Applied DNA Sciences has announced the rollout of SigNature T, a new DNA-based security platform specifically for textiles and apparel, made by a proprietary (patent pending) technology that is said to enable the company to identify textile raw materials as well as finished products.
The International Apparel Federation (IAF) welcomes the new WTO multilateral trade agreement that has been reached recently in Bali. The ‘trade facilitation’ package, the prime component of the agreement, is said to be beneficial to the global apparel industry.
The industry has probably the most internationalised supply and demand structure in the world, and with a growing market share of large retail chains and brands with a global presence, internationalisation is increasing still, the IAF reports.
ACITIF, African Cotton Textiles Industry Federation, has become a new member of IAF, International Apparel Federation.
ACTIF represents the national associations and private industries in 24 African Countries and is very active in promoting the emerging African apparel and textile chain. The Federation is proud that with this membership from Africa now all continents are represented in its membership.
Novozymes and China Knitting Industry Association (CKIA) have signed a strategic partnership agreement in Beijing to jointly promote the sustainable development of biological solutions in the Chinese knitting industry.
Low carbon emissions, energy savings and environmental protection are among the goals of the agreement. It addresses bio-innovative application and research in the knitting sector.
The two sides will cooperate in areas including sewage treatment at knitting enterprises and energy conservation. Novozymes will provide basic tests, research and technical guidance.
Australian Wool Innovation, the marketing organisation behind Australia’s wool growers, reports that for the first time in two decades Russian textiles interests have travelled directly to the country to source what is arguably the finest wool in the world. The return of Russian interests is thought to be significant given the large potential the former Russian states have for processing and consuming the natural fibre.
Nike has launched a brand new basketball shoe incorporating its Flyknit seamless uppers which are knitted in one single piece using advanced flat knitting technology.
Euratex, the European Apparel and Textile Confederation, has attended a high-level lunch organised by Walpole, the British Luxury association, where the action plan for implementation of the European strategy for fashion and high-end industries by 2020 was discussed.
The plan was presented by European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani at the event, attended by key stakeholders and sectors of the fashion and high-end industries.
Oeko-Tex has launched a new online buyers guide to its certified companies at www.oeko-tex.com.
When searching for suitable suppliers and production facilities, purchasing organisations and retailers now have at their disposal an extensive network of manufacturers from around the world who can offer a range of textiles in every conceivable quality for the most diverse of fields of application. By using the Oeko-Tex Buying Guide, interested companies can access this international company network, which is in the form of an interactive database with different search filters.
Around 10,000 companies from over 90 countries and at all levels of the value-creation chain currently participate in Oeko-Tex Standard 100 product certification.
Archroma, a leader in colour and specialty chemicals, and the former textile, paper and emulsions businesses of Clariant, has appointed Stephan Sielaff as new Chief Operating Officer.
Based in Reinach, Switzerland, Stephan Sielaff will oversee the business' global production, manufacturing and integrated supply chain activities, ensuring the highest level of performance and efficiency to meet the company’s commitment to world-class standards and high service levels.
V-ZUG AG from Zug, Switzerland, that develops and produces high quality appliances for the kitchen and laundry room, was awarded the quality label of the Hohenstein Institute for their product Refresh Butler.
The device is said to refresh textiles without washing while the new technology also actively reduces microorganisms.
The Hohenstein Quality Label ‘Innovative Technology’ documents that a product has been extensively and independently tested with regard to both functionality and innovation potential.
North America’s largest apparel fabrics show Texworld USA presents its complimentary three-day seminar programme, presented by Lenzing Innovation, which will offer presentations ranging from sourcing, trends to sustainability and fibres.
The event will be taking place at the Javits Center, in New York, from 21-23 January 2014. Tricia Carey, USA Merchandising Manager, Lenzing Fibers, commented: “Lenzing organises the Texworld USA seminar series based on the latest industry topics within trends, sourcing, fabric innovations, sustainability and small business development.”
This year's meeting of the OEKO-TEX General Managers took place in Lucerne, at the heart of Europe and Switzerland on 14 and 15 November to mark the establishment of the OEKO-TEX Secretariat 20 years ago this year in Switzerland. The OEKO-TEX Standard 100 has worked towards the effective exclusion of harmful substances from products at all processing levels of the textiles sector since 1992.
Textured Jersey Lanka (TJL), a leading knit fabric manufacturer in Sri Lanka, has announced a number of significant investments and initiatives to add capacity, modernize its plant, substantially reduce energy costs and to expand regionally.
This week it was revealed in the national press that a UK company is in talks with Victoria’s Secret about 3D printing 10 million pairs of knickers a year for the US headquartered lingerie giant.
Hawick Knitwear has become a finalist in the Scotland’s Modern Apprenticeship Award, organised by Skills Development Scotland (SDS), which aims to encourage young people to start working in the industry. The award ceremony took place in Glasgow last week, where the winners were announced.
Finalists in Scotland's Modern Apprenticeship Awards include a designer, knitwear manufacturers, life science and defence systems companies, as well as others.
The Awards recognise the quality and value of apprenticeships, the achievements of individuals and the employers, who support them.
Lenzing Group, a leading producer of man-made cellulose fibres, reports that it has achieved business results in line with expectations in the first three quarters of 2013 in spite of unfavourable market conditions. However, the company now plans to cut costs following record results over the past few years.
“The difficult market situation will continue in 2014 and possibly well into 2015. We will resolutely counteract this unfavourable situation and adjust our cost structures to the new circumstances as quickly as possible,” commented Peter Untersperger, Chief Executive Officer of Lenzing AG.
“Our aim must not only be to expand our quality leadership and innovative strength on a sustainable basis, but also to regain the cost leadership in our industry. We continue to see attractive growth potential for our products, but we are already preparing ourselves today as optimally as possible for the increasingly tough competition. Cost discipline and cash generation will be our targets over the coming years.”
According to the global business information company Textiles Intelligence, cellulosic fibre production is set to continue growing rapidly in the coming years. Faced with soaring raw cotton prices in 2011, many textile and apparel producers switched to man-made fibres or started to use a greater proportion of man-made fibres in blends. In its recently published latest edition of Textile Outlook International, the company reports:
Kornit Digital, a manufacturer of direct-to-garment and digital roll-to-roll textile printing solutions, plans to demonstrate the ‘game-changing possibilities’ that cutting edge technologies can offer competitive and visionary enterprises in Asia by showing high speed and entry level digital printers in Shanghai.
It is showcasing two machines in its portfolio, from entry-level equipment to mass production solutions at FESPA China & CSGIA 2013 taking place at Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center from 18-20 November.
Pringle of Scotland, the knitwear favoured by celebrities such as Scarlett Johansson, Madonna and Tilda Swinton, has narrowed its annual losses despite suffering a 30% slide in sales.
The company’s owners also admitted they do not expect it to deliver a profit in the near future but pledged to keep investing in the business.
Parent group Pringle Enterprises ploughed £6 million into the company during the past financial year, which ended on 26 January, and has injected a further £4.3m since then.
Protective clothing and condom maker Ansell will pay more than $40m to buy South Korean glove maker Midas.
Ansell says the takeover will provide it with new manufacturing capabilities in specialised yarn and polyurethane technology, which will be important in accelerating growth of the company's HyFlex range.
Estimates for the third quarter of 2013 and outlook for the fourth quarter of this year for global yarn and fabric output are positive in Asia and negative in Europe, according to ITMF, the International Textile Manufacturers Federation.
ITMF is an international Association for the world’s textile industries, dedicated to keeping its world-wide membership constantly informed through surveys, studies and publications and through the organisation of annual conferences.
Lycra brand owner Invista has announced the winner of the Lycra Future Designers Award – part of the WGSN Global Fashion Awards ceremony.
Lucy Gardner from the UK scooped the coveted prize at a glamorous event at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London on 30 October. Competition included designs from across the globe, ranging from cycling garments, swimwear and lingerie.
Lucy said: “I am absolutely thrilled to win this prestigious prize. Lycra fibre is such a well-known brand across the world and the fibre is so versatile for designs, no matter what apparel you are incorporating the fibre in. I can’t wait to see my designs come to life and to work with Invista in getting the collection in front of buyers, designers, stores and consumers. This is one of the most exciting things that has happened to me!”
Overall orders of textile machinery for the third quarter of 2013 dropped by 7% compared to the previous quarter, ACIMIT reports.
ACIMIT President Raffaella Carabelli said: “The slowdown in the Chinese market is taking its toll abroad, whereas in Italy a general lack of confidence is hurting a recovery in investments.”
Gildan Activewear has appointed Russ Hagey, a Senior Partner and the Worldwide Chief Talent Officer of Bain & Company, a leading management consulting firm, to its Board of Directors that now comprises ten members.
HanesBrands, a leading marketer of everyday basic apparel under world-class brands, has reported double-digit earnings growth in the third quarter 2013. The company delivered strong profitability despite general retail weakness in the back-to-school selling period. Operating profit in the quarter ended 28 September, increased by 13% to $177 million, and net sales in the quarter decreased by 2% to $1.2 billion.
“We had a great quarter with record earnings and strong margins,” commented Hanes Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard A. Noll. “Our brands are gaining share, our supply chain is generating savings, and our product innovations are creating value. Given our strong earnings momentum, we are raising our earnings guidance for both 2013 and 2014 despite a soft retail environment.”
Unifi has released preliminary results for the first quarter ended 29 September 2013 of its 2014 fiscal year.
Net income for the September 2013 quarter was $8.9 million, compared to net income of $2.3 million for the September 2012 quarter. This reflects gains from improved margins, lower net interest expenses and higher earnings from the company's unconsolidated equity affiliates.
Invista was back in Verona last week to host the third edition of its unique leg wear event ‘Lycra Fibre Moves’, where the company announced its two latest innovations – Living Lights and FREEF!T technologies by Lycra fibre during its global conference and Gala Dinner to more than 300 textile industry professionals from all over the world.
Germany has done its bit for the global Campaign for Wool this year by initiating a special fashion project called Wool School, a design competition in cooperation with selected retail partners and colleges of fashion and design.
Archroma, a leader in colour and specialty chemicals, and the former textile, paper and emulsions businesses of Clariant, has received the prestigious ICIS Innovation Award for Best Business Innovation for its One Way sustainability service.
It has been recognised for its game-changing approach to textile manufacturing based on the strong conviction that both ecological and economic benefits are reachable, the company reports.
Scotland’s textile sector has set itself new industry growth targets after exceeding its 2020 targets for turnover growth and research and development investment by 12% and 96% respectively. The latest figures, Scottish Enterprise says, recognise the significant gains in international trade which see the industry well on its way to achieving a 50% increase in exports by 2017.
A Wisconsin textile manufacturer Monterey Mills has acquired Glenoit Fabrics, a leader in high pile knit fabrics for apparel, accessories, footwear and specialty products, which operates a mill in Tarboro, NC.
Monterey Mills, formerly a competitor of Glenoit’s, plans to modernise the Tarboro plant in an effort to turn around its sagging fortunes. The acquisition includes the machines inside the plant but not the building itself, which Monterey will lease from the local ownership group.
The company acquired Glenoit from a local ownership group that had bought the business from Haixin, a Chinese company that acquired Glenoit in 2002.
Ramsay McDonald Group, textile agents in Australasia, is pleased to offer for sale a full and comprehensive range of knitting and dyeing production plant and equipment located at the New South Wales, Australia sites of Standard Knit Fabrics and Universal Dye Works.
The topic of responsible textile creation became the subject of a roundtable discussion for the first time at the Première Vision apparel fabric show, that took place from 17-19 September in Paris.
Nearly 200 industry players, such as knitters, weavers, fashion brands, designers and consumers, attended the conference to hear the panel of fashion and textile experts discuss the new issues of responsibility in the textile industry.
Calzedonia, an Italian lingerie retailer, has expanded its production facilities in Sri Lanka, and increased its workforce to 12,000 from 9,000 with enhanced capacity.
Calzedonia, which owns several brands including Intimissimi and Tezenis, now has a network of 3,100 shops in Central and Eastern Europe and employs 9,000 people in Sri Lanka in a network of factories.
Its first factory Omega Line now employs 3,070 workers, and its second one, Sirio, started in 2002, now employs 2,233 people. Alpha Apparel, started in 2005, now has 2,035 workers, and Benji, started only four years ago employs 1,940 people.
The German Textile Machinery Association (VDMA) is arranging two technological conferences in Indian textile centres this year in order to improve the level of knowledge about German textile machinery manufacturers and to spread information about the latest technological developments.
The VDMA event series will bear the title 'German technology meets Indian textiles'. It will be held at the Taj President Hotel in Mumbai on 3 December and at the Le Meridian Hotel in Coimbatore on 5 December.
The textile machinery builder Karl Mayer has announced some of the new courses that will feature in the programme at the Karl Mayer Academy, which specialises in well targeted knowledge transfer.
This training centre is based at the company’s headquarters in Obertshausen and also has branches in India and China.
Warp and weft knitted fabrics producer Willy Hermann is said to be streets ahead of other manufacturers when it comes producing fine knitted fabrics. The long-established company was set up in 1934 and is currently being run by the third generation of the family, employing a workforce of 130 in two locations in Austria. The company’s headquarters are in Hard and it also has interests in a finishing company in Saxony, Germany to enable it to supply products of the highest quality.
HanesBrands, a leading marketer of everyday basic apparel, has acquired Maidenform Brands for approximately $583 million.
Maidenform is a leading seller of bras, shapewear and panties under brands such as Maidenform, Flexees, Lilyette, Self Expressions and Sweet Nothings.
“Maidenform is a great company with strong brands and a rich tradition of innovation in intimate apparel,” commented Richard A. Noll, Hanes Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “The Maidenform business and brands are a perfect addition and complement to our core business and brands. This is an excellent use of our strong free cash flow to create value.”
India could emerge as the largest hub for sourcing of apparel and knitwear garments in the next five years, according to Indian apparel industry officials.
"With China showing more interest in engineering and IT sector and Bangladesh being looked at as a non-compliant country, global players, both in traditional and non-traditional markets are eyeing India's potential for outsourcing with great interest,” commented A Shaktivel, Chairman, Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC).
Since June of this year, long-term VDMA (German Engineering Federation) member H. Stoll GmbH & Co. KG has been an active partner of the ‘Blue Competence’ Sustainability Initiative launched by the organisation.
Yesim Textile, a leading manufacturer of knit goods for US and European retailers, took part in the 'Online monitoring of wastewater' project, started by its region’s Metropolitan Municipality. Yesim Textile is the ninth company to launch the monitoring station, with the support of the Bursa Metropolitan Municipality.
Mayor Recep Altepe recently visited the site to examine the station with Senol Sankaya, Yesim Textile CEO. He said: “Yesim Textile is a company that services the world's leading brands in production and is one of the most established companies in Bursa. In the factory there is already existing treatment plant. We established the station here to observe if the system was operating and to show the plant as an example for other companies.”
Archroma has announced its official launch as a newly formed colour and specialty chemicals company that comprises the former Textile Specialties, Paper Solutions and Emulsion Products businesses of Clariant.
To be led by CEO Alexander Wessels, the newly recruited senior leadership team will work closely with the current heads of the three businesses acquired from Clariant.
“We’re open for business with a new name and a financially strong and knowledgeable parent who believes in our technology, brand and leading market positions,” said new CEO Alexander Wessels.
ACIMIT, the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers, will work together with the local consulting firm BCaD based in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, to promote Italian technology applied to the textile industry.
Following the recent institutional mission, ACIMIT has laid the groundwork towards strengthening links between Italian machinery manufacturers and Ethiopian textile companies.
Swiss yarn spinner Herman Bühler will be showcasing its new AirJet spun Swiss Tencel Micro yarns at the Filo yarn exhibition in Milan from 9-10 October. Made with Lenzing Micro Tencel fibres, the product is what the company calls “a high-tech yarn with low-tech appeal; because of its special fibre structure, the growth of bacteria is inhibited, and more fibres in the yarn cross-section means greater fineness.”
North Carolina-based Guilford Performance Textiles, which is known for producing high quality synthetic knit fabrics for automotive and specialty applications, is partnering with Concept III to develop business with leading outdoor and active wear US apparel brands.
European Confederation of Linen and Hemp (CELC) has launched its European Flax label at the Première Vision show that took place in Paris from 17-19 September.
It has also announced the creation of the ‘Observatoire des Fibres Liberiennes’ (Bast Fibre Authority), aiming to establish a common platform for specialised textile and clothing laboratories for the identification of bast fibres such as linen, hemp and ramie.
TS Knitwear who are based in Leicester UK, require an experienced knitwear technician with experience of Stoll M1 programming software as well as knowledge on Stoll CMS machines.
Knitwear Solutions, the area dedicated to the creativity of flatbed knits, was inaugurated at the September edition of Premiere Vision last year and since then it has been growing steadily: with an increasing presence of knitwear in ready-to-wear collections, it only seemed obvious to expand this dedicated platform to provide both designers and manufacturers alike with an opportunity to meet and establish new business relationships.
In comparison with September 2012, when only 26 companies showed, there are already 50 exhibitors confirmed and an additional 26 new companies that will show at the next edition of Premiere Vision. Knitwear Solutions is not only a platform dedicated to manufacturers from all over the world, but it fulfils all the requirements dictated by the demanding process of knitwear design, from the numerous spinners showing at Expofil, to the manufacturers and also the knit design studios present at Indigo.
James Sugden, Group Managing Director at leading Scottish cashmere knitwear producer Johnstons of Elgin is backing plans to establish a £4 million innovation centre at Heriot-Watt University’s Galashiels campus in the Scottish Borders. Formerly the Scottish College of Textiles, the Galashiels campus has long been the leading centre for textiles education in Scotland.
Gildan Activewear announced today that it is evaluating potential sites in the Southern United States for the construction of two additional yarn-spinning facilities, to support its projected sales growth and further reinforce its position as a global low cost manufacturer. Gildan says the facilities will be built with the most modern technology, which will help it continue to differentiate the product quality of its branded products. 700 new jobs are expected to be created.
Exports to EU countries from many of the world’s leading clothing exporting countries fell at rapid rates in 2012, reflecting continuing uncertain economic conditions in the region, according to a new report from the global business information company Textiles Intelligence – Trade and trade policy: the world’s leading clothing exporters and key markets.
