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ITMA ASIA + CITME enjoys another successful presentation

ITMA ASIA + CITME 2018, the region's leading textile machinery exhibition, ended successfully after five days of exciting product demonstrations and business networking.

The sixth combined exhibition welcomed visitorship of over 100,000 from 116 countries and regions, with an increase of 10 per cent from domestic visitors compared to the 2016 show. About 20 per cent of the visitors came from outside of China.

Of the overseas participants, Indian visitors top the list, reflecting the strong growth of its textile industry. Following closely were trade visitors from Japan, China Taiwan, Korea and Bangladesh.

Mr Fritz P. Mayer, President of CEMATEX, said: “Response to the combined show has been very strong. There was a larger pool of qualified buyers and most of our exhibitors were able to achieve their business objectives. We are delighted with the positive outcome from our latest event.”

Mr Wang Shutian, President of China Textile Machinery Association (CTMA), added: “The strong turnout of visitors to the combined show reinforces the reputation of ITMA ASIA + CITME as the most effective business platform in China for the industry. We shall continue to do our best to present the best technologies from both east and west to Chinese and Asian buyers.”

The total exhibition area at ITMA ASIA + CITME 2018 grossed 180,000 square metres and spanned seven halls. A total of 1,733 exhibitors from 28 countries and regions demonstrated their latest technological products that focus on automation and sustainable production.

Following the successful staging of the 2018 edition, the next ITMA ASIA + CITME will be held in October 2020 at the National Exhibition and Convention Centre (NECC) in Shanghai.

The combined show is owned by CEMATEX, together with its Chinese partners – the Sub-Council of Textile Industry, CCPIT (CCPIT-Tex), China Textile Machinery Association (CTMA) and China International Exhibition Centre Group Corporation (CIEC). It is organised by Beijing Textile Machinery International Exhibition Co Ltd and co-organised by ITMA Services.

Interim injunctions against design patent infringements at ITMA ASIA, Shanghai successfully enforced

ITMA ASIA +CITME 2018 is China's most important textile event. This mega highquality event is strongly supported by all nine CEMATEX European textile machinery associations, CTMA (China Textile Machinery Association) and JTMA (Japan Textile Machinery Association). The sixth edition of the combined show has been held from 15 to 19 October 2018 at the new National Exhibition and Convention Centre (NECC) in Shanghai.

In order to protect the lawful interest of intellectual property rights owners during the exhibition, the sponsors of ITMA ASIA + CITME 2018 installed an on-site intellectual property rights office (“IPR Office”), which consisted of the sponsors, external IPR administrative authority and IPR practitioners.

The subsidiary corporation COMEZ International s.r.l. of Switzerland based Jakob Müller AG, has at the on-site IPR Office successfully applied for interim injunctions to stop design patent infringements against Chinese manufacturers DKY Machinery Co., Ltd, Huibang Machine (Yingkou) Co., Ltd and Dah Heer Industrial Co., Ltd.

On the first day of the fair, Jakob Müller found that the machines of the three companies showed clear violation of COMEZ's intellectual property without Jakob Müller 's or COMEZ's permission. The patentee at once filed a complaint to the IPR Office against these companies, to prohibit the exhibition of the infringing systems.

The IPR Office served the complaint materials to three companies in the morning of second day and set a time limit of 24 hours for a counterstatement to the three infringers. One of them, Dah Heer, removed the infringing system actively, and the others, DKY and Huibang, submitted a counterstatement. After the IPR Office assessed these statements and evaluated the possibility of the infringements, the IPR Office required them to remove the systems concerned in the patent on 17th October 2018. The systems concerned were removed by DKY and Huibang and not exhibited any more until the end of the fair.

Monforts technology behind denim innovations in London

A SIGNIFICANT number of Monforts denim manufacturing customers will be heading over to the UK next month, when Denim Première Vision is held in London for the very first time.

The event takes place from December 5-6th, at the historic Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, in London's completely regenerated and thriving East End.

Dating back to 1666 – notoriously the year of the Great Fire of London – the Old Truman Brewery is now home to a hive of creative businesses, as well as exclusively independent shops, galleries, markets, bars and restaurants, and an extensive exhibition centre.

