A North Carolina yarn manufacturer is hoping to “push the envelope” in the burgeoning smart textiles category.

Last September, Hickory, N.C.–based Supreme Corp. officially unveiled Volt Smart Yarns, whose soft launch got a huge response from various industries, including computer-chip makers, car manufacturers, clothing manufacturers, hospitals and healthcare companies.

Supreme, which specializes in covering yarns, has evolved considerably over the decades. It began as an elastic-covering operation and changed over the years due to the raw materials used. In the late 1980s, Supreme started working with high-strength yarns and eventually moved into cut-resistant yarns.

Matt Kolmes, Supreme’s chief executive officer, said at the core of Volt is a highly engineered composite yarn. It evolved from working with military contractors and now is moving into a variety of areas, including healthcare and sportswear. The idea for Volt came from a bonded-thread product sold for flame-resistant mattresses. Full Article