Industry advocacy efforts keep textile business in the U.S.

May 1st, 2024

These coyote brown shelters used in U.S. Marine Corp deployments worldwide were made by U.S. manufacturer UTS Systems of PVC coated polyester made in America by Seaman Corp. Image: Seaman/UTS Systems The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and other government agencies use many products made from specialty fabrics. They include military uniforms, straps, netting, tents […]

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Industry members visit Washington for annual Advocacy Days

March 19th, 2024

Members of the U.S. Industrial & Narrow Fabrics Institute were in Washington, D.C., earlier this month to advocate on key issue for the textile industry. Representatives from 11 USINFI member companies met with Congressional offices and policymakers March 5-6 to discuss key issues including PFAS, military budgets and trade. Companies making the trip work in […]

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nonwovens face masks

A ‘mixed bag’ for U.S. textile manufacturing

March 1st, 2021

When supply chains from Asia were cut off in the spring of 2020, the coronavirus pandemic revealed the extent to which the U.S. was dependent on imports of personal protective equipment (PPE) including nonwoven surgical masks, according to U.S. trade representative Bill Jackson. Photo: © Kateryna Rykun, The year 2020 was not a particularly […]

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USIFI and NFI succeed in efforts to decrease Berry threshold

January 14th, 2021

The Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) was officially passed in early January 2021, according to Janelle Wells Buerkley, divisions manager at Industrial Fabrics Association International, Roseville, Minn. After a long journey of negotiations, the NDAA contains a provision that will decrease the Berry Amendment Simplified Acquisition Threshold (SAT) level from its current […]

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Closing the gaps in the textile supply chain

January 1st, 2021

A new area of focus for Value Vinyls is its Visiontex USA fabrics. The Visiontex outdoor mesh fabric range includes Visiontex View 85 (pictured here), Visiontex Plus 94 and Visiontex Ultra 99. The fabrics are designed for window, patio and other outdoor screening applications. Photo: Value Vinyls Inc. With many moving parts, the textile supply […]

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Policy challenges and opportunities for U.S. textile manufacturing

November 3rd, 2020

The U.S. textile industry worked “swiftly and impressively” to pivot to produce personal protective equipment (PPE) this spring, leveraging existing manufacturing know-how and equipment and making new investments to shift production, according to Sara Beatty, president of White Haven Trade Advisors. “However, clearly the U.S. would have been in a much better position had we […]

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The specialty textiles market copes with COVID-19

October 1st, 2020

While some industry suppliers and end product manufacturers have found ways to remain afloat, the economic effects of the pandemic have proven devastating to many, and the future can only be described as uncertain. by Pamela Mills-Senn The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the overall economy, and on the specialty textiles industry specifically, is […]

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What’s happening to the military textile market

October 1st, 2016

Decreased budgets are a reality, but markets exist for new and innovative products. While it's fair to say that portions of the military textile market are shrinking—the U.S. now has far fewer troops overseas—it is also true that some segments are changing, which is an open door for innovation. Despite a decline in the U.S. Department […]

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