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Symposium Information

Symposium Advisory Council

Techtextil North America’s Exhibition returns to Atlanta with a collection of educational seminars for the Technical Textile Industry. The 2018 Symposium will feature leading industry experts providing insight into the latest products, technologies and emerging business trends.

Dr. rer. nat. Jan Beringerzz

Head of Development, Function, & Care, Hohzenstein Institute

Dr. Jan Beringer was born in 1972 in Ostfildern near Stuttgart, Germany. After studying chemistry with a special focus on textile and fiber chemistry at the University of Stuttgart, he started his career by entering the Hohenstein Institutes as Head of the Competence Center Innovative Textiles in 2003. From 2009 to 2015 he was the Head of Research and Development of the Department of Function and Care. Since 2016, Jan has led the Development, BU Function and Care. The Department/BU mainly specializes in research and testing in the fields of clothing physiology, fit and workmanship of garments, functionalization of fabrics, textile UV protection, textile reprocessing and is registered as a Notified Body and Test Centre for Personal Protective Equipment. Dr. Jan Beringer has extensive knowledge in textile and fiber Chemistry, functionalization, nanotechnology, coating and finishing and clothing physiology.

Margaret Bishop
Adjunct Professor, Fashion Institute of Technology
Margaret Bishop is a seasoned textile and apparel specialist with more than 25 years’ experience. She teaches textiles and related courses at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and consults worldwide on product development, supply chains, and market development. As both a consumer and a marathon runner, she has a personal interest in the use of performance fabrics and smart textiles in wearing apparel.

Magali Brown, Ph.D.

Graduate from University of Fukui (Ph.D. in Amenity Fiber), R&D/QC manager at NICCA USA

Dr. Brown attended the University in Lyon, France where she received her master’s degree in chemistry with a specialization in chemistry applied to textiles. She began her Ph.D. in amenity fiber after a year as an assistant professor at the University of Fukui, Japan, and achieved her Ph.D. in 2010. Dr. Brown joined Nicca Chemical in Fukui, Japan right after graduation. She was transferred in April 2011 to NICCA USA where she was charged with the development of new products for textile apparel and car interiors. For the past 4 years, she has led the R&D and QC department where she oversees the development of new products, provides technical support to customers and works with production to ensure the quality of NICCA’s products.

Sam Buff

Director, Textile Technology Center at Gaston College

The Textile Technology Center provides product development, testing and training resources for the textile industry.  Prior to joining the Textile Technology Center, Sam spent three years at Alcatel Telecommunications in operations management, five years at Spectrum Dyed Yarns in Quality Control and six years in the United States Air Force Reserves in Air Transportation.


Sam holds an Associate of Science in Engineering from Catawba Valley Community College, a Bachelor of Science in Textile Chemistry from North Carolina State University and a Master of Business Administration from Pfieffer University.

Dr. Wei Gao

Assistant Professor, Textile Engineering, Chemistry & Science

Dr. Wei Gao worked as a Director’s Postdoctoral Fellow on fuel cells and batteries in the Los Alamos National Laboratory for three years. She obtained her Ph.D. in chemistry from Rice University in 2012, under the guidance of Professor Pulickel M. Ajayan. She also holds M.S. in analytical chemistry and B.S. in chemistry from the Nanjing University, China. Dr. Gao has several years of research experience in nanomaterials and nanotechnologies. Her Ph. D. thesis focused on a group of new materials named “graphene oxides” and their applications in fuel cells, supercapacitors, and batteries, as well as water purification systems. Her future research interests lie at the interfaces between nanotechnology development and textile engineering.  Dr. Gao is also very enthusiastic about teaching. She received the Harry B. Weiser Teaching Award from Rice University when serving as a teaching assistant in the organic-chemistry lab. She also volunteered as a Judge in Science Fairs at several local high schools, a presenter on fuel cell topics to female students in the Expanding Your Horizons 2014 mini-conference in Santa Fe, and a teacher in Chinese for two semesters at a local Baptist church in Los Alamos, NM.
Her research focuses on interface engineering between fibrous structures and novel functional materials for targeted applications, including wearable electronics, biotextiles, water purification, thermal protection and sensing.

Dr. Behnam Pourdeyhimi

Distinguished Professor, Executive Director of Nonwovens Cooperative Research Center, The Nonwovens Institute, North Carolina State University
Prior to joining NC State, Behnam was a professor at the School of Textiles and Fiber Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Previously, he served for eleven years on the faculty in Textiles and Materials & Nuclear Engineering at the University of Maryland. He spent two years at Cornell as a research scientist studying biomaterials. He is the recipient of the 1994-1995 Distinguished Achievement Award by the Fiber Society, the 2007 TAPPI Technical Achievement and Hollingsworth award and the 2008 INDA Lifetime Technical Achievement Award. He also received the 2010 Centenary award by the Textile Institute (UK) for his research in the area of nonwovens. He has served as the President of the Fiber Society and has also been elected as the Fellow of the Textile Institute in United Kingdom. Behnam’s research interests are in the areas of nonwovens, responsive fibrous systems, materials, biomaterials, failure mechanisms, special fiber-based structures, software algorithms, optics and image analysis. He has published over 150 refereed publications and has made over two hundred presentations in his areas of interest.

Dr. Gang Sun
University of California, DavisGang Sun is a professor of Fiber and Polymer Sciences in Division of Textiles and Clothing at University of California, Davis, and has been conducting research on functional fibers and textiles, textile chemistry, and nanotechnologies since 1995.  Most his research activities and efforts have been devoted on development of novel antibacterial textiles and polymers for personal protection equipment, including medical, chemical, and military protective clothing and products. Dr. Sun is a recipient of CAREER award from National Science Foundation in 1997 and a Changjiang Scholar adjunct chair professor at Donghua University, China since 2007.   He is a recipient of the Olney Medal in 2016, the highest science award by American Association of Textile Chemist and Colorist (AATCC).  He has published over 200 peer-reviewed journal articles, and is serving on editorial boards in several major textile professional journals.

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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


"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

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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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