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American Ingenuity Series

The Americas Apparel Producers Network is a nonprofit network of compnaies in the textile/apparel supply chain. Our focus is on production in the Western Hemisphere. These videos were produced for educational purposes.

Antimicrobials for Textiles in a Post-pandemic World

Last year saw a spike in innovation in – and demand for – antimicrobial textiles as the world battled a pandemic. Now, as access to vaccines reduces infection rates and daily life resumes, what does the “new normal” look like for our industry? Our panel will discuss the evolution of antimicrobial textiles; consumer confidence in finished goods made with sustainable, high-performance materials; and the importance of a sound supply chain when bringing innovation to market.

“Like many industries, apparel producers faced demand swings, supply chain interruptions and financial market uncertainty during the last year, and as consumers focused more than ever on hygiene practices, the interest in antimicrobial textiles skyrocketed,” Schoots said. “Now, as we plan for a post-pandemic world, we find ourselves needing to separate the gimmicks from the garbage and determine what brings real value to customers.”