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Techtextil North America Symposium
June 20, 2017
8:30 am – 10:30 am
Smart Textiles in the Connected Car Ecosystem
Description: Today’s automobile is a COW – Computer On Wheels. In addition to transporting individuals, today’s Connected Car facilitates a wide spectrum of information processing functions – from basic navigation to self-driving – and thereby transforming the driving experience. In this session, the role of Smart Textiles – fabrics with integrated sensors and electronics in car seats, seat belts, interior, etc. – will be explored in further enhancing the quality of the driving experience.
Moderator: Dr. Sundaresan Jayaraman, Kolon Professor in the Scheller College of Business and the School of Materials Science and Engineering – Georgia Institute of Technology
2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Optimizing the Design and Fabrication of Functional Fabrics
Description: The adoption of pre-production visualization and analysis tools are reshaping design and manufacturing processes, improving precision manufacturing & production time, and helping to minimize waste of materials. To date, few of these advances have benefited the design and fabrication of functional textiles, virtual simulation of fabric remains complex, highly variable and difficult. A critical barrier to technical textile innovation is the lack of validated design and predictive modeling methods that could allow both a designer and an engineer to determine the process parameters needed to manufacture a complex textile that fulfills an application’s requirements.
Moderator: Genevieve Dion, Director of Shima Seiki Haute Technology Laboratory – Drexel University
June 21, 2017
8:30 am – 10:30 am
Smart Textile Product Design
Description: The success of a smart textile product is dependent on the product’s design intentions and ability to relate to the consumer’s needs. This session explores lessons learned in smart textile product designs, particularly adding electronics into wearable and home textiles. Human factors, including sociology and comfort, will be discussed.
Moderator: Jesse Jur, Assistant Professor, TECS – North Carolina State University
2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
The Technical Textile Industry Talent Challenge
Description: The constant evolution of the Technical Textile Industry demands more emphasis be placed on segments that include electronic, smart, wearable, etc. Textile Technologists play a major role in the development of new products as well as in the production of existing products. This session focuses on how educating, recruiting and sourcing the next generation of Technical Textile Technologists affects the textile industry.
Moderator: Sam Buff, Director, Textile Technology Center at Gaston College
June 22, 2017
8:30 am – 10:30 am
Part 1: Standards and Certification - Trade Facilitators
Part 2: From Lifestyle Equipment to Medical Devices – Standards and Regulatory Expectations
Description: Part 1 of this session will explore the key role that standards and conformity assessment procedures have in enabling global trade of products including the commitments of the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade Agreements and the reliance on standards by regulators and the market. Part 2 of this session will highlight issues associated with designing, manufacturing and marketing wearables into the lifestyle and medical sectors including perspectives on use of standards and risk management.
Moderator: Gordon Gillerman, Director, Standards Coordination Office – National Institute of Standards and Technology
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October 22-23: 32nd Annual Meeting of American Flock Association, Novi, Mich., USA
October 24-26: Automotive Interiors Expo 2017, Novi, Mich., USA
October 24-27: Intermediate Nonwovens Training Course, Cary and Raleigh, N.C., USA
October 25-26: Nonwovens Innovation Academy, Chemnitz, Germany
October 26-27: SYFA 2017 Fall Conference, Charlotte, N.C., USA
October 29-31: Graphene Innovation Summit & Expo, Nashville, Tenn., USA
November 6: German Technology Meets US Textile, Charlotte, N.C., USA
November 6-9: 3rd Annual HYGIENIX Conference, Austin, Texas, USA
November 7-9: SPESA Executive Conference, Memphis, Tenn., USA
November 7-8: 2017 RISI Asia Pacifice Hygiene Products Symposium, Shanghai, China
November 8-9: TCL 2017 (Textile Coating and Laminnating Conference), Berlin, Germany
November 8-10: SINCE 2017 (Shanghai International Nonwovens Conference & Exhibition), Shanghai, China
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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...
June 29. 2017
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:
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
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
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, 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
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.
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.
Posted January 17, 2016
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