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IFAI Expo 2018 and CAMX18 Close

Moments at the shows.

Final Analysis of the Events

IFAI CEO/President Steve Schiffman

Gain or No Gain? 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

Front Page News

IFAI Chairman of the Board Steve Ellington

State-of-the-Association Report Given at IFAI Annual Meeting.  Chairman of the Board Steven Ellington led the Annual Meeting of the 105 year-old Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) on October 16, during the IFAI Expo 2018 in Dallas, Texas, USA. Mr. Ellington, president of Trivantage, LLC, Glen Raven, N.C., USA, gave a brief review of the association's activities over the past year. A few of the highlights were the biennial member satisfaction survey revealed a 4.11 rating (with 5 being the highest); member retention was at 82.8%; more than $1 million was directly spent on association programs; and, overall total liabilities and net assets of the organization declined slightly from $8.063 million to $7.951 million. Current board members David Segal, Edward Segal Inc., Thomaston, Conn., USA, and Gifford Del Grande, AEC Narrow Fabrics, Asheboro, N.C., USA, were re-elected for 3-year terms as directors on the Board. Honored Life Member status was given to former IFAI President/CEO Mary J. Hennessy in August 2018. Posted October 20, 2018

Last SGIA Expo Underway in Las Vegas. As the IFAI Expo and CAMX shows close today in Dallas, Texas, USA, the last SGIA Expo starts up in Las Vegas, Nev., USA. The annual SGIA Expo, organized by the Specialty Graphics Imaging Association (SGIA), is ending in 2018 to make room for a new event called PRINT United in 2019 that's being organized by the association and NAPCO Media. The SGIA Expo 2018 is expected to draw 25,000 visitors and 550 exhibitors. PRINT United's first show is taking place October 23-25, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. Posted October 18, 2018

Multi-Million Dollar Contract Awarded for USAF Carriage Equipment. The website Soldier Systems is reporting the US Air Force has awarded a multi-million dollar contract for load-carry carriage equipment for their special operations units. The contract was awarded to High Ground Gear, a division of Ehmke Manufacturing Company of Philadelphia, Penn., USA. Click here to read the article. Posted October 13, 2018

Traveling European Textile Machinery Road Show Taking Place in Mexico. A 2-day program showcasing textile machinery to the Mexican textile and carpet industries has been organized by 4 textile European machinery associations -- AMEC of Spain, SYMATEX of Belgium, BTMA of Great Britain and UCMTF of France. The events will be held in Mexico City on November 20 and Puebla on November 21. The machines cover nearly all the textile industry, from fiber processing to dyeing and finishing, through weaving, circular knitting used in end uses markets such as apparel, home textiles, carpet manufacturing and technical textiles for the automotive manufacturers. More than 18 machinery manufacturers will be participating from the organizations. On the Mexican side, the initiative has also received a strong support from industry trade groups CANAINTEX and CITEX. Click here to learn more about the showcase events. Posted October 12, 2018

Outdoor Ventures Corporation Selected by US Army to Produce Next Generation Camouflage Netting System. Today, US Congressman Harold "Hal" Rogers of Kentucky announced up to 350 new jobs will be created over the next 10 years in McCreary County, Ky.  Fibrotex had in May 2018 been one of 3 companies the US Army selected for the netting contract. In turn, Outdoor Ventures Corporation (OVC), will partner with the company to produce the next generation Ultra Lightweight Camouflage Netting System (ULCANS) in Stearns, Ky. Fibrotex will retrofit a building next door to OVC and also will build there a new 50,000 sq. ft manufacturing facility. Fibrotex will manufacture the specialized netting that OVC will the make into the final system. Production is planned to start in the second half of 2019. Click here to read the press release on the contract announcement. Posted October 11, 2018

SGIA Acquires Graphics Show. The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) has purchased the printing trade show Graphics of Americas (GOA) from the Florida Graphics Alliance (FGA). GOA, usually held in Miami Beach, Fla., USA, annually attracts around 10,000 attendees from North, Central and South America. SGIA is the graphics industry trade association, including technical textiles media, and its annual SGIA Expo is the largest trade show for print technology in North America. Construction of the exhibition hall in Miami Beach has forced the delay of the next GOA until February 13-15, 2020. Click here to read the SGA press release about the purchase. Posted October 10, 2018

Filtration® International Conference & Exposition Attracts +1200 Visitors. 

INDA’s Filtration 2018 International Conference & Exposition connected professionals from industry sectors in transportation, medical, energy, life science, commercial, nuclear, aerospace and indoor air quality to find new suppliers and buyers at the 27th edition, October 2-4. 2018, held in Philadelphia, Penn. USA. The exposition was preceded on October 2, with a one-day robust conference program concurrent with a 1.5-day training course on Filter Media. Filtration 2018 attracted over 1,200 purchasers and suppliers from the filter supply chain to see the latest technologies from 120-plus exhibitors. Click here to read the official post-event press release. Posted October 9, 2018. 

Photo: The Haartz Corporation website

US Marine Interior Fabric Market Projected to Increase 5-6% in 2018.  There's a good article posted on the Boating Industry website looking at the state of the interior and exterior upholstery boat industry market. One of those interviewed was Bill McDaniel, Marine Market Manager at Glen Raven. Mr. McDaniel projected the industry to finish 2018 at 5-6% growth. In the article, he says “Twenty percent of what you get on the OEM side drives 80 percent of the aftermarket. There are more and more boats that are an average age of 15 years to 18 years old that are being refurbished.” Click here to read the article. Posted October 9, 2018

