- Textile waste up-cycling: Will it make successful business?
Up-cycling textile waste is an eco-friendly concept. For example, if
everybody purchased just one item made from recycled wool a year, it
would save some 371 million gallons of water and 480 tons of chemical
dyes. That means a lot for a world which will have to support a population
of some 10 billion by 2050. But the success of this idea depends on
many factors. A number of fashion industry experts discussed this very
issue at a one-day forum in Hong Kong on January 20. It was the second
such forum the non-governmental organisation Redress has organised so
far; the first was in last January. The assembled experts shared their
experience and observations in the field of sustainable and ethical
fashion; but their audience were left with no clear-cut answer to the
By C.K. Chow
- From cross-straits conference to regional alliance for research:
The textile sector in the Greater China region could move towards
forming an alliance for consolidating research and development projects
if an idea proposed by Prof K.C. Ho of the Hong Kong Research Institute
of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) is accepted by all concerned. Prof.
Ho mooted the idea at the fifth cross-straits conference on textiles
that was held in Hong Kong last month. Such an alliance, he said, could
speed up research in the textile sector. The Greater China region that
comprises the mainland of China and its two special administrative regions
- Hong Kong and Macau - as well as Taiwan accounts for the lion's share
of textiles and clothing exports from Asia. Asian exports in 2013 totalled
$453.64 billion or 59% of the textile-based global trade, according
to WTO figures; and 65% of the Asian exports stemmed from the Greater
China region. That speaks of the need for better research and development
backup in the region and the significance of Prof. Ho's suggestion.
By Vicky Sung and C.K. Chow
- India tops in cotton output, but China rules the market: Cotton
farming worldwide is estimated to cover 33.5 million hectares in 2014-15.
That is 3% increase over the previous season. India plays a significant
role in this expansion. The country has remained consistently the home
of the world's largest cotton acreage. Its planted area in 2014-15,
estimated at 12.56 million hectares representing more than 50% increase
than the average in the early 2000, is well over a third of the world
total. Such expansion has compensated the low yield in the country,
which is below world average, and helped India to overtake China as
the world's top cotton producer last year. All indications suggest that
India will retain the title this year and, maybe, beyond. At the same
time, a ring of dark clouds surrounds India's production success. Whether
or not India can find market for its rising production looms as a matter
a concern. Domestic consumption of cotton in India is projected to slow
down. The contraction in China's demand for cotton yarn imports is a
major reason for it. Reforms in China and the country's increased emphasis
on the use of domestic supplies are expected to reduce global import
demand for the next several years. .
- Heimtextil: Maintaining its world standard: In the segment
of home textiles, including commercial uses of home textiles, every
year begins with Heimtextil. It is the first and the largest of these
product expositions held around the world. Therefore from 14 to 17 January
the epicentre for this segment was in Frankfurt, Germany for producers,
visitors and others with self-interest in this important textile segment.
It was the most successful in recent years; besides, it also confirmed
the positive outlook for the world economy.
By Arthur D. Sager
- Sustainable textile confab: The SDC Education Charity India,
a chapter of the UK-based Society of Dyers and Colourists (SDC), will
hold its 11th international conference on February 20, 2015, in Mumbai.
- Fashion meeting in Jodhpur: India's National Institute of Fashion
Technology (NIFT) which has pioneered fashion business education in
India and developed 15 centres across the country, thus becoming a leader
in fashion education, is organising an international conference on fashion
and textiles from March 12 to 13 at Hotel Indana Palace in Jodhpur,
the second largest city in the state of Rajasthan.
- Future of trade policy: The Brussels-based Foreign Trade Association
(FTA) which recently published its 'Road Map for EU Trade Policy 2014-2019'
is planning a conference in Brussels to discuss the matter.
