Posted February 12, 2018 11:14:19 The textiles industry is a hot-button issue in North Carolina.
A recent survey found that 78 percent of textile workers in the state said they were dissatisfied with their job, with 70 percent saying they were discouraged from taking on new roles.
So how do you get a textile manufacturer to produce better textiles?
That’s where the textiles factory comes in.
The Asheville-based Textiles Industries Alliance, or TIA, is an alliance of textile manufacturers and producers who are seeking to help textile workers transition to a post-consumer industry.
TIA is part of a nationwide effort to make textiles more affordable for consumers, and they’ve been working for a long time to make that happen.
As the organization’s website states, “textiles are the future of textile production.”
In fact, a 2013 report by the United States Census Bureau found that textile manufacturing jobs grew by 23 percent between 2007 and 2022.
This year, the industry is poised to make an even bigger impact on North Carolina’s economy, as textile manufacturers have increased their share of the market to 12.6 percent.
According to the NC-GA, the textile industry employs more than 4 million people in North Carolinas, and it’s expected to grow by nearly 15 percent in 2021.
This growth comes as the industry continues to evolve in terms of production, and as textiles become more affordable.
This new technology is helping textile manufacturers to better manage their costs, and to meet the needs of consumers.
According, the majority of textile products sold in North America today are made with a low-cost manufacturing process called non-textile processes, or N-SiO 2 .
The non-fibre textiles that are made using this process, such as clothing, are often less expensive than traditional fibres, so consumers are more willing to buy these products.
The N-NiO 2 process is an industrial process where a substance is mixed with an organic solvent to create a finished product.
This process can be used for fabric, textiles and textiles-based products.
N-TiO 2 processes are generally used in textiles to produce materials like textiles for industrial applications.
While the industry has been struggling with this trend, the technology is rapidly changing.
“In North Carolina, it’s about the cost of production,” said Matthew Hock, the group’s founder.
“When you look at the cost per pound of the materials, it goes up from about $3.00 to $5.00.
So we see an opportunity to really leverage the N-FiO 2 technology to really help our workers.”
The group is partnering with the North Carolina State Fair to help increase the number of textile industry jobs in the Triangle, which is currently in the midst of a manufacturing renaissance.
The textile industry’s growth is expected to increase from 1,000 textile jobs to 2,000 in the next five years.
This increase in textile jobs comes as textile prices continue to decrease, making them competitive with traditional fibrous textile products.
In North Carolina alone, textile prices have decreased from $1.00 per pound in 2016 to $0.25 in 2019, according to a recent study from the International Labor Organization.
The study also found that North Carolina textile prices fell by nearly a quarter between 2016 and 2019.
The trend could continue, as Hock and his colleagues have been working hard to raise awareness of this technology to make it easier for textile workers to transition to new jobs.
“We see the potential to increase employment for textile industry workers through the introduction of a higher quality N-fiO 2 textiles in North Charleston, where we are currently working with the NC State Fair,” said Hock.
“This is something that’s really important for our industry, and we’re really excited to be a part of this.”
The textile manufacturing industry is expected increase in employment to more than 6,000 jobs by 2021, according the Textiles Industry Alliance.
That number is expected grow to nearly 10,000 by 2025.
According the textile industry, the benefits are huge.
The average textile worker earns between $13,000 and $15,000 a year, and that’s with a high degree of training, according TIA.
With these textile jobs, textile manufacturers can offer more training and jobs to their workers, as well as to other businesses in the area.
“It’s important to realize that a lot of the textiling industry is not going to be in Northampton County,” said TIA’s founder and CEO, Mark Seltzer.
“And Northampton is a rural area, so there’s a lot more opportunities for textile manufacturers in the city of Charlotte, which also has textile manufacturing as a key part of its economy.”
The textile manufacturing industry employs approximately 5,000 people across the state of North Carolina and employs around 200,000 North Carolinians.