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April 1 - June 30, 2018

DowDuPont Investing in Virginia Kevlar Plant. Last month BeaverLake6 Report  (March 16, 2018) posted about the closing of the Deepwater, N.J., USA chemical plant used by DowDupont to make aramid fibers such as well-known Kevlar. The Chesterfield Observer (Chesterfield, Va., USA) posted an interesting article April 16 on the $50 million investment into the DowDuPont's Spruance plant in Chesterfield. More than 80% of the Kevlar fiber is now produced at the facility with the remainder at its Ireland plant. The article also covers briefly the opinion that after a dominating 50-year run, there are now better materials out there such as Honeywell's Spectra Shield. Click here to read the article. Posted April 16, 2018

US Air Force Awards Bomb Disposal Protection Suit Contract. Med-Eng LLC, Ogdensburg, N.Y., USA has been awarded a $15,000,000 firm-fixed-price indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for explosive ordnance disposal bomb suits.  This contract provides for the delivery of a full bomb suit ensemble and associated accessories.  Work will be performed at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, and is expected to be complete by March 2023. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and one offer was received.  Med-Eng is a business unit of The Safariland Group. The order is for up to 305 explosive disposal suits. Posted April 16, 2018

Italian Textile Equipment Manufacturer to Go Public. Itema Sp.p.A. filed yesterday with the Italian stock exchange (Borsa Italiana) an application to list ordinary shares of the company. It plans to go public within the second quarter of the year. The ordinary shares being offered will represent at least 35% of the capital. Headquartered in Italy with global operations, Itema is a manufacturer of weaving machines, spare parts and integrated services. Click here to read more from the company's press release. Posted April 10, 2018

US Army Awards $480 Million Camouflage Netting Contract. HDT Expeditionary Systems Inc., Solon, Ohio (W911QY-18-D-0213); Saab Barracuda LLC, Lillington, North Carolina (W911QY-18-D-2011); and Fibrotex USA Inc., Washington, District of Columbia (W911QY-18-D-0210), will share in a $480,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract for development and procurement of the Ultra-Lightweight Camouflage Net System Increment 1. Bids were solicited via the Internet with five received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of April 30, 2028. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity. Posted April 9, 2018

US Military Body Armor Changing for Women. In March, US Army Lt. Col. Ginger L. Whitehead, product manager for Soldier Protective Equipment, gave a presentation for the Pentagon's Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services regarding new changes that ensure protective gear fits correctly for women with hair buns. According to an article posted on by writer Hope Hodge Seck, "Women in uniform had been complaining that the 'X-Back' design of the apparatus holding the chin straps interfered with hair buns, making it difficult for the helmet to fit securely on the head, with the straps in the proper places."  In another presentation, the Marine Corps presenter said it is expanding its protective gear fit to the 2nd percentile of female troops to the 98th percentile of males, from the previous 5th to 95th percentile. This change means another 8,856 smaller-stature and 5,711 larger Marines will get gear that fits. Click here to read the article. Posted April 9, 2018

US Contract Awarded for Tactical Vests Conversion Kits. Carter Enterprises LLC, doing business as Mil-Spec Enterprises, Brooklyn, New York, has been awarded a maximum $15,854,179 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-quantity contract for improved outer tactical vest generation III conversion kits, yoke and collar assemblies, groin protector ballistic inserts and universal external side plate pouches. This is a one-year base contract with one one-year option period. This was a competitive acquisition with three offers received. Location of performance is New York, with an April 5, 2019, performance completion date. Using military services are Air Force and Army. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2018 through 2019 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE1C1-18-D-1040). Posted April 9, 2018

US Department of Commerce Releases February Export Figures. The US Department of Commerce has released the February numbers for the Specialty and Industrial Fabrics Group export figures. Overall exports exports in this group continued to rise, achieving a 5.2% increase over the previous 12-month period ending February 28. The NAFTA partners now have a 63% share of the exports. Exports to China continues to see healthy gains. Click here to see the entire report released by the Department of Commerce. 



