Thursday, 21 September 2017 11:48

A specific solution for each quality need


Relaunch of the USTER®LVI family


Nearly 70 years ago, the earliest accurate test equipment for cotton fiber properties were introduced to the market. These were the so-called Low Volume Instruments (LVI), which made an immediate market impact at the time, and which in later years were the platform for the development of the high-speed integrated system known as High Volume Instrument (HVI) testing. However, the LVI® instruments still play an important role in the industry today, providing essential lab test solutions for companies focused on specific fiber parameters, or those without the throughput needs or budget necessary for HVI®. Now, USTER has relaunched its LVI® family with upgraded electronics and design – and the accuracy and reliability as expected from USTER.


In the USA in 1948 with the ‘Fibrograph’ and the ‘Colorimeter’ two specific fiber testing instruments were launched. More than two decades later HVI® testing became available, combining measurement of fiber length, strength, micronaire, color and trash of these LVI® instruments into a single, high-throughput system, ideally suited to large-scale processors such as classing offices and major spinning mills.


Still a vital role

In this case, the advent of HVI® didn’t replace LVI®in the way that products with improved capacity often do. In fact, certain segmentsof the industry still depend on the LVI® series. This includes cotton traders or spinners with a lower budget, as well as those with a need for testingonly specific parameters. It’s also clear that not every customer needs a measuring speed of 800 samples per hour –as provided by the USTER®HVI 1000. For many purposes, testing of one sample per minute is perfectly adequate. That’s why the USTER®LVI 930 length tester,for example, with its speed of 50 samples per hour, still has its fans.


For spinning mills with lower-cost production structures, random sampling is generally sufficient, since their customers often do not specify high yarn quality levels. Nevertheless, a certain quality level is required by such mills, and it is therefore essential to check the quality of the purchased cotton before the bale laydown. To ensure the desired quality standard is met, it is vital to check parameters such as fiber length, color/trash and micronaire, which are necessary for an effective cotton bale mix.


For many mills, the USTER®LVI family includes instruments which each cover a particular aspect of fiber quality, with absolute reliability: the USTER®LVI 930 length tester, the USTER®LVI 960 color/trash tester, the USTER®LVI 975 micronaire testerand theUSTER®LVI 920nep tester provide measurements describing these various cotton quality parameters, while the USTER®LVI 940 serves as the control system and data manager.


Different –but equally accurate

Even though their key characteristics can be described as “small, slow and affordable”, all LVI® instruments show the same accuracy in measurement as the flagship models –because all measurements are based on the USTER®HVI and USTER® AFIS principles. The relaunched LVI® instruments now feature refreshed electronics and an updated design. The USTER®LVI 940 introduces even more novelties, connecting the other LVI® instruments through a new software package with expanded reports, new diagnostics, calibration and data storage. “The LVIs can be easily justified as budget-friendly systems for cotton quality checks covering all basic parameters with excellent reliability,” says David McAlister, Product Manager for Fiber Testing at Uster Technologies.



The Low Volume Instruments also serve as the entry point for customers to join the USTER family at an affordable price. Starting with USTER’s unique `Think Quality approach, spinners are equipped to move up the profitability chain step by step with every additional instrument, towards further control of quality throughout the mill processes.


Paybacks for traders and spinners

Cotton trading companies exist in various sizes. Many are local, focusing on their domestic markets, such as in India, China, Pakistan and Bangladesh. They understand the importance of a quality tag for their trading business and thereforeopt to invest in USTER®LVI. Their need isn’t comparable with that of USDA (cotton classing at the United States Department of Agriculture): at this important cotton export institution, more than 250 USTER®HVIs operate at speeds of 800 samples/hour in three shifts, throughout three to four months per year.



Whether cotton is classified using LVI® or HVI® models, the important thing is that the classification takes place. Cotton marketed with no quality tag is regarded as low quality and not to be trusted – and the price suffers accordingly. The benefits of cotton classing are equally valuable to both spinners and traders. Spinners need to get the most out of their purchased raw material with a smart cotton mix. For the right decision on this, proper quality parameters are necessary. The fact that the raw material is the biggest cost factor in a spinning mill is itself justification for investment in an USTER®LVI.“Quality control always pays back,” says McAlister.



