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November 2015 - Forward

Geosynthetics Conference Extends Abstract Submission Deadline.  The organizer of EuroGeo Warsaw 2020 has announced the deadline for submitting abstracts for paper presentation has been extended from August 30, 2019 to October 4, 2019.  [Seriously, when has a conference ever held firm to its original submission deadline dates?]  EuroGeo Warsaw 2020 is organized by the Polish Geosynthetics Association (PSG), a chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS), and will be held September 6-9, 2020 in Warsaw, Poland. This will be the 7th EuroGeo conference organized under the auspices of the IGS. EuroGeo 2016 was held in Slovenia and attracted 683 participants and 46 exhibitors. Click here for abstract submission information. Posted September 16, 2019

IFAI Expo Considered for Do-Gooder Award.  The Industrial Fabrics Association International's (IFAI) Expo 2018, held last year in Dallas, Texas, USA, has been announced as a finalist for Trade Show Executive magazine's Gold 100 Award for the Do-Gooder award category.  The Do-Gooder category is specifically for shows that promote events for philanthropy or social causes.  As it has in past years, the IFAI Expo 2018 put together its Manufacturing for Good booth.  The booth was a partnership of Expo exhibitors, visitors and sponsors, brought together to produce duffel bags for the Bridge Homeless Recovery Center in North Texas.  The award winners will be announced at Trade Show Executive's Gold 100 Awards and Summit taking place September 25-27, 2019, in San Diego, Calif., USA. Posted September 10, 2019

Outdoor Retailer Summer Show Reviewed.  Apparel magazine has posted a review of the 2019 Summer Outdoor Retailer Show held in Denver, Colo., USA, in July 2019. The show attracted more than 23,500 visitors.  The article by veteran industry writer John McCurry focuses on new products and services introduced by technical textiles exhibitors including Unifi, Gehrig-Tricot Corp., Hohenstein Institute, and Cordura. Click here to read the article. Posted September 7, 2019

Outdoor Retailer November Show Cancelled. Organizers of Outdoor Retailer's Winter Market Show, has announced the cancellation of the event -- or rather the spin is the show is being "united" into the Snow Show scheduled in January 2020.  The November show had reportedly booked only 230 companies and a pre-registration so far of 2,300 visitors. However, according to several interviewed who attended the 2018 November, the show was a disaster with empty aisles and exhibits closing up prior to the show's final day.  It's a case of over-reaching and tinkering with a successful model. The Outdoor Retailer Winter and Summer shows always attracted well when they were in Salt Lake City, Utah. Politics, though, moved the shows to Denver. The move, plus acquisitions and mergers of other outdoor shows, and a terrible first-year scheduling of all these shows in 2018, has led to a realization they moved too much too fast. Click here to read the official release by the Outdoor Industry Association.  Posted August 28, 2019

INDA Announces Session Chairs for Inaugural FiltXPO.  Seven distinct sessions have been announced for INDA's inaugural FiltXPO, an exhibition and technical conference being held for the filtration and separation industry, February 26-28, 2020, in Chicago, Ill., USA.  The overall conference program will be chaired by Behnam Pourdeyhimi, Ph.D., Executive Director of The Nonwovens Institute. Co-chairs are Paul Marold, President, Lydall Performance Materials, and Taylor Sulmonetti, Ph.D., Associate, Exponent. The sessions are: Air Filtration, Biopharmaceuticals, Membrane Technology, Micro/Macro Modeling, Nano Fibers, Separation Technologies, and Water Filtration. Click here for more information on the program including the names of the keynote speakers for each session. Posted August 27, 2019

INDA's Market Research Director to Speak at Association Events on Nonwoven Trends.  INDA's Director of Market Intelligence & Economic Insights Brad Kalil will be giving presentations at 2 upcoming INDA conferences -- Research, Innovation & Science for Engineered Fabrics Conference (RISE®) and Hygienix™.  Mr. Kalil will be speaking on trends driving nonwovens innovation at RISE, September 24-25, 2019, in Raleigh, N.C., USA. He will also be presenting on supply/demand developments in North American markets and absorbent hygiene sectors as well as population trends and the Echo Boom at Hygienix, November 11-14, 2019, in Houston, Texas, USA.  Click here to read more about his presentations. Posted August 23, 2019

China Nonwovens Show Issues Call for Papers. The organizer of the 18th Shanghai International Nonwovens Exhibition (SINCE 2019) has issued a Call for Papers for the forum that will accompany the exhibition.  SINCE 2019 will be held December 11-13, 2019 in Shanghai, China. The exhibition will attract more than 500 companies from 30 countries. The deadline for submitting abstracts for the forum is August 31, 2019. Click here to inquire about submitting an abstract. Posted August 16, 2019

Abstract Submission Deadline Reminder: EuroGeo 2020.  The deadline for submitting abstracts for presentations at EuroGeo 2020 is August 30, 2019. EuroGeo is Europe's largest event for the geosynthetics industry. It wil occur September 6-9, 2020 in Warsaw, Poland. Click here to learn more about the conference or the requirements on submitting an abstract. Posted August 15, 2019<< New text box >>

AATCC Announces Speakers for Antibacterial & Odor Control Conference.   AATCC, the trade association for the textile color, dye and chemical industry, has announced the speaker lineup for its Antibacterial & Odor Control Conference taking place October 16-17, 2019 in Research Triangle Park, N.C., USA.  Fifteen speakers will be giving presentations on key aspects of the antibacterial and odor control textile industry. The sessions will focus on regulations and consumer marketing, novel technologies geared towards reducing pathogenic bacteria on medical/healthcare textiles, and sustainability of odor control chemistries. Click here to go the conference's website. Posted August 13, 2019

Second Women in Textiles Conference Planned.  The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has announced the formation of its second Women in Textiles Summit. The event will take place February 19-21, 2020 in Nashville, Tenn., USA. IFAI is now accepting proposals for presentations.  Click here to find out more. Posted August 7, 2019

New Name for Home Furnishings Manufacturing Solutions Expo.  Exposition Development Company, Inc., and Progressive Business Media announced today that the name of their trade Home Frunishings Manufacturing Solutions Expo has been changed to Furniture Manufacturing Expo.  According to the organizers, the name change reflects more clearly the event's purpose. The next show will take place July 15-16, 2020 in Hickory, N.C., USA.  Click here to go to the event's website.  Posted August 7, 2020

James Carville Named as Keynote Speaker for SPESA Conference.  SPESA (Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas) today announced that political commentator and media personality James Carville will be the keynote speaker for its annual Executive Conference. The event is being held October 29-30, 2019, in New Orleans, La., USA.  Click here to view more information about the SPESA conference. Posted August 5, 2019

Home Furnishing Show Held in North Carolina. The 3rd edition of Home Furnishings Manufacturing Solutions Expo (HFMSE), a trade show and conference serving the furniture manufacturing industry, was held July 17-18, 2019 Hickory, N.C., USA. The event attracted more than 1,000 visitors and featured an exhibition of 69 companies from Italy, Romania, Switzerland, and the USA.  During the Expo, Furniture Today, an industry trade show publication, presented the prestigious Manufacturing Excellence Awards in 4 categories, each honoring a manufacturer who is a leader in the furniture industry. The categories and winning companies were:  Product Design & Innovation awarded to HomeStretch; Manufacturing Innovation awarded to McCreary Modern; Domestic Manufacturer of the Year awarded to Century Furniture; and, Upholstery Supplier of the Year awarded to STI Fabrics.  The next HFMSE will be held July 15-16, 2020.  Posted August 1, 2019

Exhibit Space Application Opens for ITMA Asia + CITME 2020. The textile machinery exhibition ITMA ASIA + CITME is set for its seventh presentation in Shanghai from October 15-19, 2020. According to show owners CEMATEX and Chinese partners, the Sub-Council of Textile Industry, CCPIT (CCPIT-Tex), China Textile Machinery Association (CTMA) and China Exhibition Centre Group Corporation (CIEC), exhibit space application has now opened online.  Applications for space will close on 28 February 2020. Click here to read more.  Posted July 31, 2019

Tension Structure Continuing Education Course Offered. FabriTec Structures, a manufacturer and contractor of lightweight fabric structures, has announced the company has partnered with Architectural Record and BNP Media to certify, host, and distribute the company’s AIA Continuing Education course "Anatomy of a Tension Structure." The continuing education course provides architects with 1 LU (learning unit) upon successful completion.  The company’s Anatomy of a Tension Structure course teaches viewers about tensile membrane structures from conceptual design through to final construction. The course covers general fabric structure forms, membrane types, concept development and analysis, material takeoff, design analysis, pricing, design considerations, engineering, steel fabrication, membrane fabrication, installation, and several project case-studies. Click here for more information.  Posted July 19, 2019

Techtextil North America 2020 Names Georgia Institute of Technology Official Academic Partner.  Messe Frankfurt has named the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) as the Official Academic Partner for the 2020 edition of Techtextil North America. Georgia Tech is one of the southern US' largest industrial and engineering research agencies. Its Materials Science and Engineering Program has repeatedly made the 10 best list for both its undergraduate and graduate programs. Techtextil North America 2020 is being held in Atlanta, Ga., USA, May 12-14, 2020. Click here to read more about the partnership between the academic institution and the show. Posted July 18, 2019

University of Rhode Island Students Win Hackathon Competition with Radiation-Deflecting Spacesuit Design.  Congratulations to 3 students from the Wearable Biosensing Laboratory at the University of Rhode Island's College of Engineering.  Himanshu MishraAyush Arora and Adityaraj Verule placed first in a recently held "hackathon" competition at Harvard University.  The team's idea was "SpaceBling: A Radiation Deflecting Spacesuit."  The designed spacesuit would not only protect the user from solar radiations but also cosmic radiation.  The three are visiting interns from the India Institute of Technology in Delhi, India, studying textile technology. Click here to read the article about their accomplishment. Posted June 25, 2019

Composites Forum in Chicago Attracts more than 200 Delegates.  JEC Forum Chicago 2019, unveiled its new format this year that combined business meetings and conference sessions. The event took place June 19-20 in Chicago, Ill., USA.  JEC Group, the organizer, reports there were 201 delegates and 490 business meetings that took place. During the event, the JEC Innovation Awards winners were announced. Winners were KTM-Technologies GmbH of Austria, Gazechim Compoistes Iberica of Spain, Surface Generation of the United Kingdom, and Carbo-Link AG of Switzerland. Click here to find out more about the event. Posted June 21, 2019

Early Discount Registration Ends Soon for IFAI Expo 2019.  The Early Bird Rate deadline for the IFAI Expo 2019 ends June 26. The annual Expo is being held October 1-4, 2019 in Orlando, Fla., USA.  The show will feature a 300,000 sqf exhibition floor and the show floor has two distinct areas -- Advanced Textiles and Specialty Fabrics. Click here to go to the Expo's registration page. Posted June 20, 2019

Registration Open for New Print Show. Registration is now open for PRINTING United, a new printing technologies show being introduced by the Specialty Graphics Imaging Association (SGIA). The show is the replacement for the organization's annual SGIA Expo. It is taking place October 23-25, 2019, in Dallas, Texas, USA. Click here for more information from the organizer. Posted June 6, 2019

European Geosynthetics Conference Issues Call for Abstracts. The Polish Society of Geosynthetics (PSG-IGS), a chapter of the International Society of Geosynthetics (IGS), has announced abstracts are now being accepted for the 7th EuroGeo Conference. The event is being held in Warsaw, Poland, September 6-9, 2020.  The deadline for abstract submissions is August 30, 2019.  Click here for more information about the conference, including abstract submissions. Posted June 6, 2019

New Automotive Textile Conference Announced. International Newsletters, the publisher of Technical Textiles magazine and website, has announced the organization of a new conference called "Textile Opportunities in a Changing Automotive Industry."  The event will be held February 5-6, 2020, in Birmingham, UK. Key issues being discussed will include the impact on the automotive textile industry due to the emergence of electric vehicles, autonomous driving, restrictions on car use in urban areas, light weighting, environmental regulations, and end-of-life recycling. Click here  for more information. Posted May 31, 2019

Abstract Deadline Extended for Geosynthetics Conference.  The deadline for submitting abstracts for GeoAmericas 2020, the 4th Pan American Conference on Geosynthetics, has been extended to June 26, 2019.  The event, organized by the Brazilian chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society, is being held April 26-29, 2020, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  GeoAmericas is expected to attract more than 1,000 delegates from 30 countries. Click here for more information on the conference and abstract submission requirements. Posted May 24, 2019

Outlook™ Plus Latin America 2019 Keeps Its Momentum.  The two global nonwoven trade associations, EDANA and INDA, supported by ABINT, the Brazilian Association of Nonwoven Industries, closed the third edition of the OUTLOOK™ Plus Latin America conference in São Paulo, Brazil.  Opening the conference, keynote presenter Walter Barral, Ph.D., outlined the challenges and opportunities in the political and economic environment within Brazil and the Mercosur Region.  Key drivers for these opportunities are changing perspectives brought about by rapid negotiations in Free Trade Agreements and customs tariffs. Altogether, the event attracted 215 participants who heard 31 speakers. In addition to the seminars, OUTLOOK™ Plus Latin America featured an 18-company tabletop exhibits.  Click here read the press release on the event prepared by the 2 organizations. Posted May 15, 2019

Italian Textile Machines to be Shown at Upcoming Techtextil Show in Frankfurt. Even with the upcoming ITMA show in Barcelona, Spain in June 2019, Italian textile machinery providers will be out in force at the Techtextil show in Frankfurt, May 14-17, 2019. According to ACIMIT, the Italian textile machinery association, around 30 companies will be exhibiting including 15 within a special exhibition pavilion organized by the Italian Trade Agency and ACIMIT. Posted April 4, 2019

Coating and Laminating Conference Highlights New Techniques and Opportunities. Eighty industry specialists gathered in Berlin, Germany for the 2019 International Conference on Textile Coating and Laminating (TCL2019) on March 14-15, 2019. Developments in smart and functional textiles had its own session with talks on graphene and 2D materials. Developing sustainable products while reducing water and fuel consumption was another major theme explored during the two-day event. Organized by International Newsletters Ltd., the conference director was William C. (Bill) Smith of Industrial Textile Associates. and chaired by Adrian Wilson. Click here to learn more about the speakers and sessions,  and how to obtain the conference proceedings. Posted April 2, 2019

Hygienix™ Conference 2019 Issues Call for Presentation. INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, is seeking presentations for the fifth edition of Hygienix™, an event for industry professionals across the supply chain in the absorbent hygiene and personal care markets, November 11-14, 2019, in Houston, Texas, USA.  The conference will feature three days of program content devoted to the latest in sustainable technologies, emerging markets, converting challenges, and market trends in the absorbent hygiene and personal care industry. Last year’s event attracted over 530 absorbent hygiene professionals from 24 countries. Deadline for proposal submissions is April 8, 2019. Click here for more information. Posted March 21, 2019

JEC World Closes with Record Attendance. JEC World 2019 closed March 14 with a record 42,445 3-day attendance from 112 countries. The composite industry event featured a trade show with more than 1300 exhibitors and 27 country pavilions, and educational sessions with 250 speakers. Click here to read JEC Group's press release. Posted March 21, 2019

Digital Conference Call for Proposals. A Call for Proposals has been issued for presentations to be given at Digital Textile Printing Conference 4.0. The conference is being held December 11-12, 2019 in Durham, N.C., USA. It is co-organized by the Specialty Graphics Imaging Association (SGIA) and American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC). Deadline for submissions is May 31, 2019. Click here for more information. Posted March 21, 2019

Women’s Conference Attracts Textile Leaders. About 60 women attend the Women In Textiles Summit organized by the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) in Savanah, Ga., USA, March 6-8, 2019. Speakers included, Amy Bircher, president and founder of MMI Textiles, Westlake, Ohio; Patti Bates, general manager of the Protective Market, Glen Raven Technical Fabrics, Glen Raven, N.C.; Denise Offray, president and CEO, OTEX Specialty Narrow Fabrics, Bernardsville, N.J.; and Kathie Leonard, president and CEO, Auburn Manufacturing, Mechanic Falls, Maine. Click here to read the report posted on the IFAI website. Posted March 19, 2019

Taiwan Hosting Technical Textile Conference, Signing a MoU Collaboration Agreement with SASMIRA. The 2019 International Technical Textiles Symposium is being held March 20-21, 2019 in Taipei, Taiwan. At the opening day, Taiwan Technical Textiles Association Chairman Alex Lo and Dr. Gangopadhyay Sasmira, the executive director of India's Synthetic & Art Silk Mills' Research Association (SASMIRA), will sign a Memorandum of Understanding agreement between the two organizations, pledging more collaboration. There will be a number of Indian companies represented at the conference. Other visitors include representatives from Thailand, Japan, German, the Netherlands, Turkey, and Malaysia. Click here for more information on the event. Posted March 8, 2019

