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Advancements in the Textile Industry

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much to consider when starting this journey – demanding deadlines, high project costs, internal vs external expertise, outdated technology—these are a sampling of scenarios experienced as we go through the steps it takes to complete a project.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

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

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]

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]