About Uster Technologies Ltd.

The Uster Group is the leading high-technology instrument manufacturer of products for quality measurement and certification for the textile industry. The Group provides testing and monitoring instruments, systems and services that allow optimization of quality through each individual stage of textile production. This includes raw textile fibers, such as cotton or wool, all staple fiber and filament yarns, as well as downstream services to the final finished fabric. The Uster Group provides benchmarks that are a basis for the trading of textile products at assured levels of quality across global markets. The Group’s aim is to forward know-how on quality, productivity and cost to the textile industry.


The Group is headquartered in Uster, Switzerland and operates through a worldwide Market Organization complemented by Technology Centers. It has sales and service subsidiaries in the major textile markets and Technology Centers in Uster (Switzerland), Knoxville (USA) and Suzhou (China).


The world's largest textile and garment technology exhibition, ITMA 2019, is spotlighting smart garment technologies as robots and artificial intelligence are set to revolutionalise the industry.



Automation, especially in an integrated textile and garment manufacturing chain, will help address the fashion and clothing industry's current concerns of short production cycles and sustainable business practices, according to CEMATEX, the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers.


Mr Fritz P. Mayer, President of CEMATEX, which owns the ITMA exhibition, said: "The garment making industry is labour intensive and associated with low productivity. Things are set to change. Recently, there has been much publicity about 'sewbots', considered as a major breakthrough in garment automation. Manufacturers fast enough to ride the digital wave will find new opportunities and gain an edge over their competitors."


Mr Vu Duc Giang, Chairman of the Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association (VITAS), concurred: "The garment industry is very competitive and production cycles are now even shorter. Therefore, we need to think out of the box and leverage on new technologies to help us to be more productive and efficient. Many innovative solutions are being introduced, from processes to materials.”


Mr A.E. Roberts, Managing Director of ITMA Services, organiser of ITMA 2019, elaborated: "The digitisation of the fashion industry means that their suppliers will need to seamlessly integrate their design, material supply and production of the finished products. With integrated solutions, garment manufacturers will be able to respond well to fast and flexible production turnarounds, and cut costs by increasing productivity and reducing wastes.”


With greater automation on the cards, industry players are seeing the resurgence of garment manufacturing activities in Europe and other developed economies.

Mr Paulo Vaz, General Director of the Textile and Apparel Association of Portugal (ATP) is upbeat about prospects for Portuguese manufacturers. He said, "We are glad that there is a resurgence of textile and garment making in Europe as this benefits the Portuguese textile and apparel industry. Our manufacturers can be more competitive by improving competencies through branding, innovation and R&D.


"By incorporating technological and creative innovation to differentiate our products, we can expand our markets. As such, it is critical for us to continually evaluate and invest in new technologies. ITMA 2019, which will be held in neighbouring Spain, will be an excellent platform for our manufacturers to explore integrated solutions, ranging from textile and garment technologies to fibres, yarns and fabrics.”


Innovative garment technology showcase


To help garment manufacturers exploit technologies that optimise the manufacturing process for productivity gains, ITMA 2019 is expected to feature a wide array of innovative solutions. They range from garment making machinery to other textile processing machinery, auxiliary machinery and accessories, such as:


  • Software and systems for product planning, design and related automation technology for garment making
  • Equipment for product development
  • Machinery for shrinking, fusing, cutting preparation, cutting and related automation technology
  • Machinery for sewing, quilting and linking
  • Sewing supplies and consumables
  • Machinery and equipment for product finishing
  • Auxiliary machinery for the garment making industry


"An exhibition such as ITMA 2019, where we can explore all the solutions, from textile to garment making, and even materials, in one location is ideal for our members. We will be organising a delegation of top garment manufacturers to study the latest trends and source new technologies that we can implement in our factories,” said Mr Giang of VITAS.


Besides a big display of technologies, fibres, yarns and fabrics, ITMA 2019 will be complemented by conferences and meetings that will add value to the visits of garment technology buyers, as well as brands and retailers.


