For the first time, Australia will have the capacity to produce carbon fibers at scaled-up level.


Today, a wet spinning line has been installed at Waurn Pounds, Australia that will enable to carry out carbon fiber research starting from molecules to fully finished components.


Dr. Anita Hill, Director of Future Industries at Australia’s premier research organization, CSIRO stated that the carbon fiber research capability could disrupt the carbon fiber industry.


Using the CSIRO patented carbon fiber technology, the carbon fiber facility will help Australia to develop next generation high performance carbon fibers.


In praising the industry-academia partnership, Professor Jane den Hollander, Vice-Chancellor of Deakin University stated that Australia would benefit with the collaboration.


The wet spinning capability develops strands of thin fibers, which are thinner than human hair, which are then carbonized. According to CSIRO, an Italian company, with research inputs from Deakin and CSIRO researchers, built the wet spinning line.



CSIRO has had longstanding research reputation in the field of fibers and textiles. Deakin University in recent times has been extremely active in fiber research focusing on high performance and next generation fibrous materials.



Archroma, a global leader in color and specialty chemicals who pioneered custom color engineering in textile and fashion, today launched a portable version of its popular Color Atlas system at the ‘Sourcing at MAGIC’ fashion industry shows in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.



The new Compact Color Atlas includes the same 4,320 color swatches as the original, but is condensed from six to two slim volumes for increased mobility. Selling for a fraction of the price, the compact edition is also a first entry option for smaller brands and up-and-coming designers willing to access a best-in-class color management tool. It’s also a great additional option for companies who might like to expand Archroma’s tools within their organization.



The Compact edition includes 2.5 x 2.5 cm (1” x 1”) single-layer color swatches, while lighter colors are represented with two-layer swatches in order to more faithfully present a hue’s true appearance. This edition’s swatches are securely attached to the page, as opposed to the full edition’s removable swatch interface.



“Whether a designer is travelling around the world on an inspirational journey, or just across town to a corporate office, the Compact Color Atlas offers portability and flexibility, complementing the full Color Atlas’s capabilities,” says Chris Hipps, Archroma Color Management’s director of global operations. “This is also a great introduction to the program for young brands and design talent.”


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Central Silk Board (CSB), operating under the administrative control of the Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India, is the country’s nodal organization for development of all varieties of silks in India. Development of ‘Vanya ‘ silks is a matter of special interest to CSB.  A number of special projects for development of Muga, Tasar and Eri silks are under implementation in different parts of the country. CSB has also been sponsoring expositions with MUTES Collection (Muga, Tasar, ERi Silks) in different parts of the country. CSB is proud to announce that the MUTES speak for themselves in the market place.


Central Silk Board in collaboration with Sir Vithaldas Thackersey  College of Home Science (Autonomous), Santacruz (West), Mumbai and SMOI is organizing “Interactive Seminar on Vanya Silk Product  Development & Commercialisation” at mini auditorium, SNDT Women’s University Vidyavihar, Santacruz West, Mumbai  on 25th Jan. 2017. In order to commercialize Vanya silk in Mumbai a “Dress Design Competition” to design garments made from Vanya Silk has been conducted for the budding designers and boutiques of Maharashtra.


Highlights of the event are:


1. Presentation on "Vanya Silk Product Development" by Shri. S. N. Hippargi, Joint Director/Scientist D Central Silk Board, Bangalore


2. Presentation on "Vanya Silk Marketing" by Shri. Shankar Kotrannavar, Assistant Director (Insp.), Central Silk Board, Bangalore


3. Presentation on "Silk & Silk Mark" by Shri. V. Ramesh, Deputy Director (Insp.), Central Silk Board, Mumbai


4.Presentation of Vanya Silk Garments created by the participants by a fashion show.


5. Prize Distribution Ceremony of Dress Design Competition on Vanya Silk Fabric






By: Seshadri Ramkumar, Texas Tech University, USA

New developments in nonwovens technology will be featured at a forthcoming international event.


Technical Association of Pulp and Paper Industry, popularly known as TAPPI will be organizing Innovative Nonwovens Conference (NET Inc) from April 23-26 in Minneapolis, United States.


