Hosiery & Socks
Leading computerized knitting machine manufacturer Shima Seiki of Wakayama, Japan has announced it will exhibit at ITM Texpo Eurasia 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey, which takes place from 29th May to 1st June.
European textile and clothing companies are looking further afield for growth, according to a new report from the global business information company Textiles Intelligence called World Textile and Apparel Trade and Production Trends: the EU.
According to the latest International Textile Machinery Shipment Statistics (ITMSS) published this week by the ITMF (International Textile Manufacturers Federation) shipments of new textile machinery fell in 2012 in most segments compared with 2011, although a new record was set for shipments of large diameter circular knitting machines.
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.
IAF President Mr. Harry van Dalfsen has announced that IAF will launch an action plan on global responsibility. Speaking in the opening session of the Fashion Retail Summit in Mumbai celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Clothing Manufacturers Association of India (CMAI), Mr. Van Dalfsen emphasized that the IAF is a truly global association representing both buyers and manufacturers and small and large companies.
Companies involved in the wool production pipeline are being invited to promote their wool-rich products in a new, free-of-charge initiative created by The Woolmark Company. The Looking for Wool sourcing guide is an online directory which will enable businesses to source wool and wool-rich products for both the apparel and interiors sector.
The International Textile Manufacturers Association’s (ITMF) State of Trade Report Q4/2012 reports that although there was a drop in global yarn output in Q4/2012, estimates for Q/2013 and Q2/2013 for global yarn and fabric production are positive.
Indorama Industries, a subsidiary of Indorama Corporation, is to double production of spandex yarn to meet the growing demand for the product in India, The Times of India reports. The company is to expand its Inviya spandex yarn production from 5000 tonnes per year to 10,000 tonnes by the end of 2014.
More than 300 technical experts and decision makers from the Indonesian textile industry met with almost 100 delegates from the German textile machinery industry and their agents at a two day conference in Jakarta on the 16th and 17th April, organised by Germany’s VDMA Textile Machinery Association.
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.
Darn Tough Vermont, an American manufacturer of premium, performance socks with an unconditional lifetime guarantee has reported that Q1 2013 sales and profitability were the best ever for the first quarter in its, and parent Cabot Hosiery’s, 35-year history. Year to date Q1 topline growth was up 66% versus the corresponding period in 2012, while January marked the company’s best month ever with revenue up 93% compared to January 2012.
Branded apparel manufacturer HanesBrands has reported first-quarter 2013 net sales, operating profit and diluted earnings per share consistent with the high end of estimated preliminary results announced on 4thApril.
The Source it procurement platform at Texprocess 2013 in Frankfurt am Main from 10 to 13 June offers a comprehensive overview of the world’s most important sourcing regions. For the first time this year, the focus of Source it is on national presentations with selected manufacturing companies and among the countries and regions represented will be Egypt, Bulgaria, Hong Kong, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Senegal, South America and Vietnam.
As part of its efforts to further concentrate on its core business of manufacturing fibres, Lenzing AG has agreed to sell 85% of its shareholding in plastics business (Lenzing Plastics GmbH) to an Austrian bidding consortium led by Invest AG, the investment company of the Raiffeisen Banking Group Upper Austria based in Linz.
Janet Prescott reports
Filo in Milan showed a strong design direction for 2014/15, reflecting the desire of the trade to move ahead to more positive economic circumstances. There was little optimism about the present climate, beset in the week of Filo by serious problems in Cyprus, but rather a wry acknowledgement among the exhibitors and buyers that business was still being done , with some spinners servicing the very top end stating that business was better than satisfactory.
The Dornbirn-Man-Made Fibers Congress (MFC), the leading conference for the man-made fibres industry, will take place for the 52nd time in Dornbirn, Austria from 11-13 September 2013, where over 100 papers will address key industry issues under the banner - ‘Communicating the Future of Man-Made Fibers’.
Cesare Citterio, textiles entrepreneur and owner of Cifra SpA, a world leader in the field of seamlessly knitted garments, is a man on a mission – a warp knitting seamless mission - or as Citterio likes to call it a ‘WKS’ mission.
Lenzing has succeeded in achieving the second best business result in its history in the 2012 financial year in spite of difficult market conditions in its core fibre business. The Austrian company’s Annual Report published today says that this can be attributed to new record fibre sales volumes and good performance of its specialty Tencel fibre. Readers can download the full Lenzing Group Annual Report 2012 at the foot of this article.
After years of experience, studies, continuous development and technical improvements in advanced polyester fibres, Advansa introduced its ‘Duoregulation’ fibre technology Advansa ThermoCool to the market in 2008 at Ispo BrandNew.
The following interview with Gerald Rosner, CEO of warmX GmbH, conducted by Groz-Beckert and published in its e-newsletter, investigates the history, function, applications and technical challenges faced by the German flat knitter which is becoming a force in heatable garments.
Discarded fishing nets made from nylon 6 are to be recycled and made into socks, underwear and other textiles under a new European initiative involving business and conservation organisations.
An increase in demand for current and new product lines has motivated Renfro Corporation a Tennessee based sock manufacturer, to modernise its Cleveland plant and lease additional distribution space at an adjacent facility - local media reports say the company is making an investment of $17.5 million in equipment and construction and creating 168 jobs over five years to meet demand.
Innovative Italian sock knitting machine manufacturer Busi Giovanni is ramping up the promotion and production of its IDEA Medical line of compression stockings knitting machines, following strong sales in Italy and elsewhere. According to Busi the IDEA Medical offers the compression hosiery manufacturer a range of features and benefits which its competitors do not offer and this is driving current sales.
Italian sock knitting machine manufacturer Busi Giovanni has launched a brand new low price version of its IDEA MP sock knitting machine, called the LIGHT MP.
ACIMIT, the Association of Italian textile machinery manufacturers, will be exhibiting at the upcoming Myanmar Fabric & Garment Industry Show, which takes place in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma) from 15-18 March. The organisation says its attendance at the show is justified by positive developments in the local textile and garment sector.
Janet Prescott reports from Paris
Gathering optimism evident since the first fabric and yarn shows was also present at Premiere Vision where there was an increase in exhibitors and where a colourful approach to design reinforced the mood of buyers looking for the new and attractive for SS 2014.
Lenzing is constructing a EUR 130 million jumbo Tencel production line at its plant in Lenzing, which will go into operation in 2014. The new plant will have a 64,000 tonnes per annum capacity.
Beyond the world of outerwear and protective gear, cold weather performance also requires base and mid-layers that have evolved to be much more than “long-johns” or “thermals.” At the ISPO Munich trade fair, held February 3 – 6, some of the newest concepts in cold weather knitwear were on display, offering innovative takes on composition, construction, and technology.
Orders of Italian textile machinery are on the rise for both domestic and foreign markets, causing ACIMIT President Sandro Salmoiraghi to comment: “What’s needed now is to boost investments in capital goods and work together in foreign markets.”
Austrian wool yarn spinner Schoeller, in partnership with Australia’s The Merino Company (TMC), has developed a completely new technology called Enciel, which offers a range of brilliant wool colours and a white merino yarn with up to 160% better white standard.
The Board of Directors of the International Apparel Federation (IAF) has announced a change of location for the upcoming 29th IAF World Fashion Convention. The convention will now be held in Shanghai, China, from 22 – 25 September 2013 and not in Nanjing as originally planned.
According to the latest The International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF) State of Trade Report, output of global yarn production rose in Q3/2012 in comparison to the previous quarter due to higher output in Asia South and America, while production in Europe and North America was down.
Welsh luxury hosiery and knitwear manufacturer Corgi Hosiery will be exhibiting a new limited edition range at a four-day Coronation Festival at Buckingham Palace in July to celebrate the 60th anniversary of The Queen’s Coronation.
The Textile Institute has announced details of its latest intensive training short courses for the textiles industry. The Institute is a leading provider of short courses for the industry, drawing on over 100 years of textiles knowledge.
Leading manufacturer of textile dyes and chemicals, Huntsman Textile Effects opened a new specialty synthesis unit yesterday, further strengthening its manufacturing capability and presence in the Asian textiles market by upgrading its existing reactive dyes facility at Mahachai.
Darn Tough Vermont, an American manufacturer of premium, performance socks with an unconditional lifetime guarantee, has reported that 2012 sales and profitability were the best ever in its, and parent company Cabot Hosiery’s, 34-year history. Darn Tough Vermont’s topline was up 54% against 2011, a highly successful year that itself saw record revenues for the company.
Unifi has released preliminary operating results for its second fiscal quarter ended December 23, 2012. The Greensboro headquartered company reported net income of $2.4 million, compared to a net loss of $7.6 million, for the prior year fiscal quarter ended December 25, 2011. Net sales increased $5.0 million, or 3.0%, to $172 million for the December 2012 quarter, compared to net sales of $167 million for the December 2011 quarter.
PVH (Phillips-Van Huesen) Corp. has licensed American Essentials Inc. and its parent company McGregor Industries Inc. to market and distribute men's, women's and children's hosiery and legwear under the IZOD brand. The initial term of the license agreement runs through 2017 and provides for a three-year renewal at PVH's option.
WeConnectFashion (WCF) has been connecting fashion brands, retailers and service providers with each other and with marketplace intelligence since 1998, and now the brand has announced the launch of its innovative online Trend Shop.
Huntsman Textile Effects and DyTech Taiwan have announced “a collaboration that is set to drive sustainable excellence and world-class standards of high quality dyes and specialty chemicals for the Taiwan textile industry”.
The International OEKO-TEX Association has reported it is currently working on an optimised, independent certification system for environmentally friendly and socially responsible companies which will replace the current OEKO-TEX Standard 1000, launching this summer.
Lycra brand owner Invista has announced that it has joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), a group representing more than 60 leading apparel and footwear brands, retailers, suppliers, nonprofits and nongovernmental organisations working to reduce the environmental and social impacts of apparel and footwear products around the world.
The 2013 winter edition of Texworld USA, which kicks off this week (14 - 16 January) at the Javits Convention Center in New York City, features a new Turkey Pavilion hosting a number of Turkish knitters who are keen to increase their presence in the US market.
CRAiLAR Technologies Inc., which produces and markets CRAiLAR, a natural fibre made from flax and other bast fibres, has signed a fiber supply agreement with Japan-based Kowa Company.
Thai Acrylic Fibre Co. Ltd (TAF) and Switzerland’s Sanitized AG have announced the signing of a co-branding agreement and licensing program for Amicor fibres. Amicor will unveil the new Biocidals Product Directive (BPD) compliant fibres and yarns under the slogan “Breathe easily and relax” at Heimtextil 2013 which takes place from 9-12 January in Frankfurt.
The Workwear & Corporate Clothing Show is the only UK event dedicated entirely to the manufacture and supply of professional clothing, from cutting edge corporate wear to durable workwear and life-saving PPE (personal protective equipment).
Vietnam has set out an objective to become one of the top five textile and clothing manufacturing and exporting nations by 2020 while simultaneously fostering social improvements and environmental wellbeing, according to a new report - Prospects for the Textile and Clothing Industry in Vietnam - by the global business information company Textiles Intelligence.
Clariant has signed an agreement to sell its Textile Chemicals, Paper Specialties and Emulsions businesses to SK Capital. The total consideration of the sale amounts to approximately CHF 502 million, out of which approximately 460 million in cash, equivalent to 6.3 times the estimated full year 2012 recurring EBITDA of those businesses. The divestment has been approved by the Boards of both companies. Subject to regulatory approvals, the transaction is expected to close by the end of the second quarter of 2013.
Huntsman Textile Effects has launched two AEEA-free (amino-ethyl-ethanol-amine) alternatives for two of its key silicone softeners used in the manufacture of apparel and home textiles.
DyStar is planning to transfer textile chemical production from its plant in Hangzhou to a multi-purpose manufacturing site in Nanjing.
Israeli yarns producer Nilit, a leader in the production of nylon 6.6, has announced that Arie Gottlieb is to step down after thirteen years as General Manager. He will be replaced by Zion Ginat.
Delta Galil USA, the US based subsidiary of Delta Galil Industries, the global manufacturer and marketer of branded and private label apparel products for men, women and children, said today that it has agreed to acquire the trademarks of LittleMissMatched.
Canada’s Gildan Activewear Inc. has completed the acquisition of the remaining 50% of CanAm Yarns LLC (CanAm), its 50%-owned yarn spinning joint venture and is planning to modernize and expand the two CanAm yarn-spinning facilities. It is also planning a new yarn-spinning facility in the U.S.
The Hosiery Association (THA) has unveiled a new member verification badge for official distinction of participating ‘legwear’ industry companies. Accessing the badge via a password-protected, members-only section on the THA website, members will be able to embed it digitally within their website and social media platforms; or add the logo to printed promotional materials. The badge was created by digital marketing firm CGR Creative.
Efforts to manufacture sustainably have buoyed Sri Lanka’s textile and apparel exports in recent months, according to a new Textiles Intelligence report - Trade and trade policy: the EU clothing import market and its ten largest supplying countries.
Lenzing is repositioning its Lenzing Modal brand to reflect the new Modal production technology it now employs. The Austrian company says the slogan Makes the World a Softer Place will now be changed to ‘CO2 Neutral Softness by Edelweiss Technology’.
25 German textile machinery manufacturers presented their latest solutions at two VDMA conferences this month in Istanbul and Gaziantep in Turkey. Almost 600 participants from the Turkish textiles industry used the opportunity to learn how German technology can help the sector to cope with the tough competition from Asia and several German companies were able to close deals with Turkish customers during the events.
Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd, organiser of the Yiwu exhibition for hosiery and knitting machinery, are urging visitors to pre-register online for this month’s event in order to avoid onsite queuing at the actual event. Visitors pre-registering online can also get a free copy of the show catalogue (while stock lasts). For more details and a full show update, please visit the official show website at www.yiwutex.com.
US knit goods manufacturer Hanesbrands Inc , is to invest $1.6 million at its Woolwine, Patrick County, Virginia operations centre, where it plans to hire 50 employees.
Australia’s woolgrowers have voted to maintain the 2% levy on sales of Australian wool to fund research, development and marketing of the natural fibre.
The International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF) has published its ‘State of Trade Report’ for Q2, 2012 which shows that global yarn output for the quarter was up and estimates for global yarn and fabric output in Q3/2012 are positive - the outlook for Q4/2012 is unchanged/positive. The following is the main body of the report – the full report with detailed statistics can be downloaded at the foot of this article.
Almost 1500 guests assembled in Wakayama, the capital city of Wakayama Prefecture in the Kansai region of Japan, for the Shima Seiki 50th Anniversary Celebration last week.
Approximately 750 guests and Shima Seiki representatives gathered at the company’s headquarters and at the city’s Big Whale arena on each of the 8th and 9th November to celebrate the historic occasion. In addition, almost 1350 employees celebrated their company’s 50th on Saturday 10th November at the same venue.
Austrian wool spinner Schoeller, has won this year’s Vorarlberg Innovation Award for its sustainable production. The spinning and dyeing company was honoured for its novel chlorine-free EXP 3.0 wool finishing.
Malaysian textile and clothing exports are set to double to an annual value of US$7.5 billion by 2020 after advancing strongly in 2011, according to a new report from the global business information company Textiles Intelligence.
A UK based company has launched a new website which matches buyers and sellers of surplus yarns. Cheshire based Yarn Harvester has launched the new site to promote its growing global business.
Lenzing successfully conducted a test run of its fifth production line at its Indonesian subsidiary PT South Pacific Viscose in October. With an additional nominal capacity of 80,000 tons of viscose fibres per annum, the annual total capacity of SPV will increase to 320,000 tons once Line 5 has been fully launched.
French linen spinner Safilin is currently experiencing strong demand for its range of linen yarns for knitwear and knitted fabrics. Speaking to Knitting Industry at the 1st CELC (European Confederation of Linen and Hemp) International Congress in Brussels a few weeks ago, said that yarns for knits now constituted 20% of turnover whereas five years ago all of the company’s yarns went into woven textiles.
HanesBrands, a leading producer of branded basic apparel, has reported third-quarter net sales increased 3%, earnings per diluted share for continuing operations increased 31% to $1.11, and free cash flow totalled $287 million.
Italian boarding and packaging machine manufacturer Tinarelli aired its latest offering for the hosiery sector at last month’s FIMAST exhibition in Brescia. The Zola Predosa (Bologna) based company showed its C15 Hanger-packs packaging machine for knee-highs, leggings and tights to a fascinated audience and says it was delighted with the response it got.
Italian sock knitting machine builder Rumi raised a few eyebrows when it decided to host its own private exhibition in a Brescia last month instead of exhibiting at the well attended FIMAST (International Textile Machinery and Accessories Trade Show) which was held from 26-29 September.
Japanese machine builder Nagata Seiki launched a new double cylinder single feed broad rib and links-links sock knitting machine at September’s FIMAST show in Brescia Italy.
Three Taiwanese industry organizations signed letters of intent with Japanese partners on Friday to pave the way for cooperation on technology, marketing and capital.
One of the busiest stands at last month’s FIMAST (International Textile Machinery and Accessories Trade Show) in Brescia was that of local sock machine builder Busi Giovanni. The family owned company is known for its innovations and machines which allow its customers to enter niche markets, and it did not disappoint at FIMAST.
According to events organiser UBM Asia, the Cashmere World show which has relocated from Beijing to Hong Kong, has had a successful debut in Hong Kong. The fair is said to have benefited from the presence of important international buying offices in Hong Kong enjoyed synergies with the co-located Fashion Access (25 – 27 September 2012) show. Close to 2000 buyers from 50 countries were on hand to view the fibres, yarns and finished cashmere products on offer.
Focusing on the topic of “consumption,” over 135 delegates from brands, retailers, government organizations, NGOs and academia joined in the 6th annual conference of the RITE Group (Reducing the Impact of Textiles on the Environment).
Nilit announced yesterday that it will be introducing its Nilit Breeze cooling yarn to Asian markets at the forthcoming Intertextile Shanghai 2012 tradeshow. Nilit Breeze, the Israeli company’s most recent innovation, is said to be a revolutionary nylon 6.6 fibre that has been proven to cool wearers by almost one degree Celsius in comparison to fabrics knitted with standard fibres.
Lonati’s Open House exhibition, which ran from 26-29th September at its Brescia headquarters, was not announced to the press until the beginning of August this year, but nevertheless the event drew a large crowd.
Huntsman Textile Effects and the Netherlands’ DyeCoo Textile Systems are joining forces to develop and grow DyeCoo’s Supercritical CO2 textile processing technology with the aim of creating more sustainable products which will benefit the industry as a whole.
Leading Italian knitting and hosiery machinery builder Santoni has launched a brand new flat lock seaming system which can be utilized on its Santoni Line Closer and Gusset Line Closer to automatically assemble tights (pantyhose) with a very high level of elasticity and a superior quality appearance.
Now in its third year, The Campaign for Wool, of which HRH Prince of Wales is a patron, is being celebrated on an unprecedented global scale with more countries than ever before creating their own programme of activity to celebrate ‘Wool Week’ around the world – and knitting will play an important role.
As the days grow shorter and the temperature drops, the time has come to wear warmer clothes. In this case, the tights shown below bring a touch of floral splendour to the cool days of autumn.
Seamless knits specialist Tefron has announced today that it has entered into a licensing agreement with X-Technology Swiss R&D AG (XTS), under which it has been granted exclusive rights to manufacture, market and distribute XTS sportswear brands in North America.
Exhibitors at this week’s hosiery machinery events in Brescia, Northern Italy seem satisfied so far with both the number and the quality of visitors. Brescia is host to a total of four events this week - FIMAST (International Textile Machinery and Accessories Trade Show), Santoni’s Open House, Lonati’s Open House and sock machine manufacturer Rumi’s private show all of which opened yesterday and close Saturday lunchtime.
The 20th session of Spinexpo is said to have ended in a positive climate of global satisfaction just before an enormous storm which turned the exhibition hall into multiple waterfalls. “We can only thank the Gods for planning this storm right after the closing time, escaping from a real flood during the show,” organisers exclaimed at the close of the show.
Brescia and its surrounding area has always been one of the most important manufacturing centres for hosiery and sock manufacturing machinery as well as home to many internationally renowned producers of socks and hosiery.
Fabrics for Autumn/Winter 2013/14 contrasted opulent surfaces and handles with compact density and functional technicity at the September 2012 edition of Première Vision Pluriel in Paris.
Visitor traffic was strong over the first two days of the fair, according to Phillipe Pasquet, CEO and editor-in-chief of Première Vision, calling the opening day “historic, ahead of expectations.” Exhibitors were also pleased with attendance at the fair; Bel Maille’s Stéphane Ziegler commented, “Traffic has been very good with our current customers. We were very happy to see several new customers, including more Americans.”
In this two part feature, Debra Cobb takes an in depth look at the world of textiles which deliver cosmetic benefits and concludes that there is potential for cosmétotextiles to go beyond beauty and deliver wellness, therapeutic, and medical benefits. You can read Part 1 at Beyond Beauty: The Future of Cosmétotextiles.
In this two part feature, Debra Cobb takes an in depth look at the world of textiles which deliver cosmetic benefits and concludes that there is potential for cosmétotextiles to go beyond beauty and deliver wellness, therapeutic, and medical benefits.
According to a recent set of reports by the business information company Textiles Intelligence, world clothing export growth in 2012 is predicted to be even slower in volume terms than the already modest 5% growth rate seen in 2011.
The UK government announced yesterday over £2 million worth of support for a new skills programme led by a consortium of employers and the Textile Centre of Excellence in Huddersfield that will improve the skills of people already working and develop the next generation of skilled talent for these industries. The partnership includes manufacturers from textiles, technical textiles, apparel and textile services sectors, trade associations and Creative Skillset.
Santoni has launched a great new video based on its seamless warp knitting technology in the run up to the FIMAST and Santoni Open House exhibitions which take place in Brescia later this month.
Santoni, the leading producer of electronic circular knitting machines for seamless garment manufacture, will be showing a range of innovative seamless garments at this month’s FIMAST exhibition which takes place in its home town of Brescia, northern Italy, from 26-29 September.
Brescia and its surrounding area has always been one of the most important manufacturing centres for hosiery and sock manufacturing machinery as well as home to many internationally renowned producers of socks and hosiery.
Terry sock machine specialist Rumi will be showing its updated machine range including its machine for technical socks, the Seven TS, at a private exhibition to coincide with FIMAST which runs from the 26-29 September.
Karl Mayer has developed new smooth, seamless and ladderproof warp-knitted hosiery, extending the range of products which can be made on its RDPJ and DJ raschel machine series.
“As the days begin to get shorter again and temperatures drop, the demand goes up for elegant legwear that keeps us warm – and this is when smooth, opaque hosiery comes into its own,” the German company explains.
Cashmere World is the annual business platform for the international cashmere trade. This year, it marks its move from Beijing to Hong Kong with an interesting seminar series that provides a professional forum to discuss the latest developments in the global cashmere industry.
The recent symposium on cosmétotextiles held at Interfilière Paris highlighted the growing success of these hybrid fabrics, as well as posing questions about their future.
A cosmetic textile is defined by the French Office for the Standardisation of Textile and Clothing Industries as “a textile article that contains a substance or a preparation that is intended to be released sustainably on to the different superficial parts of the human body, especially the skin, and which claim particular properties such as cleansing, perfume, change of appearance, protection, maintenance in good condition, or correction of body odours.”
Cashmere World organisers say the show is primed for a big and successful Hong Kong debut with many of the world’s most important cashmere producers and luxury brands invested in the exhibition.
Although China's textiles industry is experiencing challenges under the 12th Five Year Plan, the industry’s transformation and upgrading is ongoing and according to the organiser of the ‘Yiwu’ exhibitions, Adsale Exhibition Services, it is still showing healthy development.
The Santoni Group and parent company Lonati are busy planning ‘Open House’ exhibitions which will be held at the same time in September at the Santoni and Lonati headquarter sites in Brescia in northern Italy.
According to a new series of Textiles Intelligence reports, textile and clothing markets are likely to remain subdued in 2012, given the considerable uncertainty in the global economy, and the fact that the debt crisis in the Eurozone continues to hit business and consumer confidence.
The recent Interfilière show in Paris confirmed the importance of the cosmetic textiles or cosmetotextiles market for producers and marketers of next-to-skin knitted fabrics.
Interfilière organiser Eurovet, has published a seven page report on Cosmetotextiles (cosmetic textiles), which summarises a symposium held at the Paris show and which was jointly sponsored by Interfilière and La Federation de la Maille et de la Lingerie.
Italian hosiery, underwear and beachwear brand Calzedonia, is strengthening its presence in Germany with the acquisition of 400 square metres of office space at Neuer Zollhof 3, in Düsseldorf's harbour district for its German HQ.
A survey of Italian hosiery producers has found that although Italian made hosiery still occupies a top quality position in the market, consumers do not know how to recognise it. The survey, conducted recently by the organisers of the forthcoming FIMAST exhibition, found that 44% of producers said that “consumers would like to buy a higher quality product but can’t recognize it.”
According to the Hohenstein Institute, 50 % of everyone in Germany practices sport at least once a week, which is still fourth place in a European country comparison. Wearing knee-length compression socks, the institute says, was long viewed as uncool by sportsmen and women, but more and more active sportsmen and women have reported the positive effects of wearing these special elastic socks.
Clarion Events North America (Clarion) announced yesterday the launch of ExpoProducción, a new trade fair primarily for the apparel and sewn products manufacturing industry in Mexico and Central America.
Visitors to ITMA ASIA + CITME 2012 are said to have greatly appreciated the commitment of the German textile machinery industry on the issue of sustainability. On occasion of the region’s leading textile machinery exhibition from 12th to 16th June in Shanghai, the VDMA Textile Machinery Association presented its sustainability initiative Blue Competence for the first time in the Asian market.
According to media reports, UK headquartered Quantum Clothing Group Ltd has been acquired by Japanese trading company Itochu. Quantum, which was created as a management buyout from Coats Viyella in 2000, employs around 5000 people worldwide and has factories producing hosiery and intimate apparel in Sri Lanka, India and Cambodia.
ITMA ASIA + CITME 2012, Asia’s leading textile machinery exhibition, which was held at Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) from 12 to 16 June 2012, ended on a high note for the organisers with record numbers of visitors and exhibitors.
Hyosung will use next weekend’s Paris Mode City & Interfilière to celebrate 20 years of its creora spandex/elastane and to unveil its Creora 2014 Swim Trends with highclo elastane.
YIWU, China’s top exhibition for hosiery and seamless knitting machinery is getting ready for another successful edition with many of the world’s top machine builders already confirming their attendance.
The 2013 edition of ShanghaiTex aims to pioneer the transformation and upgrading of the Chinese textiles industry by bringing a full array of textile products, machinery and technology from China and all over the world under one roof.
The Teijin Group announced today that its three polyester fibre and textile subsidiaries, Teijin Fibers Limited, Teijin Polyester (Thailand) Limited and Thai Namsiri Intertex Co., Ltd., will participate in the Bangkok International Fashion Fair & Bangkok International Leather Fair 2011 (BIFF & BIL 2012).
Ten renowned U.S. mills have chosen to exhibit at Texworld USA, an important platform for apparel fabrics in North America, being held in New York in July. The mills represent the complete supply chain from spinner to knitter to full package garments, and are part of the Lenzing pavilion.
The world’s leading manufacturer of socks and hosiery knitting machines Lonati, showed its latest innovations for Asian producers at last week’s ITMA ASIA + CITME 2012 in Shanghai. The Brescia headquartered company which produces around 8000 machines per year showed no fewer than 14 different machines many of which were either new or updated models.
