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Solapur aims to be worlds sourcing hub for uniforms by 2022

Uniform, Garment and Fabric Manufacturing Fair 2019

Solapur in India's Maharashtra state aims to be the world's uniforms sourcing hub by 2022, with plans of 2,000 garment units in the city, according to Solapur Garment Manufacturers Association president Darshan Kochar. He was speaking before the third edition of the 'Uniform, Garment and Fabric Manufacturing Fair 2019' from January 8 to 10 in Bengaluru organised by the 'Shri Solapur Readymade Kapad Utpadak Sangh' in association with the textile ministry of Maharashtra and Mafatlal Fabrics. The uniform-manufacturing sector market size in India is estimated to be ₹18,000 crore per annum, with ₹10,000 crore from machinery and fabrics while the rest is from sales supplying to local schools through retailers and institutions. Solapur Garment Manufacturers Association aims to generate 2000 new units in Solapur by the year 2022. The three-day fair promoted Solapur and Maharashtra as the uniforms sourcing hub. Well-connected across the country with rail and road networks and airports in Mumbai, Pune and Hyderabad, Solapur has emerged as the investment destination in the state for the uniform garment industry in the country, a news agency report quoted Kochar as saying.

Many overseas buyers from the Middle East, Africa and South East Asia have shown interest in our uniforms, he said. Kochar. Buyers from the United States, Dubai, Ghana, Malaysia, Nepal, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, Senegal, Sri Lanka and Vietnam participated in the event. After holding two editions of the Fair over last two years in Solapur the Textile Hub of Maharashtra, the Association has announce to hold it outside the state this year with a view to promote State of Maharashtra as Uniform Sourcing hub of world, as never such imitative has happened till today. Renowned brands in uniform and garment sectors are participating in the Fair. Mafatlal, U Code, Valji, Qmax World, Sangam, Bombay Dyeing, Siyaram's Unicode, Sparsh Fab, Only Vimal, Wocky Tocky are some of leading brands in Uniform fabric manufacturers who have been associated with the organizers. Among participants are the leading names from Corporate which include Mafatlal Industries, Reliance industry , Raymond, Bombay Dying, Ranjit Fabs Ltd, Pushpa Textiles, J C Pacific Apparels, Zeven, DAC's, D M Hosiery, 10 Grams, Zoom Apparels among others. Overseas participants are from USA, Dubai, Oman, Nigeria, Ghana, Nepal, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Qatar and Senegal.

'India should tap newer markets for textile industry': VP

The textile industry should develop a culture of innovation, diversify products and tap newer markets for increasing India's exports share in the global market, said M Venkaiah Naidu, Vice President of India while presenting Textile Awards in New Delhi. As many as 17 persons were honoured for their outstanding contribution in different fields of textiles.

Naidu also presented the Threads of Excellence Awards to various organisations and individuals who have shown their excellence in the textile industry. Speaking on the occasion, Naidu said that the textiles sector is playing a pivotal role in the economy and it needs to be recognised and respected by all. He said that the textiles ministry has taken several initiatives during the last 4 and half years, which will yield rich dividends and help India become one of the three largest economies of the world. Pointing out that India enjoys a unique advantage of having abundant raw materials and presence of manufacturing in all segments of the textile value chain, Naidu said the sector needs to improve supply chains, focus on research, cost optimisation and scaling-up to achieve greater competitiveness and a higher share in the production and export of top items traded in global markets. Observing that this was the ideal time for the industry to discard outdated technology and modernise its machinery to be globally competitive, Naidu said the availability of raw materials, low cost and skilled manpower was an added advantage for the Indian textile industry, which is expected to reach $223 billion by 2021. Referring to various measures taken by the government like allowing 100 per cent FDI and Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme to accelerate textile industry's growth, he advised the industry to focus on innovation and value addition for improving global competitiveness of the Indian textiles and apparels. "Innovation is the key. We have to come up with innovative and exclusive products if we have to expand our footprint in the global arena." He also stressed the need for promoting waterless dyeing by adopting new technology. "The continued growth and global competitiveness of the textiles industry can drive the economy to new heights. However, the sector needs to improve supply chains and internal systems, focus on research and development, cost optimisation (saving cost by vertical integration, etc.) and scaling-up to achieve greater competitiveness and command a higher share in the production and export of top items traded in global markets," explained Naidu. The improved ranking of India in 'Ease of Doing Business' is expected to generate more business and attract FDI into India. Many foreign companies have set their sights on India as a future destination of big investments due to availability of technology, cheap and skilled labour and abundant raw material. All this bodes well for the textile industry, he concluded. (RR)

