Automation can compensate for staffing shortages

June 1st, 2023

A worker at Ehmke Manufacturing using a continuous feed laser cutter. Photo: Ehmke Manufacturing Making textile products has transitioned from a manual job to one that is largely automated, in part because of a worker shortage. The offshoring of jobs reduced the U.S. textile industry workforce from 3.8 million in 1975 to only 500,000 workers […]

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Market watch: The specialty fabrics industry responds to COVID-19

May 1st, 2020

By Elisa Bernick, Sammi Jones, Jill C. Lafferty,  Galynn Nordstrom, Rebecca J. Post and Janet Preus The global response to the COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented, with the textile industry playing a key role. Suppliers and end product manufacturers have pivoted at lightning speed to produce much-needed PPE for front-line medical workers. IFAI members are reaching […]

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