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Textile chemical market grows by four per cent

The global market for textile chemicals is growing by four per cent a year.

Textile chemicals are used in many parts of the manufacturing process to ensure that fabrics, yarns, and fibers are produced with consistent results across multiple batches.

In addition, textile chemicals can help create innovative finishes and styles that make textile products more attractive to consumers.Textile chemicals are used in various stages of fabric production such as pre-treatment, dyeing and finishing, printing and other processes. Textile chemicals are used to improve the feel, look and performance of fabrics. They are an integral part of textile production, as they provide special treatments that help reduce wear and tear, resist stains and add colour to fabrics. Increasing investments in the textile industry, growing demand for eco-friendly and sustainable fabrics, advances in the production technologies of textiles are some of the factors driving the growth of this market.

Initiatives to promote investments in the fashion and garment industry are providing a major impetus to the global textile chemical market. Countries are regulating standards for the safe use of chemicals for dyeing and processing of fabrics. This is likely to boost the growth of the global textile chemical market. Rising disposable income coupled with changing lifestyle trends in developing countries is estimated to increase demand for apparel and other textiles, which can grow the demand for textile chemicals in coming years.

Textile chemicals are used to enhance various characteristics of textiles such as shrinkage protection, resistance against bacteria, soil release property, dye fixation, texture modification and flame retardation. The use of enzymes, bio-polishers and biobased surfactants is gaining traction due to their environment-friendly nature and cost effectiveness. Moreover, the increasing demand for improved quality of textile products is another factor driving the global textile chemicals market.In addition, technological advances in the production of dye intermediates and textile dyes are another factor propelling the growth of this market.

Furthermore, increasing investments in research and development activities, introduction of bio-based dyes are some other factors estimated to contribute to the growth of the global textile chemical market in coming years.Major brands and stores are continuously looking for ways to reduce their water and energy consumption. As a result, the demand for eco-friendly textile chemicals is increasing in the global market.Colorants and auxiliaries account for the largest revenue share in the global textile chemicals market due to an increasing demand for vibrant shades and textured fabrics in the textile industry.

The segment is expected to remain dominant due to rising awareness regarding sustainability and development of innovative products that have advanced properties. Additionally, increasing production capacities by leading companies is anticipated to drive market growth.


Stringent environmental regulations and health safety issues associated with certain chemicals are some factors hampering the growth of the global textile chemical market.Despite these challenges, companies operating in this industry are focusing on the development of environment-friendly chemicals for dyeing and processing of textiles. This factor is expected to provide new opportunities for the growth of this market in future.


Garment manufacturers and exporters in Bangladesh want the tax at source on the readymade garment sector to be at the previous 0.5 per cent from the existing one per cent.

They say they have made this request considering the apparel sector is now passing through a tough time considering the current global situation and that without policy support, it will be hard for them to maintain their competitive edge in the garment industry. They say if the tax at source is made at 0.5 per cent for the next five years, it would be possible for them to maintain export competitiveness and if the industry were to be kept alive, there will be newer employments while export competitiveness and revenue income can also be increased through raising the competitive edge without raising the tax rate.

The tax at source on the apparel sector was increased to one per cent from 0.5 per cent in the current fiscal year. Bangladesh hopes to reach a share of eight per cent in the global apparel market within this year. Although there are some signs of a slowdown in garment exports now, because of the war-related crisis, the global economic turmoil, and a record inflation affecting retail businesses, it is expected that shipments to new destinations, particularly to Asian markets, will witness growth.


Online Black Friday sales in the US this year set a new record. So says Adobe Analytics. The event kicked off a solid start to the holiday shopping season despite inflation and other economic concerns.