ITMA Services' Mr Roberts explained: "The global textile and apparel supply chain is expected to see more integration and collaboration, both vertically and horizontally. There is a lot of ongoing dialogues among stakeholders in the fashion, textile and garment industry. ITMA can be a useful focal point for discussions on the entire manufacturing value chain so that concerns can be addressed in an integrated and meaningful way.”


ITMA 2019 will be held from 20 to 26 June at Fira de Barcelona, Gran Via venue. Application for exhibition space has been brisk since booking started in May. Close to 50 per cent of the space has been booked. The exhibition will showcase an integrated textile and garment manufacturing value chain. In addition to machinery, exhibits will also include yarns, fibres and fabrics, and solutions for technical textiles and nonwovens, and garment making.


The last ITMA exhibition, held in Milan in 2015, drew the participation of 1,691 exhibitors from 46 countries. For more information on ITMA 2019, visit

The European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers (CEMATEX) comprises national textile machinery associations from Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. It is the owner of ITMA and ITMA ASIA. Considered the 'Olympics' of textile machinery exhibitions, ITMA has a 66-year history of displaying the latest technology for every single work process of textile and garment making. It is held every four years in Europe.

About ITMA Services
Headquartered in Brussels with a subsidiary in Singapore, ITMA Services is the appointed organiser of ITMA 2019 and future ITMA branded exhibitions. It is managed by professionals with extensive experience in organising ITMA and other major trade exhibitions around the world. It aims to maintain and expand ITMA's unique selling proposition and relevance to a global audience.


Xaar,the leader in industrial inkjet technology, is delighted to announce its unique new High Laydown Technology, now available for printing a range of textured effects on labels, folding cartons and products. Such high-build, textured effects (also called tactile or dimensional effects) can be used to significantly enhance the shelf appeal of products and ensure that they stand out when on display.


In addition, further highlighting the company’s continuing innovation, Xaar is announcing the extension of its Xaar 2001+ high performance printhead family to include UV applications such as printing labels and cartons.



High Laydown Technology adds value


The latest technology from Xaar, High Laydown (HL), is a unique technology that adds to Xaar’s valuable range of deposition technologies and enhances Xaar’s growing Intellectual Property portfolio.When incorporated into the Xaar 1003 and Xaar 2001+ printheads, it can be used to print very high levels of UV clear varnish, even at high speed. The Xaar 1003 GS12U can printan 80 micron layer thickness at 25 m/min line speed, or a 50 micron layer at 50 m/min,in a single pass, thereby building in texture as part of the print process.



Texture provides a raised effect which transformsstandard labels and folding cartons into high-value packaging for products that can command a premium. A recent InfoTrends study (CMYK: The Use of Special Effects in Digital Printing) found that print buyers are willing to pay up to 89% more for textured effects compared to standard CMYK-only work.



As well as adding texture as part of the print process, Xaar’s HL Technology can be used for producingraised foil effects for extra impact. Tactile information effects such as warning triangles required on hazardous products andBraille can also be created without the need for an additional print stage or process.


Xaar’s HL Technology beats alternative solutions


Overall, digital technology provides a compelling alternative to rotary screen techniques commonly used for printing textured labels. Digital print avoids the need for custom rotary screens,which can be time-consuming and costly to produce, as well as often needing to beoutsourced to specialist suppliers. Removing this requirement means that adding texture is now within reach for short and medium label runs using Xaar’s HL Technology; previously rotary screen techniques may have been too expensive to offer this feature.


Similarly,while other digital alternatives typically require multiple printbars to build up sufficient layer thickness, or machines to run at low speeds, thetextured effects can be created easily with a single print bar running at a reasonableproduction speedwith Xaar’s HL Technology.



Xaar 2001+ for UV applications


Separately the Xaar 2001+ family, announced in 2016 for ceramics applications,has been extended for UV print applications.This high-performance printheadoptimises production output with exceptional print quality at high line speed.



A digital press enabled with theXaar 2001+ UV printheadsnow makes possible printingat 720 dpi resolution for sharp edges and clean, crisp text. With the Xaar 2001+ GS6U, it is possible to print 720 x 720 dpi at up to 60 m/min line speed (6pL binary), or 720 x 720 dpi at up to 25 m/min line speed (4 grey levels 6,12, 18 pL).


