Elgar Straub, Managing Director of VDMA Textile Care, Fabric and Leather Technologies, comments on the extension of Texcare trade fairs to include the American Clean Show

 

„As Messe Frankfurt's partner for all Texcare trade fairs worldwide and as conceptual sponsor of Texcare International, we are delighted that Messe Frankfurt has included the US Clean Show in its portfolio. We congratulate all participating associations and partners on this forward-looking decision.

 

The Clean Show, together with Texcare International and Texcare Asia, is one of the leading technology fairs in our industry and will help the entire value chain master the challenges of the coming years from digitisation to sustainability and from Industrie 4.0 integration/automatisation to the best possible customer benefit.“

 

The German Engineering Association Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau (VDMA) represents over 3.200 companies of the engineering industry, many of which are small and medium sized enterprises. With 1.35 million employees in Germany and a turnover of 226 billion Euros (2017), the sector is the largest industrial employer and one of the leading German industry sectors in total.

The London Textile Fair (TLTF) 2019 edition is set to focus on Spring/Summer 2020 pre-collections. With more than 470 exhibitors, TLTF is the UK’s premier platform for fashion fabrics, clothing accessories, print studios, and vintage garments. The leading textile trade fair will be held on January 9 and 10, 2019, at the Business Design Centre, in London. Around 500 exhibitors will showcase their collections this January 2019, with includes large numbers of European manufacturers (98 per cent of the exhibitors coming from Europe and Turkey), according to a press release. Industry professionals will have the unique opportunity to source from a wide selection of fabrics, accessories, vintage garments and prints. The show gives a complete overview of the market trends for Spring/Summer 2020. As the registrations come through, one can expect more than 5000 visitors in two days. With an average of 85 per cent of visitors from the UK, TLTF has an increasing number of people coming from France, Belgium, Italy, Portugal, Northern Europe, and Middle East. Fashion Fabrics (Village Green, Mezzanine, and Auditorium) is the predominant area of the show, counting 400 exhibitors presenting over 600 collections, mainly European, with exhibitors coming from Italy, France, Turkey, Portugal, Spain, UK, and more. The Accessories area, in the Gallery Hall, offers a wide selection of buttons, labels, zips, tapes, linings, and trimmings from the top European manufacturers. The hall will host 60 exhibitors from Italy, France, UK, Spain, Germany, Denmark, Portugal, Turkey, The Netherlands, Greece, and Switzerland. The Print Design and Vintage Garments are together within the Atrium Hall and offers a selection of prints vintage which inspire the future collections. Texfusion, the new sourcing show for the fashion industry, will be held in the US, on January 16 and 17, 2019. Texfusion -New York will cater for European and international high-quality fabric and accessory manufacturers. With around 100 exhibitors, the show will be held at the Penn Plaza Pavilion, centrally located just off Penn Station and the Madison Square Garden. New York is the fashion capital and apparel manufacturing hub for the East Coast and is the ideal place to launch a new textile exhibition. 

OrganiMark, a leading value chain engineering and category management company, will work with Sweetbridge to deliver trade financing for Sustainable Cotton in a best practice platform for integrated value chain management. Sweetbridge and OrganiMark provide a $20 mn deal structure to finance the integrated value chains they support in South Africa.

Sweetbridge is an open source second layer blockchain-based financial system that utilises a triple entry accounting protocol to provide continuous assurance and real time audit of accounting treatments and financial statements. Sweetbridge’s foundational protocols will provide cheaper cost of capital, near instant payments, reduced error rates whilst making any type of fraud all but impossible, for the entire value chain including major retail brands. Not only do the Sweetbridge protocols enable OrganiMark to connect the economics of the farmer with the opportunities of global brands, but this solution will also act as a driver for businesses within the cotton value chain to engage more effectively in delivering the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs propose a new development pathway based on partnerships between governments, civil society, and businesses, with the aim of transforming our societies. Since conception however, barriers to business engagement have been identified, including lack of visibility, no data or incentives creating a viable business case for their delivery. The combination of OrganiMark’s Integrated Value Chain business model and Sweetbridge’s blockchain solution addresses these, bringing a lower risk and thus lower cost of capital to good actors using tokenized assets and incentives to reward the right behaviours from the start of the value chain right through to the consumer. "Sweetbridge offers a better solution at a lower cost than traditional finance institutions, which is what caught our attention immediately. It brings the benefit of crypto-economics and blockchain, combined with a global go-to marketing strategy, that we believe will not only boost our best practice delivery in South Africa, but across the globe, and will enable us to deliver the services our clients are looking for at scale in our core business of cotton but also in other commodities in the future," Heinrich Schultz, CEO of OrganiMark, said. "OrganiMark’s integrated value chain programme and supporting platform are unique in their ability to deliver forensic level of traceability across an entire industry from resource to retail. The world-class services of sustainable category management, supply chain optimisation and finance that they already deliver blend very well with our business and offer an excellent use case for us to be able to prove out the wide-ranging impacts of our protocols across every tier of an extremely complex and important global value chain," Scott Nelson, CEO & chairman of Sweetbridge, said.

