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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

  • January 22-25: SHOT Show, Las Vegas, Nev., USA
  • January 23-25: IFAI Tent Expo 2019, Orlando, Fla., USA
  • January 24-26: 2019 NECPA Expo, Worcester, Mass., USA
  • January 30 - February 1: 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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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. Posted October 19, 2018

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 continue.]

 

Steve Warner

Publisher

Posted November 21, 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. 

 

Steve Warner, Publisher

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