• Covestro supports student project for World Solar Challenge
• Provider of solutions for the automobile industry
• Longstanding partnership with RWTH Aachen University


 Covestro is supporting students at RWTH Aachen University and Aachen University of Applied Sciences with an ambitious project – the development of a solar-powered electric car for what is likely to be the toughest solar car race in the world, the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2017 in Australia from October 8 to 15. The company is supporting the Aachen-based Sonnenwagen team’s project with materials and technical service and as a gold sponsor.

The car has now been manufactured and is being put through its paces before the long journey. This is a welcome opportunity for the young researchers to present the high-powered car again to classmates and guests from the worlds of science, business and politics. Under the slogan “The Sonnenwagen team has lift off,” they explained the milestones and also the challenges over the course of the vehicle’s two-year development history.

Already in the pipeline: future mobility concepts
“Our solar car clearly proves that innovative and sustainable mobility concepts are already possible and feasible now,” said Hendrik Löbberding, chairman of the Sonnenwagen team, at the event in the main building of RWTH Aachen University. “We now hope to achieve an excellent place with our speedster.”

As well as a keynote lecture on mobility by Professor Achim Kampker from RWTH Aachen University, the academic framework program also included a lecture by Dr. Karsten Danielmeier, coatings expert at Covestro, on innovative materials for the mobility of the future. “In Australia, we want to test a car repair clearcoat from PPG under the harsh climate conditions prevailing along the race’s route,” explained Danielmeier. Since the car body parts are made from temperature sensitive carbon fiber composites, the vehicle has not passed the usual original coating with baking process. The clearcoat contains the bio-based hardener Desmodur® eco N 7300.

Covestro develops sustainable solutions
With such developments and project partnerships, Covestro is committing itself to future vehicle concepts that meet the needs of increasing mobility but also make a contribution to climate protection and economizing on fossil resources. The materials manufacturer is acting as a provider of solutions for the car industry and is pushing boundaries in order to fulfill the increasing demands associated with realizing these concepts.

The company already has some experience with future mobility concepts: as an official partner of the Solar Impulse project, it made a contribution to the success of the first manned flight around the globe in an aircraft powered exclusively by solar energy. At the K 2016 plastics trade fair, the manufacturer presented a groundbreaking concept for electric mobility, involving, for the first time, wrap-around glazing made from polycarbonate and innovative lighting with holographic films.

Competing for the best talents
Covestro also used the event to showcase itself as an attractive employer to the students, talented junior employees and experienced professionals attending the event. Because, for a company so driven by innovation, a critical success factor is finding highly qualified staff. Therefore, the company is appearing at lots of traditional career fairs, using various online and social media channels, and pursuing higher education marketing.

The goal of this is to bring innovative developments to life and get people interested in Covestro and spark their enthusiasm for its values: being curious, courageous and colorful – curious about progress and fascinating developments like the Sonnenwagen and courageous in seeing opportunities where others see limits, and pushing those boundaries. Here, being colorful is a synonym for creativity and a broad range of talents.

Long-standing cooperation
Covestro has had a close partnership with RWTH Aachen University for many years. A particular success is the joint catalysis research at the on-site CAT Catalytic Center, which was recently extended for an additional seven years.

Both partners developed a process at the center for using carbon dioxide as a new raw material in plastic production. The development was so successful that Covestro set up a new plant for the production of a CO2-based component for polyurethane foam at its site in Dormagen, which went into operation last year.


About Covestro:
With 2016 sales of EUR 11.9 billion, Covestro is among the world’s largest polymer companies. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, construction, wood processing and furniture, and electrical and electronics industries. Other sectors include sports and leisure, cosmetics, health and the chemical industry itself. Covestro, formerly Bayer MaterialScience, has 30 production sites worldwide and employs approximately 15,600 people (calculated as full-time equivalents) at the end of 2016.

About RWTH Aachen University:
Sonnenwagen Aachen has existed as a registered association since September 2015 and is composed of 40 committed students from RWTH Aachen University and Aachen University of Applied Sciences. The goal of the association is to design and build a solar-operated electric vehicle and to take part in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in October 2017 – an emission-free race straight through the Australian outback. As the only German team in the Challenger class, the Sonnenwagen Aachen team will compete with other international teams on the 3,022-kilometer-long route. The central purpose behind participation in the race is to raise awareness of the subject of sustainable mobility within society and to make a contribution to the development of relevant technologies themselves.





This paper objective is to present Lean Production (LP) as a work organisational model that fosters a sustainable work environment in garment industry. This is achievable through some lean tools and initiatives, described in the paper, that reduce the energy, water consumption, environmental waste, raw materials consumption and improve leanness and agility. Lean Production has been extensively implemented in all kind of industries, responding to customers demand with on time delivery of high quality products at reduced costs, through continuous waste elimination (e.g. over production, raw materials, energy and water more than necessary). These problems were addressed in this study by the implementation of lean tools like cellular manufacturing, single piece flow, work standardisation, just in time production etc. Lean tools bring significant changes in providing smooth process flow and productive operations which in turn gives a remarkable contribution in achieving company’s goals and giving quality products at the right time and at the right place.





In the current era of globalisation, industries are adopting new technologies to producegoods to compete and survive in the market. The most daunting issue faced by manufacturerstoday is how to deliver their products or materials quickly at low cost and with good quality. Onepromising method for addressing this issue is the application of lean management principles andtechniques. Lean management simply known as lean is production practice, which regards theuse of resources for any work other than the creation of value for the end customer, is waste,and thus a target for elimination. Though there had been numerous claims on the real origin ofLean Manufacturing principles, it was generally accepted that the concept, with this background business needs to compete with efficiency and quickly respond to market needs and niches.There is no doubt that the manufacturing industry are confronted with challenges and looking for improvements in their key activities or processes to cope with the market fluctuationsand increasing customer demands. Applying lean management philosophy is one of the mostimportant concepts that help businesses to complete. In this paper, the literature survey findingssuch as existing level of lean practices, types of lean tools employed, and perceived level of different encountered by the various manufacturing industries are discussed.




The primary aim of this study is to find out the needs and examine the degree to which the conceptsof lean management are put into practice within various manufacturing Industry.


(i)                 This is an overview for finding the current situation of lean management practices inmanufacturing industries.

(ii)               It is a measure to identify the constrains that retains lean manufacturing in the infant stage inmanufacturing firms and helps to identify the muda (waste) that evolves in an processing unit andgives out supporting measures to remove the same. The constraint that predict the implementationand sustainability of lean manufacturing tools and techniques are also discussed.




