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A A. B. Carter, Inc. - (Textile Equipment & Parts) Based in Gastonia, NC, A. B. Carter, Inc. is universally recognized as a quality supplier of machines, products, parts and accessories for the yarn, carpet, fiberglass and industrial sectors of the textile and composite industry. A. B. Carter, Inc. also serves other industries with the sale of low carbon wire through our Carter Wire division ( B. Carter, Inc. products are sold worldwide through a network of sales agents with representatives in 44 countries. In addition, A. B. Carter, Inc. operates three sales and service subsidiaries located in Brazil, Hong Kong and China.
  Active Apparel Group (AAG) - Based in Brisbane, Australia, with offices globally, Active Apparel Group (AAG) offers strategic end-to-end solutions in the sourcing, development, production, and distribution of apparel products. Known for impeccable craftsmanship, AAG customers receive the benefit of over 35 years of deep technical expertise in performance textile development, garment engineering, design, and manufacturing. With a comprehensive network that reaches from Asia to Europe, AAG sources fabric from some of the world’s leading textile suppliers. Our factory features a market-leading seam-sealing, bonding, printing, and embellishment department that produces some of the most technically advanced performance and swimwear garments in the world.
  Alchemie Technology - Alchemie Technology, based in Cambridge, UK, developed breakthrough digital dyeing and finishing technologies that deliver a dramatic reduction in energy consumption and eliminate contaminated waste water emissions. Alchemie’s breakthrough proprietary technology, developed to be the best-in-class digital liquid application solution combines a large droplet size and high droplet velocity to deliver unrivalled penetration and precision into the textile fabric.
  ApJeT, Inc. - (Plasma Technology Company) Based in Morrisville, North Carolina, APJeT, Inc. develops and delivers atmospheric plasma technologies with a focus on the materials processing field. The company licenses the technology to material processing manufacturers to enable them to change and enhance the surface properties of various materials, including textiles, plastics, etc. The company offers Mini-Tex, a small scale fabric treatment system for processing narrow width and roll to roll fabrics; and APTeX, an industrial scale plasma machine for various fabric constructions. ApJeT's technology products are used in various applications, such as active and performance wear fabrics; protective fabrics for ballistics and defense; non-woven, outdoor, and automotive fabrics; and safety and protective fabrics for firefighters.
  Aquapak Polymers - Headquartered in Birmingham, in the United Kingdom, Aquapak Polymers' manufacturing center is a modern 4,700 sq. m (50,000 sq. ft.) compounding production facility and is designed to have an initial total capacity to produce in excess of 30,000 MT of Aquapak’s specially formulated pelletized resin. The site can be expanded to support production of up to 50,000 MT. Currently, two of five planned production lines are running to produce materials for existing proven market applications. To support business growth and increased capacity requirements, Aquapak is ISO 9001 certified and has compounding production facilities are planned for its main geographical markets in the US, EU and Asia.
  Astral - Established in 200, and offices in Asheville, NC, and Seattle, WA, Astral is a high performance wilderness equipment company, developed to create the least toxic, lowest impact products. Built on decades of experience and experimentation, Astral has assembled athletes, artists, and craftspeople to build the cleanest, most beautiful, and high performance gear. Astral has reduced toxic PVC foam from the PFD industry, invented breathable life jackets, won awards for its paradigm changing footwear designs, and developed the stickiest rubber ever worn on wet rock.
  Autometrix Inc. - (Equipment/Software Manufacturer) With more than 30 years of experience in pattern-making software and machine design, Autometrix is a manufacturer of cutting machines and industry-leading pattern digitizing software. Autometrix machine purchases include software, installation, and on-site training provided by an Autometrix technician. With Autometrix automation solutions, our customers maximize their resources, minimize material waste, and greatly improve their efficiency.
