Education & Training
Hawick Knitwear has become a finalist in the Scotland’s Modern Apprenticeship Award, organised by Skills Development Scotland (SDS), which aims to encourage young people to start working in the industry. The award ceremony took place in Glasgow last week, where the winners were announced.
Finalists in Scotland's Modern Apprenticeship Awards include a designer, knitwear manufacturers, life science and defence systems companies, as well as others.
The Awards recognise the quality and value of apprenticeships, the achievements of individuals and the employers, who support them.
The topic of responsible textile creation became the subject of a roundtable discussion for the first time at the Première Vision apparel fabric show, that took place from 17-19 September in Paris.
Nearly 200 industry players, such as knitters, weavers, fashion brands, designers and consumers, attended the conference to hear the panel of fashion and textile experts discuss the new issues of responsibility in the textile industry.
The textile machinery builder Karl Mayer has announced some of the new courses that will feature in the programme at the Karl Mayer Academy, which specialises in well targeted knowledge transfer.
This training centre is based at the company’s headquarters in Obertshausen and also has branches in India and China.
The 2013 Art and Design postgraduate exposition at Nottingham Trent University will feature creative talent from countries including China, India, Brazil, Thailand, Japan, Ireland, Holland, Africa, Turkey and Spain.
Over 180 artists and designers will be showcasing their work in September and October, including local artists from Nottingham, who will also have their work on display. The event marks the completion of the designers’ postgraduate education.
Carol Jones, head of Masters courses for the School of Art & Design, said: “Our cohorts comprise of different backgrounds, cultures and age ranges, from 25-65, helping to provide a significant creative community.”
The 29th edition of the IAF World Fashion Convention that started this week in Kunshan near Shanghai, is taking place in China for the first time in 40 years of its history, drawing attention to the future of the industry and its economic potential.
The general assembly of the International Apparel Federation, held in Shanghai, also focused on sustainability, discussing the building of a bridge between the European Accord and the US Alliance for Bangladesh, which is steered by IAF’s global responsibility committee.
The new EUR 17.5m worth Health and Education Centre GEBIZ opened its doors at Groz-Beckert this month, demonstrating the company’s commitment to education and health.
In its ‘Kita Malesfelsen’ day nursery and its ‘Grundschule Malesfelsen’ elementary school, the GEBIZ offers all-day care and education for kids up to 10 years old.
The newly-constructed complex of buildings at the Groz-Beckert headquarters in Albstadt also includes the ‘BKK Groz-Beckert’ health insurance fund and the ‘Vitalzentrum Malesfelsen’, which offers fitness and prevention programmes. The building also houses a company physician, medics and a physiotherapy centre.
Mattes & Ammann, the Swabian knitted fabrics manufacturer, became the first textile company in Germany and the EU economic area to be awarded the Oeko-Tex Sustainable Textile Production (STeP) certificate in July this year.
Prof Dr Stefan Mecheels, head of the Hohenstein Institute, handed over the STeP certificate to owner and Managing Director Christoph Larsen-Mattes and his team on behalf of the OEKO-TEX Association.
"We would like to congratulate Mattes & Ammann on exemplary implementation of their sustainable company philosophy", said Mecheels. "Their example, over many years now, has shown that a careful and responsible approach pays off, even in a highly competitive market, and that example is giving other companies the courage to follow the same path."
DyStar has announced that the inaugural winners of the annual CEO ‘Caring for the Future’ Award are its Wuxi Production Site, which executed the best sustainable production practices while continuing to deliver high value products and DyStar China’s sales offices and laboratory, which implemented several programs that have reduced their consumption of electricity and water, on a continuing basis.
Sustainability at DyStar is driven by the integration of sustainable practices into its daily operations and value chain. An annual award scheme linked to its Company-wide Sustainability Program, ‘Caring for the Future’, was introduced in 2011 to motivate all production site and offices to uphold this core brand value.
Just days after launching its new online Looking for Wool sourcing guide, an online directory which will enable businesses to source wool and wool-rich products for both the apparel and interiors sector, The Woolmark Company has released five new introductory training manuals to assist in educating the retail and trade sectors about the benefits of Australian Merino wool.
This video was made by Robert Newton a TV documentary producer whose family were in textiles in North Carolina for generations. Newton got the idea for the documentary after he found himself constantly correcting people who said that the textiles industry in NC state was dead. It’s a full blown TV documentary which lasts 30 minutes but its well worth watching.