Textiles ministry honours Shreyaskar Chaudhary Pratibha Syntex MD

The ministry of textiles has conferred Pratibha Syntex managing director (MD) Shreyaskar Chaudhary with Outstanding Young Entrepreneur Award in the textile sector, in the category of garments and made-ups. He was awarded for his initiatives in the area of product innovation, process innovation, sustainability initiatives and marketing & branding innovation. With a motto of 'minimise environmental impact and maximise social impact', Chaudhary ensured 100 per cent waste water is recycled and 95 per cent of which is reused back to the system. Almost 90 per cent of the wastes generated in different processes are either recycled or reused. Cotton wastes are converted into stationery items for internal use. "We have ensured 30 per cent of our power usage coming through renewable energy. Installation of biomass briquette boiler and plantation of 3 lakh trees resulted in significant reduction in GHG emission," said Chaudhary on the processes adopted at Pratibha Syntex. "Pratibha Syntex Limited has a deep concern for the people we have launched 'India of my dream' initiative to empower women residing in slums. Our Gyan Peeth initiative develops skills of local communities and provides them employment. Till now, more than 5,000 people are trained in yarn spinning & garment manufacturing. We have announced interest-free housing to fulfill the dream of associates and employees to have their own home, besides holding regular health check-up camps under the supervision of specialised doctors and counselors. To support the education of the children of employees & associates, a scholarship programme has been initiated," he explained. In association with C&A Foundation, Chaudhary established first certified C2C (Cradle to Cradle) garments, contributing towards the circular fashion. He initiated significant innovation in business practices, where majority of the raw materials are sustainable, which includes sustainable cotton, recycled polyester, spun dyed viscose, linen, tencel etc. Chaudhary has promoted company as More than Responsible Textile, which abides by sustainable development goals.

WTI predicts double-digit growth in overall sales & profitability in first half of FY19 for Indian textiles

The consolidated sales of the top 10 selected companies were Rs. 21,272 Cr. in H1 FY19 as compared to Rs. 19,378 Cr. in H1 FY18, growing by 10% y- o-y, according to Wazir Textile Index (WTI). As compared to H1 FY18, average EBITDA margin increased by 1.1 percentage points to reach 13.8% in H1 FY19. Consolidated RM cost constituted 52.3% of sales in H1 FY19, while consolidated manpower cost constituted 10.2% of sales. Raw material and manpower cost, as a percentage of sales have remained almost stagnant during H1 FY19 as compared to H1 FY18. This reflects in the growing profitability of the top Indian textile companies, WTI noted. Details given above are based on the WTI comprising cumulative financial performance of the top Indian textile companies along with an update on the market performance of Indian textile sector for the first half of Fy19. WTI Sales was calculated to be 121.1 in the first half of FY19 (Base year H1 FY16=100), growing significantly by 10% as compared to H1 FY18. The WTI EBITDA was calculated to be 96.3 in H1 FY19. EBITDA margins have witnessed an impressive growth of 19% in H1 FY19 as compared to H1 FY18. The WTI Cost for raw material (RM), manpower and others were 126.8, 135.2 & 125.1, respectively, in H1 FY19. WTI costs have increased by ~5- 15% this half year, as compared to the same period last year, it may be noted here.

GDP and Industrial production have grown in H1 Fy19

In H1 FY19, India's Real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) increased from Rs. 62.91 lakh crore to Rs. 67.72 lakh crore from H1 FY18, witnessing a growth of 7.1%. Average Index of Industrial Production (IIP) for textiles and apparel increased by 2% and 5% respectively in H1 FY19 compared to H1 FY18. The Wholesale Price Index (WPI) for textiles registered an increase of 3% in H1 FY19, indicating increase in prices.

India's T&A exports declined slightly in H1 Fy19

The overall T&A exports in H1 FY19 stood at US$ 18.4 billion, showing a decline of 1% from the previous year. Export of all the categories except apparel have grown in H1 FY19 as compared to H1 FY18. Apparel exports saw a decline of 16% this half year. This is largely attributed to the decline in apparel exports to UAE, which have dropped inexplicably by 55% during H1 FY19. India's overall T&A exports to UAE also declined by ~50% during first half of FY19. EU, USA and UAE remain the top export destinations for India's T&A products.

India's T&A imports continue to increase in H1 Fy19

India's T&A imports have increased by 4% in H1 FY19 as compared to the previous year. Import of all categories except fibre have increased in H1 FY19. Apparel imports increased sharply by 56%, primarily due to the impact of reduced effective import duties post GST for imports from countries like China and Bangladesh. China continues to be the largest import partner for India, however, the imports declined marginally by 0.4% in H1 FY19 as compared to the previous year.