TAPPI is a 100 year old professional association and provides a platform for the nonwoven industry professionals to interact with peers and exchange technical information. Pete Wallace, an industry veteran who has been with TAPPI for over 35 years commented, “for the past 35 years, TAAPI, Nonwovens Division (TAPPI-NET) has been the most important source of networking I have had in the industry. TAPPI has been essential to my career and in enabling me to do the best job possible for the companies I have worked for.”


The conference provides a good mix of market information and technology. The event will kick start with two keynotes. Andrew Willis, Technology Director at filter media manufacturer Hollingsworth & Vose will talk about “New Trends in Filtration,” and David Allan, Editor for Nonwovens at RISI Inc., will provide a market report on nonwovens field.


A Special feature of this nonwovens conference is that it is co-located with PaperCon, the premier pulp and paper conference of TAPPI. This gives opportunity for nonwoven professionals to learn about allied fields.


The conference will offer two workshops aimed at educating workforce in the nonwovens field and will feature, “Technical Textiles: 101,” and “Nonwovens Testing.” Added benefit to the participants will be the tutorials offered by PaperCon such as “Fiber Preparation for Tissue.”


In talking about the conference and the division that pulled the event together, Maureen Nunn of Pennsylvania Chemical Consultants stated, “TAPPI NET Division is the place where industry and universities come together to develop the next nonwoven industry innovations.”


Technical sessions will focus on many emerging topics such as cellulose nanofibers for nonwoven use, polyimide nanofibers for Li-ion battery applications, hemp fibers for wipes, nonwoven cotton substrate for separating oil from oil-water mixture, etc. Given the growth in smart textiles, a talk will focus on fiber device for energy harvesting.



More information about the nonwovens conference can be found at:    



IHGF- Delhi Fair Spring 2017, the 43rd edition of the world’s largest handicrafts and gifts fair, will open on 16th February, 2017 at India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater Noida Expressway in the NCR of Delhi. The Limca Book of World Records has recognized it as the world’s largest congregation of handicraft exhibitors under one roof. The fair will be held from February 16 - 20, 2017, spread over an area of 1,97,000 sq. metres, informed Executive Director, EPCH, Shri Rakesh Kumar. 

More than 3,000 exhibitors including 900 permanent marts from all over the country will be showcasing a wide range of products belonging to fourteen product categories, namely houseware, home furnishing, furniture, gifts and decoratives, lamps and lighting, Christmas & festive décor, fashion jewellery & accessories, spa and wellness, carpets and rugs, bathroom accessories, garden accessories, educational toys & games, handmade paper products and stationery and leather bags. 

Over 6,500 foreign buyers from more than 80 countries, buying agents based in India and domestic retail volume buyers are expected to visit the mega fair to source their requirements. The increase in the exhibition space and in the number of exhibitors and visitors indicate how important this event is for India as well as for the international buying community. It also demonstrates that it is an indispensable event for overseas buyers for sourcing home, lifestyles, fashion and textiles products, all provided under one roof. 

The world’s largest show for home, lifestyle, fashion and textiles will bring comprehensive selections with a choice of over 2,000 products made out of different raw material bases such as wood, metal, cane and bamboo, textiles made of natural fibres, wool, silk, jute, coir, stone, leather, terracotta, lacquer and vegetable dyes. 

One of the main highlights of the show will be a thematic display of products from North Eastern Region and Jodhpur Mega cluster. A theme pavilion on wooden handicrafts items produced from legally procured wood and certified under Vriksh – an indigenous Indian Timber Legality assessment and Verification scheme, will also be set up to showcase the best of wooden handicrafts items. Informative seminars related to production techniques, skill development, GSP scheme, trends and forecast, discussion on union budget and the forthcoming GST would also be held. 

Realizing the phenomenal growth in the domestic retail market, the Council opened the doors of IHGF-Delhi Fair for domestic retail volume buyers and e-commerce companies during Autumn 2014. Since then, major retail brands and e-commerce companies such as Good Earth, Furniture Republic, Fab India, West Side, Archies Ltd, DLF Brands Ltd., @home, Shoppers Stop, Lifestyles Group,,,,, and others have become regular visitors to the fair. These companies have registered to visit and source their requirements at the 43rd edition of the Fair as well. 

