Exhibitions & Conferences

  • Heimtextil - a shining beacon of a hopeful economic future: The 45th edition of this home and contract textile showcase held from 12 to 15 January at the Frankfurt Messe presented 2,866 exhibitors and attracted some 69,000 visitors. The number of exhibitors this time was 5% larger than in 2015 while visitor flow was 2% larger. During the opening press conference, Detlef Braun, a member of Messe's executive board, reported a record turnover of 645 million euros for the group in 2015. He proudly also noted that the record is now part of the 800-year history of the Messe and its predecessor organisations.

    By Arthur D. Sager

  • ITMA 2015 Review: Weaving machines: At the Milano ITMA 2015, weaving machine manufacturers presented the latest developments and innovations in weaving machines and accessories.

    Tao Hua, who is an assistant professor at the Institute of Textiles and Clothing of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, reviewed the display.

  • Shima Seiki holds first CrossTex in Hong Kong: The Japanese manufacturer of computerised knitting machines Shima Seiki, which had pioneered the Wholegarment Manufacturing Technology over two decades ago, has held, in partnership with its Hong Kong subsidiary, a three-day exhibition called Shima CrossTex in Hong Kong in mid-January. It showcased the company's latest computerised flat knitting machines and related machinery.

    By Alpana Shrestha

  • Interfiliere Hong Kong set for two-day show in March: Interfiliere Hong Kong, the sourcing platform for swimwear and intimates that France's Eurovet organises annually, will take place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on March 15-16, this year. This exhibition, started nine years ago, has long been recognised as an international platform where professionals and buyers around the world gather annually to exchange ideas and source new collections.

  • A new show for textile digital printing: Avanprint, a new exhibition that Messe Frankfurt France S.A.S. organises, is to be held at Paris Le Bourget, from this February 15 to18 showcasing the design and production capacity of the latest digital textile printing machinery as well as the characteristics of inks, software, products and related services. Some 35 exhibitors are expected to participate.

  • Nylon symposium: The PCI Group, a Germany-based business unit of the global market intelligence leader Wood Mackenzie, will hold its 10th European Nylon Symposium at Hilton Frankfurt, on March 1-2, this year.

  • Outlook Asia: The Outlook Asia conference that Edana, the global association serving the nonwovens and related industries, organises annually will hold its third edition in Singapore this March 2 and 3.

  • JEC Europe renamed as JEC World: The composite exhibition, JEC Europe, is changing its name to JEC World and relocating to a bigger venue, Parc Paris Nord Villepinte. With the name change, it will address the whole composites value chain from raw materials to intermediates.

  • Intimate apparel symposium: The International Symposium of Intimate Apparel which the Ace Style Institute of Intimate Apparel at the Institute of Textiles and Clothing (ITC) of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (HK PolyU), organises annually, will hold its 9th edition on March 10, 2016, at the PolyU's Chiang Chen Studio Theatre.

  • Printing and dyeing fair: Interdye & Printing Eurasia, an exhibition of dyestuff, printing inks, pigments, chemicals, printing and dyeing technologies, will hold its third edition this March from the 10th to 12th in Istanbul. It is organised by Artkim Fuarcilik's castings division in cooperation with the Turkish Textile Dyeing and Finishing Industrialists Association (TTTSD).

  • Prime Source Forum in March: The Prime Source Forum (PSF), which is considered to be the signature event of the global fashion industry, will hold its 11th edition on March 14-15, 2016 in the Mira Hong Kong.

  • HUB in Shanghai in April: The HUB, a biannual fashion fair that was first staged in Hong Kong and moved to Shanghai last October, will hold its next edition from this April 9 to 11 at the Central Studios in Shanghai's Xintiandi district. It will host some 50 international exhibitors as well as a selection of the best Chinese designers.

  • Spring editions of ITSH and ITSAF: The spring editions of Intertextile Shanghai Home Textiles (ITSH) and Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics (ITSAF) are scheduled to take place from March 16 to 18 this year at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai.

  • Flooring fair ln Shanghai in March: The flooring trade exhibition, Domotex Asia/Chinafloor will mark its 18th edition with three-day fair starting March 22 in Pudong, Shanghai.

  • Fashion Access in Hong Kong: The biannual trade fair, Fashion Access, which the Hong Kong-based APLF organises, will next be held this March in Hong Kong showcasing collections for the fall/winter 2016-17 seasons.

  • Accessories fair in Osaka: The International Garment Accessories (IGA) trade show, a specialised exhibition of garment accessories for the apparel industry that Japan's Naad International and the Hong Kong-based Paper Communication Exhibition Services organises is to be held this April in Osaka. Scheduled at INTEX from this April 6 to 9, it will take place at the same time as the Japan International Apparel Machinery & Textile Industry trade show (JIAM) of the Japan Sewing Machinery Manufacturers Association (JASMA).

