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Archived Industry News

July 1 - September 30, 2019

Crypton to Acquire Abercrombie Textiles.  Upholstery fabric manufacturer Crypton Cos. has announced its intention to acquire Abercrombie Textiles of Clifton, N.C., USA.  Abercrombie has been a material supplier partner of Crypton for 17 years.  John Reagan, owner of Abercrombie, will remain with the company.  Crypton plans to incorporate Abercrombie into its Crypton Home division, plus add another 25 employees to Abercrombie's workforce over the next year.  Berkeley Capital, a private equity firm, has a majority stake in Crypton Cos. Click here to read more from the Charlotte Business JournalPosted September 16, 2019

India Develops National Ballistic Vest Rating Standard, Exporting Vests to +100 Countries.   India has become only the 4th country to develop ballistic vest standards (US., UK and Germany are the others) and is reportedly exporting the vests to more than 100 countries.  The vests are certified to a new Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) that was published in December 2018.  The Indian army is now procuring vests meeting the new BIS standard.  The companies producing the vests are the government's Medani and Ordnance Factory, and the private companies SNPP, Starwire and MKU. More than 200,000 vests have already been produced under the standard's criteria. Click here to read more posted on The Economic Times website. Posted September 16, 2019

Radiation Protection Vest to be Tested at ISS.  The October 21 launch of the resupply ship for the International Space Station (ISS) will be carrying special vests designed to protect asstronauts from radiation caused by unpredictable solar particle events.  The AstroRad Vest has been developed by StemRad, an Israeli-based company, and Lockheed Martin.  Astronauts over a 2-4 week period will provide input on the garments as they wear them while performing daily tasks. Click here to read more about the AstroRad Vest.  Posted September 10, 2019

Bally Ribbon Featured on Space Website. The website NASASpaceflight posted a nice article on the contributions of technical textile producer Bally Ribbon Mills (BRM) to the various NASA space exploration programs, including the newest partnership in one of several entry, descent and landing projects announced by NASA to prepare for Moon and Mars missions. BRM has developed a new carbon fabric heat shield for the landing crafts.  The company is headquartered in Bally, Penn., USA. Click here to read the article. Posted September 10, 2019

Merger Called Off for Nonwoven Companies. AstenJohnson and Heimbach have called off the mergers of their respective paper machine clothing business units. The merger had been announced in April 2019 (see our April 15 post).  Both companies are saying the timing was not right for the merging of the business.  Heimbach is headquartered in Germany and AstenJohnson is in the US. Click here to read the AstenJohnson press release. Posted September 10, 2019

SAERTEX® Acquires TK Industries.  Composite manufacturer SAERTEX has announced its acquisition of TK Industries GmbH. The purchase allows SAERTEX to further expanding its range of heavy-tow carbon fiber multiaxial fabrics.  TK Industries is a specialized, medium-sized fabric manufacturer based in Selbitz, Germany. At its production site, TK Industries processes carbon fibers for composite materials used in the transportation and boating industries. Posted September 6, 2019

Unifi Appoints New EVP/CFO.  Unifi, Inc. has announced the appointment of Craig A. Creaturo as Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, effective September 9, 2019Christopher A. Smosna, who has served as Interim Chief Financial Officer since December 2018, will continue in his role as Vice President & Treasurer. Mr. Creaturo recently served as Chief Financial Officer & Vice President-Administration of Chromalox, Inc., an advanced thermal technologies manufacturing company.  Unifi, Inc. is a manufacturer of synthetic and recycled performance fibers.  Click here to read the company’s press release.  Posted September 6, 2019

US Department of Commerce Releases July Export Figures for Specialty and Industrial Fabrics Group.  The US Department of Commerce has released the July export figures for the Specialty and Industrial Fabrics group.  The affects of the world's geopolitical issues as well as a global economic slowdown is continuing to affect US exports.  Also, Germany is close to overtaking the UK as Americas' 5th largest destination for technical textiles. Click here to see the entire July 2019 report.




