- Canada-S. Korea free trade talks: Will it be concluded this year?:
The free trade talks that began some eight years ago is still carrying
on while South Korea as a market for Canadian agri-food products has
slipped from the fifth to the seventh place and trade gap between the
two countries remain heavily in favour of South Korea. At the same time,
Canada's conservative government with its aim to create new jobs and
improve the nation's economy would want a new generation of trade agreements
with the high growth countries of Asia and Latin America because such
agreements will open new markets and opportunities for growth to Canadian
exporters. How free trade agreements can affect flow of trade is evident
in Canada's agri-foods trade with South Korea. In 2011 Canada exported
over $1 billion worth of agri-food products to South Korea, making it
Canada's fifth-largest market for agri-foods exports. But in 2012 it
was down to just over half a billion dollars and South Korea dropped
to 7th place in Canada's export destinations. The reason for the trade
loss, the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance claims, is the free trade
deals that South Korea concluded with key Canadian competitors such
as the EU in 2011 and the Unites States in 2012. Under these deals South
Korea will eliminate over the next few years tariffs on virtually all
agri-food products from the EU and the US, thus leaving Canada at a
distinct and significant tariff disadvantage.
There is now renewed interest in Canada in moving the free trade talks
with South Korea at a faster pace. For example, Canada's governor-general,
David Johnston, in Seoul earlier this year for the inauguration of Park
Guen-hye as the new South Korea president said: "I think the weakest
link (in the relations between the two countries) would be the absence
of the FTA."
While it is believed that the FTA can usher in many new possibilities
for collaboration between Canada and South Korea, it remains to be seen
whether the main sticking points between the two countries can be resolved
By Swee C Goh, Ottawa
- Where does China buy cotton from?: In the decade between 2001-02
and 2011-12 US cotton exports to China increased by 25 times to 1.3
million tons; but it was beaten by India which sold 1.94 tons. Now,
by midway through this season, Australia has overtaken India by selling
577,867 tons to China. At the same time, Africa has exported 482,749
tons to China - almost half of it coming from Burkina Faso, Cameroon
and Benin. .
- At the nexus of new insight: Allowing for a degree of self
congratulation, the organisers, having vetted the attendees' feedback
and in addition launched a series of related regional events, chose
more of the same, arguably more depth, and a different venue for the
8th edition of the annual meeting of the global fashion industry. In
place of the earlier 'workshops' on the subject, there was the sustainability
event held the day before at the Clothing Industry Training Centre,
Hong Kong. In case this half-day event did not do justice to important
issues, representatives of the relevant think tanks and not-for-profit
agencies participated in the 2-day forum, with of course the focus on
latest technologies, logistics, and overall communications to give due
recognition to the global supply chain and its reliance on production
sites around the world to sustain the complex business network required,
at the end of the day, to clothe all of us. In fact, in its 8th edition
Prime Source Forum presented a new format but better ideas!
By Gail Taylor
- New Zealand ranks top in Merino wool contest: It was a day
to remember for both New Zealand and the global wool industry. For New
Zealand - a nation of some 4.5 million people and seven times that many
sheep - it was the 2012 winner, after many years, of the Loro Piana
Challenge Cup, the annual contest that Loro Piana, the Italian manufacturer
of superfine wool fabrics and the largest single purchaser of fine wool
from Australia and New Zealand, holds among Australian and New Zealand
Merino wool growers. For the global wool industry, 2012 was a milestone
year that saw the finest bale of Merino wool, 10.6 micron, in the entire
history of the Challenge Cup. The proudest of all was Anna Emmerson,
the owner of Lindis Ridges farm that delivered the winning bale. The
competing Australian bale from Pamela and Robert Sandlant's Pyrenees
Park farm ranked par with the 2011 Australian record - 11.1 micron.
By Alpana Shrestha
- Marco Polo of the wool industry: Loro Piana, now two centuries
old, is considered the Marco Polo of the wool industry, the pioneer
making superfine wool fabrics of uncompromising quality for men and
women of exquisite test. The company was founded in 1812 as woollen
merchants. By 1960, it started exporting high quality wool to Japan
and other markets; and in 1980 began purchasing the finest bales of
wool. In 1997 it succeeded in processing single bales of the finest
wool into fabrics that begets 40 bespoke suits and began awarding the
farmers in Australia and New Zealand who produced the finest bales of
the year - The Record Bale. Loro Piana is about uncompromising quality
wool fabric made entirely in Italy.