The Première Vision team is looking to create a similar atmosphere to that achieved in Paris in November 2017, when the Denim Pop Up Street was held each evening after the Denim PV show in the Paris Marais neighbourhood. This drew sizeable crowds to the boutiques of atelier brands and artists, along with workshops, galleries, shopping and bars.

Among exhibitors at the December 2018 London edition of Denim Première Vision will be major players from India and Pakistan – the two countries which have come to dominate the global market for denim fabric and denim jeans production over the past ten years.

Spearheading a lead in sustainable denim production are companies such as Pakistan's Soorty and India's Arvind – both of whom have recently installed Monforts Eco Applicators at their denim manufacturing mills.

Eco Line

Monforts is now going a stage further in addressing resource efficiency by combining the Eco Applicator with its ThermoStretch unit in the latest Eco Line concept. The Monforts ThermoStretch unit carries out the skewing (weft straightening), stretching and drying in a continuous process. “The Eco Line system reduces energy requirements and losses, increases thermal transfer and keeps the drying energy on the textile material longer,” says Monforts Area Sales Director and Head of Product Management for Denim, Hans Wroblowski. “As a result significant energy savings are being achieved.” Arvind has recently installed India's first integrated Monforts Eco Line which can handle fabric widths of 1.8 metres and operate at high speeds of up to 80 m/min. It is operating alongside four Montex foam finishing stenters, which are also able to handle this same width of material. The Eco Line system reduces energy losses and energy use, increases thermal transfer and keeps the drying energy on the textile material longer, so that it can be used very efficiently. As a result, energy savings of up to 50% can be achieved. Exhaust air energy can also be reduced to a minimum, which has a positive effect on the emission load into the atmosphere. Arvind's current annual denim capacity is now 110 million metres and some key initiatives have been specifically aimed at reducing the use of energy, water and chemicals.

Eco Applicator

As an alternative to conventional padding, especially for wet-in-wet solutions, the Monforts Eco Applicator can significantly reduce the thermal energy required for drying prior to the stretching and skewing of the denim fabric.

In many textile mills globally, the cost of energy for running integrated manufacturing lines – especially those for fabric finishing that can involve numerous sequences of heating and subsequent drying – is now eclipsing the cost of paying people to operate them. The ability of the Eco Applicator to significantly reduce energy costs has seen it rapidly accepted on the market.

Soorty is a major producer of denim fabric and jeans, now employing some 22,000 people across its operations, which are largely based in Karachi, Pakistan. It has recently established a new, award-winning garment making-up department and office in Bangladesh, as well as a design studio in Amsterdam. Among its prestigious clients are C&A, Calvin Klein, Dorothy Perkins, Esprit, H&M, Lee, Mango, Tommy Hilfiger, Tom Tailor and Zara. The installation of an Eco Applicator was made by Soorty two years ago, as part of the opening of a second denim manufacturing plant in Karachi which increased the company's finished woven denim capacity to some 5.5 million metres a month. The Eco-Applicator immediately slashed the company's denim finishing costs, as verified by an in-depth sustainable production study carried out with the Swiss-based chemicals giant Archroma.

Monforts meanwhile plans to introduce further innovations for denim during 2019.

Santex Rimar Group at ITMA Asia 2018

SANTEX RIMAR GROUP interated with customers in two separate booths, one in Hall 5 and one in Hall 3 at the recent ITMA Asia 2018 show. Santex Rimar Group presented the new surface finishing solutions under Sperotto Rimar brand: SOFTA – high speed brushing - and VELURA – high speed raising - running machines will be exclusively showed during tradeshows days.

Cavitec presented Cavimelt P+P LINE, the new hotmelt coating and laminating line with rotogravure system, perfect for sportswear productions, developed to be highly productive, precise, operator friendly and cost effective.

Smit showed the new GS980 F: The fastest free flight rapier machine for an outstanding terry quality. With seven different working widths, from 220 to 360 cm, SMIT GS980F is perfect for weaving terry towels or bulk terry, in one or several panels.

