History

AATCC has been serving the textile industry for nearly 100 years. Learn more about the Association’s history and accomplishments through the timeline below. What began as a small group of US dye manufacturers is now a global association of professionals from across the textile and related industries.

The need for American textile test methods became apparent during the First World War, when the blockade in the Atlantic prevented European dyes from coming to America, and the fledgling American dye manufacturers struggled with providing consistent products.

Louis A. Olney was a professor at the Lowell Textile School and is considered the Founder of AATCC. Olney had been a founding member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, a member of the American Chemical Society, involved in higher management at several New England mills, and was editor of the Technical Section of American Dyestuff Reporter.

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