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Archived Industry News

April 1 - June 30, 2018

Shawmut to Merge Glen Raven Technical Fabrics Headliner Fabrics Operations with Global Lamination Platform. [Updated] Shawmut Corporation, a high-performance composites manufacturer, and Glen Raven Technical Fabrics (GRTF), a technical fabric manufacturer, announced today the companies have agreed to terms to merge GRTF’s automotive headliner and specialty fabrics business into Shawmut. The merged organization will be majority-owned by Shawmut, with Glen Raven as the minority owner. The combined entity will include all Shawmut locations together with Glen Raven’s Park Avenue (Glen Raven, N.C., USA) manufacturing operation and its associated specialty fabric product lines including fabrics for automotive headliner, ultra-lightweight camouflage and netting systems, military apparel and filtration applications. The remaining segments of GRTF, including GlenGuard protective fabrics and Strata, the geosynthetics operation, are not included in the merger. Posted June 28, 2018

Awning Manufacturing Company Closes. Shirley Utzinger, owner of Independent Awning and Canvas of Dayton, Oh., USA, has informed those in the region that she has ceased the company's operation. The company was founded in 1915. Posted June 27, 2018

US Department of Commerce Invests $1 million for Cut-and-Sew Textile Training Facility in New Mexico. US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced yesterday that the Department's Economic Development Administration was awarding a $1 million grant to the Partnership for Community Action of Albuquerque, N.M. The grant will be used to construct the Social Enterprise Center, a manufacturing and training facility to support profesional development, direct cut-and-sew manufacturing, and assembly of textiles, entrepreneurship training, as well as workforce education. Click here to read the press release. Posted June 28, 2018

US Protective Gear Maker Moving to Baltimore. It seems kind of fitting since the newspaper US Today named Baltimore the "murder capital of the US" that Semforex Inc., a maker of protective bodywear for the military and police, has announced plans to move the company to the city next month. The company was founded in 2012 and is located in Beltsville, Md., USA. Semforex curently contracts with Blind Industries Services of Maryland to manufacturer its products but plans to begin its own manufacturing after its move. Click here to read an article about the move. Posted June 27, 2018

Canadian Retaliatory Tariffs on US Goods Include Sleeping Bags and Inflatable Boats. In response to the US's announcement of tariffs on Canadian-made steel and aluminum, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has released a list of more than C$16.6 billion worth of US imported goods that will be hit by retaliatory tariffs, starting July 1, 2018 and lasting until the US tariffs are ended. The list of items affected include inflatable boats and sleeping bags. Click here to read the complete list. Posted June 18, 2018

Canadian Military Sleeping Bag Shortage. There's an interesting article on the Canadian website Defence Watch on a shortage of sleeping bags and rucksacks for new Canadian army recruits. The army is apparently asking its soldiers to give up extra rucksacks and sleeping bags. It is believed that around 4,000 soldiers in the Canadian forces have 2 or more rucksacks. As for a shortage of sleeping bags, there is speculation that the shortage may have occurred because a lot of Canadian military equipment has been shipped to Ukraine in the last 4 years including 2,300 ballistic vests, 735 sleeping bags and 100 tents. Click here to read the article. Posted June 15, 2018

Lest We Forget: John Carter. While it happened in March, we would be remiss in failing to note here the passing of John Carter, founder of J & J Carter Ltd., a pioneering tensile structure maker, based in Andover, Hampshire, UK. Mr. Carter founded his company in 1988 and over the years had won national and international awards for tensile design and manufacturing. He was a friend and colleague to many in the industry and active in industry trade associations. Click here to find a nice tribute that is posted on the company's website. Posted June 13, 2018

Filtration Group Acquires Aviation Filter Media Manufacturing Business. Filtration Group Corporation has acquired the acquisition of the global Facet filtration business from Parker-Hannifin Corporation. Facet, based in Cleveland, Oh., USA is a major provider of aviation fuel filters. The addition of Facet creates an expansion of Filter Group's operations in aviation, marine, and diversified industrial and environmental markets. In 2017, as part of the settlement of an antitrust suit brought by the US Department of Justice after a merger of Parker-Hannifin and CLARCOR, the only other maker of aviation fuel filters Parker-Hannifin was required to fully divest the Facet filtration business. The agreement now to sell Facet to Filtration Group restores a competitive market. Filtration Group is headquartered in Oak Brook, Ill., USA, with facilities in 28 countries. Click here to read the company's press release of the purchase. Posted June 13, 2018

