- A revolution of new materials is sweeping across the world:
Competition between cotton and food crops for land use as well as diminishing
oil reserves which will affect the supply of synthetic fibre in the
future will drive the quest for materials that are sustainable and widen
the scope for cellulose fibre industry. Such a trend is already in motion.
The China International Nonwovens Congress held on the second day of
Cinte-Techtextil 2014 in late September in Shanghai was told that more
and more nonwoven products, particularly for the healthcare market,
are now being made by biomass and natural fibres such as chitosan, alginate,
silk protein, cotton and wood pulp viscose. Product innovation has also
driven nonwovens to extra fine fibres and a variety of raw materials
such as PP, PET, PE, PLA, PPS, PA, PPS, PI, PTFE are now in use. Global
production of man-made cellulosic materials derived from wood increased
last year by 9.6% while the entire fibre production globally increased
by only 1.6%.
By Vicky Sung
- Interstoff Asia Essential: The end of a long journey: Business
as usual it was not on this occasion; the general atmosphere being somewhat
subdued for the time of year, season, and general economic climate.
Many factors were at play. Most important of them all was that this
trade fair - Interstoff Asia Essential - that has lived on for 27 years
would no longer continue. Its organiser Messe Frankfurt is winding up
the show to focus on other trade fairs in the region.
By Gail Taylor
- Price of cotton may remain low but market share may not grow: Cotton
is facing a new cycle of low prices. Some New York December future contracts
were concluded at 68 US cents/lb in early September, but deals late
in the month fell to 61 cents/lb and have since been holding to levels
between 64 and 65 cents/lb. Low prices could help consumption to increase;
but it may not necessarily help cotton regain much of the market it
has lost to other fibres.
- World's top textile show is more than just textiles: Intertextile
Shanghai Apparel Fabrics (ITSAF) that began in Beijing in 1995 as a
trade fair of apparel fabrics, home textiles and accessories with 130
exhibitors from 12 economies and attracted 7,000 visitors, mostly from
China, has since become a major international event. The number of exhibitors
it attracts has multiplied 30 times to total 3,800 at the latest show
this October. They came from 30 economies. To accommodate all of them
as well as 71,000 visitors coming from 93 markets, the exhibition space
had to expand 44 times from the maiden show, taking 175,020 sq m covering
15 halls of the Shanghai New International Expo Centre. Now, it is not
just an exhibition of fabrics, home textiles and accessories; it is
a much larger international event of seminars, trend forums as well
as a platform for discussing environmental and sustainability issues,
presenting original designs, fabric innovations and research findings
and even fashion shows displaying new trends for the seasons ahead.
By Vicky Sung
- Cotton could underpin the future of Xinjiang: China has ended
in September the nation-wide cotton purchasing program it has been practicing
since 2011. This policy shift is expected to attract textile manufacturers
to set up production plants in the autonomous region which accounts
for 60% of China's cotton production. Cotton growers in Xinjiang can
now sell cotton at market price and receive a government subsidy if
prices fall below the reference price.
By Alpana Shrestha
- Support for Cotton LEADS is increasing: A leading athletic
apparel supplier, Top Star, has become a partner of the Cotton LEADS
program that American and Australian cotton industries launched in October
last year to promote responsible cotton production and sourcing. Thus
the program now has more than 220 partners worldwide.
By Alpana Shrestha
A.H.H. Saheed, Colombo
- Textile sector exports up 20.6%: Sri Lanka's textile and garment
exports during the first half of 2014 expanded by 20.6% from the previous
corresponding period and totalled US$ 2,413 million. In June this year
alone, textile and garment exports grew by 25.6%. Garment exports growing
by 22.1% was the main contributor for this overall expansion. Garment
exports in June were up by 26.4%.
- A new clothing venture: Sri Lanka's Board of Investment has
signed an agreement with Alpine Clothing Nikeweratiya for a US$1 million
garment manufacturing plant that will start operations in the northwest
of the country by the end of next March with 250 machines and employing
some 500 workers .
- -Market for technical textiles expands faster than all others:
The biennial trade fair Cinte-Techtextil held in Shanghai in late September
broke its previous record with 460 exhibitors from 22 countries participating
in it, as demand for TT and nonwovens is rising rapidly in China, India,
Russia, etc. Overseas exhibitors were 20 less than in the 2012 edition;
but they took up more space as some needed bigger booths. Besides, Belgium,
Germany, Italy and Taiwan hosted country pavilions while others from
Hong Kong, Indonesia, South Korea, Pakistan, and Singapore set up individual
pavilions. The show attracted 12,500 visitors from 61 markets compared
with 7,659 visitors its previous edition in 2012 attracted.
