams, including self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) systems, gas and flame detection instruments, and other safety devices that complement 3M’s personal safety portfolio. Scott Safety is headquartered in Monroe, N.C., USA and employees more than 1500 people around the world. Click here to read the 3M press release. Posted March 17, 2017 

JEC World Shatters Previous Attendance Record. JEC World 2017, closed March 16 with a record 40,607 visitors, including attendance from 113 countries. JEC World 2017, organized by the JEC Group, is an annual event for the composite industry held in Paris. The number of visitors in 2017 was an increase of more than 10% over 2016, the previous record event. This year the event placed a special focus on 4 end-markets for composites -- automotive, aerospace, better living and building. Posted March 17, 2017

OUTLOOK™ Plus Latin America 2017 Keeps Its Promises. The two global nonwoven trade associations, EDANA and INDA, closed the second edition of OUTLOOK™ Plus Latin America conference in São Paulo, Brazil with more than 270 participants for the seminars and 25 suppliers taking part in a tabletop exhibition. The event focused on the personal hygiene, infection prevention, and healthcare markets for nonwovens. Click here to read the organizers' press release on the outcome of the event. Posted March 17, 2017

AATCC Announces Young Entrepreneur Award Recipient. AATCC, the Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals, has announced Cody Reynolds is the recipient of the AATCC Young Entrepreneur Award. Dr. Reynolds is the CEO and Co-Founder of Additive Drug Delivering Devices Inc. (AD3). He is being recognized for developing patents that allow drugs to be added to uniquely formed bi-component fibers that elute the drugs in an even, time-controlled manner to fight surgical-site infections. Click here to read more about Dr. Reynolds' accomplishments and the Young Entrepreneur Award. Posted March 15, 2017

Photo Source: Google

Levi and Google Introduce New Smart Jacket Developed Through Project Jacquard. Google and Levi's will together bring a new smart connected jacket targeted at bike riders. The jacket is dubbed as a commuter trucker jacket and uses Google's technology known as Jacquard, which turns fabric into a touch-controlled fabric. Per the article posted on the Popular Science website, the jacket works "by incorporating conductive threads into the left sleeve of the Levi's denim jacket, which senses your touch." Through the touch, you can be connected to your phone or another electronic device. Pretty cool stuff. Click here to read the article. Posted March 15, 2017

ITMA Highlights Innovation for Its Second Barcelona Edition. ITMA, the giant textile machineryand garment technology showcase, will continue its focus on innovation for its upcoming 2019 edition in Barcelona, Spain. The main theme of the show will be "Innovating the World of Textiles." Online exhibition space application will open May 4, 2017. ITMA 2019 is expected to feature over 1500 exhibitors from 45 countries. The show is being held June 20-26, 2019. Click here for addition information about reserving exhibition space as well as general information about ITMA 2019. Posted March 15, 2017

INDA Announces Finalists for 2017 World of Wipes Innovation Award®. Competition for the 2017 World of Wipes Innovation Award has been narrowed to three finalists and the visitors at the World of Wipes® International Conference (WOW) will have key deciding votes in the selection of the winner. The event is being held June 12-15, 2017 in Nashville, Tenn., USA. The three finalists are Berry Plastics' Chicopee® Microfiber Floor Care System, Elsner Engineering's Glueless Tail Tie for rolled wipes, and Kimberly-Clark Corporation's Huggies® Natural Care Extra Sensitive Baby Wipes. INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, is the organizer of WOW. Click here for more information on the products of the finalists. Posted March 15, 2017

Source: King County Sheriff

Extra! Extra! Awning Saves Toddler's Life. Perhaps the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association should tone down the aesthetic look and energy saving qualities of awnings and emphasize more the safety factor of the sturdy structure. Per the Seattle--based The Stranger website, a 3-year old boy's life was saved yesterday when he fell from a second story window at a motel near the SeaTac airport and landed first on the awning before ending up on the concrete surface below. No word on the condition of the boy (or the awning). Click here to read the story. Posted March 14, 2017

