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July 2012 - October 2015

Sewn Products Equipment Association to Hold Conference in Conjunction with Techtextil North America. One more reason to attend the gathering of the  NOrth American technical textile industry in Chicago in June: SPESA (Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas) is organizing its 8th Advancements in Manufacturing Technologies Conference June 20, 2017, during 2017 Techtextil North America in Chicago, Ill., USA. The SPESA event theme is "Understanding the Technology of Things."  Click here for more information on the event. Posted April 12, 2017

Fabric Fire Retardant Webinar Planned. A webinar titled "Environmental and Regulatory Considerations of Flame Retardants" is taking place June 21, 2016. It is a session within a series of webinars organized by the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) focused on fabric flammability issues. Speakers are Kristin Robrock, Ph.D., P.E. of Exponent, and Mark Duvall, Principal at Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. The session will be moderated by Haskell Beckham, Ph.D. of Exponent. Exponent is a scientific and consulting firm. Beveridge & Diamond is a legal firm with special focus on environmental and toxic substances. Click here to find out more about the webinar. Posted May 24, 2016

Filtration Event Ready with Impressive Exhibitor List. Filtration is an important end-market for technical textiles. The 2015 Filtration Conference & Exposition is set to take place in Chicago, Ill., USA, November 17-19, 2015. Click here to view a list of the exhibitors that includes a number of textile companies. Posted October 28, 2015

FESPA to Launch Textile Print Conference. FESPA, a federation of global screen, textile and digital printing trade associations, has announced it is launching a new print event called FESPA Textile 2016. It will take place within the already planned FESPA Digital 2016, March 8-11, 2016, in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. FESPA Textile will be in a dedicated hall and will showcase textile equipment and applications. A recent FESPA census of the global industry revealed textile is one of the fastest growing areas of digital print globally. Click here to read the press release. Posted October 28, 2015

Forum Selects Quantum Group to Receive Award. Textile World, the organizer of the Textile World Innovation Forum 2015, has selected The Quantum Group for its 2015 Innovation Award. The Forum is being held December 1-3, 2015, in Charlotte, N.C., USA. The Quantum Group, headquartered in Colfax, N.C., is a manufacturer of technical textiles and fibers. The award is being given because of the company's long-standing commitment to innovation in the textile industry. The company will be honored at a special dinner on December 2 during the Forum. Click here to go to the conference's website. Posted October 26, 2015

Great Speaker Lineup for Fall SYFA Conference. It's not too late to register for the SYFA Fall Conference taking place October 29-30 in Charlotte, N.C., USA. The theme this year is Hot Textile Technologies: Function for the Extremes. Speakers include Hardy Poole, Vice President of Regulatory & Technical Affairs for the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO). Mr. Poole will be speaking on the organizational progress of the newly established Revolutionary Fibers & Textiles Manufacturing Innovation Institute. Also on the schedule is Nicolas A. Pence, Vice President, Sales & Business Development for Coville, Inc. His presentation is entitled "US Cut-and-Sew Trends in Military and Commercial Markets." Contact SYFA by clicking here to look at the full schedule and register. Posted October 24, 2015

Techtextil India 2015 Attracts More Than 5,000. The 5th edition of Techtextil India, held in Mumbai, brought in more than 5,000 visitors rom 31 countries. The trade exhibition featured 158 companies from 11 countries. After India 76), China represented the largest contingent of exhibitors (36), followed by Germany (20). The next Techtextil India will be held again in Mumbai, September 13-15, 2017. Posted October 23, 2015

Filter Media Training Course Offered During Filtration 2015. Are you fairly new to the nonwovens industry and attending INDA's Filtration 2015 conference taking place November 17-18, 2015 in Chicago, Ill., USA?  Dr. Christine Sun, principal at Filtration Technologies, Inc., will be the instructor for the Nonwoven Filter Training Course being held during the conference. Her short course will discuss the markets and the principles of nonwovens. Click here for more information. Posted October 16, 2015

Submission Deadlines Coming Up for Geosynthetics Conferences. While technical conferences like those in the geosynthetics community do not like to see commercialism in papers presented, it is always good for manufacturers to get their people to submit papers on interesting applications of their products. It helps the speakers establish rapport with their customers. The call for abstracts for EuroGeo6 closes October 30, 2015. EuroGeo6 is being held in Instabul, Turkey, September 25-28, 2016. Click here to learn about. The deadline for submission of abstracts for Geosynthetics Asia 2016 has been extended to October 31, 2016. Geosynthetics Asia 2016 is being held in New Delhi, India, November 8-11, 2016. Click here to learn more. Both conferences are being held under the auspices of the International Geosynthetics Society. Posted October 13, 2015

Geosynthetics Show Issues "Call for Proposals."  The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has issued a "call for proposal" for session presentation topics, training lectures, and short courses to be held at Geotechnical Frontiers 2017, March 12-15, 2017 in Orlando, Fla., US. The theme of the conference is Innovation and Collaboration in Technology and PracticeContact Barbara Connett, Secretary General, for more information at bjconnet@ifai.comPosted October 1, 2015

Fibers Congress Wraps Up in Austria. The 54th Dornbirn Man-Made Fibers Conference was held September 16-18 in Dornbirn, Austria. Dornbirn has gained a reputation as the pre-eminent annual meeting place of the scientific community in the fiber world. More than 100 presentations were given at the recent event. BeaverLake6 Report is pleased to have Dr. Isa Hofmann, managing director of IHOFMANN, give us a special report on the program and of plans for the 2016 event. Please click here to read Dr. Hofmann's report. Posted September 28, 2015

Yarn and Fiber Association Announces Speaker Line-Up for Fall Conference. The Synthetic Yarn & Fiber Association has announced the names of the speakers for the organization's SYFA Fall Conference 2015. The speakers include: Hardy Poole, Vice President of the National Council of Textile Organizations giving an update on the new Revolutionary Fiber and Textiles Institute for Manufacturing Innovation; Paul O'Day, President of the American Fiber Manufacturers Association; and, Roger Tutterow, Ph.D., Professor of Economics, Director of Econometric Center at Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Ga., USA, speaking on the current economic, political and business climate. Click here to go to the SYFA conference website. Posted September 21, 2015

JEC Asia Announces Keynote Speakers. The JEC Group, organizer of JEC Asia 2015, has announced the names of the three renowned inspirational individuals as keynote speakers -- Water TayDr. William Tan, and David Lim. The three keynote speakers will illustrate human development, team spirit and winning methods. JEC Asia 2015 is being held October 20-22, in Singapore. Click here to go to the special JEC Events section on BeaverLake6 Report and read more about the speakers and the topics of their presentations. Posted September 17, 2015

ITMA Returns to Barcelona in 2019. CEMATEX, the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers, has announced today Barcelona, Spain, will be the host city for the 18th edition of ITMA, June 20-26, 2019. Barcelona was most recently the location for ITMA in 2011. ITMA is the world's largest exhibition of textile and garment machinery technology. This year ITMA 2016 is taking place in Milan, Italy, November 12-19, and the organizer is expecting more than 100,000 visitors and 1600 exhibitors. Posted September 16, 2015 

Techtextil India to Open with Address by Textile Commissioner. Mrs. Kiran Soni Gupta, Textile Commissioner, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India will give the opening address at next week's Techtextil India 2016 in Mumbai. The symposium and trade show will be September 24-26. The exhibition will have 145 exhibitors from 10 countries. Click here for more information about Mrs. Gupta's participation. Posted September 14, 2015

IFAI Japan Hosts Delegation of Taiwan Technical Textile Association. Not even the threat of a vicious typhoon bearing down on their island could stop a delegation representing the Taiwan Technical Textile Association (TTTA) from attending the IFAI Japan symposium. The annual event was held this year on August 21 in Tokyo. The 16-member TTTA delegation was led by TTTA Chairman Ching-Ming Jow (who is also President of Ho Yu Textile Co. Ltd.) Mr. Jow and IFAI Chairman of the Board David Clarke (also President of Royal Tencate USA) each gave presentations. TTTA has invited the members of IFAI Japan to attend their next technical textiles symposium that is scheduled for March 23-24, 2016. Unfortunately, the inclement weather held attendance down in Tokyo to 50 participants. However, this is the type of interaction which will build long-term relations between organizations. Special thanks to Kiko Tagawa of IFAI Japan and Howard Lo of TTTA for providing this information. Posted September 7, 2015

Sewn Products Industry Association Holding Executive Meeting. The SPESA 2015 Executive Conference theme is "Industry Ideas Worth Sharing." The Conference will be held at The Biltmore in Coral Gables, Fla., USA, on November 4-5. The program includes: Economics of Business in Today's Political Climate | Cuba at the Crossroads: New Policies, Laws & Potential Opportunities | Status of Ongoing US Free Trade Agreements: An Inside Look | Speed, Security, Sustainability: What You Need to Know | Industry 4.0 in the Apparel Industry | SPESA Speaks | Cyber Security | Education for Our Industry: What's Available? |Texprocess Americas 2016 Update.Click here to go to the SPESA event website. Posted September 3, 2015

INDA Filtration Conference to View Future of Filter Media Requirements. The organizer of INDA's Filtration International Conference & Exposition has announced Armando Brunetti, Executive Vice President of Camfil Americas will be the event's keynote speaker. Camfil, headquartered in Sweden, is one of the world's leading manufacturers of air filter products, a major market for nonwoven fabrics. Filter media in this market segment are valued at $15.4 billion in North America. Mr. Brunetti will share his perspectives on customers' needs based on the realities of the North American market and global business trends. The theme of the event is "Pure Opportunities." Click here to read the press release issued by INDA on Mr. Brunetti's keynote announcement. Posted August 24, 2015

American Flock Association Prepares for 30th Annual Meeting. The American Flock Association will be hosting its 30th Anniversary Annual Meeting on October 15-16, 2015. The event will be held at the American Textile History Museum in Lowell, Mass., USA. Click here to go to the event's website for more information. Posted August 22, 2015

Messe Frankfurt Announces New Nonwovens Event in China. The German exhibition company Messe Frankfurt, organizers already of the Techtextil events in China, US, Russia and German, is planning a new event in China to focus on nonwovens. The event is called China International Nonwovens Expo & Forum (CINE) . It will be held in Shanghai, October 14-16, 2015 and is co-organized by the Sub-Council of Textile Industry, CCPIT, the China Nonwovens & Industrial Textiles Association (CNITA) and INDA, the North American-based nonwovens trade association. CINE is being positioned to be held on the "off" year of the CINTE Techtextil China event. Click here to read the organizer's press release. Posted August 19, 2015

Call for Papers for Geosynthetics Middle East 2015. The German organization SKZ is issueing a Call for Papers for its Geosynthetics Middle East 2015 conference set for November 16-17, 2015 in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The main focus of the event will be geosynthetics used in infrastructure, transportation, oil and gas, water, and energy. Click here to go the their website's paper submission page. Posted August 7, 2015

ITMA to Offer One-Day Course on Nonwovens.  ITMA 2016 organizer MP International and EDANA, the European nonwovens trade association, will be jointly organizing the Nonwovens Forum on November 16 during the ITMA textile trade machinery show taking place in Milan, Italy. Jacques Prigneaux, EDANA's Market Analysis and Economic Affairs Director, will be leading a series of talks given by European nonwoven experts. Click here for the full conference schedule of speakers. Posted July 29, 2015

Coating and Laminating Conference Planned for March 2016 in Prague. In our opinion, the International Conference on Textile Coating and Laminating (TCL) event is one of the best conferences held each year.  The speakers are primarily people who hold senior positions at major companies and the topics always provide cutting-edge information. The next TCL event will be held March 16-17 in Prague, Czech Republic. Organized by International Newsletters Ltd., Bill Smith of Industrial Textile Associates has been named Conference Chair. A Call for Abstracts is now underway. Click here for more information. Posted July 27, 2015 

ITMA Issues New Sustainability Bulletin. The organizer of ITMA 2015, the largest textile machinery exhibition in the world, has published Issue 2, 2015 of ITMA Sustainability Bulletin. As the name implies, the ITMA publication contains short articles which relate to textile manufacturing environmental issues. ITMA takes place November 12-19, 2015 in Milan, Italy. Click here to go to the bulletin's website. Posted July 14, 2015 

New Digital Print Show Created. Riding the huge growth potential of digital print textiles, Messe Frankfurt, the organizer of Texworld, and WTiN (World Textile Information Network), have announced a new trade show for the textile digital print industry. The event is called Avanprint and will debut February 15-18, 2016 in Paris during the Texworld and Apparel Sourcing International shows. Accoring to the organizers, Avantex will be offering the latest developments in digital print technolgies. Currently, only an estimated 2-3% of textile prints are produced digitally. This is expected to increase to 5% by 2017 and continue oto grow at an annual 25% growth rate. Click here to read the Messe Frankfurt press release. Posted July 1, 2015

Smart Textiles Conference to Premiere in 2016 at Messe Dornbirn. SALTEX, the new community-platform for smart textiles and fiber-reinforced composites, will take place at Messe Dornbirn, Dornbirn, Austria, October 5-6, 2016. Click here for more information. Posted June 29, 2015

INDA Launches Website Exclusively for IDEA16 Show. INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has created a special website for IDEA16, their triennial event for nonwovens and engineered fabrics. IDEA16 is being held May 2-5, 2016 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Boston, Mass., USA. The site will contain information on the exhibition, education programs, housing and transportation options, and registration. IDEA16 is expected to attract more than 7,000 visitors and over 450 exhibitors. Click here to go to the new IDEA16 site. Posted June 29, 2015

