Around 70 Italian machinery manufacturers are slated to take part in the upcoming edition of Techtextil Frankfurt, the world’s largest industry event for technical textiles; a number that has grown over the years, and a testament to the interest Italy’s textile machinery sector places in the technical and innovative textiles market.

 

In recent years, the technical and innovative textiles industry has seen a great deal of development in many markets, and especially in Europe, where over 30% of revenue in the textile industry derives from the production of textiles for technical and innovative applications.

 

Demand for such products has consequently also driven a demand for ad hoc machinery specifically designed for this sector. The offering promoted by Italy’s textile machinery industry is thus expanding to the new demands of customers operating in this specific sector. ACIMIT estimates that more than 100 of its member companies are now working in this sector.

 

A testament to the dynamism that characterizes the Italian textile machinery industry in the technical textiles sector comes from the sheer number of Italian manufacturers who will be exhibiting in Frankfurt at the upcoming Techtextil (9-12 May 2017). Indeed, around 70 Italian textile machinery companies will be present in Germany. Of these, 25 companies will be exhibiting in the exhibition area organized by the Italian Trade Agency and ACIMIT (Hall 3.0, Booth B08-B10). These companies are all ACIMIT associated members: 4M Plants, Beschi, Bianco, Bombi, Bonino, Canalair, Carù, Cogne, Cubotex, Dell’orco & Villani, Etv, Fadis, Mesdan, Monti-Mac, Noseda, Pmt Ribbons, Ratti, Rollmac, Sariel, Saspe, Sicam, Textape, Toscana Spazzole, Unitech, Zappa.

 

However, the Italian companies present in Germany represent only a part, albeit significant, of manufacturers in Italy producing machinery for technical textiles and nonwovens.

 

The ACIMIT website, under the link http://www.acimit.it/PUB-E/TTmotore-e.htm provides a full list of ACIMIT’s associated members operating in this field.

 

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 86% 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.

 

 

A.T.E. has tied-up with Jost’s Engineering Company Limited to bring the best material handling equipment to the textile industry in India and Bangladesh.

 

Jost’s is a leading manufacturer of material handling equipment in India since 1920,  and has carved out a formidable reputation in Indian industries as an engineering company focused on developing technology based solutions and services for specific needs. Jost’s has expertise across segments such as textile, power, oil & gas, defense, aerospace, and other critical sectors with customised solutions.  With headquarters in Mumbai, it has branches spread across multiple locations to be close to its customers.

 

 

A.T.E. with its reach in textile industry will exclusively market Jost’s material handling products jointly with Jost’s in India & Bangladesh. Products offered includes platform trucks, hand pallet trucks, manual & electrical stackers, dock levellers, electric stackers, reach trucks, electric forklifts, scissor lifts, custom-built trucks, and racking systems. Jost’s has an integrated service team through 7 strategically located service centres, which are equipped with sophisticated test and measuring instruments, calibrators, diagnostic software, and fully trained service technicians. A stock of critical spares is also maintained at all service centres to provide prompt services. A.T.E. with over 75 years’ experience in the textile industry is a domain expert in textile processing providing end-to-end solutions.The expertise these partners – A.T.E. and Jost’s – will bring on the table will immensely benefit the Indian textile industry.

 

Koovs plc, (AIM: KOOV),the London listed fashion-forwardonline business has joined forces with strategic partner and investor HT Media to celebrate International Women’s Day on 8 March, by profiling five amazing young women,famous in India in five very different fields.

 

 

The daily featureswill leverage the reach of HT Media’s flagship English language newspaper The Hindustan Times and its landmark Fever 104 FM radio station with profilesin The Hindustan Times HTCity section and radio interviewsrunning parallel on the evening primetime Fever 104 FMKhuraffati Nitin show,airing from 5-9pm daily.

 

 

The interviews will featureActress Richa Chadda, Athlete Namrata Purohit, Celebrity Stylist Sanjana Batra, Comedienne Kaneez Surka and Chef Bani Nanda.

