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2014 Specialty Fabrics Expo / Advanced Textiles Expo

EXHIBITOR SATISFACTION SURVEY

BeaverLake6 Report will now be surveying participants of major trade shows that affect our industry to determine which are the events that exhibitors find of value. The first event we look at is the 2014 IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo / Advanced Textiles Expo. Please participate if you were an exhibitor in this show. Your individual response will remain annonymous.

INTERNATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNERS

TENSILE STRUCTURES (less than 600 square meters)

 

Award of Excellence

Serpentine Sackler Gallery

Architen Landrell Associates

Chepstow, United Kingdom

 

Outstanding Achievement

Be Grand Lomas

Lonas Lorenzo SA de CV

Guadalajara, Mexico

 

 

TENSILE STRUCTURES (600-2,300 square meters)

 

Award of Excellence

Ausfahrt KundenCenter / Lap of Honour, Customer Center VW Autostadt

Taiyo Europe GmbH

SauerLach, Germany

 

Outstanding Achievement

UDG Valles University Multipurpose Court

Lonas Lorenzo SA de CV

Guadalajara, Mexico

 

Outstanding Achievement

Sun Island Membrane Structure

Covertex Membranes (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.

Shanghai, China

 

 

TENSILE STRUCTURES (More than 2,300 square meters)

 

Award of Excellence

Chedraui Santa Fe

Lonas Lorenzo SA de CV

Guadalajara, Mexico

 

Outstanding Achievement

Cangzhou Stadium

Shanghai Taiyo Kogyo Co., Ltd.

Shanghai, China

 

Outstanding Achievement

Adelaide Oval

Fabritecture

Kingscliff, N.S.W., Australia

 

 

FRAME-SUPPORTED STRUCTURES

 

Award of Excellence

Crystal Hall, Sport and Concert Complex Baku

Covertex Membranes (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.

Shanghai, China

 

Outstanding Achievement

McGrath Amphitheater

Structurflex

Kansas City, Mo., United States of America

 

 

AIR STRUCTURES

 

Award of Excellence

Retractable Environmental Shelter

Tectoniks Ltd.

Shrewsbury, United Kingdom

 

Outstanding Achievement

Dreamforce 2013

Tectoniks Ltd.

Shrewsbury, United Kingdom

 

 

COMMERCIAL AWNINGS & CANOPIES (less than 93 square meters)

 

Award of Excellence

Brunswick Baseball League

Lake Gaston Awning

Bracey, Va., United States of America

 

Outstanding Achievement

Savannah Grille

Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures Inc.

St. Louis, Mo., United States of America

 

Outstanding Achievement

Beach Club Waiters’ Station Awning

Shades (Thailand) Co., Ltd.

Phuket, Thailand

 

 

COMMERCIAL ANWINGS AND CANOPIES (93-186 square meters)

 

Award of Excellence

Liam’s

Rainier Industries

Tukwila, Wash., United States of America

 

Outstanding Achievement

Lelli’s Inn On the Green

Marygrove Awning

Livonia, Mich., United States of America

 

 

TENSIONED AWNINGS AND CANOPIES

 

Award of Excellence

CalAsia / Redwood Grille

Eide Industries Inc.

Cerritos, Calif., United States of America

 

Outstanding Achievement

Harper’s Building, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Missoula, Mt, United States of America

 

 

RETRACTABLE AWNINGS AND CANOPIES

 

Award of Excellence

Retractable Roof Awning System

E.H. Brett & Sons Pty Ltd.

Moorebank, N.S.W., Australia

 

Outstanding Achievement

En-Fold – Bal Harbour Shops

Uni-Systems, LLC

Minneapolis, Minn., United States of America

 

 

RESIDENTIAL AWNINGS AND CANOPIES

 

Award of Excellence

Provincetown Shade Canopy

Transformit

Gorham, Maine, United States of America

 

 

FREESTANDING STRUCTURES (less than 92 square meters)

 

Award of Excellence

Rosebud Tribal Veteran’s Cemetery Committal Shelter

Fabricon, LLC

Missoula, Mont., United States of America

 

Outstanding Achievement

Westfield Santa Anita Promenade

Tension Structures & Eide Industries Inc.