Exports to countries in the Middle East, by contrast, grew strongly – as did exports to a number of countries in Asia and South America.
Gildan Activewear is one of only two North American companies to be included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index in the textiles, apparel and luxury goods sector, the company reports. “We are proud to be recognised for our commitment to sustainability by our inclusion in this prestigious global index,” said Glenn Chamandy, President and Chief Executive Officer.
“All of our stakeholders can continue to have confidence that our vertical manufacturing and supply chain business model allow us to ensure that the Gildan family of branded products are manufactured in safe and responsible working conditions, which is now further reinforced by our inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index.”
According to the latest Bangladesh based Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) data, in July this year knitwear products fetched $1.25 billion, registering a 25.24% growth over the same period last year.
Of the total export earnings, knitwear items fetched $2.10 billion during the first two months of the current fiscal year, which is an increase of 17.19% since the last year. Earnings from knit items surpassed the target by 5.69%.
The new EUR 17.5m worth Health and Education Centre GEBIZ opened its doors at Groz-Beckert this month, demonstrating the company’s commitment to education and health.
In its ‘Kita Malesfelsen’ day nursery and its ‘Grundschule Malesfelsen’ elementary school, the GEBIZ offers all-day care and education for kids up to 10 years old.
The newly-constructed complex of buildings at the Groz-Beckert headquarters in Albstadt also includes the ‘BKK Groz-Beckert’ health insurance fund and the ‘Vitalzentrum Malesfelsen’, which offers fitness and prevention programmes. The building also houses a company physician, medics and a physiotherapy centre.
Kayser-Roth Corporation, a major marketer of hosiery and intimates products in the United States, is expanding its manufacturing facilities with up to US 28 million being invested into its Burlington and Asheboro, USA operations, with construction expected to start soon.
Kayser-Roth’s hosiery and legwear band ‘No nonsense’ is partnering with Wal-Mart, a multinational retail corporation, in attempt to promote local growth and expand the Made in America programme.
Mattes & Ammann, the Swabian knitted fabrics manufacturer, became the first textile company in Germany and the EU economic area to be awarded the Oeko-Tex Sustainable Textile Production (STeP) certificate in July this year.
Prof Dr Stefan Mecheels, head of the Hohenstein Institute, handed over the STeP certificate to owner and Managing Director Christoph Larsen-Mattes and his team on behalf of the OEKO-TEX Association.
"We would like to congratulate Mattes & Ammann on exemplary implementation of their sustainable company philosophy", said Mecheels. "Their example, over many years now, has shown that a careful and responsible approach pays off, even in a highly competitive market, and that example is giving other companies the courage to follow the same path."
Van de Velde, the producer of luxury lingerie, has reported a decrease in its consolidated turnover by 1.8% from EUR 98.7million for the first half 2013. On a comparable basis consolidated turnover fell by 2.5%.
The company’s net profit amounted EUR 19.7 million, which entails a fall of 12.7% compared with the same period last year (€22.6m).
The company expects better development in the second half of the year as it reports a very positive reception for the launch of its new bathing wear line within PrimaDonna.
The Woolmark Company has released an updated and improved version of The Wool Lab app, available on Apple iTunes for iPads.
The Wool Lab Version 2.0 mirrors the mood boards and fabric swatches and presents the seven inspiring themes from The Wool Lab Autumn/Winter 2014/15 edition. The Woolmark Company will release a new version of The Wool Lab app as each seasonal edition is launched.
Galleria Intima, India’s largest sourcing fair for intimate apparel professionals came to an end on 24 August, 2013, receiving a massive response from the industry, the Intimate Apparel Association of India (IAAI) reports.
Taking place from 23-24 August at the Grand Hyatt, Goa, the second edition of the show surpassed the organisers’ expectations, welcoming about 1200 visitors, including 850 intimate apparel manufacturers. The event was inaugurated by Goa Tourism Minister Shri Dilip Parulekar and was also attended by the Chief Minister of Goa, Shri Manohar Parrikar, and National Secretary of BJP, Smt Arti Mehra.
Yusuf Dohadwala, CEO of IAAI commented: “IAAI has once again proved its commitment towards the industry’s growth. Galleria Intima has pushed many boundaries in its second round and has given the industry new scope. Over four billion rupees worth of business was transacted over these two days”.
The Taiwan Textile Federation (TTF), a private sector group, expects Taiwanese companies that attended a fashion trade exhibition in Las Vegas are to obtain about US$5 million worth of orders.
The 16 textile exporters from Taiwan displayed readymade clothing, hats, socks and other accessories to potential foreign buyers at the Las Vegas Magic Show 2013 that was held from 18-21 August.
In first half of 2013 Lenzing has generated earnings in line with the company’s expectations, but considerably below the first half of 2012. Consolidated sales declined by 6.8% in the first half of 2013 to EUR 989.9 million. Furthermore, there was a loss of external sales of about EUR 42.5 million at the Paskov pulp plant.
EBITDA amounted to EUR 162.0 million, down 16.3% from the first half of 2012. The EBITDA margin was 16.4% in contrast to the prior year figure of 18.2%. Earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) in the first half-year totalled EUR 103 million, a decrease of 27%.
The disposal of the Business Unit Plastics by the Lenzing Group resulted in a cash inflow of EUR 61.7 million and a gain on disposal before taxes of EUR 25.9 million at the half-year reporting date.
A.Monforts Textilmaschinen has opened a massive new Advanced Technological Centre (ATC), which occupies a 1500m2 area in a complete hall at the company’s headquarters in Blumenberger Strasse, Mönchengladbach. The ATC will allow customers in-house opportunities to undertake trials on Monforts dyeing and finishing machines under fully confidential, real production conditions.
The new ATC includes comprehensive test facilities, where dyeing and finishing trials can be performed with the customers own knitted, woven or nonwoven fabrics or technical textiles, under full working conditions.
CRAiLAR Technologies, which produces and markets CRAiLAR Flax fibre, has reported sales of $0.2 million and a net loss of $3.0 million for the company’s first revenue quarter ended 29 June 2013. This compares with no sales and a net loss of $1.4 million for the same reference period of 2012.
The quarter's loss includes expenses not present last year, such as interest of $0.5 million, depreciation of $0.3 million and an impairment loss of $0.5 million. "The second quarter of 2013 was another important milestone for the company as we transitioned from a pre-revenue company to a revenue generating company," commented Ken Barker, CEO of CRAiLAR.
Made-in-America was an important topic at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, held July 31 – August 3 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City. With 1400 exhibitors and over 27,000 visitors expected, the show was alive with new product and ideas for active and outdoor living.
Gildan Activewear, a leading supplier of quality branded basic family apparel, has announced its results for its third fiscal quarter ended 30 June 2013. Earnings were a record for a fiscal quarter, and were at the top end of the guidance range. Net earnings were US $115.8 million for the third fiscal quarter, compared with net earnings of US $78.6 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2012.
According to the company, the growth in the net earnings was due to lower cotton costs, higher unit sales volumes, more favourable branded product-mix in Branded Apparel, increased supply chain and manufacturing efficiencies, and lower financial expenses, partially offset by lower net selling prices for Printwear.
Italy has recorded 12% overall growth in new orders for textile machinery for the second quarter of 2013, thanks to foreign markets (+14%) and a stable domestic market (-1%).
Unifi, a producer and processor of multi-filament polyester and nylon textured yarns and related raw materials, has released preliminary operating results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended June 30, 2013. The company's reported net sales increased by 6.8% to $200.7 million, compared to net sales of $187.9 million for the same period last year.
Net income for the June 2013 quarter, however, resulted in $0.54 per share, compared to $0.56 per share for the June 2012 quarter, showing a decrease caused, according to the company, by lower earnings of unconsolidated affiliates and higher income tax expense.
According to ITMF, an international association for the world’s textile industries, global yarn production jumped in the first quarter of 2013 in comparison to the previous quarter as a result of higher output in Asia, North and South America.
HanesBrands, a leading marketer of everyday basic apparel under world-class brands, has announced that it plans to acquire Maidenform Brands for $23.50 per share, a 30% premium to Maidenform’s average closing price over the past 30 days.
The transaction, valued at approximately $575 million, is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2013 and deliver full benefits within three years of more than $500 million in incremental annual sales and $65 million of free cash flow.
Nylstar, one of the leading suppliers of polyamide 6.6, has announced the appointment of Zigor Kortazar as Corporate General Manager and plans to double its turnover in the next 5 years.
The newly created position, according to Nylstar, will be key to managing the growth of the company, which so far this year has increased its turnover by 20%. Zigor Kortazar will embrace the challenge of leading a group in full expansion that expects to maintain at least a rate of 20% annual growth over the next five years and increase its production capacity by a total of 10,000 tons in the next five years.
Textile and clothing exports from member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) declined sharply in 2012, according to a new report from the global business information company Textiles Intelligence.
The main causes were declines in exports to the USA and the EU, although the overall trends masked significant variations in export performances between Asean member countries.
Nike has introduced a new range of running shoes which allows runners to reap the benefits of the natural motion found in Nike Free platform technology and the ‘supportive second skin fit’ of its seamlessly flat knitted Flyknit technology. The Nike Free Flyknit unites two of Nike’s most innovative and popular technologies to deliver barefoot-like flexibility and a compression fit that is said to lock the foot in place.
The 73rd edition of Pitti Filati concluded in Florence last week. Once again, the closing figures of the AW 14 edition seemed very promising: the number of buyers increased by 2.5% compared to last year, with 2,500 foreign buyers (6% more than last year). The number of Italian buyers remained the same as the previous edition, even though more national companies attended the show.
The independent testing and certification system Oeko-Tex presented its Sustainability Award to the leading fibre manufacturer Lenzing in the category ‘Product Innovation’, soon after the company celebrated its anniversary under a logo ‘75 Years of Innovation’.
Five companies from the textile and clothing industry received an award each in a different category: environmental management, quality management, social responsibility, safety management and product innovation.
Oeko-Tex presented the first Sustainability Award to five companies from the textile and clothing industry during an evening event in Frankfurt last week.
The Sustainability Award was created in 2012 on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Oeko-Tex. By the end of last year, over 80 companies from 22 countries had applied for the award.
Fifteen companies that showed their determination to meet the ecological and social challenges in their segment were nominated for the award. A jury with seven representatives of the Oeko-Tex Association, of NGOs, industry and research as well as associations and the trade press then selected the winners.
Gildan Activewear, a leading supplier of quality branded basic family apparel, including T-shirts, fleece, sport shirts, socks and underwear, has signed an agreement to acquire the assets of New Buffalo Shirt Factory Inc. (New Buffalo) and its operating affiliate in Honduras, for approximately U.S. $7 million. The transaction is expected to close with immediate effect.
Leading Italian manufacturer of circular knitting machines for seamless garments, Santoni will be showcasing its latest machines and know-how at the upcoming Shanghaitex exhibition which runs from 10-13 June in Shanghai, China.
China’s Yiwu International Exhibition on Hosiery, Knitting, Dyeing And Finishing Machinery (Yiwu Knitting) will now run concurrently with Zhejiang Government’s Yiwu International Manufacturing Equipment Expo starting this year, as China’s knitting sector continues to grow in importance.
Groz-Beckert relaunched its website (www.groz-beckert.com ) on 1st May with a new fresh design and expanded content and functionality.
The world’s leading producer of man-made cellulose fibres Lenzing AG has developed a polo shirt made from Tencel fibres in cooperation with knitted garments manufacturer Loeffler, which will be worn by employees of the Upper Austrian Red Cross.
A world leader in fibres, Invista is coming back to visit a second edition of Galleria Intima, India’s only sourcing fair for intimate apparel professionals that will run 23-24 August 2013.
The annual Knitwear Fashion Show at the Mira Hong Kong showcased 20 collections of four outfits from 20 graduating students of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU)'s Institute of Textiles and Clothing (ITC) majoring in knitwear design last week.
Leading German warp knitting machine builder Liba Maschinenfabrik GmbH has won a Techtextil Innovation Prize 2013 in the ‘new technology’ category for its patented Multi Compact Fabric which uses an innovative weft insertion technology.
Lectra, a leader in integrated technology solutions for industries using soft materials such as apparel fabrics, technical textiles and composite materials has announced the success of its early-adopter program for its Modaris 3D system.
Mrs. Kazuyo Shima, beloved wife of Dr. Masahiro Shima, President of Shima Seiki Mfg., Ltd., passed away at age 75 on 6th May 2013.
Earlier this year when 4,662 innovative products from 1,865 inventive companies competed for one of the world’s most treasured design prizes, the red dot - X-BIONIC, the high-tech sportswear brand won double honours in Essen. The innovative Swiss company was able to convince judges with its latest technological invention and won an award for its Precuperation/Recovery Shirt & Trousers and a second award for its Precuperation/Recovery Socks. Both products aid sports performance and muscle recovery through the application of compression.
Our client based in the East Midlands, UK is seeking to recruit an experienced Stoll Knitting Technician.
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.
Karl Mayer’s longstanding managing partner, Fritz P. Mayer, will retire from the company on 30th June 2013 and from the 1st July 2013, he will represent the Mayer family on the Supervisory Board, together with Suzanne Forker. Mayer will be replaced by Arno Gärtner who joined the Management Board of Karl Mayer Holding on 1st March 2013.
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.
Algodonera del Valle is a vertically-integrated textiles operation with headquarters in Buenos Aires, which has developed into one of the largest textile companies in Argentina by continual investment in spinning, knitting and finishing, over the past few decades. The family-run enterprise is specialized in the manufacture of soft knitting yarns for the domestic market and a good cooperation with textile machinery manufacturer Rieter is an important component for its success.
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.
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.
Eurojersey, the leading Italian warp knitter behind the innovative, patented Sensitive Fabrics concept, has launched a new fabric called Sensitive Sculpt, which it says offers innovative and exclusive functional qualities and numerous benefits for users.
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.
According to Australian wool industry experts, the’ next-to-skin’ wool garment industry is set to be transformed by two ground-breaking new fabric testing devices available for commercial use through the Australian Wool Testing Authority (AWTA). Used together the Wool ComfortMeter and Wool HandleMeter are said to allow manufacturers and retailers to produce and market vastly improved next-to-skin garments.
In this two part feature, Debra Cobb takes a look at a new high-tech wave of interactive functional yarns and fabrics which are designed to deliver a whole range of benefits to wearers. You can read Part 1 at Ancient wisdom inspires ‘responsive’ Far Infrared fibres – Part 1.
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.
Turkey’s leading knitted garments manufacturer Yeşim Tekstil received Gold and Honor Image awards in this year’s USA based SGIA Specialty Printing and Imaging Fair for its innovative T-shirts.
Interfilière Hong Kong closed its doors for the 7th time on a positive note at the end of March, with a 5% increase in overseas visitors. For the 2013 show, the organiser, Eurovet, focused on bringing innovation and creativity to the show to inspire Asian and international designers and buyers. Eurovet says the show had a very high international attendance on day one which reaffirmed the importance of Hong Kong as a centre for intimates and swimwear.
On 6, 7 and 8 July 2013, 300 exhibitors and nearly 11,500 visitors will come together at Interfilière Paris, which the organisers Eurovet describe as the only trade fair to attract the highest performing international textiles for intimates and beachwear.
If the turnout at last month’s Private Show at Shima Seiki Italia is anything to go by, then the Italian knitwear industry is in fine shape and looking to invest in the very latest knitting technology to help it maintain its competitive advantage over other global knitwear manufacturing centres.
Under the slogan ‘Three Degrees of Natural Motion’ Nike is introducing three special edition shoes which will be available this week in Europe - the Nike Flyknit Racer, Flyknit Trainer HTM, both of which incorporate the company’s revolutionary Flyknit seamless flat knitted uppers, and the Inneva Woven a lightweight shoe with a woven upper.
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’.
Horticulture in the Netherlands is big business. Not only is the country an international leader in flowers, plants, bulbs, and food products; it is also in innovator in solutions for greenhouse horticulture. According to the NL Agency, a division of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Dutch greenhouses cover an area of more than 10560 km2, with a focus on technologies that facilitate energy efficiency and adaptability to climate change.
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.
Scotland's oldest continually operating knitwear mill is to close, with the loss of more than 30 jobs after liquidators KPMG say the have attempted to find a buyer but no interest was expressed.
Fibre producer Invista has acquired Ashburn Hill Corp., along with its associated intellectual property, including the Tecgen brands and a manufacturing operation in Texas. The company says Tecgen flame resistant garment products will expand its existing performance and protective fabric offerings, as well as add a new skill set to the company.
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.
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.
Nike has announced a strategic partnership with Swiss company bluesign technologies to accelerate the supply of sustainable materials and chemistries for use in its products. The strategic partnership unlocks the potential for bluesign technologies’ industry-leading assessment tools to become accessible to materials suppliers, at an unprecedented scale and pace.
Leading cellulosic fibre producer Lenzing has been selected by the Underfashion Club as a FEMMY 2013 Honoree in the Supplier category. Andreas Dorner, Lenzing’s Global Marketing Director for the Textile Fibers Group, accepted the award at the 2013 Femmy Gala in New York City this week.
At the 21st edition of Spinexpo Shanghai, a new Knitwear Pavilion is bringing together the best and the brightest of Asia’s new generation of knitwear producers. These young entrepreneurs defy old stereotypes with the latest equipment, dedication to design, and willingness to engage in an open exchange with their partner customers from traditional as well as new markets. It’s a new way of doing business, bringing fresh ideas to stimulate customer thinking, and resulting in differentiated product that reflects the trends yet is tailored to the needs of the customer.
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.
Mauritius Headquartered clothing group Ciel Textiles posted a fractional dip in first half pre-tax profits last week, as a jump in profits from woven items offset a sharp fall in knitted goods profits.
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.
PVH Corp. announced earlier this week it has completed the acquisition of The Warnaco Group, Inc., which now makes it one of the largest global branded lifestyle apparel companies in the world. With a diversified portfolio of iconic brands led by Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, as well as its heritage brands – Van Heusen, IZOD, ARROW, Bass, Speedo, Olga and Warner’s, PVH has revenues of over $8 billion.
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.
Invista reports that it started production this week at its new, polyamide salt plant, an expansion of the company’s polymer facility in Rozenburg, the Netherlands. The expanded site will serve the company’s European fibre and plastic customers through its integrated supply chain.