A detailed review of research in current trend of lean management in garment industry has been discussed. Lean manufacturing is a multi-dimensional management practice including just in time-quality systems, work teams, cellular manufacturing, supplier management etc. the popular definition of Lean Manufacturing and the Toyota Production System usually consists of the following, Wilson (2009).

• It is a comprehensive set of techniques which when combined allows you to reduce andeliminate the wastes. This will make the company leaner, more flexible and responsive byreducing waste.

• Lean is the systematic approach to identifying and eliminating waste through continuousimprovement by flowing the product or service at the pull of your customer in pursuit of perfection.




Principle 1: Accurately specify value from customer perspective for both product and services.

Principle 2: Identify the value stream for products and services and remove non-value-adding waste along the value stream.

Principle 3: Make the product and services flow without interruption across the value stream. Principle 4: Authorize production of products and services based on the pull by the customer.

Principle 5: Strive for perfection by constantly removing layers of waste.




A. Overproduction

Producing items more than required at given point of time i.e. producing items without actual orders creating the excess of inventories which needs excess staffs, storage area as well as transportation etc.


B. Waiting

Workers waiting for raw material, the machine or information etc. is known as waiting and is the waste of productive time. The waiting can occur in various ways for example; due to unmatched worker/machine performance machine breakdowns, lack of work knowledge, stock outs etc.


C. Unnecessary Transport

Carrying of work in process (WIP) a long distance, insufficient transport, moving material from one place to another place is known as the unnecessary transport.


D. Over processing

Working on a product more than the actual requirements is termed as over processing. The over processing may be due to improper tools or improper procedures etc. The over processing is the waste of time and machines which does not add any value to the final product.


E. Excess Raw Material

This includes excess raw material, WIP, orfinished goods causing longer lead times, obsolescence, damaged goods transportation and storage costs, and delay. Also, the extra inventory hides problems such as production imbalances late deliveries from suppliers, defects, equipment downtime, and long setup times.


F. Unnecessary Movement

Any wasted motion that the workers have to perform during their work is termed as unnecessary movement. For example, the movement during searching for tools, shifting WIP etc.


G. Defects

Defects in the processed parts are termed as waste. Repairing defective parts or producing defective parts or replacing the parts due to poor quality etc.is the waste of time and effort.


H. Unused Employee Creativity

Loosing of getting better ideas, improvement, skills and learning opportunities by avoiding the presence of employee is termed as unused employee creativity.



A. Continuous improvement


Continuous improvement (CI) can be defined as the planned, organized and systematic process of ongoing, incremental and company-wide change of existing practices aimed at improving company performance. Activities and behaviors that facilitate and enable the development of CI include problem solving, plan-do-check-act (PDCA) and other CI tools, policy deployment, cross-functional teams, a formal CI planning and management group, and formal systems forevaluating CI activities. Successful CI implementation involves not only the n-training and development of employees in the use of tools and processes, but also the establishment of a learning environment conducive to future continuous learning


The short description of PDCA cycle is given below

1) Plan: Identify an opportunity and plan for change.

2) Do: Implement the change on a small scale

3) Check: Use data to analyze the results of the change and determine whether it has made a difference.

4) Act: If the change was successful, implement it on a wide scale and continuously assess the results. If the change did not work, begin the cycle again.


Thus continuous improvement is an ongoing and never ending process; it measures only the achievements gained from the application of one process over the existing. So while selecting the continuous improvement plan one should concentrate on the area which needs more attention and which adds more value to our products.



B. Just-In-Time


Just in time is an integrated set of activities designed to achieve high volume production using the minimal inventories of raw materials, work in process and finished goods. Just in time is also based on the logic that nothing will beproduced until it is needed.

Just-in-time manufacturing is a Japanese management philosophy applied in manufacturing. It involves having the right items with the right quality and quantity in the right place at the right time. The ability to manage inventory (which often accounts for as much as 80 percent of product cost) to coincide with market demand or changing product specifications can substantially boost profits and improve a manufacturer’s competitive position by reducing inventories and waste. In general, Just in Time (JIT) helps to optimize company resources like capital, equipment, and labor. The goal of JIT is the total elimination of waste in the manufacturing process.


C. Total Productive Maintenance


Machine breakdown is one of the major problems to production division. The reliability of the equipment on the shop floor is very important because if any one of the machines is down the entire shop floor productivity may be nil. The tool that takes care of these sudden breakdowns and awakes maintenance as well as production workers to minimize these unplanned breakdowns is called total productive maintenance. Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) is a maintenanceprogram, which involves a newly defined concept for maintaining plants and equipment. The goal of the TPM program is to increase production, increase employee morale and job satisfaction.

TPM is set of tools, which when implemented in an organisation as a whole gives the best utilisation of machines with least disruption of production.



Lean production

Lean Production (LP) is a model of organisation focused on the customer and delivery of on time quality products, materials and information without any wastes, i.e., activities that add no value to the products from the point of view of customer. This designation, Lean Production means “doing more with less” where less implies less space occupied, less transports, less inventories, and most important, less human effort and less natural resources. LP had its roots in Toyota company that designed, after the Second Great War, a production system, Toyota Production System (TPS, which employed some pillars, like JIT production and automation concepts and some tools to reduce lead times and the cost of products.



It was a book named - "The Machine That Changed the World"- written by James P. Womack, Daniel T. Jones and Daniel Roos that gave the popularity to the Toyota Production System (TPS).


Meanwhile, the LP has evolved into a philosophy of thinking, Lean Thinking whose basic principles are

1. Value

2. Value Stream

3. Continuous flow

4. Pull System

5. Pursuit perfection


These principles imply the dedication of all people, being the last one - pursuit perfection (principle 5) - the one that implies the strongest and continuously commitment of people in order to improve all the processes and activities in companies, through the waste elimination.



Lean Production and sustainable development


To satisfy the clients, companies consume energy, water and raw materials (natural resources) must be careful used. So, it is necessary to optimize the processes and prevent wastes of resources in a reasonable “doing more with less”. The relationship between Lean production and sustainabledevelopment is evident, sharing the same key idea of “creating or doing more with less”, and someorganisations are benefiting from this relationship since, almost, two decades ago. Reviews had been made about this relationship and created a cause-effect diagram showing the evidence between the seven discussed wastes and the impact (effect) on the environmental performance. Lean Production carries a dramatic reduction to all kinds of wastes being a whole-system thinking and it is totally akin with a socially responsible strategy.



