WASHINGTON--House and Senate appropriating committees have included $10.5 million for textile industry research in fiscal 1998 appropriations bills expected to be considered this week.
According to the spending bills, approved last week by the Commerce, Justice, State and Judiciary Appropriations subcommittees, the National Textile Center would receive $7.5 million and the Textile/Clothing Technology Center (TC), would receive $3 million. These are the same amounts appropriated for fiscal 1997.
The Senate Appropriations Committee is expected to approve the funding today; no schedule has yet been set for House committee approval.
TC research has produced several new products and processes in the textile and apparel industries, including the automated felled-seaming machine, a high-speed cutter and a machine that detects skipped stitches. It's also doing research into three-dimensional body scanning, a process that would be used in made-to-measure apparel.
The National Textile Center is a research consortium of four universities: Auburn, Clemson, Georgia Institute of Technology and North Carolina State. NTC is working on projects involving polymer science, improving equipment speed, dyeing processes and process controls.

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