- Felting needle for efficient production: Groz-Beckert
has developed a felting needle that, according to the company, is causing
a minor revolution in the felting sector. This needle called EcoStar
offers long-lasting, energy-saving and it is environmentally sustainable.
A lower needle cross-section while maintaining stability thanks to its
edge profiles, a newly-designed RF barb with an improved grip on the
fibre for better compact fabric integration, reduced wear - all these,
says Groz-Beckert, make the EcoStar a product that not only improves
the production process but also makes a positive impact on value-addition
and the eco-balance.
- Rieter's new rotor spinning machine: Rieter
has released a semi-automated rotor spinning machine, the R35,
and a spin box, S35, for it. The spinning machine's rotor speed can
reach up to 120,000 rpm and delivery speed up to 200 m/min even at full
machine length. It can also have up to 460 positions which make this
machine the longest in its segment.
- A machine to make perfect fit glove: Shima
Seiki has brought out a fully automatic seamless glove knitting
machine that, the company says, sets "new global standard" for fine
and ultra-fine gauge gloves. This machine, SFG-I, features electronic
programming and combines such Shima Seiki technology as the original
sinker knitting system with which gloves of superior stretch and strength
qualities and perfect shape to fit palms can be produced.
- Conversion set for weaving machines: Switzerland's Crealet
has developed a conversion set, called ETU/ELO, for mechanically
driven cloth take-up and warp let-off units. Its main feature, the synchronisation
between electronic cloth take-up and electronic warp let-off, makes
procedures for eliminating starting marks much easier and improves cloth
- Easy pattern making: The pattern can change many times during
the development of an apparel collection. Any alteration to the outer
fabric, for instance, leads to changing lining materials, interlinings
and button-holes in all sizes. Such alterations are routine and they
require time and concentration. To make the procedure easier, Germany's
has developed a module called Smart.Pattern that can automate
- Eco-friendly yarn for intimate and casual wear: The more than
two-century old Switzerland-based yarn specialist, Hermann
Bühler, has developed a new yarn called Swiss Tencel Micro with
Micro Tencel fibres which Austria's Lenzing makes from sustainable eucalyptus
- A new stain release replica: The RA56 Stain Release Committee
Task Force of the Association
of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals (AATCC) has developed
a new digitally-printed Stain Release Replica for use with AATCC Test
Method (TM) 130.
- Lint-free SMS fabric for surgical gowns: The Finland-based
that supplies high performance fibre-based materials for a wide variety
of applications including medical gowns and drapes has introduced a
new soft spunbond-meltblown-spunbond (SMS) fabric for surgical gowns.
This high performance and cost-effective fabric called Ahlstrom TenderGuard
offers, according to the company, the same protection as regular treated
SMS but with added comfort; and it is presented as one the most drapeable
fabrics in its class.
- Vibrant colours for polyester fabric: A digital process for
printing directly on polyester fabric, using special water-based inks
has been introduced by Sensient
Imaging Technologies of Switzerland which is a business unit
of the US-headquartered Sensient Technologies Corporation. The process
is called ElvaJet Alpha and the special inks it uses can offer superior
- Two new DyStar dyes for deep black shades: DyStar
has added two new dyes of outstanding colour strength and build-up behaviour
to its range of Remazol Deep Black reactive dyes. The additions, Remazol
Onyx RGB and Remazol Midnight Black RGB, are newly patented.
- Visil reborn as Danufil CS: Germany's Kelheim
Fibres that produces specialty viscose fibres has developed
a new fire retardant fibre called Danufil CS, using the technology that
Avilon of Finland had developed for making its FR fibre Visil. Danufil
CS is now being used as barrier fabrics in the United States.
- Fabrics with functions ideal for water sports: Italy's Carvico
which launched the 'XLAnce Fibre Italia' fabric in 2011 through
a joint venture with Aquafil has recently re-launched this fabric with
a new name, XLAnce Eco and with added functions..
