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2024 State of the Textile Industry

June 1st, 2024

Each year, Advanced Textiles Association (ATA) surveys the readers of all of its publications, members and nonmembers both, to take the pulse of the current state of our industry. The survey asks questions on business sizes, revenue projections and recent sales context, top concerns, future plans, and a bit about the many different markets that […]

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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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Renewed strength in domestic manufacturing

November 1st, 2023

Advanced economies are now serious about boosting their manufacturing. In the U.S., textile market opportunities include high-end segments such as medical, aerospace, defense and infrastructure. Image: Dreamstime Since the pandemic, the world economy has been full of anomalies. With a strong labor market, one normally expects higher demand in daily nonessentials such as clothing, home […]

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The role of fabric, shade in reducing embodied carbon

August 1st, 2023

Using the Adaptive Reuse strategy, FTL Design Engineering Studio retrofitted an unused baseball stadium in Bridgeport, Conn., to reduce embodied carbon with an all-fabric roof and signature entry marquee. The ROI was a tenfold increase in tickets sold vs. the original baseball team. Photo: Carl B. Vernlund Photography By now it is standard baseline that […]

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Getting new products manufactured and into the marketplace

August 1st, 2023

Air Force Research Laboratory scientists have discovered a unique stretchable conductor that uses a polymerized liquid metal network. Photo: Second Bay Studios This year’s Smart Fabric Summit was again organized by the Advanced Textiles Association (ATA) and the Wilson College of Textiles, North Carolina State University (NC State) in Raleigh, N.C., and took place in […]

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Advanced Textiles Expo Exhibitor Product Preview

August 1st, 2023

Your first look at the new products and value-added services waiting for you on the show floor at Advanced Textiles Expo 2023 in Orlando, Fla., Nov 1–3. Celebrate textile innovation at Advanced Textiles Expo, where hundreds of exhibitors will bring you the latest products and information from the entire supply chain, from fibers and fabrics […]

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Mattress textiles could be used to make EV batteries

August 1st, 2023

In a three-year study at the National Institute for Materials Advancement at Pittsburg State University (PSU) in Kansas, researchers led by Ram Gupta, Ph.D., developed a process that transforms mattress textiles into conductive carbon materials used to make the anodes and cathodes in lithium-sulfur rechargeable batteries. These next-generation electric vehicle (EV) lithium-sulfur batteries have two […]

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PFAS regulations prompt innovation

July 1st, 2023

Shown here is a water-resistant fabric, one of many offered in the new Milliken Outdoor Fabrics line of non-PFAS DWR performance fabrics designed to stand up to every weather element. Photo: Milliken & Co. As the momentum to eliminate per- and polyfluorinated alkyl compounds (PFAS) picks up speed, growing numbers of product manufacturers and suppliers […]

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Scott Neville: Prioritize trust to join legacy companies

July 1st, 2023

Fifteen years ago, Scott Neville was a newcomer to the shade industry. In partnership with his father, Ron, he has since acquired three renowned awning companies with more than 300 years of combined industry leadership. And he’s just getting started. An avid challenge-seeker, Neville joined the industry in 2008 in Springfield, Mo. He and his […]

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Riding the nonwovens roller coaster

June 1st, 2023

Given the amount of attention sustainability efforts in the nonwovens industry have gotten in the past few years, it’s easy to think these conversations and initiatives are relatively new. The truth is that they’ve been part of the industry for decades. At Delaware Valley Corp., which manufactures nonwoven fabrics in Tewksbury, Mass., material at the […]

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