Nanocomp joins public-private partnership to advance fiber and textile manufacturing

Posted by Jenn Houston on Apr 5, 2016 10:15:35 AM
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Nancomp is participating in eighth manufacturing innovation institute to help accelerate the revival of textiles manufacturing in the United States

April 4, 2016 - Nanocomp, manufacturer of Miralon™ advanced materials, is a partner in a new national consortium of 89 manufacturers, universities, and non-profits organized by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to help secure U.S. leadership in revolutionizing the fiber and textiles industry through commercialization. The consortium, called Advanced Functional Fabrics of America, or AFFOA, was announced Friday by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter.

AFFOA is the foundation for the new Revolutionary Fibers and Textiles Manufacturing Institute in Cambridge, MA. The Massachusetts-based institute was selected to be part of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation after a highly competitive nationwide bid.

“Joining AFFOA was a natural fit for Nanocomp,” said Peter Antoinette, president and CEO of Nanocomp.  “As a manufacturer of advanced non-woven fibers and sheets, Nanocomp is uniquely positioned to help lead the revolution in the fiber and textile industry. We know all too well the critical importance of maintaining a technological edge in today’s rapidly evolving world and look forward to collaborating with the other members of the consortium on this important project. ”

Currently serving the Aerospace & Defense, Safety & Protective and Industrial markets, Nanocomp manufactures Miralon yarn and sheet materials which are ideal for smart textile applications such as embedded communications, heating and sensing.

Combining their 10+ years of advanced material manufacturing experience with that of the other members of AFFOA provides the opportunity to move innovation forward at a much more rapid pace. With members ranging from Fortune 500 companies to leading research institutes, AFFOA and the new innovation network will harness the Northeast region’s community of technical textile expertise and position the United States for leadership in this critical technology area.