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