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.
CRAiLAR Technologies has announced it has retained MZ Group as its investor relations advisor in Canada and the U.S. MZ Group will assist CRAiLAR with communicating its corporate, financial and investor-related developments to shareholders and investors, as well as expanding its shareholder base, particularly in the United States and Canada.
Karl Mayer’s textile machines produce warp-knitted textiles which make many areas of day-to-day life easier, better and more attractive – but they also provide the inspiration for new works of art.
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.
Leading Japanese computerized flat knitting machine manufacturer Shima Seiki has launched a fantastic new video of a fashion show, which the company put on for customers during its three day 50th Anniversary Celebration event held at its hometown in November 2012 in Japan - and it really is worth watching, both for the content and for the camera work.
Montreal based ITM World Group, a specialist international dealer in used knitting machines, is offering for sale, a complete knitwear manufacturing facility in Guatemala, Central America. The machinery and equipment is located at the Guatemala factory of Koam Knitting S.A., a Los Angeles, California headquartered company which closed recently due to lack of orders from its customers.
According to researchers at Nottingham Trent University in the UK, wearable computers which can withstand washing are one step closer thanks to a technology which integrates electronic micro devices into yarns. The academics developed a prototype garment to demonstrate the technology, which they say could be used for medical and military purposes.
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.
Schoeller Textil AG has appointed Stefano Tonizzo as head of its knitted textiles business - Business Unit Knits. Tonizzo is said to possess a comprehensive knowledge of knitted textiles thanks to many years working at Greuter Jersey AG. Since September 2010, he has been working in sales at Schoeller Textil.
Outside was snow, on snow, on snow; inside Hall 1 of Paris’ Porte de Versailles some 26,373 designers, buyers, retailers, and decision makers gathered at the January 2013 Interfilière and Salon International de la Lingerie in search of new concepts in fabrics, technologies, and brand development. Indeed, the show’s ambience seemed particularly suited to the weather, with cozy igloos and fur throws, hostess’ costumes of winter white fleece capes and boots, and trend forums featuring shimmering, sparkling, iridescent innovations.
NatureWorks, supplier of biopolymers based Ingeo fibres, has announced that the company has located its first Asia Pacific regional headquarters in Bangkok and has expanded its team of senior commercial, managerial and technical personnel to enhance support of Ingeo customers throughout the region and to expand business.
Scottish Borders knitwear manufacturer Peter Scott is on the road to recovery after being placed in administration just three years ago.
After examining new research findings, Lycra brand owner Invista says it is introducing new quality standards for natural fibre based underwear.
A global cross-gender consumer study led by Strategic Insights surveyed 4,000 men and women. It yielded interesting statistics on customer preferences, revealing that consumers have high standards when purchasing underwear.
Sri Lankan new start knitted fabric maker Lumiere Textiles Ltd commenced production recently ahead of its official opening in May 2013. The $ 15 million Sri Lankan BOI (Board of Investment) approved company, which has an initial production capacity of 10,000 kg (around 40,000m) of circular knitted fabric a day, made its first fabric deliveries to customers in the past few weeks, which will go into underwear garments for a renowned international retailer.
Its official - the next edition of Techtextil will be bigger than ever before. According to organiser Mess Frankfurt, the number of exhibitor registrations for the trade fair, which will be held in Frankfurt am Main from 11 to 13 June 2013, is already significantly higher than at the comparable time two years ago.
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.
Well Link Consultants, organizers of SPINEXPO Shanghai and SPINEXPO New York have announced the dates of their 2013 shows.
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.
Leading computerized flat knitting machine manufacturer Shima Seiki Mfg., Ltd. of Wakayama, Japan celebrated its 50th Anniversary on February 4th, 2012 and in November, the company held a gala celebration with over 1400 customers and 1300 employees over a 3-day period.
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.
We were inspired by the work of a number of the knitwear design graduates who took part in Texprint 2012, when it was showcased at Premiere Vision in Paris this September – so much so that we asked prize winner Carlo Volpi to blog for us here on Knitting Industry – Carlo Volpi’s Knit Blog.
DyStar is planning to transfer textile chemical production from its plant in Hangzhou to a multi-purpose manufacturing site in Nanjing.
Karl Mayer reports that the new EL drive system on the HKS 4-M EL tricot machine optimises the price:performance ratio. The company says the high-speed HKS 4 EL tricot machine is extremely efficient and highly flexible at the same time, which makes it perfect for meeting market requirements.
Knitwear companies in the Scottish Borders aim to save thousands of pounds through a new website called Yarn Exchange, a scheme initiated by knitwear manufacturers in the Borders town of Galashiels and Hawick. The Yarn Exchange is a specially developed database-driven website that aims to enable textiles businesses in the region and beyond to buy and sell excess yarns.
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.
Leading seamless circular knitting machine builder Santoni has reported strong sales of its machines into the sportswear sector especially for the production of merino wool based seamless garments. Sportswear manufacturers are mainly interested in the Italian company’s SM8 TR1 machine for single jersey garments with mesh effects – particularly in 24 gauge for zonal knitting or body mapping in natural fibres such as merino wool.
Leading yarns and knitwear exhibition Spinexpo is launching a brand new Knitwear Pavilion at its March 2013 Shanghai edition which will incorporate knitwear trends for SS 2014 and colour of the season by WGSN.
UK based Armadillo Merino reports that the Italian navy is set to order thousands of its British developed hi-tech garments, which give unprecedented next-to-skin protection and performance in action.
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.
Amongst the 600+ cutting edge knitwear samples displayed at the Big Whale arena in Wakayama, Japan, at last month’s Shima Seiki 50th Anniversary Celebration, was the Spring 2013 collection of a new US based up and coming knitwear brand called Kotoba.
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.
According to a report on www.news.lk this morning, the official government news portal for Sri Lanka, MAS Holdings is expanding its manufacturing scope with an investment in automated knitting technologies, fully renovating a 200,000 square foot facility to accommodate the largest, automated knitting plant in the region. No technical details regarding the investment were revealed.
Leading German flat knitting machine builder Stoll is giving new life to an ancient method of embellishing fabrics with the introduction of its Stoll-devoré knit© technique for flat knitting.
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.
German medical device manufacturer Maquet Cardiopulmonary AG is investing in a new clean room production centre and research laboratory in Hechingen which will be used to process and further develop its range of knitted textile based medical devices and other products.
Yeşim Tekstil says it has once again demonstrated its sensitivity and responsibility for the environment by becoming a member of the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) in September. The leading eco-friendly Turkish knit goods manufacturer claims it has once again displayed exemplary behaviour by becoming a member of organisation.
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.
A three-pronged initiative by Textured Jersey, Sri Lanka’s largest manufacturer of circular knitted fabric, to showcase the potential of locally-produced knitted fabrics to the global fashion industry will be one of the highlights of the 2012 Sri Lanka Design Festival (SLDF).
Iconic Italian knitwear brand Missoni is to launch a lower priced diffusion line of its famous zig-zag patterned knitwear. The news was announced after the company’s collaboration last year with US fashion chain Target, which was an instant sell out.
For nearly 30 years, Interfilière has made its mark as the leader in the fabrics and accessories market for intimates and beachwear. Positioned as both a trend-setter and business platform, Interfilière, the organisers say, combines innovation, tradition and the most high-performance expertise.
Textured Jersey Ltd (TJL), a leading manufacturer of circular knitted fabrics, has demonstrated its operating excellence by doubling its net profits for the quarter ended 30 September 2012 (2Q FY2012/13), according to financial results released to the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) this week.
Luxury goods brand Chanel is taking its annual Metiers d'Art collection to Scotland next month were its lavish fashion show will be showcased in the ruins of Linlithgow Palace in West Lothian, the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots.
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.
Matress ticking supplier Bekaert Textiles, with world headquarters in Waregem, Belgium, has acquired Spanish competitor Enbasa Laval.
The use of textiles in the automotive industry is set for significant growth, according to a new report from the business information company Textiles Intelligence and knitted and woven fabrics will continueto dominate.
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.
Teijin Limited has announced that Teijin (Thailand) Limited in the Bang Pa-in Industrial Estate of Thailand’s Ayutthaya Province, which was flooded by torrential rainfall in October 2011 and then resumed partial operation in February this year, returned to full-scale production on October 31. All three Teijin Group polyester production facilities in Thailand affected by the flooding are again operating normally.
The majority shareholders in Lacoste SA, the French apparel company known for its circular knitted piquet polo shirts and accessories decorated with a crocodile logo are selling to Swiss investors.
At this year’s India ITME 2012 to be held from 2nd to 7th December in Mumbai Karl Mayer will be presenting its most comprehensive machinery range ever displayed at ITME. The market leader invites the visitors to its booth to have a look at its innovative products in the sectors of warp knitting machines and warp preparation units.
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.
We are a fast growing impendent company looking to recruit a fully experienced programmer for our design and knitting department based in Thurmaston, Leicestershire in the East Midlands of the UK.
The successful applicant will be a team player and be conversant with Mach 2S, SWG-V Machines.
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.
European Flax, a new initiative by the European Confederation of Linen and Hemp (CELC) aimed at boosting the image of European linen in Japan, supporting it in India and creating it in China, a country which is expected to rank second in the world’s luxury market by 2017, was launched in October.
Well-known extreme climber and skier Benedikt Böhm (34), team member of the Advansa Thermo°Cool / Dynafit sponsored Hi-Speed mountaineers, has succeeded in conquering the world's eighth highest mountain Manaslu, in Nepal.
Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc. (NAT), which produces and markets CRAiLAR Flax Fiber, was recently granted $263,500 in incentives from Florence County, South Carolina to be used for its manufacturing and production in the region. Flax, grown as a winter crop in Florence and surrounding counties, will be processed at a new NAT facility there from 28 December 2012.
According to scientists at Germany’s Hohenstein Institute, in addition to modern sportswear, the market is increasingly demanding functional undergarments for the fashion and business sectors.
However, the researchers say, for these applications, fabrics with special properties are required which clearly differentiate them from sportswear. The Hohenstein says that these gaps in the market have now been closed by a current research project entitled (ZIM-Project KF2136724CJ2) which is investigating first-layer fabrics.
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.
Media reports emerged this afternoon which say adidas may be able to sell its adizero Primeknit running shoe with flat knitted upper in Germany from next month after a court ruled that a temporary injunction brought by rival Nike is not sustainable.
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.
In preparation for the next year’s European fabrics shows, Italian warp knitted fabrics producer Eurojersey has launched its Sensitive Fabrics Beachwear Trends 2014. The collection includes the company’s highly developed digital prints and here it talks us through the collection.
Janet Prescott reports from Milan
Filo is always a business show, people get straight to the point.
The latest edition, 10-11th October, in Milan, showed an increase in exhibitors, and business appeared brisk. This was despite lower production figures and higher imports registered in Italy for the sector during 2012.
Innovative fashion knitwear brand 019 Sweater Shop has launched a new online store to complement its popular Sheffield and Leicester retail outlets, giving the company not just a national, but a global presence and enabling its rapidly growing band of customers to browse and shop 24 hours a day, online.
Three Taiwanese industry organizations signed letters of intent with Japanese partners on Friday to pave the way for cooperation on technology, marketing and capital.
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.
Chanel, the luxury goods brand, has bought Barrie Knitwear a cashmere knitwear manufacturer based in the Scottish Borders town of Hawick, following the collapse of its owner Dawson International. Barrie has produced cashmere knitwear for Chanel for the past 25 years.
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).
Gerber Technology has announced the launch of a wide model version of its industry-leading GERBERcutter GTxL. This machine is designed to cut materials as wide as 2.2 meters (86 inches) and is said to be ideal for manufacturers of knitted fashion fabrics, technical textiles and furniture fabrics where wide materials are often used.
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.
Monforts’ Klaus A. Heinrichs talks about his company’s participation in the VDMA’s Blue Competence sustainability initiative.
Blue Competence is an initiative launched by the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) to demonstrate the know-how and experience of its members for sustainable solutions. Key points of the campaign are technologies and products that conserve raw materials, reduce emissions and sustainably improve the living conditions of people.
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.
Italian narrow fabrics machine manufacturer Comez, best known for its crochet machines, has been acquired by Swiss competitor Jakob Müller.
Shima Seiki President Dr Masahiro Shima has been inducted into the American Textile Hall of Fame, in recognition of his significant contribution to and support given to the industry.
German scarf manufacturing specialist V Fraas has installed a Montex 6500 stenter at its Zhangjiagang factory to allow the production of cashmere and woollen scarves.
The China division of German scarf manufacturing specialist V Fraas has installed a Monforts Montex 6500 stenter with integrated heat recovery system at its recently established plant in Zhangjiagang City, Jiangsu Province, to allow the company to add wool and cashmere to its production.
A top end Scottish knitwear mill which manufactures for the likes of Channel is said to be very close to being rescued.
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.
According to leading warp knitting machine builder Karl Mayer, its RD 6/1-12 and RD 7/2-12 (EL) models are the machines of choice when it comes to efficiently producing high-quality, warp-knitted spacer fabrics of medium thickness.
Karl Mayer has reported strong growth in India over the past 18 months and says it has up to 80% of the market and is still expanding its position. The German company says it has responded to the growing importance of the country by offering a “projected development of its supply of services, training programmes and new machine construction as well as an improved spare parts service”.
This article was written by Debra Cobb for our sister site Innovation in Textiles which has a technical textiles focus. However, the ‘fashion fabrics get technical’ message was so powerful and knits featured so heavily, that we thought we would publish it here too...
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.”
Just weeks after the closing of the Olympics, Nike has been granted an interim injunction against adidas for patent infringement by adidas’ adizero Primeknit shoe which it released in July on the eve of the London games. The patent or patents in question protect Nike’s revolutionary Flyknit shoe range which sport seamlessly knitted uppers produced on Stoll flat knitting machines.
Lenzing presented its brand new Color and Black Modal fibres at last week’s Expofil and Texworld shows in Paris, the first time the new developments had been shown at international yarn and fabric trade shows.
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.
Italian seamless garment manufacturer Cifra SpA has launched a brand new line of beauty and sports apparel called Doubleskin, which combines the Milan based company’s seamless warp knitting technology with Rhodia’s bioactive fibre Emana. Doubleskin is available from this week via a brand new website and online shop.
A forward thinking Scottish industrial textiles manufacturer is planning to put ownership of its business into the hands of its employees. Scott & Fyfe Limited, the Tayport based technical textiles manufacturer has announced it will transform itself into an employee owned company. The business is currently owned by the Tough family.
Masters of Linen, the promotional platform of the European Confederation of Linen and Hemp (CELC) will be showcasing a brand new range of linen knits at this week’s Première Vision which is taking place in Paris from Wednesday.
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.
A knitwear manufacturer based in the Shetland Isles off the North West coast of Scotland is investing in new knitting machinery and increasing its workforce to keep pace with rising demand for its traditional knitwear.
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.
Making beautiful knitwear is something that requires plenty of technical know-how but above all else – it requires passion. This is especially the case with seamless knitwear. Viola Stils, a small company based in Jekabpils, east of the Lativian capital Riga, is a company that possesses both in abundance.
Mr Zhang Jie, Chairman of the China Hi-Tech Group, visited A. Monforts Textilmaschinen in Mönchengladbach last month, to see for himself the latest addition to his group of companies with its worldwide activities.
Cariaggi Fine Yarns Collection, a prestigious Italian spinner specialized in cashmere, vicuña and superfine wools is strengthening its presence in China yesterday, inaugurating a new sales office in Shanghai. The branch aims to follow Chinese and other Asian market customers more closely and as per the company’s heritage, will continue to maintain its production in Italy.
Monforts, a world leader in the manufacture of textile finishing machinery including stenters, has launched new generation of vertically guided stenter chains called Hercules-V, following market requests, which complements the range of Monforts chains.
In a recent blog post called ‘How Primeknit was born – There are no books we could have referred to for this project’, adidas product developers Astrid Lang and Stefan Tamm describe how the company’s revolutionary flat knitted seamless sports shoe upper was born.
The Woolmark Company will showcase a selection of Merino wool innovations, trends and industry services at Spin Expo in Shanghai this September.
Some of the highlight product developments on show include:
Karl Mayer has recently successfully convinced a number of Turkish traditional weavers to install its HKS series warp knitting machines for producing velour fabrics. This article charts the German company’s progress in this market and looks at the three different ways of producing warp knitted velours on the three bar HKS machines.
Leading flat knitting machine manufacturer Shima Seiki will exhibit at the Première Vision (PV) show in Paris this autumn. The Japanese company will participate in a new category for flat knitted fabrics called ‘Knitwear Solutions.’
In a year of several key sporting events, most notably the London 2012 Olympic Games, the major brands in the summer sportswear industry are battling for market share, according to the latest issue of Performance Apparel Markets from the business information company Textiles Intelligence.
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.
Cashmere manufacturer Dawson International, which owns the Barrie Knitwear manufacturing operation, has gone into administration. The company employs 180 people in the Scottish Borders town of Hawick.
Adidas has released a video which shows how its new adizero Primeknit seamless running shoe upper is made. The high speed dynamic video which lasts just two minutes and thirteen seconds, shows the adizero Primeknit upper being made in a factory in Germany from start to finish.
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.
Sir Chris Hoy became Britain’s most successful Olympian last night, taking his sixth gold medal in the mens keirin event at the London Velodrome. The highly anticipated victory topped a fantastic day for Team GB who won four golds, taking their tally to 22 gold medals, three more than they won at the Beijing games.
According to a BBC report this afternoon, shares in Dawson International, the cashmere knitwear manufacturing company based in Hawick, Scotland, have been suspended while directors decide whether or not the business is to be placed in administration.
This summer is arriving fashionably late - and with it Eco fashion brand Rapanui has launched a new collection of new prints and tops for summer made entirely from organic, natural fabrics in a wind-powered factory.
“They're printed by hand in the UK with Phthalate-free inks, which are better for the environment,” says Rapanui.
Nike has widened the use of its revolutionary flat knitted Flyknit technology and introduced an exclusive distance track spike shoe which is being worn in competition by 10,000 metre runner Dathan Ritzenheim.
