Textile and Manufacturing Industry Trends and Growth

As January calls for new goals and possibilities, both the textile and manufacturing industries are following suit. According to an article from Textile World, the President’s pro-manufacturing agenda has called for rethinking existing policies on trade, taxation, regulatory reform, and a variety of other issues, all of which have been sought after by the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO). Though there is work to be done in these areas, the foundation has been laid for achieving their ideal outcomes.

As they progresses, we can look at the productivity, flexibility, and innovation that the U.S. textile and manufacturing industries have experienced up until now, helping to secure their positions in the global marketplace. For the coming year, here is what we expect to see:

Aerospace and Electronics

The aerospace industry is considered “innovation-intensive,” and the more activity this area sees, the more efficient that production inputs will become. According to a forecast from the MAPI Foundation, this sector is projected to grow 5.6% between now and 2021. This is due in part to the improved state of our economy as well as the increase in demand for air travel. Economic growth outlook has also contributed to the improvements in the electronic and machinery subsectors of textiles and manufacturing. These types of products can be sold to both consumer and business markets, and this reach, combined with other areas like healthcare and hospitality, shows dramatic improvements now as well as for the future of manufacturing in the United States.

Hospitality

Thoughtful sourcing is making its way into the hospitality industry. Starting with the first notches of the supply chain, companies are looking to create positive impacts on those that make the products as well as those who receive them. This starts with training methodologies, waste disposal, and how manufacturers harness their energy for operations. Natural materials and the elimination of plastic packaging are changes that the entire chain can feel good about, and hotel brands are adopting more products that embody this type of sourcing and creation. Mark Kelleher, a director of marketing for a global textiles manufacturer and distributor, says that the industry as a whole “is working to incorporate technologies derived from wicking and cooling techniques.” Along with braiding, weaving, winding, and twisting techniques, different solutions are engineered to match the markets in which they are needed.   

Healthcare

Joe Przepiorka – VP of Marketing for a manufacturer and marketer of reusable textiles, professional apparel, and medical products – explains that as healthcare systems focus on patient satisfaction levels, the use of textiles and apparel will be prime components in meeting needs. The shift towards improved comfort, dignity, and performance calls for new sources of materials and additional transparency in manufacturing processes. Different textures for materials are achieved through weaving techniques, and this also allows for more complex designs to be possible. These processes are valuable in crafting products exclusive to different regions, climates, and market expectations. The ultimate goal for textiles and manufacturing in healthcare is to offer products that enhance comfort and wearable experiences, cost less, last longer, require less chemicals and energy to produce, and maintain sustainable manufacturing processes.

Though the textile and manufacturing industries have solidified themselves in the global market, there are always opportunities for advancement, improved productivity, and innovation. As biomedical, aerospace, marine, and industrial sectors continue to evolve, Fletcher Industries is there to serve the unique needs of its customers. Coupled with top-notch service and full technical support throughout the engineering or importing process, customized solutions aid in maximizing profit among an ever-changing marketplace. To see how we can help your business, call 910-692-7133 or email us at quality@fletcherindustries.com.

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