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Textile World Interviews With Global Leaders

Steve Warner, publisher of BeaverLake6 Report, is also a contributing editor for Textile World magazine, providing interviews with top influencers in the technical textiles industry. The following are a listing of the interviews conducted with a link for those who wish to read the interviews at the Textile World website.

CEO Leib Oehmig

New Glen Raven CEO Interviewed for Textile World Magazine. 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.

 

May/June 2014

 

Article Title: Biomedical Textiles: A Fast-Growing Market

Topic: Biomedical Textiles

Interview: John Gray, Co-Founder, Biomedical Structures LLC

Link to Interview: Click here

 

January/February 2014

 

Article Title: Cooley Group: Diversified Company Reaches Out for Global Opportunities

Topic: Profile on Cooley Group

Interview: Daniel R. Dwight, President and CEO, Cooley Group

Link to Interview: Click here

 

November/December 2013

 

Article Title: Geosynthetics: Strong Outlook for Growth

Topic: Geosynthetics

Interview: Boyd Ramsey, Chief Engineer, GSE Environmental LLC, and Andrew Aho, Director of Technical Markets, Industrial Fabrics Association International

Link to Interview: Click here

 

September/October 2013

 

Article Title: Expanding Opportunities in Textiles

Topic: Wide Format Printing and SGIA Expo Preview

Interview: Mike Robertson, President and CEO, Specialty Graphics Imaging Association

Link to Interview: Click here

 

 

July/August 2013

 

Article Title: Sun Protection Beyond Awnings

Topic: Shade Structures

Interview: John S. Saunders, CEO, USA SHADE & Fabric Structures, Inc.

Link to Interview: Click here

 

May/June 2013

 

Article Title: OVC Prepares for Changing Military Needs

Topic: Military Cutbacks

Interview: J.C. Egnew, Chairman and President, Outdoor Venture Corporation

Link to Interview: Click here

 

January/February 2013

 

Article: Composites: A Growing Industry

Topic: Composites

Interview: Frédérique Mutel, President and CEO, JEC Group

Link to Interview: Click here

 

November/December 2012

 

Article: Technical Textiles: Endless Possibilities

Topic: Glen Raven Technical Textiles

Interview: Harold Hill, President and COO, Glen Raven Technical Textiles LLC

Link to Interview: Click here

 

September/ October 2012

 

Article: U.S. Textile Exports on the Rise

Topic: Trade

Interview: Kim Glas, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Textiles and Apparel, International Trade Administration's Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA), U.S. Department of Commerce

Link to Interview: Click here

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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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