By Vicky Sung
- MoOD Brussels: The new/old location: The three-day show was
striking; wide-ranging use of colour for upholstery fabrics and window
coverings, and gorgeous, creative weaves and effects that owed their
existence to refined knowledge of a loom's possibilities. This was the
place for those with any affinity for the high-end woven and print home
textiles and wall coverings. Many companies with interests in this sector
were there either as exhibitors or as visitors. They were not concerned
about the total number of exhibitors or visitors, but rather on the
quality of the meetings they have and the real amount of business that
is accomplished during the fair. By that measure a large majority of
exhibitors appeared to be pleased with sampling and actual orders that
were placed during the three-day event.
From Arthur D. Sager in Brussels
- Lingerie, swimwear show confirms growing market: Interfiliere
Shanghai and Shanghai Mode Lingerie, the annual trade show for intimate
apparel and swimwear which held its 10th edition in Shanghai this October
has reaffirmed the findings of a recent market study that countries
in South and Southeast Asia are emerging as important markets for intimate
apparel and swimwear.
By C.K. Chow
- Machinery show for light industry: Bellegmash, the annual international
exhibition focused on equipment and machinery for light industry will
mark its 21st presentation at NEC Belexpo in Minsk, Belarus, from January
20 to 23, 2015. This event organised by MinskExpo JSC is supported by
the country's Ministry of Trade.
- A forum designed for sporting goods makers: The Switzerland-based
World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) will hold its
manufacturers forum in Leipzig, Germany, on November 13-14, 2014. This
forum, with the theme 'How can design and manufacturing embrace' will
discuss ways to improve communication, strategic leadership and innovative
future manufacturing processes between designers and manufacturers.
- Conference and trade show on wearables: A conference and tradeshow
focused on wearable technologies, applications and their commercialisation
progress, and called "Wearable Technology Live" will be held on November
19-20, 2014 at Santa Clara Convention Center in California, USA.
- Textile printing fair in Guangzhou: FESPA China, a three-day
exhibition focused on screen printing, digital printing and textile
printing will take place at the Poly World Trade Expo Center Pazhou,
in Guangzhou, China, from November 19 to 21, 2014.
- Week-long design event in Hong Kong: Business of Design Week
(BODW), the annual event of the Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC) since
2002, a world-class platform for the exchange of ideas, is scheduled
to take place from December 1 to 6, this year.
- Workshop for learning textile testing: Introduction to Textile
Testing Workshop, a popular program of the American Association of Textile
Chemists and Colorists (AATCC), is scheduled to take place from this
December 3 to 4 at its headquarters in Research Triangle Park, North
- Premičre Vision rebrands itself: Premičre Vision, the French
company organising textile and fashion trade fairs for over four decades
now, is repositioning its events with new and easy to identify names
starting next year. Thus, the leading fabrics show for fashion industry
professionals, Premičre Vision Pluriel, will be called Premičre Vision
Paris starting with its next show (February 10-12, 2015) at the Parc
des Expositions Paris Nord - Villepinte, France. Similarly, Expofil
becomes Premičre Vision Yarns focused on yarns and fibres; the fabrics
show Premičre Vision becomes Premičre Vision Fabrics; Cuir ŕ Paris,
the show for leather and fur, becomes Premičre Vision Leather; Indigo
becomes Premičre Vision Designs; Modamont becomes Premičre Vision Accessories,
the international show of accessories and components for fashion and
design; and Zoom becomes Premičre Vision Manufacturing specialising
in fashion manufacturing.
- Greater China textile confab in Hong Kong: The Institute of
Textiles and Clothing (ITC) at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University
and the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA)
are jointly organising a conference titled 'Cross-straits Conference
on Textiles' in Hong Kong from 17 to 19 this December.
- SpinExpo in February: The next biannual SpinExpo International
Textile Exhibition that Well Link Consultants organises will be held
on February 3-5, 2015, at Shanghai World Expo Convention and Exhibition
- ISPO Munich in Feb: The sports business exhibition ISPO which
Messe Muenchen organises annually is scheduled to be held on February
5-8, 2015, in Munich .
- Asian apparel show in Berlin: The annual Asia Apparel Expo
in Berlin is scheduled to hold its fourth presentation on February 15-17
- RISE conference in Miami: The Research, Innovation and Science
for Engineered Fabrics conference, which is known as RISE will take
place on February 10-12 next year in Miami, Florida, USA.
- Russia's top floor coverings show: DOMOTEX Russia - the leading
Russian trade fair for carpets and floor coverings - will take place
next April from 1 to 3 at Moscow's Sokolniki Exhibition and Convention
- Hong Kong Fashion Week and World Boutique: Hong Kong Fashion
Week for fall/winter seasons and the World Boutique Hong Kong, both
organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), will be
held next January from 19 to 22 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition
Centre. They will showcase a wide array of top international brands,
revealing the latest fashion trend and providing an ideal business platform
for all in the industry.
