The National Textile Centre (NTC) on Thursday announced the appointment of Dr Martin Jacobs as its new executive director.

The Delaware-based research consortium of eight universities including Auburn, Clemson, Cornell and Georgia Tech, said Jacobs has more than 30 years R&D experience and replaces Joe Cunning who quit to pursue other interests.

The NTC, which conducts academic research programs in support of the US fibre and industry, is funded by a grant from the US Department of Commerce and to date more than $100 million has been invested in the collaborative research program.

"My focus will be on delivering what the NTC promises in its mission statement: To enhance the knowledge base that keeps the US textile industry competitive," Jacobs said. "The NTC is a vital organisation and I'll do everything I can to maintain that vitality."