Automotive Seat Manufacturer CEO Abruptly Resigns. The board of automotive seat manufactuer Adient plc, announced today R. Bruce McDonald has stepped down as the company's chairman and CEO. Retired GM president and chief executive officer Frederick A. Henderson has been named as the interim CEO. Adient, with more than 85,000 employees and 238 manufacturing facilities worldwide, has struggled financially since its spinoff in 2016 from Johnson Controls Inc. The company's is headquartered in Plymouth, Mich., USA. Click here to read the company press release. Posted June 11, 2018

Santex Rimar Announces Management Change. Italian textile machinery producer Santex Rimar Group has announced its board of directors has appointed Simone Rancan as the company's new CEO, Mr. Rancan joined Santex in 2016. He replaces Stefano Gallucci.  Mr. Gallucci is becoming the CEO of CenterVue, a medical device company which is also part of Santex. Click here to read the company's press release. Posted June 11, 2018

US Department of Commerce Releases April Export Figures. The US Department of Commerce has released the April export figures for the Specialty and Industrial Fabrics Group and the numbers are showing a healthy gain over last year for the same 12-month period. Overall exports in this group have increased 5.16%. Click here to see the entire report released by the Department of Commerce. 



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Hong Kong

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World 4,085,830 4,296,522 +5.15

(Data in thousand dollars)

Posted June 8, 2018

Body Armor Federal Lawsuit Drags on for 14th Year. It's really turned into a fascinating case: Both a fiber producer and the then-leading manufacturer of body armor for law enforcement being sued by the US government for knowingly marketing a defective product. Earlier this year, BeaverLake6 Report posted on the settlement which resulted in Toyobo, the manufacturer of the Zylon fiber paying out $66 million. But the lawsuit goes on for Richard Davis, the founder of Second Chance Body Armor Inc., despite the urging of the US District Judge for him to settle the case. Click here to read an article on this affair on the website Court House NewsPosted June 5, 2018

US Geosynthetics Manufacturer Acquires Erosion Control Company. Hanes Geo Components, of Winston Salem, N.C., USA, has announced its agreement to acquire DDD Erosion Control of Ashburn, Ga., USA. DDD Erosion Control is a manufacturer of silt fence products. Hanes Companies is a subsidiary of Leggett & Platt, a diversified manufacturer of textiles for end-market segments including construction, transportation and home.  Click here for more information. Posted June 5, 2018

Teijin Breaks Ground for Carbon Fiber Facility in US.  Composite companies continue to build plants near automotive manufacturing operations. Teijin Limited held yesterday the groundbreaking of their new carbon fiber production facility of its wholly owned subsidiary Teijin Carbon Fibers, Inc. The new facility is expected to create about 220 jobs with $600 million worth of investment by around 2030. Click here to read the company press release. Posted June 2, 2018

Zoltek to Increase Carbon Fiber Production at Hungarian Facility. Zoltek Companies, Inc., a producer of industrial grade carbon fiber, has announced an increase in production capacity at its facility in Nyergesujfalu, Hungary. Zoltek will increase the plant's production capacity by 50% to 15,000 tons annually.  The increase is because of the growing demand for carbon fiber for the automotive and wind energy industries. The expansion will cost approximately $130 million and generate about 350 additional jobs. Headquartered in the US, Zoltek is a subsidiary of Toray. Click here to read the company's press release. Posted June 2, 2018

Crown Capital Investments Acquires Graniteville Specialty Fabrics. [Updated] Graniteville Specialty Fabrics announced today that it has been acquired by Crown Capital Investments LLC, a private family office investment firm based in Atlanta, Ga., USA. GSF, based in Graniteville, S.C., USA, is a specialty textile manufacturer and distributor of engineered coated products used for such items as military shelters, marine covers and tents. Headquarters and the manufacturing operations will remain in Graniteville. Jim Egan, president of the company, told BeaverLake6 Report, the current management team is being kept in place. Posted June 1, 2018

CEO of Samsonite Resigns Following Investigation of False Claims.  The Board of Samsonite, the world's largest luggage company, has announced Ramesh Tainwala, has stepped down as CEO of the company. Various news outlets have reported Mr. Tainwala, who had been the company's CEO since 2014, had been lately accused of falsely claiming he had a PhD on his resume. Kyle Gendreau, the company's Executive Director and CFO, has been appointed the new CEO, effective immediately. Click here to read the company's official press release on the change. Posted June 1, 2018

