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China's Industrial Textile Market Demands Still Remains Vigorous

Production Up, Profits Down. 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

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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

Photo source: US Army

US Army Snipers Testing Improved Ghillie Suit. US Army snipers are field-testing the Improved Ghillie System (IGS). The suit will be replacing the Flame Resistant Ghillie System (FRGS). Although it's no longer in the name, the IGS will still have flame resistant qualities but it will be lighter and more flexible in design. Since each sniper has a preference on how it wants the suit to look, the IGS is actually a modular system which allows different material and looks used in different climate and geographic situations. A request for proposal went out August 28, 2018 that closed September 24. The US Army is expected to need about 3,500 suits. Click here to read an article posted on the US Army website. Posted December 6, 2018

Composite Manufacturer to Acquire ARC Technologies. Hexcel Corporation announced November 30, 2018 it is acquiring ARC Technologies, Inc., for $160 million. ARC Technologies is a supplier of custom RF/EMI and microwave absorbing materials and has a proprietary blend of polymer resins to generate various matrix materials including structural composites and thermoplastics. ARC Technologies is headquartered in Amesbury, Mass., USA. It is expected to generate about $50 million in revenue in 2018. Hexcel Corporation, based in Stamford, Conn., USA, is a manufacturer of advanced composites using carbon fibers, specialty reinforcements, prepregs and other fiber-reinforced matrix materials used in commercial aerospace, space and defense, and industrial applications. Click here to read Hexcel's press release on the acquisition. Posted December 1, 2018

Photo: ZF Friedrichshafen AG

ZF Presents Strategies For Pre-Crash Airbag Activation. At the Airbag 2018 symposium held November 26-28 in Mannheim, Germany, Dr. Michael Büchsner, the head of ZF Friedrichshafen AG's Passive Safety Systems Division, unveiled the company's external dual-contour pre-crash airbag that will protect the occupant no matter what the seat position. The system is being designed for autonomous driving vehicles. According to Dr. Büchsner, tests have shown it can help reduce the occupant injury severity up to 40%. His presentation included how other interior airbags are being developed for the redesign of the interior where passengers can have seats in many different variations. Click here to read a ZF press release on their airbag strategy. Posted November 29, 2018

Porcher Industries Opens New Manufacturing Facility in China. Global technical textiles producer Porcher Industries continues its investment in facilities with the grand opening of its new Zheijiang Porcher Industries New Materials on November 22, 2018 in Zhejiang, China. The opening ceremony was attended by Andre Genton, CEO, Porcher Industries, as well as local government officials, key customers and suppliers. Click here to read the company's press release. Posted November 29, 2018

Don Kamienski

Lest We Forget: Donald Kamienski. Word has come that Don Kamienski passed on November 22, 2018. Mr. Kamienski began his career in the US industrial fabrics industry in the 1960s.  In 1979, he went to work for Wayne-Tex of Waynesboro, Va., USA in international sales. In the mid-1980s, Mr. Kamienski was one of the first inside sales representative hired by coated fabric producer Seaman Corp., of Wooster, Oh., managing the company's Eastern Region. He remained with Seaman until his retirement in 2000. Posted November 28, 2018 

Steve Schiffman

New IFAI CEO Interviewed. Textile World magazine has posted an interview with new IFAI president and CEO Steve Schiffman.  Mr. Schiffman took over the association's leadership in June 2018. The interview conducted by Textile World editor Rachael Davis covers a range of topics including his view on the changing mission of the organization and the relationship of the organization's publications, divisions and events. Click here to read the interview. Posted November 27, 2018

Taiwan Technical Textiles Showing Solid Growth. Taipei-base journalist Jens Kastneron has a solid article posted on the Taiwan Business Topics website that summarizes the growing Taiwan technical textiles industry. Mr. Kastneron relied on information supplied from the Taiwan Technical Textiles Association and interviews he conducted with the Taiwanese exhibitors at the Cinte Techtextil China show held in September 2018. Some of the take-aways from the article: 1) TTNA reports the domestic technical textiles output reached $4.2 billion in 2017; 2) Technical textiles for the automotive and construction industry are particularly seeing rapid increase; 3) Automotives typically use 25-50 kilograms of technical textiles; 4) Refugees are spurring the demand for items such as personal flotation devices (PFD); and 5) Speculative hoarding of raw materials in China because of the US/China trade conflict is contributing to higher raw material prices for Taiwan fabric producers. Click here to read the article. Posted November 27, 2018

Geosynthetic Association Has New Leadership. The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA), a division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International, has announced Fred Chuck of HUESKER Inc. has replaced Keith Gardner  of Dalco Nonwovens as the association's new executive council chair.  Mr. Gardner's term ended on November 13, 2018. Mr. Chuck is the vice president of business development at HUESKER Inc.. Doug Brown, national accounts manager at Tensar International Corp., assumed the 1st vice chair position on the council. Click here to read the press release issued by IFAI/GMA on the changes. Posted November 26, 2018

