The United States' leading textile industry lobbying group, the American Textile Manufacturers Institute (ATMI), fell victim to the jobs axe itself on Wednesday when it revealed its own round of job cuts.

The Washington-based group, which represents about 200 textile makers and suppliers, said among the positions that will be lost are deputy executive vice president and chief lobbyist Doug Bulcao; chief economist David Link and membership director Ron Floor.

ATMI chiefs also announced that announced that executive vice president Carlos Moore will leave his current post and work part time for the group on trade policy and cotton issues.

ATMI president Chuck Hayes said the jobs losses were designed to cut expenses and would leave the institute in a good position to achieve its aims when Congress reconvenes later this month.

"Bankruptcies, consolidations and plant closings due to unfairly priced Asian imports and the recent economic slowdown have taken a toll on us all," he said.

"The restructured ATMI will better reflect the size and composition of the industry it serves."