  • IWTO congress: The Brussels-based International Wool Textile Organisation (IWTO) will hold its 85th annual congress on April 4-6, 2016 in Sydney, the birthplace of Australian wool.

  • A show of textile chemicals and dyes: China Interdye, the China trade fair for the dye industry, pigments and textile chemicals, will be held at Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Centre from April 13 to 15, this year in Shanghai. On display will be a broad range of dyes, optical brighteners, pigments, colorants, intermediates and chemical auxiliaries.

  • A show of bridal fashion in London: The London Bridal Fashion Week (LBfw) is to make its second presentation on May 13-15, 2016, at Old Billingsgate in London. International and British designers and premium labels are expected to showcase more than one hundred of their latest collections of bridal gowns, eveningwear and accessories at this three-day fair.

  • FESPA plans Bangkok fair: The UK-based Federation of European Screen Printers Associations (FESFA) that has been focusing its activities in China in recent years is now turning its attention on other markets in Asia. Thus, the next FESPA China scheduled to take place at the Poly One World Trade Center in Guangzhou from November 21 to 23 this year will be followed by a FESPA Asia event at the BITEC exhibition centre in Bangkok in February 2017.

  • ICAC's 75th Plenary: The International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) will hold its 75th plenary meeting in Islamabad, Pakistan, from October 31 to November 4, 2016.

  • FIT with Pueri in Brazil: The biannual International Trade show for Baby & Children Wear (Feira Internacional do Setor Infanto-Juvenil-Bebę), or FIT for short, will hold its next presentation on June 2-5, 2016, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, showcasing the latest collections and the spring-summer 2017 trends.

  • Mode City and Interfiličre in Lyon this July: Mode City and Interfiličre, the French trade fairs centred on lingerie and beachwear that had relocated from Lyon to Paris eight years ago, are moving back to Lyon this year.

Technical Features

  • Perfume finishing of terry towels: The textile industry uses ß-cyclodextrin for many purposes. Making terry towels that can release fragrance is just one of them. This study has found that ß -cyclodextrin concentration can also significantly affect the wettability, breaking strength, elongation and lifetime of the perfumed towels.

    By Mohamed A. Ramadan, Textile Research Division, National Research Centre, Dokki, Cairo, Egypt; and Rehab Gomaa, Home Economics Dept., Faculty of Specific Education, Zagazig University, Zagazig, Egypt.

  • Viscose pique fabrics are the best for winter climate: This study aimed at producing knitted fabrics with good comfort level investigates the thermal properties of Pique fabrics knitted with Viscose and excel yarns for sportswear. It has found that Viscose Pique fabrics are preferable for winter sportswear.

    By J.R. Ajmeri of Textile Technology Department, Sarvajanik College of Engineering and Technology, Surat, India, and S.S. Bhattacharya of the Textile Engineering Department, M.S. University, Baroda, India

  • Protective clothing for wildland firefighters: This paper investigates the performance requirement for a Wildland firefighting suit and the state of the art of the materials used and constructional design of commercially available protective clothing. It also discusses the applicable standards and major performance testing methodologies.

    By Vedant A. Dhandhania, Department of Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA .

Fashion Trends

  • Hong Kong Fashion Week continues as Asia's premier fashion showcase: Previously held together with the World Boutique Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Fashion Week ran solo this January, yet received good support from exhibitors and buyers and retained the distinction as Asia's top fashion event. The overall conclusion was that it met the expectations of everyone. Altogether, 1,500 exhibitors from 22 economies took part. They were mostly representative of international brands, clothing products, accessories and textiles.

    About 18,000 buyers, from 93 markets also came; the increase in interest from India, Malaysia, The Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam signalled a rising level of optimism in the region.

    There were a number of surprises this time, not least of which was the extent of the revamping, which had taken place since the previous edition.

    By Gail Taylor

Executive Desk

  • Lectra's director for Northern Europe: Lectra, the integrated technology solutions dedicated to industries using soft materials, has appointed Jean-Patrice Gros as its director for Northern Europe (United Kingdom, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania). He will be based in Belgium.

  • Five decades old collection inspires a winning design: Brittney Castillo, a student at the Art Institute of California in Hollywood, has won the first place in the student fashion design competition held with the 17th Ideation conference held in Las Vegas last October.

  • New nominees for Rieter board: The board of directors of Rieter Holding will propose two new members for election at the company's annual general meeting in April. They are Roger Baillod and Bernhard Jucker, both with broad management and specialist experience from working in large international industrial companies.

Events Calendar

Major textile and clothing exhibitions, conferences and seminars for March - December 2016.


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