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3 Western Canadian Universities Collaborating on Developing Better Body Armor for the Military.  A 3-year projected funded by a $1.5 million Canadian government investment has been created to develop new textile technologies and body armor solutions for the Canadian Armed Forces. Thirteen researchers from 3 western Canada universities, plus private defense material companies, are participating on the Comfort-Optimized Material for Operational Resilience, Thermal-Transport and Survivability (COMFORTS). The universities are University of British Columbia Okanagan, the University of Alberta, and the University of Victoria. The COMFORTS network will work on 8 projects including protection from ballistic impacts, biohazards, chemicals, extreme temperatures and weather. Click here to read more.  Posted September 5, 2019

Portable Fabric Fuel Tank Manufacturer Awarded US Air Force Contract.  GTA Containers Inc., South Bend, Ind., USA, has been awarded a $9,478,079 contract modification (P00004) to previously awarded FA8533-16-D-0001 for collapsible fuel tank production. The contract modification provides for the purchase of additional quantities of 34 10K collapsible fuel tanks; 171 50K collapsible fuel tanks; and 130 210K collapsible fuel tanks being produced under the basic contract. Total cumulative face value of the contract is $15,102,610. Work will be performed at South Bend, Indiana, and is expected to be completed by Jan. 31, 2021. Fiscal 2018 other procurement funds are being used and no funds are being obligated at the time of delivery order award. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., USA, is the contracting activity. Posted September 4, 2019

1St Half Results Revealed for Sioen Group.  Sioen Group has released its 2019 first half results, showing net sales had a 2.3% increase over 2018 during the same period. Group profit was down 22%, €13.02 million compared to €16.7 million in 2018.  In the Coating business, Sioen’s external sales were down 1.8%. Much better results were found in the Apparel business which is technical protective clothing. Over the first half compared to the first half of 2018, external sales were €74.7 million, compared to €63.2 million. The Apparel business unit results included several investment successes such as the contracts acquired for specialized firefighter apparel, military ballistic protection, and lifejackets for the French navy.  Click here to read the Sioen report. Posted September 3, 2019

Fibrotex USA Holds Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for New Manufacturing Facility in Kentucky.  Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin and US Congressman Hal Rogers attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony August 29, 2019 at the a new manufacturing facility for Fibrotex USA in Stearns, Kentucky, USA. Late last year, Fibrotex was awarded a 10-year, $480 million contract to supply the US Army its new Ultra-Lightweight Camouflage Net Systems. The company is partnering with Outdoor Venture Corporation, another Stearns manufacturer to the military, in fulfilling the contract. The new 50,000 square foot facility will create up to 350 full-time jobs in the area.  Click here to read more. Posted August 31, 2019

Textile Machinery Maker Reports Significant Drop in Sales in First Half of 2019.  Fiber and yarn textile equipment maker Saurer Intelligent Technology Co. Ltd. has reported a significant sales decrease in the first half of 2019. Sales revenues declined by 17.5%.  The company, based in Shanghai, China, is part of the Saurer Group.  In a press release, Secretary to the Board Daniel Zeng attributed the loss to declines in 3 major markets (China, India and Turkey), a slowdown in overall global economic growth, a delay in orders because of ITMA and over-saturation of textile machinery production due to extremely good years in 2017-18.  Click here to read the report issued by the company. Posted August 29, 2019

Coated Fabric Producer Faces Class Action Lawsuit for Ground Water Contamination.  A US District Court Judge has ruled property owner suits against Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics for alleged ground water contamination in a neighborhood can now be joined together as a class action.  According to a news article posted on the Bennington Banner website the contamination was from a ChemFab coated fabric plant in North Bennington, Vermont, USA.  The company was using liquid Teflon (perfluorooctanoic acid) to coat materials. The contamination occurred over a 30-year period ending in 2002 when the plant was closed and operations moved to New Hampshire. ChemFab was acquired by Saint-Gobain in 2000.  Click here to read more about the lawsuit. Posted August 29, 2019 

SDL Atlas Appoints General Manager of Americas and Europe.   SDL Atlas has announced Brian Francois has joined the company as its General Manager of Americas and Europe. Mr. Francois previous position was as Executive Vice President of AATCC, a non-profit association for textile chemists and colorists. Prior to the AATCC position, he had been with Pulcra, a chemical additives producer for 25 years. He will now be responsible for SDL Atlas operations and staff in the US and UK as well as the markets in the Americas and Europe. Atlas is a provider of test services and test equipment for the textile industry.  Posted August 29, 2019