ITMA, the world’s most established textile and garment machinery exhibition, will put the spotlight on innovations that promote sustainability for its 17th presentation in Milan, Italy, in 2015. A trendsetting showcase of exciting innovations since 1951, the theme chosen for the 2015 edition is ‘Master the Art of Sustainable Innovation’.
Swiss specialty chemicals company Clariant, has announced that it has recently joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC). The company says the move is aligned with its long-term commitment to uphold sustainable practices in textiles and supports the SAC’s overall vision of addressing social and environmental challenges in the apparel and footwear industry.
A well known Leicestershire sock manufacturer is bringing production back to the UK. HJ Hall, which began manufacturing socks in 1882, is switching most of its production from Turkey to its factory in Hinckley as the demand for British made goods grows.
Japanese computerized flat knitting machine manufacturer Shima Seiki is exhibiting under the slogan of ‘A New Era of Knitting ‘at this week’s ITMA ASIA + CITME in Shangahi and it is clear that the company means business with its very interesting new line up of flat knitting machines.
The third ITMA ASIA + CITME combined exhibition kicked off here in Shanghai today at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC). The show has drawn a very strong response as textile machinery makers continue to leverage the established branding of ITMA ASIA and CITME to market their latest textile machinery and related technology.
The 51st Dornbirn Man-Made Fibers Congress will take place from 19 – 21 September 2012 in Dornbirn in the Vorarlberg region of Austria, where over 700 delegates from more than 30 countries will meet to discuss the future of the man-made fibres industry.
Leading Israeli Nylon 6.6 producer Nilit announced today that its innovative patent pending Nilit Breeze speciality yarn is available as a performance fibre for sportswear, hosiery, underwear, shapewear, socks, outerwear and workwear.
Around 1300 exhibitors from 28 countries are gearing up to showcase their latest technologies at ITMA ASIA + CITME 2012 as the countdown for the third combined show begins. All of the world’s leading manufacturers of machinery and equipment for the knitting industry will be exhibiting and a full list of exhibitors can be downloaded at the foot of this article.
Senol Sankaya, CEO of leading Turkish manufacturer of knitted goods, Yesim Tekstil, has been named as one of three speakers in the Supply Chain session of the 28th IAF World Apparel Convention to be held from 24-28 September 2012 in Oporto, Portugal.
Speaking at the ‘Great Ideas in Cotton’ conference in Hong Kong recently, Cotton Incorporated and DuPont Industrial Biosciences presented the results of a collaborative project quantifying the effectiveness of bio based enzymes as an alternative to traditional chemicals in cotton textiles preparation.
According to a report in the Daily Star, Bangladesh’s ministry of commerce is planning to start training workers new to the garment industries in order to build them into a skilled workforce as well as counselling them on the working environment of the industry’s many booming factories.
According to a report on the Scotsman.com website yesterday, Scotland’s textile manufacturers are now working together on the nationwide roll-out of an initiative aimed at encouraging more young people into the industry, following the successful launch of a modern apprenticeship scheme in the Scottish Borders region last year.
The Switzerland based International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF) has published its State of Trade Report for the 4th Quarter of 2011. The organisation reports that estimates for Global Yarn and Fabric Output in Q1/2012 are negative but that the outlook for Q2/2012 is positive.
Canada’s Doris Hosiery Mills has signed a Patent & Technology License Agreement with Quick-Med Technologies, a life sciences company which develops innovative technologies for the healthcare and consumer markets. Under the agreement Doris Hosiery will manufacture, distribute, market and sell consumer socks that incorporate Quick-Med's proprietary Stay Fresh antimicrobial technology.
After a sharp reduction in global shipments of new textile machinery in 2008 and 2009, as a result of the global financial and economic crisis in 2008/2009, deliveries of new textile machinery surged in 2010 and even stronger in 2011, in most cases to new record highs.
Technologies (NAT) which produces and markets CRAiLAR, a natural fibre made
from flax and other bast fibres, has entered a joint development agreement with
leading cellulosic manmade fibres producer Lenzing. The agreement calls for the
companies to evaluate the blending of CRAiLAR Flax fibres with Tencel (Lyocell)
and Lenzing Modal.
Lenzing's high-quality fibres are primarily used in the
textile industry in women's outerwear and sportswear, as we
The Italian textile
machinery industry is getting ready for the ITMA ASIA + CITME exhibition which
will be held in Shanghai from 12-16 June where its focus will be on technologically
ITMA ASIA + CITME is the international textile machinery
trade show which is held every two years in China and once again the Italian exhibitors
contingent will be one of the largest. In fact, there will be 117 Italian textile
machinery manufacturers showcasing their latest
Dr. Sam Moore of
Hohenstein Institute America will present interim findings from a long term
study of the effects of nano silver particles on the environment. The
presentation will be made at the joint conference of the American Association
of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) and the Southern Textile Research
Conference (STRC) to be held May 20-22, 2012 at Litchfield Beach & Golf
Resort in Pawley's Island, SC.
The conference is titled ‘Sustainability, Inn
US and EU textile and clothing import prices rose sharply in 2011 reflecting hikes in raw material prices, according to the latest Textile Outlook International reports from the global business information company Textiles Intelligence.
In this third part of a three part feature on sustainability Sabine Anton-Katzenbach discusses how retailers, producers and importers have begun campaigning for working conditions that are socially sustainable, within the scope of their corporate social responsibility (CSR).
According to a report
in the Manchester Evening News (MEN) last night, UK headquartered Rowlinson
Knitwear has secured £5 million refinancing package. The Stockport based
company has obtained the facility from HSBC Commercial Banking to support its
day-to-day operations and its growth aspirations.
Rowlinson, which started off in flat knitted school knitwear
but now supplies a full range of school clothing and equipment, is said to have
about 50% of the UK personalised tr
Südwolle Group, a leading
producer in the field of worsted wool spinning has obtained Oeko-Tex
certification to ensure that its yarns are tested to be free from harmful
levels of more than 300 substances that are suspected of being dangerous to
Südwolle has earned Class I Oeko-Tex certification
indicating its yarns meet the most stringent requirements for products intended
for infant use as well as Class II certification for textiles and apparel. The
According to Germany’s VDMA Textile Machinery Association, the forthcoming ITMA ASIA + CITME in Shanghai is an excellent platform for German technology suppliers who will play a key role in the technological upgrading of the Chinese textiles industry.
Italian company Tinarelli srl, a leader for many years in the construction and supply of boarding and
packing machines to the hosiery sector, will be exhibiting at the ITM TEXPO
EURASIA 2012 from the 21-24 April in Istanbul at the booth of its Turkish agent
On this occasion Tinarelli will be showing the updated
version of its Micropack SL-G cartoning machine for the packing of folded
pantyhose and knee-highs. Micropack SL-G is adjustable so that it can h
The current challenges in the economic climate do not seem to have adversely affected demand
for space at the third ITMA ASIA + CITME exhibition and due to the overwhelming
response, the show owners say they have now booked the remaining available
space at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC).
The combined show
which will be held from 12 to 16 June 2012, is owned by CEMATEX and its Chinese
partners, the Sub-Council of Textile Industry, CCPIT (CCPIT-Tex),
"The metal floor
shines with the glory of science and technology, and the roar of the machine
shows the surge of industrial age. Under the simple appearance, the distinctive
circular knitting technology is trying to bring new concepts and ideas to
fairly mature textile industry of China."
These are the words that the Santoni Group uses to describe
its booth and high-tech machinery offer at the forthcoming ITMA Asia 2012,
which will be held in Shanghai from 12-16 June. The
New York City based hosiery
designer and marketer, Royce Too LLC, announced on Friday it is moving its
headquarters to Winston-Salem in North Carolina from NYC in order to capitalize
on the local industry talent pool and lower operating expenses there.
According to a report in the Winston-Salem Journal (WSJ) today,
the Empire State Building based company which is owned by Japanese hosiery
manufacturer Okamoto, plans to move its headquarters to a 10,000-square-foot facilit
Samson Hosiery, one
of the oldest sock manufacturers in the UK specialising in football, rugby and
hockey socks is working flat out to meet current demand.
The Manchester based company produces quality socks at its
own factory and aims to match prices of imported products. The company says it
is also able to meet demand almost instantly with stock always available.
According to a recent
report in Football Trade Directory (FTD), such is demand at the moment Samson is
The Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, Washington, D. C. has been host to delegates
attending the 2012 Legwear Congressional Day & Board Meeting this week. The
event which addresses major issues affecting the leg wear industry in the USA
has been organised by The Hosiery Association (THA).
Issues discussed on Wednesday, Thursday and today include US
manufacturing, consumer product and safety issues and the promotion of sound
environmental and workers rights p
Retail demand in
several emerging markets will grow at double digit annual average rates in the
five years to 2016 according to a new report by Textiles Intelligence. The fastest growth will be in China and India, where demand
is set rise by an average of 16.9% per annum in each country. Double digit
growth is also forecast for Indonesia (13.3% per annum), Russia (12.0% per
annum), Saudi Arabia (11.7% per annum), Turkey (11.4% per annum), Peru (10.3%
per annum) and South Africa (1
Technologies Inc.(NAT), which produces and markets CRAiLAR, a natural fibre
made from flax and other bast fibres, announced key developments this week
toward advancing its first full phase of production in order to supply its
CRAiLAR fibre to global partners.
In 2011, the company embarked on a yearlong effort to
optimize production of its CRAiLAR technology. The company says the resulting
process improvements effectively reduce the enzymatic proce
Services (DTS), the service division of the DyStar Group, has introduced its
Sustainable Textile Service Programs which aim to help brands, retailers and
their Industry partners reduce the impact of their products and processes on
the environment and optimize supply chain costs.
"Greenpeace raised global awareness of the environmental
issues of the textile supply chain with its recent Dirty Laundry reports, and
brands, retailers and their Industry partner
The Textile Institute
(TI) together with its partner the Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam,
Selangor, Malaysia, has announced that registration for the 2012 World
Conference is now open.
The conference will provide an opportunity for participants
to travel to the tropical equator line to experience Malaysian society and
observe the country as it moves towards building a high income society for
"Malaysia is a
country of contrasts. From its towering skyscrap
DyStar has joined the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)
with the objective of strengthening its commitment towards sustainability.
The UNGC is a strategic policy initiative for businesses
that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten
universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour,
environment and anti-corruption.
By doing so, business, as a primary driver of globalization,
can help ensure that markets, commerce, tec
The Switzerland based
International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF) has published its State
of Trade Report for the 3rd Quarter of 2011. The organisation
reports that global yarn and fabric production were up in Q3 and that estimates
for Q4 are also positive.
The report reads as follows:
"Output of global
yarn production increased in the 3rd quarter of 2011 as a result of higher
output in Asia - in particular China - and South America and in spite lower
Nottingham UK based Legwear
International is set to make waves at the Moda 2012 show at Birmingham's NEC
this weekend, with the launch of a brand new line of run-resist products which
it expects will revolutionise the hosiery market.
The new line called Couture
Fusion will "embrace ladder protection technology to fuse together both
sheerness and durability, a new industry innovation, to create tights so
durable that they can be cut with a pair of scissors and still refrain fr
Korean fibre producer Hyosung has launched a new creora brand elastane with outstanding
dyeability in blends with nylon for hosiery, warp knits, circular knits and
wovens. New creora dyeable is said to
be engineered in a proprietary way to allow absorption of dyestuffs and the delivery
of superior colourfastness compared to regular elastane.
Fabrics made with creora
dyeable are also said to be heat settable and mouldable at lower
temperatures, have softer hand and are chlo
Luxury Scottish knitwear
and accessories manufacturer Johnston of Elgin is investing £1 million on a new
visitor centre at its Hawick site in the Scottish Borders. The new development,
which is due to open in May this year, will include a visitor centre with
museum, coffee shop and retail space and is set to create new jobs whilst safeguarding
existing jobs at the Eastfield Mills site.
The official announcement was reported by the BBC today but
on a recent visit to th
In spite of an increase in production for 2011 by Italian
textile machinery manufacturers, forecasts remain cautious for the current
year. Provisional figures for 2011 for Italy's textile machinery sector show a
further increase in manufacturing production and exports, following a good
recovery in 2010 and a recession hit 2009.
The value of Italian textile machinery production for 2011
registered a 9% increase compared to 2010, from 2.4 to 2.6 billion Euros. A
DyStar has announced it has joined the Sustainable Apparel
Coalition (SAC), the collaborative venture established in 2011 by leading
apparel retailers, suppliers and manufacturers with participation from
academics and NGOs.
The main objective of the SAC is to develop an Apparel Index
which takes a full life-cycle view of an apparel product and identifies all
major social and environmental impacts along the production chain from cradle
Dyes and chemicals are
Despite a number of challenges, China's textile and clothing
industry is said to be set for further growth while its competitors suffer
declines as a result of cutbacks by retail buyers, according to a recent report
from the global business information company Textiles Intelligence.
According to the
report, although the Chinese textile industry faces rising costs, an ageing
population and, in some regions, labour shortages, it looks to have done
reasonably well in 201
Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc. (NAT), producer of one
of the first new natural fibres in decades, CRAiLAR, announced today it will
partner with Tuscarora Yarns, a leading yarn innovator, to explore a range of
new blended yarns using CRAiLAR Flax.
Under the terms of
the non-exclusive, non-transferable license, Tuscarora Yarns will design and
manufacture highly specialized CRAiLAR Flax fibre yarns and related products
for sale and distribution
Invista reaffirmed its commitment and dedication to the
Intimate Apparel industry during a gala celebration at the Pavillon Cambon in
Paris, France, on 21 January when the company introduced its latest innovation
for longer-lasting whites and clearer, more brilliant fashion colours in
Intimate Apparel fabrics - Lycra fibre with W Technology.
More than 170 fabric and garment makers, brands and
retailers, and members of the press were on-site to discover Invista's latest
US based sock and
hosiery manufacturer Standard Merchandising Co. has introduced a novel line of
sports compression socks and compression arm sleeves in ‘wild patterns and
colours', which the company says are just like the novelty sports socks it has
become known for. Compression socks are now popular in wide variety of sports
training activities and especially for runners.
However there is more to this product line than pleasing aesthetics.
The novelty sports c
Polyester producer Teijin Fibers is supplying its
high-strength polyester Nanofront nanofibre for use in running socks made by
New Balance. Frictional force, one of the noteworthy properties of Nanofront,
creates outstanding slip resistance to help prevent the sock from sliding
inside a shoe, thereby reducing blisters and shoe sores.Nanofront also boasts
high absorbency for added comfort.
The socks are being marketed by New Balance Japan and sold
in its own shops in Tokyo
Lycra brand owner Invista has announced changes to its
global spandex business. In a statement this afternoon Invista Apparel
President Dave Trerotola announced changes to the global organisational
structure which the company says will foster innovation and enhance service.
Invista's spandex business has created a new western region
and eastern region to serve its global base of customers. The western region,
led by Max Wiesendanger, merges the company's Europe, Middle Eas
A Borders hosiery producer
has predicted a prosperous future for Scotland's knitwear industry after the
latest meeting of the Scottish Borders Knitwear Group Training Association
where it was confirmed that the majority of the apprenticeship places offered late
last year have now been filled.
Speaking to local newspaper reporters after the meeting, Robin
Deas, owner of House of Cheviot, a manufacturer of top quality kilt and country
socks, said trainers are now in place a
Delta Galil Industries has entered a licensing agreement
with Kenneth Cole to manufacture men's and women's underwear, loungewear and
hosiery under the Kenneth Cole New York and Kenneth Cole Reaction labels.
Kenneth Cole announced yesterday that the collection is to
be developed, produced and distributed by Delta Galil and will be launched in autumn
2012, with the balance to launch by
early 2013. The range will be distributed at Kenneth Cole New York retail
globalization of trade and in an increasingly competitive market with
ever-lower retail prices, Taiwan's textile sector, including its hosiery sector
is said to have been hit hard. Luo Li-qing, director of Taiwan's Hosiery
Industry Development Center (HIDC), told The China Post recently that the
country's hosiery industry is facing stiff challenges and requires upgrading.
"After close to 70 years of development, Taiwan's hosiery
industry now faces challenges li
Even though most of Northern India is in the grip of a
really cold spell of weather, local media reports say the late onset of winter
has resulted in heavy losses for the hosiery manufacturers in Ludhiana. Usually
the Punjabi hosiery manufacturers do good business during the winter as it
follows after the wedding season.
According to the Punjab Newsline Network (PNN), the hosiery
manufacturers say that even though there is really cold weather now, it is in
Market leader in the production of cellulose fibres Lenzing
is to exclusively produce the lyocell based specialty fibres Smartcel and
SeaCell which were developed by German company Smartfiber AG of Rudolstadt. The
two companies have been cooperating for some time and under the newly expanded
arrangement Lenzing will produce the fibres at the Lenzing site in Upper
In 2007, Lenzing granted Smartfiber a license for the pilot
production of new types of lyocell spec
A regular on the Institute's calendar, the annual Textile
Institute Parliamentary Lunch has risen to be one of the highlights of the
year. Hosted by Lord Simon Haskel and held in the Cholmondeley Room at the
House of Lords, London, UK, the event is an opportunity to experience a little
piece of the pomp and ceremony associated with one of the UK's greatest
institutions, its government.
Filled to capacity, over 120 people from around the world
gathered to listen to th
Bangladesh's knitted garments manufacturers targeting the
lucrative Japanese market are to take part in the sixth Knitwear Exposition
(KNITEXPO 2012) which will take place in Tokyo from 25-27 January 2012.
The sixth such exposition, KNITEXPO 2012 is being organised
by the Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers & Exporters Association (BKMEA) in
an attempt to expand the market for Bangladeshi knitwear and knitted goods that
has recently opened up in Japan.
In a news release
Huntsman Textile Effects (TE) and Sri Lanka's MAS Holdings
recently held a joint seminar that aims to address the tough challenges the
textiles industry is facing in meeting stricter regulations that govern both sustainable
and environmental business practice.
Besides advocating and encouraging greater economic and environmental
sustainability, the ‘Partnership Towards Sustainability' seminar held on 18
November at Taj Samudra, Colombo, also focused on partnership
Groz-Beckert has launched
a new app for for the iPad called myGrozBeckert for knitters, which the German
company says is a simple and comfortable way to access comprehensive
information on everything to do with Groz-Beckert.
The myGrozBeckert app aims to give users access to technical
information and will also allow them to benefit from the company's smart
calculation aids. Groz-Beckert says it will also allow users to stay completely
up to date with its product movies
Despite the current global economic slowdown, the world's leading
textile machinery manufacturers are said to be still strongly attracted to the prospects
offered by China, the world's largest textile producer. This can be seen from
the overwhelming response received by the combined textile machinery show, ITMA
ASIA + CITME 2012, which will be held at the Shanghai New International Expo
Centre from 12 to 16 June 2012, organisers say.
At the close of space application,
Leading Italian textile machinery manufacturer Santoni spa,
a Lonati Group company, has been awarded an important prize at the China Awards
2011 in the ‘Creatori di Valore' category in the field of textile machinery.
The prize winners are chosen by an authoritative jury of
the Italy-China Foundation, presided over by one of Italy's most famous elderly
Managers, Cesare Romiti, and is attributed to companies, institutions and
personalities, both Italian and Chinese, wh
According to a Bloomberg Businessweek report today, Italian
hosiery, swimwear and underwear manufacturing retailer Calzedonia SpA is to invest
20 million euros ($26.8 million) to expand its manufacturing in northern
The Verona-based company's new 18,000-square metre plant in
Subotica, will open in 2014, and will eventually employ 1000 people for
manufacturing its Intimissimo brand, Francesco Ruffoli, Calzedonia's executive
director, told Bloomberg as he signed
Invista, owner of the
Lycra fibre brand, has launched its 2012/2013 legwear trends collection,
focusing on the way consumers are using accessories to give their look a strong
personal signature by complementing their outfits with creative and inventive
The new fashion trends suggest using the leg as a canvas,
playing with layers, trompe l'oeils and raised textures. They are moving from
decorative motives and colouring towards a more bold type of patterning
GoldToeMoretz, a subsidiary of Gildan Activewear and maker
of Gold Toe socks, has announced the launch of a new SoleUtion socks line for
men and women that it says provides enhanced comfort and overall foot and leg
well-being. The new SoleUtion line is available in both dress and casual
According to GoldToeMoretz, the SoleUtion range includes SoleUtion Support styles which offer
support for feel-good feet and legs in mild, moderate and firm compression
Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) reported on a year of gains
across wool research, development and marketing on Friday. Chairman Wal
Merriman told AWI's AGM how the 2010-11 financial year, while unsettled in
global economic terms, had generally been positive for the company, as it had
been for the woolgrower shareholders it serves.
Ongoing global marketing campaigns the HRH Campaign for
Wool, No Finer Feeling and Woolmark Gold all began in the 2010-11 financial
The International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF)
has published its State of Trade Report for the second quarter of 2011. Year on
year global fabric production was down for the quarter and although estimates
for both yarn and fabric production are negative for the third quarter, the
outlook for the fourth quarter is positive in both cases.
The ITMF reports as follows:
"Only as a result of
higher output in Asia in general and China in particular global yarn pr
Following several quarters of sustained recovery since the
lows recorded during the 2008-2009 period, Italy's textile machinery sector is
now seeing a downturn in orders.
According to an economic survey carried out by the Italian
machine builders association ACIMIT, the downturn already evident in the second
quarter of 2011, was confirmed during the summer July to September period.
ACIMIT says the overall index* of orders for the year's
third quarter shows a 45% decrease c
ITMA 2011 Barcelona was a successful and rewarding event for
DyStar, which shared its sustainable textile processing knowledge, products and
solutions with its guests and visitors as well as attendees of the Sustainable
Textile Leadership Roundtable (STLR) and Textile Dyestuff & Chemical
Leaders Forum (TDCL).
Representing DyStar as one of the panellists at the STLR,
John Easton, Ecology Solutions Manager, commented:
"I think the one big idea
that come out
Specialty chemicals company Clariant today officially
inaugurated its Textile Chemicals Business Unit (BU) headquarters in Singapore.
Along with the inauguration of the BU headquarters, Clariant
is also celebrating the relocation of its global textile application technology
lab to Singapore.
The lab will be the main application development facility for
all new products developed globally by Clariant's Textile Ch
Cabot Hosiery Mills, a Vermont, New England based family business, has landed a contract said to be worth US$ 3 million to supply the United States Marine Corps with nearly half a million pairs of socks over the course of the next 12 months.
"We make really good socks," beamed Ric Cabot owner of Cabot Hosiery Mills, when asked why his company had been awarded the contract.
Cabot, a third-generation sock maker, sa
According to the VDMA, German exhibitors at ITMA drew very positive conclusions from September's ITMA 2011 in Barcelona.
83% of exhibiting VDMA members assessed their overall experience of the fair as good to very good. 91% said the quality of visitors was good to excellent and a survey of the German exhibitors, 134 of whom responded, showed that more than two thirds of the participants had already closed deals before the e
Courtaulds UK Ltd's West Mill hosiery factory in Belper, Derbyshire is the first UK supplier site to be awarded Marks & Spencer's eco factory status.
The site employs around 400 people and is said to manufacture approximately one third of all Marks & Spencer hosiery.
For the last five years, Courtaulds is said to have reduced energy consumption by 50%, water consumption by 20% and waste to landfill by 100%.
Karl Mayer Malimo has joined the VDMA's Blue Competence sustainability initiative, which aims to be a platform for sound factual information on the textile engineering sector. The initiative, which is particularly concerned with sustainability, energy efficiency and the conservation of resources, champions the textile engineering sector as the problem solver for the current and future demands of society.
More than 2
Specialist German producer of circular knitting machines for medical stockings Merz launched a new four feed machine with reciprocating heel and toe movement at last month's ITMA.
The Merz CC4 II replaces the company's tried and tested CC4 MED model for the production of medical compression stockings in classes I to III. The four feed CC4 II high-efficiency circular knitting machine is also suitable for the
CIRFS, the Brussels based European Man‐made Fibres Association has published its latest statistical report on developments in the global man‐made fibres industry. The report, ‘Information on Man‐made Fibres' is the 47th edition of this valuable summary of the dynamic and growing man-made fibres industry.
It brings together data on the production of acrylic, cellulosic, polyamide, polyester, polypropylene, wool and cotto
The international textile and garment machinery industry converged for the 16th edition of ITMA, the world's most established textile and garment machinery technology exhibition in Barcelona, Spain from 22 to 29 September 2011.
According to the organisers, over 100,000 visitors from 138 countries registered for the eight-day event held at Fira de Barcelona Gran Via fairgrounds. Just over 90% of visitors came from
Invista, owner of the Lycra fibre brand, used the second edition of its unique trade event, ‘LYCRA fiber MOVES' in Barcelona last week, to announce its newest offerings for the leg wear market. At the event, the company addressed 300 textile professionals from 25 countries, with the aim of meeting unmet consumer needs.
Building on the successful launch of Lycra beauty fabric for intimate apparel and swimwear, Lycra beaut
Innovation is the key theme for Clariant at ITMA 2011 and one of the most important developments being presented by the global textile solutions provider is Quiospheres, a high strength, high performance effect in cosmetotextiles that is said to generate wellness and well-being to the consumer through state of the art cosmetic microencapsulation that can be applied to any fabric.
Clariant says its high-tech t
As ITMA opens here today, Germany's VDMA Textile Machinery Association has announced the launch of a new internet portal for the global textiles industry www.machines-for-textiles.com . The machine builders association says the portal will be a useful tool for textile manufacturers who want to get quick and easy access to information on German technology.
Who produces machines for tailored fibre placement? Who offers machin
Invista, owner of the Lycra fibre brand, will be presenting its brands and innovations at the 16th edition of ITMA which opened here today.In addition, the company will be one of the key sponsors of the Textile Sustainability Leaders Roundtable, and ITMA's opening celebration gala dinner.
For the first time in its 60 years of existence, ITMA has opened its exhibition to the fibre and yarn sector. Invi
There are historic reasons for the location of the Dornbirn Man-Made Fibers Congress (MFC) which drew 740 attendees from 30 countries to celebrate its 50th anniversary last week (September 14-16).
The first of these meetings was opened on July 16 1962 by Rudolf Seidl, then-chief of Lenzing AG - the Austrian company which half a century on sees its fortunes boosted by a renewed global demand for cellulosic fibres and is still very actively involved in the annu
Germany's VDMA Textile Machinery Association says a hot topic at the forthcoming ITMA in Barcelona will be ‘efficient production', as growing energy and raw material prices lead textile manufacturers around the world to optimize their cost structures and processes.
"At ITMA, the German textile machinery manufacturers will present advanced technical solutions that offer excellent value for mone
Santini, a leading Bergamo, Italy based producer of technical cycling sportswear, has launched a new exclusive range of socks called Mirai which are produced with Filature Miroglio's Newlife eco-high tech yarns. Santini says this is an exclusive and cutting edge project that combines stylish design and the Newlife revolutionary recycled material to create a high quality, eco-friendly product.
Newlife is the product o
At ITMA 2007 in Munich, Groz-Beckert presented new solutions for the production of fabrics with a then world record breaking ultrafine gauge E66. Now, at next month's ITMA in Barcelona the German company will reveal yet another world record with an even finer gauge.
The company says that a new knitting technology with the world's finest knitting cylinder and the finest of precision components guarantees the unique
The Lenzing Group has reported record results after the most successful first half year in the company's history.