The challenges faced in the process of implementing and sustain lean is a tedious job as theconcept relates to time, cost, interest, and involvement, the concepts that together support thenew change for development in an firm. The study tells that new firms introduce and accept leanmanufacturing and other innovative concepts than the old and existing firms. The forcesopposing and driving a change to lean is shown in image.The following important factor ofresistance to change in manufacturing sectors is

• Fear to change the legacy system with the new successful trends and methodologies

• Not utilizing the opportunities and advantages of the new policies

• Market destabilisation will lead to force the change, which will be in a non-standardformat.



Achieving sustainable work environment with Lean production


From the previous section, it was obvious that companies could save large amount in reducing wastes, particularly of SME companies. With some exceptions, garmentcompanies are included in this category and presented many problems such as accumulated stocks everywhere due to the wrong product produced, to the anticipated production or to the large lots (overproduction), demotivation of operators and high absenteeism, high level of accidents, operator’s specialisation, high energy and water consumption, high raw materials consumption and disposal, high pollution of rivers, soil and air, among others.

According to the research, the apparel (garment) industry uses high volumes of water in raw material production however authors are more concerned in the manufacturing phase. This section mainly divulgate proposals to reduce the water and energy consumption, environmental wastes and raw materials in manufacturing phase. Additionally, proposals to improve leanness and agility are summarized.


 Proposals for the reduction of energy and water consumption


This problem analysis could be detailed by technological process of the textile industry: spinning,weaving, textile ennoblement (dyeing and finishing), knitting and sewing. From all the processes, dyeingand finishing, are the one that consume more energy and water: it is impossible to dye and finishing without water and some processes have several washes, so, high water consumption and energy to heat the water.




Finally, this research shows the application of lean principles to the garment industry. According to our familiarity, it is the prime time that lean thinking has successfully implemented in the garment industry. We hope that this paper contains its worth for practitioners in the garment industries.

Due to increased customer expectations and severe global competition, the Indian garment industries try to increase productivity at lower cost and to produce with best product and service quality. Under these considerations, we have tried to implement lean manufacturing techniques and achieve improvement in process environment, drastic reduction in human fatigue and cost with reasonable investment.




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By:      Ms. Aditi Joshi*

Mrs. YogitaAgrawal** ,

Ms. ReenaKumrawat**

Mr Rajesh Dhore***student, **faculty,

ShriVaishnav Institute of Technology and Science


Gram baroli, Sanwer Road, Indore (M.P.)

After starting in a small workshop in 1892, Stäubli has developed into a leading industrial partner for high-quality mechatronic solutions and technologies. With three dedicated activities – Connectors, Robotics and Textile – Stäubli is valued by industrial customers worldwide for its high-quality products and cutting-edge technologies.

Two family threads came together at the end of the 19th century – the heyday of the Swiss textile industry – and were woven into a new corporate fabric: Rudolph Schelling and Hermann Stäubli, displaying both commercial acumen and technical skill, founded the company “Schelling & Stäubli” in the Swiss village of Horgen in 1892. At that time, this village on the shores of Lake Zurich – and on the silk road as well – was the site of many mills operating a total of some 1,000 weaving machines. Hermann Stäubli had acquired his initial know-how by repairing these machines. After a short time, he set out to produce superior machinery. His credo from the start was the highest quality and a pronounced customer focus. He sought no less than to make the world’s best dobbies – with which weaving mills could achieve optimal results. Even in those early days, Stäubli set very high targets for efficient production; specifically, to weave more fabrics at lower cost, higher quality, and with a greater variety of patterns.

Already in 1893, Schelling & Stäubli introduced their first dobby, designed and constructed in house. In 1900 they introduced the world’s first paper-card dobby, equipped with a warp-leasing system that is still widely used today. Following the death of Rudolph Schelling in 1909, the company was renamed Stäubli.



Geographical spread and portfolio expansion

The Stäubli Group has grown exuberantly since 1892, in both technical and geographic terms. Already in 1909 Stäubli built its first factory in France, followed by additional production sites in other European countries as well as in the Americas and China.

The Group’s Textile activities have grown in line with its corporate targets, and Stäubli has become a leading supplier to the global weaving industry. In 1969 Stäubli acquired the German company Trumpelt, which specialised in heavy dobbies. As a shedding solution specialist in frame weaving, the company then decided to expand its range to include Jacquard weaving. This led to the acquisition of Verdol in Lyon, a manufacturer of mechanical Jacquard machines. And to expand its product range to cover the complete weaving process, the companies Zellweger (weaving preparation solutions) and Schönherr (carpet weaving systems) were purchased in 1994 and 1998. Finally, the DEIMO company was acquired, a long-time industry partner providing drive and control systems for a wide range of applications.

This expansion strategy has been constantly augmented by intensive R&D activities, and today the result can be seen in a comprehensive range of high-performance products integrating state-of-the-art technologies. This machinery is renowned for exceptional reliability, unsurpassed production speeds, and very long service life. SAFIR automatic drawing-in machines, the latest generation of S3000/S3200 dobbies, the LX/LXL electronic Jacquard machines, ALPHA carpet weaving systems, the TF technical weaving systems, and DEIMO knitting solutions all attest to continuity and a passion for innovation, which is embedded in the DNA of the company. 

Excellence means constant improvement and development in all areas

“The spirit of innovation has defined our company from the beginning – it’s rooted deeply in the nature of Stäubli”, says Rolf Strebel, Stäubli CEO. “It’s the reason we constantly develop new solutions which add value for our customers. Other decisive factors for our long-term success are the spirit of cohesion amongst our staff around the globe, our inquisitiveness, and our philosophy of continuous improvement. Our aspiration is to constantly improve – on a human, professional, and technical level – and to remain just as successful during the next 125 years.”

Truetzschler India and A.T.E. recently completed phase one of the prestigious Sintex Industries – Yarn Division’s project of 1 million spindles at Rajulah, Amreli, in Gujarat. The project once fully operational will produce cotton, melange and linen yarns.

The idea to set up the plant came with the announcement of the Gujarat Textile Policy and also from the changing dynamics in the Chinese textile industry at that point of time. Subsidised interest costs under the TUFS also proved to be the major impetus along with low labour cost and the power subsidy in Gujarat. Finally, since Gujarat is a major supplier of cotton, we expected a lower logistical cost for sourcing the raw material. The new plant has 320,000 spindles in the first phase which is completed. A similar number in the second phase is going on and 360,000 spindles in the last phase will be completed by 2018.