Textile Mill Featured in Public Radio Report.  There is a great article posted on Public Radio's Marketplace website about the Monte Galbraith, President of DNA Textile Group in Columbus, Ga., USA, and the company's efforts to navigate through the changing manufacturing landscape for textiles in the US. One of only three denim manufacturers left in the US three years ago, Mr. Galbraith made the decision to shut down the denim operations to focus on technical specialty fabrics. He said the transition will cost his company $7 million but believes its the only option for the company to survive. Click here to read the article. Posted June 1, 2018

Alexium Names Interim CEO. The Board of Directors of Alexium International Group Limited, a manufacturer of flame retardant technologies for the technical textiles industry, has named Dr. Robert Brookins as the company's interim CEO. Dr. Brookins replaces Dirk Van Hyning, who resigned for personal reasons. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Brookins had served Alexium in a variety of operational roles since joining the company in 2010. Click here to read the company's press release. Posted May 30, 2018

Geosynthetics Company Acquires Fiberglass Material Maker. SKAPS Industries has announced its acquisition of fiberglass weaver and knitter Matrix Composites. SKAPS, headquartered in Athens, Ga., USA, manufactures geosynthetic and nonwoven drainage products for environmental and civil use.  Matrix, based in Henderson, Ky., USA, produces woven, knitted and nonwoven fiberglass materials. Click here to read the SKAPS announcement. Posted May 16, 2018

Self-Cleaning Aircraft Seats in the Works. Well, it's coming for passengers in First Class. According to a report on Bloomberg, Recaro Aircraft Seating GmbH says it's developing a seat infused with a disinfectant that destroys almost every germ on contact within seconds. Bloomberg posts "A 2014 study at Auburn University found the MRSA -- a super-bug resistant to many antibiotics treatments -- can live for a week in the fabric of a seat pocket nestled in a small blob of saliva." [Something I am sure we all think about.] The seat is expected to be introduced within the next two years. Recaro makes about 120,000 seats each year and serves airlines such as Cathay Pacific Airways. Click here to read the complete Bloomberg post. Posted May 14, 2018

Indorama Acquires Controlling Interest in Israeli Nonwovens Company.  Indorama Ventures Public Company Ltd. has announced it is acquiring a controlling interest in Avgol Industries 1953 Ltd., the 3rd largest global manufacturer of nonwovens for hygiene applications. The acquisition price is $314 million. Avgol is headquartered in Israel and operates manufacturing plants in 6 countries, employing more than 900 people. The hygiene market, including disposable diapers, is the largest segment of the nonwovens industry and is projected to grow globally at 6-7% annually. The adult incontinence product market is particularly attractive because this type of product uses 6 times the fiber content compared to baby diapers. Indorama Ventures is based in Thailand, with approximately 18,000 employees world-wide and 2017 consolidated revenue of $8.4 billion. Click here to read Indorama's press release on the pending acquisition. Posted May 14, 2018

Yoga Pants Could Burn More than Fat. The website MarketWatch has a short article about the potential hazard of wearing yoga pants while having an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan done. To reduce odor and bacteria, many brands of yoga clothing have tiny silver threads woven into the material. These helpful fibers, though, can also conduct heat and cause heat induction-style skin burns if you're wearing the clothing while undergoing an MRI. Many hospitals are now posting warnings prohibiting yoga attire, including brands such as Lululemon, Gap's Athleta and Columbia Sportswear's Omni-Heat clothing. Click here to read the article. Posted May 14, 2018

Hoigaard's Custom & Awnings Acquired. According to a posting on the Specialty Fabrics Review website, Hoigaard's Custom Canvas & Awnings, once one of the most influential regional awning companies in the US, has been acquired by G & J Awning of Sauk Rapids, Minn., USA.  Hoigaard's was founded 120 years ago and was a charter member of the National Tent & Awning Association (now Industrial Fabrics Association International) when it was created in 1912. Click here to read the article. Posted May 11, 2018

Canvas Product Manufacturer in Botswana Featured. On the opposite side of the world from the previous story below, there is another nice feature article posted on the website The Monitor about two women in Botswana who have created a company called Canvas Manufacturers. The company makes canvas products like tents, duffel bags, back packs, car covers and travel bags.The two owners -- Qaitse Motoma and Gotsemodimo Shamokuni --say they have been helped getting started by Gender Affairs Department, a government agency promoting gender equality in business. Click here to read the story. Posted May 8, 2018

Disney Designs VR Jacket. Do you need a hug but there's no one around? Use the new jacket called The Force designed by Disney and MIT. Besides the previous used vibrations and electrodes to create sensations, the designers have incorporated 26 airbags within the VR jacket that quickly inflate and deflate to give the sensation of moving outside pressure. According to the article posted on our favorite idea magazine Popular Mechanics, the jacket will probably be used in gaming applications. Click here to read the article. Posted May 8, 2018

US Department of Commerce Releases March Export Figures. The US Department of Commerce has released the March export figures for the Specialty and Industrial Fabrics Group. Overall exports in this group jumped to a 4.34% increase over the previous 12-month period ending March 31. Exports to China increase 25.5% in the comparison period. Click here to see the entire report released by the Department of Commerce. 