Following a very good first quarter 2011, sales and earnings were significantly surpassed in the second quarter of 2011 and the company has now set its guidance for the full year 2011 at the upper end of the initial guidance announced in the first quarter, forecasting EBITDA of EUR 470 million to
When it comes to leading-edge processing technology for yarn feeding, control systems and lubrication technology for knitting machines, Memminger-Iro is still a market leader. The German company will be showcasing its latest technologies and products at next month's ITMA in Barcelona.
The following Memminger-Iro products will be showcased.
Yarn Sensor MIS
According to Memminger-Iro, the MIS self learning senso
Lenzing Nanjing Fibers, the Chinese subsidiary of Lenzing AG, has successfully started up a new production line which will offer a nominal capacity of 60,000 tons per annum of viscose fibres for textile applications and the nonwoven industry mainly for the Asian market.
According to Lenzing, approximately 60-70 % of the viscose fibre produced in Nanjing goes into knits and much of it is sold in the domestic market.
Riding on the success of the past 11 years, the forthcoming YIWU H&G is now recognized as an important international exhibition specializing in hosiery and seamless underwear machinery. Its organisers say it is now a ‘must-go' knitting exhibition for both local and overseas knit goods manufacturers and the latest exhibitor list confirms this.
Current exhibitor recruitment is said to be in full swing and boo
The ITMF Annual Conference 2011 takes place next month in Barcelona, Spain from 19-20 September 19/20, 2011 prior to the start of ITMA 2011 (September 22-29, 2011). Delegates will also participate in the ITMA/ITMF World Textile Summit 2011 on September 21.
The theme of the ITMF Annual Conference "New Paradigms in the Global Textile Industry" is said to reflect that the circumst
In the 1st quarter of 2011 global yarn and fabric production fell compared to the previous quarter but rose in comparison to the 1st quarter of 2010. The decrease in global yarn production resulted from lower outputs in Asia, Europe and South America.
It has to be noticed here that the reduction of yarn production in Asia in the 1st quarter 2010 is mainly
Italian hosiery, swimwear and underwear manufacturing retailer Calzedonia is investing US$20m in a brand new garment factory in Sri Lanka's northern province of Vavuniya.
The new factory will produce garments for the Intimissimi, Tezenis and Calzedonia brands for export to Europe abd is said to be due to begin operations in October 2012. It will employ up to 1500 workers when it reaches full capacity.
According to m
As a leading textile solutions provider, DyStar will be present at the International Textile Machinery Exhibition (ITMA) in Barcelona, Spain under the theme of ‘Sustainability is our Responsibility'.
"The company will be exhibiting its latest innovations in dyes and auxiliaries, new technologies and its wide range of services which are designed to help reduce the overall environmental impact of the textile supply chain," DyStar
Groz-Beckert says it has set a new benchmark in customer service by setting up Sewing Expertise Centres world-wide for fast answers to application problems, making at the same time a closer connection to its customers.
Groz Beckert's Sewing Expertise Centres offer extensive knowledge in all areas of the sewing industry, from clothing to cars and other technical textiles.
The aim is that ex
Invista, owner of the Lycra fibre brand, has announced an impressive line-up of top industry speakers who will take part in the second edition of its unique leg wear event titled ‘LYCRA fibre Moves' in Barcelona, on 29 and 30 September 2011.
The event aims to bring around 250 textile industry professionals to the Mediterranean city "to offer them an experience that will stretch the imagination and provide insights into fut
Lonati, world leading machine builder for single and double cylinder hosiery machines for men's, women's and children's socks and pantyhose, will be exhibiting brand new machine ranges at ITMA 2011 this September.
The Italian hosiery machinery giant, which is currently producing around 1600 machines per month, will to show its GL series single cylinder machines for men's and children's socks, the LA series for pantyhose and a new
Huntsman Textile Effects (TE) today challenged the textile industry to work in partnership and take on responsibility for environmental sustainability throughout all areas of the textile supply chain in order to reduce the global impact on the use of increasingly scarce resources such as water and electricity.
"The textile dyeing and finishing industry is one of the heaviest global consumers of water and energy. By 2030 it is estimated that the world demand for fresh wate
When it comes to leading-edge processing technology for yarn feeding, control systems and lubrication technology for knitting machines, Memminger Iro is considered to be one of the leading companies in the market.
At ITMA 2011 the German company will show a range of products including the following innovations:
Spray Lubricator PJ ELF
PJ ELF is the latest development of the well know UNIWAVE spray lubricators. "Due to a brand new tech
According to show owner CEMATEX, visitors to ITMA 2011 can look forward to knowledge-sharing, cross-fertilisation of ideas and more collaborative interactions with some of the world's leading textile researchers and educators.
A total of 46 institutions have applied to take part in the Research & Education (R&E) pavilion, making it a key highlight at this year's ITMA exhibition which will be held at
Lonati Group company Santoni has announced a number of exciting innovations for this year's ITMA 2011 in Barcelona. Santoni's Patrick Silva talks us through the Italian company's latest machinery developments.
"As ITMA has kept its standing every four years in Europe as the most complete world showcase for textile machines, the Santoni company will present, in a uni
Fluctuating costs, uncertain supply and increased accountability to eco-friendly claims are said to be leading buyers to invest further down the supply chain. In response to this trend, Texworld USA welcomes twelve yarn spinners as exhibitors to the July 2011 edition. Five of these companies: Bofine, Bros, Buhler, Huafu and Tuscarora will be exhibiting at the Lenzing Innovation Pavilion.
Participating yarn spinners hail from as near as the S
DyStar says it is continuing to move ahead of expectations in spite of difficult market conditions as it returns to profitability. Overall sales revenue increased by approximately 15% over the same period last year.
"We wouldn't have achieved such good progress without the continuous and dedicated efforts from our employees or the strong support from our shareholders," commented Steve Barron, CEO of the DyStar Group.
"And we have made a number of chang
Organisers of the ITMA 2011 textile machinery exhibition are extending the area dedicated to fibres and yarns at this year's show due to what they call overwhelming demand.
Debuting at the show's 60th anniversary, the fibres and yarns section was due to occupy the whole of Hall 4. However, due to strong demand from fibres and yarns producers, an additional area in Hall 5 has been allocated.
Visitors to ITMA 2011 at the Fira de Ba
India's leading vertical knitwear producer Oswal Woollen Mills is investing Rs 60-crore (US$ 13.5 million) in a wind power venture in the country's Tamil Nadu and Karnataka regions. Oswal, which owns the knitwear ‘superbrands' Monte Carlo and Canterbury, has already signed up to a Rs 350 crore (US$ 78 million) solar energy project which goes on stream in December this year.
''The company has already signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the government of India f
Nylon 6.6 manufacturer Nilit recently held a conference in China in order to raise awareness of its products and to keep local manufacturers abreast of its activities. Nilit is a leader in the production of nylon 6.6 fibres for the apparel industry and engineering thermoplastics for industrial applications.
The conference which took place in Yiwu, Zhejiang province is said to have reflected Nilit's vision of offering a compre
UK based Wykes International Ltd has launched two brand new yarn developments for stretch knitwear; an ‘invisible' low power plating yarn and a new combining process for producing composite stretch yarns.
No more dye to match
BILOREX 7338 is a new ultra low power plating support yarn, which has been developed to give shape retention and a soft hand to very sheer fabrics.
"As the yarn is only 30 Denier in count
According to the organisers of Cashmere World trade fair, UBM Ltd, the issue of overexploitation of cashmere is now a critical issue for the industry which must be addressed. Factors causing the phenomenon are discussed in the following in-depth article written by UBM industry insider Richard Smith - "Cashmere Industry - Overexploitation Must Inevitably End."
Now preparing for its 4th edition, to be held 24 - 26 October 2011 in
Leading Israeli manufacturer of nylon 6.6 yarns
Nilit, has announced it will present its new Innergy fibre, which creates Far
Infrared Ray (FIR) emissions, at the upcoming Interfilière 2011 show.
According to Nilit, garments made with Nilit
Innergy yarns invigorate the body and increase feelings of well-being. A nylon
6.6 fiber, Nilit Innergy has a built-in, naturally occurring mineral additive that
creates Far Infrare
The third ITMA ASIA + CITME combined exhibition is expected to draw positive response from leading textile machinery manufacturers as the Chinese textile industry continues to expand. The show will be held at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) from 12 to 16 June 2012.
According to its owners, the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers (CEMATEX), China Textile Machi
According to media reports earlier today, Italian hosiery and beachwear retailer Calzedonia is looking to enter the UK and initially open six stores in London.
Verona headquartered Calzedonia is said to have has appointed Cushman & Wakefield to secure the stores of between 645-1076 square feet, and will consider rolling out its brand across the UK once the London stores have opened.
Calzedonia was founded in 1987 close to Verona, in Vallese di Oppeano, Italy. It has more
According to the organisers, the 15th International Exhibition on Textile Industry (ShanghaiTex 2011) has received an overwhelming response since it started recruiting exhibitors. The exhibition kicks off tomorrow and will be staged at Shanghai New International Expo Centre, Pudong, Shanghai from June 14 - 17, 2011.
ShanghaiTex 2011 will gather more than 1000 exhibitors from 23 countries and regions, in which 40% are overseas exhibit
Santoni Group is all set to show an updated and innovative range of knitting and hosiery machinery at next week's ShanghaiTex exhibition, and is anticipating success in its fast growing Chinese market.
Santoni founded in 1919 is a part of Lonati Group, one of the earliest Italian manufacturers of hosiery machinery. With its technology advancements driven by customer needs, Santoni has become a pioneer in the circular k
Japan's Toray Industries has announced it will start selling Micromafin an ultrafine nylon fibre which is said to have a delicate feel and superior softness.
In April this year Toray started shipping the product to major apparel manufacturers and aims to achieve a sales volume of 25 tons in the first year and 100 tons per year from year three. Micromafin, which can be incorporated into yarns as fine as 0.5dtex, is aimed at leg wear and intimate apparel markets.
Nilit, a global manufacturer and leader in the production of nylon 6.6 has announced an important expansion plan covering its plants in Israel and China, enabling it to significantly increase production at these key sites.
Expansion in China and Israel
Nilit has taken some key strategic decisions to expand nylon fibre production at key sites, in Israel and China. Nilit Ltd., located at Nilit's global headquarters in Migdal Ha'emek, Israel, will add new POY (pa
Invista, an integrated producer of fibres and polymers, has announced the internal promotion of three of its key leaders to new roles within the company.
Effective immediately, these changes to Invista Apparel EMEA Sales and Marketing team coincide with the company's increased visibility within the industry at Mode City, Paris and LYCRA fibre MOVES events. The company says that this adds value to its offer at such an exciting and important time.
Denise Sakuma, p
Invista, one of the worlds largest integrated producers of
polymers and fibres, is investing more than US$100 million in a new Lycra fibre
production plant in Brazil. Construction for the expansion project will begin
immediately, with an expected opening in late 2012.
Brazil is a growing market for our business and our
customers, said David Trerotola, president of Invista Apparel. As the only
spandex producer currently in Brazil, Invistas presence plays an important role
The Textile Institute has announced the launch of its
prestigious 2011 Medals and Awards. Following on from the success in 2010, the
Awards are expected to acknowledge the dedicated work of individuals and
provide recognition for organisations showing outstanding achievement.
The Medals and Awards are presented under the authority of
the Institute’s Council, and are conferred upon individuals and organisations
in recognition of their outstanding contribution to t
Following the institutional mission in Uzbekistan, organized
by (), in October 2010 in partnership with the Italian Trade Commission, an
Uzbek delegation comprising Government authorities and textile manufacturers
recently visited Italy to meet with the Italian Trade Commission, an Uzbek
delegation comprising Government authorities and textile manufacturers recently
visited Italy to meet with ACIMIT's top management. This meeting provided an opportunity to
sign a memorandum of unde
In the run up to the 15th International Exhibition on
Textile Industry (ShanghaiTex 2011), which will be held at Shanghai New
International Expo Centre, Pudong, Shanghai from 14-17 June 2011, organisers
have announced that more than 1000 exhibitors from 18 countries and regions
will participate with a total exhibition area of 92,000 square metres.
Exhibitors from Austria, Bangladesh, France, German, Hong
Kong SAR, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Pakistan, PR China, Singapore,
Italian hosiery giant Golden Lady is reported to have commenced
construction of its third factory in Serbia and its second in the town of
Loznica in the western part of the country.
The investment of EUR6m (US$8.6m) brings the company’s total
investment in Serbia to over EUR100m since 2005. Golden Lady board member
Gaetano Paolillo told just-style.com that building would be completed by the
end of this year.
The new factory will make women’s hosiery, 90% of which will
Fritz P. Mayer, Managing Associate of Karl Mayer
Textilmaschinenfabrik GmbH, Obertshausen has been elected for the second time
as Chairman of the VDMA Textile Machinery Association in Frankfurt on 6 May
Mrs Regina Brückner, Managing Associate of Brückner Trockentechnik
GmbH & Co. KG, Leonberg and Karlheinz Liebrandt, Co-owner of Liba
Maschinenfabrik GmbH, Naila are Vice-Chairmen. Prior to this, the member
companies of the Textile Machinery Associatio
Polyester yarn producer Unifi celebrated the official opening of its REPREVE
Recycling Center yesterday; an $8 million investment which will allow the
company to expand production capacity of its REPREVE recycled fibre.
REPREVE is a family of recycled polyester and nylon fibres
that can be used in a wide range of applications, including apparel,
automotive, seating and panelling fabrics. Since its introduction in 2006,
REPREVE has grown from a single recycled polyeste
RadiciSpandex, producer of RadElast brand spandex, revealed the
winners of the eleventh annual Stretch to
the Future design competition held with the junior class at the Fashion
School of Kent State University, on April 21.
Serving as the event’s honouree designer judge, was
celebrated eveningwear designer Tadashi Shoji, who accepted the Stretch to the Future
Award from RadiciSpandex Marketing Manager Kim Hall during the judging session
held at the Fashion School’s
HanesBrands has acquired the assets of TNF Group Pty Ltd, a
major active wear supplier serving leading Australian sportswear retailers, expanding
its global Champion active wear brand in the Eastern Hemisphere.
The move expands HanesBrands into the outerwear segment in
Australia, complementing its Playtex intimate apparel and emerging Hanes basic
comfort apparel businesses there. TNF was already selling HanesBrands’ Champion
active wear products in Australia and
Invista, the leader in spandex production, has expanded its
spandex venture plant in Foshan, China. The plant will add approximately 12.5
kilotons of spandex production, raising total annual capacity to 24.5 kilotons
in response to Asia’s growing demand for high quality spandex products.
The plant now operates four production lines for spandex fibres
for multiple textile processing applications and with a total investment of
more than US$227 million, the venture betw
CEMATEX and its
organiser, MP International, is launching a global platform at ITMA 2011 to
share trends, exchange views and collaborate for the textile industry’s
sustainable future. The Sustainable Textile Leaders Roundtable Dialogue will see
participation from major textile machinery manufacturers, textile and apparel
producers, and brands and retailers when they converge at ITMA 2011 this
Organised as part of ITMA’s 60th anniversary celebrations,
According to local media reports yesterday, Turkey has put a
provisional 17% safeguard duty on the import of apparel products from the least
developed countries (LDCs), including Bangladesh. The measure which includes knitwear
and other knitted garments, is aimed at protecting Turkey’s domestic garment manufacturers.
The tariff imposition was announced at the end of March and
the proposed duty is set to come into effect from 21 July 2011. Bangladesh sells
nearly $1.0 bill
BTSR has launched what it calls a ‘revolutionary concept for
bare elastane feed and control’, devised to make an impact on working practices
in bare elastane applications in the seamless and circular knitting sectors.
The Italian company says its new Rolling Feeder is a “unique
solution on the market, thanks to its capability to combine in a single device,
the flexibility and user-friendly use of BTSR Constant Tension Feeding
Technology with top product
RadiciSpandex Corp., a U.S. RadiciGroup company engaged in
the production of RadElast spandex, is developing the world’s first
eco-friendly elastane using a 100% renewably sourced material (biopolymer).
“The innovative product line will be the world’s first
spandex consisting of 80% biomaterial made from a 100% renewable source (corn),
as opposed to propylene, an oil derivative,” a statement from the company said
According to RadiciSpandex, not only
The 32nd edition of the India Knit Fair (IKF), an exclusive
International Trade Fair for knitted garments, is opening today in Tirupur.
The fair, which will showcase Spring/Summer Collections for
2012, is being held against the backdrop of an ongoing crisis faced by the knitting
industry in Tirupur. About 700 dyeing and bleaching units were recently closed
for continuing to discharge effluent into a river violating a Madras High Court's
Mr Arumugam Sakthivel, P
The third edition of
the combined ITMA ASIA + CITME show will be held from 12 to 16 June 2012 at the
Shanghai New International Expo Centre. The show aims to continue to be the
leading marketing platform for textile machinery manufacturers tapping into the
vibrant Chinese market.
“According to Global Industry Analysts, Inc. (GIA), the
global market for textile machinery is projected to reach US$20.75 billion by
2015. The Asia Pacific region is expected to dominate as t
Italian sock machine builder Cesare Colosio has extended the
reach of its ‘C15 Terry’ single feed, single cylinder machine for the
production of men’s, women’s and children’s socks with five colours per course
motif. The C15 Terry, officially launched in February 2010 is now available in
a wider range of diameters and needle counts for a broad range of applications.
Speaking to Knitting Industry at the time of launch, company
director Fabiana Colosio told Knitt
Japanese sock machine builder Nagata Seiki has developed a
low energy single feed double cylinder sock knitting machine for broad rib and
links-links knitting, which it claims reduces production costs. Nagata’s new model
D-100 has newly developed cam systems and yarn guide mechanism for high
efficiency, stable operation and energy conservation.
“The machine body is designed smaller and lighter to
significantly improve the mechanical energy. We believe that it will be a
Decision makers and technical experts updated themselves on
the latest technology trends for efficient textile production, especially in
terms of reduced energy consumption and economical use of raw materials.
The two-day conference, themed ‘Innovation for successful
business’ and initiated by the German VDMA Textile Machinery Association, was
officially supported by the Ministry of Economics & Technology as well as
by AGTEK, the Association of Textile a
Canada’s Gildan Activewear, a leading apparel manufacturer, has
announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire 100% of the ordinary shares
of Gold Toe Moretz Holdings Corp. (Gold Toe Moretz) for a total purchase price
of approximately U.S. $350 million. Under the agreement Gildan will not assume
any of Gold Toe Moretz’s outstanding debts.
Gold Toe Moretz is a leading supplier of high quality sports,
casual and dress socks for mass-market retailers
Innovative Austrian hosiery and lingerie manufacturing brand
Wolford posted a strong third quarter 2010/11, continuing the positive trend of
the first two quarters. Sales at the international fashion company in the first
nine months of the current fiscal year (May 1, 2010 – January 31, 2011) rose by
6.6% to EUR 120.0 million, but operating performance indicators developed even
more gratifyingly, with profit from continuing operations improving by 93% on
the previous year
Following the recent trend towards the finishing of circular
knitted fabrics in open-width format, Tirupur, India based commission dyer and
finisher Sri Gayathri Colours has recently installed a Monforts Montex 6500
stenter for heat setting and finishing. The aims of the investment in the high quality
German machinery were to reduce wastage and improve quality, in a knitting region
which has traditionally finished circular knitted fabrics in tubular format.
Sri Gayathri Co
Italian sock machine builder Cesare Colosio has extended the
reach of its ‘C15 Terry’ single feed, single cylinder machine for the
production of men’s, women’s and children’s socks with five colours per course
motif. The C15 Terry, officially launched in February 2010 is now available in
a wider range of diameters and needle counts for a broad range of applications.
Speaking to Knitting Industry at the time of launch, company
director Fabiana Colosio told Knitt
Euratex, voice of the European textiles and clothing
industry, says the European textiles and clothing industry is now deeply
concerned with the current situation in the raw materials markets. The Brussels
based organisation has urged the EU to take prompt action to reduce pressure in
the markets which have lead to a lack of availability and price increases for
the major textile raw materials.
When presenting the recent Position Paper on Raw Materials,
Mr. Alberto Paccan
The Federation of Readymade Garments and The Hosiery
Association of India called a two-day nationwide ‘silent protest’' and hunger
strike earlier this week, in protest at the
10% excise duty imposed on apparel, hosiery and made-up garments announced
recently in the Union Budget.
The protest witnessed participation from the main textile and
clothing dominated regions like Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Ahemdabad,
Indore and Ludhiana and other centres, including
The co-founder and managing director of one of India’s
biggest integrated textile enterprises is to address international industry
leaders at September’s ITMA-ITMF World Textile Summit, in Barcelona, Spain.
B. Jiwrajka has been responsible for steering Alok
Industries Limited through a quarter of a century of astonishing growth and is
recognised as one of a handful of Indian entrepreneurs who correctly read the
impact of the dismantling of bilateral trade quo
The words ‘Swiss Made’ are a highly regarded mark of origin,
not only for watches, chocolate and precision tools, but also for textile
industry products. A fine example in textiles is Hermann Bühler AG, which
produces top-quality, super-fine yarns in Supima cotton and Micro Modal on
48,000 spindles at its site in Winterthur, Switzerland and a further 32,000 spindles
at a subsidiary factory in Jefferson, Georgia, USA.
Many of the Bühler yarn brands,
Sigvaris, a global leader in medical compression therapy, has
announced that its popular EverSheer line is now available in 15-20mmHg
compression to meet the demands of women that want a sheer look year-round.
EverSheer is said to deliver consistent sheerness from ankle
to thigh and is available in several easy-to-wear styles including knee-highs,
thigh-highs and pantyhose. Select shades
are also available in open-toe styles for fashionable wear with spring
Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation and USA Legwear LLC, a
division of Basic Resources Inc., have entered into a licensing agreement under
which USA Legwear will market and distribute men's and boys' hosiery under
PVH's Van Heusen brand. The initial term of the licensing agreement runs
through 2014 and provides for a renewal at PVH's option.
The new Van Heusen hosiery line will include men's and boys'
dress, casual and athletic socks. The hosiery line will be distributed at
The event aims to bring close to 250 textile industry professionals
to the city for an experience that will stretch the imagination, providing
insights into future industry, retail and consumer trends as well as a unique
The company will use the two-day forum to introduce its
international clients to the new features of its best-known brand, Lycra fibre
and the event will also offer attendees a privileged overview of industry
trends for the next five
According to a recently published report by the ITMF
(International Textile Manufacturers Federation), the strong global recovery in
yarn and fabric production since their lows in the 1st quarter of 2009
continued into the 3rd quarter of 2010. In its State of Trade Report – STR Q3/2010,
the ITMF says that both global yarn and fabric production rose compared to the
2nd quarter of 2010 as well as to 2009’s 3rd quarter.
The report says that output increases in yarns coul
This year marks the 11th edition of the annual ‘Stretch to
the Future’ design competition sponsored by RadiciSpandex Corp, maker of
RadElast spandex. Headlining the event
program as the honouree designer judge will be Tadashi Shoji, designer to
A-list celebrities and socialites across the USA. RadiciSpandex will once again partner with
the Fashion School at Kent State University where judging will take place on 21
April at the School’s New York City satelli
Preliminary 2010 data drawn up by ACIMIT (the Association of
Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers) is said to show that a decisive
recovery is under way for Italy’s textile machinery sector, in the wake of a
2009 which had been marked by a conspicuous drop in production.
In terms of value,
Italy’s textile machinery production recorded an 18% increase on 2009, from 1.9
to 2.3 billion Euros. Exports drew a similarly favourable increase, at +19%,
reaching a value of ju
Members of the VDMA Textile Machinery Association from Germany
and Austria have high expectations for this year’s ITMA 2011 exhibition which
is to be held in Barcelona from 22-29 September. Almost 120 textile machinery
builders are said to be members of the VDMA Textile Machinery Association and a
total of 230 companies from the two countries are planning to exhibit at the exhibition.
Knitting machinery, components and systems
Heinz-Peter Stoll, Managing Associate of R
The 6th Annual Public Conference of the European Textile
Technology Platform will take place on 31 March – 1 April 2011 in Brussels.
With this year’s event entitled ‘Societal Challenges – Textile Solutions’, the
European textile and clothing industry and its research community aim to
demonstrate to EU policy makers and the press how innovative textiles can help
As reported on Knitting Industry on 15 February, leading
Seamless knitting machine builder Santoni, showed a highly innovative range of
sportswear at the recent Ispo show in Munich, the leading sportswear event in
Europe. Here, the Italian company’s
marketing manager Patrick Silva explains the Brescia based company’s strategy
with regard to outerwear and in particularl sportswear.
“While Seamless underwear has grown formidably, especially
in China - both in its
Registration for the VDMA organised conference and
exhibition ‘German Technology for the Vietnamese textile industry’ is now open.
The conference will take place in the New World Hotel in Ho-Chi-Minh City on 6
and 7 April 2011. The symposium is officially supported by the German Ministry
for Economics and Technology as well as by AGTEK, the Association of Textile
and Apparel in Ho-Chi-Minh City.
The two-day event themed ‘Innovation for successful business’,
Preliminary figures show that Austria’s
Lenzing Group, market leader in man-made cellulose fibres for the textile and
nonwovens industries, has achieved record financial results in 2010. The
determining factors for the result are reported as being the dynamic expansion
of fibre production, very strong demand for the company’s fibres and
significantly higher sales prices compared to the previous year.
Preliminary consolidated sales¹ increased by 45% from EUR
One of the most powerful men
in Chinese textiles, Du Yuzhou, president of China National Textile &
Apparel Council (CNTAC), is to address international industry leaders at the
ITMA-ITMF World Textile Summit later this year.
Mr Du is one of a trio of speakers newly announced by the
organisers of the summit, which will take place in Barcelona, Spain, on
September 21. He will outline China’s strategic ambitions for its textile
industry and report on progress in
The organiser of ITMA 2011 and
2015, MP International, has announced it has signed a working agreement with
International Wool Textile Association (IWTO). The agreement was inked at the
IWTO industry briefing in Paris, France today.
Owned by CEMATEX, ITMA is the world’s largest textile and
garment technology showcase and has been held since 1951. Set up in 1930, IWTO
is the international body representing the interests of the world’s wool
textile trade and industr
Cellulose fibre manufacturer
Lenzing Fibers is one of the winners of
this year’s ispo Eco Responsibility Award 2011. The Austrian company was
declared winner in the new Fabrics & Fibres category for its sun screening
Tencel Sun fibres, here in Munich yesterday.
“Tencel Sun fibres by Lenzing are so-called “man-made
cellulose fibers” – meaning they are derived industrially from natural raw
wood, consisting of about 40% cellulose. The natural origin of the
Low-cost Canadian clothing
manufacturer Gildan is ending all US production as production from its
remaining four sock knitting plants in Alabama is shifted to a new facility in Honduras,
The Montreal-based company closed its last Canadian
production unit in 2007 and informed 280 workers in Fort Payne, Alabama this
week that it will close its four sock production units there by April. Gildan
purchased the facilities from V.I. Prewett & Son,
The VDMA German Textile
Machinery Association is to hold a textile machinery symposium in Vietnam in
2011. The event will be organised by the German Ministry of Economics and
Technology and will take place in the New World Saigon Hotel in Ho-Chi-Minh
City on 6 and 7 April 2011.
The aim of the event is to inform Vietnamese industry about
latest developments and to present technology solutions in order to achieve
sustainable competitive advantages for its texti
According to a Reuters Africa
report today, Mauritius' textile sector, which supplies the top European
chains, expects growth of more than 2% in 2011 helped by stabilisation in its traditional
markets and diversification into new ones. According to the report, the sector,
which is said to contribute 6.5% of gross domestic product and provide 11% of
jobs, grew a marginal 0.7% in 2010 due to the global downturn.