Dates Established for China Technical Textiles Show. The dates for the biennial Cinte Techtextil China have just been released. The show will be held again in Shanghai, October 12-14, 2016. Click here for more information. Posted June 26, 2015

Registration Opens for Graphics Show. The Specialty Fabrics Imaging Association has opened registration for its SGIA Expo 2015. The event is taking place in Atlanta, Ga., USA, November 4-6, 2015. Click here to go to the show's registration site. Posted June 24, 2015

Techtextil North America 2015 Exceeds Expectations. The 4th edition of Techtextil North America (TTNA) held during the "off year" of the Atlanta event showed that finding a good partner and a new location results in more and better quality of visitors. The 2015 TTNA was co-located with the 2015 JEC Americas show in Houston, Texas, USA, June 2-4. In its final report on the show, TTNA revealed the show had 145 exhibitors from 18 countries, a 98% net square feet in show floor space from exhibitors and a 90% increase in exhibitors, and a 39% increase in attendance from the last "off year" show held in Anaheim, Calif., USA. Altogether, the TTNA and JEC Americas event had 2,821 visitors and 281 exhibitors. Posted June 23, 2015

AATCC to Host Conference on Antibacterial & Odor Control. AATCC, the Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals, has organized a conference entitled Antibacterial & Odor Control: Marketing and Technology Advancements. The event will be held September 16-17, 2015 in Research Triangle Park, N.C., USA. Program sessions will address current market trends, what consumers value in product/performance enhancements, antimicrobial chemistry, and the regulatory issues affecting treatment technologies.  Click here for a list of speakers and more information. Posted June 21, 2015

IFAI to Showcase Industry Disaster Mitigation Products at 2015 Expo. The technical textiles industry is all about solving problems and bettering our lives. On the exhibition floor during the IFAI Expo 2015 there will be a unique showcase of industry products used in disaster mitigation situations. The exhibition during the IFAI Expo is taking place October 7-9, 2015 in Anaheim, Calif., USA. The deadline for submitting a product to be used in the display is July 7, 2015. Click here to go to the IFAI website page that contains the submission form and more information. Posted June 17, 2015

400 Submissions for Papers at Geo-Americas 2016. The organizer of the 3rd Pan-American Conference on Geosynthetics has reported the event's technical committee received more than 400 submissions for presentation consideration. The papers are due August 3. Geo-Americas 2016 will take place April 11-13, 2016 in Miami, Fla., USA. click here for more information at the geosynthetica.net website about the paper submissions. Posted June 15, 2015

GeoAmericas 2016 Opens Booth Space Reservations and Sponsorships. Organizers of GeoAmericas, the 3td Pan-American Conference on Geosynthetics, have started accepting exhibit booth and sponsorship reservations. GeoAmericas 2016 is being held in Miami Beach, Fla., USA, April 10-13, 2016. The exhibition has 95 available booth spaces. Click here for more information on exhibiting and sponsorships. Posted May 27, 2015

IFAI Japan Forum Features Presentations by Leaders of Textile Trade Associations. IFAI Japan, a country sector of the Industrial fabrics Association International, will hold its annual meeting and forum on August 21, 2015 at the Hamamatsucho Tokyokaikan in Tokyo. The forum will feature presentations by IFAI's Chairman of the Board David Clarke (Global Group Director, TenCate Advanced Composites USA) and C.M. Jwo, Chairman of the Taiwan Technical Textile Association (President of Ho Yu Textile Co., Ltd.). Click here to contact Mrs. Kiko Tagawa at IFAI Japan for registration information. Posted May 27, 2015

Techtextil North America 2015 Announces Top 5 Participants in The Graduate Student Research Poster Program. Eleven graduate students will showcase the latest research on advanced technologies in textiles, nonwovens and material during Techtextil North America 2015.  Five of those eleven students were chosen by industry experts to present their research during the syposium on June 4. The top five presenters are:

       Siw Eriksson, The Swedish School of Textile, University of Boras

       Yijun Fu, North Carolina State University

       Ting He, North Carolina State University

       Harini Ramaswamy, College of Design, University of Minnesota

       Jessica Won, Georgia Institute of Technology

Click here to go to our special section for a full description of the presentations in the Poster Program. Posted May 22, 2015

German Textile Machinery Association Holds Conference in Iran. VDMA, the German textile machinery association, organized a conference in Tehran, Iran, April 21-22. VDMA estimated more than 1,100 people participated. The event featured 38 technical presentations by VDMA members. The large turnout is because the crippled Iranian textile industry is hoping the Western machinery embargo will soon be lifted. Click here to read a press release issued by Bruckner, one of the textile machinery companies participating. Posted April 28, 2015

Projects Singled Out in the Competition for Building with Textiles. Congratulations to the winners of the student competition "Textile structures for new building." Acording to a press release by the organizer of the 2015 Techtextil in Frankfurt, the winners of this 13th competition  will have their innovative ideas displayed at the Techtextil show in Frankfurt, May 4 to 7, 2015.

+  Macro Architecture. Project: Aviary at Bujalacayado, Guadalajara 

+  Materials Innnovations. Project: Chromosonic

+  Composites and Hybrid Structures. Project: Breathing Skins

+  Micro Arhcitecture. Project: Project: Fabric Foam©

Click here to view the entire press release. Posted April 23, 2015

JEC Innovation Award Winners Named. In a press release today, JEC Group, the composite industry organization, has announced 10 winners of JEC Innovation Awards -- Houston. The winners will be officially awarded at JEC Americas 2015, taking place June 2-4 in Houston, Texas, USA. The 11th category -- Student Award -- will be announced later. The named company winners are:

 

▪  Raw Materials -- Blueshift International Materials (USA)

▪  Consumer Electronics -- Motorola Mobility LLC (USA)

▪  Biocomposites -- Composites Innovation Center Manitoba Inc. (Canada)

▪  Process -- CETIM (France)

▪  Equipment -- RUAG Space (Switzerland)

▪  Mass Production -- Bcomp (Switzerland)

▪  MRO --German Aerospace Center (Germany)

▪  Automotive -- Johnson Controls GmbH (Germany)

▪  Aeronautics -- Deutsches Zentrum fur Luft-und Raumfahrt (Germany)

▪  Software -- e-Xstream Engineering (Luxembourg)

The awards will be given at the JEC Americas Welcome Reception on June 2. Posted April 20, 2015

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Future in Textiles Conference Starts This Week. It's not too late to register and attend the Futures in Textiles conference taking place April 16-17 in Charlotte, N.C., USA. BeaverLake6 Report likes this event because it always features top-notch speakers on trending topics and, equally important, it is designed with the visitor in mind. The conference is held at the Sheraton Airport Hotel, starts at Noon on April 16 and ends at Noon on April 17, allowing plenty of time for most visitors to travel in and out on those same dates. Organized by the Synthetic Yarn and Fiber Association. Click here to go to the event website. Posted April 12, 2015

Abstract Deadline Extended for GeoAmericas 2016. It seems rare these days that a deadline is firm when it involves an event's Call for Paper. People wait until the last minute, organizers get nervous and the decision is made to allow a few more days. It's happened again, this time for GeoAmericas 2016. The event being held next year in Miami Beach, Fla., USA, has extended its deadline for abstracts from March 30 to April 10, 2015. Click here to find out more about an abstract submission. Posted March 31, 2015

Texprocess Americas 2014 is Recognized by Trade Show Executive Magazine. Those of us in attendance at the 2014 Texprocess knew it was a terrific show last May in Atlanta, Ga., USA. Now it is being recognized for an overall increase in total attendance by Trade Show Executive magazine's Fastest 50 Class of 2014. Texprocess Americas 2014 saw an increase in total attendace from 2,464 in 2012 to 2,975 in 2014. It was part of the co-located mega-event along with Techtextil North America 2014 and 2014 JEC Americas (but attendance figures for the three were kept separate). Congratulations to the entire management team. The next Texprocess Americas will be held again in Atlanta, May 3-5, 2016. Posted March 2015

JEC Announces Event Name Change. At the start of the JEC Europe Composites Show & Conference 2015 in Paris yesterday, the show organizer JEC Group announced the event's name is changing in 2016 to JEC World. The 2015 JEC World is also moving to the Paris Nord Villepinte fairgrounds in order to meet increased exhibit space demands. The event will take place March 8-10, 2016. Posted March 11, 2015

Latest ITMA Brochure Available. November seems like a long time away but people traveling to ITMA 2015 in Milan, Italy need to start planning now. Choice hotels fill up fast for a show this big. The show organizer has just published a new brochure that includes show and conference registration and Milan area information. Click here to view it. Posted March 6, 2015

2015 Tent Expo Attracts Rental Tent Operators. The Tent Rental Division (TRD) of Industrial Fabrics Association International (Roseville, Minn., USA) met January 29-31 in Orlando, Fla., USA for its annual gathering. The event attracted almost 600 rental tent installers, tent fabricators, and tent material and equipment suppliers. The show had 58 exhibitors and featured 21 tent displays. Congratulations to Tom Markel of Bravo Events Expos Displays and Brian Richardson of L&A Tent Rentals Inc. Each received the Outstanding Volunteer Award for their work on the TRD steering committee. Click here to read an article in IFAI's InTents magazine, summarizing the event. Posted February 27, 2015

Astronaut will Present Keynote Address at Upcoming North American Composites Show. JEC, the international organization for the composites industry, has announced former NASA astronaut and motivational speaker Ron Garan will be the featured speaker at JEC Americas 2015 in Houston, Texas, USA. JEC Americas is co-locating for the second year with Techtextil North America. Since Houston is the home of NASA, the location brings a special opportunity to showcase how composites are used in many applications for space exploration. Click here to go to the JEC Americas 2015 website for more information. Posted February 25, 2015

Combined Geosynthetic Events Attract Large Participation. A press release issued today by the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) reports the February 15-18 co-located Geosynthetics 2015 / IECA Environmental Connection attracted a combined 2,700 participants (conference delegates, trade show visitors and exhibit personnel) and 240 exhibits. The events were held in Portland, Ore., USA. Geosynthetics 2015 was organized by IFAI and Environmental Connections was organized by International Erosion Control Association. The next IFAI geosynthetics conference will co-organized with the ASCE's Geo-Institute GeoCongress and called Geotechnical Frontiers 2017. It will be held March 12-15, 2017, in Orlando, Fla., USA. Posted February 24, 2015

Advanced Textiles Show Issues Call for Papers. A "Call for Papers" has been issued for Advanced Textiles 2015 Expo, one of three events occuring under the IFAI Expo 2015 banner, October 6-9, 2015. Advanced Textiles will be held in Anaheim, Calif., USA. Submissions are due by March 16, 2015. Click here to go to the Advanced Textiles website. Posted February 22, 2015

Premier Technical Textiles Event in Canada Takes Place Next Month. One of those "hidden" quality events for the technical textiles industry is the upcoming Expo Hightex 2015. Organized by the CTT Group in Montreal, Expo Hightex 2015 will take place March 25-26 in Boucherville, Quebec. This year the conference part of Hightex has 4 sections -- Protect, Meditex, Transportech and Workwear. More than 600 delegates, 36 exhibitos and 20 guest speakers will be participating. Click here for more information. Posted February 17, 2015

IFAI Japan Delegation to Attend Taiwan Technical Textile Conference. The Taiwan Technical Textiles Association reports that a 7-person delegation from IFAI Japan will be attending the 2015 9th TTTA International Technical Textiles Symposium. The symposium is taking place in Taipai Hsien, Taiwan, March 25-26, 2015. The IFAI Japan delegation will be led by Chair Junko Takai of Hivix Co. Ltd., Mizuho, Japan and, in addition to representatives from a number of other companies, will include the organization's Executive Director Kiko Tagawa. This is the first time the Japanese group has organized a delegation to attend the Tawan annual conference. Posted February 2, 2015

IFAI Graphics Event Cancelled. We received late word the IFAI Fabric Graphics Day conference scheduled for January 29, 2015 has been cancelled. The notice was posted on the IFAI website. The conference was being organized by the Fabric Graphics Association, a division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), at the Glen Raven Sunbrella manufacturing plant in Anderson, S.C., USA. Posted January 28, 2015

Final Program for Outlook Plus Latin America 2015 is Announced. The first nonwoven event organized in South America by the two global nonwoven trade associations -- EDANA and INDA -- is now set with the program established. Outlook Plus Latin America 2015 will take place March 3-5, 2015 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The first two days, will examine market, product and technology intelligence for hygiene and personal care. The third day will feature a unique focus on durable nonwoven applications and future opportunities. The keynote presentation will be delivered by Roberto Macedo, Ph.D..  His presentation will be  on global and regional economic prospects for the Mercosul Region (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela). Click here to read the press release issued by the two organizations. Posted January 28, 2015

China Filtration Society Leader to Speak at Nonwoven Conference. The keynote speaker for FILTREX Asia 2015 will be Wang Yanxi, Chairman of the Chinese Filtration Society. The conference, organized by EDANA, an international nonwoven association based in Belgium, will be held March 17-18, 2015, in Hong Kong. Mr. Wang's presentation is entitled "Present & Future of the Chinese Filtration and Separation Business." Click here to go to the EDANA website to find out more about the event. Posted January 21, 2015

Call for Entries Issued for Techtextil Innovation Award 2015. Messe Frankfurt, the organizer of Techtextil 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany, has issued a call for entries for its Techtextil Innovation Award. The deadline for receipt of entries is February 20, 2015. The competition is open to all Techtextil 2015 exhibitors as well as other companies, institutes, universities and individuals. All award-winning projects will be featured at a special exhibition held during the Techtextil event which runs May 4-7, 2015. Click here for more information. Posted January 20, 2015