T&A imports of USA increased in H1 FY19 while that of EU declined marginally

USA imported textile and apparel products worth US$ 58 billion in H1 FY19, growing by 4% as compared to the same period in the previous year. India's T&A exports to USA increased by 5.2% in H1 FY19. Overall imports of EU, pegged at US$ 129 billion in H1 FY19 witnessed y-o-y marginal decline of 0.6%. China is the largest import partner for USA and EU both. India's T&A exports to EU increased by 6.2% in H1 FY19. Raw material prices have increased over the first half of FY19 Overall, there was an increase in raw material prices in H1 FY19 compared to H1 FY18. On average, raw cotton, viscose staple fibre and polyester staple fibre prices increased by 8%, 6% and 26%, respectively, in H1 FY19. Similarly, there was an increase in the average prices blended yarn and polyester cotton blended yarn, growing at a rate of 6%, 7% and 9%, respectively, in H1 FY19. Indian textile and apparel industry exhibited double-digit growth in overall sales and EBITDA levels during the first half of the financial year 2018-19. However, trade performance was not encouraging during this period. Although improvement was seen in the month of June, July and August, with total T&A exports increasing (compared month on month), September month witnessed a steep decline of 18% in overall T&A exports, apparel declining highest among all categories. It can be anticipated that apparel exports are likely to remain subdued in near future. Hence, it would not be wrong to say that the textile industry is in dire need of undertaking the necessary steps to revive T&A exports.

Govt mulls setting up of CETPs

Government is implementing the Integrated Processing Development Scheme (IPDS) for enabling the textile processing sector to meet environmental standards through adoption of appropriate technology, specifically in the area of water and waste water management. The Govt has sanctioned 6 projects under the IPDS for setting up CETPs with Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD) systems in the state of Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu. This information was given by the Minister of State of Textiles, Mr. Ajay Tamta, in a written reply in the RS.

SIMA to host Texfair in August 2019

The Southern India Mills' Association (SIMA) representing the organised textile industry in South India is organising SIMA Texfair 2019, 12th edition in its series during August 9-12, 2019 at CODISSIA Trade Fair Complex, Coimbatore. SIMA has so far successfully conducted eleven exhibitions of textile machinery, spares & accessories since 2001. The response for participation in the fair is increasing every fair. Hence, the Association has decided to conduct the event during August 2019 to enable the suppliers and the users to plan their investments and renew their business. The objectives of the fair is to provide a platform for the stake holder to zero in their investments and expenses prudently, showcase their inventions and cost effective items and other products, enable the technocrats and shop floor technicians to update their knowledge on the latest technology and create an awareness on cost cutting, to encourage micro, small and medium entrepreneurs also to showcase their products and get exposure to the market. It is a highly economical Fair with excellent services, organised by the user industry, scheduled to be held at Coimbatore, which is the hub for textile business in India and the fair would be an ideal platform to showcase and market the products.

AEMA and GEA, join hands to form Garment Exporters and Manufacturers Association

Garment Exporters & Manufacturers Association (GEMA) has been formed by the merger of two existing associations, Apparel Exporters and Manufacturers Association (AEMA) and Garment Exporters Association (GEA). The former Vice Chairman, Eastern Region AEPC and President of AEMA, Vinod Dhawan has been elected as President of the new association. Dhawan has been a member of IGFA Committee, Trustee JawaharLal Nehru Trust, NPT and Member, Advisory Board of Indian Airlines. While speaking to news persons on the newly formed association and the agenda for the same, Dhawan explained, “Through this new association, we want to multiply the force and enhance vision set by AEMA and GEA. Markedly, AEMA and GEA have been operating as two separate bodies for the last three decades with the common objective of fostering export growth in India. With great support from thought leaders and prominent members of the export fraternity, we combined the two bodies to form one i.e., GEMA.” He further elaborated, “Our aim with this merger is to use the power of one consolidated voice and to tackle some of the major challenges we face in the industry today which include lower profitability. We are now in a position to synergize the energies of these two bodies to mobilize the government and become the single-channel between members and industry.” Highlighting the three common objectives, viz., Export Growth, Policy advocacy, and Improved productivity, GEMA has streamlined a roadmap for a bright future and sustainable growth for its members and apparel exporters. When asked what he implied when he said 'Policy Advocacy', he asserted: “(the idea is) To bridge the gap between members and industry bodies and regulators and aligning all of them towards a common goal of achieving industry growth and profitability. Our efforts will be directed towards ensuring the right governance and regulatory compliances are in place.” The newly formed association aims to offer support in areas like skill development, productivity and digitisation tools. “GEMA (previously initiated by AEMA) as a registered assessment body with Apparel Made-Ups Home Furnishing Sector Skill Council (AMHSSC) is in a strong position to provide skilled man power,” he averred.

