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the organizer of 2017 Techtextil North America.
Posted May 24, 2017
Techtextil North America Presents Exciting Features in
Techtextil North America 2017 prepares to open its doors in less than
a month at McCormick Place – Lakeside Center June 20, 22, 2017.
This year’s show focuses on functional textiles, nonwovens, smart
textiles in connected cars, technology, equipment and much more.
Techtextil North America will once again be hosting a co-location with
JEC Group and their show The Future of Composites in Construction
on the same show floor.
2017 Graduate Poster Program
The 2017 Graduate Student Poster Program will be represented by
top textile Universities from around the United States. As leading
scholars studying in the field of technical textiles and nonwovens, 10
students will be presenting their graduate study research on the show
floor at Techtextil North America.
The goal of this program is to provide a forum in which students can
present and discuss their latest research on advanced technologies in
textiles, nonwovens and materials work during its initial stages, meet
some of their peers who have related interests, and introduce
themselves to more senior members of the field.
Focus Areas Included:
Nonwovens: Fibers, Polymers, Nanofibers, Functionalization,
Medical and hygiene, Wipes, Filtration, Automotive
Technical Textiles: Composites, Nanotechnology, Smart Fabrics,
Geosynthetics, Safety and Protective, High Performance, Automotive,
Medical, ElectroTextiles, Coated Fabrics
Graduate Students Participating in The Poster Program:
Alexander Kolbasov - University of Illinois at Chicago
Anuradha Gupta and Abdel Fattah M. Seyam - North Carolina State
University, Raleigh, NC
Apurba Banerjee - University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Chris Staszel - University of Illinois at Chicago
Elizabeth C. Claunch, Kara J. Peters, Abdel Fattah M. Seyam - North
Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
Jessica Appelstein, Qing Huang, and Mario Perez - Global Fashion
Management, The School of Graduate Studies, Fashion Institute of
Lauren Tolbert McCoy - University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Souvick Chatterjee, Uddalok Sen - University of Illinois at Chicago
Features Not to Be Missed
For the first time Techtextil North America will host “Tech Talks”
Powered by the Nonwoven Institute. For three days, the Nonwoven’s
Institute will host complimentary daily mini sessions on Nonwovens in
Transportation, Safety and Filtration as well as 9 graduate students
will also be presenting their research. These sessions are first come
first serve and will be held on the show floor. To view the Tech Talks
schedule, click here.
Joint Complimentary Session with JEC Group
Join your industry peers in a joint session with JEC Group focusing on
the collaboration of technical textiles and composites in Construction.
On June 21, 2017 from 1PM – 2PM three highly acclaimed speakers
will take the stage to present on Textile reinforced cement, Ceiling
insulation applications developed from waste fibers, and the study of
composite sandwich renovation panels. The Session is free to all
visitors and exhibitors. View Schedule here.
SPESA Hosts Coinciding Conference
The 8th Advancements in Manufacturing Technologies Conference
will be held on June 20, 2017 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. The
Conference will focus on 'Understanding the Technology of Things'
(ToT) in the manufacturing of sewn products and flexible materials.
Understanding ToT will help transform the entire manufacturing
process which will enable higher productivity at lower costs.
Posted April 17, 2017
Meet new exhibitors from the German Pavilion
Only 2 more months until the doors open to Techtextil North America 2017
in Chicago, Illinois. The 2017 exhibitor list proves to be the best show held
outside of Atlanta yet! With over 151 exhibitors from 17 countries and
growing the 2017 show is a record breaking year.
Highlighted below are a sampling of new exhibitors to our show floor.
AG Cilander: Switzerland
Swiss textile finishing and coating company with experience in fashion and
Color Service Srl: Italy
Color Service was founded in 1987 and is the world leader in the production
of automatic dosing systems for the textile industry.
GTI Graphic Technology, Inc.: USA
GTI’s viewing systems conform to ASTM D1729, SAE J361, and BS-950 Part
2 standards. The product offering ranges from desktop viewers to color
harmony rooms. All products are manufactured at our Newburgh, NY
headquarters. An in-house spectroradiometric laboratory and 100%
measurement and verification production process guarantees accuracy in all
Guangzhou Xibo Chemical Technology Co., Ltd. (Sileather): China
Sileather™ is a new type of performance leather made of 100% silicone.
With the unique advantages of silicone, they offer the world a better
solution of eco-friendly, easy to clean, weatherproof and highly durable
performance fabrics that can be applied in various markets: interior/exterior
design, transportation, healthcare, hospitality, marine, etc.
Taconic produces high performance PTFE coated fiberglass fabrics, tapes
and belts for a diverse range of applications, wherever there is a need for
high temperature and non stick properties. Our worldwide staff includes
R&D engineers who can help solve your most difficult challenges. We are
finding a better way.
This year the German Pavilion, organized by the Federal Ministry for
Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) in cooperation with AUMA _Association
of the German Trade Fair Industry will host 25 exhibitors at this years’ event
in Chicago. Highlighted below are a sampling of the new exhibitors you will
see in Techtextil North America’s German Pavilion.
Eschler Technical Textiles Ltd.:
Eschler Technical Textiles Ltd., a member of the Schoeller Textiles group,
stands for customized and sustainable developed warp knitted textiles for a
variety of applications such as Medical Textiles, Expo, Cleaning Textiles,
Special Textiles und Base Layers. Our German production site, has been
considered as a competent partner for many years when innovative warpknitted
technical textiles are requested.
