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Industry News | 5/1/24

Join Messe Frankfurt + SPESA for Texprocess Americas 2025 Virtual Exhibitor Town Hall

As we look ahead to the 2025 edition of Texprocess Americas, we want to ensure our exhibitors have all of the information they need to start planning for a successful show.

Here’s what you can expect from this virtual event:

  • Meet your Messe Frankfurt North America team, including Kristy Meade, Alexis Sivcovich, Shermell Williams, Kim Porter, and Scarlett Kennedy.

  • Meet your SPESA team, including Michael McDonald, Marie D’Avignon, and Maggie McDonald.

  • Meet the official vendors for the 2025 edition of Texprocess Americas including the new general service contractor, the electrical team, lead retrieval, the facility, and others.

  • Get clarification on your exhibitor needs, budgeting, and more.

Registration is required. Please email to RSVP for this event.

Shein and Temu Aren’t the Only Forces Behind U.S. Apparel Manufacturing Slump
Forbes | April 30, 2024

Forbes contributor Jim Vinoski takes a deep dive into the current state and challenges of domestic apparel manufacturing: “What’s left largely unsaid in the discussion (although the National Association of Manufacturers has lately been taking up the topic) is the blizzard of regulations that also took a major toll on American producers, beginning back in the early 1970s and picking up steam from there. The Biden Administration has enormously accelerated such rulemaking, certainly adding to the financial pressures on low-volume and low-margin U.S. apparel makers.”

More on the future of U.S. apparel manufacturing from Sourcing Journal’s Kate Nishimura can be found here.

Stratasys Wants To Use 3D Printing To Promote Upcycling
Rivet | April 30, 2024

The 3D printing company announced recently that it had launched a direct-to-garment solution as an addition to its existing TechStyle printer, the J580. The printer will now be able to apply colorful, 3D-printed designs onto pre-existing garments, which Stratasys expects will entice consumers looking for personalized experiences and style. The company presented its Urban Tattoo denim collection earlier this month at Texprocess in Germany. 

Techtextil Founding Exhibitors Award for Karl Mayer
Knitting Industry | May 1, 2024

With the award, presented to Karl Mayer, Messe Frankfurt honored the commitment of exhibitor pioneers in the technical textiles industry. "We celebrate the past, the present, and the future of this dynamic industry with you," read the plaque, which was presented by Detlef Braun, Member of the Board of Management of Messe Frankfurt, and Sabine Scharrer, Director Techtextil. More from Karl Mayer here.

U.S. Companies Invest Heavily in Robots — IFR Preliminary Results
Press Release | April 30, 2024

Manufacturing companies in the U.S. have invested heavily in more automation: total installations of industrial robots rose by 12% and reached 44,303 units in 2023. The number one adopter is the automotive industry followed by the electrical and electronics sector. Installation counts in other industries exceeding the 3,000-unit mark in the U.S. are metal and machinery, up 6%.

Techtextil and Texprocess — Records Growth in Terms of Exhibitor & Visitor Numbers
The Textile Magazine | April 29, 2024

Techtextil and Texprocess 2024 ended with 1,700 exhibitors from 53 countries, 38,000 visitors from 102 countries and a 29% increase in visitor numbers. The top visitor nations were Germany, Italy, France, Turkey, and the Netherlands. The top exhibitor nations were Germany, Italy, China, France, and Turkey. Countries such as Egypt, China, Indonesia, Kosovo, Luxembourg, Moldova, and Thailand contributed to the expansion of exhibitors, among others.

SPESA MEMBER SPOTLIGHT | The Lectra Observatory Provides an Insight into Global Regulations on Traceability and Transparency in the Fashion Industry
Press Release | April 25, 2024

The Lectra Observatory, dedicated to innovation and transformations in the fashion, automotive and furniture markets, identifies the main regulations and proposals governing traceability and transparency in the fashion industry. They fall into three major categories: increased due diligence for players in this sector, heightened consumer information requirements and the implementation of new entry barriers to major regional markets. 

Texprocess 2024: Technology Shapes the Future of Textile Processing
Press Release | April 25, 2024

At the VDMA TFL press conference during Texprocess 2024, member companies Assyst, Morgan Tecnica, and Pfaff/KSL gave an overview of their latest innovations that will shape the future of textile processing. Specifically, SPESA member Morgan Tecnica gave an overview of the cutting room of the future, where the latest technology can reduce energy consumption by up to 50%. JASMA, the Japanese sister association of VDMA TFL and SPESA, also gave an outlook on the next technology trade fair for the Asian region, JIAM. JIAM will take place in Osaka from November 27-30, 2024.

SPESA MEMBER SPOTLIGHT | Tukatech — At the Intersection of Innovation & Collaboration
Xochil Herrera Scheer | The Chicago Pattern Maker (on behalf of SEAMS) | April 25, 2024

Hear from Xochil Herrera Scheer about her recent visit to the Tukatech Innovation Center — during the 2024 SPESA Advancements in Manufacturing Technologies Conference — and her subsequent conversation with Tukatech Founder and CEO, Ram Sareen.

