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Erika Simmons Joins AATCC as new Technical Director.  AATCC has announced Erika Simmons has been selected the organization’s new Technical Director.  Ms. Simmons replaces Diana Wyman who was named the AATCC’s Executive Director last month.  Ms. Simmons has more than 20 years of experience in the Hanesbrands testing labs providing leadership and training, developing solutions, and launching new programs. As compliance manager, she led projects in quality management to meet customer compliance requirements and government regulatory mandates. Previously, Ms. Simmons held the position of quality manager at Fruit of the Loom and process engineer at Milliken.  Posted August 31, 2019

Composites Association Appoints Bayatafshar as Chief of Staff.  Congratulations to Diane Bayatafshar for recently being named Chief of Staff for the American Composites Manufacturers Association. Ms. Bayatafshar was formerly with the American Fiber Manufacturers Association (AFMA), serving as its Director of Operations, Board Secretary and Acting President. AFMA was acquired by the National Council of Textile Organizations in 2018. During her time at AFMA, Ms. Bayatafshar also served as the Managing Director for the Synthetic Yarn and Fabric Association. Posted August 26, 2019

Trade Associations Collaborate in New Report on Worldwide Outlook for Nonwovens.  Worldwide Outlook for the Nonwovens Industry, 2018-2023 is a new report published by two leading nonwoven trade associations forecasts. The report forecasts a strong market demand for nonwovens materials through the next 5 years. It is now available for puchase from both INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, and EDANA, the International Association Serving the Nonwovens and Related Industries. Highlights include the historical period of 2008-2018 found production increased 5.7%, lead by growth in the spundbond/spunmelt and dry laid hydroentanglement, and China during this period was the leading growth country in overall production with 10.8% annual growth rate.  Click here to read more about the report and how to order. Posted August 6, 2019

NCTO Announces Support for President Trump's Plan to Impose New 10% Tariff on $300B of Chinese Imports.  In a statement issued yesterday, the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) welcomed the announcement of US President Donald Trump's plan to impose a 10% tariff on the remaining $300 billion of imports from China on September 1, 2019. The new tariffs announced yesterday are aimed at finished consumer products such as apparel.  NCTO President Kim Glas, though, once again expressed concern about the possibility the tariffs may also include dyes, machinery and chemicals used by US textile producers.  These items had been previously excluded from other rounds of tariffs. Click here to read the NCTO statement. Posted August 2, 2019

Nonwovens Association Seeks Nominations for 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award. INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry seeks industry nominations for one of its most prestigious awards – the Lifetime Technical Achievement Award – before Aug. 12, 2019. The award honors individuals whose technical achievements over a career of 20 years or more have meaningfully contributed to the growth of the nonwovens industry. This year, the award will be presented before 500 industry professionals at the fifth edition of Hygienix™ – the premier event for absorbent hygiene & personal care markets, November 11-14 in Houston, Texas, USA.  Click here for more information or to submit nominations. Posted July 16, 2019

New President for AATCC.  The Board of Directors for the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists announced today that Brian Francois, Executive Vice President for AATCC has decided to pursue another opportunity and will depart his current role effective July 26, 2019.  The Board of Directors has voted to promote Diana Wyman to the role of Executive Vice President.  Wyman currently serves as the Technical Director for AATCC.  Wyman has a BA in Fashion Merchandising from Radford University, an MS in Textiles from North Carolina State University, and an MBA from Meredith College.  Posted July 9, 2019

EDANA Elects New Board and Officers for 2019 - 2020. Mikael Staal Axelsen (Fibertex) has been selected as Chairman of EDANA, the European nonwovens association, and will be supported in the role by Vice-Chairs Omar Hoek (Ahlstrom-Munksjö, France) and David Lamb (Nonwovenn Ltd, UK). Paul Eevers’ (Unilever) position as Treasurer was also renewed. Announced at EDANA’s recent Annual Strategic Review and AGM in Vienna, the newly elected Board began their term on July 1st.  The following Governors were elected as new Board members: Michael Baumgartner, Managing Vice President Eurasia, Fitesa; Christian Hassmann, Director of Global Filtration and Separation, Johns Manville; Petri Helsky, President & CEO, Suominen; Christine Lemoine, Tyvek® Global Technology Manager, DuPont; John McNabb, Chief Technology Officer, Freudenberg Performance Materials; Elizabeth Metz, Vice President of Global Nonwovens, Kimberly-Clark; Kristin Olofsson, Innovation, Sustainability & CSR Director, Trioplast Group; and, Mark Thornton, Global Director of Materials, Procter & Gamble. Posted July 9, 2019

NCTO Announces Winner of 2019 Paul T. O'Day Memorial Scholarship.  The National Council of Textile Organizations' Fiber Council has announced Reagan Dunnam of Florence, S.C., USA as the recipient of the 2019 Paul T. O'Day Scholarship Award. Ms. Dunnam is pursuing a major in Fashion and Textile Management at North Carolina State University. As a recipient, she will receive a $5,000 award each year, totaling $20,000 for 4 years of study. The scholarship program was created in 2014 in honor of Paul T. O'Day.  Mr. O'Day was the President of the American Fiber Manufacturers Association for more than 3 decades. He passed away in 2017.  Posted June 30, 2019

AATCC Launches First Special Issue of the AATCC Journal of Research.  AATCC is pleased to announce publication of its first Special Issue of the AATCC Journal of Research, a compilation of 12 original research and review papers from the 14th Asian Textile Conference (ATC-14), which was organized by the Institute of Textiles and Clothing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and the Federation of Asian Professional Textile Associations in Hong Kong, June 27–30, 2017.  Dr. Chi-wai Kan, associate professor in the Institute of Textiles and Clothing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, was Guest Editor for this issue.  Click here to access to these Special Issue papers available free to all on the AJOR IngentaConnect webpage. Posted June 28, 2019

European Nonwovens Report for 2018 Issued.  EDANA, the European nonwovens trade association, has released its annual statistics for 2018.  According to the figures collected, the overall production of nonwovens in Europe grew by around 1.3% in 2018 to reach 2.76 million tons. While positive, this represents a slower growth from the annual average rate of nearly 4% over the last decade. Growth decline were found in end-markets such as civil engineering (geosynthetics) and automotive.  Positive growth markets were in personal care wipes and food & beverage applications. Click here for more information. Posted May 31, 2019

Industry Honors Retiring NCTO Leader Auggie Tantillo.  On May 16, many of the leaders of the US domestic textile manufacturing industry gathered in Charlotte, N.C., USA to pay tribute to the leadership of Auggie Tantillo as he retires from a 38-year career in the textile industry. His positions included serving as the president/ceo of the National Council of Textile Organizations and as deputy assistant secretary for textiles & apparel at the US Department of Commerce. The dinner and reception included Allen E. Gant, Jr., chairman of Glen Raven Inc., Marty Moran, CEO of Buhler Quality Yarns Corp, and Jeff Price, president of Milliken's  specialty fabrics division. Click here to read Textile World's report on the celebration.  Posted May 22, 2019

US Textile Trade Association Supports Trump as New Tariffs Are Announced.  The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) issued a press release on May 8, 2019 expressing appreciation for "the Trump administration's action to crack down on unfair trade practices from China through the Section 301 mechanism."  The support comes on the same day the US Trade Respresentative Robert Lighthizer announced the administration's intent to raise tariffs on $200 billion imported Chinese goods including almost all technical textiles and a wide scope of end-products made of technical textiles such as parachutes, pet collars and leashes, luggage, sport and golf bags, and conveyor belts. The tariffs on the affected items now will go from 10% to 25%.  Click here to read the NCTO statement. Posted May 9, 2019

NSF Appoints New Textile Sustainability Program Director.  NSF International (formerly National Sanitation Foundation) has appointed Christine York as Program Manager for NSF’s textiles sustainability program. Ms. York’s experience in sustainability initiatives at global textile, apparel and footwear organizations advances NSF’s commitment to bring innovative sustainability solutions to the textile industry.  Prior to joining NSF, Ms. York worked at Wolverine Worldwide and Nike. She was also a representative member for Nike in the Outdoor Industry Association’s (OIA) Sustainability Working Group, contributing to the development and launch of the Higg Index – a suite of tools that allows organizations in the apparel, footwear and textile industries to measure and score a company’s or product’s sustainability performance. Posted April 29, 2019

US Textile Organization Announces New Management Appointments, Kimberly Glas Begins Today as President/CEO. The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) has announced today the appointment of Kristi Ellis as the organization's new Vice President of Communications, effective April 29, 2019, and Donald Vavala as the Director of Regulatory and Technical Affairs, effective May 2019. Ms. Ellis has 24 years of manufacturing and international trade reporting experience with national textile press publications. Mr. Vavala comes to NCTO following a 31-year career at W.L. Gore, where he most recently held the position of Director, Military Government Affairs. He will succeed Hardy Poole. Mr. Poole has announced his resignation effective in May 2019. Both new appointments were announced today to coincide with Kimberly Glas' first day as the new NCTO President/CEO. Click here to read NCTO's press release. Posted April 29, 2019

Research Service Award Announced.  Congratulations to Gina Sloan, Ph.D., for receiving the 2019 AATCC Technical Committee on Research (TCR) Service Award for her leadership of AATCC’s RA31 Antimicrobial Activity Test Methods research committee. She was recognized at the AATCC International Conference Awards Luncheon on April 11, 2019 in Fort Worth, Texas, USA.  Dr. Sloan joined AATCC in 2011 and became chair of RA31 in 2012. Dr. Sloan is Director of Innovations at Microban International. She holds a BS in Biology from Western Carolina University, and a Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics from Wake Forest University.  AATCC is an association serving textile professionals. Click here to read more about her AATCC accomplishments. Posted April 26, 2019

INDA Issues Annual North America Nonwovens Supply Report.  INDA, the Association of the Nonwovens Fabrics Industry, has released its 6th edition of the annual North American Nonwovens Supply.  New findings include: In 2018, North American nonwoven capacity increased to 5.17 million tons, a net increase of 3.4% (180,000 tons) over 2017. This growth figure accounts for not only the addition of new lines, but also machine productivity increases and line closures to arrive at a net increase growth figure. In the last 2 years, 43 new lines have come online, and 16 lines have been shut-down. The majority of the new lines are making engineered fabrics for the transportation and filtration markets. The report is authored by Brad Kalil, INDA’s Director of Market Research.  Click here to find out more about the report which is distributed to INDA members as part of their member benefits. Posted April 22, 2019

IFAI Announces Call for Board and Leadership Positions. The Leadership Development Committee of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has announced it is seeking candidates for positions on the organization's Board of Directors, as well as for a number of Division Advisory Boards. The available IFAI Board positions are 1st Vice Chairman, 2nd Vice Chairman and 3 Director positions. The current 1st Vice Chairman Kathy Schaefer is Chairman-Elect and will automatically assume the duties of the Chairman of the Board in October 2019. Click here to contact Cherie Schmit, Assistant to the President, to obtain an application or seek additional information on the available positions. Posted April 22, 201

Global Nonwoven Association Leaders Meet to Coordinate Updated Definition of Nonwovens and Plastic Issues Response.  Leaders from 10 global nonwoven associations held a joint strategy meeting March 26, 2019 at the IDEA 2019 Conference, in Miami Beach, Fla., USA, to advance coordination on two key issues common to all: free and fair trade in nonwovens, and the growing concern about plastics in the environment and the need for coordinating messaging on the issue. The first step in advancing the coordination of fair and free trade is the nonwoven definition. The nonwovens associations seek to distance themselves from "textiles" in defining the material and industry, particularly regarding trade agreements and issues. Click here to read more and who participated at the meeting. Posted April 16, 2019

Future Leaders Award Presented by Association.  The AATCC Future Leaders Award was presented to Meredith L. McQuerry on April 11, 2019 at the International Conference held in Fort Worth, Texas, USA. The award recognizes promising young professionals in the fields of textiles, apparel, and related material sciences. Dr. Mcquerry is a tenure-track assistant professor in the Retail Entrepreneurship Department at Florida State University. She has over $380,000 in research grants, 12 journal articles published, and seven manuscripts in preparation for submission. One of the journal articles, published with Emil DenHartog and Roger Barker in 2016, received the AATCC J.W. Weaver Paper of the Year Award.  Nominees for the AATCC Future Leaders Award must be AATCC members who are 39 years old or younger and actively engaged in the greater textile or related industries.  AATCC is a not-for-profit association serving textile professionals. AATCC, headquartered in Research Triangle Park, N.C., USA. Posted April 15, 2019

Geosynthetics Society Announces New Lecture Series.  The International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) has announced the creation of the Zornberg Lecture, established in recognition of IGS Past President Dr. Jorge Zornbberg's contributions to the geosynthetics discipline, his leadership in creating the first IGS GeoAmericas conference, and his continued fostering of the IGS presence across the Americas. A selection task force has been appointed to solicit and vet nominations for the 2020 Zornberg Lecturer. The Zornberg Lecture will recognize an individual whose work resulted in significant advances in concepts or technologies that had a significant impact on the practice of geosynthetics engineering in the Americas. Click here to learn more at the IGS website. Posted April 10, 2019

Outgoing NCTO President Delivers 2019 State of the US Textile Industry Address. At the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) in Washington, D.C., March 21, outgoing president Marty Moran  gave a state-of-the-US textile industry address. Key points: US textile industry production value is now estimated at $76.8 billion in 2018, up more than $3 billion from 2017. On trade, Mr. Moran noted NCTO is aligned with President Donald Trump on macro policy objectives including reshoring industry, fighting for free but fair trade, enforcing US trade laws, making the US tax code more competitive, buying American, and other issues. NCTO is also fully behind President Trump's push to move from NAFTA to the proposed USMCA agreement. Click here to read the entire report. Posted March 29, 2019

US National Textile Organization Elects New Leaders. The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) held its 16th Annual Meeting March 19-21, 2019 in Washington, D.C., USA. Elected as NCTO officers for 2019 are: Chairman -- Lieb Oehmig, CEO of Glen Raven, Inc.. Vice Chairman -- David Roberts, CEO of CAP Yarns, Inc. Click here to read the NCTO press release on the election. Posted March 21, 2019

AATCC 2019 Millson Award Recipient Announced. AATCC has named Patrick R. Gruber as the recipient of the Henry E. Millson Award for Invention for developing a green chemistry-based continuous process for producing polylactic acid fibers known as PLA. The Millson Award recognizes inventions that are outstanding contributions to textile technology.  Mr. Gruber is CEO and board member at Gevo Inc., a company specializing in converting carbohydrates into low carbon chemicals and fuels, lessening reliance on petrochemical  sources. AATCC is the world’s leading not-for-profit association serving textile professionals since 1921. AATCC, headquartered in Research Triangle Park, N.C., USA, is a professional society which provides test method development, quality control materials, and professional networking for members in about 50 countries throughout the world. Click here to read more about Mr. Gruber’s accomplishments. Posted March 21, 2019

AATCC Chapin Award Winner Announced.  AATCC has named Sandra L. Johnson as the 2018 recipient of the Harold C. Chapin Award for her service to AATCC.  A strong advocate of education, Ms. Johnson is an active speaker and participant in local and national conferences, workshops, and symposia. Ms. Johnson served as the 44th President of AATCC from 2015 through 2016. She has chaired the AATCC Foundation Board of Directors, the Appropriations Committee as Immediate Past President, and the Awards Oversight Committee as President-Elect.  The Chapin Award was established in 1958 in honor of Harold C. Chapin, professor of chemistry at Lowell Textile School, who served as national secretary of AATCC for nearly 25 years. The Association will present the Chapin Scroll during the International Conference Awards Luncheon that will take place in Fort Worth, Texas, USA, April 9-11, 2019.  Click here to read more about Ms. Johnson’s contributions to AATCC. Posted March 14, 2019

Nonwovens Association Elects New Board Members. INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has announced the election of 7 to serve on its Board of Directors, each for a three-year term: Lewis Barnhardt,  President/COO of Barnhardt Manufacturing Company; Philip Champagne, President of Groz-Beckert USA; Bryan Haynes, Ph.D., Director of Research and Engineering in Global Nonwovens, with Kimberly-Clark Corporation; Jeffrey S. Hurley, Ph.D., Vice President, Nice-Pak Products Inc.; Lynda Kelly, Senior Vice President – Care Business, Suminen Nonwovens; Chris Peart, President/CEO of Tenowo, Inc.; and, Tom Zaiser, CEO of FiberVisions.  Click here to read the entire INDA press relations that gives the backgrounds of the new board members. Posted March 12, 2019

New International Standard for Resistance of E-Textiles Published.  The AATCC research committee RA111 Electronically-Integrated Textiles, recently approved its first evaluation procedure. AATCC says AATCC EP13, Evaluation Procedure for Electrical Resistance of Electronically-Integrated Textiles, is one of the first international standards for e-textiles. The new standard is available from AATCC. The research committee is currently balloting two additional standards.  Click here to learn more about the development of the standard.  Posted February 19, 2019

NCTO Appoints Kim Glas as New President/CEO.  The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) has announced the appointment of Kimberly Glas as the organization's new President & CEO, effective April 29, 2019. Ms. Glas will succeed Augustine "Auggie" D. Tantillo, who had recently announced his intention to retire. Ms. Glas is well known in the US domestic textile industry, having previously served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Textiles, Consumer Goods and Materials at the US Department of Commerce during the Obama administration.  In that job, she worked closely with the US Trade Representative, other key agencies, and the US Congress to advance a multitude trade policy interest for the domestic industry. Click here to read the NCTO press release. Posted February 13, 2019

INDA Appoints New Education & Technical Affairs Director.  INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has announced the appointment of Chris Plotz as its new Director of Education & Technical Affairs. Mr. Plotz has 19 years of technical nonwovens related experience in global product management and product development. At INDA, he will direct, oversee and expand education and training programs for all levels of industry members, manage the international harmonized standards activities, and Product Stewardship activities. Posted February 11, 2019

NCTO Announces Retirement of President & CEO. The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) has announced the intention of its president and CEO Augustine "Auggie" D. Tantillo  to retire later this year. In leading the organization, Mr. Tantillo has emerged over the last few years as a fierce protector of the domestic textile industry in trade policies. Mr. Tantillo has worked in numerous positions in the Washington policy arena over a 38-year career, including serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Textiles & Apparel at the US Department of Commerce. Click here to read the NCTO press release. Posted February 4, 2019

Finalists Announced for IDEA®19 Achievement Awards.  INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has announced 15 companies are finalists in five categories for its IDEA®19 Achievement Awards, in partnership with Nonwovens Industry magazine. Voting opens online February 15, 2019 via the Nonwovens Industry website. The awards recognize innovations in the nonwovens and engineered materials industry. Winners will be announced and honored at IDEA®19, March 25-28, 2019, in Miami Beach, Fla., USA. Click here to go to the special IDEA section on BeaverLake6 Report to find out the names of the finalists in each category and how to vote for them online. Posted February 1, 2019

