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Antex Knitting Mills

Antex Knitting Mills


Antex Knitting Mills is a vertical knitting, dyeing, and printing company established in Los Angeles in 1973.  The company produces approximately 1.5 million yards of fabric per week.  Its traditional business is to provide fashionable knitted  fabrics to the junior, contemporary, and children's markets.  In 2004, Antex added the Antex Premier Performance division to provide technical fabrics to the outdoor and activewear markets. 

Antex prides itself  on its flexibility in servicing its customers' needs in providing competitively priced, high quality fabrics and quick deliveries.  It is the company's goal to service the needs of the apparel industry by offering fabrics that appeal to the fashion, lifestyle, and performance driven consumer.

This new division is an extension to Antex's traditional knitting business.  Through the use of the company's Matchmaster Dye House, Antex has the ability to monitor the entire fabric development process all the way through to the finished fabric, including dyeing, printing, and finishing.

To set itself apart from other knitters in the performance fabric market, Antex maintains several fine gauge knitting machines, in the 32, 34, 36, 38 cut range, which allows the company to produce some very unique performance fabrics.  These  fine gauge machines have the ability to produce warp-knit  like tricot fabrics  on circular knitting machines.

Antex Premier Performance line of  technical fabrics includes several weights of tightly  constructed circular knits, containing  varying amounts of Lycra®, many finished with a sueded surface.  Antex uses a special peaching machine in the finishing process of some performance fabrics to give an exceptionally soft  hand.  The peaching machine, not only brushes the fabric evenly, but it also allows for controlling the amount of sueding that is done to a fabric, ranging from just a touch to a heavier sueded finish that has the feel of a fleece.  Some of the performance yarns used by Antex Premier Performance include:

  • Meryl® nylon and Meryl® Skinlife
  • Spandex
  • Lycra®
  • Polypropylene
  • Coolmax®
  • Reflexx™
  • Augusta
  • Sorbtek ®

Green Line™ by Antex:
  This new line of environmentally friendly cotton fabrics, made from organic cotton, is a new development from Antex Premier Performance.  The collection is targeted towards the yoga and other casually active sportswear markets. Green Line™ is available with moisture management and/or antimicrobial finishes.

Antex Knitting

The Antex knitting department consists of 300 high-speed, multi-feed, state-of-the-art machines. The equipment, ranging from 14 to 38 cut machines, provides the capabilities to produce a wide range of fabrics including:

  • Interlocks

  • Jerseys

  • Ribs

  • Thermals

  • Novelties (both single and double knit)

  • Yarn-dyed stripes

  • Fleece

  • French Terrys

Most machines are equipped with feeders to add spandex to any fabric.  Antex uses only the finest yarns, including cotton, rayon, nylon, polyester, microfibers, and novelties.

Dyeing and Finishing

All of Antex's fabrics are dyed, finished, or printed in the company's dye house, Matchmaster Dyeing and Finishing.  The dyeing is done in 30 pressure jets, using the finest reactive dyes available in the market.  Special finishes available include:

  • Sueding

  • Sanding

  • Brushing

  • Stain Release

  • Moisture Management

  • Water Repellent

  • Anti-Microbial

  • UV Pprotection

Prior to shipping, all necessary lab testing and quality inspections are performed on the fabric.  The Antex laboratory is approved by major retailers (Gap,Target, Wal-Mart, JCPenney), and all tests correlate with MTL and SGS regulations.


Antex maintains a library of several thousand print patterns developed by the company's print designers, as well as a design studio that produces original artwork.  Antex has the capability to print up to 18 colors per patterns on its state-of-the-art printing machines.  Several printing techniques used by the company include:

• Wet printing on cellulosic Fibers (reactive dyes, resist and discharge)

• Wet printing on polyamide fibers (acid dyes for swimwear)

• Wet printing on polyester fibers (disperse dyes)

• Pigment printing

PyroSafe by Antex®
PyroSafe by Antex®, a new line of flame resistant cotton knits, which offers protective clothing manufacturers dramatic new possibilities to expand their lines of fire resistant clothing by introducing the softest, most comfortable and most durable fabrics on the market for industrial applications. Pyrosafe fabrics are currently in use by the U.S. Military. 
PyroSafe by Antex® Qualities:

  • Lifetime Flame Resistance Guarantee: This revolutionary proprietary process for knit cotton and cotton blend fabrics is flame resistant for the life of the garment.
  • Unmatched Comfort: These cotton and cotton blended knits are extremely soft and breathable, with the added benefit of better stretch and movement.
  • Protective Performance: Superior test results in electric arc and flash fire testing make our fabrics ideal for the protective clothing industry and enhanced employee safety.
  • Durability: These fabrics pass 100 industrial launderings and still maintain their flame resistant properties, which makes PyroSafe fabrics superior to competitive fabrics in the market.  PyroSafe fabrics maintain their original appearance after repeated washings.

DRY INSIDE PERFORMANCE COTTON is an innovative line of cotton fabrics, developed in 2007 for the high performance and under garment markets through an exclusive partnership between Antex and Nano-Tex.


  • DRY INSIDE is a 100% natural performance cotton fabric that moves moisture from the inside to the outside of a garment, keeping the wearer dry and comfortable in active or athletic situations.
  • DRY INSIDE fabrics wick moisture from the skin side and instantly transfer it to the outside of the fabric, keeping the inside against the skin totally dry, thereby eliminating stickiness, friction and chafing.
  • DRY INSIDE fabrics have a natural, soft cotton feel.  The exclusive Nano-Tex technology keeps the wearer dry and comfortable in active or lifestyle situations.

For more information visit the Antex Knitting Mills web site.

Or, Contact: Anna Tenenblatt, Vice President

For more information on Antex’s Industrial Fabrics and PyroSafe by Antex®, contact the Antex Industrial Division:

Dennis James or Alan Gitomer,


Antex Knitting Mills
3750 South Broadway Place
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Phone: 323-232-2061
Matchmaster, Inc.
Dyeing and Finishing
3700 South Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Phone: 323-233-4281