"Pioneer Spirit in America." Interviewed on Friday, November 9, the last day of the show, Frederique Mutel, president and CEO of JEC Group, said she was greatly pleased with the quality and quantity of visitors and exhibitors at their inaugural North America show. "The American composites market is dynamic. Innovation is very important and JEC has the mission to present the message. I feel the pioneer spirit within the industry to launch new products."
Mutel said this first show had already become the largest show taking place for the North American composites industry. There were 252 exhibitors from 15 countries. Visitor registrations were still being validated at the time of this interview but was exoected to be in the 5,000 range. The JEC conferences at the show drew large participation. More than 120 papers were delivered as well as 42 posters sections.
JEC Composites' role in detecting and promoting innovation has been established over 15 editions of the JEC Composites Innovation Awards program, honoring innovative products and processes from all aspects of the global composites industry.
The following are the JEC Americas Innovation Awards from 2012:
Innovation: HexMC, a technology based on a new form of discontinuous carbon fiber prepreg to product structural parts by compression molding.
Innovations: A new structural architecture for automobiles starting with Edison2 wheel suspension.
Innovation: Thin ply with bi-angle reinforcement to replace traditional black aluminum structures.
MVC Solcqoes EM Plasticos
Innovation: Schools built with sandwich panels of plastic reinforced to reduce construction period.
Innovation: Solar Floating Resort, the unique building integrated photovoltaic hospitality concept.
Swift Engineering, Inc.
Innovation: A High-Speed Press Cure for a High-Speed Race Car.
Innovation: RecyclamineT epoxy hardener technology alloys to design and produce fully recyclable epoxy-based composite products.
Innovation: VERICUT Composite Paths for Engineering (VCPe) improves Automated Fiber Placement
Sports & Leisure
Cervelo Cycles Inc.
Innovation: The new Cervelo RCA road racing bicycle enhances racing bicycle performance.
Mutel said they JEC Americas Composites Show & Conferences will be an annual event. JEC intends to stay in Boston at least for the first three shows (including 2012). The next show will be held October 2,5, 2013.
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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.]
Posted June 17, 2019
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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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