Offers an exquisite range of Khadi Fabrics & an array of ready to wear apparel ~


·         Raymond Khadi positioned to create its own niche in the fashion industry

·         Exclusive Trade Preview forRaymond’s expansive dealer network in India & select international markets

·         Khadi &Village Industries Commission certifies Raymond to use Khadi mark

·         An initiative to position Khadi as a ‘Fashion fabric’ globally

·         Collection to be available in top Raymond stores (350+) and select Multi Brand Outlets beginning August 2017


Reckoned for its many firsts in the industry,Raymond Limited - India’s leading Textile and Apparel conglomerate, launched India’s first branded Khadi label - ‘Khadi by Raymond’at a grand event in Mumbai. This mega launch witnessed theaugust presence of Hon’ble Minister of State (MSME) Shri Giriraj Singh as the Chief Guest and Ms. Sumitra Kulkarni Gandhi, granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi as the Guest of Honor. Other honorary guests Hon’ble Cabinet Minister (Industry & Mining), Govt. of Maharashtra, ShriSubhashDesai,Hon’ble Cabinet Minister (Education),Govt. of Gujarat,Shri BhupendrasinhaChudasma, Ms.Ansu Sinha, CEO KVIC,Ms. Usha Suresh, FA, KVIC and others who graced this event.



KabirBedi,eminent Indian television & film actor andTannishtha Chatterjee, an Indian Film Actress weaved together the evening and created a sense of nostalgiawhilereminiscingIndia’s quest for independence and its association with Khadi as a symbol of self-sufficiency.


‘Khadi By Raymond’ is an exquisite range of fabric blends and ready to wear apparel that resonate with the Indian culture, upholds Raymond’s rich legacy that strikes a chord with today’s discerning Indian customer. Speaking during the occasion, Mr. Gautam Hari Singhania, Chairman & Managing Director – Raymond Limited said;“It is indeed a moment of pride to have Khadi – the fabric of our nation as a part of our product portfolio. Embodying some of the latest design trends and enhancing its quality Raymond Khadi is set to reposition Khadi as a fabric of choice,in line with the Hon. Prime Minister’s vision of promoting Khadi for Fashion and reinstating our commitment to Make in India initiative.”


This initiative is conceptualized under KVIC mark regulation Act and permits Raymond to promote the sale and marketing of Khadi or Khadi products of village industries or handicrafts and forge links with established marketing agencies through the PPP mode. Under this convergence, Raymond has agreed for a guaranteed minimum procurement of Khadi and Khadi products for a period of 5 years with primary purchases of muslin cotton, wool blendsand silk.


On the momentous occasion of the launch, Mr. V.K. Saxena, Chairman KVICsaid, “It is a historical moment that the best brains are coming in to get involved with Khadi.Today the agreement signed between KVIC and Raymond is bearing it's first fruit and the exclusive display of Khadi apparels will open a new avenue for Khadi market and this will serve the cause of rural artisans of our country and support the cause of Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for greater use of Khadi by every Indian.”


Currently, Khadi is being marketed by Khadi GramodyogBhavan’s stores as well as through the sales outlets run by the institutions financed by KVIC and KVIB. However, this strategic partnership will open new doors for Khadi through numerous Raymond outlets across the country as well as select international markets.



Also speaking during the occasion was Shri Giriraj Singh, Minister of State, MSME, Govt. of Indiawho stated; “The ministry of MSME has been undertaking numerous measures to not just revive but also strengthen the ailing units of Khadi. Public Private Partnerships such as the one with Raymond boosts industry confidence by ensuring market linkages that can lead to demand generation. The increase in demand for Khadi will thus be a positive measure for the economy creating numerous employment opportunities for artisans.”


As a part of the initiative Raymond will procure all India Khadi varieties and will send it to manufacturing plants for final finishing process ensuring superior product handle and finesse. Raymond will also bring in the design interventions at Khadi manufacturing clusters across the country along with providing technical expertise. The story Re-Spun signifies the value addition done by Raymond in entire value chain of Khadi production.


Raymond Khadi products will be available at KVIC outlets, The Raymond Shops across India and leading ecommerce portals.


About Raymond Limited


Raymond offers end-to-end solutions for fabrics and garmenting. It has some of the leading brands in its portfolio including Raymond Ready-to-Wear, Park Avenue, Parx, Color Plus,


Raymond Made to Measure amongst others. Raymond has one of the largest exclusive retail networks in the textile and fashion space in India.