New Leaders at AATCC.  AATCC held its Annual Meeting on November 14, 2018 in Research Triangle Park, N.C., USA. The results of the ballot for national elective offices for 2019-2020 were: Harrie Schoots from Ascend Performance Materials, LLC was elected President-Elect. The following regional board members were elected to a two-year term: Jack Bare, StarChem LLC, New England Region; Martha Carper, University of Delaware, Central Atlantic Region; John Crocker, SDL Atlas, Midsouth Region; and Heather Shields, adidas International, Western Region. Immediate Past President Bert Truesdale then presented the AATCC President's Pin to Kerry King, who transitioned to President January 1, 2019, for a two-year term. Posted January 11, 2019

NCTO Endorses USMCA; Pledges to Lobby Congress to Adopt the Agreement.  As expected, while it didn't get everything it wanted in the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), there was more than enough in the agreement to warrant an endorsement by Washington-based National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), as well as a pledge by the organization to use it lobbying influence when it comes up for ratification by Congress.  NCTO Chairman Marty Moran, CEO of Buhler Quality Yarns Corp said, "The new deal is better than NAFTA for the U.S. textile industry in many aspects and NCTO is pleased to endorse it."  Click here to read the NCTO press release on its endorsement. Posted December 7, 2018

New IFAI CEO Interviewed. Textile World magazine has posted an interview with new IFAI president and CEO Steve Schiffman.  Mr. Schiffman took over the association's leadership in June 2018. The interview conducted by Textile World editor Rachael Davis covers a range of topics including his view on the changing mission of the organization and the relationship of the organization's publications, divisions and events. Click here to read the interview. Posted November 27, 2018

Geosynthetic Association Has New Leadership. The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA), a division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International, has announced Fred Chuck of HUESKER Inc. has replaced Keith Gardner  of Dalco Nonwovens as the association's new executive council chair.  Mr. Gardner's term ended on November 13, 2018. Mr. Chuck is the vice president of business development at HUESKER Inc.. Doug Brown, national accounts manager at Tensar International Corp., assumed the 1st vice chair position on the council. Click here to read the press release issued by IFAI/GMA on the changes. Posted November 26, 2018

IFAI Military Division Elects New Leaders. During the IFAI Expo 2018 in Dallas, Texas, last month, the Military Division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) elected new volunteer leadership. Stepping down from the role of chair was Nick Rivera of MMI Textiles. Jennifer Fennell of Polo Custom Products was selected as the new chair and Jeff Papalia of National Industries for the Blind became the division's vice chair. Two new board members were also announced for 3-year terms: Geoff Senko of MMI Textiles and Peter Raneri of HLC Industries. Click here to read the press release issued by IFAI. Posted November 13, 2018

INDA Gives Lifetime Technical Achievement Award.  INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has recognized Ralph Moody, PE, Senior Director of R&D, Berry Global, Inc., with its prestigious 2018 Lifetime Technical Achievement Award. The award was given November 6, 2018 during the association's annual Hygienix Conference, in Orlando, Fla., USA. Mr. Moody was recognized for his critical expertise in process development and R&D in several commercially successful substrates and their production processes.  Click here to read the INDA press release to gain a more complete understanding of Mr. Moody's achievement. Posted November 7, 2018

New Leadership for Geosynthetics Society. At the 11th International Conference on Geosynthetics, the leadership of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) transitioned for 2018 - 2022. New officers are: President: Dr. Chungsik Yoo, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Sungkyunkwan University in Korea; Vice PresidentDr. Nathalie Touze, Regional Director of IRSTEA in France; Treasurer: Ian Fraser, Technical Director of TCS Geotechnics & Viastructures, Ltd. In United Kingdom; and, SecretaryEdoardo Zannoni, Business Unit Manager of Maccaferri Africa in South Africa.  The 11ICG attracted 1239 participants from 66 countries. Click here to read the conference's full report. Posted October 30, 2018

2018 Outstanding Volunteer Awards Presented at IFAI Expo. At the annual meeting during IFAI Expo 2018 in Dallas, Texas, the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) presented this year’s Outstanding Volunteer Awards, to people who generously gave of their time by serving on different boards, task forces and committees, judging competitions and providing education and leadership to others in the industry. This year’s recipients: Patti Bates, General Manager-Protective, Glen Raven Technical Fabrics; Andy Durham, Senior Geosynthetic Engineer, Owens Corning; Jennifer Fennell, Sourcing Manager, Polo Custom Products; and, Chad Miller, Director of Contract Manufacturing, American National Manufacturing. Click here to read more about the accomplishments which resulted in their recognition. Posted October 22, 2018

Winners of 2018 IFAI International Achievement Awards Announced. The winners of the International Achievement Awards were announced during the IFAI Expo 2018 last week in Dallas, Texas, USA. In 2018 there were 200 entries which were judged by 41 industry experts. The awards recognize innovation, technical skill and design excellence. There were 7 major categories -- Advanced Textiles, Awnings and Canopies, Fabric Environments, Fabric Structures, Geosynthetics, Marine and Tent. Click here to see the Best of Category winners. The complete list of winners will be posted on the IFAI website soon. Posted October 22, 2018

State-of-the-Association Report Given at IFAI Annual Meeting.  Chairman of the Board Steven Ellington led the Annual Meeting of the 105-year-old Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) on October 16, during the IFAI Expo 2018 in Dallas, Texas, USA. Mr. Ellington, president of Trivantage, LLC, Glen Raven, N.C., USA, gave a brief review of the association's activities over the past year. A few of the highlights were the biennial member satisfaction survey revealed a 4.11 rating (with 5 being the highest); member retention was at 82.8%; more than $1 million was directly spent on association programs; and, overall total liabilities and net assets of the organization declined slightly from $8.063 million to $7.951 million. Current board members David Segal, Edward Segal Inc., Thomaston, Conn., USA, and Gifford Del Grande, AEC Narrow Fabrics, Asheboro, N.C., USA, were re-elected for 3-year terms as directors on the Board. Honored Life Member status was given to former IFAI President/CEO Mary J. Hennessy in August 2018. Posted October 20, 2018

SGIA Acquires Graphics Show. The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) has purchased the printing trade show Graphics of Americas (GOA) from the Florida Graphics Alliance (FGA). GOA, usually held in Miami Beach, Fla., USA, annually attracts around 10,000 attendees from North, Central and South America. SGIA is the graphics industry trade association, including technical textiles media, and its annual SGIA Expo is the largest trade show for print technology in North America. Construction of the exhibition hall in Miami Beach has forced the delay of the next GOA until February 13-15, 2020. Click here to read the SGA press release about the purchase. Posted October 10, 2018

JEC Names New CEO. Eric Pierrejean has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the JEC Group, succeeding Frédérique Mutel. He will be in charge of the further development of the company after two decades of growth under Mrs. Mutel's leadership. Mr. Pierrejean joined the JEC Group in January 2018. Before joining the company, he was Division General Manager at Comexposium from 2011 to 2017. Prior to this, he spent much of his career in sales and marketing positions, spending more than 15 years in the automotive sector (BMW Group, Land Rover) as well as in the sports goods industry (Nike). JEC Group is based in Paris, France and is the owner of the JEC composite shows and trade publication. Posted October 9, 2018

US Textiles Industry Gets a Seat at the Trade Negotiations Table. US President Donald Trump has announced his intention to appoint Don Bockoven, Vice Chairman of the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) to the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations at the Office of U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). Mr. Bockoven is the President & CEO of Leigh Fibers and ICE Recycling. The appointment is a 4-year term.  The ACTPN's role is to advise the U.S, Trade Representative in matters involving negotiations on treaties and trade deals. Click here to read a press release by NCTO on the pending appointment. Posted September 28, 2018

VDMA Textile Machinery c/o Walter Reiners Foundation Honours Young Engineers.  Peter D. Dornier, member of the Executive Board of the VDMA Textile Machinery Federation and Chairman of the Walter Reiners Foundation for the Promotion of Young Engineers, has honoured 5 young talents. A total of 17,500 Euros was awarded as prize money. Numerous entrepreneurs and managers from the German textile machinery industry took part in the award ceremony at the Digital Capability Center (DCC) in Aachen, Germany. Click here to read more about the winners and their work. Posted September 25, 2018

Rhode Island Organizes Textile Innovation Network.  On September 24, 2018, US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and the University of Rhode Island Business Engagement Center helped to launch the Rhode Island Textile Innovation Network (RITIN). The event was held in Pawtucket, R.I., US, at the Slater Mill Museum. RITIN is a trade group formed with the objective to guide the growth of the state's textile industry in the 21st century. "The Rhode Island Textiles Innovation Network is an innovative business partnership to help Rhode Island stay at the forefront of advanced textile manufacturing," said US Congressman David Cicilline. 14 companies of the state's textile industry participated in the meeting including American Cord & Webbing, Cooley Group, and Kenyon Industries. Click here to view a video of the opening address by Lori Urso, Director of Slater Mill Museum. [Note: The original post reported an incorrect the date of the meeting.] Posted September 28, 2018

Long-Time Marine Fabricator Receives Lifetime Certification Award. Congratulations to Daniel Lesch of Lesch Boat Cover Co., Norwalk, Oh., USA for recognized by the Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) on his contribution to bettering the marine fabrication industry. Mr. Lesch received the organization's Certified for Life Master Fabrics Craftsman (MFC) in Marine. The certification is part of the overall Master Fabrics Craftsman certification program developed by the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI). MFC is a division of IFAI. According to the association's press release, "The certification recognizes Mr. Lesch's superior knowledge of business and organizational management in the specialty fabrics industry." Posted August 20, 2018

2018 IGS Award Winner Announced. The International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) has announced Dr. Patrick Fox, Dr. John S. McCartney, and Dr. Yewei Zheng will receive the 2018 IGS Award. The award is given to individuals or groups of individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the development and use of geosynthetics. Dr. Fox is head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Penn State (University Park, Penn., USA). Dr. McCartney is an associate professor at the University of California -- San Diego (San Diego, Calif., USA). Dr. Zheng is an assistant professor at Old Dominion University (Norfolk, Va., USA). The Award will be presented during the 11th International Conference on Geosynthetics in Seoul, South Korea, on September 19, 2018. Click here for more details on the contribution which led to the Award selection. Posted July 27, 2018

Frédérique Mutel Stepping Down as JEC President.  In a message to BeaverLake6 Report, JEC Group President Frédérique Mutel has confirmed she has stepped down at the leader of the composite trade organization that she has led since 1997. At the head of JEC since its creation, Ms. Frederique Mutel fully committed to the expansion of composites, was instrumental in the establishment of JEC as provider of high value knowledge and networking services while at the same time conducting a strong international development. No replace has been announced. On July 13, 2018, Ms. Mutel was promoted to the rank of Officer in the Order of the Legion of Honour by decree of the President of the France. A very deserving honor for a key leader in the development of the composites industry. Posted July 25, 2018

NCTO Leader Receives Award. Congratulations to Augustine (Auggie) Tantillo for being named the 2018 Chapman Award winner by the Southern Textile Association. The award is given to recognize individuals for exemplary service to the US textile industry. Mr. Tantillo has been the president and CEO of the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) since 2013. Prior to joining NCTO, Tantillo served as executive director of the American Manufacturing Trade Action Coalition (AMTAC) for 10 years. Altogether, he has served the US textile industry for more than 30 years. Click here to read more about his award. Posted June 27, 2018

Chinese-Made Textile Machinery Removed from Tariff List. The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) has scored a significant victory for the US domestic textile manufacturing industry after the Trump administration released June 15 the list of imported Chinese-made items that will be subject to 25% tariffs. The preliminary April 3, 2018 list had included textile machinery. In his May 19 testimony to the United States Trade Representative, NCTO President/CEO Auggie Tantillo made persuasive arguments on the harm textile machinery tariffs could do to the US domestic textile manufacturing industry. Click here to read the NCTO statement released after the June 15 decision by the Trump administration. Posted June 18, 2018 

INDA Gives Lifetime Achievement Award. At the WOW conference last week, INDA's President Dave Rousse  gave the association's 2017 Lifetime Technical Achievement Award to Brian Haynes, Ph.D., Senior Technical Director in Global Nonwovens, Kimberly-Clark Corporation.  Dr. Haynes was recognized for his career involvement and commitment to bringing innovative science-based polymer process approaches and process issues to the nonwoven industry. Click here to read more about the award and Dr. Haynes' accomplishments. Posted June 15, 2018

US Textile Organization Testifies on Trump's Proposed China Tariffs. President and CEO Auggie Tantillo of the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) testified May 19, 2018 in Washington at the United States Trade Representative (USTR) hearing regarding the proposed China 301 tariffs.  NCTO, as well as the United States Industrial Fabrics Institute (USIFI) and Narrow Fabrics Institute (NFI), supported the Trump administration's Section 301 case for retaliatory tariff action against China and requested the tariff list be expanded to include Chinese textiles, home furnishings, advanced textiles and apparel products. The USIFI and NFI are divisions of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI). Mr. Tantillo also requested the current inclusion of textile-making machinery be dropped from the proposed list. Click here to read Mr. Tantillo's public comments statement. Click here to view a 25-page document used to support his comments. Posted May 17, 2018

EDANA Announces Life Time Achievement Award.  Congratulations to Professor Michael Hauschild of the Technical University of Denmark. Professor Hauschild received the 2018 EDANA LCA Life Time Achievement Award in Rome on May 13, 2018. EDANA is the European-based  trade association serving the nonwovens and related industries. The award was given at the annual conference of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry in recognition of his 25-year world in the field of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). Click here to read the EDANA press release. Posted May 14, 2018

IFAI Names New President. The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has named Steve Schiffman, the association's vice president of media and sales, as its new president and CEO. Mr. Schiffman will replace Mary Hennessy, who is retiring June 1, 2018. Prior to joining IFAI in 2013, Mr. Schiffman had an extensive career in regional publishing. At IFAI, he has been managing advertising and exhibit sales, membership recruitment and retention, web development, and the editorial and circulation departments. Click here to read the IFAI press release. Posted April 21, 2018

Call for Board Candidates for Trade Association.  The Leadership Development Committee of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) is now seeking candidates to fill two upcoming positions on the organization's board of directors. In order to be considered, a candidate must be employed from a member company.  IFAI is a 1500-member non-profit trade association representing the specialty fabrics industry. Click here to request  an application. Deadline for application submission is May 31, 2018. Posted April 12, 2018

Sewn Equipment Trade Group Names New Executive Director. The Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas (SPESA) has announced the appointment of Michael McDonald as the new SPESA Executive Director. He will be replacing current president, Benton Gardner, and managing director, Dave Gardner, upon their retirement at the end of 2018. Mr. McDonald was previously Manager of Government Relations for the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA). SPESA is a trade asociation devoted to the advancement of suppliers of machinery, technology, ancillary equipment, parts, service and other solutions for the development, manufacture, and distribution of sewn products. Posted April 1, 2018

Trump Administration Seeks Input from Geosynthetics Trade Group. Members of the Executive Council of the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) were invited to attend high-level meetings with White House senior staff to discuss President Donald Trump’s Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America. The GMA members discussed the “innovative and transformative” benefits of geosynthetic products and the role geosynthetics can play in helping the Administration achieve the President’s goal of reducing project timelines, lowing overall costs, and increasing the life span of our nation’s infrastructure system. The GMA will be hosting its Spring Lobby Day May 16-17, 2018, in Washington. The event involves meetings with members of the US House of Representatives and US Senate and their staffs. GMA is a division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI). Click here to find out more about the GMA Spring Lobby Day. Posted March 30, 2018

NCTO Elects 2018 Chairman. The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) has elected Marty Moran, CEO of Buhler Quality Yarns Corp, as its Chairman for 2018. Mr. Moran is CEO of Georgia-headquartered Buhler Quality Yarns Corp, a subsidiary of South Korea's Samil Spinning Company. NCTO also elected Don Bockoven, President & CEO of Leigh Fibers, as the organizations 2018 Vice Chairman. Posted March 26, 2018

NCTO Chairman Presents "2018 State of the US Textile Industry" Address.  Outgoing 2017-18 National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) Chairman William V. McCrary Jr. delivered the trade associations' "2018 State of the US Textile Industry" overview at the NCTO's 15th Annual Meeting on March 22, 2018 in Washington, D.C., USA. Mr. McCrary's speech outlined 1) US textile supply chain economic, employment and trade dates; 2) the 2018 policy priorities of domestic textile manufacturers; and, 3) other NCTO activities. Click here to go to the NCTO website to read the text of his remarks. Posted March 22, 2018

Nonwovens Association Elects New Board Members. INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, announces five newly elected members to its 2018 Board of Directors. These accomplished new Directors demonstrate extraordinary commitment and strong leadership to the nonwovens industry: Mary Liz Cahill, Business Development Manager, SWM International; Luca di Benedetto, President, ATEX, Inc.; Ricardo Fasolo, Managing Vice President, Fitesa Inc.; Larry Grabowy, President & CEO, Tufco LP; and, Richard Palmer, President & Co-Founder, Nehemiah Manufacturing. Click here to read more about the selections. Posted March 15, 2018

US Textile, Fiber Trade Associations Announce Merger.  The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) and the American Fiber Manufacturers Association (AFMA) announced a merger of their respective organizations effective April 1, 2018. The move has been expected since the passing last year of long-time AFMA president Paul O'Day. The two organizations have often been aligned on major trade issues. Both are based in the Washington, D.C. area. The merged organizations will be called by the name National Council of Textile Organizations. Click here to read the entire NCTO press release. Posted March 8, 2018

Startup Booster Winners Announced at JEC World.  The world's largest composites trade show, JEC World 2018, started in Paris today, with the announcement of the 3 winners of JEC's Startup Booster Competition. The winners were 1) N12 Technologies (USA), a creator of vertically aligned carbon nanotubes at interlaminar interfaces which allow tougher, lighter, and more durable composite structures; 2) Inca-Fiber GmbH (Germany), the creator of a new electroplating procedure to metallize carbon fibers in a single step using electrolytes to enhance the fiber's properties; and, 3) Sound Bounce (Ireland), the developer of a novel patented material which provides over 100 times better noise attenuation in a small package compared to similar materials.  Posted March 6, 2018

Last Chance: Call for IGS Council Candidates. The International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) has issued a Call for Candidates to fill governing positions. There are 8 positions available -- President, Vice President and 6 Council Members.  Candidate requirements included being an IGS member. The position terms are for four years, beginning September 25, 2018. The deadline for nominees is March 1, 2018. Click here for more information. Posted February 28, 2018