Southern Textile Research Council Meeting to Focus on Advanced Automotive Materials. We saw posted on the website Textiles and Trade that the Southern Textile Research Council's 2015 event will be held May 17-19, 2015, in Greenville, S.C., USA. The theme of the 2015 STRC will be Advanced Automotive Materials, Textiles and Fibers. The conference dates are same as the IFAI Outlook 2015 conference being held in White Sulphur Springs, W.V., USA. It's too bad these conference organizers cannot do a better job of avoiding conflicts. They both sound like good events. Click here to read the post on Textiles and Trade website. Posted January 15, 2015

Geo-Americas 2016 Issues Call for Abstracts. The North American Geosynthetics Society (NAGS), the organizer of Geosynthetics 2016, the 3rd Pan-American Conference on Geosynthetics, has issued a Call for Abstract for those interested in submitting a presentation. The topic areas include a wide variety of geosynthetic applications such as mining, water and wastewater containment, sustainability and materials used in tunnels. The event will be held at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel, Miami Beach, Fla., US, April 11-14, 2016. Deadline for abstract submissions is March 30, 2015. Click here to go to the Geosynthetics 2016 website to gain more information on abstract submissions. Posted January 13, 2015

Last Days for Geosynthetics Conference Discount Registration Fee. Planning to attend the IFAI's Geosynthetics 2015 Conference in Portland, Ore., USA? The advance registration discount fee ends January 10. The conference is held February 9-12 under the auspices of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) and supported by the North American Geosynthetics Society (NAGS). More than 140 papers will be delivered on various applications of geosynthetics and product development. The event is being co-located with Environmental Connection 2015, a trade show and conference organized by the International Erosion Control Association. Click here to go to the Geosynthetics 2015 registration page. Posted January 7, 2015

Geosynthetics Society Holds International Conference, Elects New Leadership. The International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) has just published its latest IGS News newsletter. The newsletter reviews the accomplishments and milestones which happened during the 10th International Conference on Geosynthetics (10ICG), held in Berlin, Germany, September 21-25, 2014. The international conference takes place only once every 4 years. The 10ICG attracted 1200 visitors at both the conference and exhibition. The exhibition featured 140 exhibitors of geosynthetics and related products and services. At the IGS General Assembly, Dr. Jorge Zomberg stepped down as the society's president. He was succeeded by Dr. Russell Jones.  The 11ICG will take place in Soul, South Korea, September 16-20, 2018. Click here to read the complete coverage of the 10ICG in the newsletter, plus reports on many other activities sponsored by the IGS. Posted December 9, 2014 

Successful Report on Recent Nonwoven Filtration Conference. According to a report issued by INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, more than 1,400 delegates and 130 exhibitors participated in the association's Filtration®2014 International Conference & Exposition, November 18-20 in Baltimore, Md., USA. This was the first time the event had been combined with INDA's Nonwoven Filter Media Training Course. The theme of the combined event was "Pure Opportunity." The organization announced Filtration®2015 will be held in Chicago, Ill., USA, November 17-19, 2015. Click here to read the INDA press release on more of the results of the 2014 event. including presentations delivered. Posted December 3, 2014

Print Show Planned for Africa in 2015. After a successful debut of FESPA Africa 2014, the organizers have announced FESPA Africa 2015 will be held July 22-24, 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The organizers report the exhibition already has more than 4470 square meters of space booked. Click here for more information. Posted November 18, 2014

GEOSPERU 2015 Set for March 2015. Are you interested in the South American market for geosynthetics? Speakers for GEOSPERU 2015 have recently been announced. The event is hosted by the Peruvian chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) and will be held March 4-6, 2015 in Lima. This is the third time GEOSPERU has been organized. Keynote speakers for 2015 include Braja M. Das, Jorge Zomberg and George Koerner. Click here to go to the IGS Peru chapter website. (Note: The website is in Spanish.) Posted November 17, 2014

Asia Composites Show Announces Selection of Innovation Awards. The JEC Group, Paris, France, is preparing to host its 7th JEC Asia Composites Show and Conferences. The event is being held November 17-19 in Singapore. JEC has announced several award winners prior to the event. Receiving JEC Innovation Awards are Hope Technik Pte. Ltd. in the Compression Molding category and Republic Polytechnic in the Academic category. Tong-Earn Tay, head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at National University of Singapore will also receive a Life-Achievement Award. All three winners are based in Singapore. Click here to read the JEC press release. Posted November 10, 2014

ITMA Issues Preliminary List of Exhibitors. The organizer of ITMA 2015 has just posted on its website the current list of exhibitors participating in the textile machinery show. The show will take place in Milan, Italy, November 12-19, 2015. There are 1,259 exhibiting companies from 41 countries listed. Click here to view the list. Posted November 6, 2014

INSIGHT2014 a Success. The INSIGHT2014 International Conference held October 19-23 in Indianapolis, Ind., USA, recorded a four-year high of 360 delegates. The program featured industry presentations spanning the absorbent product and personal care supply chain.  Highlighting the conference was the recognition by INDA, the Association of the Nonwovens Industry, of Jim Hanson, Principal and Director of Marketing Technology Service, Inc. with its prestigious INDA Lifetime Service Award. This was the 38th and last time INSIGHT was being organized by Marketing Technology Service, Inc. INSIGHT was acquired by INDA last May and going forward will be combined with INDA's Vision Consumer Products Conference. Click here to go to the press release. Posted November 5, 2014

Records Broken at 2014 SGIA Expo. You can quickly summarize whether a show is a success or a disappointment with the size of the crowd on the show floor. SGIA set two records at its recently completed 2014 SGIA Expo, held in Las Vegas, Nev., USA, October 22-24. The show, organized by the Specialty Graphics Imaging Assocation, attracted a record 25,500 attendees and a record 541 exhibitors filling 223,000 square feet of space. 2015 SGIA Expo will be held in Atlanta, Ga., USA, November 4-6, 2015. Click here to read the SGIA posting on the 2014 show. Posted October 31, 2014

IFAI Issues Press Release on Success of Recent Exposition. The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has issued a press release summarizing its recently held Specialty Fabrics Expo 2014 and Advanced Textiles Expo. The combined shows had 363 exhibitors, taking 85,000 square feet of space. IFAI President Mary Hennessy reported attendance was off by about 20% from the previous show held in Orlando in 2013. Click here to go to the IFAI website to read the press release.  Posted October 30, 2014

Machinery Show Expands with Additional Hall. ITMA, the international textile machinery exhibition, has announced it is adding an 11th hall for its November 12-19, 2015 event in Milan, Italy. According to Charles Beauduin, President of CEMATEX, the owner of the show, "The demand for space has been very strong with applications still streaming in." The additional hall will house the Fibre and Yarn, Research & Education, Clourants and Chemicals, Software and Recycling sectors. To date, 1380 exhibitors from 47 countries have reserved space at ITMA 2015. Click here to read the show press release. Posted October 28, 2015

Middle East/North Africa Nonwovens Event Postponed. EDANA, an international association for the nonwovens industry, has announced it is postponing the 4th edition of its Middle East & North Africa Nonwovens Symposium. The event was scheduled to take place February 17-18, 2015 in Dubai, UAE. There was no indication of the reason for the postponement. Click here to go to the EDANA website. Posted October 28, 2014

2014 SGIA Expo Preview. While admittedly biased, Dan Marx, Vice President-Markets & Technologies at the Specialty Graphics Imaging Association (SGIA), gives a very good explanation of why the SGIA Expo remains the number one NOrth American trade show for those involved in wide format printing. 2014 SGIA Expo is taking place in Las Vegas, Nev., USA, October 22-24. Click here to read his article posted on the whattheythink.com website. Posted October 9, 2014

GeoAmericas 2016 Issues Call for Proposals. The 3rd Pan-American Conference on Geosynthetics (GeoAmericas 2016) has issued a call for proposals for short courses, technical sessions and training sessions. The event will be held in Miami, Fla., USA, April 11-16, 2016. Deadline for the proposals is November 15, 2014. A separate call for abstracts for individual papers will be issued in January 2015. GeoAmericas 2016 is  hosted by the North American Geosynthetics Society (NAGS) and held under the auspices of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS). Minerva -- Technology & Resources & Information is managing the event. Click here to view the call for proposals press release. Corrected version posted October 7, 2014

IFAI Announces Dates and Location of 2015 Shows. The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has announced both the 2015 Specialty Fabrics Expo and the Advanced Textiles Expo will be taking place October 6-9, 2015 in Anaheim, Calif., USA. Taking place along with the Specialty Fabrics and Advance Textiles events will be the introduction of a third show called Shade Expo. It is being designated a stand-alone event with a concentrated focus on all things sun protection. Click here to read the release. Posted September 31, 2014

SYFA Fall Conference Features Key Industry Leaders. The Synthetic Yarn and Fiber Association's Fall Conference will have special presentation from Auggie Tantillo, president of the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), and Dr. James A. HaywardCEO and president of Applied DNA SciencesNCTO is considered the voice of the US domestic textile industry and Mr. Tantillo will be giving a report on the state of the industry as well as progress reports on pending trade agreements. Dr. Hayward's company was recently in the news with the announcement of a $3 million contract with the US Department of Defense to supply its counterfeit protection DNA marking technology to a host of new components destined for use by the military. The SYFA conference will take place October 3-4 in Charlotte, N.C., USA. Click here for more information on registering. Posted September 29, 2014

INDA and Nonwovens Institute to Offer New Education Courses. INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, and North Carolina State University's Nonwovens Institute (NWI) have announced a new jointly organized series of nonwovens short courses for 2015 named "The Professional Development Series." The new portfolio will consist of six courses, starting with the nonwoven's basics, increasing to intermediate and capping with an advanced series of product development, nanofibers and microfibers. Click here for more information. Posted September 19, 2014

SPESA Holding Executive Conference in Washington. The September-November event season continues to build up with more event announcements including the holding of the SPESA 2014 Executive Conference, November 5-6, 2014, in Washington, DC, USA. SPESA is a trade association representing suppliers of sewn products machinery, and ancilliary equipment parts, services and technology for the sewn products industry. The theme of this year's event is "Fresh Perspectives on the Sewn Products Industry." Click here to find out more information on their website. Posted August 27, 2014

High-Performance Nonwovens Conference Announced. International Newsletters has announced the second edition of its Nonwovens for High-Performance Applications conference will be held on March 4-5, 2015 in Cannes, France. Click here for more information. Posted August 24, 2014

Futuro Textiles Lighter-Than-Air Exhibit in Argentina. The Buenos Aires Herald (Buenos Aires, Argentina) has an interesting article posted on the third addition of Futuro Textiles that is taking place July 16 - November 2, 2014 at the Tecnopolis Exhibition Centre in Buenos Aires. Futuro Textiles is an exhibition of prototypes in the world of technical textiles. Previous editions of the exhibition have taken place in Lille, France and Kortrijk, Belgium. The theme this year is "lightness." There are three different segments -- medical workspaces and space missions, exotic and fashionalbe pieces, and an exhibition of fibers. Click here to read the article. Posted August 24, 2014

Wide-Format Printing Panel Scheduled for SGIA Expo. The Specialty Graphics Imaging Association (SGIA) is reporting the upcoming SGIA Expo 2014 has 530 exhibitors. The show is being held October 22-25 in Las Vegas, Nev., USA. An all-star cast of industry experts are part of the Digital Textile Printing panel discussion at the show. Panelists included representatives of Pacific Coast Fabrics, Mimaki USA, Mutoh America, Sawgrass Technologies, Epson, and ErgoSoft USA. You shouldn't miss this show if you're in the wide-format printing business. Click here for more information at the SGIA site. Posted August 15, 2014<< New text box >>

INDA Offers Beginning Course on Nonwovens. If you're new to the nonwovens industry, you might want to think about attending this workshop organized by INDA, the Association of the Nonwovens Industry. The elementary training course is taking place September 17-18, 2014 at the INDA headquarters in Cary, N.C., USA. Click here to go to the event's website site. Posted August 15, 2014

Nonwoven Show to Move to Boston for 2016. After years of being held in Miami Beach, Fla., USA, the IDEA International Engineered Fabrics Conference and Exposition will move to Boston, Mass., USA, for 2016. IDEA is organized by INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry. It is held on a triennial frequency. The move to Boston is prompted by major rennovations being undertaken at the Miami Beach Convention Center. While the intent is to return to Miami Beach after the 2016 show, this temporary re-location to Boston could prove to be a nice opportunity for the organizer to present something different to the nonwovens industry. A potentional issue could emerge, though, because the new show dates INDA announced, May 3-5, 2016, are the exact same dates as those previously announced by the organizers of the Techtextil North America 2016, Texprocess North America 2016 and JEC Composites 2016 events that are again being held together in Atlanta, Ga., USA. Both the IDEA and these other shows do have some crossover, competing, in part, for the same audience of visitors and exhibitors. Click here to read the INDA press release. Posted August 5, 2014

July 31 Deadline for Early Registration for Innovation Forum. Organizers of the Textile World Innovation Forum 2014 have informed us July 31 is the last day to receive the "early bird" registration discount. The high-level textile management forum is taking place September 15-16, 2014, in Atlanta, Ga., USA. The themes of the presentations focus on the innovations occurring in the various levels of the textile manufacturing value chain. Participants who register on or before July 31 receive a $300 discount from the on-site price. If you're going, you should take care of the registration today or tomorrow. Click here to go to the registration site. Posted July 30, 2014

