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Archived Industry News

October 1 - December 31, 2018

Regional Awning & Custom Fabric Products Maker Shuts Down Operations. BeaverLake6 Report has received word from Wayne Yonce, owner of the Twin City Tent & Awning Company (aka TCT&A Industries), that the company closed its operations a couple of months ago. The company, located in Urbana, Ill., USA, was a regional maker of custom fabric awnings, rental tents, tarps and graphic signage. After Mr. Yonce and co-owner Wanda Yonce retired a few years ago, the operation was turned over to their son Kevin Yonce. The younger Yonce has now started up a new shade fabric product company with two former TCT&A employees. Posted December 31, 2018

US Coated Fabric Manufacturer Assets to be Purchased.  A US bankruptcy judge has approved the sale of all substantial assets of American Fuel Cell and Coated Fabrics to LB Amfuel LLC for $1.62 million. Amfuel is headquartered in Wichita Falls, Texas, USA, with manufacturing plants there and in Magnolia, Ark., USA. The Wichita Falls plant will be closed as part of the recovery plan. The Magnolia plant employs 243. Amfuel, originally known as Firestone Tire and Rubber Co., had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last year. The company manufactures aircraft fuel cell bladders. Click here to read the notice of the approval. Posted December 31, 2018

Intertape Polymer Acquires US Industrial Fabric Coater. In a December 17, 2018 press release, Intertape Polymer Group Inc. (IPG) announced it had acquired almost all of the operating assets of Maiweave LLC for approximately $21 million. Maiweave is a privately held manufacturer of engineered coated polyolefin used in geomembrane, pool covers, shelters and large covering applications including for sand and salt. It is based in Springfield, Oh., USA and employees 75 at two manufacturing facilities. IPG is a manufacturer of various types of coated fabrics and is headquartered in Montreal, Que., Canada, and Sarasota, Fla., USA. Click here to read the company press release on the acquisition. Posted December 31, 2018

Asian Nonwovens Filtration Conference Attracts +100 Companies. EDANA, the organizers of FILTREX Asia 2018 has announced the event attracted 222 delegates from more than 100 companies. FILTREX was organized EDANA, the European nonwovens trade association. It was held December 4-5, 2018, in Shanghai, China, and ran in conjunction with the 7th Filtration & Separation Asia that was co-organized by China Filtration Society, China Nonwovens Technology Association and UBM. FILTREX Asia had 27 presentations that covered new technologies, testing techniques and standards. Click here to read the EDANA press release about the event. Posted December 17, 2018

Albany International Announces New Senior Vice President. Albany International Corp. has announced Rick Sharpe as its new Senior Vice President of Global Customers and Marketing for Albany Engineered Composites (AEC).   Prior to joining Albany, Mr. Scott served as Group Vice President and General Manager of B/E Aerospace Consumables Management Division. Albany International is a global advanced textiles and materials processing company.  The company is headquartered in Rochester, NN.H., USA, operates 22 plants in 10 countries, and employs 4,400 people worldwide. Click here to read the entire company press release. Posted December 14, 2018

Hohenstein Opens Textile Testing Lab in India. Following up on its textile testing lab opening this past July in Bangladesh, the Hohenstein Institute has opened a lab in Gurugam, India. Hohenstein India will operate with about 50 employees and offer textile manufacturers, brand suppliers and retailers a variety of textile technology and chemical tests. Click here to read the company's press release on the opening. Posted December 13, 2018

Ballistic Armor Vest Contract Awarded. The Protective Group, A Point Blank Co., Miami Lakes, Fla., USA was awarded an $11,924,240 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of enhanced ballistic armor protection system kits by the US Army. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 10, 2022. Posted December 12, 2018

Airbag Fabric Maker Acquired. Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL) has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire UTT Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH. UTT is a supplier of airbag fabrics and other technical textiles. The company, headquartered in Krumbach, Germany, has two sites in Germany and Mexico with approximately 420 employees. The company produces around 70 million sqm of fabrics. UTT will be acquired by PHP Fibers, a company owned by Indorama Ventures (80% stake) and Toyobo (20% stake). With the acquisition, Indorama Ventures is strengthening its portfolio in the airbag sector and adds the UTT weaving sites in Germany and Mexico to the yarn production sites in Germany, the USA and the JV participation in China as well as to the PHP Fibers weaving mills in Germany and the USA established with the expertise of Toyobo. Click here to read the acquisition press release. Posted December 11, 2018