Interacting with the media, ED – EPCH, Mr. Rakesh Kumar said that since its inception in 1994, the IHGF- Delhi fair has made significant contribution to the handicrafts trade from India. It has not only enabled Indian exporters to participate in the show in large numbers and secure orders but has also enabled foreign buyers to source their requirements from India at one place, one time and under one roof. He said that one of the most important roles played by the IHGF has been the increase in the foreign exchange earnings of the country, besides generating employment. 

Chairman, EPCH, Mr. Dinesh Kumar said that despite the fact that USA and Europe have been major buyers of India, the focus of EPCH is now on new emerging markets in hitherto unexplored and under-explored regions like Latin America, Central Asia (CIS), Africa and South East Asia. 

The exports of handicrafts during April 2016 - December 2016 has registered a growth of 12.10% in rupee terms and stands at Rs. 17,937.05 crores. The growth in dollar terms is 8.25% with exports of US $ 2673.48 million. ED, EPCH said that the export target for the year 2016-17 is US$ 3600 million (Rs. 23,560.00 crores) and that the Council hopes to achieve the target. 

EPCH is a nodal agency for promotion and development of handicrafts exports from the country. 



The orders index for textile machinery compiled by ACIMIT, the Association Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers, for the period from October to December 2016 rose by 5% compared to the same period for the previous year. The value of the index thus came in at 94.2 points (basis: 2010=100).


This growth affected both the foreign markets, where the index registered an absolute value of 103.4 points (+5%) and Italy. In this case, the increase compared to the period from October to December 2015 was 16%, with an absolute value for the index of 55.7 points.


On an annual basis, and compared to 2015, the index registered an average increase of 4% (absolute value: 95.2). Domestic sales were up significantly, rising by fully 14% (absolute index: 55.2), confirming the vigour of the Italian market. Foreign markets recorded a more contained increase in orders (+3%, for an absolute value of 104.0).


The president of ACIMIT, Raffaella Carabelli, commented on the results as follows: “The data for the index for the last quarter of 2016 confirm a year we can certainly define as positive, with an overall growing orders index.”


Data for Italian exports, updated to the first nine months of 2016, confirm a positive trend, with a 3% increase compared to the same period of 2015. “In spite of our far from brilliant export performance in the world's three major markets, China, Turkey and India,” states ACIMIT’s President, “our sales are nonetheless growing in Bangladesh and Pakistan, as well as in North America and Europe”.


The outlook for 2017 appears to be dynamic, despite the current geopolitical uncertainties. For its part, with the support of the MISE and ICE-Agency, over the course of the year ACIMIT will continue to push forward in promoting internationalization, as over 20 Country/markets will be the object of promotional initiatives aimed at the penetration of Italy’s textile machinery sector. Among these initiatives are projects laid out for Sub-Saharan Africa and Iran, both areas in which ACIMIT is insistently promoting its activities for growth.


Background on the Italy’s textile machinery industry and ACIMIT


ACIMIT represents an industrial sector comprising around 300 manufacturers (employing close to 12,000 people) and producing machinery for an overall value of about 2.6 billion euros, with exports amounting to more than 85% of total sales. Creativity, sustainable technology, reliability and quality are the characteristics which have made Italy a global leader in the manufacturing of textile machinery.



Progress in China’s textile industry is increasingly being driven by a young and dynamic generation of professionals – and USTER is proud to play arole in fostering the development of these talented individuals. The company’s close links with Chinese universities started 10 years ago, and in that period USTER has developed a scholarship program which now covers eight universities and has so far involved well over 500 students.


Richard Furter, USTER’s former Head of Textile Technology, started the scholarship initiative and was personally involved in developing the program through its early years. At that time, he was assisted by Ellen Liu, Head of Textile Technology in China, who translated. She remembers that students in the program were immediately impressed by the concept of quality control and management and the potentiality offered by quality testing and monitoring instruments.


Today, the company is still convinced that the USTER scholarship program will encourage successive generations of students to continue the transformation of China’s textile industry from a traditional sector to a modern global player in quality markets. USTER believes it’s important to lay the foundations for this at the textile universities, so that students are introduced to new ideas and become inspired by the possibilities.


Internships for practical experience

Since 2010, USTER has also been offering internships at its laboratory in Suzhou, in collaboration with Donghua University. Each year, two masters degree students are able to gain experience as testing engineers, working with USTER staff – as well as having access to latest test technology to help with their theses. The internships allocate students’ time 50:50 between work in the lab and individual study, all supported by regular training from USTER Textile Technologists.


