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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

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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 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 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. 



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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

4th Hygienix Conference Attracts Attendance from 24 Countries. Over 500 absorbent hygiene and personal care professions from 24 countries throughout the supply chain participated in INDA's 4th edition of Hygienix held in Orlando, Fla., USA, November 5-8, 2018.  The keynote presentation was delivered by Diana Sheehan, Vice President Retail & Shopper Insights, Kanta Consulting, addressing "The Amazon Effect -- Retail Disruption." The event also included presentations from 23 industry experts. Click here to read INDA's post-event press release. Posted November 15, 2018

Nigerian Army Procures 10,000 Ballistic Vests and Helmets.  According to an article posted on the Body Armor News website, the Nigeria Army is procuring 10,000 ballistic vests and helmets from Nigeria Machine Tool, a domestic defense contractor located in Osogbo, Nigeria. The army had previously purchased 2,000 ballistic vests from the company in 2016. Click here to read the article. Posted November 14, 2018

IFAI Military Division Elects New Leaders. During the IFAI Expo 2018 in Dallas, Texas, last month, the Military Division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) elected new volunteer leadership. Stepping down from the role of chair was Nick Rivera of MMI Textiles. Jennifer Fennell of Polo Custom Products was selected as the new chair and Jeff Papalia of National Industries for the Blind became the division's vice chair. Two new board members were also announced for 3-year terms: Geoff Senko of MMI Textiles and Peter Raneri of HLC Industries. Click here to read the press release issued by IFAI. Posted November 13, 2018

SYFA Fall Conference Speakers Announced. The Synthetic Yarn & Fabric Association (SYFA) has announced the line-up of speakers for its annual Fall Conference. The event is taking place in Charlotte, N.C., USA, November 29-30, 2018. Taking its cue from the resurgent US industry, the conference theme is “The Strong Economy and Advances in Technology.”  Roger Tutterow, Professor of Economics, Kennesaw State University will start off the event with a presentation on the economic, political and business climate.” Sara Beatty, Senior Vice President of the National Council of Textile Organizations, is also on the schedule to deliver an update of the trade negotiations, including the impact of the new United States-Mexico-Canada agreement replacing NAFTA and the impact of the ongoing China/US trade war. Click here to register or get more information. Posted November 13, 2018

Techtextil and Texprocess 2019 Exhibition Floors Almost Full, Ahead of Past Event Pace. Messe Frankfurt, the owner and manager of the Techtextil and Texprocess Frankfurt shows are reporting that with still 6 months, the co-located Frankfurt, Germany events are finding the exhibition halls almost filled. To date, around 1,000 companies from 54 countries have reserved space for Techtextil 2019 and another 250 companies from 31 countries have registered to exhibit for Texprocess. The shows are taking place May 14-17, 2019. Posted November 13, 2018

China Import Tariff Cuts Take Effect on Textiles to Blunt Impact of US Tariffs on Domestic Manufacturers. On November 1, 2018, China cut the import tariffs on 1,585 products deemed essential for the domestic manufacturing industry. Some of these items are imported textile materials. The tariffs on textiles is being reduced from 11.5% to 8.4% to lower costs for domestic manufacturers as the country seeks a diversification of outside suppliers. It's not clear yet whether the cut also affects the designated tariffs on textiles China has already increased on US products.  It's possible the US imported materials will also see the lower tariff but then still be subject to the higher specific targeted retaliatory tariff implemented a few months ago. Click here to read more. Posted November 13, 2018

Wearable Technology Enters Professional Sports. Thanks to our friend Bud Weisbart at AR Tech for sharing an interesting article found on the Press-Enterprise (Riverside, Calif., USA) newspaper site on how wearable technology is being introduced to professional sports.  Elbow stress is the leading cause of injuries for baseball players. The article focuses on Motus, a company which has developed a compression sleeve with sensors. In baseball, where tens of millions of dollars are spent for an elite pitcher, the team can now first look at the athlete's arm strength, elbow stress and shoulder rotation to spot any potential issues.  Privacy laws requires consent by the player for data provided by sleeve. It's not always, though, about looking for a negative; sensors might notice a correctable problem that could extend a career. So far, at the Major League level, the Motus sleeve has only been worn in practice but baseball is one of the few sports that does allow wearable technology like this to be worn in games. Click here to read the article. Posted November 12, 2018 

Ralph Moody, PE, with Dave Rousse, President, INDA

INDA Gives Lifetime Technical Achievement Award.  INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has recognized Ralph Moody, PE, Senior Director of R&D, Berry Global, Inc., with its prestigious 2018 Lifetime Technical Achievement Award. The award was given November 6, 2018 during the association's annual Hygienix Conference, in Orlando, Fla., USA. Mr. Moody was recognized for his critical expertise in process development and R&D in several commercially successful substrates and their production processes.  Click here to read the INDA press release to gain a more complete understanding of Mr. Moody's achievement. Posted November 7, 2018

