October 4, 2013
It was a pleasure to welcome Ms. Frédérique Mutel and the JEC Conference to my town, Boston. This is JEC's second annual conference and show in Boston and Ms. Mutel pronounced herself, "very satisfied with the results in all aspects."
In particular she was pleased with how the exhibitors and conference speakers were successfully increasing the breadth and depth of knowledge of the composites industry and the many applications for composites. Secondly, the conference and show provide a much needed venue for networking with the industry, especially as it brings together industry professionals from all around the globe.
JEC is a fairly recent active participant in the North American market, having opened their America office in 2011. Clearly, JEC had identified a need in North America, as the audited
circulation numbers for JEC Magazine show a near doubling among qualified readers since that 2011 entry. Canada, Mexico, and the United States collectively now account for one-third of their 34,000
readers. Ms. Mutel was pleased with the strong attendance at the show, which she attributed to the "unique opportunity it offers for American, European, and Asian professionals to
My interview with Ms. Mutel came just two days after the grand announcement that JEC Composites and Messe Frankfurt are co-locating the JEC Americas Composite Show and Techtextil North America in Atlanta, May 13 - 15, 2014.
The announcement prompted some industries observes to question how the two organizations, which in Europe are something of competitors, will work together in North America. Ms. Mutel explained that, "The two regions are very different. Europe, America, and Asia each has its own distinct composites industry and market."
In Europe both organizations, she said, are strong and well-established and the European market for composites is mature. Compared to Europe, the composites industry and markets in America are newer, and co-operation with the Messe will help bring all components of the industry together to thrive in North America. Techtextil and JEC Composites are both large shows and, combined, they bring in "the whole spectrum of the value chain."
JEC will bring to Techtextil many of the end users of technical textiles such as aerospace, boats, panels for buildings, safety and security products, and even consumer products such as
golf clubs and tennis rackets. "End users will have the chance to see what is upstream, while technical textile manufacturers will get better acquainted with the downstream in the product chain," she
This is the first of what Ms. Mutel hopes will be many such joint efforts with Techtextil in North America. The shows will continue as separate events, but, at least for May 2014, they will be sited side-by-side.
Additionally, the two organizations are exploring possibilities for a joint conference at the Atlanta events. JEC's Boston conference will be held in October again next year but without a trade show and with an emphasis on science.
While JEC is currently focusing on North America as a growth area, Ms. Mutel is not neglecting the rest of the world, and mentioned that emerging markets may be JEC's next new area for growth. In the meantime, time to start making your plans to attend JEC Europe Composites Show and Convention, March 11 - 13, 2014, in Paris.
Mr. Trumbull is the principal of Agathon Associates, consulting in textiles and trade. He can be reached in Boston at +1-617-237-6008 or Washing at +1-202-657-6008 or by email
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January 18-19: Tent Conference 2018, Mesa Ariz., USA
January 19-20: NECPA Annual Convention 2018, Worcester, Mass., USA
January 23-24: The International Conference on Composites for Performance in Sports and Recreation, Long Beach, Calif., USA
January 23-26: 40th SHOT Show, Las Vegas, Nev., USA
January 24-26: ASTM D35 Geosynthetices Committee, New Orleans, La., USA
January 21-23: Intersec 2018, Dubai. U.A.E.
January 25-27: 2018 Marine Fabricators Conference, Savannah, Ga., USA
January 25-28: Outdoor Retailer + Snow Show, Denver, Colo., USA
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In October at the IFAI Expo 2017, I had the opportunity to sit down with -- at the time -- incoming Glen Raven CEO Leib Oehmig for an interview that has now been posted on the Textile World website and will also be in their printed November/December issue.
I've known Mr. Oehmig for probably more than 20 years and have watched his steady management progression within the Glen Raven organization. During the interview, he was very gracious with his time at a busy show and transparent in answering questions on a far-ranging number of topics including the management transition from Alan Gant, Jr., to Mr. Oehmig, the first non-Gant family member to lead Glen Raven. Click here to read the interview and learn more about the thoughts of one of our industry leaders.
As the saying goes "Politics make strange bedfellows." Today we find more than one-third of the Senate Democrats urging the inclusion of key amendments in the US FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (2018 NDAA) that would strengthen the US government's "Buy American" policies.