"To achieve the highest quality of merino wool, we start with the finest
material and check every step of the production process," says Mr Loro
Piana. "We are proud to offer products made in Italy of uncompromising
quality using wool from New Zealand and Australia, cashmere from China
and Mongolia and vicuna from Peru". Loro Piana goes all over the world
in search of the best.
By Vicky Sung
- Winder for carbon fibre: Oerlikon
Barmag, a leading supplier of spinning systems and texturing
machinery to the manmade fibre industry has developed a winder called
WinTrax especially for the production of carbon fibre that has application
in many areas from aeronautics and aerospace industry, wind power plants,
automotive industry, safety technology and in high-quality sports equipment
such as racing bicycles, tennis racquets, skis and boats.
- Space and manpower saving drawframe for quality yarn: Rieter
has introduced a double-head space- and labour-saving drawframe called
the SB-D 22 that guarantees "maximum machine efficiency" with a unique
can-changer up to 1,000 mm and ensures outstanding yarn quality.
- OCS to replace OE as labelling tool: Textile Exchange and Outdoor
Industry Association (OIA) have jointly released a tool - the Organic
Content Standard (OCS) - for companies to follow organic raw materials
through production line to end product. It will replace the OE standards
(OE 100 and OE Blended) which were developed in 2004 to track organic
cotton, and will allow certified organic input of not only cotton but
- A novel mannequin to fit any shape and size: Mannequins are
essential to fashion designers for perfecting their designs to exact
fit. As mannequins come in fixed size and shape designers need different
mannequins to make clothing suitable to people of different body structure.
That is now going to change. Researchers at the Hong
Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) have created a computer-controlled
mechanical mannequin that designers will find hard not fall in love
- Cost-efficient spinning machine: An energy-saving and cost-efficient
machine for making two-fold twisted high bulk acrylic yarn for sweaters,
jumpers, hats, gloves, socks and blankets has come on the market. Made
by Macart Textiles Machinery of Britain and called eco-SpinTwist, it
can deliver as much as 230 metres of yarn a minute. Besides, it consumes
less electricity, needs less factory space and workers and generates
less waste than conventional ring spinning, winding and twisting machines,
- A new anti-stain and rain treatment for textiles: A special
range of fluorine-free hydro polymers that can protect textile products
against rain and every day stain from ketchup and red wine to mud and
grass has been developed by Huntsman Textile Effects, a division of
Huntsman Corporation. It is called Phobotex.
- Olea, a viscose fibre for functional clothing: The German viscose
Fibres has introduced a new viscose fibre that is said to be
the first "intrinsically hydrophobic" and ideal for functional clothing.
Called Olea, this latest addition to Kelheim's speciality fibre range
combines the typical properties of a viscose fibre such as softness,
skin-friendliness and wearer comfort with water repellency.
- Three new tools from Datacolor: Datacolor
has recently released three software products - DC Tools 2.0
for quality control of colours, Datacolor Guardian for monitoring existing
instruments to give predictive maintenance, and Datacolor Match Textile
to help dyehouses in colour-matching and batch correction.
- Stork Prints' latest for textile printing: The Netherlands-based
which has been offering its NovaScreen for textile printing, has launched
a new high resolution model of this screen - the NovaScreen 195-19%
- that combines the benefits of the existing NovaScreen 165 (mesh) and
NovaScreen 195 (mesh).
- Intertextile Beijing Apparel Fabrics: With over 1,300 exhibitors
from 16 countries occupying 50,000 sq m of space in the China International
Exhibition Centre, Europeans were on the centre stage at the Intertextile
Beijing Apparel Fabrics (March 27-29). The highlight of the three-day
presentation that attracted 25,000 trade visitors was the SalonEurope
which featured made-in-Europe textiles and accessories. The 6,000-sq.m
salon was 20% larger than last year's and exhibitor participation -
mainly from Italy, France, Germany Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, and Britain
- 36% greater. Most notable in the salon was the Milano Unica section
with spatial design and controlled access area. It had 128 exhibitors,
compared with 95 in the previous Beijing edition of Intertextile and
124 in the Shanghai edition. New in Milano Unica this time was the "Verve
of Design" zone. It featured the works of six Italian designers. Also
for the first time, there was a section for original designs - Verve
for Design. The organiser, Messe Frankfurt, was happy to welcome more
European exhibitors, said Detlef Braun a member of its executive board.