According to Dhawan, Government of India has made some critical announcements on textile policy recently which will bring good results for the industry. He appreciates the sincere efforts of the Government in considering relaxations of the present textile policy. However, he believes that for a policy to be effective and bring changes on the ground level it must be holistic and comprehensive in nature. “Policies where all factors are addressed are urgently needed. It is unfortunate that the current relaxations are a one-step measure and more needs to be done in this space to bring in the desired reform.” Further, he shared his concern about the current scenario of apparel exports from India which is not growing even after having resources in comparison to neighbouring countries.“We have many challenges to overcome before we get the tag of 'the biggest' global player. We are currently dominated by small-scale players, seasonal production and poor R&D. This is a result of inadequate policy support, digital adoption and high cost.” He explained that the Indian Industry is largely confined to small scale productionwhich is mainly due to poor skill sets and lack of modern technology which leads to low efficiency, poor quality and weak policies. “Over reliance on cotton in India confines it to seasonal production focused on summer collections. To grab a bigger share, we have to shift to new products and move from seasonal production,” he points out. Dhawan strongly feels that India should move towards MMF, however, irrational import norms and duties make it difficult to source special fabrics, in particular, synthetics to make winter clothing, which has a much higher volume than summer collections. Besides high logistic costs, wages and duties have been detrimental for trade growth over the last few years. The association wants to accelerate the measures needed to be attended to by Govt to improve the performance of the industry, whether in terms of providing skill development training,or introduction of modern production technology and reduction in high transaction costs. As President, his vision and focus is to make GEMA a game-changer in the industry. “We want to ensure that GEMA actively communicates and engages within and outside the organisation to overcome some of the biggest challenges by using combined efforts. We will rely on expertise and experience to form solutions that fuel the industry into growth mode.”

Members of GEMA

  • President: Vinod Dhawan, V K International
  • Vice President: Sudhir Sekhri,Trendsetters
  • Honorary General Secretary: AnimeshSaxena
  • Honorary Treasurer: Satish Lakhina, Maya Export Corporation
  • Ashok Logani, Instyle Exports Pvt. Ltd. - Anil Peshawari, Meenu Creations
  • Anil Verma, Monica Garments
  • Gautam Nair, Matrix Clothing
  • G S Mdan, Madan Trading Co.
  • Harish Ahuja, Shahi Exports l H K L Magu, Jyoti Apparels
  • K KKohli, Orient Craft Ltd. l LalitGulati, Modelama Exports Ltd.
  • LalitThukral-Twenty Second Miles
  • M K Jain, Chelsea Mills
  • Manoj Lal, Milano International (I) Pvt. Ltd.
  • Rajiv Prem, Vishesh Overseas
  • RakeshVaid, UshaFabs Pvt. Ltd.
  • Tony Uppal, Pee Empro Exports Pvt. Ltd. - Vijay Jindal, SPL Industries
  • VinitSethi, Orient Fashion
  • VirenderUppal, Richa Global Exports Pvt. Ltd.
  • AshishNath (Co-Opted Member), General Commerce Ltd.
  • Deepak Seth (Co-Opted Member), Pearl Global Industries Ltd.
  • HariKapoor (Co-Opted Member), Allied Garments Exports Ind.
  • PrithviManaktala (Co-Opted Member), Cosmique Pvt. Ltd.

Turkey is eyeing USD 29 Bn in garment exports

As per Turkish Exporters Assembly (TİM) data, textile and ready to wear garment sector's exports increased by 3.8 percent in 2018 to US $ 26.1 billion. İsmail Gülle, TİM's Chief reportedly said: “Turkey's textile and apparel sector will turn our currency advantage to an opportunity in 2019 and work through their target thanks to Turkish brands [instead of contract manufacturing].” Gülle said that this year the textile and apparel sector aims to boost exports by around 10 percent to US $ 29 billion. Notably, Turkey is currently the seventh-biggest exporter in the world. The aim is now to make it one of world's top five exporters by raising its global share to 5 percent. In its bid to amplify exports of garment products, Turkey will target African, American, Japanese, South Korean and Far East markets. Textile sector exports to Africa and the Americas picked up last year, along with the EU, Turkey's main trading partner, Öksüz pointed out. Markedly, exports to Africa hit an all-time high, surpassing last year's target of US $1 billion, up by 13.5 percent.

