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IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 / Advanced Textiles Trade Show and Conference

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"In My Opinion" editorial by Steve Warner on the results of the IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 / Advanced Textiles Trade Show and Conference.

List of those products considered by show management as :Showstoppers."

List of the winners in each category of the International Achievement Awards competition.

List of Chinese exhibitors at the show.


Recap press release summaries of the 2013 SGIA Expo and the IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo/ Advanced Textiles Trade Show and Conference are available from the two organizations. Click here for IFAI's press release. Click here for SGIA's press release. There is also a really nice short video interview with SGIA President Robertson on his show's highlights. You can view it by clicking here.

In My Opinion: What Do The Show Numbers Mean

Steve Warner, Publisher, BeaverLake6 Report

Steve Warner

Updated posting November 12, 2013


"Bigger, better, faster," was SGIA President Mike Robertson's succinct report when asked what was new at the 2013 SGIA Expo. "It was wonderful to see our members networking," observed IFAI President Mary Hennessy about the IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo in the organization's wrap-up press release.


Both groups released final numbers. SGIA reported their show's attendance number would be around 22,400 after duplicate registrations were eliminated. This would make it the largest SGIA Expo in the organization's history.


On the other side of the aisle, IFAI reported their show had 5,300 attendees, which would make it down slightly from its 2012 show numbers in Boston. This has to be a little bit disappointing to IFAI which had hoped the co-location and improving economy would produce an attendance bump; however, show management and those in IFAI in the graphics industry had to be happy about the cross-over traffic from the SGIA side. Floor space for each show was about the same as the previous year.


So, who had the successful show? The answer is probably both.


There needs to be a caveat in judging whether a show was a success or it disappointed if you are comparing the numbers only to the organization's previous show. These 2012/2013 numbers don't tell the whole story. In my previous life at IFAI, I found you need to evaluate over a three-show period to get a direction of event trends, especially with an annual show. Show managers and exhibitors shouldn't get fixated on an increase or decrease in attendance. The number of attendees isn't as important as the number of companies represented and the buying authority of those attending. These numbers weren't released by either SGIA or IFAI. Sometimes large attendance simply means a lot of "tire kickers" from the same company.


Annual shows which move from location to location can have a dramatic affect on attendance. Weather or an extraordinary event happening in the world can affect the show, too. Or it may be an inconvenient location for travel, particularly for international visitors. Or it may be an expensive location and a company cannot afford to send too many to attend. No matter what, though, a company will find a way to send at least one representative to visit if the show is interesting.


And, don't judge a show's success because of the size of the show floor. It's more important to look at the number of exhibitors. Are the key players exhibiting? Size, to me, doesn't matter on an exhibit floor. A small, well-done booth can be very effective. I saw a couple of larger exhibits that looked so uninviting that I just didn't want to stop.


In the end, the only things that matter are whether or not visitors and exhibitors were satisfied with the business conducted and the relationships developed because the show took place.


My mantra when I am at a show is "All it takes is one good contact." The true test for both shows is the retention rate of exhibitors and visitors over a three-year period. Is this event a "must participate" event?


Congratulations to both SGIA and IFAI for putting on a combined industry event of the year in North America. I liked the partnership. I hope they consider coming together again every few years.


Steve Warner


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IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo 2014: ShowStoppers Awards

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) announced the 2013
ShowStoppers awards for the best of the best new products and services at the
Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 and Advanced Textiles Conference & Trade Show, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

IFAI received a total of 97 entries from 53 companies in this year's competition.
Winners exhibited the newest; coolest; the most pragmatic and the most innovative; the most effective and the most efficient; the most economical and the most environmentally sound products and services in the specialty fabrics and technical textiles industries.
Winners were chosen by their industry peers in attendance and exhibiting in Orlando.

ShowStoppers entries were displayed on the show floor in exhibitors' booths and highlighted in a prominent voting display.The awards were presented Thursday, Nov. 8 on the show floor by IFAI staff.


Some categories received more than one winner. The name of the winning product is followed by the company name and a brief description of the product.


Fabrics, Fibers & Films

  • Insect Barrier Netting -- Tek Knit Industries

Protects cherries, raspberries, blackberries,blueberries and strawberries from the latest scourge: Spotted Wing Drosophila (outdoor fruit fly). Preliminary lab tests at
universities were successful and large-scale field testing is in process. The
Tek-Knit 80-gram fabric offers exclusion of any insect over .6mm plus
protection from heavy rain, winds and other elements, while providing only
minimum shade due to its color.


