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Excerpt: Here are the news and Developments from the textiles Industry across the world

Tirupur textile exports to reach record Rs 30,000 crore in FY20

TEXTILE exports will continue to be a bright spot in India's international trade for the current financial year (FY20) with industry projections pegging knitwear exports from Tirupur (Tamilnadu) at a record Rs 30,000 crore, reports Press Trust of India (PTI). According to a leading exporter and chairman of India International Knit Fair (IKF) A Shaktivel, this year's exports will top last year's (FY19) figure of Rs 26,300 crore. In FY19, exports grew at an impressive 8.3 per cent rate, and the association's overall business crossed half a trillion rupee mark with domestic sales contributing Rs 24,000 crores. Shaktivel recently stated that exports during April (2019) have already crossed Rs 4,400 crore "which is a very encouraging sign." "Besides, India now has an advantage after the United States (US) imposed tariffs on some products made in China, as many buyers and manufacturers were approaching India for textile products," he added. According to the Tirupur Exporters Association (TEA) president Raja M Shanmugam, Tirupur's total textile business will reach an unprecedented Rs 60,000 crore mark (domestic and exports) this fiscal year (FY20). Shanmugam also said that the association is aiming at Rs 1 lakh crore turnover at the stroke of 2022. India's overall textile exports for the FY19 stood at Rs 1,12,715 crore, recording a growth rate of 4.7 per cent over the previous FY's performance valued at Rs 1,07,679 crore.

Apparel exporters seek more clarity on new tax rebate scheme

THE Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) has sought a clarification on disbursal of the recently-announced rebate of state and central taxes and levies (RoSCTL) on export of garments and made-ups from the Union commerce ministry. AEPC acting chairman A Sakthivel had met union commerce minister Suresh Prabhu in Delhi recently in this regard. “Though RoSCTL was announced on March 7, there is clarity on how to apply for it and disbursal mechanism. The ministry should also clarify how exporters would get RoSCTL refunds in the transition period,” Sakthivel said. Pointing out that export business has significantly picked up after the announcement of the scheme, he also requested the minister to implement it as early as possible to help exporters to take full benefit of the scheme. The rebate on state levies (RoSL) for the apparel exports was reduced to 1.7% from 3.5% when the GST was implemented. Now, along with 1.7% RoSL, 4.35% rebate of central embedded taxes and levies would be provided to exporters under the RoSCTL scheme, which would be valid only up to March 31, 2020.

Hike in labour charges sought by Power loom units

MEMBERS of Erode Vhisaithari Urimayalargal Sangam (Erode Power Loom Owners Association) has urged the Department of Handloom and Textiles to increase the labour charges for producing free dhotis, saris and school uniforms. In a letter to the department's Deputy Director, Erode, they said that there are 48 power loom cooperative associations functioning in the district and the government's free dhotis, saris and school uniforms are produced in over 20,000 power loom units. Most of them are small units and labour charges for producing the items were not hiked in the past four years. They said that in 2011, production charge of ₹16 for a dhoti and ₹28.16 for a sari was paid to them that were gradually increased to ₹21.60 per dhoti and ₹39.27 per sari in 2013. However, from 2014 to 2019, charges were not hiked causing huge loss to the power loom owners. The letter said that for producing a dhoti, they are spending ₹23.50 including ₹9 as weaving charges, and ₹14.50 towards electricity, spare parts and rent. Though the cost had gone up by five times, the labour charges were not hiked by the department, the letter said. They said that though the State's allocation towards free dhotis, saris and uniforms had gone from ₹225 crore in 2013 to ₹447 crore in 2018, charges paid to them were not hiked. The letter from the association wanted the charges to be hiked to ₹35 for a dhoti, ₹52 for a sari and ₹12.60 for a school uniform.