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B Beaulieu International Group - (Textile Manufacturer) This Belgium based textile manufacturer and member of the Beaulieu International Group, is an established leader and driving force in the global market of technical textiles. They combine a pioneering spirit with hands-on expertise. Its dedicated line-up of benchmark products is engineered to provide a tailored and high-tech response to present and future trends and demands. The result: a range of solutions that demonstrate exceptional quality and durability. Beaulieu Technical Textiles represents the cutting edge in the customer-oriented and market-specific production of polymer textiles. Its name has become a mark of excellence in the fields of carpet backings, agrotextiles, geotextiles, packaging and building textiles.
  BeBop Sensors - BeBop uses smart fabrics to create elegant sensor solutions for OEMs. Where things or people interact, BeBop Sensors comprehends force, location, size, weight, shape and presence across any size, resolution and geometry. BeBop technology is robust and proven with millions of sensors in daily use. Based in Berkeley, California, BeBop Sensors makes things knowable for product designers and visionaries.
  Bionic - Based in New York, NY, Bionic is a mission driven company dedicated to reducing the flow of single use plastics into the world's oceans through building recycling infrastructure in coastal communities and supplying the consumer and industrial markets with fully traceable, high-grade textiles and polymers made with the recovered marine and coastal plastic it collects.
  Black Ember - (Backpack Manufacturer) Working at the intersection of urban lifestyle, the Black Ember team designs and makes crafted technical backpacks with functional and aesthetic detail. Working with designers and developers for major brands like Nike and The North Face, the team adapts the best performance characteristics, as well as textiles from the outdoor and sport performance worlds, and adapts them for use in the modern urban environment. Each Black Ember pack comes with a lifetime warranty to back it up. The backpacks are durable (over-engineered), highly functional, and waterproof. Each textile or hardware specification has been carefully chosen for its particular performance characteristics and aesthetic quality.
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C Carlson Design - (Manufacturing Equipment & Software) Since 1987, Carlson Design's time-saving systems have been sold in 37 countries and are used to plot and cut a wide variety of sewn goods including sails, awnings, furniture, upholstery, marine canvas, automotive, boat covers, apparel, inflatables, kites, gliders, balloons, bags, parachutes, and even boat hulls. Located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the company offers a wide range of automated equipment for material marking and cutting. The systems are simple to setup and easy to use.
  Celenese Corporation - (Fiber Producer) Based in Dallas, TX, Celanese Corporation is a global chemical leader in producing differentiated chemistry solutions and specialty materials used in most major industries and consumer applications. The businesses use the full breadth of Celanese's global chemistry, technology and commercial expertise to create value for its customers, employees, shareholders and the corporation. As the company partners with its customers to solve their most critical business needs, Celanese strives to positively impact its communities and the world through The Celanese Foundation. Celanese employs approximately 13,000 employees worldwide and had 2022 net sales of $9.7 billion.
  Centric Software, Inc. - (PLM Software Technology) From its headquarters in Silicon Valley and offices in capitals around the world, Centric Software develops technologies for the most prestigious names in fashion, retail, footwear, luxury and consumer goods. Its flagship product lifecycle management (PLM) platform, Centric 8, delivers enterprise-class promotional planning, product development, sourcing, business planning, quality and collection management functionality, tailored to fast-moving consumer industries. Centric Cloud packages provide small businesses with extensive PLM solutions, based on innovative technology and key industry learnings.
  Chemique Adhesives - (Adhesive & Equipment Manufacturer) Based in Kennesaw, GA, Chemique Adhesives Inc. is a leader in the manufacture and supply of high performance industrial adhesives, sealants, and adhesive application equipment, offering specialist bonding solutions to North American textile industries including construction, transport, marine and commercial production.