This year’s Black Friday online sales were two per cent higher compared to last year, with electronics, smart home equipment, toys and exercise equipment providing the biggest boost. Americans are dipping into their savings accounts and racking up debt on credit cards to make purchases. Online shopping is expected to remain strong through Cyber Monday. US shoppers’ spending on Thanksgiving Day were up two per cent from a year ago. The holiday shopping season looks very different now than it once did. Instead of door buster deals on Black Friday, many retailers began their holiday sales in early fall. By spreading out their holiday deals online, retailers have reduced the draw of Black Friday. But shoppers are returning to many of their pre-pandemic routines and retailers expect a more typical holiday season than the last two years in the pandemic. Shoppers are once again expected to buy around key holidays like Black Friday and also buy later in the season. This year, inflation squeezed many shoppers’ budgets. Customers are pulling back on discretionary spending like furniture and electronics and are being more selective about what they buy.


Some 300 textile and weaving units in Tamil Nadu, India plan to shut down for some time. The units mainly in Tirupur and Coimbatore have decided to do this due to unstable yarn prices and highpower tariffs. Prices of grey fibers and textiles have risen due to the volatility of yarn prices and high tariffs.

Apart from this Tirupur’s apparel exports have fallen 21 per cent in October 2022 from October 2021. Of this, knitwear exports, which Tirupur is known for, fell almost 40 per cent. And this was the third straight month knitwear exports contracted. Average capacity utilisation at garment exporting units in Tirupuris 30 per cent now.

The US, EU and the UK account for 85 per cent of shipments from Tirupur. With high inflation in these economies, clothing is not a priority for consumers now. Further, with buyers saddled with huge stocks, they are postponing delivery. This has resulted in stocks piling up at the producers’ end. So Tirupur has a huge inventory of finished goods as brands are asking for deferred shipments. With buyers in the EU and the US holding high inventory, and expectations of better sales during the Thanksgiving holidays and Christmas, exporters are expecting orders to revive only by January.


Shima Seiki will exhibit at India ITME, Noida, December8 to 13, 2022. The Japanese flat knitting solutions provider will exhibit the latest in knitting technology for both whole garment and shaping as well as the latest in DX solutions utilizing virtual sampling.

Seam-free wholegarment knitting technology offers an alternative to labor-intensive manufacturing in India and other international markets. Featured will be the Mach2 XS wholegarment knitting machine with original Slide Needle on four needle beds and a spring-loaded moveable sinker system supporting a wide range of high-quality wholegarment knitting in all needles.

The N.SVR 123SP computerized knitting machine features a special loop presser bed, capable of producing hybrid inlay fabrics with both knit and weave characteristics, and the special i-Plating option, capable of alternating yarn colours in any pattern, producing jacquard-like designs using plain jersey stitch for even greater diversity in knit design.Demonstrations will be performed on Shima’s SDS-ONE APEX4 design system.

At the core of the company’s Total Fashion System concept, SDS-ONE APEX4 provides comprehensive support throughout the production supply chain, integrating production into one smooth and efficient workflow from yarn development, product planning and design, to machine programming, production and even sales promotion.India's textile industry is seeing rapid growth in both the domestic market and demand for exports and ShimaSeiki will show the latest sustainable solutions that can keep up with this growth.


India will promote the development of textile machinery through a production linked incentive (PLI) than the Amended Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme.

The threshold for textile manufacturing units to be eligible for sops under the proposed scheme would be investment in plant and machinery of Rs1 crore to Rs50 crores for micro, small and medium enterprises and above Rs50 crores for non-MSMEs.

Incentives would be provided based on the turnover achieved after making the threshold investment in modernisation through installation of benchmarked technology.Incentives of up to 60 per cent based on the investment and turnover criteria could be provided across weaving, knitting and spinning, among other textile segments. Turnover achieved from job work in select segments would be accounted for while calculating incentives and only the products manufactured by the registered company would be eligible.

Incentives are likely for manufacturing of garments and home textiles such as blankets and bed spreads, and textile accessories like lace, button, and zippers. The Amended Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme (ATUFS) was intended as a flagship incentive scheme for capital investments in textiles and garments.

ATUFS was notified in January 2016 with an outlay of Rs17,822 crores to mobilise new investments of about Rs 95,000 crores. It helped create employment for about 3.5 million till 2022. The scheme expired on March 31, 2022.


At the UK’s leading trade fashion buying event, Pure London, February 12 to 14, 2023, retail industry legend Ed Burstell and winner of All That Glitters jewellery designer Piers Carpenter will be among the keynote speakers.