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Hong Kong

127,542 122,390 -4.0

United Kingdom


101,814 +6.8
World 4,079,592 4,264,421 +4.5

(Data in thousand dollars)

Posted May 8, 2018

US Government Directs $11 Million from Fraud Case be Given to Purchase Police Ballistic Vests.  On May 3, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the US Department of Justice (DOJ) will use $11 million of the recent $66 million settlement with fiber maker Toyobo to help fund the purchases of more than 18,700 additional bullet-resistant vests for law enforcement through the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) Program. (See our March 17 post about the suit settlement.) According to the May 3 DOJ release, "Since 2007, the body armor industry has paid the United States more than $132 million to resolve alleged violations of the False Claims Act by knowingly manufacturing and selling defective bulletproof vests containing Zylon." The fiber was made by Toyobo. The United States is proceeding against the two remaining participants in the fraudulent Zylon scheme: Richard C. Davis, the former President of Second Chance Body Armor, Inc., and Honeywell International, Inc. Click here to read the entire DOJ press release. Posted May 5, 2017

Technical Fabrics Manufacturer Creates New Position. The Thrace Group has announced that Andreas Lake will assume the newly created position of Group Development Director for the Technical Fabrics division.  Brian Sparks, formerly VP of Sales and Business Development, will replace Mr. Lake as the General Manager of the Thrace LINQ organization in Summerville, S.C., USA.  Mr. Lake has been with Thrace since 2014 and has 26 years in the nonwoven fabric industry.  Mr. Sparks’ background is 17 years in the technical fabrics industry, and he has been with Thrace LINQ since 2010.Thrace LINQ is a supplier of woven and nonwoven technical fabrics for a wide variety of textile applications in the Americas. Its corporate office and North American manufacturing and distribution center is located in Summerville. Thrace LINQ is a member of The Thrace Group of Athens, Greece. Posted May 3, 2018

Glove Maker Expands Manufacturing with $8.7 Million Investment. According to the website MiBiz, HexArmor, a manufacturer of personal protective equipment, will be investing $8.7 million to upgrade its Grand Rapids, Mich., USA, glove manufacturing facility. In support of the investment, the Michigan Economic Bureau is providing an additional $350,000. The parent company is Performance Fabrics Inc. Click here to read the MiBiz posting. Posted May 3, 2018

Ballistic Vest Panels Contract Awarded for US Army. Point Blank Enterprises, doing business as The Protective Group, Pompano Beach, Fla., USA has been awarded a $33,140,900 firm-fixed-price, fixed-quantity contract for rifleman sets with tactical assault panels. The panels are made of woven aramid yarns. This is a one-year contract, with deliveries over a 13-month period. This was a competitive acquisition with three offers received. Locations of performance are Florida and Puerto Rico, with an Oct. 31, 2019, performance completion date. Using military service is 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-C-0006). Posted May 3, 2018

Takata Finalizes Asset Sale and Purchaser Renamed. A consortium led by its parent Ningbo Joyson Electronic Corporation and PAG, an Asia based private equity firm and Future Industry Investment Fund has provided the funding to Key Safety Systems (KSS) to successfully complete the acquisition of substantially all of the global assets of Japan-based Takata Corporation, the beleaguered manufacturer of vehicle safety systems including seat belts, airbags, steering wheels and child seats as well as other automotive products. Also going to the new company is North Carolina-based coated fabric manufacturer Highland Industries. KSS, headquartered in Auburn Hills, Mich., USA, is a global leader in mobility safety. The combined company is being rebranded Joyson Safety Systems. Click here to read the Joyson press release. Posted April 26, 2018

Safety Supply Corporation Acquires Glove Company. Safety Supply Corporation, a manufacturer of personal protective equipment, has announced an agreement to acquire LFS Glove, a division of LFS, Inc. The newly formed subsidiary of Safety Supply will be named Bellingham Glove, Inc., and will be part of the Safety Supply's Radians group of companies. Radians is headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., USA. LFS Glove had been headquartered in Bellingham, Washington, USA. Radians will now open a Bellington Glove sales office in Bellingham. Click here to read the company press release on the acquisition. Posted April 24, 2018