"We are happy about the successful relationship and look forward to
continuing the strong partnership," he said. Messe had concluded a partnership
agreement with Milano Unica last October.
By Vicky Sung, Beijing
- Yarn Expo: With stronger participation of foreign exhibitors,
the 2013 edition of Yarn Expo attracted 200 exhibitors - a record high
- and 6,461 visitors from 52 countries. The number of exhibitors was
up 25% and visitors up 43.5% over last year's Yarn Expo. Visitors this
year included those coming from eight countries which were not in last
year's visitor register. The increase in exhibitor participation was
largely contributed also by foreign participants coming from seven countries
and regions. Their number grew to 87 from only 45 last year - mostly
from India and Pakistan. The increase made the exhibition to move from
the World Trade Centre to the National Agriculture Exhibition Centre.
By Vicky Sung, Beijing
- Interfilière Hong Kong, an international sourcing fair that
Eurovet organises annually, took place in Hong Kong on March 26-27.
This edition with a tag line "Bring innovation to life" focused not
only on creativity, but also a lot more on innovation and new technology.
This edition of Interfiliere pioneered what's called the PolySensorial
Zone in Asia in partnership with the French Knitting and Lingerie Federation.
It offered a new generation of advanced functional textiles. Hong Kong
Polytechnic University students of fashion and textiles specialising
in intimate apparel also collaborated on this project by creating prototypes
with functional and cosmetic fabrics.
By Alpana Shrestha
- Techtextil 2013: This is the continuation of the preview of
trade fair published last month. The trade fair will take place
in Frankfurt next month. As of early April, still two months to go before
the show begins, 1,170 companies have taken up exhibition space. Thus,
the organisers expect the total number of exhibitors this year could
match, if not exceed, some 1,200 exhibitors from 50 countries that came
to the previous Techtextil held in May 2011. Most of the exhibitors
will come from Germany. Others from the western hemisphere will be from
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Italy, the Netherlands,
Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kindgom, the
United States, etc. Asian exhibitors will come mainly from China India,
Japan and South Korea. Techtextil this year has a special focus on intelligent
textiles' application in the building sector.
- Texprocess 2013: This is the continuation of the preview of
Texprocess began last month. The trade fair will be held in Frankfurt
next month (June 10-13) together with Techtextil. The premier edition
of Texprocess in 2011 had recorded 326 exhibitors. The show next month
is likely to reach that number, if not exceed it. Some 290 exhibitors
have reserved exhibition space by early April, most of them from Germany
(98), followed by Italy (32), China (19), USA (9), Turkey (8), South
Korea (8), Switzerland (7), UK (7), and others from Eastern Europe and
- Countdown begins for next ITMA Asia + CITME: The 4th
edition of this unrivalled textile machinery trade show in Asia
will be the most effective marketing and sourcing platform for both
Chinese and international textile and textile machinery manufacturers.
- Intertextile Shanghai Home Textiles: The autumn edition of
the biannual Intertextile Shanghai Home Textiles will be held from August
27 to 29 this year at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre. It
is organised by Messe Frankfurt (HK); the Sub-Council of Textile Industry,
CCPIT; and the China Home Textile Association (CHTA).
- New trade show for children's fashion: The trade fair organiser,
Koelnmesse, and the fashion and lifestyle magazine, Luna, are jointly
launching a new international children's fashion fair in Cologne, Germany,
this July. Called Children's
Fashion Cologne it will cover the entire baby, children's and
maternity fashion sectors as well as shoes, interior and accessories.
The maiden show is set for July 11-13.
- Functional textile confab: The Manchester and Cheshire section
and the technical textiles special interest group of the Textile Institute,
in partnership with the Materials KTN of the Technical Textiles Group,
will host a conference on functional textiles on July 25, 2013, at the
Chancellors Hotel and Conference Centre, Manchester, UK.
- Italian fabrics fair: Milano Unica, The Italian textile exhibition
focused on quality fabrics and accessories, is set to make its 17th
presentation from September 10 to 12, this year at the Portello - Fieramilanocity,
Italy. It will showcase collection for fall and winter seasons of 2014-15.
- Dornbirn MFC: The Dornbirn Man-made Fibre Congress (MFC) that
Man-made Fibre Institute holds annually will be held for the
52nd time on September 11-13 this year in Dornbirn, Austria. More than
800 participants from more than 30 countries are expected.