- The International Symposium of Intimate Apparel, an annual
event that the Ace Style Institute of Intimate Apparel at the Hong Kong
Polytechnic University's Institute of Textiles and Clothing (ITC) organises,
is set to hold its eighth edition on March 17 this year at the PolyU's
Chiang Chen Studio Theatre.
- PH Value and CHIC: The China International Knitting Trade
Fair that the CCPIT's Sub-Council of Textile Industry has been organising
biannually - which is now renamed as PH Value - and the China International
Fashion Fair or CHIC that the China National Garment Association hosts
annually are to be held together for the first time this March 18-20
at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai.
- Textile machinery fair in Turkey: A textile machinery exhibition
is scheduled to be held in Bursa, one of the most industrialised metropolises
in Turkey, from April 9 to 12 this year.
- Textile fair in Dubai: The International Textile Fair (ITF)
which the UAE-based Nihalani Events Management launched last November
with a two-day show will be held again this April.
- Proposte with an added attraction: Ascontex Promozioni, a company
linked with Italy's Proposte, is organising a new event called International
Observatory that will take place from April 27 to 29, this year, concurrently
with the annual Proposte exhibition on furnishing fabrics and curtains.
- Techtextil and Texprocess: Techtextil, the biennial trade fair
for technical textiles and nonwovens, will be held from May 4 to 7,
this year, in Frankfurt concurrently with the 3rd Texprocess, the trade
fair for processing textile and flexible materials. Both events are
organised by Messe Frankfurt.
- Door to Central Asian market: Uzbekistan's annual textile expo
which attracts international participants is scheduled to hold its 12th
show from May 27 to 29, 2015 at the Uzexpocentre National Exhibition
Complex in Tashkent.
- Textile fair in Phom Penh: Cambodia is preparing to hold the
fifth edition of its trade show known as the Cambodia International
Textile and Garment Industry Exhibition (CTG) at the Diamond Island
Convention and Exhibition Center in Phnom Penh from August 21 to 24
- IWTO congress: The International Wool Textile Organisation
(IWTO) will hold its 84th annual congress this May 18-20 in the Chinese
port city of Zhangjiagang. Wool industry leaders from around the world
gathering there will explore wool's sustainable future.
- FESPA fairs: The Federation of European Screen Printers Association
(FESPA) that comprises 37 national organisations will hold the third
FESPA Eurasia from November 26 to 29, 2015, at CNR Expo in Istanbul,
Turkey, in partnership with the Outdoor Advertising Association (ARED).
Later on, it will also hold a three-day show called FESPA Africa at
the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa, from
July 22 to 24 next year.
- Composites congress: The trade association Composites Germany
which comprising AVK- Federation of Reinforced Plastics e.V., Carbon
Composites e.V. (CCeV), CFK Valley Stade e.V. (CFK-Valley) and Forum
Composite Technology in the German engineering industry's umbrella organisation
VDMA, is planning to organise a new congress that will replaces the
AVK's international conference.
- Cashmere World Forum that is designed as the "only trade event
dedicated to cashmere and fine fibres" and is organised annually by
UBM Asia, will be held from October 7 to 9, 2015 at the Hong Kong Convention
& Exhibition Centre.
- Cotton research confab: The 6th World Cotton Research Conferences
(WCRC-6) will be held from June 20 to 24, 2016 in the city of Goiânia,
Goiás in Brazil. .
From A.H.H. Saheed, Colombo
- The proof of true quality: Quality rather than preferential
tariff is what drives Sri Lanka's garment exports, according to the
Sri Lanka Apparel Exporters Association (SLAEA). Exports have climbed
from US$3.2 billion in 2010. That year the EU also suspended Sri Lanka's
GSP+ privilege because the country's failure to implement the international
conventions on human rights that are an integral part of the trade benefit.
Nonetheless, Sri Lanka's garment shipments to world market climbed to
$4.3 billion in 2013. Last year, in the first nine months it totalled
US$3.5 billion and remained poised to hit $4.8 billion by the yearend.