Ford Files Patent Design for New Airbag.   Hot on the heels of the announcement by Honda of a new airbag design for the front passenger seat that acts like an oversized baseball catcher's mitt (see our August 23 post), Ford Motor Co. has filed a patent for a driver-side airbag that features two wing-like airbags which inflate from the sides of the vehicle's steering column and supplements the central steering wheel-mounted bag. In its patent application, Ford is calling the design "Bow Tie Drive Airbag System" because of its look when deployed.  Click here to read more.  Posted August 28, 2019

Serge Ferrari Names Vice President of North America.  Serge Ferrari has announced that Ilse Beterams has rejoined the company as Vice President of North America. Ms. Beterams has worked for Serge Ferrari for more than 25 years, including serving as General Manager of Serge Ferrari North America in 2015-2018. She will now oversee all aspects of Serge Ferrari operations in the United States and Canada. She relaces Jules Duguay who left the company at in June 2019.  Posted August 28, 2019

Space Travel Textiles Needs Discussed in Northrup Grumman Website Blog.  On the website blog Now, hosted on the Northrup Grumman website, author Albert McKeon discusses the need for flexible and protective textiles for space travel. Mr. McKeon says the fatal Apollo 1 launch fire that killed 3 astronauts in 1967 spurred the need for better protective wear, including the introduction of PBI textiles, a non-flammable and stable material at high temperatures.  Besides apparel fire protection, he also talks about applications such as thermal insulation blankets, inflatable structures, restraints and tethers, bag and storage containers, sleep station cushions and covers, and composite materials such as carbon fibers used for structural support.  Click here to read. Posted August 27, 2019

Lest We Forget: K. Wayne Hays Passes.  One of the true founders of the North American nonwovens industry, K. Wayne Hays, died on August 21, 2019 at the age of 95.  Mr. Hays became involved in the nonwovens industry in the 1950s while at Calloway Mills. He was instrumental in the establishing the International Nonwovens and Disposables Association which now is called INDA. He became the organization's first chairman and later served briefly as its interim president.  INDA recognized Mr. Hays' accomplishments both for the industry and the organization with the IDEA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001.  Click here to read more on the INDA website. August 26, 2019

Honda Introduces New Airbag Design.  Honda introduced today a new passenger front airbag.  The airbag design was developed in partnership with Autoliv, the largest airbag producer in the market. Unlike the current system which inflates one bag, the new system utilizes 4 major components; 3 inflated compartments -- a center chamber and 2 outward-projecting side chambers that create a wide base across the dash -- along with a "sail panel" that stretches between the 2 side chambers at their outermost edge. The system acts like a baseball catcher's mitt, the sail panel catches and decelerates the occupant's head while also engaging the side chambers, pulling them inward to cradle and protect the head.  Click here to read the entire Honda press release. Posted August 23, 2019

US Textile Leaders Hold Discussion with Key Member of Congress on Passage of USMCA.  US textile executives participated in a roundtable discussion August 21, 2019 with Representative Tom Rice, a key member of the US House Ways & Means Trade Subcommittee to outline key textile issues including the passage of the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement.  The meeting was hosted by Milliken & Company at its headquarters in Spartanburg, S.C., USA. Click here to read the full press release issued by the National Council of Textile Organizations. Posted August 23, 2019

Teijin Acquires High Temp Prepeg Materials Producer.  Teijin Limited announced earlier this month it had completed the acquisition of Renegade Materials Corpration, a North American supplier of high heat-resistant thermoset prepreg used for the aerospace industry.  The Renegade acquisition will allow Teijin to expand its aerospace business as it strengthens the company's position in carbon fiber and intermediate materials. The company is targeting annual sales in this field to exceed $900 million by around 2030.  Renegade is headquartered in Miamisburg, Oh., USA. Click here to read the entire press release on the acquisition. Posted August 23, 2019

Berry Amendment Compliance Audit Started. The Inspector General of the US Department of Defense issued a memorandum dated August 5, 2019 to the military branches informing them it is starting an audit of the Department of Defense's Compliance with the Berry Amendment.  The Berry Amendment is a law that requires the US military to buy -- with some exceptions -- domestic made textile products. The purpose of the audit is to determine whether the Military Services and the Defense Logistics Agency complied with the Berry Amendment for DoD procurements and acquisitions when purchasing materials and suppliers. Posted August 16, 2019