Nike has released its third instalment of the HTM Flyknit collection. HTM, the ongoing collaboration between Fragment Design Founder Hiroshi Fujiwara, Nike design legend Tinker Hatfield and Nike Inc. CEO and designer Mark Parker, is said to celebrate the groundbreaking performance attributes of a new technology that changes the way footwear is constructed.
When sportswear and sports shoe giant Nike announced in February the launch of a revolutionary new running shoe which uses state-of-the-art integral knitting techniques to create a one piece upper, we published the following article - Nike Flyknit a seamlessly knitted running shoe! .
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.
In a sensational move just one day before the Olympic opening ceremonies, adidas has revealed the adizero Primeknit, its first one-piece upper performance running shoe featuring what it calls “a new seamless engineering technology.”
Images released tonight show a running shoe with an upper very similar to Nike’s Flyknit flat knitted which goes on general release today.
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.
Leading Italian knitting machine builder will be showcasing its latest technologies at Febratex 2012, one of the most important textiles exhibitions in South America next month.
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.
Wool’s credentials as a textile fibre that promotes health and wellbeing were presented by Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) at the International Federation for Home Economics (IFHE) World Congress this week in Melbourne.
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.
The new improved Eco Applicator soft coating solution from Mönchengladbach, Germany based Monforts, is reported to be making a strong impact following launches at recent shows in Bangladesh, USA, India and ITMA Asia + CITME in Shanghai, by providing significant energy savings with reduced drying times and the possible elimination of a conventional wet-on-wet padder.
150 years ago, on 16th April 1862, Charles Terrot (1831-1903) and the businessman Wilhelm Stücklen founded the Terrot circular knitting machine factories in Germany.
This marked the beginnings of what is now Terrot GmbH and according to the company makes it the world’s oldest large diameter circular knitting machine manufacturer that is still in business.
The work of 24 carefully selected textile design graduates was shown at Texprint London last week where knits featured heavily.
Texprint’s chairman, Barbara Kennington presented all 24 designers to sponsors, press, key decision-makers and leading creatives in the fashion and interiors markets at Texprint London — a gallery-style display focusing on key pieces by each new talent — on July 12 and 13 at Chelsea College of Art & Design, Pimlico, London. The designers’ full collections were available to view on request.
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.
As if current economic challenges weren’t enough to cast a pall over last weekend’s Interfilière and Mode City shows for the intimate apparel and swimwear trades, the November-like Parisian weather did its best to dampen spirits. But Interfilière’s mills and suppliers did much more than “keep calm and carry on.” They continue to invest and innovate at an extraordinary rate; with an emphasis on upgrading their fabrics with new fibres and technologies.
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.
When leading European fabrics show Première Vision (PV) announced in February that it was launching Knitwear Solutions, a platform for flat bed knitted fabrics – most of us were surprised but mainly in agreement that there was the need for such a ‘show within a show’.
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.
The Warnaco Group, Inc. today announced that it has been conducting a comprehensive business review of its European-based operations with the aim of better positioning the company for future growth and improved profitability.
Invista, owner of the Xtra Life Lycra fibre brand will reveal new consumer insights and scientific findings on swimwear at this year’s Mode City which takes place from 7-9 July in Paris.
A textile company has agreed a deal which will help to safeguard 200 jobs at a Scottish Borders mill. Bolton UK based Ruia Group has acquired a stake in Scottish Borders knitwear manufacturer Hawick Knitwear.
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.
Following the successful completion of an environmental impact assessment, work has started on Lenzing’s new 67,000 tonnes per annum Tencel fibre production facility at Lenzing in Upper Austria. The build is expected to take two years.
Creora by Hyosung, the world’s largest spandex/elastane producer will present a collection of new fabrics highlighting its 2014 trends for the Swimwear market at next weekend’s Interfilière/Paris Mode City.
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.
Groz Beckert Chairman Thomas Lindner was accorded a special honour on 22 April this year. In his capacity as President of the VDMA (German Engineering Association). Dr. Lindner officially opened the Hanover Fair 2012 with none other than German Chancellor Angela Merkel, China's Minister-President Wen Jiabao and the Mayor of Hanover Stephan Weil.
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.
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’.
The Advanced Textiles Research Group of the School of Art and Design is looking for highly motivated individual with sound knowledge on modern computerised flat-bed knitting technologies.
Eco Swim by Aqua Green has introduced a range of eco-friendly swimwear made with Repreve recycled fibres.
Teijin Fibers has launched a new polyester knitted fabric that is said to offer total comfort during perspiration through enhanced absorption, quick drying and prevention of both chill and stickiness.
According to Bangladesh’s leading newspaper The Daily Star, exports from the country fell for the third straight month in May. The data was released by the state-owned Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) last week.
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.
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.
Hong Kong-listed Fong’s Industries Co. Ltd. (Fong’s) announced today that it has acquired a 100% stake in A. Monforts Textilmaschinen GmbH & Co. KG (Monforts) from German based company L. Possehl Co. & GmbH (Possehl).
“High standards and innovative ideas are certainly not limited to Western companies. That has been proven by South Korea’s Namyeung Group, which has specialized in the production of lingerie, underwear and shapewear since 1954.”
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.
A leading supplier of technical textiles to the automotive sector has developed a novel knitted exhaust sleeve which offers thermal management benefits. Federal Mogul Corporation’s new Thermflex sleeve which is made from basalt yarns which can withstand temperatures up to 750°C is believed to be a three layer structure which can be widened or narrowed at will to fit various geometries.
Organisers of July’s Interfilière Paris say that whilst their aim is always to reflect the international market for the textiles industry, they have always worked hard to support innovation by encouraging the development of new technologies and the latest to catch their eye is cosmetic textiles.
Italian knitted fashion fabrics producer Piave Maitex is to launch its latest Fall-Winter 2013/14 range at a special preview in Italy on 28 June and then again to a worldwide audience at Interfilière Paris from 7 July 2012. As always the range includes a wide selection of new fashion and hi-tech fabrics and is completed by a brand new printed fabrics collection.
Nilit revealed its new trend concepts for bodywear and activewear for Spring-Summer 2014 yesterday, which will be published in its forthcoming biannual Bodyfashion Trendbook. This season’s fashion concepts will reflect bold and optimistic creativity, replacing the ‘play it safe’ industry attitude of the recent past.
Two of the strongest and most innovative textile and technology companies in the stretch knits and wovens sectors are joining forces. Swiss companies Schoeller Textil AG from Sevelen (St. Gallen) and the Eschler Group from Bühler (Appenzell Ausserrhoden) are to unite under the banner of Swiss quality, global presence and wide ranging know-how.
Viyellatex Ltd is making savings on utilities such as water, gas and electricity as well as savings in dye stuffs and chemicals, following the installation of a new Thies iMaster H2O dyeing range.
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.
Hanesbrands (HBI), a leading branded apparel producer, has announced it will narrow the focus of its worldwide imagewear business by restructuring to exit noncore segments and reduce risk. Imagewear, which sells basic apparel to wholesalers in the screen-print market, accounts for 8% of the company’s sales before the actions.
Leading Swedish flat knitter Ivanhoe is moving its knitwear production back to Sweden from Estonia on the other side of the Baltic Sea, after producing there for almost 20 years.
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.
The creative flair and design talent of graduating students from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s (PolyU) Institute of Textiles and Clothing (ITC) have won applause from the local knitwear industry at their Knitwear Fashion Show held yesterday at The Mira Hong Kong.
Lycra brand owner Invista is set to reveal new swimwear consumer insights and technical performance advantages at Mode City, Paris, from 7-9 July 2012. The findings are said to offer fresh empirical perspectives on real swimwear consumer behaviour around the world as well as priorities when shopping for a new swimsuit, which have the potential to help brands arm themselves against consumer disappointment.
Leading Japanese manufacturer of advanced flat knitting machines and design systems, Shima Seiki has launched its latest Knit Style Book of knitwear design trends.
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.
Flat knitting machine manufacturer Shima Seiki has announced the opening of a new sales and service office in Cambodia’s capital city of Phnom-Penh. Shima Seiki (Hong Kong) Cambodia Branch is the latest addition to the Japanese company’s efforts to strengthen the Shima Seiki sales and service network in the Asian region. Other network locations include Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Korea and Thailand. An opening ceremony will take place in due course.
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.
Engineers at EMPA, the Swiss research and development organisation, have developed a bullet proof vest with built in ‘air conditioning’ incorporating a novel warp knitted spacer fabric with cooling properties.
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.
According to local media reports, Bangladesh’s knitted goods manufacturers are now focussed on tapping into the potentially lucrative Malaysian market and are initially thought to be targeting orders to the value of US$ 1.0 billion within a short time frame.
Italy's Santoni Group says the market reaction to its new Mecmor Compact open width garment length knitwear or sweater knitting machine which it launched at last September’s ITMA in Barcelona, has been very good. Both existing and potential new customers are said to have been extremely positive about the new machine.
In cooperation with Amoena Medizin-Orthopädie-Technik GmbH, a developer and supplier of specialist bras, swimwear and breast prostheses, researchers at the Hohenstein Institute have developed a special bra for breast cancer patients. The new bra, which was developed under a publicly funded research project (AiF no. KF2136714HG0) can be worn during and directly after radiation therapy and takes into account the high sensitivity of the skin which often occurs during treatments as well as changes in breast volume.
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.
This new one-year Masters degree has been developed to meet the industry’s demand for a postgraduate course within the field of fashion knitwear design and product innovation in knitted technical textiles. Aimed at graduates and professionals from both design and technology backgrounds, the course integrates creative and technical perspectives within the context of advanced fibre materials and computerised flat-bed knitting technology.
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).
Gildan Activewear announced
today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire 100% of the common
shares of Anvil Holdings, Inc. (Anvil) for a total purchase price of approximately
U.S. $88 million. The acquisition will be financed through Gildan's bank credit
facility and the company will not assume any of Anvil's outstanding debts.
Anvil is a supplier of high-quality basic T-shirts and sport
shirts for the print wear market. It has positioned itself as a supplie
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
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.
Since 2009, FATEX, the
international fashion manufacturing trade show, has taken place alongside the
other major Parisian ready-to-wear trade events at Porte de Versaille and
organisers say it makes sense for FATEX to adjust to this year's new fashion
calendar and switch to the new dates of 30 June to 3 July.
The show is also changing location, and will be in Hall 2.1
with a bigger exhibition area to reflect the growth of this sourcing event.
Organisers say the
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),
materials (PCM) developer and marketer Outlast Technologies has been acquired
by Golden Equity Investments, (GEI), a Colorado private equity firm that
invests in operating businesses.
Outlast Technologies LLC, a privately held U.S. corporation,
is a leader in phase change materials and applications. The company's Outlast
technology is a heat management technology originally developed for NASA that
enables textile materials to absorb, store and release
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
(Holdings) Limited a leading manufacturer of circular knitted fabrics, today
announced that it has entered into a sale and purchase agreement with Maxy Rich
Investments Limited, to dispose of sale shares and sale loan in its textile
machinery subsidiary Jiangyin Jintian Machinery Limited (JYJT).
The total consideration for this disposal amounts to
RMB90,000,000. After deducting relevant costs, it is estimated that Fountain
Set will record a gain from the di
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
Schoeller Textil AG has a new medical textiles business called Schoeller
Medical AG. The new subsidiary will focus on innovative healthcare projects and
has launched its first product line of incontinence products.
Schoeller says that holistic health is now a mega trend and it
is expanding its reach in response to the new demands and expansion
opportunities created. Spearheading the strategic expansion of the Swiss
company into the fast-growing health ma
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
ACIMIT, the organisation representing the Italian textile
machinery manufacturers says that orders for Italian textile machinery sector
are now back on the rise. Sandro Salmoiraghi, President of ACIMIT said in a press
communication this morning:
"Despite the economic crisis, our sector is showing signs of
a recovery in sales after two negative quarters."
Orders for Italian textile machinery manufacturers were on
the rise again during the last quarter of 2011 after two quarters
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
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
Early 1990s knitwear manufacturing and retailing success The
Sweater Shop has been ‘reborn' in the shape of a new venture headed by the man
behind the original business. Jersey based millionaire Brian de Zille who made
his fortune building up the Syston, Leicestershire based knitwear manufacturer,
before selling it in 1995, is back in business.
De Zille recently set up a knitwear manufacturing unit in Thurmaston,
Leicester and has launched a new brand, which has its
Hong Kong's Knitwear Innovation & Design Society (KIDS)
presented its ‘Knitwear Symphony 2012' and the ‘2nd Hong Kong Young Knitwear
Designers' contest featuring the theme LOVE on 18 January 2012 at Hong Kong
Convention and Exhibition Centre Grand Hall.
Industry VIPs attending
the event to show their support to knitwear industry, included Mr. Anthony
Keung, the Chairman of Knitwear Symphony 2012 Committee and CEO and President
of Fenix Holdings Ltd; Mr. Jose
According to local media reports, Devold of Norway, a
leading outdoor brand and producer of knitted products, is planning to set up a
new factory in Lithuania which has already been its main production base since
the late 1990s.
Norwegian owned Devold, together with two Lithuanian food
co-operatives will become the first investors in the Panevezys industrial park
in central Lithuania, news2biz.com reports.
The three companies are said to be
planning to invest a total o
Polyester fibre and
fabrics producer Teijin Fibers Limited has announced today that it will
showcase a range of high-comfort, high-performance polyester products at two of
the leading upcoming international sports trade fairs.
The Japanese company will showcase products that it says respond
to increasing demands for clothing that functions as both high-performance
sportswear and comfortable daily-use, multipurpose wear.
The products will be shown at the Outdoor Retailer Win
Sri Lanka's leading knitted apparel exporter Brandix has
paid tribute to the passion that gave birth to, and has sustained the textile
industry, in another informative calendar that continues the group tradition of
providing more than a simple guide to the days, weeks, and months of the year.
"Commencing with the European discovery in the 1350s of
cotton in India '..... ripening to reveal sleeping sheep....' the 2012 Brandix
calendar takes its users on a journey that re
Thirty jobs have been saved at a UK based knitwear
manufacturer after the company was bought from administrators. Historic
Manchester Hosiery, a 106 year old company based in Hinckley, Leicestershire has
been sold to a Hong Kong business which has pledged to keep manufacturing in
According to a Leicester Mercury report, administrators
Dains had been seeking a buyer for the Hinckley company since last May, after
it had faced financial difficulties. Manchester H
Monte Carlo a designer
knitwear brand owned by India's Oswal Woollen mills has opened its 150th store in the country. The 1200 square foot retail outlet is the company's second
in Nasik, Maharashtra in western India.
The new outlet stocks cardigans, pullovers, Nehru jackets,
trench coats, blazers, coats, track suits (woven as well as knitted),
sweatshirts, pashmina and cashmere shawls, dresses, tunics, and shrugs.
According to local media reports the newly opened store wi
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
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
The Met Office, the
UK's national weather service, has launched a range of weather related eco t-shirts
made by leading UK eco fashion brand Rapanui. The collection features a range
of bold weather related designs inspired by the imagery, science and history of
the Met Office and is made using eco fabrics in a wind powered factory in India.
Mart Drake-Knight co-founder and designer at Rapanui said: "The
Met Office is the international authority on climate change re
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
According to an RTE News report this afternoon, leading
Irish knitwear manufacturing retailer Carraig Donn is creating 150 new jobs by
expanding its retail, online and manufacturing business units.
Carraig Donn, a craft and knitwear company based in
Westport, Co Mayo on the west coast of Ireland announced it was creating 150
jobs this afternoon in the presence of the Taoiseach (head of the Irish
government) Enda Kenny.
Mr Kenny attended the jobs announcement at the co
IntertechPira has announced the agenda for the 8th annual
Smart Fabrics 2012 conference which includes speakers from Adidas, M.I.T., Nike
and Philips Lighting.
The scheduled presenters for Smart Fabrics 2012 include:
· Dr. Vicki A. Barbur, VP Research and
Development, M-Segment, Cardinal Health
Burr, VP Wearable Sports Electronics, adidas
Klopp, Chairman, Cocona Fabric
New York headquartered Anvil Knitwear Inc., and Canadian company
Technosport have partnered to offer Anvil's Eco Collection in Canada. Technosport
will offer two of Anvil's eco-friendly product lines, AnvilOrganic and
AnvilSustainable products are made from post-consumer P.E.T.
polyester and combed ring-spun transitional cotton (or cotton in conversion).
These T-shirts support the recycling of plastic bottles and the conversion of
acreage from convent
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
Dong Xuan Knitting Co. Ltd. (Doximex), one of Vietnam's largest
knitted goods producers opened a new US$ 16 million knitting factory on 15
November 2011, which will manufacture premium quality garments for the Japanese
The new Doximex manufacturing unit in Vietnam's Northern
Province of Hung Yen has been built by the Vietnamese company in association
with Katakura Industries Company, its Japanese partner, and has an annual
production capacity of 10 million knitt
In this article ‘Insulating, storing, filtering - Knitted
wire mesh in the automotive industry' Groz-Beckert profiles its customer,
leading German engineering company DHD Technology and examines the use of
knitted wire mesh products in the automotive industry.
Whether in radiators or catalytic converters - knitted wire
fabric is used frequently in modern automobiles. DHD Technology, a leading
company in the process and environmental engineering sector
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
Rory Longdon, winner of the prestigious George Gold Award at
Graduate Fashion week in June 2011 sees the full fruit of his hard work as the
launch of his first high street collection goes on sale at George at Asda this
Rory, who graduated from Nottingham Trent University in
June, won the opportunity to create a capsule Christmas knitwear collection for
George alongside a £20,000 cash prize, a four week paid placement at George and
mentoring sessions from Bran
Leading producer of
seamless apparel for intimates and sportswear Tefron has announced very positive
financial results for the third quarter of 2011.
The Israeli headquartered company's sales in the third quarter of 2011 totalled
$30.1 million, a 67.4% increase compared with sales of $18.0 million in the
third quarter of 2010. Most notably, however, the company recorded an increase
of 75% in sales of seamless apparel, compared with same quarter last year with
most of the
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
Leading Italian warp and circular knitted fabric
manufacturers Carvico and Jersey Lomellina, both Carvico Group companies, have
launched a new eco initiative - Life Cycle Control (LCC) project - at Mare Di
Moda/ Intimo Di Moda which opened here this morning.
