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Thursday 25 February 2010

Visitors up 20% at Texworld USA

New York - The eighth edition of Texworld USA showcased 138 exhibitors from 14 countries and welcomed 2465 attendees. In accordance with the apparel fashion cycle, the January shows feature Spring/Summer fabric collections, while the July editions feature Fall/Winter.


Van de Velde expects healthy growth for 2010

Schellebelle – Belgian luxury lingerie designer and brands owner Van de Velde is predicting healthy growth for 2010 after recording small turnover and earnings increases in its 2009 annual report.


Wednesday 24 February 2010

Yesim Tekstil wins export award

Bursa – Turkey’s Yesim Tekstil a leading manufacturer of knit goods for US and European retailers has won an award for export performance which is granted to companies that achieve the highest increase in their exports compared to the previous year.


Invista launches campaign against trademark misuse

London – Invista, says it is taking a concerted stance against trademark misuse on behalf of its brands. The owner of the Lycra fibre brand is to launch an advertising campaign to reinforce the importance of protecting the value of its trademarks.


UK underwear and lingerie strong in recession

London - ‘Lingerie Market Report 2010’, a new report from Key Note Publications Ltd examines the UK lingerie market, which encompasses corsetry, lingerie and hosiery. According to the report the market has performed well over the review period (2005 to 2009), and has withstood the sharp declines experienced by many retail sectors during the recession.


Karl Mayer celebrates 100,000th machine shipment with improved order book

Obertshausen - Leading builder of warp knitting machines Karl Mayer has reported a full order book for the coming months as it celebrates the shipment of the company’s 100,000th machine, an HKS4 EL high speed tricot machine.


Wednesday 17 February 2010

DyStar appoints group management team

Singapore - DyStar’s new CEO Manish Kiri has announced his senior management team for the DyStar Group. Manish Kiri himself will take on the position of Chairman and Steve Barron, until now Vice President responsible for Strategic Marketing at DyStar, will become CEO of the DyStar Group.


Tuesday 16 February 2010

Ahlstrom joins UN Global Compact initiative

Helsinki – Leading manufacturer of nonwovens and speciality papers Ahlstrom Corporation, has signed the United Nations Global Compact initiative and has been registered as a participant by the United Nations Global Compact Office.


Santoni: If you want to know your future, invent it!

Shanghai – ‘If you want to know your future, invent it!’

This is the upbeat message which leading Seamless machine manufacturer Santoni will convey via a brand new range of exciting garment developments in Seamlesswear at the forthcoming SpinExpo which is being held in Shanghai from 9-11 March 2010. Fibres, yarns, knitwear, knitted fabrics, creative textile machinery trend developments will all be on show.


Monday 15 February 2010

Lenzing to market Viloft ‘warm viscose’ fibre

Lenzing – Austrian cellulose fibre manufacturer Lenzing, has partnered with Germany’s Kelheim Fibres to add the company’s Viloft ‘warm viscose’ fibre to its global fibre portfolio.


Edana announces programme of events for 2010

EDANA, the trade association for the nonwovens and related industries has announced its programme of events and training courses for 2010 and into 2011.


Nonwovens Research Academy moves to November 2010

Brussels - EDANA, the nonwovens and related industries trade association has announced that the 2010 edition of the Nonwovens Research Academy has been rescheduled to 16 and 17 November, 2010, which is this year jointly organised with the Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University (ITA).


Friday 12 February 2010

NatureWorks announces program for global biopolymer forum

Minnetonka, MN - Participants from Sony Corporation, International Paper, All Nippon Airways, Michigan State University, Frito-Lay, and Target Corporation are among the list of speakers announced for the ‘Innovation Takes Root 2010’ conference, April 13-15, at the Four Seasons Resort in Dallas, Texas.


Melt spun conductive nanofibre for battery components

Tokyo – Teijin Limited and the Tokyo Institute of Technology have developed a highly crystalline carbon nanofiber (CNF) which it says will offer 30% greater electrical conductivity than conventional products. The extra-conductive CNF, which is 100-300 nanometres in diameter and 20 micrometers long, has been developed with a melt-spinning process.


Karl Mayer eyes South East Asian market

Obertshausen – Leading builder of warp knitting machines Karl Mayer is showing at this year’s Bandung Inter Tex in Jakarta, Indonesia, which takes place from 22 to 25 April. The German machine builder will be exhibiting a range of machines including its type HKS 3-M flexible tricot machine.


Thursday 11 February 2010

Colosio offers C15 low cost terry sock machine

Brescia – Italian sock machine builder Cesare Colosio SpA has launched a new single cylinder, single feed terry sock knitting machine for the production of mens, womens and childrens socks, designated the C15.


Wednesday 10 February 2010

Stanford researchers make batteries from fabric

Stanford, CA - According to a recent news report, researchers at Stanford University are making batteries and simple capacitors from fabrics dipped in nanoparticle-infused ink.


Monday 8 February 2010

Super absorbent solutions on show at CIHPEC

Nanjing - Professionals from the world of tissue and disposable hygiene products will descend upon Jiangsu in April as the 17th China International Tissue and Disposable Hygiene Products Exhibition and Conference gets underway. UK-based Technical Absorbents Ltd (TAL) is just one of many overseas exhibitors preparing for the three-day show.


Hanesbrands sends shelters to Haitian T-shirt workers

Winston-Salem, NC – Hanesbrands, owner of the Hanes, Champion, Playtex, Wonderbra and other well known apparel brands has donated 2000 tents to employees of its contract sewing operations in Haiti as part of the company’s efforts to help feed, clothe, shelter and employ thousands of earthquake victims.