There will be an in-depth discussion on fashion expansion and growth and how this can be navigated in a sustainable and ethical manner. Burstell’s adept leadership of Liberty during his stint at the department store saw double-digit year on year growth driven by a renewed focus on young British designers as well as spearheading a host of collaborations with brands to highlight Liberty’s renowned floral prints. Piers Carpenter loved jewellery from a young age and in 2011 joined the industry as a sales assistant in an antique jeweller. As a goldsmith apprentice Piers channeled his passion and honed his craft, becoming recognized for his technical and creative abilities as a designer.

At Pure London, Piers will discuss his journey to become a jewellery star, charting his experiences and advice along the way.

In today’s challenging retail environment, Pure London wants to encourage conversations about building businesses and utilising modern technology. Since launching the Power of One initiative in 2018 the event has committed to supporting the journey of brands and retailers towards sustainability.


Lenzing hosted conclaves in Surat and Mumbai. India is one of the key markets for Lenzing.

The aim was to connect supply chain partners with the new generation of fibers and products for the textile industry, engage with the local weaving community, domestic brands, and their supply chains and explore a new line of products.The conclaves offered a platform for discussion and ideas exchange.The conclave in Mumbai focused on the creation of new product lines with Tencel lyocell and modal fibers along with homegrown brands and their supply chains.

The discussions focused extensively on the current developments within the global market for fiber and how the Indian textile makers can benefit from it. The discussion during the conclave in Surat concentrated on collaborating with the local weaving community and creating innovative new products, especially with traditional clothing like saris. The conclave hosted a discussion with Gujarat’s weaving community on global fiber market updates and trends.

Lenzing is a pioneer in wood-based specialty fibers. Lenzing’s viscose fibers help maintain environmental balance by being integrated into nature’s cycle. These are efficient and environmental-friendly products. As more brands and manufacturers show interest in embracing sustainable textiles, Lenzing expects the market for these products to grow further.


China’s exports to the EU dropped by nine per cent in October 2022. China’s exports of many upstream and midstream products, such as base metals, ceramics and glass, textiles, and plastics and rubber, to the EU have plunged amid the latter’s muted downstream production this winter.

One exception is the export of gas-intensive chemicals, in particular, fertilisers, which continues to surge. The EU’s demand for mineral fuels, food and beverage and some winter necessities stayed resilient, with its imports of mineral fuels from China soaring by 218 per cent in October.

Softening global demand for computer, communication and consumer electronics products has dimmed the export outlook for China’s machinery and electrical and electronic products, which account for 57 per cent of its overall exports. Growth in exports of renewable energy equipment has also slowed from earlier months. Near-term exports of digital products may be hampered by the latest Omicron outbreaks in China that have resulted in operational disruptions in some production hubs, including Foxconn’s Zhengzhou plant, since late October. In contrast, electric vehicles and batteries remain the bright spots in China’s export outlook.

The US and the EU are China’s largest export destinations, accounting for 16 per cent and 15 per cent of its overall export value.


Bangladesh has managed to retain nearly 67 per cent garment export receipts, thanks to increasing use of local raw materials.

The retention value of the exported apparel surged 36 per cent in financial year 2021-2022 from what it was a year earlier. That means Bangladesh was able to retain 66 per cent of the total garment export receipts in the financial year.

Bangladesh's apparel export earnings fell 12 per cent in the first 18 days of September 2022.This fall in export receipts has been putdown to record inflation in the sector's major destinations fuelled by the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war.In the face of reduced consumer demand, a number of retailers, including Walmart, have already cancelled some orders. Besides, some buyers are requesting exporters to delay shipments or suspend orders ready for delivery. The slowdown of apparel shipments was expected from August 2022 as most factories have been facing a fall in work orders, which is being reflected in export earnings.The fear is that it might continue till May 2023. The industry is experiencing a slowdown as retailers are stuck with too much inventory at their stores.The war-driven economic recession has badly affected clothing demand.

Some knitting factories in Bangadesh have shut down because of order shortages that have continued over two months.

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