Photo Source: Boeing

First Parachute Test  for Boeing Starliner Successful. While much publicity is being made about the successful testing  for the Orion space capsule and Mars landing craft, Boeing has been quietly working on its Starliner spacecraft designed for low-orbit missions. On March 10, per the company website, "Boeing test teams reached a significant milestone for the CST-100 Starliner program by testing the parachute system Starliner will use on its return to Earth. Using a helium-filled balloon, it took about 30 minutes for the test vehicle to reach 38,300 ft. The ride down took four minutes and reached speeds of 300 mph. A series of mortars deployed parachutes at different altitudes, ultimately slowing the vehicle down to gently land...This was the first test of the parachute system. More testing is planned for the next several months." Boeing posted parachute drop video which also shows inside the CST-100 Starliner test vehicle during its return to the ground. Click here to watch. Posted March 13, 2017

Elgar Straub

VDMA's Elgar Straub Interviewed. The website Innovations in Textiles has posted an informative interview with Elgar Straub, managing director of the new Textile Care, Fabric and Leather Technoligies division of VDMA (Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau). Mr. Straub offers his views on the state of the European textile industry and some very good insight on the demand for individual products within what are viewed as commodity markets such as the automotive industry. Click here to check out the interview. Posted March 13, 2017 

Jaren Wilkey/BYU

Folding Ballistic Shield Developed at BYU. Per the website of the Department of Material Engineering at Brigham Young University, a team of engineers at the school have developed an "origami" type of folding ballistic shield that can protect police officers. About a dozen layers of the Kevlar™ woven material are used to create the foldable shield. The weight is about 40 pounds compared to the currently used 90 pounds of a rigid shield. Click here to read the article on the BYU engineering website. Posted March 10, 2017

2016 Chapin Award Winner Announced. AATCC, the Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals, has named Adi B. Chehna as the 2016 recipient of the Harold C. Chapin Award for his service and contributions in test method research and development. Mr. Chehna joined AATCC in 1977. He has served, and currently serves, on many AATCC Test Method, Technology, and Administrative committees. The Chapin Award was established in 1958 in honor of Harold C. Chapin, professor of chemistry at Lowell Textile School, who served as national secretary of AATCC for nearly 25 years. The Association will present the Chapin Scroll at the AATCC International Conference during the Awards Luncheon at noon on March 30, 2017, in Wilmington, N.C., USA. Click here to read the entire AATCC press release. Posted March 9, 2017

Source: NASA

NASA's Orion Spacecraft Parachutes Tested at U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground. Engineers successfully tested the parachutes for NASA's Orion spacecraft at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona Wednesday, March 8. This was the second test in a series of eight that will certify Orion's parachutes for human spaceflight. The test, which dropped an Orion engineering model from a C-17 aircraft at 25,000 feet, simulated the descent astronauts might experience if they must abort a mission after liftoff. There's a neat video on the space.com website which shows the three stages of parachutes being deployed to slow up the craft's descent. Click here to watch. Posted March 9, 2017

US Department of Commerce Releases January Technical Textile Export Figures. 2017 has started on the same downward trending that we experienced in most of 2016. For the 12-month period ending January 31, total exports in the Specialty and Industrial Fabrics group decreased 3.48%.  Mexico remains our largest destination with a 52% share of the export market. Of the top 5 countries, only China and the UK saw increases over the previous year.  Click here to see the entire report. Posted March 8, 2017

 

 

 

Year Ending

1/2016

Year Ending

1/2017

 

% Change

Mexico

2,1033,333

2,064,618

-1.84

Canada

564,050

553,478

-1.87

China

166,716

170,298

+2.35

Hong Kong

140,920

127,363

-9.62

United Kingdom

90,230

94,129

+4.32

World 4,192,115 4,046,298 -3.48

 