JEC Asia Opening Ceremony

JEC Asia Attracts 12% Increase in Visitors. The 11th JEC Asia, was held November 14-16, 2018 in Seoul, South Korea. The composites industry gathering attracted 7,000 visitors (+12%) from 49 countries. The event featured 45 speakers in the educational program, a trade exhibition of 230 participating companies and 3 composite manufacturing tours. Once again JEC Asia included the International Carbon Festival organized by the Korea Institute of Carbon Convergence Technology (KCTECH). JEC Group announced that the 12th JEC Asia will return to Seoul , November 13-14, 2019. Posted November 26, 2018

Pekka Ojanpää

Upcoming President & CEO of Suominen Dies in Aviation Accident.  The Board of Directors of Suominen has announced Pekka Ojanpää, who was appointed as the new President & CEO of  the company on August 3, 2018, died in aviation accident on November 23, 2018. Currently, Mr. Ojanpää worked as President & CEO of Lassila & Tikanoja plc. He was set to start in his role at Suominen on December 1, 2018. “We were eagerly anticipating for Pekka to start in charge of Suominen but, unfortunately, that will never happen. Our deepest condolences to Pekka’s family and friends,” says Jan Johansson, Chair of the Board of Directors of Suominen. Tapio Engström, CFO of Suominen, who has acted as interim President & CEO since August, will continue in his role as interim President & CEO until further notice. Suominen, headquartered in Helsinki, Finland, is a global producer of nonwovens for the medical and hygiene markets, with manufacturing operations in 8 countries. Posted November 26, 2018

$29.8 Million Awarded by US Department of Justice for Ballistic Vests. Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker announced November 21 the awarding of more than $29.8 million to 4,470 local and regional US law enforcement jurisdictions in FY2018 for assisting in purchasing body armor vests. The awards are part of the DOJ's National Institute of Justice's Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP). Reimbursements are up to 50% of the cost of body armor vests purchased for law enforcement officers. Since the program started in 1999, the BVP program has awarded more than 13,000 jurisdictions a total of $430 million to purchase more than 1.3 million vests. Click here to read the DOJ press release. Posted November 23, 2018

Need for Lighter Weight Military Equipment. A posting on the Marine Corps Times website reviews the need to provide the military with stronger and lighter protective gear. While the article, authored by Jim Cooper, a veteran Marine and currently an advisor to the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, is about equipment made of petrochemicals, it does have interesting broader information. We tend to think of protective equipment in terms of preventing combat injuries; however, it can also be a contributor to non-combat injuries. The average load weight for a US warfighter was 117 pounds (Marine) and 119 pounds (soldier). The weight reduces the mobility of the warfighter and is the leading cause of injuries. Between 2004 and 2007, one-third of medical evacuations on the battlefield were due to spinal, connective tissue or musculoskeletal injuries, twice the injuries as were sustained from combat. Click here to read the article. Posted November 19, 2018

New Date for SPESA Manufacturing Technologies Conference. The Sewn Products Equipment Suppliers of the Americas (SPESA) has moved the date of the SPESA's 9th Advancement in Manufacturing Technologies Conference to February 27, 2019, in Raleigh, N.C., USA, in order to take advantage of the industry also gathering for Techtextil North America taking place February 26-28 in Raleigh. The SPESA event had been previously scheduled for November 27, 2018. The theme of this year's event is "Manufacturing in an On-Demand World." Click here to visit the event's website for the full agenda and speakers. Posted November 15, 2018

Program Announced for Textile Coating and Laminating Conference. The organizer of TCL2019, International Conference on Textile Coating and Laminating taking place March 14-15, 2018 in Berlin, Germany, has announced two keynote speakers -- David McGowan, Counsel, Dentons UK & Middle East LLP (UK), and Elgar Straub, Managing Director, VSDMA Textile Care, Fabric and Leather Technologies. (Germany). Mr. McGowan will speak on the first day about the status and potential impact of Brexit. Mr. Straub will start the second day speaking on the impacts of changes in attitudes to global trade and tariffs on the textile machinery industry. Altogether, the event will feature 19 presentations. Click here to go to the organizer's website to learn more. Posted November 15, 2018

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Coming Events

  • February 19-22: 2019 International Erosion Control Association Conference and Expo, Denver, Colo., USA
  • February 23: STA Winter Seminar, Belmont, N.C., USA
  • February 26-28: Techtextil North America 2019, Raleigh, N.C., USAA
  • February 27: SPESA's 9th Advancements in Manufacturing Technologies Conference, Raleigh, N.C., USA
  • February 27-28: 2019 Wood MacKenzie Americas Polyester Conference, Houston, Texas, USA

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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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