Fashion industry research reports, services and miscellaneous tools.
The Apparel Search Textile & Clothing
Research Directory provides research data as well as links to companies
that provide textile research materials. The research section is designed
to benefit members of the clothing industry as well as students and fashion
educators. If you are a professor, student, textile engineer, etc.,
we are always interested in receiving additional research papers.
If you provide educational information it will be our pleasure to provide
your fashion school or company
with credit and web site links back to your college or organization.
Aachen Textile Center,
Inc (Germany) Non-profit membership organization of companies, institutions
and individuals in the German textile industry, involved in the development
and promotion of educational programs, professional training, and research
and technology transfer.
Aktrin Textile Information
Center (United States): AKTRIN Research Institute
was founded in 1985, with the purpose of publishing industrial and economic
reports. Since 1988 the company has been fully dedicated to the secondary
wood products and the textile industries. The AKTRIN Textile Information
Center is well documented and maintains one of the largest data banks of
textile related reports and marketing studies. Over the years, The AKTRIN
Textile Information Center has gained a solid reputation for the depth of
its studies and the relevance of its publications in addressing every day
business concerns. The company is widely recognized as an authority on all
textile related matters by the media, governments and industry leaders.
Publishers of trend reports, efficiency and profitability recommendations,
and marketing studies. Also, comprehensive consulting services.
The American Textile Partnership
(AMTEX) AMTEX is a collaborative research and development program
among the industry, the Department of Energy, the DOE laboratories, other
federal agencies, and universities.
Apparel Product Development
and Marketing (Hong Kong): Research and development project, funded
by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and focused on design, technology,
information and management innovations in the apparel and fashion industries.
Extensive list of ongoing projects. Discussion forum. Links to related sites.
Network The objective of Apparel
Research Network, a Defense Logistics Agency program, is to significantly
improve the U.S. apparel industry's ability to meet DoD requirements through
research, development, and technology transfer for the apparel and related
industries, such as distribution, equipment, and materials suppliers.
Apparel Search Company: Apparel Search is obviously the BEST place to research information
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The Apparel Strategist is the premier business journal of the apparel
and textile industries available today. Their
readership extends to board rooms, Wall Street, The Far East - anywhere
decision-makers require timely, pertinent information to help run their
business more effectively. Their publication is
designed to allow you to see all the current trends
in the industry at a glance, and is a must read for strategic planners,
marketing departments, company libraries, lenders to the
fashion industry, institutional investors, or anyone else that needs
to have the vital statistics of the apparel and textile industries delivered
to them each month. For the past 18 years, they
have been accurately reporting, predicting, and graphically
displaying the business cycles in the industry, the reasons behind them,
and what it means to you. Sometimes it's promising, sometimes it's not;
either way it's required information to compete effectively in today's difficult
Apparel Technology and Research
Center: (ATRC) was founded in 1992 on the California State Polytechnic
University, Pomona campus. The intent was to provide outreach support and
direct services to operating apparel manufacturing and contracting businesses.
that most businesses are small, fashion oriented and labor intensive, activities
of the ATRC were planned in relation to the needs of California and West
Coast apparel companies in an effort to upgrade their operations to improve
Universities for Textiles (AUTEX) (Belgium): Roof organization of global
universities, offering training, education, research and technology transfer
in textiles, and textile related facilities.
Industry Research: learn about the bridal industry.
British Textile Technology Group :
(BTTG) is an independent research and technology center with roots in the
textile industry but providing a wide range of services applicable also
in many other spheres of industry and commerce. Specialist topics include
textiles, materials science, biotechnology, environmental science, carpets
and cleaning, geotextiles and fire technology. The overall aim is
to work in partnership with clients to move their business forward through
expert consultancy, research, testing, training and certification services.
Clothing Industry Training Board
(CITB) (South Africa) Education and professional training facility of
the local textile and garment industry. Also, programs for the leather and
footwear, automobile, retail and agricultural sectors.
CITEVE. Technological Centre for
the Textile and Garment Industries (Portugal):Non-profit institute,
created to further the development of technical and technological capacities
of the local textile and clothing companies. Company directory. Outline
of training courses. List of publications. FAQ. English and Portuguese.
