Business And Industry

The college views education, research and outreach critical components of our mission. Outreach, economic development, engagement and extension are integrally coupled with our research and teaching. The College offers a remarkably diverse array of ongoing outreach and extension activities. The College serves a very diverse, broad and rapidly changing industry. The textile industry of the 21st Century is radically different from the traditional industry we have served for the last century. Our vision for the College of Textiles is to lead the emergence of the new World of Textiles by identifying the critical skills and knowledge base necessary to compete in this new world. We must provide the intellectual foundation and new technologies for our partners to compete in global markets.

The College of Textiles has achieved its position as the leading institution of its kind in the United States over the past 100 plus years through excellence in teaching, research and extension, engagement, and economic development. To maintain that leadership the college has created state-of-the-art capabilities in rapidly emerging new segments of the textile industry while continuing to support traditional industries that provide the support necessary for the college to continue to maintain its position. Although the textile and apparel industries are engaged in ferocious international competition, many of the world’s leading companies are still headquartered in North Carolina or nearby in the Southeast. For example, the world’s two leading cotton spinning companies, the largest yarn texturing company, two of the largest apparel companies, the North and South American headquarters of the largest nonwovens company in and two of the largest sewing thread companies are all in North Carolina. Across the border in South Carolina are the world’s largest household furnishings company and largest and most successful textiles company overall. The largest carpet companies are nearby in Georgia and Tennessee. North Carolina now has twice as many companies in the rapidly growing nonwovens industry than any other state. Last year nonwovens were over a $3 billion industry in North Carolina, and the United States continues to lead the world in nonwovens with a strong positive trade balance.

The College of Textiles has been moving into the “New World of Textiles” at a rapid pace. We continue to build new capabilities to support our world-leading position in the emerging areas of nonwovens, biotextiles, protective textiles, nanotextiles, forensics, and other emerging fields. We also continue to grow our new design programs and facilities and add new strengths in design and merchandising as well as our leadership in color sciences to areas of application far outside of dyeing and finishing. We have also built our new management sciences lab to support new product development, branding, supply-chain-management initiatives, e-commerce, and market research.

Although the College of Textiles is the largest school of its kind in the United States, it is far too small to accomplish the above agenda alone. We place considerable emphasis on the wide variety of partnerships we have created and must grow both within the university and worldwide. Our reputation enables us to attract leading partners. We continue to learn how to work better with other colleges, other universities, and with industry. By focusing on these new, emerging areas of the textile industry and by building the capabilities (both facilities and staff) to excel in these areas, we will be able to meet our other goals of diversity, undergraduate and graduate growth, increased research funding, and service to the state, the region, the country, and the world.

We believe that it is only through a true and real and complete engagement, we can be assured of leading NC State’s industry partners in the 21st Century. We invite you to come visit the College; we have an amazing story… Our success is founded in partnership.

As a land grant institution, NC State must continue its commitment to outreach, extension and economic development. The College of Textiles and its many components recognize the importance of that mission and is committed to bring its considerable expertise of its faculty and staff to provide assistance to industry, leading to technology transfer for the creation and support of new industries, and improving the quality of life for citizens throughout North Carolina, the region and the World.