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April 1 - June 30, 2017 

New York Times Article Features Upscale Fabric Canopy Designs. It's nice to see our industry get recognition for its craftsmanship. An article in the April 21 issue of the New York Times featured the upscaled new look of fabric building canopies, with the graphics designed by artists to reflect the nature of the building. Ara Starck, a New York-based artist, for example, designed the canopy on 41 Park Avenue in Manhattan, which from underneath looking up "offers a surreal take on the heavens -- an abstract map of Manhattan depicting Stonehenge NYC's 23 rental buildings as constellations," while from the above looking down "depicts leafy branches that blossom into human hands." The article offers numerous examples of these types of unique canopies. Click here to go to the New York Times website article. Posted April 24, 2017

Chomarat Announces $37.5 Million 3-Year Investment to Modernize and Acquire New Innovative Technologies. The international textile group Chomarat has announced that it has set up an investment plan worth €35 million ($37.5 million). The investment will enable Chomarat  to acquire new technologies for its composite, construction and coating activities, to modernize its site dedicated to the production of glass-fiber reinforcements, and to develop carbon solutions. The Group has three businesses -- Composites Reinforcements, Construction Reinforcements, and Coatings & Films -- Textiles. Click here for more information.  Posted April 19, 2017

Geosynthetics Manufacturer HUESKER Group Establishes Australian Subsidiary. Following the recent acquisition of NBW Mining (Aust) Pty Ltd, the HUESKER Group has announced the establishment of HUESKER Australia Pty Ltd. Morné Breytenbach is the newly appointed Managing Director of the Australian company. HUESKER is a manufacturer of various woven, nonwovens and grids for geosynthetic applications. Currently on a global expansion drive, HUESKER Australia has other subsidiaries in France, USA, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, UK, Brazil, Singapore and Russia. Click here to read the company press release about the creation of the Australian subsidiary. Posted April 18, 2017

E-Gloves Aim to Protect Workers from Vibrations. There is an interesting article on the Daily Commercial News website regarding how "smart" gloves are being developed by the University of Nottingham (Nottingham, U.K.) to protect construction workers from dangerous levels of vibrations when using heavy equipment. The article says that during the last decade in England, more than 10,000 claims have been made for a problem called "vibration white finger" as well as carpal tunnel syndrome. According to the article, sensors only about 2mm long are encapsulated in micro-pods embedded in the yarn that are then knitted into gloves. The gloves alert the worker when the sensors detect a dangerous level of vibration exposure. Click here to read the article. Posted April 13, 2017

Shelter Manufacturer Finds Investor on Television's "Shark Tank" Show. It's always nice to see our industry's products featured on the hit US television show "Shark Tank."  On the April 7, 2017 episode, a Cincinnati (Ohio, USA)-based company Under the Weather® was featured. The company makes a portable one-person shelter designed for the outdoor sports spectator, the biggest market being parents of children playing games such as football, baseball and soccer. The company, founded in 2010, had online sales of about $2 million in 2016.  Founder Rick Perscovitz made the pitch for investment money and made a deal with billionaire Mark Cuban who offered $600,000 for a 15% stake in the company with an option to spend invest additional $600,000 for another 10% stake. Click here to read a Cincinnati Business Courier article about the company. Posted April 12, 2017

University Biomedical Engineering Professor Wins National Science Foundation Grant for Smart Textiles. Congratulations to University of Rhode Island's Professor Kunal Mankodiya for receiving a $525,000 CAREER grant over 5 years which will allow him to continue researching and creating smart clothing that help people monitor their health from their home. The engineering assoicate professor is the director of URI's Wearable Biosensing Laboratory. His work is largely focusing on fabrics embedded with sensors which can measure tremors and rigidity, symptoms common for diseases such as Parkinson's. The CAREER awards are the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through research, education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.Click here to read more about his work and the grant. Posted April 12, 2017

