Cinte Techtextil China 2012 is a biennial trade show taking place October 22-24, 2012 in Shanghai. The show is the largest event for the technical textiles industry in Asia Pacific. In 2010, Cinte Techtextil China attracted 18,000 visitors from 59 countries and featured 320 exhibitors.
The show is co-organized by The Sub-Council of Textile Industry, CCPIT, China Nonwovens & Industrial Textiles Association (CNITA) and Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd. In 2012, Cinte Techtextil China is again co-locating with Intertextil Shanghai Apparel Fabrics.
Steve Warner, publisher of BeaverLake6 Report (BL6), obtained an exclusive pre-show interview with Ms. Wendy Wen, Director Trade Fairs, Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd.
BL6: Tell us briefly about the history of the show and the partnership between the Sub-Council of Textile Industry, CCPIT and China Nonwovens & Industrial Textiles Association. Does each organization have assigned roles in the organization of the show?
Ms. Wen: Cinte Techtextil China is the daughter show of world’s leading technical textile show, Techtextil Frankfurt. TTF aims to serve the technical textiles and nonwovens industry worldwide, and to extend its professional services to Asia, particularly China.
Messe Frankfurt has started collaboration with the Sub-Council of Textile Industry, CCPIT and China Nonwovens & Industrial Textiles Association (CNITA) on the local key industry event China International Nonwovens, Techtextiles & Machinery Exhibition (CINTE).
The first edition was held in 1994 in Beijing, our collaboration started in 1998 and was renamed to Cinte Techtextil China. Since 2002, the fair has moved to Shanghai. These two industry organizations have valuable and extensive industry knowledge in China, and CCPIT is our important partner in organizing leading textile trade fairs including Intertextile Apparel Fabrics and Home Textile shows. Therefore, they are the most ideal and reliable partners in China. With their vision for market development, and their ample experience in Chinese technical textiles sector, they have made a valuable contribution to giving Cinte Techtextil China a leading position in the industry.
BL6: Given stagnant business conditions in Europe and only slight improvement in the US, do you limit your expectations in China for this year’s event? Will you see an increase in participation in 2012?
Ms. Wen: There is certainly a challenging business environment in the global market, which we have to acknowledge. However, this means that suppliers are all the more eager to find solutions and new opportunities for their business. Fortunately, markets in Asia, especially China, are not so affected by the slow economy in Europe and the US. This may be one of the reasons why we have attracted 440 exhibitors from 22 countries and regions, a 37.5% increase in exhibitor numbers compared to the 2010 fair. In terms of visitors, we have launched an extensive visitor promotion campaign and expect to have 5% growth in visitor turnout this year.
BL6: What do you see as the fastest growing market segments in China for technical textiles?
Ms. Wen: According to the latest research from CNITA, we see that Filtration and Separation, Geo-synthetic, Medical, Transportation, Security and Protection, and Structural Reinforcement textiles will be in high demand in the coming years. You can refer to the statistics and findings of the research below. In meet with this market demand, Cinte Techtextil China will feature aspecial debut Product Display Zone, which showcases products and technologies for these six fast-growing application sectors in China. In addition, an intensive product presentation session led by top industry professionals will offer the latest updates in product, market and technological developments to all show participants.
Filtration and Separation
Increased investment in developing thermo-stable and corrosion-resistant filtration materials, hollow-fibre liquid filtration materials as well as filtration materials for medical, food and paper processing industries has stimulated the growth in usage of filtration and separation textiles. This growth is expected to reach an annual average of 13% in the next five years, and up to 1,030,000 tonnes in 2015.
Annual demand for geo-synthetic textiles will grow by 12.5% in China in the coming five years, as large-scale infrastructure projects are implemented, including 74,000km of expressway.
The demand for medical textiles is expected to grow an average by 12%
annually, from now until 2015. This includes textiles for medical organs, protection as well as ultrathin, non-iritating and degradable hygienic products.
China’s automotive industry is expected to grow annually by 11.3% in the coming five years, and demand for transportation textiles is also estimated to increase year-on-year by 12%, and demand for structural reinforcement textiles will increase as well.
Security and Protection
A growing number of jobs in security and related fields means that China needs more than 20 million pieces of protective clothing each year, and the current 285 certified domestic suppliers cannot meet this demand. This creates multiple opportunities for international suppliers of such functional textiles.
Developing new and alternative materials for improving textile structure is one of the key development
trends in China’s technical and nonwoven industry. It is estimated that the average production rate of structure enhancement textiles will reach 11% in the next five years, up to 1.03 million tonnes
BL6: Why are there only a handful of US companies exhibiting at most textile shows in Asia Pacific?
