The Government has announced the Mid Term Review of Foreign Trade Policy (FTP) 2015-20 on 5.12.2017. ShriUjwalLahoti , Chairman of The Cotton Textiles Export Promotion Council ( TEXPROCIL)   said, “The Mid Term Review of Foreign Trade is progressive, growth oriented and I am glad the Government has recognized the urgent need to address the challenges being faced by the exporters on account of the roll out of the  GST regime by focussing on reducing procedural burden”. The revised FTP has increased MEIS rates across the board by 2% for labour intensive sectors. Earlier the MEIS rates for Garments and Made ups were increased from 2% to 4%. The enhanced  MEIS rates will provide the much needed relief to exporters and will certainly have a positive impact on the overall exports   especially of textile products, according to ShriLahoti.  He also said the increase in the validity of duty credit scrips issued under the MEIS from 18 months to 24 months will increase the utility of such scrips.

With regard to export strategy,  the Chairman , TEXPROCIL  said it is reassuring that the revised FTP identifies markets in Africa and Latin America to be its new focus areas as part of the Government ‘s goal of exploring new markets . 

The  revised  FTP has introduced a new scheme known as Self Ratification Scheme under which Advance Authorizations will be issued in those cases where there are no SION/valid Adhoc Norms for an export product and where SION has been notified but exporter intends to use additional inputs in the manufacturing process on the basis of self declaration . The textiles sector especially technical textiles sector will benefit immensely from this scheme , according to the Chairman , TEXPROCIL. The scheme also allows domestic procurements  which will promote “Make in India” , said shriLahoti. 

TEXPROCIL has been representing for enhanced benefits for Cotton Shopping bags covered under Chapter 42 of the ITC ( HS) Classification. ShriLahoti welcomed the increase in MEIS rate for Cotton shopping Bags from 3% to 5% .

While the Mid Term Review of FTP 2015-20 has addressed many of the issues faced by the exporters , there are still some areas that need to be  addressed immediately to promote exports of textiles, according to ShriLahoti. He pointed out that Cotton Yarn continues to be denied any benefit under the FTP. ShriLahoti urged the Government to include Cotton Yarn under MEIS  and 3% Interest Equalization Scheme , extend the benefit of 3% Interest Equalization Scheme to merchant exporters , cover Fabrics under

RoSL , increase MEIS rates for fabrics and to allow domestic procurements  against EPCG Authorizations  and Advance Authorizations  without payment of GST for export production.


The Mid-term Review of the Foreign Trade Policy (FTP) 2015-20 has been released by the Minister of Commerce and Industry, Shri Suresh Prabhu in New Delhi in the presence of the Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, Shri CR Chaudhary, Finance Secretary, Shri Hasmukh Adhia, Commerce Secretary, Smt. Rita Teaotia, Secretary Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, Shri Ramesh Abhishek and the Director General of Foreign Trade, Shri Alok Chaturvedi.


Commenting on the Mid-Tem Review of Foreign Trade Policy 2015-20, Shri Srinarain Aggarwal, Chairman, SRTEPC stated that although the Mid-term review had addressed a host of the issues from GST to ‘Ease of Trading’ across borders, it has grossly overlooked the manmade fibre segment of the country that has been reeling under GST with asymmetrical input taxes and inverted duty structure, besides facing fierce competition in overseas markets. Chairman, SRTEPC informed that the Council had sent various representations to the Ministry of Textiles and Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India requesting increase of MEIS rates on all the fabrics, made-ups and yarns of manmade fibres. Recently, it had sent a list of 167 MMF items in these categories to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry requesting to increase the MEIS rates. However, post Mid-term review the Government’s Notifications on revision of the MEIS rates, there are only 7 fabrics and 4 made-up items which is a total disappointment for the manmade fibre textile segment of the country, Chairman, SRTEPC added.


As per the Review statement to increase 2 percent MEIS rates across the board for labour intensive MSME sectors leading to additional annual incentive of Rs. 4,567 crore, the Council expects that the Government may shortly come out with another list of items with revised MEIS rates. 


The Government has already announced  increase in MEIS incentives from 2 percent to 4 percent for Ready-made Garments and Made Ups in the labour intensive Textiles Sector with an additional annual incentive of Rs. 2,743 crore. The Council will again represent to the Government and send representations further for increasing MEIS rates to 7% on more MMF made-ups.