Workers Killed While Removing Fabric Shade Structures.  Two workers of the design company GuildWorks were killed August 8, 2019 as they were attempted to remove fabrics tents that had provided shade for the main stage at Pickathon, an outdoor music festival in Happy Valley, Ore., USA.  Brad Set and Brandon Blackmore died when the boom lift they were in tipped over.  The accident happened as they were ascending in the lift to remove the ropes from trees that fastened the shade structures. Posted August 16, 2019

ExoMars Parachute Testing Fails Again.  The European Space Agency (ESA) has confirmed the complex parachute system for the ExoMars rover mission has experienced another failure during an August 5, 2019 high altitude test.  The test involving a module was conducted over northern Sweden. Four parachutes in a complex use sequence were intended to deploy and slow the module down from supersonic descent speeds. In both the August 5 test and the previous test in May, there was damage to the main parachutes. The most recent setback now puts the July 2020 launch date for the mission in jeopardy. Click here to read more. Posted August 16, 2019

US Senate Leader to Propose New Legislation Limiting Sale of Body Armor to Civilians. US Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has said he will be proposing new legislation prohibiting civilians from purchasing body armor.  The announcement comes in the wake of two recent mass shootings, one in which the alleged shooter wore body armor.  Currently, body armor is legal for civilians to purchase in all 50 US states.  In most states, it is a felony if a person is wearing body armor while committing a crime. The civilian market is a major driver in the growth of the body armor business in the US.  Occupations where body armor is becoming increasingly popular include people employed in high crime targets like jewelry store and pawn shop owners, and people in high risk situations such as hunters, attorneys and judges, journalists and couriers. Senator Schumer intends to introduce the legislation when the US Congress reconvenes in September.  Posted August 14, 2019

SunSetter Recalls More Than 250,000 Retractable Covers Following Reported Injuries and Death.  SunSetter Products LP, of Malden, Mass., USA,  issued a product recall today of all soft vinyl awning covers used with five retractable awnings sold 1999 through January 2019 and supplied with bungee tie-downs. The company has received 14 incident reports, including 1 report of a death and 6 reports of injuries.  The death occurred when a man died after falling from a ladder and over a balcony when a motorized awning opened unexpectedly and struck him while he was removing the cover's bungee tie-downs.  The problem appears to happen when a powered awning is activated while the cover is secured with bungee tie-downs. The awning can open unexpectedly with enough force to strike the person standing in the awning's path.  Approximately 270,000 covers are involved in the recall. The covers were sold through Costco, independent retailers and through SunSetter directly. Click here to read the recall notice posted on the US Consumer Products Safety Commission's website. Posted August 13, 2019

Glen Raven Custom Fabrics Names Chief Marketing Officer. Glen Raven Custom Fabrics has announced the hiring of Steve Pawl as its first chief marketing officer. Mr. Pawl has a strong track record of developing growth strategies and strengthening brands for global companies. Most recently he was the vice president of eCommerce for Husqvarna Group as well as serving as the company's vice president of brand and product marketing for its $1 billion Consumer Brands Division. At Glen Raven, Mr. Pawl will direct brand strategy, positioning and activation for Sunbrella® fabrics as well as other trade brands within Custom Fabrics. Glen Raven Custom Fabrics is headquartered in Glen Raven, N.C., USA. Posted August 13, 2019

Technical Textile Product Manufacturing Center Receives $750,000 US Federal Grant.  Catawba Valley Community College’s (CVCC) Manufacturing Solutions Center in Hickory, N.C., USA, has received $750,000 from the US Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration’s i6 Challenge grant.  The grant will help fund work in bio-textiles, military applications, wearable textiles, industrial hemp fiber re-introduction, eco-friendly sustainable products and other textile items.  With the grant, a large 3D printer, laser engraver, metal-working tools, 3D scanner, direct-to-garment printer, two specialized knitting machines for shoe uppers and medical devices will be purchased, according to Dan St. Louis, director of the Manufacturing Solutions Center. This will help the center perform and develop tests for new products developed by entrepreneurs.  Click here to read more. Posted August 7, 2019