  CMF Global, Inc. - (Industrial High-Density Irrigation Company) Based in Chula Vista, CA, CMF Global, Inc. is revolutionizing the irrigation business on golf courses, etc. with its fiber polymer-based High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) high-performance proprietary piping systems called AquaFuse. A line of heat-fused components that provide a ZERO leakage rate with no breaks, comes with a service life of more than one hundred years, and is protected with a 25-year warranty. CMF Global, Inc. is proud to have received a multitude of awards and decorations, including the 2012 Exporter of the Year for San Diego and Imperial Counties from the World Trade Center and the 2013 Exporter of the Year for San Diego and Imperial Counties from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
  CTT Group - (Textile Company Group) Quebec’s textile industry includes 400 companies specializing in the manufacture of textiles, textile-based products and knit garments. A key sector in Quebec’s economy, it produces over 50% of Canada’s textiles and employs 12,000 people. For over 150 years, the Quebec textile scene has continued to excel on the global stage thanks to its remarkable capacity for innovation in the development of added-value technical textile materials. Quebec’s fashion and apparel ecosystem has more than 77,000 workers.
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D DAP America, Inc. - (Sewing Equipment) For more than a century, Dürkopp Adler and Pfaff Industrial have been recognized around the globe for the most innovative, efficient and reliable sewing machines in the market. As these brands have now joined together, DAP America, Inc. (formerly Du?rkopp Adler America, Inc) is excited to offer this full line of premium, German brands in the Western hemisphere. In order to determine the perfect solution for each specific application and need, DAP America is committed to providing superior service and consulting to its wide-ranging clientele.
  DirecTex - (Production Component Supplier) Distribution points in Alabama, California, and Colorado; DirecTex is a trusted supplier of fabrics, webbing, plastic metal hardware, and other manufacturing supplies. Having direct access to factories, vendors and production assures that DirecTex delivers reliable excellence in product, service support and distribution to our valued customers. DirecTex also oversees custom projects and delivers required specs in a timely manner, providing hands-on quality regulation through its engineers and labs at our Dong Guan City, China facility. The company's knowledgeable staff with over 200 years of combined experience in the field works to guarantee that its customers' product needs are met to specifications, timetable and budget.
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E Eastman Machine Company - (Sewing & Cutting Equipment & Software) More than 125 years ago, Eastman introduced the first electric cloth-cutting machine, which allowed the clothing industry to evolve from the manual drudgery of cutting to a modern operation. Today, based in Buffalo, NY, the company continues to deliver engineering-based solutions that make real differences to facilities using new and high-tech materials as well as traditional textiles.
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F Fi-Tec - (Source to Manufacturers of Machines or Technical Components) Based in new offices in Richmond, VA, Fi-Tech is “your global connection” to the leading manufacturers of complete machines or technical components used in the production of Polymer, Synthetic Fibers, Nonwovens, Textiles, Converting, Perforated Products or in Tobacco Processing. In partnership with leaders in their respective fields, Fi-Tec is the premier manufacturer's representative and distribution firm serving textile industries in the Americas. Fi-Tech is constantly searching the market for the best suppliers with the best solutions to give its customers the competitive advantages needed to be successful today and into the future.
  Friedlander Sewing Machine Co. - (Sewing Machine Equipment) Based in Greenlawn, NY, this third generation family owned business specializes in the sale of new and used industrial sewing machines for the sewn products industry. Friedlander is proud to be the United States agency for Chinese made Highlead brand sewing machines. These high quality machines, with a concentration on heavy duty stitching for the leather, upholstery and canvas trades, are sold on a wholesale basis to local dealers and distributors. With the addition of the Highlead line, Friedlander Sewing Machine is the most complete source for all industrial sewing machine needs.
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G Gerber Technology - (Equipment/Software Company) Based in Tolland, Connecticut, USA, Gerber Technology has been helping companies around the world develop, manufacture and take their products to market smarter, faster and more efficiently for nearly half a century. Today, the company provides integrated software and hardware solutions to more than 78,000 customers in the aerospace, construction, furniture, fashion & apparel, transportation, technical textiles, packaging, wind energy and sign & graphics industries, including over 100 Fortune 500 companies in 130 countries. Drawing on a rich history of innovation, Gerber Technology’s leading-edge systems help customers reach their optimum by maximizing productivity and minimizing errors and waste.
