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Techtextil North America Final Report: 2019 Exceeds Expectations

[Update: Final numbers have been released since the post below was issued last week. According to Messe Frankfurt Inc., Techtextil North America 2019 brought 165 exhibitors and a total attendance of 3,185, an astounding 52% increase of the 2017 Chicago event.]

 

A pleasant surprise is the best description I can think for the Techtextil North America 2019 (TTNA19) show held last week in Raleigh, N.C., USA.  I don’t believe too many exhibitors or visitors anticipated such a high attendance over the last TTNA “off-year” Atlanta show that was held in Chicago in 2017 especially since the show was held 2-3 months earlier in the year than any previous TTNA events. Click here to read my complete final report on the show. Posted March 7, 2019

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Women’s Conference Attracts Textile Leaders. About 60 women attend the Women In Textiles Summit organized by the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) in Savanah, Ga., USA, March 6-8, 2019. Speakers included, Amy Bircher, president and founder of MMI Textiles, Westlake, Ohio; Patti Bates, general manager of the Protective Market, Glen Raven Technical Fabrics, Glen Raven, N.C.; Denise Offray, president and CEO, OTEX Specialty Narrow Fabrics, Bernardsville, N.J.; and Kathie Leonard, president and CEO, Auburn Manufacturing, Mechanic Falls, Maine. Click here to read the report posted on the IFAI website. Posted March 19, 2019

US Body Armor Contract Awarded. SourceAmerica, Vienna, Va., USA was awarded a $24,969,056 firm-fixed-price contract to re-purpose legacy body armor vests into the newly-designed Modular Scalable Vest configuration. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work will be performed in Lansing, Mich., USA; Miami, Fla., USA; and Austin, Texas, USA, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2020. Fiscal 2019 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $24,969,056 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., USA, is the contracting activity. Posted March 17, 2019

AATCC Chapin Award Winner Announced.  AATCC has named Sandra L. Johnson as the 2018 recipient of the Harold C. Chapin Award for her service to AATCC.  A strong advocate of education, Ms. Johnson is an active speaker and participant in local and national conferences, workshops, and symposia. Ms. Johnson served as the 44th President of AATCC from 2015 through 2016. She has chaired the AATCC Foundation Board of Directors, the Appropriations Committee as Immediate Past President, and the Awards Oversight Committee as President-Elect.  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 during the International Conference Awards Luncheon that will take place in Fort Worth, Texas, USA, April 9-11, 2019.  Click here to read more about Ms. Johnson’s contributions to AATCC. Posted March 14, 2019

New Names for TenCated Advanced Composites and Subsidiary. TenCate Advanced Composites, part of the Toray Group, announced that it has changed its name to Toray Advanced Composites. TenCate Performance Composites, a subsidiary of TenCate Advanced Composites, will subsequently change to Toray PMC. Toray, a leading global supplier of carbon fiber and composite materials, acquired TenCate Advanced Composites in 2018, and has been working in recent months to integrate them into the Toray Group. The new names were officially unveiled yesterday at the start of JEC World 2019 in Paris, France. The name change will be completed by July 17, 2019. Click here to read the company press release. Posted March 13, 2019

Technical Textile Producer Announces Name Change. Brand and Oppenheimer Co., Inc. has announced that it has changed its name to Ocean State innovations (OSI). Company, founded in 1913, is based in Portsmouth, R.I., USA. OSI produces technical textiles for the military, medical, industrial, and automotive markets. Posted March 12, 2019

Funding Secured to Expand Spider Silk Production.  Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, Inc. has announced it has closed a $1 million round of private financing, pursuant to fund expansion of its recombinant spider silk production in Vietnam, support its advanced research operations, improve its balance sheet, and to support other corporate initiatives.  A core focus for the funding will be to support the growth of operations at the company’s new production facility in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam.  With the funding in place, the company plans to ramp up its silk production at this larger factory. Kraig Biocraft Labs is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Mich., USA. Click here to read the company’s press release. Posted March 12, 2019

Nonwovens Association Elects New Board Members. INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has announced the election of 7 to serve on its Board of Directors, each for a three-year term: Lewis BarnhardtPresident/COO of Barnhardt Manufacturing Company; Philip Champagne, President of Groz-Beckert USA; Bryan Haynes, Ph.D., Director of Research and Engineering in Global Nonwovens, with Kimberly-Clark Corporation; Jeffrey S. Hurley, Ph.D., Vice President, Nice-Pak Products Inc.; Lynda Kelly, Senior Vice President – Care Business, Suminen Nonwovens; Chris Peart, President/CEO of Tenowo, Inc.; and, Tom Zaiser, CEO of FiberVisions.  Click here to read the entire INDA press relations that gives the backgrounds of the new board members. Posted March 12, 2019

Stefan Flöth

New managing director for Monforts. Monforts Textilmashinen GmbH & Co. KG has announced Stefan Flöth has been assigned as its Managing Director. Mr. Flöth has re-joined Monforts in his new role from the Trützschler Group, also headquartered in Mönchengladbach, where he was the managing director of Trützschler Nonwovens from 2009 onwards. Monforts Textilmaschinen was founded in 1884 and is a supplier of textile finishing machines, including stenters, continuous dyeing ranges, and special executions for denim and for the coating of technical textiles. The company`s headquarter is located in Mönchengladbach, Germany. Posted March 8, 2019

Taiwan Hosting Technical Textile Conference, Signing a MoU Collaboration Agreement with SASMIRA. The 2019 International Technical Textiles Symposium is being held March 20-21, 2019 in Taipei, Taiwan. At the opening day, Taiwan Technical Textiles Association Chairman Alex Lo and Dr. Gangopadhyay Sasmira, the executive director of India's Synthetic & Art Silk Mills' Research Association (SASMIRA), will sign a Memorandum of Understanding agreement between the two organizations, pledging more collaboration. There will be a number of Indian companies represented at the conference. Other visitors include representatives from Thailand, Japan, German, the Netherlands, Turkey, and Malaysia. Click here for more information on the event. Posted March 8, 2019

Call for Papers Issued for Filtration Conference.   FiltXPO – the new exposition and conference event based in the United States and dedicated exclusively to filtration and separation professionals -- invites  papers for presentation at its inaugural edition to be held February 26-28, 2020, Chicago, Ill., USA.  FiltXPO is expected to attract 300 exhibitors and 3,000 attendees. Professionals involved in the design, manufacture, sale, use or study of filtration and separation products, equipment and services are encouraged to provide brief abstracts on industry topics that connect filtration and separation to process and product development, end use markets, science, materials and applications. The desired focus of the 2020 conference includes: Biopharmaceutical filtration needs, membrane filtration and the approach of nanofiber-enhanced meltblown materials, energy technologies and applications across all sectors of filtration and separation.  Click here to learn more about the event. Abstract submissions are accepted until May 1, 2019. Posted March 8, 2019

Registration Open for Spring SYFA Conference. Online registration for the Synthetic Yarn and Fabric Association's 2019 Spring Conference is now open. The theme of the event is "A Sustainable Thread." It will be held April 25-26, 2019 in Charlotte, N.C., USA. Speakers include John Bradshaw of Shaw Industries, Mike Todaro of AAPN, Dr. Karen Leonas of NCSU's Wilson School of Textiles, and Sanjay Mehto of Indorama. Click here to go to SYFA's conference website. Posted March 8, 2019

