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Premiere Vision Pluriel, to be held from September 16 to 18, 2014 at the Parc d'Expositions de Paris Nord – Villepinte will have six shows packed with several activities providing the most comprehensive and creative offer in the industry. This year, for the first time since its inception in 2005 and following the acquisition of Cuir a Paris announced last February, and Zoom in September 2013, Première Vision Pluriel will be managed entirely by a single organiser: Première Vision.

 

After having welcomed 63,000 visitors in September 2013, and nearly 62,000 last February, Première Vision is poised once again to demonstrate that it is the leading event for all key international fashion players. Exhibitors like spinners, weavers, accessory makers, design studios, tanners and garment manufacturers would be displaying their latest innovations at the exhibition. Visitors would include buyers, accessory and fashion brand designers and heads of fashion companies.

Around130 new international companies have been chosen to be a part of the six-shows. Overall, after a significant increase in September 2013 with 1,949 exhibitors or over five per cent compared to September 2012, the number of participants for the next edition of the Première Vision Pluriel shows is expected to be stable. The shows include Expofil, Premiere Vision, Knitwear Solutions, Cuir A Paris, Indigo, Modamont and Zoom.

 

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Garment manufacturers in Bangladesh expect labor unrest over payment of wages and Id festival allowances. A large number of factories have been struggling to pay workers their monthly wages and other facilities for a long time. There are about a thousand such factories. Most of these are small and medium-sized and are faced with a shortage of fresh work orders.

Leaders of garment workers have demanded payment of festival allowances and other dues by July 20 to avert any untoward incident. Unrest in the readymade garment industry of Bangladesh has become a common phenomenon in recent years. Reasons include declaration of lay-off or factory closures and termination and curtailment of holidays. Garment workers engage in violent clashes at times on rumors or are so instigated. They may lack proper counseling or have poor relations with management. A kind of mistrust exists between employers and employees.

Other causes of labor unrest are lack of minimum facility and safety, sub-standards living conditions, deferred benefits, coercive role of the law-enforcing agency, too much dependence on buyers, political instability, inhuman workload etc.

When workers go on the rampage and destroy public property and national assets, companies lose working hours and production targets. Export earnings are hampered.

An increasing in demand for short staple wool is forcing woolgrowers to shear their sheep more often. Australian producers visiting China last month realized the impact of casualization in clothing markets, which is driving the demand for short staple wool.

According to, Guo Xin Ya, Vice General Manager of the Open Top Textile Corporation (OTCL), which is 33 per cent owned by Australian wool buyer, says that there is a strong demand for short wool, which means they have to shear their sheep more often, supporting a rising trend among some woolgrowers towards shearing three times in 24 months. While some processors have already taken a lead too meet the demand, competitively-priced, long staple fleece wools is also being cut in half to provide short pieces needed to feed the fashion industry's knitwear machinery. China buys between 70 per cent and 80 per cent of Australia's raw wool output. About half Australia's exports to China are processed and re-exported to Europe, America and Japan, however China is also an increasingly powerful market for woolen clothing.

Casualisation of the apparel market though strong in Asia, it also clearly evident in Europe, North America and Australia, according to Australian Wool Innovation (AWI).

 

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Cariaggi is presented a series of full-bodied and enveloping lightweight yarns at Pitti Filati, the exhibition for fashion textiles and knitwear in Italy. The range includes Nirvana (60 per cent cashmere and 40 per cent silk, worsted), a voluminous yarn that makes those that wear it feel as if they are protected by a warm cloud-like cocoon. Play (100 per cent cashmere, carded), is a next-generation yarn that undergoes a special processing techniques making it possible to obtain a hollow tubular cashmere yarn that is said to be extremely light thanks to the air inside. This yarn can be used for all types of processing, also by hand, and offers plenty of scope for experimentation and creativity.

Bijou (90 per cent cashmere and 10 per cent silk, worsted) is a glamorous yarn with bouclé processing that gives garments a sense of dynamism and is perfectly suited to new color interpretations. The Frisson yarn is further embellished by very fine sequins and the Bouclé Persian-effect cashmere boucle yarn.