Cerritos, Calif., United States of America

 

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FREESTANDING STRUCTURES (more than 92 square meters)

 

Award of Excellence

Elias Figueroa Stadium Boxes & Tribunes Cover

Lonas Lorenzo SA de CV

Guadalajara, Mexico

 

Outstanding Achievement

Government of Aruba

Tension Structures & Eide Industries Inc.

Cerritos, Calif., United States of America

 

 

EXTERIOR SHADES AND SCREENS

 

Award of Excellence

The University of Newcastle Auchmuty Libray Courtyard

Shade to Order Pty Ltd.

Gateshead, N.S.W., Australia

 

Outstanding Achievement

Washington University Parking Garage Screen Panels

Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures Inc.

St. Louis, Mo., United States of America

 

 

SHADE SAILS

 

Award of Excellence

McDowell Village

Shade Industries

Phoenix, Ariz., United States of America

 

Outstanding Achievement

Seaside Villa Shade Sail

Shades (Thailand) Co., Ltd.

Phuket, Thailand

 

Outstanding Achievement

Resort Breakfast Bar Canopy

Shades (Thailand) Co., Ltd.

Phuket, Thailand

 

 

FABRIC GRAPHICS

 

Award of Excellence

DFS “T” Galleria

Eventscape Inc.

Toronto, Ont, Canada

 

Outstanding Achievement

Mizrahi Promotion

Pike’s Awnings Inc.

Woodbridge, Ont., Canada

 

Outstanding Achievement

Lee County Library Entrance Banners

Naples, Fla., United States of America

 

 

FABRIC ART

 

Award of Excellence

“Penobscot Power” Sculpture

Tranformit

Gorham, Maine, United States of America

 

Outstanding Achievement

Red Ribbons Aloft

Transformit

Gorham, Maine, United States of America

 

 

POWERBOAT – RIGID ENCLOSURES

 

Award of Excellence

Gulfstream Hybrid

Canvas Experts

Ocean City, Md., United States of America

 

 

SAILBOAT EXTERIOR

 

Award of Excellence

Sail Boat

David’s Custom Trimmers

Wakerly, Queensland, Australia

 

Outstanding Achievement

Big Boat Cover

David’s Custom Trimmers

Wakerly, Queensland, Australia

 

Outstanding Achievement

52 Jenneau

David’s Custom Trimmers

Wakerly, Queensland, Australia

 

 

MARINE INTERIOR UPHOLSTERY

 

Award of Excellence

Custom Linen Package

Aussie Boat Covers (VIC) Pty. Ltd.

Elwood, Victoria, Australia

 

Outstanding Achievement

We Are Leaving in 4 Weeks

Nautilux Custom Canvas LLC

Hazlet, Mich., United States of America

 

 

MARINE EXTERIOR UPHOLSTERY

 

Award of Excellence

Baja Customized

Racine Design, Inc.

Jacksonville, Fla., United States of America

 

Outstanding Achievement

Skittles

The Nautical Needle

Holland, Mich., United States of America

 

 

Powerboat – Soft Enclosures

 

Award of Excellence

Little Red Riding Hood

Canvas Experts

Ocean City, Md., United States of America

 

Outstanding Achievement

Krogen Extra Space

Seafarer Canvas LLC

Norwalk, Conn., United States of America

 

Outstanding Achievement

Island-Packet-40 / Challenging Stern Seat Enclosure

Mariner Canvas Co.

New Bern, N.C., United States of America

 

 

PRIVATE TENT RENTAL

 

Award of Excellence

Gatsby Themed Private Christmas Party

Fred’s Tents and Canopies, Inc.