Photo Source: NASA

Re-Thinking Parachute Design for Space Exploration. The website knowridge.com has an interesting article posted entitled "A New Paradigm in Parachute Design." Scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's Advanced Light Source are working on developing prototypes for parachutes designed to assist in the decelerating of planetary vehicles. The article also says " A test chamber is also being designed to simulate the strain that parachutes will undergo during atmospheric descent."  Click here to read the article. Posted March 7, 2017

Apple Files Patent for Next Generation Fabrics for Housing Devices. In a move that shows progress towards more flexible housing for items such as the iPhone, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that relates to fabric housing. According to the website Patently Apple, the patent shows " that a device's housing may be formed from layers of material such as fabrics and polymer layers." The article said that fabric layers may be made of woven polyester yarns.  Interestingly, the website article notes the scope of this invention may go beyond Apple's current types of devices and could be applied to "electronic equipment associated with furniture or a vehicle, equipment in a building, or other suitable electronic device. Click here to read the posted article. Posted March 7, 2017

US Department of Commerce Conducting Industry Survey. The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), Office of Technology Evaluation (OTE), is conducting a survey and assessment of the health and competitiveness of the U.S. textile, apparel, and footwear industry. The assessment, requested by the U.S. Congress, will update a similar BIS/OTE industry study conducted for Congress in 2003. This survey will cover topics including employment, production, competitors and customers, supply chain, financial information, research and development, effectiveness of the Berry Amendment, and future industrial challenges. This is a mandatory BIS survey for organizations that manufacture textiles, textile products, or apparel in the Unites States. Our thanks to David Trumbull of Agathon Associates for alerting us. Click here to learn more about the survey at the DOC website. Posted March 6, 2017

Photo Source: Lakeland Asia Pacific

Multiple Function Protection Needed for Steel Workers. There's another good article posted on the Occupational Health & Safety website entitled "The Need for a Shield Against Steel." The premise of the article, written by Tim Cashell, director of protective markets at TexTech Industries, is that while NFPA 2112 is regarded as the industry governing standard for personal protective equipment used in environments where workers are at risk of flash fire exposure, there are other risks for workers who have cross-function responsibilities. In those situations, NFPA 2112 may not provide the needed protection against both flash fire and contact exposure from molten metal in steel foundries. Click here to read the article. Posted March 2, 2017

Need for Specifying Proper Flame Resistant Workwear for the Occupation. The Occupational Health & Safety website has posted a very good article concisely summarizing the different needs when confronting arc fire and flash fire situations. The industry standard for arc fire/ flame resistant (AR/FR) situations is NFPA 70E, while the flash fire standard is NFPA 2112. The article, authored by Scott Francis, Midwest regional manager of Westex by Milliken, explores beyond industry standards to specify the best FR fabrics to protect workers from these different fire hazards. Click here to read the article. Posted March 2, 2017

Picanol Has Record Year. Textile machinery manufacturer Picanol Group has reported 2016 produced a record 119 million profit, its 7th consecutive year of strong financial results, and outperforming its previous record year set in 2013. Further, Picanol management is forecasting a positive outlook for 2017 based on a well-filled order book. For the Weaving Machines Division, 2016 was a record breaking year. This all spells good news for the technical textiles industry. Click here to read a summary of the audit results. Posted March 2, 2017

Techtextil North America Releases Preliminary List of Exhibitors. With almost 4 months until it takes place, the 2017 Techtextil North America is on track to be the organizer's largest technical textile show held outside of Atlanta. This year the show is being held June 20-24 in Chicago, Ill., USA, and has already attracted 114 exhibitors. The show and conference is being co-located with The Future of Composites in Construction event organized by JEC, the composite industry association. Click here to view the lsit of exhibitors at our special Techtextil North America section on the website. Posted March 1, 2017 

Belgium Coated Fabrics Producer Releases 2016 Annual Results. Sioen, a global manufacturer of coated technical textiles as well as finished safeety apparel end products, has released the results of its 2016 year. A summary shows:

  • Net sales 363.4 million € (+11.3%)
  • EBT 38.0 million € (+16.1%)
  • REBITDA 59.9 million € (+ 13.3%)
  • Group profit 26.0 million € (+12.4%)
  • Proposed dividend 0.53 € per share