  • Webbing -- Paiho North America

Special spun polyester material is applied to give a cotton-like look for reliable availability, consistent qualities and stable costs. Various raw materials may be applied to create different looks for all styles of designs. Applications include apparel, shoe and sporting goods markets. Special materials and treatments can be applied for industrial or medical markets.


End Products & Services

  • Rollac Tension Zip Shade  -- Rollac Shutters

Zip system allows shade fabric to be wind-tight in every position and insect-repellent in the closed position. Sun-protecting fabric has a special trim with a symmetrical zip that holds the entire structure firmly in the two side channels. All materials are 100 percent corrosion-proof and windproof up to 75 mph. The bottom bar disappears into the head box. Available with glass fiber, polyester and blackout screen.


Chemicals, Coatings & Compounds

  • Ultra Fresh DW-56 --  Thomson Research

Controls the growth of fungi, bacteria and algae, dispersed into solution and applied by pad. Outdoor applications include cotton and cotton/poly blend ducking for canvas and awnings. Can treat filter media, polyester fiber for use in tow and cut, animal bedding, cleaning implements, air filter media, wall and window coverings and dust towels. Applications in water-based emulsions include adhesives, grout, mortar, mastics and latex coatings.

Equipment & Tools

  • 3-D creator for pattern design -- Optitex

3-D software drapes patterns on models included in the software or on user's own model. Seamlessly integrates 3-D models with PDS pattern design. Offersunlimited number of body types by adjusting shape, height, circumference, muscle mass and other measurements. View style colorways and define print placement for fabrics, textures, stitches, buttons and logos. Share 3-D samples or finished products with anyone with a free 3-D viewer.


  • Proliner -- Prodim

Efficient and innovative tool for getting accurate dimensions on site. Digitize existing shapes and objects, edit, create shop tickets, get client approval, email results and more. Portable and lightweight, features include on-board CAD system, CAD/CAM compatibility and training and support. Measures up to 20 to 60 feet from one location depending on model.


Hardware, Findings & Accessories

  • Drawcord/Shoelace -- Paiho North America

Complex designs with abundant colors and patterns create three-dimensional
presentations on drawcords and shoelaces that are both functional and
decorative. Endless combinations of colors and patterns available. For apparel,
shoe and sporting goods markets. Different types of materials and treatments
are available for industrial and medical markets.


  • Q-snap -- Surefas Next Generation Fasteners

Easy to use, stainless steel Q-SNAP is like a normal press fastener with two            additional parts: a ring underneath the cloth and a gentle hook on deck. Turns
fastener into secured connection that won't pop loose, while incorporating a stretch-function (lever). Developed for covers and spray hoods on boats, appropriate for
any application requiring secure textiles: cushions and sunbeds on mega yachts, baby strollers, sunshades, furniture and more.

IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo 2014: International Achievement Award Winners

Winners in the 2013 International Achievement Awards were announced October 24, 2013 during the IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo in Orlando. IFAI received a total of 236 entries from 13 countries. The following is the name of the winner of the Award of Excellence in each category:


Tensile Structures, Under 600 Square Meters

Carpas y Lonas El Carrusel SA de CV

Mexico City, Mexico

Project: Tensostructure for Fast Food Area for University of Leon, Mexico


Tensile Structures, 600-2300 Square Meters

MakMax Australia

Eagle Farm, Queensland, Australi

Project: Souk Okaz Public Theatre


Tensile Structures, More Than 2300 Square Meters

Taiyo Europe GmbH

Sauerlach, Germany

Project: Opera Lesna Sopot


Frame-Supported Structures

Birdair Inc.

Ameherst, N.Y., United States

Project Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway


Air Structures

Architen Landrell Associates

Chepstow, United Kingdom

Project: London 2012 Water Polo Venue


Commercial Awnings and Canopies, Less Than 83 Square Meters

SunMaster of Naples

Naples, Fla., United States

Project: Bike Route Oasis Pavilion


Commercial Awnings and Canopies, More than 83 Square Meters

J. Miller Canvas, Inc.

Santa Ana, Calif., United States

Project: Sparks Building


Residential Awnings and Canopies

Shades (thailand) Co., Ltd.

Phuket, Thailand

Project: Seaview Patio Canopy


Retractable Awnings and Canopies

J. Miller Canvas, Inc.

Santa Ana, Calif., United States

Project: UCSB


Tensioned Awnings and Canopies

Tension Structures, Eide Industries

Cerritos, Calif., United States

Project: Aquarium of the Pacific


Free-Standing Structures, Less Than 92 Square Meters

Tension Structures, Eide Industries

Cerritos, Calif., United States

Projects: Francis Tuttle


Free-Standing Structures, More Than 92 Square Meters

Light Weight Structures

Maroochydore, BC Queensland, Australia

Project: East Cessnock Bowling Club


Exterior Shades and Screens

J. Miller Canvas, Inc.

Santa Ana, Calif., United States

Project: SLS Hotel


Shade Sales

Dunn Arquitectura Ligera SA de CV

Zapopan, Mexico

Project: DASSA


Multiple Modular Structures

Shades (Thailand) Co., Ltd.

