Australian Wool Innovation, the marketing organisation behind Australia’s wool growers, reports that for the first time in two decades Russian textiles interests have travelled directly to the country to source what is arguably the finest wool in the world. The return of Russian interests is thought to be significant given the large potential the former Russian states have for processing and consuming the natural fibre.
Euratex, the European Apparel and Textile Confederation, has attended a high-level lunch organised by Walpole, the British Luxury association, where the action plan for implementation of the European strategy for fashion and high-end industries by 2020 was discussed.
The plan was presented by European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani at the event, attended by key stakeholders and sectors of the fashion and high-end industries.
After the great response to its first denim collection for Spring/Summer 2014 leading flat knitting machine manufacturer Stoll took up the challenge of creating a collection of wintery denim knits for Autumn/Winter 2014/15 and the result is the inspiring Stoll Winter Denim Trend Collection 14/15, which the company has just launched.
“The novelty of the current collection is based on extraordinary pattern techniques but also the combination of seasonal mixed materials, merino wool connects in this context with indigo-dyed cotton,” says Jörg Hartmann, Head of Fashion & Technology at Stoll.
The American Apparel & Footwear Association will be adding a new legwear committee to its organization this month to help fill the void created by the dissolution of The Hosiery Association at after 100 plus years of operation.
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.
The 14th China International Exhibition on Hosiery, Knitting, Dyeing and Finishing Machinery and the 3rd China International Exhibition on Automatic Garment Machinery and Sewing Equipment, YIWU TEX 2013, are taking place from 19-22 November at Yiwu International Expo Centre, Yiwu City, Zhejiang Province, China.
The four day exhibition has attracted 200 knitting and automatic garment machinery exhibitors from 11 countries and regions. It is expected to receive 12,000 visitors and about ten delegation groups from local and overseas.
With the aim of specialisation, marketization and brand building, the exhibition strives to provide the strongest trading platform for knitting and automatic garment machinery.
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.
The second Euratex Convention, the European exchange and meeting platform for the textile industry, welcomed 130 participants from 16 countries, and featured 18 lectures providing ideas and visions for the future of the textile and clothing Industry.
The event, based around a future-oriented subject ‘European Textiles & Fashion 2025 - A new industry paradigm driven by innovation’, took place from 4- 5 November at Deutsche Bank in Berlin.
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.
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:
Leading circular knitting machine builder Mayer & Cie. has launched a number of new developments recently amongst which is the German company’s HPI (High Productive Interlock) version of its well proven D4-2.2 II machine. The machine is reported to be selling well in India and Turkey, with one buyer in India recently ordering 12 machines.
Epson UK has appointed Adelco, DTG Solutions, i-Sub and RA Smart as authorised resellers for its new SureColor SC-F2000 direct-to-garment desktop printer.
The easy-to-use SureColor SC-F2000 is fully designed and built by Epson to deliver maximum quality, productivity, flexibility and total reliability - alongside low running and maintenance costs, the company reports.
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.
Première Vision Shanghai and Denim by Première Vision Asia confirmed their premium positions as more than 3,100 professionals came to Shanghaimart on 22-23 October to discover the offer of 70 exhibitors.
Première Vision events featured premium collections, exclusive trends and industry information, creating a unique business and network platform for the Asian fashion industry.
At Denim by Première Vision Asia, international and domestic denim makers presented top developments and excited designers with their cutting-edge collections. Première Vision Shanghai exhibitors displayed a strong and focused offer to the Asian market for the Fall-Winter 14/15 season.
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.”
For German circular knitting machine builder Mayer & Cie., business has pretty much gone to plan over the past few years. The Albstadt headquartered company sold 860 machines in 2011, 1030 in 2012 and this year it expects to sell in excess of 1200 machines – steady growth which is impressive during a period of economic downturn – which also secures jobs in its Swabian Alb home town where today 285 people are employed, 35 more than 2 years ago.
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.
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.
Leading circular knitting machine builder Mayer & Cie. has introduced a newly developed needle for its OVJA 1.1 TTRB circular garment length machine which allows the knitting of fabrics in different gauges on the same machine.
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.
Texworld USA, the apparel fabrics show in North America, has partnered with Manufacture NY, a fashion incubator for emerging designers. The partnership is expected to provide designers with an opportunity to source fabrics and speak with Manufacture NY about their products and services offered.
“Our goal is to be able to provide all the necessary resources for our attendees at Texworld USA. By partnering with Manufacture NY we will be able to provide our visitors with an interactive show floor and for our emerging designers, a premium resource on how to start their brand,” commented John P. Gallagher, President and CEO of Messe Frankfurt.
In view of ever shorter innovation cycles in the textiles and clothing industries, machinery manufacturer Karl Mayer says it finds that four years is quite a long time between the ITMA exhibitions in Europe, the leading trade fair for international textile machinery builders. This is the reason why the company decided to present its latest machine innovations halfway between ITMA 2011 in Barcelona and ITMA 2015 in Milan at an Open House exhibition at its German headquarters a few weeks ago.
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.
Japanese flat knitting machine builder Shima Seiki flexed its technological muscles here in the heartland of Italian knitwear production when it showed no fewer than 17 different high technology flat knitting machines for the production of advanced knitwear, knitted footwear and accessories last weekend at its Open House show. Also on show was the company’s SPR2 (Shima Production Report) production management system and SDS ONE APEX 3 Apparel Design Workstation.
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.
The 2013 Art and Design postgraduate exposition at Nottingham Trent University will feature creative talent from countries including China, India, Brazil, Thailand, Japan, Ireland, Holland, Africa, Turkey and Spain.
Over 180 artists and designers will be showcasing their work in September and October, including local artists from Nottingham, who will also have their work on display. The event marks the completion of the designers’ postgraduate education.
Carol Jones, head of Masters courses for the School of Art & Design, said: “Our cohorts comprise of different backgrounds, cultures and age ranges, from 25-65, helping to provide a significant creative community.”
Flat knitting machine manufacturer Stoll claims it has set new standards in the knitting world. Due to its unique yarn carrier technology, the newly launched Stoll CMS ADF-3 knitting machine offers many features for innovative knitting when it comes to structural technique and colour combinations. The company says the new machine combines all previously known yarn carrier technologies with its newly expanded functions to create a powerful flat knitting machine.
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.
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.
Stoll Software Solutions from leading German flat knitting machine builder Stoll now offers a broad array of useful software tools which complement Stoll knitting machines and pattern design solutions. According to the company these tools will offer many benefits to textile manufacturers who are looking for maximum flexibility and cost-efficiency.
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.
Shima Seiki, of Wakayama, a leading manufacturer in the computerised flatbed knitting machine industry, will participate in the A+A 2013 Safety, Security and Health at Work International Trade Fair that will take place in Dusseldorf, from 5-8 November.
The Woolmark Company displayed its wares to more than 12,000 visitors at the 22nd edition of SpinExpo trade fair in Shanghai that was held earlier this month from 3-5 September. The company presented a range of product innovations and global trends in wool, displaying an array of tactile and colourful yarns.
This season sees a return to knitwear for Woolmark, with warm colours emerging as the dominant hue for the upcoming Autumn/Winter season.
Cashmere World, a vertically integrated business platform for the international cashmere trade, will take place from 25 - 26 September in Hong Kong. It is a high-quality, annual meeting place for business, a catalyst for fashion trends and technology innovation, as well as a venue for the promotion of the unique qualities of cashmere.
Cashmere World fosters the international collaboration of cashmere professionals spanning the various sectors of this specialised industry, from raw materials to finished products.
Christian Wijnants, the winner of the 2012/13 International Woolmark Prize, has launched his capsule collection at a VIP event at the London’s Harvey Nichols store last week.
“It’s a dream come true to have my fashion in Harvey Nichols London, it’s one of my favourite stores and it’s an honour to show my work here,” commented Christian Wijnants.
The unveiling was attended by leading British journalists and editors, among which were Grazia’s editor-in-chief Jane Bruton and Vogue’s executive fashion editor Serena Hood.
Nottingham Trent University was recently selected as the only university from Europe to participate in Spinexpo, one of the largest international fairs for fibres, yarns and knitwear in Shanghai, China.
Students’ work from the university’s School of Art & Design was on display at Spinexpo this week and t an event that was attended by thousands of designers, buyers and decision makers from retailers, international brands and manufacturers.
Nottingham Trent University showcased garments and fabrics from 24 students who have recently graduated with a BA (Hons) degree in Textile Design or Fashion Knitwear Design and Knitted Textiles. Items on display had a focus on tactile elements such as knitwear with weaves and embellishments.
The Woolmark Company will showcase a selection of Merino wool innovations, trends and industry services at SpinExpo Shanghai that will take place from 3-5 September.
On display will be the latest edition of The Wool Lab, produced each season in Italy. This is a tool which is widely used by the industry, which selects the best wool products worldwide and identifies the emerging trends from fashion, design, art, pop culture, music and other fields.
A new way to dye Merino Vintage will also be presented, along with the Sculptured Merino innovation.
Following its successful showing at the Enkvegas trade show in August, Shima Seiki, of Wakayama, Japan, together with its US subsidiary Shima Seiki USA will participate in the Coterie exhibition in New York this month.
The company will be showcasing the latest collection of the ‘Isola Bella’ brand of knitwear line, including the latest in seam-free Wholegarment knitwear that features superior fit, comfort and draping characteristics.
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.
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.
Shima Seiki, a leading manufacturer in the computerised flatbed knitting machine industry will exhibit at the Première Vision show in Paris that will be held from 17-19 September.
It will once again participate as a sole machine manufacturer in the ‘Knitwear Solutions’ category for the flatbed knit sector, following its participation in the inaugural edition of Knitwear Solutions two seasons ago.
Speaking during a visit to Barrie Knitwear, the First Minister Alex Salmond said the Barrie Knitwear firm was an excellent example of a local Scottish company making waves on the global stage, having sealed its 25-year association with Chanel last year with a takeover by the fashion giant.
The Finance Minister John Swinney chaired a summit at Peter Scott Knitwear, organised by the Scottish Government to discuss how the Scottish Government and its agencies can do more to help the sector make the most of the estimated £81billion global market.
Latvia can be proud of its ancient crafts, amongst which knitting and crocheting take the most prominent place, the tradition dating back to the 14th century. Rich in national character, different patterns and natural colours, traditional knitted accessories and garments such as hats, scarves, sweaters, wraps, mittens and thick winter socks can be found in the small souvenir shops as well as in the big brand stores.
Being an essential part of everyday life centuries ago, modern mittens and scarfs still reproduce the ancient pagan ornaments. Famous for being hand made, these warming souvenirs attract tourists’ attention during any time of the year.
Knitwear designers, sourcing managers, retail buyers and brand directors explored an international offering comprising fibres, yarns, knitwear manufacturing, trend direction and market intelligence at the fifth edition of SPINEXPO New York, held from 16-18 July, at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan.
The three-day fair attracted 1379 visitors, a 10% increase over the 2012 edition. 37% of the attendees represented the flatbed knitting sector, with 16% involved in knitted fabrics for outerwear, 10% in weaving for clothing, 8.5% working in knitted accessories and 6% in hosiery.
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.
My favourite mug. A simple, white container with the perfect handle, with the perfect grip which contains just the right amount of coffee that I like to drink in the morning. My favourite mug and I shared many years and many homes together, but unfortunately a few days ago I dropped it...and it shattered. I don't even know where it was bought as I stole it from a flat where I lived many years ago so now I have to face the very daunting prospect of mug shopping...Does such a word even exist?
Shima Seiki Mfg., Ltd. of Wakayama, Japan together with its U.S. subsidiary Shima Seiki U.S.A. Inc. will exhibit at the ENKVEGAS August 2013 leading womens wear show in Las Vegas this month. On display will be the latest collection of the “Isola Bella” brand of knitwear line, including the latest in seam-free Wholegarment knitwear that features superior fit, comfort and draping characteristics.
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%).
Pitti Filati is a great place for designers to see new yarns, however not many of us wonder where the fibres used by spinners come from. During the latest edition of the show, even Filmar decided to celebrate one of their greatest loves: cotton.
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.
A unique and functional knitted fabrics collection from the leading textile company Eschler, owned by Schoeller, has been produced under ecological conditions on the company’s high-tech knitting machines.
“It surprises with flexible and creative ideas,” the company commented. “Innovative textures and structures lend the knitted fabrics a special performance through different constructions.”
Fabdesigns Inc., a textile engineering company with a world class reputation for innovative knit engineering and pioneering technology in knitted footwear, has reopened its private textile laboratory in California to offer consulting and development proof of concepts in footwear, technical, industrial, and highly advanced performance knitted textiles. The company which is based in the Los Angeles district of Encino, recently took delivery of some new flat knitting machines and officially opened its doors for business yesterday.
Nine renowned US mills will exhibit at 15th edition of Texworld USA, North America’s largest apparel fabrics show, to showcase innovative textile materials sourced closer to North American market to meet the growing demand for textiles and apparel. These represent the complete supply chain from spinner to knitter to full package garments.
The Woolmark Company presented new product innovations and launched an advertising campaign in partnership with Il Gufo, at the most important show dedicated to the mothers and babies sector Pitti Bimbo, that was held in Florence from 27-29 June.
The Woolmark Company introduced items from the Merino Mini collections which have been created to showcase product development ideas and innovations to the industry. Samples of jersey pieces and bodysuits, knitted pullovers and pants, blankets and other garments, produced using the finest Merino wool, were showcased.
Première Vision, the world's premier fabric show, will once again host Knitwear Solutions, an international flatbed knits event, that will be held 17-19 September at Parc des Expositions Paris Nord Villepinte, Paris.
Created in September in 2012, the Knitwear Solutions space brings together the full-range of players in the flatbed knit sector: a leading technology manufacturer, knitters and 15 knit studios (at Indigo).
Première Vision is also the lead show in a line-up that also includes Expofil, Indigo, Le Cuir à Paris, ModAmont and Zoom by Fatex.
FILO, the International fair for yarns and fibres is celebrating its 20th anniversary, presenting its 40th edition that will take place from 9-10 October at the Le Stelline Congress Centre in Milan.
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.
An important panel discussion entitled ‘Strategies for greater sustainability of the fashion industry - from production to distribution, up until washing, care and recycling of the units sold’ took place in Milan on 7 June, organised by the European Commission for Climate Action and conducted by the Commissioner Connie Hedegaard.
The debate developed within the European campaign to raise awareness on the issues of energy saving ‘A world as you like it, with the climate you want’, with the purpose of raising awareness in the general public and in companies and promoting creative and innovative solutions across Europe that reduce the environmental impact of the products we consume.
Twelve Turkish companies are showcasing at the summer edition of Texworld USA, that will take place from 16-18 July. Alongside the Uludag Textile Exporters Association, they will present their new fabrics in a fully booked exhibition hall at the Javits Convention Centre, New York City.
The Turkey Pavilion is said to add to the diversity of the trade show currently hosting 426 confirmed exhibitors from 17 countries and is sponsored by UTIB, the Uludag Textile Exporters Association based in Turkey.
Leading German flat knitting machine manufacturer Stoll has released its new Denim, a Vision Collection which takes the company and knitwear into a completely new product category. The collection is introduced as follows:
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.
Piave Maitex, an Italian knitted fashion fabrics manufacturer, will present its PM One, a new generation fabric based on Raschel cutting edge knitting technology, at Interfiliere, an international trade fair for intimates and beachwear fabrics, in Paris on 6 July 2013.
A new clothing concept could change how people affected by dementia interact with and wear their garments, helping to reduce agitation and maintain their independence for longer, according to the Nottingham Trent University.
Britta Schulte, a Fashion Knitwear Design and Knitted Textiles student at the University’s School of Art & Design, carried out a research into dementia and how specially designed clothing could make a difference to an individual’s daily routine and general wellbeing.
A decade ago, few leaders in the apparel industry would have predicted the high level of technical expertise, quality, and design sophistication we are seeing in China’s knitwear business. While opinion once held that Italian and British knitwear were unsurpassed, recession in the West and compressed supply chains have resulted in a more level playing field. Today we are seeing exciting new alliances and collaborations between Chinese spinners and their European counterparts, which will serve growing Asian markets as well as the West.
Schoeller owned Eschler Textil will showcase its wide range of warp knitted products alongside new developments in areas such as medical, 3D and velcro textiles at this week’s Techtextil trade fair for technical textiles in Frankfurt. Specialising in warp-knitted high-tech textiles, Eschler has been regarded as a competent partner in the innovative development of fabrics for technical uses for many years. By combining different knitting technologies, Eschler provides a wide product range from two-dimensional qualities like velours, nets, elastic warp knitted fabrics and loop-pile products up to the three-dimensional area, innovative spacer fabrics.
DyStar has announced that the inaugural winners of the annual CEO ‘Caring for the Future’ Award are its Wuxi Production Site, which executed the best sustainable production practices while continuing to deliver high value products and DyStar China’s sales offices and laboratory, which implemented several programs that have reduced their consumption of electricity and water, on a continuing basis.
Sustainability at DyStar is driven by the integration of sustainable practices into its daily operations and value chain. An annual award scheme linked to its Company-wide Sustainability Program, ‘Caring for the Future’, was introduced in 2011 to motivate all production site and offices to uphold this core brand value.
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.
In this article, SPINEXPO, the show for ready-to-wear brand manufacturers with collections of flat-bed and circular knits, wovens, hosiery and new warp seamless knits, focuses on sustainability in textiles and apparel supply chains and previews its forthcoming New York (16-18 July) edition. The exhibition features fibres and yarns for knitwear, weaving and hosiery, as well as knitwear collections from the leading international knitwear manufacturers.
Nilit, a global producer of nylon 6.6, will be exhibiting at the international trade fair Techtextil, Frankfurt, where the company will feature its range of high-performance products made from innovative nylon 6.6 yarns.
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.
Merino wool, the Woolmark logo and Australia’s leading sporting retailer Rebel have announced that Australian Merino wool can now be found at over 90 Rebel sports stores nationwide.
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.
Invista, owner of Lycra brand, is teaming up with the WGSN Global Fashion Awards to find the fashion industry’s newest design star. This year in its 5th edition, the Lycra Future Designers Awards’ winner will be announced at a glamorous awards event on 30 October at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum.
It bears repeating: Knitwear is having a moment. With current catwalks full of knitted dresses, sweater coat hybrids, and oversized jumpers, knitwear’s next evolution is into more tailored territory. For Autumn/Winter 2014, knitwear borrows compact structures, graphic patterns, and yarn configurations more typically seen in woven fabrics. Many of these looks incorporate wide knitting and cut-and-sew techniques.
Mrs. Kazuyo Shima, beloved wife of Dr. Masahiro Shima, President of Shima Seiki Mfg., Ltd., passed away at age 75 on 6th May 2013.
Leading flat knitting machine builder Stoll has made available a great video of its current Stoll Denim Collection which can be viewed here on Knitting Industry in HD (high definition). The Stoll Denim Collection shows a selection of the almost unlimited potential for denim in knitting.
Steven Oo, an exciting young designer whose post-modern knitwear was featured in a 2010 New York Times review by fashion columnist Suzy Menkes, will bring his story to Spinexpo with a concise collection of specially-designed pieces to be displayed at the New York show in July. With a self-professed love of “simple, high-quality yarns with a great hand,” Mr. Oo’s Spinexpo collection will utilize yarns from exhibiting worsted spinners such as Ningbo Consinee, Novetex, Südwolle, Xinao Group, and Zhejiang Zhongding.
Leading computerized knitting machine manufacturer Shima Seiki of Wakayama, Japan has announced it will exhibit at ITM Texpo Eurasia 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey, which takes place from 29th May to 1st June.
European textile and clothing companies are looking further afield for growth, according to a new report from the global business information company Textiles Intelligence called World Textile and Apparel Trade and Production Trends: the EU.
According to the latest International Textile Machinery Shipment Statistics (ITMSS) published this week by the ITMF (International Textile Manufacturers Federation) shipments of new textile machinery fell in 2012 in most segments compared with 2011, although a new record was set for shipments of large diameter circular knitting machines.
Just days after launching its new online Looking for Wool sourcing guide, an online directory which will enable businesses to source wool and wool-rich products for both the apparel and interiors sector, The Woolmark Company has released five new introductory training manuals to assist in educating the retail and trade sectors about the benefits of Australian Merino wool.
German warp knitting machine builder Karl Mayer has launched new versions of its HKS 3-M and HKS 3-S tricot machines with completely new features
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.
Knitting machine manufacturers have historically been well represented at ShanghaiTex and Karl Mayer is no exception - the leading warp knitting machine manufacturer will be showcasing some of its latest innovations at the June show in Shanghai.
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.
Italian protective fabrics producer Argar Technology, a division of Argar S.r.L, has launched three new flame retardant (FR) fabrics ranges which it will be showcasing along with its current range of innovative products at this year’s leading technical textiles exhibitions – Techtextil 2013, and A+A Safety, Security & Health At Work 2013.
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.
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.
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.
Fountain Set (Holdings) Ltd, a global leader in the manufacture of circular knitted fabrics, has published its final results for the sixteen months ended 31 December 2012*, which show a loss of HK$324.2 million.
Researchers in Minsk, Belarus say they have developed a unique technology which enables them to make knitting yarn from the bast fibre flax. The technology is said to allow the manufacture of flax based yarns which are nearly half the thickness of yarns currently being used by knitwear manufacturers in Belarus and other CIS states. The technology is patented in these territories.
Janet Prescott reports
Filo in Milan showed a strong design direction for 2014/15, reflecting the desire of the trade to move ahead to more positive economic circumstances. There was little optimism about the present climate, beset in the week of Filo by serious problems in Cyprus, but rather a wry acknowledgement among the exhibitors and buyers that business was still being done , with some spinners servicing the very top end stating that business was better than satisfactory.
The Dornbirn-Man-Made Fibers Congress (MFC), the leading conference for the man-made fibres industry, will take place for the 52nd time in Dornbirn, Austria from 11-13 September 2013, where over 100 papers will address key industry issues under the banner - ‘Communicating the Future of Man-Made Fibers’.
Cesare Citterio, textiles entrepreneur and owner of Cifra SpA, a world leader in the field of seamlessly knitted garments, is a man on a mission – a warp knitting seamless mission - or as Citterio likes to call it a ‘WKS’ mission.
Friedel Dickmeiß and Jörg Alexander, Oerlikon Barmag
Statistics reveal that spinning line capacities are becoming increasingly large
The majority of recent installations for polyester have been spinning lines directly connected to a common reactor. Lines of this kind are economically prudent, although flexibility is very limited compared to extruder spinning lines. Here, additive injection and mixing systems can help regain this lost flexibility.
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.
German circular knitting machine builder Terrot will be present at this summer’s Shanghaitex exhibition were it will exhibit along with its partner Terrot Hongkong Ltd from 10-13 June. The well established show is highly instrumental in promoting the upgrading and transformation of China’s textiles and clothing industry.
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.
Karl Mayer will be showing its latest warp knitting and warp preparation innovations at this summer’s Shanghaitex textile machinery exhibition which takes place from 10-13 June 2013 in Shanghai.
After years of experience, studies, continuous development and technical improvements in advanced polyester fibres, Advansa introduced its ‘Duoregulation’ fibre technology Advansa ThermoCool to the market in 2008 at Ispo BrandNew.
As far as Karl Mayer is concerned, Brazil belongs to a group of countries which offer great market potential – and this is the reason why the German textile machinery manufacturer is already making preparations for its participation in the country’s leading trade fair of the year - Tecnotêxtil.
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.
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.
Developer of spinning systems Rieter has released a new version of its air-jet spinning application for new raw materials and yarn count ranges. Rieter’s air-jet spun yarn Com4 jet, a member of the Com4 yarn family has been under a steady innovation process both in terms of machine design as well as textile technology research, since the launch of the air-jet spinning technology the system some years ago.
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.
The Merino Company (TMC), a Melbourne based specialist in the manufacture and global sales of merino and merino products, has acquired New Zealand’s Nuyarn spinning facility, in order to strengthen its fabric and garment offerings to the outdoor, fashion, performance socks and seamless markets.
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.
Karl Mayer will be exhibiting at this year’s ITM Texpo Eurasia 2013, which takes place from 29 May-1 June in Istanbul. The world leader in warp knitting machinery and warp preparation units will have an ML 46 machine on its exhibition stand and will demonstrate the advantages of the latest generation electronic multibar Raschel machine.
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.
Christian Winjants, a 35-year-old knitwear designer based in Antwerp, Belgium, has been announced as the winner of the 2013 International Woolmark Prize, during the final award event held at the ME Hotel in London this weekend.
Lenzing is constructing a EUR 130 million jumbo Tencel production line at its plant in Lenzing, which will go into operation in 2014. The new plant will have a 64,000 tonnes per annum capacity.
Beyond the world of outerwear and protective gear, cold weather performance also requires base and mid-layers that have evolved to be much more than “long-johns” or “thermals.” At the ISPO Munich trade fair, held February 3 – 6, some of the newest concepts in cold weather knitwear were on display, offering innovative takes on composition, construction, and technology.
Orders of Italian textile machinery are on the rise for both domestic and foreign markets, causing ACIMIT President Sandro Salmoiraghi to comment: “What’s needed now is to boost investments in capital goods and work together in foreign markets.”
Austrian wool yarn spinner Schoeller, in partnership with Australia’s The Merino Company (TMC), has developed a completely new technology called Enciel, which offers a range of brilliant wool colours and a white merino yarn with up to 160% better white standard.
Lenzing has released its Lenzing Color Trends Autumn-Winter 2014/2015. The 52 page image rich PDF version of Lenzing’s colour forecasts with Pantone TPX referenced colour palettes can be downloaded below.
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.
At last week’s ISPO exhibition in Munich, Santoni showed, among other garment samples, a prototype of a seamless Track-Jacket knitted on its Mec-Mor CMP open width garment length knitting machine.
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.
Carlo Volpi reports from Florence
The 72nd edition of Pitti Filati took place as usual at the Fortezza da Basso in Florence last week. Foreign buyers once again led the show, with very good turnouts from Hong Kong (+75%), Turkey (+30%)United States (+33%), Spain (+22%) and Great Britain. With a total of 3,700 buyers, the International buyer turnout stayed the same as the previous winter edition last year even though the number of actual buyers was inferior (there were about 4,000 last winter).
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.
The Textile Institute has announced details of its latest intensive training short courses for the textiles industry. The Institute is a leading provider of short courses for the industry, drawing on over 100 years of textiles knowledge.
Chinese cleaning textiles producer Suzhou Top Clean Co., Ltd acquired its first Karl Mayer TM 4 T tricot terry machine in December 2011 which was quickly followed by another with EL guide bar control in September 2012. The innovative fabrics produced on the machines are said to be creating a lot of interest on the international market.
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.
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.
It was show time at the Royal College of Art in London last week and as usual the very talented students of the School of Material showcased their creations during the "work in progress" show.
Unifi has released preliminary operating results for its second fiscal quarter ended December 23, 2012. The Greensboro headquartered company reported net income of $2.4 million, compared to a net loss of $7.6 million, for the prior year fiscal quarter ended December 25, 2011. Net sales increased $5.0 million, or 3.0%, to $172 million for the December 2012 quarter, compared to net sales of $167 million for the December 2011 quarter.
Leading fibres and yarn show Expofil, part of the Première Vision Pluriel collection of shows, has announced a 17% increase in the number of participants for its forthcoming edition as compared to the February 2012 show.
On January 15 and 16, Première Vision Preview New York and Indigo New York started the year off strong at their fourth combined trade show. A surge of creative energy filled the Metropolitan Pavilion and Altman Building as the world’s top mills and print design studios came together to showcase their innovative Spring/Summer 2014 collections.
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.
I have always had a thing for landscape photography, whether some people brand it as cheesy, I really really like it.
