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A global company specialized in producing Nylon 6.6 for apparel and owner of Sensil, its own branded nylon fiber, Nilite has unveiled its Corporate Sustainability report titled ‘Making Nylon Sustainable,’ for the period 2017-2020. As per a Spin Off report, the document details the company’s achievements to improve its environmental footprint and explains its plans to positively influence the textile and apparel industry.

The report shares Nilit’s accomplishments and the company’s ongoing plans to continuously improve the ecological and social influence of its operations and practices in the market and in the communities where it operates. Through collaboration with brands, retailers, customers, employees and vendors, Nilit has developed a large portfolio of sustainable premium Nylon 6.6 products under its Sensil consumer brand. The Sensil portfolio includes performance products manufactured while controlling water and energy consumption, waste reduction, use of recycled inputs and impact to ecosystems.

Nilit has achieved some sustainability goals in its facilities around the world, especially its innovations in clean energy cogeneration that reduced CO2 by 40% and eliminated emissions of toxic gases.

The company also introduced QR codes in all Sensil hangtags. Produced with FSC paper and distributed on certified garments from brands worldwide, these hangtags guarantee authenticity and provide more information to consumers about the technologies and benefits of premium nylon.

  

French luxury fashion house Kenz has appointed Sylvian Blanc as its new CEO. As per a Fashion Network report, Blanc’s appointment is effective October 18, two weeks after the end of the next Paris Fashion Week, where Kenzo is not scheduled to stage a show.

Blanc will succeed Sylvie Colin, who is moving on to pursue a personal project abroad. Blanc began his career as deputy to the merchandising director of Printemps department store, before becoming head of strategic planning for stores. He later joined The Koopies as vice president, Europe, Middle East and Asia. He is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique and of the École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris, also known as Mines ParisTech. Since 2018, Blanc has been CEO of Undiz.

The fashion house also named Tomoaki 'Nigo' Nagao of The Bathing Ape as new artistic director. He succeeds Felipe Oliveira Baptista, who left Kenzo last June after just two years at the house.

  

A global textile and apparel (T&A) manufacturers’ initiative has published a White Paper on Commercial Compliance.

Led by the STAR Network, the International Apparel Federation (IAF) and the Better Buying Institute, the initiative is supported by GIZ Fabric and consists of 13 industry associations from nine countries facing similar challenges regarding purchasing practices in the textile and garment industry. Through a process of consultation, these associations have now jointly agreed on the text of the white paper that is published today. This marks the first joint manufacturers’ position on the improvement of purchasing practices.

The white paper establishes commercial compliance as a leading principle for the manufacturer’s perspective on the improvement of purchasing practices. STTI defines it as ‘purchasing practices that do not cause obvious and avoidable harm to manufacturers’. The white paper lists ‘key recommendations’, defining what purchasing practices manufacturers consider to be breaches of their definition of commercial compliance. The associations participating in the initiative recognize that the breaches of these key recommendations seriously impair their ability to run a commercially viable business, let alone to contribute to stronger and more sustainable supply chains.

  

Increasing by 34 per cent, global fiber production is expected to reach 146 million tonne in 2030. As per a Textile Value Chain report, fiber production doubled in 2000 to 109 million tonne in 2020 from 58 million tonne. Per person fiber production increased from 8.4 kg per person in 1975 to 14kg per person in 2020. Market share for preferred fiber and materials grew significantly in 2020.

Between 2019 and 2020 the market share of preferred cotton increased from 24 to 30 per cent and recycled polyester from 13.7 to 14.7 per cent. Preferred cashmere increased from 0.8 to 7 per cent of all cashmere produced while Responsible Mohair Standard certified fiber expanded from 0 to 27 per cent of all mohair produced worldwide in its first year of existence in 2020.

The market share of FSC and/or PEFC certified MMCFs increased to approximately 55-60 per cent. While the market share of recycled MMCFs is only 0.4 per cent, it is expected to increase significantly in the following years.

  

British retailer Marks & Spencer plans to close all 11 franchise nine stores it runs with partner SFH in France over the coming months after new trade rules in place since Britain left the European Union hammered product availability.

The remaining nine franchise stores, run by the group with Lagardere Travel Retail, will continue to trade and the pair were working on a sustainable future business model.

The 11 stores that will close by the end of this year are located predominantly across the high streets of Paris.

The nine stores run by Lagardere are located in travel hubs such as airports, railway and metro stations.

In April, M&S reconfigured its food business in the Czech Republic to remove supply chain risks. It took out all fresh and chilled products from stores, and doubled ranges of frozen and ambient products.

Last month, M&S upgraded its profit outlook after a jump in demand for food in its home market and a surge in online clothes sales indicated that its latest turnaround plan was starting to deliver.

  

Gap has added Next as a franchise partner to manage its online business in the UK and Ireland, after the companies finalizes an agreement.

The fashion company will form a joint venture with Next owning 51 per cent and Gap owning 49 per cent. As per a Retail Gazette report, Next will operate Gap’s online business across the Next Total Platform, host Gap-branded shop-in-shops and offer click-and-collect options next year.

