- Sustainability isn't just an option, it's critical to business
success: At a roundtable held during the twin Premiere Vision events
- Premiere Vision Shanghai and Denim by Premiere Vision Asia - in Shanghai
last October, four industry experts shared their experiences in achieving
business success by switching to sustainable production processes. There
was indeed renewed confirmation of growing appreciation for sustainable
and quality designs as the new model for real business growth and influence
in the textile and fashion business.
By Alpana Shrestha in Shanghai
- China still dominates the fibre market: The message emerging
from the two-day fibres conference that the PCI Consulting Group of
Britain, held in Hong Kong last November, was that China plays a dominant
role in the fibres market. Worldwide mill use of fibres - wool, cotton,
cellulosic and synthetics - has increased at an annual average of 3.6%
since 2000 to reach 80.8 million tons by 2012. Consumption in 2013 is
estimated to have reached 84.1 million tons and is expected to rise
to 87.6 million tons this year, half of which in China.
By Vicky Sung
- Cotton price: Optimism in the air: Cotton production this season
is estimated to be 1.2 million tons less than in the previous season;
but ending stocks will stand almost two million tons above its previous
level. Meanwhile, world consumption is forecast to rise. Therefore,
the average price this season is unlikely to be different from last
- Wage rise, strong taka, make garment exporters jittery: Low-wage
advantage has helped Bangladesh rise from the position of 13th among
Asian garment exporters in 1990 to become the fourth in 2000 and, then,
dislodge India from the second place in 2010. Its garment exports over
this period has increased from US$643 million in 1990 to $5.1 billion
in 2000, $15.7 billion in 2010 and an estimated more than $20 billion
last year. Now though, quite a few garment factory owners seem to be
concerned about their export competitiveness. Two factors bother them
- a 77% increase in the minimum wage of garment workers coming into
effect recently and the appreciation of the national currency, taka.
Over the past two years taka has appreciated 5% against the US dollar.
- EU door opens wide: After many years of waiting and relentless
campaigning, Pakistan became this month a beneficiary of European Union's
GSP+ scheme. Gaining beneficial access to the EU market has been the
top most priority in Pakistan's economic agenda for some time. In 2012,
it began a strategic dialogue with the European Commission which covered
issues ranging from security and counter-terrorism, nuclear non-proliferation,
regional cooperation and human rights which is key EU consideration
for granting GSP+ privileges. Under the new arrangement, more than 90%
of products Pakistan currently exports to the EU - the lion's share
of which comprise textiles, garments and leather goods - will enter
the 27-nation market duty-free.
- Archroma opens SET plant in Jamshoro: The specialty chemicals
supplier Archroma has opened its first sustainable effluent treatment
(SET) facility for a textile operational site in Jamshoro, some 150
km northwest from Pakistan's business nerve centre, Karachi. With an
investment of 371 million Pakistan rupees (approx US$3.5 million) the
facility, one of Archroma's biggest textile chemical projects, supports
the substantial effluent treatment and recovery of 80% of water.
From A.H.H. Saheed, Colombo
- EU buys less, but exports up: Sri Lanka's textile and garment
exports to the European Union suffered a decline of US$28.5 million
or 2% during the first three quarters of 2013 compared with the previous
corresponding period. However, this decline did not make any impact
at all on total textile and garment exports. They grew by $154.3 million.
Exports to the EU began declining some time after August 2010 when the
EU suspended Sri Lanka's GSP+ privilege because of Colombo's failure
to implement the international conventions on human rights that are
an integral part of the trade benefit.
- GLO in Sri Lanka: The American women's wear brand GLO has entered
the Sri Lankan retail market. It is being distributed by Orit Inc, a
subsidiary of Orit Trading .
- Interfilière HK sets eighth show in April: Interfilière Hong
Kong, an annual trade show that encompasses the entire spectrum of intimates
and swimwear - from fabrics to accessories, lace, embroidery, textile
design, OEM/ODM and machinery - will be held on April 1-2 this year
at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. This is the 8th edition
since the French exhibition organiser Eurovet included Hong Kong in
Interfiliere's schedule in 2007. Apart from Hong Kong, Interfiliere
is also held regularly in Paris, New York, Shanghai, and Las Vegas.
- An ideal venue for buyers and suppliers to discover trends and
build business ties: The spring edition of Interstoff Asia Essential,
the international trade fair for fashionable and functional apparel
fabrics and accessories as well as eco textiles, is to hold its spring
edition in Hong Kong this March. This exhibition which Messe Frankfurt
launched in 1987 as a Hong Kong-based event with two presentations each
year - for spring and fall fashions - has since become a major attraction
for global apparel brands.
- Apparelsourcing and Texworld in Paris: Apparelsourcing - the
international venue for sourcing finished apparel, contract manufacturing
and private label development - and Texworld - the international textile
trade fair - will hold their 34th and 6th editions jointly at Le Bourget,
Paris from February 17 to 20 this year. Their previous editions last
September had attracted 14,420 visitors from 104 countries.
