The Textiles Industry in the United States
The U.S. textile industry remains one of the most significant sectors of the manufacturing industry and ranks among the top markets in the world by export value: $17 billion in 2017. At 227,000 U.S. jobs, the U.S. industry is a globally competitive manufacturer of textiles, including textile raw materials, yarns, fabrics, apparel and home furnishings, and other textile finished products. Capital expenditures nearly reached $2 billion in 2016. In recent years, companies have focused on reorienting their businesses, finding more effective work processes, investing in niche products and markets, and controlling costs through advanced technologies.
Specialty and Industrial Fabrics: Specialty and industrial fabrics serve an array of markets, everything from awnings to auto airbags. As the U.S. specialty fabric business has continued to grow, some areas are seeing rapid advancement, for example, the base fabric used in road construction, erosion control, and spoil containment in landfills. Automotive textiles represent the most valuable world market for industrial textiles. These materials cover a broad range of applications, including upholstery and seating, floor covering and trunk liners, as well as safety belts, airbags, thermal and sound insulators, filters, hoses, tires and a variety of textile-reinforced flexible and hard composites.
Medical Textiles: Medical textiles are one of the most important, continuously expanding and growing fields in technical textiles. The medical textile industry has been improving existing products and creating new ones with new materials and innovative designs. Some of these new products are being designed for lessinvasive surgical procedures, infection control, and accelerated healing.
Protective Apparel: North America emerged as the leading regional market for industrial protective apparel and accounted for over half of the total market volume in 2013. Stringent regulatory guidelines coupled with high levels of safety awareness in the industry are expected to drive the regional market growth over the next six years.
Federal Programs & Legislation
Textiles Industry Associations
Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI)
INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry
National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO)
U.S. Industrial Fabrics Institute (USIFI)
Fabrics and Furnishings International
Home Furnishings News (HFN)
LDB Interior Textiles
Nonwovens Industry Magazine
Specialty Fabrics Review