RBI report: Textile industry on recovery path

The stressed advance ratio of the textile sub-sector has been improving continuously. As per Reserve Bank of India (RBI)'s financial stability report, the ratio has improved from 23.70% in September 2017 to 18.70% in September 2018. Notably, the export of textiles and apparels stood higher at Rs 18,965 crore in November 2018, against Rs 16,707 crore in November 2017, registering a 14% growth, said Confederation of Indian Textile Industry (CITI). During that period, apparel exports have grown at a remarkable 21%, it added. Sanjay Jain, Chairman, CITI, said it was interesting to note the positive Index of Industrial Production (IIP) data. It is pertinent to add here that the IIP data for textile & clothing (T&C) also witnessed robust year-on-year growth during October 2018 versus October 2017. Also, textiles and apparel have registered a growth of 6.2% and 28%, respectively, during October 2018. The timely policy support and intervention should be considered as an important step when the industry was under severe stress, especially after the implementation of GST, Jain pointed out.

FTAs with EU, Australia, Canada, Britain to help India's garment exports: CITI

India's apex trade body, Confederation of Indian Textile Industry (CITI) has said that free trade agreements with the European Union, Australia, Canada and Britain will bokster Indian exports of garments and made ups. Markedly, made-ups sector, which includes products such as towels and bedsheets, is the second-largest employer in the textile sector after apparel. The FTAs will give India an edge over its competitors like Vietnam and Bangladesh in the global export market. CITI Chief Sanjay Jain further underlined that a reduction of import duty on Indian cotton yarn and fabrics by China, is “the biggest game changer that can transform the Indian textile and clothing industry”. “Another major issue which can enhance the export competitiveness of the Indian textile products is refund of all duties and taxes on exports across the value chain, as in principle, a country should not be exporting any types of taxes or duties,” said Jain. It is pertinent to mention here that India's exports of textiles and garment increased by 14 percent on year in November 2018, to Rs. 18,965 crore as against Rs. 16,707 crore in November 2017. During the same month, apparel exports amplified 21 percent, in particular.

MSME exports to get special boost from Ministry

India's micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) Ministry has proposed to set up a governing council to ensure efficient delivery of all export-related interventions as part of its plan to boost shipments. The ministry has even suggested analysing various trade agreements to identify areas of concern in its strategic action plan, 'Unlocking the Potential of MSME Exports'. A study will be conducted on special economic zones and export promotion zones in the country to reassess their role and objectives as these are an essential constituent of foreign trade policy and it is important to harness their potential, according to the action plan. A portal featuring country-wise list of global products and services in demand and information on how to enter specific foreign markets will be set up. It will have information on loans and credit offered by financial institutions. A formal platform may also be created by the ministry to ensure that it is involved in all bilateral and multilateral trade negotiations having an impact on the enterprises. The governing council will comprise senior officials and members from the MSME ministry, commerce ministry, MSME Export Promotion Councils, export development authorities and commodity boards, according to a news agency report. The National Resource Centre for MSME Exporters will engage with various global agencies to promote procurement from Indian MSMEs.

Indian textile businesses face trade barriers in EU, US: MOS

In a latest statement, Minister of State for Textiles, Ajay Tamta said Indian textile businesses face higher trade barriers in Europe and the US when compared to other markets. The Minister reportedly stated that the country's average tariff for exported textiles is 5.9 percent in the EU and 6.2 percent in the US. Notably, the US is one of India's key textile export destination with 17 percent market share. The EU is India's second largest textile export market followed by Bangladesh, China, Pakistan, the UAE, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Brazil, and South Korea. Tamta told the Rajya Sabha that Pakistan enjoys a 0 percent average tariff in the EU and 5.3 percent in the US. Moreover, Bangladesh enjoys a 0 percent average tariff in the EU and 3.9 percent in the US. Vietnam on the other hand has a higher EU tariff than India at 6.1 percent but lower in the US at 5.5 percent. India is working to increase textile and garment exports; however, the higher tariff could be a blockade to growth in the international market.

Indian garment industry to get 2 Mn 'trained' employees by 2022

To provide employees aced in managerial, supervising and technical skills, Apparel, Made-Ups and Home Furnishing Sector Skill Council (AMHSSC) will train 2 million employees by 2022. This was underlined by KP Krishnan, Secretary, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), who was in the national capital to inaugurate AMHSSC's Center of Excellence (CoE). These centre would basically be involved in research work on apparel manufacturing technology and would be conducting short-term management development programmes (MDPs) and supervisory development programmes (SDPs) for the managerial and supervisory resources in apparel manufacturing units for productivity enhancement. “Skill India focuses on the scale of skilling, quality and employability, and aspirations for acquiring skills. With the state-of-art facility, the CoEs will focus on training the existing employees on those grounds,” he added. The professed benefits to the garment industry in Indian would be plummeting cost, mounting efficiency, dipping risk, aptitude management, offshoring and career progression.