Chairman, SRTEPC has welcomed the Government’s initiative to restore the benefits under the export promotion schemes of duty free imports under Advanced Authorisation, Export Promotion Capital Goods and 100 percent Export Oriented Units and commented that this imitative will suitably resolve the problem of working capital blockage for exporters following the roll out of GST.


               The extension of validity period of Duty Credit Scrips from 18 to 24 months, reduction of GST rates on transfer/sale of scrips to zero, support of Export Credit Guarantee Corporation enhanced to increase insurance cover to exporters particularly MSME’s exploring new or difficult markets, introduction of a new scheme of Self-Assessment based duty free procurement of inputs required for exports, setting up of a State-of-the-Art Trade Analytics division in DGFT for data based policy actions, introduction of a new Logistics Division in the Department of Commerce and Focus to Ease of Trading across borders are the positive steps taken by the Government through the Mid-term review, the Chairman, SRTEPC stated.





The Government has been taking several initiatives to improve the global competitiveness of the manufacturing sector especially, the textile sector being the second largest employment provider of the Nation, next only to agriculture.  The mid-term review of Foreign Trade Policy 2015-2020 released today by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry has given thrust of Ease of Doing Business, Ease of Trading across Borders, exploring new export markets, new export products, simplification of procedures and processes and establishing National Trade Facilitation Committee headed by Cabinet Secretary to boost exports.


            In a Press Release issued here today, Mr.P.Nataraj, Chairman, The Southern India Mills’ Association (SIMA) has stated that the uniform tax rates and practices after the implementation of GST across States have led to considerable reduction in the logistics and transaction cost for the exporters.  He has appreciated the formation of National Trade Facilitation Committee (NTFC) under Cabinet Secretary to focus on transparency, technology, simplification of procedures, infrastructure augmentation, etc.  24 x 7 customs clearance extended to 19 sea ports and 17 air cargo complexes would help the exporters says Mr.Nataraj.  .



            Mr.Nataraj has stated that the Government is yet to consider the long pending demand of including cotton yarn exports under MEIS and IES schemes and also to consider the fabric exports under RoSL  that are essential to utilize the highly capital and labour intensive surplus production capacities in the spinning, weaving, knitting and processing segments.    He has also stated the Government could have considered the industry’s demand of GST free domestic procurement against EPCG and Advance Authorization Scheme to boost exports under mid-term review. He has hoped that the Government would soon announce the enhanced duty drawback rates for all textile taking into account of all the embedded/blocked levies and enable the exporters to continue to have the level of export competitiveness that they had under Pre-GST era.



Global  Textile Technology & Engineering Show (GTTES 2019) well  received as its first edition  is opening  its booking on 4th December, 2017  for 2nd edition to be held  from 1st – 3rd February 2019 at Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregaon, Mumbai.

GTTES 2019 is supported by Department of Heavy Industry(DHI), Government of India, Government of Maharashtra and has already received a  hearty  response.  Tremendous  excitement  and anticipation  from foreign exhibitors, enquiries   from  overseas delegates  are a testimony  to the success of previous edition held in 2015.

Also the  transparent process, focus on providing value for  money  and quality service in  exhibition has  generated tremendous  trust and appreciation for India ITME  Society as organiser of both GTTES  and India ITME series.

GTTES 2019 aims to provide a platform to congregate the leading strategists, experts, innovators & management developers from European, American & Asia-Pacific area.

This Global textile Technology & Engineering Show offers you a wide range of opportunities, from engaging with industry leaders at the highest level, to showcasing your products and services to an international audience. Therefore, having a presence at GTTES 2019 is simply a must for, Companies, Government representatives, Associations, Universities & those connected with the textile machinery world.

For enhancing the effectiveness of the event, the participants will be provided numerous opportunities to learn the latest industry resources & tools from business, governmental and academic aspects.

India ITME Society has hit the right chord with the needs of the Textile Industry through GTTES 2019, an exclusive show to capture the World's attention on strengths & opportunities of Global Textile Industry, with special focus on post spinning segments  like weaving, processing, knitting, embroidery, garmenting and more.

The one & only trade event in India dedicated to magnify business and trade for Textile Machinery manufacturers, through interaction with agents / dealers from India and across the Globe.



