Lou Protonentis has joined AATCC as the association’s new technical director.
A report analyzing the value chain for apparel manufactured overseas outlines where and how U.S. workers contribute to the value and global production of imported apparel.
Nicole Nichols-Wilson is being recognized for her dewatering filtration products.
Clariant published water-saving tips in a special edition of its newsletter.
My-Villages allows the marine industry to communicate and collaborate online.
Manufacturing energy consumption decreased by 17 percent from 2002 to 2010.
Yang will deliver the Olney Medal Address on April 11 in Greenville, S.C.
With cotton and carbon, new wipes absorb better than powdered decontaminant.
Workshop aims to provide information on setting up textile collection programs.
The conference will educate sewn products executives and manufacturing managers.
Camira has ensured supply chain integrity by growing its own hemp crops.
The SBA initiative will take place in 17 urban markets and 10 Native American communities.
Part II discusses specific market segments and international industry participants.
Agreement seeks to provide “best in class” recycling for mixed plastic wastes.
Time is ticking away until the next date for implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
In an IFAI business climate survey, three factors constraining growth in the U.S. specialty fabrics market were mentioned: high raw material costs, overseas competition, and high oil/energy prices. From September –December 2008, high raw material and petroleum-related prices were exacerbated by tighter credit markets and record unemployment.
Survey respondents reported some positive factors: increasing market share due to increased consolidation, greater export opportunities, and development of new technology and growth in eco-friendly green markets. Growth markets include medical textiles, military applications, safety and protective products, and the domestic and international use of geosynthetics.
Increases in raw material and energy costs, increased labor costs and medical insurance premiums and the possible long-term shrinkage of the military market were mentioned as threats to growth. The poor economy means a weak U.S. dollar, tighter credit and reduced consumer buying. Overcapacity could be a problem, due to increased costs, decreased customer demand and global competition, especially from China and India.
In response, suppliers will focus on high value products, profitable niche markets and product diversification, improving manufacturing processes, R&D and information technology. Advertising, marketing and sales promotion will be key.
From the 2009 State of the Industry Report. Purchase a complete report at the IFAI Bookstore.