Dukane Announces Acquisition of Aurizon.  Dukane Corporation has announced it has acquired all the assets and intellectual property of Aurizon, LLC, a manufacturer of rotary ultrasonic systems for converting nonwoven materials, bonding textiles and films, and sealing packages.  Aurizon is headquartered in Kimberly, Wis., USA.  Dukane is a manufacturer of ultrasonic, vibration, spin, laser, hot-plate, hot gas and infrared welders for many different industries.  The company had annual sales of $40 million and is headquartered in St. Charles, Ill., USA. Posted August 6, 2019

Technical Textile Producer ABC Industries Acquired.  Branford Castle Partners, LP, a New York City-based private equity firm, today announced the acquisition of ABC Industries, Inc.  Headquartered in Warsaw, Ind., USA, ABC is a niche market manufacturer and distributor of flexible ventilation solutions and technical fabrics. Its products are used for industrial ventilation, industrial textiles, underground mining and tunneling. ABC owns and operates two manufacturing plants, one in Warsaw, Ind., and the other in Grand Junction, Colo., USA. The company was founded in 1926.  Click here to read the Branford's press release on the acquisition. Posted August 7, 2019

Auburn Manufacturing President Appointed to US Ex-Im Bank.  President and CEO of Auburn Manufacturing Inc. Kathie Leonard was appointed to serve as the U.S. textile industry representative on the US Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) 2019 Advisory Committee.  Auburn Manufacturing Inc. is a woman-owned manufacturer based in Mechanic Falls, Maine, USA, producing heat-and fire-resistant textiles used worldwide by industries like ship building/repair, foundries, mining, aerospace, power generation and many other heat-intensive industries. Ms. Leonard started the company in 1979. Ms. Leonard is also a board member of the National Council of Textile Organizations, the US trade association.  Click here to read the entire press release on the appointment issued by NCTO. Posted August 6, 2019

US Department of Commerce Releases June Export Figures for Specialty and Industrial Fabrics Group.  The US Department of Commerce has released the June export figures for the Specialty and Industrial Fabrics group. Surprisingly, Mexico showed a slight decline for the 12-month period ending June 30 in comparison to the previous 12-month period.  Not surprising was China's continued decline in the 12-month comparison. Click here to see the entire June 2019 report.




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KDH Defense Systems Awarded $40 Million in Orders from the U.S. Armed Forces.  KDH Defense Systems, Inc. (KDH), a manufacturer of ballistic vests, announced July 30 it had been awarded two separate delivery orders from the U.S. Army totaling approximately $40 million.  KDH received a $31.5 million delivery order from the US Army Contracting Command to produce the Modular Scalable Vest (“MSV”) Generation II. KDH also received a delivery order valued at $9.0 million from the US Army Contracting Command to produce the Blast Pelvic Protectors (“BPPs”). These are new fair opportunity awards stemming from the contracts the Company initially won in 2015. All production will be performed at KDH’s manufacturing facility in Eden, N.C., USA, with an estimated completion date of June 2020.  Click here to read the company’s entire press release.  Posted August 2, 2019

OSHA Proposes $287,000 in Fines for Nonwovens Manufacturer.  The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed penalties of $287,212 for U.S. Nonwovens Corp, a nonwovens manufacturer headquartered in Long Island, N.Y.  OSHA cited the company for nine serious and four repeat safety and health violations at its facility in Hauppauge, N.Y.  The agency cited Nonwovens Corps. for failing to train and evaluate forklift operators on how to safely operate equipment and provide training on lockout/tagout procedures, as well as a lack of machine guarding.  The agency also cited the company for 1) Exposing employees to fire and smoke inhalation hazards; 2) Failing to report an amputation and provide illness and injury records to OSHA in a timely manner; and, 3) Failing to store materials securely and repair damaged storage racks. Click here to read more about the citations. Posted August 2, 2019

Fiber Industries Announces New CEO.  Fiber Industries LLC, a textile production manufacturer based in Darlington, S.C., USA, has announced Donald Bockoven as Chief Executive Officer. The company also announced Andrew Rosenfeld has been named Vice Chairman of the company. Mr. Brockoven has served most recently as President and CEO of Leigh Fibers. Prior to Leigh Fibers, Bockoven held senior management positions at Hollingsworth & Vose, Invista and Dupont. Fiber Industries is owned by MHR Fund Management, LLC, a private investment company. Posted July 31, 2019