Nonwovens Association Wins Awards. Congratulations to EDANA, the nonwovens industry trade association based in Brussels, Belgium. The organization was recognized in two categories at the 2018 European Association Awards held in Brussels on February 23, 2018. EDANA won the Best Association Conference Award for organizing Outlook 2017 and was honored with the silver award in the category for Best Provision of Industry Information and Intelligence for EDANA’s Marketing Intelligence service and tools. Posted February 27, 2018

Association Honors Peter Hauser with Olney Medal. AATCC, the Association of Textile Chemists & Colorists, has announced Peter J. Hauser is the 2018 recipient of the AATCC Olney Medal Award for his substantial work as an industry scientist and textile chemistry professor in industrial textile wet processing research and development. Dr. Hauser has been a member of AATCC since 1977 and served in many association leadership positions, including as President in 2013-2014. Established in 1944 in honor of of Louis Atwell Olney, the founder and first president of AATTCC, the Olney Medal recognizes outstanding achievement in textile or polymer chemistry or other fields of chemistry of major importance to textile science. Presentation of the medal will be given at the AATCC's International Conference being held in Greenville, S.C., USA, March 6-8, 2018. Click here to read the AATCC's press release and learn of Dr. Hauser's many accomplishments. Posted February 11, 2018 

Award Honoring John Lee Being Given At IFAI Canada Meeting. Organizers of the IFAI Canada Expo meeting have created a new award named for John Lee, founder of J J L Events and long-standing IFAI member who passed away October 2016. According to the IFAI Canada leadership, this new award was inspired by his legacy of service to share and give back. His outstanding work and accomplishments have greatly benefited the industrial fabrics industry. The first recipient will be announced and honored at a special program held during the Keynote Lunch on February 8, during the IFAI Canada Expo, February 8-9, 2018 in Montreal, Que., Canada. Posted January 11, 2018

AATCC Selects New Executive President. The AATCC Board of Directors has hired Brian C. Francois as the new AATCC executive vice president to succeed Jack Daniels upon the latter's retirement in March 2018. Mr. Francois is currently the CEO of the Pulcra Chemicals Group (formerly Cognis Corporation and Henkel Textile Technology). AATCC's formal name is American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists. Posted January 8, 2018

International Geosynthetics Society Seeks Nominations for Awards. The International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) has issued a Call for Nominations for its IGS Awards. The IGS Awards, issued only every 4 years, will be granted in 2018 to individuals or groups of individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the development and use of geotextiles, geomembranes, related products, or associated technologies through their scientific and technological achievements covering the period January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2017. The Awards will be present at the 11th International Conference on Geosynthetics taking place in Seoul, South Korea in September 2018. Deadline to receive the nominations is January 31, 2018. Click here to find out more about criteria and eligibility. Posted December 12, 2017 

Looking for a New Hire in the Nonwovens Industry? INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has announced a new benefit to nonwoven/engineered materials companies seeking to hire university students in STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathmatics). INDA’s new Career Corner posts resumes of students interested in nonwoven entry level career opportunities, internships, and co-op programs.  “The new Career Corner on INDA’s website was developed in response to INDA members’ need to identify and recruit talented individuals in the thriving nonwovens and engineered materials industry. With Career Corner, INDA members can find candidates and post open positions as a free service to INDA member companies,” said Dave Rousse, INDA President. Click here to view current listings on the INDA website. Posted December 12, 2017

INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, is seeking presentations for the 4th edition of Hygienix™, the event for industry professionals in the absorbent hygiene and personal care markets, November 5-8, 2018, in Orlando, Fla., USA.  The event will feature 3 days of program content devoted to the latest technologies, emerging markets, and market trends in the hygiene industry. INDA is looking for abstracts on the latest hygiene research, product, or component innovation. Deadine for submission is April 2, 2018. Abstract topics for consideration include: Breathability, Closure Systems, Core Construction, Demographics, Elastomers, Films, IP, Market Trends/Globalization, Material & Equipment Advancements, Odor Control, Packaging, Printing, Raw Material Cost Trends, Regulation, SAP & Fluff Pulp, Standards, Sustainability/Biodegradability, and Total Absorbent Systems. Click here for more information. Posted November 30, 2017

Warrior Protection and Readiness Coalition Announces New Additions to Board. The Warrior Protection and Readiness Coalition (WPRC) has announced Dr. Scott Harley of BAE Systems and Bruce LaFlam of Milliken and Company have been elected to its board of directors. In addition, Frank Montie of Brookwood Companies was elected to serve as the next WPRC Chairman of the Board. The organization's founding chairman Luke Hillier will be stepping up to Chairman Emeritus. Established in 2009, WPRC is an advocacy association with more than 40 US companies involved in military contract-related textile products. Its projects this year focused on expanding domestic source requirements to the US Department of Homeland Security, protecting the Berry Amendment, promoting the use of "Best Value" contracting methodologies for the Personal Protective Equipment/Organizational Clothing industry, and supporting additional funding for the Soldier Enhancement Progam and the Rapid Equipping Force. Click here to read the WPRC's press release announcing the board additions plus listing the 9 new members who joined in 2017. Posted November 20, 2017

Drexel Latest to Open Fabric Discovery Center under AFFOA Coalition. Drexel University in Philadelphia, Penn., USA, has announced it is establishing a statewide center that will "help companies, entrepreneurs and innovators take their advanced-textile concept from prototype to product." The research facility is one of the Fabric Discovery Centers being supported by the US Department of Defense's Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) initiative. Drexel's first project is development of a functional fabric touch sensor. While Drexel will be the physical home of the center, it will bring together research and expertise from universities across the state that are also members of AFFOA, including Carnegie Mellon, Penn State University and Jefferson University. Similar AFFOA centers are now in place in Massachusetts: The AFFOA Fabrics Discovery Center Headquarters, in Cambridge, Mass.; the Defense Fabric Discovery Center at MIT's Lincoln Lab, and the University of Mass. Lowell Fabric Discovery Center. Click here to read more about the Drexel center Posted November 20, 2017

Swedish Textile Machinery Association Opens Office in Vietnam. The opening of a Vietnam office for the Textile Machinery Association of Sweden (TMAS) supports the growing importance of the textile industry in the southeast Asian country. The office, located in Ho Chi Minh City, will be managed by Tran Phuoc Thanh. Mr. Tran formerly worked for the Vietnam National Textile and Garment Group. TMAS has 9 member companies. Click here to read the TMAS press release. Posted November 6, 2017

New Chairperson at German Textile Machinery Association. In a press release issued yesterday, the VDMA Textile Machinery Association announced Regina Brückner, Managing Associate of Brückner Trockentechnik, is the new chairperson of the association. She was elected at the members’ meeting in Berlin.The new executive board was completed with Verena Thies, Thies Textilmaschinen, and Fritz P. Mayer, Karl Mayer Textilmaschinenfabrik, who were elected as vice chairpersons, and the following elected as directors: Johann Phillip Dilo, Oskar Dilo Maschinenfabrik; Peter D. Dornier, Lindauer Dornier; Arno Gärtner, Karl Mayer Textilmaschinenfabrik; Roland Hampel, A. Monforts Textilmaschinen; Dr. Janpeter Horn, Herzog; Markus Kleindorp, Memminger-Iro; Martin Küppers, Saurer Schlafhorst; Georg Stausberg, Oerlikon Textile; Andreas Lukas, Andritz Küsters; Benjamin Mayer, Mayer & Cie; Eric Schöller, Groz-Beckert; and, Heinrich Trützschler, Trützschler. Posted November 3, 2017

US Textile Association Praises Trump's Determination on China Antidumping Issue. With President Donald Trump headed to Asia today on a visit that includes Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines, the Washington-based US National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) praised the Trump administration’s recent determination China’s non-market economy status for antidumping purposes and called for even more aggressive U.S. enforcement to crack down on unfair trade practices. “The evidence could support no other decision,” said NCTO President & CEO Auggie Tantillo. He added, “Properly defining China as a non-market economy simply confirms what every U.S. manufacturer already understands — China has a set of unfair and extraordinary advantages that allow them to displace investment, production and employment in our market.” Click here to read the entire NCTO press release. Posted November 3, 2017

EDANA Announces Winners of 2017 Nonwovens Innovation Academy Poster Contest Awards. EDANA, the association for the nonwovens and related industries, announced the 3 laureates of the Poster Contest Awards during a ceremony at the Nonwovens Innovation Academy (NIA), 25th - 26th October in Chemnitz, Germany.

The three winners are Frederik Cloppenburg, Head of the Research Group, Nonwoven Technology - Institut für Textiltechnik der RWTH Aachen University (Germany); Zuhaib Hassan, PhD Student - Istanbul Technical University (Turkey); and, Pranil Vora, Textile Technology Student - D.K.T.E Textile & Engineering Institute (India). The three laureates will be invited to present their research at the International Nonwovens Symposium in Rome, on May 23-24, 2018, in front of over 250 attendees. Click here to read the complete detailed press release which lists their poster topics as well as the full list of presented posters. Posted October 28, 2017

INDA Releases North American Nonwovens Industry Outlook Report. INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has released a new industry outlook report, "North American Nonwovens Industry Outlook, 2016-2021."  The report's author is Brad Kalil, INDA's Director of Market Research & Statistics. The 370-page report details capacity, production and trade flows, and demand data are present for 2011 and 2016, plus a forecast for 2021. Click here for more information. Posted October 18, 2017

INDA Launches New Directory of Pilot Lines for Nonwoven Product Development. INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has launched print and web versions of a new Directory of Pilot Lines for Nonwoven/Engineered Materials Product Development.  This is the first and only compendium of those pilot facilities who offer commercially available machine time for the necessary trial activity associated with the development of new nonwoven fabrics/structures. The Directory catalogs 32 pilot facilities in the US, Europe and Asia.  There is a brief description of each facility’s process capability, size or throughput limits, and contact information. Click here for more information about the directory. Posted October 11, 2017

Rebranding "Nonwovens." In an effort to better reflect the dynamic, technology-based nature of the nonwoven industry, INDA has launched a new tagline of "Advancing Engineered Material Solutions" under its logo and added as a tagline. INDA President Dave Rouse explains:  “The INDA initiative includes a video that positions “nonwovens” as “engineered materials” and highlights the breadth of nonwoven applications; a new Academic Outreach Initiative to attract young talent to the industry; and is working with EDANA, the European nonwovens association, to secure approval for a new definition of nonwovens through the International Standards Organization (ISO). These three initiatives are critical to ensure our industry is properly recognized, attractive to newcomers and defined as being independent from textiles to enable fair tariff treatment.” Click here to read the press release. Posted October 4, 2017

Grimaud Receives Honor Life Member Status by IFAI. Congratulations to Jerry Grimaud, owner of Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures, Inc., of St. Louis, Mo., USA, for being selected by the board of the Industrial Fabrics Association International to receive the organization's prestigious Honored Life Member (HLM) status. The honor given to only a select group of individuals who have shown a commitment to IFAI for meritorious or outstanding work accomplished for the organization. Posted October 4, 2017

American Association Urges End of Using Prison Labor in Textile Fabrication Industry. The website has a very nice article posted reporting on the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA), an alliance of groups representing firms from the Canadian, Mexican and US textile sectors, efforts to urge the US Government to plug the loopholes in the implementation of the Berry Amendment in military clothing, textile and footwear procurement and stop the patronage offered to Federal Prison Industries (FPI). "The strongest note of concern is raised about the ‘unfair competition’ from the FPI, which conducts business under the name UNICOR. As FPI is permitted to compete as a small business, an entity that is many times larger than the largest US military uniform contractor can take contracts reserved for small and disadvantaged businesses.UNICOR employs more than 12,000 inmates at 83 facilities and has annual revenues of around $500 million. While the US federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour and state minimum wages are approaching $15 an hour, UNICOR products are manufactured at prison facilities by inmates paid as little as 23 cents per hour. Moreover, UNICOR facilities are not required to comply with regulations regarding safe workplaces, handling of hazardous materials and fair labor practices and its factories are set up partly through tax-payer funds, while private facilities enjoy no such advantages, according to AAFA." Click here to read the Fibre2Fashion article. Posted October 3, 2017

New Chairman at Industrial Fabrics Association International.  Congratulations to Steven L. Ellington, IFM, President of TriVantage, a Glen Raven company, for becoming the 52nd Chairman of the Board at the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) at the start of the organization's annual meeting on September 27, 2017. Mr. Ellington had previously been serving as the association's 1st Vice Chairman/Chairman-Elect. Kathy Schaefer, IFM, of Glawe Awnings and Tents Company, began a 2-year term as the 1st Vice Chairman/Chairman-Elect. Amy Bircher, president of MMI Textiles Inc., was elected as 2nd Vice Chairman. Posted October 2, 2017

2017 International Achievement Award winners announced at IFAI Expo. Winners in IFAI’s International Achievement Awards (IAA) competition, recognizing design excellence in specialty fabrics applications, were announced on Sept. 28 at the organization’s annual meeting at IFAI Expo 2017. A total of 235 entries from 11 countries were received, resulting in 41 Award of Excellence (AOE) winners and 31 Outstanding Achievement Awards. Seven AOE recipients were also chosen as “Best in Category” winners:

  • Fabric Structures: Commercial Industrial Delta SA (CIDELSA); Lima, Peru
  • Awnings and Canopies: J. Miller Canvas Inc.; Santa Ana, Calif, USA
  • Fabric Environments: Fabric Images Inc.; Elgin, Ill., USA
  • Marine Fabrication: David’s Custom Trimmers; Wakerley, Queensland, Australia
  • Tent Rental and Manufacturing: Fiesta Tents Ltd.; Saint-Laurent, Quebec, Canada
  • Geosynthetics: ACE Geosynthetics Inc.; Taichung City, Taiwan
  • Advanced Textiles: Coppins Sea Anchors Ltd.; Motueka, New Zealand

Detailed product descriptions and photos of all 2017 IAA winners will soon be posted on the IAA website. Posted October 2, 2017

IFAI President Announces Intention to Retire. Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) President and CEO Mary Hennessy has announced her intention to retire effective June 1, 2018. Ms. Hennessy was appointed to her position in June 2012. The IFAI Board of Directors has announced its intention to conduct a national search for Ms. Hennessy's replacement. Posted September 27, 2017

Search Committee Formed to Find New AATCC Executive Director. The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) has formally announced an Executive Search Committee has been formed to hire a new AATCC Executive Director. John "Jack" Daniels, the current Executive Director, announced in July his intention to retire in March 2018. Individuals interested in applying should contact Amy Holland, AATCC's Business Services Director, at amy@aatcc.orgPosted August 14, 2017

Daniels to Retire from AATCC. After 21 years of service, Executive Vice President John Y. "Jack" Daniels will retire from AATCC on March 2, 2018. AATCC (American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists) is headquartered in Research Triangle Park, N.C., USA. The organization provides test method development, quality control materials and professional networking in more than 80 countries. A search committee has been formed to find Mr. Daniels' successor. Click here to read the AATCC press release announcing the retirement plans and Mr. Daniels' accomplishments in his distinguished career. Posted July 17, 2017

Standard to Provide Terminology for Smart-Textile Industry. According to an ASTM press release, a proposed ASTM International standard will support continued growth of the smart-textiles industry by outlining common terms that can be used as the textiles and electronics industries converge and new products are introduced into the market. The standard, created by ASTM International’s Committee on Textiles (D13), will include definitions that help differentiate various products and components. According to members of the committee, the standard will help buyers – both businesses and consumers – better understand what smart-textiles products they are purchasing. Click here to read the organization’s press release. Posted July 17, 2017

ASTM International’s Committee on Geosynthetics Honors Y. Grace Hsuan With L. David Suits Award. Congratulations to Dr. Y. Grace Hsuan, professor, at Drexel University, Philadelphia, Penn., USA, has received the L. David Suits Award from ASTM International’s Committee on Geosynthetics (D35). The committee recognized Dr. Hsuan for her dedication to the geosynthetics industry. She has been an ASTM International member since 1993. Posted July 15, 2017

Italian Textile Machinery Association Elects New Chairman. ACIMIT, the Association of Italian Machinery Manufacturers for the Textile Industry, has elected Alessandro Zucchi as President of the organization. Mr. Zucchi succeeds Rafffaella Carabelli. Mr. Zucchi is currently the Managing Director and a partner at Ferraro, a manufacturer specializing in finishing machinery. Along with the new president, the assembly also elected new Vice Presidents, Messrs. Federico Businaro (Isotex, Santex Rimar Group), Cristian Locatelli (Marzoli, Camozzi Group), Andrea Piattelli (Unitech) and Michele Riva (Reggiani Macchine). Click here to read the ACIMIT press release. Posted June 29, 2017

New US Government/Private Industry Research Facility Opens Headquarters. The newly created Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) is opening its national headquarters today at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass., USA. The public/private partnership research organization was created with $300 million in committed funding by both the government and the industry. It will be developing US-made technical textiles for end-product markets such as the medical, military and communications industries. A very good article on the AFFOA objectives can be found on the MIT News website by clicking herePosted June 19, 2017

US Textile Association Files Public Comments on NAFTA Renegotiation Objectives. The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) filed public comments with the Office of the US Trade Representative outlining what it feels should be the domestic textile industry's priorities in the forthcoming renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).  NCTO Chairman William V. McCrary Jr., Chairman and CEO of William Barnet & Son, LLC, said "It is in America's national interest to modernize the agreement and NCTO is eager to work with President Trump to make it even better." Click here to read the NCTO press statement. Posted June 15, 2017

ASTM Committee on Geosynthetics Announces Top Annual Award. Congratulations to C. Joel Sprague, the recipient of the Award of Merit by ASTM International's Committee on Geosynthetics (D35). The Award of Merit is the committee's top award and recognizes Mr. Sprague's long dedication to the committee's work in developing testing and auditing standards for the geosynthetics industry. Mr. Sprague is a senior engineer and the southeast region manager for TRI/Environmental, a Texas, USA-based 3rd party test and research company. Click here to read the press release issued by ASTM. Posted June 13, 2017

Composites Organization Publishes Book on Growing Use of Composites in Construction.  On the eve of its "The Future of Composites in Construction" event taking place June 20-22 in Chicago, Ill., USA, the JEC Group has announced its publishing a book on the growing use of composites in architecture: “The Future of Building: The Growing Use of Composites in Construction and Architecture”. According to the organization's press release, the book reviews the advantages of composites: lightweight, durable, resistant to corrosion, inexpensive to maintain, flexible design etc.  "Between 2016 and 20121, we are expecting a sharp growth in the market and a 5-6% annual increase in the use of composites in this section, explained Ms. Frédérique Mutel, JEC Group President & CEO. Posted June 8, 2017