Showcasing ways to improve productivity, save costs, enhance quality, cut down turnaround time, and much more. The 26th edition of Garment Technology Expo (GTE) ’18 offers solutions in the event to be held from January 19-22, 2018 at NSIC Exhibition Complex, New Delhi. This edition promises to be bigger and grander compared to the previous editions with an array of fresh offerings. The key highlights are enhanced area, close to 70,000 sq. mt. with more than 350 exhibitors. The trade expo is expected to attract more than 21,000 visitors during the four-days power-packed show. This is Indian subcontinent’s largest show for apparel technology, with unparalleled representation from all segments of the sector, representing over 800 companies and brands from over 20 countries. All the industry stalwarts are present at this platform under one roof.


Exhibiting Segments

The exhibition is known for showcasing latest machines and processes. Nearly 85 per cent participants in the initial editions of GTE continue to be steadfast. New innovations, product launches, product upgrades, live demonstrations, new materials, etc. are the cornerstone of each successive show.


Companies from every sphere of textile and garmenting would be a part of this show. Key categories on display are: Sewing machines, Dyes & chemicals, Home Furnishing Machines, embroidery machines, equipment & supplies, laundry equipment, spares & attachments, digital textile printing, accessories & trims, spreading & cutting fancy yarns/fabrics, quilting/packaging, IT-enabled services, leather garment making machines, software solutions, finishing & testing, fusing/dying rquipments, etc.


A Wide Range of Visitors

At the exhibition, one would find companies and brands from the wide spectrum of textile sector. These include garment exporters, domestic manufacturers, Ordinance factories, home furnishing manufacturers, job workers, traders and suppliers institutional and government bodies, merchandisers, textile designers fashion institutes, shop floor managers, retail chains etc. The organizers also expect a strong overseas visitor participation.


A Successful Track Record of Shows

GTE has a strong history of successful shows. Some show stealers at GTE 17 included: printing machines that can successfully work with disperse, reactive and pigment; high speed Industrial Digital Textile Printer for 24-hour printing with daily output of 1000-3500 mts; latest Mimaki & Roland DG Printing Machines; Flat Circular Knitting Machines; Embroidery Machines with Laser cutting technology; Go Green Technology in fabric finishing by Ramsons; Automated sewing machines by Robotech and elastic sewing machine by Supreme, to mention a few.


Most exhibitors were very happy with the response they got at GTE 17. China’s Jack Sewing Machine makers were one of them. As Lucian, Regional Manager (South Asia), opined “We are one of the largest Chinese manufacturers of sewing machines and our experience has been excellent at this show. I have been told by our various agents that they have received serious inquiries from many buyers. We are fully satisfied with our participation at GTE 2017.”


Bangalore-based Madhu Kapoor, MD, Apparel & Leather Technics observed, “We have been participating at GTE since its first edition. Our objective behind participating at a show is to do research and development. We have lots of technicians at our booth. We encourage buyers to share their ideas as well as challenges and we turn those ideas into reality. This is the reason our booth is always jam-packed.” On similar lines, R Gopal Kukreti, GM, Juki India, said “All four days of the show were excellent. We met a lot of new buyers, particularly those manufacturing for the domestic market. We also noticed there was more number of genuine buyers in this edition than in earlier ones. This year, the show has also been better organized.”


“There has been increase in visitor footfall and also increase in number of genuine and new buyers who visited our stall” says Kartik Kapoor, Project Manager, IIGM. Anil Anand of Hari Chand Anand & Co, observed, “The footfall of genuine visitor/buyer was huge from all over India, especially Bengaluru and Tirupur.  On the same lines avers, Akshay Sharma, CEO, Magnum Resources Pvt. Ltd.,“Quality of buyers was much better than in the earlier editions, visitors from Kolkata were a big surprise for us”,


Many leading exhibitors like Viraf Turel, EH Turel & Company and Manjeet Singh of Paramount Instruments appreciated the professional organization of the show and exhibitors at Tukatech went on to say this the best show in this part of the world!


Leading participants on board for GTE 2018

Among other regular leading players, GTE 2018 has new additions, who have confirmed very big presence in GTE-18 the likes of Stalwart Engineering Co. (Smartex Laundry & Finishing Machines), Mobase  Product (SWF Embroidery Machines) , Starwhites (Laundry & Finishing Machines), Juki – India and Aalia Fashions(Fabrics).


Highlights of GTE 2018


Ø  GTE is Indian subcontinent’s largest show for apparel technology, with representation from all segments of the sector,

Ø  Exhibitors representing over 800 companies and brands from over 20 countries.