 

This new initiative is part of the continuing strategic partnership between Koovs and HT Media.HT Media Grouphas invested £3 million and holds a 6.16% stake in Koovs plc.HT Media is recognised for investing in digital companies with strong growth prospects in India and is one of the leading media companies in India, covering not only print and radio, but also online, digital and events.

 

Piyush Gupta, chief financial officer at HT Media, said; “This is a great initiative to engage our young audience.  We have a huge belief in the long-term investment prospect with Koovs.

 

Mary Turner, CEO Koovs said; “Koovs now has over two million social media followers and was recently named by The Global Youth Marketing Forum as the India’s Favourite Fashion Portal. This campaign brings together the reach of HT Media’s channels with Koovs following to provide the right platformto profilethese dynamic and inspiring young women.”

On his appointment, Mohanty said, "Online commerce is reshaping the Indian consumer's shopping habits and I am delighted to have the opportunity to spearhead an industry leader." On his appointment, Mohanty said, "Online commerce is reshaping the Indian consumer's shopping habits and I am delighted to have the opportunity to spearhead an industry leader." On his appointment, Mohanty said, "Online commerce is reshaping the Indian consumer's shopping habits and I am delighted to have the opportunity to spearhead an industry leader."

 

 

Profiles:

Richa Chadda 30 – Award winning actress, Richa was named by Forbes India as one of its Class of 2016 ‘30 Under 30’. Not afraid of tackling challenging parts, she has won plaudits for her roles in Gangs of Wasseypur and Massan.

Namrata Purohit 23 – Founded The Pilates Studio in Mumbai at 16 as the youngest qualified Stott Pilates Teacher in the World. Also, author of ‘The Lazy Girls Guide to Being Fit’, Namrata competed as a junior at national level in squash and regional level in football.

Sanjana Batra 26 – A self-starter beginning as a stylist with an advertising company, Sanjana opened her own salon in Mumbai, is now stylist to a roster of stars and has an enviable social media following of over 120,000 on Instagram alone.

Kaneez Surka 31 – Comedienne and Improv artist Kaneez features regularly on the CNN-IBN weekly satire show ‘The Week that Wasn’t’. Kaneez was raised in south Africa but took a gap year in Mumbai and loved it – so she stayed.

 

Bani Nanda 25 – Pastry chef Bani is considered a ‘rock star’ in her field, with her Delhi based Patisserie MIAM a favourite in fashion circles. She trained at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and has worked in top hotels both in Paris and Delhi.  

 

Organised by World Textile Information Network (WTiN) and co-organised by UBM China and Shanghai International Digital Printing Industry Fair (TPF), China Digital Textile Conference will be held on April 18 at Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Pudong, Shanghai. The forum will attract more than 250 worldwide professionals on digital printing machinery and technology suppliers, end users of digital printing, and college experts, as well as designers. The speakers’ line-up has more than 18 experts and leaders of textile digital printing industry.

 

The conference is strategically organised along with the exhibition providing visitors a complete experience and insight about the industry as well as sourcing exhibited technology and raw material. The 8th edition of Shanghai International Digital Printing Industry Fair (TPF) is held at Shanghai New International Expo Centre from April 19 to 21, 2017. As the most influential digital printing exhibition in Asia, TPF 2017 will attract over 230 exhibitors.

 

Conference to focus on new business opportunities

The conference will attract leading digital printing machinery companies, ink suppliers, digital printing consumables and design software. As the most influential conference in digital textile industry, CDTC will be a platform for suppliers and users to discuss the opportunities and challenges of this rapid-growing industry. Incidentally, this is the second time WTiN and TPF have collaborated. In 2016, speakers from Reggiani, SPG Print, Kornit, Sensient and Digitex shared their views on the opportunities and challenges brought about by rapid development of digital printing.