  Gore-Tex - W. L. Gore & Associates (Global Materials Science Company) Based in Newark, DE, Gore is dedicated to transforming industries and improving lives. Since 1958, Gore has solved complex technical challenges in demanding environments — from outer space to the world’s highest peaks to the inner workings of the human body. With more than 12,000 Associates and a strong, team-oriented culture, Gore generates annual revenues of $4.5 billion. Through Gore Fabrics’ advancements, the Gore-Tex goal is to be free of PFCs and environmental concerns over the lifecycle of its consumer products. In this case, the goal is accomplished using non-fluorinated materials within its Gore and Gore-Tex Guaranteed To Keep the wearer Dry through its designed trademarks of W. L. Gore & Associates.
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H Henderson Sewing Machine Co. Inc. - (Sewing Equipment) Based in Andalusia, AL, Henderson Sewing Machine Co. Inc. is a global supplier of industrial sewing machines, sewing machine parts and custom automated sewing machines for the SEWING PRODUCTS INDUSTRY. The company also maintains an engineering team that designs custom automated systems to fill the needs of its customers. Henderson's “Mission” is to “Help Its Customers Be Successful” by supplying the best quality products at the most competitive prices thus creating a competitive advantage through superior customer service, advanced technology and a successful partner relationship with each.
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L Lectra - (Equipment/Software) This world leader is the developer of integrated technology solutions (software, automated cutting equipment, and associated services) specifically designed for industries using fabrics, leather, technical textiles, and composite materials to manufacture their products. The company serves major world markets: fashion and apparel, automotive, and furniture as well as a broad array of other industries. Lectra’s solutions, specific to each market, enable customers to automate and optimize product design, development, and manufacturing. With more than 1,500 employees, Lectra has developed privileged relationships with prestigious customers in more than 100 countries, contributing to their operational excellence. Lectra registered revenues of $264 million in 2015 and is listed on Euronext.
  Leister Technologies - (Laser Welding Equipment) Based in Itasca, NY, Leister Technologies manufacturers innovative and flexible Laser Plastic Welding Equipment, Process Heat Equipment and Software solutions for the assembled products industry. In addition to state-of-the-art laser welding systems, the Leister Applications Laboratory offers extensive opportunities for component testing.
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M Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc. - (Sewing Equipment) As one of many Mitsubishi Electric automation affiliates around the world, Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc., is part of a $40 billion global company serving a wide variety of industrial markets with a family of automation products including programmable logic controllers, variable frequency drives, operator interfaces, motion control systems, computer numerical controls, industrial robots, servo amplifiers and motors, and industrial sewing machines. Based in Vernon Hills, IL, the corporate philosophy of the company includes a commitment not only to providing superior solutions and service to Mitsubishi Electric customers, but also to contributing to the local community and creating a rewarding work environment for its employees.
  Modern Meadow - (Bio- Technology Company) This a purpose-driven company positioned to combine material science and biology with a mission for the wellness of people and the planet. Modern Meadow's proprietary Bio-Alloy™ and Bio-F@rm™ technology application platforms harness the unique properties of proteins to sustainably move the world away from petrochemical and animal-derived inputs without compromising performance. The company's innovations and scalable adoptions can be used to produce sustainable textile products that are 100% traceable from Lab-to-Brand™.
  Morgan Tecnica America Inc. - (Cutting & Software Manufacturing Equipment) This business enterprise was founded in Italy, and has a branch office in Montreal, QC Canada. The company is sustained by strong investments in research and development, offering machines and software which are among the largest and most comprehensive in the industry. Today, Morgan consists of a group of three companies: Morgan Tecnica Spa, which designs and manufactures a complete range of cutting room equipments; Morgan Dynamics Srl, based in Italy, is responsible for software development, and GA Morgan Dynamics Pvt. Ltd. based in Bangalore, India, for sales and technical support in the Asian market.
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N 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.
