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ADVANCEMENTS IN THE TEXTILE INDUSTRY

12-04-17

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much to consider when starting this journey – demanding deadlines, high project costs, internal vs external expertise, outdated technology—these are a sampling of scenarios experienced as we go through the steps it takes to complete a project. [MORE]

REBUILDING AFTER DISASTER

09-20-17

Over the past weeks Texas, Florida and the Caribbean have been pummeled by massive storms that have devastated the areas. The wreckage continues with the earthquake in Mexico and the current path of destruction that Hurricane Maria is taking.  Our hearts and support are extended to all those in need. [MORE]

AS AUGUST HEATS UP, STAY COOL WITH ADVANCED MOISTURE MANAGEMENT

08-11-17

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. [MORE]

AUSA 2017 - OCTOBER 9-11 WASHINGTON D.C.

05-11-17

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 info@apexmills.com [MORE]

IFAI EXPO - SEPTEMBER 26-29, 2017 NEW ORLEANS

05-11-17

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 info@apexmills.com. [MORE]

TECHTEXTIL N.A. - JUNE 20-22, 2017 CHICAGO

05-11-17

We are excited to be showcasing our products at the upcoming Techtextil show in Chicago. Please visit us at Booth number1013 and request a demo of our enhanced moisture-management solutions. To set up an appointment or request more info, contact us at info@apexmills.com [MORE]

APEX MILLS WELCOMES 2017

01-31-17

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

11-29-16

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

10-31-16

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

10-17-16

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

09-20-16

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

06-27-16

Pests 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

05-24-16

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

04-13-16

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

01-05-16

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

12-07-15

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]

AS CONSTRUCTION RISES, FABRICS ARE THE BUILDING BLOCKS FOR SAFETY

08-27-15

Major industries that experienced significant slow-down during the recession are now poised for growth and expansion.  In fact, all signs point to a better economy and industrial growth. This is especially true of the construction industry.  According to the 2015 Dodge Construction Outlook, commercial building will increase 15%, industrial building will advance 9%, and single family housing will also rise 15% in dollars spent.  A new report on the global construction industry shows a “regained growth momentum,” and predicts the market will be worth $8.5 trillion this year. [MORE]

AIRING DIRTY LAUNDRY: TEXTILES' ROLE IN CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES AND ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK

08-07-15

If you're like the millions of other Netflix-loving Americans, you are currently in the middle of a binge-watching session featuring everyone’s favorite bad girls.  That’s right: Piper, Alex, Nicky, and the rest of the Orange characters finally returned (early) on June 11th, meaning drama-filled marathons at minimum-security (maximally-entertaining) Litchfield Penitentiary - the setting of “Orange is the New Black.” [MORE]

TEXTILES AND THE ROLE THEY PLAY IN SAFETY

07-24-15

Textiles surround our daily lives – from something as simple as an article of clothing to an object as in depth as the parts that make up the laptop you’re reading this on. Maintaining a safe work environment is critical to the manufacturing industry, and our focus today is on the prominent role textiles play in safety. [MORE]

WITH THE CHANGE IN SEASON, REMEMBER THE DANGERS OF SALT & SAND ON YOUR CAR

06-17-15

As temperatures rise and the sun warms the air, we can all breathe a collective sigh of relief.  After all, for many parts of the country, it was an especially brutal winter.  Now that the snow has melted and we’re heading out to the beach, we must remember the residual effects that both extremes have not only on our bodies, but also our cars.  [MORE]

TODAY’S OFFICE FURNITURE: A VITAL PIECE OF THE PRODUCTIVITY PUZZLE

04-09-15

Office furniture is a booming industry; it’s the perfect combination of technology, innovation, aesthetics, and ergonomics, and on a daily basis, millions of people rely on the incredible products being made. After all, we spend almost 2,000 hours in our offices each year. These are the places where ideas are born, innovation is fostered, and concepts become realities. [MORE]

HAVING SOME FUN WITH FABRICS

02-13-15

From agriculture to zoology and everything in between, fabrics are used in innovative ways to enhance performance and solve problems that many manufacturers face.  In fact, textiles are used in ways you might never consider – they’re used in toothbrushes, hair brushes, book bindings, candle wicks, communication lines, circuit boards and a host of other products you most likely use daily.  [MORE]