Demand for Airbag Drives Growth of Coated Fabrics. According to a new market research report authored by The Freedonia Group, US demand for coated fabrics used in motor vehicles is projected to expand 2.5% annually to 144 million square yards in 2023. The growth is driven by the increasing number of airbags in light vehicles as well as their growing use in place of leather upholstery. US coated fabrics demand in all markets is forecasted to expand to 3.1% per year to $3.2 billion in 2023. The market study Coated Fabrics was published in February, is 178 pages, and costs $5600. Click here if interested. Posted March 8, 2019

Howard C. Malpass

AATCC Honors Howard C. Malpass with the Olney Medal.   Howard C. Malpass is this year’s recipient of the AATCC Olney Medal Award.  Mr. Malpass is being recognized for his work on the implementation of pre-reduced indigo and its beneficial impacts in the dyeing, manufacturing, and retail industries. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in textile or polymer chemistry or other fields of chemistry of major importance to textile science. Its presentation each year is a highlight of AATCC’s International Conference. This year, the conference will be held in Fort Worth, Texas, USA, from April 9-11, 2019. The Association will present the Olney Medal during the Awards Luncheon on April 11. Click here to read more about the recipient’s accomplishments. Posted March 8, 2019

ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG

ZF Unveils External Side-Impact Airbags. One of our favorite magazines, Popular Mechanics, has a great article on the new external side-impact airbag being developed by ZF Friedrischshafen AG, the largest vehicle airbag system manufacturer.  According to the article, ZF has spent the last 10 years developing the external airbag system.  Now, the issue is to convince the automakers to add another suit of sensors in the vehicle. It might be as quick as 2 years when we see the external airbags being offered. Implementation of the technology could almost double the size of the current market for airbag material. Click here to read the article. Posted March 7, 2019

New Standard for Industrial Gloves Released. The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) has released a new standard -- ANSI/ISEA 138-2019, American National Standard for Performance and Classification for Impact Resistant Hand Protection -- to improve on the impact performance of industrial gloves. According to ISEA, the US and Europe have long had standards for industrial gloves that protect hands from cuts, punctures, abrasion and chemical exposure. The new standard is the first to address the risk from impact injuries. Click here to read the complete press release. Posted March 7, 2019

US Exports in Specialty and Industrial Fabrics Released. The final 2018 numbers on US exports for the Specialty and Industrial Fabrics group were released with the December report. Mexico and Canada continue to be the major recipients, accounting for more than 63% of the exports. Overall, Specialty and Industrial Fabrics exports increased by 4.5% in 2018. Click here to see the entire December report. 

 

 

Year Ending

12/2017

Year Ending

12/2018

 

% Change

Mexico

2,078,805

2,205,223

+6.08

Canada

590,833

593,156

+0.39

China

212,481

220,586

+3.81

Hong Kong

120,481 124,689

+3.81

United Kingdom

100,809

106,562 +5.71
World 4,213,746 4,403,929 +4.51

(Data in thousand dollars)

Posted March 7, 2019

KDH Defense Systems Awarded $29.9 Million Delivery Order from the US Army.  KDH Defense Systems, Inc. (KDH) today announced it has been awarded a $29.9 million delivery order from the U.S. Army Contracting Command to produce the Modular Scalable Vest (“MSV”) Gen II System. This delivery order is part of the Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) contract the Company previously announced in September 2018. Production will be done at the company’s Eden, N.C., USA manufacturing facility. Posted March 4, 2019

European Completes Acquisition of Airbag Fabric Producer. Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL), a global chemical producer, announced that it has completed the acquisition of UTT Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH. UTT is a supplier of airbag fabrics with manufacturing sites in Germany and Mexico that have a combined capacity to produce around 70 million sqm of fabrics. UTT also produces other highly specialized solutions in the field of technical textiles. The acquisition of UTT allows IVL to be an integrated supplier of airbag yarns and textiles. According to the company's press release, the acquisition further accelerates IVL’s growth momentum in the automotive sector by bringing together a complementary product portfolio. Posted March 3, 2019

Federal and Defense Summit Being Organized for Textiles Fabricators. The Offices of US Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis and the North Carolina Military Business Center are hosting the Southeast Region Federal and Defense Textile (FedTex) Summit, April 23-24, 2019 in Hickory, N.C., USA. The Summit is focused on a target audience of manufacturers of textile-based military, medical and related soldier systems – and their supply chain partners and R&D resources. Click here to go to the Summit’s website for more information and registration. Posted March 2, 2019

Aurora Specialty Textiles Group Expands Operations.  Aurora Specialty Textiles Group has announced Erik Nees has been hired as Sales Account Manager. In this role he will oversee industrial sales, which includes working with new and current customers in the tape, bedding, medical and technical textiles industries.  Mr. Nees worked at Alice Manufacturing from 1992 until the end of 2018, when Alice Manufacturing, also known as Alice Mills, closed doors. At Alice Manufacturing, he managed sales in the home furnishings, career apparel, industrial applications and medical sectors, targeting global and North American accounts. Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, Inc. is a coater, dyer and finisher of both woven and non-woven fabrics. The company is based in Yorkville, Ill., USA. Posted February 25, 2019

Ketty Pillet

Gerber Names Vice President of Global Marketing. Gerber Technology has announced industry veteran Ketty Pillet will join the company as vice president of Global Marketing. Ms. Pillet most recently worked for Lectra as Worldwide Marketing Director, Fashion and Apparel. Gerber is a manufacturer of software and automation machine systems. The company has manufacturing operations in the United States, Canada and China. Posted February 24, 2019

Geosynthetics Conference Attracts 1100 Participants. Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), the organizer of the Geosynthetics Conference 2019, reported the event,was a huge success in Houston, Texas, USA. Held February 10-13, more than 1100 participates were involved from all levels of the geosynthetics community including material producers, academics, consultants, state and federal government officials and the civil engineering profession. IFAI anounced the normally biennial event would again be held next March 8-10, 2020, in Charleston, S.C., USA. Click here for the report on Geosynthetics Conference 2019. Posted February 23, 2019

Annual Tent Rental Gathering Attracts +500. More than 500 tent professionals, including tent makers and installers, gathered in Orlando, Fla., USA, January 23-25, 2019. Former professional football player Ben Utecht was the keynote speaker. Besides education sessions and hands-on workshops, there was an exhibition of 65 industry suppliers. The next IFAI Tent Conference is scheduled for January 22-24, 2020 in River Ranch, Fla., USA. Click here to read more about the 2019 event. Posted February 20, 2019. 