Call for Papers Issued for Filtration Conference.   FiltXPO – the new exposition and conference event based in the United States and dedicated exclusively to filtration and separation professionals -- invites  papers for presentation at its inaugural edition to be held February 26-28, 2020, Chicago, Ill., USA.  FiltXPO is expected to attract 300 exhibitors and 3,000 attendees. Professionals involved in the design, manufacture, sale, use or study of filtration and separation products, equipment and services are encouraged to provide brief abstracts on industry topics that connect filtration and separation to process and product development, end use markets, science, materials and applications. The desired focus of the 2020 conference includes: Biopharmaceutical filtration needs, membrane filtration and the approach of nanofiber-enhanced meltblown materials, energy technologies and applications across all sectors of filtration and separation.  Click here to learn more about the event. Abstract submissions are accepted until May 1, 2019. Posted March 8, 2019

Registration Open for Spring SYFA Conference. Online registration for the Synthetic Yarn and Fabric Association's 2019 Spring Conference is now open. The theme of the event is "A Sustainable Thread." It will be held April 25-26, 2019 in Charlotte, N.C., USA. Speakers include John Bradshaw of Shaw Industries, Mike Todaro of AAPN, Dr. Karen Leonas of NCSU's Wilson School of Textiles, and Sanjay Mehto of Indorama. Click here to go to SYFA's conference website. Posted March 8, 2019

Federal and Defense Summit Being Organized for Textiles Fabricators. The Offices of US Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis and the North Carolina Military Business Center are hosting the Southeast Region Federal and Defense Textile (FedTex) Summit, April 23-24, 2019 in Hickory, N.C., USA. The Summit is focused on a target audience of manufacturers of textile-based military, medical and related soldier systems – and their supply chain partners and R&D resources. Click here to go to the Summit’s website for more information and registration. Posted March 2, 2019

Geosynthetics Conference Attracts 1100 Participants. Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), the organizer of the Geosynthetics Conference 2019, reported the event,was a huge success in Houston, Texas, USA. Held February 10-13, more than 1100 participates were involved from all levels of the geosynthetics community including material producers, academics, consultants, state and federal government officials and the civil engineering profession. IFAI anounced the normally biennial event would again be held next March 8-10, 2020, in Charleston, S.C., USA. Click here for the report on Geosynthetics Conference 2019. Posted February 23, 2019

Annual Tent Rental Gathering Attracts +500. More than 500 tent professionals, including tent makers and installers, gathered in Orlando, Fla., USA, January 23-25, 2019. Former professional football player Ben Utecht was the keynote speaker. Besides education sessions and hands-on workshops, there was an exhibition of 65 industry suppliers. The next IFAI Tent Conference is scheduled for January 22-24, 2020 in River Ranch, Fla., USA. Click here to read more about the 2019 event. Posted February 20, 2019

Rhode Island Technical Textiles Networking Event Attracts More Than 200. Following up to our February 8 post, the Rhode Island Textile Innovation Network's networking event attracted more than 200 from industry, government and academic worlds. It was held on the University of Rhode Island's Kingston (R.I., USA) campus on February 11. Jessica Zaretzky, technical applications manager at Kenyon Industries, who received her masters degree in textile science at URI spoke: “There is so much that goes into developing textile products and so much that the industry touches – from automotive and aerospace to tablecloths. We are developing fabrics for the medical industry, for consumers, for the military. These are products that are intricately involved in so many aspects of our lives that people don’t even realize. And, in many cases – for instance with military products – we are talking about products that protect and improve people’s lives.”  Click here to read a great article on the gathering posted on The University of Rhode Island's website. Posted February 15, 2019

CEMATEX Underscores ITMA 2019 Theme with Innovation Lab Feature.  CEMATEX, the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers, has launched the ITMA Innovation Lab. The Innovation Lab will be featured at ITMA 2019, being held in Barcelona, Spain, June 20-26, 2019, supporting the event's theme of "Innovating the World of Textiles". The 4 main components of the Innovation Lab are: 1) Research & Innovation Pavilion; 2) ITMA Speakers Platform; 3) Innovation Video Showcase; and, 4) ITMA Sustainable Innovation Award. Click here to find out more about each of these components. Posted February 11, 2019 

Rhode Island Technical Textiles Suppliers Participating in Networking Event. The first Rhode Island Textile Innovation Network Academic/Industry networking event will be held February 11, 2019 at the University Rhode Island in Kingston, R.I., USA. More than 20 Rhode Island-based industry, higher education and business groups will be participating, including technical textiles suppliers The Cooley Group, Kenyon Industries, Navatek, ACW (American Cord & Webbing), and Darlington Fabrics.  The program will expose students and URI faculty to industry leaders and those leaders to the pioneering research going on at URI. Click here for more information. Posted February 8, 2019

World of Wipes® Registration Opens.  Material developments, preservatives, sustainability, market data, international tariffs, and plastics in the environment are among the topics to be presented to wipes brand owners, converters, and their entire professional wipes supply chain at INDA’s 13th edition of the World of Wipes® (WOW) International Conference, June 24-27 in Atlanta, GA.  Registration has now opened. Details of the program for the WOW 2019 conference are now available and registration is open. Click here to go to the WOW program page on BeaverLake6 Report. Posted February 7, 2019

JEC Composites Conference Issues Call for Abstracts.  The JEC Group, the organizer of the 2019 JEC Forum Chicago, has issued a call for speakers for the composites industry event taking place June 19-20, 2019 in Chicago, Ill., USA. The topics for this year's conference focus on composites being used in infrastructure and ground transportation.  The deadline for submissions is February 15, 2019. Click here to contact the JEC Group to find out more. Posted January 29, 2019

Call for RISE® 2019 Presentations & Nominations for RISE® Innovation Award.  INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has announced a call for presentations for the 9th annual RISE® (Research, Innovation & Science for Engineered Fabrics) Conference to be held September 24-25, 2019 in Raleigh, N.C., USA. Industry professionals are encouraged to submit their innovative, technical abstracts by March 18, 2019. Click here to go to a specially created page for the 2019 conference on the BeaverLake6 Report website to view the abstract topic categories. Posted January 29, 2019

Keynote Speakers Announced for NETInc 2019. TAPPI, the trade association for forest products, pulp, paper, packaging and related industries, has announced the program for NETInc 2019. The event will feature two keynote speakers: Amit Kapoor, president and co-founder of First Line Technology, will be speaking on "Nonwovens and Advanced Textiles Innovations to Commercialization Pathway." Andrew Aho, vice-president of New Business Development at the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), will be speaking on "Advanced Textiles with Nonwovens in the U.S. Market."  The conference is being held May 5-8, 2019, in Indianapolis, Ind., USA. Click here for more information.  Posted January 25, 2019

Marine Fabricators Conference Attracts Near Record Attendance. The 2019 Marine Fabricators Conference, held January 10-12, 2019, in Long Beach, Calif., USA, saw 260 attendees.  Nearly a hundred were first-time attendees. According to the Marine Fabricators Association (MFA), this was the second largest gather in the history of the annual event and included 16 from Australia. MFA is a division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI). The event was filled with hands-on demonstrations and seminars. At the meeting, IFAI President Steve Schiffman also announced a new marine fabricators business insurance program offered by the association. Click here to read the IFAI press release on the conference. Posted January 25, 2019

Registration Opens for International Conference. Registration is now open for AATCC's 2019 IC. The conference's theme is "Innovating Today for a Challenging Tomorrow" and features an extensive education program as well as a table top exhibition. 2019 IC is being held April 9-11, 2019. Click here for more information. Posted January 24, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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 

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

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 HofmannPosted 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

Call for Materials from Exhibitors at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market. If you are exhibiting at the upcoming Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in November in Denver, Colo., USA, make sure you send samples and material swatches of what you are displaying to be included in the show's Trend & Design Center.  The Trend & Design Center serves as a resource location where designers first come to source and shop the component materials. Click here to contact Kathy Swantko at the FabricLink Network for more information. Posted September 28, 2018

Hurricane Forces Rescheduling of Textile Research Conference.  The 2018 Southern Textile Research Conference, originally scheduled for September 16-18 in Myrtle Beach, N.C., USA, has been rescheduled for October 7-9 at the same Hilton Myrtle Beach hotel. The event had to be postponed because of Hurricane Florence. The conference theme is "Advances in Functional Finishes and Innovative Technologies." Click here for more information. Posted September 21, 2018

INDA Issues Calls for Presentations for World of Wipes® International Conference. INDA's World of Wipes (WOW) International Conference 2019 program committee is now accepting abstracts for its 13th annual event. The conference is being held June 24-27, 2019 in Atlanta, Ga., USA.  Experts are being sought in the areas of dry and wet wipes, end-use markets, substrate formation, raw materials and fibers, liquid ingredients, packaging, machinery and equipment, and market trends and data. Prior to WOW will be INDA's WIPES Academy, a basic training for the entire wipes supply chain. Click here for more information. Posted August 29, 2018 

JEC and Thai Composites Association Host Construction/Architecture Event. The JEC Group and the Thai Composites Association (TCA) held a joint event in Bangkok, Thailand, July 18-19, 2018. The conference focused on the growing construction and architecture markets.  The event attracted 181 delegates from 21 countries; 46% of them were OEMs and composites end users. 19 speakers from 13 countries gave presentations. Posted August 27, 2018

Knowledge Acquisition and Developing Standards for Technical Textiles Urged at Indian Conference. A 2-day conference "Industrial Textiles -- Products, Applications and Prospects" was held last week at the PSG College of Technology in Coimbatore, India. The event was organized by the Department of Textile Technology and Automobile Engineering at PSG. The college has two Centres for Excellence -- one for medical textiles and another for industrial textiles. Ashwin Chandran, the vice-chairman of Southern India Mills Association and chairman and managing director of Precot Meridian, spoke at the event, advising the textile audience that a "must" for the Indian technical textiles industry is looking at knowledge acquisition and developing standards for products. Click here to read more of the speakers and topics at the conference. Posted August 20, 2018

Location Decided for Next Home Furnishings Manufacturing Solutions Expo. Show director Lorie Gross issued a press release this morning announcing the third Home Furnishings Manufacturing Solutions Expo (HFMSE) will be held in Hickory, N.C., USA. The show will take place July 17-19, 2019. The recently held 2018 edition was held in Greenville, S.C.  The show is owned and managed by Exposition Development Company, Inc. Posted August 16, 2018

Advisory Council Named for 2019 Techtextil North America. Messe Frankfurt USA has announced the names of the Advisory Council members for its Techtextil North America event taking place in Raleigh, N.C., USA, February 26-28, 2019. The members are Dr. Roger Barker, Professor, North Carolina State University; Dr. Phillip Bradford, Associate Professor, TECS, North Carolina State University; Sam Buff, Director, Textile Technology Center at Gaston College; Dr. Jeff Joines, Department Head and Professor, TECS, North Carolina State University; Dr. Jesse Jur, Associate Professor, North Carolina State University; Dr. Martin King, Professor, TECS, North Carolina University; and, Dr. Benham Pourdeyhimi, Associate Dean for Industry Research and Extension, William A. Klopman Distinguished Professor, Executive Director, The Nonwovens Institute.  Posted August 15, 2018

INDA Announces Finalists for 2018 RISE® Innovation Award. Three finalists for the prestigious RISE®

Innovation Award will be announced during the next Research, Innovation & Science for Engineered Fabrics Conference, (RISE®). The event is being held September 11-13, 2018 in Raleigh, N.C., USA.  The finalists are 1) DiviDiaper made by DiviDiaper Inc., a diaper with a divider inside that was developed for infants needing surgery; 2) Evolon® New Generation made by Freudenberg Performance Materials, is a new line of textiles made from super-microfilaments for top-quality bed linen; and, 3) Suominen Intelligent Nonwovens™ by Suominen Corporation that enables an embedded digital traceability and safety tracking process within the nonwoven material. The RISE Innovation Award recognizes innovation within and on the periphery of the nonwovens industry that creatively uses advanced science and engineering principles to solve challenges with the nonwovens and engineered fabrics industry. RISE is organized by INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry. Click here to review the INDA press release. Posted August 14, 2018

Women in Textiles Summit to be Held. The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) will host its first ever Women in Textiles Summit on March 6-8, 2019, in Savannah, Ga., USA. The goal of the summit is to strengthen the advancement of women through an interactive forum that provides education, networking and dialogue about important issues affecting women in business. The summit will explore how women are positively impacting the success of their organizations and the textile industry. Click here to read more about the event. Posted August 10, 2018

Stoll to Present Technical Textiles Symposium. German-based Stoll, a 3D knitting machinery company, has announced its first Stoll Symposium as it celebrates its 145th anniversary. The event will be held September 27, 2018, in New York City, N.Y., USA. The Stoll Symposium is free and will include a session on technical textiles that will discuss current trends of the market in relation to knitting, their businesses, and technical textiles as a whole. Click here to find out more. Posted August 10, 2018

North Carolina State University Named Academic Partner for Upcoming Techtextil North America 2019 Show. North Carolina State University (NSCU) has been named the first-ever academic partner for the Techtextil North America show. The next show will be held in Raleigh, N.C., USA, February 26-28, 2019. Kristy Meade, Show Director for the Technical Shows at Messe Frankfurt, said "Through our collaboration, Techtextil North America 2019 will serve as a direct link between innovators of industry and the next generation of textile professionals, and we hope to create an engaging environment that sparks new ideas, partnerships, and industry growth." Click here to read the entire press release on the partnership. Posted August 10, 2018

Speakers Announced for Southern Textile Research Conference. The planning committee for the 2018 Southern Textile Research Conference has announced the lineup of speakers. The keynote speaker will be Will Duncan, Executive Director for SEAMS. The event will be held in Myrtle Beach, N.C., USA, September 16018, 2018. Click here to find the complete schedule and list of speakers. Posted August 7, 2018

Kristy Meade to Speak at SPESA Executive Conference. The SPESA 2018 Executive Conference will feature an impressive array of speakers including Nicole Bivens Collinson, head of the International Trade & Government Relations practice at Sandler, Travis, & Rosenberg, P.A., and Kristy Meade, show director for Messe Frankfurt North America, the organizer of both the Texprocess Americas and Techtextil North America trade shows. The SPESA event will take place September 26-27, 2018 in Louisville, Ky., USA. Ms. Collinson will speak on "Trade, Tariffs, Trump, Turmoil". Ms. Meade's talk is titled "Tales from the Trade Show Floor." Click here to see the full speaker agenda and registration information. Posted July 23, 2018

Early Registration Discount Extended for Geosynthetics Conference. The deadline to receive an early registration discount for the 11th International Conference on Geosynthetics has been extended to July 30, 2018. The conference is being held September 16-21, 2018 in Seoul, South Korea. Click here to find out more about the event and to take advantage of the early registration discount. Posted July 23, 2018

Composites Transportation Forum Attracts 600 in Chicago. The JEC Forum on Composites was held June 27-28, 2018 in Chicago, Ill., USA, and attracted 600 participants. The event featured 24 speakers in 4 sessions. Speakers included representatives from Ford Motor Company, Mercedes Benz, Owens Corning and Porcher Industries, covering new composite products being used in automotives, railways, trucks and buses. Click here to learn more about the speakers and also the 5 winners of the JEC Innovation Awards. Posted July 14, 2018

China's Yarn Expo Moves to Mid-October. The new China national government-organized China International Import Expo, to be held at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai in November, has necessitated the need for long-term renovation of the exposition halls at the fairground, requiring Yarn Expo Autumn 2018 to be held one month later, and concurrent with ITMA Asia + CITME, from October 15-17, 2018. Posted July 4, 2018

Filtration Show Expected to Attract 1,400 Participants. INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has announced a new website for its upcoming Filtration 2018 International Conference & Exposition. The event is being held in Philadelphia, Penn., USA, October 2-4, 2018. It is expected to attract more than 1,400 participants from the transportation, medical, energy, life science, commercial, nuclear, aerospace, and indoor air quality markets. Click here to view the website. Posted June 27, 2018

Online Visitor Registration Opens for ITMA Asia + CITME 2018.  Registration is now open for the combined ITMA Asia + CITME textile machinery show. The event is expected to attract more than 100,000 visitors. It takes place October 15-19, 2018 in Shanghai, China. More than 1,700 textile machinery makers from 28 countries will be exhibiting. A special early discount rate is offered for those registering before September 30. ITMA Asia + CITME 2018 is owned by CEMATEX and its Chinese partners -- the Sub-Council of Textile Industry, CCPIT, China Textile Machinery Association and China Exhibition Centre Group Corporation. Click here for more information. Posted June 27, 2018

ITMACH Africa Cancelled. The organizers of ITMACH Africa 2018 has announced the textile machinery show has been postponed (cancelled) due to a scheduling problem with the site location. The show was to take place in Nairobi, Kenya, December 1-3, 2018; however, a new Kenyan government event is overlapping the dates and space of ITMACH Africa at the facility. No new dates were listed in a letter sent to the press. Posted June 27, 2018