Arvind inaugurates smart textile factory in Jharkhand

India-based textile and garment manufacturing company Arvind Limited has inaugurated the first unit of Rampur Arvind Smart Textile. The manufacturing unit is set up in Ranchi. It has an annual capacity of 16 million. To double the company's revenue from the textile business to Rs. 120 billion, Arvind Limited aims to invest Rs. 5 billion per annum in the next five years. Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das inaugurated the factory which will create 7,500 job opportunities in the region. The CM apprised that the local artisans have been trained under skill development programmes to be well-equipped for the upcoming employment prospects. “The impact of the government's efforts on skill development is also in front. People are getting employment in their home. Earlier, girls had to go to another State for jobs of Rs. 7-8,000. Now they will get employment of 12-13,000 in their house,” reportedly said the Minister.

India sanctions Rs. 600 Cr to increase leather & textile exports

Government of India has approved Rs. 600 crore (US $ 85.51 million) in subsidy to increase exports from sectors such as textiles, leather, handicraft and more. The decision was taken by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs. “The proposal will entail benefits of around Rs. 600 crore to exporters on interest equalisation for the remaining period of the scheme,” an official release said. Post approval, merchant exporters will be included under the interest equalisation scheme for pre- and post-shipment rupee export credit. The addition of merchant exporters is likely to make them more competitive in the global export market. They'll be permitted interest equalisation rate of 3 percent on such credit for export of products covered under 416 tariff lines identified under the scheme. These products are largely in MSME sectors such as textiles, leather, handicraft and machinery. It is pertinent to add here that the interest subsidy scheme was introduced by the Centre in 2015 for manufacturing exporters. However, merchant exporters were not included back then. Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) President Ganesh Kumar Gupta has said that the decision would promote exports from India.

Sympatex introduces spun-dyed functional textiles

Sympatex Technoloies presented a new line of spun-dyed laminates at last week's Performance Days trade fair in Munich, which are said to reduce water consumption by an average of 75 per cent and decrease the use of chemicals by 90 per cent, through the use of its 100 per cent polyether and polyester-based membranes. Sympatex Technologies, the current pioneer in the field of sustainable functional textiles, will present a new line of spundyed laminates at the Performance Days trade fair in Munich from November 28- 29. The non-PTFE and non-PFC based 100 per cent recyclable Sympatex membranes make the monofraction laminates ideal for closed textile loops.

The apparel innovations from Sympatex made with fully-recyclable textile surface materials, combine the advantages of both raw material recycling processes and the spun-dyed technology. With this dye technology, water consumption can be reduced by around 75 per cent, while decreasing the use of chemicals by as much as 90 per cent. In combination with the 100 per cent polyether/polyester Sympatex membrane, which uses 50 per cent less water during the manufacturing process than a commercially-available PTFE membrane, there is no need to sacrifice sports performance. The articles, which are ideally-suited for outdoor and ski applications, and even for the fashion world, are 100 per cent water and wind-proof, in addition to optimally breathable, thus offering further proof that it's possible to combine sustainability and performance in a single product. With this spun-dyed technology, instead of adding the dye to the finished textile product, it's mixed into the raw material granulate. This not only improves the penetration intensity of the dye in the thread, the process also offers significant advantages with respect to colour harmony and the reproducibility of the hue. “The only pre-requisite for the extensive use of this dye technology is close collaboration between all of the participants during the design process, since the colour selection has to be mutually agreed upon at an earlier timeframe,” said Dr. Rüdiger Fox, CEO at Sympatex Technologies. “Given the acute environmental issues created by our industry in the manufacturing countries, plus the enormous ecological benefits that spun-dyed technologies bring, this should be an acceptable concession for all of those involved.” (PC)

OEKO-TEX new regulations 2019

In 2019 the goal of the OEKO-TEX Association is again to reinforce consumer protection and sustainability along the value creation chain for textiles and leather; the existing guidelines for the OEKO-TEX product portfolio have thus been amended again for the start of the year. The new regulations will come into effect after a three-month transition period on 1 April 2019. An initial overview of some important changes are given below:

OEKO-TEX already complies with the new “REACH Annex XVII CMR Legislation”

The substance benzene and four amine salts have been included in the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX and LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX and limit values have been defined. The substance quinoline, which has been under observation by OEKO-TEX since 2018, is now also regulated with a limit value. In the course of “standardisation” of the limit value requirements, the requirement “<” now applies for almost all limit values. For over 25 years, the OEKO-TEX's strategy has not been to wait for legislation but to be proactive in the field of consumer protection as a pioneer. As a result of the implementation of the above-mentioned updates, the STANDARD 100 and LEATHER STANDARD already comply with the requirements of the new “REACH Annex XVII CMR Legislation” (Commission Regulation (EU) 2018/1513). In contrast, this legislation addressing 33 CMR substances will only be applied for products from 1 November 2020 on. Thus, OEKO-TEX is way ahead and also covers many other parameters related to consumer protection.