Year Ending


Year Ending



% Change











216,567 +25.0

Hong Kong

125,886 121,415 -3.6

United Kingdom


100,764 +7.4
World 4,049,319 4,259,825 +5.2

(Data in thousand dollars)

Posted April 9, 2018

Textile Machinery on Tariff List of Chinese Products. US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer today released the initial list of $50 billion of Chinese products facing 25% US tariffs. The list composed of more than 1300 products includes fiber, textile and sewing machinery. This action will have a significant impact on the US domestic textile manufacturing industry which is dependent on foreign makers of most equipment. The products targeted are reported to be specifically known as part of China's "Made in China 2025" plan. There will be an approximate 60-day period for public comment and hearings with the International Trade Commission on the list before it goes into effect. Click here to see the product list. Posted April 3, 2018

NASA Rocket Launches Supersonic Mars Parachute. Following the successful testing of the ESA Mars parachute last week, NASA launched its own Mars parachute test March 31. The latest was carrying the Advanced Supersonic Parachute Inflation Research Experiment (ASPIRE). The rocket reached an altitude of 32 miles before deploying the ASPIRE at supersonic speed. This was the second deployment test for the planned Mars project. Everything went according to plan. Click here to read more. Posted April 2, 2018

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  • July 18-19: Home Furnishings Manufacturing Solutions Expo, Greenville, S.C., USA

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  • September 4-6: Cinte Techtextil China 2018, Shangai, China

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State of the Chinese Technical Textiles Markets in 2017

Are you looking for a quick understanding of the China technical textiles industry? Through our special relationship with China Nonwovens & Industrial Textiles Association (CNITA) and their China Textile publication, BeaverLake6 Report is pleased to post the English-translation of the recently issued "Status Quo of China's Nonwovens and Industrial Textiles Industry, 2017." The report covers the different levels of the industry, geographic export demographics, and forecast the needs in the major end market applications. Click here to read the report in our China Textile website section. Posted June 18, 2018

Report Published on the US Technical Textiles Industry

I am pleased to announce the second part of my report 2018 State of the U.S.Technical Textiles Industry has been published by Textile World magazine. 


This first part features a general industry overview, plus an evaluation of the status and impact of US trade positions.


The second part, featured in the April/May issue will cover major end markets for technical textiles such as automotive and military.


Click here to go to the Textile World website to download a copy. 


Steve Warner, Publisher

New Dates for ITMA Asia + CITME 2018 Textile Machinery Show

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

New Glen Raven CEO Interviewed for Textile World Magazine

CEO Leib Oehmig

In October at the IFAI Expo 2017, I had the opportunity to sit down with -- at the time -- incoming Glen Raven CEO Leib Oehmig for an interview that has now been posted on the Textile World website and will also be in their printed November/December issue.


I've known Mr. Oehmig for probably more than 20 years and have watched his steady management progression within the Glen Raven organization. During the interview, he was very gracious with his time at a busy show and transparent in answering questions on a far-ranging number of topics including the management transition from Alan Gant, Jr., to Mr. Oehmig, the first non-Gant family member to lead Glen Raven. Click here to read the interview and learn more about the thoughts of one of our industry leaders.


Steve Warner


"Buy American" Amendments Needed in US FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act

As the saying goes "Politics make strange bedfellows." Today we find more than one-third of the Senate Democrats urging the inclusion of key amendments in the US FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (2018 NDAA) that would strengthen the US government's "Buy American" policies.


Versions of the NDAA were recently passed by both the Senate and House and a joint committee is working out a single bill. The submitted Senate version, however, left out proposed key amendments designed to prevent the weakening of domestic sourcing for the US military. One amendment included the prevention for lifting of the restrictions in place for domestic sourcing of wearable electronic products and another amendment prevents certain exceptions to the Berry Amendment which would allow non-domestic sourcing through memoranda of agreement with foreign governments.


What's the "strange bedfellows" aspect? Well, "Buy American" is also one of the key positions taken by the Trump administration. So, we have both the Democrats and the Trump administration on the same side, trying to keep strong the US domestic capability for supplying the military. Strange bedfellows given the current political animosity in Washington...but still the cooperation is vital for the US domestic textile industry. 


Steve Warner


Posted November 3, 2017

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...


Steve Warner


June 29. 2017

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:

  • Defending the US National Sovereignty over Trade Policy
  • Strictly Enforcing US Trade Laws
  • Using Leverage to Open Foreign Markets
  • Negotiating New and Better Trade Deals

​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

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In My Opinion

In 2015, I posted more than 425 items of interest for our industry on the BeaverLake6 Report website. In reviewing it all last week, it got me to thinking about putting together a list of influential events, news and trends that I observed during the past year. I have focused primarily on the US marketplace but each of “the things that mattered” to me has global implications.


So, here go my thoughts in no particular order of importance. Let me know if you agree or if I have missed some. Click here to read the list.


Steve Warner


Posted January 17, 2016

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