MEDICAL ADVANCES SPUR INNOVATION IN TEXTILE MANUFACTURING

01-15-15

As medical procedures continue to advance and innovations are made to improve health care and recovery, manufacturers are pushed to come up with innovations of their own to support these developments. Every year, game-changing technologies are assessed that will have an impact on health care,1  and many of these require other industries to come up with new materials, processes, and ideas to turn them into reality. The medical field requires specifications above and beyond other industries. Many new materials not only require strength, flexibility and durability, but they also need anti-microbial properties, be non-abrasive, and much more. These specifications can make textile development challenging, but we always like a challenge. [MORE]

LOOKING BACK, MOVING FORWARD – GROWTH AND SUCCESS IN 2014 AND BEYOND

12-18-14

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. [MORE]

THE THRILL OF THE GAME, THE AGONY OF INJURIES

10-30-14

Hey football fans, the time of year you’ve been waiting for is now. Regardless of whether it’s a high school, college or professional team you’re rooting for, there’s one aspect of the game that reaches all levels: the increased incidence of on-field injuries, especially head injuries and concussions, and the updates regarding their long-term effects on the players. As we hear more about these accidents, more attention is being given to the players’ safety and how injuries could be prevented, specifically by evaluating their protective helmets. [MORE]

PROTECTING AMERICA’S CROPS – SAFELY AND EFFECTIVELY

09-29-14

From beets to beans, peppers to pumpkins, farms across the country are enjoying the arrival of fall crops. For some crops, the fall yield is by far the most important. In fact, according to the USDA, the fall potato crop comprises about 90% of the total potato production in the country.[1]  In general, American farmers are responsible for producing approximately $143 billion worth of crops each year[2]—a staggering number that’s of utmost importance to the country’s economy, the economy of the agricultural industry and to the individual farmers.  [MORE]

ADDING “GREEN” TO TEXTILE MANUFACTURING

08-22-14

What makes a product “green”? More than the color, which is optional, it’s all about the process used to create it, its environmental impact and what happens after its lifespan. As awareness continues to grow regarding the importance of preserving the environment, businesses are adopting eco-friendly processes and creating sustainable products, which is why we are seeing a surge in research and development, across the globe, on different fibers and renewable raw materials to incorporate into textile production. (Many textile manufacturers are adopting tactics such as using vegetable dyes or recycled plastic for yarn in addition to cutting down on water waste.) [MORE]

LIGHTENING THE LOAD FOR THE U.S. ARMED FORCES

08-01-14

When soldiers of the U.S. armed forces are trudging through swamps, dealing with high heat or in the midst of intense negotiations, there’s no need to add extra weight to the situation—literally or figuratively. [MORE]

MANUFACTURING THAT’S MADE IN USA

06-25-14

As we celebrate America’s 238th birthday on July 4, it’s the perfect opportunity to express patriotism, reflect on our nation’s growth and discuss the importance of supporting U.S. manufacturing. [MORE]

PREPARING FOR TECHTEXTIL NORTH AMERICA 2014

05-06-14

For the 11th year, technical textiles and nonwovens industry leaders will join together to discuss the industry’s future, R&D, sustainability, and everything new in textiles. Techtextil North America will be in Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center May 13-15, and we’re excited to participate. [MORE]

AS TEXTILES EVOLVE (SO DO WE)

01-08-14

Whether it’s an industrial knit for your car seat, a medical grade mesh used in orthopedic devices, or a specially treated spacer fabric in your running shoe to cushion and cool your foot, for the past 70 years, Apex Mills has been working with customers to deliver textile solutions for their most complex challenges. [MORE]

APEX MILLS LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE

11-18-13

Apex Mills is pleased to announce that our newly redesigned website is now live. The site has many upgrades and new features, including: Complete Textile Gallery The textile gallery features hundreds of textiles from Apex Mills. For your convenience the gallery is categorized by solid knits, mesh/netting and 3D spaces. Each textile includes an image, style number, content, application uses and sample industries. You can even email or print the textile directly from the page. [MORE]

ANTIMICROBIAL TECHNOLOGIES USED IN TEXTILES ACROSS INDUSTRIES

09-15-13

Antimicrobial technologies have elevated the functionality of textiles in many industries. In the recent article “Protection from an Unseen Foe,” written by William C. Smith for Advanced Textiles Source, the discussion of the role of antimicrobials in the textile industry comes to life by illustrating the various uses the technology has in the healthcare, military and apparel industries. [MORE]

PROBLEM SHARED, PROBLEM SOLVED

05-10-13

Apex Mills provides product designers with application-specific mesh/netting, tricot and 3D spacer textile solutions. With production in the USA, we provide in-person collaboration, on-site development and quick response. [MORE]

APEX MILLS & AEROSPACE

04-22-13

Apex Mills leadership speaks about how various textiles are integral to the space program and satellite development. [MORE]

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