Ø  GTE 2018 edition promises to be bigger and grander compared to the previous editions

Ø  Over 350 exhibitors, covering close to 70,000 sq. mt. of exhibiting space expected

Ø  The trade expo is expected to attract more than 21,000 trade visitors

Ø  Connecting all important points in technology of the supply chain

Ø  Exhibitors were happy with the response in GTE 17, expressing GTE, is the best show in this part of the world!

Ø  Among other regular leading players, GTE 2018 has new exciting additions as exhibitors

Ø  Apparel 4.0 Conference, the latest buzz in apparel technology world is the key highlight



About GTE

The annual Garment Technology Expo’s is the flagship event of GTE New Delhi and is held in spring, the maiden show started in 2001 saw 87 participants and 4,700 visitors. GTE's journey of progressive growth and patronage spans 25 editions. The 2017 New Delhi edition attracted 350 participants, from over 800 companies and brands from 18 countries. This hugely popular show was attended by over 21,700 trade visitors. The show covered all segments of the industry, from latest technology machines to machine spares and consumables, from infrastructure set-up to latest processes and systems, from raw materials to trimmings and embellishments, from logistics and packaging solutions to trade communication and documentation services.


The biggest industry show in the subcontinent, GTE New Delhi is hailed by trade professionals including manufacturers, exporters, CEOs, MDs and Production Heads, besides, institutions and other volume consumers, who attend to update themselves about latest technologies, materials, product launches and new innovations.


by Hon’ble Minister for Finance, Rural Development for Maharashtra State Government Shri Deepak Vasant Kesarkar and Wang Shicai, Commercial Counselor, Consulate General of The People's Republic of China


Fifth edition of the China Homelife/ Machinex in India was launched today in Mumbai at the Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre. This event is a global series of B2B exhibitions held in Dubai, Brazil, Egypt, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Iran Mexico, Italy, Turkey, South Africa and Poland.The expo was inaugurated by Hon’ble Minister for Finance, Rural Development for Maharashtra State Government Shri Deepak Vasant Kesarkarand Wang Shicai, Commercial Counselor, Consulate General of The People's Republic of China. Also present were Mr.Ninad Karpe, Chairman – CII Western Region & Director, Aptech Ltd;Mr. Kumar Rajagopalan – CEO, Retailers Association of India;Dr. LalitKanodia – President, Indian Merchants Chamber, Mumbai. The expo will continue till 7th December and over 1200 exhibitors are showcasing over 25,000 quality products manufactured in China at the most competitive prices.


Wang Shicai, Commercial Counselor, Consulate General of The People's Republic of Chinain his address said, “I extend my warmest congratulations to the smooth opening of the fair and express my heart-felt gratitude to all of you for your long-time contribution to the economic and trade cooperation between China and India. In recent years, the economic and trade relations between China and India has made great strides. According to Chinese customs statistics, bilateral trade between China and India grew from less than 3 billion US dollars to 71.1 billion US dollars between 2000 and 2016, more than 20 times in 16 years. In 2016, China’s direct investment in India and Africa reached over 1.06 billion US dollars, an increase of more than six times over the same period of last year. From January to October 2017, the bilateral trade between China and India was 68.81 billion US dollars, up 19.8% on a y-o-y basis. India invested in 226 projects in China up by 45.81% with a total actual investment of 157 million US dollars, up 243.9% over the same period of last year. In the next five years, China will import more than 10 trillion US dollars of goods and services.”


Hon’ble Minister of State for Home (Rural), Finance and Planning, Shri Deepak Vasant Kesarkar, welcoming Chinese and Indian dignitaries said “Foreign investment is a key driver of economic growth of a state and a country, to achieve this we welcome all the Chinese industries with open arms. Maharashtra has gone on to become the financial capital of this country and this has been possible because of Maharashtra Government’s encouraging policies of foreign investment in India. We have been the pioneer in getting all the top MNC to invest in India which has been possible due to factors such as infrastructure, inter-state connectivity, cargo airports and ports. GST has been a key element that has capitulated India into the big league in global supply chain with uniform taxation, cost efficiency, reduced time & cost in transportation. One obvious effect is made in India products are most cost competitive in the global market. We have strong faith in government’s Make in India project and has strived to make it possible as a part of the same, we welcome Chinese investment in India. As a proof of this, Maharashtra Industries’ minister has offered state cooperation for Indo-China trade, he also went ahead stating that there will be full cooperation from Maharashtra government when it comes to permission, land and infrastructure. Thank you Meorient from Shanghai, the organizers for arranging this largest International product show in India and bringing the who’s who of Chinese industries under one roof to elevate the business relations between the two countries.”