 

Among the highlights is the ‘WTiN Professional Insights into Future Development’. Tansy Fall, Editor digital textile of WTiN will speak on the size and shape of digital textile market. Fall’s focus will be on where key growth markets are currently within the industry, forecast future growth.

 

 

This year will see specific knowledge sharing session for end-users. Top industry experts from textile industry, dyeing industry and printing design industry will share their insights on New Age digital printing, and give future direction and application advantages of digital printing. Walanwalan.com will speak on design trends in digital textile printing. A roundtable discussion will focus on various topics related to digital printing. Here suppliers can interact with users and share the solutions of bottlenecks at the production proceed.

 

 

B V Denis Jahic, Regional Sales Manager of SPGPrints will speak on ‘Digital Textile Printing Technology Enabling Fast Fashion’. He who highlight on life cycle inventory analysis to assess the environmental impact of digital printing technology compared to rotary screen printing. In addition, the problem on how to display the best colour effect on the fabric always bothers downstream users and designers. Also, Luca Sandron, International Sales Manager, Inèdit Software, and echnical support manager in Asia Kevin Liu will discuss on the importance of colour management software and techniques of getting the perfect colour on the fabric.

 

Focus on China market

China is the world’s biggest producer of digitally printed textiles. Year 2015 saw a strong increase in installed base of digital printing capacity in China, as well as in the number of domestically manufactured textile machines. As per the estimates, the growth rate of digital textile printing production in China could be up to 150 per cent from 2014-2019. Digital textile printing & market share will be 7.2 per cent in 2019, with market expectations to reach 2,000 sqm of total yield, and 100 per cent equipment replacement. WTiN estimates digital textile market growth at 30 per cent in 2016.

 

China textile and dyeing industry are still leading in the world. In 2016, China has stepped into single-pass era. The domestic market sales director of Hangzhou Hong Hua Digital Technology (ATEXCO) will explore opportunities in China and challenges in single pass era. Also, experts will discuss on special performance criteria required in sublimation transfer papers for the latest generation of fast digital textile production printer. There will opportunities for group discussion and a half hour panel discussion for delegates. Attendees can interact with speakers and understand topics of digital printing industry, including industry development trends, obsession and solutions of end-users, advantages of digital printing in sustainable development, and its applications on fast fashion.

 

Workshops – an added attraction

To provide more opportunities for exhibitors to promote their high-quality products and new technologies, TPF 2017 will organise several product and technical presentations. Workshops on different topics will be held, giving an opportunity to gain knowledge about digital printing and its development, as well as market insights and design trends. They will focus on the hot topics of digital printing, such as applications of digital printing, ink technology, print head technology, design software and printing design trends. Industry specialists will share their knowledge to help companies stay competitive.

 

 

About Exhibition Shanghai International Digital Printing Industry Fair (TPF)

TPF 2017 will be held from April, 19 to 21, 2017 at the Shanghai New International Expo Center (SNIEC). Shanghai International Digital Printing Industry fair (TPF) was launched in 2009 by SUNEXPO. With six-year successful operation, it has evolved into an important gathering for the digital textile printing sector and related industry professionals. In 2015, TPF was acquired by UBM Asia. The UBM Asia and CSTPF teams will work in close collaboration with each other and the industry to build the most influential and authoritative international exhibition in the field of digital textile printing. As the most influential fair in digital printing industry, TPF will promote industry development and create a platform for digital printing machinery, supplier and users to exchange techniques and seek business opportunities.

 

Highlights of TPF

Ø Design Pavilion’ for the first time, to help accelerate development of original design

Ø Connecting all important points in the supply chain

Ø China Digital Textile Conference (CDTC)

Ø Buyers Mission & Business Matching

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An essential production hub for the garments manufacturing sector thanks to its low labour costs, Vietnam is currently a major industry supplier for both the European and U.S. markets. In light of the growing importance of Vietnam’s textile and garments industry worldwide, the need for upgrading and technologically modernizing production facilities has become a priority for local authorities.