A total of 160+ Truetzschler cards were delivered with matching blow-room capacity. Of this, 54 Truetzschler cards are installed under one roof, and this is the first installation in India where such a large number of cards are operating under a single roof. All the machines are running satisfactorily. Truetzschler machinery for the next phase is also under delivery right now. A total of Rs. 5,600-5,800 crores will be invested and once completed it will be the largest textile mill to house one million spindles at a single location in India.

To mark the completion of the first phase of Sintex’ project, the A.T.E. and Truetzschler India teams met the management of Sintex Industries. A small memento was presented to Amit Patel, Group Managing Director of the Sintex Group, by G V Aras, Director of A.T.E. Enterprises Pvt. Ltd. and Joseph Thomson, Director of Truetzschler India.

B. B. Sharma, CEO and Girish Mahajan, Vice-President (Projects) of Sintex were also present during the occasion with Ashish Sharma, Vice President of Truetzschler India and Sandeep Bakshi, Regional Head, A.T.E. Enterprises Pvt. Ltd., Ahmedabad.




The Second Meeting of Cotton Advisory Board for the Cotton Season 2016-17 was held today i.e. on 18.08.2017 under the Chairpersonship of Dr. Kavita Gupta, Textile Commissioner of India, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India. Representatives from Central Govt., State Govt., Textile Industry, Cotton Trade and Ginning & Pressing Sector attended the meeting. The Cotton scenario was deliberated, also State-wise Area, Production, Import, Export and Consumption of Cotton were discussed. Besides this, interventions for increasing cotton production and productivity were discussed.


The state-wise area, Cotton Production and the Balance Sheet drawn by the Cotton Advisory Board for the Cotton Season 2015-16 and provisional  data for the cotton season  2016-17 was decided as below:


Cotton Balance Sheet for the cotton season  2015-16  and 2016-17 as drawn by CAB

as on 18.08.2017



2015-16 *

2016-17 (P) *

(In lakh bales of 170 kg. Each)

(in Thousand Tons)

(In lakh bales of 170 kg. Each)

(in Thousand Tons)






Opening Stock

























Mill Consumption





S.S.I Consumption





Non Textile Consumption















Closing Stock.







* - As estimated by CAB in its meeting held on 18.08.2017


Friday, 18 August 2017 07:23

Gap Introduces Fall 2017 Assortment

Range features product innovations in adult clothing, and Gap x Disney Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Collection for kids


This Fall, Gap is focused on “Feel Good Jeans” - classic American styling with a comfortable hand feel, flattering fit and cozy fabrics to help transition through the season.



The Fall 2017 range features an array of colors and prints, including reds, blues, greens and vintage florals. With denim at the heart of the season’s key offering, the highlights are the Sculpt and Shape fit for women. The new Super Slimming Denim features innovative fabric that creates a slimmer appearance for longer, leaner legs. To transition from warm to cooler weather, leggings come in a palate of the season’s colors and prints. Pretty woven tops with ruffles, lightweight denim skirts, vintage floral dresses, and softspun knits are key must-haves for casual layering and easy styling.


The Gap range for men is focused on the Performance Collection, which fuses the fit and style of everyday favourites with performance technology, like stretch and water repellency, ensuring that they not only look good, but are perfect in any condition. This product innovation is also featured in Gap’s Stretch Denim and Athletic Fit jeans. Vintage wash stretch khaki comes to life in shades of blue, softspun denims, stretch woven shirts and puffer jackets, ensuring your style is never compromised. Apart from the Performance Collection, the Rugged Motocross range introduces Indestructible Denim. This is one tough jacket that can take a beating. At 100% more tear resistant and 400% stronger than regular denim, this product is up for any challenge, but is still comfortable enough for everyday adventures.


The GapKids and babyGap collections showcase easy going clothing, which include ‘wear now bottoms’ that concentrate on leggings for girls and chinos for boys, along with Super Denim in warm fall colors. The collection focuses on Disney and Marvel themes which are incorporated throughout the line. This season, Gap x Disney Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will be the main attraction, bringing optimism and friendship to the little wonders of every day.


Since opening its doors in 1969, Gap has been known for offering consumers cool American designs for modern wardrobes. Customers worldwide have looked to the iconic international brand for on-trend, casual clothing and accessories that express their personal sense of style. 



The Fall 2017 collection is available in all Gap stores throughout India and on gap.nnnow.com and amazon.in/gap.


About Arvind Lifestyle Brands Limited

Arvind Lifestyle Brands Limited is a subsidiary of Arvind Ltd which is India’s largest integrated textile player and is one of the oldest and most respected groups in the Textile Business in India.  Arvind is also one of the largest producers of denim fabrics and is supplier to a large number of fashion brands in the world.  Arvind has been a pioneer in bringing international brands to India and first brought ARROW to India in the year 1993. Arvind has licensing relationships with many international brands including GAP, TCP, Gant, Nautica, Aeropostale, Arrow, Izod, US Polo Association, Elle, Ed Hardy, Hanes, Cherokee and Geoffrey Beene.Arvind also has a portfolio of 12 of its own brands. Arvind has recently launched stores of marquee retailers Gap, The Children’s Place and beauty giant Sephora. Arvind has a JV with PVH Corp. for the Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein businesses in India.  It also runs the value retail chain, Megamart.


About Gap

Gap is one of the world's most iconic apparel and accessories brands and the authority on American casual style.  Founded in San Francisco in 1969, Gap’s collections are designed to build the foundation of modern wardrobes – all things denim, classic white shirts, khakis and must-have trends.  Beginning with the first international store in London in 1987, Gap continues to connect with customers online and across the brand’s more than 1,700 company-operated and franchise retail locations around the world. Gap includes Women's and Men's apparel and accessories, GapKids, babyGap, GapMaternity, GapBody and GapFit collections.  The brand also serves value-conscious customers with exclusively-designed collections for Gap Outlet and Gap Factory Stores.  Gap is the namesake brand for leading global specialty retailer, Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) which includes Gap, BananaRepublic, Old Navy, Athleta, Intermix and Weddington Way. For more information, please visit www.gapinc.com.



Thursday, 17 August 2017 12:13

Cotton Report of India In August

India New Season Arrivals as on 01/08/2017:

State wise Arrivals

Just Agri

(Lakh Bales)2016-17


Just Agri

(Lakh Bales)2015-16


















M. P.

































Cotton Sowing Report as on 28/07/2017

State wise Arrivals

Central Agri Ministry (Lakh hact.)



