As a part of the diversified Group, we also have business interests in men’s accessories, personal grooming & toiletries, prophylactics, energy drinks, files and tools and auto components.


Visit us today at witness how we cater to the needs of 'The Complete Man'.


About KVIC

The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) is a statutory body established by an Act of Parliament (No. 61 of 1956, as amended by act no. 12 of 1987 and Act No.10 of 2006. In April 1957, it took over the work of former All India Khadi and Village Industries Board.

The Broad objectives of KVIC are:

1.       The social objective of providing employment;

2.       The economic objective of producing saleable articles, and

3.       The wider objective of creating self-reliance amongst the people and building up of a strong rural community spirit.


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A joint initiative to ‘make cotton cool’, ShopClues starts an exclusive sale for cotton


Taking a step forward to promote the use of cotton and the highlight the cotton  industry, ShopClues, India’s first and largest managed marketplace, has partnered with Ministry of Textiles for its #CottonIsCool campaign to bring out the Indianness of cotton to beat the heat this summer.


ShopClues, under the initiative, has created a special #CottonIsCool page which will be active from 17th-20th May, 2017. Consumers using coupon code ‘cottoniscool’ will be offered a 10% discount on existing cotton products.


Speaking on the occasion, Radhika Aggarwal, Chief Business Officer and Co-founder, Shopclues, said, “It gives us immense pleasure to join hands with the Ministry of Textiles to promote the cotton industry. Cotton is a fabric that keeps one cool in scorching Indian summers, and we are sure that our customers spread across Bharat in over 30000 pin-codes will have a lot to choose from our wide range of cotton products we have on offer.”


Earlier, ShopClues had partnered with the Central Cottage Emporium and National Handloom Development Corporation to promote handcrafted, regional, and handloom products on the platform, which were part of its ‘IndiMarket’, an exclusive platform for locally sourced Indian products.


Customers can visit campaign link:, which will lead to ‘ONLY OF COTTON’ fabrics and garments. All the products available on this page will have posts and designs of cotton fabrics and clothes.



About Shopclues

Headquartered in Gurgaon, ShopClues was founded in 2011, as a preferred e-commerce destination for Real India - Buyers and Sellers in tier 2, tier 3, 4 cities and beyond.


With more than 100 million monthly visits, over 20 million listed products, 5,00,000 + merchants, over 7000 online brand stores, ShopClues services 30,000 pin codes across India.



Spearheaded by Sanjay Sethi & Radhika Aggarwal, ShopClues (an Indian subsidiary of Clues Network Inc., a US Corporation) was deemed a Unicorn in 2016 with the E Series Funding by Sovereign Wealth Fund GIC Pte Ltd. Other investors include Tiger Global Management LLC, Helion Venture Partners & Nexus Venture Partners.

The Confederation of Indian Textile Industry (CITI), New Delhi, the apex body representing the entire textile industry in the country, has elected its new office-bearers at its Committee meeting held on 12th May 2017.


Mr. J. Thulasidharan, Managing Director, The Rajaratna Group of Mills, Coimbatore having textile units in multi locations in Tamil Nadu is the new Chairman of CITI. Mr. Thulasidharan has also served as the Chairman of The Southern India Mills’ Association (SIMA), President of Open End Spinning Mills Association and SIMA Cotton Development & Research Association (SIMA CD&RA). He is also the President of Indian Cotton Federation, formerly known as South India Cotton Association. He is also holding the Directorship in Coimbatore Capital Limited and Coimbatore Commodities Limited.


Mr. T. Rajkumar, Chairman, Sri Mahasakthi Mills Limited, Kerala, Sri Arumuga Enterprise Limited and Foundation One Infrastructures Pvt Ltd, Tamil Nadu is the new Deputy Chairman of CITI. Mr. Rajkumar is the immediate Past Chairman of The Southern India Mills’ Association and Chairman & Managing Trustee of Global Pathway School, Coimbatore, Secretary of Nachimuthu Gounder Rukmani Ammal Charitable Trust, Pollachi, Tamil Nadu, apart from actively involved in various industrial bodies and educational institutions.


Mr. Sanjay K Jain, Managing Director of T T Limited, a vertically integrated textiles company (fibre to fashion) having its manufacturing units in various States of the country is the new Vice Chairman. Mr. Jain is the Chairman of NITRA and immediate Past Chairman of NITMA, Vice President of FOHMA and WBHA. He is also on the committees of TEXPROCIL, SIMA, FICCI Textiles Group and various other bodies.


By: Seshadri Ramkumar, Texas Tech University, USA

Virginia Tech and Lowe’s have collaborated to develop a lift assisting wearable exosuit.