Ms Liu also continues the popular and valuable program of university lectures started in 2007 by the late and highly-respected USTER expert Richard Furter and continued by Thomas Nasiou, today CEO of Uster Technologies. Both these men spent time lecturing students at Donghua and Qingdao universities. Mr Furter initiated the lecture program based on his personal strong belief that the young professionals will drivethe Chinese textile industry into a well-developed, modern business. He put a lot of effort in fostering the future generation. Through a career with USTER spanning 47 years, he was renowned for his seemingly limitless knowledge. He was even asked to write an independent textbook, titled ‘Textile Measuring Technology and Quality Control’ which was officially acknowledged by China’s textile education authorities and has been a ‘set book’ for textile students since 2012.


Scholarships at eight universities

The first USTER scholarships at Donghua University and Qingdao University started in 2008. Since then, the program has expanded to include six more establishments which regard the company as a partner in fulfilling their educational goals: Tianjin Polytechnic University, Xi’an Polytechnic University, Jiangnan University, Zhongyuan University of Technology, Nantong University, and Yancheng Institute of Technology. They appreciate the specific technical focus of the lectures on quality management and control, as well as USTER®STATISTICS.


So far, 563 students at different levels (undergraduate, masters and PHD) have been awarded USTER scholarships. Successful students must demonstrate high performance – in marks and engagement – but also involvement in research and university projects, along with well-developed personal and interactive skills.


Over the years, many USTER scholarship winners have gone on to work in key textile industry posts, or as university professors themselves. “My company employed me as testing engineer when I graduated just because I had learned USTER® instrument knowledge during my internship. I can say that USTER knowledge helped me to gain this career opportunity,” says GuangZhen Guo, who works as a supervisor in CFIB branch in Fujian province. He studied at Donghua University and had the chance to take part in a year-long USTER internship program. Professor Yong Liu was, as a PhD student, a winner of one of the first USTER scholarships in 2008. Today he holds the positions of vice-dean of the textile college of Tianjin Polytechnic University and doctorial supervisor. He says: “I was inspired to devote myself to the textile industry and contribute to the development of textile talents as well as to scientific and technological progress.” This reaction is typical of the majority of students, who report that their scholarship gave them the confidence to remain in the textile sector and the encouragement to anticipate and movechanges in China.


Belief in the future of textiles

USTER is convinced that younger staff members are the key to implementing sustainable and successful quality management concepts in the spinning industry. The university environment introduces students to modern methods and attitudes in the textile industry, opening their minds and giving them the courage to challenge strong traditions. “There is a trend now for yarn producers to realize how textile engineers can help to improve the competitive capabilities of their spinning mills. They seek employees with university degrees and offer higher salaries,” says Ms Liu. “Some companies will even promise quick promotion to ensure that young professionals stay in the job for years.”



The Chinese government has itself recognized the potential benefits of increased quality standards, and launched new initiatives to promote a high quality and brand oriented policy for manufacturing industries in 2016. Students who are ready to embrace quality management concepts will provide a good foundation for this campaign. And Uster Technologies is pleased to take part in the modern development of China’s textile industry through its continuing commitment to supporting the future textile professionals with its scholarship and internship programs.


 About Uster Technologies Ltd.

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


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





  • Date: 8 March 2017
  • Location: BMICH Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Cost: £30.00 SDC members / £40.00 non-members

Organised by SDC International, booking is now open for this International Summit on Textile Coloration 2017.  

It took a small boy in Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale to point out that the Emperor was wearing no clothes. The International Summit on Textile Coloration 2017, will play the role of Andersen’s small boy and tackle some of the difficult questions around technical innovation and environmental sustainability within the textile coloration industry.

There are sessions on:

  • Compliance in Colour Management
  • Compliance in Coloration of Textiles
  • Compliance in Fashion


Why should you attend?
Meet the people who are driving the change. Know the people who have used the new innovations. Learn the path to a better world of coloration! What’s the way ahead? Who will pay for the increased cost of sustainability? Is fashion the most polluting industry? How toxic are the clothes that I buy? How organic is organic?

The world is changing fast. Colorists have to recognize the challenge and face it squarely.