The Xaar 2001+ incorporates multiple technologies unique to Xaar to ensure continuous and reliable printing in single-pass operation, maximising production output, minimising production interruptions and reducing the need for operator intervention. This development, combined with Xaar’sHL Technology, means that the Xaar 2001+ GS12U can achieve unprecedented laydown levels for tactile effects.



“HL Technology adds a new capability to this very successful product range,” comments Gerard Winn, Senior Product Manager at Xaar.  “With minimal work, OEMs can upgrade their existing presses to incorporate the latest technology, and make textured labels and folding cartons much more accessible and affordable for print shops and therefore for their customers too.”


Thursday, 21 September 2017 05:44

High Tech Wipe


By: Seshadri Ramkumar, Texas Tech University, USA


A flexible high-tech wipe that has defense, homeland security and industrial applications has been developed to protect soldiers, emergency personnel and civilians.


Chantilly, VA-based First Line Technology is promoting “systems approach,” to combat threats from toxic chemicals. FiberTect® technology, developed by First Line Technology, feeds exactly to the immediate needs of the United States’ Defense and Homeland Security community.


First responders face a wide range of chemical threats, including chemical warfare agents and toxic industrial chemicals. To deal with this largely unknown threat, responders require a flexible, inexpensive, and broad spectrum protective fabric system.


An effective and universal dry decontaminant, capable of decontaminating personnel and sensitive equipment, needs to be non-corrosive and devoid of particles such as with the case of M-291 kit. Although there are a range of aqueous decontaminants, they do not have broad range of action as they are very specific to subsets of nerve and toxic industrial chemicals. Additionally, liquid based chemical decontamination technologies may be corrosive to sensitive equipment and even human skin.


There is an immediate need to develop a “system approach,” which will tackle the shortfall with standalone technologies. This concept has been advocated by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL Science & Technology Review, March 2009). Having a wiping technology as part of the decontamination system offers several advantages such as avoiding the excessive use of chemical decontaminants and offering cost savings. 


FiberTect® is a three layer, inert, flexible, drapable, nonwoven composite substrate for absorbing and adsorbing chemical warfare agents (CWAs), toxic industrial chemicals (TICs), toxic industrial materials (TIMs), and pesticides.


Amit Kapoor, President of First Line Technology stated, “Non-aqueous wipe technology helps with bulk decontamination of toxic chemicals. Testing has shown that bulk decontamination is an important step in the removal of contamination before applying neutralizing decontaminants. Dry wipe also helps to reduce the overall decontamination footprint for first responders while expanding response capability.”



FiberTect® decontamination wipe can serve as a standalone technology or used effectively as an integral component of a decon system. This can be used on personnel and sensitive defense equipment and can be handled very easily with regards to use and disposal. FiberTect® keeps life-cycle costs low and is self-contained and packaged for easy use, storage, and transport. 



High speed 100% inspection technology added to core Web Process Control solutions


Text Box: Photo Baldwin Technology Company Inc., a world leader in providing process automation solutions, consumables and services to the print, textile and film industries, is pleased to announce that it has acquired the assets of PC Industries in a transaction that closed on September 13, 2017.  


Headquartered in Gurnee, Illinois, PC Industries (PCI) is a leading manufacturer of state-of-the-art vision inspection systems for the printing, converting, packaging, pharmaceutical and security printing industries.  Founded by Jack Woolley in 1975, PC Industries’ highly regarded brand of products is complementary to Baldwin’s offerings. PCI’s talented team members, consistent history of superior product development, and service and support make the company a natural add-on acquisition for Baldwin.


“We are very excited to be joining the Baldwin team and the broader BW Forsyth Partners family, and we look forward to continuing our progress of becoming the global market leader for high-speed print quality inspection,” commented Jack Woolley, CEO of PC Industries.


“The integration of PC Industries’ will add scale to our broader vision business by opening up new customer opportunities and enhancing our ability to provide further capabilities to our existing customers,” said Brent Becker, CEO of Baldwin.  “Baldwin’s global sales and service platform will allow PC Industries to tap into new markets and serve customers who may have been beyond its scope.  The combination of their expertise in print quality data gathering and our expertise in process control will enhance our opportunities to provide the next level of fully automated closed loop process control.”