So last week was that time of the year when I wish I was more popular and got some invitations for some fashion shows: London fashion week, menswear. I personally have always found menswear much more exciting than womenswear, it is an area that still has a great scope for innovation and experimentation.
WeConnectFashion (WCF) has been connecting fashion brands, retailers and service providers with each other and with marketplace intelligence since 1998, and now the brand has announced the launch of its innovative online Trend Shop.
Illustrator Damien Weighill has created a large-scale artwork that has been knitted into a two-metre length of fabric to promote the Adidas Primeknit running shoe, launched at the London 2012 Olympics, which is knitted on a flat knitting machine. (See - Adidas unveils adizero Primeknit running shoe and adizero Primeknit: How it’s made for background.)
Huntsman Textile Effects and DyTech Taiwan have announced “a collaboration that is set to drive sustainable excellence and world-class standards of high quality dyes and specialty chemicals for the Taiwan textile industry”.
The International OEKO-TEX Association has reported it is currently working on an optimised, independent certification system for environmentally friendly and socially responsible companies which will replace the current OEKO-TEX Standard 1000, launching this summer.
Lycra brand owner Invista has announced that it has joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), a group representing more than 60 leading apparel and footwear brands, retailers, suppliers, nonprofits and nongovernmental organisations working to reduce the environmental and social impacts of apparel and footwear products around the world.
The 2013 winter edition of Texworld USA, which kicks off this week (14 - 16 January) at the Javits Convention Center in New York City, features a new Turkey Pavilion hosting a number of Turkish knitters who are keen to increase their presence in the US market.
Leading top quality British fine gauge knitwear producer John Smedley Ltd has received the Royal Warrant of Appointment from Her Majesty The Queen as a ‘Manufacturer of Fine Knitwear’. The Derbyshire, England based knitwear manufacturer has been making knitwear for over 200 years in Lea Mills and enjoys a unique position in the world of knitwear for its extra fine merino wool and Sea Island cotton men’s and women’s knitwear.
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.
Leading German flat knitting machine builder Stoll is commencing series production of its brand new CMS ADF-3 flat knitting technology in this, the company’s 140th year. The latest Stoll ADF flat knitting technology was first shown in prototype form at last year’s ITMA Asia + CITME exhibition in Shanghai and will go on sale this summer.
Well Link Consultants, organizers of SPINEXPO Shanghai and SPINEXPO New York have announced the dates of their 2013 shows.
I love Kapital! This great Japanese brand is not only famous for its wonderful denim creations, but also for its work ethics, and its secrecy!
Thai Acrylic Fibre Co. Ltd (TAF) and Switzerland’s Sanitized AG have announced the signing of a co-branding agreement and licensing program for Amicor fibres. Amicor will unveil the new Biocidals Product Directive (BPD) compliant fibres and yarns under the slogan “Breathe easily and relax” at Heimtextil 2013 which takes place from 9-12 January in Frankfurt.
The Workwear & Corporate Clothing Show is the only UK event dedicated entirely to the manufacture and supply of professional clothing, from cutting edge corporate wear to durable workwear and life-saving PPE (personal protective equipment).
Vietnam has set out an objective to become one of the top five textile and clothing manufacturing and exporting nations by 2020 while simultaneously fostering social improvements and environmental wellbeing, according to a new report - Prospects for the Textile and Clothing Industry in Vietnam - by the global business information company Textiles Intelligence.
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.
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.
Flat knitting machine builder Stoll will exhibit at Knitwear Solutions, the ‘show within a show’, for flat knits launched by Premiere Vision in September this year. The show takes place at the Parc d'Expositions, Paris Nord, Villepinte from 12-14 February 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.
Doing Texprint has been the highlight of my career so far, I think gaining recognition from the industry is the best pay back to many hours of hard work!
Huntsman Textile Effects has launched two AEEA-free (amino-ethyl-ethanol-amine) alternatives for two of its key silicone softeners used in the manufacture of apparel and home textiles.
DyStar is planning to transfer textile chemical production from its plant in Hangzhou to a multi-purpose manufacturing site in Nanjing.
I've been working some crazy hours lately, I have a few projects on the go...I have been doing my usual job at Morley College in London teaching hand knitting and in addition to that, I have been working at Bucks New College in High Wycombe as a visiting machine knitting tutor. I think the Textiles course there, especially the knitted textiles, always produces some of the most exciting work in the country so I'm very glad to be teaching there!
Lenzing’s lyocell cellulosic fibre Tencel turned 20 this week. Lenzing celebrated the anniversary by holding a commemorative ceremony and a customer symposium and here we look at the brand’s past, present and future.
By creating a new range of patterns on the FL 20/16 raschel lace machine, product developers at Karl Mayer have succeeded in developing something new and innovative that the German company says is set to revolutionise the production of sari fabrics.
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.
At this week’s India ITME 2012 Karl Mayer says it is presenting a machinery show of superlatives. In Hall 5, Stand P9/Q8 the German textile machinery manufacturer is showing an HKS 3-M machine of the 3rd generation and a FL 20/1 machine, each offering wide production possibilities for sari fabrics, a Wefttronic RS for the technical textiles sector and the new NOM automatic sectional warper for warp preparation. A machine range by which means Karl Mayer aims to meet the requirements of the currently booming Indian market.
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.
Efforts to manufacture sustainably have buoyed Sri Lanka’s textile and apparel exports in recent months, according to a new Textiles Intelligence report - Trade and trade policy: the EU clothing import market and its ten largest supplying countries.
Lenzing is repositioning its Lenzing Modal brand to reflect the new Modal production technology it now employs. The Austrian company says the slogan Makes the World a Softer Place will now be changed to ‘CO2 Neutral Softness by Edelweiss Technology’.
25 German textile machinery manufacturers presented their latest solutions at two VDMA conferences this month in Istanbul and Gaziantep in Turkey. Almost 600 participants from the Turkish textiles industry used the opportunity to learn how German technology can help the sector to cope with the tough competition from Asia and several German companies were able to close deals with Turkish customers during the events.
Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd, organiser of the Yiwu exhibition for hosiery and knitting machinery, are urging visitors to pre-register online for this month’s event in order to avoid onsite queuing at the actual event. Visitors pre-registering online can also get a free copy of the show catalogue (while stock lasts). For more details and a full show update, please visit the official show website at www.yiwutex.com.
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.
The International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF) has published its ‘State of Trade Report’ for Q2, 2012 which shows that global yarn output for the quarter was up and estimates for global yarn and fabric output in Q3/2012 are positive - the outlook for Q4/2012 is unchanged/positive. The following is the main body of the report – the full report with detailed statistics can be downloaded at the foot of this article.
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.
Leading German circular knitting machine builder Mayer & Cie will be focussing on highly productive machines both for the garment sector and for the growing elastic mattress tickings fabrics sector at India ITME 2012 in Mumbai next month.
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.
Invista is working with India’s Exim Knits to develop fabrics with Lycra fibre that possess the dual qualities of excellent recovery and enhanced elongation. Exim Knits Pvt. Ltd., which has stste of the art production facilities, is a manufacturer and exporter of knit, woven and organic cotton products which was established in India 21 years ago.
High technology flat knitting machine builder Shima Seiki launched two new machines at its 50th Anniversary celebrations here in Wakayama yesterday where around 1500 guests gathered to celebrate the occasion.
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.
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.
German circular knitting machine builder Terrot is heading for India in December where it will exhibit at INDIA ITME 2012, together with its partner Voltas Ltd. The Chemnitz based company will show its single jersey electronic jacquard SCC572 Open Width as well as the latest version of its I3P284-1 8 lock machine.
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.
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.
Nilit announced yesterday that it will be introducing its Nilit Breeze cooling yarn to Asian markets at the forthcoming Intertextile Shanghai 2012 tradeshow. Nilit Breeze, the Israeli company’s most recent innovation, is said to be a revolutionary nylon 6.6 fibre that has been proven to cool wearers by almost one degree Celsius in comparison to fabrics knitted with standard fibres.
Designers Jonathan Saunders, Mark Fast and Richard Nicoll have collaborated with The Woolmark Company to showcase elegant light weight Cool Wool fabrics in their Spring Summer 2013 collections during the recent London fashion Week.
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.
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.
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...
Exhibitors at this week’s hosiery machinery events in Brescia, Northern Italy seem satisfied so far with both the number and the quality of visitors. Brescia is host to a total of four events this week - FIMAST (International Textile Machinery and Accessories Trade Show), Santoni’s Open House, Lonati’s Open House and sock machine manufacturer Rumi’s private show all of which opened yesterday and close Saturday lunchtime.
The 20th session of Spinexpo is said to have ended in a positive climate of global satisfaction just before an enormous storm which turned the exhibition hall into multiple waterfalls. “We can only thank the Gods for planning this storm right after the closing time, escaping from a real flood during the show,” organisers exclaimed at the close of the show.
Brescia and its surrounding area has always been one of the most important manufacturing centres for hosiery and sock manufacturing machinery as well as home to many internationally renowned producers of socks and hosiery.
Fabrics for Autumn/Winter 2013/14 contrasted opulent surfaces and handles with compact density and functional technicity at the September 2012 edition of Première Vision Pluriel in Paris.
Visitor traffic was strong over the first two days of the fair, according to Phillipe Pasquet, CEO and editor-in-chief of Première Vision, calling the opening day “historic, ahead of expectations.” Exhibitors were also pleased with attendance at the fair; Bel Maille’s Stéphane Ziegler commented, “Traffic has been very good with our current customers. We were very happy to see several new customers, including more Americans.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Karl Mayer exhibited at this year’s ITMA ASIA + CITME 2012 exhibition in Shanghai from 12 to 16 June as a leading company in its sector and as a manufacturer who, with its clever, innovative solutions, always takes into account the needs of its customers.
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 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.
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.
Although China's textiles industry is experiencing challenges under the 12th Five Year Plan, the industry’s transformation and upgrading is ongoing and according to the organiser of the ‘Yiwu’ exhibitions, Adsale Exhibition Services, it is still showing healthy development.
The Santoni Group and parent company Lonati are busy planning ‘Open House’ exhibitions which will be held at the same time in September at the Santoni and Lonati headquarter sites in Brescia in northern Italy.
Pablo Larrázabal, a young European Tour professional golfer from Spain, chose the 2012 ThermoCool range of knitted shirts from well known Scottish golf wear brand Lyle & Scott for last week’s Open Championship which was held at Royal Lytham & St. Anne’s from 19-22 July.
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.
Karl Mayer’s attendance at ITM Texpo Eurasia 2012 in April this year could be described as being ‘a first’ in many respects. This was the first trade fair the company had exhibited at this year, it was the first time in a while that it was showing a machine actually operating and the innovations on show were also being exhibited for the first time in Turkey.
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.
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.
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.
The first commercial MicroModal Edelweiss products went on show at this weekend’s Interfilière in Paris when Swiss spinner Hermann Bühler AG showed a range of yarns made from Lenzing’s new eco fibre. Collaborating partner company Arula Textile Solution from Austria also showed a range of circular knitted fabrics which were made from the same yarns.
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.
Leading Italian knitting and hosiery machine builder Santoni launched a number of new machines aimed at the Chinese market at last month’s ITMA ASIA + CITME in Shanghai. Amongst the new exhibits from the Brescia, Northern Italy, headquartered company best known for its circular seamless knitting machines, were two new underwear and outerwear models which it is building at its own factory in China in order to meet the demand and price request of the 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.
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.
Hyosung will use next weekend’s Paris Mode City & Interfilière to celebrate 20 years of its creora spandex/elastane and to unveil its Creora 2014 Swim Trends with highclo elastane.
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.
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’.
Italian circular knitting machine builder Pilotelli showed a number of innovations at last week’s ITMA ASIA + CITME in Shanghai, which were said to be very well received by Chinese visitors to the company’s stand.
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.
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.
A leading Indian warp knitter paid tribute to Groz-Beckert’s needle quality last week when it revealed it was running a group of raschel knitting machines using the original needles supplied with the machines when they were installed eleven years ago.
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).
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.
Warp knitting machinery pioneer Karl Mayer will be exhibiting at next week’s ITMA Asia + CITME in Shanghai and says visitors to its stand in hall 5 will be treated to a first-class machine show.
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.
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 Israeli Nylon 6.6 producer Nilit announced today that its innovative patent pending Nilit Breeze speciality yarn is available as a performance fibre for sportswear, hosiery, underwear, shapewear, socks, outerwear and workwear.
Around 1300 exhibitors from 28 countries are gearing up to showcase their latest technologies at ITMA ASIA + CITME 2012 as the countdown for the third combined show begins. All of the world’s leading manufacturers of machinery and equipment for the knitting industry will be exhibiting and a full list of exhibitors can be downloaded at the foot of this article.
Senol Sankaya, CEO of leading Turkish manufacturer of knitted goods, Yesim Tekstil, has been named as one of three speakers in the Supply Chain session of the 28th IAF World Apparel Convention to be held from 24-28 September 2012 in Oporto, Portugal.
Speaking at the ‘Great Ideas in Cotton’ conference in Hong Kong recently, Cotton Incorporated and DuPont Industrial Biosciences presented the results of a collaborative project quantifying the effectiveness of bio based enzymes as an alternative to traditional chemicals in cotton textiles preparation.
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.
Karl Mayer says it is a textile machinery manufacturer which understands the market signs better than any other company in the sector, and reacts to the latest developments by constantly optimising its products. The HKS 3-M, it says is just one example of the company’s constant powers of innovation.
According to a report in the Daily Star, Bangladesh’s ministry of commerce is planning to start training workers new to the garment industries in order to build them into a skilled workforce as well as counselling them on the working environment of the industry’s many booming factories.
According to a report on the Scotsman.com website yesterday, Scotland’s textile manufacturers are now working together on the nationwide roll-out of an initiative aimed at encouraging more young people into the industry, following the successful launch of a modern apprenticeship scheme in the Scottish Borders region last year.
The Switzerland based International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF) has published its State of Trade Report for the 4th Quarter of 2011. The organisation reports that estimates for Global Yarn and Fabric Output in Q1/2012 are negative but that the outlook for Q2/2012 is positive.
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.
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.
Technologies (NAT) which produces and markets CRAiLAR, a natural fibre made
from flax and other bast fibres, has entered a joint development agreement with
leading cellulosic manmade fibres producer Lenzing. The agreement calls for the
companies to evaluate the blending of CRAiLAR Flax fibres with Tencel (Lyocell)
and Lenzing Modal.
Lenzing's high-quality fibres are primarily used in the
textile industry in women's outerwear and sportswear, as we
Rhode Island, USA based
stretch fabrics producer Darlington Fabrics has launched an innovative family
of fabrics called Fasten-Air which stretch
for comfort and function in personal protection applications and utilise familiar
hook and loop closures.
According to Steve Perry, Darlington's Senior Vice President,
Fasten-Air is a strong yet soft warp knitted fabric available in a variety of
weights based on the customer's particular application.
"This unbroken loop
German circular knitting machine builder Terrot will be
showing the latest versions of its single and double jersey jacquard machines
at the 3rd ITMA ASIA + CITME combined exhibition which will be held at the
Shanghai New International Expo Centre from 12 to 16 June.
At the close of space application, around 130,000 square
metres gross of exhibition space in 11 halls had been booked by leading
industry names from 30 economies and Terrot, as one of the leading circular
Sri Lanka's leading
producer of high quality circular knitted fabrics, Textured Jersey Lanka Plc
(TJL) reported last week that it intends to use part of the proceeds raised
through its Initial Public Offering (IPO) last year on the purchase of an
operating fabric mill. According to a report in The Nation, negotiations are
already underway with a fabric mill in South Asia.
According to the report, the knitted apparel exporter said in
a disclosure filed with the Colombo Stoc
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
Italian circular knitting machine builder Orizio says it had
an unexpectedly successful exhibition in Turkey recently. The company's redesigned
MJMBF2, a single jersey striper with electronic individual needle selection
with 3 way technique, is said to have been well received at the Texpo Eurasia 2012,
which was held from 21 to 24 April in Istanbul.
Visitors are said to
have been positively impressed with the 30 inch diameter, 24 gauge MJMBF2 single
jersey electronic stripe
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
Südwolle Group, a leading
producer in the field of worsted wool spinning has obtained Oeko-Tex
certification to ensure that its yarns are tested to be free from harmful
levels of more than 300 substances that are suspected of being dangerous to
Südwolle has earned Class I Oeko-Tex certification
indicating its yarns meet the most stringent requirements for products intended
for infant use as well as Class II certification for textiles and apparel. The
According to Germany’s VDMA Textile Machinery Association, the forthcoming ITMA ASIA + CITME in Shanghai is an excellent platform for German technology suppliers who will play a key role in the technological upgrading of the Chinese textiles industry.
Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc. (NAT), which produces and markets CRAiLAR, a natural fibre
made from flax and other bast fibres, has earned the USDA Certified Biobased
Product Label for its CRAiLAR Flax Fiber.
The USDA Certified Biobased Product Label verifies that the
product's amount of renewable biobased ingredients meets or exceeds prescribed
USDA standards. Biobased products are goods composed in whole or in significant
part of agricultu
Yeşim Tekstil's presence with apparel products on display marked the Turkish Fair, an event
held in Japan as a part of the Turkish Week.
Turkey's Yeşim Tekstil participated in the Turkish Week
event and bilateral negotiations in Japan earlier this month after it recently
started to manufacture products for the country's AEON brand.
Organized by AEON, said
to be Japan's largest retailer with a total of 391 stores, hypermarkets and
supermarkets, the event had Yeşim Teksti
Groz Beckert has reported strong interest in its
CylinderMaster lifting system for the fitting and removal of cylinders on large
diameter single jersey circular knitting machines.
The product, which
was launched at ITMA 2011 in Barcelona last September, is designed to reduce both
manual labour and the likelihood of injuries to personnel during the fitting or
replacement of the cylinder.
Precision engineered steel cylinders which house the needles
and other knitting eleme
Circular knitting machine builder Terrot will be exhibiting the latest version of its S296-2 high
speed single jersey machine for elastane plaiting at a forthcoming machinery showcase
in Indonesia. The German company will be exhibiting at INDO inter TEX 2012 together
with its local partner PT. Primatek Technologies and invites fabric producers
to visit its booth to see the latest Terrot S296-2 machine in action.
INDO inter TEX 2012 is being held at the Jakarta
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),
"The metal floor
shines with the glory of science and technology, and the roar of the machine
shows the surge of industrial age. Under the simple appearance, the distinctive
circular knitting technology is trying to bring new concepts and ideas to
fairly mature textile industry of China."
These are the words that the Santoni Group uses to describe
its booth and high-tech machinery offer at the forthcoming ITMA Asia 2012,
which will be held in Shanghai from 12-16 June. The
China's state owned
cotton trader Chinatex Corp is set to take over top circular knitted fabric
producer Fountain Set. Hong Kong based Fountain Set, formed in 1969 by the Ha
Chung-fong family, is reported to be selling 409 million new shares totalling
HK$511.3 million to Chinatex Corp, China's largest cotton trader.
According to a report in The Standard this morning each
share is being offered at HK$1.25, a 33% premium to its closing price on
Tuesday. After the sale of
knitting machine builder Terrot is celebrating its 150th anniversary by
launching a new look website - www.terrot.de which will extend the information available
on its products whilst making it more accessible.
"We did not only give the internet presentation a new face.
With the new clean design, updated company profile, detailed product
information as well as informative company announcements the new Terrot website
provides information now even more c
With the introduction
of its Productivity Enhancement Pack (PEP), leading flat knitting machine
builder Stoll says it has increased the productivity of its machines yet again
and is thereby setting new standards in the production of knitwear.
PEP accelerates the knitting process via increased carriage
speeds and the improved possibilities offered by yarn carrier staggering at the
fabric selvedge. Stoll says the custom technologies developed are
Leading flat knitting machine builder Stoll reports that it increased
the number of three system machines it sold in the 2011 financial year. The
German company said in a statement today that a clear trend can be seen in
production towards the use of three efficient combined knitting systems as
opposed to the conventional use of two systems.
According to Stoll, application
examples show that almost every pattern can be knitted in considerably shorter
time using a thr
Inc., a leading dyeing and finishing company for knitted fabrics based in Los
Angeles, California, has announced that it has become a bluesign system partner. Swisstex says the partnership will allow it
to offer a healthier, more successful textile future to consumers.
As well as further minimizing its impact on the environment,
Swisstex is also replacing its dyeing machines with new state of the art models
completing a significant modernization.
Lenzing has continued
on its dynamic growth path by posting record results for 2011. Despite a
significant weakening of the global fibre market in the second half of 2011,
Lenzing again achieved double-digit growth rates in sales and earnings, and
surpassed the threshold of EUR 2 billion in consolidated sales for the first
time in the company's history. Operating margins also improved from a 2010 high
and set a new record.
Consolidated sales in the 2011 reporting year ro
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
The annual Workwear
and Corporate Clothing Show which takes place on the 17th-18th April this year
at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry is used to showcasing the very latest high-tech
manmade fibres and materials but this year, Armadillo Merino will be
demonstrating how it believes Mother Nature can work wonders in helping to
protect the workforce.
Armadillo Merino uses superfine wool from hardy, merino sheep
in its next to skin protective clothing range to provid
circular knitting machine builder Mayer & Cie has reported that its
business is currently ‘overwhelmingly good' and says that although 2012 is not
being considered as a great year by other players in the market, it is in fact
having its best year since 2007 which was a boom year for European textile machine
Speaking to Knitting Industry this week, a delighted Sales
Director Wolfgang Mueller said that Mayer's order book was already tightly
Italian circular knitting machine builder Orizio has announced that its newly redesigned MJMBF2
30 inch diameter single jersey striper machine will be now available with new
Orizio Oritec electronic control system.
The redesigned MJMBF2, a single jersey striper with
electronic individual needle selection with 3 way technique, will be on show
for the first time at the forthcoming ITM 2012, which is being held from 21 to
24 April 2012 in Istanbul, Turkey.
Customers will be
(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
Technologies Inc.(NAT), which produces and markets CRAiLAR, a natural fibre
made from flax and other bast fibres, announced key developments this week
toward advancing its first full phase of production in order to supply its
CRAiLAR fibre to global partners.
In 2011, the company embarked on a yearlong effort to
optimize production of its CRAiLAR technology. The company says the resulting
process improvements effectively reduce the enzymatic proce
Janet Prescott reports from Milan
37th Filo, held in Milan 7-9th March, is a business
like-exhibition. Pitched at the European market, the event showcases yarns of
high quality, demonstrating the latest in technical innovation. These include
microfibres, new blends and various organic yarns. All destined for fashion,
home furnishing and technical applications. The offer ranges from specialised
yarns for workwear and automotives, to precious fibres like cashmere, silk,
Services (DTS), the service division of the DyStar Group, has introduced its
Sustainable Textile Service Programs which aim to help brands, retailers and
their Industry partners reduce the impact of their products and processes on
the environment and optimize supply chain costs.
"Greenpeace raised global awareness of the environmental
issues of the textile supply chain with its recent Dirty Laundry reports, and
brands, retailers and their Industry partner
Researchers in New
Zealand say they have found that nine months is all that it takes for merino wool
garments to biodegrade when buried in soil. The New Zealand Merino Company
(NZM) carried out research where two sets of trials compared the biodegradation
behaviour of knitted merino and polyester fabrics when buried in soil.
Consumer demand is said to have prompted NZM to commission
trials comparing the biodegradation behaviour of merino and synthetic fabrics. Complete
knitting machine builder Santoni and its sister company Lonati, the world's
leading hosiery machinery manufacturer, are heading to Moscow this month. The
two Brescia based companies will be exhibiting at technical textiles exhibition
Techtextil Russia and textile machinery show Inlegmash, which are taking place
at Moscow's Expocenter-Pavilion Forum from 12-14 March (booths FD90 and FD120).
We caught up with Santoni's Marketing Manager Patrick Silva,
Lycra fibre and
innovations from Invista are positioned to play a prominent role in the spring
and summer ready-to-wear fashions for 2013. Invista's apparel experts have
identified four focus areas for the next generation of ready-to-wear styles. A
diverse selection of Lycra fibre innovations are specifically prepared to meet
the performance demands of these anticipated developments.
Invista describes the focus areas and innovations as
Playing with the past
Debra Cobb reports
Fashion apparel is in a print cycle. The shops are full of
vibrant colours and patterns for Spring 2012, from graphic T's, swimwear and
floral dresses to boldly printed jeans, sweaters, jackets and blouses meant to
be mixed and matched with abandon; and printed fashions from designers such as
Mary Katmantzou and Peter Pilatti are hitting the Autumn/Winter 2012 runways.
Our current love affair with prints owes much to digital inkjet printing, a
technology which is changing the
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
A year after its
launch at Expofil, Filature Miroglio, manufacturer of the Newlife fibre
platform presented its Newlife
Eco-Innovation Library at last week's Première Vision in Paris. The Italian
company reports great interest and turnout for Newlife and the innovative
materials made with its 100% recycled premium fibre.
International partners present in the Newlife Eco-Innovation
library included: E. Boselli, Frantissor Creation, Gruppo Cinque S.r.l.,
Gulbena, Ipeker, L
DyStar has joined the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)
with the objective of strengthening its commitment towards sustainability.
The UNGC is a strategic policy initiative for businesses
that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten
universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour,
environment and anti-corruption.
By doing so, business, as a primary driver of globalization,
can help ensure that markets, commerce, tec
The Switzerland based
International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF) has published its State
of Trade Report for the 3rd Quarter of 2011. The organisation
reports that global yarn and fabric production were up in Q3 and that estimates
for Q4 are also positive.
The report reads as follows:
"Output of global
yarn production increased in the 3rd quarter of 2011 as a result of higher
output in Asia - in particular China - and South America and in spite lower
As European swimwear, intimate and sports apparel
manufacturers differentiate themselves and compete more successfully based on
innovation and design, Varsha Peshavaria has joined Darlington Fabrics to
support designers and manufacturers with new product development ideas and
in-depth knowledge of fibres and stretch and warp knit fabrics.
Rhode Island , USA based Darlington Fabrics, a division of
The Moore Company, is planning to increase its capabilities in Eur
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
Swiss cotton spinner Hermann
Bühler AG is celebrating 200 years in business at Expofil in Paris this week. The
Zurich canton based company, founded in 1812 was recently granted a licence
from Rieter for its ComforJet yarns technology, the yarn from which goes into
The rise of the textile industry in the 19th century was the
starting point of the industrial revolution and it also left its mark on Switzerland.
The country experienced a boom following the expor
Group has announced the launch of its brand new Catalyst I warp and weft knit seamless knitting development and
production centre in Montreal in March 2012.
The Montreal headquartered company will also open a new North
Carolina-based facility, Catalyst II, which will also focus on domestic
production and development. Both facilities will offer state of the art design centres
for on-site development, as well as the latest in seamless knitting
German scientists have developed a new versatile functional
yarn which aims to give maximum comfort and has excellent thermal insulation
properties. Working in partnership with Zwickauer Kammgarn GmbH and Helmut
Peterseim Strickwaren GmbH in Mühlhausen, researchers at the Hohenstein
Institute in Bönnigheim, have developed an innovative new yarn for knitted
The new hybrid yarn HP2G combines the benefits of synthetic
fibres with those of wool fibres, a com
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
Nike announced this
morning that it has entered into a strategic partnership with DyeCoo Textile
Systems B.V., a Netherlands-based company that has developed and built the
first commercially available waterless textile dyeing machines. By using
recycled carbon dioxide, DyeCoo's technology eliminates the use of water in the
textile dyeing process. The name DyeCoo was inspired by the process of ‘dyeing'
"The partnership is illustrative of Nike Inc.'
In spite of an increase in production for 2011 by Italian
textile machinery manufacturers, forecasts remain cautious for the current
year. Provisional figures for 2011 for Italy's textile machinery sector show a
further increase in manufacturing production and exports, following a good
recovery in 2010 and a recession hit 2009.
