- Lower price and subsidy may rule cotton trade this season:
Cotton production in 2014-15 season is forecast to be over 26 million
tons, more or less similar to previous season's. Total output in the
Northern Hemisphere could be around 23.8 million tons and in the Southern
Hemisphere 2.6 million tons. Average price during the season could be
around 74 US cents per pound with world cotton trade likely falling
11% to 7.6 million tons. Considering such possibility some governments
are extending subsidy to farmers. . China has offered a subsidy of 2,000
RMB/ton to growers in nine inland provinces in 2014. India has a minimum
support price system that did not go into effect in the last few seasons
due to high prices, but prices have fallen enough to trigger the minimum
support price this season. Pakistan announced a support price of 3,000
rupees per 40kg and the Trading Corporation of Pakistan that has not
purchased cotton since 2005-06 was to buy about one million bales of
lint in November at the minimum support price.
- Fibres, fabrics, fashion and high-tech garments: Through the
years, fibre companies and their clients have formed grouping or satellites
that have become an important arrangement in the international halls
of textile trade fairs. This is most useful to buyers in search of the
supplier companies. This trend, most useful to buyers in search of supplier
companies, was clearly evident at the 20th anniversary show of the Intertextile
Shanghai Apparel Fabrics (ITSAF) in October. At this event, DuPont de
Nemours showcased eco-friendly Sorona fibre; Invista highlighted Lycra,
Thermolite, and Coolmax products which are important to high performance,
next to skin, sports and outdoor wear; Cotton Council International
and Cotton Incorporated presented innovations of the cotton world; Lenzing
emphasised variations of the cellulosic fibre Tencel, Modal and Viscose;
Birla Planet promoted a range of viscose and cellulosic products; Hyosung
featured its polyester yarn and specialty nylon yarn, Creora; and Korea
Chemical Fibres Association pavilion presented polyester fibres and
By Vicky Sung
- A new venue for holding four textile shows simultaneously twice
a year: Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics (ITSAF) is to make
a new leap for greater success. Three other textile sector trade shows
- China's leading fashion apparel show CHIC, which is held annually
in Beijing for the past 22 years, as well as the knitting fair PH Value
and the Yarn Expo - are also taking the leap. All of them will move
next year to a new venue, the China National Exhibition and Convention
Centre (Shanghai), which is now in the final stage of construction in
the Hongqiao district of Puxi. It is considered to be the world's largest
single block building and exhibition complex.
- Milano Unica in ITSAF: A partnership that will carry on: The
purpose of Milano Unica, the international textile fair organised in
Italy, partnering with Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics is to bring
quality textile manufacturing to China. In this edition of ITSAF, Milano
Unica presented collections ranging from the classic to street wear
for men and women, which confirmed the versatile character of Italian
- New alliance for China denim industry: Denimizing non-denim
garments - like knitted fabrics printed with denim effects and patterns
being used for jackets and trousers to look like denim products - has
become popular. And denim was one of the focal points of the 2014 Cotton
USA Executive Delegation Seminar held in China last September. Eight
representatives of the US cotton industry travelled to Guangzhou, where
more than 60% of China's garment industry is based, to conduct the seminar
and to discuss various aspects of the US cotton market and trade issues
with Chinese customers.
By Alpana Shrestha
- More exhibitors sign up for ITMA 2015 in Milan: The number
of exhibitors signed up so far for the 17th edition of the international
textile machinery exhibition ITMA in Milan next November has far exceeded
the number of exhibitors at the previous show held in Barcelona in September
2011. Exhibitors at the 16th ITMA in Barcelona had totalled 1,355 coming
from 45 countries; whereas for the next edition in Milan a total 1,380
exhibitors have already registered by the end of October, when more
than a year to go before the show begins.
- Interfiliere Hong Kong sets 9th show in March: The Interfiliere
Hong Kong exhibition that Eurovet organises annually will make its 9th
presentation in a two-day event starting March 18 at the Hong Kong Convention
and Exhibition Centre. Commanding a leading position in the intimate
apparel sector, Interfiliere Hong Kong is a venue for buyers sourcing
quality intimates and swimwear with latest innovation and inspiration.