Milliken Names Jeff Price Executive VP of Operations. Milliken & Company has named Jeff Price executive vice president of operations for the company. Chad McAllister has been named the successor to Mr. Price as president of Milliken’s Performance & Protective Textiles division.  Mr. Price will oversee corporate logistics and sourcing; environmental, health and safety; corporate engineering; global security; and Milliken’s consulting arm, Performance Solutions by Milliken. His 40-year tenure at Milliken includes leading the company’s global Performance & Protective Textiles division as well as serving as general manager of the company’s global airbag and automotive nonwovens business.  Mr. McAllister joined Milliken’s Chemical division in 2001. In 2010, McAllister joined Milliken’s Performance & Protective Textiles division as chief financial officer. Posted July 29, 2019

Italian Textile Machinery Sales Decline Again in 2nd Quarter.  Continued bad news for Italian textile machinery makers. ACIMIT, the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers, has reported from April to June textile machinery sales fell by 19% compared to the same period in 2018. Orders from outside Italy were worse, showing a 21% decline. ACIMIT President Alessandro Zucchi commented that some of the decline may have been due in part to buyers waiting for ITMA, the textile machinery fair, that took place in Barcelona in June.  Slow sales, he added, may also be the result of the current global geopolitical situation. Click here to report the press release. Posted July 29, 2019

ASTM Defines Smart Textiles Terminology.  ASTM International's smart textiles subcommittee D13.50 has approved its first standard, a compilation of industry terms regarding smart textiles. According to Carole Winterhalter, a member of the subcommittee, "The new standard helps define everything from "smart textile" to "wearable electronic."  Ms. Winterhalter is a textile technologist with the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command-Soldier Center.  The new standard will soon be available as D8248.  Click here for purchasing information. Posted July 29, 2019

MMI Textiles Acquires Competition Textiles.  MMI Textiles, Inc., a diversified supplier of fabrics, trims, hardware and other notions, has announced its acquisition of the assets of Competition Textiles.  Located in Indianapolis, Ind., USA, Competition Textiles is a converter of urethane-coated industrial textiles for the recreational industry.  Mike Wire, the company's former owner, will stay on as a consultant to MMI during the transition of the business. MMI is headquartered in Westlake, Oh., USA. Posted July 28, 2019

Coated Fabrics Manufacturers Form Joint Venture. Coated fabric manufacturers Engineered Polymer Technologies (EPT) and Erez Technical Textiles have announced the launch of a joint venture called E2.  EPT is based in the US and Erez is based in Israel. Technical textile products markets for the two companies include marine safety, boats, defense, geotechnical, secondary containment, and flexible storage tanks. Posted July 27, 2019 

$24.2 Million US Tactical Vest Contract Awarded. Carter Enterprises LLC, doing business as Mil-Spec Enterprises, Brooklyn, N.Y., USA, has been awarded a maximum $24,252,013 modification to a one-year contract with three one-year option periods for the Improved Outer Tactical Vest, Generation IV. This is a firm-fixed price, indefinite-quantity contract. Location of performance is New York, with a Sept. 15, 2020, performance completion date. Using military services are US Army and Air Force. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2019 through 2020 defense working capital funds. Posted July 27, 2019

US Army Awards $249 Million Parachute Contract.  ASNA (Airborne Systems North America), Santa Ana, Calif., USA; and Mills Manufacturing Corp., Ashville, N.C., USA, have received a $249,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract for the purchase of T-11 Personnel Parachute System. The T-11 parachute (previously called the Non-Maneuverable Canopy Personnel Parachute System) is intended to replace the T-10 parachute system currently being used by both the US and Canadian armed forces.  The new system is expected to carry a combined weight of about to 400 pounds of soldier and equipment.  Posted July 25, 2019

Aurora Specialty Textiles President Resigns. Although there has been no official announcement on the Aurora Specialty Textiles Group's website, Dan Laturno has posted on his LinkedIn page that he has resigned as president of the company to take the position of President/CEO of Peoria Production Shop. Mr. Laturno had been with Aurora for almost 18 years, the last 5 as its president. Marcia Ayala, Aurora's vice president, will take over his position. The company is a manufacturer of coated fabrics, serving the technical textiles industry in many markets. It is based in Yorkville, Ill., USA.  Posted July 18, 2019