The value of Italian textile machinery production for 2011
registered a 9% increase compared to 2010, from 2.4 to 2.6 billion Euros. A
DyStar has announced it has joined the Sustainable Apparel
Coalition (SAC), the collaborative venture established in 2011 by leading
apparel retailers, suppliers and manufacturers with participation from
academics and NGOs.
The main objective of the SAC is to develop an Apparel Index
which takes a full life-cycle view of an apparel product and identifies all
major social and environmental impacts along the production chain from cradle
Dyes and chemicals are
Despite a number of challenges, China's textile and clothing
industry is said to be set for further growth while its competitors suffer
declines as a result of cutbacks by retail buyers, according to a recent report
from the global business information company Textiles Intelligence.
According to the
report, although the Chinese textile industry faces rising costs, an ageing
population and, in some regions, labour shortages, it looks to have done
reasonably well in 201
FILO, the International exhibition for fibres and yarns
organized by AssoServizi Biella, started the run up to the 2012 show with two press
conferences in Biella and Milan together with a presentation on the 37th
The two dates were an opportunity to illustrate to both the
press and exhibitors the program and the contents of the show which is being
held at the Le Stelline Congress Center in Milan on the 7th and 8th of March.
In addition, the shows product proposal
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
Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc. (NAT), producer of one
of the first new natural fibres in decades, CRAiLAR, announced today it will
partner with Tuscarora Yarns, a leading yarn innovator, to explore a range of
new blended yarns using CRAiLAR Flax.
Under the terms of
the non-exclusive, non-transferable license, Tuscarora Yarns will design and
manufacture highly specialized CRAiLAR Flax fibre yarns and related products
for sale and distribution
Karl Mayer is aiming to extend its contact in the Chinese
technical textiles market when it takes part in a series of VDMA organised
symposia across China in March.
The textile machinery section of the German Textile
Machinery and Equipment Association (VDMA) will present three symposia at
different locations in China between 5 and 9 March 2012 under the heading German Technology for the Chinese Technical
Textile Industry - Conference & Exhibition.
The VDMA has co
Swiss manufacturer of
functional knitted fabrics Christian Eschler is to make a fresh start with the
launch of its Winter 2013/14 collection after announcing in November that it
was relocating production from its Swiss production plants to its subsidiaries in
Germany and Thailand.
Affected by tough economic conditions worldwide, 85 year-old
Eschler relocated its production of sports textiles to the subsidiary plant in
Frommern, Germany, while establishing a centre of in
Invista reaffirmed its commitment and dedication to the
Intimate Apparel industry during a gala celebration at the Pavillon Cambon in
Paris, France, on 21 January when the company introduced its latest innovation
for longer-lasting whites and clearer, more brilliant fashion colours in
Intimate Apparel fabrics - Lycra fibre with W Technology.
More than 170 fabric and garment makers, brands and
retailers, and members of the press were on-site to discover Invista's latest
The latest in product
development, technology, and international trade updates for the sewn products
industry will be presented by industry experts and leaders from around the
world during the 2012 Texprocess Americas Symposium being held April 24 - 26,
2012 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
Held concurrently with the Texprocess Americas exhibition,
the symposium will contain nine sessions with more than 42 presentations in a
variety of formats t
yarns, knitted fabrics and knitwear show SPINEXPO has launched its trends for
Spring/Summer 2013. The following is an extract from the SPINEXPO Trends
Spring/Summer 2013 book which can be downloaded at the foot of this article.
Spring Summer 2013 continues with the message of looking
beyond ourselves and immediate world as an isolated unit to find greater
strength in the way we live our lives.
The Woolmark Company
continues its support of fashion design newcomers at the Knitwear Symphony
trade event in Hong Kong this evening with an award to be presented to the most
outstanding young knitwear designer.
In 2011, Knitwear Symphony is said to have received an
overwhelming response from the trade and there were over 1500 attendees included
knitwear manufacturers, buyers, designers, suppliers and media present at the
show. Knitwear Symphony has become one of the
In a sensational deal
announced today, two of the world's market leading manufacturers of knitted seamless
apparel are to collaborate to produce a new line of unique lingerie,
bodyshapers, posture garments and sportswear products based on seamless warp
Israel's Tefron Ltd, a leader in circular seamless garment
production and Italy's Cifra SpA, a design led pioneer in warp knitted seamless
production, announced today that they have signed
The Woolmark Company
will once again present key Merino wool developments in the Performance wear
segment at the ISPO trade fair in Munich from January 29 - February 1 2012.
Over 2,200 international exhibitors present the complete
selection of apparel fashion, sporting goods, and athletic footwear to more
than 80,000 visitors from over 100 countries.
After the success of the inaugural ‘Wool Street' in 2011,
The Woolmark Company will, in cooperation with ISPO, again welco
Creativity and innovation abounded as 210 of the world's
foremost mills and print design studios gathered on January 10 and 11. For the
third consecutive year, Première Vision Preview New York and Indigo New York
(formerly Direction by Indigo) held their combined trade shows, drawing
fashion's elite to New York City's Metropolitan Pavilion and Altman Building.
At this one-stop shopping event, which kicks off the Spring/Summer
2013 season, attendees could purchase the
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
Swiss spinner Hermann
Bühler AG has been granted a licence from Rieter for its ComforJet yarns
technology. The official ceremony granting the licence took place at ITMA in Barcelona
in September 2011 in the presence of numerous visitors. Reto Thom, Rieter's
Head of Sales, presented the certificate to Dr. Beat Denzler, Chairman of the
Board and Mr. Martin Kägi, CEO Hermann Bühler AG.
Winterthur-Sennhof headquartered Hermann Bühler produces
yarns for circular knittin
Karl Mayer says its customers
not only benefit from its high-tech machines - the company's know-how and
expertise can also give them the edge over their competitors.
Warp knitted fabric manufacturers can win leading market
positions and tap into new applications using efficient high-speed tricot
machines and raschel machines, and the opportunities offered by the Karl Mayer Academy
to learn more about them are available to textile manufacturers worl
Lycra brand owner Invista has announced changes to its
global spandex business. In a statement this afternoon Invista Apparel
President Dave Trerotola announced changes to the global organisational
structure which the company says will foster innovation and enhance service.
Invista's spandex business has created a new western region
and eastern region to serve its global base of customers. The western region,
led by Max Wiesendanger, merges the company's Europe, Middle Eas
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
Delta Galil Industries has entered a licensing agreement
with Kenneth Cole to manufacture men's and women's underwear, loungewear and
hosiery under the Kenneth Cole New York and Kenneth Cole Reaction labels.
Kenneth Cole announced yesterday that the collection is to
be developed, produced and distributed by Delta Galil and will be launched in autumn
2012, with the balance to launch by
early 2013. The range will be distributed at Kenneth Cole New York retail
Even though most of Northern India is in the grip of a
really cold spell of weather, local media reports say the late onset of winter
has resulted in heavy losses for the hosiery manufacturers in Ludhiana. Usually
the Punjabi hosiery manufacturers do good business during the winter as it
follows after the wedding season.
According to the Punjab Newsline Network (PNN), the hosiery
manufacturers say that even though there is really cold weather now, it is in
Market leader in the production of cellulose fibres Lenzing
is to exclusively produce the lyocell based specialty fibres Smartcel and
SeaCell which were developed by German company Smartfiber AG of Rudolstadt. The
two companies have been cooperating for some time and under the newly expanded
arrangement Lenzing will produce the fibres at the Lenzing site in Upper
In 2007, Lenzing granted Smartfiber a license for the pilot
production of new types of lyocell spec
A regular on the Institute's calendar, the annual Textile
Institute Parliamentary Lunch has risen to be one of the highlights of the
year. Hosted by Lord Simon Haskel and held in the Cholmondeley Room at the
House of Lords, London, UK, the event is an opportunity to experience a little
piece of the pomp and ceremony associated with one of the UK's greatest
institutions, its government.
Filled to capacity, over 120 people from around the world
gathered to listen to th
Bangladesh's knitted garments manufacturers targeting the
lucrative Japanese market are to take part in the sixth Knitwear Exposition
(KNITEXPO 2012) which will take place in Tokyo from 25-27 January 2012.
The sixth such exposition, KNITEXPO 2012 is being organised
by the Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers & Exporters Association (BKMEA) in
an attempt to expand the market for Bangladeshi knitwear and knitted goods that
has recently opened up in Japan.
In a news release
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
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
Première Vision S.A., holder of a 49% stake in ModAmont SAS
since 2007, has just taken full control on Friday 2 December of the company
that organises the ModAmont show specializing in fashion accessories and
components, by purchasing the 51% stake held by Tarsus France SAS.
ModAmont has been fully integrated from the start in
Première Vision Pluriel, a group of trade shows targeting fashion professionals
that is held twice a year, in February and September, in Paris-No
Nilit announced its new trend concepts for bodywear and
active-sportswear for Fall-Winter 2013-2014 today, which will be presented in
the Nilit Bodyfashion Trendbook.
"For Fall-Winter 2013-2014, the worlds of bodywear and
activewear declare fashion freedom and look forward to celebrating the spirit
Creative combination of mismatching genres interact as
lingerie eclectically meets streetwear, corsets and girdles continue to
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,
Experience Makes the
Difference' - was the slogan under which German circular knitting machine
builder Terrot presented its latest machinery range at the 16th ITMA,
the world's leading textile machinery exhibition Barcelona, Spain in September.
ITMA 2011 featured exhibits from the entire textile and garment
making value-chain spread over 200,000 square metres of total exhibition space
and Terrot says it enjoyed a very successful exhibition.
"ITMA 2011 has
Riedel Textil is expanding its range to include two new
functional first layer knit and apparel concepts for all season high
performance. The German company offers both performance knits and seamless
knitwear to respond to the needs of today's sportswear brands from fabric
concept to finished garment.
Summer Action is Riedel Textil's new range of knits for
functional first layer apparel. The company combines two high performance fibres
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
Vertical fabrics producer Sofileta is introducing a new
range of ultra fine stretch jersey knits for Spring 2013 at performance Days
this week. The ‘functional fabrics road show' is being held from 21-22 November
in Munich, Germany and from 24-25 in Annecy, France.
The French company
has developed a range of high performance moisture management jersey fabrics made
on gauge 62 circular knitting machines, some of the finest gauge machines
available today. T
Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) reported on a year of gains
across wool research, development and marketing on Friday. Chairman Wal
Merriman told AWI's AGM how the 2010-11 financial year, while unsettled in
global economic terms, had generally been positive for the company, as it had
been for the woolgrower shareholders it serves.
Ongoing global marketing campaigns the HRH Campaign for
Wool, No Finer Feeling and Woolmark Gold all began in the 2010-11 financial
Vertical Italian warp and weft knitter Piave Maitex has
invested in state of the art high speed digital printing technology for stretch
fabrics from La Meccanica di Urgnano.
The new generation machinery is being
installed this month at the company's Caronno Pertusella site, near Varese in
North East Italy.
The new investment will compliment Piave Maitex's existing ink-jet
printing machines already in operation, bringing the company's digital printing
Fountain Set (Holdings) Limited, a global leader in the
manufacture of circular knitted fabrics has announced that its subsidiary
Dongguan Shatin Lake Side Textiles Printing & Dyeing Co., Ltd. (Lake Side) has
been awarded a Gold Label in the WWF Low Carbon Manufacturing Programme (LCMP)
from WWF Hong Kong, a branch of WWF, the leading global conservation
The WWF Low Carbon Manufacturing Programme (LCMP) aims at
reducing carbon emissions generated by
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
15 November 2011, Colombo Leading Sri Lankan knitted fabric manufacturer Textured
Jersey Lanka has started work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions aiming to meet
a global standard that enables emissions trading, Lanka Business Online reports
According to the report, the company said it will make
manufacturing process improvements leading to compliance with the ISO 14064
environmental standard on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Textured Jersey Lanka is said to have entered into
Canadian sock producer Reliable Hosiery has joined the Cotton
made in Africa (CmiA) demand alliance, which supports sustainable cotton
cultivation and has a direct positive effect on the smallholder farmers in
Reliable Hosiery is the first Canadian company to join the
Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) demand alliance. The Aid by Trade Foundation,
CmiA's supporting organization, and the Canadian hosiery manufacturer signed a
memorandum of understanding l
Lenzing has announced that it's Tencel and Lenzing FR fibres
have been certified as 100% Biobased by the US Department of Agriculture
The Biobased certification is part of the BioPreferred program which
encourages government agencies and contractors to purchase products that are
biobased or made from significant amounts of biobased materials. The purpose of the BioPreferred program is to increase the
US government's use of environmentally-friendly products
The Woolmark Company and one of China's largest babywear
brands, Les Enphants, have begun a joint marketing program to educate Chinese
consumers about the benefits of merino wool in babywear.
The Les Enphants initiative is part of the Mothers and
Babies program at Australian Wool Innovation (AWI), which has been set up to
drive demand for merino wool in the lucrative Chinese market.
Products involved include a 100% Australian extra fine
merino knitted wool cardigan, bl
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
Textured Jersey, Sri Lanka's pre-eminent producer of
value-added knitted fabric is to unveil a creative and colourful initiative
that employs the fashion catwalk to highlight the untapped potential of knitted
fabric at the third edition of the Sri Lanka Design Festival (SLDF), The Island
In the new initiative, Textured Jersey, the official Fabric
Partner of the 2011 Festival, will present a glamorous facet of the knitted
fabric it produces, the use of which is
ITMA 2011 Barcelona was a successful and rewarding event for
DyStar, which shared its sustainable textile processing knowledge, products and
solutions with its guests and visitors as well as attendees of the Sustainable
Textile Leadership Roundtable (STLR) and Textile Dyestuff & Chemical
Leaders Forum (TDCL).
Representing DyStar as one of the panellists at the STLR,
John Easton, Ecology Solutions Manager, commented:
"I think the one big idea
that come out
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
Specialty chemicals company Clariant today officially
inaugurated its Textile Chemicals Business Unit (BU) headquarters in Singapore.
Along with the inauguration of the BU headquarters, Clariant
is also celebrating the relocation of its global textile application technology
lab to Singapore.
The lab will be the main application development facility for
all new products developed globally by Clariant's Textile Ch
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
Two Norwegian producers of knitted merino wool apparel have recently taken major industry awards in the active/outdoor sector.
Both Aclima and Devold are well established design leaders in the growing active/outdoor market but also supply to the important workwear/safety market.
The Devold Air Vest has won the Scandinavian Outdoor Awards Jury's Choice award for Innovation. The judging panel believe it is the first garment of it
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
An Italian Pavillion is one of the key new features at this month's Cashmere World 2011, with Italian cashmere brands including, Annalisa Bucci Cashmere, Chianti Cashmere Goat Farm, Giovanni Cavagna, Max Tonso Cashmere, Maglieria D'arte, Pashmere, Terre Nomadiche, Roberto Tirelli taking part.
Cashmere World, which runs next week from 24-26 October at the China National Convention Center (CNCC) in Beijing, covers the ful
A unique collaboration between five of Europe's biggest players in knitted textiles has resulted in the creation of the finest ever jersey fabric in 80 gauge. The collaborators say the unique ultra-fine lightweight fabric is the result of an extraordinary mix of technology, research, innovation, commitment, passion and excellence in quality.
Leading Italian circular knits producer Jersey Lomellina and circular knitt
Karl Mayer Malimo has joined the VDMA's Blue Competence sustainability initiative, which aims to be a platform for sound factual information on the textile engineering sector. The initiative, which is particularly concerned with sustainability, energy efficiency and the conservation of resources, champions the textile engineering sector as the problem solver for the current and future demands of society.
More than 2
The 18th edition of SPINEXPO Shanghai, which was held from 6-9 September 2011 at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center, recorded a record 10,285 visitors.
The exhibition keeps attracting major visitors who come from 55 countries and it registered a 32% increase in numbers compared to the previous Autumn/Winter 2010 season, and 9% increase compared to the excellent Spring/Summer 2011 session which was h
CIRFS, the Brussels based European Man‐made Fibres Association has published its latest statistical report on developments in the global man‐made fibres industry. The report, ‘Information on Man‐made Fibres' is the 47th edition of this valuable summary of the dynamic and growing man-made fibres industry.
It brings together data on the production of acrylic, cellulosic, polyamide, polyester, polypropylene, wool and cotto
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
Italy's Santoni Group launched a brand new Mecmor open width garment length knitwear or sweater knitting machine at ITMA, which is space saving and is said to have a lower price and greater flexibility than earlier Mecmor models.
The Mecmor Compact's added flexibility is derived from the fact that knit and transfer systems are now combined. Each of the Compact's 12 systems is now available for knit or transfer at any time
The international textile and garment machinery industry converged for the 16th edition of ITMA, the world's most established textile and garment machinery technology exhibition in Barcelona, Spain from 22 to 29 September 2011.
According to the organisers, over 100,000 visitors from 138 countries registered for the eight-day event held at Fira de Barcelona Gran Via fairgrounds. Just over 90% of visitors came from
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.
Innovation is the key theme for Clariant at ITMA 2011 and one of the most important developments being presented by the global textile solutions provider is Quiospheres, a high strength, high performance effect in cosmetotextiles that is said to generate wellness and well-being to the consumer through state of the art cosmetic microencapsulation that can be applied to any fabric.
Clariant says its high-tech t
As ITMA opens here today, Germany's VDMA Textile Machinery Association has announced the launch of a new internet portal for the global textiles industry www.machines-for-textiles.com . The machine builders association says the portal will be a useful tool for textile manufacturers who want to get quick and easy access to information on German technology.
Who produces machines for tailored fibre placement? Who offers machin
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
Invista, owner of the Lycra fibre brand, will be presenting its brands and innovations at the 16th edition of ITMA which opened here today.In addition, the company will be one of the key sponsors of the Textile Sustainability Leaders Roundtable, and ITMA's opening celebration gala dinner.
For the first time in its 60 years of existence, ITMA has opened its exhibition to the fibre and yarn sector. Invi
There are historic reasons for the location of the Dornbirn Man-Made Fibers Congress (MFC) which drew 740 attendees from 30 countries to celebrate its 50th anniversary last week (September 14-16).
The first of these meetings was opened on July 16 1962 by Rudolf Seidl, then-chief of Lenzing AG - the Austrian company which half a century on sees its fortunes boosted by a renewed global demand for cellulosic fibres and is still very actively involved in the annu
German circular knitting machine builder Mayer & Cie is to launch a revolutionary concept in textile machinery which combines circular knitting and spinning in a single machine.
The brand new Spinit machine has been under development at the company's headquarters in Albstadt for a number of years and will be shown at ITMA in Barcelona which kicks off next Wednesday.
The Albstadt company which is
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
The Woolmark Company, owned by Australian Wool Innovation (AWI), is to present its new 'Innovation Toolkit' at this month's ITMA in Barcelona.
It comprises 30 innovative knitted and woven fabrics made from Merino wool and aims to provide valuable knowledge to key industry attendees from Technical Directors to Production Managers who are responsible for producing product for the world's leading retailers and designer
Lenzing has announced it has successfully completed its capacity expansion drive initiated three years ago at its fibre production facility located in Heiligenkreuz in the Burgenland region of Austria.
Production capacity of the cellulose fibre Tencel has been increased incrementally by 25,000 tons to today's 60,000 tons. A total of Euros 60 million has been invested at the Heiligenkreuz site and the total number of e
Germany's VDMA Textile Machinery Association says a hot topic at the forthcoming ITMA in Barcelona will be ‘efficient production', as growing energy and raw material prices lead textile manufacturers around the world to optimize their cost structures and processes.
"At ITMA, the German textile machinery manufacturers will present advanced technical solutions that offer excellent value for mone
At ITMA 2007 in Munich, Groz-Beckert presented new solutions for the production of fabrics with a then world record breaking ultrafine gauge E66. Now, at next month's ITMA in Barcelona the German company will reveal yet another world record with an even finer gauge.
The company says that a new knitting technology with the world's finest knitting cylinder and the finest of precision components guarantees the unique
The organisers of SPINEXPO Shanghai which takes places at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center from 6-8 September 2011 have released a preview which presents some of the highlights which visitors to Shanghai can expect to see.
As well as yarn spinners, exhibitors include leading machine builders like Italian seamless machine manufacturer Santoni and German flat knitting machine builder Stoll.
Santoni will focus on s
"Cashmere is widely acknowledged as one of the most luxurious fabrics available. Exceptionally soft, but hard wearing too. Yet, although many in the garment and textile industries know of it, they know very little about it. That is about to change."
So say the confident organisers of Cashmere World, Hong Kong based leading exhibitions organiser UBM Asia.
Cashmere World (CW) is a trade exhibition for the whole cashm
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
When it comes to leading-edge processing technology for yarn feeding, control systems and lubrication technology for knitting machines, Memminger-Iro is still a market leader. The German company will be showcasing its latest technologies and products at next month's ITMA in Barcelona.
The following Memminger-Iro products will be showcased.
Yarn Sensor MIS
According to Memminger-Iro, the MIS self learning senso
Lenzing Nanjing Fibers, the Chinese subsidiary of Lenzing AG, has successfully started up a new production line which will offer a nominal capacity of 60,000 tons per annum of viscose fibres for textile applications and the nonwoven industry mainly for the Asian market.
According to Lenzing, approximately 60-70 % of the viscose fibre produced in Nanjing goes into knits and much of it is sold in the domestic market.
US based Lawson-Hemphill Inc., an industry leading supplier of QC and lab testing instruments will be showcasing its latest equipment at the forthcoming ITMA in Barcelona. The highlight of the TMI Group company's stand will be its latest generation entanglement tester called the EST with high speed optical sensing technology introduced into the industry more than 20 years ago.
According to the compan
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
Harry Lucas Textilmaschinen GmbH is a textile machinery manufacturer specializing in circular warp and weft knitting machines and knit braiders. The well established German company's highly specialized machines are exported worldwide for production of fabric used in medical, technical textiles and fashion markets.
Harry Lucas is also well known for the production of spiralizing and circular knitting machines for low and high pres
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
As a leading textile solutions provider, DyStar will be present at the International Textile Machinery Exhibition (ITMA) in Barcelona, Spain under the theme of ‘Sustainability is our Responsibility'.
"The company will be exhibiting its latest innovations in dyes and auxiliaries, new technologies and its wide range of services which are designed to help reduce the overall environmental impact of the textile supply chain," DyStar
Germany's Kern-Liebers Group has rebranded its needle, sinker and textile machine parts businesses Kern Liebers, Saxonia, Leistner and Naplafa under the Kern-Liebers Textile umbrella brand with a brand new image. Through recent rapid expansion, the company says it has steadily evolved into an expert in the field of knitted fabric technology and is now ‘the alternative' as a full-line supplier to the market.
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
Direct customer benefits with litespeed ® needles:
Substantially reduced carbon footprint
Energy consumption and machine temperature reduced by up to 20 %
Significant increase in performance
Reduced oil consumption due to optimized lubrication
litespeed ® - A SMALL DIFFERENCE WITH A BIG IMPACT
Main characteristic features of a litespeed ® needle
Optimized needle shank geometry due to partial reduction of the needle shank thickness in circular knitting needles
Huntsman Textile Effects (TE) today challenged the textile industry to work in partnership and take on responsibility for environmental sustainability throughout all areas of the textile supply chain in order to reduce the global impact on the use of increasingly scarce resources such as water and electricity.
"The textile dyeing and finishing industry is one of the heaviest global consumers of water and energy. By 2030 it is estimated that the world demand for fresh wate
US based polyester fibre producer Unifi is to partner with Polartec to launch an innovative new program for recycled textiles with the launch of its REPREVE Textile Takeback Program.
"Millions of pounds of textile manufacturing scraps end up in landfills every year and the REPREVE Textile Takeback Program will give fabrics a second chance by recycling them back into REPREVE recycled fibres," the company said in a state
When it comes to leading-edge processing technology for yarn feeding, control systems and lubrication technology for knitting machines, Memminger Iro is considered to be one of the leading companies in the market.
At ITMA 2011 the German company will show a range of products including the following innovations:
Spray Lubricator PJ ELF
PJ ELF is the latest development of the well know UNIWAVE spray lubricators. "Due to a brand new tech
Five world-renowned creative luminaries gathered at Texprint London last week, the presentation of the best new graduate textile designers from the UK, to select the winners of five special prizes (pictured right). The judging panel comprised:
Sophie Steller - knitwear studio chief and head of creative development at SPINEXPO
Stuart Stockdale - design director of the great British women's and men's brand Jaeger.
Italian circular knitting machine builder Orizio says its new motto, ‘Knitting the future', emphasizes its concept of using innovation and technology in order to satisfy its customers and during ITMA it will have its latest machine models on display.
The Brescia based company says a wide range of circular knitting machines will be shown on the Orizio stand including the new single jersey JHFP for sinkerless fabrics
According to show owner CEMATEX, visitors to ITMA 2011 can look forward to knowledge-sharing, cross-fertilisation of ideas and more collaborative interactions with some of the world's leading textile researchers and educators.
A total of 46 institutions have applied to take part in the Research & Education (R&E) pavilion, making it a key highlight at this year's ITMA exhibition which will be held at
Leading circular knitting machine builder Mayer & Cie has released details of its ITMA 2011 offer. The German company has come up with a whole raft of new innovations recently and has had to make choices about which machines to show in Barcelona.
"For many decades it has been good tradition at Mayer & Cie. to refresh the circular knitting machinery sector with partly revolutionary developments for ITMA. Followi
German circular knitting machine builder Mayer & Cie. has strengthened its Albstadt production location and increased its world market share through the strategic acquisition of Amtek Machinery.
"With the acquisition of the Czech manufacturer of circular knitting machines, Amtek Machinery s.r.o. on 25 July 2011, Mayer & Cie. GmbH & Co. KG succeeded in making another strategically important
Lonati Group company Santoni has announced a number of exciting innovations for this year's ITMA 2011 in Barcelona. Santoni's Patrick Silva talks us through the Italian company's latest machinery developments.
"As ITMA has kept its standing every four years in Europe as the most complete world showcase for textile machines, the Santoni company will present, in a uni
At the fast approaching SPINEXPO New York show, leading seamless knitting machine builder Santoni will focus on its seamless activewear, casual and sportswear collections.
"As everyone is aware, the worldwide trends for apparel are increasingly requiring clothes that combine comfort with hygiene and well-being both in one's leisurewear, daily workwear and in the field of active sports and fitness exercise," the Bres
Fluctuating costs, uncertain supply and increased accountability to eco-friendly claims are said to be leading buyers to invest further down the supply chain. In response to this trend, Texworld USA welcomes twelve yarn spinners as exhibitors to the July 2011 edition. Five of these companies: Bofine, Bros, Buhler, Huafu and Tuscarora will be exhibiting at the Lenzing Innovation Pavilion.
Participating yarn spinners hail from as near as the S
DyStar says it is continuing to move ahead of expectations in spite of difficult market conditions as it returns to profitability. Overall sales revenue increased by approximately 15% over the same period last year.
"We wouldn't have achieved such good progress without the continuous and dedicated efforts from our employees or the strong support from our shareholders," commented Steve Barron, CEO of the DyStar Group.
"And we have made a number of chang
UK based circular knitting machine dealer Warner Textile Machinery Ltd is seeking good quality used circular knitting machines to meet current strong demand from customers around the world.
Warner Textile Machinery is a family run business established in the 1960's, which specialises in machinery for the circular knitting industry. The company's knowledge of used machinery from all of the leading machinery man
Organisers of the ITMA 2011 textile machinery exhibition are extending the area dedicated to fibres and yarns at this year's show due to what they call overwhelming demand.
Debuting at the show's 60th anniversary, the fibres and yarns section was due to occupy the whole of Hall 4. However, due to strong demand from fibres and yarns producers, an additional area in Hall 5 has been allocated.