SIMA CD&RA gets nod for commercial release of its cotton varieties

THE commercial release of 14 cotton varieties and one hybrid developed by SIMA Cotton Development and Research Association (CD&RA) is set to hit the fields in the ensuing sowing season. (The sowing season commences from June in the northern part of the country and later from August-September in the South.) These varieties/ hybrid have been approved for distribution across the State by the Director of Seed Certification and Organic Certification, up to March 2022, M Asha Rani, Head cum Chief Cotton Breeder, SIMA CD&RA told Business Line. Of the 14 varieties, four are of medium staple length such as SIMA HITECH -1, SIMA Compact -32, SIMA Shakthi and SIMA- 113 and five - long staple varieties such as SIMA -24, SIMA -102, SIMA-M-55, SIMA-J-23 and SIMA-374. The extra long staple varieties include SIMA-Sivashakthi, SIMA-LI-3, SIMA-5, SIMA-GB-1-5 and SIMA Mahashakthi. The hybrid -SIMA HB-3, which has also been slated for commercial release is an ELS (Extra Long Staple) cotton. “The medium staple variety SIMA Shakthi is a Bt cotton, suitable for rainfed, high density planting and machine picking. In fact, we are the second in the country to have got the approval for release of a Bt cotton variety,” claims Asha Rani. “The crop duration of this Bt variety is 155 days; It has given an average yield of 2698 kg/ hectare of cotton seed during trials,.” “SIMA-GB-1-5, an ELS variety, better known as SIMA Platinum SUVIN would hit the farmers' field only in 2020-21 and SIMA-5, a year later in 2021-22.” Of the 14 varieties developed by the association, SIMA-102, a long staple variety is said to have registered the highest yield of 3732 kg/hec, with SIMA-374 close behind at 3622 kg/ hec of kappas during trials. The SIMA CD&RA Head hinted that the TN Government has sought to procure 225 tonnes of ELS cotton through the Cotton Corporation of India during the 2019-20 cotton season and necessary arrangements for adequate supply of seeds were being made.

Archroma opens Global Competence Center for automotive & synthetic dyeing in Germany

ARCHROMA, a global leader in color and specialty chemicals towards sustainable solutions, has officially inaugurated its new Global Competence Center for Automotive & Synthetic Dyeing in Korschenbroich, Germany.

The site is part of former M. Dohmen, an international group specializing in the production of textile dyes and chemicals for the automotive, carpet and apparel sectors, that Archroma acquired between 2014 and 2018.

The inauguration ceremony, held on 6 May 2019 in the presence of Alexander Wessels, CEO of Archroma, and Mark Dohmen, former CEO of M. Dohmen and Head of the new Global Competence Center for Automotive & Synthetic Dyeing, also celebrated the merger of M. Dohmen GmbH into Archroma Germany GmbH.

With the new Global Competence Center for Automotive & Synthetic Dyeing, Archroma creates a global hub for technical expertise, market knowledge, technology and creativity. The site of Korschenbroich will therefore continue to operate as a specialist production and laboratory facility specialized in dyes and auxiliaries for synthetic fibers and wool, such as the Dorospers, Dorolan and Fadex ranges.

Opening ceremony at the new Archroma Global Competence Center for Automotive & Synthetic Dyeing in Korschenbroich, Germany, in presence of Alexander Wessels (center), CEO, Mark Dohmen (right), Head of the Global Competence Center for Automotive & Synthetic Dyeing, and Thomas Hoffmann (left), Head of Operations, Korschenbroich. (Photo: Archroma)

The exceptional combination of global experts, R&D laboratory and production will be fully dedicated to helping manufacturers of automotive and synthetic textiles to optimize their productivity and create value in their markets.

The new Competence Center for Automotive and Synthetic Dyeing comes as a new addition to Archroma's existing network of global hubs of expertise: The Global Competence Center for Special Dyes in Barcelona, Spain and the Global Competence Center for Finishing in Reinach, Switzerland. “The new Archroma Global Competence Center will strive to create the new innovative and sustainable system solutions that our customers need to win on their markets,” Alexander Wessels commented at the ceremony. “This is how we best support our customers, whilst at the same time pushing on our agenda to continuously challenge the status quo in the deep belief that we can make our industry sustainable.” “I am extremely proud to see the strong experience of M. Dohmen being the foundation of Archroma's Global Competence Center for Automotive & Synthetic Dyeing in Germany, serving customers operating in applications as demanding and challenging as automotive or technical textiles,” Mark Dohmen added. Experts of the new Archroma Global Competence Center for Automotive & Synthetic Dyeing will be at the upcoming Techtextil exhibition to introduce the latest of its innovations: Fadex AS New, a new “super UV protector” to make automotive & transportation textiles more resistant to light.