 

Vietnam now figures as a stable, primary market for global textile machinery manufacturers. For Italy’s textile machinery industry, Vietnam currently ranks among the top ten export markets. Over the first 10 months of 2016, exports to Vietnam amounted to 39 million euros; a 6% increase compared to the same period for 2015.

 

The upcoming edition of Saigontex, the leading textile machinery trade fair, opens on April 5th in Ho Chi Minh City, featuring an important contingent of Italian machinery and technology exhibitors. Among these, 12 will set up their stands in a common exhibition space organized by the Italian Trade Agency, together with ACIMIT, the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers.

 

The 12 companies, all ACIMIT associated members, are:Brongo, Carù, Cibitex, Ferraro, JK Group, Lgl, Marzoli, Mcs, Mei, Ptmt, Roj and Texma.

 

 

 

 

In recent years nonwovens sector has grown on a global scale, much more significantly than the traditional textile industry. The demand for nonwovens items in many end-markets has thus boosted production of technologies, characterized by a high level of innovative content in both end products and production processes. The increased demand for innovative solutions is precisely what enhances the role of Italian textile machinery manufacturers.

 

INDEX is the main trade show for the sector. For many Italian textile machinery companies involved in nonwovens sector the show is usually an occasion to show the most updated technology for nonwovens sector to potential customers.

 

 

At INDEX17 (from 4 to 7 April in Geneve), for the first time, ACIMIT, the Association of Italian textile machinery manufacturers, and ICE-Italian Trade Agency have organized a Meeting Point (booth 4145), where 6 Italian machinery manufacturers involved in the production of machines for nonwovens will show their innovative solutions. Among these companies ACIMIT members are: Aigle, Durst, Testa, Ugolini, Unitech. Other Italian manufacturers of machines for nonwovens will exhibit with their own booth.

 

 

The Italian companies exhibiting in Switzerland are only a part of the manufacturers that in Italy produce machinery for nonwovens. In ACIMIT website you can find an exhaustive list of ACIMIT members operating in this sector.

 

 

SuvinAdvisors Pvt. Ltd,is privileged to be part of half day seminar organized by SasmiraAlumini Foundation &SasmiraPowerloom Centre at Hotel Regent, Bhiwandi on 9th February 2017. Some of the eminent speakers of the industry shared their knowledge on various industry specific topics during the seminar. The half day seminar witnessed very good response from industry delegates which includes entrepreneurs, decision makers, government officials and various stakeholders of the industry.

 

Mr. SharadTondon, MD Standon Consultancy&President of SasmiraAlumini Foundation (SAF) delivered welcome speech where he discussed on various activities carried out by SAF. He took this opportunity to introduce world’s first and only Marathon Run connected to the textile industry organised by SAF as one of their yearly event. He said “In  order  to  promote  good  health  and  bring  this  community  to  light  SAF  has  taken  this initiative. It willencourage textile experts and create an awareness for good health.”

 

Mr. Momin from Colourtex presented the technical paper on “Reduction of Re-dyeing during Yarn/Fabric processing”. In his paper, he threw light on the various process& material parameters which results in rejection due to color variation e.g. lot-wise variation in Material to Liquor ratio (MLR), water quality mainly because of water hardness, variation in weighing  of dyes & chemicals, use of non-calibrated weighing balances & variation in raw material quality and it’s supply. The information really served great knowledge to processors.

 

The next paper presented by Mr. Salil Shah from Prashant Group on the topic of “Importance and Developments in Modern Weaving Preparatory”. He mentioned that weaving preparatory is heart of weaving and good warp preparation is half weaving. Mr. Shah introduced the various verticals and collaborations with foreign technology partners of Prashant group such as Prashant Gamatex, Prashant Westpoint, Prashant Ferber and Prashant Texmach.