To further strengthen the dialogue between East and West opened in 2017 with Future Textile Road event in Urumqi (Xinjiang), Santex Rimar Group have signed a partnership project with Donghua University To keep exploring the growth of the new textile industry and building strong relationships with international students to impact the textile industry further developments, in a cutting-edge dialogue between mechatronics and technology, textile engineering and machine manufacturing, study and experience. Every year Santex Rimar Group awards two among Donghua University best students with a scholarship and a training period at the headquarters based in Vicenza (Italy) - one of the most important Italian fashion and textile districts.

Mr. Wu Baogen, Deputy Director of Corporate Relations Office, Donghua University; Professor Xu, Deputy Dean of Textile College, Donghua University; Ms. Liu Wenwei, Party Deputy Secretary, Donghua University; Ms. Yuan Haiyuan, Director of Admission Office, Donghua University attended the signing and awarding ceremony at Santex Rimar Group booth on October 17th together with Ferdinando Businaro, Santex Rimar Group President; Simone Rancan, Group CEO, Jack Zhao Santex Rimar Shanghai General Manager;

Rock Luo, SMIT ShanghaI General Manager. Wang Jue, senior student of Textile Engineering and Zhang Kun, majored in Textile Materials and Textile Design, are the officially awarded students of this first edition of Donghua University – Santex Rimar Group scholarship project.

Santex Rimar Group is one of the leading players in the world market of machine manufacturers for weaving, textile finishing, technical textiles and green technologies for water treatment and drying processes.

Shima Seiki displays pioneering WholeGarment knitting technology

LEADING flat knitting innovator Shima Seiki Mfg., Ltd. of Wakayama, Japan, displayed its current technology--and future ambitions--at ITMA Asia + CITME 2018 exhibition.

Recent consumer trends such as increased online shopping activity have changed supply chain requirements in China, with growing interest in on-demand production both in terms of time-compression and mass-customization. The combination of Shima Seiki's pioneering Whole Garment knitting technology that allows a garment to be produced in its entirety without the need for linking or sewing afterward, along with the SDS-ONE APEX3 3D design system yields revolutionary game-changing flexibility in the knit supply chain to support such trends.

Taking center stage therefore at ITMA Asia was the company's SDS-ONE APEX3 3D design system. At the core of Shima Seiki's "Total Fashion System" concept, ultra-realistic simulation capability on APEX3 allows virtual sampling to minimize the impact that the sample-making process has on current manufacturing in terms of time and cost. With this new manufacturing model, the production cycle can be shortened to such an extent that on-demand production is possible without being limited to seasonal cycles. This allows the product planning stage to be extended to allow more accurate analysis of consumer demand. Moreover, virtual samples can be used at the retail level to gauge consumer acceptance of upcoming products, data for which can be used for forecasting demand. Such feedback can be used to adjust production and optimize inventory in order to prevent leftover stock that would otherwise go to waste. If stock runs out mid-season, on-demand production capability of WholeGarment knitting can furthermore replenish inventory to prevent lost opportunity. In such a way, the Total Fashion System maximizes profit while achieving zero inventory loss, zero leftover stock, zero lost sales opportunity and most importantly zero waste through smart, speedy and sustainable production.

Representing the production aspect of the Total Fashion System at ITMA Asia are four computerized flat knitting machines, each with distinct solutions to current and future needs of the Chinese and Asian markets. WholeGarment T knitting technology was represented by three machines, each with its own unique capabilities. Featuring Shima Seiki's original SlideNeedle on four needle beds as well as the patented spring-type sinker system, MACH2XS offers great flexibility for knitting beautiful and sophisticated, high-quality WholeGarment products in all needles, with a seemingly endless variety of knit patterns at very high speed and efficiency. MACH2S is a versatile V-bed machine that supports production ranging from conventional shaped knitting in all needles to Whole Garment knitting using every other needle. The SWG061N2 compact Whole Garment knitting machine is capable of producing a wide variety of knit accessory items for fashion as well as technical textile applications. For more conventional solutions, Shima Seiki's SVR series resets the industry benchmark for shaped knitting, with the SVR123SP featuring a special loop presser bed that can produce hybrid inlay fabrics with both knit and weave characteristics. Demand for such unique fabrics are very high across a wide range of applications, from fashion apparel to sports and medical applications, as well as wearable technology and technical textiles. SVR123SP displayed featured the i-Plating option for expanded capability in inverse plating technique whereby complex jacquard-like patterns can be knit in plain jersey stitch.

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