German Membrane Conference to Feature International Presentations. The role of waterproof membranes has expanded from the traditional roof applications for dwellings and buildings to serve a wide range of geomembrane applications in water containment, land reclamation, and building and infrastructure protection. The conference Waterproof Membranes 2014 will examine many of these areas through presentations by leading international speakers. The conference is being held November 17-19 2014 in Bonn, Germany.  Speakers include our good friend Chris Kelsey, editor/writer for the website Geosynthetica, and former editor of Geosynthetics magazine. Click here to view the conference program. Posted July 30, 2014

Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers Showing in Uzbekistan. ACIMIT, the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers, and the Italian Trade Agency have organized an Institutional Point at the upcoming Central Asian International Textile Machinery Exhibition (CAITME). The show is taking place September 10-12, 2014 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Four Italian machinery manufacturers will be present. The ACIMIT press release stated that in 2013 the Italian textile machinery industry exported $5.5 million worth of equipment, mostly spinning and weaving machinery. Click here to read the release. Posted July 23, 2014

World Textile Summit 2015 Again to Be Held at ITMA. Following up on the inaugural World Textile Summit (WTS) conference held at ITMA 2011 in Barcelona, Spain, the event will again be held during ITMA 2015 in Milan, Italy, November 12-19, 2015. The theme will be exploring the business benefits of an effective sustainability strategy. WTS 2015 will take place November 13. It is a joint initiative by ITMA owners CEMATEX, the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers, in partnership with World Textile Information Network Ltd. (WTiN) and the Singapore-based exhibition organizer MP Expositions Pte Ltd. Click here to read the WTS 2015 press release. Posted July 23, 2014

Call for Material from Outdoor Retailer Exhibitors.  There is a "no brainer" promotion opportunity for companies exhibiting at the Outdoor Summer Market 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA next month. Kathy Swantko, owner of FabricLink Network, is once again in charge of organizing Outdoor Retailer's The Industrial Design Center. The theme this year is "The Future of Outdoor Design." Send samples of the products you are exhibiting to Ms. Swantko and she will include them in the International Design Center display. Click here to go to the submission's website. The deadline is August 2, so get a move on this today. Posted July 21, 2014

"Pure Opportunity" is Theme for Filtration Event. The upcoming Filtration 2014 International Conference & Exposition, November 18-20, will focus on nonwoven media for air and liquid filtration. The theme is "Pure Opportunity." In addition to the main event, INDA's Nonwoven Filter Media Training Course is being held prior to the exposition on November 18-19 and the National Air Filtration Association (NAFA) will present the NAFA Air Tutorial on November 18. Click here for more information. Posted July 16, 2014

Date Changed for ITM 2016. The organizers of the 2016 ITM Texpo Eurasia International Textile Exhibition (ITM 2016) have announced dates of the event have been changed from September 1-4, 2016 to June 1-4, 2016. Click here to go the ITM 2016 website. Posted July 16, 2014

Review of ITMA Asia + CITME 2014. If you're looking for a good concise summary of the ITMA Asia + CITME 2014 exhibition in Shanghai, we would suggest you read Adrian Wilson's column posted on the Innovations In Textiles website. Mr. Wilson is a well-known writer on the textile industry and his expertise shines in an analysis of the recent textile machinery event, including why there were fewer textile machine manufacturers exhibiting. Click here to go to the article. Posted July 9, 2014

NATO Army Armaments Group to Meet at Future Forces 2014. The Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic, together with the 11th edition of Future Forces 2014 (FF14), will host the official meeting of the NATO LCG DSS in Prague, Czech Republic, in October. One of the plenary sessions is Reconnaissance/Camouflage Concealment, Deception and Denial. To assess the technological components and logistical requirements of a 21st century combatant and "NATO Forces 2020", there will be an open NATO Future Soldier workshop that will evaluate the equipment needed by dismounted soldiers and small units to fight effectively. Click here to go to the FF14 website. Posted June 30, 2014 

ITMA Asia + CITME 2014 Numbers Released. Following up on our June 24 posting, the organizers of ITMA Asia + CITME 2014 have issued a post event press release. The five-day event in Shanghai ended June 20. Total number of visitors was around 100,000 from 102 countries, an increase of 7% over the previous record attendance at the 2012 show. The visitors were 80% from China, with other top countries being India, Japan, Chinese Taiwan, South Korea, Indonesia and Turkey. There were almost 1,600 exhibitors from 28 countries. China led with the largest number of exhibitors, followed by Germany, Japan, Italy and Switzerland. Posted June 28, 2014

ITMA Asia + CITME 2014 Textile Equipment Show Concludes. There is a nice quick posting on the website Textile Future by Virginia F. Bodmer-Altura about the just-concluded ITMA Asia + CITME 2014 in Shanghai, China. According to her report, more and more equipment purchasers are looking at sustainability value, meaning energy savings, less usage of water and air, etc.) There was some talk on the show floor about over-capacity. The next ITMA Asia + CITME will be held October 24-28, 2016 in Shanghai. Click here to read Ms. Bodmer-Altura's report. Posted June 24, 2014

Textile Coating Conference Enlists Top Experts. It looks like a great international  line-up of speakers for the International Conference on Textile Coating and Laminating including keynoter Nicholas Smith, Global Head, Textile Coating for Bayer MaterialScience, China; Steven Yializis, Chief Operating Officer, Sigma Technologies, USA; Jason Cole, Director Research & Development, Kappler Inc, USA; Gary S. Selwyn, President and Founder, Green Theme Technologies, USA; Karel Lansu, Director Marketing & Sales, Klieverik Heli BV, The Netherlands; Albert ManserWerner Mathis AG, Switzerland; and, Pierre Defaux, Global Marketing Manager, Textile Coating, Bluestar Silicones. The event is being held November 4-5, 2014, in Cannes, France. Click here to see the full list of speakers and topics. Posted June 19, 2014

Innovation Forum Advance Registration Opens. Advance discount registration forTextile World Innovation Forum 2014 is open. As previously posted, the event is being held September 15-16 in Atlanta, Ga., USA. Click here to go to the registration page.Posted June 18, 2014

Early Discount Registration for Events. Are you a Type A personality and just want to get things done now rather than procrastinate? A number of organizations have just opened early registration for industry events taking place in a few months. Might as well get the process out of the way and maybe save a few dollars:

  SGIA Expo, October 22-24, Las Vegas,  click here;

■   IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo/Advanced Textiles Expo, October 14-16, Minneapolis, click here;

■   10th International Conference on Geosynthetics, September 21-25, Berlin, click here;

■   International Conference on Textile Coating and Laminating, November 4-5, Cannes, click here.

Posted June 11, 2014

Stand-Alone Cinte Techtextil China to be Larger This Year. In the past Cinte Techtextil has occurred concurrently with Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics in Shanghai which made it difficult to measure the true "success" of technical textile because many visitors simply wandered into the hall while attending Intertextile. This year, however, the biennial Cinte Techtextil will be held as a stand-alone show. It's still being held in Shanghai and will take place September 24-26. The separation does not appear to have affected the positive interest of the exhibitors. Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd., one of the organizers, has announced more than 500 exhibitors will participate. Click here to read the company's press release. Posted June 9, 2014

BeaverLake6 Report Partners with Czech Military Conference. BeaverLake6 Report has become an media/industry partner for Future Forces Exhibition & Conference 2014 (FF14). The event is taking place October 15-17, 2014 in Prague, Czech Republic. FF14 is a highly recognized international event in the defense and security field organized biennially in Prague under the auspices and support by the Czech Ministry of Defence and Chief of Defence, plus many other national and international institutions. The exhibition will feature more than 200 companies supplying military products. Click here to go the FF14 website. Posted June 4, 2014

Geosynthetics 2015 Announces Short Courses. The organizer of Geosynthetics 2015 conference and exhibition being held February 15-18, 2015 in Portland, Ore., USA has announced eight full-day short courses that will take place on February 15. It looks like a very strong line-up of courses and speakers: 

 Design of Bottom Liners and Final Cover Systems for Containment Facilities 

▪ Design of Geosynthetic-Reinforced Unpaved and Paved Roads

▪ Designing and Specifying Planar Drainage Geocomposites

▪ Geomembranes for Potable Water Applications 

▪ Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil 

▪ Geosynthetic Test Procedures and Material Specifications

▪  Nanotechnologies for Geosynthetics: Opportunities and Challenges 

▪ Static Lining and Cover Systems

Click here to go to the Geosynthetics 2015 website. Posted May 30, 2014

INDA Acquires INSIGHT Conference from Marketing Technology Service, Inc. INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has announced the purchase today of the INSIGHT International Conference from Marketing Technology Service, Inc. (MTS) and will combine the long-standing event with its VISION Consumer Products Conference. Both events have focused on the absorbent product and disposable hygiene market segments. The acquisition, approved by the INDA Executive Committee and its Board of Directors, closed on May 29. The acquisition will cause a number of INDA event dates to change. Click here to read the entire press release. Posted May 29, 2014

Techtextil North America Hits Record Attendance. Messe Frankfurt USA, the organizer of Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas, has issued a final report for the two shows as well as JEC Americas which all co-located in Atlanta, May 13-15. Techtextil North America had 363 exhibitors, Texprocess Americas had 164 exhibitors and JEC Americas had 232 exhibitors. The combined attendance was a record 9,039 (not including exhibitor personnel), a 45.8% increase over the 2012 event. Click here to read the full press release. Posted May 29, 2014

INDA Holds Converting and Bonding Conference. There is an excellent report by Bill Smith posted on the Innovation In Textiles website summarizing the presentations given May 6-8 at the Converting and Bonding Conference (CAB2014). The event was held by INDA, the Association of the Nonwovens Fabrics Industry, in Greenville, S.C., USA. Brad Kalil, Director of Research and Statistics for INDA, gave a state of the industry presentation. He said there was a 3.9% global growth in nonwovens for 2013, up from 3.2% growth in 2012. Click here to go to the Innovation In Textileswebsite to read the CAB2014 report. Posted May 27, 2014

IFAI Japan Hosting Product Showcase in July. IFAI Japan, a country sector of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), has announced its annual IFAI Japan Showcase will take place July 17, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. The showcase features two industry suppliers introducing their products, followed by a networking reception. Often the suppliers are new to Japan and thus it becomes a good way for both the visitors and the presenters to get to know each other. If you interested in participating, please click here to go to the 2014 Product Showcase information. Posted May 19, 2014

Italian Machinery Pavilion at Techtextil. ICE-Italian Trade Agency, and ACIMIT, the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers, have organized a pavilion featuring 13 Italian machinery manufacturers. In 2012, the largest share of Italian textile machinery exports (30%) went to the US. Click here to go to a spercial web page we've created to list of the machinery exhibitors and a short description of their products. Posted May 5, 2014

Tencate Protective Fabrics of North America to be Named Recipient of Textile World Award. Congratulations to Tencate Protective Fabrics of North America for being selected for the 2014 Innovation Award from Textile World magazine. According to publisher Jim Borneman, "Tencate Protective Fabrics was selected to receive the award because of the company's long-standing commitment to innovation in the textile industry and its development of fabrics that are truly life-saving systems." The award will be presented during a luncheon that will culminate the new two-day Textile World Innovation Forum being held September 15-16 in Atlanta, GA., USA. Click here to read the entire press release. Posted April 30, 2014

ExpoProducción Show Changes To Biennial Frequency. Exposition Development Company, the organizer of the ExpoProducción show held in Mexico City, has announced it will switch from being held annually to an every other year event starting with the next show in February 2015.  ExpoProducción is a fairly new event, first organized in 2013 and held again this past January. It covers the entire textile industry value chain from fiber to end product. It is focused to appeal to the Mexican and Latin America marketplace. Posted April 21, 2014

Textile Coating and Laminating Conference Announcement. International Newsletters, the organizer of the annual International Conference on Textile Coating and Laminating (TCL), has announced a call for papers for the 2014 event. The conference will be held November 4-5, 2014, in Cannes France. The theme is "A Vital Industry - Building for the Future." TCL2014 will feature 4 sessions: Section 1, The State of the Industry; Session 2, Techniques and Materials; Session 3, Technology for Growth; and, Session 4, Future Opportunities. Click here to contact Nick Butler at International Newsletters for more information or to submit an abstract. Posted April 14, 2014

EDANA to Organize Nonwovens Conference at ITMA 2015. A press release was issued today announcing EDANA, the international association for the nonwovens and related industries, will be organizing a nonwovens conference during ITMA 2015. We like this news. We need more cooperative ventures in holding these types of events. ITMA 2015, the world's largest textile and garment technology exhibition, will be held in Milan, Italy, November 12-19. The addition of EDANA is a visionary step in expanding the event's scope. Posted April 14, 2014

Extreme Sports Display at IFAI Event. The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has put out a call for submissions for products made for the extreme sports industry (i.e. hang gliders, parachutes, mountain climbing gear, etc.). A special display of these fabric-related extreme sports products will be featured on the trade show floor at the IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo 2014 and Advanced Textiles Expo. The event is taking place in Minneapolis, Minn., USA, October 14-16, 2014. Click here to contact Barbara Connett, Events & Education Manager at IFAI. Posted April 14, 2014

INDEX14 Award Winners Are Announced. EDANA, the Brussels-based international organization for the nonwovens industry, announced today at the opening ceremony of INDEX14 the winners of the INDEX14 Award. INDEX14, being held in Geneva, Switzerland, is the world's largest gathering of the nonwovens industry with more than 12,500 visitors and 550 exhibitors. Click here to go to the Filtration+Separation.com website. Posted April 8, 2014

