High-tech Taiwan factories turn out next-gen textiles

12/12/2012 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Taiwan's manufacturing economy has shifted from old-fashioned textiles to high tech in recent decades, driving the creation of factories that combine the two to turn out high-tech fabrics that are proving popular with US and European apparel brands. "These fabrics have special production, coating and lamination processes, and we want to keep those patents here," said Robert Jou, a director at the Taiwan Textile Research Institute.

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