Clotex. Clothing and Textile Service
Centre (South Africa): Information, advice and training services
to the local textile and garment industries. Textile science and fashion
chat boards. Links to related sites.
CSIR (South Africa): Sourcing
and developing of science and technologies for the African industry. Design,
development and laboratory services for the textile, clothing and related
industries. Also, technology acquisition and implementation.
(DTNW), Krefeld, Germany German textile research center.
leading provider of learning and
knowledge products. They are proud
to be one of the world's most trusted sources of information on
every topic imaginable.
European Apparel & Textile Organization): EURATEX acts on behalf of
the European textile and clothing industry with European institutions on
matters of common interest, relating to decisions or legislation affecting
the industry. The subjects concern principally commercial and industrial
policies, research and innovation, environmental
and social issues.
Their mission is to provide retailers and consumers with education and information
about fabrics, apparel and clothing care, and mills, manufacturers and fiber
producers with a forum to create awareness and interest in their products
through educational presentations.
Fabric Development Inc.:
they research, develop & supply fabrics. Address: 1100 Virginia
Drive Suite 400, Fort Washington, PA 19034 Phone # 215 542 2433
Fax # 215 542 1626.
for Textile Research (DTNW)(Germany): Non-profit organization, funded
by industry and government, involved in fundamental and applied research
in production prosesses and performance of textiles. Based in the University
The Harvard Center for Textile & Apparel
of Textile Technology and Science (TMTE) (Hungary): Membership organization
for specialists, technicians, engineers, economists and entrepreneurs, active
in research and development of the local textile and garment industries.
English, Hungarian and German.
IBIS World: a rich source of business
information. They provide independent, accurate, comprehensive, and up to
date research on over 700 industries, including statistics, analysis and
forecasts. IBISWorld is fast becoming the world's leading strategic
Business Information provider offering a wealth of uniquely
comprehensive and powerful information on a number of economies
around the globe.
Institute of Textile Technology
(United States): Private, non-profit institute for textile research and
education, providing training at graduate level. The institute maintains
one of the largest textile research and development libraries in the world,
keeping the textile industry apprised of global research findings.
International Fabricare Institute: The
association of Drycleaners, Wetcleaners and Launderers.
ITRU GROUP LTD
(International Textile Research Unit ):
concentrates on specific problems of mills as well as research and development
in textile industry. Their intention is to improve
your mill running conditions to the level of international standards to
achieve lower cost of production, optimum quality of products and higher
mill performance levels through R&D projects ,Knowledge Based Pc-programs
and Management Systems Address: Velioglu
Cad. 89/7 Mahmutbey Istanbul
Phone: 90-212-6575692 Fax: 90-212-6300939
Contact: Fatih Kalli-R&D Management
Market Reader Pro was launched in October, 2000 as a full-service
market research company that utilizes online web surveys to collect data
directly from a broad range of consumers on their behaviors, perceptions,
needs, attitudes, and opinions.
global information coverage and for
maintaining a reputation as a leading provider of products and
services that deliver unique, dependable and original market
National Textile Center
University research consortium.
Consortium of Georgia Tech, Auburn University, Clemson
University, and North Carolina State University.
Nonwovens Cooperative Research Center: The mission of the Center is to become a national, pivotal resource:
- To carry out fundamental and applied research in
science and technology of the nonwovens industry.
- To educate and train scientists and technologists
to stimulate and sustain the industry's future growth.
- To develop diverse mechanisms for active technology
transfer to the industry.
- To encourage and coordinate new research and development
among interested academic researchers at U. S. universities.
To assist in the economic development of the local &
Northern India Textile Research
Association (NITRA) (India): Part of a group of four facilities, involved
in basic and applied scientific research and development for the textile
industry. Also, testing and consultancy services, and organizers of seminars
and workshops. List of publications.
Online Clothing Study: A Knowledge center for Clothing and Fashion students and garment
industry professionals. We mainly focus on Apparel manufacturing and industrial
Engineering processes from basics to advanced level.