Click here to read the Sioen 2016 Annual Report. Posted February 27, 2017

Photo source: 3M

3 Key Considerations in High-Visibility Workwear. The National Safety Council's website Health & Safety has posted a concise article on the basic requirements of high-visibility work apparel: 1) 24-hour visibility; 2) Proper location of reflective materials; and, 3) Make sure the amount of high-visibility materials meets the key safety standards for its unique application. Click here to read the article. Posted February 27, 2017

INVISTA to Explore Strategic Alternatives for its Apparel & Advanced Textiles. Per an INVISTA February 24 press release, the company is said to be exploring strategic alternatives for its Apparel & Advanced Textiles business. INVISTA is a global producer of premium fibers and fabrics. The alternatives they are exploring including potentially selluing, or retaining and further investing in the business within INVISTA. The business unit includes LYCRA® and COOLMAX® fiber. Click here to read the press release. Posted February 25, 2017  

DuPont Closing Kevlar Plant. Well, there goes $500 million. The Charleston Post & Courier, Charleston, S.C., USA, has reported DuPont will be closing its Kevlar plant near Goose Creek, S.C., USA. The reason is the declining demand for the aramid fiber in protective gear such as helmets and bullet-proof vests.  The operations will be moved into the DuPont plant in Richmond, Va. In 2011, DuPont increased its global Kevlar manufactuing capacity by 25% with the opening of the plant. That segment, however, experienced a 9.6% sales decline between 2014 and 2015.  DuPont received a $1.2 million state grant for site work when building the plant and the DuPont investment itself was more than $400 million. Click here to read more. Thanks to Alasdair Carmichael of Carmichael International for alerting us to the closing. Posted February 25, 2017

Ana-Maria Petrea

Safety Components Adds to the Team. Safety Components, a manufacturer of technical textiles has named Ana-Maria Petrea merchandise planning manager. Ms. Petrea will manage planning for Safety Components' product lines suchas as WeatherMax performance outdoor fabric, and Armor AP, Glide Ice and PBO Max structural firefighting materials. Safety Components is based in Greenville, S.C., USA. Posted February 25, 2017

EDANA Announces Nominees for INDEX 17 Awards. EDANA, the nonwovens trade association based in Belgium, has announced the nominees for the INDEX17 awards. The awards are the highest accolade for the best examples of excellence in the industry, highlighting creativity and innovations from business of all sizes, and from all parts of the nonwovens supply chain. The awards are in 6 categories. INDEX17 is the European largest gathering of the nonwovens industry. Again, this year it will be held in Geneva, Switzerland, April 4-7. Click here to view the 3 nominees in each of the categories. Posted February 25, 2017 

Takata Aviation Restraint Subsidiaries Purchased. According to Crain's Cleveland Business, aircraft components maker TransDigm Group Inc. has acquired the stock of SCHROTH Safety Products GmbH and certain assets and liabilities of Takata Protection Systems Inc. Both companies make proprietary safety systems for aviation, racing and military ground vehicles.  SCHROTH, headquartered in Arnsberg, Germany, accounts for nearly 90% of its revenues in the manufacture of specialty technical restraints, passenger belts, and structural monument airbags for commercial, military and private aircraft. Click here to read more about the acquisition. Posted February 23, 2017

DSM Dyneema Wins Patent Case in Israel. According to a company news release issued today, DSM Dyneema, the manufacturer of Dyneema®, has prevailed after a long-lasting challenge in Israel of one of its key patents. An Israeli firm — the publicly held FMS Enterprises Migun Ltd. of Tel Aviv — had been trying to prevent the issuance of this patent through a series of opposition proceedings and appeals. The decision clears the way for grant of a patent to DSM Dyneema on highly oriented polyethylene fibers with amongst others a defined amount of solvent, and the technique for producing them. These fibers are used in products such as ropes and ballistic resistant vests. Click here to read the entire press release. Posted February 23, 2017