IFAI Expo Registrations Down Slightly at Latest Show. According to a press release issued today, the IFAI Expo 2018 held in Dallas, Texas, USA last month had more than 4,350 verified registered participants. (It is unclear if the number included registered no-shows.) In addition, there were 500 scanned leads that came from the CAMX participants on the co-located exhibition floor. The IFAI Expo 2018 result is a slight decrease from the 4,500 participants in the 2017 event in New Orleans. The IFAI Expo 2016 in Charlotte, N.C., attracted 5,023 participants. Click here to read the full release published on the Textile World website. Posted November 6, 2018

Point Blank Enterprises Prevails in Class Action Law Suit Targeting (SSBS). According to a press release issued by Point Blank Enterprises, Inc., the US Federal Court, in the southern district of Florida denied a motion for class certification filed against the company and dismissed the case.  In the case (OSTA, et al. v. Point Blank Enterprises, Inc.), a few individual Ohio police officers and two law enforcement associations alleged that a nationwide class should be certified to pursue claims that Point Blank’s Self-Suspending Ballistic System (SSBS) for shoulder straps used on bulletproof vests were defective.  The plaintiffs’ lawyers alleged a defect in the “hook and loop” closure portion of the SSBS when a wearer used the SSBS in a certain way, allegedly causing the shoulder straps to wear out prematurely. The denial of the class motion, and the associated dismissal of the claims asserted by the plaintiffs, enables Point Blank, headquartered in Pompano Beach, Fla., USA, to continue to design, manufacture, and sell its body armor utilizing the SSBS. Click here to read the company press release. Posted November 5, 2018

Kevin Frisone

Structure Materials Manufacturer Names Marketing Development Manager for Architecture Market Segment. Flexible composite membranes manufacturer Serge Ferrari has announced that Kevin Frisone has been appointed as Market Development Manager -- Architecture. Mr. Frisone will lead the company’s growth in the United States for the building / architectural segment, including solar protection, façade, acoustics and tensile architecture. He brings 30 years of business development experience to Serge Ferrari, previously working for Saint-Gobain in its SageGlass and Vetrotech business units. Serge Ferrari Group is headquartered in France with Serge Ferrai North America based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., USA. Posted November 5, 2018

Textile Machinery Show Sees 10% Domestic Visitor Increase.  The organizers of ITMA Asia + CITME 2018 issued a final report on the results of the event held October 15-17, 2018 in Shanghai. The 6th combined exhibition had over 100,000 visitors from 116 countries and regions, with a 10% increase from the China domestic industry. About 20% of the visitors came from outside of China. It was not clear in the report if the number of visitors from outside of China also increased; however, the number of countries in 2018 was14 more than the 2016 event. India had the largest country representation outside of China, with Japan, China Taiwan, South Korea and Bangladesh, following in order. The next edition of the show will be held in October 2020 in Shanghai. Posted November 5, 2018

Rede Wilson, Will Davis, Fred Wilson, Cres Wilson Calabrese and Rick Wilson.

North Carolina State University Receives $28 Million Gift. Great news for the North Carolina State University, located in Raleigh, N.C., USA. Frederick "Fred" Eugene Wilson, Jr. and his family are giving the NC State's College of Textiles a gift of $28 million. The college within the university system will be renamed Wilson College of Textiles. Fred Wilson graduated from the College of Textiles in 1961 with a degree in textile chemistry. He is chairman of the board of directors of Piedmont Chemical Industries Inc., a family-own and operated chemical manufacturer headquartered in High Point, N.C. Click here to read the university's press release on the gift. Posted November 4, 2018

US Exports in September Released for Specialty and Industrial Fabrics Group. The US Department of Commerce has released the September export figures for the Specialty and Industrial Fabrics group. Click here to see the entire report released by the Department of Commerce. 



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US Textile Company Closing. Copland Industries, a manufacturer of various griege woven fabrics for markets including health and industrial, has announced it will be closing at the end of 2018. The company has been in business for 77 years but has now found itself unable with lesser cost polyester fabrics from China. Copland, located in Burlington, N.C., USA, currently has 200 employees. Click here to read an article posted on the Burlington Times-News website. Posted November 2, 2018

Registration Opens for Geosynthetics Conference.  Registration opened on October 30 for Geosynthetics 2019. The event takes place February 1-13, 2019 in Houston, Texas, USA. Besides an extensive educational program, the event will feature an exhibition of more than 120 industry suppliers. Geosynthetics 2019 is organized by the Geosynthetics Materials Association, a division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International. More than 1,300 industry leaders and peers are expected to attend. Click here for registration information. Posted November 1, 2018

IGS President Chungsik Yoo

New Leadership for Geosynthetics Society. At the 11th International Conference on Geosynthetics, the leadership of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) transitioned for 2018 - 2022. New officers are: President: Dr. Chungsik Yoo, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Sungkyunkwan University in Korea; Vice President: Dr. Nathalie Touze, Regional Director of IRSTEA in France; Treasurer: Ian Fraser, Technical Director of TCS Geotechnics & Viastructures, Ltd. In United Kingdom; and, Secretary: Edoardo Zannoni, Business Unit Manager of Maccaferri Africa in South Africa.  The 11ICG attracted 1239 participants from 66 countries. Click here to read the conference's full report. Posted October 30, 2018