Gruschwitz Textilwerke AG:
Gruschwitz has a more than 200 years track record as supplier for yarns
focusing on twisted, winded or coated threads. Covering a huge range of
yarns from natural, chemical and high-tech fibers Gruschwitz is able to
select a tailormade process according to the customer´s challenge.
Customers are supported by pilot plants and a development and testing
laboratory. Gruschwitz provides solutions for a wide range of industries
covering e.g. Mobiltech, Medtech, Aerotech, Indutech and Sewtech.
Inspiring Engineering – Convincing Technology! OLBRICH is your system
supplier of intelligent machine and line concepts for the production of web
products such as wallpaper, floor coverings, film/foils and technical textiles.
Posted March 29, 2017
Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas have joined the exclusive list of top trade shows. Both shows were named 2016 Trade Show News Networks (TSNN) Top 250 Trade Shows in the United States.
TSNN, a leading news and online resource for the trade show, exhibition and event industry, gathers information from show management and available data to annually rank the shows by net square footage.
Techtextil North America ranked #229 with a NSF of 54,133 and Texprocess Americas ranked #236 with a NSF of 61,583 on the Top 250 US Tradeshow List. The co-located shows attracted more than 519 leading exhibitors in the technical textile, nonwovens, sewn products equipment and software industry sector. Every even year Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas are one of the most anticipated events in the industry bringing together over 8,000+ visitors from around the world to Atlanta to network, expand and create new business.
"Making the Top 250 Trade Show List shows the strength of this most important industry we serve, commented Dennis Smith, President & CEO, Messe Frankfurt, Inc. This accomplishment is shared with our dedicated exhibitors, visitors and industry partners and the talented staff at MFI."
The Georgia World Congress Center will host the next co-located Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas May 22-24, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Techtextil North America 2016 is Incorporated with ATME-I and Texprocess Americas is Co-produced by SPESA.
Posted January 23, 2017
Techtextil North America’s 2017 Graduate Student Poster Program is the perfect opportunity for the next generation of technical textile and nonwoven professionals to meet top potential employers as they emerge into the job market. Graduate students have a chance to show off the fruits of their research directly to individuals who would be impacted most. The challenges of finding bright minds to tackle the ever-evolving challenges of the technical textiles industry could be that much easier! Apply to participate in the Graduate Student Poster Program today!
Posted January 8, 2017
Registration for the 14th edition of Techtextil North America has begun. From June 20-22, 2017 the largest technical textile show in North America will be held at McCormick Place, Lakeside Center in Chicago, Illinois.
The Future of Composites in Construction, powered by JEC Group previously JEC Americas, is once again co-located in the same hall.
The co-location is projected to draw visitors from top industry executives, buyers, designers, engineers, technical directors, plant managers, product development managers, media and more.
"Techtextil North America and The Future of Composites in Construction, powered by JEC Group will again co-locate in 2017. We’re excited to bring the platform that connects the technical textile and composite industries to the city of Chicago." said Kristy Meade, Show Director – Technical Shows: Textiles, Sewn Products, Equipment and Technology - Messe Frankfurt, Inc.
With exhibitors from around the world, this event will bring decision makers from all of the major industries that touch technical textiles, nonwovens, and composites together in one place to experience the latest in innovation. The 2015 show in Houston, Texas hosted 145 exhibitors from 18 countries attracting over 2,800 visitors.
Press Tour: The 2016 Press Tour was a huge success and we will continue to present exhibitors the opportunity to present to the press their new and innovative products or technologies from the start of 2017. Throughout the three show days, press tours will be conducted to visit specific booths that submit new product information. Photographers and journalist from a variety of trade press will be invited to attend.
Premier Symposium: Visitors can once again expect a top of the line symposium held concurrently with the show floor. For 3 days 25+ expert speakers will present during Techtextil North America.
The Symposium sessions will be moderated by top members of the industry. Visitors will hear from elite speakers who understand how the latest trends in technical textiles will enhance and expand their business. By participating in the following sessions visitors will deepen their knowledge of what is brewing in the industry: Textiles in the Connected Car Ecosystem; Optimizing the design and fabrication of functional fabrics; Smart Textile Product Design; The Technical Textile Industry Talent Challenge; and Part 1. Standards and Certification - Trade Facilitators Part 2. From Lifestyle Equipment to Medical Devices – Standards and Regulatory Expectations.
Graduate Program: A must visit show floor attraction is the annual Graduate Student Poster Program Posters. Graduate students from around the world will have a platform to share their research findings with peers and potential employers. Students have the ability to present their research in front of a captive audience during the 3 days of symposiums as well as during other show floor events.
Tech Talks: Tech Talks powered by the Nonwoven’s Institute is a new program to Techtextil North America. The Nonwoven’s Institute will be hosting each day Tech Talks on the show floor discussing topics such as Geosynthetics, Filtration and more. Top industry experts will be speaking on these subjects and is a complimentary program to all visitors and exhibitors.
Global Booth: Visitors and exhibitors alike cannot miss the Global Booth that is located on the show floor. Visit the booth to learn more about other shows that Messe Frankfurt organizes around the world that can help your business grow.
Visitors wanting to register for the "must-attend" event of 2017 can register online. Early bird registration is $50 for a 3 day show floor pass and $275 or $615 for a pre-registered 1 or 3 day symposium pass until June 19, 2017. Visitors are encouraged to register in advance to ensure minimal wait times on-site for their badge. Additional information on the 2017 co-located event including hotel information, can be found at link here:
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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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