The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) and the American Fiber Manufacturers (AFMA) announced a merger of their respective organizations effective April 1, 2018. NCTO chair William V. McCrary Jr. said, “The NCTO merger with AFMA strengthens the U.S. textile industry’s ability to influence federal policy. It brings new members and financial resources to NCTO and extends the organization’s political reach. … It also cements NCTO’s status as the voice of every facet of the U.S. textile production chain, a fact that will help NCTO to more effectively influence federal policies that affect U.S. textile investment, production and workers.” McCrary is chairman & CEO, William Barnet & Son, Spartanburg, S.C.
“AFMA’s merger with NCTO will allow U.S. fiber producers to keep the sector’s seat at the federal policy table,” AFMA chair Mark Ruday said. “As a multi-billion dollar industry with tens of thousands of employees, it is critical that the U.S. man-made fiber sector stay engaged in Washington.” Ruday is senior vice president, DAK Americas, Charlotte, N.C.
The NCTO constantly monitors and engages in all major textile policy matters that impact the entire production chain, Ruday notes. This includes key international trade negotiations, congressional initiatives and federal procurement and regulatory matters. “Merging with NCTO will ensure the U.S. fiber manufacturers have an effective voice on policy matters affecting the sector,” he said.
According to the media announcement, U.S. employment in the textile supply chain was 550,500 in 2017. The value of shipments for U.S. textiles and apparel was $77.9 billion last year, which represents a 16 percent increase since 2009. U.S. exports of fiber, textiles and apparel were $28.6 billion in 2015, and capital expenditures for textile and apparel production totaled $2.4 billion in 2016, the last year for which data is available.
The merged organization will be called National Council of Textile Organizations. NCTO president & CEO Auggie Tantillo will continue in that position.
NCTO is a Washington, D.C.-based trade association. Four councils, Fiber, Yarn, Fabric & Home Furnishings, and Industry Support comprise NCTO’s leadership structure. Each represents a major sector of the U.S. supply chain and elects its own officers who make up NCTO’s board of directors.AFMA is an Arlington, Va.-based trade association representing U.S. companies that manufacture synthetic and cellulosic fibers.