Kordsa Expand Its Global Footprint with New US Acquisition. Turkey-based Kordsa SA has announced the intent to acquire Axiom Materials for $181 million. Axiom is a provider of advanced composites for aerospace and industrial applications. Kordsa is manufacturer of industrial nylon and polyester yarn, tire cord and single-end cord. This is Kordsa's 3rd major recent purchases of US specialty materials makers as it seeks to solidify its composites manufacturing capabilities. In 2018, Kordsa bought Fabric Development Company, a maker of high-strength aramid fabrics, and Textile Products, Inc., a producer of specialty industrial textiles. Click here to read the company's press release on the Axiom purchase. Posted February 19, 2019

Ohio Pledges Another $500K for Body Armor in 2019. In the US, the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation announced February 14 that $500,000 is being allocated to help fund the Attorney General's Ohio Law Enforcement Body Armor Program. The financial commitment is in addition to the initial $2 million previously announced for 2019. The funds will help 250 law enforcement agencies across the state. Click here to read more about the program. Posted February 19, 2019

New International Standard for Resistance of E-Textiles Published.  The AATCC research committee RA111 Electronically-Integrated Textiles, recently approved its first evaluation procedure. AATCC says AATCC EP13, Evaluation Procedure for Electrical Resistance of Electronically-Integrated Textiles, is one of the first international standards for e-textiles. The new standard is available from AATCC. The research committee is currently balloting two additional standards.  Click here to learn more about the development of the standard.  Posted February 19, 2019

Italian Textile Machinery Association Sees Troubled Waters in 2019.  ACIMIT, the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers, released its textile machinery sales report for the 4th quarter 2018. Domestic sales fell 12% compared to the same period for 2017. However, foreign sales decreased even further to -16%. ACIMIT president Alessandro Zucchi commented. "Turkey, Iran, and even China, all primary markets for our sector, have recorded a drop in demand for textile machinery, for a variety of reasons."  Further, he said "The overall sentiment for 2019 isn't very positive either." Click here to read the press release. Posted February 17, 2019

Body Armor Trends from SHOT Show. There is an excellent report on the website PoliceOne.com from a blogger on his observations of ballistic body armor trends from the recent SHOT Show. The author's observations included new vest shaping using clothing industry expertise, more elastic being used to allow for "stretching", external access plate pouches, specific designs for fire and EMS, and lots of pockets on the vest. Click here to read the article. Posted February 16, 2019

URI Photo/Nora Lewis

Rhode Island Technical Textiles Networking Event Attracts More Than 200. Following up to our February 8 post, the Rhode Island Textile Innovation Network's networking event attracted more than 200 from industry, government and academic worlds. It was held on the University of Rhode Island's Kingston (R.I., USA) campus on February 11. Jessica Zaretzky, technical applications manager at Kenyon Industries, who received her masters degree in textile science at URI spoke: “There is so much that goes into developing textile products and so much that the industry touches – from automotive and aerospace to tablecloths. We are developing fabrics for the medical industry, for consumers, for the military. These are products that are intricately involved in so many aspects of our lives that people don’t even realize. And, in many cases – for instance with military products – we are talking about products that protect and improve people’s lives.”  Click here to read a great article on the gathering posted on The University of Rhode Island's website. Posted February 15, 2019

Photo: Strata Geosystems India Pvt Ltd

Geogrids Manufacturer Opens New Facility in India. Strata Geosystems held a grand opening on February 11, 2019 in Daheli, Gujarat, India, for its new geogrids manufacturing facility. The facility is expected to fabricate about 20 million square yards in its early years, eventually  scaling up to 30 million. Strata Geosystems (India) Pvt. Ltd., a joint-venture of Glen Raven Technical Fabrics and Strata Geosystems. On hand for the grand opening were Lieb Oehmig, President and CEO of Glen Raven, and Harold Hill, president of Glen Raven Technical Fabrics, a subsidiary of Glen Raven.  Click here to read the company's press release. Posted February 15, 2019

Kim Glas

NCTO Appoints Kim Glas as New President/CEO.  The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) has announced the appointment of Kimberly Glas as the organization's new President & CEO, effective April 29, 2019. Ms. Glas will succeed Augustine "Auggie" D. Tantillo, who had recently announced his intention to retire. Ms. Glas is well known in the US domestic textile industry, having previously served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Textiles, Consumer Goods and Materials at the US Department of Commerce during the Obama administration.  In that job, she worked closely with the US Trade Representative, other key agencies, and the US Congress to advance a multitude trade policy interest for the domestic industry. Click here to read the NCTO press release. Posted February 13, 2019

New Company Name for Leading Geosynthetics Producer.  Geosynthetics fabricator GSE has been renamed Solmax. According to the company’s CEO Louis Vangeluwe, the return to the Solmax name and brand follows the successful integration of the Solmax and GSE Environmental businesses to form a single strong global entity.  “Solmax is a name that reflects our new identity as the global leader within the geosynthetics industry.”  Montreal-based Solmax, founded in 1981, acquired GSE Environmental in 2017. GSE's origins can be traced back to Schlegel Lining Technology and Gundle Lining Systems, which pioneered the first high-density polyethylene product in 1972. Click here to read the company’s press release. Posted February 12, 2019

CEMATEX Underscores ITMA 2019 Theme with Innovation Lab Feature.  CEMATEX, the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers, has launched the ITMA Innovation Lab. The Innovation Lab will be featured at ITMA 2019, being held in Barcelona, Spain, June 20-26, 2019, supporting the event's theme of "Innovating the World of Textiles". The 4 main components of the Innovation Lab are: 1) Research & Innovation Pavilion; 2) ITMA Speakers Platform; 3) Innovation Video Showcase; and, 4) ITMA Sustainable Innovation Award. Click here to find out more about each of these components. Posted February 11, 2019 

New Thermal Insulation Shelters Being Tested by US Military. The US Army's Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC) Soldier Center has developed a thermal shelter insulation liner with Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) shielding. The soft-wall shelter can be used in either hot or cold climates. Warwick Mills of New Ipswich, N.H., USA provided the fabric and tent liners. Click here to read more about the project. Posted February 11, 2019

Chris Plotz

INDA Appoints New Education & Technical Affairs Director.  INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has announced the appointment of Chris Plotz as its new Director of Education & Technical Affairs. Mr. Plotz has 19 years of technical nonwovens related experience in global product management and product development. At INDA, he will direct, oversee and expand education and training programs for all levels of industry members, manage the international harmonized standards activities, and Product Stewardship activities. Posted February 11, 2019

Rhode Island Technical Textiles Suppliers Participating in Networking Event. The first Rhode Island Textile Innovation Network Academic/Industry networking event will be held February 11, 2019 at the University Rhode Island in Kingston, R.I., USA. More than 20 Rhode Island-based industry, higher education and business groups will be participating, including technical textiles suppliers The Cooley Group, Kenyon Industries, Navatek, ACW (American Cord & Webbing), and Darlington Fabrics.  The program will expose students and URI faculty to industry leaders and those leaders to the pioneering research going on at URI. Click here for more information. Posted February 8, 2019

World of Wipes® Registration Opens.  Material developments, preservatives, sustainability, market data, international tariffs, and plastics in the environment are among the topics to be presented to wipes brand owners, converters, and their entire professional wipes supply chain at INDA’s 13th edition of the World of Wipes® (WOW) International Conference, June 24-27 in Atlanta, GA.  Registration has now opened. Details of the program for the WOW 2019 conference are now available and registration is open. Click here to go to the WOW program page on BeaverLake6 Report. Posted February 7, 2019