Applied DNA Appoints VP of Strategic Sales. Applied DNA Sciences Inc. has announced the appointment of Wayne Buchen as Vice President of Strategic Sales. Mr. Buchen most recently served as Senior Vice President of Global Sourcing and Operations for Lacoste in Hong Kong and Senior Vice President of Global Sourcing in New York. Mr. Buchen, together with MeiLin Wan, vice president of Textile Sales, will lead Applied DNA's sales efforts in its textile vertical. The company is a provider of molecular technologies that enable supply chain security, anti-counterfeiting and anti-theft technology, product genotyping and DNA mass production for diagnostics and therapeutics. It is headquartered in Brook, N.Y., USA. Click here to read the company's press release on the appointment. Posted October 9, 2018

Textile Innovation Network President Featured. The launch in September of the Rhode Island Textile Innovation Network (RITIN) is creating public awareness of the advanced textile industry.  RITIN's president Michael Woody, CEO of Trans-Tex, Cranston, Rhode Island, USA, and RITIN's president, was featured on a local Rhode Island business news show. looking at the new technology contributions of textiles. It's a nice interview. Click here to watch it.  Posted October 9, 2018 

Eric Pierrejean

JEC Names New CEO. Eric Pierrejean has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the JEC Group, succeeding Frédérique Mutel. He will be in charge of the further development of the company after two decades of growth under Mrs. Mutel's leadership. Mr. Pierrejean joined the JEC Group in January 2018. Before joining the company, he was Division General Manager at Comexposium from 2011 to 2017. Prior to this, he spent much of his career in sales and marketing positions, spending more than 15 years in the automotive sector (BMW Group, Land Rover) as well as in the sports goods industry (Nike). JEC Group is based in Paris, France and is the owner of the JEC composite shows and trade publication. Posted October 9, 2018

Adeline Larroque

New Show Director for JEC World.  The world's largest composite industry show has a new show director. JEC Group has announced Adeline Larroque has joined the company as the Show Director for JEC World and EMEA Events. She comes to JEC with more than 15 years of global experience, previously working for Reed Exhibitions France and China managing numerous exhibitions in the aerospace, material, security, maritime, logistics, construction and medical industries. She has also worked for Qatar Tourism Authority as Head of Exhibition. Most recently, MS. Larroque worked for the Events division of the Daily Mail Group, supervising the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference as Event Director. Posted October 9, 2018

New West Coast Distribution Center Opened by Coated Fabrics Manufacturer.  Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, Inc., (Aurora) has opened a new regional Fulfillment Center in Santa Fe Springs, Calif. The new regional warehouse and Fulfillment Center enables the company to satisfy same day and next day delivery for the company’s West Coast customers. Aurora, based in Yorkville, Ill., USA, is a manufacturer of coated, dyed and finished woven and nonwoven fabrics used in digital printing, specialty home products and technical textiles applications. Posted October 6, 2018

Last Days for the US Navy Peacoats. On October 1, 2018, the US Navy made the purchase of its dark blue woolen peacoat officially optional for sailors. The iconic peacoat dates back to the British navy of the 1730s, later adapted by the US Navy prior to the Civil War. As reported in a June 2017 BeaverLake6 Report post, the Navy peacoat is being replace by a synthetic fabric cold weather parka in a previously announced cost-cutting move. The full phase-out of the coat will be completed by 2021. Eliminating the peacoat will have a devastating impact on the Boston-region woolen industry as the last peacoat contract was in 2015 for about $48 million. Click here to go to a save-the-peacoat website to express your opposition to the coat's elimination. Industry consultant David Trumbull has on his Textiles and Trade website a good article about the issue. Click here to read his post.   Posted October 5, 2018 

US Exports in August Increase for Specialty and Industrial Fabrics Group. The US Department of Commerce has released the August export figures for the Specialty and Industrial Fabrics group. There does not appear to be any trade consequences yet from the growing US-China trade war as exports to China continue to surge in double digit growth. Click here to see the entire report released by the Department of Commerce. 

 

 

Year Ending

8/2017

Year Ending

8/2018

 

% Change

Mexico

2,066,661

2,177080

+5.34

Canada

578,235

595,945

+3.06

China

195,593

219,967

+12.46

Hong Kong

122,167 123,064 +0.73

United Kingdom

99,782

101,980 +2.20
World 4,155,146 4,359,529 +4.92

(Data in thousand dollars)

Posted October 5, 2018

Smart Textiles Symposium Attracts 170 Delegates in Austria. The 7th Smart Textiles Symposium 2018 was held in Dornbirn, Austria, during the 57th Dornbirn-GFC (Global Fiber Congress). The symposium attracted 170 delegates and 24 lectures. Overall, more than 700 delegates participated in the Global Fiber Conference. The focus of Smart Textiles Symposium 2018 was the increased tendency towards a more interdisciplinary collaboration in the field of smart textiles. Speakers included a keynote address by James Holbery, product research manager at Microsoft.  He gave insight on the company's recent activities in printed textile and flexible electronics. Click here for a comprehensive report on the event provided to BeaverLake6 Report by Dr. Isa Hofmann. Posted October 2, 2018

US Air Force Makes New Camouflage Uniform Available for All. The new OCP pattern uniform is now available for all in the US Air Force. The uniform has already been available in the past few months for about 100,000 Air Force personnel serving in combat situations. The OCP pattern is a joint combat uniform worn by both the Air Force and the Army. Respective services will be identified on the uniforms by patches and name tags. To avoid financial hardship for those who purchase addition uniforms, the transition to the new uniforms will be over 3 years, with a requirement for all in the Air Force to be wearing it by April 2021. Click here to read an article about the transition. Posted October 2, 2018

Techtextil North America Registration Opens.  Registration for Techtextil North America 2019, being held February 26-28, 2019 in Raleigh, N.C., USA has officially opened. For the first time, the event will offer a la carte pricing, giving visitors the flexibility to pick and choose the sessions most relevant to them, as well as a “Full Experience” option, which includes three-day exhibit hall access, entry into all Symposium sessions, as well as shuttle transportation and entry into the Reception & Tours at North Carolina State University. Click here to go to the special Techtextil North America pages within BeaverLake6 Report and read the entire official press release from the show's management. Posted October 1, 2018

