- Cotton output projected to fall next season, but trade will remain
stable: The low price of cotton in 2014-15 is making a significant
knock-on effect on cotton farming worldwide. The International Cotton
Advisory Committee (ICAC) says that planting area worldwide in 2015-16
is projected to reduce 7% to 31.1 million hectares. Lower price in 2014-15
is the reason for it. Prices had declined to 70 US cents a pound in
December 2014 and continued to decline to 67.35 cents/lb the following
month. It has since been floating in the 60-cent range, except in the
state-controlled China market. Besides farmers reducing planting area,
cotton production will also suffer from disparate impacts of El Niņo.
- ITMA 2015 Preview III: ITMA Milan gears up to grand opening next
month: The expectations of ACIMIT and UCMTF, the Italian and French
national associations, respectively in the 9-nation European Committee
of Textile Machinery Manufacturers (CEMATEX), were reported in the two
immediate past issues of Textile Asia. Since then, the views
of the Spanish Textile Machinery and Garment Association (AMEC AMTEX),
which coordinates the Spanish industries' participation in the 17th
ITMA, have become known. AMEC AMTEX expects this show to be an "amazing"
international meeting point for the Spanish textile industries. Altogether
58 Spanish companies will join the show. Occupying 4,445 sq.m of exhibition
space, they will display innovative initiatives in the area of textiles
and garments, fibres and yarn, research and training, sustainable production
and technical textiles.
By C.K. Chow
- Milano Unica ends on a positive note with increased foreign exhibitors:
Began ten years ago - bringing some of the world-renowned trade
fairs promoting Italian and European fabrics and accessories such as
Ideabiella, Ideacomo, Moda In, Prato Expo and Shirt Avenue under one
roof - for promoting mainly Italian and European fabrics and accessories,
this show has been welcoming an increasing number of non-European exhibitors
lately while separate shows are also held on foreign shores - in New
York and Shanghai. Foreign participation in the just concluded 21st
edition of Milano Unica has increased more than 77% to a total of 128
exhibitors including the Japan Observatory and a new Korea Observatory.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, the president of Milano Unica, Silvio
Albini, particularly emphasised this transformation. "Milano Unica is
getting more and more international," he said citing the increasing
number of foreign participants joining the show. At the same time, he
also emphasised the significance of Milano Unica as a platform for promoting
Italian and other European textiles and fashion.
By Vicky Sung
- Botto Poala succeeds Albini as Milano Unica president: After
leading Milano Unica as its president for four years, Silvio Albini
is stepping down. His successor is Ercole Botto Poala, the chairman
of the 150-year old Italian wool manufacturer, Reda, a family enterprise,
and the vice-president of Ideabiella, a consortium of wool-weaving specialists
from Biella in the northern Italian region of Piedmont.
- Designers parade fashion on the street as fabric makers showcase
new trends: Among the many programs in the 21st Milano Unica in
Fieramilano city last month was the On Stage Milano Unica. When this
project was launched seven years ago, ten international fashion designers
were given the opportunity to show their work in Milano Unica for the
first time. The project continued in subsequent shows to bring emerging
designers to present their creations to an international audience. This
time in Milan, three designers (Mis Min, Ricostru, and Youjia Jin) from
China, two from Italy (Ultrachic and Luca Larenza) as well as Sid Neigum
from Canada, Weber+Weber from Austria, Pieter from the Netherlands,
Miuniku from India, and Sulvam from Japan were invited to join On Stage.
The fashion parade took place in the centre of Milan's fashion street,
Via Monte Napoleone, with guests sitting on rows on both sides of the
- Vicky Sung
- Business of Design Week in Hong Kong: Business of Design Week
(BODW), an annual event that Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC) organises,
will be held this year from November 30 to December 5 with Barcelona
as the event's partner city.
- Ink jet conference: The Ink Jet Conference that the UK-based
IMI Europe organises annually will take place on December 2-4, 2015,
- Munich Fabric Start: The next Munich Fabric Start is to be
held on February 2-4, 2016, in Munich, presenting 2017 spring/summer
- The Bremen International Cotton Conference that Bremen Cotton
Exchange and Bremen Fibre Institute jointly organise annually will hold
its 33rd edition on March 16-18, 2016, in the Hanseatic City of Bremen,
- Nonwovens symposium: Edana, the Brussels-based association
of nonwovens and related industries, is planning an international symposium
on Nonwovens in Warsaw on June 1-2, 2016 with top-level professionals
from across the nonwovens and related industries as speakers.
- TBIS in Melbourne: The Hong Kong-based Textile Bioengineering
and Informatics is organising the 9th Textile Bioengineering and Informatics
Symposium (TBIS 2016) in Australia next year. It will be held from July
12 to 15 at RMIT University in Melbourne.
- China leather fair: The All China Leather Exhibition (ACLE),
which is held annually in Shanghai, will hold its next presentation
from August 31 to September 2, 2016, at the Shanghai New International
- Textile machinery fair in Tashkent: The Central Asian International
Textile Machinery Exhibition (CAITME) which is held biennially in Uzbekistan
will hold its 10th edition at the Uzexpocentre in Tashkent from September
7 to 9, 2016.
- MFI announces 55th Dornbirn MFC: The Dornbirn Man-Man Fibres
Congress that the Austrian Man-Made Fibers Institute (MFI) organises
annually will mark its 55th edition on September 20-22, 2016, in Dornbirn,
Austria. It will be devoted to discussing the role of fibres and textiles
in automotive as well as fibres for nonwovens, fibre innovations, finishing
and functional additives.
- Kind + Jugend set for next September: Kind + Jugend, the trade
fair for children's and infants' needs held annually in Cologne is scheduled
to be held from September 15 to 18 next year.
- The beauty of power for spring-summer seasons: Belstaff, a
luxury brand based in Hong Kong, has launched a collection for 2016
spring and summer seasons. The as the collection is called The Beauty
of Power, because the designer of this collection, Delphine Ninous,
who is also the vice president for women's design at Belstaff, was inspired
by the beauty manifested in power from the thrust of ocean waves to
the hum of a throttled engine.
- Four strong metropolitan looks for women next autumn-winter seasons:
The Italian fabric supplier Gruppocinque has launched its fabric collection
for the 2016-17 autumn and winter seasons. The collection dedicated
to women's contemporary fashion aesthetics comprises four strong metropolitan
looks with colour accents on a modulated neutral ground, and a smart
contemporary interpretation of nature re-imagined through a new mix
of colours, textures and pattern.