"The textile sector may grow higher tha
The tenth edition of
Texworld USA showcased 147 exhibitors from 13 countries and welcomed 2741
attendees, representing an increase in attendance of 11.2% over the January
2010 show. Organisers Messe Frankfurt say that at Texworld USA, attendee
numbers are measured in unique individuals, therefore each attendee is only
counted once no matter how many days they visit the show. Attendee numbers do
not include exhibitors.
David Audrain, President of Messe Frankfurt U
Invista, one of the worlds largest integrated producers of fibres and
polymers, will showcase its latest developments in sports socks at the ISPO outdoor
and sportswear trade show, from 6-9 February 2011, in Munich, Germany. In
addition to this Invista will also present its latest socks trend collection
featuring Lycra fibre, LycraT400 fibre, Lycra Sport socks and Lycra freshFX
Lycra Sport socks
According to Invista, Lycra Sport socks were developed in
According to organisers, a sporty
and relaxed ambiance inspired by summer 2012 marks the next session of the
Indigo Fashion Edition, taking place from 8 - 10 February at the Parc
d'Expositions de Paris-Nord Villepinte.
As of 31 December 2010, with 154 studios from 14 countries
registered, the number of exhibitors is said to be up by nearly 3% over
February 2010. Among them are 13 new studios: one German, one British, one
Spanish, six French, one Irish, two Italian and
Lenzing is presenting its
latest fibre innovation called Tencel C at Heimtextil, which opened yesterday
in Frankfurt. The company says that after many years of research work, cosmetic
properties can now be combined with the well-known skin-sensory advantages of
its Tencel fibre.
“Tencel fibre is
well-known for its positive skin properties. Due to its smooth fibre structure,
it is particularly silky next to the skin. Its botanic origin – Tencel is
In what it calls a move to
optimize usage of its corporate assets and enhance efficiency in its service to
key growth markets, RadiciSpandex Corp., maker of RadElast spandex fibre, has
announced the consolidation of its prime real estate space in Gastonia,
NC. The company is to sell one of two
adjacent buildings at its headquarters to improve cost efficiencies. Its
distribution centre, corporate offices, and finishing operations will all
remain at the Gastonia
The International OEKO-TEX
Association has, as usual at the start of the year, updated its criteria and
limit values for use when testing textiles for harmful substances in accordance
with the OEKO-TEX Standard 100.
“For many years now, the list of criteria has provided
effective protection against undesirable chemical substances and it is used
very successfully by the textile and clothing industry and many retailers and
distributors for quality control in this area,
Spotlight - Sleek -
Wistful - Activate – Spotlight: themes
influence creora Sock Directions for 2012
Spotlight: Edgy and urban influences inspire this
attention seeking sock direction as funky colours, graphics and styling create
trendy new looks. From wacky prints to innovative jacquards this direction can
be worked subtly or to the extreme in delivering vibrant socks.
creora C-400 enhances classic white, softness and size
retention, while creora black intensifies dark & contrast
With the aim of confirming
that textiles treated with silver nano-particles are harmless to the
environment, researchers at the Hohenstein Institute in Bönnigheim, Germany, together with 16 partners from research
institutions, industry and the regulatory authorities, are working on a major project
to investigate the behaviour, whereabouts and effect of silver nano-particles in
The Hohenstein says the results of the undertaking, which
VDMA’s Foundation of
the German Textile Machinery Industry has honoured three successful junior
engineers in an award ceremony held as the closing event of the VDMA Textile
Machinery Forum at Groz-Beckert’s headquarters in Albstadt-Ebingen.
executive partner of Brückner Trockentechnik GmbH & Co.
KG and Board member of the Foundation presented the awards. In her celebratory
speech at Groz Beckert’s new Technology and Development Center (TEZ), Brü
The representative bodies for
the European Textile and Clothing Industry, Euratex, and the European Textile
Machinery Manufacturers, Cematex, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for
closer collaboration in research, technological development innovation and industry
The agreement aims to foster stronger collaboration of the
two European industry bodies in fields such as research, technological
development and innovations as well as the promotion of a
The Lenzing Group, world leader
in man-made cellulose fibres, has set its course for the future expansion of
its fibre production capacity. The recently agreed expansion program includes
the construction of the first industrial-scale production plant for Tencel
fibres at the site in Lenzing, Upper Austria, the construction of a fifth viscose
production line at its Indonesian subsidiary PT. South Pacific Viscose (SPV),
as well as further capacity expansion measures.
Organisers of the Shanghaitex
2011 textile machinery show report they have experienced robust demand from
both the international market and the domestic market for the 15th
International Exhibition on Textile Industry (ShanghaiTex 2011), which will be
held at from 14-17 June
2011. The show’s Knitting & Hosiery Machinery Zone is reported to be fully
“The exhibition has continued to enjoy overwhelming responses
from exhibitors, especially in the Knitt
Australian Wool Innovation (AWI)
has announced the appointment of Sam Guthrie as General Manager: Global
Business Development. AWI Chief Executive Officer Stuart McCullough said Mr
Guthrie will be responsible for building strategic alliances with key accounts
globally and driving business development opportunities as part of the new
“In this role Sam Guthrie is responsible for the leadership
of the international network, with Country Managers reporting thr
owner of the Champion, Playtex and Wonderbra brands, announced today that the
company's global social compliance program has been accredited by the Fair
Labor Association, workers' rights group based in Washington, D.C., USA.
"Hanesbrands is a leader in providing workers with a
safe, clean and productive work environment and strictly enforces its global
code of conduct for company-owned and supplier production facilities,"
The Lenzing Group, world leader
in man-made cellulose fibres, is to increase its fibre prices at beginning of
2011 by at least 10%, depending on the product. Price increases will take place
in Lenzing’s Textile Fibers as well as in Nonwovens businesses. The company
said today that the decision was necessitated by the recent strong rise in raw
material prices, in particular for dissolving pulp and chemicals required for the
production of viscose, modal and Tencel fi
430 delegates from the
Brazilian textiles industry attended the recent Conference on German Technology
for Brazilian Textiles in São Paulo and Blumenau, where decision makers as well
as technicians were informed with regard to the latest technology trends from
Germany. The twin conferences, organised by Germany’s VDMA Textile Machinery
Association and supported by the German Federal Ministry of Economics &
Technology, took place in São Paulo on 3
An independent review of wool
research, development and marketing body Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) has
reported an improved performance of the company.
GHD Hassal concluded AWI had acted upon all 11
recommendations from last years’ Review of Performance, undertaken in the
lead-up to WoolPoll 2009. Improved strategy setting, planning, consultation,
corporate governance, company processes and the appointment of directors were
areas progress has been made accordin
Cellulosic fibre producer Lenzing
has extended its strong first half performance into the third quarter of 2010,
generating the best quarterly result in the company's history with earnings (EBIT)
of Euros 60.8 million (Q3 2009, Euros 37.3 million).Nine-months sales in 2010
grew by 45.2 % from Euros 885 million in 2009 to Euros 1,285.5 million. EBIT
reached a new nine-month record high of Euros 168.8 million and more than
tripled EBIT for the same period in 2009 (Euro
Manchester weather at its very
wettest failed to dampen the spirits of attendees from around the world at the Textile
Institute Centenary Conference held here from November 2-4th.
The venue was Manchester’s Midland Hotel, where the
Institute was inaugurated a century ago – in a notable period in which Rolls
also met Royce to kick-start the British automotive industry at the same
location, and in the year that Manchester United played its first football
CEMATEX owner of ITMA, the world’s largest
textile machinery show has announced that Italy will host the 17th edition of
ITMA at the Fiera Milano Rho exhibition centre in Milan, from 12 to 19 November
2015. Fiera Milano won the international bid organised by CEMATEX, the owner of
the ITMA show, after beating three other short-listed bidders from an original
list of 12.
The high profile exhibition is returning to Milan after 20
years, and the news will be welcomed no
Vietnam’s textiles and garment
sector is expected to earn US$11 billion from exports by the end of 2010, an
increase of US$500 million above its set target. Total turnover for the first ten months was
The announcement, which was made by Nguyen Son, Vice
President of the Vietnam Textile & Apparel Association (VITAS) last week,
comes as no surprise, as growth in the sector has remained high; most of the country’s
main markets are said to have
Italian technical socks
specialist Pieffe Sport has introduced a new concept in functional socks for
running and trekking. The Verona based company’s Bee 1 functional socks combine
ThermoCool technology from Advansa together with carbon, a material with known
antibacterial and antistatic properties.
The new Bee 1 sock range is said to be the result of Pieffe
Sport´s unique ability to construct knit structures which prevent friction,
whilst providing protection and
An Italian company specialized in
the production of technical sports socks and tights, is targeting the market
for active sportswear with an all-in-one socks and tights combination that
features breathable thermo regulating fabric. The 4Perform range from Sport
& Tex Lab srl, which is knitted seamlessly, has been created with the
objective of providing greater comfort for the wearer.
According to Sport & Tech Lab, whilst designing the 4Perform
socks and accessor
As the global economy continues
to stabilise, response from companies signing up to ITMA 2011 is said to be
more and more positive. According to ITMA organisers CEMATEX, around 1000 applications
have been received so far from leading machinery manufacturers in 36 countries.
“ITMA is a recognised
brand and we are delighted that the industry continues to support our showcase
of innovative textile making technology. What is even more heartening is that
over 15 per
As part of its ongoing efforts
to serve the changing needs of global players, ITMA will feature a brand new section
on fibres and yarns for its 2011 edition which will be held from 22 to 29
September at Fira de Barcelona Gran Vía, Spain.
The new fibres and
yarns section of the exhibition will feature natural, man-made and technical
fibres, as well as natural, synthetic and technical yarns. With the new inclusion
ITMA 2011 exhibits will now be classified into 18
Market Center Management Company
(MCMC), the management company behind GlobalTex: LA International Textile &
Sourcing Fair, has announced that the fourth edition of GlobalTex held
September 28-30 at the Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC), delivered more
buyers and featured more international resources than ever with key growth in
denim and sublimation printing as well as new and innovative trend displays.
“GlobalTex continues to grow and to draw more attendees a
Last night was an historic occasion
for Invista, owner of the Lycra fibre brand and one of the world’s largest
integrated producers of fibres and polymers, as it brought together the UK’s
top retailers and brands for an exclusive evening with legendary comedienne,
The event ‘Laughing with Lycra fibre’ combined stand-up
comedy with the Lycra fibre brand to create a unique and exciting platform for
an audience of over 75 key market players that included
The Lenzing group, market
leader in cellulosic fibres, plans to significantly expand its production
capacities and will invest EUR 120 million in both Europe and Asia in the projects
which will be completed by 2011. Key measures include the expansion of pulp
supply and the increase in the Modal production capacity in Lenzing (Austria),
a significant expansion of the site in Heiligenkreuz (Austria) and the
reconstruction of the English site for Tencel in Grimsby (UK)
On Sunday 19 September 2010 at a
reception held at Somerset House during London Fashion Week, plans were
unveiled to raise the global awareness of wool and its natural performance
attributes and benefits, these included the expansion of the Campaign for Wool
and the announcement of the launch of a global Merino wool fibre education
campaign commencing later this year.
According to organisers, the event was attended by over 200
key representatives from across the i
Are we finally seeing a revival
of the economy? According to show organisers, the latest edition of Première
Vision Pluriel (14 - 16 September 2010) was extremely encouraging with three
days of intense activity and excitement, with stands that often never emptied
out, busy traffic in the aisles where meetings and discussions continued, a
shared desire for news and creative boldness, orders being written, and a
palpable energy in all sectors.
Organisers report that fi
9 September 2010, Sydney - Major marketing campaigns urging
people to live with the natural and sustainable beauty of wool are set to begin
across Europe and Asia this month. Australian Wool Innovation CEO Stuart
McCullough said it was the first time in a decade that widespread and targeted
marketing campaigns were taking place across key northern hemisphere markets.
The Campaign for Wool, supported by patron His Royal
Highness The Prince of Wales, is a five year campaign which enjoys the suppo
Global Industry Analysts (GIA)
has released a comprehensive report on the global hosiery sector, which forecasts
the market will reach US$20.3 billion by 2015. According to GIA, the need for a
trendy lifestyle and desire to pamper oneself with the ‘best on offer’, coupled
with greater disposable incomes triggered a series of dramatic shifts in the
hitherto traditional hosiery market.
The following is a summary of the report provided by GIA:
Hyosung is launching a brand new
product for swimwear collections called ‘creora highclo’ at the forthcoming
Interfiliere trade show in Paris from 4-6 September. The new branded spandex/elastane
is said to have superior chlorine resistance and longer lasting fit to meet consumer
demand for quality, fit and performance in swimwear.
Creora highclo is engineered from the high power performance
family of creora products and aims to provide higher modulus with outstandi
Global alternative asset
manager The Carlyle Group announced yesterday it had made a significant
investment in Scalina, Brazil’s largest manufacturer and retailer of woman’s
hosiery and lingerie. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Carlyle Director Juan Carlos Felix said, “Scalina is a well
managed company with excellent growth opportunities. We are pleased to partner
with company founders Ronaldo and Bruno Heilberg as we tap into the expanding
As with the first quarter of 2010,
the Lenzing Group has made optimum use of favourable global market conditions achieving
excellent results in Q2. Consolidated sales in the first half of 2010 climbed 43.6
%1 to EUR 847.2 million from EUR 589.9 million. This was the company’s strongest
rise in sales ever, which it says was was made possible by higher fibre volumes
and price dynamics of global markets as well as full first time consolidation of
the company’s pul
Invista has launched its Legwear
Innovation Collection for Autumn / Winter 2011 – 2012 with an emphasis on
providing fashion-forward styles and solutions for the sector.
Stand-out legwear has been a fashion staple on catwalks
across the world for the past few seasons and Invista says there are no
imminent sign of its ‘must-have’ crown dropping with cutting-edge trends still
proving their popularity with consumers.
For Autumn / Winter 2011 – 2012, experts at
With knitted textiles and apparel representing approximately one
third of the global textile market, the book provides an updated reference to
knitting technology, with specific focus on the developments in knitted fabric
production and textile applications.
The first set of chapters begin with a brief review of the
fundamental principles of knitting, including the types and suitability of
yarns for knitting as well as the properties achieved through knitted fabrics
Leading fashion and design luminaries have chosen the six special prize
winners from 24 selected graduate textile designers who presented their work at
First View which was held at The
Triangle Building at Chelsea College of Art on 15 and 16 July.
The Knit prize was won by Elena Munoz from Central St
Martins College of Art & Design Judge Derrick Campbell, managing director
of the prize sponsor Lyle & Scott, praised the way in which Elena took an
German textile engineering powerhouse
Groz-Beckert opened its highly impressive Technology & Development Centre
(TEZ) here in Albstadt on Friday confirming its status as one of the most successful
and forward thinking textile engineering businesses in the world.
Set in Baden-Württemberg, one of Germany’s wealthiest
regions, which borders France to the west and Switzerland to the south, the
town of Albstadt is the centre of the world’s needle manufacturing cen
German textile machinery
builders are said to be pleased with the recent ITMA ASIA + CITME 2010, held at
the end of June in Shanghai. According to a survey of the VDMA Textile
Machinery Association, over 60% of German exhibitors evaluate the prospects for
post exhibition business to be very good or good.
Fritz P. Mayer, Chairman of the VDMA Textile Machinery
Association and Managing Partner of Karl Mayer Textilmaschinenfabrik explained:
“The very good orde
The second ITMA ASIA + CITME
exhibition ended on 26 June 2010 on a high note, with participants hailing it a
major success. Despite persistent economic challenges, business sentiments on
the show floor were buoyant with many exhibitors clinching orders from the
Chinese and other Asian buyers.
The show owners,
CEMATEX (the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers) and its
partners in China - the Sub-Council of Textile Industry, CCPIT (CCPIT-Tex),
Invista, owner of the Lycra fibre brand, has published
details of the pan-European brands that are showcasing its ground-breaking Lycra
Fusion fibre in their latest and up-coming collections.
“Invista’s most recent innovation in hosiery offers wearers
the ultimate in comfort, fit and freedom coupled with the added benefits of
greater durability and longer aesthetic life – a must-have of any fashionista.
Lycra Fusion fibre is a revolutionary patent-pending technology th
Invista, owner of the Lycra fibre brand, says it
continues to cement its commitment to the socks and legwear market with the
launch of an expanded branding and segmentation of its global socks portfolio
made with Lycra or Lycra T400 fibre. The expansion of the heavy gauge socks and
knee-high branding possibilities for Lycra fibre brand is said to refer to
demanding consumers needs who are looking for a more specific every day and
sports socks offering and helps the soc
CEMATEX, the European Committee of Textile
Machinery Manufacturers and the International Textile Manufacturers Federation
(ITMF) have announced a high-level business forum, to take place next year
alongside the ITMA 2011 show, in Barcelona, Spain.
The ITMA-ITMF World Textile Summit 2011 will be a one-day
event that brings together textile-industry leaders and some of the world’s
most influential thinkers and policymakers in strategically important fields
The second ITMA ASIA + CITME 2010
exhibition opened today with an impressive showcase of the latest textile
machinery and solutions. Shrugging off the effects of the economic downturn,
the combined show at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) covers over
100,000 square metres.
A total of 1171 exhibitors from 28 countries and regions are
showcasing a wide array of solutions to an expected 100,000 visitors during the
five-day exhibition. Organisers say t
Ashroff Omar, chief executive
officer of Brandix Lanka Ltd (Brandix), a leading industrialist and a prominent
figure in the knit apparel industry is to be a Key Note Speaker at The Textile
Institute Centenary Conference in Manchester in November this year.
The Brandix Group is the single largest apparel exporter in
Sri Lanka and is positioned as a leading apparel solutions provider to many of
the worlds’ super brands. Ashroff’s presentation, ‘Manufacturing on
Groz-Beckert’s knitting machine parts division is said to be looking
forward to the ITMA Asia + CITME trade fair with great confidence. Alongside
innovative needle developments, the Groz-Beckert knitting head and the
Groz-Beckert cylinder will be the focus of interest.
According to Groz-Beckert, the requirements placed on
knitting needles for the production of knitwear are growing increasingly
extreme. The search for new areas of appli
Mantec Group, owner of Wykes International, the well known UK based
manufacturer of specialist elastomeric and industrial yarns, has announced that
Wykes has emerged from the recession optimistic about the future. Group Chairman
Tim Kelly said in a statement released today:
International is now ready to fully re-engage with the industry as a well
resourced and funded company with a new team containing a balance of youthful
enthusiasm and mature knowledge a
ITMA, the world’s largest and most
established textile machinery exhibition, has put a bigger spotlight on
research and development, as well as education and training; a pavilion will be
organised for research institutes and higher institutions of learning to
showcase their projects, capabilities and programmes.
The Research & Education (R&E) pavilion will be a
major feature at next year’s ITMA exhibition, which will be held at the Fira de
The steep reduction in global
shipments of new textile machinery in 2008 following a strong investment period
between 2003 and 2007 continued in 2009 in most of the segments. Compared to
2008 shipments of spinning machinery were down by -17% (short-staple spindles)
and -26% (open-end rotors), of weaving machinery (shuttle-less looms) by -3%
and of flat knitting machinery (electronic) by -12%.
On the other hand shipments of texturing spindles recorded
an increase of +4
Groz-Beckert has been awarded the third
place prize at the Kyocera Environment Prize for its Litespeed system which
helps save energy and resources in high speed circular knitting by optimizing
needle geometries. Prize giving took place on 29 April at the Economics Day
organised by the Federal Association of Medium-Sized Companies e.V., Regional
Association of North Rhine-Westphalia, in the World Conference Centre at the
former German Bundestag in Bonn.
Background and h
Lenzing's subsidiary PT. South
Pacific Viscose (SPV) officially started up its fourth production line at the
beginning of April, with a total investment of USD 150 million making it the group's
biggest individual investment project in recent years. Its annual nominal
production capacity of 60,000 tons of viscose fibre for textile and nonwovens
applications raises SPV's total annual capacity to 220,000 tons and makes it
Asia's biggest viscose fibre production site and th
Germany’s VDMA Textile
Machinery Association has reported a 130% increase in orders in the first
quarter 2010 for German textile machinery builders compared to the first
quarter of last year. The association predicts an overall increase in sales of
30-35% in 2010, compared with 2009.
“After two extremely difficult years, the German textile
machinery manufacturers are guardedly optimistic for the future” explains Fritz
P. Mayer, Chairman of the Textile M
Technologies Inc. (NAT) and Hanesbrands Inc. have jointly reviewed the
of their CRAiLAR Organic Fibers spinning trials and agreed to enter the
stage of their joint development agreement, which is expected to result
commercialization agreement in the near future. Commenting on the
recent trials, Ken Barker, CEO of NAT said: “We are well on our way to
achieving full blown production of CRAiLAR in 2010.”
Chinese sports socks manufacturer China
Access Marketing Ltd. (CAML) has introduced a new range of engineered performance
socks for cyclists and runners based on Advansa’s ThermoCool polyester fibres. CAML
is known for its winter sports and trekking socks.
CAML says has chosen to bring Advansa’s ThermoCool innovation
to its sock lines for the coming season in order to provide high quality, dual
functionality and ultimate comfort, designed to fit the needs of outdoo
The Taiwan Hosiery Manufacturers'
Association (THMA) said yesterday that it welcomed the Taiwanese government's
efforts to sign an economic cooperation framework agreement (ECFA) with China.
THMA Chairman Wei Ping-chi told Focus Taiwan News Channel: “Socks,
tights and stockings made in Taiwan are of much higher quality than those
produced in China and once an ‘across-strait’ trade pact is forged, ‘made-in-Taiwan’
hosiery products will enjoy fast sales growth
The best seasonal conditions in many
parts of eastern Australia for several years, combined with some stabilisation
of sheep numbers, are expected to result in higher shorn wool production in
2010-11, according to the latest forecasts from the Australian Wool Production
Forecasting Committee released last week.
In its first forecast for the 2010-11 season, the committee
predicts that shorn wool production in Australia will rise to 350 mkg greasy,
largely due to an expe
Leading Seamless knitting machine
builder Santoni is exhibiting some of its latest technologies at the
forthcoming ITMA ASIA + CITME in Shanghai. The company is unique in that it now
offers both warp and weft knitting options for the production of Seamless garment
knitting. Here is a brief look at the Italian company’s seamless specialization
that has distinguished it.
Established in 1919,
Santoni was the first Italian manufacturer of circular knitting machines
ITMA ASIA + CITME 2010, Asia’s leading
textile machinery show, has been given a boost by the announcement from the
show organisers that all exhibition space has now been sold for the forthcoming
organisers, over 1100 textile and garment machinery manufacturers have successfully
applied to exhibit at the second combined show, taking up 100,000 square metres
of Shanghai New International Expo Centre. Chinese exhibitors make up the
Cellulose fibre producer
Lenzing has announced it will partner Litrax AG to introduce a unique fibre
blend of its Tencel lyocell regenerated wood pulp fibre and Litrax-1 natural
bamboo stem fibres, which incorporates DNA in the bamboo fibre to provide
Following recent questions over the authenticity over bamboo
fibre, Litrax is to deliver the Litrax -1 natural bamboo fibres with special
DNA coding to help protect its vertical supply chain and
Will geotextiles soon be successfully creating fertile soil from arid desert landscapes? Will creative forms in mobility make it possible for even more people to be transported efficiently in the near future? Will textiles a few years from now be able to open up new habitats for humanity on distant planets? The answers to these and many other exciting questions relating to visionary textiles production are all being researched at Groz-Beckert, the leading German compan
Falke, a world leader in the supply of
functional sportswear, knitwear and hosiery, based in Schmallenberg, Germany,
is using Advansa’s Biophyl sustainable polyester fibre in its Spring-Summer running
collection for 2010. Biophyl is made from a special PTT polymer made with
Highlights of the Falke running collection include the Idaho
short-sleeve shirt, which stands out optically due to its clean-cut lines and thanks
to Biophyl’s advanced fibre
Texprint, the UK based non-profit
organisation that nurtures home-grown textile talent, has announced the
appointment of its new chairman Barbara Kennington, formerly creative director
of WGSN, a leading online research, trend analysis and news service for the
Kennington (pictured right) will formally take over from the
current chairman Julius Schofield in September 2010 at Texprint’s annual prize
ceremony at Indigo, Paris. During his seven years
Leading spandex producer Hyosung, says
it has signed a memorandum of understanding to invest over US $100 million in a
new spandex production facility to manufacture 10,000 tons per year capacity in
Brazil. The plant will be located in the Santa Catarina region and is expected
to be operational by next year. Additional investment is also planned in the
future for a total of 20,000 tons per year as Hyosung sets its sights on becoming
the market leader in South America
DyStar has reached agreement with
Lanxess owner of the DyStar production plants in Leverkusen and Brunsbüttel to restart
production at both sites in March.
This week, DyStar employees were able to enter the plants in
order to prepare for start-up of the facilities, the company said. According to
DyStar, orders for the necessary raw materials to start production have already
Lanxess, owner of the buildings and facilities used by DyStar
Comez, a leader in advanced
narrow fabric technology which offers a complete range of crochet knitting
machines and double needle bed warp knitting machines is to show four of its
latest machines at the forthcoming ITMA Asia + CITME 2010 in Shanghai. Two of
the machines are applicable to the warp knit and crochet sectors.
Comez says the machines feature the application of newly
engineered solutions aimed at maximizing production efficiency and flexibility and
The Chairman of Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) Wal Merriman has announced
that Stuart McCullough has been appointed as the Acting Chief Executive Officer
(CEO) of AWI.
The appointment takes effect immediately and Brenda McGahan
leaves the company next Wednesday 17th March and will continue to assist in the
AWI says that Stuart is well known to Australian woolgrowers
and has been with AWI for 9 years and has worked in a range of roles within
Just a few months before the next ITMA
ASIA + CITME is due to open in Shanghai from June 22 to 26, Italy’s position
amongst textile machinery’s leaders has been confirmed by the high number of
Italian manufacturers exhibiting at the event.
110 Italian companies will be exhibiting at ITMA ASIA +
CITME 2010, occupying an overall exhibition space of approximately 3800 squaremetres.
Of these, 66 will be presenting their products as part of the National Sector
Lenzing Group, leading manufacturer
of quality cellulose fibres says it has achieved a comparatively satisfactory
result in 2009 despite the difficult global economic situation. In a statement
released today with its preliminary figures, the company says this was made
possible by timely counter measures it took and also by improved demand in its core
fibres business from the second quarter on.
According to the group’s preliminary figures consolidated
Australian Wool Innovation’s (AWI) Chief Executive Officer, Brenda McGahan has informed
the AWI Board of her intention to resign, exactly one year after taking up the
post. In a statement issued today, AWI said that Ms McGahan's decision had been
brought about by her frustration at the ongoing differences of opinion amongst
members of the Board particularly since the AGM.
In accepting her resignation, AWI Chairman, Wal Merriman said,
while he was disappointed she
DyStar’s CEO Steve Barron says the
newly acquired company’s management sees a huge opportunity to make the
business both successful and profitable.
Speaking at a two day meeting of the company’s Executive
Management Team in Rheingau, Germany, Barron said: “It is our declared
intention to deliver according to our shareholder’s plans. With such high a calibre
and dedicated global team we see a huge chance to make the business successful and
According to the organisers of SpinExpo,
Spring/Summer 2011 reflects the desire for a change of direction, taking on new
challenges with clarity of vision and finding new energy to move forward.