 

Former location of Glawe Awning and Tent

Awning and Tent Company Featured for Its 141 Years in Business There is a nice article on the Springfield News-Sun website that features Glawe Awnings and Tents of Fairborn, Oh., USA. The company is a regional fabricator and installer of commercial display tents as well as awnings and other custom products. It's history dates back to 1877. The website also has a video featuring CEO Vern Schaefer, recalling the history of the company and the technology advances today that keeps it competitive. Service to bettering the industry itself is in the family DA. Mr. Schaefer, his daughter Katherine Schaefer and his son-in-law Thomas Fridley have all held the top volunteer leadership position in the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI). Click here to read the article and view the narrative video. Posted September 28, 2018

Call for Materials from Exhibitors at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market. If you are exhibiting at the upcoming Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in November in Denver, Colo., USA, make sure you send samples and material swatches of what you are displaying to be included in the show's Trend & Design Center.  The Trend & Design Center serves as a resource location where designers first come to source and shop the component materials. Click here to contact Kathy Swantko at the FabricLink Network for more information. Posted September 28, 2018

Marine Corps Awards $62.6 Million Contract for Next Generation Body Armor Plate Carriers. Vertical Protective Apparel LLC, Shrewsbury, N.J., USA, has been awarded a ceiling $62,612,464 five-year, firm-fixed-price,contract for the purchase of up to 225,886 Plate Carrier Generation IIIs and data reports. Work will be performed in Shrewsbury, N.J., and is expected to be completed by September 2023. The PC Gen III body armor system features a 25% weight reduction and has additional modularity to make it application for different needs. Additionally, it will be available in 8 sizes, including 3 smaller sizes than the current vest, to make it a more customized fit. Interestingly, the new vest material is using a laser cut material that only absorbs 7% of water compared to 70% of the previous legacy system. Click here to read more.  Posted September 28, 2018

US Textiles Industry Gets a Seat at the Trade Negotiations Table. US President Donald Trump has announced his intention to appoint Don Bockoven, Vice Chairman of the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) to the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations at the Office of U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). Mr. Bockoven is the President & CEO of Leigh Fibers and ICE Recycling. The appointment is a 4-year term.  The ACTPN's role is to advise the U.S, Trade Representative in matters involving negotiations on treaties and trade deals. Click here to read a press release by NCTO on the pending appointment. Posted September 28, 2018 

$30 Million Military Cot Contract Awarded. North American Manufacturing, Scranton, Penn., USA, has been awarded a maximum $30,000,000 contract for military folding cot by the US Defense Logistics Agency. This was a competitive acquisition with one response received. This is a two-year base contract with three one-year option periods. Location of performance is Pennsylvania, with a Sept. 25, 2020, performance completion date. Using customers are Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and other federal civilian agencies. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2018 through 2020 defense working capital funds.Posted September 26, 2018

(L-R) E. Otto, Prof. T. Gries, M.Sc. S. Fischer, Prof. K. Meier, Dr. B. Weise, Prof. G. Seide, A. Tal, J. M. Abram, P. Dornier

VDMA Textile Machinery c/o Walter Reiners Foundation Honours Young Engineers.  Peter D. Dornier, member of the Executive Board of the VDMA Textile Machinery Federation and Chairman of the Walter Reiners Foundation for the Promotion of Young Engineers, has honoured 5 young talents. A total of 17,500 Euros was awarded as prize money. Numerous entrepreneurs and managers from the German textile machinery industry took part in the award ceremony at the Digital Capability Center (DCC) in Aachen, Germany. Click here to read more about the winners and their work. Posted September 25, 2018

"Floating" Backpacks Being Evaluated by US Military. The website Military Times has an interesting article about a product made by start-up US manufacturer Lightning Packs. The company has developed a backpack using what they call Suspended Load Technology. The pack uses a double-frame and pulley system that "floats" the pack up and down on a plastic rail, reducing the impact of the load on the body by a reported 80-90%.  According to the Military Times website, the US military is evaluating the potential of the backpacks. Click here to read the read. Posted September 24, 2018

NASA's New Home and City Website

Interactive Website Launched to Showcase NASA-Influenced Technologies.  The National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) has launched a website called Home and City that showcases 130 spinoff technologies now found in everyday life. Products include a number of examples of technical textile materials used in firefighter protective gear, membrane structures, ballistic vests, and medical products, including a unique pressure garment that is now used to save thousands of women around the world from post-birth bleeding. The website is a good basic introduction to inspire new workers and students on the impact of our industry. Click here to go to the interactive site. Posted September 21, 2018

Hurricane Forces Rescheduling of Textile Research Conference.  The 2018 Southern Textile Research Conference, originally scheduled for September 16-18 in Myrtle Beach, N.C., USA, has been rescheduled for October 7-9 at the same Hilton Myrtle Beach hotel. The event had to be postponed because of Hurricane Florence. The conference theme is "Advances in Functional Finishes and Innovative Technologies." Click here for more information. Posted September 21, 2018

Federal Prison Industries Awarded $110 Million Tactical Vest Contract.  Federal Prison Industries Inc., Washington, D.C., USA, (also known as UNICOR) was awarded a $110,231,607 firm-fixed-price contract for interceptor body armor and outer tactical vests. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 29, 2023. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity. Posted September 21, 2018

US Army Contract Awarded from Flame-Resistant Trousers.  Bethel Industries, Inc., Jersey City, N.J., USA has been awarded a maximum $65,320,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for flame resistant trousers for the Army Combat Uniform. This was a competitive acquisition with 12 responses received. This is an 18-month base contract with one one-year option period. Maximum dollar amount is for the life of the contract, including the option. Location of performance is New Jersey, with a March 18, 2021, estimated performance completion date. Using military service is Army. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2018 through 2021 defense working capital funds. Posted September 21, 2018