Chen Jian, Director, Wenzhou Bureau of Commerce, said, “Wenzhou is the birthplace of China’s private economy and also a gathering place for manufacturing of light industry products. In 2016, Wenzhou exported 3.25 billion Yuan to India and 166 million yuan in imports. The bilateral trade volume between Wenzhou and India and sustained economic cooperation have become the shining highlights of both places.”


The exhibition will provide an authoritative representation from leading exporters from China dealing in Furniture, Home Appliances, Textiles and Garments, Kitchen and Bathroom, Garden and Leisure, Gifts as well as Lights and Lamps under the Homelife Trade FairThe Machinex Trade fair will cater to buyers looking at top quality and a wide variety of products from Machinery, New Energy, Hardware & Power Tools, Automobiles & Motorcycles, Printing Machinery, Chemicals, Cables & Accessories, Food Processing, Plastic Machinery, Packaging Machinery, Machine Parts & Accessories and High & Low Voltage Electrical.




China Homelife& China Machinex is a Global Series of Exhibition which happens annually in 11 Countries, such as- Poland, Brazil, UAE (Dubai), South Africa, India, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Jordan, Egypt, Mexico and Iran.. The India edition of the Exhibition started in the year 2013. In only 5 years, the China Homelife&Machinex India has become the largest B2B China Sourcing Exhibition of the Country. The Exhibitors who participate in this Global Series Exhibition are selected through a strict quality control process which ensures you are able to meet some of the top quality manufacturers from China. The China Homelife Show India brings you superior Chinese suppliers from the home products category, presenting a lucrative opportunity for importers, traders and buyers to source high quality products directly from manufacturers at competitive prices. While, China Machinex connects over 6,000 high quality Chinese manufacturers with over 80,000 of the most important buyers in emerging markets.


  • VASTRAJET offers precise dot placements and high precision printing
  • Has a printing working width of up to 180 cms and can easily integrate into an existing process house
  • Suitable for a variety of fabrics like cotton, silk, wool, polyester and their blends


ColorJet India Ltd, India's biggest manufacturer and marketer of wide format digital inkjet digital textile printers, will be offering live demonstrations of its best selling printer, the VASTRAJET at the stall of T4 Texultants, which is a marketer of several textile technologies at ITMACH 2017 to be held in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. T4 Texultants are available in hall 8, booth no D-38/E-32.


ITMACH 2017 visitors will get the opportunity to take a close look at the process of digital printing and also discuss the nitty-gritty of the printer with experts from Colorjet India. Colorjet has an installed base of 4000+ digital printers from Australia to Europe.


The VASTRAJET, a direct to fabric digital printer has a printing working width of up to 180 cms and can easily integrate into the setup of an existing process house. VASTRAJET produces brilliant quality prints onto textiles with high colour consistency, using water based inks which are suitable for printing on a variety of fabrics like cotton, silk, wool, polyester and their blends.


VASTRAJET offers precise dot placements and high precision printing and is available in 4 & 8 colour variants and is built on industrial grade jetting assembly. For outstanding print quality and perfect print registration, it uses an adhesive belt with built-in automatic washing system.


The structure of the VASTRAJET is excellently designed to handle high speed production and precise dot placements, while the proprietary AIVC technology ensures high precision printing. The high speed is achieved through specially designed jetting controls to optimize printheads performance, to match the high jetting frequency.


For those looking at higher productivity, Colorjet also offers the METRO with 16 heads, offering production in the range of 200 sq. metres per hour.


ColorJet India designs, manufactures and integrates every component of its printers like inks, printheads, and the control system to ensure maximum quality, reliability and uptime combined with low total cost of ownership.


Colorjet digital textile printers have been installed at several textile fabrics process houses across the globe and has gained the trust of the user community, due to the robustness of its printers and also the excellent after sales service and support.


“ColorJet eyes ITMACH 2017 as a great platform to exhibit its technological advancements. The VASTRAJET digital textile printer has written a long story of success in different geographies globally. The fabrics printed on ColorJet digital machines are exported to many developed economies. In fact even designer fabrics are also printed on our machines,” Brand Manager at Colorjet, Smarth Bansal said.