- Texworld and Apparel Sourcing, the biannual event in France
is scheduled to take place from February 9 to 12, 2015 at Le Bourget,
Paris. For Texworld, this is its 36th edition and for ApparelSourcing,
the 8th edition; and both events are organised by Messe Frankfurt France.
- Graphics of the Americas, organised annually by the Printing
Association of Florida (PAF), will hold its 40th edition at the Miami
Beach Convention Center in Florida in February from 26 to 28. It is
a unique event attracting over 8,300 printers, designers, and creative
professionals mainly from North America, Central America, South America
and the Caribbean.
- Première Vision in Istanbul: Première Vision that made its
first presentation in Turkey this October will make another presentation
there in early 2015. It will take place at the CNR Expo centre in Istanbul
from March 11 to 13.
- Textile Expo in Surat: A three-day exhibition focused on textile
machinery, accessories, yarns, fabrics and garments is scheduled to
take place in Surat, the second largest city and the economic capital
of the Indian state of Gujarat. It will be held from March 20 to 22,
2015 at the Surat International Exhibition & Convention Centre.
- Asia's largest furniture fair: CIFM/interzum Guangzhou which
is regarded as Asia's largest furniture production and woodworking machinery
fair will hold its 12th edition at the Pazhou Complex in Guangzhou,
China, from March 28 to April 1, next year.
- Techtextil and Texprocess: Techtextil, the biannual international
trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens, will take place from
May 4 to 7, 2015 in Frankfurt concurrently with Texprocess, the international
trade fair for the processing of textile and other flexible materials.
Both shows are organised by Messe Frankfurt.
- Filtech in Feb at a new venue: Filtech, the international
conference and exhibition for the filtration and separation world and
adjacent sectors, which takes place at 18-month interval, is to be held
on February 24-26, 2015 at a new venue in Germany - KoelnMesse in Cologne
instead of Wiesbaden.
- The International Wool Research Conference (IWRC) which began
in Melbourne, Australia, in 1955 and held since every five years in
a different city around the world will hold its 13th gathering form
June 10 to 12, 2015 in Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang province in
- ShanghaiTex in June: The international textile industry exhibition
in Shanghai or the ShanghaiTex will be held from June 15 to 18, 2015
at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre. It will be the 17th presentation
of this grand showcase of textile application technology.
- Heimtextil India: The exhibition in India for home and contract
textiles that Messe Frankfurt started last year will hold its second
edition in June this year. It is scheduled to take place at Pragati
Maidan, New Delhi, on June 24-26, right before the start of buying season
in the country.
- Bangkok gets ready for GFT/GMS: GFT, the international exhibition
of machinery, materials and accessories for garment and textile manufacturing
in the ASEAN region, and GMS, the garment manufacturers sourcing expo,
are scheduled to be held concurrently from July 9 to 12 next year at
the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (BITEC). .
- California lifestyle brand to move into China soon: Just four
months ago, addressing the China Fashion Forum at the HUB - Asia's leading
branded fashion and designer trade show - in Hong Kong, experts had
spoken of the difficulty newly developing brands face in finding good
retail channels in China. Unaffordable cost is their major impediment.
Well, a way out of that situation is in the making. With help from the
organisers of the HUB, an internationally recognised multi-brand retail
concept from Los Angeles, American Rag Cie, is bringing the multi-brand
retail concept to China. It will open its first store in a prime location
near Jing'an Temple in Shanghai in the first half of 2015.
By Alpana Shrestha
- Battling contamination in cotton a key concern: India, now
the world's largest cotton producer, is facing the continuing problem
of cotton contamination which is by far the biggest negative for the
image of Indian cotton. This was the topic for extensive discussion
at a seminar called 'Quality University' that the Switzerland-based
Uster Technologies held in the Indian state of Goa this month (Dec 5-7).
With activities across the entire textile value chain, India is indeed
keen on improving competitiveness from farms to finished fabric through
both economies of scale and quality-enhancing measures. Special attention
is aimed at raw cotton harvesting and ginning, to reduce contamination.