Russian Military Claims Textile Materials Developed to Make Helmets Invisible.  The website Innovations in Textiles has posted an interesting article that reports "A new textile material has been recently designed by the Russian military and industrial corporation Rostec to mask soldiers and military equipment...the new material has chameleon like properties and can adapt to the colour of the environment." The investment cost of the material is estimated to be $100-150 million. Click here to read the article. Posted September 21, 2018

Final Mars Spacecraft Parachute Tests Completed. On September 12, 2018, the National Aeronautics Space Agency (NASA) has completed the final of 8 tests of the parachutes being used for the Orion Mars spacecraft. Early indications are the testing of all parachutes were successful. The system has 11 parachutes configured in 4 sets, uses a total of 36,000 square feet of parachute canopy material and has 30 miles of Kevlar lines. Parachutes are deployed in sequence from 300 miles-per-hour to 20 mph. The tests were done using a mock Orion spacecraft dropped from 6.5 miles above the surface. Click here to read a report posted on the Space website. Posted September 15, 2018

Overview of Trelleborg's Recent Expansions.  There is a nice concise article posted on the Rubber News website that details the recent acquisitions of Swedish manufacturer Trelleborg Engineered Coated Fabrics.  The most recent acquisitions have been Laminating Coating Technologies Inc. (Lamcotec) and Dartex Holdings Ltd. Lamcotex makes polyurethane coated and laminated fabrics used in the aerospace industry and Dartex makes coated fabrics for the health care and medical markets. Click here to read the article. Posted September 15, 2018

Photo: Kolon Industries

Kolon Increasing Aramid Fiber Production by 50%. Korea-based Kolon Industries has announced its intention to increase production of the Aramid fiber made under its Heracron brand by 50%. By the 1st quarter of 2020, when the expansion is completed, the annual capacity of the Gumi aramid manufacturing plant will increase from the current 5,000 tons to 7,500 tons. The demand is due to 1) increased demand from global manufacturers in markets such as optical fibers and tire cords, and 2) the company's aim to enter the North American market. The production increase represents an investment of about $18 million. Click here to read more on the Business Korea website. Posted September 15, 2018 

US Tent Maker Acquires Additional Space for Production Facility.  Celina Tent, Inc. has acquired new production space in St. Marys, Oh., USA. The new space is in a former large retail store building, allowing more than 80,000 square feet will be used for sheltering assembly, including all processes from raw material cutting through inspection and packaging. Celina supplies large shelters for agencies such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the US Department of Defense. Celina is a family-owned business, headquartered in Celina, Oh., USA. Click here to read the entire press release. Posted September 13, 2018 

US Army Awards Contract for Parachute System. Airborne Systems North America, Santa Ana, Calif.,  USA, was awarded a $9,575,711 firm-fixed-price contract for the purchase of the Advanced Tactical Parachute System. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be performed in Santa Ana, Calif., with an estimated completion date of November 1, 2019. Fiscal 2018 other procurement, Army funds in the amount of $9,575,711 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. USA, is the contracting activity. Posted September 13, 2018

Point Blank Awarded Helicopter Armor Development Contract.  Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation has awarded The Protective Group, a division of Point Blank Enterprises, a contract to provide a high performance, light-weight crew protection kit for the new CH-53 US Marine Corps King Stallion heavy-lift helicopter. The protection kit consists of individual ballistic panels installed beneath the cabin and ramp floor and within the cabin side frames. Click here to read more. Posted September 12, 2018

Joseph Alan Okey, Jr.

Lest We Forget: Joseph Alan Okey, Jr. The US textile industry has lost a gentle voice with the passing of Joseph "Joe" Okey, Jr. on August 31, 2018. Mr. Okey was the former owner of American Monforts, a textile machinery parts supplier, and most recently worked at Marshall & Williams, a division of Navis Tubetex in Charlotte, N.C., USA. He served as chairman of the American Textile Machinery Association and as a board member of the Carolina Textile Club. Click here to read his obituary. Posted September 10, 2018

US Exports in July to Mexico Increases. The US Department of Commerce has released the July export figures for the Specialty and Industrial Fabrics Group.The percentage increase for exports to Mexico from June to July increased while the increase percentage for Canada slowed. Click here to see the entire report released by the Department of Commerce. 

 

 

Year Ending

7/2017

Year Ending

7/2018

 

% Change

Mexico

2.074,058

2,160,269

+4.16

Canada

570,049

599,337

+4.41

China

190,563

223,814

+17.45

Hong Kong

121,413 124,252 +2.34

United Kingdom

101,109

100,413 -0.69
World 4,154,886 4,344,151 +4.56

(Data in thousand dollars)

Posted September 10, 2018

INDA Issues Calls for Presentations for World of Wipes® International Conference. INDA's World of Wipes (WOW) International Conference 2019 program committee is now accepting abstracts for its 13th annual event. The conference is being held June 24-27, 2019 in Atlanta, Ga., USA.  Experts are being sought in the areas of dry and wet wipes, end-use markets, substrate formation, raw materials and fibers, liquid ingredients, packaging, machinery and equipment, and market trends and data. Prior to WOW will be INDA's WIPES Academy, a basic training for the entire wipes supply chain. Click here for more information. Posted August 29, 2018 

JEC and Thai Composites Association Host Construction/Architecture Event. The JEC Group and the Thai Composites Association (TCA) held a joint event in Bangkok, Thailand, July 18-19, 2018. The conference focused on the growing construction and architecture markets.  The event attracted 181 delegates from 21 countries; 46% of them were OEMs and composites end users. 19 speakers from 13 countries gave presentations. Posted August 27, 2018