Stillwater, N.Y., United States of America

 

 

CORPORATE TENT RENTAL

 

Award of Excellence

The 2013 International Fine Arts Exposition

Eventstar Structures, Corp.

Miami, Fla., United States of America

 

Outstanding Achievement

New York City Super Bowl Event

Eventstar Structures, Corp.

Miami., Fla., United States of America

 

 

TENT MANUFACTURING AND DESIGN

 

Award of Excellence

Ericsson’s NEST Symposium Hex

Eventstar Structures, Corp.

Miami., Fla., United States of America

 

Award of Excellence

50.00m Clear-Span Dome

Roder HTS Hocker GmbH

Kefenrod, Germany

 

 

INTERIOR DISPLAY

 

Award of Excellence

2013 CMA Awards Canopy

Moss, Inc.

Elk Grove Park, Ill.., United States of America

 

Outstanding Achievement

Haeckel Structure

CanvasLand Holdings Ltd.

Levin, New Zealand

 

 

COMMERCIAL INTERIORS

 

Award of Excellence

Dolby Lounge

Moss, Inc.

Elk Grove Village, Ill.., United States of America

 

Outstanding Achievement

Institut National du Sport du Quebec

Sollertia Inc.

Montreal, Que., Canada

 

 

GEOSYNTHETIC PROJECT

 

Award of Excellence

Ft. Pierce City Marina

Flint Industries

Metter, Ga., United States of America

 

Outstanding Achievement

Central Angostura Geotube® Coffer Dam

TenCate Geosynthetics

Pendergrass, Ga., United States of America

 

 

UPHOLSTERY

 

Award of Excellence

55 Bel Air

Hawkes Bay Trim and Canvas

Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

 

 

MISCELLANEOUS

 

Award of Excellence

Panjin City Sports Center

Shanghai Taiyo Kogyo Co., Ltd.

Shanghai, China

 

Outstanding Achievement

Newport Beach Civic Center

Tension Structures & Eide Industries Inc.

Cerritos, Calif., United States of America

 

DAY-BY-DAY IMPRESSIONS OF THE EVENTS

Robert McGlivray

Last Day Ends Quietly. The last day of a trade show like the combined IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo and Advanced Textiles Expo usually gives time for members of the press to go around and really find out how exhibitors viewed the show(s). As the show wound down on Thursday afternoon, we talked with a few satisfied exhibitors.

 

Annelie Wester, Marketing Manger for Forsstrom High Frequency AB of Lysekil, Sweden, was pleased with the show. She said the company sold two of their HF welding machines eight on the show floor, something that usually never occurs at the IFAI Expo.

 

Scott Marks, Key Accounts Manager-TPU of Nike IHM, was also very happy at the response in his booth. Nike was exhibiting their fabrics for the first time. Mr. Marks said they were very busy all three days until the last hour.

 

Jamie Nute, West Coast Director of Sales at Miller Weldmaster, said the merger of the Sinclair Equipment Company wedge welder equipment lines into Miller Weldmaster, and the new relationship with JTE Equipment have both been well-received by the industry. The Miller Weldmaster booth appeared to be very active during much of the trade show.

 

We should also note three industry retirements: Robert McGilvray, president at Serge Ferrari North America; Harry Butler, Vice President of Marketing at Tri Vantage; and, Frank Sinclair, Founder and President of Sinclair Equipment Company. I've personally known these three individuals for at least 25 years and their absence will be missed.

 

Next year the IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo and Advanced Textiles Expo will be held in Anaheim, Calif., USA, October 7-9. Posted October 16, 2014

A busy morning for Brookwood.

Attendance Remain Light on Second Day. There was some improvement of traffic on the show floor during the second day now that the Advanced Textiles conference sesssions were over. A few booths like Nike IHM and Super Fabric in the Advance Textiles section of the exhibition were extremely busy. Overall, traffic remained under the numbers of previous years. It's always a risk when you move a show like the IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo around the US. As we have said before, don't always judge a show by attendance. There were a lot of new faces on the exhibition floor and it will take some analysis by exhibitors to find out if they saw the right people. [Full disclosure: The Minneapolis location was approved by me during my tenure as IFAI CEO/President, so it would be unfair to criticize the current IFAI management team for the location choice.]

