The fabricLink Network Announces Product Development Resource for Specialty Textile Industry
Textile Industry News Article Posted
May 12, 2010

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The fabricLink Network is proud to announce new and improved website functionality that will help solidify its standing as one of the best one-stop resource for everything fabric on the Internet. With improved search functionality, this exciting new technology allows improved access to company and product information for designers, manufacturers, and consumers on both (trade-to-consumer) and (trade-to-trade).


"The fabricLink Network was developed for the specialty fabric industry and its customers,
says Kathlyn Swantko, creator of the fabricLink Network. You focus your search on the topics that interest you and select only the information you want to see.  We know your time is valuable.  With fabricLink, there's no wasted time following links that promote services and products you're not interested in, and there are no annoying popup ads!"

Specialty manufacturing designers and product developers can investigate and narrow searches for key contacts in specific end-use applications by going to the End Use Index. This index lists the leading companies and innovations for products connected to a particular application. The index also links to presentation pages that feature detailed information about products and companies that can solve product development challenges.  This information includes fabric usage, testing results, diagrams, end use applications, samples, and industry contacts.

Since the fabric industry is so fragmented, Swantko says, her company spent most of their time making sure that visitors to her sites could quickly find and interact with other industry leaders.

"Networking is the key to developing new fabric innovations and finished products,
she says. Whether you're looking for ideas, new products to use in your designs, or for partners and suppliers for production purposes, our searchable indexes provide you with a fast and convenient way to connect."

The fabricLink Network has made its information more accessible and informative in other ways as well. In the New Product Development section, for example, visitors can find inside information on the latest in terms of both products and the companies on the leading edge of research and innovation.

Trends in product development strategy can be found in the Mudpie Fashion Forecast on website.  Top forecasts for Spring/summer 2011 are in the Trends section, which provides new colors and inspiration for the upcoming season.

Finding a particular mill or product is simple using the searchable indexes on the left hand side of the website.  Searches provide alphabetic lists by companies, trademarks, fiber/yarn, fabrics, technology/finish, and new product development.

Finally, the fabricLink Network's new and improved Overhead Search , located at the top of key pages on both and, allows searching by keywords across the thousand plus pages that make up the fabricLink Network.  Whether a consumer is looking to clean a fabric stain or a designer is looking to develop new products and usage, the new fabricLink Network can quickly and efficiently provide the best information available.
About the fabricLink Network:

Kathlyn Swantko, a textile advocate and educator, is president of fabricLink ( and founder of and ( on-line textile resources, which make up the fabricLink Network.   With about 100,000 visits per month, the award-winning (trade to consumer) and (trade-to-trade) sites provide information about new products and marketing opportunities for specialty textiles, textile-based products and services. The two sites offer valuable content and technical information, new releases on innovations, fabric descriptions, usage and care, supplier history and contacts. Seven searchable indexes makes the fabricLink Network web sites the go to resources for developers in textile, designers, in fashion, and research.   In addition, the Network offers effective platforms for all businesses, from small niche-based companies to large broad-based textile manufacturers, to reach other businesses within the supply chain and the consumer.



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