American retailer Gap is in the process of closing all its 81 stores in the UK after a strategic review of the company concluded it should move to online-only.

Mark Bertbard, President and CEO, Gap Global says, the partnership will amplify Gap’s omnichannel business and meet customers where they were shopping now.

It comes as the pandemic sped up a rise in online purchasing and online fashion giants have marked soaring sales from lockdown shoppers.

  

In collaboration with MOTIF and ISPO, Alvanon has launched its second annual 3D Tech Fest featuring 3D tech leaders, creative directors and innovators from across the globe.

The conference is scheduled to be held from September 21-23, 2021. It will feature 3D professionals and users who know and are willing to share, inform, advise and inspire our industry.

The latest 3D innovations are blurring the lines between the digital and physical worlds, creating a Metaverse in which fashion professionals can design, develop, sample, and sell apparel in a virtual world before making the product. It benefits businesses, suppliers, consumers and the planet. For the 2021 event, Alvanon and MOTIF have selected 3D software companies at the forefront of these technologies. They will address the themes of Adopting 3D and Digital Product Creation (DPC), Digital Transformation and the Metaverse.

The conference will be divided into three key themes: adopting 3D and Digital Product Creation (DPC); digital transformation, technology and innovation and an\introduction to the Metaverse.

  

Government of Tamil Nadu – Guidance has signed up for Techtextil India 2021 – the leading International Trade Fair for Technical Textiles and Nonwovens. Through this fair, the government will promote technical textile policies, enabling investors to set up integrated facilities. Leading technical textile players from Tamil Nadu and across the nation confirm participation for the three-day business event.

As one of the first major business events in India for the technical textile sector since the pandemic, Techtextil India 2021 will reunite the industry to present a strong showcase of technical textile technologies crucial for the development of India across industries such as healthcare, agriculture, construction, infrastructure, sports, apparel etc. The first hybrid edition will take place from November 25-27, 2021 at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai.

Announcing a close co-operation with Messe Frankfurt India for the 2021 edition, the Government of Tamil Nadu will highlight investment prospects at the trade fair in a bid to attract companies and investors to the state.

Covering the most demanding application areas, the trade fair is known to attract buyers from the fields of agriculture, automotive, building, clothing and protective clothing, environmental protection, geo-technology, housing and home, medical science, packaging and sports, etc. The three-day business event will also include a series of digital symposiums to present a global outlook on the technical textile trends, current industry debate on sustainability and digitalization as well as opportunities for the Indian technical textile players in the global arena.

  

Fabric show organizer Munich Fabric Start Exhibitions is launching a process for the complete digitization of fabrics under the name Fabric ID. The process involves turning textiles into virtual data to create digital twins that are said to reproduce the texture and color of the materials realistically and flawlessly.

The company uses XTex and Can:scan scanners developed by software companies Vizoo and Caddon Printing & Imaging for the process. It then produces a fabric ID that is intended to make textiles technically identifiable, traceable and usable. Digitization takes place in the Fabric Studio, the showroom of Munich Fabric Start Exhibitions. There, the textiles are scanned.

In the first step, the color and pattern are determined, followed by the surface structure. This is followed by a physical material analysis, which determines the weight, bending stiffness, thickness, elasticity and other material properties of the textile to enable an accurate simulation of the fabric's fall properties.

In addition, Fabric.ID will also understand the spectral yarn color values of the dye house and the weaving data of industrial looms to generate visually correct and color-correct textures for 3D application. By using the open source U3M format, the digital material should be compatible with almost any 3D-enabled application. Since fabrics can vary greatly in texture, three different categories are offered: Standard for low-textured, single-color material, as well as Advanced for stronger textures and colors, and as a third category Complex, for complex patterns and highly glossy material.

  

Reference trade fair for the nonwovens sector, Index will take place from October 19 -22, 2021 in Geneva.

This edition will have more than a hundred Italian exhibitors, of whom about eighty are machinery manufacturers. As in the past editions, Italian Trade Agency will organize an Italian Pavilion, where 13 Italian manufacturers will exhibit. The following ACIMIT member companies will be exhibiting in this area: A Piovan, Bianco, Bombi, ColorService, Guarneri Technology, Monti-Mac, Officina Master, Ratti, Texera, Toscana, Spazzole, Unitech, etc. Other ACIMIT member companies will exhibit with their own booth.

In recent years, nonwovens production has grown on a global scale, much more significantly than the traditional textile industry. According to figures collected and compiled by Edana the global association of nonwovens companies, production of nonwovens in Europe grew by 7.2 per cent in 2020 to reach 3 million tonne (and 85.9 billion square metre), with a total estimated turnover of €9.6 million.

The demand for nonwovens has boosted the Italian production of nonwovens machinery during the last year. The increased demand for innovative solutions is precisely what enhances the role of Italian textile machinery manufacturers. The Italian exports of machines used for producing nonwovens (HS code 844900) reached a value of €59 million in 2020. In the first six months of 2021, then, the growth was impressive: +142 per cent over the first half of 2020, worth €37 million.

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