Italian Textile Machinery at Techtextil North America. According to a press release issued by ACIMIT, the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers, 13 Italian makers of machines for technical textiles will be exhibiting at Techtextil North America, May 13-15, 2014 in Atlanta, Ga., USA. Posted March 31, 2014

Techtextil 2015 Expands. There is just too much to see in only 3 days. Responding to industry demand, Messe Frankfurt GmbH, the organizer of Techtextil 2015 in Frankfurt, has expanded the biennial event to 4 days. The show is taking place May 4-7, 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany. It will be running in parallel with Texprocess, the trade fair for processing textile and flexible materials. In 2013 Techtextil had over 27,400 visitors and 1,330 exhibitors. Registration is now open. Click here for more information. Posted March 27, 2014 

India's Technical Textile Show Attracts Taiwan Companies. The just-completed Technotex 2014 in Mumbai, India, brought out an interesting press release that talked about the participation of Taiwan's technical textile industry. There were 10 Taiwan companies exhibiting. What attracts the Taiwanese companies is that while India has the second largest textile economy in the world after China, its contribution in the global technical textile industry is only 9% of the total consumption. World over, the share of technical textile in all forms of textiles is 65%, whereas its share is only 10-15% in India. Taiwan companies are keen to penetrate the Indian marketplace and forge partnerships. Click here to read the release. Posted March 24, 2014

ITMA 2015 Provides Grant to Research and Educational Institutes. The organizer of ITMA 2015 is providing a Research & Education (R&E) Pavilion to allow research and higher education institutes with a platform to promote collaboration among companies, research centers and universities; highlight education and training opportunities; and, showcase the latest projects. Click here if you are interested in participating in the R&E pavilion. Posted March 15, 2014

Why We Like the Synthetic Yarn & Fiber Association Conference. We like the format of the upcoming USA Textiles & Technology Conference: Moving Forward. Time is precious for most of us at this time of year. Too many events are stretched out over many days. This very focused conference is organized by the Synthetic Yarn & Fiber Association (SYFA). It takes place at the Sheraton Airport Hotel in Charlotte, N.C., USA, a convenient airport location which allows quick same-day travel for most participants. The event starts at 1:00 pm on April 3 and finishes up by Noon the next day, allowing everyone to get home the same day. In between is a conference packed with knowledgeable industry speakers. Click here for registration and speaker information. Posted March 15, 2014

Asia Textile Machinery Show Sold Out. Good news for the industry. The organizers of the ITMA Asia + CITME2014 reported March 14 in a press release that the event's exhibition is sold out of space. The mega textile machinery event is taking place June 16-20, 2014 in Shanghai, China. The 152,200 gross square meters show floor, about 15% larger than the previous event, will feature 1,350 exhibitors from 27 countries. Chinese exhibitors have booked slightly over 66% of the space and European manufacturers have taken 22%. Click here for more information. Posted March 15, 2014

USA Sample Pavilion Available for Exporters. Are you looking for a low-cost testing of the potential export market for your products? US domestic producers seeking to export military and security products should consider participating in the US Department of Commerce's sample booth at Eurosatory 2014, the largest biennial land and land-air defense trade show serving the global defense market. The show takes place in Paris, France, June 16-20, 2014. The Office of Textiles and Apparel, US Department of Commerce, is featuring a catalog/sample booth at the show. Participants provide their product literature which will be displayed at the booth and, in turn, the participants receive the leads generated from the show. Click here to find more information. Posted March 15, 2014

Sewn Products Equipment and Suppliers Association to Host Networking Event. The Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas (SPESA) will host the third biennial edition of its SPESA VIP Networking Event on May 13, 2014 in Atlanta, Ga., USA. Held in conjunction with the co-located Texprocess Americas, Techtextil North America and JEC Show Americas tradeshow events, the SPESA gathering will provide show exhibitors and attendees with an opportunity to dine and network with fashion, sewn products, and technical textile industry leaders and peers. Click here to find more information. Posted March 13, 2013

ExpoProducción 2014 Show Report Released. The organizer of the second edition of the Mexican textile show ExpoProducción has issued a report on the event that was held February 5-7 in Mexico City. The trade show and conference for the apparel, home and technical textiles industry attracted more than 2,700 visitors from 15 countries. There were 120 exhibiting companies from 11 countries. Click here to read the complete press release. The dates of ExpoProducción 2015 February 4-6, 2015, again in Mexico City. Posted March 11, 2014

Future Materials Awards to Co-Locate with Textile Conference. The creator of the Future Materials (FM) Awards has announced the award program will co-locate with the 8th Aachen-Dresden International Textile Conference in Dresden, Germany, in November 2014. World Textile Information Network, publisher of the magazine Future Materials, launched the FM Awards this past year to recognize success in textile innovation. The awards are open to all the end-use sectors for technical textiles as well as materials experts, product developers and designers. The Aachen-Dresden conference is focused in the fields of textile chemistry, finishing and functionalization, and textile machinery, manufacturing and composites. Click here to find out more information about the award, the sponsor and the conference. Posted March 3, 2014

Leadership Forum Has High-Powered Schedule of Speakers. The Outlook 2014 Conference is shaping up to be quite an event for the US technical textiles industry. The annual conference is organized by the United States Industrial Fabrics Institute and the Narrow Fabrics Institute, both divisions of the Industrial Fabrics Association International. This year speakers include former Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen; Allen Gant Jr., president and CEO of Glen Raven,; and, Kim Glas, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Textiles and Apparel, Office of the US Trade Representative. The event is being held May 5-6 in Asheville, N.C., USA. Click here for more information. Posted February 25, 2014

Techtextil North America and Texprocess Receive International Buyer Program Selection. The upcoming Techtextil North America 2014 and Texprocess Americas shows, being held together May 13-15 in Atlanta, have been selected by the US Department of Commerce for designation as an International Buyer Program (IBP) event. The IBP is a joint government-industry effort that brings international buyers to the US for business-to-business matchmaking with US firms exhibiting at major industry trade shows. The IBP team has selected six countries to be targeted to bring buyers to the Techtextil /Texprocess shows: Mexico, Columbia, India, Chile, Brazil and the Dominican Republic. Click here to read the press release. Posted February 21, 2014

Textile World Magazine Will Create Textile World Innovation Forum. Today Billian Publishing Inc.'s Textile World magazine and Exposition Development Company, Inc. have announced they signed a collaboration agreement to jointly produce a new annual conference called Textile World Innovation Forum. The event will include theTextile World Innovation Award. Textile World Innovation Forum 2014 will be held September 15-16, 2014 at the Cobb Galleria in Atlanta, Ga., USA. Click here to read the entire announcement. Posted February 18, 2014

Cutting Edge Workshop Taking Place in Australia. If you're located close to the Sidney area and want to spend an afternoon learning from your peers about welding and sewing, you should think about attending a special fabricator workshop that is taking place at ABC Products in Glendenning, NSW. The event will be held February 25 and is organized by the Specialised Textiles Association. Click here for registration information. Posted February 18, 2014

AATCC Conference to Include Papers on Technical Textile End-Product Applications. The AATCC International Conference 2014 is being held April 1-3 in Asheville, N.C., USA, and will include a Materials track which will feature papers on protective textiles, medical textiles and innovative technologies. Click here to find out more from AATCC. Posted February 16, 2014

Geosynthetics Conference Organizer Announces Call for Abstracts. The Industrial Fabrics Association International has announced a "Call for Abstracts" for Geosynthetics '15. The biennial event, being held February 15-18, 2015, in Portland, Ore., USA, will be co-locating with International Erosion Control Association's Environment Connection 2015 conference. Geosynthetics '15 abstracts are being accepted on any topic relevant to the event.  Deadline for submission is April 15, 2014. Click here to contact Ms. Barbara Connet, Secretary General of Geosynthetics '15. Posted February 16, 2014

Featured Speakers Announced for International Geosynthetics Conference.The organizers of the 10th International Conference on Geosynthetics (ICG10) have announced the names of those giving special lectures and keynote addresses:

 •  Giroud Lecture -- Dr.Richard Bathurst  •  Keynote: History And Actual State of Geosynthetics Applications In Germany --Georg Heerten  •  Keynote: National Disasters Mitagation By Using Construction Methods With Geosynthetics --Dennes Bergada,Michael HeibaumandFumio Taksuoka  •  Keynote: Environmental Benefits By Using Construction Methods With Geosynthetics --Holger Walbaum  •  Keynote: Cost Savings By Using Construction Methods With Geosynthetics --Barry Christopher 

The 10ICG is being held September 21-25, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. Click here to read more about the special lectures. Posted February 10, 2014

Geosynthetics Conference Session Proposal Reminder. Session proposals for the Geosynthetics 2015 conference and trade show are due January 31, 2014. Contact Barbara Connett at Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), the event organizer, for more information. Ms. Connett is the Secretary General for the event. Her email address is bjconnett@ifai.comPosted January 25, 2014

European Nonwoven Filtration Conference Announced. EDANA, the Brussels-based European nonwovens association, has announced the organization of FILTREX® Europe 2014. The event will be held in Berlin, Germany, October 1-2, 2014. Papers will be delivered on four subject areas: Indoor and Outdoor Air Quality, Pollution and Emission Control, Clean Water, and Energy Efficiency. Click here for more information. Posted January 17, 2014

Composites Conference Set for Paris. The Innovative Composites Summit will be taking place in Paris, France, March 11-13, 2014. The conference is organized by the JEC Group and will feature 6 thematics and 36 papers. Day 1 is about design aspects, including the growth in using simulation. Day 2 is about applications, specifically automotive and aeronautics. Day 3 is about the key materials being used -- thermoplastics and carbon fiber. Click here to view the program. Posted January 9, 2014

Automotive Textiles Conference Scheduled. AATCC, the Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals, will host a full day seminar on Automotive Textiles on February 27, 2014. The seminar "Automotive Textiles -- Driven By Technology" will be held in Greer, S.C., USA. Click here for more information. Posted January 7, 2014

US Department of Commerce Exhibiting at DEFEXPO India 2014. India ranks 8th in the world for military expenditures. If you are a US company supplying cold weather gear, shelters and body armor to the military and homeland security markets, you might consider participating at DEFEXPO India 2014 through the US Department of Commerce's booth. The defense show takes place February 6-9, 2014 in New Delhi. The US Office of Textile & Apparel (OTEXA) will feature a catalog/sample booth at the show. Click here for more information on how to participate. Posted January 3, 2014

Geosynthetics Conference Seeks Session Developers. The Industrial Fabrics Association International is seeking industry leaders to organize 90 minutes technical paper sessions for Geosynthetics 2015. The event takes place February 15-18, 2015 in Portland, Ore., U.S.A. Deadline to submit your Session Proposal is January 31, 2014. The event organizer has also issued a Call for Short Courses Proposals and a Call for Practical Learning Workshop Proposals, both with February 28, 2014 submission deadline dates. Click here for their website. Posted December 18, 2013

German Textile Machinery Makers Host Two Shows in India. You have to hand it to the German textile industry and supporting government agencies. They have a game plan to continue to build the domestic manufacturing industry. In India, for example, they recently held two VDMA Textile Machinery Conferences in December. One was in Mumbai and the other in Combatore. 16 German textile machinery builders participated. Click here to read the article posted on the fibre2fashion website. Posted December 17, 2013

Webinar Discusses Use of Geosynthetics in Aquaculture. The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) is hosting a webinar on the applications of geosynthetics in agriculture and aquaculture. The event is being held 11:30 am - 1:00 pm (Eastern) on December 11. Dr. Robert Koerner, Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering at Drexel University and Director Emeritus of the Geosynthetic Institute is leading the webinar. Click here for more information, including registering. Posted December 10, 2013 

Geosynthetics Conference Receives More Than 500 Abstracts. It is reported by the geosynthetica.net website that the 10th International Conference on Geosynthetics (10ICG) has received more than 500 abstracts for paper presentations. The conference is being held September 21-25, 2014 in Berlin under the auspices of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) and hosted by IGS Germany. Accepted abstract authors can expect to be notified this month. Click here to go to the conference website. Posted December 5, 2013

Outdoor Retailer Extra Exposure for Exhibitors. If you are exhibiting at the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market (OR), you have an additional opportunity to promote your textile products through the show's Source & Design Center. OR is the largest show of its kind in North America. It's being held in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, January 21-25. Our good friend Kathy Swantko of FabricLink is again assisting in the organization of the Design Center which will showcase fabric swatches from exhibitors. Interested companies should contact Maria Sampedro for more information on the submission guidelines and where to send your fabric swatches. Posted December 5, 2013

Techtextil Middle East Symposium Announces Speakers. The first Techtextil Middle East Symposium will debut in Dubai in January, running concurrently with Intersec 2014, an international trade fair for safety and security. Intersec takes place January 19-21, 2014. The Techtextil Symposium will be held January 19-20 and divided into three sessions. The scheduled speakers include Michael Janecke, Messe Frankfurt;Steve WarnerBeaverLake6 ReportStefan Schmidt, IVGT; Aldo Tempesti, TexClubTec; and, Nick ButlerTechnical Textiles International. Click here to view all the symposium speakers and topics. Posted December 4, 2013

Smart Fabrics Conference Set for San Francisco in April. Smithers Apex, the organizers of the past Smart Fabric conferences, has changed the name of the annual Smart Fabrics event to Smart Fabrics & Wearable Technology 2014. Conference Director Barbara Fowler says the name change was a reflection of how the industry is now moving beyond fabrics to other wearable "smart" products such as watches and eyeglasses. The event will take place April 23-25, 2014 in San Francisco, Calif., USA. Click here for more information. Posted November 22, 2013 