The exosuit has been developed to assist employees to be comfortable and safe while listing weights in stores. The prototype has been put to validation at Lowe’s store in Christiansburg, Virginia.


The technology uses soft and flexible electronic elements making the suit wearable.


Alan Asbeck, Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech along with a team of eight students collaborated with Lowe’s Innovation Labs for this project.

The next phase of the project is to examine the physical effects of the suits while using such as comfort, ease of use, etc.


Lowe’s is committed to explore opportunities to improve workplace environment stated, Kyle Nel, Executive Director of Lowe’s Innovation Labs.


According to Joe Sirico, store manager at Lowe’s Christiansburg location, developing such technologies help to keep associates from being worn out.


More and more it is becoming apparent that innovations and applied developments in textiles cut across disciplines and come from non-traditional textile research powerhouses. Textiles truly lends into many multidisciplinary endeavors involving basic sciences, manufacturing technologies and electronics


Total capacity in Shanghai to reach 600,000 tons per year

Shortly after doubling its polycarbonate production capacity at its Shanghai site to 400,000 tons per year, Covestro will again significantly expand its capacity to 600,000 metric tons per year. With this step, which is achieved through debottlenecking of its production lines, the company reacts to the strong customer demand for polycarbonates in the Asia-Pacific region. The expanded capacity shall be available starting 2019.

 “The expansion is essential to satisfy the growing demand”, said Chief Technology Officer Dr. Klaus Schäfer. “The successful completion of this project will strengthen our global production network and demonstrates our continuous commitment to the Chinese market.”

Michelle Jou, Global Head of Covestro´s Polycarbonates segment, said, “There is a rapidly growing demand for polycarbonate resins and blends, in particular in China. Segments like electronics, healthcare and automotive are our key customer industries in that region. Further expanding our capacity for this high-tech plastic enables us to even better react to the changing needs of our customers and to guarantee sustainable supply.”

Global number one in polycarbonate resins

Especially lightweight, highly transparent, break-proof and easy to shape, polycarbonate is used in many areas of modern life – from electronic and IT appliances to automotive parts to medical devices and LED lighting. With the capacity expansion of the largest polycarbonate production site in the world, Covestro strengthens its global number one position in polycarbonate resins and intends to supply the volumes it needs to continuously outgrow industry. “We have grown our capacity share continuously in recent years and are committed to continue this path. This investment is one of the steps we do to secure the necessary supply”, adds Michelle Jou.

At the same time, Covestro underscores its leading position in highly efficient and environmentally compatible technology by recycling process saltwater at the production site. This is used again to produce chlorine and sodium hydroxide, two chemicals that in turn are needed as raw materials for polycarbonates. “By using our innovative recycling process technology we safeguard our high level of cost efficiency”, said Klaus Schäfer.  

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, electrical and electronics, construction and the sports and leisure industries. Covestro, formerly Bayer MaterialScience, has 30 production sites around the globe and employs approximately 15,600 people (full-time equivalents) as of the end of 2016.

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After the success of its first edition "Textyle-Expo", the International Exhibition of Textile and Fashion returns for the second edition and  will be held from 25 to 28 April 2018 in CCO Oran, Algeria under the high patronage of Mister the Minister of Industry and Mines, gathering national and international professional actors of Textile and Fashion industry in order to develop this latter and encourage investment in Algeria and the rest of the Mediterranean countries.



In parallel of the exhibition which ranges the different sectors “Raw Materials, Machinery and Process, Design until Ready to Wear, House Linen, Tapestry and Accessories” conferences will be organized by national and international master speakers and a Fashion Show will host Maghrebian designers to present their new collections.


"Textyle-Expo", offers an opportunity of negotiation, communication and a strategically commercial action plan for the Textile industry companies to expand their business.




From first in Ludhiana, ATDC to launch a series of RPL across the country



Apparel Training and Design Centre (ATDC) India’s Largest Quality Vocational Training Provider for the Apparel sector launched the first “Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Programme” under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal VikasYojana (PMKVY) 2.0, the flagship scheme of the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE), Government of India at the factory premises of KG Exports at Ludhiana, Punjab.  


