- A forum to promote research and knowledge exchange: The Textile
Bioengineering and Informatics Symposium (TBIS) that was launched in
2008 at the Institute of Textiles and Clothing (ITC) of the Hong Kong
Polytechnic University (HK PolyU) and held again there the following
year has since moved to various other universities signifying its much
wider appeal and importance. Three subsequent editions were held in
China - Donghua University in Shanghai (2010); Beijing Institute of
Fashion Technology (2011); and Xian University (2013) - and one (in
2012) in Japan's Shinshu University. This year it was back to HK PolyU
and next year it will be at Australia's Deakin University.
This seventh gathering last month (August) with the theme "Innovations
for Protection, Health and Sustainability" also comprised the 5th Asian
Protective Clothing Conference. On the whole, the assembly was described
by the chairman of its organising committee and the head of ITC, Prof.
John Xin, as an open stage for scholars and students to show academic
achievements and a platform for face-to-face academic exchanges and
for peer-to-peer communication to promote cross disciplinary research.
The chairman of ITC's Textile Bioengineering and Informatics Society,
Prof Yi Li, explained that textile bioengineering and informatics is
to promote multi-disciplinary approach for creative design and engineering,
to form a unique global platform and to test the new frontiers of research
in fibre and textile bioengineering.
By Vicky Sung
- Rise of a constant companion of 21st century consumers: Feeling
themselves time-starved, most of today's adult world population is multi-tasking.
They want their clothing to multi-task as well, and denim is moving
to meet that need. Against that background and encouraged by the success
of its first fabric exhibition seminar in Hong Kong last year, Invista
brought together industry specialists, prominent denim manufacturers,
buyers and others in the value-chain again to a second exhibition seminar
last June for sharing ideas and experiences as well as identifying new
business opportunities. People now want, explains Steve Stewart, Invista's
North Asia commercial director of apparel and advance textiles business,
double- or triple-duty denim; and global megatrends are transforming
denim from a 20th century icon into the constant companion of 21st century
consumers. Thirteen of Invista's partner mills in the region participated
in the second fabric exhibition seminar.
By Alpana Shrestha
- Denim finds its way into active wear: At the second Invista
fabric exhibition seminar in Hong Kong last June, Steve Stewart, Invista's
North Asia commercial director of apparel and advance textiles business,
spoke with Textile Asia's assistant editor Alpana Shrestha. He said
that there is now a crossover between denim wear and active wear. Today,
we are seeing performance fibres, previously used exclusively in active
wear, moving into jeans as well as active wear brands integrating denim
into their lines.
- World cotton stocks in 2014-15 could reach 22.2 million tons:
Cotton production worldwide is likely to suffer 400,000-ton drop in
2014-15 while consumption is estimated to rise by 4%. Nonetheless, world
stocks are projected to rise for the fifth successive seasons. .
- Apparel imports mark marginal rise in first half: Apparel imports
by the United States continued to increase through the second quarter
of this year, though at a modest pace, resulting in 3% growth in the
first six months. Imports of woven and knit apparel posted modest increases
through the second quarter of 2014. Total imports were valued at $38.156
billion, an increase of 3% from the second quarter of 2013. Second quarter
imports, at 2.5% growth, were weaker than the 3.4% gain during the first
quarter of the year. Import quantity was only 0.4% higher at 12.736
billion garments, reflecting a small decline in woven apparel being
slightly offset by marginally higher knit apparel imports. Overall,
imported quantity during the second quarter was 0.2% behind the same
period of 2013
By Douglas Smith, Columbia, S.C.
- Textiles can help solve food scarcity: Germany's roma-Strickstoff-Fabrik
Rolf Mayer, and the State College of Horticulture and Agriculture in
Stuttgart- Hohenheim, together with scientists at the Hohenstein Institute
in Bönnigheim, have developed a certain heating textiles for use in
plant cultivation. Temperature around the roots of plants is a crucial
factor in germination of seeds, sprouting of bulbs and in the growth
and development of plants. The heating textiles placed around the roots
of the plants will supply them with targeted warmth as well as provide
good frost protection and help tender plants to be grown even in difficult
climatic conditions. This is a significant breakthrough considering
that the world population now totalling more than 7.26 billion is estimated
to exceed nine billion by the year 2050 and food production to feed
the growing population is becoming a major global concern.
- Four stunning blues, all for swanky denim: DyStar has developed
a new range of blue shades and effects based on its patented Indigo
Vat 40% solution. These new shades - Sky Blue, Ever Blue, Full Blue
and Deep Blue - all for fashionable denim, were released in what the
company called a Festival of Blue.
- Cordura for a variety of all-season apparel: A new line of
Cordura wool fabrics in twill, canvas, ripstop, dobby and stretch construction
has been released by Burlington, which is part of the International
Textile Group, Inc. (ITG).
- Machine to make chic lace for outerwear: A new machine for
producing jacquardtronic lace for outerwear has been launched by Karl
Mayer. And it is striking a new chord on the market, says the manufacturer.
- A new range of printing inks: Xennia Technology which provides
a wide range of digital textile ink products has launched a full range
of sublimation digital textile printing inks for proofing and production-scale
decoration of polyester fabrics. Called Xennia Corundum, this new range
designed for high quality sublimation polyester fabric printing using
both coated and uncoated transfer papers offers, according to Xennia,
"unsurpassed colour vibrancy and industrial reliability."
- SGene yarn technology enters advanced phase: The SGene yarn
technology that the US-based Cone Denim introduced in 2007 has now advanced
to Level II which expands the collection and, using the company's patented
dual-core spun yarns, takes the superior stretch performance of the
spandex to the next level.