New Name for US Army's Natick Research Center.  The U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, or NSRDEC, located in Natick, Mass., USA became the Combat Capabilities Development Command Soldier Center, or CCDC Soldier Center, on February 3, 2019.  The CCDC Soldier Center is part of the Army Futures Command, or AFC. Click here to read more about the change. Posted February 7. 2019

Two Hundred US Jobs Possible for Making Border Patrol Uniforms. The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) may not yet be official but it seems to already be paying off in bringing back to the US some textile product manufacturing. A part of the new agreement closes up the NAFTA loophole exception found in the Kissell Amendment that allows for foreign-made uniforms for Secret Service, Customs and Porder Protection, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.  The Macon County Chronicle (Lafayette, Tenn., USA) has posted an article that reports VF Workwear official is already looking at possible sites in the US for Customs and Board Patrol uniforms being made in Mexico and has contacted the mayor of Red Boiling Springs about working with Racoe Inc., a government supplier of military uniforms located in nearby Celina, Tenn. The mayor says it mean up to 200 additional jobs. Click here to read the article. Posted February 6, 2019 

November US Specialty and Industrial Fabrics Exports Released. It's back to work for the trade analysts at the US Department of Commerce who had been furloughed by the government shutdown. The November 2018 report on US exports for the Specialty and Industrial Fabrics group has been released. Overall, export increases continue at a just-under 5% pace over the previous 12-month comparison. We should the seeing the December 2018 numbers released shortly as the department catches up on its workload. Click here to see the entire November report. 

 

 

Year Ending

11/2017

Year Ending

11/2018

 

% Change

Mexico

2,071,679

2,212,354

+6.79

Canada

588,786

592,060

+0.56

China

206,549

220,412

+6.71

Hong Kong

119,799 125,981

+5.16

United Kingdom

102,403

105,295 +2.92
World 4,199,826 4,408,852 +4.98

(Data in thousand dollars)

Posted February 6, 2019

Lloyd Wood

New Deputy Assistant for Textiles at US Department of Commerce. Changes in top leadership at the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) continues with the announcement via LinkedIn that Lloyd "Woody" Wood, the organization's Director of Public Affairs for the last 3 years, has been named the new Deputy Assistant For Textiles, Consumer Goods and Materials at the International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. Mr. Wood's appointment follows the earlier announcement today that NCTO President/CEO Auggie Tantillo will be retiring later this year. Mr. Wood is also president of Lloyd Wood Group, a Washington-based government relations consultancy, and has represented other textile-related organizations with the US government including the United States Industrial Fabrics Institute and Narrow Fabrics Institute, divisions of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI). Posted February 4, 2019

New Zealand Police Force Being Provided New Body Armor.  Police Commissioner Michael Bush announced last week that all police officers in New Zealand would be provided new stab and ballistic vests over the next 3 1/2 years. A US$13.8 million contract has been awarded to Northern Ireland manufacturer Cooleen Protection for stab and ballistic resistant armor. Cooleen is a major global provider of law enforcement body armor. Last year it was awarded a US$62.52 million contract to provide its products to the French Ministry of Interior French for the National Police, Gendarmerie, Prison Service, and Customs officers. Click here to read more about the New Zealand contract. Posted February 4, 2019

Polyester Conference Scheduled. The 2019 Wood MacKenzie Americas Polyester Conference is scheduled for February 27-28, 2019 in Houston, Texas, USA. The event, organized by energy and chemical industry consultancy Wood MacKenzie, will be taking a look at the recent PET resin shortages, new government legislation and restrictions with the China Waste Ban, and the US tariff dispute with China. Click here to find out more. Posted February 4, 2019

Auggie Tantillo

NCTO Announces Retirement of President & CEO. The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) has announced the intention of its president and CEO Augustine "Auggie" D. Tantillo  to retire later this year. In leading the organization, Mr. Tantillo has emerged over the last few years as a fierce protector of the domestic textile industry in trade policies. Mr. Tantillo has worked in numerous positions in the Washington policy arena over a 38-year career, including serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Textiles & Apparel at the US Department of Commerce. Click here to read the NCTO press release. Posted February 4, 2019

INVISTA Completes Sale of Apparel & Advanced Textiles Business. INVISTA has completed the previously announced sale of its Apparel & Advanced Textiles business to an affiliate of Shandong Ruyi Investment Holding. INVISTA retains ownership of its nylon, polyester, polyols and licensing businesses and related brands. This includes the nylon 6,6 intermediates business, its global nylon polymer and fiber portfolio, and CORDURA® fabric. INVISTA will also retain its intellectual property rights for 1,4 butanediol (BDO), tetrahydrofuran (THF) and polytetramethylene ether glycol (PTMEG) technologies and will continue to license these and other technologies on a global basis. Click here to read the company press release. Posted February 1, 2019

Finalists Announced for IDEA®19 Achievement Awards.  INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has announced 15 companies are finalists in five categories for its IDEA®19 Achievement Awards, in partnership with Nonwovens Industry magazine. Voting opens online February 15, 2019 via the Nonwovens Industry website. The awards recognize innovations in the nonwovens and engineered materials industry. Winners will be announced and honored at IDEA®19, March 25-28, 2019, in Miami Beach, Fla., USA. Click here to go to the special IDEA section on BeaverLake6 Report to find out the names of the finalists in each category and how to vote for them online. Posted February 1, 2019

US Marine Corps Awards Ballistic Vest Plate Carriers. Central Lake Armor Express Inc., Central Lake, Mich., USA has been awarded $10,432,525 for firm-fixed-price delivery order under a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the production of 1,322,654 Plate Carrier Generation III soft armor inserts and data reports. Work will be performed in Central Lake and is expected to be complete by October 24, 2023. Fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance (Marine Corps) funds in the amount of $10,432,525 will be obligated at the time of award and funds will expire the end of the current fiscal year. The base contract was competitively procured as a total small business set aside via the Federal Business Opportunities website, with 13 offers received. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., USA is the contracting activity. Posted January 31, 2019

US Marine Corps Awards Ballistic Vest Plate Carrier Contract.  Vertical Protective Apparel LLC, Shrewsbury, N.J., USA has been awarded $14,539,807 for an order under a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the production and integration of 56,710 Plate Carrier Generation III complete systems and 61,729 components and spares.  Work is to be performed in Guanica, Puerto Rico, and is expected to be completed by Jan. 29, 2021. Fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance (Marine Corps) funds in the amount of $14,539,807 will be obligated at the time of award and funds will expire the end of the current fiscal year.  The base contract was competitively procured as a Total Small Business Set Aside via the Federal Business Opportunities website, with four offers received. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., USA is the contracting activity. Posted January 31, 2019

JEC Composites Conference Issues Call for Abstracts.  The JEC Group, the organizer of the 2019 JEC Forum Chicago, has issued a call for speakers for the composites industry event taking place June 19-20, 2019 in Chicago, Ill., USA. The topics for this year's conference focus on composites being used in infrastructure and ground transportation.  The deadline for submissions is February 15, 2019. Click here to contact the JEC Group to find out more. Posted January 29, 2019

