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January 1, - March 31, 2018

November Export Figures on Technical Textiles Released by US Department of Commerce. The US Department of Commerce has released the Specialty and Industrial Fabrics Group export figures for the 12-month period with the year-end November 30. Overall exports rose almost 5%. If the trend continues, it looks like calendar year 2017 will show a 4% increase over 2016. Exports to China are also on pace to grow about 25% in calendar year 2017. Click here to see the entire report for the November numbers.. 

 

 

Year Ending

11/2016

Year Ending

11/2017

 

% Change

Mexico

2,062,181

2,071,679

+0.5

Canada

556,519

588,786

+5.8

China

163,994

206,549 +26.0

Hong Kong

128,890 119,799 -7.1

United Kingdom

98,497

102,403 +13.2
World 4,035,927 4,199,829 +0.5

(Data in thousand dollars)

Posted January 8, 2018

Start-Up US Military Products Manufacturer Featured. There is a nice article on The Pilot.com website about Spiritus Systems, a military products start-up company located in Aberdeen, N.C., USA. The company makes nylon tactical gear primarily for law enforcement and military located across the US. The company products are compliant with the Berry Amendment, the Kissell Amendment and the Buy America Act, laws that prohibits the US Department of Defense from buying clothing, fabrics, fibers and yarns made outside the US. Click here to read the article. Posted January 5, 2018

GM Granted Airbag Patent That Protects Pedestrians. Automotive manufacturer General Motors has been granted a US patent for an exterior airbag designed to protect pedestrians during a crash. The airbag deploys out of the vehicle's A-pillar and covers the exterior side of the windshield. The patent was filed in 2014 and approved December 5, 2017. GM follows similar pedestrian airbag technology moves by Subaru which debuted in October 2016 and Volvo in 2012.  Click here to read more about the patent. Posted January 4, 2017

Teijin Frontier to Establish Fiber Research Lab in Thailand. Fiber-product converting company Teijin Frontier Co., Ltd., has announced that it will establish a research and development fibers facility in Thailand. Teijin Frontier Thai Innovation Laboratory (TFTIL) will be located in the Thailand Science Park, a private sector science and technology hub that the Thailand National Science and Technology Development Agency is opening this month. TFTIL will mainly research polymers as raw materials for polyester and other fibers and related manufacturing. TFTIL will join with Teijin's polymerization and fiber's R&D facilities in Matsuyama, Japan and Teijin Product Development China Co., Ltd., in Nantong, China as the company's 3 strategic R&D hubs in Asia. Click here to read Teijin's press release on the lab. Posted January 2, 2018

Hyundai Mobis Announces Airbag Developed for Sunroofs. In a press release issued December 29, 2017automotive parts manufacturer Hyundai Mobis has announced the successful development of what the company claims is the first panorama sunroof airbag system. the deployed airbag can reduce injuries by preventing passengers from being thrown out of the car roof during an accident. Click here to read the press release. Posted January 2, 2018

Teijin Aramid to Increase Twaron Yarn Capacity. Teijin Aramid last week announced its intention to increase the production capacity for its Twaron® fiber by more than 25%. The additional capacity will become available within the next 5 years and is response to the high demand for Teijin's para-aramid fiber. If successful in increasing the capacity, Twaron's global market share for para-aramid fiber should be at about 50%. Since 1999, Teijin Aramid has increased its production capacity by 130%. Click here to read the company's press release on the increased production plans. Posted January 2, 2018

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Coming Events

  • April 4-5: Meeting Changing Material Flammability Requirements for Ground Transportation, Dearborn, Mich., USA

  • April 11-13: SWIFA 2018 Conference, Addison, Texas, USA

  • April 14-17: ITM 2018, Instanbul, Turkey

  • April 15-18: NetInc 2018, Charlotte, N.C., USA

  • April 19: 117th Scientific Session of the Institute of Textile Science, Montreal, Que., Canada

  • April 24: Smart Fabrics Summit 2018, Washington, D.C., USA

  • April 26-27: SYFA 2018 Spring Conference, Charlotte, N.C., USA

Click here to view the complete technical textiles events calendar that includes show information links.

Report Published on the US Technical Textiles Industry

I am pleased to announce the first part of my report 2018 State of the U.S.Technical Textiles Industry has just 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 read the first part. 

 

Steve Warner, Publisher

Status of China’s Industrial Textiles Industry

BeaverLake6 Report is pleased to present a new report on the state of China's industrial textiles industry, presented through our exclusive exchange with China Textile magazine. In China's 13th "Five-Year Program" period, industrial textiles are focused on new materials and applications for environmental protection, infrastructure construction, medical treatment and health care, emergency and public safety, and military and civilian integration. Click here to go to the article.

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

Publisher

"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

Publisher

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

Publisher

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

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

Sun Ruizhe

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

In My Opinion

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.

 

Steve Warner

Publisher

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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

Publisher

Posted January 17, 2016

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