Maker of Mars InSight Lander Parachute Featured. The manufacturer of the parachute that brought NASA's InSight lander to the Mars surface November 26, 2018 was featured recently on a local television show. Pioneer Aerospace of South Windsor, Conn., USA, was the designer and fabricator of the parachute that slowed the rapidly descending lander from 12,000 mph to 200 mph. Besides providing parachutes for NASA and SpaceX, Pioneer is a maker of military parachutes. The company was founded in 1938 as Cheney Silk Mills and in 1988 became part of Zodiac's Aerospace Group. Click here to view the article and video posted on the NBC affiliate's website about the company and the making of the parachute. Posted December 11, 2018

Norway Providing More Than 2,500 Tents in Afghanistan. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is providing more than 2,500 tents to the thousands who have been displaced in Afghanistan from conflict, drought and lack of food. The tents are 23 square meters and can house 6-7 people. So far, NRC has distributed 1,000 tents with another 1,500 left to set up. The tents are expected to provide winter shelter to about 10,000 families. Click here to read more. Posted December 7, 2018 

US Exports in October Released for Specialty and Industrial Fabrics Group. Robust export figures continue to be announced by the US Department of Commerce as they released the October number for the Specialty and Industrial Fabrics group, including double-digit growth in exports to China in comparison to last year. Click here to see the entire report released by the Department of Commerce. 



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Hong Kong

123,735 124,992 +1.02

United Kingdom


103,810 +3.21
World 4,190,684 4,395,851 +4.90

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Posted December 7, 2018

South Carolina Elastics Being Acquired. Gibraltar Business Capital is funding a $5.5 million line of credit to support the acquisition of South Carolina Elastics Company, a division of Rhode Island Textile Company, by Industrial Value Partners, a Greenville, S.C., USA, private equity investment firm. Headquartered in Landrum, S.C., South Carolina Elastics is one of the largest US narrow fabrics producers. It makes braided, knitted and woven narrow fabrics used in bungee cords, medical elastic masks, hose tape, and military webbings. Industrial Value Partners is specializing in the acquisition of textile manufacturers making products sold into the industrial, technical and specialty product end-markets, including military, automotive, safety and aerospace.  Click here to read the acquisition press release. Posted December 7, 2018

Questions Emerge After Kolon Group's CEO and Chairman Abrupt Retirement Announcement. At the end of a company in-house session November 28, Lee Woong-yeol, chairman of the Kolon Group, announced he would be resigning from all positions in the South Korean company as of January 21, 2019. Mr. Lee is the grandson of the company founder and replaced his father as CEO and Chairman in 1996. He said in his resignation that he desired to try something different and will be leaving the country to start new businesses. A report posted on the Korea Times website suggested that Mr. Lee's resignation may be due to the National Tax Service's investigation of the Kolon Group holding company and its flagship unit Kolon Industries, a manufacturer of technical textiles. Kolon Group is one of the largest of Korea's chaebol, the family groups which dominate the country's manufacturing industry. Click here to read the Korea Times article. Posted December 5, 2018

US Army Snipers Testing Improved Ghillie Suit. US Army snipers are field-testing the Improved Ghillie System (IGS). The suit will be replacing the Flame Resistant Ghillie System (FRGS). Although it's no longer in the name, the IGS will still have flame resistant qualities but it will be lighter and more flexible in design. Since each sniper has a preference on how it wants the suit to look, the IGS is actually a modular system which allows different material and looks used in different climate and geographic situations. A request for proposal went out August 28, 2018 that closed September 24. The US Army is expected to need about 3,500 suits. Click here to read an article posted on the US Army website. Posted December 6, 2018

Composite Manufacturer to Acquire ARC Technologies. Hexcel Corporation announced November 30, 2018 it is acquiring ARC Technologies, Inc., for $160 million. ARC Technologies is a supplier of custom RF/EMI and microwave absorbing materials and has a proprietary blend of polymer resins to generate various matrix materials including structural composites and thermoplastics. ARC Technologies is headquartered in Amesbury, Mass., USA. It is expected to generate about $50 million in revenue in 2018. Hexcel Corporation, based in Stamford, Conn., USA, is a manufacturer of advanced composites using carbon fibers, specialty reinforcements, prepregs and other fiber-reinforced matrix materials used in commercial aerospace, space and defense, and industrial applications. Click here to read Hexcel's press release on the acquisition. Posted December 1, 2018

