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IFAI Expo 2015

International Achievement Awards Winners

Winners of the 2015 International Achievement Awards (IAA) were announced at IFAI Expo 2015, held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif., USA. Sponsored by IFAI, the IAA program has recognized excellence in design and innovation for more than six decades, highlighting craftsmanship in the specialty fabrics and technical textiles industry. The goal is to promote awareness of specialty fabrics used in thousands of products and applications in the growing, $130 billion-plus global fabrics marketplace.

 

A total of 292 entries from 11 countries were submitted to 32 categories. Winners were selected based on complexity, design, workmanship, uniqueness and function. Judges included industry experts, editors, architects, educators and design professionals.

 

For more detailed information about the projects, go to the IFAI website by clicking here.

 

AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE WINNERS

 

FABRIC STRUCTURES

 

Category: Air Structures

Project Name: Qingkou Sports Center

Company: Shanghai Taiyo Kogyo Co., Ltd., Shanghai, China

 

Category: Shade Sails

Project Name: KINDER SUBIRE LEON

Company: Dunn Lightweight Structures, Houston, Texas, USA

 

Category: Frame-Supported Structures

Project Name: The Serpentine Arthouse Pavilion 2015

Company: Architen Landrell Associates Ltd., Chepstow, South Wales, UK

 

Category: Freestanding Structures, less than 92 square meters (1000 square feet)

Project Name: Photovoltaic Tensile Parking Structure

Company: Pvilion, Brooklyn, N.Y., USA


Category: Freestanding Structures, more than 92 square meters (1000 square feet)

Project Name: Nativa Shopping Mall

Company: Lonas Lorenzo SA de CV, Guadalajara, Mexico


Category: Tensile Structures, < 600 square meters (6,458 square feet)

Project Name: Tolleson City Center

Company: International Tension Structures, Gilbert, Az., USA


Category: Tensile Structures, 600-2300 square meters (6458-24756 square feet)

Project Name: Westhill School Forum

Company: Lonas Lorenzo SA de CV, Guadalajara, Mexico

 

AWNINGS & CANOPIES

 

Category: Commercial Awnings & Canopies < 93 square meters (1000 square feet)

Project Name: Mellow Mushroom

Company: Sugar House Awning Industries, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA


Category: Commercial Awnings & Canopies, 93-186 square meters (1000-2000 square feet)

Project Name: Navy Marine Corps Stadium Annapolis, MD

Company: Sunair Awnings & Solar Screens, Jessup, Md., USA

 

Category: Exterior Shades and Screens

Project Name: SLS Hotel

Company: J. Miller Canvas, Inc., Santa Ana, Calif., USA

 

Category: Residential Awnings and Canopies

Project Name: Fabric cover for timber pergola

Company: Shades (Thailand) Co., Ltd., Phuket, Thailand

 

Category: Retractable Awnings & Canopies

Project Name: Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel- Guildford

Company: Uni-Systems, LLC, Minneapolis, Minn., USA

 

Category: Tensioned Awnings & Canopies

Project Name: KEMH Bermuda Canopies

Company: Blackwell, Toronto, Ont., Canada

 

FABRIC ART & GRAPHICS


Category: Facades

Product Name: Mexican Pavilion EXPO 2015

Company: Taiyo Europe GmbH, Sauerlach, Germany

 

Category: Fabric Art

Project Name: German Pavilion EXPO 2015

Company: Taiyo Europe GmbH, Sauerlach, Germany

 

Category: Fabric Graphics

Project Name: Exhibit Hanging Sign

Company Name: Fabric Images Inc., Elgin, Ill., USA

 

MARINE FABRICATION

 

Category: Tops & Enclosures

Project Name: Smooth Operator

Company Signature CanvasMakers, Hampton, Va., USA

 

Category: Travel/Full Cover

Project Name: 388 Skater

Company: Canvas Innovations, Holland, Mich., USA

 

Category: Powerboat - Rigid Enclosures

Project Name: Marquis 65

Company: Precision Custom Canvas Inc., Pompano Beach, Fla., USA


Category: Powerboat - Soft Enclosures

Project Name: Power Boat Enclosure and Roof

Company: David's Custom Trimmers, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

 

Category: Dodgers with Extensions

Project Name: Trimaran Dodger and Bimini

Company: David's Custom Trimmers, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

 

Category: Marine Interior Upholstery

Project Name: Magic Lady

Company: Canvas Designers, Inc., Riviera Beach, Fla., USA

 

Category: Marine Exterior Upholstery

Project Name: Project 1

Company: Racine Design, Inc., Racine, Wis., USA

 

TENTS


Category: Private Tent Rental

Project Name: Wedding Over the Water

Company: Mahaffey Fabric Structures, Memphis, Tenn., USA

 

Category: Corporate Tent Rental

Project Name: BMW World Promotion

Company: ROEDER Zelt-und Veranstaltungsservice GmbH, Bundgen, Germany

 

Category: Tent Manufacturing and Design

Project Name: CARPA DELIRIO

Company: Carpas y Lonas El Carrusel SA de CV, Mexico City, Mexico

 

Category: Commercial Interiors

Project Name: Citizen Watch Times Square Flagship Store

Company: Transformit, Gorham, Maine, USA

 

Category: Interior Display

Project Name: Moss EXHIBITOR LIVE booth 2015

Company: Moss, Inc., Chicago, Ill., USA

 

GEOSYNTHETICS

 

Category: Geosynthetic Projects

Project Name: Protection of Pier Foundation of Zhongsha Bridge at Zhuoshui River, Taiwan

Company: ACE Geosynthetics, Taipei, Taiwan

 

TECHNICAL AND OTHER CATEGORY

 

Category: Miscellaneous

Project Name: Coppins Sea Anchor

Company: Coppins Sea Anchors Ltd, Motueka, New Zealand

 

UPHOLSTERY


Category: Upholstery

Project Name:1890 Turkish Rocker

Company: Buckminster Upholstery, Falls City, Neb., USA

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Coming Events

  • July 18-19: Home Furnishings Manufacturing Solutions Expo, Greenville, S.C., USA

  • July 23-26: Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, Denver, Co., USA

  • July 24-27: Intermediate Nonwovens Training Course, Cary, N.C., USA

  • September 4-6: Cinte Techtextil China 2018, Shangai, China

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

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. 

 

Steve Warner, Publisher

New Dates for ITMA Asia + CITME 2018 Textile Machinery Show

The joint owners of the ITMA Asia + CITME 2018 textile machinery exhibition have announced new dates for the 6th combined showcase to be held at the National Exhibition and Convention Centre in Shanghai, China. The new dates are October 15-19, 2018. According to show owners CEMATEX and Chinese partners, the Sub-Council of Textile Industry, CCPIT (CCPIT-Tex), China Textile Machinery Association (CTMA) and China Exhibition Centre Group Corporation (CIEC), the shift in the exhibition dates is due to a new national initiative, which affected the scheduling of all events at the exhibition center in October. [Note: BeaverLake6 Report is an industry media partner for the show.] Posted February 11, 2018

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

Publisher

"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

Publisher

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

Publisher

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

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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

Publisher

Posted January 17, 2016

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