Human Rights and Environmental Legislation Approved by European Parliament
Fashion Dive | April 25, 2024

The law requires companies, along with their suppliers and producers, to “prevent, end or mitigate their adverse impact on human rights and the environment.” That impact includes “slavery, child labour, labour exploitation, biodiversity loss, pollution, or destruction of natural heritage.” Companies will also be required to “adopt a transition plan to make their business model compatible with the Paris Agreement global warming limit of 1.5 [degrees Celsius].” Countries will be responsible for imposing fines of at least 5% of companies’ annual worldwide revenue for the “very gravest breaches,” according to a press conference on the new legislation.

Biden Administration Sets National Goal To Cut Freight Emissions to Zero
The Hill | April 24, 2024

The Biden administration recently laid out a national goal to cut emissions from freight shipping down to zero. A White House fact sheet did not include a date for this goal, but it comes on top of existing goals to reach net-zero emissions for the the transportation sector, as well as the whole U.S. economy, by 2050. The administration also said that its strategy will seek to prioritize high-pollution areas.

How Brands Are Preparing for New Regulations on Products and Processes
Glossy | April 24, 2024

This article is part of Glossy’s “Earth Month” series, highlighting the fashion and beauty brands leading in sustainability and regulatory compliance. The series explores the challenges related to sustainability, including marketing initiatives, preparing for legislation, and reporting on commitments.

Congress Introduces ‘Non-Essential’ PFAS Ban Bill
Manufacturing Dive | April 24, 2024

The Forever Chemical Regulation and Accountability Act would give manufacturers 10 years to phase out production of non-essential forever chemicals, as well as require them to eliminate all PFAS emissions from their facilities. If a manufacturer is found to have even one product containing PFAS, they are subject to potential lawsuits, according to Cally Edgren, senior director, sustainability, at a supply chain sustainability management company Assent. The bill could drive more companies to discontinue producing anything with PFAS, making forever chemicals usage one day obsolete.

Additional coverage can be found here.

Lycra Reshapes the Future of Denim with FitSense
Rivet | April 24, 2024

A combination of a new yarn and garment processing technology, FitSense allows brands to customize jeans with targeted compression shaping in certain areas such as the stomach, thighs, butt, legs, and waist without sacrificing comfort or changing the authentic look and feel of denim. The technology is discreet and invisible on the fabric and garment. 

SPESA MEMBER SPOTLIGHT | TextileGenesis and EON Join Forces to Offer Fashion and Textile Players an Unrivaled Level of Traceability and Transparency
Press Release | April 23, 2024

A Lectra Group company, TextileGenesis, announced recently a partnership with EON, the leader in product digitization, enabling retail brands to turn products into traceable, valuable assets through the creation of Digital IDs. This collaboration will enable brands to create comprehensive Digital Product Passports (DPP) that connect the entire material and product life cycle, and leverage this intelligence to optimize supply chains, provide more transparent information to customers, meet legislative demands, and scale circular business models.‍ 

Check out additional coverage here

Techtextil and Texprocess: Strong Start with 1,700 Exhibitors and a Panel Discussion on New Opportunities with AI
Press Release | April 23, 2024

At the opening event, the leading international trade fairs focused on the highly relevant subject of AI and thus generated future-oriented impulses. AI offers new opportunities along the entire value chain — from production and processing to recycling. In a panel discussion during the event, experts explained how AI is energizing the textile industry.

SPESA MEMBER SPOTLIGHT | Milestone Achieved: Opening of AMANN Group’s New Sustainable, State-of-the Art Production Site in Ranipet/India
Company Announcement | April 22, 2024

Peter Morgalla, Member of the AMANN Board of Management and Chairman of AMANN India: “We are very proud to put this plant into operation today. We have closed the gap and are now able to offer our customers a comprehensive network of sales offices, delivery options and short lead times throughout Asia. Moreover, we will also provide Technical Advisory Services for our customers to exploit the full potential of our products.” 

SPESA Conference Reveals How AI Can Aid Nearsourcing, Reshoring
Just Style | April 22, 2024

Just Style offers a comprehensive recap from SPESA’s 2024 Advancements in Manufacturing Technologies Conference, including panel highlights and a conversation with SPESA president Michael McDonald:  


SPESA’s president Michael McDonald mentioned two primary objectives for the conference, both of which were accomplished, he said later: “First, we wanted to educate people in the room about the latest innovations in manufacturing technologies. It was an opportunity for our members, the suppliers, to showcase the work they’re doing to drive the industry forward. Secondly, we wanted to highlight and learn more about how the industry operates locally.” He added: “With L.A. being the largest U.S. hub for domestic garment manufacturing, it was imperative to showcase the work being done there. So, not only did we embed local expertise into each panel, we also dedicated our introductory and closing panels to the industry in L.A. specifically.”