For more information please visit


About ColorJet India Ltd:


ColorJet India, the largest manufacturer of digital inkjet printers in India, markets its products in 14 countries worldwide. Founded in 2004, the company maintains its operations via two manufacturing facilities and sales offices spread across seven countries, which include India, China, Bangladesh, UAE and Sri Lanka. To-date, ColorJet has installed and implemented over 4,000 of its printing solutions and products across 315 cities around the world backed by a strong 278 member team, of which almost 100 are in technical related functions. 



Archroma, a leader in colour and specialty chemicals, has announced that its Archroma Color Management service business has partnered with the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and its Textile Development and Marketing Department to create the first Archroma Color Center.


The Archroma Color Center @FIT is a facility where FIT students can utilise leading-edge industry colour management tools for their design projects, gaining hands-on expertise that equips them for successful careers in the fashion and textiles industries.


The Archroma Color Center at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), featuring the Color Atlas by Archroma. © Archroma


FIT students designed the space under the direction of Sean Cormier, an associate professor at the college’s Textile Development and Marketing programme. Key components for the room were donated by Archroma.


Archroma Color Center

The Archroma Color Center @FIT includes a large-scale colour reference that recreates the 4,320 hue Color Atlas by Archroma as a wall-hung, flip-through display. A complete six-set Color Atlas – featuring an easy-to-use system of detachable fabric swatches – has also been donated to the lab, which students use to select hues for their design projects.


Colors from the physical Color Atlas library are easily found using the cutting edge online Color Search tool. A set of colour design tools representing each shade in Color Atlas has also been donated for students to incorporate into their individual class presentations.


The Archroma Color Center at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), featuring the Color Atlas by Archroma. © Archroma


“We’re giving the students a realistic environment to learn in,” said Brad McClanahan, Global Head of Service Businesses at Archroma. “These are the same tools that they will use in industry, assembling colour palettes for seasonal design presentations and production specifications. We want the next generation of industry professionals to have hands-on experience with the next generation of tools.”

Developing colour stories

Students use the Color Atlas as a guide in developing colour stories for various projects that are done in the FIT textile programme, including a colour pitching assignment where they must create two new colourways, one warm and one cool, for a chosen print. Students are also asked to use the library to research colours, then they dye sample fabrics and matching trim materials. The students also use the online colour matching system, visiting retail stores where they spot trends and capture colour info on their phones.

“It’s key that FIT students not only graduate with the theoretical knowledge about how our industry works, but that they are exposed to the most advanced design libraries, tools, software and equipment,” said Sean Cormier. “With Archroma’s generous donation of materials, our students are actually using and becoming familiar with a modern colour selection system that they will encounter when they walk into the marketplace after graduation.”



Huntsman Textile Effects has further updated the High IQ® performance assurance program to help mills, brands and retailers meet consumer demand for textiles that stay looking newer for longer. The global leader in intelligent effects has extended the world’s only color retention program with High IQ® Lasting Color and Lasting Color eco, plus High IQ® Lasting White with cutting-edge fluorescent whitening agents and stain management technologies.


Consumers want garments that retain their new look through multiple home launderings. At the same time, there is a global call for more environmentally friendly textiles, produced with less water and energy. Alkaline washing powders, hard tap water and mechanical abrasion from washing machines and clothes driers can rapidly dull colored textiles, while everyday stains can leave whites looking dull.


“With our High IQ® Lasting Color and High IQ® Lasting White programs, we offer brands, retailers and mills a way to achieve better economic and environmental sustainability. In today’s competitive global market, this means being able to cost-effectively produce fabrics that delight consumers with brilliant whites and vivid colors that stay and won’t wash away, backed by an assurance that they conform to stringent environmental standards,” said Lee Howarth, Global Marketing Manager, Huntsman Textile Effects.


Through the new High IQ® Lasting Color and updated High IQ® Lasting White programs, Huntsman Textile Effects helps consumers choose sustainable textile products that retain their vivid colors and bright whites to deliver a longer usable life. Only mills that meet Huntsman’s stringent requirements earn the right to use the High IQ® hang tags as point-of-sale product branding.