NCTO Testifies on China 301 Hearing, Calls for Tariffs on Textile and Apparel End Items.  As we reported yesterday, the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) Senior Vice President Sara Beatty testified in support of the new Trump Administration retaliatory tariffs proposed against China for textiles and apparel end items. NCTO is the Washington-based trade association representing domestic US textile, filament and fiber producers. Click here to read Ms. Beatty's prepared comments in our special Trade Issues section of the BeaverLake6 Report. We will also soon be posting other testimony from groups and organizations both for and against that involves textile tariff sanctions. Posted August 21, 2018  

Coleman Fails in Attempt to Gain Approval Requesting Additional Production Authority. On August 16, 2018, the US Department of Commerce's Foreign Trade Zones Board published its ruling that denies personal flotation device manufacturer The Coleman Company's additional production authority requested for its Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) facility in Sauk Rapids, Minn., USA. The issue was whether the FTZ board would grant a petition by Coleman to remove a restriction in a previous FTZ grant of authority that precludes inverted tariff benefits on foreign textile materials used in the production of PFDs. Coleman had maintained that it needed this removal in order to stay competitive with foreign importers of PFDs and there was no domestic source available for the material that could offer it at a competitive price. Opposing the approval (and on the winning side) were several domestic weavers who maintained they could produce the material. BeaverLake6 Report has previously covered this issue (click here for an examination of the complex issue). Our thanks to industry trade expert David Trumbull of Agathon Associates for alerting us to the FTZ board's ruling. Posted August 21, 2018

US Army Ballistic Vest Contract Modified. Bethel Industries, Jersey City, N.J., USA, and KDH Defense Systems, Eden, N.C., USA, were awarded a $61,406,405 modification for Modular Scalable Vest Generation II. The Army Contracting Command (ACC) has issued a modification to extend the ordering period and maximum ordering value on existing multiple award Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity contracts. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Aug. 20, 2019. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., USA, is the contracting activity. Bethel and KDH Defense Systems have a current First Article Test (FAT) approval and are the only sources capable of meeting the Government's required time-frame. This modification is required to ensure a continuity of services until the follow-on contract is awarded. Posted August 21, 2018

Spider Silk Material Delivered to US Army for Ballistic Shootpack Evaluation. Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, Inc. announced yesterday that it has delivered ballistic shootpack panels to the U.S. Army made from the company's proprietary Dragon Silk material. The panels will be evaluated for effectiveness in stopping bullets. Dragon Silk is a genetically engineered spider silk which mimics the strength and toughness found in native spider silk. Kriag Biocraft is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Mich., USA with a manufacturing facility in Vietnam. The company reports it is producing 150,000 metric tons of silk per year. Click here to read the company's announcement of the delivery to the US Army. Posted August 21, 2018

US Air Force Awards Low-Speed Parachute Contract. Butler Parachute Systems Inc., Roanoke, Virginia, has been awarded a $41,200,000 contract for low-profile back-mounted parachutes for low-speed bailout. This contract provides for the manufacture and delivery of commercial-off-the-shelf back-mounted parachutes to be used for the purpose of low-speed bailout. Work will be performed in Roanoke, Va., USA, and is expected to be completed by Aug. 14, 2023. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition and one offer was received. No funds will be obligated at the time of award. Fiscal 2016 “other procurement” funds in the amount of $5,482,917 will be obligated on the first delivery order, which will be awarded concurrently to the base indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract. Posted August 20, 2018

Opposing Organizations Set to Testify Today on New Round of US Tariffs on China. It should be an interesting day in Washington as the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) starts its two weeks of public hearings regarding proposed new tariffs on approximately $200 billion worth of Chinese products, including virtually all textile materials. Both Steve Lamar, executive vice president of the American Apparel & Footwear Association, and Sara Beatty, senior vice president of the National Council of Textile Organizations, are set to testify today. Mr. Lamar, representing apparel manufacturers dependent upon imported material, will be undoubtably against the tariffs while Ms. Beatty, representing the domestic textile manufacturing industry, will be testifying in support of the tariffs. BeaverLake6 Report will publish their public testimonies as soon as they becomes available. Posted August 20, 2018

Dr. Aaron Westrick

The Case Against Second Chance Body Armor. The US television network CBS aired a special one-hour episode on its series Whistleblower covering the 14-year lawsuit against the manufacturers of faulty "bulletproof" vests made with the fabric Zylon by Toyobo and fabricated by Second Chance Body Armor, Inc. "The Case Against Second Chance Body Armor" focuses on fraud undertaken by Second Chance, at the time the largest maker of body armor in the US.  The CBS episode features Dr. Aaron Westrick, the whistleblower who exposed the flaws of the body armor sold to hundreds of police agencies throughout the US. Click here if you are interested in viewing the episode. Click here to go to the Whistleblower Protection Blog if you wish to read more about the story. Posted August 20, 2018

Photo courtesy of Lance Cpl. Drake Nichels/U.S. Marine Corps

US Marine Corps Awards Additional Contract to Fix Rucksack Frame Problems. M&M Manufacturing LLC, Lajas, P.R., USA, has been awarded $10,384,670 for modification to a previously awarded contract for the production and delivery of the Marine Corps Pack System and Pack Components.  This modification increases the maximum ceiling of the base contract to $35,895,531.  Work will be performed in Lajas, Puerto Rico, and is expected to be complete by September 14, 2022.  This modification was not competitively procured. The pack system problem has been in the frame made of a composite plastic. Extreme cold weather testing has revealed cracking in the frame. The issue of durability began to appear in 2013. Click here to read more about the frame issue. Posted August 20, 2018

Knowledge Acquisition and Developing Standards for Technical Textiles Urged at Indian Conference. A 2-day conference "Industrial Textiles -- Products, Applications and Prospects" was held last week at the PSG College of Technology in Coimbatore, India. The event was organized by the Department of Textile Technology and Automobile Engineering at PSG. The college has two Centres for Excellence -- one for medical textiles and another for industrial textiles. Ashwin Chandran, the vice-chairman of Southern India Mills Association and chairman and managing director of Precot Meridian, spoke at the event, advising the textile audience that a "must" for the Indian technical textiles industry is looking at knowledge acquisition and developing standards for products. Click here to read more of the speakers and topics at the conference. Posted August 20, 2018

