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Nice Gain (Textile Mill) Based in Nanjing, China, near Shanghai, and founded in 1995 for the manufacture of sliver knit pile fabrics, Nice Gain has grown to become a leading supplier of top quality pile, faux furs and finished pile garments. Nice Gain is owned and operated by a US-educated staff well versed in product development and the operation of state-of-the-art equipment. Concept III Textiles markets Nice Gain fabrics in the U.S. and Canada.

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Nan Ya Plastics Corporation (Polyester Fiber Producer) Founded in 1958, Nan Ya Plastics Corporation maintains four main product categories including plastics processing, plastic materials, electronics materials and polyester product. Nan Ya Plastics Corporation is the world's largest manufacturer of secondary plastics in terms of production capacity. It is also a leading manufacturer of polyester fibers and copper clad laminates for electronic materials in the world. SAYA Next


  NanoHorizons (Technology) NanoHorizons, Inc. focuses on nanotechnology applications in the fiber, medical, semiconductor and analytic chemistry markets. Founded in 2002, the company is a leading innovator in using applied nanotechnology to solve real problems. In addition to SmartSilver™ nanoparticle-based additives and antimicrobial fibers, NanoHorizons' products and application introductions include QuickMass™, the Postflex process, and a nanoscale-engineered solar cell technology. The company's founder also founded the Penn State NanoFabrication Facility, a part of the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network. SmartSilver™

  Nanotex (Nanotechnology Solutions Company) Based in Bloomfield Hills, MI, and a Crypton Companies owned business, Nanotex has been developing patented and branded environmentally responsible textile performance solutions since 1993. The company’s flagship product, CRYPTON® Fabric, revolutionized the use of fabrics in the healthcare, hospitality, government, education and contract segments. In 2013, Crypton acquired Nanotex, which was among the first to market nanotechnology solutions for textiles when it was founded in 1998. Since that time, Nanotex technology has been significantly enhanced, integrated with DNA markers to protect against counterfeiting and is being re-launched through a new integrated marketing and promotion campaign. Nano-Tex® All Conditions Fleece

Nano-Tex® Coolest Comfort

Nano-Tex® Dry Inside

Nano-Tex® Neutralizer

Nano-Tex® Releases Stains

Nano-Tex® Repels Spills & Releases Stains

Nano-Tex® Resists Spills

Nano-Tex® Resists Static

  National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) (Association) This unique association represents the entire spectrum of the textile sector. From fibers to finished products, from machinery manufacturers to power suppliers, NCTO is the voice of the U.S. textile industry. NCTO's mission is focused on creating powerful national and international alliances to advance the interests of the U.S. textile sector. As an organization, it is unrivaled in its composition which allows each segment of the industry to have a vote in determining NCTO policy. The centerpiece of NCTO is the four separate councils representing the fiber, yarn, fabric, and supplier industries, each with its own board representation.
  National Textile Industries (Fabric Manufacturer) National Textile Industries, has been supplying broadcloth and trimmings since 1958. Today, National Textile Industries converts poly cotton broadcloth for a wide range of manufacturers from the home furnishings market to the medical market. In addition, its bias binding division produces approximately 295 million yards of trimming a year. National Textile Industries has developed an unsurpassed reputation in the industry for quality fabric and trims in its stock program of over 150 solid colors.
  NatureWorks LLC NatureWorks LLC is a company dedicated to meeting the world’s needs today without compromising the earth’s ability to meet the needs of tomorrow. Today, NatureWorks is a world leading biopolymers supplier and innovator with its Ingeo portfolio of naturally advanced materials made from renewable, abundant feedstocks with performance and economics that compete with oil-based intermediates, plastics, and fibers, and provide brand owners new cradle-to-cradle options after the use of their products.
  Nester Hosiery This company is committed to the single, simple goal of creating the world’s best wool socks by exclusively using an all-American recipe: US merino, US manufacturing, and US workers. With its supply chain completely within the U.S., Nester Hosiery's Farm to Feet socks ensure the highest quality materials and end products, while having as little impact on the environment as possible. Once the wool is grown and sheared in the Rocky Mountains, the remaining processes take place within 300 miles of its sustainability-focused knitting facility in Mt. Airy, NC. All Farm to Feet socks feature seamless toe closures, a comfort compression fit from the top through the arch, and superior cushioning for ultimate performance and comfort.
  Next Fiber Technology Based in Frederick, MD, Next Fiber Technology is the producer of NanoGLIDE™ and CuTEC™. These two products work across the entire apparel value chain, creating value for fabric mills, garment makers and brands; world wide. The business is comprised of an impressive line-up of global consumer brands that utilize the powerful NanoGLIDE™ and CuTEC™ brands, to deliver comfort and fashion in premium garments and socks globally. Next Fiber Technology is creating value that will encompass the breadth of consumer clothing - from innerwear to outerwear. CuTEC™


  Nextec Applications Inc.  (Technology) Nextec Applications, Inc. has pioneered a new process for creating performance fabrics. By using precise polymer placement and special chemistries, protection is placed inside the fabric, encapsulating the actual woven fibers. The company's design and management teams are leaders in the production of high performance fabrics for a broad range of markets including outdoor gear, performance apparel, industrial applications and protective products. Nextec's extensive R&D capabilities cover fabric characterization, polymer research and development and a full range of ASTM and AATCC fabric testing. Nextec is best known for its EPIC by Nextec® fabrics. EPIC