- Texworld and Apparel Sourcing: The 33rd Texworld and the 5th
Apparel Sourcing, organised biannually by Messe Frankfurt, will be held
from this September 16 to 19 in Paris.
- Textile Symposium: The Textile Bioengineering and Informatics
Society in Hong Kong is planning to hold its 6th symposium on textile
bioengineering and informatics on September 26-28, this year in Xi'an,
China, in cooperation with Xi'an Polytechnic University.
- ICAC to hold 72nd plenary in Colombia: The International
Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) will hold it 72nd plenary meeting
from September 29 to October 4 this year in Cartagena, Colombia. This
will be the second time for Colombia which joined ICAC almost six decades
ago to host the ICAC. The previous plenary this cotton producer hosted
was the 38th in 1979.
- Edana's Outlook conference: Edana, the global association of
the nonwovens and related industries, is planning to hold the 12th Outlook
conference focused on personal care products next October in Portugal.
- Composites show in New Delhi: Some 100 exhibitors are expected
to showcase their latest innovations in resins, carbon and glass fibres,
fibre-reinforced polymers (FRP), glass fibre reinforced polymers (GRP),
etc., in a three-day trade fair called India Composites Show in New
Delhi's Pragati Maidan from October 24 to 26 this year.
- Footwear congress in Guangzhou: The International Union of
Shoe Industry Technicians (UITIC) will hold its 18th congress from November
13 to 16 this year, in Guangzhou, China. Some 20 speakers from the leather
industry will address this congress which the China Leather Industry
Association will organise with the theme 'Social responsibility: a challenge
for the Footwear Industry'.
- Automotive textiles conference in Atlanta: An international
conference on automotive textiles is to be held on November 14-15, this
year at Georgia Tech Global Learning Center in Atlanta, which is in
the southern centre of the automotive industry in the United States
with BMW, Mercedes, VW, Hyundai, Kia, Toyota, and many other automotive
companies as well as fabric producers and research facilities located
within 300 miles radius
- Lifestyle Expo in Istanbul: The Lifestyle Expo which the Hong
Kong Trade Development Council hosts in emerging markets to
promote Hong Kong products and designs, including garments, is scheduled
to take place in Istanbul, Turkey, from November 14 to 16 this year.
- Ink jet conference: A conference on ink jet technology is scheduled
to take place in Lisbon, Portugal, from November 13 to 15 this year.
It will be the 21st edition of the European ink jet technology conference
that conference organiser IMI Europe holds annually.
- FESPA China with CSGIA 2013: The UK-based Federation
of European Screen Printers Associations (FESPA) is expanding
its event portfolio in Asia by adding a new event called FESPA China
which will be held together with the annual trade show of the China
Screen Printing and Graphic Imaging Association (CSGIA) in November
this year. CSGIA is a FESPA associate in China.
- Baby products fair: The Hong Kong baby products fair which
the Hong Kong Trade Development Council organises annually will hold
its 5th edition next January from 6 to 9. As usual, a wide range of
baby clothing and footwear will be showcased at the Baby Fashion Avenue
of this fair. .
- Novel printing effect disperse dyes make on polyester/cotton fabric:
This study explores the possibility of using synthetic resin on polyester/cotton
blend to impart affinity for disperse dye in cost-efficient, eco-friendly
By S.K. Laga, A.I. Wasif and P.S. Chinta, all of DKTE Society's Textile
& Engineering Institute, Ichalkaranji, Maharashtra, India
- Felting propensity of wool, Hersilcross vs Tibetan: This study
to determine the felting propensity of the fibres of Hersilcross wool
and Tibetan wool found in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand,
concludes that Hersilcross wool fibres show better felting ability than
Tibetan wool fibres, when prepared under identical conditions.
By Swati Pant and Manisha Gahlot, both are of the College of Home Science,
G.B. Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar, Uttarakhand,
- Bright future for sugercane bagasse: Sugarcane bagasse is usually
used as fuel in sugar factories or for cellulose and paper production,
but mostly dumped in landfills. However, this renewable source of natural
fibre has many more cost-efficient applications as this study points
By Priti S. Futane, P. S. Joshi and S. D. Asgekar, all of D.K.T.E. Society's
Textile & Engineering Institute, Ichalkaranji, Maharashtra, India .