PC Industries is Baldwin’s fourth acquisition since joining the BW Forsyth Partners’ family of companies in 2012. In 2014, Baldwin acquired Web Printing Controls and, in January 2017, Air Motion Systems. Earlier this month, they completed the acquisition of Ahlbrandt Systems GmbH. Baldwin will continue to seek add-on acquisitions, with a focus on companies that manufacture process-automation equipment, components and consumables for the printing, packaging and other industrial segments around the world.



 Welspun, a leading manufacturer of home textiles, has been awarded MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX®, the traceable consumer sustainability label that indicates that textiles have been tested for harmful substances and manufactured in environmentally and socially responsible facilities.  Welspun is the first manufacturer in India to be awarded the MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX® label for bed and bath textile products.



“Our MADE IN GREEN label is the result of our long-standing commitment to sustainability,” says Dipali Goenka, Welspun CEO. “MADE IN GREEN also supports our retailers in their efforts to offer more sustainable products to their consumers. The label clearly and quickly communicates to shoppers that our products have been tested for harmful substances and made with respect for our employees, communities, and planet.”


To qualify for the MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX® label, Welspun products underwent thorough, independent testing according to the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®, which verifies that the textiles are free from dangerous levels of chemical substances. In addition, Welspun facilities were evaluated and certified to the STeP by OEKO-TEX® standard that confirms that manufacturing processes comply with multiple guidelines for sustainable textile production.


“We applaud the sustainability commitment that Welspun has made with MADE IN GREEN,” said George Dieners, OEKO-TEX® General Secretary. “Improving sustainability within the textile industry requires major manufacturers like Welspun to head the effort. Welspun’s leadership will help influence others to join the industry’s efforts to make textiles safer for consumers, workers, and the environment.”


More and more, today’s home textiles consumers are including sustainability in their value equation. Not only do they want high quality, attractive, comfortable products, they also want to know that those products were made considerately and responsibly. The MADE IN GREEN label helps shoppers easily make the right choice for their families and their consciences.


The MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX® label is traceable and transparent. Consumers can enter a product’s unique ID code on the MADE IN GREEN website or scan the label’s QR code with their smart phones. These links will quickly authenticate the MADE IN GREEN label, an important benefit for busy shoppers, and provide visibility into every component of the production stream. Learn more at



With 25 years of experience, OEKO-TEX® leads the world in empowering and enabling consumers and companies to protect our planet by making responsible decisions. OEKO-TEX® provides standardized solutions, which optimize customers’ manufacturing processes and help, deliver high quality, more sustainable products. All of the products within the OEKO-TEX® portfolio are used to strengthen our customers’ systems, processes or products and, ultimately, they help create more sustainable companies. To date, 10,000 manufacturers, brands, and retailers in almost 100 countries are working with OEKO-TEX® to ensure that their products are tested for potentially harmful substances and millions of consumers around the world look for OEKO-TEX® labels before making buying decisions. OEKO-TEX® certified products and suppliers can be located in the OEKO-TEX® Online Buying Guide at Connect with OEKO-TEX® on Facebook, on LinkedIn, and on




Welspun Global Brands Ltd. (WGBL), a subsidiary of Welspun India Ltd., offers home textile solutions to retailers and customers globally. With a focus on innovation and customer centricity, the company has a wide portfolio of products sold in over 50 countries. The company leverages its expertise in design through its in-house studios in New York, London and Mumbai keeping it at the forefront of latest global trends in home fashion. Apart from retail, WGBL also caters to the institutional segment that also includes some of the crème-de-la-crème of the hospitality industry. Today, the company has become the most preferred choice for home furnishings internationally and is a trusted partner to 17 of the top 30 retailers in the world.



An Italian textile machinery delegation will be on hand at the upcoming African Sourcing & Fashion Week (ASFW), to be held in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) from 3 to 6 October 2017. The companies will exhibit at the Italian pavilion organized by the Italian Trade Agency. Among these are the following ACIMIT associated members:Autotex, Bianco, Carù, Corino, Europrogetti, Fadis, Ferraro, Lonati, Loptex, Mei, Mesdan, Reggiani, Ssm Giudici, Tonello, Ugolini, Willy.