Nonwovens Association Announces New Officers and Board Members. EDANA, an association serving the nonwovens and related industries, has announced its new Board of Governors for 2017 - 2018. Returning Chairman Martin Rapp (Vice-President and General Manager at Glatfelter) will be supported by re-elected Vice-Chairs Mikael Staal Axelsen (Fibertex) and Pieter Meijer (McAirlaid’s). Paul Eevers (Unilever) position as Treasurer was also renewed for another one-year term. Announced at EDANA’s Annual Strategic Review and AGM on May 31st, the newly elected Board will begin their term on July 1st. Click here to view the press release which includes the names of all board directors elected or re-elected at the AGM. Posted June 2, 2017

Innovation Award Champions Announced. The JEC Group, organizers of the Future of Building and Construction being held June 20-22, 2017 in Chicago, Ill., USA, has announced the following companies have been selected as the 6 "champions" in the JEC Innovation Awards: BUILDING – Owens Corning (France) GFRP for urban renewal challenge; CIVIL ENGINEERING – Biteam (Sweden) Highly integrated ductile reinforced carbon composite I-beam; STRUCTURAL CLADDING – Premier Composite Technologies (United Arab Emirates) Ultra-High Performance Concrete in mould finish for FRP panels; REPAIR – DowAksa Advanced Composites (Turkey) Full-Scale Site Testing of Seismic Retrofit; DESIGN – Optima Projects Ltd (United Kingdom) Free-form Structural FRP Roof without moulds; and, ENERGY – Armageddon Energy (United States) SolarClover Advanced Solar Panels. Representatives of these companies will be honored at a special ceremony, June 20, at the McCormick Center, site of the event. Posted May 30, 2017

Geomembrane Institute Elects New Officers and Board. The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) inducted new Officers and a new Board of Directors during their annual membership meeting in Orlando, Fla., USA, on March 13, 2017 at the Geo-Frontiers Conference. The newly elected FGI Officers are President – Patrick Elliott (Colorado Lining International); Vice President – Laura Storey (Plastatech); Treasurer – Ed Silva (Engineered Polymer Technology); and, Secretary – Jimmie Eloff (Owens Corning). The FGI is a consortium of manufacturers, fabricators/installers, designers, regulators, and material suppliers of fabricated geomembranes. It is based in Urbana, Ill., USA. Click here to read the entire press release which includes the names of other newly elected FGI board members and awards given. Posted April 28, 2017

US Textile Trade Association Applauds President Trump's "Buy American" Commitment.  The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) has applauded President Donald Trump's April 18 Executive Order directing the federal government to maximize Buy American opportunities and to review compliance with existing Buy American laws and regulations. [Note: The Executive Order seems more to be more symbolic since there are already existing laws for Buy American criteria such as the Berry Amendment and the Kissell Amendment; however, the attention is welcomed by the US textile industry as there has been several notable abuses of the criteria in government contracts in recent years.] Click here to read the NCTO press release. Posted April 24, 2017

New Board Members Elected for Nonwovens Association. INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has announced the election of 6 new members to its board of directors for 2017. The new board members are: Christopher Astley, President, Advanced Airlaid Materials Business, Gladfelter; Thomas Balkom, Interim Sales Director, North America Nonwovens, Johns Manville; Andreas Dreher, Associate Director, Corporate R&D, The Procter & Gamble Co.; Tom Peters, Director of Strategic Sourcing, Rockline Industries; Jeff Slosman, President, National Wiper Allicance Inc.; and, Scott Tracey, President Health, Hygiene and Specialties Divison, Berry Global Group, Inc. Click here for more information about the board election. Posted April 18, 2017

AATCC's Jack Daniels Named 2017 Textile Leader of the Year. Congratulations to our colleague John "Jack" Daniels, executive vice president of AATCCC, the Association of Textiles Materials & Professionals, for being named 2017 Textile Leader of the Year by North Carolina State University (Raleigh, N.C., USA). Mr. Daniels has been the top staff professional at AATCC since 1996 and has led the organization into the international arena in the midst of the rapidly changing industry landscape. Mr. Daniels will receive his award on April 18 at a special ceremony on the NSCU campus .Click here for more information about Mr. Daniels' accomplishments. Posted April 13, 2017

Paper of the Year Announced. AATCC, the Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals, announced March 30 during the 2017 AATCC International Conference that Meredith L. MacQuerryEmiel DenHartog, and Roger Barker, were awarded the J.W. Weaver Paper of the Year award recipients. They were recognized for their paper "Garment Ventilation Strategies for Improving Heat Loss in Structural Firefighter Clothing Ensembles."  The paper was published in the 2016 AATCC Journal of ResearchPosted April 11, 2017

INDA Issues Annual Report on Nonwoven Capacity, Production and Trade. INDA, the Association of the Nonwovens Fabrics Industry, has published the fourth edition of the annual North American Nonwovens Supply Report for its members. The 45-page report provides a view of North American supply, including the metrics of capacity, production and operating rates. New finds this year include reporting capacity investment has rebounded back to its long-term growth rate of 5.4% and US exports of nonwovens continue to trend downward while imports are increasing. Click here to find out more about the report. Posted March 31, 2017

US Textile Association Elects 2017 Leadership. The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) held its 14th Annual Meeting March 21-23 in Washington, D.C., USA. William "Bill" V. McCrary Jr., Chairman and CEO of Willam Barner and Son LLC, was elected the NCTO Chairman for 2017. William Barner is a fiber/yarn/polymer manufacturer headquartered in Spartanburg, S.C., USA, with plants and offices located worldwide. Marty Moran, CEO of Buhler Quality Yarns Corp., was elected the organization's Vice Chairman. Buhler Quality Yarns, which was recently acquired by a Korean spinner (see the March 22 post), is a yarn supplier located in Jefferson, Ga., USA. Posted March 28, 2017

NCTO Lays Out Accomplishments in 2016. The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) held their annual meeting on March 23 in Washington, D.C. Outgoing 2016 NCTO Chairman Robert "Rob" H. Chapman, III delivered the trade association's 2017 State of the U.S. Textile Industry overview. Mr. Chapman is Chairman and CEO of Inman Mills, a yarn and fabric manufacturer headquartered in Inman, S.C., USA. Key highlights include:

+ US employment in the textile supply chain was 565,000 in 2016.

+ The value of shipments for US textiles and apparel was $74.4 billion last year,       a nearly 11% increase since 2009.

+ US exports of fiber, textiles and apparel were $26.billion in 2016.

Click here to read the entire NCTO's report. Posted March 26, 2017

AATCC Announces Young Entrepreneur Award Recipient. AATCC, the Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals, has announced Cody Reynolds is the recipient of the AATCC Young Entrepreneur Award. Dr. Reynolds is the CEO and Co-Founder of Additive Drug Delivering Devices Inc. (AD3). He is being recognized for developing patents that allow drugs to be added to uniquely formed bi-component fibers that elute the drugs in an even, time-controlled manner to fight surgical-site infections. Click here to read more about Dr. Reynolds' accomplishments and the Young Entrepreneur Award. Posted March 15, 2017

2016 Chapin Award Winner Announced. AATCC, the Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals, has named Adi B. Chehna as the 2016 recipient of the Harold C. Chapin Award for his service and contributions in test method research and development. Mr. Chehna joined AATCC in 1977. He has served, and currently serves, on many AATCC Test Method, Technology, and Administrative committees. The Chapin Award was established in 1958 in honor of Harold C. Chapin, professor of chemistry at Lowell Textile School, who served as national secretary of AATCC for nearly 25 years. The Association will present the Chapin Scroll at the AATCC International Conference during the Awards Luncheon at noon on March 30, 2017, in Wilmington, N.C., USA. Click here to read the entire AATCC press release. Posted March 9, 2017

EDANA Announces Nominees for INDEX 17 Awards. EDANA, the nonwovens trade association based in Belgium, has announced the nominees for the INDEX17 awards. The awards are the highest accolade for the best examples of excellence in the industry, highlighting creativity and innovations from business of all sizes, and from all parts of the nonwovens supply chain. The awards are in 6 categories. INDEX17 is the European largest gathering of the nonwovens industry. Again, this year it will be held in Geneva, Switzerland, April 4-7. Click here to view the 3 nominees in each of the categories. Posted February 25, 2017

Technical Textile State of the Industry Published. The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has published Part 1 of its "State of the Industry 2017" market research report. The report is published annually in IFAI's Specialty Products Review and is authored by the organization's market research specialist Jeff Rasmussen. It gives a quick analysis of 11 end-product segments for the US and Canada. The first 5 market segments are covered in the publication's February issue with the remaining segments covered in the March issue. Click here if you want to read Part 1 on-line. (If you haven't one already, you will have to create an account with IFAI for access). Posted February 23, 2017

ASTM New President Takes Over. ASTM International has a new president. Katherine Morgan became president on February1, following the retirement of James Thomas. Mr. Thomas had been with ASTM for more than 40 years, serving the last 25 years as its president. ASTM International is one of the world's largest international standards developing organizations. Ms. Morgan has been with ASTM for 33 years. There are more than 12,000 ASTM standards, including hundreds pertaining to technical textiles. Click here to read Ms. Morgan's vision of the future for the organization. Posted February 23, 2017

IGS North America Photo Contest Deadline Approaches. Do you have a customer with a unique geosynthetics project underway? The North America chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society is organizing a photo contest to demonstrate geosynthetics in action. The contest First, Second and Third-place winners will be announced at the chapter's General Assembly on March 14, 2017, during the Geotechnical Frontiers 2017. Click here for more information on the contest. Deadline for submissions is February 20, 2017. Posted February 15, 2017

Foundation Announces 2017 Scholarships.  The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF), a non-profit educational foundation managed by the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), has announced the availability of 4 $5,000 student scholarships for 2017. Applicants must be enrolled in a college or university, under one of the following programs of study: Chemical Engineering/Material Science, Textile Sciences and Engineering, Fiber Science, Civil Engineering (with geosynthetic interest), or any textile engineering related program. Deadline for submission is June 10, 2017. Click here for more information. Posted February 9, 2017

AATCC Test Methods Available as Online Subscription. AATCC test methods, including all new and revised method published in 2016, can now be accessed as an online subscription through ASTM’s Compass database. The “AATCC Collection” is comprised of 123 test methods, 11 procedures, and nine monographs. Click here to find out more.  Posted February 8, 2017

JEC Innovation Awards Winners Announced. The JEC Group, the global composite organization, has announced the winners of the JEC Innovation Awards Winners in advance of JEC World 2017, being held March 14-16 in Paris.

These winners will be honored on Wednesday, March 15, at the show:

AERONAUTICS – IHI Corporation (Japan)

Innovative composite fan system for aero-engines

AUTOMOTIVE, STRUCTURAL – Forward Engineering GmbH (Germany)


AUTOMOTIVE, EXTERIOR – LG Hausys (South Korea)

One-piece roof rack

CONSTRUCTION – ACCIONA Construcción SA (Spain)

Innovative composite panels, an alternative to steel and concrete for high-speed railway tunnel construction

PROCESS – IRT M2P (France)

Fast RTM

MANUFACTURING – Voith Composites GmbH & Co. KG (Germany)

Voith Roving Applicator

SUSTAINABILITY – Faurecia (France)

NAFILite™ microcellular foamed material

MARINE – VABO Composites (the Netherlands)

“Plug-and-play” composite ship door

3D PRINTING – +LAB - Politecnico di Milano University (Italy)

Smart manufacturing of continuous-fibre composites: Atropos

SOFTWARE – e-Xstream (Luxembourg)

Digimat AM

SPORTS – Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden e.V. (IPF) (Germany)

Recurve bow riser

RAW MATERIALS – Covestro Deutschland AG (Germany)

Desmocomp® – a novel solution for composites

BETTER LIVING – Brødrene AA (Norway)

Vision of the Fjords, Ship of the Year 2016 in Norway

 Posted January 18, 2017

New EURATEX President Begins Term. EURATEX, the European Apparel and Textile Confederation, welcomed Klaus Huneke as its President, taking the office in January 2017 for a two-year term. Mr. Huneke has an extensive international experience in the textile industry. He worked for more than 20 years at Heimbach GmbH & Company AG, a large technical textiles producer in Germany, eventually serving as CEO until has retirement at the end of 2013. In this EURATEX position, Mr. Huneke succeeds Sege Piolat. Click here to read the organization's press release. Posted Janaury 12, 2017

AATCC Opens Office in Hong Kong. AATCC, the Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals, has announced the opening of an AATCC Global Membership Office in Hong Kong, China. The new Hong Kong office joins other AATCC Global Membership offices in Bangladesh, Peru, South Korea, and Hangzhou, China. AATCC is headquartered in Research Triangle Park, N.C., USA. The Hong Kong office will be headed by Calvin YM Lam. Mr. Lam is also the Business Development Director of Global Softlines for Intertek. Click here to read the AATCC press release. Posted January 9, 2017

ASCE Creates New Guidelines for Tensile Membrane Structures. Shelter-Rite, a division of coated fabric producer Seaman Corporation, has posted an article on its website by Sue Uhler, the company's IFD Technical Marketing Manager, on the just-published revised guidelines created by the Tension Membrane Committee of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) for designing tensioned fabric structures. The guidelines, ASCE 55-16, considers updated material, revising descriptions and terminology used in the industry, and defining which standards make sense for each material. Click here to go to the Shelter-Rite blog page to read more. Posted January 9, 2017

Nonwovens Association Adds New Position to Attract College Recruits for Industry. INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, announced that it is expanding its staff with the addition of a new Assistant Director of Career Services. The added new position will increase the organization to 21 full-time staff and enhance it's members' existing college recruiting efforts to the nonwovens industry. The association is responding to the recent resurgence of the nonwovens manufacturing in the US and the corresponding need to have more skilled professionals. INDA is based in Carey, N.C., USA, and serves a world-wide membership. Click here to read the organization's press release. Posted January 8, 2017

New INDA Report Forecasts Excellent Global Growth for Wipes Industry. A new report published by INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, forecasts excellent growth in the global and regional nonwovens wipes markets through the next four years. According to the Global Nonwoven Wipes Industry Outlook, 2016, the wipes market is one of the fastest growing and most-dynamic nonwoven sectors. The in-depth report provides a view of the production data for nonwoven wipes for each major region of the world including. In addition, the report provides a regional view across 31 nonwoven wipes segments within North America and six segments within the South American region. Click here to view the market report press release. Posted December 17, 2016

US Textile Organization Praises Proposed 2017 Defense Bill. The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), a US trade association representing the interests of domestic textile manufacturers, has applauded the US Senate's 92-7 vote on December 8 to approve the FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The US House of Representatives had previously approved the bill and it nows goes to the President for his signature to make it law. Key to getting the NCTO approval was the bill keeps intact the important Berry Amendment criteria for sourcing products made from textiles. Click here to read the entire NCTO press release. Posted December 9, 2016

MFA Fabrication Excellence Awards Competition Deadline Coming Up. The entry deadline for the 2017 Fabrication Excellence Awards competition organized by the Marine Fabricators Association (MFA)) is December 9, 2016. MFA is a division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI). There are 9 categories in the compeition for marine tops, covers, enclosures, sails and upholstery. The winners will be announced at the Marine Fabricators Conference 2017, being held January 19-21, 2017, in Jacksonville, Fla., USA. Entries will also be featured in a future issue of Marine Fabricator maghaine. Marine fabric suppliers should encourage their customers to enteer. It's good promotion for both the fabricator and the material supplier. Click here to contact Jill Newman, MFA divison manager, for more information. Posted November 23. 2016

SPESA Elects New Leadership.  At its Annual Executive Conference that was held November 4-5 in San Antonio, Texas, USA  the members of SPESA (Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas) elected their new leadership for two-year terms:

  • Chairman: Sam Simpson, Vice President of Gerber Technology 
  • Vice Chairman: Nina McCormack, Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of DAP America, Inc. 
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Ed Gribbin, President of Alvanon, Inc. 
  • President: Benton Gardner, SPESA ​

Posted November 17, 2016

New Association Leadership Announced for 2017-2018. AATCC, the Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals, held its annual meeting on November 2, 2016 and elected Kerry M. King from Spoonflower as its President-Elect for 2017-2018. Current President-Elect Rembert (Bert) J. Truesdale III of Tencate Protective Fabrics will become the AATCC president beginning January 1, 2017. Elected as Regional Directors were Debra F. Chronicle, SGS, New England Region; Martha Carper, University of Delaware, Central Atlantic Region; John Crocker, SDL Atlas, Midwest Region; Harrie Schoots, Ascend Performance Materials, Southern Region; Ken A. Kaiser, Standard Textile Co., Western Region; and, A.N. Desai, Southeast Asia Region. Click here to read the entire press release. Posted November 10, 2016

Geosynthetics Society Announces New Secretariat. The International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) has announced the hiring of Terry-Ann Paulo as its incoming Secretariat Manager. Ms. Aulo will be replacing Diana Davis when she retires November 18, 2016. Ms Paulo comes with experience in both government and nonprofits, working for the National Pork Producers Council and more recently as an aide to Florida Congresswoman Debbie MayfieldPosted November 10, 2016

JEC Asia Innovation Awards 2016 Announced. The JEC Asia 2016 Innovation Awards were announced in advance of JEC Asia taking placing in Singapore, November 15-17, 2016. This year there were 11 prizes awarded, involving 19 companies. Specific end markets categories were AutomotiveAeronauticsRailwayWind EnergyConstruction, and Oil & Gas. The other categories were Raw MaterialsDesignManufacturingNon-Destructive Testing, and Recycling. Click here to read who won in each category in our special JEC Events section. Posted November 7, 2016

Geosynthetics Society Changes Name, Executive Director to Leave. According to the industry trade magazine GeosyntheticsJohn Henderson, the president of the North American Geosynthetics Society (NAGS), has sent a letter to the membership saying the organization has changed its name to IGS - North America (IGS-NA) and that long-time Executive Director David Suits has resigned his position, effective November 30, 2017. Click here to read the article. Posted November 2, 2016

Nonwovens Association Publishes Report on South American Market. INDA, the Association of the Nonwovens Fabrics Industry, has published the fourth study of the South American region with the “South American Nonwovens Industry Outlook, 2015 – 2020” for nonwoven producers and suppliers, converters, manufacturers, brand owners, analysts, and raw materials and machinery suppliers. Written by industry consultant, Rick Jezzi, Principal, A.D. Jezzi & Associates, LLC, and Brad Kalil, Director of Market Research and Statistics, INDA, the 180-page report defines where the industry has been (2010-2015) and the forecast of where it is heading (2015-2020). Click here for more information. Posted October 23, 2016