In a joint statement issued today the two companies said
that the LCC project aims ‘to help them consolidate their role as pioneers in
the mission of finding new production and distribution processes which, thanks
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
16 November 2011, Shanghai The 16th edition of Première Vision China took place from
20-21 October at the Shanghai International Convention Center in the heart of
Pudong. The club-like show offers two days for business exchanges and meetings
between top textile companies and the best of Chinese fashion professionals.
According to the organisers, for this edition dedicated to
the autumn winter 12/13 season, the event presented a significantly enriched
offer with 60 participants (+ 40%) coming f
Stylesight, a trusted
name in trend and style information solutions, is continuing its official trend
partnership with MarediModa/IntimodiModa for the third consecutive year. The
internationally acclaimed fair is the premier trade show dedicated to textile
collections for the beachwear and intimates industries.
"Stylesight is thrilled to continue its affiliation
with MarediModa. This year we are not only continuing to deliver an interactive
and innovative Trend For
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
The Hong Kong businessman Kenneth Fang has pumped a further
£10.9 million into the iconic Pringle of Scotland brand despite continuing
losses, leading Scottish newspaper The Scotsman reports this morning.
The investment, which takes the total pumped into the
company by Fang over the last three years to almost £30m, came as it reported
pre-tax losses of £7.25m in the year to 29 January, compared to £6.7m in the
prior 44 week period, the report said.
"Sales fell to £1
The Eschler Group, which specializes in both warp and
circular weft knitted fabrics, is considering the closure of its sites in
Bühler (AR) and Münchwilen (TG), Switzerland.
The production of a massively reduced product range is to be
relocated to its existing subsidiary companies in Germany and Thailand. At the Bühler
site, a technology and innovation centre will be created for special fabrics.
The planned restructuring of the Group is a consequence of the substant
A group of traditional rivals in the Scottish knitwear industry
have formed an unlikely alliance and will employ apprentices to save their industry from extinction due to
a disappearing workforce.
According to a recent survey, the 12 companies from the
Scottish Borders stand to lose the most experienced 10% of their 2000 plus
workforce to retirement over the next five years, leaving them with a crippling
One of the world's leading trade fair companies and a
leading fashion school have joined forces to promote sustainable fashion.
Messe Frankfurt, Germany's leading trade fair organiser and
the international École Superieure des Arts et Techniques de la Mode (Esmod)
have signed a cooperation agreement in Paris with the common aim of promoting
sustainability in the fashion business.
Member of the Messe Frankfurt Executive Board, Detlef Braun
described the partnership as be
Lejaby, the insolvent French lingerie manufacturing brand has
been put into judicial administration by a Lyon court for a period of six
months, to allow the company to continue to trade while it restructures its
business and prepares a recovery plan.
According to a Just-Style.com report, Lejaby's debts to its
suppliers will be frozen while workers' salaries will be paid through insurance
protection, under the terms of
Scottish Borders knitwear manufacturer Hawick Knitwear has announced plans to hire 50 new trainees over the next three years in order to help meet demand for its quality knitwear.
Earlier this year the company, which was the subject of a management buyout in November last year, announced it had increased production by approximately 2000 to 9500 sweaters per week.
The firm, which dates back to 1874, employs more than 230 people at
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%.
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
Scottish cashmere knitwear and accessories brand Johnstons of Elgin was awarded the coveted Gold Award at the UKFT Export Awards which were held at Banqueting Hall in London's Whitehall on Tuesday.
The Gold Award is given to UK companies who boast a long standing record of export success. The UKFT Export Awards recognise those companies who excel at creating UK made and designed products. They acknowledging the export
A Japanese government-sponsored initiative known as Cool Biz has encouraged companies to allow employees to dress more casually, including shedding the traditional suit coat and tie, in an effort to save energy for the past few summers.
This year, however, in the aftermath of the March 11 disaster and resulting decline in electrical power production, an updated version of the energy initiative, called Setsuden (pow
Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc. (NAT) has entered into a purchasing agreement for a minimum of one and a half million pounds of CRAiLAR Flax fibre with Brilliant Global Ltd, the Hong Kong-based private label knitwear manufacturer which produces a broad spectrum of sweater and accessory items in natural fibres for globally recognized brands. The agreement is to commence in October 2011.
Hyosung, the largest spandex/elastane producer in the world, has started production of creora spandex in its newest plant located in Araquari in the Santa Catarina region of Brazil.
Hyosung has creora spandex plants in South Korea, China (3 plants), Turkey and Vietnam, opening the factories in Turkey and Vietnam in 2008, with the Brazil plant officially opening this month.
"We are excited to begin production in ou
Cheap chic US based retailer Target's entire website crashed yesterday when it launched online sales of its limited offerings of Missoni for Target, in a partnership with the iconic Italian luxury knitwear designer.
"The collection, which includes plates to clothes, is a fraction of the price of the real duds. Items include a dinnerwear set, priced at $31, featuring the trademark zig-zag patterns, $29.99 silk floral dresse
Groz-Beckert Academy to offer comprehensive training programme
13 September 2011, Albstadt
Groz-Beckert is to launch its offer to the textiles industry of a comprehensive training programme under its new Groz-Beckert Academy at ITMA in Barcelona this month. The company says the entirely new offer is distinctive for its hands-on practicality, experienced trainers, and the fact that it covers the complete spectrum offered by its Technology and Development Centre (TEZ).
Know-how along the entire te
Century Place a US based supplier to the textile rental trade is using Ecosure, a fibre made from post consumer PET polymer, in its latest line of knitted rental uniforms.
Poole Company, a manufacturer and distributor of recycled and virgin polyester fibre says its EcoSure fibres, which Century Place has selected for its range, are certified by Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) as being manufactured from 100
UK based Warmwear Ltd, which makes thermal clothing for some of the country's major retailers including Next, Shop Direct and BHS, has secured £1m in funding from GE Capital for business expansion.
The thermal knits industry has been in decline in the UK for several years, but Warmwear's managing director, Fiona Smith, is said to be confident that her company will be able to thrive by tapping into the local skills
Netherlands headquartered technical textiles giant TenCate has launched a range of inherently flame resistant (FR) knitted fabrics to compliment its well known patent pending TenCate Tecasafe Plus protective woven fabrics.
In an ongoing effort to engineer protective products with high performance and ease of wear, the company says it is introducing TenCate Tecasafe Plus knits which will be offered in jersey knits and p
The Brandix Group says it has achieved another global first for Sri Lanka by becoming the first apparel manufacturer in the world to receive ISO 50001, less than a month after the stringent Energy Management Systems standard was introduced by the International Standards Organisation.
According to a statement on the company's website, on Thursday 14 July 2011, auditors from Det Norske Veritas (DNV) from the Netherlan
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
Bluffton, Indiana based McHenry Knitting and Manufacturing, Inc. has been acquired by Protective Industrial Products, Inc. (PIP), a leading supplier of personal protective equipment.
The new owners say a new PIP company, McHenry Manufacturing Inc. (MMI), will operate the business in the same manner that made McHenry one of the leading suppliers of knitted and cut-and-sewn personal protective products in the indus
Lingerie and Royal corset maker Rigby & Peller announced yesterday the sale of shares to the Belgian public quoted company Van de Velde. The company has sold an 87% majority stake to Van de Velde, leaving the Kenton family with a minority 13% holding.
Speaking on behalf of her family, lingerie industry veteran Mrs June Kenton said: "It was important for us to choose a company that shared the same values and visi
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
A report on Lanka Business Online (LBO) on Friday, said that profits at Sri Lanka's Textured Jersey, a knit goods manufacturing unit of Brandix apparel group, rose 136% in the June 2011 to 143.9 million rupees from a year earlier, despite a rise in cotton prices.
According to the report, the company said revenues grew 33% in the quarter to 2.7 billion rupees and that it had passed on a greater proportion of cost increases to customers with a
Bangladesh's knit goods export growth is likely to surpass all previous records this year, as demand continues to grow in European Union (EU) markets, media reports say.
"There is a huge demand of our high-quality knitwear products in the EU countries, as those are comparatively cheaper than the products of our rival countries like China and India," First Vice-President of Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association
Brandix Lanka Limited has been recognised as Asia's 'Best Brand' and 'Best Employer Brand' winning dual honours at a prestigious international forum held in Singapore with the representation of 37 countries in Asia, extending from the Middle East to Australia.
Sri Lanka's top apparel exporter was presented with the awards for 'Asia's Best Brand' by the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Council and 'Asia's Best Em
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
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The fourth edition of Première Brasil, a major Latin America event for the fashion industry which ended last Thursday reporting a record number of visitors that exceeded the expectations of the promoters.
A record attendance (6,156 visits - increase of 34% compared with July 2010) of qualified buyers from Brazil and other countries witnessed the latest launches of fibres, yarns, fabrics, designs and accessories for
Sri Lankan intimate apparel maker MAS Intimates has made the country's first ever payment in Chinese Renminbi (RMB) to a supplier in China after the Chinese currency was allowed for cross border trade.
HSBC Bank which settled the deal told Lanka Business Online (LBO) that Sri Lanka's central bank had allowed the use of Renminbi for cross border trade on 29 June.
HSBC said MAS Intimates, a unit of Sri Lanka's MAS group h
The leading trade fair for intimates and beachwear fabrics Interfilière/ Mode City took place in Paris earlier this month and Knitting Industry is now offering readers the opportunity to order a copy of Debra Cobb's exclusive and authoritative extended show report.
The ‘Interfilière/Mode City July 2011 Extended Report: Trends & Topics' report will serve as an invaluable source of inf
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
John Buchan Ltd, owner of Scottish Borders knitwear manufacturer Lochcarron of Scotland has announced the sale of the Lochcarron business to South Korean retail company E-Land.
According to a BBC News South Scotland report this morning, John Buchan Ltd said the deal would secure the company's presence as a manufacturing business in the Borders.
It said it would also "provide the support and expertise to further develop new and existing products", the report said.
The East Midlands' materials hub project (MATHUB) is running a seminar aimed at all companies and individuals who have an interest in Smart and Sensory Materials with built in technology. Key speakers are leading textile academics Professor Tilak Dias of Nottingham Trent University and Dr John Williams of Leicester's De Montfort University.
"This exciting field of development has brought the traditional knitted structure a new lease of life. An interdisciplinary appro
One thing I noticed at this year's Techtextil was a considerable rise in both exhibitors and visitors from Russia, compared to the last show two years ago.
There are no figures available from show organiser Messe Frankfurt to confirm this as yet, but there are many signs that the economy in Russia is currently very favourable for major technical textile markets - if only anyone quite knew how to get in.
Take the autom
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
Flat knitting machines up 187% to 51,130 machines - 37,800 (74%) go to China
Circular knitting machines up 36% to 34,500 machines - 26,400 (77%) go to China
The 33rd annual International Textile Machinery Shipment Statistics (ITMSS) just released by the International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF), show that global shipments of new textile machinery recorded a very strong up-swing in 2010. Following a strong investment boom that reached its peak in 2007 shipments of
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
This article was written by Groz-Beckert and profiles one of
its interesting customers in the USA.
The secret to their success is evident as soon as you walk
into the building. Nestled among the palms of Southern California, you will not
find this is a typical textile operation. This is a gourmet knitting mill. No
t-shirts or sweaters here. The same machinery used in the production of apparel
has been adapted to the food industry.
Dawson International has reduced the size of its business
again with its third disposal in two years, raising 6 million to help plug its
pension fund deficit.
The company has sold its bed linen business to Brookmann
Home Ltd for 4m plus 2.5m of inventory, which after 500,000 of costs will
mean a 2.5m impairment charge on the 8.5m book value of the business, a
report in The Herald Scotland said today.
The deal leaves Dawson International with only its Barrie
According to a Reuters report yesterday, Mauritius clothing
group Ciel Textiles has posted a 38% slump in its nine-month pre-tax profits.
The company blamed a strong rupee and warned about the currency's impact on its
The company, which is a supplier to European clothing
retailers Marks & Spencer, Next and Zara, said that pre-tax profit had dropped
to 110.5 million rupees ($4 million) in the three quarters through to March
Listed on Maurit
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
Vertically integrated knitted apparel manufacturer KPR Mill has
recently added 25 wind mills with a combined capacity of 21.25 Mega Watt (MW)
to its current 40 MW, lifting its wind power generation capacity to 61.25 MW to
support its compact spinning capacity expansion. KPR, which is a vertically integrated apparel company with international
accreditation for quality control, environmental standards and social
accountability, is a leading manufacturer of knitted apparel, co
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
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
Researchers have developed an Insect protection blanket
which prevents horses being bitten by insects which could be harmful to their
health. The blanket is made from a lightweight spacer fabric incorporating a replaceable
repellent and is said to possess good moisture vapour transmission to eliminate
sweat evaporation problems.
The project took place at the Institute for Hygiene and
Biotechnology at the Hohenstein Institutes in Bönnigheim, Germany and the work was
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
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Scottish knitwear manufacturer Hawick Knitwear which announced
an increase in turnover of 20% to £8 million in its latest accounts has increased
its production to 9500 sweaters per week, from about 7500 per week last year.
The company, which dates back to 1874 and employs 230 people
in the Scottish Borders knitwear capital Hawick, has increased production to
meet demand after it was acquired by Managing Director Benny Hartop in a
management buyout last November.
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
Exports of knitted garments from India’s Tirupur textiles
hub have registered growth during the 2010-2011 fiscal year which has just
ended despite being hit by a number of problems including raw material price rises
and closure of its dyeing units due to a court order for violating pollution
In a statement to the press, Tirupur Exporters Association
(TEA) president Arumugam Sakthivel said that exports from the knit cluster had jumped
from Rs. 11,800 c
Artist and Nottingham Trent University PhD student Nicola
Donovan will be presenting ‘Lacework’, a project incorporating a sound piece
made from recordings of Victorian lace machines, at Nottingham Castle during
the forthcoming Easter festivities.
Lacework is the collaborative effort of Nottingham lace
enthusiast Nicola Donovan and media student Tom Watts, where Leavers lace
machines at Cluny Lace, which has been making Leavers lace in the UK since 1845,
Leading UK lingerie retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S)
has launched the high street’s first ever carbon neutral bra – part of its new
Autograph Leaves lingerie collection. As well as focussing on sustainable bra assembly,
M&S will also be working with raw material suppliers such as lace producers
to find sustainable manufacturing solutions for the future.
According to M&S, The Carbon Trust Footprinting
Certification Company has calculated and independently
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
Bangladesh has become the world's second largest exporter of
knitted goods, beating Turkey in terms of volume last year, a report in the country’s
Financial Express said on Sunday.
According to the Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and
Exporters Association (BKMEA), the country exported 7.78 billion pieces of
knitted items such as T-shirts and sweaters in 2010 compared with Turkey's 7.74
"We overtook Turkey as the world’s second largest
6 April 2011, Tel Aviv
Intimate apparel specialist Delta Galil Industries Ltd has
set goals for cutting the amount of water, energy and waste consumed by its
factories around the world as part of the company's first Global Corporate
The group, which is headquartered in Tel-Aviv, Israel, says
it has also set its sights on basing 10% of its production on eco-friendly
materials by 2012. Delta Galil says that currently, 7.2% of its production is
based on sustainable materials
According to report by Lanka Business Online this morning, Textured
Jersey Lanka, a Hong Kong-Sri Lanka joint venture textile manufacturer, has raised
1.74 billion rupees (15.8 million US dollars) through a private placement of
shares ahead of a public offer.
The joint venture partners, Hong Kong listed Pacific Textile
Holdings and Sri Lanka's Brandix, a privately held company, said they had sold a
20% stake to selected new shareholders who had to buy a minimum of 50 milli
A decision by the Indian Government to lift the restrictions
on exports of cotton yarn as of last Friday, 1st April 2011, has been welcomed by
the EU textiles and clothing Industry.
EURATEX President, Mr. Alberto Paccanelli said: “The
imposition in December 2010 of a quota of 720m kg to Exports of Cotton Yarns by
the Indian Government created an extremely difficult market situation with raising
prices, lack of availability and severe disturbances in the T&C supply
Luxury lingerie leader Van de Velde has published its Annual
Report for 2010, an exceptional year for the Belgian headquartered company. The
following is an extract from a ‘Message from the Chairman’ Lucas Laureys. A
full version of Mr Laureys message can be read in Van de Velde’s full Annual
Report 2010 via the link at the bottom of this article.
“2010 was Van de Velde’s best year ever. Since the IPO in
1997 both turnover and EBITDA have risen more than th
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
Around 70 academics, students and industrialists from the UK
attended an inaugural lecture by Professor Tilak Dias, at Nottingham Trent
University’s Newton Lecture Theatre at the end of February. Professor Dias
holds the Chair of Knitting in the School of Art & Design at Nottingham
Trent University and directs the activities of the School’s Centre for Research
in Advanced Textiles (CReATe).
Within the School of
Art & Design, Professor Dias is leading the
Christian Eschler AG may be a small family owned company but
the Swiss high-tech warp and weft knitted fabric manufacturer’s last winter
season was a big success. Eschler has a long tradition of producing high-tech
fabrics for race garments in skiing and the winter season 2010-2011 finished
with the Bühler based company top of the medals table.
At the FIS World Ski Championships in the Bavarian resort of
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, no fewer than 25 skiers climbed onto the
Brandix, Sri Lanka's top apparel exporter has announced a
major addition to its portfolio, following the acquisition of full ownership of
Comfortwear (Pvt) Ltd., the group's joint venture with Lanka Equities.
“The new division, Brandix Lingerie, formally launched on 1
March 2011, will see the group emerge as a key player in the manufacture of high
end specialty bras and complementary coordinates for global high street labels
such as Marks & Spencer, H&M, and Vic
Jersey Lanka (Private) Limited, a leading manufacturer of knitted fabrics for
the intimate apparel and sportswear markets is planning to go public, a Sri Lanka Daily Mirror report said today. Specializing
in the manufacture of high quality, knitted stretch fabrics, Textured Jersey is
a major supplier to apparel manufacturers throughout Asia, Europe and the USA,
including Victoria’s Secret, Marks and Spencer and Intimissimi.
The company is currently jointly owne
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
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
Scientists at the Hohenstein Institute in Bönnigheim, Germany,
have recently put an innovative swimsuit with a special surface coating through
its first practical test in the Soleo indoor pool in Heilbronn. A special
coating is said to make the ultra-thin and ultra-lightweight textile material used
in the swimsuit, super-hydrophobic, so that water does not make it wet.