140 spinners and fibre marketers from 16 countries are
getting ready to show their Spring/Summer 2011 collections at the 15th edition
of SpinExpo – Shanghai, which will take place next month from 9-11 March at the
Pudong Expo Centre in Shanghai. The showcase will inc
The eighth edition of Texworld
USA showcased 138 exhibitors from 14 countries and welcomed 2465 attendees. In
accordance with the apparel fashion cycle, the January shows feature Spring/Summer
fabric collections, while the July editions feature Fall/Winter.
The verified attendance for the January 2010 show represents
an increase of 20% over February 2009 and 5% over January 2008, providing
evidence that apparel fabric buyers are returning to markets in 2010 with
Invista, says it is taking a
concerted stance against trademark misuse on behalf of its brands. The owner of the Lycra fibre brand is to
launch an advertising campaign to reinforce the importance of protecting the
value of its trademarks.
Following an announcement of two Italian court rulings
against importers of counterfeit goods bearing Invista branded names, the
company, one of the world’s largest integrated producers of polymers and
fibres, has developed
Full electronic single-cylinder machine for the production
of men’s, women’s and children’s socks
Plain sock with 5 colours per course motif
2 colours jacquard in 2 feeds
2 colours filet stitch in 2 feeds
Tri-dimensional pattern on plain or terry sock
Simple and double welt + 5 colours motif + tri-dimensional
3 ground colours with their plating changes on the same sock
Terry + 5 colours motif on the same course
Cushion sole and shaped terry in 5 colours
Single-cylinder machine, for the production of mens , womens
and childrens socks in two feeds
2 feed plain sock with 5 colours per course motif
1 feed plain sock with 10 colours per course motif
2 colours jacquard in 2 feeds
2 colours filet stitch in 2 feeds
2 feed collant with 5 colours per course motif
Tri-dimensional on plain or terry sock
Simple and double welt + 5 colours motif + tri-dimensional
3 ground changes with their plating changes on the same sock
Bluestar Silicones is launching a
new line of TCS 7560 and TCS 7561 Silbione products designed for the elastic
band market for lingerie and medical applications such as support stockings and
medical equipment. These two new silicone elastomers are said to have excellent
‘anti-slip’ and non-compression properties, helping improve wearer comfort.
For more than twenty years, manufacturers of self-fixing
stockings or ‘hold-ups’ have applied transparent silicone
DyStar’s new CEO Manish Kiri
has announced his senior management team for the DyStar Group. Manish Kiri
himself will take on the position of Chairman and Steve Barron, until now Vice
President responsible for Strategic Marketing at DyStar, will become CEO of the
Bart VanKuijk, previously Sales Area Manager for South Asia,
has been appointed Chief Marketing Officer. Viktor Leendertz will continue his
responsibilities as CFO in the new DyStar Gro
‘If you want to know your
future, invent it!’
This is the upbeat message which leading Seamless machine
manufacturer Santoni will convey via a brand new range of exciting garment
developments in Seamlesswear at the forthcoming SpinExpo which is being held in
Shanghai from 9-11 March 2010. Fibres, yarns, knitwear, knitted fabrics,
creative textile machinery trend developments will all be on show.
“Focus on New Age Seamless Knitted outerwear: this is the
The Indonesian subsidiary of
Lenzing AG, PT. South Pacific Viscose (SPV) has started up first successful
trials of its new fourth production line. Regular operation is expected to
commence in the course of the second quarter. The new line will produce viscose
fibres for textile applications and for the nonwovens industry. Production is
intended for the domestic Indonesian market, as well as for export.
A total investment of about USD 150 million makes the
Italian sock machine builder
Cesare Colosio SpA has launched a new single cylinder, single feed terry sock knitting
machine for the production of mens, womens and childrens socks, designated the
C15. The Rezzato based company’s latest offering produces five colours per row
socks with motif and terry and aims to provide the ideal solution for the so
called ‘low cost’ market segment.
Company Director Fabiana Colosio told Knitting Industry: “The
C15 is a ma
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Administrators have announced
that operations at DyStar Textilfarben GmbH and DyStar Textilfarben GmbH &
Co. KG at the four German DyStar sites in Brunsbüttel, Leverkusen, Frankfurt am
Main and Ludwigshafen are now set to restart under the new management of Kiri
Dyes & Chemicals Ltd. (KDCL).
“The investor has secured financing of the purchase price
and also met other conditions. The purchase agreement concerning operations of
the German DyStar Grou
DyStar’s owner, Kiri Holding
Singapore Private Limited, has appointed Manish Kiri as the company’s new
President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Effective February 4, 2010 Manish
Kiri will replace J Mark Allan J. Mark Allan, will remain with the company as a
Strategic Advisor for a period of 6 months to assist in the transition of duties
and responsibilities, the company said in a statement issued this afternoon.
“Manish Kiri, together with the other me
Leading producer of
seamless intimate apparel and active wear Tefron, has announced the appointment
of industry veteran Amit Meridor to the position of CEO, effective 21 January 2010.
Meridor brings to Tefron 15 years of direct experience in the textile industry,
as well as executive managerial experience in business development, special
situations and turnaround programs, which Tefron’s board of directors believes
will contribute greatly to Tefron's ne
South Asia’s largest quality
socks manufacturer Interloop Ltd has set up a new Fong’s-equipped yarn dyeing
facility in order to ensure the quality of its final products.
Interloop started in 1992 with just ten knitting machines in
Pakistan’s industrial hub Faisalabad, known as ‘the Manchester of Pakistan’, and
now has around 2300 hosiery knitting machines and a workforce of more than 7000.
The company is completely vertically integrated and offers a w
Leading Italian spinner of worsted yarns for knitwear, Zegna Baruffa has released details of its Chiavazza,
Baruffa and B-Exclusive lines for Spring-Summer 2011, in the run up to Pitti
Filati, which is being held at the Fortezza Da Basso in Florence from 27-29
YARNS S/S 2011
The classic yarns are joined by more elaborate products in
refined blends, “only natural” fibres coexist in harmony. Product quality,
comfort and wellbeing are at the for
Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) driven,
grower-funded textile innovations such as Merino Touch, new lightweight wools
and used and natural-look finishes are said to be inspiring a wool revival in
the northern hemisphere.
The prediction comes as leading Italian spinners gear up to
show their spring 2011 collections in Florence at Pitti Filati, the world’s
most prestigious fair for knitwear yarns.
President of Igea Stefano Borsini says the coldest northern
Expofil is adopting a new look for
the edition taking place from 9 to 12 February 2010. Like Première Vision, it
has been rethought-out by designer Eric Jourdan and set designer Francesca Avossa,
adopting the same white and sober architecture of an international city of
While the concepts are identical in nature, Expofil sets
itself off through specific design touches, which are subtle but nonetheless
visible. The stand facades, which are made of
Kamik, a Montréal based
company known for their outdoor footwear, in conjunction with Richter
International the new licensee for Kamik Family Hosiery, will launch a new line
of performance socks at the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in Salt Lake City,
January 21-24. The new line of performance socks features a proprietary blend
of Advansa’s Thermo°Cool
thermoregulation fibre and extra fine merino wool available in North America
exclusively from Richte
machinery manufacturer Tinarelli has introduced a new case-packer to its range
of machines for the socks and hosiery sector. The company’s CHM10 is a
completely new machine that will replace the current ORC machine.
The CHM10 is an automatic horizontal case packing machine
which is able to stack and introduce various products into so called American style
cases. Automatic feeding changes according to the type of product and on the
Swiss headquartered Sigvaris,
a leader in graduated compression hosiery is pushing further into endurance sports
markets with its Athletic Recovery sports compression socks for
exercise-induced muscle soreness and post-practice recovery. The company will
become the exclusive provider of graduated compression socks to Atlanta’s Southern
Crescent Cycling Club.
Sigvaris, through its Athletic Recovery line of socks,
already has strategic partnerships in place
DeSoto Mills, a
manufacturer of socks and hosiery and subsidiary of Fruit of the Loom, is to
close leaving 104 workers without jobs, the company announced on Friday. The
announcement comes shortly after the layoff of hundreds of workers from Cooper
Hosiery in Fort Payne in December.
John Shivel, Sr., Vice President of communications for Fruit
of the Loom, DeSoto’s parent company, told
the Times-Journal that company’s Fort Payne facility would beg
Seamless and engineered
apparel producer Tefron Ltd., has announced that it has signed a Memorandum of
Understanding (MOU) with its principal lenders to continue and expand its line
The MOU, signed on 6 January 2010 with Bank Leumi le-Israel
Ltd., Bank Discount le-Israel Ltd. and Bank Hapoalim Ltd. effectively ends a
month of financial uncertainty for Tefron.
“With the signing of the MOU, we have removed the last
element of doubt about Tefron
To date, over 100 German textile machinery builders,
including their Chinese subsidiaries have registered for ITMA ASIA + CITME 2010 in Shanghai (22–26 June)
via the country’s VDMA Textile Machinery Association.
The list of
exhibitors includes all of the well known manufacturers who will show their innovative
‘Made in Germany’ textile production technology to visitors from all over Asia
and other parts of the world. According to the VDMA, most companies e
It’s all about being clever.
We are witnessing a growing trend towards ecology and green
space, planting seeds and new gardening trends, and an increasing awareness of
what is beneficial for our health and well being.
More and more people working or studying from home: We
consume less, and in the world of fashion, this means recycling, re-utilizing
buttons, ribbons, hooks and cords, macramé and patchwork, a return to crafting,
learning to knit and crochet, and to accessorize.
Invista says that two courts in
Italy have recently ruled against the import of garments that misuse its Lycra brand.
The criminal Court of Taranto ruled against the import of
counterfeit hosiery bearing the Lycra fibre brand, a trademark owned by global
fibre manufacturer Invista and a judge in the Court of Como recently ruled
against the import of counterfeit goods bearing the Lycra fibre brand.
The first case concerned a shipment of more than 167,000
In February 2010 Première Vision
changes its look. From then on, the show will be an international city, a white
city comprising small buildings, “white blocks”, some topped with a textile superstructure,
which evoke an architectural style based on geometry, the essential and
subtlety. In this new layout, the stands, like “white boxes”, highlight the
Why white? Because it is timeless. Because it is without
reference to a particula
ITMA ASIA + CITME 2010 has
received very strong support from textile machinery makers as the world economy
continues its recovery momentum, organizers said today. With seven months still
to go before the second combined show, over 95% of the exhibition space has
already been sold.
To-date, applications grossing over 95,000M² have been
received from over 1,000 exhibitors. Chinese manufacturers make up the biggest
country group, booking almost 50% of the space, w
Cone to Cone Multi
Function Twisting Machine
Integrates all the advantages of two-for-one, hollow
spindle, direct cabling, basic and ring twisting methods.
Vast Amount of possibilities for realizing different twist
types with broad yarn kinds and count.
No need for yarn preparation before twisting and no need rewinding
Essential for new generation integral garment / knit & wear
knitting machines with multi-end use
Ideal for technical textiles manufacturers to make specia
Bagging machine with manual folding
Loading of the product made by 1 operator, with folding of
the product on a luminous table. Manual folding of the product around the
internal cardboard, and positioning on the feeding belt.
Folding of the V-board insert around the product, with the
possibility to make also the third flap. Creation of the bag from open film
reel (regulation of the width by the electronic panel)
Automatic introduction into the plastic bag.
Insertion into the bag both as of
Full boarding machine for tights and knee-highs
Full-Boarding machine designed for Tights and Knee-Highs.
The machine has 10 couple of forms. Option to use wire forms with light
inspection, or full forms with mirror inspection.
The machine is of a sturdy construction using hi-tech components.
All settings and operation functions are electronically made from a control
panel in a very simple way for the operator.
Optional units :
• Pincer for assisted loading of the product (with length
Full boarding machine for knee-highs and baby tights
Steam full-boarding machine very compact in size, exclusively
designed for knee-highs and baby tights giving optimum boarding results with minimum
The machine is complete of 10 sets of forms. All setting and
operation functions are electronically made from the touch-screen control panel
in a very quick and easy way.
Fast and Easy forms changing.
Option to use wire forms with light inspection or full forms
with mirror in
Tinarelli CF7Full boarding machine for knee-highs and
stay-up stockings without silicon
The machine is of monobloc construction using high-tech
components. All settings and electronic functions are made from the touch
screen control panel in a very easy way.
The machine is complete with 12 sets of forms
Fast and easy forms changing
Option to use Foot or Straight forms
Automatic guide to fold the tights with fold and gusset
Steam chamber with low energy consumption. Pressure up to
The B50 machine is prearranged with package arrival belts
and can therefore link with Tinarelli or other brands of bagging machines. Pre-folded
hosiery and even those pre-packed in plastic envelopes can be manually fed onto
the appropriate belt.
This unit is suitable for those who are already in
possession of a bagging machine and who require to broaden the packaging range
either by connecting it to the system, or by manually feeding it with
pre-folded and pre-packed products.
Click on imag
Packing machines for knee-highs, tights and mens socks in
The feed of the machine can be manual or automatic (linked
to a boarding machine). Size change is simple and fast in the cardboard zone
too. Range of options including: closing of the card with a label printer and
hot printer group for print on the cardboard. The possibility to pack long
socks making a fold on the long part of the sock. The possibility to achieve
special formats not indicated in the table, and other s
For the first time in nearly two
years, wool production forecasts have not been revised downwards and there are
signs in many states that sheep numbers are beginning to stabilise. The long
decline in wool production appears to be steadying according to the Australian
Wool Production Forecasting Committee, which released its latest forecast
The committee has reconfirmed Australian shorn wool
production in 2009-10 is expected to be 330 mkg greasy, the same
Australian Wool Innovation (AWI)
and NewMerino, a brand of Australian merino wool grown by professional wool
producers using sustainable farming systems and holistic animal welfare
standards, have joined forces to develop new market opportunities for
Australian Merino wool in Europe and the USA.
The marketing expertise and local knowledge of AWI’s global
sales network has been joined by the certified traceability system and raw wool
supply at NewMerino. The deve
Cartoning machine for underwear and folded tights
The machine is built on a closed cam-wheel mechanism in order
to achieve higher speed and less stress. The product is manually loaded by the
operator and is fed into the box via a mechanical pusher. A surface is provided
to manually fold the garment.
•ELETTRONIC SPEED GEAR with potentiometer positioned on the
•SIMPLE AND FAST box size change in 3 directions.
The range of formats chosen at the moment of ordering enable
Tefron Ltd., a leading
producer of seamless intimate apparel and performance active wear, has announced
its financial results for the third quarter of 2009, which show significantly widening
losses when compared with the same period in 2008.
Third quarter revenues were $21.0 million, representing a
45.1% decrease from the third quarter of 2008 revenues of $38.3 million. The
decrease in revenues in the quarter was due to a decrease in sales in all of
Leading Italian sock machine
builder Busi Giovanni, has been given approval by the Italian Federation of
Football for the use of its football sock with integrally knitted pocket for
housing shin guards. The news came to the company’s Managing Director Dr. Gianmario
Busi, in a letter from the President of the Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio
governing body of Italian club and international football.
In the letter, the President of the F.I.G.C said
Following the formal
commencement of insolvency proceedings today, DyStar Textilfarben GmbH will
continue full operations. “We will maintain business activities, the global
supply of dyes, additives and services for the textile and leather processing
industries is currently continued,“ the insolvency administrator appointed by the
Frankfurt District Court, Miguel Grosser from the law firm JAFFÉ Rechtsanwälte Insolvenzverwalter,
Highly specialised German knitting machine
builder Harry Lucas celebrated the delivery of the company’s 10,000th
machine in September. The happy owner of the anniversary model was German
knitter Hans Minke from Wuppertal.
"This is big vote of confidence into the quality of our
products and services from our customers since the foundation of our company,"
Mr Harry Lucas II announced during the official handover of the 10,000th
machine produced since the compan
CEMATEX, the European Committee of
Textile Machinery Manufacturers, says that ITMA 2011, to be held in Barcelona, Spain
from 22 to 29 September 2011, will be the world’s most comprehensive, one-stop
platform for textile and garment makers. Online application for exhibition
space will be available from 30 November 2009.
Showcasing the entire
value chain from spinning to garment making, textile processing, technical
textiles, logistics and distribution, the exhibitio
Karl Mayer is holding an
open-house event to demonstrate the DJ seamless machine series on 26 and 27 of
January 2010 at its Obertshausen headquarters.
The company has extended its activities in the seamless
garment sector following the success of its RDPJ range of machines and has
recently added the DJ series in narrower working widths.
The DJ double needle bar raschel machine range with jacquard
facility has been upgraded over the last twelve months and n
According to Italian polyamide
yarn producer Contifibre, laddering is one of the most frustrating and annoying
things experienced by those who wear tights or stockings. With this in mind the
company launched a development project more than two years ago to develop and
commercialise a series of innovative yarns for the production of fine denier
The result was Lycra Fusion covered yarns and Contifil
polyamide, both of which are identical in t
Preliminary insolvency administrator Miguel Grosser informs
Employees of GmbH and foreign subsidiaries to keep job after
institution of insolvency proceedings
Negotiations with potential investors continue
Operations at DyStar
Textilfarben GmbH will continue even after the anticipated institution of
insolvency proceedings next week.
“We are in a position to continue the activities of DyStar
Textilfarben GmbH, i.e. the global supply of dyes, additives a
The 66th edition of
Pitti Imagine Filati, which takes place at the Fortezza da Basso in Florence
from 27-29 January 2010, will focus on research and creativity with new concepts
and a new layout for the Spazio Ricerca. Following on from the success of the
previous event the show will once more team up with associated event PRIMA Moda-Tessuto
at the Fortezza
“The strength of Pitti Filati lies in the fact that it is a
real research lab”, says Agostino Poletto,
Invista, one of the largest integrated
producers of polymers and fibres, and owner of the Lycra fibre brand, has
launched its Legwear Innovation Fashion Directions which predict the changing
styles of 2010 and 2011.
While consumers are still looking for durable and
long-lasting fashion, the trends seem to show that people will also be seeking
novelty items that individualise their look creating additional value by
helping them to stand out from the crowd. This leads fas
Developer and manufacturer
of knitted medical textiles Knit-Rite Inc. is to expand its facility in
Richmond County by investing more than $1.1 million at its plant in Ellerbe.
The company specializes in circular and flat knitted medical socks and hosiery
and the expansion will initially create 24 new jobs.
Knit-Rite, which is headquartered in Kansas, produces
prosthetic and diabetic socks, compression hosiery and orthotic products. It owns
The strong third quarter
revenues performance (+13.1%) benefited, as expected, from the
rescheduling of shipments decided in the previous quarter
Benetton Group nine month
revenues substantially in line with the excellent results of the
corresponding period of 2008: -2.8% (-2.1% currency neutral)
Margins maintained by
careful cost control, offsetting the negative currency impact
Investments of over €100
million focussed on commercial growth and production act
As winter sets in, hosiery industrialists
in India’s Punjab state fear not being able to meet the demands of the domestic
market this season. Manufacturers of woollen hosiery and knitwear have
experienced a decline of 20% in production caused by labour shortages and power
cuts and are supplying export markets at the expense of domestic markets.
The labour shortages are said to be caused by Biharis, from
North East India failing to return to Ludhiana and other P
• Sales in Q3 down
14% in local currency and 19% in CHF
• Operating income
before exceptional items decreased to CHF 107 million from CHF 178 million in
the third quarter 2008, but improved from CHF 69 million in the second quarter
• Cash flow from
operations improved to CHF 193 million from CHF 147 million in the
• Net debt reduced to
CHF 751 million from CHF 1 209 million at year-end 2008
• Outlook: For the
full year 2009, Clariant expects sales in loca
Billy Hunter reports
Brescia and its
surrounding area has always been the most important manufacturing centre for
hosiery and sock manufacturing machinery as well as home to many internationally
renowned producers of socks and hosiery. Last month’s FIMAST (International
Textile Machinery and Accessories Trade Show) held at Brixia Expo - Fiera di
Brescia, proved that the Italian and European hosiery machine building industry
is still a dynamic force to be reckone
Hanesbrands Inc., one
of the world’s largest producers of underwear and hosiery, yesterday reported
results for the 2009 third quarter. The company increased earnings and profit
margins in the third quarter and reduced debt and third-quarter sales declined,
in line with the company’s stated expectations. Hanesbrands owns the Playtex,
Leggs, Champion, Wonderbra and Duofold brands amongst others.
Q3 EPS of $0.43, up
153 percent; EPS excluding actions
yesterday that it will cease hosiery production by the end of 2010 at its Weeks
in Forsyth County, shedding 240 manufacturing jobs. A further 80 distribution
jobs are expected to be transferred to the company’s Rural Hall location.
The company put the closure down to reduced demand for fine
hosiery products in recent years saying that sales dropped by 14% in 2008 and a
further 18% to June this year. Around 200 employees in research
German warp knitting machine builder Karl Mayer says that it
sees huge potential in the market for seamless products and the company is
consolidating and extending its expertise in this area, as well as stepping up
its R&D efforts in the seamless field.
The company says that its DJ 4/2, 44 inch seamless double
needle bar raschel machine has made quite a name for itself worldwide. “It is
seamless in terms of the style of products it can produce, and
Israeli performance nylon
producer Nilit is to showcase its new EcoCare recycled nylon 6.6 and
high-performance Cordura products at this year’s Intertextile Shanghai Apparel
Fabrics Show. The show will be held at the Shanghai New International Expo
Centre from 20–23 October.
The Company has selected the Intertextile Shanghai Apparel
Fabrics Show to highlight its recent innovations and apparel manufactured from
the extremely durable Cordura and says
Applicant: ANDO JAN [CZ]
Inventor(s): ANDO JAN [CZ]
Abstract of WO 2009117976
Heel or toe pocket on knitted products
like socks, tights, pantie-stockings and so on, created by inter-knitting of
the narrowing part and consequent extending part, in which the terminal links
(01) of the lines (R1 ) in the narrowing part (V1) of the pocket (V),
inter-knitted with the links (O) of the lines (R2) in the extending part (V2)
of the pocket (V) are placed on diff
Invista, one of the world’s largest
integrated producers of fibres and polymers and the owner of the Lycra fibre
brand, launched Lycra Fusion fibre, a new technology, to the industry at its
international Lycra fibre MOVES event in Verona last week. The innovation
promises to push boundaries within legwear industry and design world. The Lycra
fibre MOVES event welcomed over 300 key players from 24 countries to celebrate
“Developing technologies that ulti
Italy’s Lonati Group has signed a
contract worth 35 million Euros with leading Chinese sock and hosiery producer Zhejiang
Langsha Stocking Ltd for 2500 machines, including 2350 Lonati machines and 150 Santoni
seamless machines. The contract amounts to about five months worth of work for
the Brescia company, which produces on average 7000 machines per year.
The deal was signed last week by Mr Ettore Lonati and
Langsha representatives in the presence of Lonati fami
Looking forward to post crisis
21st century trends , Santoni is all set to welcome visitors from around the
globe to its well established Santoni Days event which kicks off this Thursday
at the company’s premises in Brescia. The company is ready to unveil to its
customers, its three innovation routes for what it calls the advent of the ‘New
Age of Seamless’.
Three routes to
The first route is to face the new consumerism with
intelligent garments th
17th and 18th November 2009, Palais des Congrès, Porte Maillot, Paris
Summer 2011 Collections
A firm fixture in the diaries of
the industry’s key players, Interfilière Evolution Days is now a much-awaited
event that kick-starts the new lingerie fabric season. Its objective is to
fulfil buyers’ timing requirements, allowing them to compile their collections
by offering them access to the season’s new products at a very early stage:
creativity is the key pri
Fibre and polymer producer, Invista,
has announced an extensive selection of well-known figureheads from within the
industry who will be speaking at its Lycra Fibre Moves event in Verona on 7 and
8 October 2009.
Welcoming key players from across the globe, Lycra Fibre Moves
will celebrate the world of innovation within the legwear industry and provide
a critical platform for its members to meet and exchange insights and ideas. During
the two-day forum, Invista
US based Hanesbrands
Inc., a major marketer of knitted apparel and hosiery, has agreed to sell its
yarn manufacturing operations to Parkdale Mills Inc. of Gastonia. Parkdale is
to buy three Hanesbrands yarn plants in Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia, and
will supply a substantial proportion of Hanesbrands’ yarn needs for the Western
Hanesbrands is also to close a fourth plant in Sanford and
plans to close two warehouses in Advance and Cl
Comez, a global leader in
advanced narrow fabric technology has launched a new electronic double needle
bar warp knitting machine, DNB/EL-1270, for the manufacture of a wide range of
technical and apparel fabrics including:
applications - Netting for sports equipment and the food industry, high
resistance ribbons in special fibres, ribbons and fabrics for geotextiles
applications, automotive, building and industrial sectors
applications - Tub
Australian Wool Innovation is
listening to woolgrowers across Australia this week while selling the benefits
of the natural fibre in Italy and China. The wool marketing, research and
development company is selling the merits of the natural fibre at two major
international events. Milano Unica in Milan is one of Europe’s most prestigious
woven apparel shows, while AWI is meeting knitwear processors, manufacturers,
designers and retailers at the Spin Expo trade fa
A new exhibition for the hosiery
industry is to be held in Brescia, Italy from 8-11 October this year. According
to organisers, Fimast, International Fair of Textile Machinery and Accessories,
will be a meeting point for Italian and foreign professional from all over the
world who want to be updated on innovative hosiery industry technology and production.
The event, organized by Brixia Expo (Brescia Exhibition Centre),
aims to provide information about market tr
An independent review of
Australian Wool Innovation’s performance over the last three years (1 July 2006
to June 2009) has reaffirmed what many Australian woolgrowers already knew: the
wool industry’s marketing, research and development organisation has room for
The review is a formal obligation under the Statutory
Funding Agreement (SFA) with the Australian Government. It is part of a
three-year process in the lead up to WoolPoll, where AWI share
Christoph Liebers ‘production program contains the following
elements for nearly all manufacturers of circular knitting machines worldwide.
socks- and pantyhose-machines
For further information click on image
Benetton has reported Group net
revenues for the first half of 2009 of €882 million (-11.4% down against H1
2008), impacted by a major change in the timing of shipments for the Fall/Winter
collections, which saw a rescheduling of over €88 million of deliveries to the
third quarter, to better match seasonality, provide improved service to clients
and improve management of transport and logistics. The company said that the
overall variation was also impacted by t
Nilit, a global leader
in the production of nylon 6.6, will be exhibiting its newest innovative fibre,
Nilit EcoCare, at Interfilière 2009. Nilit says EcoCare is the only recycled
nylon 6.6 with deep, uniform colour.
Nilit is taking an 84 square metre booth at this year’s show,
which takes place 5-7 September at the Paris Expo in France. Interfilière is a
leading trade fair for lingerie and beachwear fabrics and this year marks the
11th time Nilit
Leading nylon 6.6
producer Nilit, says it has made impressive progress since the
company expanded its activity in China by establishing yarn production
facilities in Suzhou in China’s Jiangsu Province last year. The company says it is running all of its
machines at full capacity in order to meet demand.
The Israeli fibre specialist recently celebrated by hosting a
major event in China in order to raise awareness of their products and to keep
Garment produced on the DJ 4/2 sets trends in fashion
Swing, cigarettes in long holders, evening
bags in gold lame, an extravagant, glitzy wardrobe with feathers, champagne
and, of course, caviar in excess – the glamour of the twenties has competition,
and the current crisis is guilty.