Technical Textile State of the Industry Published. The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has published Part 1 of its "State of the Industry 2017" market research report. The report is published annually in IFAI's Specialty Products Review and is authored by the organization's market research specialist Jeff Rasmussen. It gives a quick analysis of 11 end-product segments for the US and Canada. The first 5 market segments are covered in the publication's February issue with the remaining segments covered in the March issue. Click here if you want to read Part 1 on-line. (If you haven't one already, you will have to create an account with IFAI for access). Posted February 23, 2017

Photo Courtesy of Desmi

Danish Company Sets up Oil Boom Manufacturing Operation in India. Denmark-based pump manufacturer Desmi has set up a production facility in India near Hyderabad to mmake oil spill response equipment including inflatable oil booms. When full operational, the plant should make about 20,000 meter of booms per year, made of either PVC coated nylon or polyurethane fabrics. Click here for more information. Posted February 23, 2017

Katherine Morgan

ASTM New President Takes Over. ASTM International has a new president. Katherine Morgan became president on February1, following the retirement of James Thomas. Mr. Thomas had been with ASTM for more than 40 years, serving the last 25 years as its president. ASTM International is one of the world's largest international standards developing organizations. Ms. Morgan has been with ASTM for 33 years. There are more than 12,000 ASTM standards, including hundreds pertaining to technical textiles. Click here to read Ms. Morgan's vision of the future for the organization. Posted February 23, 2017

Music City Tents & Events Adquires 3 companies in Southeast US. Music City Tents & Events LLC, based in Nashville, Tenn., USA, has announced the purchase of 3 regional tent and event rental companies -- Tents Unlimited, Event Flooring Solutions, and Event Rentals Unlimited. Altogether, Music City Tents & Events now has more than 1 million square feet of rental tents available. Click here to read a Nashville Business Journal article posted on the acquisitions. Posted February 22, 2017

Inland Tarp & Liner Acquires Brawler Industries Assets. Per the geosynthetica website, it is reported Inland Tarp & Liner LLC, headquartered in Moses Lake, Wash., USA, has acquired the physical assets and equipment of Brawler Industries and Brawler Environmental Containment located in Midland, Texas, USA. Both Inland and Brawler are in the pit and pond liner markets. The Midland purchase will help support the Inland Tarp & Liner production facility in Odessa, Texas. Combined, the production space is now more than 100,000 square feet and 12,000 square feet of offices. Inland Tarp & Liner originally started about 35 years ago as a West Coast-focused hay tarp manufacturer. Click here to read the entire article at geosynthetica. Posted February 20, 2017 

Pakistan Organizing Trade Show Visit. According to Pakistan's The Express Tribune website, the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) is organizing a delegation to Techtextil Frankfurt from May 9 to 11, 2017. TDAP is providing 50% subsidy of the return economy airfare on the shortest route to and from the destination of the delegation and $100 per day per delegate for the approved duration. Huqas Corporation, Master Textile Mills, Sapphire Finishing Mills and Mahroz Textile Mills are participating from Pakistan. Posted February 20, 2017

Indian Navy Issues RFI for Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats. Per the website Defense World, the Indian Navy has issued a request for information (RFI) to procure Special Operation Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats from global manufacturers. The Indian Navy is looking for purchasing 10 of these inflatables. They have asked for carbon fiber-layered hull with a foam core and an outer layer of aramid fabric. Click here to read more on the website. Posted February 20, 2017

Directa Plus Receives European Grant for Smart Fabric Development. Per a company press release yesterday, Directa Plus PLC reports it has been allocated a EUR1.0 miliion grant from the European Regional Development Fund to develop smart fabrics. The grant money will towards a research project called Graphene for Advanced Textiles and Fashion. It is a collaboration between Directa Plus, Novaresin and Soliani companies and the Politecnico of Milan university. The project is seeking to enhance the thermal and electrical performance of textiles used in fashion applications. Directa is one of the largest producers and suppliers of graphene-based products. Click here to read the press release. Posted February 21, 2017

