GREENSBORO, N.C. — December 4, 2013 — International Textile Group, Inc. (ITG) announced today that
its Burlington and Cone Denim divisions have joined the Nanomanufacturing Innovation Consortium
(NIC), a global leader in nanomanufacturing research.
The NIC operates as a program of the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN),
a collaboration between North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and the
University of North Carolina at Greensboro, located at the Gateway University Research Park
in Greensboro, NC. NIC members have access to JSNN’s ongoing research in nanobiology,
nanomaterials, and cleanroom technologies including access to JSNN research and testing facilities.
Dale Arnold, Vice President Product Development for Burlington, believes involvement in NIC
will complement and expand ongoing research within the company’s Burlington Labs and Cone 3D
R&D groups, which serve as advanced research incubators. “We see opportunities ahead to
collaborate on R&D projects related to our efforts in nanotechnology and nanoengineering that
will lead to new advanced chemistries and performance fabrics,” he said. “And the close proximity
of the consortium facilities to our offices and labs opens up immediate opportunities to utilize
the testing equipment and laboratories at JSNN as an extension of our own facilities and conduct
tests that previously had to be performed outside.”
Dr. Jim Ryan, Dean JSNN, commented, “We are extremely pleased that industry leaders like
Burlington and Cone have joined the consortium, and we look forward to working with them on
advanced textile technologies.”
A recent report released by the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies acknowledged more than
1200 companies, universities, government laboratories, and other organizations in the U.S. that are
involved in nanotechnology research and commercialization, an increase of more than 50 percent over
the last two years. “Our company has been deeply involved in nanoresearch and its
application to textile technologies for more than 12 years, and we continue to lead industry
efforts to innovate in new directions. Our commitment to product development and R&D set
up apart,” said Arnold.
Burlington Labs, established in 2006, serves as the R&D incubator to provide sustainable
innovations and truly unique performance solutions to support Burlington customers and partners.
Cone Denim launched the Cone 3D incubator earlier this year focused on the elements of denim,
design, and development in the advancement of denim innovations.
Posted December 10, 2013
Source: International Textile Group