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US Department of Commerce Pavilions in 2017




                                                        USA PAVILION                                                         At

Techtextil 2017 International Trade Show for Technical Textiles and Nonwovens


May 9 – 12, 2017



LOCATION: Messe Frankfurt Fairground, Frankfurt, Germany


SHOW DESCRIPTION: Held biennially in Frankfurt, Germany, Techtextil is a leading international trade fair in technical textiles and nonwovens.  Now in its 16th edition, Techtextil is the most comprehensive trade show in the European region for technical textiles.  Techtextil 2017 will feature 11 distinct product groups of technical textiles (Research and Development, Technologies, Fibers and Yarns, Woven Fabrics, Nonwovens, Coated Textiles, Composites, Bondtec, Functional Apparel Textiles, Associations, and Publishers) that will reflect the full spectrum of technical textiles, non-woven and innovative garment textile supply chain.


VISITORS/EXHIBITORS: In 2015, Techtextil hosted over 34,000 visitors, and 1,393 exhibitors from 52 countries. During the 15th edition of Techtextil 2015, 97 percent of Techtextil visitors rated their time there as having been well or very well spent.


AMENITIES: The Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce will feature a catalog/sample booth at Techtextil 2017.  Included in the package of services are the collections of leads that will be sent to each company in a spreadsheet after the show, promotion of product samples and the opportunity for pre- concurrent and post-show publicity for your company.


COST: OTEXA Sample Booth participation is $950 for up to 5 exhibitors.  This cost will allow each company 4-5 samples not to exceed 10 yards or four book samples, company literature and business cards.  Shipment of samples to and from Techtextil 2017 is the responsibility of the participant.   


For other companies who may seek to have their own booth in the USA pavilion or independent booth, please contact Carrie Kittrell, Sales Manager by Phone: 678-732-2414 or Email:


WHY SHOULD YOU EXHIBIT? Techtextil is more than the leading international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens. Only at Techtextil can you meet the international decision makers, developers and buyers of the entire value-creation chain. This is evidenced by the unerringly high levels of satisfaction among 96 percent of exhibitors. 


For additional information or to receive a participation kit, please contact Mary Lynn Landgraf at (202) 482-7909 or  You may also fax this form to (202) 482-2331.







April 26-28, 2017


LOCATION: Spaladium Arena, Split, Croatia


SHOW DESCRIPTION:  Now in its 4th edition, ASDA 2017 is an international defense exhibition that will showcase and demonstrate cutting edge technologies in the air, sea, and land sectors of defense.  This 4th edition of the tri-service Exhibition and Conference is dedicated to Defense, Aerospace, Homeland Security and Safety & Security.  ASDA 2017 is fully supported by the Croatian Government through the Croatian Ministry of Defense.


 ASDA 2017 offers a unique platform to establish and strengthen relationships with government departments, businesses and armed forces throughout the Adriatic Sea and Southeastern European regions.  The event space is held under the patronage of the Ministry of Defense of the government of Croatia which underscores why there is no better place to meet the individuals who are involved in Croatian military acquisition decisions. ASDA 2017 will be the perfect gateway for manufacturers and suppliers to foster new interest in their products within this region.  The Croatian Armed Forces Long-Term Development Plan 2015-2024, details the acquisitions required to substantially modernize the Armed Forces at an expected cost of approximately U.S. $ 1 billion.  The modernization plans include ongoing and future expected procurements in all three defense sectors:  air, land and navy.  Textiles are a major component of ASDA 2017, which will showcase everything from clothing to shelters.


VISITORS/EXHIBITORS: In 2015, ASDA hosted 165 exhibitors from 16 countries, over 3,874 attendees from 54 countries and embassy/military attaches from 29 counties. ASDA visitors include high-ranking officials from Defense Ministries and Departments, as well as Armies, Navies, and Air Forces of countries worldwide. Defense industry professionals, Chiefs of Police, Coast Guard branches and private security firms throughout the region are also targeted visitors.


AMENITIES: OTEXA will maintain a sample booth at ASDA 2017 for up to 12 qualified U.S. manufacturers and suppliers of military/defense, industrial, and specialty technical textiles.  Participants in this catalog/sample show will receive a package of services, including the collection of leads that will be sent to each company in a spreadsheet after the show, promotion of samples and pre-concurrent and- post show publicity.


COST: $950 for 4-5 samples not to exceed 10 yards or four book samples, company literature and business cards.  Shipment of samples to and from ASDA 2017 is the responsibility of the participant. 


WHY SHOULD YOU EXHIBIT? OTEXA has not been represented at tradeshows in the Southeastern European region prior to this year’s show. Now, more than ever is the time to respond to the increasing demand in this marketplace. In 2009 Croatia became a full member of NATO. In 2013 Croatia became the European Union’s 28th member.


For additional information or to receive a participation kit, please contact Mary Lynn Landgraf at (202) 482-7909 or  You may also fax this form to (202) 482-2331.


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Coming Events

  • November 21-24: Milipol Paris 2017, Paris, France

  • November 27-30: ShanghaiTex 2017, Shanghai, China

  • November 29-30: Digital Textile Printing Conference, Durham, N.C., USA

  • November 30 -December 1: Aachen-Dresden-Denkendorf International Textile Conference 2017, Stuttgart, Germany

  • December 5-6: Nonwoven Product Development and Innovation, Raleigh, N.C., USA

  • December 6-9: Canvas Products Association - Zone 7 Annual Meeting, Cincinnati, Oh., USA

  • December 7-10: ITMACH India, Gandhinager, Gujarat, India

  • December 12-14: CAMX 2017, Orlando, Fla., USA

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

"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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