Home / Knowledge / News / Textiles / Clemson Univ to take part in US textile industry revamp
Clemson Univ to take part in US textile industry revamp
04
Apr '16
Clemson University experts will create virtual reality training programmes and help military veterans integrate into the workforce as part of a $317-million plan that aims to shake the very core of US textile manufacturing, remaking the industry into a high-tech business, the University said in a press release.

The group that will oversee the plan is Advanced Functional Fabrics of America, which includes 16 industry members, 31 universities, 72 manufacturing entities and 26 startup incubators spanning 28 states. Its formation was announced on Friday at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology by Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter.

Advanced Functional Fabrics of America predicted its efforts will lead to an increase of more than 50,000 jobs in a wide range of US industries by 2025 while advancing textile products that can see, hear, sense, communicate, monitor health, change color and store and convert energy.

Members hope that by combining previously isolated strengths they can build an engine that provides key services to industry, ranging from building prototypes to helping educate the employees who will work in textile plants of the future.

Their goal is to enable American companies to expand and capture 30 per cent of the global technical textiles market. Some of the globe's most-recognizable brands are involved, including Corning, DuPont, Intel, Nike, The North Face and Timberland, the release said.

Participants from South Carolina are the Clemson University Center for Workforce Development, Milliken, Inman Mills and the South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership.

Kris Frady, the operations director at the Center for Workforce Development, said experts from the center will create virtual reality training tools, including factory simulations specific to fibre and textile facilities, as part of a pilot program based in South Carolina.
They will also develop two iBooks on fiber and textile manufacturing careers, one targeted toward women and one for veterans.

“The textile technology revolution will need skilled employees, and that's where the Center for Workforce Development can help,” she said. “Through our participation in this initiative, the Center for Workforce Development is continuing to widen the talent pipeline from academia to industry.”

Kapil Chalil Madathil, the director of technology operations at the Center for Workforce Development, said the center's previous work in virtual reality uniquely qualifies it to participate in Advanced Functional Fabrics of America.

“We have developed several cutting-edge virtual reality simulations that allow students to repeatedly practice tasks in a safe environment,” he said. “The simulations add a level of authenticity that helps students remember their lessons.”


Must ReadView All

ITC, ICS tie up to help Moroccan textile value chain

Textiles | On 21st Apr 2018

ITC, ICS tie up to help Moroccan textile value chain

The International Trade Centre (ITC) has partnered with ICS, which...

Bangladesh garment manufacturers call for fair pricing

Apparel/Garments | On 21st Apr 2018

Bangladesh garment manufacturers call for fair pricing

Bangladesh garment manufacturers want a ‘commensurate adjustment’ by...

Pak ministry proposes extension to PM package for 2018-19

Textiles | On 21st Apr 2018

Pak ministry proposes extension to PM package for 2018-19

Pakistani textile ministry has reportedly proposed extending the...

Interviews View All

Top executives
Fashion houses, India

With technology, it has become easier to ensure IPR

Jim Desai
Blaiva Fabricaa

Fashion industry likely to remain labour-intensive in coming years

Vidhyaa Shankar. S
A Ganapathi Chettiar

'The usage of knits is getting into the boundaries of woven fabrics'

Harsh Shah

Fynd is the central online shopping destination for fashion, offering...

Nitesh Mittal

Kusumgar Corporates is a leading manufacturer of technical textiles and...

Harmeet Singh

New Delhi-based Jogindra Industries Private Limited provides an assortment ...

Mohammad Hassan
Biax Fiberfilm

About one in every 20 patients picks up an infection while hospitalised....

Suresh Patel
Sidwin Fabric

Sidwin Fabric is a manufacturer and exporter of polypropylene textiles and ...

Mark Paterson
Technical Absorbents Ltd

Mark Paterson, R&D manager of Technical Absorbents Ltd talks about Super...

Ritu Kumar
Label Ritu Kumar

‘Classics will return’ "There are a lot of people wearing western clothes ...

Sonam & Paras Modi
SVA

Sonam and Paras Modi's Sva Couture is synonymous with head-turning...

Mike Hoffman
Gildan Activewear SRL

Gildan Activewear, a manufacturer and marketer of branded clothing and...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


editorial@fibre2fashion.com

Letter To Editor






(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies





SEARCH

Leave your Comments


April 2018

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

news category


Related Categories:

Planning to Take the Leap towards
Sustainability?

Do you see sustainability as a route to business growth?

Yes No

Do you think the sustainability space has the needed tools and resources available for a business to lead change?

Yes No

Active Poll

Do you see sustainability as a route to business growth?

Yes
69.9%
No
12.6%
Skip
17.5%

Total Votes: 103

Do you think adopting a sustainable approach will be a profitable move for your business?

Yes No

Active Poll

Do you think the sustainability space has the needed tools and resources available for a business to lead change?

Yes
63.1%
No
29.1%
Skip
7.8%

Total Votes: 103

Do you want the world to know about your sustainability journey and your business’ environmental footprint?

Yes No

Active Poll

Do you think adopting a sustainable approach will be a profitable move for your business?

Yes
87.4%
No
8.7%
Skip
3.9%

Total Votes: 103

Thanks for your valuable feedback. Claim your free latest sustainability e-book.

Active Poll

Do you want the world to know about your sustainability journey and your business’ environmental footprint?

Yes
82.5%
No
7.8%
Skip
9.7%

Total Votes: 103


E-News Insight
Subscribe Today and Get the
Latest News Update in Your Mail Box.
Advanced Search