Visitors to ITMA 2011 at the Fira de Ba
Organisers of the forthcoming SPINEXPO New York show have released a Collections Overview in the run up to the show which takes place at the Metropolitan Pavilion, New York from 18-20 July.
The overview profiles the collections of fibre promoters, spinners, knitwear manufacturers and designers at the show and below is a sample of some of the collections from well known names. Click on the image to the right to view the full Collectio
According to the organisers of Cashmere World trade fair, UBM Ltd, the issue of overexploitation of cashmere is now a critical issue for the industry which must be addressed. Factors causing the phenomenon are discussed in the following in-depth article written by UBM industry insider Richard Smith - "Cashmere Industry - Overexploitation Must Inevitably End."
Now preparing for its 4th edition, to be held 24 - 26 October 2011 in
Sri Lanka based Textured Jersey is aiming to increase its weft knit fabric production at its Seethawaka Industrial Zone factory by 40% after its Rs 1.2 billion Initial Public Offering (IPO) which opens 7 July.
"The weekly production of the factory is around 220 tonnes of weft fabric and we hope to increase it by 40%. The total cost of the expansion will be Rs 1.4 billion and the remainder of Rs 200 million will be funded by internally generated funds," a company spokesman
Though known as an overseas sourcing show, supply and demand for domestic resources is said to remain strong at Texworld USA. In a post-show attendee survey conducted after the January 2011 edition of Texworld USA, 48% of respondents indicated a desire to meet more domestic resources at the show.
Twenty-three American exhibitors are participating in the July 2011 edition, which opens 19 July at the Javits
The Scool of Art & Design at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is introducing a new MA/MSc Technology Integrated Knit Design course. The technology-driven postgraduate course aims to combine creative design with an in-depth understanding of new textile materials, Smart products and technological skills.
"Textile manufacturers are offering global products with increasingly complex manufacturing processes and design compon
Textured Jersey Lanka, a Hong Kong Sri Lanka joint venture knitted fabric producer has announced it is raising 1.2 billion rupees in an initial public offering by selling 80 million shares at 15 rupees each.
The deal has been given approval by the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) for a listing on its Main Board. The subscription list for the IPO will open on July 7 and applications will be accepted from June 27.
Textured Jersey Lanka is a joint venture between Hong Kong listed
Chemnitz, Germany based circular knitting machine builder Terrot, is celebrating after a successful ShanghaiTex exhibition in China last week. Speaking at the textile machinery exhibition in Shanghai, Managing Partner Andreas Von Bismarck told Knitting Industry that the company had taken orders for 83 circular knitting machines by the third day of the show.
Terrot produces about 60 machines per month at the moment, depending on machine typ
The third ITMA ASIA + CITME combined exhibition is expected to draw positive response from leading textile machinery manufacturers as the Chinese textile industry continues to expand. The show will be held at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) from 12 to 16 June 2012.
According to its owners, the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers (CEMATEX), China Textile Machi
According to the organisers, the 15th International Exhibition on Textile Industry (ShanghaiTex 2011) has received an overwhelming response since it started recruiting exhibitors. The exhibition kicks off tomorrow and will be staged at Shanghai New International Expo Centre, Pudong, Shanghai from June 14 - 17, 2011.
ShanghaiTex 2011 will gather more than 1000 exhibitors from 23 countries and regions, in which 40% are overseas exhibit
Organisers of the SPINEXPO New York and Shanghai shows report very strong interest in their upcoming events and include a list of new and regular exhibitors in their latest newsletter, which can be downloaded below.
SPINEXPO has the most comprehensive and selective international offer in the sector of quality creative yarns and fibres from the leading international suppliers. SPINEXPO New York & Shanghai collaborate with
"Cashmere World is perceived to be the most international event of its kind with attendees from almost 30 countries and regions in 2010," organisers of the growing global cashmere show say. It is said to be the only fully comprehensive cashmere event that covers all aspects of the entire industry supply chain, from raw materials, yarn, finished garments, accessories and lifestyle products to manufacturing tech
German circular knitting machine builder Terrot will be exhibiting alongside its Chinese partner Terrot International Ltd., where the company will show its high performance single jersey model S296- 2 Open Width.
Terrot says it is setting sets new standards in the development and application of high performance single jersey machines and the 30 inch diameter S296-2 Open Width, 96 feed, 4 track machine on show in Shanghai will
Santoni Group is all set to show an updated and innovative range of knitting and hosiery machinery at next week's ShanghaiTex exhibition, and is anticipating success in its fast growing Chinese market.
Santoni founded in 1919 is a part of Lonati Group, one of the earliest Italian manufacturers of hosiery machinery. With its technology advancements driven by customer needs, Santoni has become a pioneer in the circular k
German finishing machinery builder Monforts says that with energy representing more than 60% of the total costs of a thermal system over a period of 10 years, it provides a constantly increasing expenditure. Consideration also has to be given to the cost factor for discharging the cleaned/recycled exhaust air into the atmosphere, Monforts says.
To meet these challenging issues, Monforts will be displaying its tried and tested solutions at ShanghaiTex, with a team of
Leading German circular knitting machine builder Mayer & Cie. will show a new version of its 34 inch S4-3.2 II single jersey machine in a new 44 gauge format with 108 feeders at the forthcoming ShanghaiTex exhibition.
The S4-3.2 II machine offers high quality knitted fabrics in single jersey, in 2, 3 and 4 needle structures and in plated single jersey. The S4-3.2 II can also be configured to knit 3 thread fleece and includes high output at 39rpm with a 30 inch diameter.
For its second 2011 edition (20-22 September), dedicated to the autumn winter 2012-13 fabric collections, Première Vision's organisers say that indicators are looking positive, encouraging a climate of optimism. 24 new companies have signed up for the event, including a number of knitters from Italy, Turkey, Taiwan and Japan.
"Four months before the show, 694 companies have already confirmed their presence and the bar of 700 participants
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
Invista has announced the extension of its Lycra beauty fabric certification programme, ‘The Science of Shaping’, at Mode City, Paris – July 9th-11th 2011.
According to Invista the innovative garment certification programme was introduced to great success for shaping intimates at Mode City in September 2010 with commercial programs from distinguished international brands from around the globe. The company says that the proven performance of Lycra beauty fabric has pa
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.
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
In the run up to the 15th International Exhibition on
Textile Industry (ShanghaiTex 2011), which will be held at Shanghai New
International Expo Centre, Pudong, Shanghai from 14-17 June 2011, organisers
have announced that more than 1000 exhibitors from 18 countries and regions
will participate with a total exhibition area of 92,000 square metres.
Exhibitors from Austria, Bangladesh, France, German, Hong
Kong SAR, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Pakistan, PR China, Singapore,
Fritz P. Mayer, Managing Associate of Karl Mayer
Textilmaschinenfabrik GmbH, Obertshausen has been elected for the second time
as Chairman of the VDMA Textile Machinery Association in Frankfurt on 6 May
Mrs Regina Brückner, Managing Associate of Brückner Trockentechnik
GmbH & Co. KG, Leonberg and Karlheinz Liebrandt, Co-owner of Liba
Maschinenfabrik GmbH, Naila are Vice-Chairmen. Prior to this, the member
companies of the Textile Machinery Associatio
Polyester yarn producer Unifi celebrated the official opening of its REPREVE
Recycling Center yesterday; an $8 million investment which will allow the
company to expand production capacity of its REPREVE recycled fibre.
REPREVE is a family of recycled polyester and nylon fibres
that can be used in a wide range of applications, including apparel,
automotive, seating and panelling fabrics. Since its introduction in 2006,
REPREVE has grown from a single recycled polyeste
CEMATEX and its
organiser, MP International, is launching a global platform at ITMA 2011 to
share trends, exchange views and collaborate for the textile industry’s
sustainable future. The Sustainable Textile Leaders Roundtable Dialogue will see
participation from major textile machinery manufacturers, textile and apparel
producers, and brands and retailers when they converge at ITMA 2011 this
Organised as part of ITMA’s 60th anniversary celebrations,
According to local media reports yesterday, Turkey has put a
provisional 17% safeguard duty on the import of apparel products from the least
developed countries (LDCs), including Bangladesh. The measure which includes knitwear
and other knitted garments, is aimed at protecting Turkey’s domestic garment manufacturers.
The tariff imposition was announced at the end of March and
the proposed duty is set to come into effect from 21 July 2011. Bangladesh sells
nearly $1.0 bill
Leading producer and processor of multi-filament polyester
and nylon textured yarns Unifi Inc. marked the dedication of its Yadkinville,
N.C., facility to late founder, G. Allen Mebane IV on Tuesday, 26 April.
A dedication ceremony at the G. Allen Mebane Industrial Complex
in Yadkinville recognized Mebane’s positive impact on Unifi, the textile
industry and the community. Speakers included Bill Jasper, Unifi chairman and
CEO; Roger Berrier, president and COO and
BTSR has launched what it calls a ‘revolutionary concept for
bare elastane feed and control’, devised to make an impact on working practices
in bare elastane applications in the seamless and circular knitting sectors.
The Italian company says its new Rolling Feeder is a “unique
solution on the market, thanks to its capability to combine in a single device,
the flexibility and user-friendly use of BTSR Constant Tension Feeding
Technology with top product
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
Greek circular knitting company Komotex AG has taken delivery
of the country’s first Thies iMaster H2O dyeing unit and claims to have achieved
rapidly successful results.
The company produces ‘body width’ tubular fabrics, ranging
in diameter between 20 and 90cm. Production Manager, Arno Stumpp says: “It is not
easy to find a dyeing machine able to produce high quality results for such
narrow and very sensitive articles.”
“The reason for ou
The third edition of
the combined ITMA ASIA + CITME show will be held from 12 to 16 June 2012 at the
Shanghai New International Expo Centre. The show aims to continue to be the
leading marketing platform for textile machinery manufacturers tapping into the
vibrant Chinese market.
“According to Global Industry Analysts, Inc. (GIA), the
global market for textile machinery is projected to reach US$20.75 billion by
2015. The Asia Pacific region is expected to dominate as t
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
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
The 15th edition of Première Vision China was held 31 March
and 1 April 2011 at the Kunlun Hotel in Beijing. The twice-yearly event
organized by Première Vision, brings together top fabric manufacturers with
creative Chinese fashion professionals.
For this edition, dedicated to the spring summer 12 season,
the club-like show welcomed 46 participants from six countries (France, Italy,
Turkey, China, Japan, Spain) and registered 1765 visits by the close of the two
Invista will be showcasing its performance-driven Lycra Sport fabrics as well as Lycra T400 fibre at the Performance Days Show at MTC world of fashion in Munich on 16 and 17 May 2011. Performance Days specialises in presenting functional fabrics and accessories for the sportswear and workwear markets.
Lycra Sport fabric and Lycra T400 fibre will take centre stage on Invista’s Performance Days stand with a collection of the latest fabrics from leading mills worldwide as we
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
The sixth Performance Days trade fair-roadshow is set to
kick off in May this year and following the steady growth in the number of
visitors to previous shows and an increase of more than 60% in November 2010,
the show has its sights set on topping the 1000-guest mark this year.
The sixth Performance Days road show for functional fabrics will
take place in the French city of Annecy on 12-13 May 2011 and in Munich on
16-17 May. Organisers say the trade fair- ro
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
According to Australian Wool Innovation (AWI), Australian
wool production is slowly rising, arresting a 20-year trend of decline.
Good seasonal conditions across eastern Australia, higher
wool prices and a lift in the retention of ewes and lambs is said to have led
the Australian Wool Production Forecasting Committee to slightly lift its
forecast for shorn wool production in 2010/11 to 340 million kilograms, up from
its forecast 335 million kilograms, made in December 2010.
Following the recent trend towards the finishing of circular
knitted fabrics in open-width format, Tirupur, India based commission dyer and
finisher Sri Gayathri Colours has recently installed a Monforts Montex 6500
stenter for heat setting and finishing. The aims of the investment in the high quality
German machinery were to reduce wastage and improve quality, in a knitting region
which has traditionally finished circular knitted fabrics in tubular format.
Sri Gayathri Co
UNVEILING THE FUTURE
“Unveiling the Future”: changes, challenges and how to
adapt. Colour is key and every colour message has a positive statement to make.
The world of textiles is moving through a sea of changes and
challenges: the strong increase in the price of raw materials will undoubtedly
consolidate a direct relationship between retailers and spinners in a leaner
SPINEXPO Shanghai entitled the Spring/Summer 2010 trend area
“Unveiling The Future”, reve
Whilst sheep grazed on Sydney Harbour for the first time in
over 100 years, fashion, retail and industry heavyweights were invited last
night to celebrate the launch of Campaign for Wool, patron HRH Prince Charles,
at Admiralty House.
The event, hosted by the Governor-General Quentin Bryce AC,
hailed the start of a five-year Campaign for Wool, aimed at reconnecting people
with the versatility of wool and saw guests enjoy a presentation of garments by
local and internationa
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
“How do you get superior quality jersey sinker less fabrics,
with or without elastane, from a circular knitting machine without extra costs
and without extra problems for the knitters?”
The answer to this question, according to Italian circular
knitting machine builder Orizio Srl, is to invest in the newest addition to the
Orizio family of machines, model JHFP.
According to Orizio’s marketing manager Francesca Benedetti,
the Orizio JHFP has now been accepted in var
US based Outlast Technologies Inc., market leader in
temperature regulating phase change materials (PCMs), and Waxman Fibres Ltd of West
Yorkshire, UK, have developed a range of innovative flame retardant (FR) circular
knitted fabrics where FR Protex modacrylic fibre is blended with Outlast
viscose fibre, to bring new levels of comfort to FR workwear.
The new FR fabrics, which will be exhibited at the
forthcoming Techtextil in Frankfurt in June, have been produced by
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
Thies Textilmaschinen is to introduce its iMaster H₂O dyeing
machine to the Asian market when it debuts at the ShanghaiTex textile machinery
exhibition which runs from 14-17 June in Shanghai, China. Under the banner ‘Go
green with Thies’, the German company will introduce its most recent
development which is said to comply with
stringent ecology standards, save
natural resources and provide energy saving solutions.
According to Thies, the iMaster H₂O high tem
Following the resounding success of breathable functional
textiles for sport and leisure wear, the development of fabrics for these purposes
is said to be entering a new phase. Experts at the internationally renowned
textile research centre, the Hohenstein Institute in Bönnigheim, Germany, have
analysed the heat and moisture management specifications for fabrics worn on
different parts of the human body and in a process called ‘body mapping with
comfort zones’ or
Two Italian fashion authorities are fronting Australian Wool
Innovation’s latest Merino. No Finer
Feeling advertising campaign, explaining why they love the natural fibre.
Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) commissioned the
advertisements which feature commercially available garments as well as a
silhouette of a merino ram, a reminder of the fibre’s natural origin. The
images have appeared in a range of European fashion and trade publications but
were also seen as part of
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 brand new ‘Lycra Style’ fibre, which is specifically
designed to meet consumers’ need for personalized style without compromising
comfort or fit, is kicking off its global launch in late March. Lycra Style
fibre was developed for the unique branding, performance and pricing needs of
the ready-to-wear market. Brand owner Invista says the brand helps to create
clothes that consumers love to wear, all day, every day, from day to night and
casual to dressy occasions
Ultra-fine circular-knit fabrics are still a very important
trend. So, which yarns are best suited to them?
Our earlier Focus on Ultrafine
Circular-Knit Fabrics article by Groz-Beckert (Groz-Beckert Online
Newsletter second edition 2010) published in October 2010, reported on the properties
and potential applications of ultra-fine knitted fabrics, from knitting all the
way to sewing that meets precise requirements. Here Groz-Beckert advises on how
to choose the right ya
Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc. (NAT) has agreed to a
ten-year CRAiLAR fibre supply agreement with Hanesbrands Inc. that will
commercialize NAT's proprietary flax fibres. Terms of the agreement were
undisclosed. The deal represents NAT's initial commercialization agreement for
CRAiLAR and establishes the foundation for continued adoption of its
proprietary flax-based fibre.
The all-natural CRAiLAR process is said to be the first to
The Federation of Readymade Garments and The Hosiery
Association of India called a two-day nationwide ‘silent protest’' and hunger
strike earlier this week, in protest at the
10% excise duty imposed on apparel, hosiery and made-up garments announced
recently in the Union Budget.
The protest witnessed participation from the main textile and
clothing dominated regions like Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Ahemdabad,
Indore and Ludhiana and other centres, including
The co-founder and managing director of one of India’s
biggest integrated textile enterprises is to address international industry
leaders at September’s ITMA-ITMF World Textile Summit, in Barcelona, Spain.
B. Jiwrajka has been responsible for steering Alok
Industries Limited through a quarter of a century of astonishing growth and is
recognised as one of a handful of Indian entrepreneurs who correctly read the
impact of the dismantling of bilateral trade quo
SPINEXPO founder and organiser Karine Van Tassel debriefs
Knitting Industry on the 7th edition of SPINEXPO Shanghai which was held from 8-10
March 2011 at the Pudong Expo Center.
The show was held for the last time in that venue, and
recorded the most substantial increase in visitors since the trade show first
launched. With 9,456 visitors for a Spring/Summer season as compared to 7,846
visitors for the previous Autumn/Winter edition, the increase in international
Leading Turkish circular knitter Yeşim Tekstil has been
honoured by Burberry and awarded the fashion brand’s 2011 Protect Award.
Yeşim was the only producer from Turkey to be presented with
the award and received it for its long term commitment to improving working
conditions, protecting the environment and establishing related systems, acquisition
of the SA 8000 certificate, ethical commerce, and activities towards protecting
the brand name. Yeşim Textile’s pionee
The words ‘Swiss Made’ are a highly regarded mark of origin,
not only for watches, chocolate and precision tools, but also for textile
industry products. A fine example in textiles is Hermann Bühler AG, which
produces top-quality, super-fine yarns in Supima cotton and Micro Modal on
48,000 spindles at its site in Winterthur, Switzerland and a further 32,000 spindles
at a subsidiary factory in Jefferson, Georgia, USA.
Many of the Bühler yarn brands,
Leading manufacturer of machines and ranges for the dyeing
and finishing of woven and knitted fabrics, A. Monforts Textilmaschinen, is to introduce
its new improved soft coating solution at the leading technical textiles show Techtextil,
which runs from 24-26 May 2011 in Frankfurt, Germany.
The new Eco-applicator is said to eliminate the need for a
wet-on-wet padder ensuring significant energy savings and reduced quantities of
softeners. Using trough and roller te
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
A. Monforts Textilmaschinen GmbH & Co. KG is planning
major restructuring at its Mönchengladbach headquarters. After 127 years on
Schwalmstrasse, the textile machinery engineering company will be leaving its
old headquarters and moving to new premises in the Schlafhorst Business Park at
the end of May.
The leading textile finishing machinery manufacturer has
rented 2200 square metres of office premises and a production area of around 3700
square metres in th
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
Fast communications, market proximity, integration and greater
eco-sustainability are the objectives of Benetton’s iPad project for its sales
agents’ network. With a dedicated iPad app, the company’s agents are connected
online to the product departments of all of the group’s brands – United Colors
of Benetton woman, man and child, Sisley, Sisley Young, Playlife and Undercolors,
in order to keep in touch with the development process in real time, from
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
Karine Van Tassel, the founder and organiser of the leading
Shanghai and New York based SPINEXPO shows gives us a sneak preview of the
forthcoming SPINEXPO Shanghai. Already established as the leading yarns show in
terms of creativity in Asia, this year’s show promises to be even more interesting
and exciting than previous editions.
“Indisputably an international show in terms of exhibitors,
the 17th session of SPINEXPO Shanghai will feature the latest collections fro
Members of the VDMA Textile Machinery Association from Germany
and Austria have high expectations for this year’s ITMA 2011 exhibition which
is to be held in Barcelona from 22-29 September. Almost 120 textile machinery
builders are said to be members of the VDMA Textile Machinery Association and a
total of 230 companies from the two countries are planning to exhibit at the exhibition.
Knitting machinery, components and systems
Heinz-Peter Stoll, Managing Associate of R
The 6th Annual Public Conference of the European Textile
Technology Platform will take place on 31 March – 1 April 2011 in Brussels.
With this year’s event entitled ‘Societal Challenges – Textile Solutions’, the
European textile and clothing industry and its research community aim to
demonstrate to EU policy makers and the press how innovative textiles can help
As reported on Knitting Industry on 15 February, leading
Seamless knitting machine builder Santoni, showed a highly innovative range of
sportswear at the recent Ispo show in Munich, the leading sportswear event in
Europe. Here, the Italian company’s
marketing manager Patrick Silva explains the Brescia based company’s strategy
with regard to outerwear and in particularl sportswear.
“While Seamless underwear has grown formidably, especially
in China - both in its
Visitors to the upcoming SPINEXPO SHANGHAI, which is being
held from 8-10 March 2011 at the Pudong Expo Centre in Shanghai, are being urged
to pre-register for the show to avoid queuing and wasting valuable time.
Visitors can register; check out the list of exhibitors,
seminar program and further information at www.spinexpo.com.
The show lists 150 spinners, fibre
manufacturers, knitters, knitwear and seamless machinery manufacturers amongst its
For the edition of Première Vision Pluriel that just closed
(8-10 February 2011), attendance climbed by 6.5% compared to the February 2010
session, with 55,792 visits by fashion professionals from over 100 countries. Organisers
say the remarkable vitality was driven by the dynamism of each individual show,
with all six events (Expofil, Première Vision, Indigo, Le Cuir à Paris,
ModAmont, Zoom by Fatex) registering increases. The rise in numbers was also
said to be acco
Registration for the VDMA organised conference and
exhibition ‘German Technology for the Vietnamese textile industry’ is now open.
The conference will take place in the New World Hotel in Ho-Chi-Minh City on 6
and 7 April 2011. The symposium is officially supported by the German Ministry
for Economics and Technology as well as by AGTEK, the Association of Textile
and Apparel in Ho-Chi-Minh City.
The two-day event themed ‘Innovation for successful business’,
Preliminary figures show that Austria’s
Lenzing Group, market leader in man-made cellulose fibres for the textile and
nonwovens industries, has achieved record financial results in 2010. The
determining factors for the result are reported as being the dynamic expansion
of fibre production, very strong demand for the company’s fibres and
significantly higher sales prices compared to the previous year.
Preliminary consolidated sales¹ increased by 45% from EUR
A consortium of Thailand’s Indorama
Ventures PCL and Italy’s Sinterama are to take over Trevira, the polyester
fibre manufacturer headquartered in Germany. On 4 February the consortium
signed a share purchase agreement with Werner Schneider who re-established
Trevira in January 2010 following its insolvency in 2009.
With its German locations in Bobingen, Guben and
Hattersheim, and the Polish production site in Zielona Góra, Trevira GmbH will
be integrated int
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.
Mizuno´s new ‘Breath Thermo’
collection, has won a renowned Runner's World ispo-Award 2011, in the ‘Running
Apparel’ category. The award from the world´s biggest running magazine has
three categories, Hardware, Electronic and Textile. Runner’s World presented
the award during German trade show winter ispo 2011 to Hiroshi Sako, Mizuno’s
European Apparel Business Manager.
The Breath Thermo collection consists of garments which heat
up when the body perspi
Leading seamless knitting machine
builder Santoni, a Lonati Group company, showed an interesting glimpse of the
future with a striking range of garments for sportswear and activewear markets
at last week’s Ispo show in Munich.
On show was a range of innovative sportswear and knitwear garments
from Santoni’s latest seamless knitting machines, the SWD 6/2J double needle
bar warp knitting machine and the soon to launch SM8-TR1 and SM6-RIB2 circular
One of the most powerful men
in Chinese textiles, Du Yuzhou, president of China National Textile &
Apparel Council (CNTAC), is to address international industry leaders at the
ITMA-ITMF World Textile Summit later this year.
Mr Du is one of a trio of speakers newly announced by the
organisers of the summit, which will take place in Barcelona, Spain, on
September 21. He will outline China’s strategic ambitions for its textile
industry and report on progress in
The organiser of ITMA 2011 and
2015, MP International, has announced it has signed a working agreement with
International Wool Textile Association (IWTO). The agreement was inked at the
IWTO industry briefing in Paris, France today.
Owned by CEMATEX, ITMA is the world’s largest textile and
garment technology showcase and has been held since 1951. Set up in 1930, IWTO
is the international body representing the interests of the world’s wool
textile trade and industr
Cellulose fibre manufacturer
Lenzing Fibers is one of the winners of
this year’s ispo Eco Responsibility Award 2011. The Austrian company was
declared winner in the new Fabrics & Fibres category for its sun screening
Tencel Sun fibres, here in Munich yesterday.
“Tencel Sun fibres by Lenzing are so-called “man-made
cellulose fibers” – meaning they are derived industrially from natural raw
wood, consisting of about 40% cellulose. The natural origin of the
German circular knitting machine
builder Terrot will show its latest technology for knitting striped fabrics at
the forthcoming ‘8th Dhaka International
Textile and Garment Machinery Exhibition 2011’ (DTG 2011), which is being held
from 13-16 February 2011 in Dhaka.
Terrot, which is jointly exhibiting with its partner Terrot
Bangladesh will exhibit its S4F348 single jersey striper machine. The company
says that it’s single striper machines with 4 or 6 colour
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
After the successful launch of
its AirJet spun yarns, Swiss cotton spinner Hermann Bühler AG is to further
increase its production capacity in the technology and will install another
AirJet spinning machine from Rieter in its mill this month. The expansion will
double the number of AirJet spindles and the additional capacity will allow the
company to supply further customers, to make new yarn developments and to
improve its flexibility.
says its previous e
According to a Reuters Africa
report today, Mauritius' textile sector, which supplies the top European
chains, expects growth of more than 2% in 2011 helped by stabilisation in its traditional
markets and diversification into new ones. According to the report, the sector,
which is said to contribute 6.5% of gross domestic product and provide 11% of
jobs, grew a marginal 0.7% in 2010 due to the global downturn.
"The textile sector may grow higher tha
The tenth edition of
Texworld USA showcased 147 exhibitors from 13 countries and welcomed 2741
attendees, representing an increase in attendance of 11.2% over the January
2010 show. Organisers Messe Frankfurt say that at Texworld USA, attendee
numbers are measured in unique individuals, therefore each attendee is only
counted once no matter how many days they visit the show. Attendee numbers do
not include exhibitors.
David Audrain, President of Messe Frankfurt U
Cashmere World 2011 is to move to
24-26 October, 2011 to allow exhibitors and visitors to combine their sales and
buying trips in one month. The fair will take place in the same venue as last
year, the Chinese National Convention Center, in Beijing.
Mr. Tian Hong, Director of The China Chamber of Commerce of
the Import and Export of Foodstuffs, Native Produce & Animal By-Products
(CFNA) and co-organiser of Cashmere World explained, “The new dates, which are
Hyosung, one of the world’s largest
producers of nylon, polyester, and spandex fibres has introduced new fibres and
2012 directions in time for Ispo and Outdoor Retailer. The new fibres include MIPAN robic air for lightweight
durability and MIPAN aqua X for cool
touch and moisture management. Hyosung’s key fabric directions for 2012 are as
Achieving a balance of healthy body and mind sees apparel
for core stability fitness programs like yoga and
Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) is
to launch its new MerinoPerform PRO fabric innovation at the ISPO international
sports trade show in Munich, Germany next month.
According to AWI, MerinoPerform PRO is a new knitted fabric
technology made entirely of Merino wool, which uniquely transfers both vapour
and sweat away from the body, enabling the wearer to stay comfortably cool and
dry during exercise.
“Ideal for base-layer garments aimed at low to high activity
Well Link Consultants,
organizers of SPINEXPO Shanghai and SPINEXPO New York, have announced the dates
of their upcoming shows in 2011. A very focused and unique exhibition, SPINEXPO
features the most comprehensive and creative international offering of yarns and
fibres, knitwear manufacturers and innovative knitwear machinery.
