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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

Coming Events

  • April 23-24: Elementary Nonwovens Training Course, Cary, N.C., USA
  • April 24-25: 2019 Southeast Region Federal and Defense Textiles Summit, Hickory, N.C., USA
  • April 25-26: SYFA Spring 2019 Conference, Charlotte, N.C., USA
  • May 1-3: Innovative Textile & Apparel Americas 2019, Raleigh, N.C., USA
  • May 5-8:  NETnc 2019, Indianapolis, Ind., USA
  • May 6-8: Industrial Fabrics Association International Outlook Conference 2019, Greensboro, Ga., USA
  • May 7-9: Outlook Plus Latin America 2019, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • May 8-10: SEAMS Spring Networking Conference, Savannah, Ca., USA
  • May 14-15: Filtex 2019. Berlin, Germany
  • May 14-17: Techtextil 2019, Frankfurt, Germany
  • May 14-17: Texprocess 2019, Frankfurt, Germany
  • May 14-17: European Sign Expo / FESPA Global Print Expo, Munich, Germany
  • May 22-24: Textile Roofs 2019, 24th International Workshop on the Design and Practical Realization of Architectural Membrane Structures, Berlin, Germany
  • May 21-23: Automotive Interiors Expo Europe 2019, Stuttgart, Germany

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

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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.

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. 

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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