Further new additions to the limit value catalogues

New to the limit value catalogues are various Substances of Very High Concern: these are the siloxanes D4, D5 and D6 as well as diazene-1,2-dicarboxamide (ADCA). Furthermore, a requirement has now been made with regard to the extractable part of the metals barium and selenium. In Annex 6 of the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX, limit values have been made stricter for various parameters. This relates to the parameters for phthalates (softeners), alkylphenols and alkylphenol ethoxylates as well for per- and polyfluorinated compounds. The even more stringent requirements for residues in textile materials will result in an overall lower impact on the environment, workers and consumers.

Glyphosate under observation

In 2019 two new product groups will be under observation: glyphosate and its salts as well as the carcinogenic N-nitrosamines and N-nitrosatable substances. Glyphosate products in particular, currently the quantitatively most important ingredient in herbicides, received a lot of media attention during 2017 and 2018 and were the subject of fierce controversial debates around the world. At the end of 2017, approval for glyphosate and for further use was only temporarily extended by the EU to five years – under protest from different consumer groups and environmentalists. With the “Under observation” action, the OEKO-TEX Association is now looking more closely at the substance group in relevant textile materials and is analysing the situation in more detail.

Expanded product portfolio for sustainable production conditions

The STeP assessment will be extended to leather production facilities in 2019. The name will also be changed in the course of this integration: “Sustainable Textile Production” will become “Sustainable Textile and Leather Production” – the product name STeP remains the same.

Datacolor, CSI partner for textile colour identification

Datacolor has announced its partnership with the leading provider of colour standards and color communication tools for the textile industry, Color Solutions International (CSI). Using Datacolor's portable colour measurement device, ColorReaderPRO, fashion and apparel brands can now precisely select and identify colour from multiple colour libraries. The implementation of CSI's branded version, which includes the ColorWall and the ability to add a brand's own colours on the ColorReaderPRO offer tremendous time and cost savings to the textile industry by eliminating the need to manually search and match textile colour samples with swatches or colour codes.

"Speed to market remains a driving influence upon the fashion and apparel industry, making it essential that brands spend less and less time on colour development and matching," said Tim Williams, marketing manager, CSI. "Through this partnership, we're answering our customers' call for a solution allowing them to easily and quickly select existing colours in their library or to choose a colour from our 3,700+ ColorWall during the color palette creation process. Thanks to the compact, simple-to-use ColorReaderPRO, industry professionals will dramatically speed up their seasonal colour palette development process." The solution allows brands to accelerate palette creation, reduce the cost of colour development and ensure colour quality and evaluation throughout the supply chain using the hand-held, Bluetooth-connected ColorReaderPRO tool — helping keep these brands competitive in the fast-paced fashion industry. "We are excited to debut this solution with our long-time partners at CSI and offer the textile industry yet another innovative colour management solution," said Dustin Bowersox, textile marketing manager for Datacolor. "With the simple push of a button, designers can now match any colour to the closest CSI color standard, or their existing custom color library, effectively eliminating the need for manual color look-up. Boasting industry-leading colour matching accuracy, the ultra-portable ColorReaderPRO lets users capture and quickly share inspiration colours and associated palettes, while improving component matching with on-the-go color pass/fail checks."

Pantone 16-1546 Living Coral is Color of the year 2019

Pantone, provider of professional color standards and digital solutions for the design industry, recently announced Pantone 16-1546 Living Coral as the Pantone Color of the Year 2019, an animating and life- affirming shade of orange with a golden undertone. We get energy from nature. Just as coral reefs are a source of sustenance and shelter to sea life, vibrant yet mellow Pantone 16-1546 Living Coral embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment. In reaction to the onslaught of digital technology and social media increasingly embedding into daily life, we are seeking authentic and immersive experiences that enable connection and intimacy. Sociable and spirited, the engaging nature of Pantone 16- 1546 Living Coral welcomes and encourages lighthearted activity. Symbolizing our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits, Pantone 16-1546 Living Coral embodies our desire for playful expression. Representing the fusion of modern life, Pantone Living Coral is a nurturing color that appears in our natural surroundings and at the same time, displays a lively presence within social media. “Color is an equalizing lens through which we experience our natural and digital realities and this is particularly true for Living Coral,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. “With consumers craving human interaction and social connection, the humanizing and heartening qualities displayed by the convivial Pantone Living Coral hit a responsive chord.” Pantone 16-1546 Living Coral emits the desired, familiar and energizing aspects of color found in nature. In its glorious, yet unfortunately more elusive, display beneath the sea, this vivifying and effervescent color mesmerizes the eye and mind. Lying at the center of our naturally vivid and chromatic ecosystem, Pantone Living Coral is evocative of how coral reefs provide shelter to a diverse kaleidoscope of color. “Color enhances and influences the way we experience life,” said Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute. “As a shade that affirms life through a dual role of energizing and nourishing, Pantone 16-1546 Living Coral reinforces how colors can embody our collective experience and reflect what is taking place in our global culture at a moment in time.”