- Proposte moved forward to April: The annual Proposte international
exhibition on furnishing fabrics and curtains is to be held next April
from 27 to 29 at Villa Erba in Cernobbio (Como), Italy. This will be
the first time since 1993 that this exhibition will not take place in
May because the worldwide Expo 2015 will be taking place in May in Milan.
- Fashion and add-ons, all for children: The sourcing fair called
Children Baby Maternity Industry Expo (CBME) held annually in China
will take place again next year from July 22 to 24 at the Shanghai New
International Expo Centre.
- JEC Americas composites show: The fourth annual JEC Americas
Composites Show and Conferences will take place from June 2 to 4 next
year in Houston, USA. Organised by the JEC Group, it will be co-located
with Messe Frankfurt's Techtextil North America (TTNA).
- FESPA Mexico next August: FESPA, the global federation of 37
national associations for the screen printing, digital printing and
textile printing community, is organising a three-day fair next August,
from 20 to 22, in Mexico City.
- Composites Expo: The annual China International Composites
Industrial Technical Expo, or China Composites Expo, will hold its 21st
edition on September 2-4, 2015, at Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and
Convention Centre and (SWEECC). It is co-organised by China Composites
Group Corporation Ltd (CCGC), China Composites Industry Association
(CCIA), and Chinese FRP Society.
- B&B plans Asian debut: The biannual tradeshow Bread & Butter,
usually held in Berlin, is moving to Asia and the Asian debut is scheduled
to be held in Seoul from September 3 to 5 next year.
- Techtextile fair in Turkey: Hightex, the international technical
textiles and nonwoven exhibition that Tecnik Fuarcilik organises will
hold its sixth edition on September 11-13 next year in Istanbul at the
Istanbul- Büyükcekmece Tüyap Fair and Congress Center.
- Dornbin MFC next September: The annual Dornbirn Man-made Fibre
Congress (MFC) that the Austrian Man-Made Fibre Institute organises
will mark its next assembly from September 16 to 18, 2015, in Dornbrin,
- Yarn with a sense of freshness and shine: Botto Poala, the
Italian producer of yarns in wool, cashmere and silk, has introduced
what's described as a "very refined, comprehensive and tempting" collection
for spring/summer 2016, rich in sophisticated style suggestions, which
are ideal to inspire high-level weavers and creatives.
- Pneumatic cord and yarn grips: Instron, a UK-based manufacturer
of testing equipment designed to evaluate the mechanical properties
of materials and components, is now offering what it describes as "an
easy solution" designed specifically to overcome the problem of premature
failure for industrial textile fibres, including Aramid and UHMwPE.
- The latest from PFAFF: The sewing machine specialist, PFAFF
Industriesysteme und Maschinen, has introduced a new sewing machine,
the PFAFF 3791 that combines, for the first time, the Docu-seam technology
with the advantages of a post-bed machine (Better handling of tube-like
resp. three-dimensional items) in one machine.
- HCiX2 for handlook carpets: Van De Wiele has developed a three
rapier weaving machine, the Handlook Carpet Innovator HCiX2, especially
for weaving handlook, Carpets. The machine is based on the Innovator
generation, which is a strong and rigid machine, equipped with the Van
De Wiele state-of-the-art servo drive technology for an increased flexibility
- Nya Nordiska wins Red Dot award: A new airy decoration fabric
that Nya Nordiska has developed - which stands between textile and paper
- has won this year's Red Dot Design award, one of the most prestigious
design awards in Germany. The winning product called Batumi CS which
combines the transparent Trevira CS Fleece and colour intense print
design is made of flame retardant fibres and is therefore very well
suited for home and contract use.
- A new benchmark for pigment printing: A pigment printing system
that BASF has introduced recently for sensitive textiles used, for example,
in infant and baby clothing is said to be setting a new benchmark for
safety standards. It is called Helizarin EcoSafe, a 'zero addon' formaldehyde
pigment printing system.
- A new textile platform: Three top Italian mills, Nuova Fratelli
Boretti, Green Line and Lanificio Stelloni, have recently formed a new
textile platform called Re.Verso that is designed as an 'open door'
platform, meaning that it welcomes input from all manufacturers to process
their surplus waste through its system, even encouraging them to use
their own selected mills to finalise fabrics.
- An innovative whitening agent : Huntsman Textile Effects has
introduced an innovative fluorescent whitening agent to help textile
mills achieve very high and brilliant white shades on cellulosic fibres,
thus helping them to meet brands' high white standards for towels, knitted
apparel, T-shirts, underwear and other articles made from cellulosic
- Eco-friendly coating for leather goods: For fashion brands,
lowering the environmental impact of their products is a priority. To
support these brands, Stahl, the Netherlands-headquartered chemicals
producer for leather products and performance coatings now offers a
complete EVO range, the next generation polyurethane coatings for shoes,
bags and other fashion items. .