Global textile market to reach USD 1207 billion by 2025: Zion Report

ZION Market Research has published a new report titled “Textile Market by Raw Material, by Product Type, and by Application : Global Industry Perspective, Comprehensive Analysis, and Forecast, 2018– 2025”. According to the report, the global textile market was valued at approximately USD 858 billion in 2018 and is expected to generate around USD 1,207 billion by 2025, at a CAGR of around 5% between 2019 and 2025. The global textile market is likely to experience good growth in the future, owing to the flourishing automobile production and rapid industrialization in emerging nations across the world. Textiles used in automobiles are generally non-apparels that are broadly used in cars, buses, trains, etc. Thus, the textiles used in vehicles mean all kinds of textile materials, such as fibers, yarns, filaments, and fabrics. Additionally, the technical textiles are increasingly being adopted due to their wide scope and range of use. In emerging countries like India, government initiatives are also trying to fuel the demand for technical textiles. Favorable safety regulations formulated by different governments across the globe is mainly fuelling the demand for textiles in the automotive industry. Based on raw material, the textile market is segmented into cotton, wool, silk, and chemicals and synthetic. The cotton segment is expected to dominate the global market, as it is considered as the world's most crucial fiber. Cotton is a natural fiber that grows on plants. Cotton is naturally absorbent, soft breathable, and especially sustainable, which makes it perfect for as a raw material in apparels, garments, and home textiles. On the basis of product type, the market is categorized into the natural fiber, polyester, and nylon. The polyester segment is expected to dominate the global market. The poly- cotton blend is the most common type of blend that is found in apparels. Poly-cotton blend is wear-wrinkle resistant and doesn't shrink after washing, which is the primary factor for this segment's growth. On the basis of application, the market includes household, technical and workwear, fashion and clothing, and others. The household segment is likely to dominate the global market, as this category utilizes all types of natural and synthetic fibers for making bed linen, quilts, pillows, curtains, etc. By region, North America is projected to grow significantly in the upcoming years. The U.S. textile industry primarily depends on importers and suppliers of textile materials. Additionally, the U.S. textile industry exports textiles to around 200 countries across the world. Moreover, in the U.S., the changing lifestyle of young consumers is driving the demand for clothing and fabric, which is likely to support the region's textile market growth in the future. Asia Pacific is anticipated to grow at the highest CAGR in the global textile market in the years ahead. The growing regional population, increasing disposable income of the people, and changing lifestyles are expected to drive the textile market in this region. Moreover, the surging requirement of industrial apparels and fabrics in emerging economies like China and India is also likely to propel the textile market in this region. Additionally, China, India, and Bangladesh are the largest producers of textile raw materials, such as raw cotton and silk. This is anticipated to further boost the textile market in the Asia Pacific region. The European textile market is expected to grow substantially in the upcoming years. Germany, UK, and France are the top textile producers in the region. Germany is the most dominating nation in the European textile market. The rising demand for high-tech textiles is one of the major factors driving this regional market. Moreover, advancements in performing fiber-based materials and the digitization of manufacturing and supply chains are projected to further fuel the textile market in Europe.

Chahande named Textile commisioner

IAS Officer Sanjay A Chahande has been named textile commissioner, ministry of textiles. he is currently deputy director general, unique identification authority of india, mumbai.

Meanwhile, IAS officer Vijoy Kumar Singh has been appointed additional secretary and financial adviser in the ministry of textiles, an order issued by the ministry of personnel said. Dr. Chahande is a medical graduate with M.B.B.S. degree and having distinction of two Masters Degrees. He also holds M.Sc. degree from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences, LSE, London, U.K. with major in Sociology of Religion and Human Rights. He has mastered in Public Administration, MPA from Maxwell School, Syracuse University, New York, U.S.A. and also the first Anne Bohm Scholar of London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), in the year 2001. His career span of more than 24 years with civil service, includes important portfolios like Collector Mumbai and Mumbai Suburban District, Director General Information and Public Relations, Divisional Commissioner Nasik Division, Secretary to the Chief Minister of Maharashtra and Principal Secretary in the Dept. of Higher & Technical Education, Govt. of Maharashtra. He has headed two World Bank Projects, one each in education and health sector, apart from being the Director of Social Welfare and the Secretary of the Department of Women and Child Welfare, Government of Maharashtra. Mr Chahande has served as the Deputy Director General in the Unique Identification Authority of India at Mumbai.