Now in its 17th edition, SPINEXPO Shanghai will take up its
customary position at the Shanghai Pudong Expo Center, Shanghai, China from 8-10
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
Ken Barker, CEO of Naturally
Advanced Technologies announced yesterday at the Texworld 2011 Conference in
New York that the company is prepared to begin shipping initial orders of Crailar
Flax Fiber from its Kingstree, South Carolina facility as early as March of
this year. The company says it has developed the capacity to rapidly increase
production thereafter to meet the demands of its development partners and to
respond to increasing interest from new custom
knitting machine builder Orizio has revamped its range of single jersey
machines with three new models in response to customer demand and in
preparation for this year’s ITMA exhibition which will be held in Barcelona in
“The technical change and fast production potential of
Orizio machines are capturing customers’ interest worldwide. Today’s market
demand seems to be more than ever high production and quality level fabric
Outlast Technologies, a leader
in heat management and moisture reduction technology in textiles, has named Far
Eastern New Century Corporation as the primary partner involved in its new
Outlast polyester fibre development. Outlast polyester, the company’s most
recent R&D innovation, is the first-ever heat management polyester fibre.
To date Outlast’s phase change materials have been available in textile fibres such
as viscose and acrylic but not polyester.
According to organisers, a sporty
and relaxed ambiance inspired by summer 2012 marks the next session of the
Indigo Fashion Edition, taking place from 8 - 10 February at the Parc
d'Expositions de Paris-Nord Villepinte.
As of 31 December 2010, with 154 studios from 14 countries
registered, the number of exhibitors is said to be up by nearly 3% over
February 2010. Among them are 13 new studios: one German, one British, one
Spanish, six French, one Irish, two Italian and
A great entrepreneur and pioneer in the crochet knitting
Mr Luigi Omodeo Zorini passed away on 24 December 2010, at
the age of 86. He was the founder and president of Comez based in Cilavegna
(PV), Italy, and had passionately dedicated his life to his work.
Born on 25 May 1924, Mr Luigi Omodeo Zorini began his
entrepreneurial activities in Cilavegna in 1953, together with his brother
Mario, founding the company Costruzioni Meccaniche Zorini Comez for the production
The Spring Summer
Collection 2012 is characterized by a targeted number of absolute novelties,
from the multifunctional bands to the romantic transparencies of jacquard
fabrics, up to our new printed lingerie collection which as usual fully
embodies the Made in Italy’s creative skills exalting beauty, body and
well-being, all interpreted with passion and romanticism.
MULTIFUNCTIONAL STRUCTURED BANDS “OVERSEXY”
The collection of fabric bands we
Lenzing is presenting its
latest fibre innovation called Tencel C at Heimtextil, which opened yesterday
in Frankfurt. The company says that after many years of research work, cosmetic
properties can now be combined with the well-known skin-sensory advantages of
its Tencel fibre.
“Tencel fibre is
well-known for its positive skin properties. Due to its smooth fibre structure,
it is particularly silky next to the skin. Its botanic origin – Tencel is
According to the show organisers, the
upcoming edition of Expofil, which will be held +from 8-10 February at the Parc
d'Expositions de Paris-Nord Villepinte, will take place under a keynote of
stability. After a turbulent period that seriously perturbed the textile sector
upstream, the show, dedicated to spinners and fibre producers, says it is
rediscovering a more serene ambiance.
Expofil says the number of exhibitors testifies to this
situation. With 33 spinners and f
A new Première Vision Prize is set
to join the Hyères Festival. As of the 2011 edition, the ‘World's Premier Fabric
Show’ will lend its name to one of the two prizes awarded during the Fashion
Competition of the renowned Hyères International Festival of Fashion and
“Première Vision provides a window onto the most creative
and innovative fabrics in the world, and thus was quite naturally drawn to this
event, which provides an early impetus to young
In this special interview, Karine Van Tassel, the founder and
organiser of the leading Shanghai and New York based SPINEXPO shows, explains
how the shows came about, how they developed, the key factors in their success
and her plans for their future.
How did SPINEXPO come
to life and who is behind it?
Karine Van Tassel: As the founder of SPINEXPO Shanghai & New
York, I could say that I just followed the way the world of fashion moved. When I started my c
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,
Said to be inspired by the recent
Australian Merino Innovation tour, AWI’s Chinese brand partners have unveiled
their latest products across womens, mens, baby, sport, urban and
The brands launched their 2011 Merino wool collection at the
‘I Love Merino’ event in Shanghai. Involved were womenswear brands EP, Icicle,
JNBY, menswear brand Croquis, outdoor brand Kroceus, kidswear brand Les
enphants and underwear brand Schiesser.
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
Following its recent
restructuring and launch as a new company, producer of specialist polyester
yarns, Trevira GmbH says it can report a successful first year in business.
The German company reports that all of its important product
segments showed signs of progress in the improved economic situation and
capacities that were adjusted during restructuring have been well exploited.
Growth was not only limited to Europe but also occurred in other important
The New Zealand Wool
Testing Authority Ltd (NZWTA Ltd) has announced that it has entered into an
unconditional agreement to purchase the assets and business associated with the
Textile Testing Division of AgResearch, effective 20 December 2010.
Duane Knowles, NZWTA Ltd’s Chief Executive, said: “NZWTA Ltd
has built a strong business as the leading testing and certification body in
the New Zealand wool industry, providing independent testing informatio
Last month marked the successful
launch of Cashmere World, the only trade fair dedicated exclusively to the
whole supply chain of the global cashmere industry. It was the first-ever event of its kind
organised by UBM, a international trade fair organiser in Asia, together with
the CFNA (China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Foodstuffs, Native
Produce & Animal By-Products).
According to organisers, the fair saw international
participation from key
Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) has
announced the launch of a new global fibre education campaign to inform consumers
about the benefits of merino wool. The ‘No Finer Feeling’ campaign is said to
be the result of extensive consumer research with retail and brand partners and
features the iconic Australian merino sheep acting as a reminder of the natural
origin and provenance of wool garments.
“As a consumer message ‘merino. No Finer Feeling’ works on
VDMA’s Foundation of
the German Textile Machinery Industry has honoured three successful junior
engineers in an award ceremony held as the closing event of the VDMA Textile
Machinery Forum at Groz-Beckert’s headquarters in Albstadt-Ebingen.
executive partner of Brückner Trockentechnik GmbH & Co.
KG and Board member of the Foundation presented the awards. In her celebratory
speech at Groz Beckert’s new Technology and Development Center (TEZ), Brü
The representative bodies for
the European Textile and Clothing Industry, Euratex, and the European Textile
Machinery Manufacturers, Cematex, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for
closer collaboration in research, technological development innovation and industry
The agreement aims to foster stronger collaboration of the
two European industry bodies in fields such as research, technological
development and innovations as well as the promotion of a
The Lenzing Group, world leader
in man-made cellulose fibres, has set its course for the future expansion of
its fibre production capacity. The recently agreed expansion program includes
the construction of the first industrial-scale production plant for Tencel
fibres at the site in Lenzing, Upper Austria, the construction of a fifth viscose
production line at its Indonesian subsidiary PT. South Pacific Viscose (SPV),
as well as further capacity expansion measures.
Teijin Fibers Limited, the
core company of the Teijin Group’s polyester fibres business, announced today
that it will begin full production and marketing of a new plant-based
polyethylene terephthalate (PET) fibre in April 2012.
Named Eco Circle PlantFiber, the new product, also available
as a textile fabric, will become Teijin Fibers’ core biomaterial for
applications ranging from apparel, car seats and interiors to personal hygiene
products. Teijin Fibers expects to sell 30
Organisers of the Shanghaitex
2011 textile machinery show report they have experienced robust demand from
both the international market and the domestic market for the 15th
International Exhibition on Textile Industry (ShanghaiTex 2011), which will be
held at from 14-17 June
2011. The show’s Knitting & Hosiery Machinery Zone is reported to be fully
“The exhibition has continued to enjoy overwhelming responses
from exhibitors, especially in the Knitt
Australian Wool Innovation (AWI)
has announced the appointment of Sam Guthrie as General Manager: Global
Business Development. AWI Chief Executive Officer Stuart McCullough said Mr
Guthrie will be responsible for building strategic alliances with key accounts
globally and driving business development opportunities as part of the new
“In this role Sam Guthrie is responsible for the leadership
of the international network, with Country Managers reporting thr
Clariant’s Textile Chemicals Business
Unit has announced price increases for its ranges of textile chemicals and
textiles dyes of up to 15%. The price rises will take effect immediately.
“Continuing shortages in raw materials are creating an
on-going situation of rising feedstock prices for our business. This, in
combination with ever-higher energy and transportation costs, leaves Clariant
no alternative but to adjust the prices of our textile ranges for our
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,"
CELC Masters of Linen has announced details of its ‘Be Linen’ campaign, an EU
and French funded initiative to support the promotion of linen, a fibre which originates
on the European continent and represents two thirds of the world’s production.
The three year programme is co-funded by the EU, France
Agriculture & Fishing Ministry and the CELC Masters of Linen organisation
and aims to create and produce informative and promotional activities in
Taiwan, a major textile
exporter of knitted textiles, known for its innovative and functional fabrics, once
again targeted the Indian market last week with the 9th edition of the Taiwan
Textile Fair 2010 in India. The trade fair, which has just opened at the Source
Zone Fair in Gurgaon, 30 km south of New Delhi, has been organized by the
Taiwan Textile Federation and the Bureau of Foreign Trade. Earlier this month editions
of the Taiwanese trade fair were al
The Lenzing Group, world leader
in man-made cellulose fibres, is to increase its fibre prices at beginning of
2011 by at least 10%, depending on the product. Price increases will take place
in Lenzing’s Textile Fibers as well as in Nonwovens businesses. The company
said today that the decision was necessitated by the recent strong rise in raw
material prices, in particular for dissolving pulp and chemicals required for the
production of viscose, modal and Tencel fi
The China National Convention
Center in Beijing played host to the inaugural Cashmere World 2010 show this
week where the CFNA (China Chamber of Commerce of Import & Export of
Foodstuffs, Native Products & Animal by-products) have partnered with
leading exhibition organisers UBM to launch a trade fair dedicated exclusively
to the supply chain of the global cashmere industry.
“Selecting China as the location of this event makes sense
given the position of
430 delegates from the
Brazilian textiles industry attended the recent Conference on German Technology
for Brazilian Textiles in São Paulo and Blumenau, where decision makers as well
as technicians were informed with regard to the latest technology trends from
Germany. The twin conferences, organised by Germany’s VDMA Textile Machinery
Association and supported by the German Federal Ministry of Economics &
Technology, took place in São Paulo on 3
An independent review of wool
research, development and marketing body Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) has
reported an improved performance of the company.
GHD Hassal concluded AWI had acted upon all 11
recommendations from last years’ Review of Performance, undertaken in the
lead-up to WoolPoll 2009. Improved strategy setting, planning, consultation,
corporate governance, company processes and the appointment of directors were
areas progress has been made accordin
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
New Zealand based merino wool adventure apparel pioneer, has announced the
grand opening of its first store called the Icebreaker TouchLab in Manhattan on
December 1, 2010. The 2500 square foot SoHo store will be Icebreaker’s
flagship, and located at 102 Wooster Street, between Spring and Prince Streets,
across the street from Patagonia’s SoHo store. As part of the grand opening, Icebreaker
will give away a trip for two to New Zeal
Cellulosic fibre producer Lenzing
has extended its strong first half performance into the third quarter of 2010,
generating the best quarterly result in the company's history with earnings (EBIT)
of Euros 60.8 million (Q3 2009, Euros 37.3 million).Nine-months sales in 2010
grew by 45.2 % from Euros 885 million in 2009 to Euros 1,285.5 million. EBIT
reached a new nine-month record high of Euros 168.8 million and more than
tripled EBIT for the same period in 2009 (Euro
Première Vision, owner of the
world’s largest and most directional fabrics show has pulled out of Première
Vision Tokyo/JITAC after only two editions, as it looks to new development
strategies in the Japanese market.
From the 26-28 October 2010, Première Vision Tokyo/JITAC
welcomed Japanese textile professionals to its second edition with around 2200
buyers and designers gathering in the Tokyo International Forum to view the
autumn winter 2011-2012 collections p
Mayer & Cie.’s newly formed
management team says it is more than pleased with the performance of its
business this year. The traditional, family-run Baden-Wurttemberg based business
will achieve a turnover of more than Euros 60 million in 2010 and will deliver
close to 1000 circular knitting machines.
More than 150 of the
machines are fully electronic jacquard machines which underlines the Southern German
company’s claim to technological leadership.
A Turkish company specialising
in the dyeing and finishing of synthetic warp and weft knitted fabrics has
invested in a Montex 6500-6F TwinAir stenter to gain competitive advantage
Yalcin Tekstil, located at Cerkezkoy, about one hour from
Istanbul on the E80 highway, was founded twenty years ago and is highly
experienced in finishing synthetic fabrics. Company director Baran Arin says
that the intention in adding the Monforts machine to the p
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
CEMATEX owner of ITMA, the world’s largest
textile machinery show has announced that Italy will host the 17th edition of
ITMA at the Fiera Milano Rho exhibition centre in Milan, from 12 to 19 November
2015. Fiera Milano won the international bid organised by CEMATEX, the owner of
the ITMA show, after beating three other short-listed bidders from an original
list of 12.
The high profile exhibition is returning to Milan after 20
years, and the news will be welcomed no
Karl Mayer says its new
raschel machine, the RSE 4-1 has turned out to be the right machine at the
right time and the right price. As the German company’s first raschel machine
with a carbon-fibre-reinforced composite guide bars, the innovative RSE 4-1
first appeared in the market in April this year and has since become a best
seller, especially in China.
According to Karl Mayer, over 400 RSE 4-1 high-tech
production machines were sold in the first six months
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 producer of fibres and
polymers, Invista, will be exhibiting its Lycra Sport fabric platform at this
year-end’s Performance Days Roadshows, which are taking place in Munich (18-19
November 2010) and Annecy (23-24 November 2010).
Performance Days is the first European tradeshow to
specialise in presenting functional fabrics and accessories for the sportswear
and workwear textile market. For two
dedicated days, both in Munich and Annecy, Invista says
As the global economy continues
to stabilise, response from companies signing up to ITMA 2011 is said to be
more and more positive. According to ITMA organisers CEMATEX, around 1000 applications
have been received so far from leading machinery manufacturers in 36 countries.
“ITMA is a recognised
brand and we are delighted that the industry continues to support our showcase
of innovative textile making technology. What is even more heartening is that
over 15 per
As part of its ongoing efforts
to serve the changing needs of global players, ITMA will feature a brand new section
on fibres and yarns for its 2011 edition which will be held from 22 to 29
September at Fira de Barcelona Gran Vía, Spain.
The new fibres and
yarns section of the exhibition will feature natural, man-made and technical
fibres, as well as natural, synthetic and technical yarns. With the new inclusion
ITMA 2011 exhibits will now be classified into 18
The 16th session of SPINEXPO Shanghai, held at the Shanghai Pudong
Expo Centre on 7-9 September 2010, showcased the Autumn/Winter 2011/12
collections of 165 textile mills and textile fibre manufacturers/promoters. The
fair welcomed 7,975 visitors, a stable figure compared to previous years. With
13,990 multi-visits (re-entries) compared to 9,618 in September 2009, SPINEXPO
ended on a note of general satisfaction - unexpected given the economic outlook
and the general
The 16th session of SPINEXPO Shanghai, held at the Shanghai Pudong
Expo Centre on 7-9 September 2010, showcased the Autumn/Winter 2011/12
collections of 165 textile mills and textile fibre manufacturers/promoters.
Here are more highlights from the collections.
Kabo Fiber (China) puts the focus on colour. Mohair is the
key fibre for the season. Products can be top dyed, space dyed or yarn dyed.
Multi-colour Lurex effects and multi-colour mohair with nylon f
The women of Southeast Asia
are delicate and beautiful, and they know just how to make the most of their
features by wearing the right sort of clothing. Women have worn the kebaya here
for centuries to assist them in the delicate art of seduction. This
close-fitting blouse-dress found its way into Indonesian women’s dress in the
15th century, and has now become part of the national dress in this island
state as well as in Malaysia and Singapore.
The design of
The 16th session of SPINEXPO Shanghai, held at the Shanghai Pudong
Expo Centre on 7-9 September 2010, showcased the Autumn/Winter 2011/12
collections of 165 textile mills and textile fibre manufacturers/promoters. The
show confirmed its importance with visitors from outside China increasing to 48%
of the total.
SpinExpo Shanghai welcomed 7,975 visitors, a stable figure
compared to previous years. With 13,990 multi-visits (re-entries) compared to
9,618 in September 20
Located in the flatlands about one hour on the E80 highway from Istanbul, is
one of Turkey's great textile centres, with more than 300 factories set in zones
on the outskirts of the city as well as large outlets dealing in discount
clothing and other products.
Prominent in the area is the factory of Istanbul-based Isil
Tekstil, one of the country's leading manufacturers, producing and exporting
all types of plain dyed and printed knitted fabrics. A long established
The trend towards ever finer
gauges is presenting machine producers and system and parts supplier with ever
newer challenges across the entire textile value-added chain. From the point of
view of a systems supplier this results in the most diverse requirements. The
following article provides an overview here, ranging from the properties and
potential applications of ultrafine knitted fabrics to sewing styles in line
Market Center Management Company
(MCMC), the management company behind GlobalTex: LA International Textile &
Sourcing Fair, has announced that the fourth edition of GlobalTex held
September 28-30 at the Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC), delivered more
buyers and featured more international resources than ever with key growth in
denim and sublimation printing as well as new and innovative trend displays.
“GlobalTex continues to grow and to draw more attendees a
Première Vision has announced the
establishment of a new North American organization to integrate its own team
within its subsidiary Première Vision Inc. Located in the heart of Manhattan's
fashion district, the new office will be headed by Thierry Langlais, who has
over twenty years of experience in business development for fashion and brands
in the American market.
Première Vision Inc. takes over from France Ligne, the
company headed up by Laurence Teinturier, wh
For the Chinese market, Karl Mayer supplies
machines which are made in China and provides a whole raft of services. The
customer support operations are concentrated in the company’s subsidiary, Karl
Mayer Technical Services and its activities include setting up new
installations, instant help for individual clients, and advice on how to use
Since the beginning of this year, the company has been
systematically training its new service technicians on the
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
In August this year, European circular
knitting machine builder Terrot was delighted to welcome a group of technicians
from Iraq who had travelled to Chemnitz to participate in in-house training as
a part of a successful contract which was concluded for several of the German
company’s circular knitting machines.
The group of ten from Iraq visited Terrot GmbH for a
three-week training program and the occasion marked the finalisation of the previously
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
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.
Market Center Management Company
(MCMC), the management company behind GlobalTex: LA International Textile &
Sourcing Fair, has announced that the upcoming show will offer more resources
than ever before, inspiring and fresh trend displays, and relevant and timely
seminars. The show will be held from 28-30 September 2010 at the Los Angeles
Convention Center (LACC) in West Hall, Hall A.
“The fourth edition of GlobalTex will offer high-end
resources from 25 count
On Sunday 19 September 2010 at a
reception held at Somerset House during London Fashion Week, plans were
unveiled to raise the global awareness of wool and its natural performance
attributes and benefits, these included the expansion of the Campaign for Wool
and the announcement of the launch of a global Merino wool fibre education
campaign commencing later this year.
According to organisers, the event was attended by over 200
key representatives from across the i
Are we finally seeing a revival
of the economy? According to show organisers, the latest edition of Première
Vision Pluriel (14 - 16 September 2010) was extremely encouraging with three
days of intense activity and excitement, with stands that often never emptied
out, busy traffic in the aisles where meetings and discussions continued, a
shared desire for news and creative boldness, orders being written, and a
palpable energy in all sectors.
Organisers report that fi
Creditors of circular knitting
machine builder, Mayer & Cie. GmbH & Co. KG in Albstadt-Tailfingen,have
approved of the insolvency plan submitted by Insolvency Administrator Wolfgang
Bilgery, as banks under the leadership of Deutsche Bank are said to be ready to
provide the company with the funds required for the continuation of the
720 creditors with claims amounting to Euros 82,497, 893.76 were
represented during the creditors’ meet
The Grand Jury Prize
- for the fabric that is the most exceptional, the most symbolic of the coming
fashion zeitgeist, and the most pertinent.
Handle Prize - for
the fabric that allies the most astonishing tactile and behavioural qualities,
the fabric that touches the senses and the emotions.
Innovation Prize - for
the fabric that is the most innovative, the most intelligent, the most
technological and creative.
Imagination Prize - for
the most daring, the most original
9 September 2010, Sydney - Major marketing campaigns urging
people to live with the natural and sustainable beauty of wool are set to begin
across Europe and Asia this month. Australian Wool Innovation CEO Stuart
McCullough said it was the first time in a decade that widespread and targeted
marketing campaigns were taking place across key northern hemisphere markets.
The Campaign for Wool, supported by patron His Royal
Highness The Prince of Wales, is a five year campaign which enjoys the suppo
Market Center Management Company
(MCMC), the management company of GlobalTex: LA International Textile &
Sourcing Fair, has announced its schedule of seminars and special events for
the upcoming edition of GlobalTex. The show will be held from 28-30 September
2010 at the Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC).
“We are pleased to present a complete seminar line-up that
offers a range of industry leaders discussing relevant topics,” said Cindy
Morris, COO, MCM
Japanese flat knitting machine
builder Shima Seiki has been offering English and Japanese versions of its Wholegarment
product tags exclusively to knit manufacturers and merchandisers associated
with the creation and promotion of Wholegarment products in English-speaking
markets as well as its domestic market in Japan.
Now, in its effort to support the manufacture and sales of Wholegarment
knitwear in the Chinese domestic market, the company has introduced Chine
As with the first quarter of 2010,
the Lenzing Group has made optimum use of favourable global market conditions achieving
excellent results in Q2. Consolidated sales in the first half of 2010 climbed 43.6
%1 to EUR 847.2 million from EUR 589.9 million. This was the company’s strongest
rise in sales ever, which it says was was made possible by higher fibre volumes
and price dynamics of global markets as well as full first time consolidation of
the company’s pul
Leading Italian manufacturer of thermal
warp knits MITI SpA, has launched a double layer warp knitted fabric called Thermoroubaix
Cool made from Advansa’s ThermoCool polyester. The fabric is said to have outstanding
stretch and thermoregulating properties and the company says it is perfectly designed
for active sports where not only the stretch but also thermoregulation control
and moisture management are desirable.
MITI specializes in high quality knitted fab
The Yeh Group, a leading producer
of functional knitted fabrics has announced plans to introduce DryDye fabrics
which use an exclusive waterless dyeing process that the company says will save
it millions of litres of fresh water annually. The announcement came at the
recent OutDoor Show in Friedrichshafen, Germany and the Outdoor Retailer Show
in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Water scarcity and increased environmental awareness are
world-wide concerns which are causing a sha
Italian finisher Stamperia
Valeri has taken delivery of its first Montex stenter to help overcome weft
yarn stretch and dimensional stability problems it has been experiencing with older
stenters when working with viscose jersey fabrics.
Founded in 1991 as a ‘bleach and wash’, print, dye and
finishing specialist, Stamperi Valeri had relied solely on two old stenters for
its finishing operations. However, when
the volume of viscose jersey fabrics the com
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With knitted textiles and apparel representing approximately one
third of the global textile market, the book provides an updated reference to
knitting technology, with specific focus on the developments in knitted fabric
production and textile applications.
The first set of chapters begin with a brief review of the
fundamental principles of knitting, including the types and suitability of
yarns for knitting as well as the properties achieved through knitted fabrics
Unifi, Inc. today released
preliminary operating results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended June
27, 2010. For the 2010 fiscal year, net income was $10.7 million or $0.18 per
share, which represents the company's first profitable year since fiscal 2000
and an improvement of $59.7 million or $0.97 per share, from the prior year
period. Highlights for the 2010 fiscal year include:
Net sales increased by $63.1 million or 11.4 percent to
$616.8 million, re
German dyeing and finishing machinery
builder Thies GmbH & Co KG has launched a new dyeing machine for both woven
and knitted fabrics that offers ultra-low dye liquor levels. The new Thies
iMaster H2O has been designed to ensure economic and environmentally friendly operation
with advanced automation at low liquor levels and offers liquor ratios (textile
dyed: water used in dye bath) as low as 1:3.7 for cottons.
Thies says the iMaster H2O is based on 40 years'
Leading Italian manufacturer of warp and weft knitted fabrics SITIP SpA Industrie Tessili, showed its
Zero range of ‘non-wetting’ fabrics at last week’s Outdoor show on the
of Lake Constance in Germany. Acqua Zero non-wetting fabrics are said to
and unique in that they have inherent stretch but can still retain their
repellency over long periods of time.
Speaking at Outdoor, SITIP’s Executive Marketing Director
Leading fashion and design luminaries have chosen the six special prize
winners from 24 selected graduate textile designers who presented their work at
First View which was held at The
Triangle Building at Chelsea College of Art on 15 and 16 July.
The Knit prize was won by Elena Munoz from Central St
Martins College of Art & Design Judge Derrick Campbell, managing director
of the prize sponsor Lyle & Scott, praised the way in which Elena took an
German textile engineering powerhouse
Groz-Beckert opened its highly impressive Technology & Development Centre
(TEZ) here in Albstadt on Friday confirming its status as one of the most successful
and forward thinking textile engineering businesses in the world.
Set in Baden-Württemberg, one of Germany’s wealthiest
regions, which borders France to the west and Switzerland to the south, the
town of Albstadt is the centre of the world’s needle manufacturing cen
German textile machinery
builders are said to be pleased with the recent ITMA ASIA + CITME 2010, held at
the end of June in Shanghai. According to a survey of the VDMA Textile
Machinery Association, over 60% of German exhibitors evaluate the prospects for
post exhibition business to be very good or good.
Fritz P. Mayer, Chairman of the VDMA Textile Machinery
Association and Managing Partner of Karl Mayer Textilmaschinenfabrik explained:
“The very good orde
The second ITMA ASIA + CITME
exhibition ended on 26 June 2010 on a high note, with participants hailing it a
major success. Despite persistent economic challenges, business sentiments on
the show floor were buoyant with many exhibitors clinching orders from the
Chinese and other Asian buyers.
The show owners,
CEMATEX (the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers) and its
partners in China - the Sub-Council of Textile Industry, CCPIT (CCPIT-Tex),
Speaking at the recent ITMA Asia +
CITME 2010 in Shanghai, Mayer & Cie. chief Rainer Mayer told Knitting
Industry that the company was now working flat out to meet strong demand for
its single and double jersey circular knitting machines. Mr Mayer said that the
company was in the final stages of its restructuring and was already working at
60% of its former capacity. The Albstadt based business shed almost half of its
workforce in November last year after filing f
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
Schoeller Technologies’ ‘coldblack’ sun-reflector
and UV protector textile finishing technology has been nominated for
prestigious German Design award. Coldblack is the result of a
close cooperation between Schoeller and Clariant International.
“The nomination has taken us totally by surprise, admits
Hans U. Kohn from Schoeller Technologies. “It is an almost seamless
to the Swiss equivalent, which we won in November 2009. However,
For the next edition, taking place on 14,
15 and 16 September, Expofil says it is overcoming the challenges posed by the
slowdown in business and company closures in the spinning sector over the past
few years, and rediscovering a calmer business climate, as predicted by the
rather encouraging results of the February 2010 show.