FILTRATION® 2013 Attracts Record Attendance. INDA's annual FILTRATION International Conference & Exposition was held November 12-14 in Chicago, Ill., USA, drawing a record 1500 attendees from 30 countries. The conference theme was "Filtration Protecting Health and Environment." The event brought together all aspects of the filtration media industry value chain. FILTRATION® 2014 is scheduled for November 18-20, 2014 in Baltimore, Md., USA. Click here to view the INDA press release on the 2013 event. Posted November 18, 2013

Trumbull Addresses EURATEX Conference on proposed TTIP Agreement. On November 4, David Trumbull, Principal at Agethon Associates (and BeaverLake6 Report columnist) gave a presentation at the Second Annual Convention of the European Textile and Apparel Federation on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Mr. Trumbull has made the slides used in the presentation available at his website. Click here to view the slides. Posted November 5, 2013

New Conference on Geosynthetics in the Mining Industry. Geosynthetics Mining Solutions 2014 is a new conference focusing on the applications of geosynthetics in the mining industry. The event will take place September 8-11, 2014 in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. The organizer has issued a Call for Papers with a February 24, 2014 abstract submission deadline. Special short courses are planned for the day prior to the start of the conference. Click here to go to the geosynthetica.net website to read more about the event and topic areas for reviewed papers. Posted October 31, 2013

INDA Technology Conference a Success. The recent INDA RISE® conference, held in Denver, Co., USA, attracted more than 200 delegates, an increase of 25% over the previous year. RISE showcased the latest technical innovations in nonwovens and how they could be applied to create value-added competitive products. The RISE Durable Product Award was given to RTI International for their NLITe™ Nanofiber Light Improvement Technology. Click here for the INDA's wrap up press release. Posted October 16, 2103

GeoAfrica 2013 Conference Schedule Available. The Ghana Chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society (GhIGS) has announced the schedule of events for the 2nd African Regional Conference on Geosynthetics is available. The conference will take place November 18-20, 2013 in Accra, Ghana, and emphasize the existing and potential applications of geosynthetic technologies in the African context.  Over 70 technical papers will be given and the trade show floor in the exhibit hall is sold out. Click here to obtain the schedule. Posted October 4, 2013 

Military/Other Government Agency Textile Conference Planned for October.International Market Solutions will hold a one-day conference on US military and other government agency markets. The event will be held in Greensboro, N.C., US, on October 17, 2013. It looks like a good line-up of speakers, with an introduction by Jim Leonard, former US Department of Commerce Deputy Assistant Textiles/Apparel and presentations by Mary Lynn Landgraf of OTEXA, Don Vavala of the Warrior Protection Coalition and Steve Merch from the Defense Logistics Agency. For more information contact Mr. Leonard at cece454@aol.comPosted October 4, 2013

JEC Americas Enters Strategic Alliance With Techtextil North America in 2014. Two rival show organizers in Europe have found a way to work together in North America. JEC President Frederique Mutel announced this morning at the start of JEC Americas 2013 in Boston that the 2014 JEC show will take place in Atlanta in April alongside the Techtextil North America and Texprocess shows. This will become a mega event for the technical textiles industry. Click here to read the press release.Posted October 2, 2013

SYFA Conference Reinforces the View Textiles are Back. 160 textile leaders packed the meeting room at the Resurgence of Textiles: Back in the Region event in Charlotte, N.C., USA last week. Speaker after speaker talked about the positive signs of suppliers pulling back from Asia to be closer to their customers. Dr. Don Sabbarese of the Kennesaw State Econometric Center opened the meeting with a very balanced outlook of the US economy. Mike Hubbard, Vice President of the National Council of Textile Organizations, spoke on the progress of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. Posted October 1, 2013

Techtextil India Taking Place in October. Messe Frankfurt, the organizer of Techtextil India, is predicting record international participation in the upcoming India edition of the Techtextil brand. The conference and trade show, taking place October 3-5 in Mumbai, is expected to draw more than 4,000 visitors. The event website lists 158 exhibitors with almost half from outside of India, including those participating in one of 4 country pavilions (France, Germany, China and Belgium). Click here to go the show site. Posted September 24, 2013

India Hosting Technical Textile Conference. AATCC and TecniTex Nonwovens Pvt. Ltd. are hosting a two-day conference on technical textiles in Mumbai, India, October 1-2, 2013. Called International Conference on Advances in Fibers, Finishes, Technical Textiles and Nonwovens (they need a shorter name), the event will feature 36 presentations covering the latest research and trends in technical textiles. Three keynote presentations will cover the following topics: multi-functional textiles for the military, biax fiberfilm meltblown technology and functional mosquito repellent finishes. Click here to find more information. Posted September 19, 2013

Techtextil North America 2014 Symposiums Cover Range of Niche Markets. More than 60 presentations are planned for the Techtextil North America 2014 (TTNA14) symposium. The presentations will be given in structured sessions including New Fiber Technologies, Protective and Military, Medical, Automotive, High Performance for Sports and Outdoor, Intelligent and Nano Technology. TTNA14 is being held May 13-15, 2014 in Atlanta, Ga., USA. Click here to view the schedule and additional information concerning each session. Posted September 17, 2013 

Specialty Fabrics Expo Early Registration Discount Ends Soon. You should take advantage of the early registration discount if you're already planning to visit the IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo/Advanced Textiles Conference & Trade Show in Orlando, Fla., USA. You can save up to $100 per person, depending on the registration package. The discount price offer ends on September 20. Click here to go to the event site. Posted September 17, 2013

Geosynthetics in Roadways Course Offered. The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA), a division of Industrial Fabrics Association International, and the North American Geosynthetic Society (NAGS) will host a series of short courses around the US to provide training on the use of geosynthetic materials in transportation applications. The first course will be conducted October 23 in Orlando, Fla., USA. Click here for more information on the course. Posted September 14, 2013

Latest Italian Technology for Technical Textiles and Nonwovens to be Presented in Guangzhou. Sometimes good bits of market intelligence can be found in an organization's news release. A technology symposium on technical textiles is being co-organized October 10 in Guangzhou, China by ACIMIT - the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers, and ICE - the Italian Trade Promotion Agency. The ACIMIT press release reveals in the province of Guandong (China) there are around 500 companies manufacturing technical textiles. Further, the release says Italian textile machinery domestic sales fell 24% in the first 5 months of 2013 and China is the primary export destination for Italian textile machine manufacturers with US$161.5 million in sales during the first 5 months of 2013. Click here to read the press release. Posted September 14, 2013 

Graduate Student Poster Program at Techtextil North America 2014. The Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas events are inviting submissions to the student poster program which will be presented at their joint event in Atlanta, May 13-15, 2014.  The program is open to all graduate students. Five students will be selected by a panel of industry experts to present their research to an audience of technical textile suppliers and end-product manufacturers. This is a great way to get the next generation involved in our industry. Please support the program and encourage textile schools to get involved. Contact Kari Martin at Messe Frankfurt USA for more information. Posted September 6, 2013

SYFA Names Keynote Presenter for Resurgence in Textiles Conference. The Synthetic Yarn & Fiber Association has announced Mike Todaro, Managing Director of Americas Apparel Producers' Network as the keynote presenter at the organization's Resurgence of Textiles conference, September 26-27 in Charlotte, N.C., USA. Mr. Todaro's presentation will take place September 26. Click here to register for the event. Posted September 6, 2013

Trumbull to Speak at Euratex. International trade specialist David Trumbull, Principal at Agathon Associates, will be a featured speaker on "Textiles and the Proposed EU-US Trade Agreement" at the 2nd Euratex Convention, November 4-5, 2013 at Deutsche Bank, Berlin. The theme of the convention will be "European Textiles and Fashion 2025 -- A New Industry Paradigm Driven by Innovation." Mr. Trumbull is also a columnist for BeaverLake6 Report, commenting on US trade issues involving technical textiles. Posted September 6, 2013

Filtration Conference Set for November. INDA's FILTRATIONS International Conference and Exposition (FILTRATIONS 2013) will be held November 12-14, 2013 in Chicago, Ill. USA. Over 130 exhibitors will be in the exposition and about 1600 of the key decision-makers within the industry will be attending. The theme this year is "Filtration: Protecting the Environment." Click here to view the event's website. Posted September 5, 2013.

Automotive Conference Postponed. The organizers of the Conference on Automotive Textiles (CAT13) have announced the event has been postponed. It was originally scheduled for November 14-15, 2013 in Atlanta. Posted August 27, 2013

IFAI New Conference Will Feature Presentation by NASA Professional. The new IFAI Advanced Textiles Conference & Trade Show that will be held beside the IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo (formerly IFAI Expo Americas) in Orlando USA will feature a keynote presentation by Brooks Kimmel, former NASA Deputy Director of Safety, Health and Mission Assurance. Mr. Kimmel's talk will be held on October 23. Click here to read IFAI's press release. Posted August 21, 2013

SYFA Conference Opens Registration and Names Keynote Speaker. The Synthetic Yarn & Fiber Association's Resurgence of Textiles conference has announced registration for the event is now open. The organization also announced Dr. Donald Sabbarese, Director of Kennesaw State University's Econometric Center, will give the keynote presentation. His talked is titled "How Sustainable is the U.S. Economy without the Federal Reserve's Quantitative Easing?" Click here to get the latest information on the event. Posted August 18, 2013

JEC Asia 2013 Show Reflects Dynamic Asian Market. The 6th edition of JEC Asia was held in Singapore, June 25-27, and proved to be a growing event for the composites and technical textiles industries. JEC Asia 2013 brought in 5,200 visitors from 49 countries. Based on the success of the annual JEC Asia show, the JEC Group announced an opening of a permanent office in Singapore. Click here for more information on the upcoming 2014 show. Posted August 11, 2013

Cinte Techtextil China Dates Set for 2014. Organizers of Asia's leading trade fair for the technical textiles industry have confirmed the dates will be September 24-26, 2014 in Shanghai. Also, according to the press release, the show for the first time will not run concurently in the same location with other textile-related shows produced by Messe Frankfurt. While last year's fair had more than 19,000 visitors from 62 countries, a 37% increase over the previous event, it is impossible to say whether or not all the visitors were really interested in Cinte Techtextil or were there primarily to attend the other textile shows. The 2014 show should test the true strength of the event. Click here to visit the show site. Posted August 11, 2013

SPESA Organizes 2013 Conference in Washington. The Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas (SPESA) will be holding its SPESA 2013 Executive Conference on October 17-18 in Washington. Key addresses include "Inside Walmart's $50 Billion Buy American Campaign", " Re-Shoring and Near-Shoring Activity in the Americas" and "What Suppliers Need to Know about U.S. Trade Policies." Click here to learn more. Posted August 10, 2013

SYFA Sponsorships Available for Conference. The Synthetic Yarn & Fibers Association (SYFA) is looking for sponsors for the "Resurgence of Textiles" conference. The event takes place September 26-27 in Charlotte, N.C., USA. A sponsorship is an inexpensive way to promote your company products and services while showing support for the industry. Contact Kim Pettit, SYFA's managing director, atkpettit@thesyfa.orgPosted August 8, 2013

INDA and CNITA to Co-Sponsor WTiN/RISI Asia Pacific Nonwovens Symposium. INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry and the China Nonwovens and Industrial Textiles Association (CNITA) are co-sponsoring the 1st Asia-Pacific Nonwovens Symposium organized by the World Textile Information Network (WTiN) and RISI, Inc. The Symposium is scheduled for October 22, 2013 in Shanghai, China. The theme of the event is "Nonwoven Market Opportunities: Hygiene and Beyond." Click here to go to the Symposium's website. Posted August 5, 2013

China Nonwovens Show Set For October. The 15th Shanghai International Nonwovens Conference and Exhibition (SINCE '13) is being organized for Shanghai, October 23-25. SINCE is one of the oldest continuous textile trade shows in China, beginning in 1986. It is organized by CNTA Science & Technology Co., Ltd. The last show attracted 13,000 visitors from 47 countries. Click here to go to the event's website. Posted July 26, 2013

Free JEC Americas 2013 Pre-Registration Deadline Approaches. July 31st is the deadline to obtain free visitor registration to attend the JEC Americas Composites Show & Conference. The event is taking place in Boston, USA, October 2-4, 2013. Click here to go to the JEC website to register. Posted July 24, 2013

New Industrial Design Center at ORSM'13. Are you attending or exhibiting at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Salt Lake City? If so, make sure to stop by the new Industrial Design Center that's been organized by our good friend Kathy Swanko of FabricLink. The mega-event for the sporting goods and outdoor recreational industries is being held July 31 - August 3. Posted July 25, 2013

US Trade Pavilion Organized for ExpoProduccion 2014. The US Department of Commerce's Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA) has announced the organization of a US pavilion for the Mexican textile show ExpoProduccion 2014. The event is being held February 5-7, 2014 in Mexico City. ExpoProduccion's scope is the complete textile supply chain, including technical textiles.  Interested in exhibiting within the pavilion? Click here to gain more information from OTEXA. Posted July 11, 2013

Australia's SuperExpo 2013 Attracts Large Number of Visitors. The first joint venture event between Specialised Textiles Association (STA) and Blind Manufacturers Association of Australia (BMAA) was a huge success, bringing together more than 4500 visitors and 100 exhibitors. The event was held on the Gold Coast, June 5-7. At the show, STA held its annual meeting and Tom Gastin of Pattons in Kirribilli, New South Wales became the organization's new president. Click here to read about the show in Connections magazine. Posted July 11, 2013