Long-Time Marine Fabricator Receives Lifetime Certification Award. Congratulations to Daniel Lesch of Lesch Boat Cover Co., Norwalk, Oh., USA for recognized by the Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) on his contribution to bettering the marine fabrication industry. Mr. Lesch received the organization's Certified for Life Master Fabrics Craftsman (MFC) in Marine. The certification is part of the overall Master Fabrics Craftsman certification program developed by the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI). MFC is a division of IFAI. According to the association's press release, "The certification recognizes Mr. Lesch's superior knowledge of business and organizational management in the specialty fabrics industry." Posted August 20, 2018

Location Decided for Next Home Furnishings Manufacturing Solutions Expo. Show director Lorie Gross issued a press release this morning announcing the third Home Furnishings Manufacturing Solutions Expo (HFMSE) will be held in Hickory, N.C., USA. The show will take place July 17-19, 2019. The recently held 2018 edition was held in Greenville, S.C.  The show is owned and managed by Exposition Development Company, Inc. Posted August 16, 2018

US Turkey Trade Dispute Could Affect US Technical Textile Supplier. Major US technical textile manufacturer Glen Raven may have just dodged a political bullet which could have had a devastating impact on its operations in Anderson, S.C., USA. A diplomatic dispute involving a US citizen imprisoned in Turkey has led to the US imposing sanctions on two top Turkish leaders and the subsequent escalating tensions between the countries is spilling over to the manufacturing industry. According to the Anderson Independent Mail, a newspaper part of the USA Today network, on August 6, US Senator Lindsey Graham visited the Glen Raven plant in Anderson and said he was trying to prevent the Glen Raven fiber plant from being forced to sever a relationship with its Turkish raw material supplier as President Trump was preparing to implement further sanctions. The August 6 article reported "Glen Raven President and CEO C.G. "Leib" Oehmig IV said any sanctions that prevent his company from obtaining raw materials 'would be devastating.'" Fortunately, the next sanctions announced were on steel and aluminum imports and would not by themselves have an impact on Glen Raven's ability to continue doing business with its Turkish supplier; however, the company still is concerned about the deteriorating business climate in Turkey. BeaverLake6 Report attempted to reach Mr. Oehmig for comment but did not receive a reply by the time of this posting. Click here to read the Anderson Independent Mail article. Posted August 15, 2018

2018 Symposium Session

Advisory Council Named for 2019 Techtextil North America. Messe Frankfurt USA has announced the names of the Advisory Council members for its Techtextil North America event taking place in Raleigh, N.C., USA, February 26-28, 2019. The members are Dr. Roger Barker, Professor, North Carolina State University; Dr. Phillip Bradford, Associate Professor, TECS, North Carolina State University; Sam Buff, Director, Textile Technology Center at Gaston College; Dr. Jeff Joines, Department Head and Professor, TECS, North Carolina State University; Dr. Jesse Jur, Associate Professor, North Carolina State University; Dr. Martin King, Professor, TECS, North Carolina University; and, Dr. Benham Pourdeyhimi, Associate Dean for Industry Research and Extension, William A. Klopman Distinguished Professor, Executive Director, The Nonwovens Institute.  Posted August 15, 2018

Garware-Wall Ropes Announces Company Name Change.  India technical textiles manufacturer Garware-Wall Ropes Ltd. has announced a change in its corporate brand name and identity to Garware Technical Fibres Ltd. (GTFL).  The rebranding is in part of management's decision to focus on doubling its profit over the next 5-7 years and be amongst the top 2 players globally in supplying technical fibers into products used in the agriculture and fisheries industries. Garware also manufacturers products going into other end markets such as geosynthetics and industrial coated fabrics. Click here to read an article posted on the name change. Posted August 15, 2018

INDA Announces Finalists for 2018 RISE® Innovation Award. Three finalists for the prestigious RISE®

Innovation Award will be announced during the next Research, Innovation & Science for Engineered Fabrics Conference, (RISE®). The event is being held September 11-13, 2018 in Raleigh, N.C., USA.  The finalists are 1) DiviDiaper made by DiviDiaper Inc., a diaper with a divider inside that was developed for infants needing surgery; 2) Evolon® New Generation made by Freudenberg Performance Materials, is a new line of textiles made from super-microfilaments for top-quality bed linen; and, 3) Suominen Intelligent Nonwovens™ by Suominen Corporation that enables an embedded digital traceability and safety tracking process within the nonwoven material. The RISE Innovation Award recognizes innovation within and on the periphery of the nonwovens industry that creatively uses advanced science and engineering principles to solve challenges with the nonwovens and engineered fabrics industry. RISE is organized by INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry. Click here to review the INDA press release. Posted August 14, 2018

Women in Textiles Summit to be Held. The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) will host its first ever Women in Textiles Summit on March 6-8, 2019, in Savannah, Ga., USA. The goal of the summit is to strengthen the advancement of women through an interactive forum that provides education, networking and dialogue about important issues affecting women in business. The summit will explore how women are positively impacting the success of their organizations and the textile industry. Click here to read more about the event. Posted August 10, 2018

Stoll to Present Technical Textiles Symposium. German-based Stoll, a 3D knitting machinery company, has announced its first Stoll Symposium as it celebrates its 145th anniversary. The event will be held September 27, 2018, in New York City, N.Y., USA. The Stoll Symposium is free and will include a session on technical textiles that will discuss current trends of the market in relation to knitting, their businesses, and technical textiles as a whole. Click here to find out more. Posted August 10, 2018

