The Future Is Bright

ATA contributes to the prosperity of its members in the textile industry by providing a global marketplace for innovative products, services, relevant education, promotion, advocacy and networking opportunities.

Association Overview

Advanced Textiles Association (ATA) is a not-for-profit trade association comprised of member companies representing the international specialty fabrics marketplace. Member companies range in size from one-person fabrication shops to multinational corporations. Members’ products cover the broad spectrum of advanced, specialty and technical textiles and include fibers, fabrics, end products, equipment and hardware and more. ATA is the largest, most comprehensive trade association serving this industry, and provides value to its members in many ways.

  • Trade shows and events

  • Publications

  • Divisions and country sectors

  • Sourcing assistance

  • Advocacy and legislative updates

  • Business services

  • Certifications and awards programs
  • Educational programs

  • Industry resources

Creating a Thriving Textiles Industry for our Members

Our History

On September 12, 1912, fourteen manufacturers of canvas and awnings met at the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver and formed the National Tent & Awning Association. The manufacturers decided to establish the trade association initially to set standard weights and prices for canvas products, actions that would be considered illegal today. They also sought to form a unified voice to counter the price-setting strategies of their suppliers, the cotton mills. Since this first gathering, the association has expanded in scope and purpose to become the largest textile trade association in the world. Today, Advanced Textiles Association (ATA) is among the leading US Trade associations in size of membership, operating budget, and professional size.

Annual Report

Get a glimpse of the work and accomplishments of ATA, including a description of ATA’s global objectives and vision.