In Ethiopia textile and garments industry has a long history and tradition. The sector represents the lion-share of employment in the manufacturing sector. The Ethiopian government has launched the II° GTP, Growth and Transformation Plan for 2015-2020 period to promote the industry and to exploit the several bilateral trade agreements signed with Western Countries. Moreover the Country is experimenting a long period of GDP growth.


In this positive economic climate, the demand for machinery by local textile companies has grown significantly. Over the past five years, Italian exports to Ethiopia have increased on average by 14% annually. Their value in 2016 reached 3 million euros and in January-May period Italian sales were worth 1 million euros.


Due to the relevance of this market ACIMIT, in cooperation with Italian Trade Agency, has set up over the years an intensive program for increasing contacts between operators from the two Countries, including institutional and commercial missions in the Country and incoming missions of Ethiopian delegates in Italy. Moreover ACIMIT signed a MoU with the Ethiopian Textile Industry Development Institute in order to realize a textile technology center.






  • Archroma will make its debut at the Première Vision 2017 expo in Paris from 19-21 September with its Color Atlas system, a color library created to easily bring color creativity and manageability to the fashion supply chain.


  • Archroma is a well-known supplier of innovations advancing sustainability in the industry - from award-winning EarthColors dyes and Smartrepel® Hydro water repellent to Advanced Denim water-saving dyeing technology.



 Archroma, a global leader in color and specialty chemicals known for pioneering custom color engineering in textile and fashion, will make its debut as an exhibitor at the Première Vision 2017 expo in Paris from 19-21 September. At Booth 5B10, it will display its various color-management solutions, along with other innovations that are helping to drive sustainability in the textile sector.



For the past 17 years, Archroma has been pioneering change in the areas of formulation, standardization and management of custom colors along the entire textile supply chain. The company recognized back in 2000 that fashion designers, brands, retailers and their suppliers were all facing challenges, ranging from global sourcing to ambitious deadlines. Archroma Color Management helps them to achieve accurate colors, and accelerate their time to market with color management services, unique software tools and support systems.



Introducing Color Atlas to Première Vision 2017



To address these issues, Archroma launched its Color Atlas, a color library created to easily bring color creativity and manageability to an entire new level for all in the supply chain. The Color Atlas by Archroma is a system that includes a "physical library" of 4,320 color swatches, in six volumes. The accordion-fold design of the library volumes allows for quick, intuitive browsing of the cotton poplin samples. Colorful book covers indicate the shades that lie within each volume. Secure tabs help keep the swatches neat and ordered while allowing them to be easily removed. Earlier this year, Archroma also introduced the compact version of its Color Atlas system, which includes all the same color options, but is slimmed down from six to two volumes for increased portability.



A mobile-friendly Color Atlas Online offers features such as “color-on-the-go”, which allows users to capture an image using a smartphone, and identify the closest Color Atlas shades with the possibility to purchase a color sample instantly. Archroma has also introduced new patent-pending technology that adds swatch-specific information to each Engineered Color Standard, giving retailers, brands and mills instant access to more color information than ever.



Due to its close relations with textile manufacturers, brands and retailers, and as a leader in textile colors and effects, Archroma can provide solutions and expertise in colors and beyond, in particular with its cutting-edge technologies to help make industry more sustainable:


  • EarthColors: A range of range of “biosynthetic” dyes for cotton and cellulose-based fabrics that are made from waste left over by the agricultural and pharmaceutical industry after extraction such as almond shells, saw palmetto, or rosemary leaves. The latest in NFC technology on product hangtags enable transparency and traceability through the supply chain to consumers.


  • Smartrepel® Hydro is a non-fluorine-based water repellent finish with high wash durability for cotton, synthetic fibers and their blends.


  • Advanced Denim dyeing technology, meanwhile, allows savings of up to 92% in water, 87% in cotton waste and 30% in energy, compared to a conventional denim dyeing process.


“With our Color Atlas tool, we believe we are redefining the concept of a color library for the textile industry”, says Chris Hipps, Global Director of Archroma Color Management services. “With Color Atlas and our continuous flow of new innovative solutions, we address the specific color related needs of designers, manufacturers and the fashion industry, while constantly striving to also advance products and technologies that will make those sectors more sustainable.”