The colors for the new collection are soft and delicate yet warm and sensual at the same time – they range from different shades of pink through to natural beiges and more decisive purples and woody browns.

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Coats is launching a new range of zips featuring a herringbone (HB) pattern tape.  The tapes of the new Opti M HB zips are interwoven with polyester and cotton yarns to achieve the classic pattern.

The polyester absorbs the dye while the cotton just changes color slightly which creates the herringbone effect and also provides a soft finish to the tape, similar to fabrics with this special weave.  The dyeing techniques can be varied so the product is available in a natural shade - which is suitable for post-dyed garments – as well as in the normal Coats’ color range. The puller and teeth have a brass finish.

Coats is the world’s leading industrial thread and consumer textile crafts business. The main uses for Opti M HB zips are in fashion apparel, leather goods, handbags and luggage. It provides complementary and value added products and services to the apparel and footwear industries  and applies innovative techniques to develop products in new areas such as tracer threads, aramids and fiber optics. The company is the second largest global zip manufacturer. It produces enough thread to reach around the equator every 11 minutes. It produces enough yarn to knit 70 million scarves a year.

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Indonesia's textile industry has been a major contributor to the GDP. As per government data, the textile and textile products (TPT) industry is one of the important manufacturing sectors, with gross domestic product (GDP) valued at 172.4 billion Indonesian Rupiah ($14.4 billion dollars) in 2013. The textile, leather goods and footwear industry sub-sector made the fourth-largest contribution with 9 per cent to GDP of all the non-oil and gas manufacturing industries, with an average growth of 4 per cent per year during 2008-2013.

The TPT industry is also a significant employment booster. According to Central Statistics Agency (BPS) data, workers absorbed by the industry from micro to large scale in 2012 were 2.9 million people, or 21.7 per cent of the total labour absorption of non-oil and gas manufacturing industries. However, experts fear that industry’s performance will be affected by global economic conditions, especially in the US and Europe as the largest Indonesian TPT export markets.

According to the results of sensitivity analysis, every one per cent increase in US economic growth will result in a 1.5 per cent increase in Indonesian TPT export growth to the US in the next three quarters, while every one per cent increase in European economic growth will see a three per cent increase in Indonesian TPT export growth to Europe in the next two quarters.

In the US market, Indonesian TPT export market share in 2013 was 3.7 per cent, lower than in 2009 at 4.9 per cent, while in the European market it was 0.8 per cent, down from one percent in 2009. In 2014, the Indonesian Textile Association estimates that Indonesian TPT exports will reach $12.9 billion. This figure is lower than the previous projection, which was $13.3 billion also owing internal issues like power rates, wages among others. By type, Indonesian TPT exports were dominated by garments, such as shirts, T-shirts, dresses and skirts (HS codes 61, 62, 63) at 60.9 percent, while the remaining 39.1 per cent belonged to textiles, such as fibers and yarns (HS codes 50-60).

The opening of the South Korean subsidiary will help accelerate Lectra's development plans in Asia. After China, South Korea is one of the spearheads of Lectra’s Asian expansion, particularly in the automotive and fashion markets, where South Korean companies hold an increasingly important position worldwide. Lectra South Korea will support local companies, as well as South Korean groups with an international presence, some of which figure amongst Lectra’s largest customers. Many of them are subcontracting production to other Asian countries throughout the world and are showing a growing interest in innovative solutions to improve efficiency and competitiveness while ensuring a high level of quality.

South Korean companies will benefit from the expertise and the knowledge of Lectra’s local teams. Lectra can guide South Korean conglomerates and help them meet their challenges thanks to its experience from collaborating with leading fashion brands and global automotive equipment makers.

