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Textile Manufacturing Returning to the US

A recent Textile World article finds that the US textile and apparel industries are expecting improvement and growth in 2015. This economic improvement is due to several factors, including reshoring efforts, a rising cost of doing business overseas, mills having more capital spending, and rising profits. Innovation also plays a large factor and the article mentions that the textile industry is continually working on creating better performing products. Technical textiles are now being applied to many new niche areas, (we’ve even touched on some of the medical textile innovations in a past blog post).

Innovation should play an even larger role as the US government recently announced its textile innovation competition. The program, led by the Department of Defense, will use $500 million in public-private investment to help strengthen US manufacturing by investing in new technologies for textiles. The Revolutionary Fibers and Textiles Manufacturing Innovation Institute will serve as a hub for companies, universities, and other academic and training institutions to conduct research and development on new manufacturing technologies.

At Jason Mills we manufacture an array of technical textiles for use in everything from the medical sector to the outdoor retailing trade. To learn more about all our textiles, visit our website. We are also active on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+.

Global Cotton Usage and the Synthetic Market

Jason Mills, LLC is a manufacturer of knit textile products. Although our fabrics are derived exclusively from synthetic fibers, the global usage of cotton can still play a large role in our costs as many factors are inter-related. Chief amongst them is supply vs. demand. Cotton being a natural fiber is prone to huge shifts in costs as global climate change can wreck havoc on the crop. This of course can create a spike in cotton prices as was seen in 2011. Manufacturers that normally used 100% cotton began using synthetic blends to reduce expenses. Consequently this lead to higher demand for synthetic fibers, and thus costs were driven upward.

This can especially be seen in America now. The US has recently seen an increase in demand for synthetic fabrics as the price for cotton remains unstable. Additionally, companies discovered that buyers didn’t necessarily have a preference for cotton or synthetic fibers. Even though cotton prices have once again dropped, the demand for synthetics is still high. Hanes (a huge global user of cotton) Brand T-shirts recently announced that it would shift away from 100% cotton to a blend synthetic fiber.

To learn more about Jason Mills and our selection of industrial textiles, visit our website. And follow us on Twitter to stay up-to-date on the textile industry.