- Will Africa become the new China? Captains of the apparel industry
gathered in Hong Kong in March for the annual Prime Source Forum - the
meeting point for decision makers in the fashion and textile industries
and the platform for knowledge sharing - this time marking its 10th
anniversary. The topic that received their top most attention was Africa,
a continent with great potential to become a global textile and garment
Adan Mohamed, the cabinet secretary in Kenya's ministry of industrialisation
and enterprise development, who delivered the keynote address, eloquently
argued that why investors and industrialists should consider Africa
as a continent of great opportunities. Citing how countries neighbouring
India and China have worked together with acknowledged sourcing centres
to diversify production opportunities, Mr Mohamed indicated that similar
opportunities exist in Africa for those who will explore and develop
them. With the benefit of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA)
that has given both energy and incentives to the sub-Sahara countries,
he said Africa would compete more effectively with Asia in the future.
By Gail Taylor
- Great opportunity for filter media in China: Addressing the
fourth edition of Filtrex Asia, the nonwoven filter media conference
and exhibition, in Hong Kong last month, the chairman of the China Filtration
Society, Wang Yangxi, admitted that pollution in China was serious.
That situation has opened up a great opportunity for filtration industry
in the country. As much as 85% of the more than 40 billion renminbi
(US$6.5 billion) worth of liquid filter that China produced in 2010
was used up in the country with only 15% shipped abroad. This year (2015),
the value of liquid filter output (excluding car filters) is expected
to exceed 65 billion renminbi ($10.5 billion). The increasing production
and usage of filter media in China clearly demonstrate the country's
commitment to fight pollution and develop a domestic filter media industry
in aid of it. Meanwhile, sales of filter media worldwide were estimated
at US$25 billion in 2010, the year EDANA, the global association of
nonwovens and related industries, launched Filtrex Asia, Ten per cent
of it, or $2.5 billion worth, were nonwoven filter media. Last year,
the market for nonwoven filter media was estimated at $4 billion and
it is poised to expand to $5.7 billion within the next five years. This
fourth edition in Hong Kong had strong support from China. The China
Filtration Society (CFS) and the Chinese Nonwoven Technical Association
(CNTA) were its co-organisers.
By C.K. Chow
- Cotton prices unlikely to change much as stocks remain high:
Cotton production during the 2015-16 season is projected to reduce to
24 million tons as planting area contracts 7% to just over 31 million
hectares. Yet, ending stocks will total over 21 million tons and prices
will fluctuate within a narrow range.
From A.H.H. Saheed, Colombo
- Colombo bids to regain GSP+: Sri Lanka's newly elected government
is optimistic that the European Union will soon restore the GSP Plus
concession that was withdrawn in August 2010 because of the failure
of the previous government led by President Mahinda Rajapaksa to implement
the international conventions on human rights. "There's good news…We
have started a process which may lead in time to GSP Plus," said the
head of the European Delegation to Sri Lanka and Maldives, David Daly,
while attending an event organised by the National Chamber of Commerce
of Sri Lanka. The new government, he said, has made many political commitments,
including good governance and the rule of law, which are important steps
towards regaining the GSP Plus.
- Expansion bid: Weft fabric solutions provider, Textured Jersey
(TJL), a joint venture between Sri Lanka's Brandix and Pacific Textured
Jersey Holdings of Hong Kong, is moving to acquire Ocean India, a knit
fabric manufacturer in India and Quenby Lanka, a Sri Lankan fabric printer.
- Spectrophotometer with new features: Colour management solutions
supplier, Datacolor, has launched a new version of the portable spectrophotometer.
This completely redesigned CHECK 3 offering excellent correlation to
Datacolor's 600 series of benchtop instruments features a completely
redesigned user-interface with an easy-to-navigate colour LCD display.
It can deliver good colour measurement performance.
- Fashion trends fit for creora fabrics: Hyosung, the world leader
in spandex production, has released its 2017 fashion trends for garments
and other products made of specialty creora spandex.
- Yarn defect sensor: An optical sensor that can monitor individual
threads for finest knots, fluff, filamentation, smallest thick places,
capillary breaks on running threads, etc., has been developed by Loepfe
Brothers of Switzerland. Called Falcon-I, this simple and reliable monitoring
device can be installed before or after a weft feeder.
- Twister for multiply glass yarns: A ring twisting machine for
producing balanced multiply glass yarns has been developed by the Saurer
Group. It is called VGT-P, with P denoting ply yarn, and is part of
Saurer's Volkmann brand.
- World's first piezoelectric fabrics: Professor Yoshiro Tajitsu
of the Faculty of Engineering Science at Japan's Kansai University,
and the Japanese chemical and pharmaceutical company Teijin have jointly
developed the world's first polylactic acid (PLA) fibre and carbon-fibre-based
- Sorona for apparel: The Sorona fibre which DuPont introduced
15 years ago for making fabrics for apparel, home textiles, carpets,
mats and automotive interiors can now be used also in such apparel segments
as seamless, insulation and comfort stretch fabrics.
- Yarn technology to cut CO2 emission: The Austrian technology
consulting company, Xedera and the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology
in partnership have combined improved hybrid yarn technology with advanced
textile weaving and processing methods. Its ultimate benefit is reduced
automobile emission of CO2.
- Chomarat's new reinforcement fibres: Chomarat has launched
two brand-new reinforcement fibres: G-Flow made of glass fibre, and
C-Ply UltraThin, of carbon fibre.
- A low temperature device from Atlas: Atlas Material Testing
Technology that provides weathering technology and services has added
a new innovation to its line of outdoor accelerated devices. This Low
Temperature LTEMMA/ EMMAQUA, achieves cooler sample temperatures through
a patented "cool mirror" technology that has very high reflectance in
the UV and near visible wavelength ranges.
- SDC yardstick for fabric testing: SDC Enterprises a wholly-owned
subsidiary of the Society of Dyers & Colorists, has developed a range
of verification fabrics to improve the controls available to organisations
involved in textile testing.
- Sustainable nonwoven for hygiene products: A sustainable nonwoven
alternative for hygiene and personal care products is now available
from Fitesa Simpsonville. This 100% bio-based spunbond called Fitesa
is made entirely from plant-based materials.
- Cygnus print software: Xennia's Cygnus print software, which
has been deployed for many years in the company's own digital solutions
as well as included in OEM hardware module packages, is now available
as a standalone package for OEM machine builders wishing to incorporate
advanced functionality into digital printing systems.
- Fashion PLM has a new version: Lectra, the supplier of integrated
technology solutions to industries using fabrics, leather, technical
textiles and composite materials has released version 4 of its Fashion
- Denim collection for spring/summer 2016: The Italian company,
Europa, which produces high quality and technologically advanced stretch
and super stretch denims, has unveiled its 2016 spring/summer collection
of stretch denims. .