  • Retailers and brand owners demand the best performance at ever decreasing prices
  • Frequent eco norm changes place the colourists under tremendous pressure and may introduce perceived trade barriers
  • The cost of natural resources and labour are increasing worldwide with consequential impacts on margins in static or decreasing prices markets
  • Challenges include unsold retail inventories
  • Global markets are increasingly turbulent with the emergence of online selling channels
  • Eco-friendly products are unable to leverage higher prices from purchasers


For further information, including a downloadable booking form, please visit thewebsite or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



Textile Association of India honoured Dr.Hemant Sonare with Shri. J. J. Randeri Service Award for service excellence at national level for development of Textile & clothing industry of India. Dr.Hemant Sonare has significantly contributed for the socioeconomic development through upliftment of cotton grower farmer’s community of Vidarbha.  He received award from Industry & Commerce Minister, Government of Madhya Pradesh Hon.Shri.Rajendraji Shukla at the inaugural ceremony of 14th INTERNATIONAL & 72nd All INDIA TEXTILE CONFERENCE at BHOPAL.


The Textile Association (India) is the foremost largest textile professional body of India established in the year 1939; currently the association has strong member strength of over 28000 with 26 affiliated units spread throughout the length and breadth of the country. It has been providing guidance and services of various kinds to the Textile Industry over last 77 years .TAI organized 14 International & 72 All India Textile Conferences, 2 world textile congress & Global Textile Congress at different National & International destinations.TAI has played very significant role in Indian textile industry which is recognized by industry leaders and government agencies.




 Dr.Hemant Sonare has done outstanding contribution in the field of education, textile, clothing & agriculture industry. He has significant involvement in the field of Education, Garment, Fashion, Textile industry. He served society at large significantly & contributed for the growth and developmental cause of industry .He is working for youth, farmers and women’s by providing necessary empowerment through constructive actions. He is also working to educate, employ & empower women's of the weaker section of the society. Holding esteemed position as a Hon. Secretary of prestigious Textile Association of India – Vidarbha he is involved in all developmental issues related to textile sector of Vidarbha. He is working with Wanjari Group of Institutions as ‘Director’ of group. He has been a recipient of ‘Krushibhushan’ award, Warud Gaurav Purskar for his significant contribution in the   area of upliftment & empowerment of cotton growing farmers of Vidrabha. Members of Textile Association of India and professionals from textile & clothing sector congratulated him for this prestigious achievement. Earlier, he worked as a Convener of the prestigious 4th Indian Youth Science Congress a forum of young scientists involved in the
development processes for a sustainable future of the planet.   As a Conference Chairman successful 12th International & 70th All India Textile Conference at Nagpur based on theme Cotton, Textile & Apparel Value & Supply Chain: Global Opportunities & Challenges ! The conference has received massive response with 1100 delegates & 80 speakers from all across the India & World . He worked as Conference Advisor as World Textile Congress II which will be held in Supt.2016 at Hotel Sahara Mumbai, As a Conference Convenor for AGROVISION conference based on theme ‘DEVELOPMENT OF COTTON HUBS & TEXTILE PARKS IN VIDARBHA at Nagpur at Central India’s largest Agri Summit AGROVISION. He is working to establish Vidarbha to stands at a very positive situation to offer Value Added Textile to the World.


Gap, one of the world's most iconic apparel and accessories brand, is all set to collaborate with the renowned kids’ brand, Disney. The collaboration with Disney is with the one and only Mickey and Minnie Mouse. The product line will be in store, and online for Spring 2017.


The collaboration also includes a fun activity for young Disney fans. This weekend head over to a Gap store and watch your little ones bring their creativity to life! Get free Disney colouring sheets . While you browse the fun and unique range of GapxDisney collection, kids can enjoy themselves by colouring their favourite cartoon characters at the store.


The collection will hit the stores in February 2017. It will include Mickey and Minnie-themed tops, bottoms, dresses, and outerwear at prices starting from as low as Rs. 549/- and Rs. 1299/-. The Disney ranged products are exclusive to Gap. 


Mark your calendar and head out to your nearest Gap store this Februaryfor a fun-filled day with your little ones!

Gap stores:


This ongoing collaboration will feature new product every season with special thematic collections released throughout the year tied to movie releases or other key events


Date: 17th – 19th February, 2017


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