Earlier this year we discussed the continued growth of the technical textile industry. Technological advances in areas such as nano textiles and carbon fibers are two such examples of how technology can open opportunities and advance the expansion of the industry as a whole.
The National Council of Textile Organization (NCTO) Chairman Jeff Price recently discussed some of the issues that will be explored in 2015. This includes pending international trade agreements such as the Transpacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The group will also be working on industry expansion, new markets, and new products. The feeling is that as the industry continues to expand through the application of US developed and manufactured fibers and textiles we will have a stronger voice to help mold these agreements in a positive fashion.
At Jason Mills we’re optimistic that we’ll continue to see growth throughout the year. Like the NTCO we take a keen awareness in seeing that our interests are voiced as various hot button issues move forward.
As far as product development goes, we’ve been focusing particularly on researching new and innovative textiles such as aluminized composites. Standard nonwovens are traditionally used in industries such as housing construction as they are lightweight and inexpensive. However, adjust the product so that a standard non woven becomes a water impermeable composite (yet retaining its vapor permeability), then you have a potential for a game changing result. We are also researching inherently antimicrobial yarns and possible non-traditional applications for these textiles.