Messe Frankfurt Adds 6th Techtextil Event. Messe Frankfurt, the organizer of the successful Techtextil trade shows and conferences, has announced it will be premiering Techtextil Middle East in Dubai, January 19-21, 2014. The event is being called a symposium with a Techtextil pavilion. It will be taking place during Intersec 2014, the Internaitonal Trade Fair for Safety & Security. Click here to read the press release. Posted July 2, 2013

Registration Now Open for IFAI Shows. "Experience the Future" is the theme for the IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo and Advanced Textiles Conference & Trade Show. Registration opened June 14. The IFAI events are co-locating in Orlando, USA, on October 23-25, 2013 with the 2013 SGIA Expo, the major annual event for the Specialty Graphics Imaging Association (SGIA). Click here for more information. Posted June 25, 2013

AATCC Call for Papers Announced. The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) has announced a Call for Papers for its 2014 AATCC International Conference. The event will be held April 1-3, 2014 in Asheville, N.C., USA. Papers are being solicited for subject areas such as geotextiles, medical/biomedical textiles, nonwovens, and technical textiles & sports materials. The deadline for paper abstracts is August 2, 2013. Click here for complete submission information. Posted June 23, 2013

OTEXA Seeking for US Participants in BakuBuild. The US Office of Textiles & Apparel (OTEXA) is sponsoring a USA pavilion and catalog/sample booth at the upcoming BakuBuild 2013 in Azerbaijan. BakuBuild is the largest building event in CIS and Eastern Europe. More than 10,000 professionals from the construction industry are expected to attend. Participation through supplying literature and samples for distribution at the booth is a low-cost effective way to introduce your products to an international market. Click here for the BakuBuild participation flyer. Contact Mary-Lynn Landgraf at +1.202.482.7909 or email at Mary-Lynn.Landgraf@trade.gov for more information. Posted June 21, 2013

Techtextil/Texprocess 2013 Sets New Records. According to Detlef Braun, a member of the Executive Board of Messe Frankfurt GmbH, the trade fair for technical textiles and the trade fair for textile processing which occurred last week in Frankfurt together attracted around 40,000 visitors from 113 countries. This was an increase of 8% over 2011 visitor figures. The fairs featured 1,652 exhibitors from 56 countries. After Germany, the top visitor nations and regions were Italy, France, Turkey, Great Britain, Switzerland, and East Europe, including the Russian Federation, Poland, the Czech Republic and Romania. Click here to read the show's final report to the press.Posted June 17, 2013

2013 Smart Fabrics Europe Dates Established. The dates and location of the 10th edition of Smart Fabrics Europe have been announced. The conference will be held October 29-31, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain. The recent US edition held in April in San Francisco, Cal., US attracted 220 delegates. Click here to go to the organizer's website. Posted May 30, 2013

Largest Trade Exhibition in Australia 2 Weeks Away. If you're doing business in Australia, New Zealand and the nearby region, you should consider attending SuperExpo 2013, a co-location event organized by the Specialised Textiles Association and the Blind Manufacturers Association of Australia. The show will take place in Broadbeach (Gold Coast), Queensland, Australia, June 5-7. More than 4,000 visitors are expected. Click here to view their interactive SuperExpo 2013 event guide.Posted May 22, 2013

Abstract Deadline Delayed for 10 ICG. The organizers of the 10th International Conference on Geosynthetics (10 ICG) have announced an extension of the deadline for submission of abstracts from May 15 to July 31. The 10 ICG will be held September 21-25 2014 in Berlin, Germany. Click here to visit the 10 ICG website to obtain the latest information about the event. Posted May 14, 2013

OTEXA Participating in DSEI Show. Are you interested in a low-cost promotion of your products to the military market? Mary-Lynn Landgraf at the Office of Textiles & Apparel (OTEXA) has informed me she still has a couple of spots available for US companies in the OTEXA Sample Booth at the Defence & Security Equipment International (DSEI) show. This event attracts over 28,000 qualified visitors who are involved in the defense industry. The OTEXA booth participation is limited to 12 manufacturers. Contact Ms. Landgraf at mary-lynn.landgraf@trade.gov. Posted May 29, 2013

IDEA 13 Show by the Numbers. How successful was the recent IDEA 13, International Engineered Fabrics Conference and Exposition? INDA, the organizer, is reporting a record number of exhibitors and attendees. Specifics: 483 exhibiting companies using 400,000 gross square feet (37,000 square meters) and 7,000 attendees from 72 countries. IDEA 14 will be held April 11-14, 2016 in Miami Beach, Fl., USA. Posted May 3, 2013

Techtextil Blog. We would highly recommend viewers visit the blog found on the Techtextil show website. The show takes place June 11-13. The organizers are putting up interesting applications for technical textiles such as reinforced composites, lightweight structures and smart textiles. It's a great way to market the industry's possibilities while promoting the show. Click here to look at the blog postings. Posted May 1, 2013

IFAI Expanding Activities in Mexico. Clarion Events North America, Inc. announced today a collaboration agreement with the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI). The agreement regards Clarion's new ExpoProducción annual trade show that had its premiere this past February. In 2014 IFAI will have a pavilion and conference within the show for those in the specialty fabrics industry.Clarion benefits from the collaboration by increasing the show's market focus beyond apparel. IFAI benefits by gaining a base to expand the association's activities in Mexico, a country in which its past involvement has been limited to the geosynthetics marketplace. Click here for to read the release. Posted April 15, 2013

2015 North American Geosynthetics Conference Location Set. The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has announced its next geosynthetics conference will be a co-location with the International Erosion Control Association (IECA) in Portland, Ore., USA. The location is not without challenge. The 2001 IFAI geosynthetics conference held in Portland was poorly attended by international and East Coast visitors, largely because of the city's relatively remote location. However, the IECA participation will certainly make it a more attractive total event this next time around. Event dates were not revealed but a knowledgeable industry source has told us Geosynthetics 2015 will be held February 15-18, 2015. Posted April 13, 2013

Successful Techtextil North America 2013. Initial reports are coming in from exhibitors that the move of the western U.S. version of TTNA and the concurrent SPESA conference from Las Vegas to Anaheim was a good decision. The website California ApparelNews.net posted very positive comments and observations from a number of exhibitors about the trending of production and demand returning to the US. Click here to read the web report. Posted April 1, 2013

National Council of Textile Organizations Has Powerful Lineup for April Meeting. The Honorable Francisco Sanchez, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, U.S. Department of Commerce, will be the featured dinner speaker at the NCTO's annual meeting. The event is being held in Washington, April 15-17. Under Secretary Sanchez's presentation will focus on critical textiles trade issues, including progress of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. Click here to see the complete lineup of speakers on the Textile World website. Posted March 28, 2013

Revived Textile Automotive Conference Announced. The most valuable market for textiles is the automotive industry. A Call for Papers has been issued by the organizers of Automotive Textiles 2013 (CAT13). After an absence of several years, the revived event will be held November 14-15, 2013 in Atlanta, Ga., US and address "the growth and increasing globalization of the automotive industry. Textile industry veteran Bill Smith is the conference director. CAT13 is sponsored by Industrial Textiles Associates, Technical Textiles International magazine and International Newsletters Ltd. Click here for more information. Posted March 25, 2013

Textile Event in Brazil Attracting International Exhibitors. The organizer of Tecnotextil Brasil 2013 -- Fair of Technology for the Textile Industry predicts more than 20,000 visitors for this year's event in Sao Paul, April 15-18. The fair already has more than 300 exhibitors reserved with more than 60% of the floor space taken by companies located outside of Brazil. Click here to go to the organizer's website. Posted March 25, 2013

Another Successful Technical Textiles Event in Singapore.  According to the show organizers, the just-completed nonwoven conference OUTLOOK ™ Asia has been received with tremendous success. The March 12-14 event was organized by EDANA -- the international association serving the nonwovens and related industries. The conference attracted 220 delegates from 98 different companies coming from 26 countries across Asia. EDANA says that based on this success it is clear OUTLOOK Asia will be repeated. Click here for a brief report from EDANA. Posted March 15, 2013

SPESA to Hold Conference at Techtextil North America. The Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas (SPESA) will host a conference on March 19 called "Advancements in Manufacturing Technology." The full-day event is being held at the Anaheim Hilton Hotel during the March 19-21 Techtextil North America 2013. SPESA organizers say the conference will provide manufacturing executives and managers with information and insight on technologies and related best practices that are driving production and process improvements. Professionals from industrial, military and other sewn products segments are targeted for participation. Click here to go to the SPESA website. Posted March 8, 2013

GeoAfrica First Call for Abstracts. The organizers of the 2nd African Regional Conference on Geosynthetics have issued a call for abstracts for their conference. It should be an interesting event. Major projects in mining, transportation and environmental engineering in Africa present numerous opportunities for geosynthetics applications. The conference is being held in Accra, Ghana, November 18-20, 2013. Click here to go to the event's website. Posted March 5, 2013

Geosynthetics 2013 Features Impressive Exhibitor List. The biennial Geosynthetics conference for North America taking place April 1-4 in Long Beach, Calif., USA will feature 122 exhibitors and a number of educational sessions. The event's theme is "Geooynthetics for Waste and Energy Challenges." Click here to go to the organizer's website. Posted March 1, 2013

Successful Debut for Mexican Apparel Show. The inaugural ExpoProduccion was held February 6-8, 2013 in Mexico City. According to David Audrain, president of Clarion North America, the show's organizer, the event featured 129 exhibitors and attracted 2,900 attendees. Technical textile aspects were in applications for the military, safety and protective markets. Click here to read more. Posted February 27, 2013

French Technical Textiles Machinery Seminars in India. The India-based Fibre2Fashion website is reporting The French Trade Commission - Ubifrance and UCMITF (French Textile Machinery Manufacturers Association) have announced the 3rd addition of the Indo-French Textiles & Technical Machinery Seminar will be one day events taking place March 19 in New Delhi and March 22 in Surat, India. Click here for more information. Posted February 26, 2013

Geosynthetics Call For Abstracts. The organizer of the 10th International Conference on Geosynthetics has issued a call for abstract. The conference will be held September 21-25, 2014 in Berlin. Abstract submission deadline is May 15, 2013. Click here to view more information. Posted February 22, 2013

Techtextil North America Attracts International Exhibitors. The organizer of Techtextil North America reports companies from 15 countries will be exhibiting at the March 19-21 show in Anaheim, Calif., US. Exhibitors include Firestone Fibers & Textiles (USA), Klevers GmbH (Germany), Gehring Textiles (USA), and Heathcoat Fabrics (United Kingdom). This will be TTNA's first show in California and it is expected to attract top leadership in the aerospace and composites industry. Click here for registration and exhibiting information. Posted February 19, 2013

Workplan for Geotextiles in Highway Applications. A special session at Geosynthetics 2013 will feature information about the US National Transportation Product Evaluation Program "Work Plan for the Evaluation of GeoTextile Materials in Highway Applications." Click here to go to the event website to learn more about this and other event sessions. Posted February 11, 2013

Technical Textiles Event Being Held in Japan. IFAI Japan is seeking presentations for their product showcase event being held March 7 in Tokyo. The purpose of the showcase is to introduce new technical textiles materials or equipment to the Japanese industry. Click here for more information about this unique event. Posted January 29, 2013

Quick Look at Techtextil North America Educational Programs. A wide range of topics are being addressed at the upcoming Techtextil North America event in Anaheim, CA, USA, March 19-21. The sessions are: New Fiber Technologies, Protective Textiles, High Performance Composites, Medical Textiles and Nonwovens/Filtration. Speakers include Francesco Formasiero of Lawrence Livermore National Labs (Toward Breathable and Protective Fabrics Based on Carbon Nanotube Membranes) and Amir Massoudi of AR Tech (Conductivity Issue on Surface of Multi-Layer Insulation Blankets). Click here to go to the organization's website page listing the education program. Posted January 29, 2013

INDA Announces Nominees for IDEA13 Achievement Awards. A total of 15 of the most innovative and successful new products in the nonwovens and engineered fabrics industries have been nominated as finalists for the prestigious IDEA13 Achievement Awards. The winners will be announced during the IDEA213 International Engineered Fabrics Conference and Expo, April 22-25, 2013 in Miami Beach, Flo., USA. Click here to read the INDA press release. Posted January 23, 2013

United States Association of Importers of Textiles and Apparel to Hold Seminar in San Francisco. A number of excellent speakers are lined up for the USA-ITA West Coast Seminar, February 21, 2013 in San Francisco, CA, USA including:

 

Dora Murphy, Assistant Director of Field Operations for Trade and the Director of the CEE for Apparel Footwear and Textiles at U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Elizabeth King, vice president of Importer Relations for The Cotton Board

Laurie Goldman, Head of Global Trade Policy for Levi Strauss & Co.