The Dignitaries who graced the occasion included Mr. Rajat Bhatnagar, State Engagement Officer, National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), and Ms. Kirti Jain, Assistant Director Operations North of Apparel Made-Ups Home Furnishing Sector Skill Council (AMHSCC), Convener LMC, Mr. Ajit Lakra and Director General & CEO ATDC, Dr. Darlie Koshy. Managing Director of KG Exports, Mr. Harish Dua and ATDC RPL Team led by Ms. Neera Chandra, Ms. Roopali Shukla and Sr. Dy. Registrar. Mr. Rajesh Masiwal managed the RPL process with candidates to be trained under RPL were present atthe launch ceremony.


Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a robust platform to provide recognition to the skills acquired through informal learning to get equal acceptance as the formal levels of education or skill development. It aims to recognize prior learning and bring them to the “trained skilled workforce cadre”.  In short, RPL is a process of assessment of an individual’s prior learning to give due importance to ‘learning’ as an outcome  on the job rather than learning as a process not necessarily directed at  economic activity.


Dr. Koshy DG & CEO said on the occasion:  RPL for a country like India is an absolutenecessity as only about 7% -10% of the workforce have received any formal vocational training.  In some section it is less than even 5%. Considering this abysmal situation prior learning through skills developed on the jobbeing assessed and evaluate later top-up training by ATDC through 3rdparty certification is a welcome step.


Mr. Jayant Krishna, COO NSDC said; “The Indian apparel industry has seen an upward surge in the demand in the past few years and the industry is showing buoyancy by way of market growth. However, the sector has still to realise much of its huge potential. Despite huge workforce, the industry is marred by relatively low productivity levels and faces tough competition in the exports market from Bangladesh and China. Hence, it is imperative to identify skill gaps in the industry and train the existing workforce under the RPL programme to enhance their productivity. In addition, the programme provides formal recognition to the people with specific abilities and gets them certified as per the industry standards. We are happy to initiate this project and are certain that it will benefit as well as motivate workers”


In his welcome address, Dr. Darlie Koshy – DG and CEO, ATDC added: For ATDC, its DNA is connected to the Apparel Export Sector and it is well equipped to be a leader in RPL as almost all the export units are having a good number of ATDC alumni and the industry considers ATDC training as gold standard.  ATDC’s taking up RPL will certainly help the industry units to take it more seriously and with extra interest. The huge workforce in apparel factory will have an opportunity to be evaluated and certified for the skills that they possess and probably would have compared their own skills at some stage with those who came with skill qualification can now look forward to better career opportunities !


After Ludhiana, ATDC will take up RPL in other states like Punjab, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal to cover 13, 000 candidates. ATDC will be executing a twelve-hour orientation for the candidates followed by 3rd party Assessment and Certification. Certified candidates will get the direct benefit of Rs 500 cash in their accounts from the Government’s end, as well as special kit including a T-shirt, cap and they will be covered with an Insurance policy of five years (Pradhan Mantri Suraksha BimaYojana) in addition to a certificate. 


About ATDC



Apparel Training & Design Centre (ATDC) has emerged as India’s Largest Quality Vocational Training provider for the Apparel Sector with over 200 directly – run ATDCs including 65 ATDC-Vocational Institutes spread across 23 states, 86 cities and about 150 districts PAN India. ATDC is a unique organization offering Shop Floor, Supervisory and Managerial Level training courses i.e. 3 months to 3 years duration programs or 300 hrs to 3000 hrsranging  from NSQF level 01-03 to 05-07.  ATDC has a vast pool of over 500 Faculty Resources with a range of expertise and domain skills covering most critical areas of textile apparel value chain.


·         Q1 2017 sales rise by 25 percent to EUR 2.4 billion

·         EBITDA pre exceptionals increases by 25 percent to EUR 328 million

·         EBITDA margin pre exceptionals at 13.7 percent

·         Net income improves by 47 percent to EUR 78 million

·         Positive volume development across all segments

·         New guidance for full year 2017: EBITDA pre exceptionals between EUR 1.225 billion and EUR 1.3 billion

·         Matthias Zachert says: “We have the right positioning and the Chemtura acquisition further enhances our operational strength.”


Cologne –Specialty chemicals company LANXESS projects the highest full year results in company history,following a very strong first quarter of 2017 and the successful closing of the acquisition of U.S. based company Chemtura.


Global sales of the specialty chemicals company increased by a substantial 25 percent to EUR 2.4 billion in the first quarter of 2017, up from EUR 1.9 billion a year earlier. EBITDA pre exceptionals also improved by 25 percent to EUR 328 million, compared with EUR 262 million in the first quarter of 2016. The very positive first-quarter development was primarily driven by a significant increase in volumes across all segments.