Skill development, technology adoption and global trade practices are imperative for the weaving sector to achieve its full potential, observed the Chairman and Managing Director of Lakshmi Machine Works Sanjay Jayavarthanavelu. Delivering the keynote address at the first edition of Weaves, a textile fair now under way at Texvalley, an integrated textile shopping mall in Erode, he pointed out that compared to spinning, the supply chain representing weaving, finishing and processing has a lot to catch up in terms of adopting standards, robustness and modernisation. With the pace at which fashion is changing today, the lead time from farm-to-shop floor is drastically shrinking, forcing every stakeholder in the entire textile product value chain, including weavers, to become agile and respond quickly, the Managing Director of LMW said. The four-day expo is to conclude on December 8. Organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry and Texvalley, the event is being conducted under the theme ‘Global Connect for Weaving’.

 

Foreign participation: The fair has attracted over 250 exhibitors, including weavers, machinery manufacturers and fabric makers. Exhibitors and buyers from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Myanmar were also present. The expo is expected to attract over 6,000 visitors and generate revenue of around 800 crore. In his inaugural address, the Vice-Chairman of Apparel Export Promotion Council A Sakthivel said the State accounts for 60 per cent of export of yarn and fabrics and 85 per cent of knitwear. Tirupur knitwear cluster has, after over three decades of exporting knitwear garments, begun to show a negative growth in business and the industry is doing everything to make a come back. The government should create a level playing field to help the industry compete in the global market effectively before further setback, he said. Marketing support: The past Chairman of CII Erode zone C Devarajan said while weavers were doing remarkable work, they lacked marketing support. “There are a number of weaving clusters and each is unique in their own way. This expo, we perceive will bring the exhibitors here to limelight,” he said. The immediate past Chairman of PDEXCIL (Powerloom Development and Export Promotion Council) M Duraisamy said that the Council is keen to set up a CAD centre for the benefit of the weaving community. Weaves featured the first of its kind Fashion Show this morning featuring the blend of rich tradition and modernity.

The US International Trade Commission (USITC) has determined that there is a reasonable indication that the US industry is materially injured by reason of imports of polyester textured yarn from China and India that are allegedly subsidised and sold in the United States at less than fair value. The US department of commerce will continue its investigations. “As a result of USITC’s affirmative determinations, the US department of commerce will continue with its antidumping and countervailing duty investigations concerning imports of this product from China and India, with its preliminary countervailing duty determinations due on or about January 11, 2019, and its preliminary antidumping duty determinations due on or about March 27, 2019,” USITC said on its website. Polyester textured yarn is synthetic multifilament yarn that is manufactured from polyester (polyethylene terephthalate). It is produced through a texturing process, which imparts special properties to the filaments of the yarn, including stretch, bulk, strength, moisture absorption, insulation, and the appearance of a natural fibre. The petition for preliminary investigation was filed by Greensboro, North Carolina-based Unifi Manufacturing, Inc and Lake City, South Carolina-based Nan Ya Plastics Corp, America. In 2017, there were nine producers of polyester textured yarn in the US—all based in North Carolina and South Carolina states. These companies together employed 1,043 workers producing $271.5 million worth of yarn, compared to domestic consumption of $404 million. In 2017, total US imports of polyester textured yarn were valued at $132.5 million, with China and India accounting for $62.7 million of the same

At the age of 70, Mr K M Thiruvenkatasubramaniam, Executive Director of Saravana Polythreads (P) Ltd., is still very active in the day-to-day activities of the mill. With conviction and zeal he pursues the goals he has set for the company. Saravana Polythreads, Erode, Tamil Nadu, was founded by Mr Thiruvenkatasubramaniam in the year 2000 with 3000 spindles. Under his dynamic leadership, the mill expanded to 8000 spindles in 2007; today it has 26000 spindles. The mill spins Ne 54’s, 63’s and 72’s polyester counts and majority of its production is supplied to Madura Coats.

