Fibres & Yarns
The International Apparel Federation (IAF) welcomes the new WTO multilateral trade agreement that has been reached recently in Bali. The ‘trade facilitation’ package, the prime component of the agreement, is said to be beneficial to the global apparel industry.
The industry has probably the most internationalised supply and demand structure in the world, and with a growing market share of large retail chains and brands with a global presence, internationalisation is increasing still, the IAF reports.
ACITIF, African Cotton Textiles Industry Federation, has become a new member of IAF, International Apparel Federation.
ACTIF represents the national associations and private industries in 24 African Countries and is very active in promoting the emerging African apparel and textile chain. The Federation is proud that with this membership from Africa now all continents are represented in its membership.
Technical warp knits specialist Baltex has launched Airospring, a range of lightweight and breathable pressure relieving cushions made from high-tech 3D knitted spacer fabrics. The product is said to be the result of many years of research by Quality of Life - QOL Design with the University of Bolton and Baltex Technical Textiles in the UK.
Using the latest three dimensional fabric technology new products have been developed to push the boundaries of comfort for cushions, Baltex reports.
The four trend proposals all Made in Italy from the designers at Eurojersey for the Summer 2015 Underwear and Lingerie collections are inspired by the natural elements: water, earth, air and fire.
The fabrics feature various patterns and colours that intertwine and merge into one another, created using EcoPrint printing technology.
Real reproductions, minute details and contrasts, effects and see-through designs are interpreted by Sensitive Plus, Sensitive Seric Plus, Sensitive Ultra Light, Sensitive Touch, Sensitive Sheer and Sensitive Classic fabrics, following the trends.
Novozymes and China Knitting Industry Association (CKIA) have signed a strategic partnership agreement in Beijing to jointly promote the sustainable development of biological solutions in the Chinese knitting industry.
Low carbon emissions, energy savings and environmental protection are among the goals of the agreement. It addresses bio-innovative application and research in the knitting sector.
The two sides will cooperate in areas including sewage treatment at knitting enterprises and energy conservation. Novozymes will provide basic tests, research and technical guidance.
Australian Wool Innovation, the marketing organisation behind Australia’s wool growers, reports that for the first time in two decades Russian textiles interests have travelled directly to the country to source what is arguably the finest wool in the world. The return of Russian interests is thought to be significant given the large potential the former Russian states have for processing and consuming the natural fibre.
Euratex, the European Apparel and Textile Confederation, has attended a high-level lunch organised by Walpole, the British Luxury association, where the action plan for implementation of the European strategy for fashion and high-end industries by 2020 was discussed.
The plan was presented by European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani at the event, attended by key stakeholders and sectors of the fashion and high-end industries.
After the great response to its first denim collection for Spring/Summer 2014 leading flat knitting machine manufacturer Stoll took up the challenge of creating a collection of wintery denim knits for Autumn/Winter 2014/15 and the result is the inspiring Stoll Winter Denim Trend Collection 14/15, which the company has just launched.
“The novelty of the current collection is based on extraordinary pattern techniques but also the combination of seasonal mixed materials, merino wool connects in this context with indigo-dyed cotton,” says Jörg Hartmann, Head of Fashion & Technology at Stoll.
Invista, a leading producer of fibres and polymers, has released its Legwear Innovation Fashion Directions collection for 2014-2015, inspired from the likes of Michael Kors, Versace, Givenchy, Saint Laurent and Donna Karan. The company is providing legwear brands with fibres and technologies.
Innovations such as Lycra Fusion fibre, Lycra 3D hosiery, Lycra Beauty hosiery, Lycra Energy socks, Lycra Soft Comfort fibre, and Lycra SPORT socks, are all perfect for the 2014-2015 collections, Invista legwear experts believe. Claire O’Neill, Invista’s Marketing Account Manager commented: “… we are constantly researching fashion trends around the globe and how these will impact future legwear design.”
“I’m very proud of our seven key trends for 2014-2015. These accessible styles will be just as popular on the high street as they will be on the catwalk, and the presence of Lycra fibre means the fit will last, and the wearer will be as comfortable as she is stylish.”
Oeko-Tex has launched a new online buyers guide to its certified companies at www.oeko-tex.com.
When searching for suitable suppliers and production facilities, purchasing organisations and retailers now have at their disposal an extensive network of manufacturers from around the world who can offer a range of textiles in every conceivable quality for the most diverse of fields of application. By using the Oeko-Tex Buying Guide, interested companies can access this international company network, which is in the form of an interactive database with different search filters.
Around 10,000 companies from over 90 countries and at all levels of the value-creation chain currently participate in Oeko-Tex Standard 100 product certification.