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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.

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Coming Events

  • November 5-8: Hygienix 2018, Orlando, Fla., USA
  • November 6-8: Innovate Textile & Apparel, Amstedam, The Netherlands
  • November 8-11: Outdoor Retailer Winter Market, Denver, Colo., USA
  • November 14-16: JEC Asia 2018, Seoul, South Korea
  • November 19-20: FILTREX Asia, Shanghai, China
  • November 19-20: 10th China International Filtration & Separation Exhibition/7th Filtration & Separation Asia, Shanghai, China
  • November 27-29: Absorbent Hygiene Products Training Course, Cary, N.C., USA
  • November 27-29: ITMACH Africa 2018, Nairobi, Kenya
  • November 29-30: SYFA 2018 Fall Conference, Charlotte, N.C., USA

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

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Final Analysis of IFAI Expo 2018 and CAMX18

IFAI President S. Schiffman

IFAI Expo 2018 was the first show under IFAI's new CEO/President Steve Schiffman. In a quick conversation on the first day, Mr. Schiffman thought event attendance was on target with the expectation of a 500 increase over the 4500 total participants (counting both exhibitors and visitors) they had in 2017 in New Orleans. Similarly, a conversation with one of the managers of ACMA, a partner in CAMX, said their pre-registration had already topped the 6500 they had last year in Orlando. (Keep in mind, though, the 2017 CAMX show had to be rescheduled from September to December because of Hurricane Irma.) Click here to read more about the shows. Posted October 19, 2018

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

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. Posted June 18, 2018

Report Published on the US Technical Textiles Industry

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. 


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