Call for RISE® 2019 Presentations & Nominations for RISE® Innovation Award.  INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has announced a call for presentations for the 9th annual RISE® (Research, Innovation & Science for Engineered Fabrics) Conference to be held September 24-25, 2019 in Raleigh, N.C., USA. Industry professionals are encouraged to submit their innovative, technical abstracts by March 18, 2019. Click here to go to a specially created page for the 2019 conference on the BeaverLake6 Report website to view the abstract topic categories. Posted January 29, 2019

Inside Job: A Shakedown of Small Shop Owners with Awning Sign Code Violations. After months of hundreds of small business owners in New York City being terrorized by an avalanche of complaints regarding illegal awnings, it appears the perpetrator of the anonymous calls reporting signage code violations may have been an employee at the city's Department of Buildings (DOB), acting in collusion with one or more of the 20-30 licensed awning/signage hangers. The DOB received more than 1,900 complaints of illegal signage in 2018 compared to 251 in 2017. The small business owners were told the fines could be up to $6,000 for this rarely enforced code violation. According to some shop owners, a man allegedly wearing a DOB jacket and showing a DOB ID card would visit their business and inform the owner of the violation and potential fine. The DOB employee would then give out the name of a sign business who could make the shop's sign legal. The mayor and city council have now issued an agreement called the Awning Act which basically forgives shop owners who have been slapped with the huge fines. Click here for an article on the issue. Posted January 25, 2019   

(L-R) Amit Kapoor and Andrew Aho

Keynote Speakers Announced for NETInc 2019. TAPPI, the trade association for forest products, pulp, paper, packaging and related industries, has announced the program for NETInc 2019. The event will feature two keynote speakers: Amit Kapoor, president and co-founder of First Line Technology, will be speaking on "Nonwovens and Advanced Textiles Innovations to Commercialization Pathway." Andrew Aho, vice-president of New Business Development at the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), will be speaking on "Advanced Textiles with Nonwovens in the U.S. Market."  The conference is being held May 5-8, 2019, in Indianapolis, Ind., USA. Click here for more information.  Posted January 25, 2019 

Marine Fabricators Conference Attracts Near Record Attendance. The 2019 Marine Fabricators Conference, held January 10-12, 2019, in Long Beach, Calif., USA, saw 260 attendees.  Nearly a hundred were first-time attendees. According to the Marine Fabricators Association (MFA), this was the second largest gather in the history of the annual event and included 16 from Australia. MFA is a division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI). The event was filled with hands-on demonstrations and seminars. At the meeting, IFAI President Steve Schiffman also announced a new marine fabricators business insurance program offered by the association. Click here to read the IFAI press release on the conference. Posted January 25, 2019

Registration Opens for International Conference. Registration is now open for AATCC's 2019 IC. The conference's theme is "Innovating Today for a Challenging Tomorrow" and features an extensive education program as well as a table top exhibition. 2019 IC is being held April 9-11, 2019. Click here for more information. Posted January 24, 2019

Recommendations for US Department of Defense Procurement Policies Include Relaxing Berry Amendment Compliance.  Mandated by the US Congress in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2016, the Section 809 Panel has released Volume 3 of its Report of the Advisory Panel on Streamlining and Codifying Acquisition Regulations. The report adds 58 recommendations to the 40 found in Volume 1 and Volume 2 which were issued earlier. While there is no requirement the Defense Department to adopt any of the recommendations, all the recommendations from an earlier interim report were enacted. Among the recomendations in this final report is that purchasing preference requirements for commercial products should be more flexible. Lawmakers should adopt a public interest exception and procedures for the Berry Amendment identical to the ones that exist for the Buy American Act. Click here to read an article posted on the National Defense website. Posted January 23, 2019

International Textile Group Becomes Elevate Textiles.  International Textile Group, the parent of technical textiles manufacturer Safety Components, has rebranded as Elevate Textiles. Elevate is also the parent of American & Efird, Burlington, Gütermann and Cone Denim. Elevate Textiles was born out of the integration of American & Efird and ITG last year under Platinum Equity, which acquired ITG in 2016 and A&E in 2018. Elevate will be headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., USA, but will keep offices in Greensboro, N.C. and Mount Holly, N.C. as divisional headquarters for Cone Denim and A&E, respectively. The company serves 25,000 customers in more than 100 countries and has 37 facilities and over 15,000 employees. Click here to read the Elevate company press release. Posted January 23, 2019

Photo Source: ESA/Vorticity

Testing Unusually-Shaped Parachutes. There is a neat short posting on the European Space Agency's website that talks about the testing of different shape parachutes. The testing is being done to determine the most suitable method of slowing down payloads as they land on Mars. One novel design developed by Vorticity UK played on a previous one known as the disc-gap-band type— a traditional cone shape but with a gap at the base leaving a ring of material. The novel design used multiple rings of fabric in the hope it would make any descent slower while keeping the payload stable. Click here to read more. Posted January 23, 2019

USTR Furloughs Most of Its Staff. So, what about all these trade agreements being undertaken by the US government? In the wake of the US government's partial shutdown, about 70% of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative staff have been furloughed until the funding crisis is resolved. According to the USTR office, those personnel who remain will "ensure USTR continues to conduct operations, including trade negotiations and enforcement."  One of the issues is the current trade dispute with China. According to a news brief issued by the international trade law firm Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A., "The US has said that if China does not make sufficient progress on resolving longstanding trade irritants by March 2, it will increase the Section 301 additional tarrif on $200 billion worth of goods from China from 10% to 25%." Click here to read more. Posted January 21, 2019

China's Economic Slowdown Affecting Textile Production. The Wall Street Journal  has published an article today on the affect of the downtown in the Chinese economy for labor-intensive industries, specifically the auto-parts and textiles industries. According to the article, China's growth weakened to 6.6% in 2018, its slowest annual growth rate in nearly 3 decades. The cause is a number of factors including rising labor rates and healthcare, a slump in new car sales, and the trade war with the US.  Click here to read the WSJ article. Posted January 21, 2019

Launch of New Textile Machinery Show for Africa.  India ITME Society has announced the organization of ITME AFRICA 2020. The textile machinery exposition will be a joint venture between India ITME Society and the Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Association. The event will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, February 14-16, 2020. The theme of ITME Africa is "Prosperity for Africa through Textile Technology."  Posted January 21, 2019 

Techtextil Innovation Award 2019 Now Accepting Entries. Companies and research institutes are now invited to enter their projects for the Techtextil Innovation Award. The award will be announced during Techtextil 2019, taking place May 14-17, 2019, in Frankfurt, Germany. The award honors outstanding achievements in the following categories: research, new materials, products, technologies, and, for the first time, applications or new developments in the field of sustainability. The submission deadline is February 18, 2019. Click here for further information. The page is in German, so you will have to use an app to translate the page. Posted January 21, 2019

Indian Government Announces List of Products Classified as Technical Textiles. On January 15, 2019, the Indian Commerce and Ministry's Directorate General of Foreign Trade announced 207 items under the Harmonized Systems of Preference (HSP) will now be classified as technical textiles. Click here to find the complete list of the HSN-classified technical textiles items. Posted January 21, 2019