Research and Markets: leading source for
international market research and market data. They
provide you with the latest data on international and regional
markets, key industries, the top companies, new products and the
Saxon Textile Research Institute
(Germany): Application oriented research and development projects for the
textile and nonwovens industries. Also, extensive laboratory testing and
certification services. English and German.
SITRA. South India
Textile Research Association (India): Joint venture between government
and business, dedicated to applied research on textile processes, consulting,
materials testing and training.
Textile Research Institute (Germany): Non-profit organization, dedicated
to applied research on textile processing methods and technologies. On-line
library of technical articles. English and German.
TC Squared [TC]2
Textile Clothing Technology Corporation.
Spoolio: CD rom education tool
Tekot International: European
patnership between UK, Danish and Dutch training and education centers for
the textile and clothing industries. Vocational and educational qualification.
Training courses and consultancy. Educational materials and custom designed
Textile Center of Minnesota
(United States):Coalition of artists, educators, organizations, businesses,
collectors and enthousiasts, dedicated to the development and promotion
of educational programs, special events and projects related to the preservation
of textile traditions of the Upper Midwest. Links to member organizations,
art galleries and events.
Resources Council (THRC) (Canada): Non-profit partnership between trade
unions and industry, involved in the developmentof training and education
programs in the textile industry. List of programs, and demo for web based
(United Kingdom): Textiles Intelligence is a research and publishing company.
They supply business information to the world's senior textile executives
on the global fibre, textile and apparel industries. Subjects include: reports
on developing and developed economies; company profiles; world trade and
production trends by geographical region; new technological developments
and innovations; marketing information and forecasts; trade regulations,
tariffs, quotas and government controls; and informed editorial comment
on the key issues facing the global fibre, textile and apparel industries.
Textiles Intelligence Suite 6, First Floor Alderley House Alderley Road
Wilmslow Cheshire SK9 1AT United Kingdom
The Textile Institute International (Headquarters
in Manchester, UK) A forum for informing the 7000 Textile Institute members
and the world about textile activities. TI is a worldwide professional association
for people working with fibres and fabrics, clothing and footwear,interior
and technical textiles.
Textiles Research and Training Institute (United States): Eastern Michigan
University. Non-profit organization, dedicated to education, research and
training of professionals and consumers on uses of textiles in automotive,
furniture and apparel applications.
Textile Technology Center (TTC)
(Canada): Private, non-profit corporation devoted to improving productivity
in the textile and para-textile industries. Applied research and testing
services for textile materials and products. English and French.
Thailand Textile Institute: Autonomous organization, funded by government and industry, and focusing
on technical, marketing and human resource development activities in the
Thai textile industry. Business information, news, statistics and trade
TRI/Princeton: founded in 1930
as the Textile Research Institute, is an independent, nonprofit organization
that serves clients in government, industry, and academia throughout the
United States and abroad. Though originally established to assist the textile
industry in staying competitive, over the decades, TRI has extended its
expertise to provide advanced research and education in polymers, fibers,
films, human hair, and porous materials with special strengths in:
- Surface Science
- Microstructure and Nanostructure Characterization
- Solid-Liquid Interactions
- Fluid Flow in Porous Media
- Process-Structure-Property Relationships
- Modeling of Sorption and Transport Phenomena
- Instrument Development
Professional Education Programs
The University of Texas at Austin (Textiles and Apparel
Research) : State-of-the-art
research laboratories include those designed for textiles testing instrumentation,
three dimensional imaging, apparel mass customization technology, biopolymers,
and textile conservation. Academic computing facilities at the University
of Texas rank highly among the nation's finest, consistently maintaining
cutting edge technology, accessibility, and skilled technical support. The
campus-wide network, established in 1993, is one of the oldest and most
active networks in the United States today. The University of Texas at Austin
bears the fifth largest academic library in the United States today, containing
more than 7.6 million volumes and 5 million microforms. UT Library Online
offers online access to hundreds of licensed bibliographic and full-test
databases. Comprises more than 3,000 culturally and historically significant
artifacts of apparel, accessories of dress, and various textiles. The oldest
piece dates to the early 1800s, and every major period of fashion since
the mid 19th century is well represented.
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