 

Further Mr. Shahank Pandey from Regional Office of Textile Commissioner, Navi Mumbai briefed about various government policies to support Indian textile entrepreneurs. There are around 79 schemes to boost the textile sector. He discussed about Amended Technology Up-gradation Fund Scheme (ATUFS), Scheme for Production and Employment Linked support for Garmenting & Made-ups Units under TUFS(SPELSGU), various Power loom schemes, Scheme for Integrated Textile Parks (SITP) and Integrated Skill Development Scheme (ISDS)

 

Mr. Avinash Mayekar (MD & CEO, Suvin Advisors Pvt. Ltd.) presented on topic of the “Investment and Diversification Opportunities in Textiles”. He urged the entrepreneurs in & around Bhiwandi region to show the interest in investing high profit making Technical Textile (TT)sector rather than investing into conventional textiles which is running at very low margins. There are around 12 segments of technical textiles which have ample opportunities for investment. In fact the existing set up can also be modified for producing the TT products after minor modifications in current technologies.

 

The seminar is concluded with vote of thanks by Mr. S V Mohile of SAF. The Seminar was indeed provided the great technical knowledge on various topics as well as new investment opportunities available in textile sector.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Australian cotton delegation to explore cooperation between Australia & India in textile and cotton

 

An eight member Australian cotton delegation is visiting India between 27th February to 3rd March 2017.  The delegation representing the Australian Cotton Shippers Association (ACSA) is meeting with textile manufacturers and spinning mills in Ludhiana, Mumbai and Coimbatore.

 

The delegation is visiting to bolster opportunities for exporting high quality Australian cotton to India. India has consistently purchased Australian cotton year-on-year, but last year’s monsoonal conditions and the resulting smaller Indian crop resulted in increased demand for Australian cotton by Indian mills to maintain production.

 

Australia produced 626.2 KT of cotton lint valued at A$1,412.7 million in 2016. In 2016, The International Cotton Advisory Committee ranked Australia as the fifth largest exporter behind USA, India, Brazil and Uzbekistan. China, India, Vietnam, Bangladesh and Indonesia are major buyers of Australian cotton with Australian cotton exports to India this past year valued at A$ 335.6 million.

 

Australian cotton has been well received by Indian mills and appreciated for its superior quality characteristics, consistent quality and zero contamination.

 

The Australian cotton industry invests enormous resources into breeding better varieties and agronomic practices to produce cotton fibre that has excellent quality characteristics and is grown in a sustainable manner. Added to this, researchers have developed procedures and tools to assess spinning ability and fibre attributes with a focus on improved spinning and dyeing ability.

 

Speaking about the delegation, Mr Gregory Harvey, Trade Commissioner, Australian Trade & Investment Commission said, “Australia is a leading supplier of high quality fibre to global markets. Australia has an enviable reputation as a reliable supplier of very high quality cotton.  Australian cotton exporters have been long term and reliable suppliers to India’s textile industry.  We are looking to growing this relationship as India’s cotton textile manufacturing continues to grow”.

 

Australian Cotton Shippers Association Chairman Mr Matthew Bradd stated that Australian merchants are very excited to be visiting India and sharing the Australian cotton story. “Australia is a leading supplier of high quality fibre to the world market. Added to this we have a whole-of-industry commitment to continue to improve on every area of production with best management practices applied to the entire supply chain from cotton growing to ginning and classing right through to export.”

 

For more information about the delegation and partnering with Australian cotton industry, please contact Anirban Deb, Australian Trade and Investment Commission at +91 11 4575 6224 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

LANXESS India Private Limited, a subsidiary of leading global specialty chemicals company LANXESS, renewed its commitment towards quality education by fulfilling its promise of aiding Teach For India (TFI) in their quest to support fellows volunteering to educate under privileged children in municipal schools. LANXESS India contributed an amount of INR 52,87,500 to the organization as part of its pledged five year commitment to support the not-for-profit organization’s efforts towards providing quality education to children. The company has committed a sum of  EUR 75000 (approx. INR 53 lakhs) per year for Corporate Social Responsibility projects in India for the period 2014 - 2018.

