Publisher Note: We are pleased to present Dr. Isa Hofmann M.A. as a new contributor to BeaverLake6 Report. Dr. Hofmann is the managing director of IHOFMANN, an international full-service communication agency for public relations, content marketing and conference management. Dr. Hofmann is well-known in the industry for her market expertise in smart textiles and has been called upon to join the Program Committee of the 55th Man-Made Fibers Congress in 2016. Please contact Dr. Hofmann at email@example.com.
The 54th Dornbirn Man-Made Fibers Conference (Dorbirn-MFC) was held in Dornbirn, Austria, September 16-18. One-hundred and six top-class international expert lectures from research (64) and industry (42) again attracted more than 700 participants from 32 nations. Participants covered the entire value chain. Over the past decades Dornbirn-MFC has developed into a global brand and the organizers proclaimed to even further raise the high level of internationality in the years to come.
The topic "ecology and health” was covered by two lectures‘ blocs on two consecutive days. The core subjects were fiber recycling, but also new fiber types from a biotechnological source or textile sensors in medical applications.
The plenary presentations gave an interesting overview with regards to the challenges of the chemical fibers industry facing global overcapacities (Heinz Meierkord, CIRFS Brussels), but also an outlook on the exciting application fields of textile membranes in supporting frameworks and building shells (Gerd Schmid, Form TL, Ingenieure für Tragwerk und Leichtbau GmbH, Radolfzell, Germany).
The Paul Schlack/Wilhelm Albrecht award 2015 went to Dr. Wilhelm Steinmann, Institut für Textiltechnik der RWTH Aachen, Germany for his paper “electrically conductive fibers from nanocomposites“, while the honorary award was conferred to Dr. Klaus Opwis, Deutsches Textilforschungszentrum Nord-West Krefeld, Germany for his work on “Innovative Textiles for the Recovery of Noble Metals."
Outlook on the 55th Dornbirn-MFC
The dates of the next year's event will be postponed by one week to better match with the overall trade fair cycle. The 2016 Dornbirn-MFC will be held September 20-22, 2016 and be devoted to the following focal points:
■ Fibers and Textiles in Automotive
■ Fibers for Nonwovens
■ Fiber Innovations
■ Finishing and Functional Additives
Friedrich Weninger, Chairman of the Program Committee of Dornbirn-MFC, succeeded in winning EDANA (international association and voice of the nonwovens and related industries) as a sponsor and supporting organization for the topics nonwovens and automotive applications.
Pierre Wiertz, General Manager of EDANA, emphasized how delighted he was about the cooperation with Dornbirn-MFC, since innovations in the fibers industry are the key for the nonwovens industry and together they may be even stronger to boost the culture of innovation.
Mr. Weninger intends to further strengthen the position of MFC as "Green Meeting/Green Event“ in accordance with the guidelines for the Austrian Environment Label for "green meetings and green events." Culinary delights and sustainability fit together perfectly. The catering partner "Der Saal“ (Feurstein family from Schwarzenberg) for the first time complied with these requirements: Participants did benefit from products provided from within a radius of less than 150 km.
Dornbirn - "smartest“ city of Austria
According to a nation-wide survey commissioned by the "Industriemagazin,“ Dornbirn, only one hour away from Zurich, Switzerland, is Austria’s smartest city. In five of a total of eight categories Dornbirn is at the forefront for quality of live, business-friendly attitude, power of innovation, transportation concept and energy efficiency.
Proposals for 2016 are most welcome already now: To send to Austrian Man-Made Fibers Institute (AUSTRIAN MFI) working title, short summary, contact data: firstname.lastname@example.org
Austrian Man-Made Fibers Institute (AUSTRIAN-MFI)
1090 Vienna/ Austria
tel.: +43 (0) 1 319 29 09 – 41
fax: +43 (0) 1 319 29 09 - 31
Dr. Isa Hofmann, IHOFMANN INTERNATIONAL . INTERDISCIPLINARY, member of the program committee of MFC Dornbirn
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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...
June 29. 2017
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
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
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?
Posted April 26, 2017
"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
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:
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
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
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, 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
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.
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
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.
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.
Posted January 17, 2016
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