According to the Hohenstein scientists, this means that the air
trapped between the fibres of the f
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
Stylesight, a trusted name in trend, providing online content,
tools and technology for the style and design industry, has announced the
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Six hundred fewer tons of plastic in the environment in
2011: this is the green result that the Benetton Group aims to achieve by
introducing innovative, lightweight liquid wood clothes hangers which are 100%
biodegradable and recyclable, in place of the plastic hangers usually used to
The eco-hangers, developed in partnership with the
Fraunhofer-Institut für Chemische Technologie in Pfinztal-Berghausen (Germany),
will gradually replace their plastic p
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’,
Reuters Africa reports that Mauritius
clothing group Ciel Textiles posted a 52% slump in its first-half pre-tax
profits this week, blaming the soaring cost of its key raw material cotton.
A report this morning said that the group, a supplier to
British clothing retailers Marks & Spencer, Next and Inditex’ Zara, said pre-tax
profit dropped to 54.3 million rupees for the half year ended 31 December from
114.07 million rupees a year earlier.
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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
Textiles, a manufacturer of warp and weft knitted automotive textiles, has announced it has entered into an
agreement with NNG, a subsidiary of YanFeng, Inc., one of China's leading
automotive interior manufacturers, creating a joint venture to provide textiles
to the Chinese automotive industry. The new venture, Anhui Guilford Automotive
Interiors Co., Ltd., is located in the city of Huainan in the Province of Anhui
in eastern China.
Scotland based Dawson
International has reported an overall trading performance for the year to 1
January 2011 in line with expectations. Despite widening losses in its home
furnishings division following a rise in cotton prices, the company said its UK
and US knitwear divisions performed better than expected in the past six
months. However, Dawson said its performance in 2011 was likely to be poorer
than previously expected due to rising cashmere fibre prices.
In a s
In 2010, organic turnover at
Belgium headquartered luxury lingerie manufacturer Van de Velde grew by 7.3% from
€ 140.1 million to € 150.4 million. The growth figure is excluding retail
turnover of Intimacy. When Inimacy’s retail turnover is taken into account, Van
de Velde’s consolidated turnover was € 166.2 million. Intimacy’s retail turnover was included as
from May 2010. Results for the fiscal year 2010 will be announced on Friday 18
The Hohenstein Institute’s Dr. Andreas Schmidt explains the
fundamentals of clothing and body climate and the objective measurement of comfort.
He then goes on to discuss the birth and the state of the art of functional textiles.
People have always been
interested in the connection between clothing and physical well-being. The
scientific discipline of clothing physiology, on the other hand, which in
Germany has been shaped primarily by the Hohenstein Institute in
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,
James Sugden, Managing Director of
Johnston’s of Elgin, a leading producer of cashmere accessories and knitwear, has
been made an OBE (Officer of the Order of The British Empire) for his services
to the textiles industry over a 40 year period. Mr Sugden, 64, told Scottish
regional newspaper The Press & Journal today that he was both surprised and
delighted by the award. Mr Sugden is awarded his OBE in the UK’s New Year’s
Honours list which is published today.
According to the news site Asia
Times Online, exports of knitwear from Bangladesh are set to surge by as much
as 25% annually over the next three years as the sector benefits from lower
tariff barriers in Europe and probable removal of Japanese duties, which will
help the country to boost sales and win market share from China.
In a report published this morning, Asia Tmes Online said: “A
relaxed tariff structure for knitted goods entering the 27-member European
Première Vision S.A., the
international leader of shows dedicated to textiles and fashion industry services,
is reorganising the ownership of its shareholdings. GL events is buying back
the shares currently held by Eurovet, raising its participation in the
company's capital from 24.50% to 49%, alongside French fabric manufacturers
brought together in the Association Première Vision, which maintains a majority
stake with 51% of shares.
The Association Première Visio
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
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
According to a report this morning in
Bangladesh’s Daily Star, the country’s export earnings crossed the $8.27
billion mark in the July-November period, registering nearly 36% growth over
the same period last year. The report was based on the latest Export Promotion
Bureau (EPB) data. Exports of the country's main foreign-exchange earner knitwear
grew nearly 37% to $3.53 billion, while woven exports grew nearly 36% to $2.88
billion, from the previous year.
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,"
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
Mr A. Sakthivel, President of
the Tirupur Exporters Association (TEA), yesterday told the online edition of
India’s national newspaper The Hindu, that production in the Tirupur knitwear
cluster had dropped by 20% in the last six months due to continual rises in cotton
yarn prices. Mr Sakthivel said that this had resulted in 25,000 job losses.
“Since orders are
booked many months in advance, the abnormal increase in yarn prices at short
intervals has forced appa
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Stylesight, a leading
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has been named the official trend partner of MarediModa/IntimodiModa for the
second consecutive year. The internationally acclaimed fair, to be held from 24-26
November in Cannes, is a leading trade show dedicated to textile collections
for the beachwear and intimates industries.
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Turkey’s Yeşim Tekstil, a leading
manufacturer of knitted and woven apparel, is now promoting its range of
household textiles under the new Yesim Home brand name.
In recent years the Bursa based company has started to position
itself as a manufacturing brand, undertaking efforts to market the products it
manufactures in different categories under its own brands. After introducing
its products manufactured from yarns made from organically grown fibres such as
According to media reports today,
Benny Hartop, Managing Director of Scottish Borders knitwear firm Hawick Knitwear
has agreed to purchase the company from current owners Harris Watson. The
buyout is said to have been welcomed by local politicians. Mr Hartop was not
available for comment this afternoon.
Mr Hartop told BBC News South of Scotland it was an exciting
time to be buying the business and said it would not affect the terms and
conditions of the 200 staff at t
According to media reports, Pringle
of Scotland's owners have injected £11.2 million into the struggling knitwear
label since April last year as they try to transform it into a top luxury
The London Evening Standard said on Friday that according to
accounts just filed at Companies House, the Hong Kong-based Fang family pumped
£3.2 million into the 195-year-old retailer this year, after an £8 million
injection in the previous 10 months.
The move is said t
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
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
Management, the parent company of leading manufacturing brand Polartec, is said
to be seeking a buyer for the one hundred year old manufacturer of Polartec polar
fleece fabric, according to Bloomberg Businessweek.
Bloomberg Businessweek said yesterday that its sources said that Versa is seeking
about $200 million for the company which was founded in 1906 as Malden
Knitting. Versa is also said to have declined to comment on the deal.
Leading Scottish knitwear brands
and manufacturers including Johnstons of Elgin and Hawick Cashmere took part in
'Scotland ReDiscovered', an exclusive one-off installation, showcasing new
luxury interior, fashion and speciality textiles from Scotland's leading
designers and textile producers at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts on
Thursday 14 October.
Visitor’s to 12 Carlton House Terrace were treated to four
themed showcase rooms set over two floors of the I
Johnstons of Elgin, a
leading producer of quality cashmere knitwear and accessories, is said to be on
course for a good trading year after emerging from one of the toughest periods
in the company’s 213 history.
Speaking to Glasgow’s The Herald newspaper, Managing
Director, James Dracup said the company has seen a large increase in demand
across all areas of the business this year as retailers rebuild stocks of
accessories such as gloves and socks, after ru
Anvil Knitwear, a leading
manufacturer of sustainable apparel, premiered a digital short at Farm Aid 25:
Growing Hope for America Concert at Miller Park in Milwaukee on 2 October, as
part of its sponsorship of the event. The thought provoking video educates
consumers about the impact of pesticide use on the environment and farmers and
encourages consumers to support organic farmers.
“As the largest buyer of US grown organic cotton, Anvil has
made a commitment to dou
Sunscreen was yesterday's
solution, today its UV protection clothing – according to researchers at
Germany’s Hohenstein Institute, doctors believe that the right clothing gives
better protection from the dangers of the sun than creams. Nevertheless, the
researchers say, many people who spend a long time outdoors because of their
work, such as builders, gardeners, farmers, law enforcement officers, industrial
cleaners or waiters, are reluctant to use specia
Dyneema ultra-high molecular
weight polyethylene fibres can now be used in knitted cut resistant gloves for the food
processing industry in Europe. Within the European Union, materials and items used
in food contact applications need to comply with strict requirements laid out
in the Framework Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004 governing materials used in
contact with food, as well as the GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) Regulation
(EC) No 2023/2006. DSM Dyneema’s UHMWP
Bangladesh’s leading apparel
industry lobbyists spoke out about their concerns over cotton prices in local
and international markets here on Wednesday, saying rocketing prices will
damage the country’s largest export earner.
The Bangladesh Garment Manufactures and Exporters
Association (BGMEA) and the Bangladesh Knitwear Manufactures and Exporters
Association (BKMEA) urged the government In a joint statement, to intervene in the
unstable cotton market.
A Scottish textiles company has increased
its profits by almost 35% as a result of strong sales growth in its golf
knitwear ranges. Golf clothing manufacturer Lyle & Scott recorded a pre-tax
profit of £8.6m in the year to March 2010, compared to profits of £6.4m the preceding
year. The company, which is based in Selkirk and has a factory in Hawick,
increased its sales by 28% to £34m during the year.
Lyle & Scott was founded in Hawick in 1874 and the compan
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The Olympic Games in London in 2012 are
the key focus of a range of new high-tech fabrics by Swiss knit specialist
Eschler and for ambitious project the company has closely cooperated with top sports
apparel brands, leading technology partners and international sports
For the development of its new collection, family-owned firm
Eschler says it has mainly focused on the Olympic disciplines of mountain biking,
road and track cycling, triathlon and swimming.
KPMG, administrator for troubled
Scottish knitwear manufacturer Peter Scott & Company has announced it has
sold the business and assets of the company to Northamptonshire headquartered coat manufacturer
Gloverall. Gloverall is a respected manufacturer of high quality duffel coats.
According to a report in The Herald newspaper, as part of
the sale, the company’s remaining employees will transfer to the new owner. Blair
Nimmo, head of restructuring for KPMG in Sco
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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
Şenol Şankaya, CEO of Turkish knit
apparel manufacturer Yeşim Tekstil, is to represent the Turkish apparel and
ready-to-wear industry in the International Apparel Federation (IAF), one of
the world’s largest federations.
Mr Şankaya will assume his new position when he represents
Turkey’s apparel industry at the 26th International Apparel Federation meeting,
which is to be held from 5-7 October in Hong Kong. After former chairmen Hasan
Arat and Umut Oran, Şank
Stylesight, a leading global
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Turkey. Stylesight and Cem-Sel Tekstil will work together to offer a full suite
of Turkish language products, beginning with the launch of Stylesight.com.
“We are proud to partner with Cem-Sel Tekstil, one of the
finest textile and retail organizations in Turkey. Since its founding i
Researchers at the Hohenstein
Institute in Germany are helping local innovative manufacturers of
fabrics to improve the functional properties of their knitted fabrics by
practical construction guidelines.
In a recently completed research project (AiF No. 15481 N),
with funding from the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology
provided through the Federation of Industrial Research Associations
scientists drew specif
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
As if the largest textile machinery trade
show wasn’t enough of a draw, participants at ITMA 2011 in Barcelona
the opportunity to attend a very special technical textiles conference.
Industrial Fabric Association’s Advanced Textiles ’11 continues to be a
and sought after European/U.S. platform on the future of technical
Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers (CEMATEX) has invited IFAI
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
Şenol Şankaya CEO of Turkish knit
apparel specialist Yeşim Tekstil, has urged Turkish exporters to take advantage
of improving economic conditions after being unanimously re-elected as chairman
of the Uludağ Textile and Apparel Exporters’ Association (UHKİB). The UHKİB) comprises
a total of five Turkish associations: the Automotive Industry Exporters’
Association, the Textile Exporters’ Association, the Textile and Apparel
Exporters’ Association, the Fru
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
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8 June 2010, Hong Kong - Fazlul Hoque, President of the Bangladesh
Knitwear Manufacturers & Exporters Association (BKMEA) has said in an
exclusive interview with Just-Style that the country faces labour, cost and
infrastructure challenges as it matures into a key global garment exporter. In
the ‘Speaking With Style’ interview, which was given at Prime Source Forum in
Hong Kong, Hoque tells the online apparel industry resource that in fact "the
game is just starting."
According to the
Canadian warp and circular
knitter Syfilco Ltd has reported its business is booming following the BP oil
spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Syfilco, a family business founded in the 1970s manufactures
knitted polyester fabric sleeves and polyethylene netting sleeves that are filled
with absorbent materials to create booms used to contain the spill in the Gulf.
According to local newspaper reports, production of sleeves
at Syfilco has recently doubled due to the spil
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Stylesight (www.stylesight.com ), the leading global
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industries, has announced the launch of Trendlink, an instant aggregation of
Stylesight’s reports and features that share a common thread. Trendlink gives
Stylesight subscribers instant access to key trends called out
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
Two Scottish knitwear companies and a
weaving company will fly the flag for Scotland as finalists in the prestigious
UK Fashion & Textile Export Awards, presented by HRH, The Princess Royal
and UK TV’s Joanna Lumley, on Thursday 13 May in London.
The glittering ceremony, organised by the UK Fashion &
Textile Association (UKFT), celebrates excellence in international trade
ranging from sellers of vintage clothing to directional British brands; from
Belgian luxury lingerie group Van
de Velde says it expects organic turnover growth in 2010 to outstrip the 3.4%
posted in 2009. In its interim report, published yesterday, the company says the
accelerated growth will result in improved figures in the first six months of
The company says that, given the importance of follow-up
orders in May and June precise growth forecasts are not possible at this time. However,
Sardá is expected to continue to face
US brand Descente is once again showing
its pioneering spirit in developing performance bike wear for serious cyclists.
The brand’s summer 2010 Avanti outfit uses a new high-tech fabric engineered by
Swiss knit fabric specialist Eschler which delivers additional comfort benefits
Descente has been known for its top performance sporting apparel
since it was founded in 1953 and for its new Avanti jersey, bib and shorts, the
brand utilizes Eschler’s techn
The Czech Republic's leading sports
brand Sportisimo, has introduced Invista’s most recent innovation, Lycra Sport fabric
to its collection as part of an international retail roll-out by Invista of its
innovative and performance-driven fabric.
The new collection gives Invista a valuable opportunity to
gather consumer feedback post-purchase and since the launch of Lycra Sport fabric
branded garments three months ago in Sportisimo retail stores, consumers have
According to a Which? report
published in February 2010, fewer than one in three high street bra fittings
provide a satisfactory fit. Indeed bra fit was deemed so poor, that according
to the Which? expert, a woman ‘would do just as well picking something off a
The report highlights the problems faced by designers, manufacturers
and retailers when constructing, selling and fitting bras or cup-sized
swimwear, and the frustration of consumers when
Gildan Activewear has announced it
has completed the acquisition of Shahriyar Fabric Industries Limited
(Shahriyar), Bangladesh, for a total purchase price of approximately U.S. $15
According to Gildan, Shahriyar owns and operates a
vertically-integrated knitting, dying, finishing, cutting and sewing facility
for the manufacture of high-quality ring-spun T-shirts near Dhaka, Bangladesh,
with annual T-shirt production capacity of 2.2 million dozens. As a fi
According to industry leaders, Pakistan's textile industrialists who have achieved economies of scale through consolidation are no longer under threat from the effects of the global recession, unlike their smaller rivals who are still under pressure.
According to Pakistani newspaper The News, larger companies in the spinning, weaving and clothing sectors have sustained robust growth during past three years although overall growth in the industry has declined."Clothing uni
Belgian luxury lingerie designer and brands owner Van de Velde has published its Annual Report for 2009 and is predicting healthy growth for 2010 after recording small turnover and earnings increases.
Consolidated turnover at the Van de Velde Group rose by 5.3% to €140.1 million, which includes its Sarda brand which was recognised for a full year in 2009, unlike in 2008 when it was only included for the second six months. On a comparable basis (for traditional Van
According to local newspaper reports,
Bangaldesh's export earnings from readymade garments such as knitwear and other
apparel items are now vulnerable in the post recession global economy and
knitwear exports have been hit in the first half of the current fiscal year. The
manufacturing sector and its relevant trade bodies are said to be lobbying the
government for solutions. Bangladesh's Financial Express reports that according to data
revealed by the state run Export P
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
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
Belgian luxury lingerie
designer and brands owner Van de Velde is predicting healthy growth for 2010 after
recording small turnover and earnings increases in its 2009 annual report.
Consolidated turnover at the Van de Velde Group rose by 5.3%
to €140.1 million, which includes its Sarda brand which was recognised for a
full year in 2009, unlike in 2008 when it was only included for the second six
months. On a comparable basis (for tradi
socks and T-shirt manufacturer Gildan Activewear yesterday announced its
financial results for the first quarter of its 2010 fiscal year. The company reconfirmed
its outlook for the year after recording a five-fold lift in first quarter
profits helped by strong activewear sales and more favourable manufacturing and
Gildan reported net earnings of U.S. $28.0 million and
diluted EPS of U.S. $0.23 for its first fiscal qua
Leading UK warp and weft knitter Nylatex, which supplied
the fabric for England's football team for the 2006 World Cup, has gone into
administration with the loss of 80 jobs. The former Courtaulds company based at
Acton Road, has made all of its staff redundant after a decision to cease
trading last Wednesday.
The company was originally Penn Nyla which was formed by the
merger of Derby Nyla and Penn International and was part of Courtaulds
Unifi, Inc. a diversified
producer and processor of multi-filament polyester and nylon textured yarns has
released preliminary results for its second fiscal quarter ended 27 December, 2009,
reporting net income of $2.0 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2010
compared to a net loss of $9.1 million for the prior year quarter.
With the improving economy, the company has maintained profitability
in its overall first half fiscal 2010 results, seen renewed i
Hanesbrands, owner of
the Hanes, Champion, Playtex, Wonderbra and other well known apparel brands has
donated 2000 tents to employees of its contract sewing operations in Haiti as
part of the company’s efforts to help feed, clothe, shelter and employ
thousands of earthquake victims.
The company said last week that the family-sized tents,
purchased for $250,000, were in transit to the port of Miami and were expected
to arrive in Haiti late this week f
According to a BBC news report this
morning, Scottish borders based Pringle of Scotland recorded losses in excess
of £9m for the third year running in its latest accounts. However, the company’s
Hong Kong headquartered owners Fang, are said to believe the company still has
a bright future.
