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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. [MORE]

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. [MORE]

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. [MORE]

Apex Mills Commits to Innovation with a Strategic New Hire

Apex Mills, a leading warp knit textile manufacturer specializing in Application Driven DesignTM reaffirms its commitment to innovation with a strategic new hire of a Director of Product Development. Stephanie J. Rodgers joins the Apex Mills team bringing new skills in textile technology and advanced materials that can best position Apex Mills for the revolutionary changes taking place in the textile market. [MORE]

Back to School & Back to Business

October will be a busy month for us here at Apex Mills! We’re looking forward to exhibiting at two trademark shows in the textiles industry: AUSA and IFAI. [MORE]

FIGHT MALARIA AND ZIKA WITH WARP KNITTED NETS BY APEX MILLS

zika mosquitoPests are a hazard and a nuisance, but did you know that, worldwide, mosquitoes claim close to a million lives each year? Swamp fever or malaria is a disease that results in death for both children and adults and is brought about by the female anopheles, a specific genus of mosquito known for transmitting the malaria virus. The Zika virus, which might prove to be fatal if it afflicts pregnant women, is also borne by mosquitoes. More than 33 nations have been plagued by Zika, and since its spread is relatively recent, the scientific community is struggling to come up with adequate prevention and cure. [MORE]

Technology in Textiles: The Future is Here

If you’ve noticed the speed at which technology is growing, you’re not alone. We’re on the fast track with innovations that are changing the world in which we live. Within the textile industry, there’s increased demand for smart fabrics – fusing fibers and yarns with integrated circuits, LEDs, solar cells and other devices to create textiles that can sense, communicate, transmit information, regulate temperature, monitor health, change color, etc.  Catching the eye of many product engineers are “wearables” and “nanotechnology” – active wear with sensors to monitor heartrate or functional fabrics that help regulate body temperature and measure sleep patterns. [MORE]

The 2016 State of the Industry Report

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) released a comprehensive analysis on the State of the Industry. Overall, growth in the U.S. specialty fabrics industry was approximately 2.4% in 2015, and is expected to reach 2.6% in 2016. Growth, however, is contingent upon the continuation of a low unemployment rate, an increase in consumer spending – a path in which we are on, and sustained low oil prices. [MORE]

Welcoming 2016

January is the time to reflect on the past 12 months and look towards the new year. In 2015, Apex Mills addressed the many ways that industries use textiles in their products and showcased the importance and relevance they have in day-to-day life. [MORE]

Current Trends in the U.S. Textile Industry

The past few years have seen a resurgence in U.S.-based manufacturing. The textile industry, once a driving factor of the economy, suffered greatly during manufacturing’s downturn, but the industry is making steady strides to regain its market share. One reason for an improving outlook is that the industry is innovating and developing new fabrics to meet the demands of emerging industries and their associated applications. [MORE]