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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.






Category: Air Structures

Project Name: Qingkou Sports Center

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


Category: Shade Sails


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




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



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




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



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


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




Category: Geosynthetic Projects

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

Company: ACE Geosynthetics, Taipei, Taiwan




Category: Miscellaneous

Project Name: Coppins Sea Anchor

Company: Coppins Sea Anchors Ltd, Motueka, New Zealand



Category: Upholstery

Project Name:1890 Turkish Rocker

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

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Coming Events

  • January 18-19: Tent Conference 2018, Mesa Ariz., USA

  • January 19-20: NECPA Annual Convention 2018, Worcester, Mass., USA

  • January 23-24: The International Conference on Composites for Performance in Sports and Recreation, Long Beach, Calif., USA

  • January 23-26: 40th SHOT Show, Las Vegas, Nev., USA

  • January 24-26: ASTM D35 Geosynthetices Committee, New Orleans, La., USA

  • January 21-23: Intersec 2018, Dubai. U.A.E.

  • January 25-27: 2018 Marine Fabricators Conference, Savannah, Ga., USA

  • January 25-28: Outdoor Retailer + Snow Show, Denver, Colo., USA

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

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


"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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