SPESA MEMBER SPOTLIGHT | Australian Label KYHA Studios Selects CGS’s BlueCherry Enterprise Platform to Support Current and Future Growth
Press Release | April 22, 2024

“We are delighted to welcome KYHA Studios to the CGS community and support their growth journey,” said Paul Magel, President, Business Applications and Technology Outsourcing Division, CGS. “KYHA Studios' reputation for modern bridal couture and exceptional service is well-known in both New York City and Australia, and we’re honored to have been selected as their trusted technology partner. With the BlueCherry ERP suite, KYHA Studios will have the tools to streamline operations, optimize inventory, and deliver unforgettable experiences to customers worldwide."

Ball & Doggett Forges Strategic Partnership with Kornit Digital for Dynamic Print-on-Demand Services Across Australia
Press Release | April 22, 2024

Recognizing the growing demand for efficient, high-quality print solutions, Ball & Doggett has strategically aligned with Kornit to offer a comprehensive suite of direct-to-garment and roll-to-roll digital printing and fulfillment services. Leveraging Kornit Digital’s cutting-edge technology and Ball & Doggett’s extensive distribution network and expertise, this partnership will empower businesses to streamline their printing operations, reduce turnaround times, and unlock new opportunities for growth.

SPESA MEMBER SPOTLIGHT | Aid by Trade Adopts TextileGenesis for Verified Traceable Cashmere Production
Just Style | April 22, 2024

The Aid by Trade Foundation (AbTF) is improving the requirements of The Good Cashmere Standard (GCS) by revising its criteria and partnering with TextileGenesis, a Lectra Company, to establish GCS as an independent certification for traceable and sustainably produced cashmere fibers from Inner Mongolia. The latest version of the standard, The Good Cashmere Standard (GCS) Version 2.0 is structured around four pillars: cashmere goat welfare, environmental sustainability, labor conditions, and responsible management.

FTC Sues To Block $8.5 Billion Fashion Merger
The New York Times | April 22, 2024

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in April sued to block Tapestry’s $8.5 billion acquisition of Capri, a blockbuster fashion tie-up that would bring together Coach, Kate Spade, Michael Kors and Versace - a deal that has been regarded as the American equivalent of European luxury goods groups like LVMH, Kering, and Richemont. The lawsuit demonstrates FTC Chair Lina Khan’s recent crackdown on “serial acquisitions,” a practice that has become more common across industries.

Here’s a good overview from WWD on the move. Additional coverage can also be found here and here.

SPESA MEMBER SPOTLIGHT | Elevate Textiles Names Jeffrey P. Pritchett Chief Executive Officer and Director of the Board
Press Release| April 19, 2024

Pritchett joins Elevate with more than 25 years of multi-industry global leadership experience in both public and private companies. He most recently served as Senior Managing Director and Senior Operating Executive of Cerberus Operations and Advisory Company LLC, an affiliate of Cerberus Capital Management L.P. He also held numerous Cerberus portfolio company Board and leadership roles.

SPESA MEMBER SPOTLIGHT | Ambassador Katherine Tai Mentions American & Efird Visit in Remarks at 2024 Annual Meeting — Stresses Importance of NCTO & U.S. Textile Industry
Company Announcement | April 19, 2024

SPESA member American & Efird, alongside the N.C. State Wilson College of Textiles, were recently mentioned in U.S. Ambassador, Katherine Tai remarks during the 2024 National Council of Textile Organization’s (NCTO) Annual Meeting. Specifically, Ambassador Tai spoke about the importance of NCTO and the textile industry to the U.S. economy.

SPESA MEMBER SPOTLIGHT | Meijer Donates $250,000 to Detroit-Based Industrial Sewing and Innovation Center
Press Release | April 18, 2024

Meijer announced recently a $250,000 donation to SPESA member ISAIC. "We are incredibly grateful to Meijer and their generous contribution to our mission of empowering people and transforming communities," said Jen Guarino, President and CEO of ISAIC. "This donation will immensely help us not only expand our space, but also increase our reach to connect with more individuals who are seeking new opportunities and skills in this growing sector."

Will the Fashion Act Serve as a Template for Other States?
Sourcing Journal | April 17, 2024

Anna R. Kelles, the New York assemblywoman sponsoring the Fashion Sustainability and Social Accountability Act in New York worries that a patchwork of similar but slightly different laws could confuse and even undermine efforts to improve supply chains. Kelles envisions something along the lines of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, better known by its acronym RGGI, or “Reggie,” which rallies nearly a dozen Eastern states, including Connecticut, Delaware and New York, to collectively cap and curb greenhouse gas emissions from cars and trucks. Having the same ground rules for everyone would be helpful, not only for legislators but for the companies that have to comply.

SPESA MEMBER SPOTLIGHT | Variant 3D and Detroit’s Industrial Sewing and Innovation Center Bring 3D Knitting to the Motor City
Sourcing Journal | April 17, 2024

With onshoring on the brain for many brands and retailers, innovators from across the country are moving quickly to pilot programs to drive domestic textile manufacturing. At the SPESA Advancements in Manufacturing Technologies Conference in Downtown Los Angeles, pioneers from Malibu and Detroit came together to talk about how combining advanced manufacturing with community-based social enterprise can propel the sector into the 21st century. This article highlights the panel led by Jen Guarino of SPESA member ISAIC.

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