HeiQ Launches Its First Visible Textile Technology

HeiQ Launches Its First Visible Textile Technology

HeiQ (Switzerland) has launched HeiQ XReflex is a radiant barrier technology on high performance fabrics to create warmth without bulk and allow the user to “Wear Less in Winter.”Humans lose about 60% of body heat through thermal radiation. In order to stay warm, insulations made out of down, synthetic or fleece are typically used in outerwear.The thicker the insulation, the less heat loss and the warmer the person. For the active person or traveler, the goal is to find the same warm...
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Breakthrough in Power-Generating Fabric

A research team at Donghua University in Shanghai has uncovered a way to achieve the continuous and scalable manufacture of amphibious energy yarns and textiles, which could pave the way for smart clothing.A paper titled Continuous and Scalable Manufacture of Amphibious Energy Yarns and Textiles was published on Nature Communications, an international peer-reviewed scientific journal, in February.  According to Gong Wei, the first author of the paper, the amphibious energy yarns and textile...
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Uzbekistan Looks to Value-Added Product

Uzbekistan Looks to Value-Added Product

Uzbekistan wants to progress from being an exporter of raw cotton to developing value added products.  With that in mind,  President Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed a decree to deepen reforms in the textile industry to fully reprocess raw cotton domestically and increase export potential of the country. "My biggest goal is to provide people with work, a source of income. From now on, we will export less cotton, process it in the country and produce value-added products," Presi...
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The Link Between Quality Assurance and Business Success

The Link Between Quality Assurance and Business Success

Most people think of quality assurance as inspection and testing of the finished product.  However, it really begins much earlier. The product’s life-cycle starts from the moment an order is placed with the supplier - beginning with specs indicating which raw materials are to be used by the mills, and the required process to construct the fabric, through to the manufacturer, the shipping, and every step in between.It’s a 360-degree approach, according to Stephane Boivin, Fo...
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The Quest for Newness, The Challenge of Paying For It

The Quest for Newness, The Challenge of Paying For It

Spinexpo Shanghai is always an excellent window on what’s really happening in the knitwear industry.   The fair offers extensive trend forums and installations.  If you can't find inspiration here, you're definitely not trying.Here's what we saw and heard at the Spinexo Shanghai (March 5-7): What People Were SayingThe markets in US, Europe and China are all slow right now.Despite slow markets, people are optimistic about 2019.Bangladesh is steadily growing a...
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Pineapple Leather – A Vegan Option

Pineapple Leather – A Vegan Option

Carmen Hijosa has created Pinatex, a textile woven from the long fibres in the fruit's discarded leaves that offers a sustainable alternative to leather.What It Is:  Ms. Hijosa, who founded the company Ananas Anam to market Pinatex, works with pineapple farmers in the Philippines who harvest and strip the fibres, which are finished into Pinatex, a mesh-like material, in Spain.To make one square metre of Pinatex takes 460 leaves. Global pineapple production topped 25 million tonnes in 20...
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Kingpins Takes a Firm Stand on Sustainability

Kingpins Takes a Firm Stand on Sustainability

Kingpins Show is taking a firm stand on sustainability.  The global denim show will begin the process of requiring all exhibiting denim mills to meet or exceed standards in the areas of corporate social responsibility (CSR), environment and chemical usage. The fair’s organizers believes that industry trade shows are in a position to simultaneously help the denim industry be more responsible and support brands and retailers choose best-in-class suppliers by requiring exhibitors to...
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Extreme Creativity Proves to be Extremely Profitable

Extreme Creativity Proves to be Extremely Profitable

While most of the market is chasing price, IZ Direct Enterprises Ltd. chose to take a different direction. The Hong Kong-based company decided to focus on creativity and quality, with the goal of capturing what they saw as an emerging market for better and more unique fashion. “We’ve grown a lot, even in bad times,” said Jake Wong, Business Development.  “We focus on value, not price.  About 30 percent of our resources are invested in design and graphi...
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10 Big New Developments from ISPO

10 Big New Developments from ISPO

Sourcing starts early for the sports and activewear market, purely due to the performance and innovation required in development from fiber to finished fabric. Performance is at its peak at ISPO Textrends (Munich: Feb 3-6, 2019) with materials delivering a wide range of functions including:  thermal regulation, moisture management, anti-odor, power stretch, anti-rip, anti-bacterial, FIR and quick dry. In addition, this season saw an increased level of creativity in terms of constructio...
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A Slower Boat From China

A Slower Boat From China

Slower transit times are one of seven changes that we expect will impact logistics this year.
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