- Innovations for sustainable textile production: Replacing water
with solvents in textile processing, turning Chinese herbal waste into
anti-microbial textiles and consumer and industrial waste into ultra-low
carbon materials for consumer products and buildings. These are some
of the pioneering steps in making textile industry eco-friendly, and
they were the focus of a symposium in Hong Kong last month (Sep) which
the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) organised
as its biennial event.
By C.K. Chow
- Cotton: Global production and trade remain downcast, demand is
stable: Uncertainty overshadows the cotton scene. Production and
trade are slowing down and price is estimated to range between 76 and
106 US cents per pound.World production this season will be around 25.5
million tons - lower than past three seasons - according to the International
Cotton Advisory Council. Production in India and South America is expected
to increase but the gains will not be adequate to balance the production
decline that China and the US will experience. Globally, cotton trade
is expected to contract by one million tons during the 2013-14 season
compared with the previous season and total around 8.5 million tons
largely due to China buying less. At the same time, price is expected
to range lover than previous estimate floating between 76 and 106 US
cents per pound, with a midpoint of 90 cents per pound.
- Exports keep upward thrust despite factory blaze: Another tragedy
has hit the garment industry in Bangladesh. A blaze in Aswad Composite
Mills factory in Gazipur north of Dhaka early this month (Oct) has claimed
10 lives. The incident has raised total reported deaths in garment factory
fires in the country to nearly 1,260 in less than a year. As danger
to life and property thus continues to persist in the country's garment
supply chain, exports have continued to grow. According to statistics
from the country's Export Promotion Bureau, garment exports in the first
quarter of the current financial year (July 2013-June 2014) have increased
by some 21% from the level a year ago.
From A.H.H. Saheed, Colombo
- Losing EU GSP+ privilege remains a hot issue: More than three
years have passed since the European Union removed Sri Lanka from the
list of countries eligible for its GSP+ privileges. The reason for the
action, Colombo's failure to meet the required human rights conventions
that were embedded with the trade facilitation, still remains a contentious
issue between Colombo and various international human rights watchdogs.
At the same time, some business leaders think that it is about time
the authorities found a way to get back on EU's list of GSP+ beneficiaries.
Dawn Austin, a former head of Exporters' Association of Sri Lanka, points
out that a fresh mindset and new thinking are needed to sustain, improve
and grow exports. The export growth potential that Sri Lanka has missed
due to the loss of GSP+, she estimates as some $750 million a year.
- Shima Seiki cuts in for market share: One quarter of some $4
billion worth of garments that Sri Lanka exports annually is lingerie
that includes the country's own international brand Amante which MAS
Holdings introduced six years ago as well as items made for international
brands like Victoria's Secret.
- Taiwan textile fair: For the second time since last October,
Taiwan will hold a two-day business-to-business textile fair in Colombo
next month (Nov 26 and 27).
- MoOD Brussels: Five years new and counting: Lingering economic
problems in Europe has caused exhibitor and visitor erosion, yet MoOD
last month presented a positive face with rising non-European participation.
By Arthur D. Sager in Brussels
- Interstoff Asia, a fabric display for seasons ahead: At the
Interstoff Asia Essential held in Hong Kong in September, experts predicted
four trends for autumn 2014 and winter 2015. This event saw five designers,
three fashion brands, 174 exhibitors as well as pavilions of China,
Japan, South Korea and Taiwan presenting fabrics for autumn 2014 and
the following winter fashion, with 37 or so others carrying functional
fabric collections for specialty wear. Altogether 6,788 trade buyers
- up 4% over the 2012 show - came to the September event.
By Gail Taylor
- Knitting tech confab: An international conference on knitting
technology is scheduled to take place in Yiwu, Zhejiang, China, on November
20. It will have two sessions - one focused on knitting technology and
the other focused on dyeing and finishing technology.
- Textile Institute seminar on textile innovation: The annual
seminar Managing Innovation in Textiles, which the Textile Institute
started two years ago, will hold its third session on November 21, this
year, at the Chancellors Hotel & Conference Centre in Manchester, UK.
