Trusted for the long run




Trusted Quality. Expert Service.
We put nearly a century of experience into the development and manufacture of quality yarn spinning solutions you can trust. Grounded in American heritage, yet driven to innovate, A. B. Carter is known for spinning solutions that are proven to perform. We believe that our unparalleled industry knowledge coupled with dependable and reliable service enables our customers around the world to run their business with confidence.


Headquartered in Gastonia, North Carolina, A. B. Carter, Inc. has offices in 5 countries and agents in 44 countries. A. B. Carter is universally recognized as a superior supplier of spinning solutions for the fiber and yarn manufacturing sectors of the textile industry. Core products include steel and nylon travellers, rings, bobbins, tapes and belts, air splicing and knotting equipment, laboratory testing equipment, and stainless steel belts, counterbands, pressure rolls and other accessories for the carpet industry. Diverse, global solutions combined with our reputation for exceptional quality and service, positions A. B. Carter as the spinning industry’s “go-to” team of experts.


Our History
Nearly 100 years ago, A. B. Carter, Inc. was founded by Arthur Bynum Carter, who started his textile career at the young age of fourteen with J. M. Odell Mfg. Co. His passion for the textile industry would lay a foundation for A. B. Carter of trusted quality and expert service. Our first manufacturing project was the production of the Boyce Weavers Knotter. At the request of those in the industry, Mr. Carter improved the Knotter for use on new types of yarn that were being developed. Mr. Carter believed then, as we still believe now, that our customers are our partners and we should always go above and beyond to serve them. Mr. Carter’s interest and expertise in the application of rings and travellers for producing quality spun yarns led the way for establishing the metal traveller business in 1937. We have continually grown this business through the years and are now considered one of the top producers of high quality travellers worldwide. In addition to travellers and rings, A. B. Carter, Inc. supplies a diverse line of products, including parts and accessories for cotton and synthetic spinning plants, fiberglass producers, industrial yarn processors, and carpet yarn manufacturers; making us a one-stop solution provider for all your textile yarn needs.


  • A. B. Carter is founded by Arthur Bynum Carter, and production begins on the company’s first product, the Boyce Weavers Knotter.
  • Metal traveller business is established.
  • The company buys first molding machine for the manufacture of nylon travellers.
  • A. B. Carter expands, moving to a larger plant in Gastonia, N.C., on Highway 321 South.
  • A. B. Carter, Inc. enters into the wire manufacturing business, establishing Carter Wire Company. This business manufactures wire for internal traveller needs as well as supplying wire to filtration, broom and brush, automotive and other industries.
  • The company enters the spindle tape and transmission belt market, with growth over the years to include stainless steel belts and counter bands used on carpet heat setting equipment.
  • Dary-Victor Ring Traveller Company is acquired and relocated to the Gastonia facility from Massachusetts
  • A. B. Carter acquires Whitinsville Spinning Ring Corporation.
  • The company acquires U.S. Ring Traveller Company.
  • A. B. Carter becomes a certified ISO9001 manufacturing facility, meeting international standards for quality assurance
  • Dynacast Molded Traveller Company is acquired.
  • A. B. Carter India Pvt. Ltd. was established by A. B. Carter Inc. to provide traveller and ring products specifically for the India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka Markets.
  • A. B. Carter purchases an equity position in DayStrong Rubber Products, LLC, in Mauldin, S.C., producing rubber-based accessories for the carpet and other industries.
  • The company partners with a German manufacturer, Saurer Components GmbH, to sell and distribute cots, aprons, and metal parts (accessories) to the textile industry in the United States and Canada.

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