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Friday, 30 April 2010

The Geometry of the Fully Fashioned Sweater

Ludhiana - The following unedited text has been submitted to Knitting Industry by Sunil Kumar Puri, Executive Director of Sportking Institute of Fashion Technology, Ludhiana, India. Sunil has over 30 years experience in the knitting industry, is a qualified professional in Total Quality Management, Kaizen and Lean Production and runs his own knitting machinery sales company, Techknit Overseas Pvt. Ltd. The paper attempts to explain ‘Sweater Geometry’ for fully-fashioned knitwear, to explain the size chart and give in depth knowledge to the reader about the hidden measurements which are needed to make a good sweater.


Unifi boosted by improved market conditions

Greensboro – Textured polyester and nylon producer Unifi yesterday reported improved sales and net income for its third fiscal quarter ended March 28, 2010 and increased gross profits for the first nine months. The company said net sales were positively impacted by improved market conditions across all of the company's key segments, as well as continued growth in Brazil.


Monday, 26 April 2010

Speakers announced for ‘Managing Innovation in Textiles’ conference

Manchester - The Technical Textiles Special Interest Group (SIG) of The Textile Institute, Manchester and The Manchester and Cheshire Section of the Textile Institute have announced the speakers for their International Conference on ‘Managing Innovation in Textiles’.


Taiwan hosiery association welcomes trade agreement with China

Taipei - The Taiwan Hosiery Manufacturers' Association (THMA) said yesterday that it welcomed the Taiwanese government's efforts to sign an economic cooperation framework agreement (ECFA) with China.


Chinese manufacturer adds ThermoCool to performance socks range

Hamn – Chinese sports socks manufacturer China Access Marketing Ltd. (CAML) has introduced a new range of engineered performance socks for cyclists and runners based on Advansa’s ThermoCool polyester fibres. CAML is known for its winter sports and trekking socks.


Beijing to host new business platform for cashmere industry

Beijing – Hong Kong based UBM Asia Ltd., a fully-owned subsidiary of United Business Media Limited, which is listed on the London stock exchange, has announced that it is to jointly organise ‘Cashmere World’ a global cashmere showcase in Beijing in November this year.


Friday, 23 April 2010

Oeko-Tex changes for 2010 now in force

Zurich - Changes affecting the testing for harmful substances as per the Oeko-Tex Standard 100, which were approved by the Oeko-Tex Association, went into effect on 1 April.


Teijin develops V4 cationic-dyeable polyester

Osaka – Polyester fibre producer Teijin Fibers Limited has announced the development of a new cationic-dyeable polyester polymer, called V4, which it says can be dyed at ambient temperature and pressure and also offers excellent fibre strength and stainability.


Dressed to Heal – one day conference

Manchester – The UK’s Medilink Northwest and the Materials Knowledge Transfer Network are organising a one day conference entitled ‘Dressed to Heal’ on Wound Healing, Regenerative Medicine and Medical Textiles. The event will take place on 19 May 2010 at Chancellors Hotel and Conference Centre, Manchester.


Hemp fibres could be used in fine gauge garments

Portland, Oregon - Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc. (NAT) has concluded further trials which it says prove the quality and volume capabilities of its Crailar hemp fibres and expands applications to include tee-shirts and finer gauge knit garments.


Terrot targets jacquard market at Tuyap

Istanbul - German circular knitting machine builder Terrot will be aiming to capture more of the Turkish market for mini-jacquard and full jacquard fabrics when it exhibits its latest machines at Texpo Eurasia 2010, (27th Textile, Woven, Yarn, Finishing, Knitting, Hosiery Machines, Side Industries and Chemicals Fair) which is organized by Tüyap Fairs Inc. with the cooperation of Teknik Ltd. Known for many years as the Tüyap exhibition, the event takes place from 15-18 May, 2010 at Tüyap Fair, Convention and Congress Center Büyükçekmece-Istanbul, Turkey.


Improvement in Australian wool production forecast for 2010-11

Sydney - The best seasonal conditions in many parts of eastern Australia for several years, combined with some stabilisation of sheep numbers, are expected to result in higher shorn wool production in 2010-11, according to the latest forecasts from the Australian Wool Production Forecasting Committee released last week.


Nautilus chooses Nilit yarns for eco performance

Migdal Ha’Emek, Israel – Nylon 6.6 manufacturer Nilit has collaborated with leading sportswear maker Nautilus to use Nilit’s Ecocare and Aquarius yarns in the company’s thoni mara Green Fee running shirt collection. The knitted fabrics used in the shirts are said to be environmentally friendly whilst boosting runners’ performance.


Tuesday, 20 April 2010

INDA releases landmark report on China’s nonwovens industry

Cary, NC – INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has released ‘China Nonwoven Industry Outlook Trends and Forecast’, a 66 page report focussing on the outlook for China’s disposable and durable nonwoven markets. The report, the first of its kind, covers sales and volume of major nonwoven segments and nonwovens consumption in 2008 and outlook by technology and combines both an historical perspective on the market since 2003 and projections of its growth through 2013.


Terrot exhibits upgraded single jersey machine in Shanghai

Chemnitz - German circular knitting machine builder Terrot will be targeting Asian markets when it exhibits at the forthcoming ITMA ASIA + CITME 2010, which is being jointly organised in Shanghai by Beijing Textile Machinery International Exhibition Co Ltd and MP International Pte Ltd.


Consumers back Lycra Sport fabric in early retail launch

Geneva – The Czech Republic's leading sports brand Sportisimo, has introduced Invista’s most recent innovation, Lycra Sport fabric to its collection as part of an international retail roll-out by Invista of its innovative and performance-driven fabric.