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O OROX - (Cutting & Software Solutions) Based in Italy, OROX operates in the field of high technology applied to the cutting of materials. With many years of experience, OROX develops innovated projects combining mechanic precision for the most advanced electronic control systems and operating performance software. The company’s business is deveoping automatic cutting fabric system solutions, aimed at offering technology applications machines and global services to the companies that operate in these fields.
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P Pangaia - (Materials Science Company) PANGAIA is on a mission to save our environment. We are a global collective of one heart and many hands — scientists, technologists, designers — creating essential products from innovative tech and bio-engineered materials.
  Patagonia - (Outdoor Apparel Company) Founded by Yvon Chouinard in 1973, Patagonia is an outdoor apparel company based in Ventura, California. As a certified B Corporation and a founding member of 1% for the Planet, the company is recognized internationally for its product quality and environmental activism, as well as its contributions of nearly $200 million to environmental organizations. Its unique ownership structure reflects that Earth is its only shareholder: Profits not reinvested back into the business are paid as dividends to protect the planet.
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S Sage Automotive Interiors - (Automobile Textiles) Based in Greenville, SC and part of the Asahi Kasei Group of companies, Sage Automotive Interiors is one of the world’s leading providers of automotive interior materials—seating, door panel surfaces, and headliners—to automotive Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). Global offices and manufacturing locations include North America, South America, EMEA, and Asia. Sage’s core strengths are consumer research, sustainability, and innovative problem-solving for OEMs. Sage’s vision is to continually lead the market in design, engineering, and technical capability, supported by world-class manufacturing. Sage Automotive Interiors is an Asahi Kasei company.
  Sizekick - (Software Technology Company) Putting an end to unnecessary size-related returns in fashion online retail, this Munich-based company uses artificial intelligence and computer vision technology to recommend the right clothing size to customers in partner web stores. With the help of the integrated Sizekick software and a smartphone, anyone can find the right size in a few seconds. Fashion and sports brands, but also multi-brand stores or marketplaces can integrate the "Sizekick Button" in their online store with minimal effort.
  SoftWear Automation, Inc. - (Sewn Products Robotics Company) This Atlanta-based machine-vision and robotics startup is disrupting the $100 billion sewn products industry by creating autonomous sewn products work lines in home goods, footwear and apparel. SoftWear’s fully automated Sewbots™ allow manufacturers to SEWLOCAL™, moving their supply chains closer to the customer while creating higher quality products at a lower cost.
  Springs Creative, LLC - (Textile Mill) Based in Rock Hill, South Carolina, Springs Creative is an international, deluxe soft-furnishings company, known for designer quality printed fabrics. In partnership with the Baxter Mill Archive Design Center, our collective mission is to serve Creative Professionals who endeavor to create beautiful designs and product collections, end-to-end. The company traces its roots back to 1887 and the founding of the Fort Mill Manufacturing Co., the forerunner of Springs Mills, which grew to become the largest home textiles supplier in the world. The fourth generation of the Springs/White family continues the legacy of its great name with Springs Creative, which produces apparel and home fabrics and houses the Baxter Mill Archives Design Center in Rock Hill, SC.
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T The Sweet Living Group - Developers of the ecoZinc®, a sustainable, additive technology for synthetic fabrics active apparel and medical applications.
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U Under Armour, Inc. - (Apparel Manufacturer of Athletic Products) Based in Baltimore, Maryland, Under Armour is a leading inventor, marketer, and distributor of branded athletic performance apparel, footwear, and accessories. Designed to empower human performance, Under Armour's innovative products and experiences are engineered to make athletes better.
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W William Prym Holding GmbH - (Fastener Manufacturer) Founded in 1530, The Prym Group is the oldest industrial family-owned business in Germany and one of the oldest in the world. The company consists of four divisions, Prym Consumer, Prym Fashion, Prym Intimates and INOVAN. With more than 3,600 employees and offices throughout Europe, Asia, America and Africa, Prym is a global leader in the supply of fasteners and accessories. The company collaborates with many of the world’s leading brands in jeans, activewear, men’s and women’s wear, baby and kids clothing, work apparel, technical textiles and luxury leather items.
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