Tracing Capital Intensity in the Textile Industry: ITMF publishes the new IPCC

ITMF'S International Production Cost Comparison (IPCC) is designed to trace the implications of the growing capital intensity in the primary textile industry. This publication describes manufacturing and total costs of yarn/fabric broken down into various cost elements at different stages of the textile value chain. The 2018 edition adds the segment “Finishing” to the historical cost analysis in spinning, draw texturing, weaving, and knitting. For the first time also, the geographic coverage counts Pakistan and Bangladesh besides Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Italy, Korea, Rep., Turkey, U.S.A., and Vietnam.

Manufacturing Cost 2018: Spinning Ring/NE30

Manufacturing Cost 2018: Knitting Ring Yarn Fabric

Manufacturing Cost 2018: Weaving Ring Yarn Fabric

Manufacturing Cost 2018: Finishing - Woven - Continuous Open Width

The goal of the report is to allow for a better appreciation of the relative importance of the cost elements and their respective influence on the total costs. In the category Spinning Ring/NE30 for example, the report shows that countries with high manufacturing cost (i.e., in USD/kg of yarn, Italy = 2.35, Korea = 1.60, U.S.A. = 1.54) also have the higher share of labor cost (respectively 33%, 27%, and 31%). The share of power in two of these countries, however, equals the sample average. It reaches 21% in Italy and Korea and 10% in the U.S.A., a level comparable to that measured in Egypt.

Transforming this NE30 yarn in a woven ring yarn fabric shows a similar pattern in labor costs in Italy, Korea, and the U.S.A but a different picture for power costs, where each country's relative share to total manufacturing costs is now below sample average. The share of power drops to 17% in Italy and Korea and 9% in the U.S.A., while the sample average rises at 26%. This average is driven up by Indonesia, India, Brazil, Pakistan, and China where the share of power cost to total manufacturing cost is between 30% and 40%. The data on the transformation of the same NE30 yarn in a knitted ring yarn fabric shows that the labor shares are equal to the of power shares in China, Brazil, and Egypt (i.e. 20%, 14%, 6%, respectively) and that labor is relatively more expensive than power in U.S.A., Italy, and Korea (about 14, 8, and 4 times higher, respectively) or relatively cheaper in India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan (3, 3.5, and 4 times lower, respectively). The report further presents the cost of transforming the former woven fabric into a finished woven fabric (Continuous Open Width). On average, the share of labor and power to total manufacturing costs in this category are very similar (13% and 14%, respectively). Strong geographical discrepancies nevertheless exist, especially with respect to labor costs with a spread of 14 cent/m. This reflects the difference in labor costs between Bangladesh (1 cent/m) and Italy (15 cents/m). The spread in power cost is measured at 4 cents/m, which corresponds to the difference between the cost of power in Egypt or Vietnam (i.e. 3 cents/m (USD)) and in Brazil or Italy (i.e. 7 cents/m (USD)). The IPCC further covers the categories of Spinning Rotor/NE20, Texturing (75den/72F), Weaving Rotor Yarn Fabric, Weaving Textured Yarn Fabric, Knitting Rotor Yarn Fabric, Knitting Textured Yarn Fabric, Finishing - Knit - Continuous Open Width (COW), and Finishing - Knit - Discontinuous (JET).