M. P.































GUJARAT: The State Agri ministry report showed that on 17th July Cotton Sowing in Gujarat had increased by 39% to 24,46,800 Hectors ( 17,60,700 hectors same time last year). Last 3 year average was 27,25,800 hectors. IMD reports showed Jun 1-Jul 17 rainfall as294.6 mm, 19% above normal.


In the last week of July, torrential rain and floods in Gujarat has hurt sowing and has resulted in damage to some of the cotton crop where sowing had been completed. Around 25% of land sown with cotton is feared to be affected. Banaskantha, Patan, Surendranagar, Rajkot, Morbi, Amreli and parts of Sabarkantha have witnessed heavy rains and flooding. North Gujarat was the worst affected. The actual damage would be clear only once the water recedes, but in several areas, entire fields have been washed away and will not be worth sowing again, as the top soil has been fully washed away. Cotton being a long duration crop and seeds being costly, most farmers will not again take a further risk with cotton re-sowing. According to Govt. officials, the affected crops are cotton, groundnut, sesame and guar.


RAJASTHAN/M.P.: Some cotton areas of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh are also adversely affected to heavy rains and floods.


MAHARASHTRA: While Khandesh and Marathwada zones have received adequate rainfall, parts of Vidarbha still require more rains to compensate for the deficit of June and July.


KARNATAKA: The medium and long staple cotton growing area of Raichur and Bellary have received medium rainfall which may barely sustain the cotton crop. But extra long staple(DCH-32) areas of Hubli to Chitradurga and Bailhongal have received very scanty rainfall and there is fear of drought-like situation. Karnataka badly requires a good round of rainfall.


PUNJAB: Very heavy rains and water-logging in June end and July beginning have caused extensive damage to the cotton crop in 8,125 acres of 20 villages in Mansa (Punjab)compelling the state agriculture department to issue an advisory to the affected farmers  asking them to uproot cotton and cultivate basmati rice.There has been 100% damage in 6,000 acres while 50-75% damage has been reported in another 2,125 acres of the land under cotton cultivation. Cotton has been sown in over 3.82 lakh hectares in Punjab, and in Mansa alone, the area under cotton cultivation is 86,000 hectares.

Pest Attacks:

While both sowing and monsoon have been good in North Indian states of Punjab and Haryana, there are reports of white fly attacks in some parts of Fazilka, Bathinda, Muktsar Mansa and Sirsa. Both these states have suffered severely due to white fly attacks in 2015-16 resulting in drop in cotton area in 2016-17.The farmers had shifted back to cotton this year following handsome prices and directives from state Governments on how to control the disease.


Pink ballworm disease has been identified in parts of Maharashtra like Khandesh and Akot. It was observed in Gujarat last year and had caused significant damage to yield and quality in affected areas.


Both these attacks are at the nascent stage but can be very damaging if not rectified immediately.


Domestic Market Summary:

Gujarat S6 price chart 16th to 31st July2017



Goods and Services Tax (GST) came into force on 1st July 2017.Since then, the textile industry has not been able to come to terms with the fast-changing situation.


1)     Heavy rains in many centres of India (parts of Gujarat, M.P., and Rajasthan), restricted the movement of goods like cotton, yarn and fabric.

2)     The cotton sellers are not very keen to off load quality cotton stocked in ware houses. As a result, prices of good quality varieties ruled stronger.

3)     Strike and non-compliance to GST in major weaving centres like Surat, Ahmedabad, Bhiwandi, Varanasi, Kolkatta, etc has resulted in fall in demand of yarn. The situation was bad since April but it has worsened post GST as the yarn prices have fallen by Rs 15 to Rs 25 per kg in many counts.

4)     Mills with lower cash reserves/lower cotton stocks/ high yarn unsold stocks/ high interest burden have started facing cash losses.


All of the above may compel some of the mills to cut down on production if the current situation does not improve. Prospects for the new season 2017-18 seem good as of now, but the last quarter of season 2016-17 is going to be very challenging for the mills as the physical cotton stocks in India are estimated to be as low as 2 million bales.





Cotton Prices Uncertain in 2017/18

The Secretariat forecasts that the A Index in 2017/18 will range between 54 cts/lb and 87 cts/lb with a midpoint of 69 cts/lb. The midpoint would be 13 cts/lb lower than in 2016/17. This follows the large increase of 12 cts/lb from 2015/16 to 2016/17, which suggests that such a drop is not unreasonable. However, the season-average A Index in 2016/17 ended up being much higher than the Secretariat initially forecast, and market fundamentals do not explain why this occurred. Given what happened in 2016/17, it is difficult to say whether the current forecast for 2017/18 will hold up well over the season.


In 2017/18, world cotton production is projected to increase by 8% to 24.9 million tons due entirely to an 8% expansion in world cotton area to 31.7 million hectares, which is below the 20-year average of 32.7 million hectares. The world average yield is forecast at 785 kg/ha. India is expected to remain the world’s largest producer in 2017/18 with output increasing by 6% to 6.1 million tons. After falling by 6% in 2016/17, China’s production is projected to rebound by 7% to 5.2 million tons. Production in the United States is expected to rise by 10% to 4.1 million tons as high prices, sufficient soil moisture in dryland areas and beneficial weather during planting encouraged farmers to expand cotton area by 18% to 4.5 million hectares. After two seasons of contraction, better expected returns for cotton encouraged farmers to expand cotton area in Pakistan by 9% to 2.7 million hectares. Assuming the average yield rises by 8% to 717 kg/ha, Pakistan’s production is projected to increase by 17% to 2 million tons, which is similar to its 15- year average. Cotton production in Brazil is forecast to increase by 5% to 1.6 million tons as high returns in 2016/17, resulting partially from a 17% increase in the average yield, are likely to encourage farmers to expand cotton area.


World cotton consumption in 2017/18 is forecast to rise by 2% to 25 million tons. A modest 1% increase is projected for China, the world’s largest cotton consumer, with its mill use reaching 8.1 million tons in 2017/18. After declining by 3% in 2016/17, consumption in India is forecast to increase by 2% to 5.3 million tons in 2017/18. Pakistan’s mill use is expected to rise by 4% to 2.2 million tons, which follows a 13%

decrease in mill use in 2015/16 and stagnation in 2016/17. Consumption in Bangladesh is projected to rise by 5% to 1.5 million tons due to strong demand domestically and internationally, and Turkey’s mill use is expected to remain stable at 1.5 million tons.