As before, when the stock market prices on Wall Street
plummeted into an abyss, trendy society is reacting with celebrations and
style. A deja-vu in time and fashion. The bohemian is celebrati
Each season when U.S. fashion and
fabric designers begin to design their new collections, they shop the spectrum
of spectacular textile and surface design collections exhibited at Direction by
Indigo, organisers say. According to Direction by Indigo, designers, as well as
fashion and home professionals, look to the show as the leading, influential
source of original textile designs, trend forecasts, concepts and services for
the U.S. market. On August 4, 5 & 6,
Texworld USA, which organisers say
is the largest sourcing event in the United States for apparel applications, returned
last week to New York City’s Javits Convention Center. The seventh edition
showcased 138 exhibitors from 13 countries and welcomed 2,678 attendees. While
the attendee number showed a decrease of 6% from last July due to current
economic conditions, it still made a record as the second highest attended
Texworld USA since the inception of the show.
Invista is to host a unique legwear event
entitled ‘Lycra fibre Moves’ in Verona, Italy from 7-8 October, which will welcome
key players from across the globe. The forum will celebrate the world of
innovation within the legwear industry and provide a critical platform for key
players to meet and exchange insights and ideas.
During the two-day forum, Invista will showcase its most
recent innovations for hosiery and socks under the Lycra fibre brand which will,
A major cotton apparel
manufacturer has introduced Australian Merino wool into a range of cotton yarns
to give its trans-seasonal garments a softer and more luxurious feel. The new
series of yarns, developed by the Hong Kong-based Esquel Group with Australian
Wool Innovation (AWI) support, is indicative of a trend among cotton apparel
manufacturers to give their garments a more comfortable feel by using
cotton/merino wool blends instead of 100 per cent cotton, says
Invista, one of the world’s
leading producers of integrated fibres and polymers, plans to exhibit a series
of Lycra fibre innovations at the upcoming Hong Kong Mode Lingerie held in Hong
Kong Convention and Exhibition Center on April 7-8, 2009, along with several
key mill customers in the intimate apparel and swimwear categories. In addition
to exhibiting its innovations such as Lycra 2.0 garment technology, Lycra Xtra
Fine Collection fibre, Lycra freshFX fabric a
Black, white, all shades of
grey and a subdued pixel look are the visual attributes which are generally
associated with information and instruction couched in printer's ink, that is
to say, with newspapers. The product developers at Karl Mayer have made use of
the way that the paper carriers of headlines and reports with a short half-life
look and created the sports clothing featured right on its basis. The
two-colour effect featured below is the result of using
First electronic brake on yarn storage feeder
ATTIVO by LGL Electronics is the latest development
concerning yarn tension. This is the first electronic brake on yarn storage
feeder, released for the knitting market to avoid tension variations, due to
the passage from full to empty bobbin or to the differences between one bobbin
A tension sensor feels the variations of the yarn tension
during the normal working. Exploiting this information and making use of a
motor, the micropro
Colour is the star
Creative freedom, a sense of ethics and esthetics, respect
for the environment
Echoes of the past, looking towards the future
Romanticism and urban glam
Sophisticated elegance and everyday comfort
Extra volumes and extra gauges
Sculptural and thick, rustic and refined
Technological materials and experimental components to
change the feel of yarns and wovens
Carded and combed
Inventor(s): LONATI TIBERIO [IT]; LONATI FAUSTO [IT]; LONATI ETTORE [IT]
Abstract of US 2009139272 (A1) A magnetic actuator, particularly for selection devices in hosiery knitting
machines or the like, comprising a main magnet, which has at least two poles
arranged side by side and separated by a discontinuity, and a selection
electromagnet, which is provided with at least one pole arranged in alignment
with the discontinuity and spaced laterally with respect to it. The selecti
7 – 9 July 2009 - Fortezza da Basso - Florence
The next edition of Pitti Filati will
focus on research and quality, strengthened by the new Moda Prima Tessuto
project sponsored by Pratotrade, at the Fortezza Concomitantly with Pitti
The big news for the next edition of Pitti Filati (7 to 9
July at the Fortezza da Basso in Florence) is that Moda Prima Tessuto, the new
project produced by the Pratotrade textile consortium will be held on the same
dates and at t
Despite the current global economic woes, textile machinery makers
remain confident about the long-term prospects of the textile industry in Asia,
especially China. They have given the show owners of ITMA ASIA + CITME 2010 a
vote of confidence by signing up for space in the second combined show.
forms were only issued last month (the deadline for submission is September),
show owners CEMATEX and its Chinese partners - the Sub-Council of Textile
Nilit, a global leader
in the production of nylon 6.6, will be exhibiting at Techtextil in Frankfurt next
week for the first time ever.
Nilit’s booth will be located in Hall 4.1, Stand H58, at this
year’s show, which will be held 16-18 June, in Frankfurt, Germany. Techtextil
Frankfurt is the leading international trade fair for technical textiles and
“We look forward to showcasing woven and knitted fabrics and
finished garments made wi
Seamless and circular knitting machine builder Santoni, a member of the renowned Lonati Group, reports that it has been busy implementing
one of its new strategies to help address the current economic situation whilst bearing
in mind the emerging new world economic order that is inevitably taking shape.
Santoni’s strategy focuses on increasing and concentrating its
research and development efforts towards new machines in a very carefully
studied way, taking i
Santoni is to emphasize the vital importance it
attaches to China and Asia by presenting some of its most ultra-modern new
models in both circular seamless and large diameter machines at Shanghaitex
which kicks off this Friday, 12 June.
As the world has seen in the last decade or so, China has
become the so-called ‘factory of the world’. Santoni is convinced that it will witness
in the coming years, China
becoming one of the top and most important consumers in the
- Electronic flat knitting machine shipments down just 7% to
- Circular knitting shipments down 21% but still better than
The period of heavy investment in most
textile machinery segments between 2003 and 2007 came to an abrupt end in 2008.
All textile machinery segments recorded lower shipments in the range of -3% to
-66% in 2008 as compared to 2007.
That investment boom up until 2007 was closely related to
China’s integration into the WTO structur
Nilit has announced its new trend concepts for
bodywear and active-sports wear for Spring-Summer 2011, which will be presented
in the Nilit Bodyfashion Trendbook.
Faced with a world of uncertainty and instability,
bodyfashion and activewear mirror a society seeking ways to live a better life
in a new mood sparked by a quest for meaning.
The Summer 2011 consumer will know how to combine two seemingly opposing
worlds: on the one hand, one of purity and spi
Pointing the way for
drum dyeing machines
The new COLORMAT and COLORCOMBI series stand for top
performance when dyeing – from hosiery and seamless knitwear, all the way to
bath mats made of natural, manmade and mixed fibres. The innovative technology
of the new models makes for a decisive increase in the quality and economy of
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The perfect laboratory
The COLORMAT 40 LAB is used for developing recipes and
guarantees trouble-free transfer to production machines. The machine meets all
the requirements for reproducible dyeing.
Loading capacity from 1 to 5 kg
Dyeing speeds from 1 to 70 rpm
Draining at 30 rpm
All parts in contact with the liquor are made of steel grade
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further details and full technical specification
finisher in numerous sizes
The VACUUMSTEAM can be used, among other things, to preset, preboard
or postboard seamless
knitwear, hosiery and yarn bobbins of natural or man-made
High-grade steel vessel
Double-jacket heating reliably prevents condensate
Max. operating temperature 143 °C
High-power vacuum pump for rapid evacuation
Barco Sedo controller for reproducible workflows and maximum
Combination of transport and feed carriage facilitates
Scientists at the Hohenstein
Institute have created a unique textile testing methodology that allows
manufacturers to evaluate the effects their fabrics may have on the people who
wear them. Scientists at Hohenstein’s Institute for Hygiene and Biotechnology
have developed the ability to test a fabric’s interaction with living skin
cells. Test results will indicate whether a fabric is likely to induce an
allergic reaction or skin irritation in the wearer.
The creative flair and design talent of graduating
students from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU)'s Institute of
Textiles and Clothing (ITC) have won big rounds of applause from the industry
at their Knitwear Fashion Show held today at The Mira Hong Kong.
A collaborated effort of design students, ITC, various
knitwear producers and yarn suppliers, the Knitwear Fashion Show aimed to
foster relations between ITC and industry, as well as showcasing the q
Benetton Group confirmed that consolidated
revenues were maintained at 449 million euro with net income 18 million euro, as
2009 first quarter financial results were approved by the Board of Directors.
The market in the first quarter of 2009 was influenced by
the cooling in demand, in a context of general weakness in the world economy
and unfavourable euro exchange rate trends with the currencies of emerging
countries, in particular the Korean won, the Indian rupee the
Messe Frankfurt is to launch Texprocess,
a new machinery, equipment and process exhibition which will compliment Techtextil,
the leading technical textiles and nonwovens show. Texprocess will make its
debut in Frankfurt in parallel with Techtextil from 2011.
investment-goods fair for the textile and fashion industry, Texprocess will be
the meeting place for over 500 exhibitors and around 25,000 visitors from all
over the world”, explains Detlef Braun, Me
Santoni will open its doors to
its customers to show its latest developments in its seamless circular knitting
technology at Santoni Days from 8 – 10 October 2009 at its Brescia
headquarters. On show will also be an updated range of Santoni, Sangiacomo
(Socks & Seamless), Matec, Vignoni, Mec-Mor and Tecnopea machines.
Confirmation of the Santoni Days 2009 dates is a positive
sign that the company is optimistic about the future following the recent global
Against the backdrop of an
extremely challenging business environment and in spite of continuing
restrained consumer demand, the Wolford Group achieved sales of EUR 118.5
million in the first nine months of the 2008/09 fiscal year (Q 1-3, 2007/08:
EUR 125.0 million).
"In these economically turbulent times, we are focusing
on our core business in the Legwear, Ready-to-wear and Lingerie product groups
and relying on our strengths as an internationally established fashion
Nylon 6.6 producer
Nilit has announced that it has acquired Nylstar’s U.S. operations including
its nylon 6.6 plant in Martinsville, VA.
Last year Nilit opened a new state-of-the-art facility in
China and the addition of this US plant will become a part of its global
production facility network, demonstrating its confidence and investment in the
nylon apparel industry throughout the world. With the Nylstar acquisition,
Nilit now becomes one of th
The Hosiery Association (THA)
hosted its Global Legwear Conference and 104th Annual Convention in Hilton
Head, South Carolina from April 23-26, 2009, which was attended by one hundred
delegates. The convention speakers provided extensive information about
worldwide economic issues, legislative developments, and consumer trends. The
business sessions were designed to give members critical information necessary
to develop effective strategies for today’s chall
The use of diesel to power factories due
to constant power cuts has increased production costs in Bangladesh’s
knitwear sector by 20 percent.
Speaking to the Daily Star on Tuesday, BKMEA President
Fazlul Hoque said: “The power situation
turned so bad that outages continue through half of the factories’ total production
“The production cost is increasing significantly due to the
power and energy crises in the factories as the owners will have to dep
Leading textile machinery
manufacturers from around the world are invited to apply for space at the
second combined ITMA ASIA + CITME exhibition to be held at the Shanghai New
International Expo Centre from 22 to 26 June 2010.
According to the show
owners, the mega textile machinery exhibition is expected to draw a huge
response despite the current challenging global economic climate.
Maria Avery, Secretary General of CEMATEX, The European
Committee of Textile Ma
5-7 SEPTEMBER 2009 PARIS EXPO - Porte de Versailles Halls
2 & 3
As the only upstream trade show coinciding with September’s
fashion trade shows at Porte de Versailles, Interfilière makes the most of its
unique position, taking advantage of these synergies to stand out from the
An international leader (70% of exhibitors and visitors
travel from abroad) dedicated to the intimates and beachwear markets;
Interfilière is a source of inspiration for all markets. A veritable
NC – Leading marketer of innerwear,
outerwear and hosiery, Hanesbrands Inc. reported first-quarter 2009 results
yesterday and announced it will start production at its new Chinese knitting
facility later this year.
Earnings per diluted share in the quarter decreased to a
loss of $0.20. Excluding actions, non-GAAP earnings per diluted share were
$0.03, down $0.39 from a year ago amid tight cost control but lower sales.
Total net sales decreased by 13 percent t
China has urged its textile
producers to merge, innovate and export more, as part of a strategy to
strengthen competitiveness, the central government said on Friday in a stimulus
plan for the industry.
reports that according to the State Council statement, major textile producers
should realize added value of 1.2 trillion yuan (US$175 billion) by 2011 with
an annual growth of 10 per cent and their exports are to rise 8 percent year on
year to US$2
Two US speciality
spinners, Tuscarora Yarns Inc. and CloverTex LLC have announced that they will
merge their companies and operate jointly under the Tuscarora Yarns Inc. name.
Tuscarora, which has yarn manufacturing facilities in Mt.
Pleasant, China Grove and Oakboro, and an international office in Gastonia,
North Carolina and CloverTex, which has a manufacturing facility in Clover,
South Carolina, are planning for all facilities to continue operation. Th
A Rs1 billion hosiery and textile
park being developed by the government’s special purpose vehicle, West Bengal
Hosiery Park Infrastructure Limited (WBHPIL), is expected to generate more than
20,000 direct and indirect jobs. The park also aims to deliver state-of-the art
training and manufacturing facilities to more than 250 small and medium sized
K B Agarwal, president of the West Bengal Hosiery
Association, an industry association for small and med
Comfortable, stylish socks with seamless toes and heels
Shima Seiki’s SPF has been the only machine to specialize in
the production of five-toe socks with heels. Now that unique technology has
been taken to an entirely new level with the introduction of our SPF-W machine.
The SPF-W’s most significant improvement is its capability
to knit both left- and right-foot socks on one machine, whereas the previous
SPF required two machines, one dedicated to each foot. Considerable savings can
China's textile machinery market has been growing rapidly in
recent years, and the gross industrial output value of textile machinery
manufacturing in China reached RMB72.64bn in 2008, up by 4.9% year-on-year,
according to a recent report. Research
and Markets has announced the addition of the "2008-2009 Report on
China's Textile Machinery Market" report to their offering.
total profitability of the sector continues to rise rapidly in Chinas
Leading flat, circular knitting and the hosiery machinery builders will exhibit their latest technologies at ITM 2009, to be held on 6 to 10 June 2009. Mayer & Cie, Monarch, Pilotelli, Terrot, Santoni Group and Well Knit are some of the world leading brands exhibiting at the show. Manufacturers of spare parts, accessories, chemicals, lubricants and related products are also amongst the exhibitors.
Organisers say that more than 1,000 local and international exhib
Nur Die Group,
a subsidiary of DBApparel , an affiliated portfolio company of Sun European Partners,
LLP, has announced that it has acquired selected assets of Vatter GmbH. Vatter,
a hosiery company and major supplier to the Nur Die Group, filed for insolvency
in July 2008. In the acquisition agreement, Nur Die has agreed to transfer the
assets acquired to a new company called Belfein GmbH which will operate as a
subsidiary of Nur Die.
David Donnelly, CEO of
Research and Markets has
announced the addition of the "Knitting Mills in Australia" report to
their offering. The IBISWorld Knitting Mills in Australia report is an in depth
study containing statistics, trends, forecasts and competitor information.
The industry consists of units mainly engaged in manufacturing knitted or crocheted
fabrics or knitted clothing including hosiery, cardigans, jackets, pullovers or
similar garments. Fabrics are sold to other manufacturer
The Australian Wool Production Forecasting Committee says Australia's premium fibre continues to be in short supply because of poor rainfall across south-east Australia and lower than expected fleece weights.
The Committee also expects that supply will not rebound in 2009/10. The Committee's revised forecast for Australian shorn wool production this season is 355 mkg greasy, 15 mkg greasy lower than its forecast in December and 10.5% lower than in 2007/08.
The next edition of
Pitti Immagine Filati, No. 65, will be held at the Fortezza da Basso in
Florence from 7 to 9 July 2009 instead of from 1 to 3 July 2009.
This new date will make it possible to hold the event at the
same time as the first edition of PRIMA - Moda Tessuto, the new textile project
produced by the Pratotrade consortium.
Raffaello Napoleone, the Pitti Immagine CEO said, “Pitti
Immagine hopes that contemporaneity and physical proximity of the two fa
Research and Markets has
announced the addition of Woodhead Publishing Ltd's new report "Advances
in Knitting Technology" to their offering.
Knitted textiles and apparel represent approximately one
third of the global textile market, together with the advances of new technical
applications for knitted textiles, this book will be an important text for
designers, engineers and technicians involved in the manufacture and use of
knitted textiles and garments.
Part 1, the
ACIMIT, the Italian
textile machinery manufacturers association is to support machinery manufacturers
with a promotional plan, implemented in partnership with the Ministry for
Economic Development and the Italian Institute for Foreign Trade, comprising
around 25 different initiatives for 2009.
Preliminary year-end 2008 figures for Italy’s textile
machinery industry register an 18% drop in production compared to the previous
year, with a total production value estim
Investment Climate Fund (IFC) has signed a cooperation agreement with the Bangladesh
Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) to conduct a pre-feasibility
study for a special economic zone for the knitwear industry, The New Nation
said on Friday. The objective of the partnership is to help assist the BKMEA
with developing a Knit Village based on a proper feasibility study which
includes market demand forecast and financial and economic
Following the successful debut
of the combined textile machinery show in 2008, the joint owners of ITMA ASIA +
CITME announced today that they would be extending their cooperation for a second
show in 2010. The exhibition will be held at the Shanghai New International
Expo Centre from 22 to 26 June 2010.
Show owners - CEMATEX (the European Committee of Textile
Machinery Manufacturers), and their Chinese partners the Sub-Council of Textile
Industry, CCPIT (CCPIT-Te
Oeko-Tex Standard 100
Certification, the international standard for safe textile products, gives
manufacturers, retailers, and consumers confidence that their textile products are
safe for human use. The Oeko-Tex
Standard 100 Certification ensures that textile products are tested for harmful
levels of more than 100 potentially dangerous substances that can adversely
affect human health. The certification also provides third-party validation
that textiles comp
The Chairman of Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) Wal Merriman has announced that the former head of the Woolmark Company Brenda McGahan has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of AWI.
The appointment which takes effect from next Monday heralds the return to the wool industry for Ms McGahan after an almost two year absence. Mr Merriman said he was delighted that AWI had been able to secure Ms McGahan's services. "I am happy to welcome Brenda back into the fold,"
ITM 2009 International Textile
Machinery Exhibition is to be held on 6-10 June 2009 at Beylikduzu Tuyap Fair,
Convention and Congress Centre in Istanbul, Turkey. The exhibition is being organized
with the cooperation of Teknik Ltd and Tuyap, who say that the exhibition is
set to give a lift to the textile industry.
ITM 2009, which is the dedicated textile machinery exhibition
for the region, will host a wide range of textile machinery technologies. Teknik Ltd
Creativity and the ability to
present innovative services and collections, updated season after season, are strong
points of the companies united under the Première Vision Pluriel banner. This
strength sets them apart, and attracts international buyers to Paris-Nord
Villepinte looking for products to distinguish their collections.
Its unique potential in the fashion universe, perfectly
aligned with the expectations of an evolving market, confers on the 6 events
Earlier this week the Benetton
Group Board meeting viewed the company’s preliminary results for the 2008
financial year, pending availability of final numbers which will be examined
and approved by the Board of Directors on March 18.
In a statement the company said that the 2008 preliminary
results met the Group’s preset objectives, despite the deteriorating
international economic situation, which became particularly evident in the
fourth quarter of the year.
Santoni SpA, manufacturer of the Santoni, Sangiacomo, Mec-Mor, Vignoni and
Matec machinery brands, today issued a statement in order to clarify its
position regarding the effects of the global downturn on its business and
recent reports in the press.
Speaking from Brescia,
spokesperson for the company said:
“Referring to the latest news on magazines and
internet sites Santoni SpA underlines the following:
Due to the worldwide economic crisis and speci
Nylon 6.6 producer Nilit, has named its recently launched recycled
yarns Eco-Care. Eco-Care is produced from a mix of polymer waste and other
polymers. The company says that the development represents a breakthrough in
yarn engineering and production.
The garment opposite was knitted seamlessly with Eco-Care
yarn on a 13 inch diameter, 28 gauge Santoni
SM8-8 TOP machine. The yarn is a 70/40/2 SD recycled yarn plated with 22
spandex covered with 19/
Jane Smith reports from Expofil
Italian spinner Filati Maclodio
are promoting their Milkofil range of yarns this season at Expofil. This is an
innovative organic and healthy yarn derived from milk. This extraordinary yarn
is particularly suited for contact with the skin in clothing, underwear, and
bedding. Fibre that is made from casein, which is the main protein in milk, has
long-term emissions of negative ions. It
is thus beneficial for air quality, it stimulates
Nylon 6.6 producer
Nilit has announced that its high-performance moisture management Aquarius fibre
will now be used in winter underwear from TAO Technical-Wear, a leading German
Nilit says Aquarius represents a significant advancement in
nylon 6.6 design that provides moisture management performance. The yarn’s
unique shape is actually designed to accelerate the removal of moisture away
Oded Breier, Nilit’
Applicant: SANTONI & C SPA [IT]; LONATI
ETTORE [IT]; LONATI TIBERIO [IT]; LONATI FAUSTO [IT]
Inventor(s): LONATI ETTORE [IT]; LONATI TIBERIO [IT]; LONATI FAUSTO [IT]
Abstract of WO 2009013773 (A1) A circular knitting machine for men's socks with needles on the dial comprising
a dial needles selector mechanism able to selectively move the dial needles to
involve the selected needles in the formation of the stitches and to exclude
the needles not selected.
The themes, colours and
preliminary basic inspirations for the collections we will see in the markets
in eighteen months time, got off to a fine start at Pitti Immagine Filati. The
64th edition (Florence, 28-30 January 2009) ended on a note of confidence
notwithstanding the economic problems cutting across the international stage. According
to organisers, visitors from industry who attended the show expressed their
determination to start production for the coming s
The Hosiery Association
(THA), in conjunction with The Hosiery Technology Center (HTC), has created the
CPSC Legwear Coalition to work in partnership with the Federal legislature and
the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC). The coalition has been formed
to respond to and prepare the legwear industry for the new Consumer Products
Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) which became law in the USA in August 2008.
“While the legwear industry applauds legislation
Australian fashion labels Sabatini,
Kirrily Johnston and Gina Kim are helping AWI and Austrade grow the Korean
market for Australian Merino wool this week at a special event to celebrate
Australia Day 2009 in Seoul.
With the theme ‘Colours of Australia’, a mix of 100 percent
and wool-rich garments will grace a catwalk at the event to showcase the
elegance and luxurious feel of the Australian Merino wool fabrics and
demonstrate why the fibre is the natural choice f
ZEGNA BARUFFA LANE BORGOSESIA - Pitti Filati, Florence, January 28-30, 2009, STAND I-1-13
A collection of garments created
by the European Design Institute of Turin with yarns from the Zegna Baruffa
2010 spring / summer collection is to be shown at the forthcoming Pitti Filati. The designs were
developed and created by the third year students of the three year post diploma
course in Fashion and Textile Design of the IED of Turin, year 07/08
COLLECTION SS 2010
is a complete range of fine yarns for top quality knitwear in Super 120'S
to a raw material that in terms of purity and fineness (17.5 microns) adheres
to highest quality wool standards, a fine and elegant yarn is obtained that
enables us to rediscover the true meaning of luxury knitwear and rare tactile
Millennium means choosing pure quality.
is also available in versions with SUPERWASH a
Invista, the largest spandex
and nylon producer in the world and owner of many leading brands including the
Lycra fibre brand, has appointed Christine Do Phan as Marketing Communications
Director for its Apparel business in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EUMEA).
Christine brings extensive marketing and communications experience to the role
having previously worked across Europe and Asia in the b2c, b2b and apparel
Christine will be resp
Applicant: LONATI SPA [IT]
Inventor(s): ANDO JAN [IT]
Abstract not available for EP
2002043 (A1) Abstract of corresponding document: WO
2007112915 (A1) A double-cylinder circular knitting machine for hosiery or other knitted
articles, which comprises a lower needle cylinder (1) which has a vertical axis
and an upper needle cylinder (I1) which is arranged above and coaxially with
respect to the lower needle cylinder (1). Mutually aligned axial slots (2) ar
Expofil - 10-13
Sustainable development, respect
for the environment, ecology, recycling,… those are some of the final
consumer’s concerns that the textile chain has been gradually integrating and
that can be found in the collections of the fibre producers and spinners exhibiting
at the forthcoming Expofil that will be held from 10 to 13 February 2009 at
Parc d’Expositions de Paris-Nord Villepinte.
However, performance is not left aside as sho
The 8th international Garment
& Allied Machinery & Accessories Trade Show is to be held from 13-16
January 2009 at Bangladesh China Friendship Conference Centre Dhaka.
Zakaria Trade & Fair International of Bangladesh and Zak
Trade Fairs & Exhibitions Pvt. Ltd. of India are jointly organising the event
attracting more than 250 international companies from all over the world. The
show is expected to draw the attention of more than 30,000 visitors from
Paul Hulme, President
of the Materials & Effects division of Huntsman Corporation, announced
today that the company has completed a comprehensive review of the strategy for
its global Textile Effects (TE) business.
As a result, the Textile Effects business will move to implement a new
structure that will see its operations expand significantly in Asia and consolidate
in the Americas and in Europe as it transitions from a regional to a global,
Icebreaker, a leading merino technical outdoor apparel brand today announced
the acquisition of its distributor in Germany, Sweden and Norway from Bradshaw
Taylor Ltd. Maximilian Hofbauer was named General Manager of the new Icebreaker
Pure Merino GmbH.
The new company will be based in Starnberg, Germany and will
begin selling Icebreaker’s new Fall/Winter 2009 apparel and accessories, which
will debut at the ISPO tradeshow, 1-
edition of Pitti Filati, which takes
place from 28-30 January, is continuing to invest in its calling of in-depth
analysis of creativity and trends, says Agostino Poletto, Deputy General
manager of Pitti Immagine.
“It does so by
expanding its essence as a laboratory-workshop and offering its audience, who
are international buyers and fashion designers, the tools for researching and
developing fashion products. For this reason the Ca
KnittingIndustry.com is about to
launch a Chinese language version of its website. By the end of January 2009, KnittingIndustry.com
will be available in both traditional and simplified Chinese languages and will
be fully localised.
To give Chinese readers access to its unique content and
help advertisers reach the Chinese knitting and hosiery industries,
KnittingIndustry.com will be implementing a unique translation solution which
will allow accurate translation
Nilit today announced its new trend concepts for bodywear and active-sports
wear for Autumn - Winter which will be presented in the Nilit Bodyfashion
For Autumn-Winter 2010-11 Nilit showcases
its winter trends capturing the desires of the modern consumer who seeks
multifunctional and easy to wear products that offer style, innovation and high
performance. We witness a transformation of the identity of bodywear that has
now become a fusion o
A new research report called ‘Knit Fabric
Mills in the US’ – by Ibis World Industry Market Research is now available from
Companies & Markets (www.companiesandmarkets.com). The report replaces IBISWorld´s June 2007 edition of Knit
Fabric Mills in the US report.
Industry Market Research Synopsis
This Industry Market Research report from IBISWorld provides
a detailed analysis of the Knit Fabric Mills in the US industry, including key
growth trends, statistics, for
Newly elected Chairman of the Pakistan
Hosiery Manufacturers Association Zia-ur-Rehman, has expressed his resolve to
meet the challenges of the time and to give a boost to the export sector by
adopting diversified marketing techniques and practical support to the industry,
The International News reported yesterday.
