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Global Textile Business

News involving global textile business published in this issue consists of Vietnam and the European Union Free Trade Agreement,
Projection in global textile chemical market, global textile machinery market, and global technical textile market, finally Reorganization of Korea textile industry for competitiveness.
Vietnam and the European Union Free Trade Agreement to be
effective in 2018
Vietnam-European Union (EU) Free Trade Agreement (VEFTA) was signed in Brussels on December 2, 2015 after nearly three years of negotiation. Both Vietnam and EU concurred to put the bilateral trade pact

News involving global textile business published in this issue consists of Projection in global textile chemical market, global textile machinery market, and global technical textile market

Green Dyeing Technology and Sustainable Chemistry

News in the advancement of dyeing and finishing technology published in this issue consist of (1) Green Dyeing Technology (2) New hydrophilic softener for textile finishing (3) New finishing and testing solutions for pollen management on textile surfaces and (4) CadiraTM concept for saving valuable resources.
Green Dyeing Technology
It has been known that the textile dyeing process requires large amounts of water for the process and creates a lot of toxic effluents coming from auxiliaries and dyestuffs which are not fully bound to the textile goods and those left from the process discarded as wastewater and toxic chemicals. Therefore, a team of scientists from the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences investigates an innovative and environmentally friendly textile dyeing technology by using nanocellulose fibers to reduce amount of wastewater and toxic chemicals. This team's project has won the first prize in inaugural Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge at the Green and Sustainable Chemistry Conference in Berlin. This green textile dyeing technology involves using cellulose to dye materials. During homogenization process, cellulose is converted into a hydrogel material consisting of nanocellulose fibers having 70 times more surface area than those of cotton fibers. This nanocellulose hydrogel material having high surface areas with high reactivity allows to uptake and attach more dye molecules. After that, dyed nanocellulose hydrogels are transferred to a textile by a conventional printing method. (Source: www.fibre2fashion.com)
New hydrophilic softener for textile finishing from Wacker
Wacker has launched a new product of hydrophilic fabric softener to improve the softness of textile and remain absorbent at the same time after finishing, called “WETSOFT NE 750”. The main constituents of “WETSOFT NE 750” are block copolymers based on aminofunctional silicones and polyglycol. The silicone segments arrange themselves in free-moving loop on the outside of the fabric and reduce friction between the fibers providing the softness on the treated fabrics. While the polyglycol segments remain permeable to water. “WETSOFT NE 750” offers significant advantages for making product formulation easily. “WETSOFT NE 750” is marketed as a water-free concentrate with high solid content. This hydrophilic fabric softener is self-emulsifying and can be diluted with water in a ratio of 1:1 to 1:5 to form a stable emulsion. Both cotton and cotton blended polyester fabrics can be finished with this product by either exhaust or padding method. (Sources: www.innovationintextiles.com and www. Fibre2fashion.com)
New finishing and testing solutions for pollen management on textile surfaces
Nowadays there have no effective textile protection for people allergic to pollen. In Germany, about one in six of population suffers from hay fever caused by pollen from trees, shrubs, gasses and crops. Pollen adheres readily to clothing or domestic textiles, such as curtain, sofas, carpet and bedding. After adhering, pollen finds its way through the respiratory system into the body where it triggers allergic symptoms in people who are over-sensitive to pollen. Scientists at CHT R. Beitlich GmbH have developed two special anti-pollen textile finishing treatments. The two biofunctional finishes work in opposite ways either repels or binds pollen on the textile surface. For example, clothing may have pollen-repellent properties in order to reduce the amount of pollen brought into the home after a walk in springtime. In contrast, the domestic textiles like sofas, carpets and curtains should have a pollen-binding effect in order to keep the troublesome allergens far away from the allergy sufferer. For pollen adhesion/repellence testing, the Hohenstein scientists have developed a test set up for pollen adhesion/repellence in the laboratory by simulating the flight of pollen and also studying how pollen adheres to textiles. The aim of this testing method is to help scientists to assess the ability of textile finish to absorb pollen, retain it or deliberately release it accurately. (Sources: www.hohenstein.de และ www. Innovationintextiles.com)

News in the advancement of dyeing and finishing technology published in this issue consist of (1) Green Dyeing Technology (2) New hydrophilic softener for textile finishing (3) New finishing and testing solutions for pollen management on textile surfaces

Specialty Fibers Business Outlook

New developments in specialty fibers included in this issue are new IR-reflecting viscose specialty fiber, new aramid fiber fabrics for protection form airborne volcanic fragments by Teijin, OctaTM Neo Multilayer Fiber by Teijin Frontier, and one business topic in global specialty fibers market outlook.

