Outgoing Chairman Marty Moran outlined economic, employment and trade data; 2019 priority policies; and other NCTO activities during his “State of the U.S. Textile Industry” address during NCTO’s 16th annual meeting.

It has been an amazing year for the U.S. textile industry and the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO). President Trump’s pro-manufacturing agenda is forcing Washington to question longstanding norms, forcing the Washington establishment to rethink policies on trade, taxation, regulatory reform and a host of other issues.

The time for change is now and NCTO is committed to working with the Trump administration and our allies in Congress to achieve the best policy outcomes on these and other issues. But before laying out NCTO’s policy agenda, I want to recap how the industry fared in 2018.

Thanks to its productivity, flexibility and innovation, the U.S. textile industry has cemented its position in the global market.

In 2018, the value of U.S. man-made fiber and filament, textile, and apparel shipments totaled an estimated $76.8 billion, this is an uptick from the $73 billion in output in 2017, and an increase of 12 percent since 2009.

The breakdown of 2018 shipments by industry sector is: Read More