Sattler Names CEO.  Sattler Corp, a division of The Sattler Group,  Austria, named today Ulrich Tombuelt as CEO. Mr. Tombuelt is a textile industry veteran and prior to his appointment he held multiple management positions in the textile industry in the United States and in Europe. Located in Hudson, N.C., USA, Sattler Corp. is a manufacturer of 100% solution-dyed acrylic woven products and spun yarn, sold under the brand name Outdura®.  Posted July 17, 2019

Ukraine Body Armor Quality is "Cr*p".  The Ukrainian information website Unian has a post regarding intercepted conversations by the Ukraine State Bureau of Investigations (STB) between officials in the country's Ministry of Defense discussing both the quality and inflated prices paid for recently purchased protective body armor. One of the secretly recorded conversations between two ministry officials quoted one saying about the body armor "this is all cr*p!". Reportedly 3 out of 5 of the 20,000 armored vests purchased failed the ballistic stoppage tests. Total costs of the purchases was about $3.6 million.  The STB is also investigating purchases of poor quality of uniforms and tents.  Click here to read the article. Posted July 16, 2019

TED Talk on Fiber Technology.  If you're looking for a good introduction to microfibers, Jeff Dugan, Co-Founder and Vice President of Research for Fiber Innovation Technology, recently gave a TED Talk on the subject of new developments in fiber technology. TED (technology, entertain and design) Talks are informative short presentations that all different types of issues. Click here to view Mr. Dugan's talk.  Posted July 16, 2019

Gant Receives Lifetime Achievement Award for Casual Furniture Association. Congratulations to Allen Gant, Jr., chairman of Glen Raven, Inc.  The International Casual Furnishings Association has named him as one of this year’s recipients of its 2019 Lifetime Achievement Awards.  Mr. Gant was instrumental in leading the technical textile company into the outdoor and indoor casual furniture markets in the 1990s. Click here to read more about the award recipients. Posted July 10, 2019

Lydall Announces Leadership Transition in its Thermal Acoustical Solutions Business.  Lydall, Inc. today announced that Joseph A. Abbruzzi has been named President, Lydall Thermal Acoustical Solutions, effective immediately.  Mr. Abbruzzi replaces Scott M. Deakin, who is departing Lydall to pursue alternative opportunities.  Mr. Abbruzzi, who most recently served as President of Lydall’s Technical Nonwovens business, has a long history with both Thermal Acoustical Solutions and the automotive industry.  From 2011 to 2014, Mr. Abbruzzi led the turnaround of the Thermal / Acoustical Fibers business segment, a segment that was combined with Thermal / Acoustical Metals in 2017 to create Lydall’s Thermal Acoustical Solutions business segment.  Lydall, Inc. is headquartered in Manchester, Conn., USA with global manufacturing operations producing specialty engineered products for the thermal/acoustical and filtration/separation markets. Posted July 9, 2019 

US Department of Commerce Releases May Export Figures for Specialty and Industrial Fabrics Group.  The US Department of Commerce has released the May export figures for the Specialty and Industrial Fabrics group. China continued to show a significant decline of more than 5% for the 12-month period ending May 31 in comparison to the previous 12-month period.  Click here to see the entire May 2019 report.




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  • January 21-24:  SHOT Show, Las Vegas, Nev., USA
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  • January 29-31:  2020 Winter Outdoor Retailer & Snow Show, Denver, Colo., USA

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Posted January 15, 2020

China and US Sign Phase One of New Trade Deal

Round One is Done.  The first step is resolving the on-going trade dispute between the US and China is over with after the signing today of the Phase One Deal on 301 Tariffs. Reaction to the agreement in the US textile value chain is mixed.  The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) which represents US textile fiber, yarn and material makers, gave out a hesitant endorsement of the agreement, saying the group is still studying the details of the agreement.  The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) issued a press statement after the signing expressing disappointment that the "Phase One" trade deal signed with China contains limited tariff relief fo US companies and consumers.


One of the key concession given by the US to get China to agree to the trade deal was the decision on January 13 by the US Treasury Department to remove the designation of China as a currency manipulator.  The US had designated China as a manipulator in August, a goal long-sought by NCTO.  BeaverLake6 Report has reached out to NCTO for comment on the change in the US government's position and will update this post as information becomes available.

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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