Please stop by Booth 5B10 at Première Vision and learn more at


Monday, 18 September 2017 05:59




Following successful annual seminars hosted by Cotton Council International (CCI) in fall 2015 and 2016 respectively, CCI is organizing its third annual seminar in India on September 23, 2017 at the Hotel Taj Surya in Coimbatore. The seminar is an Invitation only event which will offer useful insights on the present scenario of US Cotton and Global Cotton Supply & Demand.


“Innovation is one reason that COTTON USA has become the cotton the world trusts” CCI Executive Director Bruce Atherley said. “At COTTON USA, We’re dedicated to providing the entire supply chain with networking opportunities, ongoing education , and the latest research and technological innovations” Atherley added. “It’s a part of the premium value we are proud to offer to the entire industry.”


At the Seminar session, Mr. William Bettendorf, Director, Supply chain marketing & Director, Southeast and South Asia, Cotton Council International, would be giving a brief introduction to US Cotton industry and would present why U.S COTTON is the cotton the world Trusts. CCI staff would also be sharing with the forum the U.S. Cotton industry’s sustainability efforts and research findings from recent market and consumer studies.


Premium brands across apparel and home fashion always look to create value and a point of difference for their consumers, with an emphasis on premium fabrics. Supima is a special extra-long staple fiber grown in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas region is US, Its known for its softness, strength, brilliance and lasting colors. In the marketing year 2016-17, India became no#1 consumer for Supima, Mr. Marc Lewkowitz, President and CEO, Supima would provide an update on his organization’s programs, as well as giving valuable insights on “Your Trusted ELS-Supima”. This will be followed by a panel discussion among the elite user fraternity who would address the current issues in regard to the availability and usage of ELS Cotton.


Recently India has seen an increase in the import of raw cotton, especially the US cotton. Indian mills have shown a preference for US cotton demonstrated by importing more than 1 million bales of US cotton for the marketing year 2016-17. Mr. Adam Branson , Sr. Ag. attache; USDA , FAS , Mumbai will provide with updates on the global cotton production, demand, exports and import trends.


With a focus to deliver consistent quality fiber and to look closer to the needs of the industry, COTTON USA Seminar will bring together textile Industry leaders to discuss on “Experience & Expectation from COTTON USA.”



COTTON COUNCIL INTERNATIONAL (CCI) is a non-profit trade association that promotes U.S. cotton fiber and manufactured cotton products around the globe with our COTTON USA™ Mark. Our reach extends to more than 50 countries through 20 offices around the world. With more than 60 years of experience, CCI’s mission is to make U.S. cotton the preferred fiber for mills/manufacturers, brands/retailers and consumers, commanding a value-added premium that delivers profitability across the U.S. cotton industry and drives export growth of fiber, yarn and other cotton products. For more information, visit



Saturday, 16 September 2017 06:46

Novel Functional Cotton


By: Seshadri Ramkumar, Texas Tech University, USA


Incorporation of biological molecules to cotton may lead to novel functional cottons.


Finding value-added applications for cotton, enabling it to be wearable smart textiles will be the next phase of R& D in the cotton sector. This scribe has been advocating for developing functional cottons at farm level in addition to the industry focusing its efforts on yield and quality aspects.


A team of international scientists from Israel, Germany and Austria has used a biological approach to impart functionality to cotton.


External biological molecules that contain glucose moieties with specific functionalities were incorporated to upland cotton in vitro. The in vitro cultures were incubated with glucose moieties that could penetrate through the cell wall to be incorporated into fibers.  Glucose moieties with magnetic complexes could enable cotton to be magnetic.


The incorporation of biological molecules enables fibers to have functionalities that are durable.


Washability, durability and wearability are some of the challenges faced by the smart textiles sector. The exploitation of biological methods may give new opportunities for natural fibers to penetrate in to technical textiles sector.


The authors claim that this approach could be adopted to other fibers such as flax and bamboo.


It would be really useful for the cotton industry, if such efforts translate to the farm level to develop functional fibers directly from plants.



The work reported in today’s Science journal published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science may be a step towards that direction.


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