Italy Chosen as Location for ITMA 2023. CEMATEX, the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers, today announced that ITMA 2023 will be In Milan, Italy, June 8-14, 2023. The world's largest textile machinery event is held every 4 years. Space for the 2019 show in Barcelona, Spain is already sold out and will feature more than 1,600 exhibitors. Click here to read the CEMATEX press release. Posted June 21, 2018

Nonwoven Wipes Event Held Last Week. INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, reports its 12th annual World of Wipes® (WOW) International Conference June 5-8 successful in connecting 440 participants from 22 countries advancing their business in wipes. WOW networking events included 52 tabletop displays. The event was highlighted with the announcement Diamond Wipes Internationals’ Hero Wipes was the 2018 recipient of the World of Wipes Innovation Award®. The innovative new wipe removes toxic, cancer-causing carcinogens from firefighters’ skin. The event was held in Chicago, Ill., USA. Next year's event will be held June 24-27, 2019 in Atlanta, Ga., USA. Click here to read the INDA press release summarizing the event. Posted June 14, 2018

INDA's RISE® 2018 Conference Speakers Announced, Nominations for Innovation Award Opens. Biomimetics in nonwovens, light-weighting of auto materials, battery separator developments, and the latest in electrospinning nanotechnology will be among the topics offered at the 8th edition of RISE, the conference on Research, Innovation and Science for Engineered Fabrics. Organized by INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, the event is taking place September 11-13, 2018, in Raleigh, N.C., USA. Nominations for the RISE Innovation Award, which recognizes innovation in areas within the nonwovens industry, are now being accepted. Click here to find out more about RISE. Posted June 5, 2018 

Call for Presentations for Digital Print Conference. Two major industry organizations -- Specialty Graphics Industry Association (SGIA) and AATCC -- are again organizing a digital print conference. The Digital Textile Printing Conference is being held December 5-6, 2018 in Durham, N.C., USA. The organizations have now issued a "Call for Papers." Interested individuals should submit an abstract to Johnny Shell by June 30, 2018. Click here for more information about the event. Posted June 2, 2018

Atlanta Trade Shows Attract Strong Audience and Rave Reviews. The recent combined Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas 2018 trade shows saw a record attendance of 8,292 visitors and 567 exhibitors. The attendance of the two shows was an increase of about 4% over their last co-located shows in 2016. Country pavilions included Italy, Texclubtec, Belgium, China, Taiwan, High-Tex from Germany, and SEAMS Made in USA. Techtextil North America 2019 will take place in Raleigh, N.C., USA. Texprocess Americas is held every two years and will be held next in Atlanta in 2020. Click here to read the official press release which includes show comments by visitors and exhibitors. Posted May 31, 2018

High-Performance Nonwoven Conference Names Keynote Speaker. The organizer of the 4th International Conference on Nonwovens for High Performance, taking place in Cannes, France, October 10-11, 2018, has announced the keynote presentation will be given by Heinz Meierkord, CEO, Advansa & outgoing CIRFS President. CIRFS is the European man-made fibers association. Mr. Meierkord's presentation is titled "Manmade Fibres – Myths and Reality" and will examine the pros and cons of natural vs manmade fibers, sustainability, and microfiber waste. Click here to learn more about the schedule of speakers and registration information. Posted May 14, 2018 

More than 1600 Companies Reserve Exhibit Space for Asian Textile Machinery Show. The organizers of the 6th edition of ITMA Asia + CITME have announced the show floor will contain more than 1,600 textile machinery manufacturers. The companies will take more than 170,000 square meters of space to showcase state-of-the-art machinery as well as products that boost automation and energy-saving features. After China, the largest countries represented in order are Germany, Italy, Japan and Switzerland. The show takes place in Shanghai, October 15-19, 2018. Click here for more information. Posted May 8, 2018

Registration is Open for Home Furnishings Show. The 2018 Home Furnishings Manufacturing Solutions Expo (HFMSE) has now opened its registration. HFMSE is taking place July 18-19, 2018 in Greenville, S.C., USA.  HFMSE features a wide variety of exhibitors showcasing the latest in manufacturing equipment, systems, software and technology specifically developed for the furniture and home furnishings industry. Click here for more information. Posted April 23, 2018 

ITMA 2019 Exhibit Space Sold Out. Exhibition space for ITMA 2019 in Barcelona, Spain has been sold out, according to the show owner CEMATEX. Space has been reserved by over 1,500 companies from 45 countries. Plans are underway to open more space. The top countries exhibiting are Italy, Germany and Spain. ITMA 2019 will be held June 20-26, 2019. Click here to visit the ITMA website for the latest information. Posted April 23, 2018

US Secretary of Commerce to Speak at Smart Fabrics Summit. US Department of Commerce Wilbur Ross will be the keynote speaker at the Smart Fabrics Summit, taking place April 24, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Secretary Ross will give the closing presentation at the day-long event that is co-hosted by the US Department of Commerce and the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI). Also on the agenda are presentations from Jeff Rasmussen, IFAI's Director of Market Research, Chris Semonelli, president of Coated Technical Solutions, and a panel discussion regarding the development of performance standards for smart fabrics. Click here to go to the event's website to see the complete list of speakers and registration information. Posted April 10, 2018

SYFA Spring Technical Conference Features Nonwovens Research Director. The Synthetic Yarn & Fabrics Association's 2018 Spring Technical will feature Brad Kalil, Director of Market Research for INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry. In addition to Mr. Kalil, the program includes 8 other speakers, including Dr. John Connaughton, Professor of Financial Economics at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. SYFA Spring Technical Conference 2018 will be held April 26-27, 2018, in Charlotte, N.C., USA. Click here for the schedule of speakers. Posted March 13, 2018

INDA Changes Frequency and Creates Permanent Location for Filtration Show. INDA, the organizer of the annual Filtration International Conference & Exposition, has announced the event is changing frequency to 18 months. the change is effective after the October 2-4 event in Philadelphia, Penn., USA. The change means no event in 2019. The expanding time between shows avoids conflicts with the already crowded filtration events taking place around the world. INDA said in its press release that the show is also expanding beyond nonwovens to include engineered media, filtration & separation technologies, filter making equipment, and other equipment related to the industry. Further, after the 2018 event in Philadelphia, the future Filtration International Conference & Exposition will be held exclusively in Chicago. The first show under this change will be in February 2020. Click here to read the press release. Posted March 13, 2018

JEC World 2018 Closes with Record Attendance. A record 42,445 visitors attended JEC World 2018 in Paris. The 3-day composites event took place March 6-8, 2018. Visitors came from 115 countries to see more than 1300 exhibitors. One of the highlights of the event was a visit by Ms. Delphine Gény-Stephann, the French Secretary of State to the Minister of Economy and Finance. Posted March 8, 201

German Textile Machinery Association Holding Conference in India. The German-based VDMA Textile Machinery Association has announced a workshop and forum for Indian textile and nonwoven manufacturers. The event is taking place May 15-16, 2018 in Mumbai. More than 30 German textile machinery and component manufacturers are participating, giving 36 application-oriented presentations on spinning, knitting, weaving, finishing, dyeing and embroidery. Click here to gain more information as well as the names of participating German companies. Posted March 7, 2018

New Business Opportunities Highlights 2018 International Technical Texiles Symposiunm in Taiwan. The 2018 International Technical Textiles Symposium (ITTS 12th) is being held March 14-15, 2018 in Taipei, Taiwan. This will be the 12th symposium since the event was started in 2006 by the Taiwan Technical Textiles Association (TTTA).  The 2018 edition will feature an opening speech on March 14 by Gince Kuruvilla Mattam, the deputy director of the India-Taipei Association, on the opportunities for technical textiles in India. The theme of the overall event is building a connection with other world textile leaders. More than 180 industry leaders from Taiwan and surrounding countries are expected to attend the event. Speakers include industry leaders from Germany, Malaysia, Japan and the UK. Click here to contact Howard Lo at TTTA for more information. Posted February 15, 2018

New Dates for ITMA Asia + CITME 2018 Textile Machinery Show. The joint owners of the ITMA Asia + CITME 2018 textile machinery exhibition have announced new dates for the 6th combined showcase to be held at the National Exhibition and Convention Centre in Shanghai, China. The new dates are October 15-19, 2018. According to show owners CEMATEX and Chinese partners, the Sub-Council of Textile Industry, CCPIT (CCPIT-Tex), China Textile Machinery Association (CTMA) and China Exhibition Centre Group Corporation (CIEC), the shift in the exhibition dates is due to a new national initiative, which affected the scheduling of all events at the exhibition center in October. [Note: BeaverLake6 Report is an industry media partner for the show.] Posted February 11, 2018

AATCC to Conduct Textile Testing Workshop. The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATC) is holding its Introduction to Textile Testing workshop, May 16-17, 2018 at the associaton's headquarters in Research Triangle Park, N.C., USA. The workshop is covering how to properly perform and interpret test results for approximately 20 colorfastness and physical peroperties test methods and evalution procedures. Click here to find out more about the event. Posted January 30, 2018

Techtextil North America Opens Interactive Floor Plan for Selecting Exhibition Space. Are you thinking of exhibiting at either Techtextil North America or Texprocess Americas 2018 coming up in May? Messe Frankfurt, the shows organizer, has just opened up its interactive floor reservation module on its website. More than 500 companies are expected to exhibit on the combined floor at the shows taking place May 22-24, 2018 in Atlanta, Ga., USA. Click here to go to the website. Posted January 25, 2018

World of Wipes® International Conference Program Announced, Registration Opens. Emerging technologies, new applications, and market insights are the focus of INDA's World of Wipes (WOW) International Conference 2018. The leading keynote address will be given by Kit Yarrow, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Golden Gate University,. The address is entitled "Gen Z Deciphered: Insights and Strategies for Marketers." Registration has also just opened up. INDA is an association for the nonwovens fabrics industry. Click here to see the full WOW conference program. Posted January 18, 2018

EDANA Launches Call for Papers for FILTREX™ Asia 2018.  EDANA, a global association serving the nonwovens and related industries, has opened the call for papers for the 11th edition of FILTREX™. The event is being held in Shanghai, China, December 4-5, 2018, and will run in conjunction with the 7th Filtration & Separation Asia (FSA) and the 10th China Filtration & Separation Exhibition and is coorganized by the China Filtration Society (CFS), China Nonwovens Technology Association (CNTA) and UBM China. EDANA is now inviting papers on the following topics: • Innovative filter media technologies • Filtration equipment and devices • Air filtration and liquid filtration • Automotive filtration (oil, engine, cabin) • Filter testing and standards. Presentations that are specifically relevant to Asia’s challenges in air pollution control and indoor air quality are particularly welcome. Click here to read more about how to submit a paper. Posted Janaury 11, 2018

AATCC Announces Program for 2018 International Conference.  AATCC has announced the program for its 2018 International Conference being held March 6-8, 2018 in Greenville, S.C., USA. The program will feature a keynote presentation by Jerry Inman of Demand Worldwide on "The Retail Rebels -- Who Will Conquer the Connected Consumer?" In addition, the conference will include tabletop exhibits on educational tracks focusing on Concept 2 Consumer, Chemical Applications, and Materials. Click here to learn more about the event. Posted January 5, 2018

ITMACH India Attracts Over 350 Exhibitors. The 2nd International Textile Machinery & Accessories Exhibition (ITMACH) India, featured over 350 exhibitors when held December 7-10 in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India. While no attendance figures were released as yet, the show's organizer, K AND D ITMACH Expositions, LLP., reported this second ITMACH India had grown 3-fold over the size of the first show. The exhibition encompassed products across the entire value chain of textile manufacturing from spinning, knitting and weaving to processing to yarn and fiber. The next show will be held December 5-8, 2019, Again in Gandinagar. Posted January 2, 2018

Gerrman Textile Machinery Technology Introduced in Events Held in the US and Mexico. The VDMA Textile Machinery Association held events in November for the textile industries in the US and Mexico. More than 80 decision-makers of the US textile, nonwoven and carpet industry as well as 25 leading textile machinery and accessories manufacturers participated in the VDMA textile machinery conference on November 6 in Charlotte, N.C., USA. The following two-day event on 8-9 November in Mexico City, Mexico, attracted nearly 450 customers and 30 textile machinery and accessories manufacturers. VDMA member companies presented their latest production technologies from spinning to dyeing and finishing. Major topics addressed were digitalization of the textile and textile machinery industry (Industrie 4.0 / industrial internet), higher efficiency and profitability, energy, water and material savings, new applications with growth potential, such as composites and nonwovens, higher quality with measurement, control and testing devices, technical training centers. Click here to learn more about the events. Posted November 30, 2017

Messe Frankfurt, Inc. and SPESA Will Continue to Co-Produce Equipment Show. You can relax if you were worried about who would be managing the 2032 Texprocess Americas show. Yesterday, Messe Frankfurt, Inc. and SPESA (Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas) announced an agreement to extend the current contract to co-produce the biennial Texprocess Americas trade show through 2032. Since 2010 Texprocess has been co-located with the Textextil North America show in Atlanta on even years. The signing is good news for visitors and exhibitors of Texprocess Americas and Techtextil North America. Both were both included in the 2016 Trade Show News Network's Top 250 Trade Shows in the United States. Posted November 10, 2017

Call for Papers Issued for 2018 International Nonwovens Symposium. EDANA, the Eurpopean-based association for the nonwovens industry, has issued a call for papers for the 2018 International Nonwovens Symposium, taking place in Rome, Italy. The Symposium is being held May 23-24 and will feature a mix of topics on nonwovens across all types of applications. Table top exhibits will also be offered. Click here to learn more about the Symposium. Posted November 3, 2017

Canadian Textile Science Institute Schedules Meeting. The 117th Scientific Session of The Institute of Textile Science will be held on February 6, 2018, in Montreal, Que., Canada, one day before the opening of the IFAI Canada Expo 2018. It will be held simultaneously at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Alb., by video conference. The theme of the scientific session is The Role of Textiles and Related Flexible Materials in Infrastructure Renewal. The session will focus on the use of textiles composites, polymers, and other flexible materials in the renewal of bridge, highways, and other engineered structures. Click here for more information. Posted November 3, 2017

Regional Fabricators Conference Organized for Cincinnati. Registration is now open for the Canvas Products Association, Zone 7(CPA-Zone 7) conference in Cincinnati, Oh., USA. The event takes place December 6-9, 2017. Featured speakers include industry experts Kevin KellyMark Stiver and Byron Yonce. CPA-Zone 7 is a regional gathering of companies involved in the manufacture of end products such as awning, marine, truck covers, tarps and other unique custom applications. Click here to find out more information about participating. Posted November 1, 2017

Advisory Council Named for 2018 Techtextil North America. Messe Frankfurt North America, the organizer of 2018 Techtextil North America (TTNA), has announced the formation of an advisory council to help develop educational programming for the event being held May 22-24, 2018 in Atlanta, Ga., USA. The members are Jan Beringer, Hohenstein Institute; Margaret Bishop, Fashion Institute of Technology; Magali Brown, NICCA Chemicals; Sam Buff, Textile Technology Center at Gaston College; Dr. Wei Gao, North Carolina State University; Dr. Behnam Pourdeyhimi, The Nonwovens Institute; and, Dr. Gang Sun, University of California, Davis. Posted November 1, 2017

Smart Textile Event Scheduled for September 2018 during Dornbirn International Fiber Conference.  Preparations have started for the second SALTEX event September 12-13, 2018 in Dorbirn, Austria. The first SALTEX was held in October 2016 with 63 exhibitors and around 900 trade visitors from 13 countries. The main topic of the 2nd SALTEX will be smart textiles and high performance materials. SALTEX is being held alongside the Dornbirn-GFC (formerly Dornbirn-MFC) international fiber conference. Click here to read more about SALTEX 2018. Posted October 30, 2017

Great Success Reported by IFAI Expo Organizer. The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has released it post-event report for the IFAI Expo 2017 held in September in New Orleans, La., USA. According to the release, the event attracted more than 4,500 participants (visitors and exhibitors).and 380 exhibiting companies. Both numbers were down about 10% from the previous show but not unexpected given the location this year compared to the event being held in Charlotte, N.C. in 2016. Overall, the 2017 event featured more than 50 speakers giving presentations in various formats including small "campfire" sessions on the show floor as well as the extensive Advanced Textiles sessions held the day prior to the exhibition opening.  The IFAI Expo 2018 next year will be held in Dallas, Texas, USA, October 15-18. It will be co-locating with the CAMX composites show. Posted October 25, 2017

Huge Attendance Came to New Orleans for SGIA 2017 Expo. More than 19,000 visitors descended on New Orleans October 10-12 to attend the Specialty Graphics Imaging Association's 2017 Expo. The annual event is the largest print show in North America. The exhibition featured 597 industry suppliers. During the event, SGIA revealed a new show called THREADX was being organized for the decorative apparel industry. THREADX will take place February 25-28, 2018 in Palm Springs, Calif., USA. SGIA 2018 Expo will be taking place October 18-20 in Las Vegas Nev., USA. Posted October 20, 2017

