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Trade Associations

In today's international trade environment it becomes entirely essential to have access not only to information but also to an international network that gives a better understanding of the changes and challenges of the Global Textile Industry. Various International Textile Associations are serving this purpose by bringing together the representatives of the textile industry worldwide for exchanging views and for learning from each other. We here present a catalogue of major International Textile Associations.



The International Color Consortium ( ICC )

Profile : The ICC is a consortium of industries engaged in colour and print activities. The objective of ICC is to create, promote and encourage evolution of an open, vendor-neutral, cross-platform color management system architecture and components. The ICC currently has members from the leading digital camera, software, printing equipment, peripheral, digital copier, film, plate, ink and chemistry manufacturers in the world. The ICC has developed its own ICC profile specification. the ICC specification is designed to provide developers and other interested parties with a clear description of the profile format.The current version of ICC specification is Version 4.0 which is specified in many international standards (ISO 15076-1:2005).

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Year of establishment : 1993
Contact Address : International Color Consortium, 1899 Preston White Drive,Reston , VA 20191
  (703) 264-7200

The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC)

Profile : The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) is a professional association for the textile design, materials, processing, and testing industries. Its members include employees of textile, apparel and home goods manufacturers; dye and chemical manufacturers; testing laboratories; consumer and retail organizations; state and federal government agencies; colleges and universities, corporates and individuals. The objective of AATCC is to promote knowledge of colorants, chemicals, and polymers in the Textile Industry, research work on chemical processes and other materials important to the Textile Industry and interchange of professional knowledge among its members. The Association has standard methods of testing dyed and chemically treated fibers and fabrics for examining qualities such as colorfastness , smoothness appearance, soil release, shrinkage, water resistance etc.. Its publications include annual AATCC Technical Manual, monthly magazine AATCC Review and monthly electronic newsletter, AATCC News.

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Year of establishment : 1921
Contact Address : AATCC, P.O. Box 12215, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
  +1 919 549 3531 +91 44 2615 1791 (For South and Southeast Asia)
  +1 919 549 8933

The Color Association of the United States (CAUS)

Profile : The CAUS is a color forecasting service in the US. Its objective is to standardize colors in order to promote color coordination among the various trades. It gives directions to market color trends by issuing color forecasts in various segments like synthetic fibers, home furnishings, floor coverings, wallpaper, household appliances, paints, plastics, automobiles, motion pictures, television, and radio. It serves as a center for all kinds of color information. Its members include graphic and interior designers, mills and manufacturers, fashion and textile stylists, consultants, product development and marketing personnel and others from various countries. Members are given individual color consultations by its expert staff members. The members have access to extensive archival libraries of colors and bimonthly report 'CAUS News'.

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Year of establishment : 1955
Contact Address : 315 West 39th Street, Studio 507 New York, NY 10018
 212 947-7774
 212 594-6987

The Society of Dyers and Colourists (SDC)

Profile : The Society of Dyers and Colourists (SDC) aims at developing understanding of colour and its application in industry. Its activities include promoting colour education and the professional status of the colourist, developing new testing procedures for industry, providing information on colour through its publications, e- newsletter and events. Its publications include a magazine The Colourist, a journal Coloration Technology, the Colour Index and several books. The society's internet subscription service is ColourClick. Its members include persons from dye and pigment production industry, research, education, service industries and the retail sector from all over the world.

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Year of establishment : 1884
Contact Address : Society of Dyers and Colourists, PO Box 244, Perkin House, 82 Grattan Road, Bradford BD1 2JB, England
    +44 (0)1274 725138
 +44 (0)1274 392888

Associations- Textile

Profile : The International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) is a professional educational association which promotes the discovery, dissemination, and application of knowledge regarding textile, apparel, and merchandising disciplines in higher education. Professionals employed in textile and apparel sector can become its members. It facilitates interchange of ideas among the members through meetings, special events, and publications.

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Contact Address : 6060 Sunrise Vista Drive, Suite 1300 Citrus Heights, CA 95610 USA     info@itaaonline.org
  (916) 723-1628
 (916) 722-8149

The National Textile Center (NTC)

Profile : The National Textile Center (NTC) is a research consortium of eight universities viz. Auburn University, Clemson University, Cornell University, Georgia Institute of Technology, North Carolina State University, UC - Davis, UMass - Dartmouth, and Philadelphia University. It works for enhancing the knowledge base of USA fiber, textile/fiber products, retail industry. For attaining its goals, the Center conducts research, provides training, gives links to other institutions and conducts projects in collaboration with experts and resources of textile industry.

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Contact Address : NTC Director 1121 N. Bethlehem Pike Suite 60 #317 Spring House, PA 19477-1102   marty@ntcresearch.org

The Southern Textile Association Inc.

Profile : The Southern Textile Association Inc. serves individuals in the textile and related industries in Southern USA. It has three geographic divisions - the North Carolina/Virginia Division, the Piedmont Division and the South Carolina Division. The association's purpose is to promote good fellowship among its members, to exchange professional knowledge and experience on textile related subjects, to promote other social, educational, personnel relations, research, and other scientific activities for the benefit of the members, their companies , and the textile industry. It also presents two awards- The Chapman Award to recognize individuals for exemplary and outstanding service and leadership to the textile industry and the David Clark Award to honor past presidents of the association who continue to contribute distinguished leadership and service to the association and through it to the textile industry.

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Contact Address : Southern Textile Association PO Box 66 Gastonia, NC 28053      info@southerntextile.org
  (704) 824-3522
  (704) 824-0630

The National Council of Textile Organizations)

Profile : The National Council of Textile Organizations represents the entire U.S. textile sector from fibers to finished products, from machinery manufacturers to power suppliers. It focuses on creating powerful alliances and coalitions to advance the interests of the U.S. textile sector through its four separate councils representing the fiber, fabric, supplier, and yarn industries. It also works for mobilizing global resources to preserve the U.S. textile industry and to establish a balanced and fair trading environment worldwide.

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Contact Address 1:NCTO Washington Office 910 17th Street, NW, Suite 1020 Washington, DC 20006

    (202) 822-8028
  (202) 822-8029

Contact Address 2:NCTO North Carolina Office P.O. Box 99 Gastonia, NC 28053

    cjohnson@ncto.org, llink@ncto.org
  (704) 824-3522
  (704) 824-0630

The Textile Society of America, Inc.

Profile : The Textile Society of America, Inc. is an international forum which facilitates exchange and dissemination of information about textiles from artistic, cultural, economic, historic, political, social, and technical perspectives. Its members include museum curators, teachers, historians, artists, students, dealers, and collectors.

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Contact Address : Textile Society of America P.O. Box 193 Middletown, DE 19709     tsa@textilesociety.org
  (302) 378-9636
  (302) 378-9637