New developments in specialty fibers included in this issue are new IR-reflecting viscose specialty fiber, new aramid fiber fabrics for protection form airborne volcanic fragments by Teijin, OctaTM Neo Multilayer Fiber by Teijin Frontier

Innovative yarn spinning technology

Update news of yarn spinning technology are presented in this issue consisting of (1) the rotor spinning platform of the future, (2) Spinnova’s innovative technology to produce yarn from wood, (3) new spinning way for bicomponent filament yarns from Oerlikon, and (4) the most economical Zinser 72 ring spinning in the world.

Update news of yarn spinning technology are presented in this issue consisting of (1) the rotor spinning platform of the future, (2) Spinnova’s innovative technology to produce yarn from wood, and (3) new spinning way for bicomponent filament yarns from Oerlikon.

 
  • Green Dyeing Technology and Sustainable Chemistry
    Green Dyeing Technology and Sustainable Chemistry
    News in the advancement of dyeing and finishing technology published in this issue consist of (1) Green Dyeing Technology (2) New hydrophilic softener for textile finishing (3) New finishing and testing solutions for pollen management on textile surfaces and (4) CadiraTM concept for saving valuable resources. Green Dyeing Technology It…
  • Advancement in Weaving Technology
    Advancement in Weaving Technology
    Recent updates in weaving technology in this issue include new developments in weaving machines of OptiMax-i rapier, TerryMax-i rapier, a rising star of A9500 air jet and R9500p rapier exhibited at ITM 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey, and new innovation of magnetic weft insertion in weaving machines. Recent updates in weaving…
  • Specialty Fibers Business Outlook
    Specialty Fibers Business Outlook
    New developments in specialty fibers included in this issue are new IR-reflecting viscose specialty fiber, new aramid fiber fabrics for protection form airborne volcanic fragments by Teijin, OctaTM Neo Multilayer Fiber by Teijin Frontier, and one business topic in global specialty fibers market outlook. New developments in specialty fibers included…
  • Innovative yarn spinning technology
    Innovative yarn spinning technology
    Update news of yarn spinning technology are presented in this issue consisting of (1) the rotor spinning platform of the future, (2) Spinnova’s innovative technology to produce yarn from wood, (3) new spinning way for bicomponent filament yarns from Oerlikon, and (4) the most economical Zinser 72 ring spinning in…
  • Global Textile Business
    Global Textile Business
    News involving global textile business published in this issue consists of Vietnam and the European Union Free Trade Agreement, Projection in global textile chemical market, global textile machinery market, and global technical textile market, finally Reorganization of Korea textile industry for competitiveness. Vietnam and the European Union Free Trade Agreement…
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ACIMIT’S VIDEO ON  ITALIAN SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGIES IS NOW ON-LINE
ACIMIT’S VIDEO ON ITALIAN SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGIES IS NOW ON-LINE
At the press conference held by ACIMIT and the ICE – the Italian Trade Agency, at the ITMA ASIA trade fair event in Shanghai on 17 June, ACIMIT (the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers) presented its video promoting the progress being achieved by its members in the field of…
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World Spinning Industry
This short article shows the world market growth of yarn spinning industry based on the following information: spinning machinery shipments in 2011, yarn output in Q1/2012, and cotton yarn sales volume during 2007-2016.  In addition, new spinning and texturing technology is also included.  
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The Shift In Global Man-made Fibers Production
The Shift In Global Man-made Fibers Production Jürg Rupp, Executive Editor Since their invention in the late 1930s, man-made fibers production was first dominated by European and U.S. manufacturers — and later on, by Japan. With the appearance of China as the dominant producer of the whole textile chain, this scenario has changed drastically.
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  • Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics - Spring edition 2017
    Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics - Spring edition 2017
    Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics - Spring Edition 2017 was held from 15-17 March 2017 at National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai) with a record of  3,341 exhibitors from 26 countries and regions welcomed 71,000 visitors and trade buyers from 103 countries and regions globally.  This exhibition was held concurrently with other 3 fairs including Yarn Expo, CHIC and PH Value.    
  • Brand Collections' Show at Hong Kong Fashion Week for Fall/Winter 2017
    Brand Collections' Show at Hong Kong Fashion Week for Fall/Winter 2017
    Brand Collections' Show Hong Kong Fashion Week for Fall/Winter 2017 at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre by Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) January 17, 2017
  • 48th Hong Kong Fashion Week for Fall/Winter 2017
    48th Hong Kong Fashion Week for Fall/Winter 2017
    Hong Kong Fashion Week for Fall/Winter 2017 held for 48th time during 16-19 January 2017 at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre hosted by Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) under the theme "Hall of Games" with new featured zones Fashionable Sportswear and Denim & Casual Wear welcomed more than 15,000 visitors from  77 countries and regions.  
  • Designers' Collection Show at Hong Kong Fashion Week for Fall/Winter 2017
    Designers' Collection Show at Hong Kong Fashion Week for Fall/Winter 2017
    Designers' Collection Show Hong Kong Fashion Week for Fall/Winter 2017 at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre by Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) January 18, 2017
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Media and civil society: Vital players Asean must embrace

20 Sep 11 ,  The Nation
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In early 1979, then Indonesian Information Minister Harmoko called on senior Indonesian journalists and urged them to set up a regional media group including journalists from the - at that time, four - other Asean countries. His intention was simple: to prevent negative reports characterising Indonesia as the group's "big brother". Its size and influence, it was felt, coupled with the strong leadership of then president Suharto, could attract criticism from non-Indonesian journalists. Therefore, related issues must be reported and treated with the greatest care.