  NexTex Innovations, Inc. (Textile Technology Company) Based in Atlanta, GA, this inventor, co-creator, and licensor of textile technologies for the apparel, accessories, and textile community at large. Our entrepreneurial culture, in conjunction with global manufacturing partnerships, allows us to quickly respond to consumer demands and accelerate the commercialization of differentiated products. ParticleScreen™


  NFW (circular platform - plastic-free perf. materials) (Platform - Plastic-free Performance Materials) Based in Peoria, Illinois, NFW is a product platform that spans sheet goods, textiles, molded composites, and foams. NFW follows three ground rules in everything they develop: start well, stay clean, and end well. The multi-material platform serves a wide range of industries, from fashion and footwear to automotive and upholstery. NFW technology seamlessly embeds into existing supply chains, enabling the world’s most iconic brands to design and scale products with high-performance, naturally circular materials. NFW makes global brands more sustainable, created without the use of plastics.
  NGC Software (Apparel/Fashion Software Technology) When NGC Software was founded in 1982, the company had a simple but revolutionary idea: to develop best-in-class software for apparel and fashion companies. Thirty years later, NGC Software has expanded from a single office in Miami to a global organization with offices throughout North America, Latin America and Asia to support NGC's customers around the world. Today, NGC offers a suite of best-of-breed enterprise solutions for PLM, global sourcing/supply chain management and ERP, along with a full range of consulting services.
  Nice Gain (Textile Mill) Based in Nanjing, China, near Shanghai, and founded in 1995 for the manufacture of sliver knit pile fabrics, Nice Gain has grown to become a leading supplier of top quality pile, faux furs and finished pile garments. Nice Gain is owned and operated by a US-educated staff well versed in product development and the operation of state-of-the-art equipment. Concept III Textiles markets Nice Gain fabrics in the U.S. and Canada.

NiceGain Textiles
  Nike With the mission to bring innovation and inspiration to every athlete in the world, NIKE, Inc. fosters a culture of invention. The company creates products, services and experiences for today’s athlete, while solving problems for the next generation. Sustainability is a catalyst for revolutionizing the way NIKE, Inc. does business – by innovating better solutions to create a limitless future that benefits athletes, the company and the world.
  Nikwax North America, Inc. Founded by Nick Brown, an avid hiker and traveler, in 1977, the Nikwax waterproofing wax was designed to keep his leather hiking boots dry. Today, Nikwax is the trusted global leader in environmentally safe aftercare solutions. Nikwax products extend the performance life of technical clothing, footwear and equipment. Nikwax’s 40+ year commitment to clean chemistry means never using PFCs or aerosols, and not testing on animals. The carbon balanced company’s product line is water-based and biodegradable. All product bottles are made from 100% recycled plastic that can also be recycled. Nikwax North America is a subsidiary of Nikwax Ltd, a UK company. Nikwax Hydrophobic Down Recycled

Nikwax Hydrophobic Down+

  Nilit Corporate America  (Fiber/yarn Producer) Nilit is the international manufacturer of fine and super fine yarns for the fashion legwear and bodywear markets. The company is a pioneer in the devolpment of nylon microfibers and their applications. The Sensil® brand comprises Nilit's family of 6.6 polyamide yarns. NILIT® Fashion Fibers

Nilit® Performance Fibers


  Noble Biomaterials, Inc. (Fiber Producer) Silver fiber is the silver bullet in Noble Biomaterials' business model. The company markets and distributes X-Static® and XT2™, silver fiber technologies used in manufacturing textiles, home fashions, military boots and apparel, medical garments, and a variety of other consumer products. X-Static and XT2™ are effective anti-microbial and have proven anti-static, heat transfer, and therapeutic properties as well. X-Static®

  nova-institut (Textile Research) This private and independent research institute, founded in 1994, the nova nova-Institut for political and environmental innovation GmbH offers research and consultancy with a focus on the transition of the chemical and material industry to renewable carbon: How to substitute fossil carbon with biomass, direct CO2 utilisation and recycling. The company offers its unique understanding to support the transition of businesses into a climate neutral future.
  NuDown (Outdoor Apparel Manufacturer)Entrepreneur Jeff Pickett founded NuDown, Inc. when he purchased the apparel side of Klymit, a Utah-based maker of outdoor equipment and apparel, in a friendly spinout in 2013. NuDown’s business model is focused on bringing outerwear with clean technology and high performance features to the outdoor industry and consumers. NuDown develops and secures proprietary technologies and patents, some of which will be licensed.
  Nüwa® Textiles  (Full-Service Textile Company) Nüwa® Textiles is the next step in the evolution of the textile industry—--a choice for manufacturers seeking fabric offering environmentally friendly manufacturing protocols. Nüwa employs strategies that include advanced energy production, water conserving dyeing machinery, emissions recycling and effluent treatment. Committed to achieving equilibrium between performance and eco-consciousness, Nüwa Textiles offers: 1)Dedicated textile engineering, insuring speedy fabric development and solutions to suit its customer’s specific needs; 2)Production of a full range of nylon, polyester, and recycled polyester for bags, apparel and sleeping bags; 3)World-class fabric mills and dyeing and finishing plants complying with Oeko-Tex® and ISO-14001 standards. Nüwa is currently completing bluesign® certification. NüHyde™


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