Lectra is the world leader in integrated technology solutions that automate, streamline and accelerate product design, development and manufacturing processes for industries using soft materials. It develops specialized software and cutting systems and provides services to markets including fashion (apparel, accessories, footwear), automotive (car seats and interiors, airbags), furniture as well as a wide variety of other market sectors.

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The football frenzy has benefited the Bangladeshi garment sectors as orders worth $1 billion poured into the country for World Cup replica jerseys and other merchandise. While the country has been under pressure post fire and building collapse calamities last year leading to a drastic cut in export orders, the World Cup rush proved to been a boon for the industry.

 

The disaster struck the industry when a fire at Tazreen Fashions in 2012 followed by the Rana Plaza collapse raised questions about the lack of safety precautions in the industry. The twin tragedies attracted world’s attention with some global brands deciding to shift the sourcing to other countries. However, according to the industry experts World Cup-related trade has boosted the entire readymade garments industry, which accounts for over $22 billion or over 80 per cent of Bangladesh's total export earnings.

 

Authentic jerseys similar to that worn by players like Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo or Neymar are usually out of the reach because of their costs but Bangladeshi replicas are of high quality yet affordable making them fly off the shelves. Country saw its exports increase over 16 per cent this year, driven by demand for World Cup gear.

 

A wide range of apparel fabrics and accessories will be on display at this year's Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics-Autumn Edition 2014, scheduled from October 20 to 23, 2014 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre. Over 3,500 exhibitors from more than 30 countries and regions are expected to participate. Some of the most popular features of the fair -- SalonEurope, the country/region pavilions and the group pavilions-- will be there again.

This year’s SalonEurope, covering 10,000 sq. mt. contains fabric manufacturing mills, accessories suppliers and design houses from Europe to meet the demand for high-end products in the domestic market. Country pavilions from Germany, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, the UK and the France zone return again, as does the Milano Unica Pavilion from Italy. Also featuring in SalonEurope is the Premium Wool zone which showcases quality wool fabrics from France, Italy and the UK. And Verve for Design will house design studios from Australia, France, Italy, Korea, Spain and the UK, all exhibiting their latest original creative fabrics and textile pattern designs.

While the best of British textiles are to be showcased in this year’s UK Pavilion, with some of the industry’s premium suppliers taking part, the France zone will feature ladies wear fabric suppliers. The exhibitors taking part are looking to benefit from the increase in demand in China for premium fabrics and see the fair as the best way to do this. The best of Asia will also be on display at Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics with country / region pavilions from India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Thailand.

Exhibitors in the Japan Pavilion will specialise in knitted, cotton, wool, man-made and linen/ramie fabrics, while those in the Taiwan Pavilion will display functional, knitted, jacquard and man-made yarns and fabrics, as well as lace and embroidery. Buyers looking for the latest innovations in apparel fabrics and accessories will find them in the group pavilions, which are organised by leading fibre and yarn companies and feature their partner mills.

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Exports of several textile items from Pakistan including towels, synthetic textiles and cotton yarns are showing negative growth. This, despite the duty-free market access granted to Pakistan by EU countries from January 2014.

For fiscal year 2013-14 exports of synthetic and silk textiles fell 5.63 per cent compared to 2012-13. However, exports of all other textile products increased by 20.74 per cent during the first eleven months of financial year 2013-14. Textile products that saw negative growth in trade included cotton yarn exports, which decreased by 9.91 per cent. Exports of towels showed negative growth of 1.94 per cent whereas exports of tents, canvas and tarpaulin decreased by 26.41 per cent.

Raw cotton exports grew by 38.84 per cent. Exports of cotton cloth increased by 4.46 per cent while exports of cotton (carded or combed) increased by 2.86 per cent. Exports of yarn other than cotton yarn increased by 11.87 per cent while exports of knitwear increased by 11.35 per cent.

Exports of made-up articles (excluding towels) increased by 12.39 per cent. On a year-on-year basis, textile exports increased by 1.99 per cent in May 2014 as compared to May 2013. On a month-on-month basis, textile exports in May 2014 increased by 13.78 per cent compared to April 2014.

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