[TC]2 Restructures

[TC]2,the Cary, N.C.-based innovation incubator, consultancy and self-described "technology groundbreaker" for retailers, brands and manufacturers in the apparel and sewn products industry since 1979, is restructuring its efforts and will be relocating to a smaller facility in November of 2015, president and CEO Dr. Mike Fralix announced this month. The move comes following absence of funding which had historically been administered through the Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA) in the U.S. Department of Commerce. Industry contributions support the organization.

It has been five years since [TC]2 has received a federal grant to support its development of advanced technology for the fashion and related industries. This funding had been approved annually through the "earmark" process and managed through OTEXA. Even though [TC]2 has long been considered a "Program of National Importance," it has not received sufficient funding to continue all projects that have been in progress.

The body scanning, sizing, fit, virtual dressing, and online shopping research, development, and product sales will continue to be a part of [TC]2, and the current team for these areas will be moving to the new facility. [TC]2 developed the first body scanning system designed specifically for the apparel industry and is still the largest distributor of body scanning systems in the world, widely recognized for its knowledge and experience in this area. Existing projects include the expansion of the iStyling product, and partnering with the BVI initiative (Body Volume Index) in the U.K. to create an online shopping experience that is integrated with the medical industry.

The Industry Services training and consulting activities are being transferred to WDA (Will Duncan & Associates, LLC. (See related story.) As the EVP of [TC]2, Duncan had lead this effort on behalf of the organization for a number of years and his firm will assume responsibility for all existing project work as well as new projects. WDA will use most of the same [TC]2 employees, whom Fralix says have established a reputation for excellence in helping companies improve their business processes and manufacturing systems, from product development through distribution. [TC]2 members will continue to receive discounts on the services purchased through WDA.

[TC]2 will continue working through the U.S. Department of Energy, with the support of Congressman David Price, to receive funding for its Waterless Coloring of Cotton project. Fralix says because these funds may not be released until 2016, the decision has been made to suspend operation of [TC]2's internal efforts on waterless coloring. This also includes the operation of the InkDrop Printing service. Upon release of the funding, he added, "We will again support this through internal means."

"I will continue to work with our Executive Committee and Board of Directors, the Body Scanner team, WDA, and the federal government to continue our industry work and continue to drive changes that support the future of our industry," concluded Fralix.

To learn more about [TC]2 visit tc2.com.
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