ZF Presents Strategies For Pre-Crash Airbag Activation. At the Airbag 2018 symposium held November 26-28 in Mannheim, Germany, Dr. Michael Büchsner, the head of ZF Friedrichshafen AG's Passive Safety Systems Division, unveiled the company's external dual-contour pre-crash airbag that will protect the occupant no matter what the seat position. The system is being designed for autonomous driving vehicles. According to Dr. Büchsner, tests have shown it can help reduce the occupant injury severity up to 40%. His presentation included how other interior airbags are being developed for the redesign of the interior where passengers can have seats in many different variations. Click here to read a ZF press release on their airbag strategy. Posted November 29, 2018

Porcher Industries Opens New Manufacturing Facility in China. Global technical textiles producer Porcher Industries continues its investment in facilities with the grand opening of its new Zheijiang Porcher Industries New Materials on November 22, 2018 in Zhejiang, China. The opening ceremony was attended by Andre Genton, CEO, Porcher Industries, as well as local government officials, key customers and suppliers. Click here to read the company's press release. Posted November 29, 2018

Lest We Forget: Donald Kamienski. Word has come that Don Kamienski passed on November 22, 2018. Mr. Kamienski began his career in the US industrial fabrics industry in the 1960s.  In 1979, he went to work for Wayne-Tex of Waynesboro, Va., USA in international sales. In the mid-1980s, Mr. Kamienski was one of the first inside sales representative hired by coated fabric producer Seaman Corp., of Wooster, Oh., managing the company's Eastern Region. He remained with Seaman until his retirement in 2000. Posted November 28, 2018 

Upcoming President & CEO of Suominen Dies in Aviation Accident.  The Board of Directors of Suominen has announced Pekka Ojanpää, who was appointed as the new President & CEO of  the company on August 3, 2018, died in aviation accident on November 23, 2018. Currently, Mr. Ojanpää worked as President & CEO of Lassila & Tikanoja plc. He was set to start in his role at Suominen on December 1, 2018. “We were eagerly anticipating for Pekka to start in charge of Suominen but, unfortunately, that will never happen. Our deepest condolences to Pekka’s family and friends,” says Jan Johansson, Chair of the Board of Directors of Suominen. Tapio Engström, CFO of Suominen, who has acted as interim President & CEO since August, will continue in his role as interim President & CEO until further notice. Suominen, headquartered in Helsinki, Finland, is a global producer of nonwovens for the medical and hygiene markets, with manufacturing operations in 8 countries. Posted November 26, 2018

$29.8 Million Awarded by US Department of Justice for Ballistic Vests. Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker announced November 21 the awarding of more than $29.8 million to 4,470 local and regional US law enforcement jurisdictions in FY2018 for assisting in purchasing body armor vests. The awards are part of the DOJ's National Institute of Justice's Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP). Reimbursements are up to 50% of the cost of body armor vests purchased for law enforcement officers. Since the program started in 1999, the BVP program has awarded more than 13,000 jurisdictions a total of $430 million to purchase more than 1.3 million vests. Click here to read the DOJ press release. Posted November 23, 2018

Need for Lighter Weight Military Equipment. A posting on the Marine Corps Times website reviews the need to provide the military with stronger and lighter protective gear. While the article, authored by Jim Cooper, a veteran Marine and currently an advisor to the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, is about equipment made of petrochemicals, it does have interesting broader information. We tend to think of protective equipment in terms of preventing combat injuries; however, it can also be a contributor to non-combat injuries. The average load weight for a US warfighter was 117 pounds (Marine) and 119 pounds (soldier). The weight reduces the mobility of the warfighter and is the leading cause of injuries. Between 2004 and 2007, one-third of medical evacuations on the battlefield were due to spinal, connective tissue or musculoskeletal injuries, twice the injuries as were sustained from combat. Click here to read the article. Posted November 19, 2018

