Greer, S.C.-based technical textiles consultancy Industrial Textile Associates (ITA) has formed an
alliance with Dr. Subhash K. Batra of SKBA — Charles A. Cannon Professor, Emeritus, at Raleigh,
N.C.-based North Carolina State University’s (NCSU’s) College of Textiles, and director emeritus of
NCSU’s Nonwovens Cooperative Research Center — to focus on technical textiles and engineered
fiber-based product production and applications.
Services offered will include studies and technical consultations such as performance and
usage evaluations of fibers, yarns and fabrics; as well as assistance to companies wishing to
become active or increase their presence in the technical textiles marketplace. The ITA/SKBA
alliance also may lead to the organization of new conferences targeting specific technical textiles
“With the difficult economic and changing times, it is imperative that companies thoroughly
evaluate their operation and their plans to move forward, prepared for the inevitable recovery,”
said William C. “Bill” Smith, principal and founder, ITA. “ITA/SKBA can be of value in that process
with unbiased viewpoints that only a small, dedicated and experienced consulting firm can provide.
Providing practical and company-focused recommendations will be our strength. We will be pleased to
work with new as well as experienced companies committed to succeed in this complex marketplace of
technical textiles/engineered fiber-based products.”
ITA associates also include Dr. Jim Hendrix, who specializes in polymer chemistry and yarn
and product development, and Dr. Dong Zhang, who specializes in nonwovens research.
June 16, 2009