Acrylic Fabric Maker Adds Distributor to US Network.  Recasens USA, a manufacturer of acrylic fabric for sun protection, textile architecture, screens, decoration, and marine, use has announced Innovative Industrial Solutions (IIS) as its newest US-based distributor for all the company's products. Recasens is headquartered in Barcelona, Spain. ISS is based in Boynton Beach, Fla., USA. Click here to read the Recasens USA press release on the distribution network expansion. Posted January 16, 2019

Philippine National Police Acquire Ballistic Vests. The website SunStar Manila reports the Philippine National Police (PNP) has acquired $13.3 million worth of equipment to boost its operational capability. The purchase includes 11,245 "bullet proof" vests and 4,169 waistcoat vest level IIA ballistic protection. Click here to read the article. Posted January 16, 2019

Registration Opens for IDEA®19. INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has announced the registration for IDEA19 is now open. The triennial global event for the nonwovens and engineered fabrics industry is being held in Miami Beach, Fla., USA, March 25-28, 2019. The event is expected to draw more than 7,000 attendees and over 500 exhibitors from 70+ countries. Click here to go to the INDA website to register. You can also click here to go to the special IDEA19 section within BeaverLake6 Report to lean more about the speakers and education programs being offered at the show. Posted January 15, 2019

New Leaders at AATCC.  AATCC held its Annual Meeting on November 14, 2018 in Research Triangle Park, N.C., USA. The results of the ballot for national elective offices for 2019-2020 were: Harrie Schoots from Ascend Performance Materials, LLC was elected President-Elect. The following regional board members were elected to a two-year term: Jack Bare, StarChem LLC, New England Region; Martha Carper, University of Delaware, Central Atlantic Region; John Crocker, SDL Atlas, Midsouth Region; and Heather Shields, adidas International, Western Region. Immediate Past President Bert Truesdale then presented the AATCC President's Pin to Kerry King, who transitioned to President January 1, 2019, for a two-year term. Posted January 11, 2019

US Marine Corps Getting a New Parachute System. The website Marine Corps Times has a really interesting article on why the US Marine Corps moved forward with a new multi-mission parachute system (MMPS). In the Corps' making its original request within the Defense Budget, Congress asked for more explanation on why a new MMPS was needed. The Secretary of the Navy then provided a report on the desired new MMPS capabilities as well as safety issues with the old system. Marine Corps Times, under the US Freedom of Information Act, obtained a copy of the report with the concerns of the old system and desired capabilities of the new MMPS. Subsequently, the Corps did go forward and awarded a contract in January 2018 to Airborne Systems North America for the new parachute system. The purchase was for more than 1,000 parachutes with delivery by 2021. Click here to read the article. Posted January 11, 2019

Techtextil Exhibition Almost Full. The latest press release from Messe Frankfurt reveals the upcoming Techtextil 2019 in Frankfurt, Germany, has almost sold out of exhibition space. In 2017, the show had 1,477 exhibitors from 55 countries. The theme in 2019 is "Urban Living --City of the Future" and will look at how technical textiles will shape urban life in the future. The event is co-locating with Texprocess, a show for those supplying equipment used in the processing of technical textiles such as textile finishing and digital printing. Click here to read the latest press release from Messe Frankfurt. Posted January 10, 2019

New Material and Process for Ballistic Protection Products?  Echelon Materials, Stamford, Conn., USA, has developed a proprietary weaving process that produces TiTek – a lightweight, bullet-resistant fabric that reportedly shreds bullets into shrapnel. According to the company “TiTek is the first and only fabric to enable lightweight Level IV+ multi-hit, high-powered rifle protection. TiTek is a patented fabric that weaves tiny, sharp-edged titanium discs into the plane of the fabric using the very kevlar threads that comprise the fabric. These discs present their sharp edges to the incoming round and cut it to shreds as it passes. Once shredded by the TiTek fabric, debris from bullets are easily captured by the armor package’s backing layers that employ existing materials, such as aramids or polyethylenes. Compared to traditional armor that “stops” the bullet by applying extremely high counter-force, TiTek armor uses the bullet’s own energy to cut it apart, destroying it and making it easier to stop.” Click here to go to an interesting article posted on the website Body Armor News. Posted January 10, 2019

$27 Million Military Foul Weather Jacket Contract Awarded to US Federal Prison Industries. Federal Prison Industries Inc., Washington, D.C, USA, has been awarded a maximum $27,189,820 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for extreme cold/wet weather jackets. This is an 18-month base contract, with one one-year option period. Locations of performance are Kentucky, Georgia, and Washington, D.C, with a July 8, 2020, performance completion date. Using military services are Army and Air Force. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2019 through 2020 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Penn., USA. Posted January 10, 2019

Photo: Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod

Indian Army Confirms Order Contract for Ballistic Vests.  On January 8, 2019, the India Ministry of Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre announced the Indian army was expecting delivering soon of more than 186,000 "bulletproof" jackets from an unnamed Indian manufacturer. Dr. Bhamre said the jackets will be certified to the standards based on US National Institute of Justice Level III. Quality ballistic vests has been an embarrassing issue for India after last year's fiasco in which the Indian state of Maharashtra revealed 1430 out of 4600 ballistic vests it purchased for its state police had failed in certification testing. Click here to read an article on the website army-technology.com. Posted January 9, 2019

Photo Source: CWF

Huge Backpacks are Selling Out. Who would want a backpack so large you could fit a person in it? Apparently, a lot of people. Made by CWF in Japan, the "Backpacker's Closet" is selling out.  Priced at $234, the bags weigh 3.5 pounds. The CWF website explains the backpacks are perfect for camping. They have extra padded straps if you're strong enough to carry it fully packed with gear. Don't see yourself carrying this monster pack very far? Many are buying the backpacks for use around the home as an extra closet or storing pillows. So, those of you readers who are end-product fabricators with a few extra yards of fabric, you might just want to make a few and test the market in your area. Absurd ideas can fool you sometimes. Click here to read a short article on the backpacks. Posted January 7, 2019

Carbon Fiber Maker Fined $7.8 Million. The US Department of Treasury has issued a $7.8 million fine to carbon fiber maker Zoltek Corp. for its purchase starting in 2012 of acrylonitrile, a key chemical ingredient of carbon fiber, from OJSC Polymir, a subsidiary of Belneftekhim, a Belarusian state-owned oil and gas company.  Belneftekhim was sanctioned by the US Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control. Zoltek had voluntarily disclosed the trade sanctions violation. Zoltek is now a subsidiary of Toray Industries Inc., and headquartered in Bridgeton, Mo., USA. Click here to learn more. Posted January 4, 2019

Hospitals to Provide Medical Personnel with Body Armor in Australia. A sad sign of the times is the new market for ballistic and stab-resistant vests coming with the decision by the Australian Health Department to provide West Australian doctors and nurses with body armor. The decision comes as the medical staff faces increasingly more violent patients and visitors situations. The health department has ordered 250 custom body armor vests. A particular threat comes from syringes and knives by hostile patients. Click here to read the article on the Body Armor website. Posted January 2, 2019