For the first time in two years, the show's organisers say
its offer is demonstrating signs of recovery, with 39 spinners and fibre producers
US based high speed circular knitting machine builder Vanguard Pai Lung has
reported the recent ITMA Asia + CITME in Shanghai to be a huge success, with
Asian fabric manufacturers really taking to its SJ4A/D12 Jumbo high speed
single jersey machine. The recently formed company formed from a partnership
between Pai Lung and Vanguard Supreme personnel showed a 24 inch diameter, 22
gauge machine with 96 feeds which is capable of running at an astonishing 73
rpm or at a
Italian circular knitting machine
builder Pilotelli has exhibited a new sinkerless single jersey machine which is
available in gauges as fine as 60 and as coarse as 18. The SL, which Pilotelli
says is ‘true sinkerless’ with no added elements, was shown in 54 gauge at last
month’s ITMA Asia + CITME in Shanghai. Previously the machine has only been
exhibited at the recent Tuyap show in Turkey.
In Shanghai, Pilotelli showed 30 inch version of the 54
gauge SL which
CEMATEX, the European Committee of Textile
Machinery Manufacturers and the International Textile Manufacturers Federation
(ITMF) have announced a high-level business forum, to take place next year
alongside the ITMA 2011 show, in Barcelona, Spain.
The ITMA-ITMF World Textile Summit 2011 will be a one-day
event that brings together textile-industry leaders and some of the world’s
most influential thinkers and policymakers in strategically important fields
The second ITMA ASIA + CITME 2010
exhibition opened today with an impressive showcase of the latest textile
machinery and solutions. Shrugging off the effects of the economic downturn,
the combined show at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) covers over
100,000 square metres.
A total of 1171 exhibitors from 28 countries and regions are
showcasing a wide array of solutions to an expected 100,000 visitors during the
five-day exhibition. Organisers say t
Ashroff Omar, chief executive
officer of Brandix Lanka Ltd (Brandix), a leading industrialist and a prominent
figure in the knit apparel industry is to be a Key Note Speaker at The Textile
Institute Centenary Conference in Manchester in November this year.
The Brandix Group is the single largest apparel exporter in
Sri Lanka and is positioned as a leading apparel solutions provider to many of
the worlds’ super brands. Ashroff’s presentation, ‘Manufacturing on
Groz-Beckert’s knitting machine parts division is said to be looking
forward to the ITMA Asia + CITME trade fair with great confidence. Alongside
innovative needle developments, the Groz-Beckert knitting head and the
Groz-Beckert cylinder will be the focus of interest.
According to Groz-Beckert, the requirements placed on
knitting needles for the production of knitwear are growing increasingly
extreme. The search for new areas of appli
Polyester yarns producer Unifi,
has announced it will invest in the backward integration of its Repreve
chain to improve the availability of recycled raw materials and increase
In addition to providing greater control over the production
of the recycled chip that is used to make Repreve polyester fibres,
Unifi says the
new state-of-the-art recycling technology will provide opportunities for
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 largest Latin-American textile industry exhibition is celebrating its
20th anniversary this year and is preparing for its biggest ever show. From 10
to 13 August, 2010 Blumenau in Brazil’s Santa Catarina State will host Febratex
2010, which brings together the best in textile machinery, equipment and raw
With over 82,000 thousand visitors during a four-day period,
Febratex 2008 was considered a great success with a significant number of deals
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
As a new autumn/winter season
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Australian Wool Innovation (AWI)
is to unveil its new Merino Casual and Merino Touch collections at Spin Expo
New York in July, in an attempt to inspire buyers and merchandisers for the
fall/winter 2011/12 season. The Merino Casual collection is said to comprise
knitted garments and fabrics with distinctive textures and finishes, created
using a range of dyeing and finishing techniques.
According to AWI, the collection is unique and demonstrates
the natural versati
Europe’s first Montex 6500 JV
has been recently installed at dyeing and finishing company Tintoria Stamperia
di Tavernola, which is based in based in Como Tavernola on the shores of Lake
Como in Northern Italy. The recently introduced Montex 6500 JV stenter has been
designed and engineered in Germany and produced in Monforts Joint Venture
facility, Monforts Fong’s Textile Machinery in China. The new Montex 6500 JV
incorporates proven Monforts technology and a
Australian Wool Innovation (AWI)
appointed Stuart McCullough as its Chief Executive Officer on Friday. Announcing
the appointment, AWI Chairman Wal Merriman said throughout his two months as
acting CEO, Mr McCullough had shown he was very capable of achieving the
strategic intent of the Board and Shareholders while demonstrating good
leadership of staff.
Out of 93 applicants for the position from within and
outside the organisation, Mr Merriman said there were four out
Local media reports say that Sri
Lanka's Hayleys net profit shot up 471% to 1.8 billion rupees last year, on the
previous year, as its core businesses recovered from recession, loss-making
sectors turned around and it sold stakes in hotels it owned.
According to Lanka Business Online, a stock exchange filing
said Hayleys group, which accounts for 2.3 percent of Sri Lanka’s export
income, had sales of 38 billion rupees in the financial year ending March 31,
Groz-Beckert has been awarded the third
place prize at the Kyocera Environment Prize for its Litespeed system which
helps save energy and resources in high speed circular knitting by optimizing
needle geometries. Prize giving took place on 29 April at the Economics Day
organised by the Federal Association of Medium-Sized Companies e.V., Regional
Association of North Rhine-Westphalia, in the World Conference Centre at the
former German Bundestag in Bonn.
Background and h
Lenzing's subsidiary PT. South
Pacific Viscose (SPV) officially started up its fourth production line at the
beginning of April, with a total investment of USD 150 million making it the group's
biggest individual investment project in recent years. Its annual nominal
production capacity of 60,000 tons of viscose fibre for textile and nonwovens
applications raises SPV's total annual capacity to 220,000 tons and makes it
Asia's biggest viscose fibre production site and th
By request of exhibitors and
attendees, Direction by Indigo returned to the New York design scene on April
13 & 14, 2010 with its first mid-season April edition featuring exclusive,
leading international studios, cutting-edge fashion forecasters and related
Over the two days, visits of qualified industry
professionals and decision makers reached more than 1300. Attendees at the
Altman Building shopped for fresh ideas from brand new Summer and Early F
Germany’s VDMA Textile
Machinery Association has reported a 130% increase in orders in the first
quarter 2010 for German textile machinery builders compared to the first
quarter of last year. The association predicts an overall increase in sales of
30-35% in 2010, compared with 2009.
“After two extremely difficult years, the German textile
machinery manufacturers are guardedly optimistic for the future” explains Fritz
P. Mayer, Chairman of the Textile M
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Textured polyester and nylon
producer Unifi yesterday reported improved sales and net income for its third
fiscal quarter ended March 28, 2010 and increased gross profits for the first
nine months. The company said net sales were positively impacted by improved
market conditions across all of the company's key segments, as well as
continued growth in Brazil.
The company reported net sales of $154.7 million for the
third quarter of fiscal year 2010, an increase of
Technologies Inc. (NAT) and Hanesbrands Inc. have jointly reviewed the
of their CRAiLAR Organic Fibers spinning trials and agreed to enter the
stage of their joint development agreement, which is expected to result
commercialization agreement in the near future. Commenting on the
recent trials, Ken Barker, CEO of NAT said: “We are well on our way to
achieving full blown production of CRAiLAR in 2010.”
Hong Kong based UBM Asia Ltd., a
fully-owned subsidiary of United Business Media Limited, which is listed on the
London stock exchange, has announced that it is to jointly organise ‘Cashmere
World’ a global cashmere showcase in Beijing in November this year. UBM’s
partner in the event is the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of
Foodstuffs, Native Produce & Animal By-Products (CCCFNA).
According to UBM, Cashmere World is designed to showcase t
Technologies Inc. (NAT) has concluded further trials which it says prove
and volume capabilities of its Crailar hemp fibres and expands
include tee-shirts and finer gauge knit garments.
The company recently conducted full scale commercial
processing trials in Germany that were then replicated at the G.J.
& Son processing facility in Pennsylvania. According to NAT, final
verification of the eff
German circular knitting machine builder Terrot will be aiming to
capture more of the Turkish market for mini-jacquard and full jacquard fabrics
when it exhibits its latest machines at Texpo Eurasia 2010, (27th Textile,
Woven, Yarn, Finishing, Knitting, Hosiery Machines, Side Industries and
Chemicals Fair) which is organized by Tüyap Fairs Inc. with the cooperation of
Teknik Ltd. Known for many years as the Tüyap exhibition, the event takes place
from 15-18 May, 2
Nylon 6.6 manufacturer Nilit has collaborated with leading sportswear maker Nautilus to
use Nilit’s Ecocare and Aquarius yarns in the company’s thoni mara Green Fee running
shirt collection. The knitted fabrics used in the shirts are said to be
environmentally friendly whilst boosting runners’ performance.
Nilit EcoCare yarns are key components of the knitted fabric
created especially for the Green Fee shirts, which are designed for superior
The best seasonal conditions in many
parts of eastern Australia for several years, combined with some stabilisation
of sheep numbers, are expected to result in higher shorn wool production in
2010-11, according to the latest forecasts from the Australian Wool Production
Forecasting Committee released last week.
In its first forecast for the 2010-11 season, the committee
predicts that shorn wool production in Australia will rise to 350 mkg greasy,
largely due to an expe
German circular knitting machine builder Terrot will be targeting Asian
markets when it exhibits at the forthcoming ITMA ASIA + CITME 2010, which is
being jointly organised in Shanghai by Beijing Textile Machinery International Exhibition
Co Ltd and MP International Pte Ltd.
The event will take place from 22 to 26 June 2010 at the Shanghai
New International Expo Centre in Shanghai, China and will highlight the
strength of the ITMA brand, featuring an A to Z of texti
Leading Seamless knitting machine
builder Santoni is exhibiting some of its latest technologies at the
forthcoming ITMA ASIA + CITME in Shanghai. The company is unique in that it now
offers both warp and weft knitting options for the production of Seamless garment
knitting. Here is a brief look at the Italian company’s seamless specialization
that has distinguished it.
Established in 1919,
Santoni was the first Italian manufacturer of circular knitting machines
ITMA ASIA + CITME 2010, Asia’s leading
textile machinery show, has been given a boost by the announcement from the
show organisers that all exhibition space has now been sold for the forthcoming
organisers, over 1100 textile and garment machinery manufacturers have successfully
applied to exhibit at the second combined show, taking up 100,000 square metres
of Shanghai New International Expo Centre. Chinese exhibitors make up the
Mayer & Cie. is to demonstrate
maximum striping performance with its S4-3.2 R single jersey striping machine
at ITMA Asia + CITME 2010, which takes place in Shanghai from 22-26 June.
The German company’s latest circular knitting machine has
108 feeders with a cylinder diameter of 34 inches and Mayer says that the machine
is innovative in that up to 3 colours can be knit per feeder over all 108
feeders or alternatively, up to 6 colours over 54 feeders. The compa
Cellulose fibre producer
Lenzing has announced it will partner Litrax AG to introduce a unique fibre
blend of its Tencel lyocell regenerated wood pulp fibre and Litrax-1 natural
bamboo stem fibres, which incorporates DNA in the bamboo fibre to provide
Following recent questions over the authenticity over bamboo
fibre, Litrax is to deliver the Litrax -1 natural bamboo fibres with special
DNA coding to help protect its vertical supply chain and
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
The 15th edition of SPINEXPO Shanghai, held at the Pudong Expo
Centre, Shanghai, China March 9th-11th, 2010, featured the Spring/Summer 2011
collections of over 142 top-level textile and fibre promoters from 16
The event attracted 9,618 international attendees, (a slight
increase over the previous edition). Japan visitors numbered 628 (the largest
showing after China). The number of European (185) and American (98) visitors
were equally stable, with fewer
The Lenzing Group, market leader in
cellulose fibres, is to invest in further capacity expansion and modification
of its sites in Lenzing (Austria) and Nanjing (China). The production capacity
of the Nanjing site will be more than doubled to 140,000 tons per year with an investment
of 55 million Euros over an 18 month to two year period and the Lenzing site
will switch production from standard viscose fibres to modal fibres within the
next fifteen months at an invest
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
For warp knitting machine
builder Karl Mayer, maintaining good relations with its customers has always
meant supplying customised machines, providing a full range of services and
training machine operators. Now, the German company is to train operators in
their own factories.
The Karl Mayer Academy’s training courses are not only being
held at selected Karl Mayer subsidiaries, but they have also been held in the
factories of the company’s customers since th
Texprint, the UK based non-profit
organisation that nurtures home-grown textile talent, has announced the
appointment of its new chairman Barbara Kennington, formerly creative director
of WGSN, a leading online research, trend analysis and news service for the
Kennington (pictured right) will formally take over from the
current chairman Julius Schofield in September 2010 at Texprint’s annual prize
ceremony at Indigo, Paris. During his seven years
Leading spandex producer Hyosung, says
it has signed a memorandum of understanding to invest over US $100 million in a
new spandex production facility to manufacture 10,000 tons per year capacity in
Brazil. The plant will be located in the Santa Catarina region and is expected
to be operational by next year. Additional investment is also planned in the
future for a total of 20,000 tons per year as Hyosung sets its sights on becoming
the market leader in South America
DyStar has reached agreement with
Lanxess owner of the DyStar production plants in Leverkusen and Brunsbüttel to restart
production at both sites in March.
This week, DyStar employees were able to enter the plants in
order to prepare for start-up of the facilities, the company said. According to
DyStar, orders for the necessary raw materials to start production have already
Lanxess, owner of the buildings and facilities used by DyStar
With the textile and garment making industry
undergoing tremendous change in the light of globalisation and current economic
challenges, CEMATEX is making a concerted effort to support manufacturers with
a solutions platform that will help the industry stay focused and competitive.
In line with this
value proposition, the expanded product index of ITMA 2011 includes a dedicated
chapter on garment making technologies and machinery. Embroidery and braiding
equipment will al
The Chairman of Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) Wal Merriman has announced
that Stuart McCullough has been appointed as the Acting Chief Executive Officer
(CEO) of AWI.
The appointment takes effect immediately and Brenda McGahan
leaves the company next Wednesday 17th March and will continue to assist in the
AWI says that Stuart is well known to Australian woolgrowers
and has been with AWI for 9 years and has worked in a range of roles within
Just a few months before the next ITMA
ASIA + CITME is due to open in Shanghai from June 22 to 26, Italy’s position
amongst textile machinery’s leaders has been confirmed by the high number of
Italian manufacturers exhibiting at the event.
110 Italian companies will be exhibiting at ITMA ASIA +
CITME 2010, occupying an overall exhibition space of approximately 3800 squaremetres.
Of these, 66 will be presenting their products as part of the National Sector
Lenzing Group, leading manufacturer
of quality cellulose fibres says it has achieved a comparatively satisfactory
result in 2009 despite the difficult global economic situation. In a statement
released today with its preliminary figures, the company says this was made
possible by timely counter measures it took and also by improved demand in its core
fibres business from the second quarter on.
According to the group’s preliminary figures consolidated
Australian Wool Innovation’s (AWI) Chief Executive Officer, Brenda McGahan has informed
the AWI Board of her intention to resign, exactly one year after taking up the
post. In a statement issued today, AWI said that Ms McGahan's decision had been
brought about by her frustration at the ongoing differences of opinion amongst
members of the Board particularly since the AGM.
In accepting her resignation, AWI Chairman, Wal Merriman said,
while he was disappointed she
DyStar’s CEO Steve Barron says the
newly acquired company’s management sees a huge opportunity to make the
business both successful and profitable.
Speaking at a two day meeting of the company’s Executive
Management Team in Rheingau, Germany, Barron said: “It is our declared
intention to deliver according to our shareholder’s plans. With such high a calibre
and dedicated global team we see a huge chance to make the business successful and
US based Buhler Quality Yarns is
to launch Lenzing’s MicroTencel, a 0.8 denier lyocell microfiber at Globaltex
which opens later today in Los Angeles. The new development which will be
manufactured in Austria and will be available in the United States through
Buhler Quality Yarns will also be showcased at the LA Textile Show from 15-17
March. MicroTencel will be first launched in seamless and circular knits and will
be marketed under Buhler Quality Yarns 3B’s:
Warp knitters from around the
world braved the cold snowy weather in late January when they attended Karl
Mayer’s in-house exhibition of their DJ Smart Seamless technology in
Obertshausen near Frankfurt. Heavy snow fall caused runway closures at
Frankfurt airport on the Monday night and Tuesday morning but in the end only a
few visitors were slightly delayed and show went on as planned.
Around 70 attendees on Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th
January were hosted by
According to the organisers of SpinExpo,
Spring/Summer 2011 reflects the desire for a change of direction, taking on new
challenges with clarity of vision and finding new energy to move forward.
140 spinners and fibre marketers from 16 countries are
getting ready to show their Spring/Summer 2011 collections at the 15th edition
of SpinExpo – Shanghai, which will take place next month from 9-11 March at the
Pudong Expo Centre in Shanghai. The showcase will inc
The eighth edition of Texworld
USA showcased 138 exhibitors from 14 countries and welcomed 2465 attendees. In
accordance with the apparel fashion cycle, the January shows feature Spring/Summer
fabric collections, while the July editions feature Fall/Winter.
The verified attendance for the January 2010 show represents
an increase of 20% over February 2009 and 5% over January 2008, providing
evidence that apparel fabric buyers are returning to markets in 2010 with
Leading builder of warp
knitting machines Karl Mayer has reported a full order book for the coming
months as it celebrates the shipment of the company’s 100,000th
machine, an HKS4 EL high speed tricot machine.
At a gathering of staff, management and members of the Mayer
family on 18 February to celebrate the company’s 100,000th machine
shipment, Managing Director, Fritz P. Mayer, stressed that: “It was not simply
a question of celebrating the successful
Invista, says it is taking a
concerted stance against trademark misuse on behalf of its brands. The owner of the Lycra fibre brand is to
launch an advertising campaign to reinforce the importance of protecting the
value of its trademarks.
Following an announcement of two Italian court rulings
against importers of counterfeit goods bearing Invista branded names, the
company, one of the world’s largest integrated producers of polymers and
fibres, has developed
Turkey’s Yesim Tekstil a leading
manufacturer of knit goods for US and European retailers has won an award for
export performance which is granted to companies that achieve the highest
increase in their exports compared to the previous year. Yesim was awarded the
bronze prize in the country’s Stars of Export ‘Export Incentive Awards’, organized
by the Dünya Gazetesi periodical and sponsored by Akbank with the cooperation
of DHL Turkey.
A production partn
German circular knitting
machine builder Terrot will be targeting the South and South East Asian markets
when it exhibits at the 9th Bandung International Textile and Garment Machinery
& Accessories Exhibition, which takes place from 22 - 25 April 2010 at the Jakarta
International Expo-Kemayoran, in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Bandung Inter Tex 2010 is a popular exhibition for the
textile and garment industries in the region and this 9th edition of
the fair is bein
Premiere Vision Pluriel has
reported increased visitor numbers at all of its six shows (Expofil, Première
Vision, Indigo, Le Cuir à Paris, ModAmont, Zoom by Fatex), which were held in
Paris last week from 9-12 February. Over 40,000 fashion professionals viewed
the proposals of over 1500 exhibitors, an overall increase of 6.3% over the
February 2009 edition. PV issued the following press release today:
With local and high speed trains delayed and out of service
DyStar’s new CEO Manish Kiri
has announced his senior management team for the DyStar Group. Manish Kiri
himself will take on the position of Chairman and Steve Barron, until now Vice
President responsible for Strategic Marketing at DyStar, will become CEO of the
Bart VanKuijk, previously Sales Area Manager for South Asia,
has been appointed Chief Marketing Officer. Viktor Leendertz will continue his
responsibilities as CFO in the new DyStar Gro
‘If you want to know your
future, invent it!’
This is the upbeat message which leading Seamless machine
manufacturer Santoni will convey via a brand new range of exciting garment
developments in Seamlesswear at the forthcoming SpinExpo which is being held in
Shanghai from 9-11 March 2010. Fibres, yarns, knitwear, knitted fabrics,
creative textile machinery trend developments will all be on show.
“Focus on New Age Seamless Knitted outerwear: this is the
Austrian cellulose fibre
manufacturer Lenzing, has partnered with Germany’s Kelheim Fibres to add the
company’s Viloft ‘warm viscose’ fibre to its global fibre portfolio.
Lenzing and Kelheim announced the partnership at last week’s
Parisian yarn show Expofil and will cooperate to market Kelheim’s Viloft, a specialty
viscose fibre with a flat fibre cross-section. Viloft’s modified cross-section is
said to create air pockets in a yarn which act as a
The Indonesian subsidiary of
Lenzing AG, PT. South Pacific Viscose (SPV) has started up first successful
trials of its new fourth production line. Regular operation is expected to
commence in the course of the second quarter. The new line will produce viscose
fibres for textile applications and for the nonwovens industry. Production is
intended for the domestic Indonesian market, as well as for export.
A total investment of about USD 150 million makes the
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 $250,000, were in transit to the port of Miami and were expected
to arrive in Haiti late this week f
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Administrators have announced
that operations at DyStar Textilfarben GmbH and DyStar Textilfarben GmbH &
Co. KG at the four German DyStar sites in Brunsbüttel, Leverkusen, Frankfurt am
Main and Ludwigshafen are now set to restart under the new management of Kiri
Dyes & Chemicals Ltd. (KDCL).
“The investor has secured financing of the purchase price
and also met other conditions. The purchase agreement concerning operations of
the German DyStar Grou
DyStar’s owner, Kiri Holding
Singapore Private Limited, has appointed Manish Kiri as the company’s new
President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Effective February 4, 2010 Manish
Kiri will replace J Mark Allan J. Mark Allan, will remain with the company as a
Strategic Advisor for a period of 6 months to assist in the transition of duties
and responsibilities, the company said in a statement issued this afternoon.
“Manish Kiri, together with the other me
Hayleys MGT Knitting Mills, a cotton
and synthetic jersey fabric manufacturing business which is owned by Sri Lanka’s
Hayleys Group's, has reported a net profit of US$ 1.96 million for the nine
months ending 31 December 2009, on a turnover of US$ 37 million. According to
figures released to the Colombo Stock Exchange last week, both turnover and
profit declined in the third quarter of the year, when compared to the
corresponding period of last year.
Hayleys MGT J
The eighth edition of Texworld
USA showcased 139 exhibitors from 14 countries and welcomed 2468
attendees. In accordance with the
apparel fashion cycle, the January shows feature Spring/Summer fabric
collections, while the July editions feature Fall/Winter. Organiser, Messe Frankfurt says the verified attendance for the January 2010
show represents an increase of 20% over February 2009 and 5% over January 2008,
providing evidence that apparel fabric buyers
Leading Italian spinner of worsted yarns for knitwear, Zegna Baruffa has released details of its Chiavazza,
Baruffa and B-Exclusive lines for Spring-Summer 2011, in the run up to Pitti
Filati, which is being held at the Fortezza Da Basso in Florence from 27-29
YARNS S/S 2011
The classic yarns are joined by more elaborate products in
refined blends, “only natural” fibres coexist in harmony. Product quality,
comfort and wellbeing are at the for
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
Expofil is adopting a new look for
the edition taking place from 9 to 12 February 2010. Like Première Vision, it
has been rethought-out by designer Eric Jourdan and set designer Francesca Avossa,
adopting the same white and sober architecture of an international city of
While the concepts are identical in nature, Expofil sets
itself off through specific design touches, which are subtle but nonetheless
visible. The stand facades, which are made of
Circular knitting machine
builder Terrot will show its two track S4F348 single jersey striper machine at
the International African-Arabian Exhibition for Textile, Embroidery and Sewing
Machinery & Accessories (ITCE), which is being held from 23-26 February at
the Cairo International Fair Ground in Cairo, Egypt.
ITCE 2010, the largest trade event in the entire MENA
region, is being held to serve the ever-growing emerging markets of the textile
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
Gildan Activewear is trying to fully
evaluate the impact of Tuesday afternoon's magnitude 7.0 earthquake in Haiti,
on the operations and employees of its sub-contractors in the country.
Gildan has no vertically-integrated manufacturing facilities
in Haiti, but uses third party contractors to sew the majority of the fabric produced
at its Dominican Republic textile facility. Initial indications are that two
out of the three contractor facilities used by Gildan ar
German circular knitting machine
builder Terrot will show its latest technology for knitting striped fabrics at
the forthcoming ‘7th Dhaka International
Textile and Garment Machinery Exhibition 2010’ (DTG 2010), which is being held
from 2-5 February 2010 in Dhaka.
Clothing is Bangladesh’s number one export with the fast growing
readymade garment (RMG)sector accounting for more than 76% of total export
earnings. The country is one of the top five RMG expor
Unifi, Inc. is continuing its
global growth strategy with the opening Unifi Central America, Ltda. DE C.V.
(UCA). The company says that given the economic climate, brands and retailers
continue to evaluate their global sourcing strategies in order to react more
quickly to the constant changes in consumer demand. It says that the Central
American region provides customers with an additional quick-turn, quick
replenishment solution in this hemisphere.
With a b
To date, over 100 German textile machinery builders,
including their Chinese subsidiaries have registered for ITMA ASIA + CITME 2010 in Shanghai (22–26 June)
via the country’s VDMA Textile Machinery Association.
The list of
exhibitors includes all of the well known manufacturers who will show their innovative
‘Made in Germany’ textile production technology to visitors from all over Asia
and other parts of the world. According to the VDMA, most companies e
It’s all about being clever.
We are witnessing a growing trend towards ecology and green
space, planting seeds and new gardening trends, and an increasing awareness of
what is beneficial for our health and well being.
More and more people working or studying from home: We
consume less, and in the world of fashion, this means recycling, re-utilizing
buttons, ribbons, hooks and cords, macramé and patchwork, a return to crafting,
learning to knit and crochet, and to accessorize.
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
In February 2010 Première Vision
changes its look. From then on, the show will be an international city, a white
city comprising small buildings, “white blocks”, some topped with a textile superstructure,
which evoke an architectural style based on geometry, the essential and
subtlety. In this new layout, the stands, like “white boxes”, highlight the
Why white? Because it is timeless. Because it is without
reference to a particula
ITMA ASIA + CITME 2010 has
received very strong support from textile machinery makers as the world economy
continues its recovery momentum, organizers said today. With seven months still
to go before the second combined show, over 95% of the exhibition space has
already been sold.
To-date, applications grossing over 95,000M² have been
received from over 1,000 exhibitors. Chinese manufacturers make up the biggest
country group, booking almost 50% of the space, w
Fountain Set (Holdings)
Limited, a global leader in the manufacture of knitted fabrics, has announced
its audited consolidated final results for the year ended 31st August, 2009. After
one of the most difficult years in the company’s history, it says it saw gradual
recovery especially in the second half of the financial year.
Fountain Set says that through a series of proactive and
appropriate management actions, it reduced the proportion of administrative
The Lenzing Group, market leader
in cellulose fibres, will continue to expand production capacity in 2010 by
investing a scheduled EUR 120 million its European and Asian sites. The projects
will be realized over the next two years. The key elements are the further
extension of pulp production at the Lenzing site (Upper Austria) and a further
extension of fibre production at Heiligenkreuz (Burgenland, Austria) as well as
remodelling the Tencel site at Grimsby (UK)
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
Indian Company Kiri Dyes & Chemicals Ltd. plans to take
over four German sites and 36 international subsidiaries
Up to 800 jobs in Germany and some 2,000 worldwide may be
Creditor committees agree to purchase agreement –
implementation due in January 2010
Operations at DyStar Textilfarben GmbH and the production
at three German sites are set to continue as the company confirms it has found an
investor in BSE-listed Indian manufacturer and
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
Media reports say that India’s Kiri
Dyes and Chemicals Ltd (KDCL), an Ahmedabad-based company engaged in the
manufacturing of organic dyes for cotton fabrics, has executed a purchase
agreement with DyStar Group, a German-based company in a similar space.
