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Messe Frankfurt has decided to take the summer edition of its show Texworld to a virtual platform, with the aim to support the sourcing community through these unprecedented times. .

The transition to a virtual event reinforces the fierce commitment to supporting the industry through both good and challenging times. With the returning support of long-standing exhibitors, international and domestic, the July event will open with similar features found on the trade show floor. An online showroom will highlight material innovations, while allowing visitors to chat with representatives about specific requirements, factory options and more.

Attendees and exhibitors will have the opportunity to get connected through smart and intuitive networking tool that calculates and recommends the most relevant people and sessions to users. In addition to the digital exhibit presentation, a comprehensive educational program will run alongside. Topics will range from sustainability initiatives, environmental and ethical impacts to business tips and sourcing options amidst a pandemic.

The next Texworld USA will be held in January 2021, Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics from 23 -25 September and Texworld/Apparel Sourcing Paris in February 2021.

  

Next, Amazon UK, IKEA and Marks & Spencer (M&S) are among 20 major UK retailers who this week pledged to jointly develop a net-zero roadmap for the retail sector, setting a more ambitious target than the national 2050 requirement.

The coalition of retailers pledged to publish the roadmap in the run-up to COP26 in Glasgow, which has been postponed to November 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, in a declaration coordinated by the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

The group will work with each other, BRC environmental experts and third parties to define the roadmap’s time-bound measures towards complete net decarbonisation ahead of the 2050 deadline.

Three key areas, regarded as the UK retail sector’s largest sources of emissions, will be analysed. These are comprised of upstream supply chains, customers and direct operations including shops, distribution centres, warehouses, transport and logistics.

The BRC claims that there is currently no other net-zero roadmap for the UK’s retail sector that encompasses all of these emissions sources. Also signing the declaration are Aldi, the Booksellers Association, Boots, Co-op, Costa Coffee, Dixons Carphone, Greggs, Kingfisher, Lidl, Missguided, Musgrave, Ocado, TJX, WH Smith and Morrison’s. Several of these have already unveiled net-zero targets deadlined at 2050 or sooner.

  

SPGPrints, a Netherlands-based leading global company in the textile, label and industrial printing markets, has appointed Quantia Solutions SL, as the company’s new agent in Spain to represent its rotary and digital textile printing division. Quantia is an experienced agency in the field of textile printing applications.

Quantia Solutions operates in the Iberian Peninsula, representing high-tech brands, leaders in digital solutions for the textile industry, with a complete range of products. With this partnership they also included the SPGPrints products, like rotary screens and digital inks.

In the Textile Experience Centre, located at their headquarters in Madrid, Quantia is offering customers the possibility of knowing and interacting with all products in their portfolio. Quantia has a dedicated team of sales & service professionals to support the local SPGPrints customers. Over the last weeks SPGPrints trained the Quantia team to be ready to serve the Iberian market with the SPGPrints products.

  

Apparel manufacturer and fashion retailer Jerasia Capital Bhd has ventured PPE manufacturing for both local and export markets.

Its units Canteran Apparel Sdn Bhd (CASB) and Canteran Apparel (Cambodia) Co (CAC) have expanded their product portfolio and are now developing, producing and supplying PPE products that include non-woven isolation gowns, head covers, shoe covers, cloth face coverings and other related PPE garments. Jerasia, which operates Mango retail outlets in Malaysia, said the subsidiaries had converted and repurposed its existing production lines, leveraging their expertise in the manufacturing of fashion apparels, to produce PPE garments.

Repurposing of the existing production lines had been part of the group’s plans to diversify its core manufacturing activity of producing fashion apparel to enter into the healthcare segment to fully utilise its resources and generate additional revenues.

  

In collaboration with the designers Eva x Carola, Santoni has officially opened its new Materials Experience Centre (MEC) in Shanghai.

The new space is a contemporary research and inspiration centre for leading professionals in the textiles industry to meet clients, research ideas and work on bespoke projects. It will be a pivotal space for inspiration, ideation, implementation and knowledge sharing.

The MEC is designed to meet the needs of a modern textile producer that consistently champions sustainability and futuristic design thinking when it comes to garments, the company said in a statement today.

The Material Experience Center was developed to adapt to different uses and projects and simplicity and adaptability were central to the finished design. The idea is that people can effortlessly slot in different products, samples and demonstrations within the space, using the areas provided.

  

Two Japanese fashion retailers reported a ease in sales slump in June over the previous few months as consumers started to shop for clothes and shoes again despite lingering worries about the coronavirus.

The same store sales of popular sneaker chain ABC-Mart declined by 1 per cent year-on-year in June, after falling by 45 per cent in April and 4 per cent in May.

The June sales of United Arrows, which sells high-end imported brands and casual, private-brand clothes declined by 4 per cent year-on-year, after tumbling 62 per cent in April and 46 per cent in May.

Major Japanese retail chains reopened in late May after the government lifted a state of emergency. Fast Retailing Co, owner of Japan’s biggest fashion brand Uniqlo, is due to announce its latest sales data and quarterly financial results next week.

  

According to the statistics of the General Administration of Customs, from January to May this year, the total exports of textiles and clothing by China totaled $96.16 billion, a year-on-year decrease of 1.17 per cent, which was 8.8 percentage point less than the previous four months.