A few months later, the Confederation of Asean Journalists (CAJ) was established, with members drawn from professional media organisations, both state-controlled and independent, from Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines. Until recently, the CAJ was the sole Asean-based media organisation.

In the ensuing three decades, Indonesia has become a different country: a burgeoning democracy with a vibrant media that has taken its government to task on many issues including corruption and weak leadership — a far cry from the Suharto era. As the current Asean chair, Indonesia wants to see its fledging civil society movement include the media in other Asean countries. The purpose is to promote freedom of expression and access to information as part of the group's effort to promote Asean in the global community.

But the media community, including journalists and broadcasters in Asean's now 10 member countries are a non-entity as far as Asean is concerned. Except for the CAJ, the dozens of professional media groups have been ignored. Although the Asean Committee on Culture and Information (COCI) has been in existence for nearly 30 years, it has accomplished little to promote solidarity and cooperation within Asean and among journalists, let alone media freedom and professionalism. The emphasis was on exchanges of visits and views on non-sensitive issues.

Unlike Asean, the media community in the European Union has served as an active conduit for promoting European identity and integration, as well as a sense of sharing common values, norms and standards. The Asean media has not played a similar role when it comes to reporting on matters related to Asean. Worse, regional journalists, due to their different media cultures and standards, continue to live in worlds of their own. So, for the time being, journalists from core Asean countries that have independent media organisations have made their own efforts to increase cooperation.

One additional obstacle is that the non-interference principle, which is normally confined to government-sanctioned policies, has permeated to some sections of the Asean media community. Journalists from new members often profess that they do not report on sensitive internal matters in other countries, out of fear that others would do the same to their countries. State-owned media are still prominent, especially in coverage of issues linked to nationalism. There have been unsuccessful efforts to draw up guidelines for reporting on Asean countries, avoiding taboo topics such as leadership quality, political systems and race relations, among others.

In general, journalists in Asean seldom write about, let alone analyse, the organisation as a whole. Most written reports, when they appear, are parochial and narrow, focusing on bilateral relations — which country gets what from whom. It is ironic that most reports and analyses about Asean as a group come from wire services and foreign journalists. Asean journalists have still do not appreciate the organisation's values, strengths and bargaining power.

While Asean leaders and senior officials hail the imminent arrival of the Asean Community in 2015, very few journalists bother to ask how we are going to get there. Can a so-called "people-oriented Asean Community" be attained without active media participation and understanding? How many journalists have read the key documents that made the grouping what it is today? The implication is obvious: There can be no community if there is no media involvement.

At almost every Asean forum these days, the importance of the media's role in assimilating information, and raising awareness and understanding, is cited by concerned authorities, especially as the Asean Community deadline draws near, at just over 1,200 days off now. But unfortunately, despite pledge after pledge, there have been no attempts to raise the level of engagement of the media community with the various Asean organisations. For instance, at a meeting in 2009 of Asean Ministers Responsible for Information, leaders agreed to deepen media cooperation to support community building through closer coordination, projects, media networking and human-resources development. In addition, they said they would explore the idea of having public information centres in Asean member nations. But it has been all talk and no action.

Currently, the Asean permanent representatives are contemplating draft guidelines for civil society engagement with Asean. Indonesia is pushing to have the guidelines approved at the summit in Bali in November. The draft does not include the media sector. Truth be told, the Asean authorities are in a state of limbo as to whether media groups should be considered civil society organisations. If they really want to build a people-oriented Asean, it is imperative that the media community and fledgling organisations be considered "entities associated with Asean".

When civil society groups get together and their actions are reported on by the media, they are not considered part of community-building in Asean. In fact, civil society organisations have been quite active since 2005 — when the first interface between the leaders of Asean and civil society was initiated — in tackling issues related to human rights, migrants' rights, economic development, social justice and democratisation. Without due recognition of civil society's contribution, how can the Asean Charter accomplish its most important objective: to encourage all sectors of society to participate in Asean integration? It would be extremely difficult for civil society groups to air their views or be taken seriously without associating with Asean in one form or another.

When the Charter stipulates that all stakeholders must take part in the group's decisions, a liberal interpretation should encompass the broader civil society and media.