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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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Asean should focus on fulfilling its goal of integration

21 Nov 11 ,  The Nation
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The 19th Asean Summit officially began on Thursday morning (Nov 17) on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, with high hopes towards an economic community in 2015.

 

However, as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations is expanding --- with the likelihood of welcoming Timor Leste as the 11th member at this summit and the inclusion of global powers the United States and Russia as its dialogue partners in the Asean-initiated, security-oriented East Asia Summit (EAS) -- there are still some worrying issues for the regional grouping to address.

 

These include member countries' reluctance to turn agreements and declarations by Asean leaders at their summits into implementation by their respective countries, and Asean's reduced centrality with the participation of dominant world heavyweights as the grouping's dialogue partners.

 

Regarding the issue of integration, for example, despite an agreement that member countries allow nationals of fellow Asean states to visit their countries without visas, this has not been put into practice by some member countries. There is also concern that opening up EAS to the US and Russia may cause Asean to lose the sense of control as convener of the forum.

 

Asean appears to focus on expansion, rather than strengthening its integration or maintaining its centrality.

 

Asean Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan, a former Thai foreign minister, was one who expressed his concern about these issues in an interview earlier this week.

 

Surin complained about a "slow, frustrating, and difficult" process of turning agreements and declarations by Asean leaders into implementation. "Translating regional visions into national implementation is challenging," he said.

 

The Asean chief noted that although more than 70 per cent of the agreements and declarations were ratified by member countries' respective parliaments, it was still "very, very slow" for them to issue or amend their laws to put into practice what the leaders said yes to. This was particularly true for issues that may affect those countries' national interest or upset powerful local interest groups.

 

Surin gave as an example an agreement for the control of haze caused by forest fire on Indonesia's Sumatra Island that affected fellow Asean nations like Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand. While other countries ratified the agreement, Indonesia has failed to do so, he noted.

 

Regarding his concern about Asean's reduced centrality, Surin says that as more heavyweights were becoming its dialogue partners, particularly in the EAS, the regional grouping risks "being directed from behind by outsiders".

 

Surin said although the participation of world powers would benefit the grouping in many ways, "Asean will have to be extremely careful not to overload our own forum to the point where Asean will be unable to maintain its centrality and leadership as convener of the forum".

 

With the participation of the US and Russia in Bali this year, the EAS now has 18 members -- including the 10 Asean countries, and regional powers Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, and South Korea.

 

Surin said Asean needed "a mechanism or working process that gives us a sense of control, of balance, and of ownership". He added that Asean's major dialogue partners had the agenda of defending their sometimes conflicting interests through Asean forums.

 

In response to such concern, Indonesia's Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa, on behalf of the summit host country, said on Wednesday that Asean would come up with "some kind of code of conduct, some kind of certain norms, within which countries conduct or carry on their activities within our region".

 

Unlike Surin, Natalegawa appeared to show no worry about growing dominance of world powers in Asean forums. "I know some have asked if opening up the EAS to Russia and the US will cause us to lose the sense of centrality. On the contrary, I think we have a far better chance now than before of having some kind of a regime to govern the behaviour or conduct of these bigger [non-Asean] countries because they are now part of the norm-setting situation," he said.

 

It needs to be seen whether Surin's concern is warranted and whether Natalegawa's "code of conduct" in response to such concern will be working.

 

However, it appears Asean countries still value national interest over the common benefit of the grouping that sometimes may be in conflict with the individual member country's interest or the benefit of some local powerful groups. Asean is unlikely to fulfill its goal of integration if things continue to be like this.