Textile Machinery Association Elects New Leader. CEMATEX, the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers based in Zurich, Switzerland, has appointed Fritz P. Mayer as its new President at its recent General Assembly meeting held in Amsterdam. Mr Mayer takes over the Presidency from Charles Beauduin, who retires from the position after 4 years at the helm. Mr. Mayer joined Karl Mayer Textilmaschinenfabrik in 1975. In 1981 he was appointed Managing Director of the company and became a Member of the Management Board of Karl Mayer Group, taking over the position of CEO of Karl Mayer Group in 2007.Posted October 21, 2016

AFFOA Seeking Participation in Organization’s Committees. Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA), the consortium chosen to lead the US government’s Revolutionary Fiber and Textiles Manufacturing Institute, is now accepting nominations and applications for the Technology Advisory Committee as well as the Education and Workforce Development Committee. Applications for both committees are due on August 15. Selection and evaluation will take place August 15-September 1. Committee members will be announced at the beginning of September. Click here for the committee applications. Posted August 8, 2016

EDANA Elects Board of Governors, Welcomes New Chairperson. EDANA, the Brussels-based international association for the nonwovens and related industries, has announced the results of the Board election at its Annual General Meeting. Martin Rapp has been chosen as Chairperson for 2016-2017. Mr. Rapp is Vice President and General Manager of Composites Fibers at Glatfelter Gernsbach in Germany. Mikael S. Axelsen (Fibertex Personal Care, Denmark) and Pieter Meijer (McAirlaid’s Vliesstoffe, Germany) were confirmed as Vice Chairs to the Board for 2016-2017, supported by Paul Eevers as Treasurer (Unilever, Belgium). Additionally, the following Governors currently serving on the Board were elected for an additional 3-year term: Mikael Staal Axelsen (Fibertex Personal Care, Denmark), Frank Heislitz (Freudenberg Performance Materials, Germany), Enno Henze (Johns Manville, U.S.A.), Krzysztof Malowaniec (Paul Hartmann, Germany), and Christian B. Marx (DuPont de Nemours International, Switzerland). Click here to read the entire EDANA press release. Posted June 7, 2016

Outgoing NCTO Chairman Gives State of the US Textile Industry Report. Textile World magazine has published the 2016 State of the U.S. Textile Industry report given by outgoing chairman Jeff Price at the recent meeting of the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) held in Washington, D.C. Mr. Price gave a concise overview of key issues facing the domestic textile industry and the NCTO positions on these issues, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, the Tariff Preference Levels (TPLs), the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB), the Berry Amendment, and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP). Besides his NCTO involvement, Mr. Price is president of the Specialty Fabrics Division of Milliken & Company. Click here to go to the Textile World website to view Mr. Price's entire presentation. Posted May 25, 2016

AATCC Education Award Winner Announced. The American Association of Textile Chemists & Colorists (AATCC) has announced Roland L. Connelly, Sr., has been honored with its AATCC Education Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the educational and training activities of AATCC. The announcement was made at the recent AATCC International Conference, held in Williamsburg, Va., USA. Mr. Connolly joined the society in 1970 and has served in many AATCC volunteer roles throughout the years, including as the organization's President from 2003-2004. Click here to read the AATCC press release. Posted May 15, 2016

Paper of the Year Announced for AATCC. The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) has announced the recipients of the J. William Weaver Paper of the Year Award. The authors are Mark AckermanJane Batcheller, and Stephen Paskluk. The paper, published in the March/April 2015 issue of the AATCC Journal of Research, is titled "Off-Gas Measurements from FR Materials Exposed to a Flash Fire." The Weaver Award, created in 1990, is named after J. William Weaver, the former chair of the AATCC editorial board. Click here to read an AATCC press release on the winners. Posted May 9, 2016

Three Finalists Named for Innovation Award. Wipes for unique applications are in the running for this year's World of Wipes Innovation Award®. The award is by INDA, the association of the nonwovens industry. Three finalists will present their products at the World of Wipes® International Conference, June 7-10, 2016, in Chicago, Ill., USA. The finalists are 1) Kimberly-Clark Corporation's Kleenex Facial Cleansing Wipes; 2) Kyser Musical Products' Kyser Cleaning Wipes; and, 3) Tec Laboratories' Tecnu Bits & Stings Medicated Itch and Pain Relief Wipes. Click here to find out more about the finalists. Posted April 29, 2016 

NCTO Elects 2016 Leaders. The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) held their 13th Annual Meeting April 12-14, 2016, in Washington, D.C., USA. At the meeting, the members elected Robert H. Chapman III, Chairman, CEO and Treasurer of Inman Mills as Chairman of the NCTO for 2016. Inman Mills is a family-owned textle company headquartered in Inman, S.C., USA, that manufactures yarns and fabrics. NCTO also elected as Vice Chairman for 2016 William V. McCrary, Jr., President & CEO of William Barnet and Son LLC. Barnet is a fiber, yarn and resin manufacturer, headquarterd in Spartanburg, S.C., USA. Click here to read the entire NCTO press release, including highlights of 2015 NCTO Chairman Jeff Price's 2015 State of the Textile Industry address. Posted April 15, 2016

ASTM International Committee on Geosynthetics Names New Chairman. ASTM Committee D35 on Geosynthetics has named James B. Goddard, an industry consultant, as its new chairman. Mr. Goddard has been an industry consultant since 2010, having previously served as chief engineer of Advanced Drainage Systems. ASTM D35 was formed in 1984 and currently has over 340 members, representing 27 counteies.  The committee oversees 145 geosynthetic-related standards with applciations in the use of roadway stabilization and repair, erosion control, soil drainage and reinforcement, and hydraulic barriers.. Posted April 15, 2016

JEC Americas Innovation Award Winners Announced. JEC Group, the international organization dedicated to the composites industry, has announced the ten winners of its prestigious 2016 JEC Americas Innovation Awards program. The ceremony honoring these winners will take place May 4 during the 5th annual JEC Americas Composites Show and Conferences in Atlanta, Ga., USA, May 3-5, 2016. This year's award's program categories are Design, Testing, Biocomposites, Aeronautics, Transportation, Automotive, E-Mobility, Process, and Sports & Leisure. Click here to go to the special section in the BeaverLake6 Report website for the complete list of JEC Innovation winners. Posted March 29, 2016

Texas Tech Researcher Wins TAPPI Technical Achievement Award. It's nice to hear our good friend Professor Seshadri (Ram) Ramkumar will be recognized for his nonwoven industry contributions by TAPPI, the association for the worldwide pulp, paper, and packaging industries. Professor Ramkumar is a professor of technical textiles and countermeasures to chemical threats in Texas Tech's Department of Environment Toxicology. At an awards dinner May 17 during the 2016 NET INC (Innovative Nonwovens Conference in Cincinnati, Oh., USA, he will receive TAPPI's NET (Nonwovens Engineers and Technologists) Division Technical Achievement Award and the Mark Hollingsworth Prize for Technical Advancement in the field of nonwoven technology.. Posted March 24, 2016

INDA Announces Awards and New Board Members at Annual Meeting. INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, recognized three nonwoven industry leaders at its recent Annual Meeting & Leadership Conference. The event was held March 7-9 in Cary, N.C., USA. The INDA Lifetime Achievement award was presented posthumously to Edward (Ed) A. Vaughn, Ph.D., for his remarkable nonwoven career. The INDA Lifetime Service Award was given to Robert (Bob) Dale in recognition to his over 25 years of service to the nonwovens industry, including leadership as an INDA Board Member. Gideon (Gidi) Krasny was given the INDA President's Award, an award given only periodically, for his outstanding contributions to the nonwovens industry. New INDA board members are Henry Johnson of AstenJohnson Advanced Fabrics, John Mulcahy of Georgia-Pacific LLC, James Vogt of Hollingsworth & Vose Company, John McNabb of Freudenberg Performance Materials, Uwe Peregi of Herrmann Ultrasonics, and John Poccia of Johnson & Johnson Worldwide. Click here to read the entire INDA press release on what happened at the annual meeting. Posted March 17, 2016 

AATCC Announces Chapin Award Winner. In recognition of his outstanding service to the Association, AATCC has named R. Michael Tyndall as the 2015 recipient of the Harold C. Chapin Award for his service to AATCC. Mr. Tyndall has been an active member of both AATCC technical and administrative committees since the 1990s. He served as AATCC President from 2011-2012. AATCC, the Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals, is based in Research Triangle Park, N.C., USA. Click here to read the entire press releases. Posted March 16, 2016

AATCC Names Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Congratulations to Patrick Whaley, founder and Chief Executive Officer of TITIN, LLC. He is the recipient of the AATCC Young Entrepreneur Award. The award recognizes young entrepreneurs operating in the broader textile industry. AATCC, Mr. Whaley is being honored for developing a line of fitted, weighted compression athletic apparel that creates an improved workout experience. The Young Entrepreneur Award is given by AATCC, the Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals. It is headquartered in Research Triangle Park, N.C., USA. The award will be given to Mr. Whaley at the AATCC International Conference, being held April 19-21, 2016 in Williamsburg, Va., USA. Click here to read the AATCC press release on the recognition. Posted March 12, 2016

INDA Names Finalists for IDEA16 Achievement Awards. INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has announced 15 leading companies are finalists in five categories for its IDEA16 Achievement Awards, in partnership with Nonwovens Industry magazine. The awards recognize the brightest innovations from the leading companies, individuals, and new products in the nonwovens and engineered fabrics industry. Winners will be announced and honored at IDEA16, the World’s Preeminent Event for Nonwovens & Engineered Fabrics, May 2-5, at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC) in Boston, Mass., USA. Click here to find the names of all the finalists in each category. Voting is now available online through a link provided on their website. Posted February 25, 2016 

Leadership Change in Textile Printing Industry. This is a little bit late but we want to recognize the recent leadership change at the Specialty Graphics Imaging Association (SGIA). On February 1, Ford Bowers took over as SGIA's president and CEO, succeeding Michael Robertson. Mr. Robertson retired after 33 years with the organization. Mr. Bowers comes from the print graphics industry. Prior to the SGIA appointment, Mr. Bowers worked for 9 years at Miller Zell, including as the manager of the company's graphics division. Click here to read a nice two-part interview on the website about Mr. Bowers' vision for SGIA. Posted February 24, 2016

Fred Cook Honored by AATCC. AATCC, the Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals, has announced Fred L. Cook is the recipient of the 2015 Olney Medal. The Olney Medal is the highest award presented by AATCC. It is given for outstanding achievement in textile or polymer chemistry or other fields of chemistry of major importance to textile science. Dr. Cook has worked in the industry for 40 years, primarily working around sustainable conservation and sustainable dyeing technologies. Dr. Cook is also very active in AATCC, having been a member since 1968 and serving on many of the organization's committees. He will receive the medal at the AATCC's International Conference that is taking place April 19-21 in Williamsburg, Va., USA. Click here to read more about his accomplishments. Posted February 24, 2016

New Editorial Leadership for INDA's Journal of Engineered Fibers and Fabrics. It's a pleasure to note our good friend Behnam Pourdeyhimi, Ph.D., Executive Director of The Nonwovens Institute at North Carolina State University, has been named Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Engineered Fibers and Fabrics (JEFF). Michael Starsinic, Ph.D., also joins JEFF as Managing Editor. JEFF is the e-journal published by INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry. Click here to read the news release on the appointments. Posted February 18, 2016

Selection of 2016 JEC Innovation Awards Announced. The JEC Group, the international composites industry organization, has announced the 28 champions of the industry receiving a 2016 JEC Innovation Awards.  The awards ceremony will take place on March 8, during the 2016 JEC World in Paris, France, March 8-10. One of the awards is the Life Achievement Award. It is being given to M. Sung Ha, a professor at Hanyang University in South Korea. Click here to go to the special BeaverLake6 Report page which lists all the 28 award recipients. Posted February 5, 2016

Geosynthetics Society Looking at Name Change. The North American Geosynthetics Society (NAGS) is strongly considering a name change. NAGS represents the chapter members in Canada and the United States of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS). A voting ballot was sent January 25 via email to the NAG's membership. If passed, the new name will be IGS - North America (IGS-NA). The reason for the suggested change is to better brand allign itself with the IGS name. Voting will remain open until March 8. Other issues on the ballot under consideration include a new Mission Statement and allowing non-voting members on the governing council. Posted February 2,1, 2016

American Rental Association CEO to Retire. The American Rental Association (ARA) has announced its CEO and Executive Vice President Christine Wehrman will retire upon the appointment of her successor later this year. ARA, headquartered in Moline, Ill., USA, is an international trade association for owners of equipment rental businesses and the manufacturers and suppliers to the industry. The party and commercial tent rental business is an important segment of the techical textiles industry. Ms. Wehrman has enjoyed an excellent management record during her 15 years of leadership. Click here to read the ARA press release announcing the retirement. Posted January 28 2016

AATCC Foundation Offering 11 Scholarships for 2016. Applications are now being accepted for 11 scholarships being offered in 2016 by the AATCC Foundation. The submission deadline is March 31, 2016. The AATCC, while an independent organization, is administered by the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists. The scholarships are varied and are good opportunities for deserving students, both undergraduates and post-graduates. Click here to see the available scholarships. Posted January 25, 2016

New AATCC Technical Manual Available in 2016. The annual update of the AATCC Technical Manual will be available January 1, 2016. The manual includes new test methods, as well as revisions and updates of existing methods and evaluation procedures for textiles. New this year is the inclusion of Test Method 204-2015, Water Vapor Transmission of Textiles. The test method is used to determine the relative water vapor transmission of textiles. There are also eight revised methods appearing for the first time. AATCC, the publisher, is the Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals, based in Research Triangle Park, N.C., USA. Click here for more information on the manual. Posted December 2, 2015

Sandy Thomas Retires from AATCC. Membership/Advertising Coordinator Sandy Thomas, a long-time member of the professional staff at the American Association of Textiles and Colorists (AATCC), retired on November 13. Ms. Thomas had been at AATCC for 22 years. Her replacement is Genevieve BotPosted November 14, 2015

AAFA President to Step Down. The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) yesterday announced that its President & CEO Juanita Duggan will step down. Ms. Duggan's tenure with AAFA was short but AAFA Chairman Rick Helfenbein praised her work. During her tenure, the organization significantly upgraded and expanded the reach of its signature industry events and took a proactive stand on the growing problem of counterfeits. Structurally, she oversaw the selection and design of a new office, strategically located six blocks from the Capitol, and drove the development of a three-year strategic plan. Ms. Duggan started at the association in July 2014. Immediately prior to AAFA, she had been President & CEO of the American Forest and Paper Association. The AAFA board is now putting together a transition plan. Click here to read the AAFA press release. Posted November 12, 2015

2015 Nonwovens Standard Procedures Released. EDANA and INDA, the global nonwovens associations, jointly announce the launch of the 2015 edition of Nonwovens Standards Procedures. These published procedures help technically define the nonwovens industry, with specifiers for the properties, composition, and specifications of its products. Offering harmonized language for the industry across the USA and Europe, and recognized by many other individual markets, the procedures offer a way for the nonwovens industry to communicate both across the globe, and within the supply chain to ensure that product properties can be consistently described, produced, and tested. The 2015 edition includes updated or modified procedures with a new numbering structure to make the document more intuitive to search and use. Each method now also includes a page to summarize and track relevant changes made to the document. In an effort to make all methods more consistent, each one is now presented in a format building on the International Standards Organisation (ISO) template. Click here to read more information or find out how to order. Posted September 17, 2015

Winners of JEC Asia Innovation Awards Announced. The JEC Group, the global composites trade organization and the organizer of JEC Asia in Singapore, has announced the 14 winners of the JEC Asia Innovation Awards 2015. Winners were selected from the following categories: Raw MaterialsEquipment, Thermoset ProcessThermoplastic ProcessQuality ControlMining Aeronautics: Future of MROTransportationAutomotiveRailwayRecycling and 3D Printing. The award winners came from 10 countries. The awards, plus a Life Achievement Award and a Student Award, will all be recognized at a ceremony held on October 20, during the JEC Asia Composites Show and Conference (October 20-22). Click here to the 14 announced winners and their projects. Posted August 31, 2015

Trade Publication Wins Award on Technical Textiles Reporting. Congratulations to the publishing team at the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC). The trade association announced yesterday their bi-monthly magazine AATCC Review had received a Tabbie Award for an in-depth feature article published in the November/December 2014 issue. Written by feature writer Glenna Musante, the article "Mopping Up Disasters: Textiles Protect People and the Planet" focused on the critical role nonwovens played in the cleaning up of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster as well as in other environmental liguid spill situations. The Tabbie Awards are sponsored by the Trade Association Business Publications International. More than 400 editorial and design entries were submitted for the 2015 contest. Click here to read the article. Posted August 6, 2015<< New text box >>

Outdoor Industry Association Names New Executive Director. The Board of Directors of the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) announced today it has selected Amy Roberts as its new executive director. OIA, headquartered in Boulder, Co., USA, is the prime sponsor of the bi-annual Outdoor Retailer Market in Salt Lake City, Ut., USA, one of the largest trade shows in the country, and a showcase of outdoor products made by the technical textiles industry. Ms.Roberts replaces interim executive director Steve Barker. Ms. Roberts was most recently the director of sustainability of the Mountain Equipment Co-Op. She had previously served as the OIA vice president of government affairs. The new leadership comes during the transition as the OIA board itself is downsizing from 25 to 15-18 members. Click here to read the official press release. Posted July 2, 2015

European Nonwovens Association Elects Board. EDANA, the European Disposable and Nonwovens Association, has announced the organization's new 2015-2016 board during their International Nonwovens symposium in Prague, Czech Republic. Patricia Featherstone of RKW has been re-elected as Chair of the Board of Governors. Pieter Meijer (McAirlaid's Vliesstoffe) and Mikael S. Axelsen (Fibertex Personal Care) have been elected Vice Chairs. Paul Kevers (Unilever) will continue to serve for another term as Treasurer. Additionally, new board members are Richard Company (Clopay Brazil), Nina Kopola (Suominen Corporation), Christian H. Sandler (Sandler AG), and Paul Stenson (Ahlstrom Corporation). Posted June 7, 2015

French Textile Machinery Association Formalizes Collaboration with Russian Industry. After working together on symposiums for the past several years, the Russian textile organization SOYUZLEGPROM and the French textile machinery association UCMTF have formalized their relationship with a working agreement on April 21, 2015. The agreement strngthens the ties between the two industries by allowing an exchange of information on the needs of the industries, the organization of  joint activities, the development of modern forms of training for their employees, and a commitment for regularly scheduled meetings to keep this cooperation alive. Posted May 28, 2015