Nigerian Army Procures 10,000 Ballistic Vests and Helmets.  According to an article posted on the Body Armor News website, the Nigeria Army is procuring 10,000 ballistic vests and helmets from Nigeria Machine Tool, a domestic defense contractor located in Osogbo, Nigeria. The army had previously purchased 2,000 ballistic vests from the company in 2016. Click here to read the article. Posted November 14, 2018

China Import Tariff Cuts Take Effect on Textiles to Blunt Impact of US Tariffs on Domestic Manufacturers. On November 1, 2018, China cut the import tariffs on 1,585 products deemed essential for the domestic manufacturing industry. Some of these items are imported textile materials. The tariffs on textiles is being reduced from 11.5% to 8.4% to lower costs for domestic manufacturers as the country seeks a diversification of outside suppliers. It's not clear yet whether the cut also affects the designated tariffs on textiles China has already increased on US products.  It's possible the US imported materials will also see the lower tariff but then still be subject to the higher specific targeted retaliatory tariff implemented a few months ago. Click here to read more. Posted November 13, 2018

Wearable Technology Enters Professional Sports. Thanks to our friend Bud Weisbart at AR Tech for sharing an interesting article found on the Press-Enterprise (Riverside, Calif., USA) newspaper site on how wearable technology is being introduced to professional sports.  Elbow stress is the leading cause of injuries for baseball players. The article focuses on Motus, a company which has developed a compression sleeve with sensors. In baseball, where tens of millions of dollars are spent for an elite pitcher, the team can now first look at the athlete's arm strength, elbow stress and shoulder rotation to spot any potential issues.  Privacy laws requires consent by the player for data provided by sleeve. It's not always, though, about looking for a negative; sensors might notice a correctable problem that could extend a career. So far, at the Major League level, the Motus sleeve has only been worn in practice but baseball is one of the few sports that does allow wearable technology like this to be worn in games. Click here to read the article. Posted November 12, 2018 

Point Blank Enterprises Prevails in Class Action Law Suit Targeting (SSBS). According to a press release issued by Point Blank Enterprises, Inc., the US Federal Court, in the southern district of Florida denied a motion for class certification filed against the company and dismissed the case.  In the case (OSTA, et al. v. Point Blank Enterprises, Inc.), a few individual Ohio police officers and two law enforcement associations alleged that a nationwide class should be certified to pursue claims that Point Blank’s Self-Suspending Ballistic System (SSBS) for shoulder straps used on bulletproof vests were defective.  The plaintiffs’ lawyers alleged a defect in the “hook and loop” closure portion of the SSBS when a wearer used the SSBS in a certain way, allegedly causing the shoulder straps to wear out prematurely. The denial of the class motion, and the associated dismissal of the claims asserted by the plaintiffs, enables Point Blank, headquartered in Pompano Beach, Fla., USA, to continue to design, manufacture, and sell its body armor utilizing the SSBS. Click here to read the company press release. Posted November 5, 2018

Structure Materials Manufacturer Names Marketing Development Manager for Architecture Market Segment. Flexible composite membranes manufacturer Serge Ferrari has announced that Kevin Frisone has been appointed as Market Development Manager -- Architecture. Mr. Frisone will lead the company’s growth in the United States for the building / architectural segment, including solar protection, façade, acoustics and tensile architecture. He brings 30 years of business development experience to Serge Ferrari, previously working for Saint-Gobain in its SageGlass and Vetrotech business units. Serge Ferrari Group is headquartered in France with Serge Ferrai North America based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., USA. Posted November 5, 2018

North Carolina State University Receives $28 Million Gift. Great news for the North Carolina State University, located in Raleigh, N.C., USA. Frederick "Fred" Eugene Wilson, Jr. and his family are giving the NC State's College of Textiles a gift of $28 million. The college within the university system will be renamed Wilson College of Textiles. Fred Wilson graduated from the College of Textiles in 1961 with a degree in textile chemistry. He is chairman of the board of directors of Piedmont Chemical Industries Inc., a family-own and operated chemical manufacturer headquartered in High Point, N.C. Click here to read the university's press release on the gift. Posted November 4, 2018

US Exports in September Released for Specialty and Industrial Fabrics Group. The US Department of Commerce has released the September export figures for the Specialty and Industrial Fabrics group. Click here to see the entire report released by the Department of Commerce. 