Reports say that as part of the agreement, the company will
acquire DyStar Group and its selective assets for an undisclosed sum but suggest
the deal size is somewhere in the region of £100 million (about
Following the formal
commencement of insolvency proceedings today, DyStar Textilfarben GmbH will
continue full operations. “We will maintain business activities, the global
supply of dyes, additives and services for the textile and leather processing
industries is currently continued,“ the insolvency administrator appointed by the
Frankfurt District Court, Miguel Grosser from the law firm JAFFÉ Rechtsanwälte Insolvenzverwalter,
Highly specialised German knitting machine
builder Harry Lucas celebrated the delivery of the company’s 10,000th
machine in September. The happy owner of the anniversary model was German
knitter Hans Minke from Wuppertal.
"This is big vote of confidence into the quality of our
products and services from our customers since the foundation of our company,"
Mr Harry Lucas II announced during the official handover of the 10,000th
machine produced since the compan
CEMATEX, the European Committee of
Textile Machinery Manufacturers, says that ITMA 2011, to be held in Barcelona, Spain
from 22 to 29 September 2011, will be the world’s most comprehensive, one-stop
platform for textile and garment makers. Online application for exhibition
space will be available from 30 November 2009.
Showcasing the entire
value chain from spinning to garment making, textile processing, technical
textiles, logistics and distribution, the exhibitio
Preliminary insolvency administrator Miguel Grosser informs
Employees of GmbH and foreign subsidiaries to keep job after
institution of insolvency proceedings
Negotiations with potential investors continue
Operations at DyStar
Textilfarben GmbH will continue even after the anticipated institution of
insolvency proceedings next week.
“We are in a position to continue the activities of DyStar
Textilfarben GmbH, i.e. the global supply of dyes, additives a
The preliminary insolvency
administration of DyStar Textilfarben GmbH & Co. Deutschland KG today set
up a works meeting to inform the employees on the current state of the investor
process at the following locations: Frankfurt am Main, Leverkusen,
Ludwigshafen, Geretsried and Brunsbüttel.
“There is no definite investor commitment at the moment“,
explained the preliminary administrator Dr. Stephan Laubereau. “However, the
search for a suitable invest
The 66th edition of
Pitti Imagine Filati, which takes place at the Fortezza da Basso in Florence
from 27-29 January 2010, will focus on research and creativity with new concepts
and a new layout for the Spazio Ricerca. Following on from the success of the
previous event the show will once more team up with associated event PRIMA Moda-Tessuto
at the Fortezza
“The strength of Pitti Filati lies in the fact that it is a
real research lab”, says Agostino Poletto,
According to a new report from
Textiles Intelligence called ‘World Markets for Textile Machinery, 2009: Part 3
- Knitted Fabric Manufacture’, 2008 was a poor year for the international
knitting machinery market as a whole. Global deliveries of single jersey and
double jersey circular knitting machinery to the world’s mills declined, as did
shipments of hand knitting and semi-automatic knitting machinery and shipments
of electronic flatbed knitting machine
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
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
The Lenzing Group’s business upturn
in the second quarter has continued into the third quarter due to improving
demand for cellulose fibres, the company said today. However, the global
economic crisis made a significant negative impact on the company’s first
quarter figures which has had a knock on effect on sales and results for the first
nine months of 2009.
Consolidated sales in the first nine months of 2009 declined
by 10% from EUR 1,012.1 million in the
Taiwanese circular knitting
machine builder Pail Lung Machinery Mill Co. Ltd., announced yesterday that it
lead a consortium which has acquired Vanguard Supreme Machine Company of Monroe,
North Carolina. The company will continue to produce machines and maintain
their offices and factory in Monroe.
The combined companies will operate under the name Vanguard
Pai Lung, LLC, under the joint partnership of Mr. James Wang, Mr. Bill Moody
and Mr. Leo Yates. “Togeth
• Sales in Q3 down
14% in local currency and 19% in CHF
• Operating income
before exceptional items decreased to CHF 107 million from CHF 178 million in
the third quarter 2008, but improved from CHF 69 million in the second quarter
• Cash flow from
operations improved to CHF 193 million from CHF 147 million in the
• Net debt reduced to
CHF 751 million from CHF 1 209 million at year-end 2008
• Outlook: For the
full year 2009, Clariant expects sales in loca
Unifi, Inc. today released
preliminary operating results for its first fiscal quarter ended September 27,
2009. The company declared that it had achieved its highest quarterly net
income in seven years despite the effects of a severe global recession.
Unifi reported net income of $2.5 million or $0.04 per share
for the first quarter of the 2010 fiscal year compared to a net loss of $6.3
million or $0.10 per share and a net loss of $676 thousand or $0.01 per
Leading German knitted fabric finishing
machine builder Brückner says that Guatemala’s Texpasa Group a large producer
of jersey fabrics, is now benefitting from investment in Brückner’s energy saving
The Texpasa Group, which was founded in 1992 in Guatemala, is
today headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., USA. In recent years, the company has developed
into one of the best manufacturers of knit fabrics in tubular or open-width
form in the regi
Karl Mayer Malimo says its new
generation Malitronic Multiaxial warp knitting machine is up to 25% more
productive than its predecessor as the first machine goes on trial at a leading
multi-axial fabrics manufacturer.
According to Karl Mayer, multiaxial textiles made from
high-performance yarns are on the rise, not only in terms of the volume
produced, but also with regard to their range of end-uses. Multiaxial reinforcing
textiles can be used as prepregs in wi
Frankfurt-based chemical company and global supplier of dyes, additives and
services for the textile and leather processing industries, can continue
supplying its customers whilst it seeks new investors. “We have made great
progress in our talks with banks and secured creditors. This allows us for the
time being to continue our operations at DyStar Textilfarben GmbH and resume
delivery of our products,” confirmed the preliminary insolvenc
Interstoff Asia Essential opens
its doors next week at the Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Centre with a
programme of 14 seminars, an informative panel discussion on sustainability
plus several innovative design talent features. Running for three days, 7 – 9
October, the branded event will present some of the finest eco, fashion and
functional fabrics from around the world. More than 200 exhibitors from 12
countries and regions are confirmed, while China, K
creora presents Ready to Wear & Denim Directions for
2011 and launch a new collection of two-way stretch denim with creora eco by
creora by Hyosung presents three key textile directions for
the Ready to Wear & Denim markets for 2001: Indulge, Amplify and Evolve. As
part of the evolution of denim, Santana Textiles of Brazil, partners with
creora to launch a new collection of two way stretch denim that is eco-friendly
as well as comfortable and easy to wear.
2011 RTW &am
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
Dynamism, energy, a positive
approach, passion, zest, optimism, a fighting spirit: whichever words they used
to describe it, exhibitors and international buyers at the Première Vision
Pluriel shows underlined the stimulating atmosphere prevailing throughout the
four days of the session (15-18 September). A promising shift in terms of the economic
context, and one that made its presence felt across the 6 shows. Together they
registered 55,758 visits from fashion
Danish warp and weft knitted fabric
manufacturing giant, Thygesen Fabrics has joined forces with Australian Wool
Innovation (AWI) to help develop the growing active/outdoor apparel market.
Thygesen, which has over 200 circular, warp knitting and raschel machines,
manufactures a wide range of technical fabrics and hosiery for apparel and
technical textiles markets.
By becoming part of AWI’s Merino Perform supply chain, the Thygesen
aims to further strengthen its
reports from Paris
laces and embroideries as well as new fabric and fibre technologies generated
excitement at last week’s Interfilière in Paris. While the show was noticeably
smaller with fewer exhibitors and attendees, traffic was steady at those
knitters known for quality and innovation. The Eurovet organization has not
released attendance figures, but suppliers said they were pleasantly surprised
by the attendance and were cautiously optimistic with business looking u
Money-losing circular knitting
machine builder Falmac, faces boardroom upheaval over corporate governance woes,
amid talk it might be the subject of a reverse takeover by a goldmine operator.
On 5 August, substantial shareholder Business Corporate
Services (BCS) said that it wanted to call an extraordinary general meeting
(EGM) in order to oust two directors, Mr Fei Xue Jun and former chief executive
Charlie Cheng Ji Lai. BCS wants former banker Choo Chee Kong, a
Market Center Management
Company (MCMC), the management company of leading wholesale trade centers and
trade events around the world, has announced 2010 dates for GlobalTex: L.A.
International Textile & Sourcing Fair.
GlobalTex is the first full-scale production and design
trade show in the United States presenting the complete supply chain for
fashion. GlobalTex features the latest fabric, trim, yarn, textile design;
garment manufacturing including private
Christoph Liebers ‘production program contains the following
elements for nearly all manufacturers of circular knitting machines worldwide.
socks- and pantyhose-machines
For further information click on image
Benetton has reported Group net
revenues for the first half of 2009 of €882 million (-11.4% down against H1
2008), impacted by a major change in the timing of shipments for the Fall/Winter
collections, which saw a rescheduling of over €88 million of deliveries to the
third quarter, to better match seasonality, provide improved service to clients
and improve management of transport and logistics. The company said that the
overall variation was also impacted by t
Leading circular knitting machine
builder Mayer & Cie, has engineered its way to excellence in ultra fine
gauge machines by stopping at nothing in pursuit of its goals. The German
company has even developed its own machine tools for manufacturing cylinders
and designed its own temperature control system to ensure trouble free
operation in its ultra fine gauge machines which are available up to gauge E60.
According to leading circular knitting machine builder
knitting machine builder Terrot is targeting Central Asian markets by showing its
mechanically controlled S4F348 two track single jersey striper at the forthcoming
Central Asian International Textile Machinery Exhibition (CAITME 2009), which will
take place in Tashkent from 15-17 September 2009.
CAITME, which organisers say is the largest international
textile machinery exhibition in Central Asia, showcases the latest technologies
Leading circular knitting machine builder Monarch, offers an
extensive range of striper machines in single and double jersey and electronic
and mechanical formats. The range gives knitters a huge choice of gauge/feeder
combinations and offers almost limitless fabric development potential.
Mike Starbuck reports
Circular knitting machinery
builder Monarch has for many years supplied to all parts of the developed world,
high quality weft knitting machines. Monarch is
Each season when U.S. fashion and
fabric designers begin to design their new collections, they shop the spectrum
of spectacular textile and surface design collections exhibited at Direction by
Indigo, organisers say. According to Direction by Indigo, designers, as well as
fashion and home professionals, look to the show as the leading, influential
source of original textile designs, trend forecasts, concepts and services for
the U.S. market. On August 4, 5 & 6,
Texworld USA, which organisers say
is the largest sourcing event in the United States for apparel applications, returned
last week to New York City’s Javits Convention Center. The seventh edition
showcased 138 exhibitors from 13 countries and welcomed 2,678 attendees. While
the attendee number showed a decrease of 6% from last July due to current
economic conditions, it still made a record as the second highest attended
Texworld USA since the inception of the show.
Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) has unveiled
its new fall/winter 2010/11 Woolmark knitwear innovation collections – Merino
Touch and Merino Casual. The two collections will be on show at the Spin Expo
trade show in New York this week, targeting designers and buyers from the
AWI CEO Brenda McGahan says Merino Touch and Merino Casual
are key platforms for the company’s push to increase wool’s share of the global
knitwear market. “We have devel
At Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in
Salt Lake City, July 21-24, Lenzing will present Tencel Sun, a new Tencel fibre
that provides superior solar protection especially designed to meet the
performance and sustainability demands of the outdoor apparel market.
Lenzing, a leader in the field of innovation, has developed
a new fibre that protects from solar radiation. Tencel Sun will be produced for
this season and will be presented at all of the sports trade fairs arou
LGL has designed a new yarn feeder called COMPACT, which
combines reduced dimensions, user-friendliness and important recent technical
COMPACT is LGL's response to the challenging requirements of
today's world markets.
• Z and/or S rotation, as needed
• ON/OFF switch, easily accessible
• Signalling lamp, visible from anywhere around the knitting
• Possibility to be installed in any desired position: Vertical,
Inclined or Horizontal
• Very compact d
First fully automatic yarn feeder for the knitting industry
PRIMO is the first fully automatic yarn feeder created for
the knitting industry, which has so far been limited to using storage or
positive feeders. Its capabilities of feeding a broad variety of yarns and of
controlling the yarn tension allow to knit top quality fabrics at higher speed
with uniform fabric structure.
• Regular supply of yarn according to the real need of the
• Low energy consumpti
New yarn tension controlling device
LGL Electronics enlarges its range of feeders dedicated to
knitting machines with a new tension controlling device called SPIN.
The precision of a new ceramic tension sensor,
electronically driven, the use of best materials: like aluminium, and the fully
dedicated development of mechanics and electronics give LGL the chance to open up
new horizons in the field of yarn tension control at any speed.
• It reacts quickly to speed changes with
On the mark of continuity with its previous products, PRIMO
and KNITTER, LGL has designed a new generation of negative yarn feeders called VECTOR,
in order to guarantee their customers innovative technical solutions, not
available on the market till now. Hereunder are listed the three versions of
VECTOR qualifies itself with the following innovations:
• New electronic power board with vectorial drive of its
asynchronous motor (it is a new edition)
• Maximum motor torque ava
Yunique Solutions Inc. has announced the addition of innovative new materials development tools to its market-leading plmOn product lifecycle management (PLM) software solution.
As PLM systems typically do not provide a comprehensive materials development toolset, these new plmOn capabilities will now make it possible for fashion companies to advance beyond the use of spreadsheets, e-mails, and other manual tools to the benefits of a single, integrated PLM system that
First electronic brake on yarn storage feeder
ATTIVO by LGL Electronics is the latest development
concerning yarn tension. This is the first electronic brake on yarn storage
feeder, released for the knitting market to avoid tension variations, due to
the passage from full to empty bobbin or to the differences between one bobbin
A tension sensor feels the variations of the yarn tension
during the normal working. Exploiting this information and making use of a
motor, the micropro
Colour is the star
Creative freedom, a sense of ethics and esthetics, respect
for the environment
Echoes of the past, looking towards the future
Romanticism and urban glam
Sophisticated elegance and everyday comfort
Extra volumes and extra gauges
Sculptural and thick, rustic and refined
Technological materials and experimental components to
change the feel of yarns and wovens
Carded and combed
The software solution for monitoring production processes
With globalizing markets, the textile industry repeatedly
has to face fierce price wars. At the same time, manpower is continually
reduced so that process automation is the key to ensure competitive strength
and economic survival of a company. The latest generation of machines of Karl
Mayer, the world’s leading supplier of textile knitting machines, is equipped
with network ports and by that, Karl Mayer has opened the door to TEXIO
ProCad developer provides sophisticated functions for the
design and production of Multibar and Jacquardtronic® patterns. Starting from a
rough design draft, the program quickly calculates reliable machine data for
Clear graphical processing functions, yarn management via
yarn database, automated calculation of yarn consumption and extensive
documentation are only some of the strong points and highlights the ProCad
developer module offers. The Karl Mayer machine database contain
The versatile program ProCad velours assists the designer in
the development process without restricting him in any way. The designer is
absolutely free to try out his creative ideas. Up to 64 yarn types are
simultaneously available, and colors can be varied in an unlimited number of
shades. With ProCad velours, the designer is able to modify pattern notations
graphically or by entering chain links numerically. Due to the program’s
integrated calculation algorithms, changes to the design a
textures in close-up
The display and evaluation of three-dimensional textures at
the development stage is made possible by ProCad warpknit 3D, the
ground-breaking latest addition to ourtried-and-tested ProCad product family.
Through rotation and zooming, even the smallest detail of these intricate three-dimensional
images is made available for close examination.
Technically sophisticated algorithms enable realistic
reproduction of elastic effects in pattern designs. Single
7 – 9 July 2009 - Fortezza da Basso - Florence
The next edition of Pitti Filati will
focus on research and quality, strengthened by the new Moda Prima Tessuto
project sponsored by Pratotrade, at the Fortezza Concomitantly with Pitti
The big news for the next edition of Pitti Filati (7 to 9
July at the Fortezza da Basso in Florence) is that Moda Prima Tessuto, the new
project produced by the Pratotrade textile consortium will be held on the same
dates and at t
Despite the current global economic woes, textile machinery makers
remain confident about the long-term prospects of the textile industry in Asia,
especially China. They have given the show owners of ITMA ASIA + CITME 2010 a
vote of confidence by signing up for space in the second combined show.
forms were only issued last month (the deadline for submission is September),
show owners CEMATEX and its Chinese partners - the Sub-Council of Textile
...and for its next edition (15-18 September 2009),
dedicated to the autumn winter 2010-11 season, a series of initiatives for both
exhibitors and visitors.
Nearly 700 exhibitors from 31 countries
have already announced their participation in the September 2009 session, thus
confirming the uncontested leadership of Première Vision: the single most
effective tool for the fashion textile industry, a place for both business and
the discovery of new products.
Among the exhi
- 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
Fountain Set (Holdings) Limited,
one of the largest manufacturers of circular knitted fabrics in the world, has announced
its unaudited consolidated interim results for the six months ended 28th
February, 2009. The Group’s revenue was approximately HK$2,488,319,000, a
decrease of 19.1% over the same period last year. The company also announced
that because of weakness in demand and uncertainty in market outlook, the
completion of its planned Yancheng fabric mill ha
Pointing the way for
drum dyeing machines
The new COLORMAT and COLORCOMBI series stand for top
performance when dyeing – from hosiery and seamless knitwear, all the way to
bath mats made of natural, manmade and mixed fibres. The innovative technology
of the new models makes for a decisive increase in the quality and economy of
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The perfect laboratory
The COLORMAT 40 LAB is used for developing recipes and
guarantees trouble-free transfer to production machines. The machine meets all
the requirements for reproducible dyeing.
Loading capacity from 1 to 5 kg
Dyeing speeds from 1 to 70 rpm
Draining at 30 rpm
All parts in contact with the liquor are made of steel grade
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for Active Wear
The high-temperature series was specifically developed for
the production of innovative polyester clothing. With a maximum operating temperature
of 142 °C, it is also possible to dye all other commercially available fibres.
The components used for the COLORMAT H.T. are largely
identical to those of the COLORMAT and COLORCOMBI series. The dimensions and
foundation connections are likewise identical
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further details and full technical s
The creative flair and design talent of graduating
students from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU)'s Institute of
Textiles and Clothing (ITC) have won big rounds of applause from the industry
at their Knitwear Fashion Show held today at The Mira Hong Kong.
A collaborated effort of design students, ITC, various
knitwear producers and yarn suppliers, the Knitwear Fashion Show aimed to
foster relations between ITC and industry, as well as showcasing the q
Benetton Group confirmed that consolidated
revenues were maintained at 449 million euro with net income 18 million euro, as
2009 first quarter financial results were approved by the Board of Directors.
The market in the first quarter of 2009 was influenced by
the cooling in demand, in a context of general weakness in the world economy
and unfavourable euro exchange rate trends with the currencies of emerging
countries, in particular the Korean won, the Indian rupee the
Messe Frankfurt is to launch Texprocess,
a new machinery, equipment and process exhibition which will compliment Techtextil,
the leading technical textiles and nonwovens show. Texprocess will make its
debut in Frankfurt in parallel with Techtextil from 2011.
investment-goods fair for the textile and fashion industry, Texprocess will be
the meeting place for over 500 exhibitors and around 25,000 visitors from all
over the world”, explains Detlef Braun, Me
Leading manufacturer of circular
knitting machines Mayer & Cie. attaches great importance to Asia in general,
and to China in particular as vital emerging markets, as evidenced by the
presence of a dedicated MCT Service Center in Shanghai and a subsidiary company
in Hong Kong. The German company will be present two high-performance circular
knitting machines which it says set new standards in the international arena, at
Shanghaitex from 12-15 June.
For many fabric
Leading fabric finishing
machinery manufacturer Brückner, will show a novel direct coating system for knitted
fabrics amongst its latest innovations at ITM 2009 in Istanbul in June. The
company’s Opti-Coat coating unit is designed to coat functional fabrics and
especially stretch fabrics.
The market for functional textiles for sports and outdoor
wear has grown considerably in recent years and breathable garments in
particular have been in demand. These
Circular knitting machine builder
Mayer & Cie. is only too aware of the pressures faced by its customers,
especially in these troubled economic times. Here, the German company talks
about its technological efforts to help its customers ease some of the cost
pressures they face and retain competitive advantage.
“Faster, further, higher” – time is marching on at an ever
faster rate, and with it the speed of technical progress. As a new day dawns,
The use of diesel to power factories due
to constant power cuts has increased production costs in Bangladesh’s
knitwear sector by 20 percent.
Speaking to the Daily Star on Tuesday, BKMEA President
Fazlul Hoque said: “The power situation
turned so bad that outages continue through half of the factories’ total production
“The production cost is increasing significantly due to the
power and energy crises in the factories as the owners will have to dep
Leading textile machinery
manufacturers from around the world are invited to apply for space at the
second combined ITMA ASIA + CITME exhibition to be held at the Shanghai New
International Expo Centre from 22 to 26 June 2010.
According to the show
owners, the mega textile machinery exhibition is expected to draw a huge
response despite the current challenging global economic climate.
Maria Avery, Secretary General of CEMATEX, The European
Committee of Textile Ma
German circular knitting machine
builder Terrot is to show its best-selling S3P172 mini jacquard single jersey
machine at the forthcoming Shanghaitex exhibition which will be held from in
The S3P172 machine is among the most successful and most
frequently sold Terrot models worldwide and the company says that other producers
have tried to emulate its easy-to-operate Jacquard selection technology, but none
has ever succeeded in matching it in terms of quality o
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
Two US speciality
spinners, Tuscarora Yarns Inc. and CloverTex LLC have announced that they will
merge their companies and operate jointly under the Tuscarora Yarns Inc. name.
Tuscarora, which has yarn manufacturing facilities in Mt.
Pleasant, China Grove and Oakboro, and an international office in Gastonia,
North Carolina and CloverTex, which has a manufacturing facility in Clover,
South Carolina, are planning for all facilities to continue operation. Th
Hessnatur, a leading German organic
apparel brand has joined forces with Planet Green, a multi media company devoted
to the environment, to create an online contest offering the American public a
chance to make an environmental statement by designing a limited edition
organic t-shirt. The winning t-shirt will be sold internationally and
manufactured by Grameen Knitwear in Bangladesh, a subsidiary of the Grameen
Foundation, founded by Nobel Peace Prize recipient Dr
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
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
Leading flat, circular knitting and the hosiery machinery builders will exhibit their latest technologies at ITM 2009, to be held on 6 to 10 June 2009. Mayer & Cie, Monarch, Pilotelli, Terrot, Santoni Group and Well Knit are some of the world leading brands exhibiting at the show. Manufacturers of spare parts, accessories, chemicals, lubricants and related products are also amongst the exhibitors.
Organisers say that more than 1,000 local and international exhib
Karl Mayer’s new
DS 21/30 EC direct warping machine has been used successfully in the Asian
market since August 2008, and has been available on the world market since
January of this year.
Karl Mayer’s DS machine series has represented highly
efficient technology for use in warp preparation for warp knitting for some
years. Sound construction principles and intelligent design features enable
high speeds of up to 1,200 m/min to be achieved when producing s
Unifi, Inc. has
announced that it has closed on the sale and received $9 million in proceeds
related to its 50% ownership interest in Yihua Unifi Fibre Industry Co., Ltd.,
the Company’s joint venture with Sinopec Yizheng Chemical Fiber Co., Ltd. (YCFC). Unifi
will continue to service customers in Asia through Unifi Textiles Suzhou Co.,
Ltd. (UTSC), a wholly-owned subsidiary based in Suzhou, China, that is
dedicated to the development, sales and service of p
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
and 26th May the German section of the International Federation of
Knitting Technologists (IFKT) will invite its members to its annual conference
and assembly. It will be hosted by Karl Mayer Texxtilmaschinenfabrik in
On the first day of the conference the tasks facing the
assembled knitting specialists will include electing a committee for the period
2009 to 2012 as well as considering the usual committee and auditors' reports.
Leading builder of
warp knitting machines, Karl Mayer has invested heavily in China, not only in
production facilities but also in a first class technical service organization.
Here, we take a close look at the company’s service operations in China.
China has the largest garment manufacturing capacity in the
world and its operations are highly centralised. More than 70% of all China’s
production comes from just six provinces, i.e. Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Shanghai,
The next edition of
Pitti Immagine Filati, No. 65, will be held at the Fortezza da Basso in
Florence from 7 to 9 July 2009 instead of from 1 to 3 July 2009.
This new date will make it possible to hold the event at the
same time as the first edition of PRIMA - Moda Tessuto, the new textile project
produced by the Pratotrade consortium.
Raffaello Napoleone, the Pitti Immagine CEO said, “Pitti
Immagine hopes that contemporaneity and physical proximity of the two fa
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
20th March 2009, Monchengladbach – According to
Monforts, over a period of ten years, the costs of energy (electricity, steam,
gas) accounts for more than 60% of the initial investment of a finishing
system. Skilled operation and regular maintenance of the Monforts system can
subsequently reduce costs, the company says.
This article is intended therefore to highlight simple tasks
and tips to assist the machine operator to save energy whilst maintaining the
high quality of fabric treatment.
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
With more than
400 units installed in Turkey, A.Monforts Textilmaschinen will be highlighting
its parts marketing with particular emphasis on modernisation and upgrading
kits for lower energy consumption as well as heat recovery, at ITM Istanbul, on
Booth A 212 in Hall 2.
The life of a Monforts range remains a key advantage for customers,
the company says. The hardware and software update service ensures that the
ranges remain profitable and competitive eve
Textilmaschinen will be participating at Shanghaitex in Shanghai, June 12 – 15
as part of the German Engineering Federation (VDMA), highlighting its energy
saving solutions in textiles dyeing and finishing.
These will include its integrated heat recovery modules and
exhaust air cleaning units to reduce energy consumption and clean the exhaust
air of thermo finishing ranges. Where space may be a premium Monforts has
introduced a ‘stand alone’
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
knitting machine builder Orizio SRL is cautiously optimistic for the future reporting that it
is selling reasonably well under current economic conditions.
Company owner Alberto Orizio told KnittingIndustry.com, “We
continue to sell here and there and are reasonably satisfied given the current
global economic situation. China of course is quiet but we have recently sold
in Europe, Turkey and South America”.
The company reports no particular tre
Huntsman Textile Effects,
a division of Huntsman Corporation and a leading manufacturer of dyes and
textile chemicals, today announced it will establish new headquarters in
Singapore. The move is a major milestone of the division's previously announced
restructuring and will significantly contribute to the division's focus on
serving selected global market segments from the region most expected to fuel
growth in the years to come.
Headquarters for Textile Effects is cu
Consolidated sales up by 5.4% to EUR 1.33 billion
EBIT down by 19.7% to EUR 130.3 million
Expected: Significant decline in 2009 results due to global
The Lenzing Group says it
made good use of 2008, a year characterized by volatility and the deepening
financial crisis, to further extend its position as world market leader in
According to preliminary figures, consolidated sales rose by
5.4% to EUR 1.33 bill. (2007: EUR 1.26 b
Following the successful debut
of the combined textile machinery show in 2008, the joint owners of ITMA ASIA +
CITME announced today that they would be extending their cooperation for a second
show in 2010. The exhibition will be held at the Shanghai New International
Expo Centre from 22 to 26 June 2010.