SEAMS Forms Committee to Foster Members Participation in Government Contracts. SEAMS< the National Association for the US Sewn Products Industry, has announced the formation of a Government Committee designed to inform and support its membership on doing business with US federal, state and local governments. According to Committee Chairperson Geoff Senko of MMI Textiles Inc., "Our committee aims to expand SEAMS members' knowledge in identifying, securing and maintaining government contracts, thereby expanding production opportunities and capabilities for our members." Click here to read the entire SEAMs press release. Posted May 22, 2015

National Council of Textile Organizations Applauds Protection of Berry Amendment Products . The US House of Representatives passed the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act on May 15. The Act contained important language supporting the Berry Amendment that ensures a new provision which raises the Simplified Acquisition Threshold procedure from $150,000 to $500,000 would not seriously harm the US textile, apparel and footwear industry.  Click here to read the NCTO statement. Posted May 21, 2015

NCTO to Host Next Meeting on the Formation of the Revolutionary Fiber and Textiles Institute. The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), a Washington-based US textile textile organization, is hosting a meeting on May 13 with companies and organizations that plan to submit competitive proposals for the new Revolutionary Fiber and Textiles Institute for Manufacturing Innovation (RFT-IMI). The meeting will be held at the Textile Technology Center at Gaston College's Kimbrall Campus, Belmont, N.C., USA. Click here to contact Hardy Poole of the NCTO for more information. Posted April 30, 2015

Former INDA President Dies.  BeaverLake6 Report is sad to pass along the news that former INDA president Theodore "Ted" Wirtz passed away on March 29. We remember Mr. Wirtz as a very gracious visionary leader who helped re-build INDA during a troubled time. Mr. Wirtz headed INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, from 1996 to 2004 after a successful 4 decade career in the nonwoven manufacturing industry. He was recognized for his achievements in the industry and the association in 2004 when he received the INDA Lifetime Achievement Award. Click here to read more from the INDA website. Posted April 30, 2015

US Trade Group Endorses Trade Promotion Authority. The US National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) has issued a press statement endorsing the Bipartisan Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 that is being considered by the US Congress. The legislation, otherwise known as Trade Promotion Authority, will allow President Barack Obama to "fast-track" the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) as well as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) once the negotiations on the agreements are over. Click here to go to the NCTO website and read the press release. Posted April 21, 2015

AATCC Announces Education Award Recipient. AATCC, the Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals, honored Nelson E. Houser on March 9 with the AATCC Education Award in recognition of his numerous contributions to the association's education and training activities. Mr. Hauser is the first recipient of this new award. He is credited with the creation of AATCC's first education webinars. Mr Houser, an AATCC member since 1965, also served a term as President of the organization from 1997 to 1998. Click here to read more about his achievements and the award. Posted April 21, 2015

Nonwoven Association Appoints Director of Education and Technical Affairs. INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, announced on April 9 the appointment of James Loftus as its new Director of Education and Technical Affairs. Mr. Loftus has held previous positions at Owens Corning and Union Carbide. He also served a term on the INDA Board of Directors while working in the industry. Click here to read the INDA press release. Posted April 12, 2015

IGS Shows Growth in Annual Report to the Membership.  The latest issue of IGS News has been published (Volume 31, No. 1), and in it Secretary Elizabeth Paggs gave a succinct report on the state of the International Geosynthetics Society. Key takeaways about the professional society: Membership increased 58% from 2010 to 2014. The number of country/regional chapters grew by 34% to 43. There are now 3,000+ members, 400+ student members and 160+ corporate members. Very impressive gains when considering many other organizations have suffered declining membership during the same period. Posted March 31, 2015

New Nonwovens Conference to be Organized in China. INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has announced it has joined with China Nonwovens & Industrial Textiles Association (CNITA) to co-organize a new nonwovens event in Asia -- the China International Nonwovens Expo & Forum (CINE). The event will be held October 14-16, 2015 in Shanghai, China. Other co-organizers of the event are China Council for the Promotion of International Trade's Sub-Council of Textile Industry (CCPIT-TEX) and Messe Frankfurt. Very interesting and powerful co-organizers. Click here to read the entire INDA press release. Posted March 11, 2015

National Council of Textile Organizations to Meet in Washington. The National Council of Textile Organizations 2015 Annual Conference has the theme "The 21st Century U.S. Textile Industry: Capitalizing on the Resurgence." The conference is taking place March 25-26, 2015 in Washington, D.C., USA. This year the conference looks at the current state of the US textile industry, exploring recent "re-shoring" trends and initiatives, and considering a changing polical landscape which includes the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. Click here to go to NCTO's website. Posted March 11, 2015

Thomas Federle Honored by INDA. INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, recongized Thomas W. Federle, Ph.D., Research Fellow at Procter & Gamble, with its prestigious 2015 Lifetime Technical Achievement Award. INDA President David Rousse presented the award at the association's Annual Meeting & Leadership Conference, February 23-25, in Hilton Head, S.C., USA. Click here to read the entire press release. Posted March 6, 2015

Nonwovens Association Launches a Statistics App to Follow Market Trends. Here's a great new program offered by a trade association: EDANA, the global association for nonwovens and related industries, has launched a statistical app which provides updates on the main trends in the nonwovens industry. Indicators in the feedstock, raw materials and end-use markets are analysed within the macreconomic context. The program is available on both the Android and Apple platforms. Click here for more information. Posted March 3, 2015

Jansani to Receive AATCC's 2015 Chapin Award for Service to the Industry. An important value of an industry trade association or professional society is to recognize those who are making a difference, who are selfless in their contribution to better the industry. In recognition of his outstanding service to AATCC, the organization has named Kantilal (Kanti) A. Jasani as the 2015 recipient of the Harold C. Chapin Award. The Award is presented annually to a senior member with at least 20 years of continuous membership in AATCC, and who has contributed outstanding service, enabling the Association to attain the objectives for which it was founded. Click here to visit the AATCC website to find out more about Mr. Jasani's contribution. Posted March 2, 2015

Student Wins Geosynthetic Society Paper Awards. The North American Geosynthetics Society's (NAGS) 2015 Student Paper Award was presented to Daniel Jones, an engineering student at Queen's University (Kingston, Ont., Canada) at Geosynthetics 2015 in Portland, Ore., USA. The paper was titled "Hydration of Geosynthetic Clay Liners in Antarctica." Mr. Jones was presented with a USD $500 award and will receive an invitation to present his winning paper in a special session at GeoAmericas 2016, the 3rd Pan-American Conference on Geoosynthetics, taking place April 10-13, 2016 in Miami, Fla., USA. Click here to read more about Mr. Jones' accomplishment on the website. Posted February 25, 2015

AATCC Honors Zeronian with the Olney Award. Congratulations to S. Haig Zeronian for being selected yesterday to receive The Olney Medal, the highest awaard presented by AATCC. Mr. Zeronian was recognized for his outstanding lifetime achievement in a field of major importance to textile science, including contributing to the understanding of the relationship of fiber structure The award will be presented March 26 during AATCC's International Conference in Savannah, Ga., USA. Posted February 24, 2015

EDANA Presents Lifetime Achievement Award. EDANA, the international nonwovens trade association based in Brussels, announced at its recent Board of Governors meeting that it has awarded Diana Heelis, Public Affairs consultant representing Kimberly Clark, its Lifetime Achievement Award. the award was given in recognition of her dedication to the industry and contributions to the Association's activities for more than 20 years. Click here to read the release. Posted February 21, 2015

NCTO Applauds USTR for Confronting China on Alleged Illegal Export Subsidies. The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), a US-based trade group in Washington, has issued a press release supporting the U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Michael Froman's decision to pursue dispute settlement consultations with the Government of China at the World Trade Organization (WTO) concerning China's "Demonstration Bases-Common Service Platform" export subsidy program. NCTO's long-standing position is that China's rise in the global textile and apparel market has been substantially aided by illegal and unfair trading practices. Click here to read the NCTO press release. Posted February 13, 2015

AATCC Foundation Offers New Scholarship. If your company is an AATCC Corporate member and you have a child looking soon at attending a university, it might not be a bad idea to look at a new scholarship that has become available. The AATCC Foundation is offering a $2000 scholarship that will be awarded annually to one high school senior, who plans to major in a textile-related university program. Click here to find more information ablut requirements and to obtain an application. Posted February 9, 2015

Geosynthetics Video on Sustainability Released. The International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) has produced a video called "Geosynthetics for Sustainable Development." As the title implies, the video shows the many applications of geosynthetics which go towards protecting the earth and its limited resources. I would recommend viewing it for those wanting a 5-minute overview of geosynthetics applications. Click here to view the video. Posted January 28, 2015

New and Revised AATCC Test Methods for Textile Testing. Word from AATCC, the Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professions, is that the 2015 AATCC Technical Manual is now available and includes 2 new test methods, 10 significantly revised methods, and 9 editorially revised methods. The technical manual is published annually and the 2015 version includes nearly 150 test methods and evaluation procedures used worldwide to evaluate and characterize fiber and textile materials. The two new test methods are TM148-2014, Light Blocking Effect of Textiles and Related Materials: Photodetector Method and TM203-2014, Lifht Blocking Effect of Textiles: Spectrophotometric Method.  This later method measure the light pasing through window covering textiles. Click here to go to the AATCC website for more information. Posted January 11, 2015

New EURATEX President Begins Term. The European Apparel and Textile Confederation (EURATEX) has a new President. Serge Piolat took office this month for a two-year term. He succeeds Alberto Paccanelli, who headed EURATEX during the last four years. Mr. Piolat has an extensive international experience in the textile industry, including as a Director of Porcher Industries Group's textile division. He is currently co-owner of SCHAPPE, a French Group of companies specialized in the production of technical spun yarns. He has been a member of EURATEX's Board of Directors since 2009 and acted as Vice President since 2011. A critical issue during his term will be the ongoing negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership agreement between the US and Europe. Click here to read the EURATEX press release on Mr. Piolat. Posted January 11, 2015

Nonwovens Industry Report with Forecast to 2018 Published. Almost every week BeaverLake6 Report receives word of a new report on a technical textile market segment. The ones we like are done by the industry trade associations. They have professionals on staff dedicated to the industry and have a wide access to industry expertise. Thus, we are pleased to see that INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has announced the availability of a new industry report entitled North American Nonwovens Industry Outlook 2013-2018. This is INDA's 9th analysis of the nonwoven markets. It contains detailed demand and supply data (capacity, production and trade flows) for the North American industry for 2008, 2013 and a forecast for 2018. According to the report, the North American market in 2013 consumed 1.9 million tons of nonwoven material and the market is forecasted to reach 2.3 million tons in 2018, a 4.2% annual growth rate. Click here to find out how to obtain the report. Posted January 11, 2015

Winners Announced for ITMA Future Materials Awards 14. Congratulations to the winners of the ITMA Future Materials Awards 14 announced November 28 at a special award ceremony in Dresden, Germany during the Aachen-Dresden International Textile Conference. Awards were given out to companies in 15 categories. Selected as Innovator of the Year was Veronica Kapsali, the inventor and co-director of MMT Textiles Limited, a research and development company which owns the rights and IP for INOTEX, a biometric fiber-based technology that uses moisture in clothing micro-climate to create a mechanical response for advanced moisture management. Click here to view all the categories and winners. Posted December 1, 2014

HB Fuller Receives OUTLOOK Asia Award. EDANA has announced HB Fuller as the first recipient of the new OUTLOOK Asia Award. The award recognizes a product or service developed in or produced for the Asia Pacific and Indian subcontinent region. The award was given during the OUTLOOK Asia conference which took place November 27-28 in Singapore. Fuller received the award for their CHM-1088ZP core adhesive used in the formation of diapers and other personal care products. OUTLOOK Asia is a conference for those in the nonwovens industry in the field of personal care and hygiene. Click here to read the EDANA press release. Posted November 28, 2014.

Industrial Fabrics Society Meets and Elects New Leadership. There is a nice report posted on the eTextile Communications website on the 40th annual meeting of the International Society of Industrial Fabric Manufacturers (ISIFM). The meeting was held November 10-11 in Charlotte, N.C., USA. At the meeting, the society elected Christine Domer of Halide America, Inc., Atlanta, Ga., USA as its president. Click here to read the article. Posted November 25, 2014

Society Votes No Confidence in Its Board. According to the World Textile Information Network (WTiN), "The Society of Dyers and Colourists (SDC) is in crisis after members at an extraordinary general meeting passed a vote of 'no confidence' in their own Board of Trustees."  SDC ia an NGO based in the United Kingdom with members worldwide. The member dissatisfaction has come about from a Board of Trustees' plan to restructure the society. SDC has a number of cooperative ventures with the American Society of Textiles and Colorists (AATCC), including the joint publishing of the Color Index and in 2012 holding a joint conference in China. Click here to go to the WTiN website though to read the article you have to register for a complimentary subscription. Posted November 18, 2014

Foundation Names 2014 Innovation Award Recipient. The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) recently announced Norafin (Americas) Inc. of Asheville, N.C., USA is the recipient of the 2014 IFF Innovation Award. The foundation management revealed the recipient at the IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo in October for a project called Norafin Homanda. Komanda is a range of perfromance engineered nonwoven materials that are now being used in arc flash protection and flame resistant protective clothing. Posted November 7, 2014

Applications Open for Paul T. O'Day Scholarship. The American Fiber Manufacturers Association (AFMA) has announced applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Paul T. O'Day Scholarship. The scholarship was created in 2014 to honor Paul T. O'Day, who has served as AFMA's President for three decades. The $5,000 per year scholarship will be awarded to a candidate from an AFMA member company for studies in support of the American fiber industry. Contact Diane Bayatafashar at to receive more information and the application. Deadline for submission is February 6, 2015. Posted November 11, 2014

Foundation Scholarship Winners Announced. The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) 2014 scholarship winners have been announced. Selections were made on the basis of academic achievement, community services and interest in a future career in the specialty fabrics industry. The recipients are: 

  • Advanced Textile Products MemberJennies Thurston, Central Michigan University
  • Don Williams IFF Student ScholarshipEmma Deuitch, North Carolina State University
  • Fabric Graphics Association ScholarshipAlexandra Cohen, North Carolina State University
  • Fabric Structures Association Architect Student ScholarshipKristen Weigel, Roger Williams University
  • Geosynthetic Materials Association Member ScholarshipAmanda Mayhue, Laneir Technical College
  • IFAI Member ScholarshipMelina Connor, Miami Dade College
  • Marine Fabricators Association Member ScholarshipJaneen Richards, Hood Marine Canvas & Trainings
  • Tent Rental Division Member ScholarshipFred Tracy, Clarkson University

Congratulations to all the winners. Entry forms for 2015 will be available online at Posted October 10, 2014

Textile Structures Student Design Competition Announced. Techtextil, an international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens, has announced in cooperation with the TensiNet association, it is once again organizing the Textile Structures for New Building student design competition. Techtextil 2015 is taking place May 4-7, 2015. The technical/scientific supervisor for the competition is Professor Werner Sobek, Director of the Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design (ILEK) of the University of Stuttgart. Deadline for submissions is February 27, 2015. Click here for more details. Posted October 6, 2014

New Test Methods for Light-Blocking Window Coverings. AATCC, the Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals, has published two new test methods to measure the effectiveness of blocking light passing through material. One test uses a spectrophotometric method which is applicable for knits, wovens and nonwovens and the other uses a photodetector method which can be used on various textile-based materials, including coated textiles. Click here to read more from AATCC. Posted September 29, 2014

EDANA Launches New Asia Award. EDANA, an international trade organization, has announced a new award for the Asia/Pacific nonwovens industry. The award is called Outlook™. The award winner will be announced at Outlook Asia 2014, an EDANA event taking place October 26-27 in Singapore. Companies can either nominate a nonwoven product, a product containing nonwoven elements, or a service for personal care and hygiene, which has been developed, designed, manufactured and/or is on sale in Asia Pacific. Click here for more information. Posted October 27, 2014

IFAI Vice President Resigns. Two sources have told BeaverLake6 Report that Todd Lindemann, vice president of Conference Management for the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), resigned yesterday. Mr. Lindemann has been with the trade organization for many years and has served as the conference management vice president since 2006. His responsibilities included management of the IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo that is taking place October 14-16 in Minneapolis, Minn., USA. Posted September 24, 2014 

New Publication Benchmarks Nonwovens Capacity and Production. INDA, the Association of the Nonwowens Industry, has announced its first edition of the annual North American Nonwovens Supply Report. The report is available for its members. One of the key findings of the report is that over the last 23 years, North American nonwovens capacity has increased an average of 6.9% per year, more than outpacing US real GDP. The industry is now estimated to produce 2.35 million tons per year. Click here to seek more information. Posted August 27, 2014

Associations Sponsor Life Jacket Design Contest. The BoatUS Foundation, along with the Personal Floatation Device Manufacturers Association (PFDMA) and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), are sponsoring the "Innovation in Life Jacket Design Competition." A $10,000 cash award goes to the winning designer. Additional cash prizes are offered for second and third place. Submission deadline is April 15, 2015.  Click here for more details. Posted August 24, 2014

US Manufacturing Organizations Urge Currency Manipulation Fix. Association presidents from the US textile, auto and steel industries will participate in a press conference on August 20, calling for their government representatives to address unfair currency policies in ongoing international trade talks and future trade aggreements, to protect American jobs and economic growth. For more information, contact Jennifer Whisnant or Eliza Levy. Posted August 15, 2014

AFMA Names Scholarship Recipient. Thanks to our good friend David Trumbull at Agathon Associates for reminding us today in his Textiles and Trade newsletter that the American Fiber Manufacturers Association (AFMA) announced in June the first recipient of the Paul T. O'Day Scholarship Award. The scholarship was given to Elaine (Lainey) Indermaur of Oak Ridge, N.C., USA. Ms. Indermaur will receive $5,000 per year for four years of study at North Carolina State University. She is pursuing a degree in biomedical engineering. The scholarship program is named for Paul T. O'Day. He has served as AFMA's president for three decades. Click here to read the AFMA press release that was posted on Mr. Trumbull's website. Posted August 7, 2014

AATCC Wins Magazine Award. Congratulations to our friends at AATCC, the Association of Textile, Apparel & Material Professions. The AATCC Review magazine has won a 2014 Tabbie award for an in-depth feature article published in the March/April 2013 issue. The annual Tabbie Awards are sponsored by Trade Association Business Publications International. Nearly 500 editorial and design entries from around the globe were entered in the 2014 contest. The AATCC Review article recognized was "A Matter of Fiber Veracity." The article was a recap of investigations being done by the US Federal Trade Commission into fake product labeling claims such as a manufacturer's claim that it was selling a bamboo product when it was really made of rayon and another where the percentage of fiber composition claimed by a manufacturer as 100% cotton when it was really a blend of fibers. It is an excellent article that is well worth your time to read. Click here for the article. Posted July 23, 2014