Filtration 2017 Attracts More Than 1,400 in Chicago. INDA's Filtration 2017 International Conference & Exposition was held October 10-12 in Chicago,  Ill., USA. According to the organizer, more than 1,400 participated in the event. The trade show featured 140-plus exhibitors. It was announced Filtration 18 will take place October 2-4, 2018, in Philadelphia. Click here to read the INDA press release on the recent 2017 conference and show.  Posted October 16, 2017

North American Textile Trade Agreements to be Discussed. SPESA, the Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of Americas, has organized an excellent panel to discuss textile trade issues, specifically NAFTA (North America Free Trade Agreement), during its upcoming SPESA 2017 Executive Conference. The event is being held in Memphis, Tenn., USA, November 7-9, 2017. The panel will consist of leaders of major North American textile trade organizations: Auggie Tantillo, president of the National Council of Textile Organizations, Steve Lamar, executive vice president of the American Apparel & Footwear Association, Bob Kirke, executive director of the Canadian Apparel Federation, and Manuel Motano, deputy director of the Mexican Institute for Competiveness. Click here to learn more about the conference. Posted October 16, 2017

SYFA Conference Theme: Tools for Transformation in Textiles. The Synthetic Yarn & Fabric Association (SYFA) Fall Conference's keynote speaker will Harold Hill, president of Glen Raven Technical Fabrics. The SYFA event will be held October 26-27, 2017, in Charlotte, N.C., USA. The theme this year is "Tools for Transformation in Textiles." Mr. Hill's presentation is titled "Building a Culture of Innovation." Other speakers include Dr. Mike Fralix, president and CEO of TC2, Alasdair Carmichael of PCI Wood Mackenzie, Dr. Roger Tutterow of Kennesaw State University, and Sara Beatty of the National Council of Textile Organizations. Click here to see the full conference program and registration information. Posted October 12, 2017

JEC Asia Show Fully Booked. The 10th JEC Asia is being held in Seoul, South Korea for the first time, November 1-3, 2017, after being located in Singapore for the previous events. It appears to have been a good decision to move the event. JEC, the composite industry's organization, has announced the trade show is fully booked with more than 215 companies exhibiting. In the educational conference sessions, there will be 45 presentations. Click here for more information. Posted October 12, 2017

German Textile Machinery Technology Showcased in Special US Presentation. VDMA, the German textile machinery association, is organizing a special B2B business forum themed "German Technology Meets US Textile. It will be held November 6 in Charlotte, N.C., USA., and feature 3 parallel sessions -- fiber and yarn industry, nonwovens and technical industry, and apparel, home textile & carpet industry. More than 25 VDMA member companies will be participating. The event is free of charge and includes a conference dinner for networking. Click here for the program and registration information [Note: BeaverLake6 Report is a media partner for the event.] Posted October 11, 2017

Geosynthetics Society Selects Rome for 2022 International Conference. While no official announcement has been made by the International Geosynthetics Society (IFS), one of the organization's Council members posted on LinkedIn that during their meeting in Morocco two days ago the Council voted to select Rome, Italy to host the 12th International Conference on Geosynthetics (12ICG) in 2022. The events are held every 4 years and the 11ICG is being held September 16-21, 2018 in Seoul, South Korea. Posted October 10, 2017

Second Smart Textiles Conference Scheduled for April in Washington. The US Department of Commerce has announced it is once again partnering with the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) in the organizing of Smart Fabrics Summit 2018. The event will be held April 24, 2018 in Washington, D.C., USA. This is the second collaboration between the government department and the trade association on smart textiles. The first event held in 2016 attracted a sold-out audience. Agenda and registration information will be published in November. Click here to go to the read the Department of Commerce's press release. Posted October 10, 2017

Digital Printing Conference Set for November in North Carolina. Two professional organizations -- AATCC and SGIA -- have joined together to organize Digital Textile Printing Conference Version 2.0. The "2.0" in the title is referencing this is their second collaborative effort following the inaugural event in December 2016. The 2017 event is being held November 29-30 in Durham, N.C., USA. 17 presentations are scheduled. Click here to see the list of presenters and topics, plus registration information. Posted October 11, 2017 

Specialty Fabrics on Display at National Safety Council ExpoSourcing Journal has posted on its website a quick review on specialty FR textiles exhibited at the National Safety Council Expo 2017 that are used in workwear. The show was held September 25-27 in Indianapolis, Ind., USA.  A few of the companies featured in the article are Polartec, Mount Vernon Mills and Matrix World Group. Click here to read the article. Posted October 2, 2017

Composites Show Rescheduled. Wow. It took less than 14 days for CAMX 2017 to be rescheduled. After postponing the show due to Hurricane Irma, the show organizers have announced the event will be held December 12-14, 2017, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. USA. Details about confirming your registration for the new dates or requesting refunds will be sent via email as soon as possible within the next seven days. Additional information on the schedule at a glance, the conference program, and the exhibit hall is expected within the next 2-3 weeks. Congratulations to the show organizers and the staff at the Orange County Convention Center for its quick work. Posted September 17, 2017

IFAI Announces Annual Business Meeting. The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) will hold its Annual Meeting in New Orleans, La., USA, on September 27, 2017, during its IFAI Expo. It appears from the press release, the Annual Meeting is open only to IFAI members; however, the business meetings of the 15 IFAI divisions and country sectors that are taking place September 27-2 are open for non-members to attend, allowing these specialized groups to showcase their activities to those attending the IFAI Expo who are not members of the organization. Click here to find out dates and locations of the events. Posted August 26, 2017

MIT Hosts "Hackathon" to Created Functional Fabric Products to Aid Emergency Response.The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) Institute, and MD5, a partnership between the US Department of Defense and a network of national research universities all came together July 29-31 to host a student hackathon to design novel solutions for the battlefield, disaster sites and other dangerous environments using technical textiles. Held at MIT, near Boston, Mass., USA, more than 20 teams of students participated. Two winning teams earned grand prizes of up to $15,000 for their products -- a sensor-laden clothing that detects potential injury which allows prioritization of care and a double-sided, multipurpose blanket for people displaced from their homes.  Click here to read more at the MIT News website. Posted August 2, 2017

JEC Returns to Chicago in 2018, Ending Event's Co-Location with Techtextil North America. As we speculated a couple of weeks ago, the JEC Group has announced its "The Future of Composites in Construction" will not be co-locating again in 2018 with Techtextil North America (TTNA) in Atlanta May 22-24. One of the impediments to the co-location is the TTNA already established May dates which overlap the SAMPE composite show set for Long Beach, Calif., USA. The 2017 JEC event in Chicago last month attracted 3,096 visitors, including 550 attendees to the conference segment. The JEC press release also revealed the show will be in Chicago again in 2019. Click here to read the press release. Posted July 26, 2017

Giant Outdoor Retailer Show Selects Denver as New Location. Emerald  Expositions, LLC, , the producer of the biannual Outdoor Retailer shows, has announced the selection of Denver, Colo., USA, as the location for its shows, beginning January 2018. The shows --  Outdoor Retailer Summer Market and Outdoor Retailer Winter Market -- are moving from Salt Lake City, Utah, after a dispute with the state on its use of public land. The 2017 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, taking place July 26-29, 2017, will be the last event held in Salt Lake City. Click here to read the press release on the move. Posted July 10, 2017 

Japanese Technical Textile Forum Announces Keynote Speaker. The IFAI Japan Annual Meeting and Forum begins July 13, 2017, in Tokyo, Japan. The keynote speaker is Dr. Tohru Nakata, Artificial Intelligence Research Center, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST). Dr. Nakata's presentation topic is "Human Error Prevention." IFAI Japan is a country section of Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI). Click here to contact Ms. Kikuko Tagawa, IFAI Japan's executive director, for more information about the Forum. Posted July 10, 2017

"Educate the Professor" Seminar Being Held On Building Material Fabrics. The Fabric Structures Association (FSA) and the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA), both divisions of Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), are hosting a two-day "Educate the Professor" seminar on the fundamentals of using technical textiles as building materials. The intent is similar to IFAI's already successful geosynthetics program call "Educate the Educators." Professors who attend these courses can bring their knowledge to students at their respective institutions. The program will be held in Minneapolis, Minn., USA. Click here to read a short article about the program posted on the Specialty Fabrics Review website. Posted July 7, 2017

Online Applications for ITMA Asia + CITME 2018 Exhibition Open. Online applications for reserving exhibition space for ITMA Asia + CITME 2018 is now available. The event is the largest textile machinery show taking place in Asia. It is being held October 26-30, 2018 in Shanghai, China. ITMA Asia  + CITME 2018 is co-organized by the European machinery coalition CEMATEX and Chinese partners, the Sub-Council of Textile Industry, CCPIT, China Textile Machinery Association and China Exhibition Centre Group Corporation. Click here to visit the CEMATEX website and click here to visit the CITME website. Posted June 29, 2017

INDA World of Wipes Conference Attracts Almost 500. INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Indusgtry, wrapped up its 11th annual World of Wipes (WOW) International Conference June 12-15. Held in Nashville, Tenn., USA, the event attracted 476 participants from 20 countries. Click here to read INDA's post-event press release which includes names of speakers and award winners. Posted June 29, 2017

Strong Demand for ITMA 2019 Exhibition Space. Since the ITMA 2019 exhibit reservations opened up last month, 25% of the available space has already been taken for the world's largest trade show for textile equipment. The space demand is more than 150% ahead of the demand for the 2015 show for the same time period. The show contractor, ITMA Services, reports the increase results come as a result the strong show in 2015 and the rapid technology changes occurring in the industry. ITMA 2019 will be held in Barcelona, Spain, June 20-26, 2019. Click here to read the organizer's press release. Posted June 27, 2017

Fabric Swatches Need for Trend + Design Center at Outdoor Retailer Show. Will you be exhibiting fabrics at the huge Outdoor Retailer Summer Market taking place July 26-29, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA? If so, you should make sure to send your fabric swatches for display at the Trend + Design Center in the exhibition center. The center is where designers come to source and shop the component materials that make up the innovative technical and fashion-forward elements of the outdoor market. The sourcing website FabricLink Network is again helping organize the Trend + Design Center. Contact Kathy Swantko at FabricLink for more information. Posted June 27, 2017

Speakers Announced for Webinar on HIgh Visibility Safety Apparel. AATCC has announced the speakers for its June 29 webinar Understanding High Visibility Safety Apparel -- the ANSI/ISEA 107-2015 HVSA Performance Specification  Adam R. Varley is technical director and COO of Vartest Laboratories. Patrick A. Ayers is Vice President, Operations & Sales at Vartest Laboratories. ANSI/ISEA 107 compliant High Visibility Safety Apparel are required by the US Federal Highway Administration to be worn by all workers on any public access roadway and are widely used by construction workers, first responders and others. Click here for more conference and registration information. Posted June 24, 2017

Filtration 17 Registration Has Opened. The online registration for INDA's 26th Filtration International Conference & Exposition in Chicago, Ill, ,USA has opened. The conference date is October 10-12, 2017, a little earlier than the past events. The organizer expects to surpass the 2016 event of more than 1300 visitors in Philadelphia, Penn., USA. Click here to go to the INDA website and check out the speakers and conference sessions. Posted June 15, 2017

Success for First Ever EurAsian Geotextiles Symposium. The first EurAsian Geotextiles Symposium (EAGS) was held in Beijing, June 7-8. It attracted over 200 participants from 14 countries. Co-organized by the China Industrial Textiles Industry Association (CNITA) and EDANA, an international industry association serving the nonwovens and related industries, the Symposium was also supported by several other key industry organizations including the International Textile Manufacturers Association (ITMF), the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) and the International Society for Geosynthetic Materials China Committee (CCIGS). CNITA President Li Lenshen indicated the Symposium will be held again although date and location have not yet been decided. Click here to read the entire press release distributed by EDANA. Posted June 8, 2017

INDA Co-Sponsors RISI Asia Pacific Hygiene Symposium 2017. INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has announced it is co-sponsoring the 2017 RISI Asia Pacific Hygiene Products Symposium to be held November 7-8, 2017 in Shanghai, China. The first edition of the Symposium drew more than 130 attendees from 76 countries to hear about the latest advancements and trends in the Asia Pacific hygiene market. The theme this year is “Hygiene Markets in Asia Pacific: From Now to 2020.” For more information, click here.. Posted May 31. 2017 

Australian and New Zealand Technical Textile Trade Associations Co-Locating Conferences.  The Outdoor Fabric Products Association of New Zealand (OFPANZ) and the Specialised Textiles Association (STA) of Australia will be co-locating their annual events in Queenstown, New Zealand. Taking place May 25-27, the theme of the conference is "Reaching New Heights." The scope of the topics discussed range from geosynthetics to awnings and marine applications. Equipment demonstrations included sewing techniques as well as hot air, wedge, RF and ultrasonic welding. Click here to view the program. Posted May 24, 2017

Graduate Student Poster Program Presents Advanced Technologies. Need another reason to attend Techtextil North America (TTNA)? The 2017 Graduate Student Poster Program will be represented by top textile universities from around the United States. Ten students will be presenting their graduate study research on the show floor. Click here to visit our special TTNA page section and view the speakers and topics. Posted May 24, 2017

New Name, More Focus for JEC's North American Event. The international industry composite organization JEC Group has decided to focus on end-use events and is launching the Future of Composites in Construction, a brand-new show dedicated to one of the most promising composites market segments. JEC formerly called its event JEC Americas. The newly focused end-market trade show and conference takes place June 20-22, 2017, co-locating with Techtextil North America. Click here to find out more. Posted May 24, 2017

Call for Papers for Digital Textile Printing Conference. Two industry associations -- AATCC and SGIA -- have issued a Call for Papers for presentation at their joint Digital Textile Printing conference. The event is being held November 29-30, 2017 in Durham, N.C., USA. The Conference Program will focus on topics that incorporate one of the following areas: image workflow and design, technology and markets, sourcing and supply chain, and case studies. AATCC is an association for the textile, apparel and materials professional. SGIA (Specialty Graphics & Imaging Association), is a non -profit for the imaging industry. Click here to go to the event website for more information. Posted May 21, 2017

Record Breaking Figures for JEC World 2017. The JEC Group, organizer of JEC World 2017 in Paris this past March, has released the attendance and exhibitor participation statistics:

   •  1300 exhibitors

   •  40,607 professional visits

   •  78% were international participants 

The visitor figure was an increase of +10% compared to 2016 and both the attendance and exhibitor figures were records for the annual event. JEC World is the largest gathering of the composites industry. The dates of JEC World 2018 are March 6-8, 2018 in Paris, France. Click here for more information. Posted May 16, 2017

ITMA Opens for Exhibition Space Reservation. ITMA 2019, the world's largest textile machinery exhibition, has opened today reservations for exhibitors. The show, held every 4 years, features the entire value chain of textile and garment making manufacturing, as well as raw materials. In 2015, the show was held in Milan, Italy, and had more than 122,000 visitors. The 2019 edition will be held in Barcelona, Spain, June 20-26, 2019, and is expected to have more than 1700 exhibitors. The event is owned by CEMATEX -- the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers. Click here for more information about exhibiting. Posted May 4, 2017

INDA Nonwoven Conference Announces Keynote Speakers. The seventh edition of RISE® -- The Research, Innovation & Science of Engineered Fabrics Conference --has announced its keynote speakers. They include: Bernd Kunze, Dr. Ing., CEO, Reifenhauser RECOFIL; Keith Hoover, V.P., Material Process & Color Innovation, Under Armour; Yoel Fink, Ph.D., CEO Advanced Functional Fabrics of America; and, Behnam Pourdeyhimi, Ph.D., Professor, North Carolina State University, and Director, The Nonwovens Institute. RISE is being held September 12-14, 2017, in Raleigh, N.C., USA. Click here for additional information. Posted May 4, 2017

US Department of Commerce Stand at Techtextil Features 4 Companies. The US Department of Commerce's Office of Textiles & Apparel (OTEXA) will be participating in the 2017 Techtextil show in Frankfurt, Germany, next week. OTEXA is featuring four US companies: EEONYX, a California-based manufacturer of conductive textiles; Rebel Inc., another California company and manufacturer of polymer-based textiles; Mogul SC, a manufacturer of nonwovens in South Carolina; and Glen Raven Technical Fabrics, a manufacturer of various technical textiles, headquartered in North Carolina. The OTEXA booth stand is 3.1 D17. Posted May 4, 2017

SAMPE 2017 Features President of Blue Origin. SAMPE Seattle 2017, the annual composites and advanced material show and conference, will feature a keynote address delivered by Rob Meyerson, president of the space vehicle company Blue Origin. His presentation is entitled "The Role of Advanced Manufacturing in the Development of Reusable Space Vehicles." The company's latest successful test featured a vehicle with more than 200 parts made of composite materials. SAMPE Seattle 2017 will be held in Seattle, Wash., USA. Expected attendance is more than 4300 and the exhibition will feature more than 250 companies in the advanced materials industry. Click here for more information on SAMPE Seattle 2017. Posted April 24, 2017