Show owners - CEMATEX (the European Committee of Textile
Machinery Manufacturers), and their Chinese partners the Sub-Council of Textile
Industry, CCPIT (CCPIT-Te
Oeko-Tex Standard 100
Certification, the international standard for safe textile products, gives
manufacturers, retailers, and consumers confidence that their textile products are
safe for human use. The Oeko-Tex
Standard 100 Certification ensures that textile products are tested for harmful
levels of more than 100 potentially dangerous substances that can adversely
affect human health. The certification also provides third-party validation
that textiles comp
The sixth edition of Texworld USA showcased 92 exhibitors from 13 countries and welcomed 2,031 attendees from 25 countries.Organisers say that while many exhibitors arrived feeling apprehensive regarding the state of the U.S. economy, it remains the largest market in the world and the turnout of apparel fabric sourcing and design executives at Texworld USA demonstrates that buyers are determined to ride out the current conditions to ensure the continued growth and su
ITM 2009 International Textile
Machinery Exhibition is to be held on 6-10 June 2009 at Beylikduzu Tuyap Fair,
Convention and Congress Centre in Istanbul, Turkey. The exhibition is being organized
with the cooperation of Teknik Ltd and Tuyap, who say that the exhibition is
set to give a lift to the textile industry.
ITM 2009, which is the dedicated textile machinery exhibition
for the region, will host a wide range of textile machinery technologies. Teknik Ltd
Creativity and the ability to
present innovative services and collections, updated season after season, are strong
points of the companies united under the Première Vision Pluriel banner. This
strength sets them apart, and attracts international buyers to Paris-Nord
Villepinte looking for products to distinguish their collections.
Its unique potential in the fashion universe, perfectly
aligned with the expectations of an evolving market, confers on the 6 events
Earlier this week the Benetton
Group Board meeting viewed the company’s preliminary results for the 2008
financial year, pending availability of final numbers which will be examined
and approved by the Board of Directors on March 18.
In a statement the company said that the 2008 preliminary
results met the Group’s preset objectives, despite the deteriorating
international economic situation, which became particularly evident in the
fourth quarter of the year.
German circular knitting
machine builder Terrot is to take part in the Knit-tech exhibition which is due
to take place from the 20th to 23rd of February in Tirupur’s Hitech Tirupur
Exhibition Centre, T.M Poondi,India.
Together with its partner Voltas Ltd the company will
exhibit two recently designed and developed machines at booths D29 to D31 &
D34 to D36 in the Voltas Pavilion in Hall No. 1.
Terrot will exhibit its S296-2 high speed single-jersey machin
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
The themes, colours and
preliminary basic inspirations for the collections we will see in the markets
in eighteen months time, got off to a fine start at Pitti Immagine Filati. The
64th edition (Florence, 28-30 January 2009) ended on a note of confidence
notwithstanding the economic problems cutting across the international stage. According
to organisers, visitors from industry who attended the show expressed their
determination to start production for the coming s
Surprising and unexpected were the
words most often heard from exhibitors at last week’s Interfiliere, which kick started
the Summer 2010 season, organisers said.
Organisers say that fears raised prior to the show regarding
the uncertain economic climate were swept aside and generally speaking, exhibitors
found the session particularly positive and praised the level of
professionalism from buyers. Although brands tended to be represented by fewer
buyers, their ca
Australian fashion labels Sabatini,
Kirrily Johnston and Gina Kim are helping AWI and Austrade grow the Korean
market for Australian Merino wool this week at a special event to celebrate
Australia Day 2009 in Seoul.
With the theme ‘Colours of Australia’, a mix of 100 percent
and wool-rich garments will grace a catwalk at the event to showcase the
elegance and luxurious feel of the Australian Merino wool fabrics and
demonstrate why the fibre is the natural choice f
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
Invista, the largest spandex
and nylon producer in the world and owner of many leading brands including the
Lycra fibre brand, has appointed Christine Do Phan as Marketing Communications
Director for its Apparel business in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EUMEA).
Christine brings extensive marketing and communications experience to the role
having previously worked across Europe and Asia in the b2c, b2b and apparel
Christine will be resp
Expofil - 10-13
Sustainable development, respect
for the environment, ecology, recycling,… those are some of the final
consumer’s concerns that the textile chain has been gradually integrating and
that can be found in the collections of the fibre producers and spinners exhibiting
at the forthcoming Expofil that will be held from 10 to 13 February 2009 at
Parc d’Expositions de Paris-Nord Villepinte.
However, performance is not left aside as sho
The Teijin Group announced today that it
will participate in Premiere Vision Preview New York, the fabrics and trends
showcase that will take place at the Altman Building & Metropolitan
Pavilion in New York on January 14 and 15.
Teijin Fibers Limited, the core company of Teijin Group's
polyester polymers, fibres and textiles business, will organize its exhibition
with N.I. Teijin Shoji Co., Ltd., the group company handling sales and
import/export of textile materials an
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
Applicant: PAI LUNG MACHINERY MILL CO LTD [JP]
Inventor: PAI TIEH-HSIUNG [TW]
Abstract of US 7469560 (B1) A yarn loop density adjustment apparatus for circular knitting machines is
installed on a circular knitting machine which has at least one needle to draw
a knitting yarn. The yarn loop density adjustment apparatus includes a saddle
seat coupled on the circular knitting machine and a driving means installed on
the saddle seat. The saddle seat
Applicant: Monarch Knitting Machinery
Inventor: YORK PAUL W [US];
GUTSCHMIT ALAN [US];
PERNICK BRUCE M [US
Abstract not available for SV
Abstract of corresponding document: US
An apparatus for detecting broken hooks
of needles in a knitting machine having first and second cam faces defining a
cam for slidably receiving needle butts. The cam includes a raising cam
portion, a stitch cam portion, and a we
The 8th international Garment
& Allied Machinery & Accessories Trade Show is to be held from 13-16
January 2009 at Bangladesh China Friendship Conference Centre Dhaka.
Zakaria Trade & Fair International of Bangladesh and Zak
Trade Fairs & Exhibitions Pvt. Ltd. of India are jointly organising the event
attracting more than 250 international companies from all over the world. The
show is expected to draw the attention of more than 30,000 visitors from
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.
Leading builder of warp knitting machines Karl Mayer, has been
using Memminger-Iro’s Rojtricot storage feeder to improve fabric quality on its
weft insertion machines and particularly with fabrics for technical applications.
Warp knitting is a complex process, in which the
relationship between all the processing sequences has a decisive effect on the
efficiency of the process and the quality of the fabrics produced. The
principles of feeding the yarn to th
Outdoor apparel brand Gramicci has introduced Evo-Tek knit, an innovative material that helps
bring natural and organic fabrics to performance apparel.
Gramicci says that consumers have made it
clear they want more ecologically-friendly products and according to a
jrecently released report by researchers Frost & Sullivan, 73% of
Americans say they are "very likely" or "somewhat likely" to purchase
products made of recycled materials in the future.Th
Paul Hulme, President
of the Materials & Effects division of Huntsman Corporation, announced
today that the company has completed a comprehensive review of the strategy for
its global Textile Effects (TE) business.
As a result, the Textile Effects business will move to implement a new
structure that will see its operations expand significantly in Asia and consolidate
in the Americas and in Europe as it transitions from a regional to a global,
Icebreaker, a leading merino technical outdoor apparel brand today announced
the acquisition of its distributor in Germany, Sweden and Norway from Bradshaw
Taylor Ltd. Maximilian Hofbauer was named General Manager of the new Icebreaker
Pure Merino GmbH.
The new company will be based in Starnberg, Germany and will
begin selling Icebreaker’s new Fall/Winter 2009 apparel and accessories, which
will debut at the ISPO tradeshow, 1-
knitting machine builder Terrot reports good interest at India ITME where it
was able to conclude contracts despite the global economic downturn which is
badly affecting India’s knitting industry. Terrot says that the show, which was
held from 15-22 November in Bangalore was the ideal opportunity for it and its
partner Voltas to showcase the company’s latest innovations and technologies.
Visitors were demonstrated two recently designed
edition of Pitti Filati, which takes
place from 28-30 January, is continuing to invest in its calling of in-depth
analysis of creativity and trends, says Agostino Poletto, Deputy General
manager of Pitti Immagine.
“It does so by
expanding its essence as a laboratory-workshop and offering its audience, who
are international buyers and fashion designers, the tools for researching and
developing fashion products. For this reason the Ca
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
Technologies Inc. (NAT) has spun hemp yarn and knitted fabric on conventional
cotton equipment with no modifications at North Carolina State University using
CRAILAR(R) Organic Fibers technology. The trials were sponsored by Hanesbrands
Tim Pleasants, Spun Yarn Lab Manager, NC State University,
said, "We successfully carded and spun a blended CRAILAR yarn on our
cotton ring spinning system. The resulting 20/1 Ne* ring spun yarn was knit
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
Gumatex S.L , owner of the
Jumberca circular knitting machine brand has signed an agreement with Chinese
company Yifang Textile Machinery to collaborate in the fields of production,
marketing and research on large diameter circular knitting machines. The deal
was signed at the recent ITMA Asia + CITME in Shanghai.
The agreement, which is the result of almost two years work,
is aimed at making both companies more competitive in international markets and
Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) has launched its biggest marketing
campaign in China for more than a decade. For the first time Australian Merino
wool will utilise guerilla marketing techniques with a heavy focus on selling
the Woolmark brand story to Chinese online communities.
According to the Chairman of AWI, Brian van Rooyen, the
thrust of the campaign covers five cities across China with the potential to
reach more than 15 million people. "This is an excitin
According to a new report
by Global Industry Analysts, seamless intimate apparel is to feature strongly
in the growth of the World Market for Knit Underwear & Nightwear which it predicts
will reach $78.5 billion by 2012.
The intimate apparel market is driven mainly by style, and
fashion with equal importance accorded to comfort, and novelty. The industry is
marked by new fabric developments, and innovations in prettier, and more
comfortable garment desig
The 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
Bangladesh’s knitwear sector
secured at least 12 per cent higher export orders in October this year over the
corresponding period in 2007, according to a report in The Financial Express.
This was revealed by an analysis conducted by the research
unit of Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA).
The unit analysed the UD (utilisation declaration) issued by the BKMEA to reach
"We issued UD 12 per cent higher in October over t
T-Shirt and tennis wear producer, Trigema GmbH & Co. KG, headquartered in
the Stuttgart area, has placed an order for three textile finishing ranges for
its vertical finishing plant with A. Monforts Textilmaschinen.
The order comprises two Montex 6500 stenter frame ranges for
knitted fabrics for the finishing of single jersey, double rib, fine rib and
polyester fleece, as well as one compressive Toptex 8000 shrinking range.
Lenzing Group: Consolidated sales 1-9/2008, up by 10%
High energy and raw material cost burden EBITSecond-best EBIT in corporate history expected for 2008 despite weakening economyFiber production operating at full capacityLenzing benefits from focus on high-quality specialty fibers despite economic downturn
The Lenzing Group further enhanced its position as the world market leader in cellulose fibers in the first nine months of 2008 despite the dramatic unfolding of the financial market crisis
Chairman of the management board Thomas Fahnemann to leave
company and to assume chairmanship of the management board of RHI AG.
chairman of the management board of Lenzing AG since May 2003, has asked the
chairman of the company’s supervisory board for his pre-term release from his
position, in order to be able to assume the chairmanship of the management
board of RHI AG. Thomas Fahnemann’s change will take place at the beginning of
Clariant has recently developed and launched worldwide a
range of versatile new products.
Further information on the products summarized below is
available at: www.textiles.clariant.com.
Foron Black AS-3LF
Foron Black AS-3LF is a new disperse dyestuff for high
light-fast applications and the successor to Foron Black AS-LF. A high
light-fast and hot light-fast black disperse dyestuff, it is 30% stronger than
Foron Black AS-LF and characteri
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
Mayer & Cie., one of the
world’s leading manufacturers of circular knitting machines went to Shanghai
with rather low expectations. There had been advance indications with organizational
shortcomings and difficulty in obtaining visas, that overseas visitor numbers
would be down. However, Mayer & Cies’ 250 square metre stand was
in actual fact pretty busy with a number of deals being closed during the
exhibition and the exhibition team returning home t
What price success? Daring. The six
Première Vision Pluriel events, which just held their autumn winter 2009-10
session at Paris-Nord Villepinte (23 to 26 September), have proven this true
once again. In spite of an exceptionally difficult worldwide economic climate,
the different shows took place in a very positive atmosphere of discoveries.
Exhibitors demonstrated surprising boldness in these
uncertain times, boldness that led them to continue to bet on creativity
From 15th to 22nd
November 2008 the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre will host the
largest textile machinery exhibition in the country, the 8th India
International Textile Machinery Exhibition (INDIA ITME).
International exhibitors will include the most important
global players with product ranges covering the whole textile production chain.
One of the largest exhibitors will be the Karl Mayer Group (Hall 2, upper
level, booth A 104, specialists in warp
Karl Mayer has launched a
new version of its HKS 3-M warp knitting machine for pile fabrics. The leading German
company shows that there is always room for improvement, even with
high-performance machines, by extending the HKS 3-M to incorporate a completely
revised pile mechanism. The key element of the mechanism is the pile sinker
bar, which is now made from carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP).
The high-speed HKS 3, three-bar tricot machine has been one
For the 2008 edition of Simatex,
which will take place next November in Buenos Aires, ACIMIT (Association of
Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers) and ICE (Italian Institute for Foreign
Trade) have organized a Meeting Point, which will host more than 10 Italian
textile machinery manufacturers. Visitors to the show will find the most
up-to-date Italian technologies in the spinning, weaving, knitting and
Argentina’s textiles industry has gon
knitting machine builder Terrot is to take part in India ITME which takes place
in Bangalore from 15-22 November this year and will show newly designed and developed machines in hall 1, stall B 102.
On show will be Terrot’s S296-1 open width single-jersey high production model with
a new compact open width frame. The 28 gauge, 30 inch diameter, 96 feed two
track S296-1 produces single jersey with elastane at a speeds of up to 33 rpm,
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
28 – 30 November 2008, China Friendship
Conference Centre, Dhaka - Bangladesh
With exports of knitwear from Bangladesh
reaching new heights, KNIT+TEX Bangladesh 2008 International Expo organized by CEMS
INDIA, CEMS USA and BKMEA (Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers & Exporters
Association) is well timed. Total investments in the sector reached US$ 2
billion recently and the show will be a good opportunity for machine builders to
promote their goods and services
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
Prominent speakers from
renowned international fashion companies have agreed to present their outlook
on important industry-related topics at the 24th IAF World Apparel Convention
to be held in Maastricht (The Netherlands) on October 29th – 31st, 2008.Changing
Consumer Needs and the Future of Fashion Business is the central theme of this
year’s convention. Four plenary sessions related to the main theme will take
place during the convention:
- How will the n
Cotton Incorporated has
unveiled its advanced TransDRY moisture management technology, an innovative
new system that enables the production of quick-drying, engineered fabrics for
Cotton fabrics made with TransDRY technology offer cotton’s
familiar comfort and softness while staying dry, keeping the wearer cooler and
more comfortable. That’s because they’re engineered to transfer moisture in one
direction, away from the skin to the o
China International Trade Fair for Fibres and Yarns, Shanghai
International Convention Centre, 21 - 23 October 2008
Specialised show provides yarn and fibre producers with an
ideal trade venue
Yarn & fibre imports to China on the rise
Major textile trade week in Shanghai in October 2008
The speciality textile yarn and fibre trade event Yarn Expo
Autumn is set for 21 - 23 October 2008 at the Shanghai International Convention
Centre, Shanghai, China. Yarn Expo showcases yarn and fibre produ
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
The Home of Cutting-Edge Textiles
Eco-textiles continue to be the main focus at Interstoff
Suppliers join the fair with different highlights
Concurrent seminar programmes refresh textile trade with
latest industry knowledge
To fulfil the role of leading trade fair for eco-textiles,
Interstoff Asia Essential Autumn will feature world top eco-experts to explain
the thriving market and different standards for eco-fr
Sample No: y1472
Machine: SWG173-X 15
82% steel 18% 1/27x1, nylon 82% lycra 18% 18/30dx1
Knitting Technique: Lateral
Printed on SIP
The SIP-100F and SIP-160F on-demand inkjet printing system
from Shima Seiki enables beautiful full colour printing on a variety of
fabrics, quickly and easily using design data created on Shima’s SDS-ONE
apparel design system. SIP prints directly onto the fabric, thereby su
2008 first half results approved by the Board of Directors. Benetton Group consolidated revenues increase to 996 million euro
The Benetton Group
Board of Directors, meeting today and chaired by Luciano Benetton,
examined and approved the consolidated results for the first half
Group net revenues for the first half of 2008 grew to 996
million euro (+2.9%), consistent with full year revenue forecasts
previously communicated; this increase, a
International, a leading company in the development of innovative solutions for
yarn control, told KnittingIndustry.com it is to focus on advanced and
customized products, as it showcased its new Universal Tension Control System
and other developments at ITMA Asia + CITME in Shanghai last month.
The Italian company will continue to develop into a niche
company focussing on advanced products and on demand products with OEM
partners. Its strateg
Applicant: CARVICO S P A (IT)
Inventor: CALISSONI LAURA (IT)
Abstract of EP1947225
Described herein is a method for manufacturing a non-run elastic fabric on warp
knitting machines having two thread guide bars and a needle bar, consisting in
prearranging a rigid thread (2) on one of the two thread guide bars and an
elastic thread (3) on the other thread guide bar, and consisting moreover in
arranging a rigid thread (2) and an elastic thread (3) in phase with one
another and according to a weave
Advansa the largest European polyester
manufacturer is introducing a new brand for its fibres and yarns made from
polymer containing Bio-PDO from DuPont.
Products made with these fibres and yarns have marketing
support under Advansa´s new brand Biophyl. Biophyl products using Advansa’s
fibres and yarns are made with PTT, a special polyester-like polymer. In the
case of Biophyl, petrol based Glycol, has been replaced with Bio-PDO, which is
made of corn sucrose. This
Since its establishment in 1984,
Shanghaitex has become known as one of the largest and most influential
international textile exhibition in Asia. The International Exhibition on
Textile Industry (ShanghaiTex) is celebrating the 25th Anniversary in the
upcoming 14th edition to be staged from 12 - 15 June 2009 in Shanghai New
International Expo Center.
As the most historical textile industrial exhibition in
China history, ShanghaiTex has become a precious national bran
Leading textile specialist
printer La Moda Imprimes B.V is setting a new benchmark for couture fabrics
with its installation of a new Montex stenter.
Holland is not generally associated with the couture world
of Europe’s leading fashion houses, but, close to Eindhoven, in the Dutch
countryside, textile printing company La Moda Imprimes has carved a niche
market for its high quality designs and printing. Formed in 1975, La Moda
Imprimes B.V enjoys an enviable repu
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
Applicant: GROZ BECKERT KG
Inventor: KRAUSS RAINER
Abstract of SG144046 Needle Bed With Cooling Channel A needle bed (1) of a knitting machine has a
segmented configuration. The segments (5, 6) border against each other via the
abutment surfaces (10, 8). Extending from at least one of provided, e.g., in
the segment (6). The adjacent segment (5) covers these cooling channels,
thereby closing said cooling channels. (Fig. 1)
To view the full patent, please click the link below.
Needle bed with
Inventor: BLOM STIG-ARNE (SE)
Abstract of US2008173047 A motor speed controller is structurally integrated into an electric motor for
a belt drive in a circular knitting machine. The motor speed controller is
connected by means of a cable strand with an interface unit placed at the
circular knitting machine. The motor speed controller directly controls the electric
motor windings and receives in the cable strand only the motor supply current
and a motor speed target value.
To view the full paten
The Australian Merino brand has
been created in recognition of 200 years of the Australian wool trade. It
represents an evolution of the Australian Merino anniversary logo which was
first showcased on the global stage in 2007.
“The Australian Merino brand symbolises uncompromising
quality,” said Craig Welsh, AWI CEO. “In developing this brand, AWI has
captured the ultimate in natural luxury, representing the best Australia has to
offer. It is a celebration of excel
Woolmark takes on a fresh new look
and licensee program for today’s smarter, greener world. One of the world’s
best known brands, the Woolmark has been applied to more than 2 billion
garments since the creation of the original mark in 1964.
A Millward Brown survey of 22,000 consumers in 10 key
markets in 2006 showed more than 95 per cent of respondents recognised the
Woolmark, and most associated it with high quality apparel.
“As the apparel market evolves, so must
A Monforts Montex
stenter has been installed as part of an expansion programme, by Portugal’s
Malhas Sonix following its takeover, to meet added production in new vertical
integration. Malhas Sonix renown since 1966 for its knitwear confectionary,
weaving and dyeing for shirts, t-shirts and own brand underwear was recently
taken over by the Portuguese Diastêxtil Group. A confectionary and knitting
company Diastêxtil was seeking to diversify with more vert
Energy represents more
than 60% of the total costs of a thermal system over a period of 10 years,
causing constantly increasing expenditure. Further, consideration also has to
be given to the cost factor for discharging the cleaned / recycled exhaust air
into the atmosphere.
To meet these challenging issues, Monforts has tried and
tested solutions with highly effective equipment integrated systems. With energy costs currently increasing
clothing pioneer Icebreaker is introducing Baacode, a revolutionary
traceability system to enable customers to follow their garments through every
step of the production process.
Customers are invited to trace Icebreaker's sustainable and
ethical practices, beginning at the farm and extending throughout the entire
supply chain.Environmental damage and unethical manufacturing standards in the
apparel industry are often caused by manufactur
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
Leading German circular knitting machine builder Mayer & Cie., has launched a new budget single jersey machine designated Optimal S, which is aimed at Asian markets.
Mayer & Cie., known for its high quality engineering, showed a 28 gauge, 30 inch, 96 feed basic single jersey machine which contains a high percentage of Chinese manufactured parts but which is assembled in Germany. The machine was even fitted with Organ needles which are reputed to be around 25
Hohenstein Institutes, the internationally
recognized textile testing and research center, has announced that Samuel B.
Moore will join the company as the Projects Manager for the United States
market. Hohenstein Institutes is a founding member of the International
Oeko-Tex Association which grants the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Certification, an
international certification process that ensures textile products are tested
for harmful levels of more than 100 chemicals known
Unifi, Inc. today announced
that it plans to form Unifi Textiles Suzhou Co., Ltd. ("UTSC"), a
wholly-owned, China-based subsidiary that will focus on the development, sales
and service of premium value-added (PVA) yarns for customers in the region.
Based in Suzhou, China, the new entity is expected to begin operations by the
end of the second quarter.
Unifi will work closely with high-value textile producers to
develop innovative PVA and specialty products design
Unifi, Inc. (NYSE: UFI)
today released operating results for its fiscal fourth quarter ended June 29,
Net income for the current quarter, including discontinued
operations, was $771 thousand or $0.01 per share compared to a net loss of
$74.2 million or $1.23 per share for the prior June quarter. Net sales for the
quarter were $189.6 million compared to net sales of $185.3 million for the
prior year June quarter.
The Company also announced a proposed agreeme
Australian Wool Innovation (AWI)
noted positive results from its recent participation in the world’s premium
yarn trade fair, Pitti Filati held in Florence 2 – 4 July, a pleasing outcome
in a shaky economic climate.
AWI’s aim at the fair
was to address increasing demand for luxury and ecologically friendly fibres.
This was achieved by profiling their prestige ‘Grande Cru’ collection titled
fifteen&finer; recently launched mercerised wool; and promotion of
The first combined textile
machinery show, ITMA ASIA + CITME 2008 opens today at Shanghai New
International Expo Centre. With the joint strength of the two established
brands ITMA ASIA and CITME, the combined show is by far Asia’s most important
textile machinery show in terms of exhibiting space and technology.
ITMA ASIA + CITME 2008, jointly owned by CEMATEX (the
European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers), the Sub-Council of
Textile Industry, CCPIT (
21 July 2008, Schramberg – Needles and elements producer Kern-Liebers
has reported a 5% increase in turnover to 469 million Euros for the year ending
30 June 2008.
The Kern-Liebers Group, which has 5840 employees worldwide
and 3170 in Germany, is also forecasting a 6% increase to 500 million Euros for
the current financial year. The board of directors however is cautious due to
increasing raw material and energy costs, a strong Euro and anticipated higher
wage increases due to rising inflation
At the next session, which takes place
from 23rd to 26th September 2008 at the Parc d’Expositions, Paris-Nord
Villepinte, Expofil aims to prove once again the strength of its concept.
In an industry which has been affected by a slowing down in
textile consumption, along with problems linked to the abolition of quotas and
the unfavourable dollar exchange rate, the exhibition for spinners and fibre
producers maintains its position and endeavours to meet the current and
China is losing its competitive edge in textiles and
clothing, according to a report by Textiles Intelligence. In the first quarter
of 2008 alone, US apparel imports from China declined by nearly 10% compared
with the corresponding period of 2007, reaching US$4.43 billion. In terms of
China's currency, the renminbi, the fall was an even greater 17%.
China's drop in competitiveness stems from mounting costs on
several fronts. Apart from higher costs of energy and raw
& Cie sparkled at last month’s Tüyap exhibition in Istanbul, claiming its
Relanit 3.2 II was the star of the show.
claims that its Relanit 3.2 II, 28 gauge and 32 inch diameter machine with ‘high
speed kit’ set a new world record due to
the fact that it was running at 40 rpm in continuous operation with elastomeric
plating and open width frame.
spokes person for Mayer & Cie said: “Claiming that a circular knitting
machine with open width device and with elastome
Since its foundation in 1958, the Mayer & Cie.
Group’s Brazilian subsidiary Mayer do Brasil has played a special role in
securing the enormous success enjoyed by MCT of circular knitting machines in Brazil.
In a bid to counter the high protective import tariffs
imposed at the time, Mayer & Cie. initially founded the Brazilian company
as a production base, which started its operations manufacturing feeding
devices and other accessories for circular knitting
The currents of our time bring the topic “sustainability” to
the 47th Man-made Fibers Congress.
Global mega-trends such as
the depletion of resources by a growing world population and rising affluence
with resulting price increases for energy and raw materials make sustainability
a topic everybody talks about. Global warming as a result of increased fossil
fuel utilization has added further urgency to the demands made on governments
Anvil Knitwear Inc’s CEO, Anthony
Corsano has been named Ernst & Young Metro New York Entrepreneur of the
Year 2008. The award recognizes entrepreneurial excellence in the retail and consumer
products category. Corsano was selected by an independent panel of judges, and
the award was presented at a gala event at the Marriott Marquis, Times Square,
New York on Thursday, June 26.
"I'm honoured to accept this prestigious award, which
is the result of a collaborative ef
knitting once again enjoying a huge surge in popularity, the relevance
of this craft is being celebrated by the launch of a significant
collection of knitting resources and a three-day international
conference exploring the vitality of knitting today.
the Loop: knitting past, present and future’ takes place at the
University of Southampton’s Winchester School of Art from the 15th to
17th of July, 2008. Aimed at all who are interested in knitting, from
Organizers of this months ITMA Asia + CITME 2008 have announced that they are to take tough action and expel offenders who flaunt their stringent new measures to enforce Intellectual Property Rights. Comprehensive
measures to protect Intellectual Property Rights are in place to
safeguard visitors and exhibitors at ITMA ASIA + CITME 2008 against
counterfeit or ‘copied’ technology.
show organisers are determined to enforce stringent regulations to
L.G.L Electronics S.p.A, a manufacturer of yarn feeders for knitting
and hosiery machines has reported that it has recently started to take orders
for and deliver its Attivo yarn feeder which it introduced at ITMA 2007 in
Munich. Until recently Attivo had been on test with customers.
Attivo is the Bergamo company’s latest development which it
claims is the first yarn storage feeder with electronic braking used in
knitting. At the recent Santoni Days event in Br
BASF will be participating at the
ITMA Asia + CITME 2008 exhibition in Shanghai from July 27 - 31 (Hall E3, Stand
C19). Visitors will be able to see and discuss about the wide range of
ecological solutions for the textile industry under the three key aspects of
ecology that are consumer safety, resource saving and climate protection.
“Ecology is certainly not new to BASF, but a special focus
on consumer safety, resource saving and, especially, climate protection is