By C.K. Chow
- Textile trade soars as world economy recovers: Global demand
for both garments and textiles surged 9% and 7%, respectively as major
markets started recovering from the economic problems caused by the
US subprime crisis. Global demand for textiles and garments last year
broke the 2011 record of $711.5 billion and reached $766.2 billion (up
8%). Trade figures released by the World Trade Organization show that
the greatest gain was recorded by garments, which expanded by $37.6
billion (9%) over 2012. Textile trade increased over $20.2 billion (7%).
- A new US cotton APP for China: The Guangzhou-based Choice Easy
Software has introduced a software called US Cotton Quality Retrieve
APP for efficient and accurate assortment and allocation of cotton in
Chinese spinning mills. Based on US national database for cotton, it
is free for downloading for mobile phone application.
By Alpana Shrestha
- Label weaving machine for rapid production: An air-jet label
weaving machine for making labels, images and technical narrow fabrics
with cut selvedge has been introduced by Jakob Müller. This machine
called MÜJET MBJL6 with 1,200 mm working width and fits into a production
area of 2.05x4.24 m can operate at a speed of 950 min-1 and can produce
more labels per hour.
- This program can tell how to cut cloth for better profit: Fabric
usually is the largest factor in the cost of any piece of garment. Therefore,
how it is cut and processed is crucial to product's competitiveness
and the profit it can promise. Considering this crucial factor, Lectra
has developed V3R4, the most modern version of its Optiplan cutting-room
solution, which builds on an already powerful cut-plan technology and
evolves to further streamline operations, improve efficiency and minimise
- Factory of the Future: A consortium headed by TenCate, the
company that combines material technology with chemical technology in
the development and production of functional materials with distinctive
characteristics, has been granted a 1.5- million-euro development subsidy
by the Dutch province of Overijssel to build an innovation centre called
The Factory of the Future.
- Itema's new generation airjet looms: Itema's R9500 Rapier weaving
machine that was launched in October 2012 has now two new versions -
A9500p and A9500e. These advanced versions, Itema says, offer weavers
the "best solution and manufacturing style."
- Komanda for fire safety and arc flash protection: Increased
technical and performance requirements represent new challenges for
fabric manufacturers active in the protective apparel market today.
People working in a dangerous environment need improved protection against
hazardous risks such as violent fires or electric arcing. Recognising
this need, Norafin, a partner of Lenzing in the field of technical textiles,
has developed a new range of high-grade fabrics. Called Komanda, it
is a lightweight but strong and breathable re-usable material.
- A new collection of Italian silk: Centro Seta, an Italian textile
company known for styles, creativity and production excellences, has
introduced its first collection of silk fabrics called Bacx collection
which combine sustainable characteristics to high quality and technical
performance standards and strong creative content.
- Yunique releases improved PLM V6: Yunique Solutions, the product
lifecycle management business unit of Gerber Technology, has released
a new version of YuniquePLM V6 for the fashion and apparel industry
with new features like development calendar, line planning, 3D file
support, and mass sample request development. It can also run faster.
- Product of the Year: A fabric called digitex decoflex that
HEYTex Bramsche Germany developed has been chosen as a Product of the
Year (Category: Media - Textile) by the US-based Specialty Graphic Imaging
Association (SGIA) during the SGIA Expo held late October.
- Merino muslin collection: US-based babywear brand aden + anais
has recently launched a new pure Merino muslin collection that is using
materials certified by The Woolmark Company and is also said to be taking
luxury to the next level.
- Machine-washable wool collection: Italian children's wear label
Il Gufo has released its second Merino wool capsule collection in partnership
with The Woolmark Company. This is a colourful machine-washable collection
comprising 100% Merino wool sweaters, cardigans and turtlenecks, which
enhance the natural qualities of the fibre including softness, odour
control, breathability, resilience, lightness, easy care and elasticity.
- Output booster: France's Spoolex SAS, which is involved in
the engineering and the production of converting equipment for web formed
products, has recently introduced a new line, Calemard Pegase 3, that
it says is the "most successful and innovative machine" to boost productivity.