Article Posted on Contribution of Local Coated Fabrics Producer. The Lowell Sun newspaper website published a nice article yesterday about Bradford Industries, headquartered in Lowell, Mass., USA. Bradford is a manufacturer of automotive airbag fabrics, inflatable side rollover curtains, and other high-tech applications for the automitve, military and sporting goods markets. Click here to read the article. Posted April 23, 2018

New Report Shows Growth in European Nonwovens Production. EDANA, the European nonwovens and related industries association, has disclosed the results of its annual nonwovens industry survey. In 2017, nonwovens production in Greater Europe increased in volume by 4.3% to reach 2,544,450 tons with a total estimated turnover near $9,614 million (+5.6%). Jacques Prigneaux, EDANA’s Market Analysis and Economic Affairs Director, elaborated “We continue to see the expected variances within the EU region. Although some established players like France and the Benelux countries were at a standstill, many pushed on from last year with Greece, Romania, Czech Republic, Slovenia, the UK and Ireland all witnessing growth. In Greater Europe as a whole, the standout performers were Turkey, posting a double-digit growth rate, and Russia, where growth exceeded 9%.” Click here to read more. Posted April 23, 2018

US Navy Body Armor Contract Awarded. According to a release on the Propper International company website, the US Navy has awarded a $30.4 million contract for the new Naval Security Forces Vest (NSFV). The contract is shared by the company's subcontractor Applied Fiber Concepts as well as KDH Defense Systems and Carter Enterprises. Up to 51,000 vests could be ordered at 2000-5000 vests per order, 2-3 times per year. The vests consist of a base vest and modular components for tailoring protection levels. Click here to read more. Posted April 17, 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. 



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Hong Kong

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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

Coming Events

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

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Posted January 7, 2020

Will Things Get Done in Washington in 2020?

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


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


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


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


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


Steve Warner


Posted January 7, 2020

December 3, 2019

2019 Brief Analysis of China's Industrial Textile Industry

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


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

November 24, 2019

2019 Eurasian Geosynthetics Symposium Held in China

Flora Zhao, China Textiles

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

IFAI Expo 2019 Analysis

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

Final Report Issued on 2018 China Industrial Textiles Industry

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

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

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


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


Steve Warner


Posted June 17, 2019

China's Industrial Textile Market Demands Still Remains Vigorous

Despite the increasingly complex industry demands, the Chinese technical textiles market was relatively stable. Nonwovens output increased over last year. Key specific markets such as tire cord also increased in 2018 over 2017. Overall operating income for industrial textiles used in China reached $34 billion. Click here to read the complete summary provided to BeaverLake6 Report by China Textile magazine through our exclusive relationship. Posted February 15, 2019

Does IDEA Show Need to be in Miami Beach?

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


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


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

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

President Li Lingshen

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

NCTO Neglects Automotive Textiles as Organizations Testify on Proposed USMCA Impact

Positive Reviews but Still Uncertainty. On November 16, 2018, two of the US textile industry associations testified before the US International Trade Commission (ITC) in a special hearing to determine the economic impact of the proposed United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).  The leaders of the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) and the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) provided statements on how they feel the new agreement will affect their member companies. 


The two organizations clearly have different biases; however, in looking over the AAFA and NCTO statements, it appears to me that while the organizations both clearly said they were not offering an endorsement yet of the agreement, they gave general overall approval for USMCA, acknowledging the 1992 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) needed updating. Both organizations are taking a wait-and-see attitude to more fully look at how the agreement impacts the complex supply chain of textiles and apparel. Click here to read more.

NAFTA Replacement Agreement Negotiated. On October 1, President Donald Trump announced the US, Mexico and Canada had reached an agreement whichreplaces the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that went into effect in 1994. The new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) contains provisions and language that has an impact on the technical textiles industry; the most important are 1) a special section covering textiles and apparel and 2) rules of origin that will require 75% of automotive content (under NAFTA 62.5%) be made in North America. Mexico and Canada are the two largest importers of US made technical textiles and the automotive industry is the largest intended end market of these technical textiles. Click here to go to the United States Trade Representative's website and read the "Textiles and Apparel Goods" chapter. Posted October 3, 2018

State of the Chinese Technical Textiles Markets in 2017

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

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