Knittting in weft or in warp, Santoni Seamless wear, knits the way everywhere

Brescia – Leading Seamless knitting machine builder Santoni is exhibiting some of its latest technologies at the forthcoming ITMA ASIA + CITME in Shanghai. The company is unique in that it now offers both warp and weft knitting options for the production of Seamless garment knitting. Here is a brief look at the Italian company’s seamless specialization that has distinguished it.


Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Techtextil North America 2010 showcases latest developments in technical textiles and nonwovens

Atlanta - Leading technical textile and nonwovens companies from around the world will showcase the latest products and advanced technologies in textiles, nonwovens and materials during Techtextil North America 2010 next month in Atlanta, Georgia.


Karl Mayer highlights productivity gains in Shanghai

Shanghai – Leading warp knitting machine builder Karl Mayer says the first port of call for all those interested in warp-knitting machines and warp preparation equipment at the ITMA ASIA + CITME 2010 will be the company’s exhibition stand in hall E1, A54.


Monday, 12 April 2010

Defender M fabric to protect Norwegian marines

Almelo - TenCate Protective Fabrics reports it has secured a important order from the Swedish manufacturer Gulins Business Design AB for the supply to the Norwegian FLO (Defence Logistic Organisation) of inherently flame-resistant TenCate Defender M fabric in the new colour dark blue. The order involves the supply of fabric for more than 25,000 sets of clothing over two years to protect the Norwegian marines.


Exhibition space sold out at ITMA ASIA + CITME 2010

ITMA ASIA + CITME 2010, Asia’s leading textile machinery show, has been given a boost by the announcement from the show organisers that all exhibition space has now been sold for the forthcoming show.


Rascheltronic ‘body mapping’ for functional sportswear

Obertshausen - Designers and technologists at Karl Mayer have come up with some exciting new performance sportswear garments produced on the company’s RSJ 5/1 Rascheltronic machine, which use so called ‘body mapping’ techniques to impart functional zones in the garments.


Thursday, 8 April 2010

New distributor for Hengli industrial polyesters in Americas

Charlotte - David T. Rouse and partner have formed Carolina-Pacific Fibers, LLC to import and distribute Hengli industrial polyester yarns in the Americas. The company’s headquarters are located near Charlotte, NC, in the heart of the US market for industrial polyester. Jiangsu Hengli Chemical Fibre Co. Ltd, based in Wujiang, Jiangsu, China has an annual industrial polyester capacity of 200,000 tons.


Performance Days road show adds lecture program

Ismaning, Germany – The next Performance Days road show, which is to be held from 13-15 April in Munich, Germany and from 19-20 April in Annecy, France, is to include a new program with lectures from key sportswear and workwear industries figures. As per previous road shows, exhibitors will be showing their new fabric collections for both winter 2011-12 and summer 2012.


Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Nonwovens conference scheduled for November in Raleigh NC

Norcross, GA. - TAPPI’s NET (Nonwovens Engineers & Technologists) Division has announced that plans are underway for 2010 NET INC (Nonwovens Engineers & Technologists Innovative Nonwovens Conference). The conference will take place November 10-12, 2010 in Raleigh, N.C. USA.


Lace maker Noyon remains independent

Calais – Leading French lace manufacturer Noyon has emerged from administration after eighteen months of restructuring and is to retain its independence following takeover fears. Noyon’s status was finally decided by Boulogne-sur-Mer Court of Commerce on 18 March and the company says it is now back on the market with renewed confidence together with a brand new sales and marketing and manufacturing organisation.


Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Lenzing acquires Czech pulp producer

Lenzing - Lenzing AG, a company quoted on the Vienna stock exchange and a leader in the manufacture of cellulose fibres, has acquired a 75 % share in Czech pulp producer Biocel Paskov A.S. Biocel’s owner, Austrian company Heinzel Holding, will keep a 25 % share in the company and manage paper pulp distribution.


Mayer introduces 3-colour striping on 108 feeds

Albstadt - Mayer & Cie. is to demonstrate maximum striping performance with its S4-3.2 R single jersey striping machine at ITMA Asia + CITME 2010, which takes place in Shanghai from 22-26 June.


Thursday, 1 April 2010

Defender M shirts for U.S. Marine Corps

Almelo - The U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command has awarded a contract of 180,000 garments over 18 months for the U.S Marine Corps flame resistant Inclement Weather Combat Shirt (IWCS). This program was awarded to Short Bark Inc., a Venore (Tennessee, USA) based company, which has already begun production on these garments. TenCate Defense & Tactical, as a business unit of TenCate Protective Fabrics USA, will provide TenCate Defender(TM) M fabrics to fulfil the order. The garments will be distributed to U.S. Marines deployed abroad, such as those based in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).


DNA authentication for Tencel-bamboo blend

Meggen-Lucerne – Cellulose fibre producer Lenzing has announced it will partner Litrax AG to introduce a unique fibre blend of its Tencel lyocell regenerated wood pulp fibre and Litrax-1 natural bamboo stem fibres, which incorporates DNA in the bamboo fibre to provide authentication.


Optimised HKS MSU S for wider range of weft insertion fabrics

Obertshausen – Earlier this year Karl Mayer launched an upgraded and optimised version of its HKS MSU S weft insertion warp knitting machine. The German company says the new HKS MSU S machine not only enables a wider range of yarns to be processed, such as finer yarns, but is also more versatile when it comes to incorporating reinforcing yarns.