Consolidation and Staff Changes at US Trade Association. The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), headquartered in Washington, D.C., USA, has confirmed to BeaverLake6 Report that it will be closing its Gastonia, North Carolina, office, effective December 2014. Staff changes/responsibilities will result from the closing. Mike Hubbard, vice president of international trade, has declined for family reasons to move to the Washington office. He will be leaving the organization within the next two months. Mr. Hubbard is well-respected throughout the textile industry and will be missed. Robin Haynes, the other member of the North Carolina office, will remain with NCTO as Treasurer and Director of Administration but will work from a new location in North Carolina. Mr. Hubbard’s replacement will be Sara Beatty, the president of Whitehaven Trade Advisories. She had previously worked with the NCTO President Auggie Tantillo at the American Manufacturing Trade Action Coalition as its Director of the International Trade. Posted July 11, 2014

Geosynthetic Leader Receives ASTM Award of Merit. Congratulations to Gary Kolbasuk, Director of Innovation and Technology at Raven Industries, Sioux Falls, S.D., USA. The ASTM International Committee D35 on Geosynthetics has awarded Mr. Kolbasuk the organization's Award of Merit for his contribution to standards activities. Mr. Kolbasuk has been an ASTM International member since 1985 and has worked on many new and revised standards regarding geomembranes. Click here to read the news release on his recognition posted on the website. Posted July 2, 2014

STA Announces Awards of Excellence Winners. The Specialised Textiles Association recently completed its successful conference and exhibition in Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia. David Burton of Ricky Richards (Sales) Pty Ltd. was appointed as the new association president. At the event, the annual STA Awards of Excellence winners were announced. To view the winning projects, please click herePosted June 20, 2014

INDA Releases Annual Report on "Game Changers" in Nonwovens. INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has released its inaugural report called INDA Impact 2014. We really like this approach in studying a market: The report is intended on an annual to give insight into industry-wide events or "game changers" for nonwoven professionals. This first report covers four basically US market events: 1) The Environmental Protection Agency's "Wiper Rule"; 2) The upcoming Boomer Echo and its impact on the absorbent hygiene market; 3) The Affordable Care Act and Healthcare-Associated infections and its impact on disposable nonwovens markets; and, 4) the Potential Coal Ash Sorage and Hydraulic Fracturing Regulations and its impact on the geosynthetics market nonwovens usage and opportunities. Click hereto read the INDA press release. Posted June 18, 2014

Nonwovens Association Elects New Board of Governors. EDANA, the association serving the nonwovens and related industries, has announced its renewed Board of Governors for 2014-2016. Patricia Featherstone of RKW Group has been re-elected Chair of the Board of Governors. Elected to serve as Vice Chairs were Krzysztof Malowaniec of Paul Hartmann and Pieter Meijer of McAirlaid's Vlisstoffe. Click here to read the press release which lists all board members elected. Posted June 13, 2014

AAFA Appoints a New CEO/President. The American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) has announced that Juanita D. Duggan will join the association on July 1 as President & CEO. Ms. Juggan replaces Kevin Burke who left in January. While we don't know what went on in the search process and mean no disrespect to Ms. Duggan (and we don't even know if he sought the job), we are disappointed thatSteve Lamar did not get the position. Mr. Lamar has done an admirable job for AAFA for the last decade as its executive vice-president. We are, though, pleased to see that Ms. Juggan comes from an association career background, having previously served as the President and CEO of the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America. Clickhere to read the AAFA release. Posted June 11, 2014

STA Leader Meets With Australian Prime Minister. On May 23 Tom Gastin, president of the Specialised Textiles Association (STA), met with the Honorable Tony Abbott, MP Prime Minister of Australia. STA is a national trade association representing the interests of companies in Australia which are involved in the technical textiles industry. Mr. Gastin attended a lunch with the Prime Minister on behalf of all STA members, discussing the opportunities of technical textiles. Discussion points included providing more shade structures to protect children against skin cancer. Click here to read the entire STA press release about the meeting. Posted May 29, 2014

AAFA Database Now Features Domestic Manufacturing Search Capability. The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) announced on May 7 the organization had launched a new search feature on its website to better highlight members with domestic (US) manufacturing capabilities. The decline of military contracts has caused many government contractors to search for new markets. Check out the new search tool by clicking here and going to the AAFA member directory section of the organization's website. Posted May 22, 2014

Geosynthetics Language Included in Major US Water Resources Bill. Congratulations to the Geosynthetics Materials Association, a division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International, for leading the effort to include the "use of innovative materials...including the use of geosynthetic carry out the activities of the Corps of Engineers." The language was included in the Conference Report of the Water Resources Reform & Development Act (WRRDA) that the US House of Representatives passed yesterday. The US Senate is expected to vote on the bill tomorrow. Click here to read the entire article appearing in the online Geosynthetics publication. Posted May 21, 2014

TTIP Trade Position Presented by US Textile Organization. Today, the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) made a formal "stakeholder" presentation at the 5th negotiating round of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) meeting in Arlington, Va., USA. The presentation highlighted key US textile industry positions, including the need for a yarn forward rule of origin and the preservation of the US government procurement regulations such as the Berry Amendment. Click here to read the entire press release. Posted May 21, 2014

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Pourdeyhimi Receiving TAPPI Award. Congratulations to Dr. Behnam Pourdeyhimi, professor of materials in the College of Textiles at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C., USA. Dr. Pourdeyhimi will receive the Leadership and Service Award and Dow Chemical Company Prize awarded by TAPPI's Nonwovens Engineers and Technologists Division. TAPPI is a trade association representing the pulp, paper and packaging industries. The award recognizes an individual for outstanding leadership and exceptional service.  The award will be presented at PaperCon 2014 Conference Awards dinner on April 29 in Nashville, Tenn., USA. Click here to read an article in Nonwovens Industry magazine about the selection. Posted April 28, 2014 

EDANA Promotes Nonwoven Applications to Consumers. We like what EDANA, the European organization for nonwovens, has developed to explain how nonwovens make a positive impact on society. The association has come out with one-page charts with examples of nonwovens use. Did you know, for example, that enough nonwovens are used for sugar beet crop protection to cover more than 9,000 football fields? Click here to see the the chart on Geosynthetics and click here for the chart on Agriculture. Posted April 26, 2014

New Logo for IFAI. You may have noticed over the last few months that the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has quietly introduced a new organization logo. We like it. It's fresh looking and the circle around "IFAI" is symbolic, at least to us, of all the connections within the industry which depend upon each other. Posted April 23, 2014

NCTO Elects Jay Self III Chairman. The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) last week met in Washington, DC, USA, and during the gathering elected James C. "Jay" Self III as chairman of the organization. Mr. Self is the president of Greenwood Mills, Inc., Greenwood, S.C., USA, and takes over for William Jasper, chairman and CEO of Unifi, Inc. Greensboro, N.C., USA. You can find excellent coverage of the meeting posted on the new web newsletter And, while we're talking about it, congratulations to our good friend Devin Steele, the website's publisher and former editor of Southern Textiles News. It's good to have you back in the industry! Click here to read the coverage.  Posted April 1, 2014

EDANA and ITTA Enter Mutual Membership Agreement. The Indian Technical Textile Association and EDANA, the international nonwovens association, have signed a letter of agreement for mutual membership. The agreement allows the other party's membership within their organization at no cost. There are other benefits, too, such as a pledging of common support for the promotion of the nonwovens industry. The world is shrinking and we like this idea of strategic partnerships. Posted March 25, 2014

Lattie to Receive Chapin Award for Service to AATCC. What a great honor for a great guy. In recognition of his outstanding service to the association, AATCC has named Robert Keith Lattie as the 2013 recipient of the Harold C. Chapin Award. Mr. Lattie is the Director of Product Management at SDL Atlas LLC, Chicago, Ill., USA. He has been a member of AATCC since 1984 and served as the President of the organization from 2005 to 2006. He also serves on the AATCC Foundation and the International Organization of Standardization (ISO). The Chapin Award, presented each year to a senior member with at least 20 years experience and who has contributed outstanding service to AATCC, will be presented at the AATCC International Conference, being held April 1-3, in Asheville, N.C., USA. Click here to read the entire AATCC news release. Posted March 23, 2014

Former IFAI Leader Passes. Sad to report William J. Phythian passed away December 28. Mr. Phythian was 82. He had been part-owner of Calgary Tent & Awning of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, retiring in 1999. Mr. Phythian spent 15 years on the Board of Directors of Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) during a time of great expansion for the organization, including serving 1989-1991 as President (now Chairman of the Board). In 2001, IFAI recognized his unselfish contribution to the organization by awarding him the coveted Honored Life Member status. He will be missed. Posted January 3, 2014

New Chairman Selected for INDA. During the Annual Meeting and Leadership Conference of INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, Robert Lovegrove, P.E. was named to a two-year term as Chairman of the Board. Mr. Lovegrove is Senior Director, Strategic Marketing & Innovation, Milliken & Co. He succeeds Todd Bassett of Fi-Tech, Inc. Karen Castle of Suominen Nonwovens was named INDA's Vice-Chairman, Panning, and Renta Anderson of IMERYS Performance Minerals as Vice Chairman, Finance. Click here to go to the INDA website and find out more about the Annual Meeting. Posted March 15, 2014

Aspland to Receive AATCC's Highest Award. AATCC, the Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals, has announced John Richard "Dick" Aspland is the 2013 recipient of the Olney Medal for outstanding achievement in the field of textile chemistry. Mr. Aspland has been active in the field of textile chemistry for more than 50 years. The Olney Medal is AATCC's highest award and will be presented to Mr. Aspland at the AATCC International Conference being held April 1-3, 2014, in Asheville, N.C., USA. It's quite an achievement. Click here to read the entire press release. Posted March 14, 2014

INDA Honors Nonwoven Industry Professionals. INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has recognized two expert nonwoven industry advocates with its most prestigious awards in 2014. Joseph D. Wahlquist of Rockline Industries, Sheboygan, Wis., USA, was honored for Lifetime Technical Achievement and Thomas A. Justice of Zine, LLC, Goldsboro, N.C., USA, for Lifetime Service. Click here to go to the INDA website for more information. Congratulations to both of these men! Posted March 14, 2014

Engineer Named AATCC's Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Congratulations to Christina Kay Beauvais, President and founder of EmBraced in Comfort LLC. Ms. Beauvais is the recipient of the AATCC Young Entrepreneur Award.  The award recognizes young entrepreneurs operating in the broader textile industry. The award will be presented at the AATCC International Conference, being held April 1-3, 2014 in Ashville, N.C., USA. Click here to go to the AATCC website. Posted March 10, 2014

Hungiville and Clark Honored by Marine Fabricators Association. The Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) held their 2014 MFA National Convention in Charleston, S.C., USA, January 17-19. At the event, Charlene Clark, owner of Signature Canvas Maskers, Hampton, Va., USA, was awarded the Industrial Fabrics Manager (IFM) certification, achieved for demonstrating superior knowledge of principles  and practices of management in the specialty fabrics industry. Beth Hungiville, staff manager of the MFA from 2000-2013, was awarded the MFA Chairman's Award for her service to the association. Congratulations to both of them. Posted February 20, 2014

Geosynthetics Association Announces Staff Change. Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has announced Lucie Passus has been named the new staff supervisor of the Geosynthetic Materials Association, a division of IFAI. Ms. Passus has been with IFAI since 2012. Posted February 16, 2014

INDA Visionary Award Given. Congratulations to Kelly Lewis Brezoczky and her team at Butterfly Health, Inc., for being the recipient yesterday of the 2014 INDA Visionary Award. The award, given by INDA, Association of the Nonwovens Fabrics Industry, highlights new consumer products that expand the use of nonwovens. Butterfly was recognized for the creation of an innovated personal hygiene product called Butterfly Body Liners. Click here to read an online report of the given award.Posted January 31, 2014

EDANA and INDA Launch New Shared Mission and Vision. Good news for those in the manufacturing and distribution of nonwovens. EDANAand INDA® -- the two international trade associations for the nonwovens industry based in Europe and North America respectively -- have announced that they will harmonize their mission and vision to advance the success of their member companies. While each organization will continue to operate separately, there is a new joint vision for them which focuses on providing cohesion and consistency on a global basis to their memberships. Click hereto read the joint press release. Posted January 29, 2014

IGS Seeking Council Candidates. The International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) is seeking candidates for its governing council. Candidates must be members of the professional society. Thirteen positions are available in 2014. The deadline to submit your name is March 1, 2014. For further information, contact Elizabeth Peggs Posted January 23, 2014

INDA Appoints New Director of Marketing. INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has announced the appointment of Joan Izzo as its new Director of Marketing. Ms. Rizzon has held leadership and consulting roles developing global communications for many international nonwoven companies, including DuPont, Tredegar Film Products and Performance Fibers.  Most recently, Ms. Izzo has been the Director of Communications and Marketing for the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Engineering. Click here to read the press release. Posted January 16, 2014

Calendar of Geosynthetic Events. The website has a great slide show presentation on a dozen or so 2014 events which matter to the geosynthetic industry, from conferences to webinars to workshops. Click here to go to the website.Posted January 14, 2014

Burke to Step Down as AAFA Leader. The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA)  has announced Kevin M. Burke will step down as President and CEO effective January 21, 2014. Mr. Burke has been with AAFA since 2001. His tenure has seen very dynamic changes occurring in the apparel industry, including the current key negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. The AAFA Board of Directors will immediately begin the process to identify a new President and CEO. Click here to read the AAFA press release. Posted December 18, 2013

AATCC Announces New Publication. A new online journal, AATCC Journal of Research, is being launched in January by AATCC, the Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professions. The journal will feature peer-reviewd scientific papers. In addition, AATCC announced an electronic version of AATCC Review, the flagship publication of the organization, will be launched and produced along with the current print version. Click here to read the AATCC announcement. Posted December 13, 2013

First Indonesian Nonwoven Event Organized by Associations. Indonesia has a growing nonwovens and technical textiles sector. EDANA, the Brussels-based international association serving the nonwovens and related industries, is co-sponsoring along with the Asian Nonwoven Fabrics Association (ANFA) a one-day workshop to promote the development of nonwovens and technical textiles in Indonesia. The event will take place December 17 in Bandung, Indonesia. Click here for more information. Posted December 10, 2013

NECPA Helps Relief Efforts in the Philippines. Congratulations to the North East Canvas Products Association (NECPA), a US-based organization of custom fabric manufacturers and their suppliers. Members of NECPA have been recycling waste acrylic awning fabrics and making them into emergency shelter tarps. These tarps have been donated to the relief effort in helping the Philippines in the aftermath of the disastrous typhoon last month. Over 15,000 pounds of waste fabrics have been recycled or repurposed by NECPA members. A job well done! Posted November 25, 2013

INDA Strengthens Relations in Asia-Pacific. In this global industry, it is critical for US-based trade associations to reach out to the world markets. INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabric Industry, has written a nice report of its activities this past year to enhance member access to new markets in Asia. The projects included being a sponsor of the Asia-Pacific Nonwovens Symposium held this past month in Shanghai, a presence at the Shanghai International Nonwovens Convention & Exposition (SINCE) and the co-organization of the China International Nonwovens Conference 2013 in Shaoxing, China. INDA has developed a strategic partnership with the China Nonwovens & Industrial Textiles Association and other organizations. Click here to read the press release. Posted November 22, 2013

AATCC Honors 50-Year Members. None of us would probably enjoy the success we have achieved today without the volunteer contributions in the trade associations and professional societies of those who work on our behalf to better the industry. Each year the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) pays a special tribute to the textile industry professionals who have been members of the Association for 50 years. This year the individuals are:


Henry D. DeWolf Jr., 79, of Palm City, FL, USA, former CEO of DeWolf Marketing Inc.

Ian Russell Hardin, 69, of Athens, GA, USA, professor and department head, and now professor emeritus, at  University of Georgia.

Jack B. Joffe, 72, of Wyckoff, NJ, USA, former vice-president, Vivitone.

George MacDonald Mackie, 83, of Matthews, NC, USA, manager of international affairs at Crompton & Knowles until his retirement in 1993.

John Anthony Primiano, 83, of Danville, VA, USA, a research and development chemist and in technical sales for Rhône-Poulenc until he retired in 1997.

George F. Ruppenicker Jr., 85, of Slidell, LA, USA, a textile technologist at the Southern Regional Research Center (SRRC), ARS, USDA, retiring in 1993.

Jerry G. Tew, 73, of Durham, NC, USA, started AATCC’s textile testing laboratory after the Association’s move to Research Triangle Park, NC, USA, later becoming the Association’s Technical Director in 1986. Tew retired from AATCC in 2002.

Paul L. Weinle, 79, of Aiken, SC, USA, joined Collins & Aikman in 1985 and was named vice-president, research and development for the company’s corporate research operations, where he worked until his retirement in 1997.