Among them, the cumulative export of textiles was $57.95 billion, an increase of 21.3 per cent year-on-year; the cumulative export of apparel was $38.21 billion, a year-on-year decrease of 22.8 per cent.

Exports of masks continued to drive textile exports to maintain high growth in May In May, China’s textile exports were $ 20.65 billion, driven by the export of masks. This month’s textile exports increased significantly by 79.2 per cent year-on-year and maintained a high growth under the high year-on-year growth of 51% last month.

According to official statistics, from March 1 to May 31 this year, the country exported 70.6 billion masks and 340 million protective clothing to 200 countries and regions around the world. From January to April, China’s cumulative export of masks was $8.855 billion, and the total export of protective clothing was $801 million.

  

Latest data from TexPro revealed that the global trade of knotted netting of twine, cordage, or rope of manmade textile materials has reported a slight decline in the year 2019.

The total trade of knotted netting of twine, cordage or rope of manmade textile materials fell 2.40 per cent in 2019 over the previous year and is anticipated to surge to $1,577.65 million in 2022 with a rate of 7.86 per cent from 2019.

The global export of knotted netting of twine, cordage or rope of manmade textile materials was $853.14 million in 2017, which was climbed by 6.19 per cent to $912.07 million in 2019. Total exports diminished by 0.65 per cent in 2019 over the previous year and is expected to move up to $1,008.20 million in 2022 with a rate of 10.54 per cent from 2019.

The global import value of knotted netting of twine, cordage or rope of manmade textile materials was $538.37 million in 2017, which was improved by 2.27 per cent to $550.60 million in 2019. Total imports depressed by 5.18 per cent in 2019 over the previous year and is expected to grow to $569.45 million in 2022 with a rate of 3.42 per cent from 2019.

China, Thailand and India ($63.55 million) were the key exporters of knotted netting of twine, cordage, or rope of manmade textile materials across the globe in 2019, together comprising 55.96 per cent of total export. These were followed by Spain, South Korea and Vietnam.

 

INDA is transitioning two conference events scheduled for August and September to an all-virtual format for 2020 in deference to corporate travel policies and individual concerns about travel.

Registration is open for the virtual World of Wipes International Conference, aligned with the WIPES Academy training course, and the RISE (Research, Innovation & Science for Engineered Fabrics) Conference.

Virtual WOW offers 30 speaker presentations focused on breakthrough wipe technologies, buyer demographics, sustainability, industrial and flushable wipes, substrates, preservatives, single use plastics, and strategy-setting market intelligence. Presentations will also address industry changes prompted by COVID-19. All speaker presentations will be recorded and available near real-time and on-demand for 12 months.

Participants will connect with senior-level wipes professionals through audio and visual presentations on relevant technical and educational content with business engagement opportunities through virtual tabletop displays, web pages, video, live chat, and calendar appointments.

Virtual WOW event schedule:

• Virtual WIPES Academy – August 25-26

• Virtual WOW Conference Presentations – August 25-27

• 2020 World of Wipes Innovation Award Presentations – August 26

• Virtual WOW Tabletop Displays – August 26-27

• 2020 World of Wipes Innovation Award Announcement – August 27

Developed for technology scouts and product developers, the 10th edition of the Research, Innovation & Science for Engineered Fabrics Conference presents “What’s Next” in sustainability developments. Virtual RISE offers 23 speaker presentations focused on new developments in polymers, fibers, additives, and fabrics, from sourcing and disposal to reuse amid the trends that are driving nonwoven advances.

Virtual RISE event schedule:

• Virtual RISE Conference Presentations – Sept. 29-30

• RISE 2020 Innovation Award Presentations – Sept. 29

• RISE 2020 Innovation Award Announcement – Sept. 30

 

Hybridizing on site solutions virtual reality help designers offer unique fashion experienceEven as fashion houses like Dior, Burberry and Fendi plan new shows to showcase future collections, a sense of uncertainty looms over people attending these shows. As Milan-based psychologist and psychotherapist Laura Manigrasso says, these shows might evoke three types of responses from consumers. They may either rush out to attend irrespective of the regulation; or chuck them completely and stay safe at home; or may adopt a mixed route of returning to normal life by following the rules.

Wider access and creativity

And as Paola Cillo, Associate Professor and Vice Director, Department of Management and Technology, Bocconi University says, theHybridizing on site solutions virtual reality help designers offer unique fashion situation offers brands and designers an immense opportunity to be inclusive. Fashion has always been synonymous with creativity, change and innovation. Hence, designers will have to hybridize on-site solutions with augmented and virtual reality to offer unique fashion experiences.

Lack of physical spaces and imitations encourage designers to make the experiences more desirable and doable. It also makes these shows and luxury events accessible to mass number of fans. The use of digital tools also makes people less suspicious of the authenticity of these garments. The industry can be more creative and make their visuals more sophisticated, adds Emanuela Mora, Professor-Sociology of Communication, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and Creative Director, ModaCult, However, to achieve this, it needs to maintain that energy and effervescence typical of live shows. Another benefit of these virtual shows is that by reducing their trips and costs, brands can stage even more events, less crowded and in strategic places.

Being responsible

According to civil lawyer Laura Cereda, people are adapting to the new normal. They are less afraid of the virus and are getting used to the protective measures, such as getting body temperature taken. Employers are also rushing in to protect their employees. The lockdown has made people more careful. They have realized that if they fall sick they also risk making others sick

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