Mr Rehman was speaking after his unopposed election as Chairman
of the PHMA at a Zonal Committee of the Association meeting held in Lahore to
Wide-ranging agreement at the
latest biannual colour meeting organised by Eurovet: stylists and
industrialists agreed that the market demands colour.
Stars of the season: the greens. Guests of honour: nuances
of red and soft and refined pinks, mauves and neutrals in full evolution. And
essential are bright – almost neon – accents targeted at beachwear which is
ever-more influenced by the street and clubbing. Last but not least, white
(colour 26!) and indigo blue
Thanks to its international
dimension, Interfilière is the number one fabrics trade show for lingerie and
beachwear. In 2009, the dates for Interfilière and the Salon International de
la Lingerie (18/21 January 2009) have been moved forward in the fashion calendar:
between Sunday 18th and Tuesday 20th January 2009, Interfilière will
bring together 200 exhibitors from 20 different countries.
As was the case for the September 2008 session, Interfilière
has based it
socks manufacturer Bridgedale has launched a new range of socks for spring
2009, made from sustainable and renewable bamboo.
Bridgedale says that several years of research and
development have gone into creating the Bamboo Series, which offer comfort and
durability for everyday use, sport and travel. Four styles include the Bamboo
Crew and the low, ankle-height Bamboo Lo in both men’s and women’s-specific
fits and colours.
3M Co. said yesterday that
it is to acquire the Futuro line of health supports and compression-hosiery
products from Beiersdorf.
Futuro’s line of health supports includes knitted wraps,
braces and elastic bandages used by active consumers to treat minor sprains,
strains, arthritis and muscle pain. Futuro’s compression-hosiery products
include therapeutic and anti-embolism stockings that are sold through drug
stores, mass merchants and grocers in North Ame
Companies & Markets (www.companiesandmarkets.com) has
added a new market research report on the US hosiery and socks industry to its offer.
The IbisWorld Industry Market Research Report is the replacement for
IBISWorld´s May 2007 edition of Hosiery & Sock Mills in the US report.
Industry Market Research Synopsis
This Industry Market Research report from IBISWorld provides
a detailed analysis of the Hosiery & Sock Mills in the US industry,
including key gr
The Chairman of Australian Wool
Innovation (AWI) Brian van Rooyen has told shareholders that despite difficult
economic times AWI's new global marketing strategy would drive increased demand
for Australian Merino wool worldwide. Speaking at AWI's Annual General Meeting
in Perth Mr van Rooyen acknowledged the difficult economic times facing the
Australian wool industry.
"I can say to you that orders are down, credit is
tight, stocks are low and the international reta
sock manufacturer Lorpen has announced a new performance sock with Tri Layer
Technology for both men and women, for its North American markets. Lorpen’s Tri
Layer Technology features three layers of yarn knitted together to create a
sock that is comfortable, durable and has significant performance benefits for
The new Tri Layer Women’s Fit design will provide improved
comfort for women with a narrower toe
announced today that it is eliminating approximately 210 positions in
management and corporate functions in order to reduce costs and navigate the
challenging economic environment.
About half of the cutbacks are being made in the company’s
supply chain management organization and half in the corporate functions of
customer management, finance, human resources, information technology and
“Given the significant economic unce
Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) has launched its biggest marketing
campaign in China for more than a decade. For the first time Australian Merino
wool will utilise guerilla marketing techniques with a heavy focus on selling
the Woolmark brand story to Chinese online communities.
According to the Chairman of AWI, Brian van Rooyen, the
thrust of the campaign covers five cities across China with the potential to
reach more than 15 million people. "This is an excitin
Lenzing AG will propose Peter
Untersperger as Chairman of its Management Board. The supervisory board announced
today that they will propose Peter Untersperger as their new chairman as of 1
January 2009 to the company's management board. Untersperger currently is head
of finance and will succeed Thomas Fahnemann, who is to join RHI AG.
Friedrich Weninger, who is currently is head of Lenzing’s Textile
Fibers business unit, the company's biggest business sector,
According to a new report
by Global Industry Analysts, seamless intimate apparel is to feature strongly
in the growth of the World Market for Knit Underwear & Nightwear which it predicts
will reach $78.5 billion by 2012.
The intimate apparel market is driven mainly by style, and
fashion with equal importance accorded to comfort, and novelty. The industry is
marked by new fabric developments, and innovations in prettier, and more
comfortable garment desig
The Federation of Indian
Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) has sought a ‘Special Textile Package’
for the textile industry to face the current economic crisis, Business Standard
FICCI has highlighted the fact that profitability of the Indian
textile industry fell by over 99% in the June 2008 quarter and investment in
the current year (for April-July) has been less than one third of last year for
the same period. Under a ‘Special Textiles
Bangladesh’s knitwear sector
secured at least 12 per cent higher export orders in October this year over the
corresponding period in 2007, according to a report in The Financial Express.
This was revealed by an analysis conducted by the research
unit of Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA).
The unit analysed the UD (utilisation declaration) issued by the BKMEA to reach
"We issued UD 12 per cent higher in October over t
Lenzing Group: Consolidated sales 1-9/2008, up by 10%
High energy and raw material cost burden EBITSecond-best EBIT in corporate history expected for 2008 despite weakening economyFiber production operating at full capacityLenzing benefits from focus on high-quality specialty fibers despite economic downturn
The Lenzing Group further enhanced its position as the world market leader in cellulose fibers in the first nine months of 2008 despite the dramatic unfolding of the financial market crisis
Covered yarns specialist
ContiFibre is introducing a new range of products made from polymer with corn
based Bio-PDO from DuPont. In close cooperation with Advansa in spinning and
DuPont in polymer development the new yarns are targeted at producing more
environmentally friendly microfibre for circular knit applications.
The new yarns are to be branded Biophyl(r) and are made with
Sorona(r) PTT, a special polyester-like polymer where the oil based Glycol
Chairman of the management board Thomas Fahnemann to leave
company and to assume chairmanship of the management board of RHI AG.
chairman of the management board of Lenzing AG since May 2003, has asked the
chairman of the company’s supervisory board for his pre-term release from his
position, in order to be able to assume the chairmanship of the management
board of RHI AG. Thomas Fahnemann’s change will take place at the beginning of
Unifi, Inc. today released preliminary operating results for its first fiscal quarter
ended September 28, 2008.
For the September quarter, income from continuing operations before taxes
was $1.3 million and net income was a loss of $676 thousand or $0.01 per
share, which compares to a loss from continuing operations before taxes of
$16.1 million and a net loss of $9.2 million or $0.15 per share in the prior
September quarter. Increased sales of the Company's p
Market research specialist Research
& Markets has announced the addition of the "Clothesource Business
Profile: Hosiery" report to their offering.
According to Research & markets, Clothesource Business
Profiles are designed to help buyers, especially in the EU and US, answer
today's two crucial questions; "Am
I buying clothes in this category from the best available country?" and
"What other countries should I be buying this category of clothes
Italian warp knit
seamless specialist Cifra SpA has confirmed to KnittingIndustry.com that it is
to trial the first Karl Mayer DJ 4/2 Seamless Smart double needlebar raschel
machine in Europe.
Karl Mayer’s Japanese subsidiary Nippon
Mayer exhibited a DJ 4/2 Seamless Smart at an in house show last week and the
machine is due to be exhibited publicly for the first time at Yiwu in China from
18-22 November. Cifra anticipates receiving a 24 gauge mac
Italian warp knit
seamless specialist Cifra SpA has launched two new seamless bodywear styles
using its patented double needlebar raschel process. The garments are produced seamlessly on a Karl
Mayer RDPJ 6/2 N double needlebar jacquard raschel machines with trims such as
collars being sewn after knitting.
Company owner and Managing Director, Mr Cesare Citterio told
KnittingIndustry.com: “Cifra is world leader in the production of fishnet and
PILOTELLI RENATO [IT];
PILOTELLI ROBERTO [IT]
PILOTELLI MACCHINE TESSILI S R [IT];
PILOTELLI RENATO [IT];
PILOTELLI ROBERTO [IT]
Abstract of WO2008105006
The device comprises: a path for a working yam (FL); a yam guide (33A) for the
working yarn; a retention member (57) for retaining an auxiliary yam (FA); a
support (35) for the auxiliary yarn, which is mobile between a wa
New Eco-Focused Site Engages Consumers in Recycled Product,
Supporting the Environment
Unifi, Inc., a diversified
producer and processor of polyester and nylon yarns, unveiled a new
consumer-focused, interactive website as part of its new "Repreve(R). For
the Planet" campaign. The new website, www.Repreve.com, is focused on educating
users about the positive environmental benefits of Repreve(R), Unifi's family
of 100% recycled yarns, and the importance of r
running socks brand Hilly has recently improved its popular Marathon Fresh with
the introduction of Merino wool. The cushioned sock provides shock absorption
and is suitable for both training and racing. The sock is antimicrobial and
incorporates all the key features required in a technical sock, including a
seamless toe construction, arch grip support and ‘y’ heel. The sock retails at
highly competitive price and offers excelle
For the 2008 edition of Simatex,
which will take place next November in Buenos Aires, ACIMIT (Association of
Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers) and ICE (Italian Institute for Foreign
Trade) have organized a Meeting Point, which will host more than 10 Italian
textile machinery manufacturers. Visitors to the show will find the most
up-to-date Italian technologies in the spinning, weaving, knitting and
Argentina’s textiles industry has gon
Group has announced the closure of its Bedford, Quebec plant, Exeltor,
effective today. Exeltor manufactured knitting needles for hosiery and large
diameter fabric producers. Changes in the global industry have resulted in
declining demand for Exeltor's products.
Exeltor is a
subsidiary of the Groz-Beckert Group, an international needle manufacturer
based in Germany that markets its products in 150 markets. Groz-Beckert
When Australian Wool Innovation
(AWI) opened its new product suitcase at Spin Expo in Shanghai two weeks ago it
revealed a comprehensive collection of knitwear product and technology
innovations called Merino Touch.
AWI's new Merino Touch collection is soft, natural and
trans-seasonal, providing ultimate comfort through three innovative ranges:
Mercerised Merino adds an
enhanced luxury and comfort to the natural performance of Australian
The Hosiery Association’s 4th Annual Legwear Industry Golf Tournament will Benefit NoColdFeet™ and Working
The Hosiery Association
(THA) and event title sponsor, Groz-Beckert USA, present the Legwear Industry’s
4th Annual Golf Tournament, Wednesday, October 15 at Bermuda Run Country Club
in Bermuda Run, NC. Registration begins at 9:00 am, lunch is at 11:00 am, and
play begins at 11:30 am with a shotgun start. The awards dinner will be held at
A North Carolina based hosiery company is
preparing to introduce a new line of eco-friendly socks. Devmir, Inc. will
unveil its brand new line of socks under the Sierra Club name, during a
fundraiser in November called "Change your socks, change the world".
The socks are made from a combination of organic cotton,
soy, bamboo, along with other eco-friendly and sustainable yarns. The line
includes performance socks as well as dress/casual socks for men an
28 – 30 November 2008, China Friendship
Conference Centre, Dhaka - Bangladesh
With exports of knitwear from Bangladesh
reaching new heights, KNIT+TEX Bangladesh 2008 International Expo organized by CEMS
INDIA, CEMS USA and BKMEA (Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers & Exporters
Association) is well timed. Total investments in the sector reached US$ 2
billion recently and the show will be a good opportunity for machine builders to
promote their goods and services
Australian Wool Innovation (AWI)
believes the USA fashion industry is ready to embrace the relaunched Woolmark
brands following a trade mission by senior executives.
AWI's strategic adviser, Rob Langtry and Regional General
Manager for the Americas, Edwin Nazario, met with more than a dozen major
retailers in New York over three days and said their reaction to the new
branding had been so positive that several have already made commitments for
the coming seasons.
identical garments – both attributed to the same designer. It is impossible to
distinguish between the two articles. The same fabric was used, the same
colour, the same pattern. Even the label looks the same…
However one is real – the other one is a fake. Which one is
AgResearch is today demonstrating for the first time how
this world-first technology can detect a fake designer garment. The textile
tracing system, called Verifi
COLOSIO S P A (IT)
Inventor: COLOSIO GIANFRANCO (IT)
Abstract of US2008190340
An automatic sewing device ( 1 ), particularly for hosiery
knitting machines, characterized in that it comprises a supporting arm ( 2, 3,
4 ) for an oscillating means ( 7, 8 ), which comprises at least one first
oscillating assembly ( 7 ), constituted by a semicircular ring, and at least
one second oscillating assembly ( 8 ), constituted by a second semicircular
ring, a means ( 11, 12 ) for actuati
Karl Mayer has confirmed
that it will launch its Seamless Smart double needle bar machine for seamless
hosiery and garments at the Yiwu hosiery machinery exhibition to be held at the
Yiwu China Commodity City Meihu Exhibition Centre, Zhejiang Province, PR China in November.
A spokesperson for the company told KnittingIndustry.com
that its Japanese subsidiary Nippon Mayer will exhibit a DJ 4/2 Seamless Smart
at an in house show on 15 October and then at Yi
Leading seamless circular
knitting machine builder Santoni has taken steps to protect its new SDW8 double
needle bar raschel warp knitting machine through international design
registration. The SDW8 is already protected
by a family of 15 patents but design registration will help stop copycat
machine builders from building machines which look like Santoni machines but
which are in fact, inferior in construction and performance.
Speaking in Shanghai at the recen
Prominent speakers from
renowned international fashion companies have agreed to present their outlook
on important industry-related topics at the 24th IAF World Apparel Convention
to be held in Maastricht (The Netherlands) on October 29th – 31st, 2008.Changing
Consumer Needs and the Future of Fashion Business is the central theme of this
year’s convention. Four plenary sessions related to the main theme will take
place during the convention:
- How will the n
Applicant: SANTONI & C SPA (IT)
ETTORE (IT); LONATI TIBERIO (IT); LONATI FAUSTO (IT)
Abstract not available for EP1960577
Abstract of corresponding document:
A device for retaining needles (5) or
needle drivers (6) in the axial slots (4) of the needle cylinder (3) of
circular knitting machines for hosiery or other articles, comprising an annular
element (2) which is elastically extensible and can be fitted around the outer
lateral surface of the needle cylin
China International Trade Fair for Fibres and Yarns, Shanghai
International Convention Centre, 21 - 23 October 2008
Specialised show provides yarn and fibre producers with an
ideal trade venue
Yarn & fibre imports to China on the rise
Major textile trade week in Shanghai in October 2008
The speciality textile yarn and fibre trade event Yarn Expo
Autumn is set for 21 - 23 October 2008 at the Shanghai International Convention
Centre, Shanghai, China. Yarn Expo showcases yarn and fibre produ
The Home of Cutting-Edge Textiles
Eco-textiles continue to be the main focus at Interstoff
Suppliers join the fair with different highlights
Concurrent seminar programmes refresh textile trade with
latest industry knowledge
To fulfil the role of leading trade fair for eco-textiles,
Interstoff Asia Essential Autumn will feature world top eco-experts to explain
the thriving market and different standards for eco-fr
2000 SRL (IT)
Inventor: SKILLIRO DZHUZEPPE (IT); SKILLIRO SANTO (IT)
Abstract of RU2327395 Ventilated or air-permeable knitted sock comprises hyperpermeable zones
intended for air penetration. The sock comprises a transversal ventilation zone
disposed along a root line of toes in the top and bottom parts of the sock,
said ventilation zones are formed therein by patterns having a lower knitting
stitch density. The sock comprises as well an ankle ventilation
2008 first half results approved by the Board of Directors. Benetton Group consolidated revenues increase to 996 million euro
The Benetton Group
Board of Directors, meeting today and chaired by Luciano Benetton,
examined and approved the consolidated results for the first half
Group net revenues for the first half of 2008 grew to 996
million euro (+2.9%), consistent with full year revenue forecasts
previously communicated; this increase, a
International, a leading company in the development of innovative solutions for
yarn control, told KnittingIndustry.com it is to focus on advanced and
customized products, as it showcased its new Universal Tension Control System
and other developments at ITMA Asia + CITME in Shanghai last month.
The Italian company will continue to develop into a niche
company focussing on advanced products and on demand products with OEM
partners. Its strateg
The Australian wool market finished 1.1% lower, on average, at sales in Sydney, Melbourne and Fremantle this week.
The AWEX EMI fell by 9¢ (-1.0%), ending the week at 850¢/kg. This
reflected falls of 8¢ (-0.9%) in the North and 10¢ (-1.2%) in the
South, with their corresponding Regional Indicators finishing the week
at 887¢ and 819¢ clean, respectively. The Western Indicator fell by 10¢
(-1.2%), finishing the week at 832¢.
In a two day sale in Sydney and Melbourne
Advansa the largest European polyester
manufacturer is introducing a new brand for its fibres and yarns made from
polymer containing Bio-PDO from DuPont.
Products made with these fibres and yarns have marketing
support under Advansa´s new brand Biophyl. Biophyl products using Advansa’s
fibres and yarns are made with PTT, a special polyester-like polymer. In the
case of Biophyl, petrol based Glycol, has been replaced with Bio-PDO, which is
made of corn sucrose. This
Applicant: SANTONI & C SPA (IT)
Inventor: LONATI ETTORE (IT); LONATI FAUSTO (IT); LONATI
Abstract not available for EP1948858 Abstract of correspondent: WO2007057042 A magnetic actuator, particularly for selection devices in hosiery knitting
machines or the like, comprising a main magnet (2), which has at least two
poles (4, 5, 6, 7) arranged side by side and separated by a discontinuity (8,
9), and a selection electromagnet (3a, 3b), which is provided with at least one
Since its establishment in 1984,
Shanghaitex has become known as one of the largest and most influential
international textile exhibition in Asia. The International Exhibition on
Textile Industry (ShanghaiTex) is celebrating the 25th Anniversary in the
upcoming 14th edition to be staged from 12 - 15 June 2009 in Shanghai New
International Expo Center.
As the most historical textile industrial exhibition in
China history, ShanghaiTex has become a precious national bran
ITMA ASIA + CITME 2008, the first
combined show of the two established brands ITMA ASIA and CITME, closed its
doors on 31 July. 1,368 exhibitors from 30 countries and regions participated
in this show, taking up all 126,500 square metres of the 11 halls in the
Shanghai New International Expo Centre.
The net exhibiting space exceeded 73,000 square metres, and
the top five participating economies in terms of number of participants were
China, Italy, Germany, China Taiwa
The Australian Merino brand has
been created in recognition of 200 years of the Australian wool trade. It
represents an evolution of the Australian Merino anniversary logo which was
first showcased on the global stage in 2007.
“The Australian Merino brand symbolises uncompromising
quality,” said Craig Welsh, AWI CEO. “In developing this brand, AWI has
captured the ultimate in natural luxury, representing the best Australia has to
offer. It is a celebration of excel
Woolmark takes on a fresh new look
and licensee program for today’s smarter, greener world. One of the world’s
best known brands, the Woolmark has been applied to more than 2 billion
garments since the creation of the original mark in 1964.
A Millward Brown survey of 22,000 consumers in 10 key
markets in 2006 showed more than 95 per cent of respondents recognised the
Woolmark, and most associated it with high quality apparel.
“As the apparel market evolves, so must
Japanese hosiery machine builder
Nagata Seiki, has launched new competitively priced versions of its single feed,
single cylinder men’s socks knitting machines. The ‘version-up’ models are
FT-K11 Fine Toe with automatic toe linking and the standard open toe K-172. The
latest versions of Nagata’s proven technology were shown for the first time at
the recent ITMA Asia + CITME in Shanghai.
The FT-K11 is a single feed, single cylinder sock knitting
machine with aut
15 August 2008, Sydney - The Australian wool market finished
2.9% higher, on average, at sales in Sydney, Melbourne and Fremantle this week,
as the US exchange rate moved further downwards.
The AWEX EMI rose by 27¢ (+3.2%), ending the week at
873¢/kg. This reflected rises of 22¢ (+2.5%) in the North and 30¢ (+3.7%) in
the South, with their corresponding Regional Indicators finishing the week at
904¢ and 848¢ clean, respectively. The Western Indicator rose by 20¢ (+2.4%),
clothing pioneer Icebreaker is introducing Baacode, a revolutionary
traceability system to enable customers to follow their garments through every
step of the production process.
Customers are invited to trace Icebreaker's sustainable and
ethical practices, beginning at the farm and extending throughout the entire
supply chain.Environmental damage and unethical manufacturing standards in the
apparel industry are often caused by manufactur
Australian Wool Innovation (AWI)
today unveiled its new corporate identity and brand stable marking a milestone
in the innovation and marketing of Australian wool.
It was accompanied by an announcement that AWI will spend
more than $120 million over the next three years relaunching Australian Merino
back onto the international marketplace as the world’s best luxury fibre.
The company’s new-look logo features a symbolic stylised
ram’s head as its calling card.
Inc., a leader in the creation of nanoscale performance additives for the
textile and medical industries, has been acknowledged by Australian Wool
Innovation (AWI) as producing an effective antimicrobial for wool and other
natural fibres. After extensive testing, it has been determined that
NanoHorizons’ SmartSilver Certified Antimicrobial Performance permanently
guards wool fabrics against microbes that cause odour.
“We are proud tha
Hanesbrands Inc. (NYSE:
HBI), a leading marketer of innerwear, outerwear and hosiery apparel, today
reported results for the 2008 second quarter.
Earnings increased in the quarter as a result of continued
strategic execution, while sales declined, reflective of the challenging retail
sales environment for apparel and later timing of back-to-school shipments.
Earnings per diluted share in the quarter more than doubled
to $0.60. Excluding actions, non-GAAP earn
Global leader in the manufacture
of knitting needles and elements Groz-Beckert, impressed at ITMA Asia with a
real show of strength. The Albstadt based company exhibited its latest
innovations in knitting, weaving and nonwovens at very impressive stand situated
in the main knitting hall.
Groz-Beckert brought a slightly smaller version of the stand
it had built for ITMA in Munich last year from Germany together with its design
and construction partner. The stand was
Hohenstein Institutes, the internationally
recognized textile testing and research center, has announced that Samuel B.
Moore will join the company as the Projects Manager for the United States
market. Hohenstein Institutes is a founding member of the International
Oeko-Tex Association which grants the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Certification, an
international certification process that ensures textile products are tested
for harmful levels of more than 100 chemicals known
Unifi, Inc. today announced
that it plans to form Unifi Textiles Suzhou Co., Ltd. ("UTSC"), a
wholly-owned, China-based subsidiary that will focus on the development, sales
and service of premium value-added (PVA) yarns for customers in the region.
Based in Suzhou, China, the new entity is expected to begin operations by the
end of the second quarter.
Unifi will work closely with high-value textile producers to
develop innovative PVA and specialty products design
Unifi, Inc. (NYSE: UFI)
today released operating results for its fiscal fourth quarter ended June 29,
Net income for the current quarter, including discontinued
operations, was $771 thousand or $0.01 per share compared to a net loss of
$74.2 million or $1.23 per share for the prior June quarter. Net sales for the
quarter were $189.6 million compared to net sales of $185.3 million for the
prior year June quarter.
The Company also announced a proposed agreeme
Australian Wool Innovation Ltd (AWI)
today announced a realignment of resources following an extensive review of the
operations based in Melbourne, Ilkley in the United Kingdom and Lisbon in
As a result AWI has taken the business decision to transfer
functions to India and Sydney resulting in a significant cost saving, and to
transfer the Portugese operation to Spain. According to the Chief Executive of
AWI Craig Welsh the decision is good business and continues
Australian Wool Innovation (AWI)
noted positive results from its recent participation in the world’s premium
yarn trade fair, Pitti Filati held in Florence 2 – 4 July, a pleasing outcome
in a shaky economic climate.
AWI’s aim at the fair
was to address increasing demand for luxury and ecologically friendly fibres.
This was achieved by profiling their prestige ‘Grande Cru’ collection titled
fifteen&finer; recently launched mercerised wool; and promotion of
New products and trends will be highlights of Nilit’s
Nilit, a global
manufacturer and leader in the production of nylon 6.6, will celebrate its
devotion to the industry with a Happy Hour Celebration at Interfiliere at Port
de Versailles in Paris. The Celebration will be held on September 6th and 7th,
17:30-19:00, at the Nilit Booth in Hall 3, Stand H56/J65.
“Nilit is grateful to its customers, business partners and
employees for its tre
The first combined textile
machinery show, ITMA ASIA + CITME 2008 opens today at Shanghai New
International Expo Centre. With the joint strength of the two established
brands ITMA ASIA and CITME, the combined show is by far Asia’s most important
textile machinery show in terms of exhibiting space and technology.
ITMA ASIA + CITME 2008, jointly owned by CEMATEX (the
European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers), the Sub-Council of
Textile Industry, CCPIT (
a leading company in the development of innovative solutions for yarn control
is to showcase its new Universal Tension Control System and other developments at ITMA Asia + CITME in
Shanghai next week.
BTSR has combined its Ultrafeeder and Unico technologies to
create a new concept it calls Universal Tension Control System. Unico is a tension
control device designed for use in both circular knitting and hosiery, which when
21 July 2008, Schramberg – Needles and elements producer Kern-Liebers
has reported a 5% increase in turnover to 469 million Euros for the year ending
30 June 2008.
The Kern-Liebers Group, which has 5840 employees worldwide
and 3170 in Germany, is also forecasting a 6% increase to 500 million Euros for
the current financial year. The board of directors however is cautious due to
increasing raw material and energy costs, a strong Euro and anticipated higher
wage increases due to rising inflation
At the next session, which takes place
from 23rd to 26th September 2008 at the Parc d’Expositions, Paris-Nord
Villepinte, Expofil aims to prove once again the strength of its concept.
In an industry which has been affected by a slowing down in
textile consumption, along with problems linked to the abolition of quotas and
the unfavourable dollar exchange rate, the exhibition for spinners and fibre
producers maintains its position and endeavours to meet the current and
China is losing its competitive edge in textiles and
clothing, according to a report by Textiles Intelligence. In the first quarter
of 2008 alone, US apparel imports from China declined by nearly 10% compared
with the corresponding period of 2007, reaching US$4.43 billion. In terms of
China's currency, the renminbi, the fall was an even greater 17%.
China's drop in competitiveness stems from mounting costs on
several fronts. Apart from higher costs of energy and raw
Leading manufacturer of sock
knitting machines Lonati SpA is busy producing large quantities of its Goal
series G 54JA and G 54J machines for delivery to Central American countries El Salvador and Honduras.
Lonati reports that it is delivering over 3000 machines to
new factories in Central America, which are being set up to supply major brands in USA and Canada. The G 54JA flipping dial closed
toe and G 54J regular open toe models are to produce sports socks with
The currents of our time bring the topic “sustainability” to
the 47th Man-made Fibers Congress.
Global mega-trends such as
the depletion of resources by a growing world population and rising affluence
with resulting price increases for energy and raw materials make sustainability
a topic everybody talks about. Global warming as a result of increased fossil
fuel utilization has added further urgency to the demands made on governments
Applicant: Shima Seiki mfg (JP); Okamoto Kazuyoshi (JP)
Publication Date: 3 July 2008
Abstract of WO2008078623
A method for knitting socks each having a sufficient depth
of heel without stretching the instep side of heel. When the heel parts of
socks each having a first tubular part, a heel part, and a second tubular part
is formed, the number of wales of a tubular fabric is increased using a
knitting needle not latching the final stitch line of the first tubular part,
partial knitting for rever
The sixth edition of ACIMIT
Osservatorio, the survey on the economical and financial trend of Italian
manufacturers of textile machinery, was presented at the general assembly of
ACIMIT, the Italian Association of Textile Machinery Manufacturers, on June 24
The world outlook of the global textile machinery industry,
outlined in the study, illustrates a rather poor pace in terms of trade.