World cotton trade is projected to decline by 1% to 7.8 million tons. While the United Sates is expected to remain the world’s largest exporter, its exports are nevertheless forecast to decrease by 8% to 2.9 million tons. India’s exports are forecast to rise by 2% to 930,000 tons, and Australia’s exports are projected to increase by 8% to 760,000 tons. Bangladesh, Vietnam and China are expected to remain the world’s three largest importers. Bangladesh’s imports are projected to increase by 7% to 1.5 million tons, Vietnam’s by 5% to 1.3 million tons, and China by 4% to 1.1 million tons.

World ending stocks are projected to decrease by 1% to 18.8 million tons in 2017/18, with increases outside of China offset by decreases in China’s stocks. China’s stocks are expected to decline by 16% to 8.9 million tons. Ending stocks outside of China are forecast to grow by 19% to 9.8 million tons.










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* The price projection for 2017/18 is based on the ending stocks to mill use ratio in the world-less-China in 2015/16 (estimate), 2016/17 (projection) and 2017/18 (projection); on the ratio of Chinese net imports to world imports in 2016/17 (projection) and 2017/18 (projection); and on the price projection of 2016/17. The price projection is the mid-point of the 95% confidence interval: 54 cts/lb to 87 cts/lb.

Expert Views:

Dr. O.A. Cleveland, Mississippi State University: Fundamental and Technical

First fundamentals are important. In fact, it is the fundamentals factors that determine the price season to season and in between. Fundamentals determine price, period. However, during times of market lapses such as “dead fundamental news,” technicals take over and rule the day.

Thus, technical indicators become keys on the road map that traders use for that trip. Sometimes a detour may not make logical sense and at other times it may seem prices might be going the wrong way, but technicals spot these diversions and forks in the road.

Thus, and my fundamental friends cringe with I say this,technicals are the Leading Indicators of Fundamentals. In my personal trading—which I no longer do—most every time I went against the technicals, I was proven wrong.

The market will look for the very low 70’s in August, but will likely move lower into harvest as U.S. crop does hold the 18.6-19.3 million bales range. A smaller crop would support prices at a higher level .


Excerpts from Reinhart report dt 20.7.17:

Physical demand is subdued (but not dead) at current levels and it appears as – short-term – a level below 66.00 is necessary to bring stronger demand back. At the same time, price targets from various origins do not seem to be near current NYF levels. The result is the relatively quiet and consolidative market action which we witnessed during the past 4 weeks. Of course such picture cannot prevail for too long and either side will have to adjust their target levels at some point.     


Excerpts of Plexus Report:

Speculators have forced the market lower by selling around 9 million bales net over the last two months and they can’t keep up this kind of selling pressure. While most of this spec selling was long liquidation, there have also been new shorts established, which could provide the fuel for short covering rallies.

The trade has been a net buyer over the last two months and given the depleted inventories and the uncertainty regarding crops, we don’t see merchants or growers as aggressive sellers at this point. The market is going to trade in a range between 66-72 cents in the foreseeable future.  


Shri I.J.Dhuria (Director (Materials),Vardhman Spinning Mills Ltd.):

The crop situation in North India is nothing less than extraordinary.Similar reports are received form Maharashtra and Telangana. The damage in Gujarat due to floods is restricted to a very limited cotton sowing area.Current physical stocks are a concern for spinning mills but the new season looks to be very promising.


Shri Sanjay Jain (MD, TT Ltd):

Spinning mills all over India are in a very difficult situation. Cotton prices refuse to go down while demand in yarn has fallen drastically. Post GST, synthetic yarn will be cheaper by 8-10%, imported fabric will be cheaper by 12.5% and garment imports from Bangladesh are expected to increase which will adversely affect the Indian Textile industry.




Surat :

Post GST, in two fortnights, the prices of polyester synthetic yarn have reached at a new height. The POY prices

rose by 7% and yarn manufacturers have increased various deniers prices from Rs 5 to Rs 10 per kilogram in the

first sale of August. The powerloom weavers of the city are worried about the hike in yarn prices. Sources said,

weavers are already disturbed by 5 per cent GST on job work, 18 per cent GST on yarn and now on the other

hand yarn spinners are continously increasing yarn prices.

Industry sources said, there is no rational behind increasing the yarn prices, when the companies are well aware of

the fact that there is no such movement in the market. The small weavers, who are operating 12-24 powerloom

machines are hugely affected by the tax on job work. Now, the increased yarn prices are further cause of worry for

thousands of small-time weavers. During last month, before GST, yarn manufacturers has increased the prices of

crimp, Roto and FDY deniers based yarn upto Rs. 3/kg. Now, in August first sale, they have further increased

yarn prices upto Rs.10/kg. This will adversely affect the industry and the small weavers will not be able to



Implement GST Tariff Act to avoid litigation : Experts demand in GST Awareness Programme

Surat :

The central goverment should bring GST Tariff Act to avoid unwanted litigation in new tax regime. There are lots

of questions and confusions on tax rate, input tax credit, reverse charge mechanism, deemed credit and many more

in the newly implemented GST law. Lack of proper guidelines under GST system, may result in litigation. In a

''GST Awareness Programme'', organised by Surat branch of Western India Regional Council of Institute of

Charterd Accounts of India and Rotary Club, experts has demanded the GST tariff law. The tariff Rules and

Regulation under GST regime will ease the trade and simplify the tax structure. Chartered accountants Mukund

Chauhan, Hardik Shah and Avinash Poddar has address the audience about GST on Textile, Diamond-Jewellery

and Real Estate sector. They briefed the Anti-profiteering clause under GST and answered all the questions asked

by the people. Surat CA branch Chairman Abhishek Mittal said that the branch will organise GST account

training programme and GST software demonstartion in next week.


Refund tax credit and remove 5% GST on Jobwork : Surat weavers urged to PM

The small weavers of the city are demanding removal of GST on fabrics jobwork. More than 35 textile Powerloom weaving associations of the city has sent thousands of letters to Prime Minister Narenda Modi and have urged for

relief in new tax law. They have put forth demand for refund of accumulated tax credit and removing GST of 5

per cent on weaving jobwork.

The yarn attracts 18% GST and any jobwork done on yarn also attracts 5% GST. There will be huge loss in terms

of input tax credit, which has no provision for refund under the GST law. The weavers doing jobwork will be

finished. The master weavers are not giving jobwork to small scale weavers after the announcement of GST rate.

