Looking Back, Moving Forward – Growth and Success in 2014 and Beyond

The holiday season and New Year are a great time to look back and be thankful for past accomplishments, while looking forward toward future goals and success.

It’s also an especially good time to say thank you to all of those who’ve been an important part of the past year; we’d like to thank our customers for their continued loyalty, and thank everyone who’s read our blog and followed us throughout the year.

One of the things we’re so grateful for is having the opportunity to work with customers in so many diversified industries. This enables us to keep our customers competitive while creating breakthrough products that help great businesses grow.

Read through our blog posts for the past year, and you’ll see that growth has been a major theme for us in 2014. We’ve expanded our quality control department to ensure that textiles meet and exceed our customers’ expectations; added new machinery so that innovative textiles can be manufactured, and increased our R&D team to meet the ever-changing and growing needs of our customers in industries ranging from automotive to medical, military to filtration. This has been a steady growth that’s lasted over 70 years.

Looking towards 2015, we are preparing for the next evolution in the specialty textile markets.  Some of these include:[1]

Geotextiles – there is increased demand for geotextiles – permeable fabrics with the ability to separate, filter, reinforce, protect or drain – as more applications are identified.

Lightweight structures – more permanent and temporary spaces are using tensile fabric structures, some that are specially treated and can last up to 30 years.

Medical textiles – the industry continues to push the envelope seeking new fabrics for medical applications both internal and external to the body.  3D spacer fabrics are replacing foam in medical braces and slings, fabric solutions are sought for bandaging, replacing plastics and other synthetics that can be abrasive to the skin, and engineered biodegradable textiles are being tested as a delivery system for medication.

Office and home furnishings – experiencing moderate growth over the past 5 years, manufacturers are looking to expand their product line and features to satisfy a broader range of needs without adding to the total market cost.[2] Resilient and self-supporting textiles are being developed to meet that challenge.

Automotive – new applications for spacer fabrics are being explored in the industry to increase comfort, enhance functionality and reduce end-product costs.

Safety, protection and military – the demand for comfortable, lightweight, strong, ergonomically designed fabrics continue to spike.

Sports apparel – the market continues to focus on lightweight fabrics that multi-task, providing comfort, moisture management and antimicrobial protection.

We have positioned ourselves to meet the demands of 2015 while becoming more sustainable and “green.” We remain committed to our proud tradition of being a ‘Made in the USA’ manufacturer, and as the country’s manufacturing industry continues to return and thrive, we’re happy to be a part of it. Add to this the fact that we locally source whenever possible, and provide quality products to the U.S. armed forces, and you’ll see we are a large part of the fabric of America.

Of course, we won’t stop here. We will continue to serve the textile needs of our customers, while growing, adapting, and evolving with them.  Learn about our products and product development approach by visiting apexmills.com.

Above all, we wish everyone a happy, healthy and successful New Year!

[1] http://www.thetechnicalcenter.com/trends/FabricFuture.cfm

[2] http://www.ibisworld.com/industry/default.aspx?indid=870