David Spooker, USA-ITA Washington Counsel with Squire Sanders

 

Click here to go to the USA-ITA website for more information about the event. Posted January 29, 2013

Geosynthetics Conference Features Extensive Technical Program. Geosynthetics 2013 will have 140 papers presented in 26 sessions in addition to a trade exhibition of approximately 100 industry suppliers. The event, organized by the Industrial Fabrics Association International, is taking place April 1-4, 2013, in Anaheim, Cal., USA. Click here to go to the conference website. Posted January 23, 2013

Super Expo 2013 Almost Sold Out. The organizers of Super Expo 2013, June 5-7, 2013, in Australia, report available exhibit space is 97% sold. The event, a co-location between the Blind Manufacturers Association of Australia and the Specialised Textiles Association, will be held on the Gold Coast and feature window furnishings as well as other products made with specialised textiles. More than 4,000 visitors are expected. Click here to go to the event's website. Posted January 16, 2013

Smart Fabrics 2013. The 9th edition of Smart Fabrics 2013 will take place April 17-19 in San Francisco. Sessions include innovations in military end uses and the latest develpments in e-textiles.  Click here for more information from the organizer's press release. Posted January 9, 2013

Geosynthetics Middle East 2012 Report. Approximately 350 delegates from 30 countries participated in this annual event in Abu Dhabi. Ian Peggs, P.E., P.Egn., has just published a nice review of the November 19-20 conference. Click here to read his report. Posted January 7, 2013

BeaverLake6 Report Selected as Industry Partner for Techtextil North America. We are pleased to announce BeaverLake6 Report has accepted an invitation from the organizers of Techtextil North America to become an industry partner. BL6 joins an elite group of media outlets and trade organizations including Textile World magazine and the Synthetic Yarn & Fiber Association to show support for this premier technical textiles event. Click here to view the TTNA website. Posted December 28, 2012

India Textile Machinery Show Highlights the Importance of Technical Textiles. The 9th India International Textile Machinery Exhibition (ITME 2012) was held December 2-7 in Bombay. Technical textiles for applications such as construction, agriculture, medical and industrial were highlighted at the event. Professor Roshon Shishoo, a global export in technical textiles, was the featured speaker. The event had 820 exhibitors from 51 countries. Click here for more information. Posted December 13, 2012

Turkish Technical Textiles Event Attracts 300 Participants. The European Apparel and Textile Confederation (EURATEX), together with the Turkish Textile Employers Association (TTEA) organized a conference called "The Future of Technical Textiles" in Istanbul on November 16. Click here for the complete Euratex report on the conference. Posted December 10, 2012

IFAI Expo Reports Increased Attendance. IFAI, the organizer of IFAI Expo Americas 2012 in Boston, is reporting attendance of 5,500 from 49 countries. This is a 20% increase over the previous event. Click here for more information. Posted November 30, 2012

US Export Promotion Opportunities at International Shows. The Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA) of the US Department of Commerce will be hosting catalog/sample booths at 4 textile exhibitions in 2013:

  • Technotex 2013. January 17-19, New Delhi, India
  • IDEX 2013 International Defense Exhibition & Conference, February 17-21, Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Techtextil 2013, June 11-13, Frankfurt, Germany
  • Defence & Security Equipment International (DSEI), September 10-13, London, UK

If you are interested in participating or want more information about the events, contact Mary-Lynn.Landgraf@trade.gov at OTEXA. Posted November 23, 2012

Final Report Issued for Cinte Techtextil China 2012. Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd., the co-organizer of Cinte Techtextil China in October 2012, has issued an event. The Shanghai show attracted more than 19,000 visitors from 62 countries and featured 437 exhibitors from 22 countries. Click here to read the final report. Posted November 20, 2012

Techtextil North America 2013 Names Advisory Council. An experienced advisory council has been named to oversee development of more than 25 symposium presentations at Techtextil North America 2013. The event is being held March 19-21 in Anaheim, California, USA: Dr. Behnam Pourdehimi, The Nonwovens Institute; Dr. Martin King, College of Textiles, NC State; Dr. Eugene Wilusz, US Army Natick Soldier RD&E Center; Bill Martin, Textile Technology Center, Gaston College; Lee Woodard, Guilford Performance Textiles; and, Jim Kaufmann, T.E.A.M., Inc. Click here for more information of the symposium schedule. Posted November 17, 2012

JEC Americas: "Pioneer Spirit" within the Industry. In an exclusive interview with BeaverLake6 Report, JEC President Frederique Mutel said "The American composites market is dynamic. Innovation is very important and JEC has the mission to present the message. I feel the pioneer spirit within the industry to launch new products." Click here to read more about the recent JEC Americas 2012 show. Posted November 13, 2012

Composite Shows to Launch New 2014 Trade Show. Perhaps in response to the organization of JEC Americas 2012 taking place this week, the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) and the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) have issued a release announcing their intent to hold a combined new event in August 2014. Click here to read the release. Posted November 5, 2012

IFAI Expo Americas Divides Into Two Shows. In an October 15 letter to exhibitors, IFAI Vice President Todd Lindemann announced a split in the annual event. Starting in 2013, IFAI Expo Americas will be renamed Specialty Fabrics Expo with a focus on traditional market segments such as awnings, shelters, covers and marine products, and alligning it more for branding with the association's Specialty Fabrics Review magazine. A second event called Advanced Textiles Conference & Trade Show is being created to run alongside the Specialty Fabrics Expo. According to Lindemann's letter to exhibitors, the Advanced Textiles trade show will be focused on the needs of the upper portion of the supply chain such as fiber/yarn producers, nonwovens and textile machinery equipment as well as companies which supply material to non-traditional market segments. Criteria for exhibiting in the new show for those non-traditional end-market suppliers are that 50% of the exhibit display must showcase non-commodity textiles that find applications in specific markets such as safety and protective clothing, medical, aerospace and interactive textile products. The show floors of the two events will be separate but continuous. Posted October 17, 2012

JEC Composites Leader Excited About New US Show. Aerospace Manufacturing and Design magazine published an interview with Frederique Mutel, president & CEO, JEC Composites, discussing the upcoming JEC Americas Composite Show & Conference, November 7-9, 2012. The show being held in Boston and is expected to draw about 4-5000 visitors and 300 exhibitors, many from the aerospace industry. JEC Americas is co-locating their first show with the IFAI Expo Americas 2012, one of the leading trade events in North America for the technical textiles industry. Together, the shows are expecting 10,000 visitors and 600 exhibitors. Click here for the interview. Posted October 8, 2012

IGS Announces Geo Africa 2012. During the EuroGeo 5 event in Spain, President Jorge Zornberg of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) announced the 2nd African Regional Conference on Geosynthetics will be held in Accra, Ghana, December 9-12, 2013. Click here for the complete news story. Posted October 9, 2012

Large Turnout for Fiber to Market Conference. Kim Pettit, managing director of the Synthetic Yarn & Fiber Association, reports a packed house for SYFA's annual Fall conference, held September 27-28, in Charlotte. 160 participants and 18 exhibitors. Posted September 30, 2012

Joint Event on Textiles and Protective Clothing Starts in Taiwan. The China Post reported today the 2012 Textile International Forum and Exhibition (TIFE 2012) and the third Asian Protective Clothing Conference (APCC) has started. DoIT Director Lin Chuan-neng stated in his opening address that the textile industry in Taiwan in 2011 generated US$12.72 billion in exports. According to Lin, the Ministry of Economic Affairs has made it a priority to develop new technology that can be applied to the textile industry. Click here for more information about the event. Posted September 26, 2012

India Technical Textiles Symposium Promotes Italian Machinery. 'Woven Technologies for Technical Textiles - Special Focus on Filtration & Geotextiles' will take place in New Delhi on October 16. It has been organized by the Italian textile machinery association, ACIMIT, and Business Co-ordination House (BCH). Click here for more details. Posted September 26, 2012

Cinte/Techtextil China Show Update. The Cinte/Techtextil China show being held October 22-24 in Shanghai is listing 436 exhibitors from 22 countries on the show's website. According to the organization's latest news release just released, there will be intensive product presentations and special display zones which will feature new products, technologies and market development information. Click here for the news release from the organizers. Posted September 24, 2012

Top India Technical Textiles Event Takes Place in January. It is difficult to sort through the hype and determine which are the important technical textiles events in India; however, TECHNOTEX 2013 seems to be one of the top events. The Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICC) and the Ministry of Textiles are jointly organizing TECHNOTEX 2013, being held January 17-19, 2012 in New Delhi. The previous TECHNOTEX in 2011 attracted 5,000 visitors to an exhibition of 102 companies and 280 delegates for the conference portion which featured 41 speakers. For more information click here. Posted August 22, 2012

Foundation Plans Fundraiser. In lieu of the Industrial Fabrics Foundation golf tournament which usually proceeds the annual IFAI Expo Americas, this year an indoor event has been organized for Boston at the professional kart racing F1 Boston. This fundraiser will be held November 6. Your support is critical to the IFF efforts. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Since inception, the foundation has awarded more than $100,000 in educational scholarships. For more information, contact Andrew Aho at amaho@ifai.com or Beth Hungiville at blhungiville@ifai.com. Posted September 3, 2012

Keynote Speaker Announced for TCL2012. Daniel R. Dwight, president and CEO, Cooley Group, will be the keynote speaker at the International Conference on Textile Coating and Laminating (TCL2012). The conference takes place November 15-16, 2012 in Valencia, Spain. The theme is "Global Expansion Through Sustainability and Social Responsibility." For more information click herePosted August 21, 2012

Techtextil North America Symposium Call for Papers. It is time to act. The deadline for submitting an abstract for a paper wishing to be presented during Techtextil North America 2013 is upon us. TTNA is being held March 19-21, 2013 in Anaheim, California, and will have an extensive series of symposiums based upon end market applications including aerospace, sports and agricultural. This is a great opportunity to promote new technology and applications. Contact Claudia Maurer at TTNA immediately for abstract submission information: claudia.maurer@usa.messefrankfurt.com. Posted August 16, 2012

Major 2012 Geosynthetics Events Still To Come. Two of the top significant events for the geosynthetics industry will soon be taking place. The 5th European Geosynthetics Conference (EUROGEO 5) is being held in Spain, September 16-19. The 5th Asian Regional Conference on Geosynthetics (GA2012) will be December 13-16 in Thailand. EUROGEO 5 will have a small exhibition. GA2012 is only a conference but it has a very focused theme -- "Geosynthetics for Sustainable Adaptation to Climate Change." Both events will be great opportunities in their respective regions for networking if you manufacture or distribute geosynthetics. Posted August 11, 2012

 

JEC Asia 2012 Holds Successful Singapore Event. Almost 7,500 composite industry professionals gathered June 26-28 in Singapore for the latest JEC Asia event. The composites show experienced an increase of +7% in global attendance, underlying a big increase in the Chinese visitors (+12%), and Singaporian and Malaysian visitors (+11%). 800 of the visitors were also delegates to the event's technical conference which featured more than 100 papers on topics such as the global carbon fiber market, wind energy, automotive and construction applications. The exhibition, with 345 exhibiting companies, grew 10% in both size and number of booths from the previous show. The composites industry in Asia Pacific is estimated currently at US$24.8 billion. JEC Asia 2013 will be held June 25-27, 2013 in Singapore. For a complete press report on JEC Asia 2012 click herePosted August 4, 2012

Southern Textile Association Celebrates 104th Annual Meeting. It's great to see former Southern Textile News editor Devin Steele with a byline once again on an industry story. One of the nicest guys in the textile industry, Steele was known for his passion and expertise in reporting about the industry and we have missed his work these past few years. Click here for his exclusive story published on the Textile World website about the successful Southern Textile Association and Fiber Buyers annual meeting.  Posted August 3, 2012

IFAI Japan Forum Attracts Key Industry Leaders. The 2012 IFAI Japan Forum was held July 10 in Tokyo. A special product showcase featured 5 industry suppliers from China (Hong Kong), the US, Japan, Australia and South Africa introducing their products to domestic fabricators. IFAI Japan leadership announced two product showcases for 2013. The events will be January 25 in Osaka and March 7 in Tokyo. More information click here. If your company is interested in participating in a future showcase, contact Kiko Tagawa at ifaijapan@ifai.com. Posted July 31, 2012

Dates Announced for Largest Military and Government Security Exhibition in Asia. The 14th Defence Services Asia Exhibition and Conference (DSA 2014) will be held April 7-10, 2014 in PWTC, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia.  If you supply military-grade finished products made from technical textiles, this may be an event you should explore participation. The Defence Services Asia Exhibition & Conference, established in 1988, is Asia/Pacific's largest event for showcasing products marketed to the military and government security industry. DSA 2012, held this past April, had 27,000 visitors and 850 exhibitors from 50 countries, including 25 international pavilions. Posted July 28, 2012

Keynote Speaker Selected for SY&FA. Roger Tutterow, professor of Economics at Mercer College, SC, has been selected as the keynote speaker for the Synthetic Yarn & Fiber Association's Fiber to Market conference. The event is being held September 27-78, 2012 in Charlotte, NC, USA. Posted July 20, 2012

Launch of ExpoProducción Trade Exposition to serve Mexico and Central America. There is a new event that includes equipment to manufacture technical textiles. Clarion Events North America (Clarion) has announced the launch of ExpoProducción, a trade show for the apparel and sewn products manufacturing industry. ExpoProducción will bring together leading companies from the equipment and machinery sector, along with both domestic and international textile manufacturers, technical textiles and fiber manufacturers, and all areas of service and parts suppliers. The show will be held annually at the World Trade Center in Mexico City, with the inaugural show scheduled for February 6-8, 2013. Posted July 17, 2012

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Is Saving the US Navy's Peacoat a Matter of National Security?

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...

 

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President Trump's Reveals 2017 Trade Policy Agenda

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:

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​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

What's the NCTO Game Plan for the Post-TPP Era?

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

Steady Growth Prospects for Expanding Specialty Geosynthetics

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 Explores the Roads to a Textile Power

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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

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Re-Shoring: Good for the Goose is Not Good for the Gander?

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.

 

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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.

 

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