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

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

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

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

Photograph: Erik Hagman/Better Shelter

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

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

David King

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

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

 

 

 

Year Ending

12/2015

Year Ending

12/2016

 

% Change

Mexico

2,101,371

2,056,454

-2.14

Canada

565,444

555,841

-1.70

China

169,437

168,418

-0.60

Hong Kong

140,870

130,102

-7.64

United Kingdom

90,090

93,009

+3.24

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo Source: Sioen

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

Julie Bui

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

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

Kitty Dickerson, Ph.D.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AERONAUTICS – IHI Corporation (Japan)

Innovative composite fan system for aero-engines

AUTOMOTIVE, STRUCTURAL – Forward Engineering GmbH (Germany)

T-RTM

AUTOMOTIVE, EXTERIOR – LG Hausys (South Korea)

One-piece roof rack

CONSTRUCTION – ACCIONA Construcción SA (Spain)

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

PROCESS – IRT M2P (France)

Fast RTM

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

Voith Roving Applicator

SUSTAINABILITY – Faurecia (France)

NAFILite™ microcellular foamed material

MARINE – VABO Composites (the Netherlands)

“Plug-and-play” composite ship door

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

Smart manufacturing of continuous-fibre composites: Atropos

SOFTWARE – e-Xstream (Luxembourg)

Digimat AM

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

Recurve bow riser

RAW MATERIALS – Covestro Deutschland AG (Germany)

Desmocomp® – a novel solution for composites

BETTER LIVING – Brødrene AA (Norway)

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

 Posted January 18, 2017

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

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

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

 

Increase Dexterity & Tactility ChemBio Suit

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

 

JSLIST Rapid Cooling System (RCS) & Integrated Cooling Ensemble

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

  

SPIDER© Suit Grey Matter

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Klaus Huneke

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

Steve Toth

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

Year Ending

11/2015

Year Ending

11/2016

 

% Change

Mexico

2,092,319

2,061,112

-1.49

Canada

569,869

555,171

-2.58

China

171,597

163,298

-4.84

Hong Kong

143,587

129,015

-10.15

United Kingdom

83,399

90,445

1.17

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

 

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

Source: Toyobo

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

Illustration credit: NASA

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

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

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

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

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

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President Trump's Reveals 2017 Trade Policy Agenda

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has released President Trump's 2017 Trade Policy Agenda. The document, officially called 2017 Trade Policy Agenda and 2016 Annual Report of the President of the United States on the Trade Agreements Program, outlines the new Administration’s four trade priorities:

  • Defending the US National Sovereignty over Trade Policy
  • Strictly Enforcing US Trade Laws
  • Using Leverage to Open Foreign Markets
  • Negotiating New and Better Trade Deals

​BeaverLake6 Report has created a special page within this website and placed the first chapter of the 336-page document which summarizes the policy. Click here to read it. Posted March 2, 2017

INDEX 17 Conference Program

The INDEX™17 nonwovens exposition taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, April 4-7, 2017 will have an extensive series of conference tracks featuring the leading authorities in 5 areas:

• Geosynthetics/Sustainable Products

• Healthcare

• Air Filtration

• Personal Care

• Automotive Interiors

BeaverLake6 Report has created a special page and posted descriptions of the these topics as well as the speaker list. Click here to view. Posted March 7, 2017

What's Going on in Nonwovens?

Dave Rousse, INDA

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

New FR Cellulose Fiber Developed in China

 

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

Steady Growth Prospects for Expanding Specialty Geosynthetics

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

 

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

Managing in Times of Political Uncertainy

Bud Weisbart

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

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

Sun Ruizhe

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

Coleman Escalates FTZ Dispute with the Textile Industry. In a letter to Mr. Gene Dodaro, Controller General of the US General Accountability Office, five US senators and one congressman have requested the GAO to investigate how the Foreign-Trade Zones Board evaluates applications, ensuring a fair and transparent manner, as required by law. In conducting an examination.