Solar-Powered Tent for Homeless Invented by High School Young Women. If you are looking for an inspiring story about our industry, check out the article "How 12 Teens Invented a Solar-Powered Tent for the Homeless." It's on the website called mashable.com and describes how a group of young women at San Fernando High School near Los Angeles, Calif., USA developed a solar-powered tent for homeless people that folds into a backpack. The story tells how the team had to learn to sew, 3D-print, and computer code, as well as other aspects of running a business. For their efforts, they received a $10,000 grant from the Lemelson-MIT Program and invited to receive their award at MIT in Cambridge, Mass., USA. Our thanks to Joe Fields at Outdoor Venture Corporation for letting us know about these remarkable young women. Click here to read the article. Posted January 2, 2019 

Regional Awning & Custom Fabric Products Maker Shuts Down Operations. BeaverLake6 Report has received word from Wayne Yonce, owner of the Twin City Tent & Awning Company (aka TCT&A Industries), that the company closed its operations a couple of months ago. The company located in Urbana, Ill., USA, was a regional maker of custom fabric awnings, rental tents, tarps and graphic signage. After Mr. Yonce and co-owner Wanda Yonce retired a few years ago, the operation was turned over to their son Kevin Yonce. The younger Yonce has now started up a new shade fabric product company with two former TCT&A employees. Posted December 31, 2018

US Coated Fabric Manufacturer Assets to be Purchased.  A US bankruptcy judge has approved the sale of all substantial assets of American Fuel Cell and Coated Fabrics to LB Amfuel LLC for $1.62 million. Amfuel is headquartered in Wichita Falls, Texas, USA, with manufacturing plants there and in Magnolia, Ark., USA. The Wichita Falls plant will be closed as part of the recovery plan. The Magnolia plant employs 243. Amfuel, originally known as Firestone Tire and Rubber Co., had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last year. The company manufactures aircraft fuel cell bladders. Click here to read the notice of the approval. Posted December 31, 2018

Intertape Polymer Acquires US Industrial Fabric Coater. In a December 17, 2018 press release, Intertape Polymer Group Inc. (IPG) announced it had acquired almost all of the operating assets of Maiweave LLC for approximately $21 million. Maiweave is a privately held manufacturer of engineered coated polyolefin used in geomembrane, pool covers, shelters and large covering applications including for sand and salt. It is based in Springfield, Oh., USA and employees 75 at two manufacturing facilities. IPG is a manufacturer of various types of coated fabrics and is headquartered in Montreal, Que., Canada, and Sarasota, Fla., USA. Click here to read the company press release on the acquisition. Posted December 31, 2018

Exhibitors Listed for Techtextil North America. Messe Frankfurt, Inc., the organizer of Techtextil North America 2019, has posted the list of those exhibitors already confirmed. The show takes place February 26-28, 2019 in Raleigh, N.C., USA. Click here to view the list in the special TTNA section on BeaverLake6 Report. Posted December 19, 2018

Discount Deadlines for North East Canvas Products Expo Approaching. [Correction] It's easy to forget about registering for shows that are happening right after the holiday season, so consider this a public service announcement for the North East Canvas Products Association's Expo: The early registration discount ends January 7, 2019. The exhibitor early bird discount for booth space ends December 21, 2018. Save some money and get the registration done. The NECPA Expo is taking place January 18-20, 2019 in Worcester, Mass., USA. Click here to go to the web page for more information. Posted December 17, 2018

Asian Nonwovens Filtration Conference Attracts +100 Companies. EDANA, the organizers of FILTREX Asia 2018 has announced the event attracted 222 delegates from more than 100 companies. FILTREX was organized EDANA, the European nonwovens trade association. It was held December 4-5, 2018, in Shanghai, China, and ran in conjunction with the 7th Filtration & Separation Asia that was co-organized by China Filtration Society, China Nonwovens Technology Association and UBM. FILTREX Asia had 27 presentations that covered new technologies, testing techniques and standards. Click here to read the EDANA press release about the event. Posted December 17, 2018

Albany International Announces New Senior Vice President. Albany International Corp. has announced Rick Sharpe as its new Senior Vice President of Global Customers and Marketing for Albany Engineered Composites (AEC).   Prior to joining Albany, Mr. Scott served as Group Vice President and General Manager of B/E Aerospace Consumables Management Division. Albany International is a global advanced textiles and materials processing company.  The company is headquartered in Rochester, NN.H., USA, operates 22 plants in 10 countries, and employs 4,400 people worldwide. Click here to read the entire company press release. Posted December 14, 2018

Hohenstein Opens Textile Testing Lab in India. Following up on its textile testing lab opening this past July in Bangladesh, the Hohenstein Institute has opened a lab in Gurugam, India. Hohenstein India will operate with about 50 employees and offer textile manufacturers, brand suppliers and retailers a variety of textile technology and chemical tests. Click here to read the company's press release on the opening. Posted December 13, 2018

Ballistic Armor Vest Contract Awarded. The Protective Group, A Point Blank Co., Miami Lakes, Fla., USA was awarded an $11,924,240 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of enhanced ballistic armor protection system kits by the US Army. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 10, 2022. Posted December 12, 2018

Airbag Fabric Maker Acquired. Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL) has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire UTT Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH. UTT is a supplier of airbag fabrics and other technical textiles. The company, headquartered in Krumbach, Germany, has two sites in Germany and Mexico with approximately 420 employees. The company produces around 70 million sqm of fabrics. UTT will be acquired by PHP Fibers, a company owned by Indorama Ventures (80% stake) and Toyobo (20% stake). With the acquisition, Indorama Ventures is strengthening its portfolio in the airbag sector and adds the UTT weaving sites in Germany and Mexico to the yarn production sites in Germany, the USA and the JV participation in China as well as to the PHP Fibers weaving mills in Germany and the USA established with the expertise of Toyobo. Click here to read the acquisition press release. Posted December 11, 2018

Photo Source: NASA

Maker of Mars InSight Lander Parachute Featured. The manufacturer of the parachute that brought NASA's InSight lander to the Mars surface November 26, 2018 was featured recently on a local television show. Pioneer Aerospace of South Windsor, Conn., USA, was the designer and fabricator of the parachute that slowed the rapidly descending lander from 12,000 mph to 200 mph. Besides providing parachutes for NASA and SpaceX, Pioneer is a maker of military parachutes. The company was founded in 1938 as Cheney Silk Mills and in 1988 became part of Zodiac's Aerospace Group. Click here to view the article and video posted on the NBC affiliate's website about the company and the making of the parachute. Posted December 11, 2018 

Photo credit: Enayatullah Azad

Norway Providing More Than 2,500 Tents in Afghanistan. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is providing more than 2,500 tents to the thousands who have been displaced in Afghanistan from conflict, drought and lack of food. The tents are 23 square meters and can house 6-7 people. So far, NRC has distributed 1,000 tents with another 1,500 left to set up. The tents are expected to provide winter shelter to about 10,000 families. Click here to read more. Posted December 7, 2018 