In Social Media

An organic shade, Living Coral is striking in digital mediums, evoking the same inspirational feeling ignited by our natural surroundings. Living Coral's vibrancy and buoyancy captivates our attention in social media and digital design.

In Fashion and Accessories

Living Coral inspires experimentation and playful expression in both men's and women's street and runway styles. The warm shade suggests comfort and positivity in simple color stories, but becomes more explorative and effervescent in patterns, textures and even monochrome looks. An appealing accent shade, Pantone Living Coral provides a striking contrast across the color spectrum.

In Beauty

As a life-affirming hue that complements all skin tones, Pantone Living Coral brings natural color to beauty in blush, eye and lip. Uninhibited, playful looks are also emboldened by Living Coral, which, as the center of a kaleidoscope of color, encourages experimentation in beauty with palettes, textures, shimmers and sheens.

In Product Design

Living Coral is naturally suited for product across all ages and genders. Materials with texture and convivial colors such as Pantone 16-1546 Living Coral appeal to our desire for products exhibiting humanizing and heartening characteristics.

In Interior Décor and Furnishings

When used as a bold statement in settings and décor, Living Coral fosters immersive experiences such as pop-up installations and interactive spaces, tied to a playful spirit. As a color linked to tactility and human connection, Pantone Living Coral in shag rugs, cozy blankets and lush upholsteries create a warm, comforting and nurturing feeling in the home. With its ebullient nature, Pantone Living Coral adds a dramatic pop of color to any room setting whether in decorative accessories, tabletop, or on the wall.

In Packaging Design

Living Coral is naturally ideal for packaging applications. Warm and welcoming, this life affirming shade invites us to reach out and touch.

Tribute Portfolio x Pantone Color of the Year

Among the joyful pursuits that Living Coral symbolizes, travel tops the list - often creating experiences that enable human interaction and social connection. In celebration of Living Coral as the 20th Pantone Color of the Year, Pantone has partnered with Tribute Portfolio, Marriott International's newest collection of independent and characterful hotels, to create a first-of-its-kind pop-up pantry that will allow people to experience an immersive tribute to color at select hotels around the world. Together, Tribute Portfolio and Pantone will introduce a series of interactive Pantone pantries in indie-spirited and creative communities around the world, beginning at Art Basel Miami at the Royal Palm South Beach Miami Resort and then traveling to The Alida Hotel in Savannah, Georgia and The Slaak Rotterdam, in The Netherlands next year.

Adobe Stock x Pantone Color of the Year 2019

For the second year in a row, Pantone has partnered with Adobe Stock to offer a curated Color of the Year collection to inspire and assist the creative community. Living Coral illustrates a natural, yet dynamic and energizing tone that is perfect for designers across verticals looking to energize and enliven creative elements with a softer edge. With more than 125 million visual assets, Adobe Stock is an amazing resource for creatives to seek visual inspiration and creative development.

Material ConneXion, a SANDOW company & Pantone

Across the Design industry, effectively bringing Pantone 16- 1546 Living Coral to life in product design requires consideration of both color and the material to which it will be applied. To underscore the relationship between color and material, and increase efficiencies within the design process, Pantone has partnered with Material ConneXion, a global materials and innovation consultancy. By working with Material ConneXion, designers and suppliers can source the solutions that will meet consumer demands and deliver on their design vision while also supporting their business.

Limited Edition Pantone Color of Year 2019 Guides

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Pantone Color of the Year announcement, special collections of Pantone Formula Guides and Fashion, Home + Interiors Color Guides will be available for a limited time. Guides will feature commemorative Color of the Year covers, information on the 2019 selection and history of past Colors of the Year enclosed within the guide. Pantone Color of the Year 2019 Formula Guides ($160) for graphic, print and packaging designers and Fashion, Home + Interiors Color Guides ($205) for fashion and product designers, are available in limited quantities from and through authorized distributors worldwide.

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