Mr Thiruvenkatasubramaniam is well versed with the latest technologies and he is particularly interested in energy saving technologies. The mill has its own wind mill and solar panels that generate power, which allow the mill to be more competitive in pricing. Being a quality conscious mill, Saravana Polythread has carved a niche for itself as a supplier of the best quality yarns in just a short span of time.

Saravana Polythread is happy with Truetzschler technology and has worked with the DK 740, DK 760, TC 03 and now the TC 10 series of cards. The mill also has installed the spindle monitoring system SPinFO from MAG that has helped it to increase ring-frame efficiency and reduce waste from the 1.2% earlier to just 0.5% now.

Recently the mill has added four EcoPulsarS of 100 drums each. When asked about the decision to go for EcoPulsarS, Mr Thiruvenkatasubramaniam said “Earlier we had Savio’s Espero model and we were happy with its performance. So when we decided to expand, Savio was the obvious choice and we took the latest EcoPulsarS”. He is particularly happy with the “suction on demand” function of Savio as it directly benefits the bottom line through power savings, which is in line with the company’s philosophy. Unlike the conventional automatic winders where a common suction fan works all the time wasting energy, there is no common suction fan in EcoPulsarS.  Instead, in EcoPulsarS, each individual drum has a small suction fan and a waste collection chamber which work only when an end breaks. Simply put, when the productive motor (drum motor) works, the suction motor does not operate, resulting in great savings in energy. Further, since there is no common suction fan, there is no necessity for providing a trench for the hot air discharge, thus saving in civil work as well.

Saravana Polythreads is expecting two more EcoPulsarS of 100 drums soon. Mr Thiruvenkatasubramaniam has also expressed his faith in Savio as a technology provider, as he plans to buy TFOs from Savio for the mill’s next expansion. 

Truetzschler, Savio and MAG are all part of A.T.E.’s portfolio, and A.T.E. has brought their low life cycle cost technologies to Saravana . Mr Thiruvenkatasubramaniam expressed his appreciation of A.T.E.’s methodical approach, service orientation, and the sales team’s technical knowledge to give the best solutions.

 

The Government has announced the revised Duty Drawback rates vide CBIC Notification No. 95/2018 – CUSTOMS (N.T) dated December 6,2018 . The All Industry Rates of Duty Drawback re-imburses the incidence of  duties of Customs on inputs and remnant Central Excise Duty on specified  petroleum products  used for generation of captive power for manufacture or processing of export goods  . The Drawback rates for Cotton textiles  products such has Yarn ,Fabrics and Made ups  have been increased . Welcoming the announcement of the new rates, Dr.K.V.Srinivasan , Chairman of The Cotton Textiles Export Promotion Council               ( TEXPROCIL)  said” The Revised Drawback rates will lead to increase  in the exports of  Cotton  textiles”. There is a significant increase in the Drawback rates for Cotton Made ups  which will encourage export of value added products like home textiles , according to the Chairman , TEXPROCIL . Further , the removal of Drawback Caps  in the case of those export products where the Drawback rates are less than 2% will benefit the Cotton textiles exporters , said ShriSrinivasan. 

 

 

The Chairman ,TEXPROCIL extended his thanks to SmtSmritiZubinIrani , Hon’ble Union Textiles Minister for her support in getting the Drawback rates increased. He also thanked the Department of Revenue and the Drawback Committee headed by Dr.G.K.Pillai  for the increase in the Drawback rates .

 

 

Dr. K.V.Srinivasan urged the Government to increase the MEIS rate for fabrics from 2% to 4% and also to cover Cotton yarn under the MIES and 3% Interest Equalization Scheme so that exports of Cotton textiles can achieve its true potential. 

 

Saturday, 08 December 2018 07:22

Hohenstein opens lab in India

 

Hohenstein, a leading testing service provider and research partner, has opened a textile testing laboratory in Gurugram, India. Earlier this year, in July, the company opened a textile testing laboratory with a comprehensive service portfolio in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Starting in December 2018, Hohenstein India will also be able to offer its tailor-made services in one of the world’s textiles hotspots.

