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Steve Warner is the publisher of BeaverLake6 Report. He is also the president/CEO of BeaverLake6 Group LLC. He has been active in the technical textiles industry for 37 years.
Mr. Warner was employed by the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) for 35 years, serving the last 25 years as its President and CEO. During his leadership tenure, IFAI became the largest textile trade association in the world with more than 2,000 member companies in 50 countries, offices in 7 international locations, the publisher of 7 award-winning trade magazines, and the organizer of conferences and trade shows in the US, Singapore, France, Canada, Germany, Spain, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico and China.
While at IFAI, Mr. Warner served in other industry volunteer leadership organizations. He served as a Council member (board member) of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS), Secretary General of the 2nd International Conference on Geotextiles, and as the US representative on the ISO committee regarding industrial textile flammability standards. Mr. Warner was also president of the Industrial Fabrics Foundation, an education-based nonprofit, from 1994 to 2011.
After retiring from IFAI in 2011, Mr. Warner established a consulting firm called BeaverLake6 Group, LLC. The company conducts market research for individual clients.
In 2012, the company began publishing BeaverLake6 Report, a web-based newsletter covering the trends and news occurring in the technical textiles industry. The newsletter has quickly become the number one resource for companies seeking information on the current state of the industry.
Mr. Warner is also a frequent international speaker on technical textiles and is a contributing editor to Textile World magazine, conducting interviews with the top influencers in the technical textiles industry.
Mr. Warner has been recognized for his lifetime service to the industry, receiving the prestigious Honored Life Member status from the Industrial Fabrics Association International in November 2012.
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February 15-17: 2018 Western Canvas Products Expo, Palm Springs, Calif., USA
February 20-22: Techtextil Russia 2018, Moscow, Russia
February 22-24: FESPA Asa 2018, Bangkok, Thailand
February 27-March 3: R+T, Stuttgart, Germany
March 5-8: JEC World 2018, Paris, France
March 5-10: IFCEE 2018, Orlando, Fla., USA
March 6-8: AATCC International Conference, Greenville, S.C., USA
March 13-15: FILTECH 2018, Cologne, Germany
March 14-15: Outlook Asia, Singapore
March 15-16: 2018 International Technical Textiles Symposium, Taipei, Taiwan
March 18-19: Techtextil Russia, Moscow, Russia
Click here to view the complete technical textiles events calendar that includes show information links.
In October at the IFAI Expo 2017, I had the opportunity to sit down with -- at the time -- incoming Glen Raven CEO Leib Oehmig for an interview that has now been posted on the Textile World website and will also be in their printed November/December issue.
I've known Mr. Oehmig for probably more than 20 years and have watched his steady management progression within the Glen Raven organization. During the interview, he was very gracious with his time at a busy show and transparent in answering questions on a far-ranging number of topics including the management transition from Alan Gant, Jr., to Mr. Oehmig, the first non-Gant family member to lead Glen Raven. Click here to read the interview and learn more about the thoughts of one of our industry leaders.
As the saying goes "Politics make strange bedfellows." Today we find more than one-third of the Senate Democrats urging the inclusion of key amendments in the US FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (2018 NDAA) that would strengthen the US government's "Buy American" policies.
Versions of the NDAA were recently passed by both the Senate and House and a joint committee is working out a single bill. The submitted Senate version, however, left out proposed key amendments designed to prevent the weakening of domestic sourcing for the US military. One amendment included the prevention for lifting of the restrictions in place for domestic sourcing of wearable electronic products and another amendment prevents certain exceptions to the Berry Amendment which would allow non-domestic sourcing through memoranda of agreement with foreign governments.
What's the "strange bedfellows" aspect? Well, "Buy American" is also one of the key positions taken by the Trump administration. So, we have both the Democrats and the Trump administration on the same side, trying to keep strong the US domestic capability for supplying the military. Strange bedfellows given the current political animosity in Washington...but still the cooperation is vital for the US domestic textile industry.
Posted November 3, 2017
Since last August, the US Navy has been planning to phase out its iconic traditional wool peacoat in favor of a less expensive, synthetic cold weather parka which is lighter in weight and more versatile in types of inclement weather. It actually replaces two types of coats and the seabag the wool coat is stored.
The wool coat, however, has some powerful friends in the US Congress. Companies such as Northwest Woolen Mills in Woonsocket, R.I. and Sterlingware in Boston, Mass. Altogether, the supply chain involved in the manufacture of these woolen peacoats -- including sheep farmers -- is estimated to account for 400 jobs in the Northeast. Add to the drama that the new parka, made by the long-time military supplier Propper, is expected to be manufactured in Puerto Rico, a perceived feeling the new coat will be made by non-American workers. Read more...
June 29. 2017
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has released President Trump's 2017 Trade Policy Agenda. The document, officially called 2017 Trade Policy Agenda and 2016 Annual Report of the President of the United States on the Trade Agreements Program, outlines the new Administration’s four trade priorities:
BeaverLake6 Report has created a special page within this website and placed the first chapter of the 336-page document which summarizes the policy. Click here to read it. Posted March 2, 2017
Back on March 24, 2016, I was one of the first to predict the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement was a dead deal. In fact, I said that I wouldn’t be surprised that, if Donald Trump became President, the agreement is shredded on day one of his new administration. Well, I was off by three days. Yesterday, President Trump signed an Executive Order, officially withdrawing the United States from the TPP agreement. Now the question is can the National Council of Textile Organizations put together a comprehensive plan for the domestic textile industry in a post-TPP era? Click here to read the rest. Posted January 25, 2017
There are literally dozens of market reports for the many market sections and subsections within the technical textiles industry. In 2017, BeaverLake6 Report will be introducing a few of these reports to our viewers. The first report being features is The Future of Spcialty Geosynthetics to 2021. It was developed by Smithers Apex, a market research firm based in the United Kingdom.
In exchange for the promotion, Smithers Apex agreed to write an exclusive expanded executive summary of the market report for our readers. Click here to view the market summary. Posted January 9, 2017
2016 China Textile Innovation Conference, as an annual summit of industry innovation, was held in Beijing on December 12th, 2016. The conference, themed on “New Opportunity, New Advantages, New Vitality” – Stepping Towards a Textile Power, comprehensively summarized the industry innovation achievements and explored the new advantages in development in order to grasp the strategic opportunity of the new round of industrial changes. BeaverLake6 Report is pleased to present a report on the conference via our partnership with China Textile magazine. Please click here. Posted December 21, 2016
Domestic PFD Manufacturer's Application for FTZ Additional Production Authority Riles Textile Industry Trade Associations. There is a nasty fight taking place these past few months behind the closed doors of Room 48019 at the Herbert C. Hoover Building in Washington, D.C. The room is the office of the Foreign-Trade Zones Board. The fight pits domestic technical textile industry suppliers and a coalition of textile-trade associations against a fairly large domestic end-product cut-and-sew manufacturer. Click here to read the story.
In 2015, I posted more than 425 items of interest for our industry on the BeaverLake6 Report website. In reviewing it all last week, it got me to thinking about putting together a list of influential events, news and trends that I observed during the past year. I have focused primarily on the US marketplace but each of “the things that mattered” to me has global implications.
So, here go my thoughts in no particular order of importance. Let me know if you agree or if I have missed some. Click here to read the list.
Posted January 17, 2016
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