The Southern Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SGCCI) have submitted a representation to the

Finance Minister and demands tax relief on synthetic yarn. The industry association said, govt. should consider

12% GST on synthetic yarn instead of 18%. The 18% GST rate on synthetic yarn will badly effect the growth and

exports. It has also demended imposition of import duty on Chinese fabrics to protect the small and medium

enterprises in Surat. They have also appealed the govt. to provide credit of tax paid on imported machinery under


Textile traders eyes on festival season

Surat :

The textile traders of Surat are now focusing on Durgapuja, Diwali and marriage season sale. As the demand for  finished fabrics likely is rise, the wholesale businessmans are now increasing their inventories. Speciallly, printed and value added fabrics are in high demand ahead of festival season.

Earlier in July, more than 70,000 traders have started indefinite strike against the imposition of 5% GST on textiles. Thousands of textile merchants had shut their shops for two weeks to protest the new tax structure. The entire industries incurred business losses to the tune of over 5000 crore during the two weeks long strike. The traders in Surat have called off their 15 days long strike following the Centre's assurance to look into their demand. In GST council meeting, finally, when centre denied for GST rollback on textile, traders of Surat unanimously decided to restart their businesses and also keep the fight on for simplification of GST rules.

After holding protests for long against the imposition of the GST, a large number of textile traders have started GST registration process. Over 80 per cent textile traders have shifted to GST. The purchase of finished fabrics for coming festival and marriage season has started and traders are receiving good orders from across the country.



Thursday, 17 August 2017 12:09

Woven Fabric Exports Tad Down in May 2017

Woven fabric exports were down 4 per cent both in terms of shipment and value and 11 per cent in May 2017. Shipments aggregated 361 million sq meters during the month valued at US$268 million or INR1,700 crore. Total domestic production in all sectors was at 5,335 million sqmotres during May, implying exports accounting for about 7 per cent for the month. Unit value realization averaged US$0.74 per sqmetre in May 2017, the same as in May 2016 but down Rs 2 in Rupee terms at INR 47.30 per sq. metre.

This May 141 countries imported woven fabrics from India, with Bangladesh being the largest importer, followed by UAE and Sri Lanka. The thee together accounted for 35 per cent of total woven fabrics during the month. In May 2017, 11 countries did not import any fabric from India as they did last year. However, they were replaced by 18 countries which imported fabric worth US$4.6 million this May.

Afghanistan, Hungary, Suriname, Lithuania, Malta, Denmark, Austria, Maldives, Nepal and Estonia were the 10 fastest growing markets for woven fabrics, and accounted for 3 per cent of total value exported in May.

Cotton Fabrics Dominates

Woven fabrics made of 100% cotton accounted for 42 per cent of all fabrics exported, worth US$111 million (INR710 crore) with volumes at 134 million sqmetres. The average unit price realization was at US$0.83 a kg, about a cent more than a year ago.

Cotton fabrics were followed by fabrics made of filament yarns and blended spun yarnsin May, comprising 108 million sqmetres and 68 million sqmetres, respectively. Among 100% man-made fabric export, polyester fabrics shipment was at 4 million sqmetres worth US$ 3 million.

Denim Exports on the Rise

Plain fabrics accounted for 66 per cent of all kinds of woven fabrics exported in May 2017, but were down 4 per cent on year on year comparison. Shipment totaled 287 million sq meters values US$176 million. Bangladesh, United Arab Emirates and USA were the top markets for plain fabrics. Denim was the second largest woven fabric exported in May (US$ 27 million), posting an increase of 9 per cent year on year. They were mainly imported by Bangladesh, Lesotho, Egypt, Colombia, South Korea and Turkey. Denim exports to these markets were worth more than US$20 million. Shirting/suiting and sarees were the other top fabrics exported from India in May this year.

Heavy Weight Fabric More in Demand

About 65 per cent of all woven fabrics exported were of light weight (<136 GSM) worth US$174 million and medium weight (>136 < 271 GSM) valued at US$57 million (21 per cent). They were mainly exported to Bangladesh, United Arab Emirates and Sri Lanka. Heavy weight fabrics valued at US$37 million were exported largely to Bangladesh, USA and Lesotho. While light and medium weight fabrics export declined year on year, heavy weight exports increased 10 per cent, while the same to Lesotho were exponentially high.


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Thursday, 17 August 2017 12:03

Yarn Report By YNFX

Crude Oil: Price gains on easing oversupply concerns

Crude oil posted its biggest weekly gain in the last week of July this year since late May with a hike on Friday as data this week eased concerns about surplus supplies, after Saudi Arabia pledged to lower imports while U.S. crude supplies fell more than expected.The market was strengthened by larger than expected inventory drawdowns on Wednesday and signals from Saudi Arabia that the world's biggest oil producer would further reduce output in August.Saudi Arabia pledged earlier this week to lower crude exports to 6.6 million barrels per day (bpd) in August, almost 1 million bpd below the level last year.The US crude futures settled at US$49.71 a barrel, up US$3.94 from previous week while European Brent crude futures settled at US$48.06 a barrel, rose US$4.46on the week. U.S. crude futures gained 8.6 percent for the week while Brent climbed 9.3 per cent. The gains in Brent pushed the difference between the two benchmarks to the widest in two months. Oilfield services firm Baker Hughes reported its weekly count of oil rigs operating in the United States ticked down by two rig to a total of 766. For the month, 10 oil rigs have been added, the fewest for a month since May 2016. Both markets are seeing a strong move in spreads through most of 2017 and 2018 due to shorts covering into heavy producer flow.

Polyester chain: PTA and MEG up, chips down

Ethylene prices in Asian markets rose day by day during the last week in July buoyed by limited product availability, higher downstream PE values coupled with a bullish buying sentiments in the region. The price rise was also a result of high upstream energy costs and strong downstream products demand. Formosa Petrochemical plans to shut its 1.2 mmt per year No.3 cracker, located at Mailiao, Taiwan, on August 15, 2017 for a maintenance turnaround. In Europe, ethylene spot market gained on tightness in supply amid turnaround season in August. In US, July ethylene contracts are expected to fall on lower spot prices. Paraxylene prices in Asia rose during the start of the week but fell midweek only to rise weekend supported by strong energy values and bolstering market sentiment.In US, spot paraxylenemoved up amid healthyexports and strong buying interest. In Europe, paraxylene market was bullish during the week tracking Asian gains.