US Department of Defense Announces Ballistic Plate Carrier Contract Awarded.  [Correction: The production quantity was incorrectly stated in the orginal announcement. The correct amount has now been inserted in the copy below.] Central Lake Armor Express Inc., Central Lake, Mich., USA was awarded a $59,369,617 ceiling, firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the production of up to a maximum 1,322,650 Plate Carrier Generation III – Soft Armor Inserts and data reports.  Work will be performed in Central Lake and is expected to be complete by Oct. 24, 2023.  Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance (Marine Corps) funds in the amount of $2,220,578 will be obligated on the first delivery order immediately following contract award and funds will before the end of the fiscal year.  This 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., is the contracting activity. Posted October 28, 2018

Lenzing Group to Acquire Remaining 30% of Its Chinese Operation. The fiber industry consolidation in China continues as the Lenzing Group has announced its intention to acquire the remaining 30% of its Chinese subsidiary Lenzing (Nanjing) Fibers Co., Ltd. from its state-owned joint-venture partner NCFC. Click here to read the company's press release. Posted October 26, 2018

Announcement of GeoAfrica 2021. During the recent 11th International Conference on Geosynthetics (11ICG) held in Seoul, South Korea, the International Geosynthetics Society announced the recently formed Egyptian Chapter would be hosting the 4th African Regional Conference on Geosynthetics (GeoAfrica) in 2021. The event will be held in Cairo, Egypt. Past GeoAfrica events were held in South Africa, Ghana and Morocco. No specific 2021 dates were released. Posted October 26, 2018

Police Adding a Second Set of Ballistic Vests for Stronger Stopping Power. There is an interesting article on the Body Armor News website about the Gainesville, Ga., USA police officers now carrying extra "bulletproof" vests which can stop rifle rounds. The tradeoff for getting more protection from high velocity rounds is the weight. These new vests weigh with hard armor plates about 45 pounds, too much to weight for everyday use; so, they are stored in the vehicle until they are needed. The result for our industry is more vests for law enforcement protection. Click here to read the article. Posted October 23, 2018

IFAI 2nd Vice Chairman Amy Bircher

2018 Outstanding Volunteer Awards Presented at IFAI Expo. At the annual meeting during IFAI Expo 2018 in Dallas, Texas, the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) presented this year’s Outstanding Volunteer Awards, to people who generously gave of their time by serving on different boards, task forces and committees, judging competitions and providing education and leadership to others in the industry. This year’s recipients: Patti Bates, General Manager-Protective, Glen Raven Technical Fabrics; Andy Durham, Senior Geosynthetic Engineer, Owens Corning; Jennifer Fennell, Sourcing Manager, Polo Custom Products; and, Chad Miller, Director of Contract Manufacturing, American National Manufacturing. Click here to read more about the accomplishments which resulted in their recognition. Posted October 22, 2018

Pineapple House by Fabric Images, Inc.

Winners of 2018 IFAI International Achievement Awards Announced. The winners of the International Achievement Awards were announced during the IFAI Expo 2018 last week in Dallas, Texas, USA. In 2018 there were 200 entries which were judged by 41 industry experts. The awards recognize innovation, technical skill and design excellence. There were 7 major categories -- Advanced Textiles, Awnings and Canopies, Fabric Environments, Fabric Structures, Geosynthetics, Marine and Tent. Click here to see the Best of Category winners. The complete list of winners will be posted on the IFAI website soon. Posted October 22, 2018

Innovation Award to be Given in Seoul Next Month. Twelve companies from 8 different countries will receive a JEC Innovation Award on November 15, 2018 at JEC Asia 2018. The ceremony will take place during JEC Asia that is taking place November 14-16 in Seoul, South Korea.  Last year the JEC Asia attracted 6271 visitors.  The JEC Group innovation awards will be recognized in the following categories: aerospace, automotive, commercial vehicles, e-mobility, marine, railway, sports & leisure, infrastructure & civil engineering, industrial equipment, sustainability, and additive manufacturing. Posted October 22, 2018

Technical Textiles Producer BFG Relocates Headquarters to Virginia. BFG Industries -- a subsidiary of Porcher Industries -- plans to relocate its US headquarters to the Dan River Region in southern Virginia from Greensboro, N.C., USA. The move is expected to bring 65 new jobs to the area. BGF is a manufacturer of industrial textiles for a variety of end uses in the aerospace, marine, military, construction and automotive industries. BFG was formerly known as Burlington Glass Fabrics. It became a subsidiary of Porcher Groupe of Badinieres, France in 1988. Click here to read the news release issued from the Virginia governor's office. Posted October 22, 2018

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. 



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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

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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

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

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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