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Hong Kong

124,860 120,784 -3.26

United Kingdom


103,004 +2.44
World 4,162,674 4,364,493 +4.85

(Data in thousand dollars)

Posted November 2, 2018

US Textile Company Closing. Copland Industries, a manufacturer of various griege woven fabrics for markets including health and industrial, has announced it will be closing at the end of 2018. The company has been in business for 77 years but has now found itself unable with lesser cost polyester fabrics from China. Copland, located in Burlington, N.C., USA, currently has 200 employees. Click here to read an article posted on the Burlington Times-News website. Posted November 2, 2018

US Department of Defense Announces Ballistic Plate Carrier Contract Awarded.  [Correction: The production quantity was incorrectly stated in the orginal announcement. The correct amount has now been inserted in the copy below.] Central Lake Armor Express Inc., Central Lake, Mich., USA was awarded a $59,369,617 ceiling, firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the production of up to a maximum 1,322,650 Plate Carrier Generation III – Soft Armor Inserts and data reports.  Work will be performed in Central Lake and is expected to be complete by Oct. 24, 2023.  Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance (Marine Corps) funds in the amount of $2,220,578 will be obligated on the first delivery order immediately following contract award and funds will before the end of the fiscal year.  This contract was competitively procured as a total small business set-aside via the Federal Business Opportunities website with 13 offers received.  The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity. Posted October 28, 2018

Lenzing Group to Acquire Remaining 30% of Its Chinese Operation. The fiber industry consolidation in China continues as the Lenzing Group has announced its intention to acquire the remaining 30% of its Chinese subsidiary Lenzing (Nanjing) Fibers Co., Ltd. from its state-owned joint-venture partner NCFC. Click here to read the company's press release. Posted October 26, 2018

Police Adding a Second Set of Ballistic Vests for Stronger Stopping Power. There is an interesting article on the Body Armor News website about the Gainesville, Ga., USA police officers now carrying extra "bulletproof" vests which can stop rifle rounds. The tradeoff for getting more protection from high velocity rounds is the weight. These new vests weigh with hard armor plates about 45 pounds, too much to weight for everyday use; so, they are stored in the vehicle until they are needed. The result for our industry is more vests for law enforcement protection. Click here to read the article. Posted October 23, 2018

Technical Textiles Producer BFG Relocates Headquarters to Virginia. BFG Industries -- a subsidiary of Porcher Industries -- plans to relocate its US headquarters to the Dan River Region in southern Virginia from Greensboro, N.C., USA. The move is expected to bring 65 new jobs to the area. BGF is a manufacturer of industrial textiles for a variety of end uses in the aerospace, marine, military, construction and automotive industries. BFG was formerly known as Burlington Glass Fabrics. It became a subsidiary of Porcher Groupe of Badinieres, France in 1988. Click here to read the news release issued from the Virginia governor's office. Posted October 22, 2018

Multi-Million Dollar Contract Awarded for USAF Carriage Equipment. The website Soldier Systems is reporting the US Air Force has awarded a multi-million-dollar contract for load-carry carriage equipment for their special operations units. The contract was awarded to High Ground Gear, a division of Ehmke Manufacturing Company of Philadelphia, Penn., USA. Click here to read the article. Posted October 13, 2018

Outdoor Ventures Corporation Selected by US Army to Produce Next Generation Camouflage Netting System. Today, US Congressman Harold "Hal" Rogers of Kentucky announced up to 350 new jobs will be created over the next 10 years in McCreary County, Ky.  Fibrotex had in May 2018 been one of 3 companies the US Army selected for the netting contract. In turn, Outdoor Ventures Corporation (OVC), will partner with the company to produce the next generation Ultra Lightweight Camouflage Netting System (ULCANS) in Stearns, Ky. Fibrotex will retrofit a building next door to OVC and also will build there a new 50,000 sq. ft manufacturing facility. Fibrotex will manufacture the specialized netting that OVC will the make into the final system. Production is planned to start in the second half of 2019. Click here to read the press release on the contract announcement. Posted October 11, 2018