 

At a special meeting in the afternoon, the Industrial Fabrics Association International formally announced an agreeement with The Makers Coalition (TMC) to partner on a nationwide workforce machine operator training. IFAI will be forming a Makers Division to oversee the partnership. Further, the Industrial Fabrics Foundation, the association's education-oriented foundation, has announced it will be making a major financial contribution to fund the startup of the program. In my opinion this is a very positive mood for the IFAI and will benefit the entire fabrication industry. As a result of the recession and departure of many companies to less expensive offshore sites, the country now has a serious shortage of skilled workers because those who were in the industry left for other careers. Congratulations to IFAI for championing this drive to train a new workforce for the technical textiles industry. Posted October 15, 2014

 

Exhibition Opens

Trade Shows Open. US Representative Keith Ellison helped IFAI Chairman of the Board Dave Clarke and IFAI President Mary Hennessy with a ribbon-cutting ceremony this morning, officially opening the IFAI 2014 Specialty Fabrics Expo and Advanced Textiles Expo. No pre-registration numbers have been given but looking down the aisles attendance seemed a blt on the light side for an opening day, especially in the afternoon. On the positive, though, were reports from a number of exhibitors of seeing new show attendees in the high tech applications which is exactly the type of visitors the shows needs to be successful going forward.

 

At the Welcome Reception, the Industrial Fabrics Association International held its Annual Meeting and announced the following had been given Honored Life Member status in the association: Peter McKernan, IFM, Herculite Products; Frank Sinclair, Sinclair Equipment; Nora Norby, MFC, Banner Creations; and, Seymour Hyman, Health Chem Corporation (now Herculite Products).

 

Also announced at the Annual Meeting was that Craig Zola of Herculite Products had been elected to the IFAI Board of Directors for a three-year Director term. Michael W. Erickson, MFC, of Canvas Designers Inc., has ended his Director term on the board. Posted October 14, 2014

Jeff Rasmussen

Advanced Textiles Expo Begins.  Today the conference portion of Advanced Textiles Expo 2014 (AT) began in Minneapolis, Minn., USA, with a series of presentations focused on medical and safety applications. AT is being held in conjunction with the 2014 Specialty Fabrics Expo. Both are organized by the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI). IFAI's Market Research Manager Jeff Rasmussen opened the AT symposium with an overview of five key US markets for smart and interactive fabrics. Dr. Behnam Purdeyhimi was the keynote luncheon speaker, giving a presentation on the state of the nonwovens industry. Mary Lynn Landgraf will give the lead presentation on Tuesday morning, talking on the growth sectors in technical textiles. Ms. Landgraf is the Senior International Trade Specialist at the Office of Textiles and Apparel, US Department of Commerce. The trade exhibition for both Specialty Fabrics Expo and Advanced Textiles Expo also begin tomorrow. Posted October 13, 2014

US Congressman Keith Ellison

Congressman to Open IFAI Show. US Representative Keith Ellison of Minnesota will be participating October 14 in the ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of IFAI's 2014 Specialty Fabrics Expo and Advanced Textiles Expo in Minneapolis, Minn., USA. After the ceremony, Congressman Ellison will then tour the show floor to talk with exhibitors and learn more about the technical textiles industry. Posted October 9, 2014 

Coming Events

  • September 23-26:  CAMX 2019. Anaheim, Calif., USA
  • September 24-25: RISE 2019, Raleigh, N.C., USA
  • September 25-26, 2019: AATCC Introduction to Textile Testing Workshop, Durham, N.C., USA
  • October 1-4:  IFAI Expo, Orlando, Fla., USA

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

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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

Publisher

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.

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. 

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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