Lest We Forget: Ed Hunzinger Passes. Sad news to report today with the passing of Ed Hunzinger, Jr., April 10, after a long battle with cancer. Mr Hunzinger was the president of Evanston Awning Co., Evanston, Ill., USA. He was a 4th generation of a family involved in the canvas industry. While Evanston Awning started in 1931, the business lineage dates back to G.B. Carpeter & Company in Chicago in 1840.  G.B. Carpenter was a charter member of the National Tent & Awning Association (now Industrial Fabrics Association International). Both Mr. Hunzinger and his wife Ann are Honored Life Members of the Industrial Fabrics Association International. Mr. Hunzger also was past president of the Mid-America 8 Canvas Products Association. Posted April 11, 2017

Teijin Frontier Plans $18m Air Bag Fabric Plant in Vietnam. Per the Nikkei Asian Review website, Teijin, through its Teijin Frontier subsidiary, will build a factory in Vietnam for manufacturing air bag fabric. The target finish date is 2018. No location in Vietnam has been decided as yet. Teijin's annual sales for air bag fabrics in the year ended March 2016 was about $2,7m. The company plans to double the sales by 2020, taking advantage of the void left by the Takata fiasco. One of the gains of constructing the factory in Vietnam is the gateway to European sales through the new "fabric-forward" agreement Vietnam signed with the European Union. Click here to read the article. Posted April 11, 2017

Shades Asia Branches Out with Project in Cambodia. It's nice to hear about emerging companies in Southeast Asia such as Shades Asia, featured in an April 2 article in The Phuket News. Shades Asia, based in Phuket, Thailand, was contracted by the French International School "Lycee Francais Rene Descartes" in Phnom Penh, Cambodia to provide shade sails covering more than 1,200 square meters. Shades Sails has been in business for 12 years and won many awards in the IFAI International Achievement Awards competition, organized by the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI). Click here to read more about their Cambodia project. Posted April 4, 2017

US Department of Commerce Releases February Technical Textile Export Figures. The US export slump continues for technical textiles. For the 12-month period ending February 28, total exports in the Specialty and Industrial Fabrics group decreased 3.48%.  Mexico. the largest country for exports, had a slip of 2.96%. Of the top 5 countries, only China and the UK saw increases over the previous year for the same 12-month period. Click here to see the entire report. Posted April 4, 2017




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TenCate Grass Acquires Synthetic Grass Warehouse. TenCate Grass has announced it has acquired Synthetic Grass Warehouse. (SGW). SWW was established in 2004, and primarily markets synthetic turf products for landscaping across the southwestern United States. TenCate Grass is a producer of synthetic grass components and the design of synthetic grass systems for sport, recreation and landscape applications. TenCate Grass is a division of Koniklijke Ten Cate, headquartered in Amelo, The Netherlands. SGW is headquartered in Anaheim, Calif., USA. Click here to read the TenCate Grass press release. Posted April 4, 2017

Future of Shade 2017 Competition Opens. Sunbrella and Architizer are calling for submissions for the 5th annual Future of Shade competition. The competition calls on creative architects and designers from around the world to envision pioneering shade designs using Sunbrella fabrics to meet the needs of the 21st century. The competition offers 3 unique categories, each with a distinct challenge where shade plays a critical role in the solution. The categories are 1) Building Shade, 2) Humanitarian, and, 3) Well-Being. The winner in each category receives a $10,000 grand prize. Sunbrella fabrics are manufactured by Glen Raven, based in North Carolina, USA, with operations worldwide. Architizer is an American media company focused on organizing a database for architects on products and projects. Deadline for Future of Shade 2017 registration is April 30 and submissions are due by May 14, 2017. Click here for more information. Posted April 4, 2017

Crypton® Acquired by Private Equity Investment Company. Per a company press release today, the Crypton Companies (Crypton LLC and Nanotex LLC), providers of performance fabrics in the contract, home furnishings and apparel markets, has announced that Berkley Capital, LLC has acquired a majority stake. Berkley Capital will become majority owners of the new entity to be formed from the acquisition. The new company will continue to be headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., USA, and maintain its research and manufacturing plant in Kings Mountain, N.C., and continue its operations in Hong Kong. In 2014, Crypton acquired Nanotex® which manufactures nanotechnology solutions for textiles. Click here to read the company press release. Posted April 3, 2017

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  • July 18-19: Advanced Materials for Defense Summit, Alexandria, Va., USA
  • July 18-21: Intermediate Nonwovens Training Course, Cary and Raleigh, N.C., USA
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Is Saving the US Navy's Peacoat a Matter of National Security?