Vietnam's garment, textile export rises 9.8 % in 4 months

VIETNAM gained over 9.4 billion U.S. dollars from exporting garments and textiles in the first four months of this year, up 9.8 percent year-on-year, according to the country's Ministry of Industry and Trade on Wednesday. In April alone, the country raked in 2.3 billion U.S. dollars from selling the products offshore, rising 7.1 percent. Between January and April, largest importers of Vietnamese garments and textiles included the United States, Japan, the European Union and South Korea. The revenue surge was mainly attributable to strong market demand, with many orders already placed for the first six months of this year or even the whole year, said the ministry. Vietnam's garment and textile export turnovers may reach 40 billion U.S. dollars in 2019, the Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association forecast. Vietnam, which is among the world's five biggest exporters and producers of garments and textiles, posted garment and textile export turnovers of over 30.4 billion U.S. dollars in 2018, up 16.6 percent from 2017. However, Vietnam had to spend more than 12.9 billion U.S. dollars importing cloth last year, up 13.5 percent, the association said, noting that most of local cloth has yet to satisfy quality requirements of the country's key garment export markets.

INVISTA shares insights on nylon 6,6 value chain growth and milestones for its key adiponitrile investments

AT the Wood Mackenzie American Nylon Conference in Atlanta this week, Invista shared insights on the future growth of the nylon 6,6 value chain as well as updates on the company's investments to bring additional adiponitrile (ADN) capacity to the market. Eric Jones, managing director of commercial development for Invista, gave a presentation, “Supplying the Future of Nylon 6,6 Growth,” highlighting Invista's perspective on the market and its strong commitment to the nylon 6,6 value chain. Jones also shared data on how the superior technical performance of nylon 6,6 will impact future growth in key sectors, including automotive, electrical and electronics applications. “Invista is investing billions of dollars to bring its latest ADN technology online as soon as possible at its existing facilities in addition to the new China ADN plant—all to help us meet both the short- and long- term needs of our customers and the value chains we support,” said Jones. Invista's latest AND technology brings improved product yields, reduced energy consumption, lower greenhouse gas emissions, enhanced process stability and reduced capital intensity, compared to existing technologies. “As I shared in my presentation, we see the recent market tightness as a short-term imbalance resulting from increased demand and unforeseeable disruptions in the nylon 6,6 value chain,” said Jones. “We expect it will correct itself quickly through debottleneck work that we're performing at our sites to add more capacity. In fact, with strong production from our Texas facilities in 2018, we are already seeing improvements in supply to the market.”

Apurba Banerjee bags AATCC Future Leaders Award

THE AATCC (the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists) Future Leaders Award was presented to Apurba Banerjee on April 11, 2019 at the international conference held in Fort Worth, USA. AATCC, headquartered in US, provides test method development, quality control materials, and professional networking for members in about 50 countries.

The young professionals who get the award are the future of our industry and the future leaders of AATCC. Award recipients are determined by each AATCC Interest Group, AATCC said in a press release. Banerjee is chief scientist at Brrr. In 2011, she received a bachelor of technology in fibre and textile processing from the Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, India. In 2013, she received an MS in design and merchandising from Colorado State University, and in 2017 graduated from the University of Georgia with a PhD in polymer, fibre, and textile sciences. =She joined AATCC in 2012, while being a student and, since joining, has been a very active AATCC member. While a student, she presented papers each year from 2013 through 2017 at the AATCC International Conference Herman and Myrtle Goldstein Student Paper Competitions. She also received two AATCC Foundation Student Research Support Grants in 2014 and 2017. She served as president of the University of Georgia AATCC Student Chapter from 2014 to 2015, and treasurer from 2015 to 2016. She has co-authored four publications and two patents. Banerjee currently serves on the AATCC executive committee on research and is the vice chair on AATCC technical committee of research. Nominees for the AATCC Future Leaders Award must be AATCC members who are 39 years old or younger and actively engaged in the greater textile or related industries. They must display leadership skills and have a history of service to AATCC or the greater textile and related industries. A key quality of successful candidates is a desire to become more involved with the objectives of AATCC: to increase expertise, encourage research, and establish channels for the interchange of professional knowledge. Nominees must agree to join the AATCC Young Professionals Committee and must participate, as their professional commitments allow, in the work of the committee. The award includes a framed certificate signed by the AATCC president and the Interest Group (IG) chairs and a special pin.