Phuket, Thailand

Project: Condominium Courtyard Printed Fabric Products


Fabric Graphics

International Tension Structures

Fountain Hills, Arix., United States

Project: Denny's Neonopolis

Fabric Art

Hightex GmbH

Bernau am Chiemsee, Germany

Project: 'Leviathan'


Powerboat Exteriors

Afton Marina & Yacht Club

Afton, Minn., United States

Project: 410 Carver Sport Complete Bridge and Aft Enclosure


Sailboat Exterior

Custom Marine Canvas

Noank, Conn., United States

Project: USCGC Eagle Mid Deck Awnings


Marine Interior Upholstery

David's Custom Trimmers

Queensland, Australia

Project: Catarmaran Settee


Marine Exterior Upholstery

Canvas Innovations

Holland, Mich., United States

Project: Not Just Another Liberator


Private Tent Rental

Mahaffey Fabric Structures

Memphis. Tenn., United States

Project: Bijoux Parisians on Display


Corporate Tent Rental

Eventstar Structures Corp.

Miami, Fla., United States

Project: Kentucky Derby


Tent Manufacturing And Design

Base Structures Ltd.

Bristol, United Kingdom

Project: The London 2012 Olympic Games Shooting Ranges


Interior Display

Joe MacDonald/Urban A&O + Sonal Beri

Brooklyn, N.Y., United States

Project: American Competitiveness: What Works


Commercial Interiors

J. Miller Canvas, Inc.

Santa Ana, Calif., United States

Project: Bloomingdales



Buckminster Upholstery

Falls City, Neb., United States

Project: 1890'2 Turkish Couch



Origin Tents Ltd.

Motueka, New Zealand

Project: Building Cosnent/Yurk Project

Chinese Exhibitors at IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo

Anhui Plato Coated Fabrics Co., Ltd.

EastSign International Ltd.

Haining Bochuang New Material Co., Ltd.

Haining Chaoda Weave Reunite Material Co., Ltd.

Haining Fushengda Warp Knitting Co., Ltd.

Haining Jinda Coating Co., Ltd.

Haining Keder & Tent Material Manufacture Co. Ltd.

Hongyuan Techtex

Jiangsu Baihoo Textiles Tech Co., Ltd.

New Fire Co., Ltd.

Shanghai King Tech Industry Co.

Shanghai Shenda Kobond New Materials Co. Ltd.

Shenyang Ocean Technology Co. Ltd.

Sijia Group

Soyang Technologies

Ta Ya Canvas (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.

Xiamen Golden Delta Special Weaving Co. Ltd.

Zhejiang Botai Plastic Co. Ltd.

Zhejiang Deja New Material Co. Ltd.

Zhejiang Hailide New Material Co., Ltd.

Zhejiang Hongshida New Material Co. Ltd.

Zhejiang Hongtu Warp Knitting New Material Co. Ltd.

Zhejiang Huasheng Warp Knitting New Materials Co., Ltd.

Zhejiang Huifeng New Materials Co., Ltd.

Zhejiang Minglong Plastic Cement Co. Ltd.

Zhejiang MSD New Material Co.,Ltd.

Zhejiang Yuli Plastic Co., Ltd.

Coming Events

  • 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

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

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Posted January 15, 2020

China and US Sign Phase One of New Trade Deal

Round One is Done.  The first step is resolving the on-going trade dispute between the US and China is over with after the signing today of the Phase One Deal on 301 Tariffs. Reaction to the agreement in the US textile value chain is mixed.  The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) which represents US textile fiber, yarn and material makers, gave out a hesitant endorsement of the agreement, saying the group is still studying the details of the agreement.  The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) issued a press statement after the signing expressing disappointment that the "Phase One" trade deal signed with China contains limited tariff relief fo US companies and consumers.


One of the key concession given by the US to get China to agree to the trade deal was the decision on January 13 by the US Treasury Department to remove the designation of China as a currency manipulator.  The US had designated China as a manipulator in August, a goal long-sought by NCTO.  BeaverLake6 Report has reached out to NCTO for comment on the change in the US government's position and will update this post as information becomes available.

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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