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 Expo. Sourcing 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 Report. Posted 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 FirstResponders.gov 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 here. Posted 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 Mary 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 Fibrella™Lite, 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 Challenges; Machinery Advancements; Energy Economics and Olefin Trends; Innovative 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 here. Posted 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.net. Posted 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 geosynthetica.net 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
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January 18-19: Tent Conference 2018, Mesa Ariz., USA
January 19-20: NECPA Annual Convention 2018, Worcester, Mass., USA
January 23-24: The International Conference on Composites for Performance in Sports and Recreation, Long Beach, Calif., USA
January 23-26: 40th SHOT Show, Las Vegas, Nev., USA
January 24-26: ASTM D35 Geosynthetices Committee, New Orleans, La., USA
January 21-23: Intersec 2018, Dubai. U.A.E.
January 25-27: 2018 Marine Fabricators Conference, Savannah, Ga., USA
January 25-28: Outdoor Retailer + Snow Show, Denver, Colo., USA
Click here to view the complete technical textiles events calendar that includes show information links.
In October at the IFAI Expo 2017, I had the opportunity to sit down with -- at the time -- incoming Glen Raven CEO Leib Oehmig for an interview that has now been posted on the Textile World website and will also be in their printed November/December issue.
I've known Mr. Oehmig for probably more than 20 years and have watched his steady management progression within the Glen Raven organization. During the interview, he was very gracious with his time at a busy show and transparent in answering questions on a far-ranging number of topics including the management transition from Alan Gant, Jr., to Mr. Oehmig, the first non-Gant family member to lead Glen Raven. Click here to read the interview and learn more about the thoughts of one of our industry leaders.
As the saying goes "Politics make strange bedfellows." Today we find more than one-third of the Senate Democrats urging the inclusion of key amendments in the US FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (2018 NDAA) that would strengthen the US government's "Buy American" policies.
Versions of the NDAA were recently passed by both the Senate and House and a joint committee is working out a single bill. The submitted Senate version, however, left out proposed key amendments designed to prevent the weakening of domestic sourcing for the US military. One amendment included the prevention for lifting of the restrictions in place for domestic sourcing of wearable electronic products and another amendment prevents certain exceptions to the Berry Amendment which would allow non-domestic sourcing through memoranda of agreement with foreign governments.
What's the "strange bedfellows" aspect? Well, "Buy American" is also one of the key positions taken by the Trump administration. So, we have both the Democrats and the Trump administration on the same side, trying to keep strong the US domestic capability for supplying the military. Strange bedfellows given the current political animosity in Washington...but still the cooperation is vital for the US domestic textile industry.
Posted November 3, 2017
Since last August, the US Navy has been planning to phase out its iconic traditional wool peacoat in favor of a less expensive, synthetic cold weather parka which is lighter in weight and more versatile in types of inclement weather. It actually replaces two types of coats and the seabag the wool coat is stored.
The wool coat, however, has some powerful friends in the US Congress. Companies such as Northwest Woolen Mills in Woonsocket, R.I. and Sterlingware in Boston, Mass. Altogether, the supply chain involved in the manufacture of these woolen peacoats -- including sheep farmers -- is estimated to account for 400 jobs in the Northeast. Add to the drama that the new parka, made by the long-time military supplier Propper, is expected to be manufactured in Puerto Rico, a perceived feeling the new coat will be made by non-American workers. Read more...
June 29. 2017
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has released President Trump's 2017 Trade Policy Agenda. The document, officially called 2017 Trade Policy Agenda and 2016 Annual Report of the President of the United States on the Trade Agreements Program, outlines the new Administration’s four trade priorities:
BeaverLake6 Report has created a special page within this website and placed the first chapter of the 336-page document which summarizes the policy. Click here to read it. Posted March 2, 2017
Back on March 24, 2016, I was one of the first to predict the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement was a dead deal. In fact, I said that I wouldn’t be surprised that, if Donald Trump became President, the agreement is shredded on day one of his new administration. Well, I was off by three days. Yesterday, President Trump signed an Executive Order, officially withdrawing the United States from the TPP agreement. Now the question is can the National Council of Textile Organizations put together a comprehensive plan for the domestic textile industry in a post-TPP era? Click here to read the rest. Posted January 25, 2017
There are literally dozens of market reports for the many market sections and subsections within the technical textiles industry. In 2017, BeaverLake6 Report will be introducing a few of these reports to our viewers. The first report being features is The Future of Spcialty Geosynthetics to 2021. It was developed by Smithers Apex, a market research firm based in the United Kingdom.
In exchange for the promotion, Smithers Apex agreed to write an exclusive expanded executive summary of the market report for our readers. Click here to view the market summary. Posted January 9, 2017
2016 China Textile Innovation Conference, as an annual summit of industry innovation, was held in Beijing on December 12th, 2016. The conference, themed on “New Opportunity, New Advantages, New Vitality” – Stepping Towards a Textile Power, comprehensively summarized the industry innovation achievements and explored the new advantages in development in order to grasp the strategic opportunity of the new round of industrial changes. BeaverLake6 Report is pleased to present a report on the conference via our partnership with China Textile magazine. Please click here. Posted December 21, 2016
Domestic PFD Manufacturer's Application for FTZ Additional Production Authority Riles Textile Industry Trade Associations. There is a nasty fight taking place these past few months behind the closed doors of Room 48019 at the Herbert C. Hoover Building in Washington, D.C. The room is the office of the Foreign-Trade Zones Board. The fight pits domestic technical textile industry suppliers and a coalition of textile-trade associations against a fairly large domestic end-product cut-and-sew manufacturer. Click here to read the story.
In 2015, I posted more than 425 items of interest for our industry on the BeaverLake6 Report website. In reviewing it all last week, it got me to thinking about putting together a list of influential events, news and trends that I observed during the past year. I have focused primarily on the US marketplace but each of “the things that mattered” to me has global implications.
So, here go my thoughts in no particular order of importance. Let me know if you agree or if I have missed some. Click here to read the list.
Posted January 17, 2016
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