58th DORNBIRN-GFC scheduled to be held in Austria

OVER 100 international speakers from industry and research will present the latest innovations of the fiber and textile industry at the Dornbirn-GFC 2019 from September 11 - 13, 2019 at Austria. As generator of ideas and networks, the 58th Dornbirn-GFC would especially like to offer the platform to young companies by organizing a “Startup” Event in cooperation with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), a worldwide leading and internationally operating auditor and consulting firm. Because of being the world's biggest Fiber Innovation Congress, the Dornbirn- GFC has been an inherent part in the calendar of about 700 participants of more than 35 nations.

DORNBIRN-GFC as Generator of Ideas and Networks

Last year over 700 international participants (70% from Europe, 30% from Asia and America) utilized the Fiber Innovation Congress in Dornbirn as networking platform and 50 new companies were welcomed to the congress. The “Creme de la Creme” of the fiber industry as well as international global players of the entire value chain will be present at the 58th Dornbirn-GFC. This year, the congress is entirely dedicated to the topics of sustainability and digitalization. Thus, the top-class lead sponsor Lenzing Group, Indorama Ventures and Märkische Faser as well as PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Microsoft and Palo Alto Networks will be expected as important partners.

More than 100 expert lectures concentrate on the following key themes:

  • Fiber innovations
  • Circular economy and recycling
  • Digitalization and smart textiles
  • Surface modification and additives
  • Sports and leisure wear
  • Nonwovens and technical textiles

A few Highlights of this Year's Congress:

A CEO panel and a panel discussion on digitalization will accompany the expert lectures of more than 100 international speakers. Austrian's federal minister of Digital and Economic Affairs as well as high-level industry leaders of Lenzing, Indorama Ventures, Oerlikon, Microsoft, Palo Alto Networks, PwC and others are looking forward to a highly interesting discussion.

In cooperation with PwC, 50 “Startups” will be invited and given the opportunity to present their business models in Dornbirn. Due to its success, the “Young Scientist Forum” will also perform for the fourth time. The workshop will take place on September 10, 2019, under the leadership of the industrial consultancy SYNGROUP. The purpose, inter alia, is to enhance and enable a network amongst young scientists. Because of the vast interest from industry and trade and the strong support of the EU Commission “Circular Economy” is a focal point this year again.

Dornbirn-GFC App

Improving the flow of communication and information throughout the congress is the main purpose of the app. It enables participants to familiarize themselves with speakers, participants and exhibitors as well as to arrange personal meetings prior to the congress. In 2018, the app was utilized by more than 50% of the participants. In 2019, an expansion of its functions is planned.

Networking Event on the Last Day

In 2018 for the first time, a networking event took place as closing of the Dornbirn-GFC on the last conference day. More than 100 congress participants enjoyed the Dornbirn-GFC closing party in a cozy atmosphere. The charming event enhanced the participants' networking once again. A similarly special networking event will be organized again this year

Further information from: www.dornbirn-gfc.com

Nepal's first garment processing zone invites investors

NEPAL'S first garment processing zone in Simara in Bara district in Province 2 recently invited investors to submit applications to build production plants in the zone. The zone is part of the government plan to build a special economic zone (SEZ) in each of the seven provinces, said Chandika Prasad Bhatta, executive director of the SEZ Development Committee. The zone was built with an investment of Rs 2.5 billion to facilitate exports of Nepali readymade garments (RMG).

The newly amended SEZ Act has reduced the mandatory export provision from 75 per cent to 60 per cent to ensure sustainability of firms inside SEZs, while 40 per cent of their production will be allowed to be sold in the domestic market. The government amended the act after investors in SEZ expressed their lack of ability to export a majority of goods immediately after beginning production, according to a newspaper report in Nepal. The Nepali Government recently also claimed that the garment processing zone started operations six months ahead of deadline. According to Garment Association Nepal, there are 52 readymade garment factories operating in the country with an annual production capacity of 6-7 million pieces. The total investment in the industry is Rs 6 billion. So far, only one SEZ has been built in Bhairahawa of Province 5. The government plans to open an SEZ each in Biratnagar of Province 1, Panchkhal of Province 3, Gorkha of Province 4, Jumla of Province 6 and Dhangadhi of Province 7.