 

“For more than 70 years, Hohenstein has stood for textile expertise along the entire textile production chain. With the new laboratories in India and Bangladesh, we’re growing a network of expertise from which everyone will benefit,” said Prof Dr Stefan Mecheels, who is managing in the third generation of the family run business.

Good, consistent cooperation is very important for Hohenstein: close exchange between the laboratories in Germany, Hong Kong, Bangladesh and India ensures more customer proximity and faster order processing, he says. “One thing is certain, wherever the examinations, tests and analyses take place, our laboratories all work with the most modern equipment according to the same standards.”

 

The wait will be over on 8 December 2018: with a grand opening by Prof Dr Mecheels, the new laboratory in Gurugram will be launched and fully operational after a construction period of just eleven months. During tours, the visitors can get an impression of the local capabilities.

 

With around 50 employees on a total of around 3000 square metres, Hohenstein India will offer textiles manufacturers, brand suppliers and retailers a variety of textile technology and chemical tests such as performance testing, restricted substance list (RSL) compliance, harmful substance control, quality control and inspections, and expert report services.

 

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Shri Sri Narain Aggarwal, Chairman, SRTEPC has welcomed the New Duty Drawback rates announced by the Government and thanked the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi; Hon’ble Finance Minister, Shri Arun Jaitley; Hon’ble Union Minister of Textiles, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani and the Chairman and members of the Drawback Committee.  Shri Aggarwal said that the increased Drawback rates will provide relief to the exporters.  Shri Aggarwal said that in the view of the significant duties/taxes embedded in the MMF textile segment, the drawback rates declared now need to be enhanced at least up to 6% to 7%.

 

Further the Chairman has expressed his gratitude to the Government for hearing our plea and urged to consider the recommendations forwarded by the SRTEPC and requested the Government for upward revision of the Drawback Rates.  He said that this would help the exporters face the competition in the overseas market. The maximum increase of Drawback rates on MMF textiles is by about 1.5% and also the product of Nylon Filament Yarn (dyed) has been added under Drawback code as 540203 at the rate 6.7% with a cap of Rs.31.2/kg.

 

He also thanked SRTEPC members for their kind co-operation and support in substantiating the data. He has also sought support and cooperation of the Industry in the matter for more favorable rates in the future.

 

Global yarn production increased by +5% between Q1/18 and Q2/18. Higher output where observed in Egypt (+1.4%), the U.S.A. (+3.2%), South Africa (+3.3%), and globally in Asia where the overall +5.7% increase was led by Chinese Taipei and Korea, Rep. (respective growth rates of +8.1% and +8.8). An opposite trend has been observed in all surveyed European countries, Brazil and Japan. Forecasts for Q3/18 are only optimistic in Africa but the Q4/18 previsions turn positive in all regions except Brazil where stability is expected. Global yarn stocks decreased globally by -4.75%. This is the effect of small contractions in Asia and Europe (between -3% and -4%), an +18% increase in Brazil, and a -20% average decrease in the African countries surveyed. Altogether, yarn stocks reached 85% of their previous year’s level for the same quarter. Global yarn orders decreased by -6% led by a strong reduction in the Brazilian market (-28%). Yarn orders however increased in Africa and Europe by +5.7% and +7.5%, respectively.

 

Global fabric production slightly decreased from Q1/18 to Q2/18. The +0.25% contraction reflects a -6% output reduction in Africa, a decrease of -0.5% in Asia, a +1.6% increase in Europe, and a +3.7% jump in Brazil. The world output level now reaches 87% of its Q2/17 level. Fabric production in all regions is expected to decrease in Q3/18 except in Brazil where stability is foreseen. Q4/18 should see improvements in all regions. In Q2/18, the global fabric stock level grew by almost +2%. It was driven by Brazil’s stock increase of +7%, which brought global fabrics stocks 11% above their Q2/17 level. Stocks remain stable in Asia, Europe, and the U.S.A. They continue to steadily drop in Egypt. Global fabric orders have risen by +43% at world level in Q2/18, led by a +65% increase in Brazil that followed an unusually low first quarter. Orders in Asia and Europe have stagnated and contracted in Egypt, respectively. Global fabric orders are now 16% above their level observed in Q2/17.

 

 

 

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