Since last August, the US Navy has been planning to phase out its iconic traditional wool peacoat in favor of a less expensive, synthetic cold weather parka which is lighter in weight and more versatile in types of inclement weather. It actually replaces two types of coats and the seabag the wool coat is stored.


The wool coat, however, has some powerful friends in the US Congress. Companies such as Northwest Woolen Mills in Woonsocket, R.I. and Sterlingware in Boston, Mass. Altogether, the supply chain involved in the manufacture of these woolen peacoats -- including sheep farmers -- is estimated to account for 400 jobs in the Northeast. Add to the drama that the new parka, made by the long-time military supplier Propper, is expected to be manufactured in Puerto Rico, a perceived feeling the new coat will be made by non-American workers. Read more...


Steve Warner


June 29. 2017

BeaverLake6 Report at Techtextil North America

Wisconsin Contract Sewer Wins the Amazon Echo at Techtextil North America. Thanks for all who stopped by the BeaverLake6 Report booth at the Techtextil North America show last week in Chicago, Ill., USA. I truly appreciated talking with you about your company and the industry. For those of you who entered the drawing, the winner of the Amazon Echo was Jim Herman, owner of Wisconsew Inc., a contract sewing company located in Shawano, Wis., USA. Special thanks to Eduardo Castañer, publisher and general manager of Davison Publishing, for helping draw the lucky card. Posted June 24, 2017

President of American Fiber Manufacturers Association Passes. The American Fiber Manufacturers Association (AFMA) has reported Paul T. O'Day, president and counsel of the organization, passed away June 1. He was 82 and died peacefully at his home.


In a statement issued today, the organization said: "Mr. O'Day was appointed President of the Association in 1984. He was fiercely dedicated to the industry he loved for 33 years. A true gentleman and powerful intellect, Paul O'Day led the Association with a sophisticated wit and charm."

Posted June 5, 2017

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Imagination on Display in Frankfurt. It was known going into the Techtextil and Texprocess shows last week that tthere would be a record number of exhibitors and, further, there was so much attendance the last time in 2015 that the organizer decided to expand the length of the shows to 4 days in 2017. Thus so, it was no real surprise that the final report reveals more than 47,500 visitors came (an increase of 14% over 2015) from 114 countries. According to a poll taken of visitors, 42% felt the economic climate could be consider "good" (compared to only 32% in 2015). The next Techtextil and Texprocess shows in Frankfurt will be held May 14-17, 2019. Click here for more insight into the shows as well as the official final report from Messe Frankfurt. Posted May 17, 2017

Secretary Wilbur Ross

US Department of Commerce Leaves Textile Industry Out of Trade Agreement Priorities. Since President Donald Trump took office there has been much talk about the ambitious "America First" trade priorities including pulling out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, the planned renegotiating of the North American Free Trade Agreement, and even revisiting the textile industry's disastrous US-Korea Free Trade Agreement.


So, it would seem logical the US textile industry would be a priority in the changes in all these trade talks. Apparently not.


Last week Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, no stranger to the textile industry, named 6 core industries for its trade agenda -- steel, aluminum, vehicles, aircraft, shipbuilding and semiconductors. Noticeably missing was the consideration of textiles as a vital core industry for inclusion in these trade talks.  Despite back-patting about the optimism of working with the new Trump Administration when the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) met in Washington recently  for its annual meeting, there seems to be a long road to hoe before textiles is taken seriously by the Federal government for its importance to the US economy. Again, I ask: Who will take the lead in developing a US textile industry vision?


Steve Warner


Posted April 26, 2017

Trans-Pacific Partnership Withdrawal Impact

Bud Weisbart, MFC, IFM

"The United States is looked upon by those with whom I inter-related as less and less relevant as an economic force, and has become simply the market into which those within and outside of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries would sell their goods and services with little concern for reciprocity.  To me, our immediate withdrawal from TPP after the election only compounds this situation." Click here to read the entire posting by Bud Weisbart, a small business owner and frequent contributor to BeaverLake6 Report. Posted March 29, 2017

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

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

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

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

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


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

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.

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In My Opinion

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


Posted January 17, 2016

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