Ms. Wen: There are a couple of reasons for this. Small to medium-sized American companies maintain a good profit by doing business in the US domestic market because of their capacity and business scale; so, there isn’t a major need for them to develop international markets by visiting Asia Pacific shows. Large-scale US companies, on the other hand, have already established good business relationships in China, and will join shows in Asia Pacific via their Joint-Venture / Business partners in China. For example, H.B Fuller is one of our exhibitors and they will be represented by their office in China.
BL6: Do you feel this is a show focused on China, or is it for the Asia Pacific region? Have you considered moving it out of China periodically to get more non-Chinese participation?
Ms. Wen: The show not only serves China, but the entire Asian region – a significant number of Asian buyers come to our show ever year. Excluding China, Asian buyers represent around 52% of the total number of attending buyers in 2010. Also, as China is a big and dominant market, not just in Asia but also in the world, we will stay in China.
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October 8-10: 2018 AUSA Annual Meeting & Exposition, Washington, D.C., USA
October 9-12: Nonwoven Fabric Property Development and Characterization, Raleigh, N.C., USA
October 10-11: 4th International Conference on Nonwovens for High-Performance Applications, Cannes, France
October 15-19: ITMA Asia + CITME 2018, Shanghai, China
October 15-19: CAMX, Composites and Advanced Materials Expo, Dallas, Texas, USA
October 16-17: GeoDallas 2018, Dallas, Texas, USA
October 16-18: IFAI Expo 2018, Dallas, Texas, USA
Click here to view the complete technical textiles events calendar that includes show information links.
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
Fiber Publication Acquired. INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, today announced the acquisition of two leading industry publications: International Filtration News and International Fiber News. The association purchased the publications from International Media Group, Inc., based in Tempe, Az., USA. The purchase price and terms were not disclosed. The publications each have circulations of 8,000-plus domestic and international readers and have served their readers for over three decades. Both are published six times a year in print and digital formats. The acquisitions will expand INDA’s reach and relevance in the key markets the print and digital publications serve with a particular emphasis on the filtration and separation segment as INDA launches its new FiltXpo event to be held in Chicago every 18 months starting February 26-28, 2020. Click here to read the INDA press release on the purchase. Posted October 2, 2018
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
Automotive Manufacturing Leading End Market for Technical Textiles Shipped to Mexico.
The United States and Mexico have reached a preliminary agreement that covers a substantial revision of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA); specifically, the rules of origin for automotive parts. It is expected to incentivize billions annually in additional US vehicle and auto parts production.
To qualify for zero tariffs under NAFTA, the current rule of origin requires 62.5% of the automotive parts must be made in NAFTA countries (Mexico, Canada and US). The new agreement increases to 75% for the parts to avoid the tariff. What's intriguing is that we don't know if the countries still include Canada, a substantial manufacturer of vehicles and automotive parts. Regardless, this will most certainly be a boon for US technical textile manufacturers as almost 50% of US technical textiles exports goes to Mexico and automotive fabrics are the leading destination end-product segment in making products such as airbags, headliners and seating.
Sobering Thought. Despite the "first glance" optimism, there may well be concern this revision could backfire on the US and Mexico. As I previously noted in my 2018 State of the US Technical Textiles Industry (March/April 2018, Textile World), increasing the percentage of automotive component parts (plus a new requirement that 40-45% of the auto content be made by workers earning at least $16 per hour) could end up pricing Mexican-made vehicles out of the very competitive global marketplace. Mexico currently makes 3.4 million cars annually for the world market.
Mea Culpa. In my same article noted above, I honestly thought revisions to NAFTA would not get done in 2018 because of the elections going on in Mexico, Canada and the US. I underestimated the dodged determination of the Trump Administration to push this trade issue forward. Why Mexico has acted on it without Canada's input is still to be understood.
Click here to read the entire statement posted by the US Trade Representative.
Posted August 28, 2018
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. 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
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. Posted June 18, 2018
I am pleased to announce the second part of my report 2018 State of the U.S.Technical Textiles Industry has been published by Textile World magazine.
This first part features a general industry overview, plus an evaluation of the status and impact of US trade positions.
The second part, featured in the April/May issue will cover major end markets for technical textiles such as automotive and military.
Click here to go to the Textile World website to download a copy.
Steve Warner, Publisher
The joint owners of the ITMA Asia + CITME 2018 textile machinery exhibition have announced new dates for the 6th combined showcase to be held at the National Exhibition and Convention Centre in Shanghai, China. The new dates are October 15-19, 2018. According to show owners CEMATEX and Chinese partners, the Sub-Council of Textile Industry, CCPIT (CCPIT-Tex), China Textile Machinery Association (CTMA) and China Exhibition Centre Group Corporation (CIEC), the shift in the exhibition dates is due to a new national initiative, which affected the scheduling of all events at the exhibition center in October. [Note: BeaverLake6 Report is an industry media partner for the show.] Posted February 11, 2018
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.
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
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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