SLAEA now expects it to hit $8.5 billion by 2020. Sri Lanka has to depend
on high quality and value added products to remain competitive in the
market says SLAEA chairman Saif Jafferjee. That view was reaffirmed
by the Russian ambassador to Sri Lanka, Alexander Karechav. Addressing
SLAEA's annual general meeting as chief guest recently, he showed to
his audience a Sri Lanka-made shirt that was bought 44 years ago. It
looked as new as when it was bought for his wedding.
- Asia's largest fashion event: This four-day extravaganza of
the Hong Kong Fashion Week and World Boutique with 1,800 exhibitors
and over 60 events - fashion shows, seminars and discussion sessions
- saw many new design creations that will define fashion trend in coming
seasons. World Boutique was in its 13th year and the Fashion Week in
its 46th edition.
- Wool fabrics can now be protected against fungi, algae and bacteria:
An anti-microbial treatment for fabrics containing wool has been developed
by two German research institutions, the Hohenstein Institute in Bönnigheim
and the Leibnitz Institute for Interactive Materials (DWI) in Aachen.
It will help protect products based on animal protein fibres against
the destructive effect of fungi, algae and bacteria.
- A versatile cutting and engraving machine: This machine, INDI
V 300,for cutting and engraving a variety of materials like textiles,
leather, wood, polycarbonate, etc., and products like jeans, t-shirts,
and all sorts of ready-made garment is a product of Iberlaser, a division
of the Laser Square Group of Spain. It can engrave both legs of a pair
of jean or two shirts simultaneously.
- Biaxtronic CO for good cost-efficiency: Karl Mayer Malimo which
specialises in technical textiles has launched a new machine that offers
an improved cost-benefit ratio and advantages in terms of its operation
and maintenance. Called Biaxtronic CO, it combines the key components
of its RS MSUS-V machine with biaxial technology and developed a biaxial
machine featuring weft insertion in line with the courses.
- Fast knitting machine: Santoni has introduced a new machine
for fast production of underwear, outwear, sportswear, swimwear and
medical wear. It is called Top2 Fast and it is a high-productivity eight
feeds single jersey electronic circular knitting machine with two needle
by needle selections on each feed with three technical ways (configuration
with 16 actuators). It can knit floated plating design and in-laid elastic
- New for leather: BASF has recently developed several new things
for leather applications. Among them: the finishing top coat Astacin
Novomatt DD, Astacin Matting AR, Lepton Enhancer CG and DryFast.
- Textile technology in heart surgery: Some advanced textile
technologies are likely to play a key role in cardiovascular surgeries.
Two leading Japanese companies - Teijin and Fukui Wrap Knitting - are
developing, in cooperation with Osaka Medical College, a long-lasting
regenerative patch for cardiac repair application.
- Cost-efficient filling for heat regulating apparel: The US
company, Outlast Technologies, has introduced a new filling material
for heat regulating apparel like parkas as well as quilts used for sleeping
comfort. This material called Universe is said to be cost-efficient
in comparison to the 100% down as it can reduce the material costs of
the end product.
- Earthcolors to make garments eco-friendly: The dyes and specialty
chemicals company, Archroma, has developed a range of biosynthetic dyes
derived from agriculture waste - almond shells, saw palmetto, rosemary
leaves - and other natural products. It calls this new range Earthcolors.
- EasyQ to cut lead time: A software system that can help garment
manufacturers save lead time has been developed by the Hong Kong-based
Aventres Enterprise. Called EasyQ it has a management dashboard and
it can generate key summaries.
- A device for better quality weaving: Switzerland-based Crealet
has introduced a new version of the CS1 let-off controller that is used
for weaving tuckin or leno selvedges. The new version, CS2, can prevent
warp tension variation which is caused mainly by changing the warp bobbin
- Straight lock stitcher: The electronics and electrical equipment
company Brother has introduced a single needle straight lock stitcher
for stable sewing .