North Carolina State University Named Academic Partner for Upcoming Techtextil North America 2019 Show. North Carolina State University (NSCU) has been named the first-ever academic partner for the Techtextil North America show. The next show will be held in Raleigh, N.C., USA, February 26-28, 2019. Kristy Meade, Show Director for the Technical Shows at Messe Frankfurt, said "Through our collaboration, Techtextil North America 2019 will serve as a direct link between innovators of industry and the next generation of textile professionals, and we hope to create an engaging environment that sparks new ideas, partnerships, and industry growth." Click here to read the entire press release on the partnership. Posted August 10, 2018

Photo Sources: Boeing and SpaceX

Comparing the New Space Suits. The introduction of the new Space-X and Boeing Starliner space suits show how far we've come since those original suits made by Playtex seamstresses in the 1960-70s. There is a neat article posted on Business Insider which has former astronaut Sunita "Suni" Williams comparing the two suits after wearing them. Ms. Williams has also worn the Russian Sokol flight suit. Previous suits typically weighed 33 lbs (15 kg). The new Boeing suit weighs about 12 lbs (5.4 kg). The SpaceX suit is easier to move around. Esthetically and functionally, both suits are way better than the older clunky suits but it is worth noting, too, these suits are not made for space walks. Pleasing of course for the US is that both SpaceX and Boeing suits will be domestically made. The Starliner in "Boeing blue" will be made by David Clark Company. Click here to read more about the suits on the Business Insider website. Posted August 8, 2018  

Tennessee Violator of Berry Amendment Gets 41-Month Sentence. Following up on the BeaverLake6 Report post February 17, 2018  Vincent Lee Ferguson, the former president and CEO of Wellco Enterprises, has been sentence to 41-months in a US federal prison for selling falsely-claimed "Made in the USA" boots. Mr. Ferguson conspired with others in his company to import boots from China and then deceptively market them as "Made in America" to both consumers and the US Department Defense. The fraud violated the US military's Berry Amendment procurement requirement. The company is headquartered in Morristown, Tenn., USA. Click here to read a short article posted on the the Knox News website. Posted August 8, 2018

A&R Tarpaulins Employee Honored at 30 Under 30 Award Ceremony. Recognition of the accomplishments of young adults in the workforce is critical to creating a positive work environment. BeaverLake6 Report is pleased to recognize Jessica Gunawan, an employee at A & R Tarpaulins, Inc., as one selected at the 30 Under 30 Award Ceremony on July 28, 2018 in San Bernardino, California. The 30 Under 30 program honors those who exemplify dedication, innovation and services within California's 47th  assembly district. Ms. Gunawan, an architectural project manager, is a new employee at A & R Tarpaulins and was recognized for the time she gives back to the community in various social matters such as the Food on Foot program and her work in a nonprofit organziation that helps put a stop to human sex trafficking. Posted August 9, 2018

Lest We Forget: Ernest Hagler.  One of the icons in the US tent industry, Ernest "Ernie" Hagler, passed away July 29, 2018, at the age of 96. Mr. Hagler was the former owner and president of the American Canvas Company and Denver Tent Company in Denver, Colo., USA. In the 1970s and 1980s, he was a leader in the tent industry, serving on the board of the Industrial Fabrics Association International. In 1994, he was recognized for his industry and association contributions by receiving the IFAI Honored Life Member designation. Click here to read his obituary. Posted August 7, 2018

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  • October 8-10: 2018 AUSA Annual Meeting & Exposition, Washington, D.C., USA

  • October 9-12: Nonwoven Fabric Property Development and Characterization, Raleigh, N.C., USA

  • October 10-11: 4th International Conference on Nonwovens for High-Performance Applications, Cannes, France

  • October 15-19: ITMA Asia + CITME 2018, Shanghai, China

  • October 15-19: CAMX, Composites and Advanced Materials Expo, Dallas, Texas, USA

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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

Fiber Publication Acquired. INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, today announced the acquisition of two leading industry publications: International Filtration News and International Fiber News.  The association purchased the publications from International Media Group, Inc., based in Tempe, Az., USA. The purchase price and terms were not disclosed. The publications each have circulations of 8,000-plus domestic and international readers and have served their readers for over three decades. Both are published six times a year in print and digital formats. The acquisitions will expand INDA’s reach and relevance in the key markets the print and digital publications serve with a particular emphasis on the filtration and separation segment as INDA launches its new FiltXpo event to be held in Chicago every 18 months starting February 26-28, 2020.  Click here to read the INDA press release on the purchase. Posted October 2, 2018

Rhode Island Organizes Textile Innovation Network

Lori Urso, Director of Slater Mill Museum and US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

On September 24, 2018, US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and the University of Rhode Island Business Engagement Center helped to launch the Rhode Island Textile Innovation Network (RITIN). The event was held in Pawtucket, R.I., US, at the Slater Mill Museum. RITIN is a trade group formed with the objective to guide the growth of the state's textile industry in the 21st century. "The Rhode Island Textiles Innovation Network is an innovative business partnership to help Rhode Island stay at the forefront of advanced textile manufacturing," said US Congressman David Cicilline. 14 companies of the state's textile industry participated in the meeting including American Cord & Webbing, Cooley Group, and Kenyon Industries. Click here to view a video of the opening address by Lori Urso, Director of Slater Mill Museum. [Note: The original post reported an incorrect the date of the meeting.] Posted September 28, 2018

New Trade Deal with Mexico is Good News for US Textile Industry

Automotive Manufacturing Leading End Market for Technical Textiles Shipped to Mexico. 

 

The United States and Mexico have reached a preliminary agreement that covers a substantial revision of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA); specifically, the rules of origin for automotive parts. It is expected to incentivize billions annually in additional US vehicle and auto parts production. 