- Low grade cotton can take out oil spill: Researchers at the
Texas Tech University have recently discovered that low-grade cotton
made into an absorbent nonwoven mat can help in cleaning up oil spill.
The nonwoven mat developed from low-grade cotton proved to collect oil
up to 50 times its own weight.
- A solution to make reports as you like: WFX, a provider of
next-generation cloud-based ERP and PLM software for apparel, has launched
a business intelligence platform called WFX BI that will allow customers
to design and create flexible reports and dashboards independently.
- Home textile show celebrates 20th anniversary with new milestones:
Home textile production in China has become a vibrant industry since
the country's CCPIT-Tex and the German trade fair organiser Messe Frankfurt
teamed up to host the first Intertextile Shanghai Home Textile trade
show in 1995. Last month, the show's 20th anniversary event counted
record breaking number of exhibitors and buyers. The number of exhibitors
at the three-day event (Aug 27-29) totalled 1,338 from 31 economies
- including China with Morocco, Lithuania, and Mongolia as new overseas
participants. Altogether, the exhibitors occupied 150,400 sqm in 13
halls. A total of43,189 buyers from 94 markets came to the show - 89%
of them from China. South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Russia, and the US ranked
as leading overseas buyers. Product groups were expanded to include
upholstery fabrics and accessories, linen for bed, table and kitchen,
bath products, wall coverings, carpets and rugs, systems for printing,
design and styling.Yet, its domestic growth is only just beginning.
By Vicky Sung
- The way forward for growth: During the three-day show marking
the 20th anniversary of the Intertextile Shanghai Home Textile trade
fair, the chairman of China Home Textile Association Yang Shaohua discussed
the future direction of China's home textile industry with Textile Asia's
editorial consultant Vicky Sung. China is strong in exports, but it
needs also to address the rapidly rising domestic demand, he said. The
country, he pointed out, is turning to a consumer oriented direction
where understanding the consumers' needs, quality improvement, sustainability
and market driven approach are priorities. "If each person uses three
more towels a year the demand will increase tremendously," he explained.
Beddings and such other home needs are also in a similar situation.
If consumption expanded along this logical path, China, Mr Yang said,
would be importing home textiles.
- The Hub - more than a gateway to Asia: The HUB, a fashion trade
fair that started in Hong Kong as a venue for western international
fashion brands to seek entry into the Asian market has since become
a platform also for Asian brands to explore wider market opportunities.
Its third edition last month attracted almost a hundred international
exhibitors. They came from the Asia-Pacific region as well as Italy,
France, Spain, the UK and the USA. The two-day event provided a platform
for buyers, multi- and mono-brand store owners and distributors to connect
with key brands and designers from over 18 countries.
By Alpana Shrestha
- More exhibitors join next Interfilière Shanghai and SML: The
number of exhibitors registering to participate in the next presentation
of Interfilière Shanghai and Shanghai Mode Lingerie in China's economic
nerve centre, Shanghai, has already exceeded the 269 that took part
in the previous edition of this event. By early September, when the
show was more than a month away from opening, more than 270 exhibitors
have registered, according to Eurovet, the lingerie and swimwear expert
that organises this event. These exhibitors for the two-day show due
to open on October 20 at the Shanghai Exhibition Center come from 19
- Dubai 2014 moved forward: Dubai 2014 - the conference and trade
event of the International Cotton Association (ICA) that was to be held
at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre on October
2 and 3, has now been moved forward to October 1 and 2 because of the
religious festivals Eid and Waqf Al Arafa coinciding with the event.
- Texworld's first show in Istanbul this November: Texworld,
the international trade fair for fabrics, trims and accessories, will
hold its first show in Istanbul at the Lütfi Kirdar International Convention
& Exhibition Centre from November 4 to 6, this year. This event is aimed
primarily at buyers and trade visitors from Turkey, the Near- and Middle-East,
Central Asia, Southeast Europe, parts of Eastern Europe and Russia.
- Conference on fashion on new frontiers: The Association of
Supplier to the British Clothing Industry (ASBCI) will hold a special
conference called 'Fashion on New Frontiers - What's Next?' next month
at the Queens Hotel in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England.
- ITMF 2014 annual meet scheduled in Beijing: The 2014 annual
conference of the International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF)
will be held in Beijing next month (October) with special focus on the
Chinese fibres, textile and apparel industry. Scheduled from the 16th
to the18th and hosted by the China National Textile and Apparel Council
(CNTAC), some 400 participants from around the world are expected to
- Yiwu gets ready for 3-in-1 ZhejiangTex: A four-day trade fair
in Yiwu in China's Zhejiang province that will comprise three exhibitions
presenting various garments manufacturing machinery will be held at
the Yiwu International Expo Centre from November 19 to 22 this year.
- IDEA 2016: The next International Engineered Fabrics Conference
and Exposition (IDEA) of the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry
(INDA) will take place from May 3-5, 2016 at the Boston Convention &
- Surtex in New York: The annual trade show for the surface design
industry, Surtex, which Emerald Expositions organises, will hold its
next edition on May 17-19 next year at the Javits Centre in New York.
- ShanghaiTex next June: The 17th International Exhibition on
Textile Industry (ShanghaiTex) will be held at Shanghai New International
Expo Centre from June 15 to 18, next year. Besides presenting the world's
most innovative textile machinery, it will also showcase latest development
of new textile technology applications in fashion and apparel industry
as well as footwear, functional wear, interior auto parts, medical care,
health protection, agriculture, construction and many other sectors.