The Textile Industry in Israel

By guest Author: Forogh Shirzad – Kohan Textile Journal

Israel is a country in West Asia, located on the southeast coast of the Mediterranean Sea and the north coast of the Red Sea.

The Israeli economy is a technology-based economy and one of the strongest in the region. The European Union is Israel’s largest trading partner.

Israel has the second-largest number of startup companies in the world after the United States. Keeping up with new technologies, a strong economy, and extensive business connections have influenced the formation of an up-to-date and advanced textile industry in Israel .

Israel’s status as a global centre of high-tech innovation benefits Israeli fashion and textile companies. They sometimes develop their own new solutions to meet a specific design or tackle a long-standing industry difficulty.


The current position of the Israeli textile industry is rooted in many years of effort and development. Like other developing countries, Israel pushed the textile and garment industry as a reliable source of employment in the mid-1950s. By 1985, the textile and garment sector had grown to 1523 businesses.

Israeli manufacturer Nilit launches sustainable premium nylon fibre

Nilit, an Israel-based manufacturer of nylon 6.6 (polyamide) fibres, has introduced Sensil BioCare, a sustainable nylon fibre that breaks down faster in seawater and landfills.

The fibre is developed to help the textiles and apparel industry address specific environmental challenges such as water consumption and its impact on the ecosystem.

Responsibly manufactured according to Nilit’s Total Product Sustainability (TPS) criteria, Sensil BioCare enhanced with special technology will not wear or wash out nor will it interfere with other performance additives, finishes or dyes, said the company in a press release.

“We designed our new Sensil BioCare to help reduce the potential impact of synthetic fabrics on the Earth’s ecosystems,” says Ilan Melamed, general manager, Nilit. “We provide consumers the same performance, comfort, and durability they expect from Sensil premium nylon along with the peace of mind that they are making a positive choice for the planet.”

The fibre was tested in both landfill soil and seawater simulations to understand its potential impact on both ecosystems. It showed disintegration in both simulated environments during the test periods in comparison to nylon fibre that does not include the special technology, the release added.

Initial testing according to ASTM D6691 Standard Test Method for Determining Aerobic Biodegradation of Plastic Materials in the Marine Environment and ASTM D5511 Standard Test Method for Determining Anaerobic Biodegradation of Plastic Materials Under High-Solids Anaerobic-Digestion Conditions indicates that Sensil BioCare yarns will break down more rapidly than conventional nylon. These findings point to reduced waste accumulation in both oceans and landfills.

Committed to quality and innovtion

Founded in 1969 by Ennio Levi, NILIT is committed to creating innovative, customized nylon (polyamide) 6.6 solutions. With expertise in polymerisation, as well as spinning and texturing, NILIT offers a comprehensive range of quality products and services for apparel applications, polyamide injection molding and extrusion grades. Operating in more than 70 countries, our motto is “no customer is too small, too big or too far away.”

NILIT’s key competitive advantage is its people. We work closely with our customers to provide the right solutions and bring real value. Fully integrated, our company has the technology and development capabilities to customize solutions and introduce original products. In turn, our products and solutions help our customers meet the demands of their increasingly competitive markets.