Request for Proposals to Host 12th International Conference on Geosynthetics. The International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) has announced a Call for Proposals for the 12th International Conference on Geosynthetics (12th ICG) to be held in 2022. All IGS Chapters are being invited to submit a proposal to host or co-host this important event. The deadline for submission of the formal proposal is July 14, 2017. Proposal presentations will be made during the IGS Council meetings at GeoAfrica 2017 on October 8, 2017. The successful proposal will be selected by vote of the IGS council. So, if you are in the geosynthetics industry and would like your region to be the host of the 2022 international event, now is the time to act. Contact your chapter representative and urge them to submit an application. Posted April 19, 2017

Indian Textile Commissioner Speaks at TECHNOTEX 2017. At the recently concluded TECHNOTEX 2017 in Mumbai, Indian Textile Commissioner Dr. Kavita Gupta remarked there were close to 2,500 manufacturers of various technical textile products in the country. The event attracted 165 exhibitors from 22 countries including pavilions from China and Taiwan. Click here for more information published on the Daily News and Analysis website. Posted April 18, 2017

Record Number of Exhibitors Participating in Techtextil North America for Non-Atlanta Location. A nice achievement for the organizer of Techtextil North America. A record 156 exhibitors for a TTNA located outside of Atlanta are already signed for the exhibition in Chicago, Ill., USA. The annual show alternates between Atlanta (even years) and a different US location (odd years). Historically, the "odd" year show is a smaller event but this year, while it will still be smaller than the 2016 Atlanta show. There is a definite increased interest in show participation due to a steady economy ad more organization partnerships during the event. Check out who is exhibiting by clicking here going to the special section within BeaverLake6 ReportPosted April 17, 2017

Nonwovens Show Achieves Record Attendance and Exhibitor Participation. Organizers of INDEX™17 declared the event one of the most successful ever global nonwovens exhibitions. The show took place April 4-7 in Geneva, Switzerland. A total of 12,758 visitors made their way through the doors of the exhibition center (a rise of over 2% on the 2014 edition). The exhibition featured 666 industry suppliers, service providers, and organizations -- an increase of over 13% INDEX 2014. Exhibitors came from 41 countries, using nearly 24,000 m2 of stand space. Click here to read the press release issued by EDANA, an international trade association for the nonwovens industry. Posted April 7, 2017

German Textile Machinery Manufacturers to Host Conferences in Mexico and US. The VDMA Textile Machinery Association will host B2B forums and technology conferences in Charlotte, N.C., USA, and Mexico City, Mexico, in November 2017. Twenty-three German textile machinery suppliers will participate in the Charlotte event being held November 6 while twenty-nine companies will be participating in the Mexico City event being held November 8-9. Click here to read the VDMA press release and see the list of companies participating. Posted April 6, 2017

Huge Success Reported by Organizers of Geotechnical Frontiers 2017. Over 2100 attendees gathered in Orlando, Fla., USA, for Geotechnical Frontiers 2017, March 12-15. Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 was a combination of the annual Geo-Congress and the biennial Geosynthetics Conference. Geo-Congress is organized by the Geo-Institute, a specialty division with the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Geosynthetics Conference is organized by the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI). The combined 2017 event was supported by IGS North America, under the auspices of the International Geosynthetics Society. What all this means is that the event was well-supported by the active organizations in North America promoting the applications and advancements of geosynthetics. Besides an extensive series of 362 presentations, Geotechnical Frontiers featured a trade show of 193 exhibitors. Posted March 31, 2017

Spring SYFA Conference Registration is Open. Registration is now open for the Synthetic Yarn and Fabric Association (SYFA) 2017 Spring Conference. The annual event is being held April 27 - 28, 2017, in Charlotte, N.C., USA. Featured speakers include David Adkins, Director of the Americas for Lenzing Fibers Inc., Alasdair Carmichael, Director- America of PCI Wood Mackenzie, and Elena Egorova, Environmental Metrics Analyst for Patagonia. Click here for registration information and the complete list of speakers. Posted March 27, 2017

US Military Conference to Focus on Advanced Textiles. The Defense Strategies Institute has announced a focus of the upcoming Future Warfighter Symposium will be advanced fabrics. The symposium is taking place in Alexandria, Va., USA, April 25-26, 2017. Topics include materials to aid in clothing efficiency -- heat / cold, weather, wicking and waterproofing -- and next generation research in personal protective equipment / exoskelteons including malleable fabric "exosuits" and liquid armor and buoyant armor. Click here to visit the organizer's website for a list of speakers. Posted March 22, 2017

More than 30 French Textile Machinery Manufacturers Participating In Techtextil. Per the latest press release issued by UCMTF, the French textile machinery association, the organization will have more than 30 of its members in the exhibition area at the Techtextil show taking place in Frankfurt, May 9-12, 2017. Bruno Amerline, the UCMTF president, stated the machinery makers focus primarily on niche markets in the technical textile industry. Posted March 21, 2017 

JEC World Shatters Previous Attendance Record. JEC World 2017, closed March 16 with a record 40,607 visitors, including attendance from 113 countries. JEC World 2017, organized by the JEC Group, is an annual event for the composite industry held in Paris. The number of visitors in 2017 was an increase of more than 10% over 2016, the previous record event. This year the event placed a special focus on 4 end-markets for composites -- automotive, aerospace, better living and building. Posted March 17, 2017

OUTLOOK™ Plus Latin America 2017 Keeps Its Promises. The two global nonwoven trade associations, EDANA and INDA, closed the second edition of OUTLOOK™ Plus Latin America conference in São Paulo, Brazil with more than 270 participants for the seminars and 25 suppliers taking part in a tabletop exhibition. The event focused on the personal hygiene, infection prevention, and healthcare markets for nonwovens. Click here to read the organizers' press release on the outcome of the event. Posted March 17, 2017

INDA Announces Finalists for 2017 World of Wipes Innovation Award®. Competition for the 2017 World of Wipes Innovation Award has been narrowed to three finalists and the visitors at the World of Wipes® International Conference (WOW) will have key deciding votes in the selection of the winner. The event is being held June 12-15, 2017 in Nashville, Tenn., USA. The three finalists are Berry Plastics' Chicopee® Microfiber Floor Care System, Elsner Engineering's Glueless Tail Tie for rolled wipes, and Kimberly-Clark Corporation's Huggies® Natural Care Extra Sensitive Baby Wipes. INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, is the organizer of WOW. Click here for more information on the products of the finalists. Posted March 15, 2017

ITMA Highlights Innovation for Its Second Barcelona Edition. ITMA, the giant textile machineryand garment technology showcase, will continue its focus on innovation for its upcoming 2019 edition in Barcelona, Spain. The main theme of the show will be "Innovating the World of Textiles." Online exhibition space application will open May 4, 2017. ITMA 2019 is expected to feature over 1500 exhibitors from 45 countries. The show is being held June 20-26, 2019. Click here for addition information about reserving exhibition space as well as general information about ITMA 2019. Posted March 15, 2017

Techtextil North America Releases Preliminary List of Exhibitors. With almost 4 months until it takes place, the 2017 Techtextil North America is on track to be the organizer's largest technical textile show held outside of Atlanta. This year the show is being held June 20-24 in Chicago, Ill., USA, and has already attracted 114 exhibitors. The show and conference is being co-located with The Future of Composites in Construction event organized by JEC, the composite industry association. Click here to view the lsit of exhibitors at our special Techtextil North America section on the website. Posted March 1, 2017

Pakistan Organizing Trade Show Visit. According to Pakistan's The Express Tribune website, the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) is organizing a delegation to Techtextil Frankfurt from May 9 to 11, 2017. TDAP is providing 50% subsidy of the return economy airfare on the shortest route to and from the destination of the delegation and $100 per day per delegate for the approved duration. Huqas Corporation, Master Textile Mills, Sapphire Finishing Mills and Mahroz Textile Mills are participating from Pakistan. Posted February 20, 2017

Outdoor Retailer Shows to Relocate from Salt Lake City. In a stunning announcement the organizer of the Outdoor Retailer shows released a statement on February 16 saying that the events will be leaving Salt Lake City, Utah, USA "as soon as possible" because of differing opinion with the state government on the use of public lands. The shows are contractually committed to Salt Lake City through Summer 2018. Emerald Expositions, the show owner, said there were 4 issues they wanted resolved with state officials including the end of legal efforts by the state that would facilitate the sale or transfer of federal lands to the state. The show, which has close ties with the Outdoor Retailer Association, is historically held twice a year -- Winter and Summer editions -- although in 2018 there were 3 scheduled as the organzier was realligning the times of the show during the year. The combined attendance is around 40,000 visitors a year. Click here to read an article on The Salt Lake City Tribune website. Posted February 17, 2017

Texprocess Americas Wins Award Two Editions in a Row. You can always tell when a trade show hits the sweet spot in success with its targeted audience. Trade Show Executive magazine has again recognized Texprocess Americas as one of the 50 fastest growing exhibitions in the US, naming it in 2 categories as one of its "Fastest 50" shows. The textile equipment and processes show was named in the catergories of net square feet of paid exhibit space and the number of attendees. Texprocess also was named in these same categories in the 2014. The biennial show is co-produced by Messe Frankfurt North America and Sewn Products Equipment Suppliers of the Americas (SPESA). Texprocess Americas 2018 will be taking place in Atlanta, Ga., USA, May 22-24, 2018. Click here to read a press release on the 2016 awards. Posted February 15, 2017

JEC Event to Feature Noted Architect as Keynote Speaker. The JEC Group, has announced Architect Mark Goulthorpe, an associate professor at the MIT Department of Architecture, as the keynote speaker for its The Future of Composites in Construction. The event (formerly JEC Americas) will take place June 20-22, 2017, in Chicago, Ill., USA. It is being co-located with the Techtextil North America 2017 show also taking place at that time and location. Click here for more information. Posted February 9, 2017

Final Program Announced for Latin American Nonnwoven Conference. The final program has been announced for Outlook Plus Latin America 2017. The two global nonwoven trade associations, EDANA and INDA, are co-organizing the event that is taking place in Sao Paulo, Brazil, March 7-9. The program will examine the latest Latin American developments in the nonwoven personal care, absorbent hygiene and nonwoven medical products industry. The event will include a tabletop display exhibition. Click here to go to the INDA website to read the entire press release and see the speakers and topic lists. Posted February 1, 2017

SHOT Show Attracts 2nd Most Attendance. More than 65,500 visitors attended the 2017 SHOT (Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor) Show, held January 17-20, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nev., USA. The show has become one of the premier trade shows for fabricators displaying outdoor hunting and shooting-related gear using technical textiles. The 2018 show will be held January 23-26, 2018, again in Las Vegas. Click here for more information. Posted January 25, 2017

Outdoor Retailer Holding 3 Shows in 2018. Responding to a changing global industry, the organizer of the huge biennial Outdoor Retailer (OR) shows is shifting the timing of the Winter Market show from its usual January timing. The shift starts in 2018 with the OR Winter Market show January 9-11, the Summer Market show June 11-14, and then the new Winter market show November 12-15. The just-completed 2017 OR Winter Market attracted an estimated 20,000 visitors. Posted January 23, 2017

Poster Program Now Accepting Applications for Techtextil North America. The 2017 edition of Techtextil North America is now accepting abstracts for the Graduate Student Poster Program that is being held at the show in Chicago, Ill., USA, June 20-22, 2017. Graduate students have a chance to show off the fruits of their research directly to individuals who would be impacted most. Abstract deadline is March 15, 2017. Click here to apply for participation. Posted January 23, 2017

Registration Open for EXPO HIGHTEX. Registration is now open for those planning to attend EXPO HIGHTEX 2017, the Canadian technical textile conference and exhibition. The event, taking place April 4-5, 2017 in Montreal, Que., will explore the impact of new textile technologies on the climate and how our various sectors of activity can create cutting-edge solutions to help in the fight against the greatest challenge facing the world today. Conference session topics include climate-proof technical clothing, the US/worldwide uniform markets and a panel discussion on international economic & trade development. Click here to visit the event's website. Posted January 26, 2017

Registration Opens for Asia Pacific Business Outlook Conference. As one who attended a few years ago, I must say APBO -- Asia Pacific Business Outlook -- is one of the best conferences I have ever attended to learn about export potential for US businesses. Organized by the US Department of Commerce and the USC Marshall School of Business, APBO features presentation after presentation of about 30 minutes in length by the Department orf Commerce's Senior Commercial Officer or other in-country experts. This year's speakers include Sarah Kemp, the long-time Senior Commercial Officer in China. The conference will be held March 27-28, 2017. Click here to visit the APBO 2017 website for the schedule and registration information. Posted January 13, 2017

IFAI Expo 2017 Issues Call for Presentations. Are you interested in more than attending the IFAI Expo 2017 in New Orleans, La., USA? The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), organizer of the event, is looking for presentation topic ideas and interested speakers. IFAI Expo 2017 will be held September 26-29, 2017. Topics include advanced textiles, shade & weather protection, business, and specialty fabrics. IFAI is also looking for facility tour hosts in the region. Click here to find out more. Submissions are due February 5. Posted December 21, 2016

Composites Conference Issues Last Call for Abstracts. The JEC Group, the oganizer of The Future of Composites in Construction (Formerly JEC Americas) is issuing a last call for conference abstracts. In rebranding the event, JEC is focusing on end-users of composites in the construction industry.Click here for more information about submitting an abstract. Posted December 20, 2016

Techtextil North America's Registration Opens. It's never too early to plan ahead for the "must attend" events you'll be at in 2017. Registration for the 14th edition of Techtextil North America (TTNA) has begun. The show will be held June 20-22, 2017 in Chicago, Ill., USA. The Future of Composites in Construction, powered by JEC Group (previously JEC Americas) is once again co-located with TTNA. Early registration can result in significant savings on visitor fees for both the conference sessions and the trade show. One of the new programs at TTNA is called Tech Talks, hosted by The Nonwoven Institute, which will take place on the exhibition show floor each day on topics such as geosynthetics and filtration. Click here to read the press release by TTNA. Posted December 12, 2016

Plenary Speakers Announced for Geosynthetics Event. The Organizing Committee for Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 has announced the 5 plenary speakers for the conference taking place March 12-15, 2017, in Orlando, Fla., USA. The speakers are: Mercer Lecture -- Jorge Zornberg, the University of Texas; H. Bolton Seed Lecture -- D. Vaughan Griffiths, Colorado School of Mines; Ralph B. Peck Medal Lecture -- Ning Lu, Colorado School of Mines; Robert M. Koerner Award and Lecture -- George Koerner, Geosynthetics Institute; and, Karl Terzaghi Lecture -- R. Kerry Rowe, GeoEngineering Centre at Queens's - RMC. Click here for more event information. Posted December 12, 2016

International Technical Textile Conference Set for Taiwan. Leaders within the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers will be featured speakers at the 2017 International Technical Textiles Symposium. The conference is taking place March 22-23, 2017, in Taipai, Taiwan. The theme of the event this time is " Smart Textile and Circular Economy." The event is organized by the Taiwan Textile Research Institute. Posted November 29, 2016

Call for Abstracts Issued for Geosynthetics Conference. The Organizing Committee of the 11th International Conference on Geosynthetics (11ICG) has issued an invitation for those in the geosynthetics community to submit abstracts for presentation. The 11CG will be held in Seoul, South Korea, September 16-21, 2018. The 11ICG is being organized by the Korean Geosynthetics Society and held under the auspices of the International Geosynthetics Society. Click here for more information. Posted November 28, 2016

Filtration 2016 Held in Philadelphia. Over 1,300 filter media and component suppliers, customers, consultants and academics met with more than 130 exhibitors at the Filtration 2016 International Conference and Exhibition in Philadelphia, Penn., USA. Organized by INDA, the Association of the Nonwovens Industry, this was the annual event's 25th anniversary and focused on the theme "Pure Solutions" Next year's event will take place in Chicago, Ill., USA, October 10-12. Click here more information about Filtration 2016. Posted November 17, 2016

Deadline Nears to Enter Future Textile Awards Competition. The deadline for entering the Future Textile Awards competition is November 30, 2016. The awards program (formerly known as Future Materials Awards) began in 2014. It is sponsored by World Textile Information Network (WTiN), the publisher of Future Textiles (formerly Future Materials) magazine, and is focused on the products used in the technical textiles industry. This year there are 20 categories including best product in market segments such as protective, packaging and geotextiles. Finalists will be announced March 15, 2017 and winners announced in Frankfurt, Germany on May 10, 2017. Click here to visit the competition's website. Posted November 16, 2016

JEC Asia Moving to Korea in 2017. At the Opening Ceremony for JEC Asia 2016 in Singapore today, JEC President and CEO Frédérique Mutel announced the change of the event's location in 2017 to Seoul, Republic of Korea. Singapore has been the home of JEC Asia since it began in 2008. JEC Asia 2017 will take place November 1-3, 2017. Click here to read the organization's press release on the change. Posted November 15, 2016

JEC World Free Show Passes Deadline Approaches. Are you thinking of going to JEC World 2017 in Paris that is place March 14-16, 2017? Deadline to apply for free 3-day show passes is November 30. Click here to go to the the JEC World registration site. Posted November 11, 2016

Last Minute Change for Indian Geosynthetics Conference. Due to last minute logistics constraints, the venue for the 6th Asian Regional Conference on Geosynthetics has been shifted from Manekshaw Centre to the Leela Ambience Convention Hotel in Delhi. The event also has appeared to have shifted by starting one day earlier than previously posted. It is now taking place November 7-10, 2016. Click here for more information. Posted November 5, 2016

IFAI Japan Announces Date of New Product Showcase. The annual winter meeting IFAI Japan, a country sector of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), will be taking place January 24, 2017, in Osaka, Japan. It is called New Product Showcase because it allows non-Japanese companies to introduce their products. The organization is looking for company presentations of about 45 minutes in length. Click here to contact Ms. Kikuko Tagawa, IFAI Japan's Executive Director, for more information. Posted October 23, 2016

SGIA Expo Attracts More Than 24,000. Final results aren't in yet but it appears the SGIA Expo 2016 held September 14-16 in Las Vegas, Nev., USA, attracted a strong audience visiting the largest trade floor in the history of the show. Organized by the Specialty Graphics Imaging Association (SGIA), the exhibition floor featured a sold-out 562 exhibitors. During the show, Rich Thompson, Ad Graphics, Pompano Beach, Fla., USA, took over as SGIA Chairman of the Board for 2016-2017. Click here to read more about the 2016 event. Posted October 6, 2016

SYFA Meets in Charlotte, Announces Name Change. More than a hundred textile industry leaders gathered in Charlotte, N.C., USA, last week for the SYFA 2016 Fall Conference organized by the Synthetic Yarn and Fiber Association. The conference theme was Diverse Elements of the U.S. Textile Supply Chain...Leaders in Action  Living up to the theme, presentations included the outlook on energy prices, a progress report on the development of the new Revolutionary Fibers and Textiles Manufacturing Innovation Institute, the US economic outlook, and the transformation of the automotive textile industry needs. During the meeting, SYFA President Roger Crossfield  announced the organization would undergo a slight name change to the Synthetic Yarn and Fabric Association which would still the use of of the well-known "SYFA" acronym. Posted October 5, 2016.

