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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

Coming Events

  • November 11-14:  Hygienix, Houston, Texas, USA
  • November 13-15:  JEC Asia 2019, Seoul, South Korea
  • November 18-19:  EurAsian Geosynthetics Symposium 2019, Beijin, China
  • November 18-21:  Defense & Security 2019, Bangkok, Thailand
  • November 19-21:  Absorbent Hygiene Training Course, Cary, N.C., USA
  • November 19-21:  Milipol Paris 2019, Paris, France
  • November 20-22:  Techtextil India 2019, Mumbai, India

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

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IFAI Expo 2019 Analysis

The IFAI Expo 2019 was held last week in Orlando, Fla., USA.  The exhibition was a smaller event than in years past but it still remains a powerful showcase of industry products.  In the Special Report section, you will find analysis of the show, plus news that comes from the Industrial Fabrics Association International's Annual Meeting and the winners of the International Achievement Awards. Click here to read the articles.  Posted October 10, 2019

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


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.

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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