High IQ® Lasting Color: value through color performance


High IQ® Lasting Color is the world’s only color retention program, is powered by specially selected NOVACRON® dyes and lets mills produce fabrics that retain their exciting vibrant colors and dark shades even after repeated washing. Based on tests using EU and US home-laundering programs, fabrics made under the High IQ® Lasting Color program will not fade, and there is little risk of color staining on other garments during washing.


As an extension, Huntsman is also introducing High IQ® Lasting Color eco program for textiles produced with a minimal environmental footprint. It relies on Huntsman’s award-winning AVITERA® SE reactive dyes to reduce water and energy consumption by up to 50% compared to best-available technologies. Excellent washing-off performance shortens processing time and increases productivity.


High IQ® Lasting White: whites that stay and don’t fade away


High IQ® Lasting White delivers very high and brilliant whites on cellulosic fibers, combining our latest generation of Fluorescent Whitening Agents under the well-known UVITEX® range with environment-friendly fluorinated (C6) or non-fluorinated stain repel and release technologies. It is wash-fast in production and home laundering, even at high temperatures, and it resists and washes out household stains to ensure garments keep their newness for longer.


High IQ® Lasting White is ideal for ready-to-wear, business wear, underwear, casualwear and home textiles that need to withstand the rigors of everyday life and retain their brilliant whiteness.


Environmental sustainability

The dyes in the High IQ® Lasting Color range and the technologies used to produce High IQ® Lasting White comply with the requirements of bluesign®, the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals Roadmap and the Restricted Substances Lists of the world’s most demanding global brands. Fabrics produced under Lasting Color or Lasting White are suitable for OEKO-TEX® Standard 100.


Huntsman’s High IQ® global performance assurance program helps mills, brands and retailers produce high-performance textiles with enhanced comfort, sun protection, friction reduction and water repellence, in bright whites and color that lasts. The program is based on innovative dyes and effects and unparalleled technical support and application know-how from Huntsman Textile Effects, the global leader in textile dyes and chemicals, to help mills improve their productivity and competitiveness.




Source: Huntsman Textile Effects


Saturday, 02 December 2017 03:02

Cotton Crop to be Exceptional in Texas


By: Seshadri Ramkumar, Texas Tech University, USA


Cotton crop in Texas this season will be exceptional in terms of yield.


This morning, over 50 people representing different regions of Texas and the entire spectrum of the cotton industry that included producers, agricultural lenders, policy personnel and researchers gathered in the conference room of the Plains Cotton Growers (PCG), Inc. office in Lubbock, TX. Probably, this meeting had the highest attendance this season, which shows the importance of cotton in the High Plains of Texas.


Quality of this season’s cotton was in the minds of all those who attended today’s gathering. In a question from this scribe to a producer, he responded “I am still harvesting, but the quality?” Maturity has been affected by cold weather during the end of September and early October, in High Plains.


Coming to the yield, there is going to be a lot of cotton from Texas. High Plains of Texas will have over 5 million bales of cotton. Texas is going to have a large crop, while we are experiencing some low micronaire issue in High Plains, other qualities are outstanding, stated, Mr. Steve Verett, Executive Vice President of PCG.


Producers are pleased with exceptional crop yield per acre. In High Plains, although good crop is expected, there has been good variability in the yield with some regions not performing well while others have exceeded normal expected production resulting in overall good crop. John Spence, producer from El Paso reported that his area is witnessing yields of 1300 pounds/acre for Upland cotton and 900 pounds/acre.


Toby Robertson of Robstown, TX who has a family farm of 10,000 acres stated that this year the crop has been exceptional with 1505 pounds/acre in his operations. Normal yields in his area are about 800-1000 pounds/acre, this year, it has been about 1500 pounds. Similar experience was shared by Jeff Nunley, Executive Director of South Texas Cotton and Grain Association, who stated that this year, his region will have about 1.8 million bales as against last year’s production of one million bales.


Mood in terms of market was very optimistic, as the demand is strong. While cotton is being harvested, cotton is at 73 cents which is a good signal of cotton’s demand world over. Mills in Pakistan and Turkey are buying U.S. cotton and more recently, the demand is huge from Pakistan, said a cotton trader. Overall picture is yields are good and the market is showcasing good price points. Prices never rise during harvest season, but this past two weeks or so, price is on the rise, which is a positive news for the industry said Shawn Wade, Director of Policy Analysis and Research at PCG.



With India’s crop downsized recently and the growing demand for cotton, United States cotton industry is looking forward to the new year with full optimism. 


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