Associations Organize Digital Textile Printing Conference. AATCC, the Association of Textile, Apparel & Matrials Professionals, and the Specialty Graphics Imaging Association (SGIA) are partnering to offer the conference Digital Textile Printing: The Future is Now. The event will be held December 6-7, 2016 in Durham, N.C., USA. The program will feature 18 digital textile processing presentation on topics such as ink technology and surface imaging. Click here to find out more information. Posted October 5, 2016.

Geosynthetics Trade Association Sets Date for Lobbying in Washington. The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) has set December 1, 2016  for its members' annual Fall Lobby Day. Industry companies are urged to send representatives to Washington, D.C., to help the association meet with government-elected officials to promote awareness of the applications of geosynthetics in efforts such as government-funded infrastructure projects and inclusion of geosynthetic terminology in environmental regulations. GMA is a division of Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI). Click here to find out more about the Fall Lobby Day schedule. Posted September 25, 2016

AATCC to Host Introduction to Textile Testing Workshop. AATCC's Introduction to Textile Testing Workshop will be held November 16-17 at Research Triangle Park, N.C., USA. The workshop includes a review of AATCC and ASTM textile testing methods for better testing and approval decisions, and more accurate, reproducible results. AATCC is the Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals. Click here to find out more information on the workshop. Posted September 24, 2016

SYFA Fall Conference Speaker Line-Up. The Synthetic Yarn & Fabric Association has a great line-up of speakers at its SYFA Fall Conference in Charlotte, N.C., USA, next week. Many of the topics relate to issues facing the technical textiles industry including Carole Winterhalter, Textile Technologist at US Army Natick Soldier Research, giving an update on the newly organized Revolutionary Fibers and Textiles Manufacturing Innovation Institute.  Click here to review the schedule and register. Posted September 23, 2016

Pakistan University Organizing National Conference on Technical Textiles. National Textile University (NTU) Faisalabad is organizing the Pakistan's first ever national conference on technical textiles. The event will take place September 26-27, 2016 at NTU in Faisalabad. Already more than 150 technical directors and general managers in the textile industry have confirmed their participation. Click here to read the FTU announcement. Posted September 20, 2016

Participation Strong for Experience Composites. JEC, one of the organizers of the new Experience Composites conference, has released a list of more than 200 companies participating in the event. Experience Composites is scheduled for September 21-23, 2016, in Augsburg, Bavaria, Germany. Click here to review the list of participating companies. Posted September 19, 2016

International Geosynthetics Conference Issues Call for Abstracts. The Organizing Committee of the 11th International Conference on Geosynthetics (11ICG) has issued a call to members of the industry, academia and government to submit abstracts. The 11ICG is being held September 16-21, 2018 in Seoul, Korea. The abstract submission deadline is December 30, 2016. Click here to go to the event's home page. Posted September 1, 2016

French Textile Machinery Manufacturers Exhibiting at ITMA Asia + CITME. Seven companies belonging to the French Association of Textile Machinery Manufacturers (UCMTF) will be exhibiting at ITMA Asia + CITME, October 21-25, 2016 in Shanghai. The companies are NSC Fiber to Yarn, Laroche, Fil Control, AESA Air Engineering, Superba, Dollfus & Muller, and Trelleborg. Posted August 27, 2016

8 US Companies Displaying Products at the Norwegian Gas and Energy Event. The US Department of Commerce’s Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA) will have sample books available from 8 US manufacturers of protective textiles and apparel in the OTEXA booth during the upcoming Offshore Northern Seas 2016. The biennial show for the oil, gas and chemical industries is being held August 29-September 1, in Stavanger, Norway. Those OTEXA booth participating companies are American Cord & Webbing; Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina; Fortress Clothing; Glen Raven Technical Fabrics, LLC; Kappler, Inc.; LaCrosse Footwear, Inc.; London Fall Protection; McRae Footwear; and, Precision Fabrics Group, Inc. Click here to read the latest press release about the OTEXA promotion at the event. Posted August 27, 2016

Potential Huge for Technical Textiles in India. Speaking at the two-day conference "Industrial Textiles -- Products, Applications and Prospects," Sanjay Chatrath, president and chief executive officer of Tire Cord and Polyester Yarn, SRF Limited, said Asia Pacific is the largest market for technical textiles, accounting for more than 40% of the global use. India's technical textiles industry is growing at 20% annually; however, currenrly per capita consumption of technical textiles in the country is only 1.7 kg compared to 10-12 kg in developed countries, making the potential huge. The conference was held at PSG College of Technology in Coimbatore, India and August 26. Click here to read the article reporting on the event. Posted August 27, 2016

SYFA Fall Conference Taking Shape. The organizer of the Synthetic Yarn & Fiber Association 2016 Fall Conference has announced speakers from the following companies will be giving presentations: Eastman Chemical Company; Pure Renewables Port Arthur LLC; Sage Automotive Interiors; Vanguard Furniture; PCI Wood Mackenzie; US Natick Research Development & Engineering Center; Texican Natural Gas Company; and, Kennesaw State University Econometric Center. The conference is taking place September 29-30, 2016 in Charlotte, N.C., USA. Click here for registration information. Posted August 24, 2016

IFAI Expo Schedules Informal Industry Education Discussions During Show. The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has announced a series of show floor education sessions for its IFAI Expo event taking place October 18-21, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C., USA. They are called "Campfire" sessions. Topics include "Filtration from Textile and Nonwovens", "Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Trade Update", "What is needed to Enter the Government Market", and "Cyber Security." Altogether more than 22 of these "Campfire" talks have been organized. Click here to go to the IFAI Expo website. Posted August 24, 2016

Medical Textile Suppliers Target Cinte Techtextil China. October’s Cinte Techtextil China is shaping up to be one of the most diverse yet as more of the country and region pavilions are being organized, with each one featuring a range of exhibitors from different product groups and application areas. The fair boasts pavilions from Belgium, Germany, Italy, South Korea and Taiwan, as well as a just-confirmed Russian Zone, joined by the European Zone and a number of regional Chinese pavilions. One of the key target markets will be nonwoven medical textiles. The show organizers report in a press statement just released that Chinese producers are responding not only to strong global consumption, but also rapid domestic growth in this sector. Demand in China for medical textiles products is expected to be 323,000 tons in 2016 and reaching 424,600 tons in 2019. Cinte Techtextil China is taking place October 12-14 in Shanghai. Click here to read the press release. Posted August 10, 2016

New Composites Symposium and Conferences Names Speakers. The new Experience Composites event is featuring 32 educational tracks plus a special symposium program for the automotive & transport industry. Speakers at the symposium include Heinrich Timm (Member of the CCeV board); Virginia Bozsak (Technical Manager Composites, Arkema); David de Vries (Lead Engineer, Code Product Solutions); M. Eng., Stefan Herrmann (Team bodywork: lightweight design, csi entwicklungstechnik GmbH); Dipl-Wirt.-Ing. Reni Hofmann (Research associate - doctoral candidate, BMW group); Dipl. Ing. Hans Lochner (Head of technological development & prototype construction, KTM Technologies GmbH; and Dr. Andreas Erber (Director Lightweight and Application Center; SGL Group). More than 200 companies from 15 countries are expected to participate. Experience Composites is being co-organized by the JEC Group, Messe Augsburg and Carbon Composites. It is taking place September 21-23, 2016, in Augsburg, Germany. Click here for more information. Posted August 3, 2016

Call for Papers for 2017 NETInc Conference. TAPPI has issued a call for papers for the 2017 NETInc Conference being held April 23-26, 2017 in Minneapolis, Minn., USA. NETInc is being co-located with the TAPPI Papercon show. The NETInc program committee is seeking abstracts for a number of different areas including innovations with synthetic and conductive fibers, nanofibers, nonwovens and technical textiles. Abstract submission deadline is October 19, 2016. Click here for more information. Posted July 29, 2016

ASTM Holds Smart Textiles Workshop and Organizes a Subcommittee. ASTM International held its Smart Textiles Workshop June 26 in Chicago, Ill., USA. The workshop was followed the next day by the first D13.50 Smart Textiles Subcommittee meeting. According to Jennifer Rodgers, ASTM's Director of Technical Committee Operations, the workshop had 92 attendees with 8 presenters. At the subcommittee meeting, 3 task groups were formed to investigate standardization activities in ASTM related to : 1) Terminology for Smart Textiles; 2) Data Security of Smart Textiles; and 3)  Market Research for Standardization of Smart Textiles. Click here to contact Ms. Rodgers if you are interested in participating in the D13.50 subcommittee. Posted July 29, 2016

Deadline Approaches for Attending Membership Day of New Advanced Functional Fabrics Organization. The inaugural membership meeting of the Advanced Functional Fabric of America (AFFOA) will be taking place July 28-29, 2016 at MIT in Cambridge, Mass., USA. Deadline for registration is July 25. AFFOA is the lead organization charged with managing the new Revolutionary Fibers and Textiles Manufacturing Innovation Institute, a public-private consortium established by the US government. Click here to go to the AAFOA website to learn more about the meeting and to register. Posted July 24, 2016

European Zone Established on Show Floor at Cinte Techtextil China. A European Zone has been established on the show floor for the Cinte Techtextil China trade show that is taking place October 12-14, 2016 in Shanghai, China. The zone will feature more than 50 European exhibitors plus three country pavilions -- Italy, Germany and Belgium. Altogether, Cinte Techtextil China will have more than 500 exhibitors. Click here to read more about the European participation in the event. Posted July 20, 2016

Absorbent Hygience and Personal Care Market Event Draws Over 525 Participants. The absorbent hygiene and personal care markets gave strong and enthusiastic support to INDA’s 2nd annual HYGIENIX™ Conference. The event, held October 24-27 in Orlando, Fla., USA, drew over 525 leading professionals from around the globe and across the supply chain. The conference featured some of the world’s most notable thought leaders and innovators from organizations that are revolutionizing the absorbent hygiene and personal care industry. The Keynote presentation was delivered by Bruce Lavash, Research Fellow, The Procter & Gamble Company, focusing on consumer research insights and adventures. The event also featured a table top exhibition of 54 companies. The next HYGIENIX will be held Nivember 6-9, 2017, in Austin, Texas, USA. Click here to read INDA's press release on the event. Posted November 5, 2016

Combined Show Attracts Strong Interest with Large Shwcase of Latest Technology for the Textile Machinery Industry. ITMSA Asia + CITME 2016 featured the largest showcase in the series since its launch in 2008. Held October 21-25, 2017, in Shanghai, China, the textile machinery exhibition had over 100,000 visitors from 102 countries and regions. The number of exhibitors totaled 1673 from 28 countries and regions, covering over 170,000 square meters of gross exhibiton space. The next combined show will be held in Shanghai from October 26-30, 2018. Posted November 3, 2016

New Records as Future Looks Bright in Asian Technical Textiles and Nonwovens Market. A record 13,085 visits were recorded in this edition of the Cinte Techtextil China show (compared to 12,496 in 2014), held October 12-14, 2016, in Shanghai, China. There were also a record 480 exhibitors from 26 countries and regions. Click here to read the organizers' final report including observations from exhibitors. Posted November 1, 2016

IFAI Expo 2016 Draws Near-Record Attendance.  According to the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), the show organizer, the IFAI Expo 2016, held October 18-21, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C., USA, attracted 5,023 participants. A press release reported the attendance was second only to the 2012 show in Boston, Mass., USA. The show floor featured 414 exhibitors. Click here to read the IFAI press release issued October 30 on the results of the event. Posted November 1, 2016

GeoCharlotte 2016 Announced for Charlotte. In what looks like a preview of the Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 conference and trade show, the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), through its Geosynthetics Materials Association (GMA), is organizing an event called GeoCharlotte 2016. It will take place October 20, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C., USA, during the IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo 2016. The one-day geosynthetics event will feature 7 presentations and a table-top exhibition. It is not clear from the announcement if the Geo-Institute, part of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and co-partner in Geotechnical Frontiers, is involved in GeoCharlotte 2016. Geotechnical Frontiers will be held March 12-15, 2017 in Orlando, Fla., USA. Click here to see the announcement. Posted July 10, 2016

Filtration Industry Growth to be Celebrated at 25th Annual Filtration Event. INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, will celebrate the strength and growth of the filtration market at its 25th anniversary edition of the Filtration International Conference & Exposition in Philadelphia, Penn., USA, November 8-10. It was started as a small conference in a hotel setting in 1991 by INDA, then in collaboration with the American Filtration & Separations Society. Filtration 2016. Attendees will toast the 25th anniversary milestone at the industry reception November 9 on the show floor. Click here to read the INDA press release about the celebration. Posted July 6, 2016

EuroGeo6 Relocated to Slovenia. In a letter today to IGS members, Dr. Russell Jones, president of the International Geosynthetics Society IGS), said the organizers of 6th European Geosynthetics Congress (EuroGeo6) have moved quickly and announced that they have managed to relocate the conference to Ljubljana, Slovenia, keeping the same conference dates. Posted July 5, 2016

EuroGeo6 to Relocate After Terrorists Attack of Istanbul Airport. The local organizing committee for the 6th European Geosynthetics Congress (EuroGeo6) has made the decision to relocate the event scheduled for September 25-28, 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey. The move was made because of increasing foreign visitor concerns over safety after the recent terrorist attack on the international terminal at the Istanbul airport. In a letter posted on the event's website, Prof. Dr. Erol Guler, Chairman of Turkish IGS Chapter and EuroGeo6, announced the Organizing Committee will work with the International Geosynthetics Society to keep the same dates but relocate EuroGeo6 to another country. The conference is held once every four years. Click here to go the EuroGeo6 website to read the entire letter. Posted June 30, 2016

ITMA ASIA + CITME 2016 Online Registration Open. Are you attending the largest textile machinery show in Asia? Online registration is now open for ITMA ASIA + CITME 2016. You can save 40% off the onsite registration fee by ordering now. This is the 5th edition of the event and is expected to attract more than 100,000 visitors. The show is taking place October 21-25, 2016 in Shanghai, China. Click here to purchase badges online. Posted June 27, 2016

AATCC Announces Flammability Symposium. AATCC, the Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals, has announced it is organizing a flammability symposium called Shining a Light on Flammability in Textile Applications. The event will be held September 21-22, in Cary, N.C., USA. The symposium will have 20 presentations covering materials used in personal protection including the military and commercial markets, as well as topics such as the differences between "inherent" fiber and "topical" treatments. Click here to find more information. Posted June 23, 2016

London Textile Show Organized for October 2016 Will Include Technical Textiles. The next edition of Texfusion will be at the London World Textile Fair October 19-20. Texfusion will have a hall dedicated to technical fabrics including functional active wear, and sportswear textiles. This will be the third edition of Texfusion. The organizer expects about 100 exhibitors. Click here to go to the Texfusion website to learn more about the event. Posted June 22, 2016

