Clemson University wins grant for textile manufacturing innovation
GREENVILLE — The Walmart Foundation and the U.S. Conference of Mayors announced Clemson University as one of this year’s U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund grant recipients for the school’s energy-efficient process for the dyeing of polyester fabrics. Clemson University will receive nearly $1 million. The 2016 round of grants are focused on innovations in textile manufacturing processes.
“The expertise of our team of Clemson researchers bears great promise for breakthroughs in the polyester dyeing process and commercial dyeing technologies,” said Anand Gramopadhye, dean of Clemson University’s College of Engineering and Science. “We look forward to the outcomes of this project and the significant collaborative opportunities with industry partners in our region.”
Clemson University is one of five universities that will collectively receive $2.84 million in grants from the fund to support research proposals that strive to create new manufacturing technologies and reduce the cost of producing goods in the U.S. with the ultimate goal of creating jobs that support America’s growing manufacturing base. The fund was formed to provide a total of $10 million in grants over the course of five years, focusing specifically on advancing the production or assembly of consumer products in the U.S. This is the second round of grants awarded by Walmart and the Walmart Foundation; the last occurred in 2014.
All of the winning universities are listed online.
“Now home to large global manufacturing and advanced industry firms, Greenville has carved out a competitive position in the global economy and, through our relationship with Clemson University, the Walmart Foundation and the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Greenville continues to deploy effective economic and community development strategies that facilitate investment and job growth from both new and existing companies,” said Greenville Mayor Knox White.
As part of this round of grants from the fund, the Walmart Foundation granted $964,000 to Clemson University for its proposal of energy and effluent reduction through the innovative dyeing of polyester fabrics. Recognizing that dyeing polyester produces significant amounts of colored effluent and also is an energy-intensive process, Clemson University has built a strategy that focuses on reducing energy use and effluent. Additionally, its innovative approach to the dyeing of polyester fabrics fits within existing U.S. textile manufacturing processes.
“Through these grants we hope to help remove the barriers to revitalizing and growing U.S. apparel manufacturing while creating more sustainable production processes,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, president of the Walmart Foundation and chief sustainability officer for Walmart. “The U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund is part of Walmart and the Walmart Foundation’s broader commitment to foster new economic growth and opportunity and create stronger communities.”
Support for the Walmart U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund is part of Walmart’s larger commitment to help revitalize U.S. manufacturing. In January 2013, Walmart announced a commitment to buy an additional $250 billion in products that support U.S. jobs by 2023.
For more information on Walmart’s commitment to U.S. manufacturing, see http://corporate.walmart.com/global-responsibility/us-manufacturing.