- Industrial digital showcase in HK: A two-day industrial digital
trade show and conference will take place in Hong Kong on January 13
and 14, 2014. This is the first such event that IMI Asia, a partnership
between the US-based Information Management Institute and the UK-based
Inkjet Partnership that has been organising inkjet technology showcases
for the past twelve years staging in Hong Kong.
- Bread & Butter show: The biannual Bread & Butter trade show
for successful brands is due to take place from January 14 to 16, 2014,
at Germany's former airport Berlin-Tempelhof.
- Interfilière and Mode City that Eurovet organises bi-annually
will next be held on January 25-27, 2014, at Paris - Porte de Versailles.
The two shows are well-known platforms for international lingerie, swimwear
and beachwear collections.
- Munich Fabric Start: The next Munich Fabric Start trade fair
will be held from February 4 to 6, 2014, at the Munich Order Centre.
It will showcase a wide range of textiles, accessories and trims for
the 2015 spring/summer seasons. A large number of exhibitors have already
made registrations, according to the organiser Munich Fabric Start Exhibitions.
- The Texworld and Apparelsourcing exhibitions that Messe Frankfurt
organises will mark their 34th and 6th editions, respectively, with
a four-day display (Feb 17-20, 2014) at the Paris Le Bourget Exhibition
Centre. Texworld focuses on fashion, fabrics, trims and accessories,
while Apparelsourcing presents preview of selected new global manufacturers.
- Turkish show in Amsterdam: The Turkish exhibition organiser
Pyramids Fair will hold a fashion and textiles fair at the Amsterdam
RAI Convention, in the Netherlands from March 11to 13, 2014.
- HKTDC plans to hold lifestyle expo in Jakarta: The Hong Kong
Trade Development Council will make a three-day presentation of its
flagship trade promotion event, Lifestyle Expo, in the Indonesian capital
Jakarta in March 2014. This event, scheduled from March 20 to 22, is
the third in Indonesia and will showcase Hong Kong-made middle- to high-end
fashion and accessories as well as other consumer and household products
- A conference centered on nonwovens: An international conference
on nonwovens for high-performance applications will take place in Cannes
on March 5 and 6, 2014.
- Dornbirn MFC to hold 53rd annual next September: The Dornbirn
Man-Made Fibre Congress (MFC), the European/American-led event that
the Austrian Man-Made Fibers Institute (MFI) organises annually, will
hold its next session from September 10 to 12, 2014, in Dornbirn, Austria.
This 53rd assembly will cover such main themes as fibre and filament
innovations (oil- and bio-based fibre raw materials, carbon fibres,
functionalities, unconventional applications, waste management.); nonwovens;
filtration; automotive (transportation - train, ship, air); key technologies
for finishing, coating, spinning and extrusion; as well as market specials
and new business models.
- Printing technology fair: The annual China (Shanghai) International
Printing Industry Exhibition is to make its sixth presentation from
April 8 to 10, 2014, at the Shanghai New International Expo Center (SNIEC).
It will display printing technology equipment and materials for textiles,
carpets, leather, wallpapers as well as ceramics and glass.
- Textile machinery fair in Argentina: The international textile
machinery show which is known as Simatex, will present its sixth edition
from May 6 to 9, 2014 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
- Kingpins in Amsterdam: The denim sourcing show, Kingpins that
presents tightly selected vendors and admits visitors only by invitation,
will go to the Netherlands next year with a two-day presentation in
Amsterdam. This first Kingpins event in the country will take place
on May 7 and 8 at Westergasfabriek Amsterdam's Gashouder.
- India's first Heimtextil: A trade fair focused on home textiles
is set to take place in India in June 2014. Called Heimtextil India,
this exhibition scheduled from June 19 to 21 in Pragati Maidan, New
Delhi, will address the home décor needs of a dynamic and expanding
home textile market in the country. It is also Messe Frankfurt's first
such trade show in India.
- Kind+ Jugend, the annual trade show of children's furniture,
safety seats, textiles, prams, hygiene articles, toys and baby clothes
is scheduled to take place from September 11 to 14, 2014, in Cologne,