The EBITDA margin pre exceptionals came in at 13.7 percent, slightly above the prior-year figure of 13.6 percent.Net income rose significantly by 47 percent to EUR 78 million, against EUR 53 million in the year-earlier quarter.


For the full year 2017, the company expects EBITDA pre exceptionals of between EUR 1.225 billion and EUR 1.3 billion. This forecast includes the earnings contribution from the newly acquired Chemtura businesses. 2017 could therefore be the most successful fiscal year in the company’s history. LANXESS achieved its highest operating result to date in 2012, when it posted a figure of around EUR 1.2 billion.


“LANXESS got off to a very strong start to the new fiscal year. We recorded an increase in demand in all of our business segments and generated higher sales in all regions. This clearly shows that we have the right positioning,” said Matthias Zachert, Chairman of the Board of Management of LANXESS AG. “Good order flow and a dynamic business environment appear to continue in the second quarter – for the full year, we are even expecting record earnings. This is a clear indication of our operational strength, which will be further enhanced by the Chemtura acquisition. Our job now is to ensure the swift and smooth integration of the new businesses.”


In what was another major step forward in its realignment program, LANXESS closed the acquisition of U.S. chemical company Chemtura around three weeks ago. With the largest acquisition in its history, the Cologne-based company is significantly expanding its additives portfolio in particular and will become one of the world’s major actors in this growing market.


Very strong performance in the segments


Sales of the Advanced Intermediates segment in the first quarter of 2017 were EUR 518 million, 12 percent above the prior-year figure of EUR 463 million.Despite being held back by higher energy costs and a delay in passing on increased raw material prices, EBITDA pre exceptionals advanced by 2 percent to EUR 91 million, compared with EUR 89 million a year earlier. In particular, higher demand and the expansion of volumes had a positive impact on earnings.The EBITDA margin pre exceptionals was 17.6 percent, against 19.2 percent in the prior-year quarter.


Sales in the Performance Chemicals segment rose by 14 percent in the first quarter of 2017, to EUR 607 million, against EUR 533 million a year earlier. EBITDA pre exceptionals advanced by 5 percent to EUR 103 million, compared with the prior-year level of EUR 98 million. Growth was driven by strong demand for additives, biocides and leather chemicals, as well as by the contribution from the Clean and Disinfect business acquired from Chemours, while higher energy costs and negative currency effects on the costs held back earnings. The EBITDA margin pre exceptionals was 17.0 percent, against 18.4 percent in the prior-year quarter.


In the High Performance Materials segment, sales increased by 15 percent to EUR 315 million, up from EUR 273 million a year earlier. EBITDA pre exceptionals increased by 26 percent to EUR 48 million, compared with EUR 38 million a year earlier. Growth was once again driven by expanded volumes in all product groups and regions, very high capacity utilization and a focus on higher-margin products. As a result, the EBITDA margin pre exceptionals was 15.2 percent, compared with 13.9 percent in the prior-year quarter.


Sales in the ARLANXEO segment climbed by 48 percent to EUR 948 million, compared with EUR 640 million a year earlier. EBITDA pre exceptionals increased by 27 percent to EUR 144 million, up from EUR 113 million in the first quarter of 2016. This development was driven by strong demand in Asia, efficient use of the global production network, and positive currency effects. The EBITDA margin pre exceptionals was 15.2 percent, against 17.7 percent in the prior-year quarter.



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LANXESS is a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of EUR 7.7 billion in 2016 and about 19,200 employees in 25 countries. The company is currently represented at 75 production sites worldwide. The core business of LANXESS is the development, manufacturing and marketing of chemical intermediates, additives, specialty chemicals and plastics. Through ARLANXEO, the joint venture with Saudi Aramco, LANXESS is also a leading supplier of synthetic rubber. LANXESS is listed in the leading sustainability indices Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI World) and FTSE4Good.


The world-leading USTER®QUANTUM 3 generation of yarn clearers is set to reach a notable milestone in the autumn months, when the one millionth unit will be produced at USTER headquarters in Switzerland. The market success of the clearer has been accelerated by the launch of the latest version ofthe USTER®QUANTUM 3, which offers new features targeting intelligent quality management at specific fashion-oriented applications.


USTER is preparing to celebrate the production of its one millionth USTER®QUANTUM 3 clearer, which has enjoyed unprecedented sales since its launch in 2010. Pioneering concepts such as Smart Limits and the YARN BODYhave made the clearer an attractive choice for more than thousandmills worldwide, and the introduction of the USTER®QUANTUM 3 Anniversary Edition in 2015 has increased that appeal significantly.


