A recent report stated that due to advanced technology in the textile and fibre sector the American textile industry has gained new ground after years of losing market share to overseas manufacturers. In the past, the American textile companies were crowded out of the market by low-cost overseas labour.
American textile companies have also developed new niches for hi-tech fibres and textiles. These advanced products include antimicrobial fabric, fire-retardant finishes, sensor-imbued “smart fabric,” and polyester made from recycled plastic bottles. Thanks to technological advances, automation and productivity improvements, the American textile industry is finally growing more competitive.
Despite the increase in business, and even favourable domestic policies enticing foreign manufacturers to open plants in the United States, employment in the industry may continue to falter in the face of automation. But the high-tech nature of modern textiles and a drive for productivity has increased the demand for experts, including polymer chemists and dye specialists.