The report says that in their latest accounts, directors
stated they did not expect short-term profits but were satisfied with the
"development of the brand". Pringle ceased pr
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 cashmere business Dawson
International expects its full year sales and profits to come in ahead of
market forecasts after a strong fourth quarter at its UK and US knitwear
businesses more than offset continued weakness in its home furnishings
business. Dawson which owns the prestigious cashmere knitwear brand Barrie,
says its UK knitwear business is said to have benefited from the timing of high
margin sales to couture customers and this significantly improved
According to the Bangladesh
Knitwear Manufacturers & Exporters Association (BKMEA), the country’s knitwear
manufacturers are getting strong signals from India that it wants engage in
trade. The BKMEA says that India’s north eastern states in particular should be
Fazlul Hoque, President of the BKMEA told journalists at a
press conference yesterday that a Bangladesh business delegation to India had had
fruitful discussions with its counterpart, who
JJ&HB Cashmere Mills, a cashmere
knitwear manufacturer based in the Scottish Borders has shed 132 jobs after
going into administration on the 7 January this year.
The company has retained 44 employees after two make-up
units were closed by administrators and jobs at the main factory in
Innerleithen were axed. The company which is famous for its top quality hand framed
intarsia knitwear is said to have recently lost a major customer and Administrators
leading producer of underwear and hosiery, has pledged assistance to earthquake
relief efforts in Haiti where the company has a small percentage of its overall
“Hanesbrands offers its sympathy to the people of Haiti and
its heartfelt concern for the well being of those associated with our contract
sewing operations in the country,” said Gerald Evans, Hanesbrands’ President,
International Business and Global Supply Ch
knitted garments in India’s ‘knitwear city’ Tirupur, fear that their orders
from European and US retailers are in jeopardy as the region’s dyers strike heads
into its third week. Dyers are striking in protest at the government’s
insistence that they share the cost of effluent disposal.
The garment exporters are said to be worried about meeting
delivery schedules after the indefinite strike spearheaded by the Dyers Associatio
Bangladesh’s small and medium businesses
in its knitted goods sector are likely to collapse if the price of yarn does
not come down, the Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA)
warned journalists at the weekend.
Fazlul Hoque, President of the BKMEA, told bdnews24.com that
a sharp rise in yarn prices would badly hurt them as they will not be able to compete
in international markets.
Speaking at a news conference on the forthcoming
Pacific Textiles Holdings Ltd., which has both warp and weft knitting
operations, has reported revenues of HK$3,032.9 million for the six months
ended 30 September 2009, representing a 18.9% growth over the same period last
year, mainly driven by strong volume gains. Profit attributable to equity
holders of the company was HK$388.5 million, representing a significant increase
of 113.7% over the corresponding period of last year. Net profit margin rose to
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
According to a report by the
BBC, a number of people suspected of working illegally at a Manchester’s Majid
House knitwear manufacturing mill have been arrested during a raid by the UK
Border Agency. A total of 21 men and
women believed to be of Pakistani and Afghan origin were arrested and are now
being interviewed by officials regarding their immigration status.
According to the BBC, the UK Border Agency said a number of
people in the building tried to h
According to The Daily Star, data
released by Bangladesh’s Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) this week showed that the
country’s knitwear sector earned $1.7 billion in the July-September quarter, a
9.74% decline compared to the same period last year. All of the country’s major
export earners, including home textiles and raw jute, also witnessed sharp drops
in export earnings, the report said.
The EMB said that the country achieved $3.9 billion in
revenues in th
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
Bangladesh knitters can expect large
numbers of international buyers this year, according to two of the country’s leading
trade bodies who are organising important garment fairs for this November.
The Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters
Association (BKMEA) is organising its 5th Knitexpo-09, which will run from 2-4 November
at the Dhaka Sheraton Hotel. Fazlul Hoque, the BKMEA President, recently
visited Japan and Hong Kong to invite knitwear and knitte
DyStar Textilfarben GmbH,
DyStar Textilfarben GmbH & Co. Deutschland KG as well as DyStar Holdings
GmbH, global providers of dyes, auxiliaries and services for the textile and
leather processing industry, announced that they have filed an insolvency
petition yesterday with the Local Court Frankfurt am Main for the company’s
business operations located in Germany.
DyStar’s insolvency filing includes the company’s sites in
Frankfurt, Leverkusen, Brunsb
Scottish textile and knitwear producer
Dawson International has reported widening losses of £3.2 million in its Half
Year Statement for the period ended 4 July 2009.
Commenting on the interim results, Chairman David Bolton
said: "As anticipated in our Annual Report for 2008 the Group has
experienced a lower level of demand overall for its products in the first six
months of 2009, trading through the worst economic conditions experienced for a
very long time. I
At this year’s Techtextil, the
leading technical textiles show which was held in Frankfurt in June, Groz-Beckert
used the platform to present its product diversity for knitting and other textile
technologies such as weaving, felting and sewing, to international experts.
Technical textiles are becoming increasingly important for
the company. According to Groz-Beckert, in 1985 technical textiles accounted
for a mere 5 to 8 percent share of global production and
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
Japanese giant Uniqlo, one of the world’s
fastest growing retailers, has expressed strong interest in doubling imports of
knitwear from Bangladesh, industry representatives were told on a trade mission
to Japan last week. Uniqlo Vice President Hiroshi Nagai however, emphasized the
need for improvements in product quality and diversification.
The Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters
Association (BKMEA) President Fazlul Haque told journalists on his return f
The European Bank for
Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is enhancing the competitiveness of the
Mongolian cashmere sector with an $800,000 loan to Ezio Foradori, a
locally-owned niche cashmere production company in the capital Ulaanbaatar.
Ezio Fordaori produces high quality cashmere jumpers,
skirts, scarves and other fashion garments, which are supplied to luxury brands
abroad. 98% per cent of company’s production is exported to Europe, America and
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Provided is a nerve regeneration-inducing
tube comprising a tubular body which is obtained by knitting an ultrafine fiber
made of a biodegradable and absorbable polymer and has an outer surface coated
with a co
- 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
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.
Leading Italian knitwear brand
Stefanel has announced that Luciano Santel will take over as Managing Director
and General Manager of Stefanel SpA.
Santel will work alongside Group Chairman Giuseppe Stefanel,
in the operational management of the holding company. He will also be
responsible for implementing the strategic plan for the repositioning of the
Stefanel brand. 52 year old Santel, joins the Stefanel Group after 8 years as
Corporate Manager of Geox Spa.
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
Scottish knitwear and accessories
manufacturing brand Johnstons of Elgin has named James Dracup as their Group
Managing Director. Dracup, who has 30 years experience in textiles and has been
with the company for eight years, previously held senior positions at the
Sweater Shop brand in the 1990s and Listers Yarns.
Outgoing Managing Director James Sugden, who moves to head
the Hawick knitwear operation, told The Scotsman newspaper today: "James
Dracup is a first-class m
Italian customs agents have seized more
than 26,000 pieces of counterfeit ladies’ swimwear bearing the Lycra fibre
trademark. The shipment, originating from China and destined for Rome, was on a
truck arriving from U.K.
Customs officials from Ponte Chiasso, Italy, notified Invista,
global fibre manufacturer and owner of the Lycra fibre brand, after seizing the
137 parcels of swimwear on April 8.
“Our customers expect us to protect the value that the Lycra
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
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
Sri Lanka’s largest foreign
exchange earner, its garment industry, which earlier forecast a doomed outlook
with up to 15 % sales decline, is now hopeful of recovery.
Secretary General of Sri Lankan garment industries apex
body-Joint Apparels Association Forum (JAAF) Rohan Masakorala speaking to The
Nation Economist said that the industry is hopeful of recovery after June 2009.
“We have secured orders up to 2009 June, and although we
don’t have orders after that
Anvil Knitwear, has announced the launch
of a t-shirt that uses less energy and water during production, has a net zero
carbon footprint and is made from 69 percent pre-consumer recycled cotton.
Anvil claims to be the sixth-largest purchaser of organic cotton worldwide
"Our ongoing commitment to reducing energy and waste at
our operations inspired us to develop a use for textile cuttings that would
otherwise be discarded in the manufacturing process or sold as scrap. T
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
Technitex, a UK government funded knowledge transfer group within the Materials KTN, is hosting ‘Technical Knitting for Innovation’, a one day conference, which will focus on innovation in knitted textiles. The event will highlight new products and technologies, and present novel research in knitted textiles.
Friday 1st May 2009
Free event for all delegates
Cockcroft Theatre, Manchester Conference Centre, Weston Building, Sackville
Global recognition has once again been
bestowed on Sri Lanka's Brandix Group in the form of an Energy Globe Award, a prominent
and prestigious environmental prize, for its world-leading Green Factory at
The impressive environment-friendly indicators achieved by
the Brandix Eco Centre have resulted in the Group being adjudged the National
Winner for Sri Lanka, and being named one of three nominees for the Energy
Globe World Award in the 'Air' category at next mon
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
China's largest vertically
integrated producer of knitted sportswear and lingerie, Shenzhou International
Group Holdings Limited, has announced its annual results for the year 2008.
Driven by the continuous and sharp increase in the sales of sportswear,
successful expansion into the global distribution markets and the acceleration
of the exploration of the domestic market, the Group achieved excellent
performance against the backdrop of the fluctuating global econ
Limited closed its factory in Tejgaon yesterday, laying off 1600 workers, after
the company made serious losses in the fallout from the global financial crisis
and labour trouble.
SNR Towfiq, General Manager of the factory, told The Daily
Star that falling orders and low price-offers from international buyers in
times of recession had forced the management of the company to shut its
factory. Frequent labour unrests also put pressure on the all export
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
average sales from knitwear exports are expected to fall by at least 10 percent
as shrinking demand and weak prices take a toll on the export-driven industry,
a leading industry official told Reuters on Sunday.
Mohammad Fazlul Huque, president of Bangladesh Knitwear
Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA), said the decline could be
reflected in last month's data and last through the coming months. Bangladesh
earned $3.8 billion by exportin
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
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.
Karl Mayer has announced
the appointment of Dr. Helmut Preßl as its new Commercial Director. As of 1st
February Dr. Preßl is to work alongside Fritz P. Mayer in Karl Mayer’s top
45 year old Dr. Preßl has a doctorate in business
administration and was employed for many years in a variety of managerial
positions at Siemens AG, where he was mainly involved with solving IT
applications for use in production control and with business analysis wit
The Pakistan Hosiery Manufacturers
Association (PHMA) has disclosed to local journalists that the number of
knitwear exporting units in the country has declined from 1,183 in 2005 to 840
in 2009. In addition it said that the closed units included some of the most
efficient and large hi-tech factories which have continued to lose their
competitive edge in the world market.
The PHMA revealed that knitwear units in Karachi alone had
dropped from 400 in 2005 to only 3
Malimo is to launch a brand new highly innovative multiaxial stitch-bonding
machine called the Malitronic at the JEC Composites show which will be held in
Paris from 24-26 March.
Karl Mayer’s Chemnitz-based subsidiary is renowned for its
high level of innovation and one of the organisations it works closely with on
its new developments is the CETEX Institut für Textil- und
Verarbeitungsmaschinen gemeinnützige GmbH (CETEX Non-prof
Orange Zero Ltd, publisher
of KnittingIndustry.com , has launched a
new free to use website for the technical textiles and nonwovens sectors,
called Innovation in Textiles.
Innovation in Textiles,
which can be viewed at www.innovationintextiles.com,
is an online news and technical resource covering automotive, industrial, eco,
smart, aerospace, protective, medical and composite textiles and nonwovens as
well as performance apparel, fibres & yarns, mac
19 January 2009, Winston-Salem, NC - Hanesbrands Inc. has
begun shipping products from its new 1.3-million square foot West Coast
distribution centre in Perris, California, the largest facility in the company’s
worldwide supply chain and one of the biggest warehouses in the world built to
advanced environmental standards.
The distribution centre, which will more than quadruple the company’s
West Coast distribution capacity in 2009, is strategically located near the
Long Beach, California
Lectra, the world leader in
integrated technology solutions dedicated to industries using soft materials
such as textiles, leather, industrial fabrics, and composite materials has announced
the launch of a new version of its Product Lifecycle Management solution.
Lectra Fashion PLM V1R5 includes new, advanced functionalities
for collection development process monitoring, giving management teams greater
control over performance. Lectra says that the new version also
Britain's high street fashion retailing
giant Primark is at the centre of a row over allegations that illegal
immigrants who were paid just over half the minimum wage had been employed to
make fashionable knitwear for one of the company’s bestselling ranges.
Primark said yesterday that it had launched an inquiry after
an investigation by the Observer and the BBC revealed that Manchester-based knitwear
manufacturer TNS Knitwear may have breached key employment
Varitherm High Performance Wool base layer, which features superior insulating
qualities and moisture management and odour resistance technology, has been
named 2008 Top Ten Gear of the Year by Stephen Regenold – aka “The Gear
Junkie.” Duofold, an outdoor industry leader with more than 100 years of
history of outfitting some of the world’s leading adventurers, introduced the
Varitherm High Performance Wool style in September 2008.
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-
Venture capitalist Physic Ventures has announced that Adidas International, Inc.
has acquired Textronics, Inc. (www.textronicsinc.com), a leader in the
development of wearable sensors for use in fitness monitoring.
Ventures (UTV), now managed by Physic Ventures, has been an investor in
Textronics since the first round of funding and has continued to be an active
investor and board member for 3 years, helping the company grow from
Pacific Textiles Holdings
Limited, a leading manufacturer of knitted fabrics, today announced the
formation of a joint venture with three partners to establish fabric and
garment manufacturing facilities in Bangladesh. The total capital investment in
the facilities is USD80 million, to be contributed by each party in proportion
to their respective ownership in the joint venture. Pacific Textiles will hold
an effective 42.33% interest in the joint venture and wil
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
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
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
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
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
According to a report in The New
Nation yesterday, Bangladeshi knitwear manufacturer Sun Yad Knitwear Limited, is
to set up a garment manufacturing facility in the Adamjee Export Processing
The company will invest US$ 5.132 million to set up their
plant and produce garments creating employment opportunity for 1995 Bangladeshi
nationals. An agreement to this effect was signed between the Bangladesh Export
Processing Zones Authority (BEPZA) and the Sun Y
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
According to Reuters, police
reported that at least 50 people were injured as clashes broke out at a knitted
garments factory near the Bangladesh capital yesterday.
The violence is said to have started when workers alleged that
food supplied to them by the factory authorities was stale and of poor quality.
Reuters reports that witnesses said hundreds of angry workers joined the
protest at the Abani Knitwear Textile Mill at Hrishipara, and clashed with
The economic recession sweeping
the Western world has started taking its toll on the knitwear industry in Tirupur.
According to The Hindu, about 20,000
workers are to lose their jobs as a consequence.
Exports have plummeted steeply in the first half of this
financial year and projections for the remaining half of the year apparently look
unenthusiastic. Speaking to The Hindu, Mr
A. Sakthivel, President of the Tirupur Exporters Association, said about 20,000
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
Invista, owner of the Lycra
brand has announced British Olympic gold medalist Rebecca Adlington as Female
Swimmer of the Year at the prestigious Splash Awards held at the Lowry Hotel in
Manchester last week.
With a strong heritage in making swimming costumes feel
comfortable, fit beautifully and give exceptional support, the Lycra fibre
brand is well positioned to help celebrate the best of the British swimming
world thanks to Invista’s sponsorship of the Fe
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 $0.15 per share in the prior
September quarter. Increased sales of the Company's p
Unifi announced today
the management structure for the company’s new China-based subsidiary, Unifi
Textiles (Suzhou) Co., Ltd. (UTSC). UTSC
will focus on the development, sales and service of Unifi’s premium value-added
yarns for the Asian market.
Unifi named Ed Wickes as president of UTSC, reporting to
Roger Berrier, executive vice president for Unifi. Wickes, who joined Unifi in 1984, will be
responsible for the Company’s day-to-day operation
Anyone wishing to take
part in the next Techtextil trade fair in Frankfurt am Main from 16 to 17 June
2009, as a symposium speaker, is now cordially invited to apply. Both symposia
are taking place at the same time as the Techtextil fair, the International
Trade Fair for Technical Textiles and Nonwovens and Avantex, the International
Forum for Innovative Apparel Textiles, which from this year is an integral part
of Techtexil. The fair will open its doors in
Reportlinker.com has announced that
a new market research report related to the Sporting goods industry is now available
in its catalogue.
World Sports and Fitness Clothing Market
This report analyzes the worldwide markets for Sports and
Fitness Clothing in Millions of US$. The specific product segments analyzed are
Sports Apparel, and Fitness Clothing. The report provides separate
comprehensive analytics for the US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin
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
Applicant: MILLIKEN & CO (US); DEANGELIS ALFRED R (US);
CATES ELIZABETH (US)
Inventor: DEANGELIS ALFRED R (US); CATES ELIZABETH (US)
Abstract of WO2008103222 The present invention generally relates to an insulated electrically conductive
textile comprising a textile selected from the group consisting of nonwoven,
woven, and knit comprising nonconductive fibers or yarns and at least 1
elongated conductive element and either another elongated conductive element or
another conductive body. T
For the first
time ever, AgResearch has put its revolutionary stab and flame resistant fabric
to the test on a person. A blow torch was applied to a vest made from the fabric
worn by a male model at a demonstration which took place yesterday
during a media conference at the Westin Hotel, Auckland.
The stab and flame resistant vest worn by the model is made
from a knitted Vectran based fabric (a non-cut, ultra high strength liquid
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
Sri Lanka’s Brandix has received recent global recognition for its
Eco Centre in Seeduwa for Brandix Casualwear. The plant received Platinum
rating in August 2008 under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
(LEED) Green Building Rating System of the US Green Building Council (USGBC).
The rating is a third party certification programme and
America’s benchmark for design, construction and operation of high performance
green buildings. It encourages
Investment in skills within the Northwest’s Advanced
Flexible Materials sector has been given a boost with almost £400k from the
Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA).