On-trend… and on-quality


Spinning mills need to act fast to take advantage of important fashion trends. But yarns which hit the spot in terms of aesthetic appeal must also meet the exacting quality standards required in certain of these specialized applications.


The latest edition of the successful USTER®QUANTUM 3 yarn clearer addresses both these demands, thanks to new features which allow spinners to deliver yarns which are on-trend and also on-quality.


Core Yarn Clearing and Color/Shade Variation are unique innovations which put spinners in control of quality and avoid claims and complaints in important applications such as stretch denim and sportswear, and in the newly-fashionable market for mélange and subtly-colored yarns.


The Core Yarn Clearing feature with USTER®QUANTUM 3 is the first-ever automated solution to monitoring and assuring the quality of yarns with an elastane center encased by a cotton or synthetic outer. Fabrics with stretch and fancy slub effects created in this way continue to be extremely popular in both fashion items such as denim jeans and in functional garments and sports clothing.


Common problems when producing these yarns can occur when the inner elastane component is either missing or positioned off-center within the wrapper element. The Core Yarn Clearing feature uses powerful sensors and algorithms to detect any such problems and ensures that downstream customers receive a stretch yarn which perfectly meets their specifications. Using the built-in Smart Limits facility, the correct tolerances can be set quickly and easily, so that any bobbins containing core defects are blocked and removed.


The new Shade Variation feature of the USTER®QUANTUM 3 overcomes several potential problems which can lead to unacceptable color and shade differences. This is particularly important for spinners operating in the growing market for mélange and color-effect yarns. Here, human error can cause bobbins of differing colors or shades to be accidentally mixed in a single yarn lot.


If that occurs, the problem can be difficult or impossible to identify in the yarn with the naked eye. And a single rogue bobbin can ruin a yarn lot, leading to disastrous and conspicuous results such as a barré effect in the final fabric. The risks of a mistake are often magnified by the insufficiently controlled process,inadequate lighting conditions in mills, and the possibility of operatives with poor eyesight or imperfect color vision.


Today, latest technology in the USTER®QUANTUM 3 and its Shade Variation (SV) facility provides a separatedclearing channel which deals specifically with color deviations. When clearing limits are set, the SV feature immediately starts checking the bobbin as it runs on the winding machine, after which the Continuous Shade Variation (CSV) takes over to monitor the entire length of the bobbin, based on reference data which enables detection of even the most subtle variations in mélange yarns.


Tradition of innovation

“It’s more that we hoped for, how much the new Core Yarn Clearing and the Color/Shade Variation features have been appreciated. And we are proudto have already reached the milestone this year of one million USTER®QUANTUM 3clearers sold, thanks to this boost,” says Andreas Gantenbein, Product Manager Yarn Clearing within Uster Technologies. The effort USTER makes to maintain its strong innovation tradition has once again been recognized by spinners worldwide. This success will be celebrated on the day the one millionth clearer is produced. Whenever USTER stages an event of this type, the company reaffirms its continuing commitment to innovation. “Yarn clearers will help customers keep in step with fashion trends – and will always be developed to be a sound investment for the future,” says Gantenbein.


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).


By: Seshadri Ramkumar, Texas Tech University, USA

Indian cotton crop may see about 20 percent increase in the new season.


India’s current cotton crop for the season ending this September is expected to be about 34.1 million bales (170 Kgs each). However, next season’s crop (October 2017-September 2018) could be up to 20% higher than this current season.


Mr. M. M. Chockalingam, Chairman and Managing Director In-charge of state owned cotton company, Cotton Corporation of India (CCI), spoke this morning with this scribe and advised that farmers are enthusiastic in planting more cotton, next season. Mr. Chockalingam predicted that the crop increase would be about 15-20 percent next year.


This year, farmers in India have realized good price for cotton, which has not been the case in grains.  Cotton farmers have received Rupees 6000 for one quintal of seed cotton (Kapas), whereas, the minimum support price set by government has been only Rupees 4160 per quintal.


Pulse grain production has been high this year, which has resulted in lesser price for producers. Prices of edible oil seeds has been stagnant.


Higher price expectation is driving more cotton planting, which is clear from the plantings so far in northern areas such as Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan. Seventy percent sowing has been complete in this region already.


The weather seems to be favorable for the next season, with early and above average rainfall expected in cotton planting zones in the country. Overall increase will come from increases in acreage and yield.



According to a source based in Mumbai, who has been in the cotton business for many decades, the higher price scenario will result in the diversion of plantings in pulses and edible oil seeds towards cotton.


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