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Scholler Addresses Carolinas Textile Club

Scholler AddressesCarolinas Textile ClubKurt Scholler, American Trutzschler Inc. CEO and American Textile Machinery Association (ATMA) chairman, presented a message of concern and a call for unity within the apparel and textile industries at the Carolinas Textile Clubs April meeting.Scholler told members, Now, time and circumstances impose more change on all of us. We, collectively, are not suffering through a down cycle. We are adjusting to a major industrial transformation a revolution of global nature an age driven by technology and computerization. Considering the impact of global shifts in the marketplace, Scholler said, In short, we have world overcapacity; basic structural shifts of production; the U.S. textile industry is shrinking; the U.S. dollar is overvalued; the textile world is targeting the U.S.A. and Washington is not responding sufficiently. I agree it is not fair. But, it is reality: The U.S. government, the U.S. economic system, simply has not responded adequately to what was being done and what is being done to the apparel and textile industries of this nation.Scholler stressed the need for unity within the U.S. industry, and detailed activities within ATMA that have led to alliances within the U.S. manufacturing sector and other capital equipment associations, as well as the importance of the American Textile Alliance.Scholler said he has faith American suppliers and mills will survive, as long as they look toward new methods of cooperation among themselves. There are no short-term fixes beyond miracles from Washington, he continued.Our associations provide fertile ground for strategic business alliances, vertically and horizontally. Realistically, for those companies that have some business and some reserve resources, we are looking at mid-term and long-term approaches.By Jim Borneman, Editor In Chief May 2002