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The National Council of Textile Organizations announced that Marty Moran, chief executive officer of Georgia-based Buhler Quality Yarns Corp., has been elected as the firm’s 2018 chairman. Moran served as the 2017 NCTO vice chairman.

Assuming the role of vice chairman is Don Bockoven, president and ceo of South Carolina-based Leigh Fibers, a firm that converts textile waste into fiber solutions, and ICE Recycling.

At NCTO’s 15th annual meeting this week, outgoing chairman William “Bill” V. McCrary Jr. delivered the 2018 State of the U.S. Textile Industry Address and shared a thorough analysis of the U.S. textile industry by outlining the current state of affairs and underscoring the organization’s mission and goals. The meeting took place on March 22 at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C.

McCrary, a chairman and ceo of William Barnet & Son, a synthetic fiber, yarn and polymer firm based in South Carolina, homed in on three areas of focus: U.S. textile supply chain economic, employment and trade data; 2018 policy priorities of domestic textile manufacturers and upcoming NCTO events.

NCTO, a trade association based in Washington, D.C., that represents the U.S. textile industry, supervises all textile policy affairs that impact the production chain and oversees key international trade negotiations, congressional initiatives and federal procurement and regulatory matters, according to the firm. Among other changes within the organizations, the NCTO recently announced its merger with the American Fiber Manufacturers Association, effective April 1, as well as launched its new website, Textiles in the News, stylized as “TIN.”

National Council of Textile Organizations Now Offers Industry News Via ‘TIN’

U.S. exports of fiber, textiles and apparel totaled $28.6 billion in 2015 and capital expenditures for textile and apparel production amounted to $2.4 billion in 2016, all according to the AFMA. The U.S. textile supply chain employed 550,500 people in 2017, the AFMA reported.

And textile industry’s growth is perhaps best illustrated by the numbers: In 2017, the value of U.S. man-made fiber and filament, textile, and apparel shipments totaled approximately $77.9 billion, according to the NCTO. The organization said this “is an uptick from the $74.4 billion in output in 2016 and an increase of 16 percent since 2009.” McCrary noted that the U.S. is “especially well-positioned globally in fiber, yarn, fabric and non-apparel sewn products markets; it was the world’s fourth largest individual country exporter of those products in 2016.”

And the firm reported that “investment in fiber, yarn, fabric, and other non-apparel textile product manufacturing has more than doubled from $960 million in 2009 to $2.1 billion in 2016.”

Overall, McCrary said the U.S. textile industry is on an upswing: “The numbers show the fundamentals for the U.S. textile industry are sound. This is true even though some markets for U.S. textiles and apparel were soft last year. For the most part, any sluggishness was due to factors beyond control, such as disruption in the retail sector caused by the shifting of sales from brick and mortar outlets to the internet. With that said, the U.S. textile industry’s commitment to capital re-investment and a continued emphasis on quality and innovation make it well-positioned to adapt to market changes and take advantage of opportunities as 2018 moves along.”

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