Registration Now Open for OUTLOOK Plus Latin America. Registration for the second OUTLOOK™ Plus Latin America Conference is now open. The event, taking place March 7-9, 2017 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. is focused on the hygiene, personal care, and medical nonwovens market segments in Latin America. The organizers are EDANA and INDA, the two major industry nonwovens associations. Last year's inaugural event in Brazil attracted more than 250 visitors. Watch for more information on the INDA and EDANA websites. Posted June 22, 2016

Mexican Wide-Format Print Show Sold Out. The organizer of FESPA Mexico 2016 has announced exhibition floor space for the wide-format and digital printing show taking place August 18-20, 2016 in Mexico City, Mexico, is now sold out. The show's website lists 85 exhibitors. FESPA Mexico is organized by the Federation of European Screen Printing Associations (FESPA). This is the 9th edition of FESPA Mexico. The 2015 show in Mexico drew more than 9,000 visitors. Click here to go to the event's website. Posted June 21, 2016

Nonwoven Conference Issues a Final Call for Papers. A final call for papers has been issued by the organizers of the Third International Conference on Nonwovens for High-Performance Applications. The conference is taking place March 7-8, 2017 in Prague, Czech Republic. Topic areas for abstracts include smart fabrics, substrates for digital printing and signage, and nonwoven applications used in storage and generation of energy. Submissions should be made by email to Nick Butler, Conference Committee, no later than June 30, 2016. Mr. Butler's email address is Click here to view the event's website. Posted June 21, 2016

OUTLOOK™ Madrid 2016 Program Launched. EDANA, the international association representing the nonwovens and related industries, has announced the program of speakers and topics for the 15th anniversary edition of OUTLOOK™, a nonwovens personal care and hygiene products conference. The event will take place September 21-23, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. The program will start with a keynote speech by Geoffrey West from the Santa Fe Institute followed by keynotes from Robert Glaze, the Brenva Institute, and Markus Hengstschläger of the Institute of Medical Genetics of the Medical University of Vienna on the second day. Click here to go to the Outlook Madrid website. Posted May 26, 2016

JEC Develops New Composites Show Called "Experience Composites 2016 -- powered by JEC Group."  A new biennial composites show organized by the JEC Group is set to debut September 21-23, 2016 in  Augsburg, Bavaria, Germany. The Experience Composites 2016 - powered by JEC Group event is a collaborative project between Messe Augsburg, Carbon Composites e.V. and JEC Group. It is exploring new fiber materials and lightweight construction and will display composite fiber innovations and projects for mechanical and plant engineering in one of six industry display windows. Click here for more information on the event. Posted May 25, 2016

OUTLOOK™ Plus Latin America Returns to Brazil in March 2017. OUTLOOK™ Plus Latin America will return to Brazil for the second edition March 7-9, 2017, with a focus on hygiene, personal care and medical nonwovens. Organized by the two nonwoven associations INDA and EDANA, the event will be held in São Paulo. The three-day conference will examine economic and market statistics, products, and technology intelligence for the hygiene, personal care, and medical market segments. There will also be a table-top exhibition March 7 and 8 for companies showcasing products and services. The first addition was held March 2015 and attracted more than 250 visitors. ABINT, the Brazilian Technical Textiles and Nonwovens Association, is also supporting the event. Click here for more information. Posted May 22, 2016

Final Report for Techtextil North America and Co-Located Events Show Record Attendance. Messe Frankfurt North America, the organizer of both Techtextil North America 2016 and Texprocess Americas shows that took place May 3-5 in Atlanta, report the events, along with the co-located JEC Americas, attracted a record 9,357 visitors. In the final report press release, Dennis Smith, President of Messe Frankfurt North America, felt attendance was particularly strong considering the IDEA nonwovens show was being held over the same dates. You can read the complete press release on the special BeaverLake6 Report Techtextil North America section by clicking here. Posted May 20, 2016 

Texprocess Americas Review. There is a good summary on the Apparel News website of last week's Texprocess Americas show that took place in Atlanta alongside of Techtextil North America and JEC Americas. Veteran industry writer John McCurry wrote the article and provides key insight in interviews with exhibitors on the state of the sewn products industry. Click here to read it. Posted May 13, 2016

Summit on Smart Textiles Has Government Looking to Build Technology Platform for First Responders. At the April Smart Fabrics Summit in Washington, D.C., First Responders Group (FRG) Director Daniel Cotter said the use of smart fabrics as a technology platform is something "FRG can build off of." The Summit took place April 11, co-organized by the US Department of Commerce and the Industrial Fabrics Association International IFAI). FRG is part of the Science & Technology Directorate of the US Department of Homeland Security. According to Director Cotter, the results of research and development in smart textiles should introduce at least proto-types of smart textile apparel protection in the next two or three years. Click here to read more about the area of smart textiles from the Department of Homeland Security's website. Posted May 11, 2016

IDEA16 Resounding Success with Largest Turnout in its 45-Year History. A last minute location switch to Boston and an accidental date conflict with the Techtextil North America/ Texprocess/JEC Americas shows in Atlanta did not deter those participating at IDEA16 in Boston, Mass., USA. Attracting over 7,000 attendees and 555 exhibitors, IDEA16, held last week, broke all prior exhibitor and visitor records. The number of exhibitors was a 15% increase and the actual floor space increased 25% from the previous event in 2013. During the show, the IDEA16 Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Leo Cancio, advisor at Clopay Plastic Products. INDA, the nonwovens trade association which organizes IDEA, announced the next show will be held March 26-28, 2019, in Miami Beach, Fla., USA. Read more about what happened at IDEA16 by clicking here and going to the special show page on the BeaverLake6 Report website. Posted May 11, 2016

Geosynthetic Experts to Headline New Lecture Series at Regional Conferences. A new lecture series has been accepted by the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) to be delivered at each Regional European Geosynthetics Conference. The lecture series has been named as L.M.N.S. lecture after E. Leflaive (Chairman, France), A. McGown (United Kingdom), J. Nieuwenhuis (Netherlands) and M. Sotton (France) who were the four members of the organizing committee of the first International Conference of Geosynthetics which took place in Paris, France, in April 1977. The first lecture will be given by Dr. Daniele Cazzuffi. His presention is titled "Evolution in Design of Geotextile Filters" and will be given at the 6th European Geosynthetics Conference during the September 25-28, 2016, in Instanbul, Turkey. Click here for more information about the speakers at the conference. Posted May 11, 2016

JEC Group Issues Wrap-Up Report on JEC Americas, Announces New Office in US and More Events. Fresh off its successful JEC Americas Show and Conferences last week, the JEC Group has announced the opening of a new office in Atlanta, Ga., USA. The office should be busy as JEC plans three major US composites events in the next 14 months. JEC Events in Composites Innovation & Technology will be held in Knoxville, Tenn., USA, on October 13-14, 2016, in partnership with Oak Ridge National Center. The forum will address challenges, current trends and innovations in the automotive industry. The 2nd Cyclitech conference is dedicated to composites in bicycles. It's being co-organized with the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), and will take place in Newport Beach, Calif., USA, December 6-7, 2016. The JEC Americas 2017 will be co-located with the Techtextil North America show, June 22-24, in Chicago, Ill., USA. Click here to go to the JEC special web pages on BeaverLake6 Report to read more about the success of JEC Americas Show and Conferences. Posted May 11, 2011 

Italian Textile Machinery Association Plans Promotion in Iran. 26 Italian textile machinery manufacturers will be taking part in the forthcoming Roadshow in Iran. The event is being organized by the Italian Trade Agency and ACIMIT, the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers, and supported by the Italian Ministry of Economic Development. The traveling show will start May 22, hitting a number of major Iranian cities, before ending May 30. Click here for more information. Posted May 9, 2016

New Home Furnishings Trade Show Announced. Progressive Business Media (PBM) and Exposition Development Company, Inc. (EDC) have announced the launch of the Home Furnishings Manufacturing Solutions Expo (HFMSE), a trade show for the supply chain of home furnishings manufacturers, including furniture makers. The show will be held June 7-8, 2017, in Atlanta, Ga., USA. Click here for more information. Posted May 9, 2016

Workshop on Smart Textiles  A Workshop on Smart Textiles will be held June 26, 2016, in Chicago, Ill., USA, in conjunction with the June standards development meetings of ASTM D13 Committee on Textiles. Sponsored by ASTM Committee D13 on Textiles and AATCC (American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists), the workshop's objective is to educate those in the area of smart textiles by providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and to identify new opportunities for standards in this emerging industry segment. Click here for me information. Posted May 9, 2016

New Advanced Functional Fabric Institute Leader to Speak at NDIA/New England Soldier Innovation Day. The featured speaker at Soldier Innovation Day 2016 will be Professor Yoel Fink, director of MIT's Research Laboratory of Electronics. Professor Fink is also the leader of the new Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) Institute. The AFFOA was recently selected to be the lead organization in a consortium of industry, nonprofits, government organizations, universities and research entities participating in the new Revolutionary Fibers and Textiles Manufacturing Innovation Institute. Professor Fink will speak about the vision and strategy for the new institute. Soldier Innovation Day 2016 will be held at the University of Massachusetts, Cambridge, Mass., USA, on May 11. Click here to read more about the event. Posted April 29, 2016

Two Exposition Companies Partner to Produce Next ExpoProducción Mexico. Exposition Development Company, Inc. (ExpoDevCo) and E.J. Krause & Associates have announced they have partnered to produce the 4th edition of ExpoProducción Mexico. The event is being held March 29-31, 2016 in Mexico City, Mexico. E.J. Krause is one of the largest privately held exhibition management companies in the world. ExpDevCo produces expositions and events and organized the first two editions of ExpoProducción in 2013 and 2015. Click here for more information on the 2017 event. Posted April 28, 2016

JEC Announces New Automotive Technology Conference in US. The JEC Group, an international organization promoting the composites industry, has announced the First International Conference on Automotive Technology. After several JEC Forums editions over the last few years, for the first time JEC Forums will dedicate an entire conference on one end-product application -- composites in automotives. The event will be held October 13-14, 2016, in Knoxville, Tenn., USA. The focus will be new developments in automotive manufacturing and materials using composites, with a special emphasis on carbon fiber. There is a call for abstracts with a submission deadline of May 9, 2016. For more information click herePosted April 28, 2016.

Coating and Laminating Conference Takes Place in Prague. There is a very nice summary of the recently held International Conference on Textile Coating and Laminating (TCL2016) on the Innovation in Textiles website today. It is written by long-time industry consultant Bill Smith, who served this year as the conference director, The event, held March 16-17, in Prague, Czech Republic, attracted 130 delegates and speakers from more than 23 countries. The conference is organized by International Newsletters Ltd., a publisher of technical textiles magazines, directories and newsletters. The next conference will take place in October in Atlanta, Ga., USA. Click here to read the article. Posted April 21, 2016

Filtration 2016 to Explore "Pure Need." The filtration market will have a projected $19,1 billion in sales in 2018. End use sales in North Amerca are a robust 4.4%. Evolving markets, changing health requirements, and breathroughs in water filtration are all fueling "Pure Need" in the filtration industry and so this is the theme which will be expored at INDA's Filtration 2016 International Conference & Exposition. The event is being held November 8-10, 2016 in Philadelphia, Penn., USA. Click here for more information. Posted April 11, 2016

Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 Receives Record-Breaking Number of Abstracts. Even while GeoAmericas 2016, the 3rd Pan-Americas Conference on GeosyntheticsGeoAmericas, is taking place this week in Miami Beach, Fla., USA, next year's Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 is busy getting preparing presentations. The event is being organized by The Geo Institute and Industrial Fabrics Association International. A record-breaking 800+ abstracts have been submitted for presentation consideration for 2017. The show and conference will be taking place March 12-15, 2017 in Orlando, Fla., USA. Posted April 11, 2016

SYFA Spring Conference Focuses on "Moving Forward." The theme for the Synthetic Yarn and Fiber Association's Spring Conference is "Textile Materials in Motion...Moving Industry Forward." It will feature a number of end-product industry experts on several industry segments such as the e-textile and automotive markets. James Hayward, technology analyst at IDTechEx will give a presentation "Innovations and Opportunities in Electronic Textiles." Sean McAlinden, Ph.D., vice presdient of Strategic Studies & chief economist at the Center for Automotive Research, will give a presentation on "The Short and LongTerm Forecast for the U.S. and North American Motor Vehicle Market." Altogether, ten speakers over the two-day event will be featurerd. Click here to go to the SYFA event website for a complete schedule. Posted April 9, 2016

JEC Americas Announces Major General Jocelyn M. Seng as Keynote Speaker. The JEC Group, organizer of the JEC Americas 2016, has announced Major General Jocelyn M. Seng will be the 1st day keynote speaker on May 3. Major General Seng's presentation is entitled "Composites Materials Outlook." The JEC Americas 2016 is taking place May 3-5, 2016, in Atlata, Ga., USA. Please click here for more information about her presentation. Posted April 6. 2016 

Firefighter Gear Manufacturer to Speak at Smart Textiles Conference. Globe Manufacturing Company will be giving a presentation April 11 at the Smart Fabrics Summit in Washington, D.C., USA. Globe and its project team partner, Propel, will present its Wearable Advanced Sensors Platform (WASP), a real-time system monitoring of physiology and location designed for firefighters and first responders. The Summit is being organized the US Department of Commerce and the Industrial Fabrics Association International. Posted April 3, 2016

ITMA Asia + CITME Exhibition Nearing Sellout. Organizers of ITMA Asia + CITME have reported thethe textile machinery show is nearing a sellout of exhibit space. The show will be taking place October 21-25, 2016 in Shanghai, China. Over 1,500 exhibitors from 26 countries have reserved space. This will be the 5th combined show between CEMATEX, the organizer of the European ITMA show, and the China Textile Machinery Association (CTMA), the Sub-Council of Textile Industry, CCPIT, and the China Exhibition Centre Group Corporation. Posted March 31, 2016 

Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas Expanding Exhibition Area. Messe Frankfurt Inc., the organizer of the 13th edition of Techtextil North America and the third edition of Texprocess Americasreports exhibitors are up 25% from the co-located 2014 event. Over 500 exhibitors from 33+ countries will be on the show floor of the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga., USA. the shows, also co-located with JEC Americas, are taking place Mary 2-5, 2016. Click here to go to the special web page we have within BeaverLake6 Report for extensive Techtextil North America coverage. Posted March 28, 2016

IDEA16 Early Registration Discount Ends March 31. Procrastination is going to cost you up to $100 if you're planning to go to IDEA16 and haven't yet registered. Early discounted registration ends March 31 for the huge nonwovens show taking place May 2-5, 2016 in Boston, Mass., USA. Click here to go to the IDEA16 registration page. Posted March 28, 2016

Graphics Show Attracts 1200 Seminar Visitors. The 41st Graphics of the Americas (GOA) attracted had over 200 exhibitors. The show organizer also report that 1,200 from more than 100 countries attended the educational programs. The programs were offered in both English and Spanish, appealing to a large number of delegates from Latin America. The event was held in Miami Beach, Fla., USA. It was announced next year's event will be held February 6-8 in Ft. Llauderdale, Fla., USA. Click here to read the report on the 2016 show from the organizers. Posted March 22, 2016

Soldier Innovation Day 2016 Set for May. In the US, the National Defense Industry Association's New England Chapter is hosting a day-long symposium highlighting two new economic development programs -- the Revolutionary Fibers and Textiles Manufacturing Innovation Institute  (RFT-MII) and the Soldier Squad Performance Research Institute (S2PRINT). The session will include speakers from the Natick Soldier Systems Center, Natick Soldier Research Development & Engineering Center, and the US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine. The event will be held May 11, 2016, in Lowell, Mass., USA. Click here for the full schedule and registration information. Posted March 17, 2016 

Huge Success for JEC World in Paris. More than 36,900 professionals in the composites industry visited the 2016 JEC World, according to the show organizer. The show and conference took place at the new Paris Nord Villepinte venue, March 8-10. This year JEC World featured more than 1,300 exhibitors and saw the launch of four "Innovation Plantes", each one addressing a specific end-user  market -- Aero Planet, Auto Planet, Sports Planet and Sustainable Planet. Next year's JEC World will be held March 14-16, 2017. Click here to read the entire post-conference report. Posted March 16, 2016

Japanese Delegation Will Again Participate in the Taiwan Technical Textiles Symposium. The Taiwan Technical Textiles Association (TTTA) will organize the 2016 International Technical Textiles Symposium 10th (ITT 10) on March 23-24, 2016 in Taipei, Taiwan. The theme this year is Textile Industry Productivity 4.0. More than 160 members from the technical textiles industry will participate. The exhibitor area will feature 22 organizations to promote their activities, products and services. The Taiwan Textile Industry office (TIPO) will be organizing 25 business-to-business matching for speakers and participation members in the two days. The symposium has 20 speakers scheduled from 10 countries to cover two days of state-of-the-art technical textile topics. IFAI Japan, an organization affiliated with the Industrial Fabrics Association International, will send a business delegation to the event led by the group's Vice Chairman Toshio Katayama (and Vice President of Daiichi Hanpu Co.) Click here for more information, including the list of speakers, topics, and schedule of events. Posted March 13, 2016

