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Partnering with Industries: The Future of Textiles in 2018

Beyond Your Knowledge of Textiles

If you only associate textiles with apparel, then you have a lot of catching up to do. Yes, cotton, synthetics and yarns have lent their versatility to some museum-worthy garments and artistic creations, but as we cross new frontiers of technology and achievement, textiles have evolved accordingly and are now elevated to the status of being critical problem solvers, making significant contributions to engineering, innovation and performance. Continue reading

Advancements in the Textile Industry

Advancing a product from thought to reality is one of the most rewarding, yet challenging activities you can take on. Developing ground-breaking products can put a company on the map or enhance an already stellar reputation, but what are the pitfalls and what does it take to succeed?  There’s much to consider when starting this journey – demanding deadlines, high project costs, internal vs external expertise, outdated technology—these are a sampling of scenarios experienced as we go through the steps it takes to complete a project. Continue reading

As August Heats Up, Stay Cool with Advanced Moisture Management

The Gatorade Sports Science Institute has found that in conditions of 85 degrees and 40% humidity, the average runner will lose 2 to 4 pounds of sweat an hour. Not a runner, then how about this; according to MedlinePlus, the average person produces approximately one quart of sweat per day. That’s great for the body, but how much moisture can your clothing absorb?


While shopping for performance apparel, you might notice many companies promoting wicking properties and quick-drying features, but what exactly does it mean, how does it work, and is it worth paying extra for the added benefit? Let’s break it down. Continue reading

AUSA 2017 – October 9-11 Washington D.C.

The Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting and Exposition will be held on October 9-11 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C. Apex Mills will be represented, along with IFAI’s Military Division. For more information, contact us at

IFAI Expo – September 26-29, 2017 New Orleans

The IFAI Expo is the premier education and trade show event for the specialty fabrics and advanced textile industry. This year, the Industrial Fabrics Association International Expo will be host to more than 400 exhibitors and 5,000 attendees. Stop by Booth A819 and talk with one of our textile specialists. We’ll be there to help you visualize a fabric solution tailor-made for your application. To schedule an appointment or learn more, email

Apex Mills Welcomes 2017

What will 2017 hold for the textile industry? At Apex Mills, we envision the dawning of a new era in U.S. based textiles and we are positioned to be at its leading edge. The trend of “reshoring” American manufacturing continues to gain momentum and there are significant indicators that the domestic textile industry will be a leading sector in this movement. We recognize that the substance of this movement cannot be solely based on changing political tides; it must be built on a foundation of new production capabilities, “smart” technologies and the embracing of new quality, information and service standards. Continue reading

How the Berry Amendment Supports American Manufacturing

The Berry Amendment supports American manufacturing, however not many people outside of the manufacturing industry or the government have heard of it. The Berry Amendment restricts the DoD (Department of Defense) from purchasing “food, clothing, fabrics, fibers, yarns, other made-up textiles, and hand or measuring tools that are not grown, reprocessed, reused, or produced in the United States.” Originally passed during WWII, it was made permanent in 1994 and codified in 2002. Continue reading

Apex Mills Expands Production Capabilities to Support Textile Industry Growth

Apex Mills, a leading warp knit textile manufacturer serving industrial, commercial and military markets, expands its production and design capabilities with the addition of new machinery including a Karl Mayer RD 7/2-12 EL raschel knitting machine, the first of its kind in the United States. This state-of-the-art machine delivers flexible and technical spacer fabrics in designs far beyond what we have seen in the past. Continue reading