Mono ethylene glycol prices in Asiarebounded during the week amid healthy transactions and decent demand. The market was also pulled up due to delay in plant restarts and unplanned shut downs thereby creating supply tightness in the market. In Europe, spot MEG moved up this week on firmer market fundamentals and better demand. In US, MEG contract prices were assessed at an increase from June due to steady US markets and higher prices in Asia. Purified terephthalic acid market stayed under adjustment this week and downstream weaving and texturing enterprises lowered run rates due to high temperature and poor demand.In Europe, contract prices were stable on lack of fresh indications. In US, July PTA contracts were unsettled and spot prices rolled over on the week.

Polyester chip prices were down in Asian markets despite upticks in upstream energy and MEG values. Semi dull chip market in China weakened this week.Offers were stable opening the week, but trading was insipid.Polyester filament yarn prices were stable across China, India and Pakistan supported by firm raw material cost. In China, PFY market saw thinner sales and players mainly held back on sidelines citing the mixed signals from raw materials market. Overall sales were lukewarm, and PFY values are expected to continue the range-bound.In Pakistan, selling indications for DTYs were generally unchanged with some spec maintaining stable offers in Karachi market. In India, POY offers were largely steady as producers are yet to make fresh offers after GST regime. Polyester staple fibre prices declined in China while prices saw uptrend in India and Pakistan.In Pakistan, polyester fiber prices recovered in the past four weeks with a sharp rise this week on healthy demand and moderate transactions.

Nylon Chain: Rising CPL and nylon chips push NFY prices up

Benzene prices in Asian markets fell opening the last weekof July but moved up gradually throughout the week in line with rising crude oil prices. In US, benzene spot prices fell despite rise in crude oil values. The prices saw the most pressure from lower styrene values as derivative styrene prices weakened. Marathon shuts US benzene, toluene units in Kentucky. In Europe, benzene spot market was under downward pressure this week with prices moving lower amid increased supply and rather stable demand.Caprolactum prices moved up in Asian markets on firm feedstock and supply constraint during the week. Although, buyers adopted cautious attitude with expectation of increased supply in future while demand was rigid.Given range-bound benzene and eased supply constraint, CPL market will move in a limited range, losing strength to inch up further.

Nylon or polyamide chip prices surged in Asian markets on high cost pressure amid and snug supply.Semi‐dull and bright nylon chip firmed up further, boosted by tight availability and improved buying sentiment.Trading values for bright conventional spinning nylon‐6 chips inched on decent demand for high‐end products.Nylon filament yarn market pulled on the back of strong caprolactum and nylon chip cost although demand was decent. Demand for monofilament and FDY was better thanexpectation while demand for other products was just tepid. Overall, nylon yarn market is expected to march higher slowly.

Acrylic Chain: ACN flat, ASF stable to up

Propylene prices in Asia saw mixed price trends in the last week of Julyalthough demand sentiments were strong amid tight supply. However, the increase in demand may not be sustained as market sources noted that August and September were weak demand season for propylene.In US, propylene markets saw little support from crude oil pricing, which struggled amid persistent oversupply.In Europe, chemical grade propylene prices hit a 6-week high while propylene contract reference price for August has been fully confirmed at a rollover fromJuly.

Acrylonitrile prices were flat in Asian markets amid decent downstream demand and limited supply. In China, buying interest was picking up onexpectation of hikes and lower inventory of suppliers, and ACN prices are likely to see the upwardmomentum. In US, spot acrylonitrileprices were firm on improving supplies in the market. In Europe, spot acrylonitrileprices were down while contract prices settled fully for the month. Acrylic staple fibre prices were stable to up in China while they rolled over in India and Pakistan. In China, prices inched up and demand rallied up slightly. As downstream mills slightly increased the replenishment volumes in line with firm feedstock prices, overall demand turned better. Prices rolled over in India and Pakistan after the revision in mid-July.

Viscose Chain: VSF price continues uptrend

Viscose staple fibre markets moved up in China and Pakistan while they remained unchanged in India. In China, market saw upward momentum recede during the week. However, downstream mills turned cautious, and only maintained small‐volume requirements. As a result, VSF producers saw limited fresh sales, but they still presented steady mindset on support of previous orders.In Pakistan, VSF prices rose over a surge of import prices and healthy demand. In India, viscose staple fibre market largely remained unchanged on the week. Viscose filament yarn markets in Asia were stable to weak amid thin trading atmosphere, as buying interest appeared to be low. As a result, inventory at some VFY producers piled up. Currently, VFY offers rolled over, while actual liquidity was lusterless, as buying interest was low amid thick sidelined stance amongconverters. In India, VFY prices were revised down with no improvements in demand, both on domestic and export markets.

Cotton: Prices up on high demand

US cotton futures on the ICE rose for second straight week, up about 0.6 percent. Prices were also high as better-than-expected weekly export sales data from the U.S. government suggested higher demand for the natural fiber. In Pakistan, slow trading was recorded at the Karachi Cotton Exchange while spot rates decreased. Textile industry federal secretary said Pakistan’s cotton production is likely to increase this year, as Punjab is successful in increasing the area under cultivation by 24 percent.In India, prices moved differently with coarser ones gaining and finer losing. Recent downpours have hit cotton and millet in Gujarat and Rajasthan, where farm experts now fear pest infestations.

Spun Yarn: Viscose and blended yarn prices up in India

Cotton yarn markets continued to remain tepid in China amid shrinking spot trades, however prices were stable on the week. Margins further deteriorated at spinning mills, as cotton prices were staying very firm on the domestic market. In India, the stability of cotton yarn prices was due to the weakness of demand.In Pakistan, cotton yarn prices remained unchanged in the last week while prices fellon the export market, after a fall in buying interest from the foreign customers.Polyester spun yarn offers declined in China and rolled over in Pakistan while it rose sharply in India during the week. In China, polyester spun yarn market weakened and transactions were moderate. In India, polyester spun yarn prices have jumped by nearly 8% in the past four weeks over a similar increase of the polyester fiber prices.In Pakistan, polyester yarn prices were flat after a recent spike amid stable fundamentals.


Viscose spun yarn prices were flat in China amid lackluster trading atmosphere. Downstream buying interest remained subdued discussions were largely heard to be range-bound. In India, viscose yarn prices were hiked after many weeks of stability due to support of firmer VSF cost. In Pakistan, viscose spun yarn prices edged up sharply for few specs while it fell for other specs in Karachi market. Blended yarn prices marched north in China and India while it was generally stable in Pakistan. In India, spun yarn prices have continued rising in the past week in India. Both PC and PV prices were seen climbing up in Ludhiana. In Pakistan, the market activities were subdued and prices notionally rolled over. 

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