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What is Textile Connect?
Textile Connect is a website that was created and is maintained at the North Carolina State University College of Textiles. It is designed to serve as an information warehouse that  “connects” global textile event, product, market, and company information from government, industry, and academic sources to the textile complex.  Textile Connect is the umbrella site for both North Carolina Textile Connect and South Carolina Textile Connect.

How is Textile Connect maintained?
Whereas personnel from the College of Textiles will continuously update the website, the future content of Textile Connect is highly dependent on you, the members of the textile complex. The most useful websites are those that are created in collaboration with the users themselves. If you have any information you would like to see added to the website, or suggestions for future website developments, please contact us using the email link.

Who is part of the Textile Complex?
The textile complex includes more than just the traditional textile manufacturing industries composed of yarn, fabric, apparel, and home furnishings producers. It also includes:

  • Pre-production inputs and activities such as raw materials, fibers, research, design, development, and inbound logistics
  • Production of diverse products for markets outside of the apparel and home furnishings markets such as the medical, transportation, industrial, sports, and agriculture markets
  • Post-production activities including distribution, wholesale, packaging, labeling, marketing, retail, and after-sale services
  • Supporting environment consisting of machinery, training institutions, trade associations, and regulatory bodies.

How was the Textile Connect textile value chain created?
The first step taken to develop Textile Connect was a redefinition of the textile industry to encompass the entire textile complex using all of the industries listed above and applying them to the value chain framework. To identify the specific actors that comprise each of these industries, North American Industrial Classification codes (NAICS) were identified and matched to each industry based on empirical research and the compilation of several datasets and resources over the last two years.

One of the unique features of the website is the ability to traverse through the information for each stage of the value chain through the use of a visual depiction. The visualization is designed to give users a better sense of how the textile complex is connected, and to introduce new ideas on where value can be added, new markets can be served, and new resources that are available to assist in this process.

The value chain reference model and the original content of the Textile Connect websites were developed in conjunction with Stacey Frederick’s doctoral dissertation research. If you have additional questions about the model, please contact Stacey at stacey.frederick@gmail.com