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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. 

Coming Events

  • October 22-24:  FILTECH, Cologne, Germany
  • October 20-21: American Flock Association 34th Annual Meeting, Novi, Mich., USA
  • October 22-24:  Automotive Interior Expo 2019, Novi, Mich., USA
  • October 23-25:  PRINTING United, Dallas, Texas, USA
  • October 28-29:  Textile & Apparel SEA Summit 2019, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • October 29-30:  SPESA Executive Conference, New Orleans, La., USA


Click here to view the complete technical textiles events calendar that includes show information links.

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IFAI Expo 2019 Analysis

The IFAI Expo 2019 was held last week in Orlando, Fla., USA.  The exhibition was a smaller event than in years past but it still remains a powerful showcase of industry products.  In the Special Report section, you will find analysis of the show, plus news that comes from the Industrial Fabrics Association International's Annual Meeting and the winners of the International Achievement Awards. Click here to read the articles.  Posted October 10, 2019

Final Report Issued on 2018 China Industrial Textiles Industry

In 2018, China's industrial textile industry maintained a relatively rapid growth. The year, though, also found more complex challenges for the industry, including the tariff issues with the US. Thanks to BeaverLake6 Reports' exclusive arrangement with China Textile magazine, we are presenting the English-translated version of the final 2018 report written by the China Nonwovens & Industrial Textile Association (CNITA).  The report included information on fiber and material production, plus selected large end-product markets. Click here to read the report. Posted September 3, 2019

Do Profit and Convenience Muck Up the Moral Concern in Tariff Testimony by US Domestic Textile Industry?

NCTO Members Testifying at US International Trade Commission.  Surprisingly, there appears to be a little worry the announced new US tariffs on China (Section 301) may be reaching too far with its scope. The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), which has been firmly behind most of the textile-tariffs against China over the last year, is expressing concern the new Tranche Four retaliatory tariffs may affect US imports on products needed by the US domestic textile industry. 


[Read the rest of my editorial that takes NCTO to task for its hypocritical "moral" argument supporting the proposed additional products but excluding its industry's suppliers by clicking here.]


Steve Warner


Posted June 17, 2019

China's Industrial Textile Market Demands Still Remains Vigorous

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

Does IDEA Show Need to be in Miami Beach?

INDA, the Association of the Nonwovens Fabrics Industry, has issued its final report on IDEA19.  The event held March 25-27, 2019 in Miami Beach, Fla., USA, attracted 6,500+ participants and 509 exhibiting companies from 75 countries.  Show floor space was a record 168,600 square feet, a 9% increase over the previous show. 


Surprisingly, the people and exhibitor participation figures are not record numbers. The IDEA16 show in Boston, Mass., USA, attracted 7000+ and 555 exhibitors. 


So, why was participation down this year from IDEA16?  I think an explanation for the decline is the South Florida location of IDEA19.  Click here to read more.

President Li Lingshen, President, China Nonwovens & Industrial Texiles Association

President Li Lingshen

BeaverLake6 Report is pleased to provide an exclusive interview with Li Lingshen, Ph.D., Vice President of the China National Textile and Apparel Council, and President of the China Nonwovens & Industrial Textiles Association, the overseeing organization for the technical textiles industry in China. Click here to read the interview.

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 read more.

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. 

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