Textile machinery manufacturers from the Far East are the group which have
Organizers of this months ITMA Asia + CITME 2008 have announced that they are to take tough action and expel offenders who flaunt their stringent new measures to enforce Intellectual Property Rights. Comprehensive
measures to protect Intellectual Property Rights are in place to
safeguard visitors and exhibitors at ITMA ASIA + CITME 2008 against
counterfeit or ‘copied’ technology.
show organisers are determined to enforce stringent regulations to
Lonati has developed a new true
linking or stitch by stitch linking system, designated S by S, for their Goal
series men’s sock machines, where the linking system is independent to the
knitting machine. The company exhibited its new Goal GL616 SbyS, machine at the
recent Santoni Days event in Brescia.
Knitting Industry sources expect SbyS to replace
Lonati’s ‘Closed Toe’ linking system where the linking operation is performed
by the knitting machine itself. Lonat
L.G.L Electronics S.p.A, a manufacturer of yarn feeders for knitting
and hosiery machines has reported that it has recently started to take orders
for and deliver its Attivo yarn feeder which it introduced at ITMA 2007 in
Munich. Until recently Attivo had been on test with customers.
Attivo is the Bergamo company’s latest development which it
claims is the first yarn storage feeder with electronic braking used in
knitting. At the recent Santoni Days event in Br
PITTI FILATI: ECOLOGY, THE NEW FRONTIER FOR CREATIVITY AND
“Pitti Filati opens this edition with even more emphasis on
its creativity and trend workshop formula", says Agostino Poletto, deputy
general manager of Pitti Immagine. “The show's research continues the theme
launched with the Eco-Luxe project at the last edition and, with a series of
projects, focuses on the new scenarios produced by the dialogue between nature
and technology – scenarios and concepts
Curated, planned and designed by designer Angelo Figus and
knitwear expert Nicola Miller who, in eight editions, have revolutionized
knitwear concepts and design. They are continuing to strengthen and affirm the
success of Spazio Ricerca, the exclusive experimental laboratory/workshop
created by Pitti Immagine which, at each edition transforms ideas into yarns
and knits and attracts fashion's best creative heads. The Spazio Ricerca opens
the show at the Cavaniglia Pavilio
Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) has appointed Nagy Bensid as the head of its European branch, based in Paris.
Mr Bensid, 51, has taken on the role of Regional Manager, Europe after
an impressive career in the French and international wool industry. A graduate of ESCP/EAP, Mr Bensid accepted a position within the
Prouvost group. He began his career specialisation as a general manager
for Chargeurs wool and more recently of the Dewavrin group. Bensid has also held several i
Todd & Duncan’s new ‘out of the blue’ cashmere collection for
autumn/winter 2009/10 has undertones of revolution – both in colour and
organic development. Inspired by a new colourist, the season unveils 57
brand new colours and for the first time unveils a wide range of new
organic colours, the Eden Collection, and a breakthrough in ‘white
cashmere’, spearheading a new direction for the world’s leading
cashmere business. The Colours
The new a
a global manufacturer and leader in the production of nylon 6.6,
officially opened its new nylon production facility in Suzhou in
China's Jiangsu province on June 3, 2008.
Nilit hosted a formal celebration with customers and dignitaries to
commemorate the grand opening. Nilit's executive representatives
included Michael Levi - Chairman of Nilit Group, Arie Gottlieb -
General Manager of Nilit Group, Fabio Kahn - Director Fibers Division,
At the ceremony held on June 9, former ACIMIT president and
owner of Mec-Mor SpA, Angelo Vanali awarded prizes to 10 students studying
textile engineering at Italian universities and textile institutes, winners of
the annual competition organized by the ACIMIT Foundation to promote research
on issues related to the textile machinery industry.
This year, two students were rewarded with a five-day trip
to Shanghai, to attend ITMA ASIA+CITME 2008 in July, where over 160 Itali
‘Apply now to avoid being caught in an Olympic backlog’ show organisers urge
and exhibitors planning to attend the ITMA ASIA + CITME 2008 exhibition
are being urged to apply for their visa without delay. Most foreign
nationals will need a visa to enter China for the show, which is being held in Shanghai from July 27 to 31.
officials are warning that the Olympic Games, in Beijing from August 8
to 24, is already causing a backlog of visa applications in Chinese
embassies around t
In Part 1 of a Two Part Feature, Billy Hunter examines Santoni's latest quest for Seamless success.
Santoni SpA, leader in circular knitting machines for
seamless garments has surprised the knitting and hosiery industries with a venture
into double needle bar warp knitting. Some visitors to the company’s Santoni Days
exhibition last week, who came to look at the latest hosiery and seamless
developments from the likes of Lonati, Santoni, Sangiacomo and Matec however, see
Billy Hunter reports from Brescia.
Santoni SpA, leader in
circular knitting machines for seamless garments has stunned the knitting and
hosiery industries once again with a foray into warp knitting.
In a remarkable move, the Lonati Group company showed two prototype
SDW8 double needle-bar raschel knitting machines for producing seamless
garments during its Santoni Days exhibition at its Brescia headquarters over
The SDW8 is a double needle bar rasche
Santoni will Premiere its very latest Santoni seamless machine at Santoni Days from 5-7 June 2008 at its Brescia headquarters. On show will also be an updated range of Santoni, Sangiacomo (Socks & Seamless), Matec, Vignoni, Mec-Mor and Tecnopea machines.
was founded in 1919 as the first Italian socks machine manufacturer and in 1988 it entered the prestigious Lonati group, worldwide leader
in the production of sock and pantyhose machines.
Lenzing’s Chinese subsidiaries, Lenzing (Nanjing) Fibers and Lenzing
Fibers (Shanghai), today provided donations for the earthquake victims
in the Chinese province of Sichuan. The funds are earmarked for rescue
and support operations.
The subsidiaries gave a total of RMB
500,000 (EUR 46,000) to the Jiangsu and Shanghai Red Cross. The staff
of the companies added their collection of RMB 61,937 (EUR 5,700).
For more information please contact:Angelika GuldtCorporate Co
Marks and Spencer Group plc, Preliminary
Results 2007/08, 52 weeks ended 29 March 2008
Full Year Results:
• Sales up 5.1% at £9,022.0m: UK up 4.2%; International up
• UK like-for-like sales -0.5%: General Merchandise -0.5%;
• Adjusted profit before tax up 4.3% at £1,007.1m1
• Profit before tax up 20.5% to £1,129.1m
• Adjusted basic earnings per share up 7.9% at 43.6p1
• Basic earnings per share up 25.8% to 49.2p
• Dividend per share up 23.
Benetton and Sears Mexico sign an agreement to expand United
Colors of Benetton in Mexico. The Group will significantly extend its presence
in Mexico, through this and other agreements, with a total of 250 points of
sale in both Sears Mexico department stores and new stores by 2010.
Benetton Group and Sears Mexico,
the leading retailer of the multinational holding Grupo Carso, have finalised a
strategic partnership aimed at expanding the United Colors of Benetton brand
city and the hub of its vast textile industry is ready to welcome 100,000
visitors to ITMA ASIA + CITME 2008. From July 27 to 31, Shanghai will host
China’s biggest-ever textile machinery exhibition, uniting the ITMA and CITME
events to provide a ground-breaking display of latest technology.
Shanghai is gearing
up to meet the demands of show delegates from China, other Asian countries and
the rest of the world, with a comprehensive range of travel and
Taiwan's wool textile industry
activity during 2007 was characterised by poor results in Q1, followed by
marginal advances in output for Q2 and Q3.
Annual imports of raw wool (greasy and scoured) were lower
in 2007 (Taiwan is Australia's 5th largest greasy wool customer). Lower raw
wool imports by Taiwan mainly reflected the more recent long-term decline in
Taiwan's domestic wool carbonizing rather than wool combing activity. Wool top
output for Taiwan was estimated to hav
The AWI Board has today sent an open
letter to international retailers and wool industry stakeholders. This AWI
communiqué again confirms that there is full support for Australian woolgrowers
in their challenge to produce an ethical natural fibre that meets the
commitments made to international retailers.
AWI Chairman, Brian van Rooyen says retailers are comfortable
with the industry’s progress. “There will be alternatives to mulesing ready for
adoption prior to 201
NILIT today announced its new trend concepts for
bodywear and active-sports wear for Fall-Winter 2009/10 which will be presented
in the NILIT BODYFASHION TRENDBOOK.
Fall-Winter 2009/10 looks forward to a joyous fashion
adventure boasting a spirit of individuality and the freedom to put together
bodywear according to the mood of the moment. At a time when individualism is a
leading social phenomenon, the world of bodywear offers an abundance of diverse
Benetton Group consolidated revenues increase to 465 million
euro (+3.4%) , net income rises to 29 million euro (+8.6%)
The Benetton Group Board of Directors, meeting
today and chaired by Luciano Benetton, examined and approved the consolidated
results for the first quarter of 2008.
Group net revenues in first quarter 2008 increased by 465
million euro (+3.4%), in line with the already-announced full year forecast.
Growth in the quarter was influenced by:
Company Increases Focus on Turkey
Nilit, a global
manufacturer and leader in the production of nylon 6.6, will showcase its
latest yarn innovations at the 6th International Istanbul Yarn Exhibition in
Istanbul, Turkey, May 14-15. Nilit will be located in Hall 5, Stand 519B.
"The Istanbul Exhibition provides a unique
international marketplace for Nilit ® to reinforce its commitment to and
leadership in the global yarn industry," says Oded Breier, Nilit's
Company Announces New Textile and Distribution Capacity
Expansions in Honduras - Gildan Activewear Inc. (GIL; TSX and
NYSE) today announced its financial results for its second fiscal quarter ended
March 30, 2008. The Company also reconfirmed its most recently revised earnings
guidance for the full fiscal year, which it had updated on April 29, 2008. In
addition, the Company announced plans to construct a third textile facility in
Honduras, to support its projected sales
The organizers of the three key industry trade
shows in the Americas – ATME-I/MEGATEX, SPESA Expo, and Techtextil North
America – have jointly announced that they have reached a landmark agreement to
co-locate and align their trade shows at the Georgia World Congress Center,
Atlanta, GA on May 18-20, 2010.
Techtextil North America is the premier exhibition for high
performance technical textiles and nonwovens in North America. This is the only
trade show t
North America’s premier trade show for technical textiles
and nonwovens, is increasing the frequency of its trade show. The event,
previously held only on even years in Atlanta, Ga., will now be held each year,
alternating locations between Atlanta and a Western region site.
The sixth edition of Techtextil North America will be held
April 21-23, 2009, at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV.
Techtextil North America is the only trade show that
assembles all v
The International Oeko-Tex Association is
presenting a new brochure titled "Questions & Answers about Oeko-Tex
Certification" in conjunction with the ITMA ASIA 2008.
Aimed at the textile and garment sectors, including specialist
trade, the flyer gives interested firms a preliminary overview of the
requirements (test criteria, cost, time commitment, quality assurance, etc.)
and the process of obtaining certification (application, testing, renewal,
23 April 2008 - In the 2007 calendar year, Uruguay and
Argentina's raw wool export volumes saw strong growth. The solid rise in raw
wool export volumes from South America can be explained by strong demand for
mid-micron wool from China amid growing shortages in Australia.
Uruguay's top five export destinations by volume for the
2007 calendar year were China, Italy, Germany, Turkey and Iran. Compared to the
previous year, China increased its import volumes strongly and its market share
Company Now Expects Full Year 2008 EPS of U.S. $1.45-$1.50
and Second Quarter EPS of U.S. $0.35
Gildan Activewear Inc.
(GIL; TSX and NYSE) announced that it expects to report adjusted diluted EPS of
approximately U.S. $0.35 for its second quarter ended March 30, 2008, up approximately
13% from the second quarter of last year. The Company had previously projected
EPS of approximately U.S. $0.42 for the second quarter of fiscal 2008. For the
full 2008 fiscal yea
With just a few months to go before the next ITMA ASIA +
CITME, to be held in Shanghai from July 27 to July 31, 2008, it appears Italy’s
textile machinery manufacturers will be among the most numerous and well
represented, testifying the Country’s leadership position among textile
160 Italian exhibitors will be on hand at ITMA ASIA + CITME
2008, occupying an overall exhibition area of some 7200 sq. meters; 76 Italian
manufacturers will be p
Exhibition Stand in Hall E1, B09 – Press conference on July
After a successful premiere
at ITMA 2007 in Munich, the International Oeko-Tex Association is going to
Shanghai to take part in ITMA ASIA 2008 from July 27th to July 31st.
At the Oeko-Tex exhibition stand B09 in Hall E1, interested
trade visitors will find contacts from several Oeko-Tex Testing Institutes who
can provide detailed information about Oeko-Tex Standard 100. Oeko-Tex
April 26-30, 2008
May 14-18, 2008
ITMA ASIA + CITME 2008
July 27-31, 2008
SPIN EXPO 2009/2010A/W
September 8-10, 2008
In 2007 the Italian textile
machinery industry saw its production increase by 3% compared to the previous
year, thanks above all to growth in domestic market. The value of this economic
surge translates into just under 2.8 billion Euros.
The export market held on well with respect to 2006, in
spite of an overall performance that fell short in some of the major foreign
markets (China and India). The percentage of exports on Italian production of
textile machinery r
Inc. (NYSE: UFI) will host a conference call at 10:00 a.m. (EDT) on Thursday,
May 1, 2008 to discuss its financial results of the third fiscal quarter ended
March 23, 2008.
To participate in this conference call, please dial (973)
935-8790 and reference conference identification 44230082 approximately 10
minutes prior to the beginning of the presentation, which is expected to begin
promptly at 10:00 a.m. (EDT). Participants can v
TÜYAP Fairs And Exhibitions Organization Inc. will organize
the 6th International Istanbul Yarn Fair between May 14 and 18, 2008 at Tüyap
Fair, Convention And Congress Center, Beylikdüzü – Istanbul, Turkey. Simultaneously with the above fairs
and at the same location, 25th International Knitting, Embroidery Hosiery Machines, Side Industries And
Accesories Fair And 25th International Textile Machines, Side Industries And
Textile Chemicals Fair organized in cooperation with TEMSAD Text
Abstract of WO2008004345
A knitting fabric and a knitting method for it which do not give
an oppressive feeling when the fabric is worn, and can leave no marks after it
is put off, and a knitting machine. Yarn tension increasing areas (7a), yarn
tension decreasing areas (7b) and boundaries (7c) between these areas are
provided in a mouth rubber portion (7). Each boundary (7c) is so partitioned
that knitting yarns (21) do not move beyond the boundary (7c). Knitting yarns
(21) belonging each area
Pretty Polly has the answer for girls who love to work out
but not get their feet worn out! Pretty Polly Fresh Feet has already taken the
fitness wear world by storm – now Pretty Polly is adding a new and advanced
moisture management system to ensure your feet look, feel and smell terrific,
even after a rigorous workout session!
The new formula included in the socks now wicks moisture
away, while the silver included within acts as an anti-microbial agent,
preventing any potential foot nasties
Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) is rolling
out a $1.4 million marketing program involving five major Japanese retailers
during 2008 and through to March 2009.
The aim of the program is to create just under 1 million
kilograms of new demand over the next three years for the world’s most natural
fibre - Australian Merino wool.
Japan is a priority strategic market for the growth in
demand for Australian Merino wool. It is a sophisticated market, which is well
represented by a sm
Abstract of EP1895036
Publication date: 5 March 2008
The present invention relates to a knit construction for a
medical compression garment, comprising stitches that are formed as plain
stitch, tuck stitch (50) or floated stitch (60). The invention further relates
to a medical compression garment comprising a such a knit construction as a
first knit construction and a second knit construction, wherein the stitches of
the second knit construction are formed by employing an inlaid yarn (10) and a
KnittingIndustry.com has launched the world’s first interactive
Used Knitting Machinery trading system dedicated solely to the knitting industries.
Buyers can browse Used Machinery free of charge
and find the machine they need under the following categories:
Circular Knitting, Flat & Fully Fashioned Knitting, Hosiery
& Seamless, Warp Knitting & Crochet, Dyeing & Finishing,
Miscellaneous, Spare Parts
Used Machinery will allow sellers to offer their used machines to buyers aroun
Trust CAITME -The largest international textile machinery
exhibition in Central Asia.
CAITME is a showcase of the latest technology and a meeting
place for buyers and sellers from all over the world.
Uzbekistan Textile Industry Development
Only in 2006 twenty two new textile enterprises with total
cost over $108 millions and 7980 job opportunities were started up. 14 of them
are directed toward textile garments manufacturing. Export potential of the
A new era opens for Dryarn. After two years of research
conducted at the Dermatological Clinic of the University of Modena and Reggio
Emilia, Dryarn® - the polypropylene microfibre produced by the Aquafil group –
has successfully passed the winning post: the “dermatologically tested”
So from today Dryarn® can add to its already numerous performances
the assurance that this microfiber causes no unpleasant effects to the body,
especially to persons with very sensitive or probl
Australian wool market finished 0.3% higher, on average, over the two week
break at sales in Sydney, Melbourne and Fremantle this week.
The AWEX EMI rose by 6¢ (+0.6%), ending the week at 967¢/kg.
This reflected increases of 2¢ (+0.2%) in the North and 10¢ (+1.1%) in the
South, with their corresponding Regional Indicators finishing the week at 1005¢
and 935¢ clean, respectively. The Western Indicator fell by 5¢ (-0.5%),
finishing the week at 951¢. The difference in the
wool prices exhibited strength in US$ terms in the seven months July
2007-January 2008, while prices for other luxury fibres have remained very
In January 2008, prices for cashmere recorded a minimal rise
compared with July 2007, whereas mohair prices remained unchanged and alpaca
prices fell moderately. Although there has been little change in luxury fibre
prices so far this season, they have remained at relatively high levels.
In contrast, fine and superfine
Four months ahead of ITMA ASIA + CITME, which will take
place from 27 to 31 July 2008 in Shanghai, the German textile machinery
industry presents itself in top form. In 2007, the German manufacturers of
textile machinery and accessories had been able to increase the good export
figures of 2006 by 7.2 per cent to 3.9 billion Euro.
9,000 square meters Made in Germany
At ITMA ASIA, some 130 German exhibitors will present their
products and services to the Asian textile industries on 9,000 square m
Bühler AG, the specialized spinning mill for exclusive cotton yarns and blends,
is introducing SwissCotton Silver, a 100 % natural yarn with exciting
SwissCotton Silver is a blend of 90 – 95 % high-quality
cotton and X-Static, a Polyamide fiber coated with pure silver. The X-Static
silver fiber delivers excellent antimicrobial, anti-odor, antistatic and
therapeutic characteristics. In addition, X-Static’s conductive properties help
regulate temperature: I
2007 preliminary results
* Consolidated revenues 2,085 million euro, up 9%
* EBIT 243 million euro (+35%)
* Net income 145 million euro (+16%)
* Ordinary EBITDA up by over 27%
Ponzano, 21 February 2008 - h. 2:20 p.m. CET. The Benetton Group Board meeting today viewed the preliminary results for the 2007 financial year (*), pending availability of final numbers which will be examined and approved by the Board of Directors on 19 March 2008.
2007 preliminary results showed a 9.1% growth in consolid
As part of its general commitment to
environmental friendliness, Kushyfoot has announced that it is changing the
main raw material of several of its widely-available range of Ladies’ athletic
socks to 100% certified organic cotton.
“This is not an either/or,” says company president Mitch
Brown. “Wherever we can, we’re switching to more environmentally friendly yarns
and production methods. The farmers who grow organic cotton use biologically
sound farming techniques, bu
Overseas exhibitors from the CEMATEX countries and Japan will present a powerful display of latest textile manufacturing technology at ITMA ASIA + CITME 2008 in July.
With all 126,500 sq. metres of stand space now fully booked, the exhibition, to be held from July 27 to 31, is guaranteed to be China’s biggest-ever textile machinery show.
Chinese machinery producers will, naturally, provide the largest national group of exhibitors at ITMA ASIA + CITME 2008, but the full particip
its launch 4 years ago Kushyfoot has seen a meteoric rise in sales based on the
top-brand quality, value pricing and superlative comfort of its
reflexology-inspired foot-massaging legwear.
The line is built around a technologically advanced
3-dimensional wavy sole that massages and protects the feet as the wearer
walks, leaving them pleasantly relaxed at the end of even the longest day.
The legwear is manufactured using a blend of soft
quick-drying microfiber nylon (combed
China's continuing positive economic conditions and GDP growth in 2007 higher
than forecasters expected, China's consumers also lifted their spending. In
textiles, the volume of apparel retail sales rose very strongly in the 11
months to November 2007 while interior textiles retail sales were similarly
buoyant over the same period.
Given this, demand for wool apparel and textiles in China
would be expected to rise quickly. A monthly survey of major department stores
April 17-20, 2008 - The Homestead, Hot Springs, Virginia, USA
List of speakers to date...
Chris Moore serves as Executive Vice President of Romulus. Mr. Moore was most recently Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Trade Policy and Programs in the Bureau of Economic, Energy and Business Affairs where he oversaw the State Department's work on legislative and regulatory matters related to textiles and apparel and worked to open overseas markets and secure a level playing field for A
The new European Chemicals Regulation (REACH) came into
effect on June 1, 2007. It imposes new obligations on all manufacturers and
downstream users of chemicals. DyStar started to address the implications of
REACH very early on.
Interview with Dr. Eva Leweke
Dr. Eva Leweke is Manager in DyStar’s Product Safety,
Ecology Group. She studied biology at RWTH Aachen, Germany, and Michigan State
University, USA, specializing ecotoxicology
DyStar is well-prepared for REACH
We will be pre-registering
August 12 to August
15, 2008, 2:00 PM through 9:00 PM. Vila Germânica
Convention Center Blumenau – Santa Catarina - Brazil.
You cannot miss the greatest event in the textile area. It
is already in its 11th edition and in constant growth. All the sectors in the
textile chain are going to be part of FEBRATEX 2008: sewing machines, cutting
machines, trims, labels, packaging, equipment, finishing, dye-house, threads,
printing, industrial automation, information technology, looms and raw
H&M does not accept mulesing, the surgical procedure carried out on merino
sheep in Australia in order to prevent flystrike. The company has decided to
direct its buying towards other countries of origin and other suppliers in
Australia that can guarantee mulesing-free merino wool.
H&M has worked for the abolition of mulesing for several
years. Since 2005 there has been an agreement between the National Retail
Federation (NRF), of which H&M is a member, and the Aust
Abstract of World Patent No.WO2008004345
knitting fabric and a knitting method for it which do not give an
oppressive feeling when the fabric is worn, and can leave no marks
after it is put off, and a knitting machine. Yarn tension increasing
areas (7a), yarn tension decreasing areas (7b) and boundaries (7c)
between these areas are provided in a mouth rubber portion (7). Each
boundary (7c) is so partitioned that knitting yarns (21) do not move
beyond the boundary (7c). Knitting yarns (21) belo
Business Pass appointed to handle accommodation for show participants.
ITMA 2011 will now start a day earlier than originally
planned, announced show owner, the European Committee of Textile Machinery
Manufacturers (CEMATEX). It will be held from 22 to 29 September 2011 at the
new Fira de Barcelona Gran Via venue in Barcelona, Spain.
ITMA 2011 organiser, MP International, has appointed
Barcelona Business Pass (BBP) to be the official travel agent handling the
Online registrations stream in as international promotional campaign
gears up. Organisers of the first-ever combined ITMA ASIA + CITME textile
machinery show are aiming for a multinational event – with large numbers of
trade buyers from the key textile-producing nations across the whole of Asia
among the expected 100,000 visitors.
The exhibition, to be held in Shanghai from July 27 to 31
this year, will attract a massive audience from China itself, as delegates from
For optimal support in the shoe: the new FALKE ESS Socks with improved cushioning and stability function.
Schmallenberg, 27 January 2008 - In Fall/Winter 2008/09 FALKE ERGONOMIC SPORTS SOCKS feature a broad range of innovations focusing on Skiing, Running and Trekking as well as the new Yoga/Fitness product range. The cushioning and stability function, enhanced and customised for sportsmen is in the limelight of all innovative and further developments and optimises the socks as a medium between
Yarn, and Seamless Manufacturers Unite in Industry Display
Nilit ® Ltd, a major producer of nylon 6.6 and microfiber
yarns, has announced that it will be part of Santoni's Seamless Village
collaborative industry display at the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in Salt
Lake City, January 23-26. Nilit will be featured in booth MR 151.
This is the first time that fiber, yarn, and apparel
manufacturers have joined forces to create a collective display for the
Italian spinning industry in 2006-2007
After the major setbacks during the five year period from
2001-2005 when the Italian spinning industry’s turnover dropped by nearly 30%,
last year the industry’s sales (including intra-industry and marketing)
stabilized – almost (- 0.6%). Industry sales settled at just about 3.4 billion
euros (Table 1) accounting for roughly 6.5% of the total of Italian
textile-fashion sales and the figure rises to 15.5% if we consider only the
PITTI FILATI 62 -30 JANUARY - 1 FEBRUARY 2008, FLORENCE, FORTEZZA DA BASSO
PITTI FILATI: CREATIVE STIMULI FOR THE FASHION BUSINESS
AND THE VANGUARD OF INTERNATIONAL FASHION
“Pitti Filati owes its success to the high level of its
buyers and their ongoing attendance, to the quality and research components of
the featured collections, and to the selection of the most innovative
technologies and services for the textile industry - says Agostino Poletto,
Deputy-General Manager of Pitti Immagine. ��
The 5th Dhaka Int'l Textile & Garment Machinery &
Apparel Accessories Exhibition Date:January 21~24,2008 Venue:Bangladesh-China
Friendship Conference Center(BCFCC),Dhaka Booth No.:115
If you wish to reach out to the textile and garment
machinery & accessories market in South Asia, Dhaka Int'l Textile &
Garment Industry Exhibition 2008 is the definitive gateway to provide you with
excellent quality and high-effectiveness one-stop selling and sourcing
Riding on the resoun
The internationalisation and globalisation of the textile industry was impressively reflected at ITMA 2007 in Munich. This 15th International Exhibition of Textile Machinery, running from 13 to 20 September, attracted 118,000 trade visitors from 149 countries to the New Munich Trade Fair Centre. 45 percent of the visitors came along to the event for the first time. Never before have visitors from so many different countries attended ITMA.
"ITMA is the leading trade fai
festive and sportive: FALKE Men’s Socks Fall/Winter 2007/08
Noble materials, classic colours: Simply Classic
underlines fineness and exclusivity. Soft wool/silk qualities in Grey, Green
and Brown colours accentuated by Terracotta, Sage and various berry tones
emphasise this topic. The patterns reflect the trends in the men‘s outerwear,
i.e. with colour and dip-dye contrasts, micro-jacquard and structures reminding
of tie designs. Furthermore, dots, checks and various
ITMA ASIA + CITME combined show draws enthusiastic response. Leading textile machinery builders sign up for space as
application deadline draws near.
The first combined
ITMA ASIA + CITME exhibition has drawn enthusiastic response from the world’s
leading textile machinery makers. Applications for booth space have been
streaming in as the deadline draws near.
Miss Maria Avery, Secretary General of CEMATEX, The
European Committee of Textile Machinery