US Marine Interior Fabric Market Projected to Increase 5-6% in 2018.  There's a good article posted on the Boating Industry website looking at the state of the interior and exterior upholstery boat industry market. One of those interviewed was Bill McDaniel, Marine Market Manager at Glen Raven. Mr. McDaniel projected the industry to finish 2018 at 5-6% growth. In the article, he says “Twenty percent of what you get on the OEM side drives 80 percent of the aftermarket. There are more and more boats that are an average age of 15 years to 18 years old that are being refurbished.”  Click here to read the article. Posted October 9, 2018

Applied DNA Appoints VP of Strategic Sales. Applied DNA Sciences Inc. has announced the appointment of Wayne Buchen as Vice President of Strategic Sales. Mr. Buchen most recently served as Senior Vice President of Global Sourcing and Operations for Lacoste in Hong Kong and Senior Vice President of Global Sourcing in New York. Mr. Buchen, together with MeiLin Wan, vice president of Textile Sales, will lead Applied DNA's sales efforts in its textile vertical. The company is a provider of molecular technologies that enable supply chain security, anti-counterfeiting and anti-theft technology, product genotyping and DNA mass production for diagnostics and therapeutics. It is headquartered in Brook, N.Y., USA. Click here to read the company's press release on the appointment. Posted October 9, 2018

New West Coast Distribution Center Opened by Coated Fabrics Manufacturer.  Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, Inc., (Aurora) has opened a new regional Fulfillment Center in Santa Fe Springs, Calif. The new regional warehouse and Fulfillment Center enables the company to satisfy same day and next day delivery for the company’s West Coast customers. Aurora, based in Yorkville, Ill., USA, is a manufacturer of coated, dyed and finished woven and nonwoven fabrics used in digital printing, specialty home products and technical textiles applications. Posted October 6, 2018

Last Days for the US Navy Peacoats. On October 1, 2018, the US Navy made the purchase of its dark blue woolen peacoat officially optional for sailors. The iconic peacoat dates back to the British navy of the 1730s, later adapted by the US Navy prior to the Civil War. As reported in a June 2017 BeaverLake6 Report post, the Navy peacoat is being replace by a synthetic fabric cold weather parka in a previously announced cost-cutting move. The full phase-out of the coat will be completed by 2021. Eliminating the peacoat will have a devastating impact on the Boston-region woolen industry as the last peacoat contract was in 2015 for about $48 million. Click here to go to a save-the-peacoat website to express your opposition to the coat's elimination. Industry consultant David Trumbull has on his Textiles and Trade website a good article about the issue. Click here to read his post.   Posted October 5, 2018 

US Exports in August Increase for Specialty and Industrial Fabrics Group. The US Department of Commerce has released the August export figures for the Specialty and Industrial Fabrics group. There does not appear to be any trade consequences yet from the growing US-China trade war as exports to China continue to surge in double digit growth. Click here to see the entire report released by the Department of Commerce. 



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122,167 123,064 +0.73

United Kingdom


101,980 +2.20
World 4,155,146 4,359,529 +4.92

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Posted October 5, 2018

Fiber Publication Acquired. INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, today announced the acquisition of two leading industry publications: International Filtration News and International Fiber News.  The association purchased the publications from International Media Group, Inc., based in Tempe, Az., USA. The purchase price and terms were not disclosed. The publications each have circulations of 8,000-plus domestic and international readers and have served their readers for over three decades. Both are published six times a year in print and digital formats. The acquisitions will expand INDA’s reach and relevance in the key markets the print and digital publications serve with a particular emphasis on the filtration and separation segment as INDA launches its new FiltXpo event to be held in Chicago every 18 months starting February 26-28, 2020.  Click here to read the INDA press release on the purchase. Posted October 2, 2018

US Air Force Makes New Camouflage Uniform Available for All. The new OCP pattern uniform is now available for all in the US Air Force. The uniform has already been available in the past few months for about 100,000 Air Force personnel serving in combat situations. The OCP pattern is a joint combat uniform worn by both the Air Force and the Army. Respective services will be identified on the uniforms by patches and name tags. To avoid financial hardship for those who purchase addition uniforms, the transition to the new uniforms will be over 3 years, with a requirement for all in the Air Force to be wearing it by April 2021. Click here to read an article about the transition. Posted October 2, 2018.



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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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