Clean Show Sold to Messe Frankfurt.  Messe Frankfurt (MF) has finalized a deal with the Clean Show Executive Committee (CEC) to purchase the largest trade fair for textile care in the Western Hemisphere. The Clean Show is held every two years rotating throughout the US. As a part of the acquisition, the five industry associations that are involved in the sale will maintain their close involvement and MF aims to continue the Clean Show success story in the future. The Clean Show attracted over 11,000 trade visitors and 481 exhibitors to Las Vegas in 2017. MF will organize the Clean Show in cooperation with the former owners, five US trade associations: · Drycleaning & Laundry Institute (DLI), · TRSA, the Association for Linen, Uniform and Facility Services (TRSA) · Coin Laundry Association (CLA), · Association for Linen Management (ALM), · Textile Care Allied Trades Association (TCATA). Clean 2019 is scheduled for June 20-23, 2019 in New Orleans, La., USA. Posted December 7, 2018

NCTO Endorses USMCA; Pledges to Lobby Congress to Adopt the Agreement.  As expected, while it didn't get everything it wanted in the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), there was more than enough in the agreement to warrant an endorsement by Washington-based National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), as well as a pledge by the organization to use it lobbying influence when it comes up for ratification by Congress.  NCTO Chairman Marty Moran, CEO of Buhler Quality Yarns Corp said, "The new deal is better than NAFTA for the U.S. textile industry in many aspects and NCTO is pleased to endorse it."  Click here to read the NCTO press release on its endorsement. Posted December 7, 2018

US Exports in October Released for Specialty and Industrial Fabrics Group. Robust export figures continue to be announced by the US Department of Commerce as they released the October number for the Specialty and Industrial Fabrics group, including double-digit growth in exports to China in comparison to last year. Click here to see the entire report released by the Department of Commerce. 

 

 

Year Ending

10/2017

Year Ending

10/2018

 

% Change

Mexico

2,071,971

2,204,571

+6.40

Canada

583,691

594,680

+1.88

China

202,016

223,370

+10.57

Hong Kong

123,735 124,992 +1.02

United Kingdom

100,577

103,810 +3.21
World 4,190,684 4,395,851 +4.90

(Data in thousand dollars)

Posted December 7, 2018

South Carolina Elastics Being Acquired. Gibraltar Business Capital is funding a $5.5 million line of credit to support the acquisition of South Carolina Elastics Company, a division of Rhode Island Textile Company, by Industrial Value Partners, a Greenville, S.C., USA, private equity investment firm. Headquartered in Landrum, S.C., South Carolina Elastics is one of the largest US narrow fabrics producers. It makes braided, knitted and woven narrow fabrics used in bungee cords, medical elastic masks, hose tape, and military webbings. Industrial Value Partners is specializing in the acquisition of textile manufacturers making products sold into the industrial, technical and specialty product end-markets, including military, automotive, safety and aerospace. Click here to read the acquisition press release. Posted December 7, 2018

Photo source: Kolon Group

Questions Emerge After Kolon Group's CEO and Chairman Abrupt Retirement Announcement. At the end of a company in-house session November 28, Lee Woong-yeol, chairman of the Kolon Group, announced he would be resigning from all positions in the South Korean company as of January 21, 2019. Mr. Lee is the grandson of the company founder and replaced his father as CEO and Chairman in 1996. He said in his resignation that he desired to try something different and will be leaving the country to start new businesses. A report posted on the Korea Times website suggested that Mr. Lee's resignation may be due to the National Tax Service's investigation of the Kolon Group holding company and its flagship unit Kolon Industries, a manufacturer of technical textiles. Kolon Group is one of the largest of Korea's chaebol, the family groups which dominate the country's manufacturing industry. Click here to read the Korea Times article. Posted December 5, 2018

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China's Industrial Textile Market Demands Still Remains Vigorous

Despite the increasingly complex industry demands, the Chinese technical textiles market was relatively stable. Nonwovens output increased over last year. Key specific markets such as tire cord also increased in 2018 over 2017. Overall operating income for industrial textiles used in China reached $34 billion. Click here to read the complete summary provided to BeaverLake6 Report by China Textile magazine through our exclusive relationship. Posted February 15, 2019

President Li Lingshen, President, China Nonwovens & Industrial Texiles Association

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BeaverLake6 Report is pleased to provide an exclusive interview with Li Lingshen, Ph.D., Vice President of the China National Textile and Apparel Council, and President of the China Nonwovens & Industrial Textiles Association, the overseeing organization for the technical textiles industry in China. Click here to read the interview.

Final Analysis of IFAI Expo 2018 and CAMX18

IFAI President S. Schiffman

IFAI Expo 2018 was the first show under IFAI's new CEO/President Steve Schiffman. In a quick conversation on the first day, Mr. Schiffman thought event attendance was on target with the expectation of a 500 increase over the 4500 total participants (counting both exhibitors and visitors) they had in 2017 in New Orleans. Similarly, a conversation with one of the managers of ACMA, a partner in CAMX, said their pre-registration had already topped the 6500 they had last year in Orlando. (Keep in mind, though, the 2017 CAMX show had to be rescheduled from September to December because of Hurricane Irma.) Click here to read more about the shows. Posted October 19, 2018

NCTO Neglects Automotive Textiles as Organizations Testify          on Proposed USMCA Impact

Positive Reviews but Still Uncertainty. On November 16, 2018, two of the US textile industry associations testified before the US International Trade Commission (ITC) in a special hearing to determine the economic impact of the proposed United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).  The leaders of the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) and the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) provided statements on how they feel the new agreement will affect their member companies. 

 

The two organizations clearly have different biases; however, in looking over the AAFA and NCTO statements, it appears to me that while the organizations both clearly said they were not offering an endorsement yet of the agreement, they gave general overall approval for USMCA, acknowledging the 1992 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) needed updating. Both organizations are taking a wait-and-see attitude to more fully look at how the agreement impacts the complex supply chain of textiles and apparel. [Click here to continue.]

 

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Posted November 21, 2018

NAFTA Replacement Agreement Negotiated. On October 1, President Donald Trump announced the US, Mexico and Canada had reached an agreement whichreplaces the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that went into effect in 1994. The new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) contains provisions and language that has an impact on the technical textiles industry; the most important are 1) a special section covering textiles and apparel and 2) rules of origin that will require 75% of automotive content (under NAFTA 62.5%) be made in North America. Mexico and Canada are the two largest importers of US made technical textiles and the automotive industry is the largest intended end market of these technical textiles. Click here to go to the United States Trade Representative's website and read the "Textiles and Apparel Goods" chapter. Posted October 3, 2018

State of the Chinese Technical Textiles Markets in 2017

Are you looking for a quick understanding of the China technical textiles industry? Through our special relationship with China Nonwovens & Industrial Textiles Association (CNITA) and their China Textile publication, BeaverLake6 Report is pleased to post the English-translation of the recently issued "Status Quo of China's Nonwovens and Industrial Textiles Industry, 2017." The report covers the different levels of the industry, geographic export demographics, and forecast the needs in the major end market applications. Click here to read the report in our China Textile website section. Posted June 18, 2018

Report Published on the US Technical Textiles Industry

I am pleased to announce the second part of my report 2018 State of the U.S.Technical Textiles Industry has been published by Textile World magazine. 

 

This first part features a general industry overview, plus an evaluation of the status and impact of US trade positions.

 

The second part, featured in the April/May issue will cover major end markets for technical textiles such as automotive and military.

 

Click here to go to the Textile World website to download a copy. 

 

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