If you know any of these remarkable people, give them a call or send an email and congratulate them. Posted November 22, 2013

The Hosiery Association to Close. Another association is ceasing operations due to changes in the industry. Textile World's weekly online update is reporting The Hosiery Association (THA) has issued a letter to its membership announcing that its board had voted to dissolve the 108 year-old organization, effective December 31, 2013. Increased globalization of the hosiery business and a severe decline in membership led to this decision. THA revealed The American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) is forming a Legwear Committee and invited all current THA member companies to become AAFA members. Click here to read the entire letter sent by THA Chairman Rich Stober and President Sally Kay that was posted on the TW site. Posted November 20, 2013

Geosynthetics Leader Receives ASTM Award. ASTM International has announced that L. David Suits, Executive Director of the North American Geosynthetics Society (NAGS) has received the A. Ivan Johnson Outstanding Achievement Award. Mr. Suits is a dedicated ASTM International member for 35 years and is a founding member and past chairman of Committee D35 on Geosynthetics. Prior to his current NAGS position, Mr. Suits was employed by the New York State Department of Transportation for 37 years. The ASTM award he receives is named for Ivan Johnson, a long-time ASTM member who worked on standard writing in the field of civil engineering. Click here to read the ASTM press release. Posted October 31, 2013

JEC Group Projects Strong Growth for Ameicas Composites Industry. On the eve of the JEC Americas Composites Show & Conferences, JEC has issued a press release which forecasts strong growth for the Americas composites industry through 2018. The growth is the result of macro trends that are generating demand for advanced composites across multiple sectors. This expansion is being driven by investments in new and refreshed energy conservation in the automotive and aerospace industries and rapid urbanization. JEC Americas Composites Show & Conferences takes place October 2-4 in Boston, Mass., USA. Very interesting developments lately in the dynamic composites industry with a promise of more news coming in the next few days. Click here to read JEC's press release.Posted September 30, 2013

SYFA Managing Director Retires. It was announced by Synthetic Yarn and Fiber Association's President Mike Becker at the opening of the Resurgence of Textiles conference held last week that long-time Managing Director Kim Pettit had decided retire, and, further, the SYFA board had hired Diane Bayatafshar as the new Managing Director. The best news is that the industry still keeps the services of Ms. Pettit as she will now become an "ambassador" of SYFA, representing the organization at industry trade shows. Ms. Bayatafshar is currently the Business Manager and Secretary of the Board of American Fiber Manufacturer Association and will retain the positions while also managing the SYFA's day-to-day affairs. Posted September 30, 2013

German Composites Trade Bodies Form New Association. At the recent Composites 2013 trade fair, an umbrella organization was formed by the four major German composites trade groups. The founding members of Composites Germany are Verstärkte Kunststoffe e. V. (AVK), Carbon Composites e. V. (CCeV), CFK-Valley) and Forum Composite Technology in the VDMA. The organizations will remain independent but will join forces in areas of special relevance in Germany. Dr. Michael Effing, Chairman of the AVK, has been elected Chairman. Click here to read the press release posted in European Plastics News website. Posted September 19, 2013

MUTA Featured In Event Publication. Event Industry News has a brief interview with Tony Marsh, president of the Made-Up Textiles Association (MUTA). The UK-based organization has about 190 members. Most of the members are involved in the manufacture or rental of marquees and other temporary structures. Many were involved in providing structures for the Olympic and Paralympic games. Click here to read the interview. Posted August 17, 2013

NCTO Leader ResignsDavid Trumbull, director of Agathon Associates (and BeaverLake6 Report columnist), has reported this afternoon that Cass Johnson, the first president of the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), has stepped down. Auggie Tantillo, a well-known textile industry spokesperson, has been appointed to replace Mr. Johnson, effective immediately. Mr. Tantillo has been serving as a special strategic consultant to the organization. Posted August 5, 2013

NCTO Releases Statement as US President Barack Obama Meets Vietnam President Truong Tan Sang. Cass Johnson, President of the National Council of Textile Organizations, used the meeting of the two leaders today in Washington to issue a strongly-worded statement urging President Obama to consider the strong US Congressional support in the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement for the inclusion of the "yarn forward" rule of origin, long tariff phase-outs for sensitive products and strong custom rules and enforcement procedures. More than 40% of the US House of Representatives recently released a bi-partisan letter that has called for these inclusions in the agreement. Vietnam is seeking to not have these long-standing textile rules to be included. Click here to read the NCTO statement. Posted July 31, 2013

GSI Names Fellowship Recipients. The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) recently announced the names of the 2013-2014 GSI Fellowship Awards. Recipients are graduate students studying geosynthetics. Each applicant submitted an abstract on the research project they were conducting. The winners are: Jonwan Eun, University of Wisconsin; Yu Qian, University of Illinios; Xunchange Fei, University of Michigan; and, Felix Jacobs, RWTH Aachen University. Click here to go the geosynthetica.netwebsite to learn more about their research projects. Posted July 29, 2013

AATCC Wins 2013 Tabbie Award. Congratulations to Glenna Musante and the publications staff at AATCC, the Association of Trade, Apparel & Materials Professionals. The organization's publication AATCC Review received a Tabbie award for an in-depth feature article on biomedical implantables published in the September/October 2012 issue. The annual Tabbie Awards are sponsored by Trade Association Business Publications International. Nearly 500 editorial and design entries from around the globe were entered in the 2013 contest. Posted July 26, 2013

Study Shows Awning Cool Costs. A study sponsored in part by the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association reveals that awnings can help home owners reduce cooling costs by up to 50%. The Impact on Energy Use and Peak Demand of Awnings and Roller Shades in Residential Buildings was published in 2012 and shows results in 50 US cities. Click here to read the study. Posted July 24, 2013 

INDA Applauds Introduction of Miscellaneous Tariff Bill in House. INDA, the Association of Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has issued a press release today, supporting H.R. 2708. As David Trumbull reported on this website July 20, the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (H.R. 2708) was re-introduced in the US. House of Representatives to provide reduced import tariffs on raw materials and intermediate products needed by US manufacturers that are not available domestically. "This Miscellaneous Tariff Bill is absolutely necessary to the U.S. nonwoven fabrics industry and countless U.S. manufacturers' ability to maintain global competitiveness, productivity, and employment," said Jessica Franken, INDA Director of Government Affairs. Click here to read the INDA press release. Posted July 22, 2013

IFAI Announces Recommended New Leaders. The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has announced its Leadership Development Committee's recommendations for upcoming positions on its board of directors: 1st Vice President/Chairman-Elect Katie Bradford, MFC, IFM, Custom Marine Canvas, Noank, Conn., USA; 2nd Vice Chairman Robert Rosania, IFM, CPP, Ehmke Manufacturing Co., Inc., Philadelphia, Penn., USA; Director Lieb Oehmig, Glen Raven Custom Fabrics LLC, Glen Raven, N.C., USA; Director Dennis Bueker, Keyston Brothers, Fort Lauderdale, Fl., USA; and, Director Brian Rowinski, Rainier Industries LTD., Tukwila, Wash., USA. Posted July 21, 2013

Geosynthetics Association Offers Comments on Oil/Gas Exploration Fracking. The Geosynthetics Materials Association (GMA), a division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), has submitted comments on a revised proposed rule from the US Department of Interior's Bureau of Land Management. The revised proposed rule is entitled Oil and Gas: Hydraulic Fracturing on Federal and Indian Lands.  In the comment letter "GMA recommends that the regulations propagated require the use of a composite liner system (geomembrane and geosynthetic clay liner) for containment and groundwater applications as this system has been demonstrated by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to be the most effective technology, regardless of the classification of the materials (hazardous, non-hazardous, or designated for benefeficial re-use)." Cick here to read the complete letter. Posted June 28, 2013

International Acheivement Awards Deadline Extended. It's hard to break old habits. This year Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) moved up the entry deadline for its International Acheivement Awards (IAA) from July 15 to June 15 but many wishing to enter the prestigious awards competition weren't prepared for the earlier date. IFAI has now extended the deadline to June 30. For more information, contact Christine Gerard at cmgerad@ifai.comPosted June 17, 2013

AATCC Announces Winners of 2013 Materials Research Poster Competition.AATCC, the Association of Textile, Apparel, & Marketing Professions, has announced its winners of the 2013 Materials Poster Competition. Interesting for those in the technical textiles market segment were two posters in the Medical/Biomedical/Protective Materials and Devices category: A Double Layer Nerve Conduit for Peripheral Nerve Regeneration and A Study of Changes in Mechanical Properties of Hernia Mesh Material After Exposure to Concentrated Acids. Click here to read the AATCC press release. Posted June 17, 2013

Korean Organization Establishes Textile Technical Research Center in Pakistan. Why isn't the US doing this? According to the Pakistan Observer website, the Korean International Corporation Agency (KOICA) will establish a Technical Research Centre at National Textile University, Faisalabad, with the cost of $6.5 Million to conduct research in 5 textile disciplines: protective textiles, medical textiles, geotextiles, sports textiles and agricultural textiles. Click here to read the article.Posted May 8, 2013

Nonwoven Production Statistics. EDANA, the International Association Serving the Nonwovens and Related Industries, released on April 19th its annual European Statistics on Nonwovens Production and Deliveries for 2012. The numbers were released during EDANA's Nonwoven Producers Forum. Overall, there was grown of 2.2% in production volume in 2012. Total deliveries reached 1,954,000 tonnes and 57,690 million square metres. To read more, click here to go to the EDANA website. Posted May 1, 2013

Entrepreneur and Lifetime Achievement Awards Presented at IDEA 13. Congratulations to our good friend Rory Holmes, past President of INDA, Association of the nonwovens industry, for receiving the organization's Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is well-deserved for Mr. Holmes' contribution to the industry. Recipients of  the 2013 Entrepreneur Achievement Award and a number of product achievement awards were also announced. Click here to read the press release with all the names. Posted April 26, 2013

Nonwovens Trade Organizations Join Forces to Promote Free Trade. INDA and EDANA, two global trade associations representing the nonwovens industry, have announced they are joining forces to promote free and fair trade within the nonwovens industry. Their immediate effort will focus on becoming active participants in the upcoming US-European Union Free Trade Agreement negotiations. Click here to read their joint press release. Posted April 24, 2013

INDA Appoints New Director of Market Research & Statistics. We are pleased to report our good friends at INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has appointed Brad Kalil as the organization's new Director of Market Research & Statistics. Mr. Kalil will be joing INDA effective April 22. He comes from The Hartman Group where he was Senior Quantitative Research Analyst. Mr. Kalil replaces Ian Butler, who retired in 2012. Click here to find the press release. Posted April 16, 2013

Call for Nominations for IGS Awards. The International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) has issued a call for nomination for the prestigious IGS Awards. The awards will be granted in 2014 to individuals or groups of individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the development and use of geotextiles, geomembranes, related products or associated technologies through their scientific and technological achievements between 2010-2013. There are two categories: Young IGS Member Achievement Award (for those under 36 years of age) and The IGS Award. Nominations are due December 31, 2013.  Contact the IGS Secretary for more information by clicking here. Posted April 16, 2013

International Society of Industrial Fabric Manufacturers Prepare to Meet. The ISIFM Spring Meeting is being held May 14, 2013 in Atlanta. Speakers at the conference include Alasdair Carmichael of PCI, Steve Brown of Picanol, and Dr. Abdel-Fattah Seyam of North Carolina State. For more information contact Sandy Saye by clicking here. Posted April 3, 2013

Three US Textile Trade Organizations Merge. The Boards of the National Council of Textiles Organizations (NCTO), the National Textile Association (NTA) and the American Manufacturing Trade Action Coalition (AMTAC) announced on March 28 that their respective organizations have merged, effective April 1, 2013. The new association name will retain the National Council of Textiles Organizations name. Cass Johnson, president of the old NCTO has become the president of the new NCTO and the organization will remain in the headquarters of NCTO in Washington, D.C. Click here to go to the NCTO website to read the press release. Posted April 2, 2013

INDA Elects New Board.  INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, recently elected seven new members to the organization's board of directors at its annual meeting held February 25-27:

  • Thomas Marth, Nonwoven Solutions, LLC
  • Renita Anderson, IMERYS Performance Materials
  • Don Brown, Bonar, Inc.
  • Christophe Guillaumot, Glatfelter Gatineau Ltd.
  • Jenny Dobmeier, Johns Manville Corporation
  • John Rank, Spuntech Industries, Inc.
  • Chris Peart, HDK Industries

Each board member has a three-year term. To read more about the INDA Annual Meeting, click here. Posted April 2, 2013

New Website for Geosynthetics Society. The North American Geosynthetics Society (NAGS) has launched a new website at NAGS is the North American chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society. Posted March 25, 2013

Marine Fabricators Association Announces Winners of Competition. The Marine Fabricators Association (MFA), a division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International, held its national convention January 18-20 in Florida. The event attracted a record 100 end-product fabricators. Winners in the 2013 MFA Fabrication Excellence Awards were announced during the get-together. Click here for the names of the companies winning in the competition's 10 categories. Posted March 15, 2013

INDA Releases New Latin America Nonwovens Industry Report. A comprehensive new report "Latin American Nonwoven Markets: Trends, Forecasts, and Analysis 2012-2017" is now available from INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry. Click here for more details. Posted March 13, 2013

Custom Marine Canvas Receives Honor. Congratulations to our good friend Katie Bradford, owner of Custom Marine Canvas, Noank, Conn., US, Her company received two Award of Excellence at the 2013 Marine Fabrication Association National Convention in January. Posted February 26, 2013

Top 10 Textile Innovations Announced. FabricLink Network has announced its top ten textile innovations for 2012. The annual award recognizes new textile based product technologies in design, construction or performance of existing products. Click here to go to the FabricLink website and find out what they selected. Posted February 20, 2013

Foundation Scholarships Available. Applications for the Industrial Fabrics Foundation 2013 educational scholarships are now being accepted. According to the announcement on the IFAI website, more than $28,000 in 8 categories are available this year. Click here to read the information. Posted February 4, 2013

Leadership Election Taking Place for Geosynthetics Society. Help select the future leaders within the geosynthetics industry. An election is now taking place through Febraury 21 for positions on the board of the North American Geosynthetics Society (NAGS). Voters must be members of the International Geosynthetics Society and NAGS. Click here for the election announcement and available positions. Posted February 6, 2013

JEC President Interviewed. I had the pleasure of interviewing Frédérique Mutel, president of JEC Group, for the latest issue of Textile World. Ms. Mutel talks about the expansion of the JEC Composite Show and Conferences into North America and Asia as well as innovations taking place in the composites industry. Click here to see the online version of the interview. Posted February 4, 2013

INDA Enters Strategic Alliance with China Organization. INDA, Association of the Nonwovens Fabrics Industry, has announced in a press release the organization has entered into a strategic alliance with the China Nonwoven and Industrial Textile Association (CNITA). Several areas of cooperation between the two associations are mentioned in the release, including the mutual sharing of industry, market, technical and trade enhancement information. Click here to view the press release. Posted January 24, 2013

New Protective Clothing and Equipment Compilation Available. STP 1544, Performance of Protective Clothing and Equipment: 9th Volume is now available from ASTM International. The book includes 22 peer-reviewed papers that cover the latest information on protective clothing performance for government and industrial workers, first responders and civilians. To view the ASTM news release, including ordering information, click here. Posted January 24, 2013

Awning Association Creates Online Resource Page for Architects. The Professional Awning Manufacturers Association has developed an online resource website for architects. Included on the site are directories for awning manufacturers and fabric suppliers and information on awning sustainability as well as answers to other critical design criteria. Click here to go to the website. Posted December 29, 2012

Interview with INDA's New President. The website has posted an interview with David Rousse of INDA, the association of the nonwovens industry. Good Q&A about the direction of nonwovens and the organization. Click here to view the interview. Posted December 10, 2012

IGS Announces Election Results. The International Geosynthetics Society today released the names of their recently elected Council members:

  • Dennes T. Bergado, ACSIG, Thailand
  • Erol Guler, Bogazici University, Turkey
  • Warren Hornsey, Geofabrics Australasia, Australia
  • Jiro Kuwano, Saitama University, Japan
  • Nicola Moraci, Mediterranean University, Italy
  • Victor Primentel, Geo Soluções Ltda., Brazil
  • Boyd Ramsey, GSE Environmental, USA
  • Kent von Maubeuge, NAUE, Germany

The Council members begin 4-year terms on December 11, 2012. Posted December 4, 2012

Foundation Raises Record Amount in Boston. A record $16,400 was raised at the Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) annual fundraising effort during the IFAI Expo Americas 2012 in Boston. Due to the location and time of year, the usual pre-Expo golf tournament was replaced by an indoor professional kart racing afternoon. The IFF has given more than $100 k in educational scholarships in the last decade. It's not too late to make a 2012 tax-deductible contribution to the foundation. Click here for more information. Posted November 29, 2012

IFAI Announces Honored Life Members. The Industrial Fabrics Association International announced the Board of Directors selections for the prestigious HLM recognition at the association's Annual Meeting during the recent IFAI Expo Americas 2012. Click here to view the names of those selected. Posted November 12, 2012

INDA Names David Rousse New President. The Board of Directors at INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, this week appointed David Rousse as the new President of the leading global trade association. Effective October 15, Rousse will assume the position currently held by Rory Holmes, who has announced his retirement in mid-2013. Click here for the news release. Posted October 9, 2012

More on Kristy Meade Appointment. We broke the news last week about former IFAI event education manager being selected as textile group show manager for Messe Frankfurt USA. As promised, click here to view the official company news release. Posted August 1, 2012

New Show Manager for Techtextil North America. Messe Frankfurt USA announced today Kristy Meade was selected as group show manager for the Techtextil North America and TexWorld trade shows.  Meade brings strong conference management experience with her into this new position after working 13 years at Industrial Fabrics Association International. Her last responsibility at IFAI was as director of events and education and she is credited with the development of the successful IFAI Advance Textiles symposiums in Europe, Asia and the US (held in conjunction with the annual IFAI Expo Americas). A more detailed press release about her appointment will be released soon from Messe Frankfurt. Posted July 23, 2012

Grant Awarded for Training Awning and Shade Structure Installers.

In Australia, the Specialised Textiles Association has been allocated a AUD$422,000 grant from the National Workforce Development Fund - part of the Federal Government's "Building the Future Workforce" and "Skills Connect" programs. The grant will begin to address existing gaps in the training and licensing of installers of blinds, awnings and shade structures, and ultimately, go a long way towards ensuring all installers are appropriately qualified and licensed. Click here for more information. Posted July 29, 2012

Key Industry Veterans Retiring. Best wishes and thanks to Jan Schieffer and Ruth Stephens as they announce their retirements from Industrial Fabrics Association International. Both leaders will retire at the end of July. Schieffer has been the managing director for the association's Tent Rental Division and Fabric Graphics Association. Stephens has been the executive director of the United States Industrial Fabrics Institute and Narrow Fabrics Institute. Stephens also was the managing director of the Industrial Fabrics Foundation. Schieffer and Stephens have made extremely positive contributions on behalf of the industry and will be missed. Posted July 25, 2012

IFAI Names New President/CEO. The search is over. Congratulations to Mary Hennessy. The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) named Hennessy president and CEO on June 6, 2012. An IFAI employee for 24 years, Hennessy most recently held the position of interim executive vice president. Prior to that appointment, she served as vice president of communications and publisher of IFAI's six industry magazines. Posted July 17, 2012

Coming Events

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

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Posted January 7, 2020

Will Things Get Done in Washington in 2020?

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


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


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


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


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


Steve Warner


Posted January 7, 2020

December 3, 2019

2019 Brief Analysis of China's Industrial Textile Industry

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


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

November 24, 2019

2019 Eurasian Geosynthetics Symposium Held in China

Flora Zhao, China Textiles

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

IFAI Expo 2019 Analysis

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

Final Report Issued on 2018 China Industrial Textiles Industry

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

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

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


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


Steve Warner


Posted June 17, 2019

China's Industrial Textile Market Demands Still Remains Vigorous

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

Does IDEA Show Need to be in Miami Beach?

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


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


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

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

President Li Lingshen

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

NCTO Neglects Automotive Textiles as Organizations Testify on Proposed USMCA Impact

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


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

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

State of the Chinese Technical Textiles Markets in 2017

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

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