England’s Northwest has arguably
the highest concentration of Advanced Flexible Materials (AFM) companies in the
world, with excellent prospects for future growth. AFM Materials are widely
viewed as a ‘platform technology’ – a base upon which several other important
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
Second Quarter Summary
revenues of $48.6 million, 19.7% above revenues of the second quarter of last
· EBITDA of
$0.5 million, as compared with EBITDA of $3.2 million in the second quarter of
loss of $1.9 million, as compared with operating income of $1.0 million in the
second quarter of last year
· Net loss of
$2.5 million or $0.12 loss per diluted share, as compared with net income of
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
Magid Glove & Safety is
leading the movement in environmentally friendly hand protection with today's
introduction of Bamboo ROC(TM) Gloves, the industry's first general-purpose
work gloves manufactured using a 100% bamboo fibre shell.
Made from one of nature's most sustainable resources, Bamboo
ROC Gloves are available in two industrial-grade styles - the Bamboo ROC GP169
and GP199. Bamboo ROC GP169 Gloves feature a 100% bamboo seamless brown machine
knit shell wi
Leader in processing technology for yarn feeding, control systems and lubrication technology for knitting machines, Memminger-Iro showed its latest developments to knitters in Shanghai. Amongst a range of innovations, the Dornstetten based company showed the latest versions of its well known MPF positive feeders, its MER 3 elastane roller, Navigator machine controller and its MIS sensor system.
MPF P is the latest generation of the well known MPF Memminger Pos
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
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
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
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
are collaborating with some of New Zealand’s top fashion designers to showcase
the latest developments in textiles research at Air New Zealand Fashion Week
AgResearch’s Textile Science and Technology researchers are
world leaders in applying science and engineering to develop textiles with
exceptional form and functional properties for both fashion and industrial
Natural, wool-based fibres enable the researchers t
Abstract of US2008141730
Publicationdate: 19 June 2008
order to reduce the impact speed of a latch ( 4 ) of a needle ( 1 ) in
back position by reducing the acceleration effect originating from a
half stitch ( 19 ), the upward jaw slope ( 8 ) of the needle ( 1 ) is
subdivided into different regions. A first section ( 12 ) ascends at a
relatively large acute angle gamma of, for example, up to 20 DEG ,
preferably 16 DEG . Just after the half stitch ( 19 ) has contacted the
inside ( 14 ) of the
NWTexnet (North West Technical Textiles
Network), an organization which provides support to technical textiles
companies in the North West of England, has launched a brand new website, www.nwtexnet.co.uk, to enhance
communication with its members and encourage further collaboration amongst
companies in the region.
NWTexnet’s support is free to companies based in the region and companies
outside of the region can join the organization for a fee. Support covers a wid
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
Inditex’s sales rose by 12% in the
first quarter of fiscal year 2008.
Net income rose by 10%, to 219 million euros
From 1st February to 8th June, store sales in local
currencies increased by 14%
Net sales reach 2,218 million euros
Inditex opened 145 new stores as at the end of the quarter;
currently is present in 70 countries with 3,890 stores
Net sales of the Inditex Group for the first quarter of
fiscal year 2008 were 12% higher than the same period in 2007 in local
Net sales € 209 million (+10%)
EBITA € 13.4 million (+20%)
Net profit corrected to take account of amortization of intangible assets (cash earnings) € 8.4 million (+33%)
Sustained strong growth in US market for protective fabrics (defence orders)
Substantial order (US$ 60 million) received for vehicle armour
Improvement in results of Geosynthetics & Grass sector
TenCate Enbi sales lower as a result of relapse in the American market
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.
Research shows double-digit growth of nonwoven, technical
textile industry in India due to government support, growing middle class
population and rise in income levels.
Texas Tech researchers predict a yearly growth of 13.3
percent for India’s nonwoven and technical textile industry, which is more than
twice the annual 5 to 6 percent expected growth patterns in the United States
The study, conducted at the Nonwoven and Advanced Materials
Laboratory at The Institute of Environment
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
Ramón Reñón, until now managing
director of Expansion, has been appointed director general-adjunto al Consejero
Delegado, reporting directly to Pablo Isla. Ramón Reñón joined Inditex in 1992,
and has since headed the Group's Real Estate and Expansion divisions.
International Business: new directors for Europe and the
Álvaro Cañete, until now international director for the
Americas, will helm the International Division for Europe, replacing Agustín
Saertex GmbH & Co. KG,
which has its head office in Saerbeck, Germany, again successfully exhibited
its products from the first to the third of April 2008 at the JEC Composites
Show in the French capital city of Paris. At the world's biggest composites show
the company presented the innovative products and solutions it is known for to
the public and its business associates.
Two exhibition pieces which stood to represent the
impressive spectrum of use of SAERT
SAERTEX GmbH & Co. KG of
Saerbeck, Germany, has taken over three warp knitting and one coating machine
from the Slovakian company OMFRA Fabrics. OMFA Fabrics is a subsidiary of the
German glass weaving company Wendland and abandoned producing multiaxial
fabrics in their Slovakian plant in February 2008.
SAERTEX's purchase of these machines enables the group to
quickly expand its production capacities in the US and Germany (Saerbeck). The
equipment will come
12 May 2008, BEIJING, China – Nike President and CEO Mark
Parker and 22 Chinese Federations unveiled their uniform collections today in
front of 500 invited guests and media. The event, at China’s famed Tai Miao,
the Ancestral Temple east of the Forbidden City, showcased Nike’s China
Federation uniforms which combine performance innovation with cultural
Nike worked with
Chinese athletes, the Chinese Olympic Committee, and 22 of the 28 sport
Federations to complete its most ligh
17 May 2008, Herzo-Base, Germany -
Adidas and TaylorMade-adidas Golf currency-neutral sales increase at
Group gross margin increases 2.3 percentage points to new record level of
Currency-neutral Reebok backlogs decline 13%
2008 outlook reconfirmed
First Quarter adidas Group
currency-neutral sales grow 10%
first quarter of 2008, Group sales increased 10% on a currency-neutral basis,
driven by double-digit sales growth in the adidas and TaylorMade-adidas G
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:
Canada's athletes could have been dressed in Canada
unfortunate to discover how little is known about the Canadian textile
industry. We wish to rectify this situation following publication in The Globe
& Mail on May 2, 2008, of an article indicating that the Hudson's Bay
Company had turned to Asia to manufacture our athletes' clothing at the Olympic
Games because of Asian companies' know-how in organic and anti-mould fabrics.
Tytex Group announces a new revolutionary
version of their hip protector SAFEHIP® Soft.
The new product combines the
singular characteristics of the conventional SAFEHIP® Soft protector with
essential improvements concerning adaptability, comfort and discretion. Its
special feature is a singular protective shield made of a three-dimensional
fabric - the so-called 3D textile - based on the Tytex AirX® Spacer Fabric
Because of this the new SAFEHIP® 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 Warnaco Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:
WRNC) today announced that it has filed an application to list its common stock
on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). The Company expects to begin trading on
the NYSE on May 15, 2008 (subject to approval by the NYSE) under the stock
symbol "WRC." The Company will continue to trade on the NASDAQ Global
Select Market until that time.
"We are pleased to be listing on the NYSE," said
Joseph R. Gromek, President and Chief Executive Officer o
Funding to accelerate
commercial roll-out of revolutionary ion-mask super-hydrophobic treatment
ion-mask, the revolutionary
super-hydrophobic treatment from P2i Ltd, has attracted substantial investment
from Unilever Ventures.
The additional funding will allow P2i to accelerate the
introduction of its ground-breaking ion-mask technology across its chosen
market segments and expand its operations to maximise market penetration.
“The past few months have seen some ama
For 2007, Asia remained the major destination for Italian
exports of textile machinery, with sales in all Asian markets attaining 793
million euro, representing fully 43% of Italy’s total exports in the sector.
Yet Asia’s textile and garments industry is a very diversified market. Next to
China and India, the industry’s global powers, other manufacturing areas are
seeking recognition on the increasingly competitive international scene. For
these relative new
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. $0.42 for the second quarter of fiscal 2008. For the
full 2008 fiscal yea
Glenmuir’s latest Spring/Summer ‘08 collection features an
all-new range of Men’s Performance Shirts which use innovative moisture
management systems to keep the golfer cool and dry on the course.
The Lanark, Scotland-based company, one of the most famous
golf apparel brands in the world, has introduced five new short-sleeved Men’s
Performance Shirts – each designed with a neat athletic fit to enhance the
performance of the technical, moisture-wicking fabrics.
Holdings will today officially open MAS Intimates Thurulie, its
eco-manufacturing plant located at MAS Fabric Park, Thulhiriya, Sri Lanka. The plant will
manufacture lingerie for the UK high street retailer, Marks & Spencer (M&S).
Thurulie is the first lingerie manufacturing facility producing goods for
M&S which has been designed to reduce carbon emissions and aims to become
It features the
biggest installation of solar panels to da
Country’s largest apparel exporter pledges
to invest Rs 2.7 bn over four years to ‘Green’ apparel sector.
Sri Lanka’s apparel industry is believed to be on the
threshold of becoming a leader in eco-friendly manufacture on the global stage,
and one industry leader today pledged to spend US$ 25 million (Rs 2.7 billion)
over the next four years to place the country on the world map as a location
for environmental best practice.
Speaking at inauguration of the country’s fir
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
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
Textile machinery exhibitors have
sold a large number of knitting machines during three days of MEGATEX 2008 held
at Karachi Expo Centre. According to organisers here on Thursday, local and
international industry professionals also signed memorandum of understanding
(MoU)for their mutual benefits. Speaking on the occasion, APTMA Chairman
Sindh-Balochistan Zone Tariq Saud said the country still retains great
potential to export textile items. Key speakers consisted of P
Textile firms, once an export engine of China, are fighting for
their survival this year with rising costs and dismal overseas market hit by
the subprime crisis.
Those firms wooing
foreign buyers at the 103rd China Import and Export Fair, the largest trade
fair in the country also called the Canton Fair, felt the pinch. Few buyers
visited their exhibition stall, and fewer still signed contracts.
William Lowry, an American clothing buyer, came to the fair
The Lenzing Group confirms the preliminary
figures for 2007, released on 14 March 2008. Thanks to excellent general
economic conditions, and as a consequence of the Group's dynamic expansion the
result of 2007 surpasses the very good result of the previous business year.
The start-up of the new viscose fiber plant in Nanjing
(China), price increases in core business cellulose fibers and company
acquisitions by segment Plastics generated a strong growth spurt. Consolidated
Pacific Textiles Increases stake in PT Sri Lanka to 60% For a Cash Consideration of US$ 1,630,000. Under the Agreement, Pacific Textiles has agreed to purchase 8% of sales shares of PT Sri Lanka from Brandix in a cash consideration of US$ 1,630,000. The consideration for the acquisition will be funded by the internal resources of the Group.
Upon completion of the acquisition, Pacific Textiles and Brandix will own 60% and 40% of PT Sri Lanka respectively. As part of the Company’s strategy to ex
‘Brandix Mercury’ to optimise financial processes and practices across 25 SBUs.
Sri Lanka’s top apparel exporter Brandix has implemented the
first stage of a visionary plan to take the apparel solutions provider beyond
the manufacture and export of apparel to becoming a massive knowledge-based
company that could ‘in-source’ the business processing requirements of top
international retail brands.
The company last week formally inaugurated Brandix Mercury,
Holdings, Inc. (“Performance Fibers”) today announced that it intends to idle
all manufacturing at its Winfield and Scottsboro, Ala. plants, based on reduced
demand from U.S. tire customers, combined with increasingly competitive
industry and economic conditions.
The planned action will idle polyester-fabric converting
operations in Winfield, affecting about 100 employees, and fabric dipping
operations in Scottsboro, impacting about 40 emp
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
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
As part of its ongoing
commitment to environmental sustainability, Polartec, LLC announces that it has
entered an agreement with Bluesign Technologies AG to evaluate and approve its
manufacturing processes for environment, health and safety (EHS) issues.
The bluesign® screening process includes a detailed on-site
evaluation of textile manufacturing sites according to the five principles of
the bluesign standard including resource productivity, consumer safety,
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
sales rose by 12% to 3 930.1 million CHF. The operating result before interest
and taxes (EBIT) rose by 54% in the year under review to 278.7 million CHF
(180.6 million CHF in 2006), equivalent to 7.3% of corporate output. Net profit
increased by 34% to 211.5 million CHF (157.4 million CHF in 2006). Earnings per
share improved sharply to 48.19 CHF (35.53 CHF in 2006). The Board of Directors
proposes a dividend of 15.00 CHF per share as last year.
The global economy as
The Board of Directors will propose to the Annual General Meeting to
elect Dominik Koechlin, Hariolf Kottmann and Carlo G. Soave to the Board of
Directors. The Board plans to appoint Jürg Witmer as Chairman and Rudolf Wehrli
as Vice-Chairman. Roland Lösser, Clariant’s Chairman, will, as communicated
earlier, for personal reasons, not stand for reelection. Furthermore Tony Reis,
Clariant’s Vice-Chairman, will retire from the Board, and Kajo Neukirchen,
thrive in warm, damp environments. Where these conditions are permitted,
bacteria multiply exponentially and are easily transmitted. Health hazards are
the result, sometimes serious. Bennett Safetywear’s range of Dermos®
anti-bacterial products successfully confronts unwanted bacteria.
All Dermos® products utilise an advanced fibre containing
silver ions that damage bacteria cell physiology and disturb enzymatic
processes. This fibre ensures that all harmful bacteria quickly become
The business result of the Lenzing Group for 2007 clearly surpasses the very good result of 2006. Excellent economic conditions and the dynamic expansion of the group in fibres and plastics form the basis of yet another record result.
1. Consolidated sales up 20.9 percent to EUR 1.26 bill.
2. EBIT up 50.6 percent to EUR 162.3 mill.
3. Management board proposes dividend of EUR 14 (2006: EUR 10)
According to preliminary figures, consolidated sales rose by 20.9% to EUR 1.26 bill. (2
Company adds plants in Mexico, North Carolina and South
Carolina, and expands in North Carolina.
Performance Fibers today
announced it has completed its acquisition of INVISTA’s North America tire cord
and polyester industrial filament businesses including four plants in the U.S.
and Mexico that manufacture industrial polyester, Nylon-6 and tire cord fabric.
Terms of the purchase were not disclosed.
The purchase includes manufacturing facilities in
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
Born in Vienna on 5th January 1970,
Esther Lorber comes from a family of entrepreneurs operating in the design
Her spontaneous love and sensibility for beauty and form,
which she absorbed within the family from her earliest childhood, urged her to
study fashion design. In 1988 she won a competition for young talents produced
by the International Wool Secretariat presenting a wool garment and thus
showing her interest and appreciation of the extraordinary natural qualit
Uninterrupted Efforts for Innovation - By Chairman, Wang Ping-czu
The strong desire to seek for innovation and revolution
is the driving force for success of enterprise. We believe that only the
continuous enhancement of our technical, research and development capacity can
give PaiLung a breakthrough and further growth. “Satisfying our clients, taking
care our employees, creating profits, and feeding back to the community” are
the concepts we have been insisting.
Our innovation does not only
Zegna Baruffa Lane Borgosesia is the world leader in the production of
fine yarns for top-quality knitwear. Zegna Baruffa was established in 1924, and
in 1974 acquired the prestigious company, Lane Borgosesia (1850).
Today, Zegna Baruffa Lane Borgosesia buys 10 million
kilograms of raw Australian Merino wool. The superfine Merino wool, combined
with a vast range of rich yarns such as cashmere and top-quality pure or
blended fibres, creates over 6.5 million kilograms of yarn for t
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
The 62nd edition
of Pitti Filati (Florence, 30th January – 1st February 2008) closed by
launching optimistic signals for the yarn industry.
“At the stands throughout the Fortezza da Basso, we have
heard satisfied opinions”, says Raffaello Napoleone, CEO of Pitti Immagine,
“the exhibitors told us that they made high-level contacts and the buyers
admired the quality and work that went into the collections. Certainly, the
yarn industry is going through a delicat
To celebrate its 80th anniversary, Speedo,
the world’s leading swimwear brand has launched SPEEDO LZR RACER®, which
independent testing has shown to be the world’s fastest swimsuit.
Speedo has harnessed the expertise of the United States
space agency NASA amongst a number of international research institutes to
create a faster suit which has 10% less passive drag* than Speedo’s FASTSKIN
FSII launched in 2004 and 5% less passive drag* than Speedo FS-PRO, which was
Bloomberg reports that Shima Seiki Manufacturing Ltd. (6222 JO): The maker of
knitting machines increased its full-year net income forecast 10 percent to 11
billion yen on better-than-expected sales. The company boosted its second-half
dividend to 30 yen from 20 yen. The stock climbed 290 yen, or 7.1 percent, to
4,390. Read full story.
Customised styles for individual requirements: the new APPAREL Collections from FALKE ESS Schmallenberg, - FALKE ERGONOMIC SPORT SYSTEM complements its skiing and running range as well as its new sports/lifestyle segment like Yoga and Urban Outdoor in order to meet the ever increasing individual requirements of sportsmen in line with the latest trends. FALKE attaches great importance to perfect combination of function and design that is reflected in the use of innovative material
Over 100 leading Indonesian textile
industrialists met with representatives of European machinery companies in
Jakarta recently, to discuss the country’s urgent need for the modernisation of
While still Indonesia’s largest exporter, with an annual
surplus of US$5 billion, the textile industry is facing major issues in respect
of quality, diversification and general competitiveness. These problems are
mainly due to the countries limited investment
Who is Polartec LLC?
We are the creators of Polartec® fabrics – the most
advanced performance textiles available today. Polartec® started as the
original synthetic fleece and now offers a collection of over 300 different
fabrics designed to keep you warm, dry, and most importantly, comfortable in a
variety of outdoor activities. Polartec® fabrics range from extremely
lightweight base layer fabrics for long underwear and t-shirts to water
repellent soft shells to flame resistant fabrics
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
Starting April 2007 Dr. Martin Prillmann (41) has been
appointed as managing director at KARL MAYER. He will take over from Ulrich
Mayer, who is retiring from the company this summer.
Dr. Prillmann started in his new post at KARL MAYER on
2nd April, and will take over all the roles and functions of his predecessor
during the course of the summer.
The new managing director, who holds a doctorate in
business administration, worked for many years in a well-known management
consultancy firm, an