Technical Textile Industry Associations and other useful links of interest to managers and engineers engaged with industrial textile.
American Textile Machinery Association
Founded in 1933, the American Textile Machinery Association is the only U.S. professional trade association devoted solely to the advancement of textile machinery, parts, and accessories in the textile industry. ATMA® is headquartered in metropolitan Washington, D.C., where day-to-day operations are provided by professionals of long-term tenure.
United States Industrial Fabrics Institute (USIFI)
The United States Industrial Fabrics Institute (USIFI) is a coalition of United States specialty fabric manufacturers and users. USIFI develops and hosts the Outlook Conference in partnership with the Narrow Fabrics Institute (NFI). It monitors and advocates for member positions in both legislative and regulatory issues in international trade, and hosts an annual lobby day event in Washington, D.C.
The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) is leading the development of e-textile test methods. The association also brings together information and resources from across industries and around the world to the e-textile space.
British Textile Machinery Association (BTMA)
Among the many strengths of Britain’s textile machinery manufacturers is their focus on innovation and the future. They are willing to invite new challenges to keep themselves alert, proactive, flexible, and responsive to change.
UK Fashion and Textile Association
The UK Fashion & Textile Association (UKFT) is the largest network for fashion and textile companies in the UK. UKFT brings together designers, manufacturers, suppliers, agents and retailers to promote their businesses and our industry, both in the UK and throughout the world. UKFT is in a unique position representing the entire UK fashion and textile supply chain, from spinning, weaving and knitting, right through to the catwalk.
Confederation of Indian Textile Industry (CITI)
Confederation of Indian Textile Industry (CITI) being one of the leading industry chambers of the textile and clothing sector of India, represents the major leading regional & industry associations and 18 major corporate members, thus, covering the entire textile value chain from farm to garments & made-ups and the textile machinery industry.
Indian Technical Textile Association (ITTA)
The Indian Technical Textile Association (ITTA) is the only association of the technical textile industry in the country. Formation of ITTA was facilitated by the office of the textile commissioner, Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India. ITTA membership represents the entire technical textile value chain from raw material to finished goods producers, machinery manufacturers, converters, centers of excellence, and R&D institutes. At present ITTA has over 300 members.
Research and Technology Organisations
Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration IZM
As part of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Fraunhofer IZM specializes in applied and industrial contract research. Fraunhofer IZM’s focus is on packaging technology and the integration of multifunctional electronics into systems.
TITV is a business-related research institute which realizes both basic and application-oriented research in the field of special textiles, functional sufaces and especially smart textiles. Using conventional textile technology and flexible materials, the institute is continuously developing high-tech textiles to create new materials.
As a non-profit, public-private partnership and DoD funded Manufacturing USA Innovation Institute, AFFOA bridges the gap between early-stage advanced fabric technology and commercialization. They utilize their expertise and membership ecosystem to help advance the development of advanced textile-based products with transformative capabilities.
Danish Technological Institute
At DTI you gain access to expertise, infrastructure and beyond state-of-the-art technology to incorporate printed electronics on textiles, composites, and other curved surfaces. The project LEE-BED lead by DTI lowers the barrier for developing or integrating products with flexible electronic components providing technical services from partners across Europe.
CeNTI – Centre for Nanotechnology and Smart Materials is a multi-disciplinary institute, with unique competencies in both printed electronics and functional fibres and fabrics treatments.
Nottingham School of Art and Design
The research group works closely with art and fashion colleagues and has moved and grown since its creation. Professor Dias, who leads the group has extensive industrial and academic contacts both within the UK and internationally.
Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers (ACIMIT)
ACIMIT (the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers) is a private non-profit-making body and its main purpose consists in promoting the Italian textile machinery sector and in supporting its activity, mainly abroad, through the most updated and innovative promotional means, constantly improved during its 70 years of life.
Comité Européen des Constructeurs de Machines Textiles (CEMATEX)
CEMATEX (Le Comité Européen des Constructeurs de Machines Textiles) is an organisation comprising 9 national European textile machinery associations in the free market economy. CEMATEX is the owner of ITMA, the world’s largest international textile machinery exhibition.
European Apparel and Textile Confederation (EURATEX)
EURATEX is the European Apparel and Textile Confederation, representing the interests of the European textile and clothing industry at the level of the EU institutions. As the voice of the European industry, EURATEX aims to create favorable environment within the European Union for manufacturing of textile and clothing products.
Group Textile Machinery (GTM)
Group Textile Machinery was founded in 1951. It represents the Dutch companies that construct, develop and/or manufacture machines and accessories for the textile industry worldwide. GTM is a member of CEMATEX, the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers.
Swiss Textile Machinery Association
The Swiss Textile Machinery Association is the representative body for Switzerland’s producers of textile equipment, systems, and services. Currently, 44 companies are affiliated, including manufacturers of machines and components, and service providers, for the textile industry. The companies offer solutions covering the entire textile value chain, from spinning to weaving, knitting, finishing, embroidery, and quality control.
Symatex – Belgian Textile Machinery Association
The machinery industry is the fastest growing industrial sector measured by employment in Belgium. The last 5 years an annual growth rate of 4.5% was achieved and the Belgian machinery industry was able to increase its EU market share with 10%. Since 2010, investments have picked up again and Belgian machinery companies are transforming themselves to accelerate their product development rate and flexibility.
European Technology Platform
The European Technology Platform for the Future of Textiles and Clothing is a strategic connector and think tank for textile innovation in Europe. It runs the SmartX – Smart Textiles Accelerator and the European Masterclass for Smart Textiles Innovation.
Textile machinery Association of Sweden (TMAS)
We are made up of the leading Swedish companies within textile technology, automation and production processes. The expertise of our members ranges from advanced systems for yarn fault detection and tension monitoring, to yarn feeding technology for weaving, automated sewing production lines, cutting machines, embroidery technology, effective material handling systems, spray application system for fabric finishing and much more.
UCMTF – French Textile Equipment Manufacturers
UCMTF is the trade association grouping the French Textile Equipment Manufacturers. UCMTF’s members are particularly strong in long fibre spinning (wool, acrylic …), yarn twisting and control (including technical yarns), space-dyeing, heat setting for carpet yarns, carpet systems, dyeing, and finishing, felts and belts for finishing processes, nonwovens, air conditioning of textile plants, and recycling processes of textile materials.
VDMA Textile Machinery
The VDMA Textile Machinery represents a powerful branch of German mechanical engineering. About 120 member companies, ranging from spinning to finishing, many of them world market leaders, are mostly medium-sized firms and represent around 90 percent of the total volume of the industry.
The Textile Institute
The Textile Institute aims to advance the general interests of the textile industry worldwide, more particularly in relation to the acquisition and application of knowledge for the benefit of mankind. The institute organises Special Interest Groups and publishes books about Smart Textiles and their applications.
The E-Textiles Network brings together researchers and developers from academia and industry interested in adding electronic functionality to textiles and their related products. The E-Textiles Network is a great resource for everybody interested in Smart Textiles.