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Textile World Interviews With Global Leaders

Steve Warner, publisher of BeaverLake6 Report, is also a contributing editor for Textile World magazine, providing interviews with top influencers in the technical textiles industry. The following are a listing of the interviews conducted with a link for those who wish to read the interviews at the Textile World website.


May/June 2014


Article Title: Biomedical Textiles: A Fast-Growing Market

Topic: Biomedical Textiles

Interview: John Gray, Co-Founder, Biomedical Structures LLC

Link to Interview: Click here


January/February 2014


Article Title: Cooley Group: Diversified Company Reaches Out for Global Opportunities

Topic: Profile on Cooley Group

Interview: Daniel R. Dwight, President and CEO, Cooley Group

Link to Interview: Click here


November/December 2013


Article Title: Geosynthetics: Strong Outlook for Growth

Topic: Geosynthetics

Interview: Boyd Ramsey, Chief Engineer, GSE Environmental LLC, and Andrew Aho, Director of Technical Markets, Industrial Fabrics Association International

Link to Interview: Click here


September/October 2013


Article Title: Expanding Opportunities in Textiles

Topic: Wide Format Printing and SGIA Expo Preview

Interview: Mike Robertson, President and CEO, Specialty Graphics Imaging Association

Link to Interview: Click here



July/August 2013


Article Title: Sun Protection Beyond Awnings

Topic: Shade Structures

Interview: John S. Saunders, CEO, USA SHADE & Fabric Structures, Inc.

Link to Interview: Click here


May/June 2013


Article Title: OVC Prepares for Changing Military Needs

Topic: Military Cutbacks

Interview: J.C. Egnew, Chairman and President, Outdoor Venture Corporation

Link to Interview: Click here


January/February 2013


Article: Composites: A Growing Industry

Topic: Composites

Interview: Frédérique Mutel, President and CEO, JEC Group

Link to Interview: Click here


November/December 2012


Article: Technical Textiles: Endless Possibilities

Topic: Glen Raven Technical Textiles

Interview: Harold Hill, President and COO, Glen Raven Technical Textiles LLC

Link to Interview: Click here


September/ October 2012


Article: U.S. Textile Exports on the Rise

Topic: Trade

Interview: Kim Glas, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Textiles and Apparel, International Trade Administration's Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA), U.S. Department of Commerce

Link to Interview: Click here

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Coming Events

  • April 18-21: Micro and Naofiber Nonwovens: Technology & Appication Course, Raileigh, N.C., USA
  • April 23-26: 2017 NETInc Conference, Minneapolis, Minn., USA
  • April 24-29: FDIC International 2017, Indianapolis, Ind., USA
  • April 25-27: Inprint USA -- Industrial Print Show, Orlando, Fla., USA
  • April 25-26: Future Warfighter Synposium, Alexandria, Va., USA
  • April 26-28: ASDA (Adriatic Sea Defence & Aerospace Exhibition), Split, Coatia
  • April 27-28: SYFA 2017 Spring Conference, Chalotte, N.C., USA
  • May 2-4: AATCC Spring Committee Meetings, Research Triangle Park, N.C., USA
  • May 9-12: Techtextil 2017, Frankfurt, Germany
  • May 10-12: SAMPE China 2017, Beijing, China

Click here to view the complete technical textiles events calendar that includes show information links.

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

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 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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