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Dr. Isa Hofmann

Publisher Note: We are pleased to present Dr. Isa Hofmann M.A. as a new contributor to BeaverLake6 Report. Dr. Hofmann is the managing director of IHOFMANN, an international full-service communication agency for public relations, content marketing and conference management. Dr. Hofmann is well-known in the industry for her market expertise in smart textiles and has been called upon to join the Program Committee of the 55th Man-Made Fibers Congress in 2016. Please contact Dr. Hofmann at

54th Dornbirn Man-Made Fibers Congress: Strong Focus on Sustainability

The 54th Dornbirn Man-Made Fibers Conference (Dorbirn-MFC) was held in Dornbirn, Austria, September 16-18. One-hundred and six top-class international expert lectures from research (64) and industry (42) again attracted more than 700 participants from 32 nations. Participants covered the entire value chain. Over the past decades Dornbirn-MFC has developed into a global brand and the organizers proclaimed to even further raise the high level of internationality in the years to come.


The topic "ecology and health” was covered by two lectures‘ blocs on two consecutive days. The core subjects were fiber recycling, but also new fiber types from a biotechnological source or textile sensors in medical applications.


The plenary presentations gave an interesting overview with regards to the challenges of the chemical fibers industry facing global overcapacities (Heinz Meierkord, CIRFS Brussels), but also an outlook on the exciting application fields of textile membranes in supporting frameworks and building shells (Gerd Schmid, Form TL, Ingenieure für Tragwerk und Leichtbau GmbH, Radolfzell, Germany).

Dr. Wilhelm Steinmann Receives 2015 Award Photo source: L & M Marketing

The Paul Schlack/Wilhelm Albrecht award 2015 went to Dr. Wilhelm Steinmann, Institut für Textiltechnik der RWTH Aachen, Germany for his paper “electrically conductive fibers from nanocomposites“, while the honorary award was conferred to Dr. Klaus Opwis, Deutsches Textilforschungszentrum Nord-West Krefeld, Germany for his work on “Innovative Textiles for the Recovery of Noble Metals."

Outlook on the 55th Dornbirn-MFC


The dates of the next year's event will be postponed by one week to better match with the overall trade fair cycle. The 2016 Dornbirn-MFC will be held September 20-22, 2016 and be devoted to the following focal points:


    ■  Fibers and Textiles in Automotive

    ■  Fibers for Nonwovens

    ■  Fiber Innovations

    ■  Finishing and Functional Additives


Friedrich Weninger, Chairman of the Program Committee of Dornbirn-MFC, succeeded in winning EDANA (international association and voice of the nonwovens and related industries) as a sponsor and supporting organization for the topics nonwovens and automotive applications.


Pierre Wiertz, General Manager of EDANA, emphasized how delighted he was about the cooperation with Dornbirn-MFC, since innovations in the fibers industry are the key for the nonwovens industry and together they may be even stronger to boost the culture of innovation.


Mr. Weninger intends to further strengthen the position of MFC as "Green Meeting/Green Event“ in accordance with the guidelines for the Austrian Environment Label for "green meetings and green events."  Culinary delights and sustainability fit together perfectly.  The catering partner "Der Saal“ (Feurstein family from Schwarzenberg) for the first time complied with these requirements: Participants did benefit from products provided from within a radius of less than 150 km.


Dornbirn -  "smartest“ city of Austria

According to a nation-wide survey commissioned by the "Industriemagazin,“ Dornbirn, only one hour away from Zurich, Switzerland, is Austria’s smartest city. In five of a total of eight categories Dornbirn is at the forefront for quality of live, business-friendly attitude, power of innovation, transportation concept and energy efficiency.


Proposals for 2016 are most welcome already now: To send to Austrian Man-Made Fibers Institute (AUSTRIAN MFI) working title, short summary, contact data:


Austrian Man-Made Fibers Institute (AUSTRIAN-MFI)

Summit office

Kolingasse 1/1/5

1090 Vienna/ Austria

tel.: +43 (0) 1 319 29 09 – 41

fax: +43 (0) 1 319 29 09 - 31



Dr. Isa Hofmann, IHOFMANN INTERNATIONAL . INTERDISCIPLINARY, member of the program committee of MFC Dornbirn


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Coming Events

  • 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

Click here to view the complete technical textiles events calendar that includes show information links.

New Glen Raven CEO Interviewed for Textile World Magazine

CEO Leib Oehmig

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.


Steve Warner


"Buy American" Amendments Needed in US FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act

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. 


Steve Warner


Posted November 3, 2017

Is Saving the US Navy's Peacoat a Matter of National Security?

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...


Steve Warner


June 29. 2017

President Trump's Reveals 2017 Trade Policy Agenda

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:

  • Defending the US National Sovereignty over Trade Policy
  • Strictly Enforcing US Trade Laws
  • Using Leverage to Open Foreign Markets
  • Negotiating New and Better Trade Deals

​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

What's the NCTO Game Plan for the Post-TPP Era?

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

Steady Growth Prospects for Expanding Specialty Geosynthetics

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 Explores the Roads to a Textile Power

Sun Ruizhe

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

In My Opinion

Re-Shoring: Good for the Goose is Not Good for the Gander?

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.


Steve Warner


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In My Opinion

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.


Steve Warner


Posted January 17, 2016

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