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About BeaverLake6 Group

BeaverLake6 Group LLC, based in Blaine, Minn., USA,  is the publisher of the BeaverLake6 Report. In addition to the website, we offer management consultant services to all levels of the techical textiles value chain.

Building International Relationships

Does your company understand what direction it should take in building international relationships? What are the risks? What are the rewards? Are you searching for that "blue ocean," venturing where your competition hasn't entered?


BeaverLake6 Group has international connections with hundreds of leaders across the world who can provide you with expert technical textile analysis of their region and prepare you for your exploration visit.  


Whether your company requires short-term or long-term measures, our expert advice will help you navigate safely into the complex international marketplace.


Customized Exclusive Market Research

Do you need background information as you develop your new company strategy? Each company has its own specific needs. Drawing upon the wealth of contacts established over 35 years, BeaverLake6 Group will develop a comprehensive market study just for you on a particular market within the technical textiles value chain.

The Management

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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  • December 6-8: International Conference on Technical Textiles and Nonwovens, New Delhi, India

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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.]


Steve Warner


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. 


Steve Warner, Publisher

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Secretary Gary Locke, US Dept. of Commerce, and Steve Warner Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Steve Warner

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