 

In an August 22 letter, the Congressional leaders ask that Mr. Dodaro assess the process for reviewing applications that involve the import of textile products for use in a manufacturing process. Further, they asked the GAO to assess the FTZ Board's procedures for determining whether an application meets the tests for "threshold factors" and "economic factors" described in the Foreign-Trade Zones Act's implementing regulations.

 

While the letter does not specifically state the Coleman situation, all of the senators and congressman are from states with Coleman operations in the Midwest. A ruling was expected in August on the Coleman request for additional Production Authority allowing them to bring in textiles at a lower duty rate. [See the complete BeaverLake6 Report editorial for background information by clicking here.]

 

This call for a GAO investigation may delay the decison on Coleman's request for additional Production Authority for up to a year. Our thanks to industry trade expert David Trumbull for alerting us to this letter and his excellent coverage on his Textiles and Trade website which has more details. Posted September 29, 2016

Jon Klein's Outlook

Sports Footwear

The global sports footwear market is witnessing positive growth, mainly driven by the consumer demand for customized performance and comfort in sports footwear. Read the latest column about the research and trends by Jon Klein, Business Development Leader at PrimaLoft® Aerogel insulation. Click here.

 

In My Opinion

Re-Shoring: Good for the Goose is Not Good for the Gander?

Domestic PFD Manufacturer's Application for FTZ Additional Production Authority Riles Textile Industry Trade Associations. There is a nasty fight taking place these past few months behind the closed doors of Room 48019 at the Herbert C. Hoover Building in Washington, D.C. The room is the office of the Foreign-Trade Zones Board. The fight pits domestic technical textile industry suppliers and a coalition of textile-trade associations against a fairly large domestic end-product cut-and-sew manufacturer. Click here to read the story.

 

Steve Warner

Publisher

Fiber Composite Growth (2016-2020), Part 2

BeaverLake6 Report is pleased to present "Fiber Composites Growth, Part 2", a new contribution from our partnership with China Textile magazine. The authors are China Textile's Zhao Hong, Editor-in-Chief, and Flora Zhao, the Director of the Editorial Department. Mr. Zhao is also the Director of International Trade Office of the China National Textile and Apparel Council, (CNTAC) and Vice President of the China Knitting Industry Association (CKIA). In Part 2, the focus of the article is on international trade and the development of fiber-reinforced composites. Click here to read. Posted July 12, 2016

Jon Klein's Outlook 

I am pleased to announce BeaverLake6 Report has added a new column called "Jon Klein's Outlook." Jon Klein is the Business Development Leader at PrimaLoft® Aerogel insulation. With over 20 years in the industry, Mr. Klein has extensive experience in the textiles, apparel and footwear industry. Mr. Klein is a frequent contributor of short articles on LinkedIn, the world's largest business network, writing about the various market segments of the technical textiles. This column covers his LinkedIn postings. Please click here to go to his column. 

 

Steve Warner, Publisher

June 27, 2016

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

One essential document BeaverLake6 Report recommends if you are going to be exporting your products is the 2016 Technical Textiles Top Markets Report, produced by the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration (ITA).

 

The 59-page 2016 edition is now available online and forecasts global demand for U.S. technical textile products to increase 4% annually through 2017, from $8.6bn in 2015 to $9.3bn in 2017. Innovation and new technology coupled with trade relationships developed under existing and future free trade agreements will drive this increase in demand.

 

Top Markets Report examines historical data from 2008 through 2015 plus forecasts demand for 2016 and 2017, and ranks 70 markets for overall technical textile exports. This study of the U.S. technical textiles market is intended to provide an analysis of the competitive landscape, including developing trends and key regions where U.S. producers could find new and continued opportunities for their products.

 

Click here to go to the website to view the report. Posted May 25, 2016

Fiber Composites Growth (2016-2020)

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

 

Steve Warner, Publisher

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

 

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

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

Media Partners

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

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

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. 

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Posted August 4, 2015

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