Unifi moves into profit in second quarter

Greensbro, NC – Unifi, Inc. a diversified producer and processor of multi-filament polyester and nylon textured yarns has released preliminary results for its second fiscal quarter ended 27 December, 2009, reporting net income of $2.0 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2010 compared to a net loss of $9.1 million for the prior year quarter.


Saturday 6 February 2010

Innovation in Textiles: Events 2010-2011

The following is a guide to major events relevant to the technical textiles and nonwovens industries for 2010-2011. It is updated regularly with the latest events news.

Innovation in Textiles publishes details of industry events as a service to our site users. Please check dates and all event details with the respective organisers prior to making your travel arrangements. To have your event added, please email on the links for further information:

Heimtextil 2010

13 January – 16 January, 2010

Messe Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany

International trade fair for home and contract textiles.


2 February – 4 February, 2010

Munich, Germany

Leading preview tradeshow for fabrics

Ispo 2010

7 February – 10 February, 2010

Munich, Germany

Leading exhibition for the sporting goods industry.


Thursday 4 February 2010

Tefron appoints turnaround CEO

Misgav, Israel – Leading producer of seamless intimate apparel and active wear Tefron, has announced the appointment of industry veteran Amit Meridor to the position of CEO, effective 21 January 2010.


Manish Kiri appointed President and CEO of DyStar

Singapore - DyStar’s owner, Kiri Holding Singapore Private Limited, has appointed Manish Kiri as the company’s new President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Effective February 4, 2010 Manish Kiri will replace J Mark Allan J. Mark Allan, will remain with the company as a Strategic Advisor for a period of 6 months to assist in the transition of duties and responsibilities, the company said in a statement issued this afternoon.


Karl Mayer takes composites know-how to JEC

Obertshausen - German manufacturer of multi-axial warp knitting machines Karl Mayer will taking part in this year’s JEC Composite Show which is being held in Paris from 13 to 15 April. The company which will be exhibiting at the shared Saxon stand will be offering what it calls a “considerably extended performance range.”


DyStar operations set to restart as Kiri Dyes secures financing

Frankfurt – Administrators have announced that operations at DyStar Textilfarben GmbH and DyStar Textilfarben GmbH & Co. KG at the four German DyStar sites in Brunsbüttel, Leverkusen, Frankfurt am Main and Ludwigshafen are now set to restart under the new management of Kiri Dyes & Chemicals Ltd. (KDCL).


Wednesday 3 February 2010

Porsche Design uses coldblack in latest collection

Sevelen – Switzerland’s Schoeller Technologies AG reports that its coldblack technology is now being used in the latest Porsche Design Sport Collection for men. Coldblack is a finish which can be applied to fabrics to actively reduce the absorption of the sun’s rays and offers reliable protection from damaging UV rays.


Green cycling jerseys are cool

Hamn - Leading Spanish cycling brand Spiuk, is using Advansa’s Biophyl and Thermo°Cool technical yarns in its latest Elite Men 2010 summer collection to keep riders cool while they look after the environment. The company’s Elite Men cycling jerseys which are made from circular knitted fabrics incorporating eco friendly Biophyl also use ThermoCool fabric inserts in strategic areas to control body temperature.


Tuesday 2 February 2010

Homing in on technical textiles at Heimtextil

Frankfurt - If someone wants to catch up on technical textiles the Frankfurt trade show Heimtextil is a perfect place to identify their diverse application areas because carpets, interior sun protection, mattresses and bedding strongly depend on them. But it is no place to discuss technical features of specialty textiles, except at the booths of fibre mills, which exhibit at Heimtextil to present their latest developments for the house and home textile sector.


Sri Lankan knitter upbeat as orders are regained

Colombo - Hayleys MGT Knitting Mills, a cotton and synthetic jersey fabric manufacturing business which is owned by Sri Lanka’s Hayleys Group's, has reported a net profit of US$ 1.96 million for the nine months ending 31 December 2009, on a turnover of US$ 37 million.


Crabs create smarter automotive fabrics

Brunswick, Australia - RMIT University researchers are using a natural biopolymer found in crustaceans to create odour-repellent fabrics for use in the automotive industry. The researchers are studying how specialised fabrics could provide smart solutions for car interiors, resisting odours and staying cleaner for longer.


Couture knitwear helps Dawson beat forecast

London -Leading cashmere business Dawson International expects its full year sales and profits to come in ahead of market forecasts after a strong fourth quarter at its UK and US knitwear businesses more than offset continued weakness in its home furnishings business.


Interfilière’s mood is upbeat as vendors see return to value

Debra Johnston Cobb reports from Paris

The January 2010's Salon International de la Lingerie and Interfilière impressed buyers and vendors with a return to traditional values-not only in the sense of offering value for money, but with a kinder, gentler spirit that was manifest in the season's trends as well as in various charitable initiatives.

While the venue was more compact, attendance numbers inched up, with Interfilière reporting 11,120 visitors against 11,066 in January 2009. Visitors at the SIL and Interfilière combined were 29,928, a 20% increase according to the Eurovet organization.


Monday 1 February 2010

Italian knitter invests in Hungary

Urgnano (BG) - Manifattura Italiana Tessuti Indemagliabili SpA (MITI), an Italian producer of high-quality warp and weft knit fabrics, is investing in additional production capacity in Hungary. The company, which made its name in ladder-free warp knits and stretch fabrics for high performance sportswear opened a new plant in Szentgotthárd (western Hungary) last week, where it intends to expand from 40 to 100 staff.


Freudenberg in China R&D partnership for battery separators

Shenzen, China & New York - Hong Kong Highpower Technology, Inc., a leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH) and lithium-ion (Li-ion) rechargeable batteries and related products, has announced that it has formed a strategic R&D partnership with Freudenberg Nonwovens, the largest and most diverse manufacturer of nonwovens in the world today.