Versions of the NDAA were recently passed by both the Senate and House and a joint committee is working out a single bill. The submitted Senate version, however, left out proposed key amendments designed to prevent the weakening of domestic sourcing for the US military. One amendment included the prevention for lifting of the restrictions in place for domestic sourcing of wearable electronic products and another amendment prevents certain exceptions to the Berry Amendment which would allow non-domestic sourcing through memoranda of agreement with foreign governments.
What's the "strange bedfellows" aspect? Well, "Buy American" is also one of the key positions taken by the Trump administration. So, we have both the Democrats and the Trump administration on the same side, trying to keep strong the US domestic capability for supplying the military. Strange bedfellows given the current political animosity in Washington...but still the cooperation is vital for the US domestic textile industry.
Posted November 3, 2017
Since last August, the US Navy has been planning to phase out its iconic traditional wool peacoat in favor of a less expensive, synthetic cold weather parka which is lighter in weight and more versatile in types of inclement weather. It actually replaces two types of coats and the seabag the wool coat is stored.
The wool coat, however, has some powerful friends in the US Congress. Companies such as Northwest Woolen Mills in Woonsocket, R.I. and Sterlingware in Boston, Mass. Altogether, the supply chain involved in the manufacture of these woolen peacoats -- including sheep farmers -- is estimated to account for 400 jobs in the Northeast. Add to the drama that the new parka, made by the long-time military supplier Propper, is expected to be manufactured in Puerto Rico, a perceived feeling the new coat will be made by non-American workers. Read more...
June 29. 2017
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has released President Trump's 2017 Trade Policy Agenda. The document, officially called 2017 Trade Policy Agenda and 2016 Annual Report of the President of the United States on the Trade Agreements Program, outlines the new Administration’s four trade priorities:
BeaverLake6 Report has created a special page within this website and placed the first chapter of the 336-page document which summarizes the policy. Click here to read it. Posted March 2, 2017
Back on March 24, 2016, I was one of the first to predict the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement was a dead deal. In fact, I said that I wouldn’t be surprised that, if Donald Trump became President, the agreement is shredded on day one of his new administration. Well, I was off by three days. Yesterday, President Trump signed an Executive Order, officially withdrawing the United States from the TPP agreement. Now the question is can the National Council of Textile Organizations put together a comprehensive plan for the domestic textile industry in a post-TPP era? Click here to read the rest. Posted January 25, 2017
There are literally dozens of market reports for the many market sections and subsections within the technical textiles industry. In 2017, BeaverLake6 Report will be introducing a few of these reports to our viewers. The first report being features is The Future of Spcialty Geosynthetics to 2021. It was developed by Smithers Apex, a market research firm based in the United Kingdom.
In exchange for the promotion, Smithers Apex agreed to write an exclusive expanded executive summary of the market report for our readers. Click here to view the market summary. Posted January 9, 2017
2016 China Textile Innovation Conference, as an annual summit of industry innovation, was held in Beijing on December 12th, 2016. The conference, themed on “New Opportunity, New Advantages, New Vitality” – Stepping Towards a Textile Power, comprehensively summarized the industry innovation achievements and explored the new advantages in development in order to grasp the strategic opportunity of the new round of industrial changes. BeaverLake6 Report is pleased to present a report on the conference via our partnership with China Textile magazine. Please click here. Posted December 21, 2016
Domestic PFD Manufacturer's Application for FTZ Additional Production Authority Riles Textile Industry Trade Associations. There is a nasty fight taking place these past few months behind the closed doors of Room 48019 at the Herbert C. Hoover Building in Washington, D.C. The room is the office of the Foreign-Trade Zones Board. The fight pits domestic technical textile industry suppliers and a coalition of textile-trade associations against a fairly large domestic end-product cut-and-sew manufacturer. Click here to read the story.
In 2015, I posted more than 425 items of interest for our industry on the BeaverLake6 Report website. In reviewing it all last week, it got me to thinking about putting together a list of influential events, news and trends that I observed during the past year. I have focused primarily on the US marketplace but each of “the things that mattered” to me has global implications.
So, here go my thoughts in no particular order of importance. Let me know if you agree or if I have missed some. Click here to read the list.
Posted January 17, 2016
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