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Founded in 1929, Navis TubeTex is a leader in finishing machinery for the global textile industry. Based in Lexington, North Carolina, Navis TubeTex designs, engineers and manufactures the world’s leading machinery for the global knit, woven, nonwoven, technical and geotextile industries.
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TubeTex was founded in Woodside, New York in 1929 by Samuel “Pop” Cohn. The company supplied machinery for finishing “tubular” knit fabrics.

Since then, the customer base has grown and diversified into many areas outside the core “tubular” knit business such as wovens, open-width knits, nonwovens, technical textiles, home furnishings, carpet and plastic film.

Reflecting the diversification and “navigation” into new areas the company name was changed to “Navis TubeTex” in 2006.

It was during this same year that Will Motchar was named President and Chief Executive Officer having previously been the Vice President of Global Sales & Marketing. In 2011, Motchar teamed with the Capitala Group, based in Charlotte, NC, to purchase the company.

Today the company is flourishing through an ever increasing commitment to organic growth of new technologies and products with a special focus on “green” technologies that decreases water, chemical and energy usage for its customers.

In addition of internal product development, Navis TubeTex continues to acquire strategic brands to better serve existing customers while expanding its customer base.


Gaston Systems – Purchase of Gaston Systems Chemical Foam Solutions


Tandematic – Purchase of Tandematic low tension feed systems and tenter auxiliaries.


Consultex Spray Systems – Purchase of Consultex Spray Systems


Marshall & Williams – Manufacturer of tenter frames (stenters), mercerizers, hot-flue ovens, and pre-dryers



Ashby Industries – Manufacturer of continuous bleaching and fabric handling machinery



RFG – Manufacturer of surface finishing machinery



Jemco – Manufacturer of continuous bleaching machinery