- Don't worry; the future is bright, especially for Asian economies:
Asian Financial Forum brings together every year some of the most influential
members of the global financial and business community to discuss the
latest developments and trends in the dynamic Asian markets. More than
90 such internationally respected leaders spoke at the two-day sixth
Asian Financial Forum themed 'Asia - Powering World Growth' held in
Hong Kong in mid-January. The topics discussed were indeed relevant
to the textile industry. This forum noted that the US economy is recovering
very well, Europe is positive and Asia is full of hope for a good future.
By Vicky Sung
- Pearl of the Orient gains greater lustre: An initiative that
the Hong Kong Design Centre took twelve years ago for providing an annual
forum for designers and business people to interact has developed into
a significant event attracting international participants. The latest
Business of Design Week held last December brought together 20 designers
and architects, including six designers from fashion garments and accessories
sectors, besides business leaders and entrepreneurs. A total of 70 international
experts addressed the gathering, sharing their knowledge and experience
with 100,000 others who participated in this weeklong event.
By Alpana Shrestha
- Cotton: Mill use to rise with economic growth: The world economy
is forecast to grow this year. It will help increase global demand for
clothing and textiles which, in turn, will lift up mill use of cotton.
From A.H.H. Saheed, Colombo
- Textile Jersey takes first step for regional expansion: Texured
Jersey Lanka, a joint venture knit fabric manufacturer with two top
brands in the industry - Pacific Textiles of Hong Kong and Sri Lanka's
Brandix Lanka - as major stockholders and also known for the production
of top quality knit fabrics, has sealed a two-year agreement for providing
technical and management services to Ocean India, a knit fabric manufacturer
located in India.
- Miracle T-shirt enters Sri Lanka: Glitz, a leading fashion
retail brand in Sri Lanka which operates five outlets across the country,
has launched its latest T-shirt label, Chathak Miracles. .
- Textile sector ranks high in skill and cost efficiency: Most
of the textile sector ventures in India follow the principle of 'lean
manufacturing'. Thus, the overhead cost of a textile venture in the
country is just a tiny fraction of the overheads of a similar-sized
company in any other industry. Besides the efficiency and productivity
level of Indian workers are as good as the best in the world. These
were the central points in a presentation that Anshuman Gaur, the economic
and commercial counsellor at the Indian embassy in Paris, made at an
exhibition in France in mid-February.
- US apparel market recovers from 2012 drop: Apparel shipments
clearing US customs in 2012 had reduced both in volume and value. Market
however recovered last year, with imports rising 4.7% in quantity and
3.9% in value.
By Douglas Smith, Columbia, S.C.
- Heimtextil 2014: From exhibition to symposium: The latest edition
of this world leading show of home and contract textiles included the
European Digital Textile Conference besides the Trend Forum lectures.
Exhibitors totalling 2,718 came from more than 60 countries attracting
67,000 visitors from 133 countries.
By Arthur D. Sager, Frankfurt
- Intertextile Guangzhou Hometextile China: The trade fair, Intertextile
Guangzhou Hometextile China which has hitherto been held as a four-day
event, is expanding this year to a five-day fair. It will take place
at the China Import and Export Fair Complex in Guangzhou, from March
18 to 22, this year.
- R&D brokerage event in Turkey: The R&D Brokerage Event in Turkish
Textile and Clothing Sector that Uludag Textile Exporters Association
(UTIB) has been organising since 2009 will hold its sixth session on
April 3-4, this year in Merinos Atatürk Convention Center in Bursa,
Turkey. Its aim is to bring together researchers, academicians and textile
and clothing manufacturers to develop high value innovative products.
- China Interdye, a dyes and chemicals exhibition in China, is
to hold a three-day show in Shanghai from April 16 to 18 this year.
Scheduled to take place at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention
Center, it will have more than 600 exhibitors displaying their products
and services. They will come from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, South
Korea, Japan, Singapore, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy,
the United Kingdom, the United States, Turkey, etc.
- Home textiles show in Hong Kong: The Hong Kong International
Home Textiles and Furnishings Fair of the Hong Kong Trade Development
Council will be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
from this April 20 to 23.
- Specialty textiles conference: An international conference
on advancements in specialty textiles and their applications is to take
place on April 23-24 this year at Kumaraguru College of Technology in
Coimbatore, India. Organised jointly by the Department of Textile Technology
at Kumaraguru and the Faculty of Textile Engineering at the Technical
University of Liberec in Czech Republic, it will focus on the emerging
and cutting-edge advancements in technical textiles, materials engineering
and medical textiles.
- Converting and Bonding conference: The Converting and Bonding
conference (CAB), which the INDA, the association of the nonwoven fabrics
industry, started in 2012, will hold this May a three-day session which
will highlight new technologies, raw materials and processes with a
special focus on engineered fabric needs for the automotive and furnishings
market segments. It is scheduled at the Hyatt Regency in Greenville,
South Carolina, USA, from May 6 to 8.
- Proposte in May: The annual preview of furnishing fabrics and
curtains known as Proposte will mark its 22nd edition on May 7-9 this
year in Cernobbio, Italy.
- London garments expo (LGE) that began in 2011 as an annual
event will stage its fourth presentation on September 7 and 8 this year
at the Business Design Centre in London.
- MoOD in September: Meet only Original Designs (MoOD), the annual
international trade fair for producers of upholstery, window and wall
coverings, will be held in Brussels Expo, Belgium, on September 9-11,
- Cashmere World in Hong Kong: Cashmere World, a trade fair devoted
entirely to all aspects of the cashmere industry and a world forum to
discuss critical issues concerning the global cashmere industry, will
be held at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre from September
25 to 27, this year.
- Composites trade fair: Composites Europe, the trade fair and
forum for composites technology and applications which the Reed Exhibitions
Deutschland organises annually, will be held this year at Halls 8a &
8b of Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre, Germany, from October 7 to 9.
- Premičre Vision at East-West gateway: Premičre Vision, the
noted international fashion industry trade show, is to stage its first
presentation in Turkey this year. It will be organised by a new company
formed by Premičre Vision SA, which owns the Premičre Vision exhibitions
as the majority (51%) partner and Turkey's CNR Holding Inc as 49% partner.
- ITMA 2015 to add a special chapter: The International Textile
Machinery Exhibition (ITMA) will make its 17th presentation at Fiera
Milano Rho, Italy, from November 12 to 19 next year with a new sub-chapter
on recycled fibres and yarns. It will be included under the 'Fibre and
yarn' chapter which the world leading integrated textile and garment
manufacturing technologies show introduced at its 16th presentation
in Barcelona in 2011 and endorsed by exhibitors as an excellent platform.
Some 37 exhibitors from 14 countries took part under this chapter in
- Functional fabrics fair in Munich: The bi-annual 'Performance
Days' functional fabrics fair will hold its next session on November
13-14, this year in Munich.
- Filtech next Feb: The trade fair for filtration technology
called Filtech is scheduled to hold a three-day show in Cologne, Germany,
on February 24-26 next year. Organised by Filtech Exhibitions Germany,
it is designed for all those concerned with designing, improving, purchasing,
selling or researching filtration and separation equipment and services