Registration for Techtextil and Texprocess 2017 Has Begun. It seems hard to believe but registration is already open for those planning to attend the 2017 Techtextil or Texprocess in Frankfurt, Germany. This will be the 17th Techtextil and 4th Texprocess. The shows again will run currently, May 9-13, 2017. One of the focal points of Techtextil 2017 will be functional textiles and nonwovens, from smart textiles for sport, medicine or hazard protection. The shows increased from 3 to 4 days in 2015 and will remain 4 days in 2017; however, the shows will now have a Tuesday-Friday sequence rather than the Monday-Thursday sequence as they did in 2015. Click here to read more about the events. Posted March 12, 2016

Deadline Approaching for Reserving Exhibit Space at ITMA Asia + CITME. The 5th edition of ITMA Asia + CITME has reportedly received a huge response form both domestic and international textile machinery manufacturers. The event is taking place October 21-25, 2016 in Shanghai, China. According the organizers, nearly 30% of the exhibitors are new this time. The last ITMA Asia + CITME in 2014 recorded more than 1600 exhibitors from 28 countries and around 100,000 visitors from 102 countries. Very impressive numbers. Applications for exhibit space will close on February 29. Click here for more information. Posted February 19, 2016

INDA Announces Call for Presentations for Hygienix16. INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has announced a Call for Presentations intended for its second Hygienix conference. Hygienix16 will be taking place October 24-26, 2016 in Orlando, Fla., USA. INDA is seeking brief summaries on these topics: materials, product construction, product innovation, packaging, production equipment, test methods and standards, sustainability/life cycle assessment, and marketing. Hygiene encompasses adult incontinence, baby diapers, and feminine hygiene products. Abstract will be due by March 11. Click here to read more about the event and the submission of abstracts. Posted February 18, 2016 

Wearable Technology and Electronic Textiles Workshop Planned. Standards for Wearable Technology & Textile Electronics is a two-day wearable devices workshop being planned for March 8-10 in Raleigh, N.C., USA. The primary goal of the event will be to report on the state of the technology and identify the research needs of academics and industry to develop unified standards and regulatory procedures that are accepted across disciplines. Leaders in standards development and regulatory policies will present on noninvasive wearables design and textile electronics design. The outcomes from this workshop will be reported to various stakeholders in the area of wearable smart devices. The event is organized and led by the Nanosystems Engineering Research Center (NERC) on Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies (ASSIST) through funding from the National Science Foundation. Click here for more information. Posted February 11, 2016

AATCC Announces Program for 2016 International Conference. AATCC, the Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals, has announced Keith Hoover, Vice President of Material Process & Color Innovation at Under Armour, will provide the keynote presentation at the AATCC's 2016 International Conference. The conference will include a pre-event fabric finishing tutorial and a full educational track, plus a poster session and the announcement of the Herman and Myrtle Goldstein Student Paper Competition. The conference will take place April 19-21, 2016 in Williamsburg, Va., USA. Click here to more information at the AATCC website. Posted February 8, 2016

Panel Discusses Antimicrobial Fabrics. The website American Laundry News has a very good primer on the state of using antimicrobial fabrics in the healthcare industry. The posted article summarizes a panel discussion held at the recent Clean Show called Going Hi-Tech: Emerging Textile Technologies. Much like FR materials, there are two types of applications of antimicrobials to textiles -- inherent in the fiber development process and post-treatment applied during the finishing process. One of the panelists, Joe Scully, president of In Textiles LLC of Lake Forest, Ill., USA, an importer of healthcare textiles, noted that the proper antimicrobial technology is the "holy grail" and it has not yet been found. Click here to read the article. Posted February 4, 2016 

Nonwoven RISE® Conference Inspires New Thinking about Engineered Fabrics. INDA's Research, Innovation & Science for Engineered Fabrics (RISE®) took place January 25-28 in New Orleans, La., USA. More than 100 technical professionals participated, representing nonwoven industry experts, scientist and R&D specialists. The RISE® Durable Product Award was presented to Suominen for FibrellaLite, a nonwoven product for absorbent hygiene products. The next RISE conference, will be held January 23-26, 2017 in Sugar Land, Texas, USA. Click here to read the INDA press release with a full report on the event. Posted February 3, 2016

French Textile Machinery Report on ITMA. We are pleased to provide BeaverLake6 Report viewers with a special report written by the French textile machinery association UCMTF on the results of the French exhibitors at the ITMA show in Milan in November. Click here to read the report. Posted January 18, 2016 

INDA's RISE® Conference Announces Final Speaker Lineup. INDA, the nonwoven trade association, has announced the speaker lineup for its Research, Innovation & Science for Engineered Fabrics (RISE®) conference. Speakers will be focused on the following themes: Industry Opportunities and ChallengesMachinery AdvancementsEnergy Economics and Olefin TrendsInnovative Hygiene Technologies; and, Advanced Materials. Click here to go the INDA website and view the speaker lineup. Posted January 7, 2016

14% Increase in Visitors at FESPA China 2015. The third showing of FESPA China saw a marked improvement in attendance. According to a December 21 FESPA press release, the show, held October 21-23 in Shanghai, attracted more than 9,400 visitors and 357 participating exhibitors. 54% of the visitors were involved in textile printing. FESPA is a global federation of 37 national associations for the screen printing, digital printing and textile printing community. Click here to read the organization's press release. Posted December 22, 2015

Register Now for Complimentary Passes to Attend JEC World. If you are planning to attend the 2016 JEC World Composites Show and Conferences, you can save up to €80 by registering before December 31. JEC is offering complimentary passes for this early registration. The show takes place in Paris, March 8-10. Click here to go to the JEC World registration website page. Also, make sure to check out the special section in BeaverLake6 Report that has information on all the JEC shows in 2016 by clicking herePosted December 16, 2015

Three Finalists Announced for RISE® Durable Product Award. Three finalists have been nominated for the prestigious Research, Innovation & Science for Engineered Fabrics Conference (RISE) Durable Product Award that recongizes innovation in new commercial nonwoven durable products. The award will be presented at the RISE conference being held January 25-28 in New Orleans, La., USA. The three products nominated are: Gebecon Needle by Gros-Beckert: Fibrella Lite by Suominen; and, Ultra SCS by ITW Dynatec.  Click here to find out more abou these products in the INDA press release. Posted December 10, 2015

Registration Opens for Techtextil North America. It's not too late to think early.

Registration for the 13th edition of Techtextil North America and the third edition of Texprocess Americas is now open. The 2016 event is scheduled to run May 3-5 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga.. USA. JEC Americas is once again co-located on the same show floor which will result in a dynamic synergy creating the largest technical textiles, nonwovens, textile machinery, composites, sewn products and equipment trade show in the United States. The 2014 three-in-one event hosted 759 exhibitors from 29 countries attracting over 9,000 visitors. Click here to go to the Techtextil North America website. Posted December 9, 2015

Wearable Smart Textiles Conferences Combine and Announce for Boston. Organizers of WEAR Conference 2016 announced the event will take place May 24-26 in Boston, Mass., USA. The 2016 WEAR Conference will be the first year of the merged Smart Fabrics & Wearable Technology conference and Wearable Technology UX. The original conference dates back to 2004. According to the organizers, this "super" event will attract a global delegation of established brands and startups from across the value chain -- retail sports giants, medical device manuafactuers, major fashion brands, consumer electronics companies, raw materials and component-makers, and end-users. Members of the advisory committee come from big players in the fashion, sports and electronics industries including adidias, Microsoft and Indiegogo. Click here to go to the organizer's website. Posted December 7, 2015

The Quantum Group Receives Textile World's 2015 Innovation Award. At a banquet held tonight during the Textile World Innovation Forum, Textile World publisher Jim Borneman honored The Quantum Group and its sister companies as the winner of its 2015 Innovation Award. Accepting the award was Jeff Brunner, founder of The Quantum Group, Colfax, N.C., USA. The company is a supplier of innovative technical fabrics and fibers, developing products along the entire value chain, from additive masterbatches, monofilament and multifilament yarn extrusion, texturing, twisting to knitting, weaving. machinery re-engineering and automation. Other companies within the group include Protextiles, Knitmasters, FibeX and Triad Polymers. Mr. Borneman noted in introducing Mr. Brunner, that The Quantum Group was being recognized for its work in research & development in solving unique industry challenges. Posted December 2, 2015

International Advanced Textiles Conference Being Hold in India. According to the website The Hindu, PSG Institute of Advanced Studies will organize an international conference, ‘AFSIT-2015’, on advancements and prospect of functional, smart and innovative textiles at PSG College of Technology, December 10-12, 2015, in Coimbatore, India. National and international scholars will speak on recent advances in technical textiles, nanotechnology based functional textiles, smart textiles, wearable technology, chemical processing and textile machineries. Posted December 2, 2015

RISE Conference Speaker Names Released. INDA's Research, Innovation & Science for Engineered Fabrics (RISE) conference has announced the program lineup for the 2016 event taking place January 25-28, 2016 in New Orleans, La., USA. Speakers include Alexander A. Koukoulas, Ph.D., President/CEO of Georgia Southern University, Herty Advanced Materials Development Center; Peter Ricchiuti, Assistant Dean of Business School/Professor,Tulane University; and, Chuck Carr, Director of Propylene Studies, IHS Chemical. Click here for the latest press release with names and topics of presentations. Posted November 30, 2015

CINTE Techtextil China 2016 Show Dates. Show dates for CINTE Techtextil 2016 have been announced. The biennial event will take place October 12-14, 2016 in Shanghai. The 2014 show had 437 exhibitors and attracted almost 15,000 visitors. Click here for more information. Posted November 27, 2015

Geosynthetics Middle East 2015 Takes Place in UAE. The 7th edition of Geosynthetics Middle East took place November 16-17 in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The event attracted +400 delegates from 35 countries and had more than 30 international exhibitors. Click here to read a review of the conference on the website geosynthetica.netPosted November 25, 2015

INDA Wraps Up Successful Filtration 2015. The Filtration® 2015 Conference & Exposition took place last week in Chicago, Ill., USA, attracting 1500 delegates. The conference sessions featured topics focused on cutting edge technologies, industrial air filtration, and filtration market trends and statistics. The trade show featured 140 exhibitors. Next year the event will be held in Philadelphia, PA., USA. The filtration conference is organized by INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry. Click here to read the INDA press release. Posted November 24, 2015

US Department of Commerce to Host Smart Fabrics Summit. The US Department of Commerce announced it will partner with the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) to host the first-ever Smart Fabrics Summit. The event will be held April 4, 2016 in Washington, D.C. The Summit will provide a forum for public and private sector leaders in technology, apparel, and textiles to highlight recent developments in the smart fabrics industry, identify opportunities for collaboration, and discuss key industry challenges. Click here for more information. Posted November 23, 2015

Geosynthetic Event in India Postponed. According to a  posting on the website, the organizers of the 2nd Global Geosynthetics Summit have decided to postpone the conference. The event was scheduled for December 8 in New Delhi, India. The reason given was that too many government officials would be unavailable to participatewith the Indian Parliament in recess during the time of the event.  A new date has not yet been announced. Click here to read the geosynthetica report. Posted November 18, 2015

SGIA Expo Attracts More Than 23,000 Visitors. SGIA President Michael Robertson knows how to go out with style. SGAI had a terrific record-breaking 2015 Specialty Graphics and Imaging Expo last week in Atlanta, Ga., USA. More than 23,800 visitors made it the largest SGIA Expo organized in the East (SGIA alternates between East and West shows). The sold-out Atlanta show floor held 545 exhibitors, many of them displaying graphic printing equipment and fabrics. This was Mr. Robertson's last show. He had earlier in the year announced his retirement at the end of January 2016 after 33 years with the association and nearly 15 years as its professional leader. Ford Bowers will succeed Mr. Robertson, starting February 1. Click here to read more about the 2015 SGIA Expo. Posted November 9, 2015

110th Annual Meeting of Regional Canvas Association Taking Place in December. The 110th Annual Conference of the Canvas Products Association, Zone 7, is taking place December 2-5, 2015, in Cleveland, Oh., USA. The Canvas Products Association, Zone 7, is a trade organization comprised of fabric product manufacturers and suppliers to the industry. The membership of approximately 100 firms represents the states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, West Virginia, Western New York and Northern Kentucky. The conference will include a tour of Ohio Awning and a presentation by Occupational Heallth and Safety Administration (OSHA) on safety and health management systems. There will also be an exhibition of about 35 industry suppliers. Click here to view more information. Posted November 7, 2015

North East Canvas Products Association Show Set for January. One of the best US regional shows for the custom canvas fabricator is the annual NECPA Expo and Conference organized by the North East Canvas Products Association (NECPA). The non-profit organization was founded in 1920 and, as the name implies, serves the north east regional section of the United States. The 2016 NECPA Expo and Conference will be taking place January 21-23, 2016, in Springfield, Mass. More than 40 exhibitors will be showing products to an estimated 300 participants. Proceeding the show will be workshops organized by the Marine Fabricators Association and the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association, both divisions of the Industrial Fabrics Association International. Click here for more information. Posted November 4, 2015

EDANA and CNITA Announce Joint  2017 EurAsian Geotextiles Symposium.  CNITA, the China Nonwovens & Industrial Textiles Association, and EDANA, the association serving the nonwovens and related industries, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to support the joint organization of the EurAsian Geotextiles Symposium (EAGS) in June 2017 in Beijing, China. The exact date has not yet been determined. This partnership seems like a good fit since the Asia Pacific market accounts for over 43% of the geosynthetic marketplace and much of the material is nonwovens. Our thanks to Chris Kelsey for alerting us to the news. Click here to read the entire EDANA press release. Posted November 3, 2015

Coming Events

  • January 16-18:  NECPA 2020 Conference & Expo, Worcester, Mass., USA
  • January 21-24:  SHOT Show, Las Vegas, Nev., USA
  • January 22-24:  IFAI Tent Conference, River Ranch, Fla., USA
  • January 28-29:  Elementary Nonwovens Training, Cary, M.C., USA
  • January 29-31:  2020 Winter Outdoor Retailer & Snow Show, Denver, Colo., USA

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Posted January 7, 2020

Will Things Get Done in Washington in 2020?

The historic political fight in Washington may actually benefit the US technical textiles industry in 2020.  


In more "normal" times, even with bipartisan support of trade deals and building legislation, it's a slow process to get something done in Washington.  In a funny way, under the current polar vortex called impeachment, things may actually get done faster.  President Donald Trump wants to show he is still able to carry out his campaign promises and impeachment is not hindering his ability to administer.  The Democrats, fearful of a bogged down impeachment process that could wear down their public support, are eager to show they can also get something done and avoid a blame they are only consumed with getting rid of the president.


Thus, you see both sides touting what's in the United States/Mexico/Canada Agreement (USMCA).  The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) is focused on the impact of what the agreement means in terms of fiber and yarn sourcing; however, I am more interested in the end product markets that benefit from the trade agreement.  In the USMCA, the amount of material made in North America that goes into a vehicle increases significantly.  The largest single end-market for technical textiles is the automotive industry.  The USMCA means more products like headliner material, airbags and seatbelts, acoustical and vibration dampening, carpeting, composites and industrial hoses will be needed.  USMCA is a terrific win for the many smaller technical textile parts makers in the US.


As for infrastructure, the current authorization, the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2015, expires at the end of 2020.  President Trump wants more than $1 trillion to help fix the country's roads and bridges. There is a bipartisan support for the new legislation because it's passage will benefit so many states.  The winners for us?  It would hands-down be the geosynthetics industry, as well as those who make construction-used products like tarps and protective covers, and personal protection gear.


So, expect to see some things getting accomplished in Washington in 2020.  It is an election year and never underestimate the self-preservation instincts of a politician.


Steve Warner


Posted January 7, 2020

December 3, 2019

2019 Brief Analysis of China's Industrial Textile Industry

Thanks to the BeaverLake6 Report's arrangements with China Textile magazine and the China Nonwoven & Industrial Textile Association (CNITA), we have received the report "A Brief Analysis of Economic Operation of the Industrial Textile Industry in the First Half of 2019" writtened by CNITA's market research department.  


In the first half of 2019, China's economy faced a complicated development environment.  Issues such as the downturn in automotive demand and the US/China trade dispute are having an impact.  Production is still growing but the markets are relatively flat.  Click here to read the entire report in the China section.  Posted 

November 24, 2019

2019 Eurasian Geosynthetics Symposium Held in China

Flora Zhao, China Textiles

The second edition of the Eurasian Geosynthetics Symposium (EAGS 2019) was held November 18-19, 2019 in Beijing, China.  Many of the leading experts in geosynthetics delivered presentations.  Ms. Flora Zhao, the director of the editorial department for China Textile magazine, has given us an extensive review of the symposium program.  Click here to go to our China section to read her report. 

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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