- A Hosiery Expo is to be held from March 4 to 6, 2014 at the
Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & convention Center. Organised by the
Shanghai Gehua Exhibition Service Co it will display the latest in hosiery
and hosiery-making machines, raw materials and intimate garments.
- Indian handloom textile fair in Chennai: The trade fair for
handloom textile products which the Indian government's handloom export
promotion council (HEPC) began organising in 2011 will hold its fourth
edition on March 12-14, 2014, at Chennai Trade Centre in Chennai, the
capital of the southern Indian state, Tamil Nadu.
- ITSAF spring edition in March, but ITSH won't be held until autumn:
The spring edition of the Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics (ITSAF)
will be held at Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Center
on March 3-5, 2014. This trade fair which Messe Frankfurt (HK) is organising
in association with the Sub-Council of Textile Industry, CCPIT, and
the China Textile Information Centre, was originally designed to take
place simultaneously with the spring edition of the Intertextile Shanghai
Home Textiles (ITSH) which Messe Frankfurt has been organising with
China Home Textile Association. However, the spring edition of the latter
has been cancelled but it will hold its autumn edition.
- Fashion Access for next fall-winter collections: Fashion Access,
the sourcing platform for high-end fashions that APLF organises biannually,
will present the fall and winter collections for 2014-15 in a three-day
fair starting on March 31 this year at the Hong Kong Convention and
- Hong Kong symposium on intimate apparel: The Ace Style Institute
of Intimate Apparel at the Institute of Textiles and Clothing of the
Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) is organising a symposium on
intimate apparel at the Chiang Chen Studio Theatre of the PolyU on March
- Index in Geneva with awards for innovations: Index, the trade
fair for nonwovens that Palexpo organises once every three years with
the support of EDANA, the international association serving the nonwovens
and related industries, will be held on April 8-14, 2014, at the Palexpo
Exhibition and Congress Centre in Geneva.
- 10-day training for everyone in cotton: The International Cotton
Association (ICA) is to host a 10-day training program called 'Complete
Cotton' from April 23 to May 2, 2014 at the Marriott Hotel in Liverpool,
United Kingdom. The program is for everyone in the cotton community
and is available to ICA members at 2,500 British pounds and others at
3,000 British pounds. VAT applies to both.
- Textile machinery fair in Jakarta: The biennial Indonesian
textile and garment machinery exhibition known as Indo Intertex will
mark its 12th edition in April this year with a four-day presentation.
- The World Merino Conference that the Australia-based World
Federation of Merino Breeders (WFMB) hosts every four years will hold
its 9th session from April 29 to May 1, 2014 in Stellenbosch, South
- Textile and garment machinery show in China: A textile and
garment machine exhibition is scheduled at the Poly World Trade Centre
in Guangzhou, China, from May 1 to 3, 2014. This 9th edition is organised
by the Rui Hong Guangzhou Exhibition Service.
- Cinte Techtextil will stand alone in Sept: Cinte Techtextil
China, Asia's leading biennial trade fair for technical textiles and
nonwovens, will mark its next edition on September 24-26, 2014 at the
Shanghai New International Expo Centre as a stand-alone event, unlike
its previous edition held in October 2012 concurrently with Intertextile
Shanghai Apparel Fabrics (ITSAF) and the Yarn Expo.
- ITMF meet in China: The International Textile Manufacturers
Federation (ITMF) is to hold its next annual conference in Beijing,
from October 16 to 18, 2014.
- OTM in Turkey: Turkey's Teknik Fuarcilik which organises the
ITM Texpo Eurasia fairs is planning a Middle East textile machinery
exhibition, or OTM, from October 16 to 19, 2014, at the Gaziantep Middle
East Exhibition Center in the southeast Anatolian region of Turkey.
- ICAC Plenary in Greece: The International Cotton Advisory Committee
(ICAC) will hold its 73rd Plenary Meeting in Thessaloniki, Greece, on
November 2-7, 2014.
- Nonwovens confab in Sao Paulo next year: The Brazilian Technical
Textiles and Nonwovens Associations (ABINT) and the international association
serving the nonwovens and related industries, EDANA, are to organise
next year the first Latin American edition of the Outlook conference
which is Edana's flagship event focused on nonwoven personal care products.
It will take place in Sao Paulo on March 3-5, 2015.
- A strategic shift for Texprocess: In a move aimed at improving
synergies and strategic benefits Messe Frankfurt has transferred its
Texprocess trade fair from the Technology & Production division to the
Textiles & Textile Technologies division at the start of this month.
- Nonwoven products show in Shanghai: The nonwoven products fair
that the Asia Nonwoven Fabrics Association (ANFA) holds every three
years and the China Nonwovens Technical Association's (CNTA) semi-annual
Shanghai International Nonwovens Convention and Exposition are to take
place together at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention
Centre from May 25 to 27, 2015. .