 

Dr. Jacques Perez, Managing Director and Country Representative, LANXESS India Pvt. Ltd. handed over the cheque to Dimple Gujral. Chief Financial Officer, Teach For India (TFI) at LANXESS House in Thane. LANXESS has been contributing to TFI since 2010, starting with a sum of EUR 50,000 per year. LANXESS has supported over 65 TFI fellows (trained teachers on a 2 year full time paid commitment) and around 2000 students directly so far. This contribution works as a support for the fellows who volunteer to teach the kids at the municipal schools since they generally give up their jobs to fulfil these social commitments.



Speaking on this occasion, Dr. Perez, said, “We, as responsible corporate citizens, believe that quality education is among the necessary building blocks for any progressive economy and therefore, it becomes all the more imperative for us to ensure that we support such initiatives in order to play our part judiciously and constructively. We believe in the vision of Teach for India and it complements our corporate social responsibility framework.”



On behalf of TFI, Gujralsaid, “We are thankful to LANXESS for their continued support and encouragement in our earnest endeavor of improving children’s lives through education. Our fellows are striving every day to bring out the best in every child and handholding them on the path to a bright future. The support from corporates like LANXESS gives us confidence to sail forward in this journey.”



LANXESS believes in empowering education and has taken many initiatives in India, in the areas of education, skills training and preserving cultural heritage. LANXESS has previously contributed to NGOs, technical institutions and schools to support education in every region that it operates in.



Teach for India is a nationwide NGO, that aims to eliminate inequity in education in India. Through its Fellowship program, TFI recruits qualified college graduates and working professionals to serve as full-time teachers in low-income schools for two years. Fellows work to bridge the educational gaps that their students face, by using innovative methods in classroom.

 

About LANXESS:

LANXESS is a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of EUR 7.9 billion in 2015 and about 16,700 employees in 29 countries. The company is currently represented at 54 production sites worldwide. The core business of LANXESS is the development, manufacturing and marketing of chemical intermediates, 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.

 

 

 

 

 

By: Seshadri Ramkumar, Texas Tech University, USA

 

Raw and finer cotton in loose form comes out as best oil absorbent.

 

A collaborative research involving high school students from Lubbock, scientists from Texas Tech University and U. S. Department of Agriculture’s Laboratory in New Orleans has shown that micronaire, which is an indicator of maturity and fineness of cotton plays a significant role in determining cotton’s oil absorption properties.

 

The experiments carried out at the Nonwovens and Advanced Materials Laboratory at Texas Tech University (TTU) has shown that raw cotton, which is finer and in loose form absorbs more oil than coarser cotton. This trend was evident in structured fabrics such as needlepunched and hydroentangled nonwoven fabrics, showing that finer cotton exhibited higher sorption values.

 

The results were published in the March/April 2017 issue of AATCC Journal of Research, published by the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC).

 

In addition to the useful result, the research displayed one of the interesting collaborations. The team involved very senior and junior scientists.

 

Two high school students from Lubbock, Luke Kitten and Ronald Kendall, Jr., conducted experiments in TTU’s Nonwovens Laboratory, which was supervised by a graduate student Vinitkumar Singh. Vinitkumar graduated Ph.D., from TTU and is currently employed as a Product Development Engineer at Sontara, a spunlace nonwovens manufacturer in Old Hickory, Tennessee.

 

The research also involved Dr. Paul Sawhney, who will be turning eighty in a few months, just retired last May from USDA after about 5o years of active research in the textiles field in the United States. The work has highlighted the importance of multidisciplinary research team involving next generation scientists and industry veterans.

 

 

The goal of the research at TTU’s Nonwovens Laboratory is to enable cotton to be a high performance fiber. United States’ upland cotton growers supported the work, through their Texas State Support Program. Lubbock-based Plains Cotton Growers, Inc. has been an active supporter of the work at TTU’s Nonwovens and Advanced Materials laboratory.

 

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