 

To qualify for zero tariffs under NAFTA, the current rule of origin requires 62.5% of the automotive parts must be made in NAFTA countries (Mexico, Canada and US). The new agreement increases to 75% for the parts to avoid the tariff. What's intriguing is that we don't know if the countries still include Canada, a substantial manufacturer of vehicles and automotive parts. Regardless, this will most certainly be a boon for US technical textile manufacturers as almost 50% of US technical textiles exports goes to Mexico and automotive fabrics are the leading destination end-product segment in making products such as airbags, headliners and seating.

 

Sobering Thought. Despite the "first glance" optimism, there may well be concern this revision could backfire on the US and Mexico. As I previously noted in my 2018 State of the US Technical Textiles Industry (March/April 2018, Textile World), increasing the percentage of automotive component parts (plus a new requirement that 40-45% of the auto content be made by workers earning at least $16 per hour) could end up pricing Mexican-made vehicles out of the very competitive global marketplace. Mexico currently makes 3.4 million cars annually for the world market.

 

Mea Culpa.  In my same article noted above, I honestly thought revisions to NAFTA would not get done in 2018 because of the elections going on in Mexico, Canada and the US. I underestimated the dodged determination of the Trump Administration to push this trade issue forward. Why Mexico has acted on it without Canada's input is still to be understood.

 

Click here to read the entire statement posted by the US Trade Representative. 

 

Steve Warner

Publisher

Posted August 28, 2018

Frédérique Mutel Stepping Down as JEC President

Frederique Mutel

In a message to BeaverLake6 Report, JEC Group President Frédérique Mutel has confirmed she has stepped down at the leader of the composite trade organization that she has led since 1997. At the head of JEC since its creation, Ms. Frederique Mutel fully committed to the expansion of composites, was instrumental in the establishment of JEC as provider of high value knowledge and networking services. At the same time, conducting a strong international development. No replace has been announced.

 

On July 13, 2018, Ms. Mutel was promoted to the rank of Officer in the Order of the Legion of Honour by decree of the President of the France. A very deserving honor for a key leader in the development of the composites industry. Posted July 25, 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. 

 

Steve Warner, Publisher

New Dates for ITMA Asia + CITME 2018 Textile Machinery Show

The joint owners of the ITMA Asia + CITME 2018 textile machinery exhibition have announced new dates for the 6th combined showcase to be held at the National Exhibition and Convention Centre in Shanghai, China. The new dates are October 15-19, 2018. According to show owners CEMATEX and Chinese partners, the Sub-Council of Textile Industry, CCPIT (CCPIT-Tex), China Textile Machinery Association (CTMA) and China Exhibition Centre Group Corporation (CIEC), the shift in the exhibition dates is due to a new national initiative, which affected the scheduling of all events at the exhibition center in October. [Note: BeaverLake6 Report is an industry media partner for the show.] Posted February 11, 2018

New Glen Raven CEO Interviewed for Textile World Magazine

CEO Leib Oehmig

In October at the IFAI Expo 2017, I had the opportunity to sit down with -- at the time -- incoming Glen Raven CEO Leib Oehmig for an interview that has now been posted on the Textile World website and will also be in their printed November/December issue.

 

I've known Mr. Oehmig for probably more than 20 years and have watched his steady management progression within the Glen Raven organization. During the interview, he was very gracious with his time at a busy show and transparent in answering questions on a far-ranging number of topics including the management transition from Alan Gant, Jr., to Mr. Oehmig, the first non-Gant family member to lead Glen Raven. Click here to read the interview and learn more about the thoughts of one of our industry leaders.

 

Steve Warner

Publisher

"Buy American" Amendments Needed in US FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act

As the saying goes "Politics make strange bedfellows." Today we find more than one-third of the Senate Democrats urging the inclusion of key amendments in the US FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (2018 NDAA) that would strengthen the US government's "Buy American" policies.

 

Versions of the NDAA were recently passed by both the Senate and House and a joint committee is working out a single bill. The submitted Senate version, however, left out proposed key amendments designed to prevent the weakening of domestic sourcing for the US military. One amendment included the prevention for lifting of the restrictions in place for domestic sourcing of wearable electronic products and another amendment prevents certain exceptions to the Berry Amendment which would allow non-domestic sourcing through memoranda of agreement with foreign governments.

 

What's the "strange bedfellows" aspect? Well, "Buy American" is also one of the key positions taken by the Trump administration. So, we have both the Democrats and the Trump administration on the same side, trying to keep strong the US domestic capability for supplying the military. Strange bedfellows given the current political animosity in Washington...but still the cooperation is vital for the US domestic textile industry. 

 

Steve Warner

Publisher

Posted November 3, 2017

Is Saving the US Navy's Peacoat a Matter of National Security?

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

 

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

 

Steve Warner

Publisher

June 29. 2017

President Trump's Reveals 2017 Trade Policy Agenda

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has released President Trump's 2017 Trade Policy Agenda. The document, officially called 2017 Trade Policy Agenda and 2016 Annual Report of the President of the United States on the Trade Agreements Program, outlines the new Administration’s four trade priorities:

  • Defending the US National Sovereignty over Trade Policy
  • Strictly Enforcing US Trade Laws
  • Using Leverage to Open Foreign Markets
  • Negotiating New and Better Trade Deals

​BeaverLake6 Report has created a special page within this website and placed the first chapter of the 336-page document which summarizes the policy. Click here to read it. Posted March 2, 2017

What's the NCTO Game Plan for the Post-TPP Era?

Back on March 24, 2016, I was one of the first to predict the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement was a dead deal. In fact, I said that I wouldn’t be surprised that, if Donald Trump became President, the agreement is shredded on day one of his new administration. Well, I was off by three days. Yesterday, President Trump signed an Executive Order, officially withdrawing the United States from the TPP agreement. Now the question is can the National Council of Textile Organizations put together a comprehensive plan for the domestic textile industry in a post-TPP era? Click here to read the rest. Posted January 25, 2017

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