Sports & Activewear
Australian Wool Innovation, the marketing organisation behind Australia’s wool growers, reports that for the first time in two decades Russian textiles interests have travelled directly to the country to source what is arguably the finest wool in the world. The return of Russian interests is thought to be significant given the large potential the former Russian states have for processing and consuming the natural fibre.
Nike has launched a brand new basketball shoe incorporating its Flyknit seamless uppers which are knitted in one single piece using advanced flat knitting technology.
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.
Nylstar, one of the leading suppliers of nylon 6.6, known for its Meryl yarns brand, has announced it will investment more than Euro 1.2 million to enable it to significantly increase its annual production capacity from 15,000 to 17,000 tons.
This year's meeting of the OEKO-TEX General Managers took place in Lucerne, at the heart of Europe and Switzerland on 14 and 15 November to mark the establishment of the OEKO-TEX Secretariat 20 years ago this year in Switzerland. The OEKO-TEX Standard 100 has worked towards the effective exclusion of harmful substances from products at all processing levels of the textiles sector since 1992.
Textured Jersey Lanka (TJL), a leading knit fabric manufacturer in Sri Lanka, has announced a number of significant investments and initiatives to add capacity, modernize its plant, substantially reduce energy costs and to expand regionally.
This week it was revealed in the national press that a UK company is in talks with Victoria’s Secret about 3D printing 10 million pairs of knickers a year for the US headquartered lingerie giant.
Tanatex Chemicals, a leading producer of specialty chemicals, has introduced Fibermate CW, a high performance waxing agent, designed to create surface smoothness in yarns.
Long John Tsung Right Industrial, an integrated manufacturer of a wide range of shoes, has produced shoes made from the fabric developed by Karl Mayer and produced on its new TM 4-EL warp knit tricot machine.
The Taiwanese shoe manufacturer’s part in the cooperative venture was to use the double-layered fabric supplied by Karl Mayer to produce a continuous upper with a clean profile, without using any reinforcing elements.
Lenzing Group, a leading producer of man-made cellulose fibres, reports that it has achieved business results in line with expectations in the first three quarters of 2013 in spite of unfavourable market conditions. However, the company now plans to cut costs following record results over the past few years.
“The difficult market situation will continue in 2014 and possibly well into 2015. We will resolutely counteract this unfavourable situation and adjust our cost structures to the new circumstances as quickly as possible,” commented Peter Untersperger, Chief Executive Officer of Lenzing AG.
“Our aim must not only be to expand our quality leadership and innovative strength on a sustainable basis, but also to regain the cost leadership in our industry. We continue to see attractive growth potential for our products, but we are already preparing ourselves today as optimally as possible for the increasingly tough competition. Cost discipline and cash generation will be our targets over the coming years.”