Industry News | 5/17/23
Texprocess Americas News
U.S. Apparel Industry’s Quest for a Regional Supply Chain
Just Style | May 17, 2023
In an exclusive interview at Texprocess Americas 2023, SPESA President Michael McDonald spoke with Just Style Managing Editor, Laura Husband, on the outcome of the show and why he remains optimistic that a regional fashion supply chain could become a long-term solution for the Americas despite the ongoing economic slump.
Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas 2023 Advance Industries through Networking and Education
Press Release | May 16, 2023
With more than 350 exhibitors from 30 countries and thousands of attendees representing the entire textile supply chain, the unified edition of Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas created a unique environment for business development, where new innovations, products, and technologies were on full display for attendees and exhibitors. This official post-show press release from Messe Frankfurt includes feedback from exhibitors and attendees on the outcome of the 2023 shows.
Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas 2023 Kick Off in Atlanta with Strong Business Momentum
Press Release | May 10, 2023
This press release, issued on the first day of the shows, highlights the new features in 2023, and announces the Texprocess Americas 2023 Innovation Award Winners. Just Style covered similar news with additional insights in its piece: Techtextil North America, Texprocess Americas 2023 Sustainability, Tech Push.
SPESA MEMBER SPOTLIGHT | DELTA e-con Wins Texprocess Americas Innovation Award
Press Release | May 11, 2023
As part of the inaugural Texprocess Americas Innovation Awards, Dürkopp Adler’s new DELTA e-con machine was recognized under the category "New Technologies on Sustainability & Recycling." In a press release, the company explains the new DELTA e-con makes it possible to save 25% on power consumption compared to other digital competitor machines, while the sewing results are raised to an even higher level.
SPESA MEMBER SPOTLIGHT | YKK’s New 3D Platform To Optimize Zipper Design
Rivet | May 17, 2023
SPESA member YKK has launched the YKK Trim Creator, a 3D trim configurator aimed at helping designers visualize trim options, design trims, and generate item codes. The global fastening manufacturer partnered with Vntana to create the platform.
What KolAi Denim Offers Manufacturers, Laundries and Brands
Rivet | May 16, 2023
Artificial intelligence has powered KolAi Denim’s signature product — a platform that turns photos into denim laser designs — since KolAi Designer hit the market in 2021. Though its creators are still improving the product’s functionality, rolling out a new update just last week, their end goal is to make something that can smoothly translate brand and designer input into designs.
Four China Tariff Exclusions To Be Terminated, 77 Others Extended
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A. Trade Report | May 16, 2023
Exclusions from the Section 301 tariffs on imports from China for four medical care products needed to address the Covid-19 pandemic — including nonwovens under HTSUS 5603.14.9090 — will expire on June 1st. Tariff exclusions for 77 other products have been extended through September 30, 2023.
Shein Invests $70M Toward Upgrading Its Supply Chain
Fashion Dive | May 16, 2023
DTC fast fashion retailer Shein recently announced it would add $55 million to its Supplier Community Empowerment Program, bringing its total program investment to $70 million over the next five years. The overall effort is intended to “empower its ecosystem of third-party manufacturing suppliers, and the workers within.” The investment announcement comes as Shein faces increased pressure from U.S. lawmakers to verify that it’s not using forced labor.
Jeanologia Seizes New Opportunities in the Americas
Rivet | May 16, 2023
Small brands in the Americas now have greater access to Jeanologia’s technology and expertise in sustainable finishing. The Spanish company chose Miami’s colorful Wynwood neighborhood for its first U.S. hub. Though Jeanologia has hubs in Bangladesh, Hong Kong, Brazil, and Mexico, securing a stateside footprint allows the company to become a bigger player in American fashion’s nearshoring efforts.
Enzymes Successfully Separate Fiber Blends at NCSU
Technofashion World | May 16, 2023
Researchers at North Carolina State University are using enzymes to separate cotton and polyester from blended fabrics in a process which could contribute to reducing textile waste.
Swedish Researchers Found New Method to Treat Textile Dye Discharge
Technofashion World | May 16, 2023
Scientists at the Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, announced they have developed a new method to purify contaminated water using cellulose-based crystals which they say could reduce toxic dye discharge in the textile industry. The research, conducted in collaboration with the Malaviya National Institute of Technology Jaipur in India, found a method based on wood-based nanocrystals that cheaply and easily removes 80% of dye pollutants in wastewater.
Potential AGOA Renewal Sparks Huge Opportunity for Sourcing in West Africa
Just Style | May 15, 2023
Hot on the heels of the US International Trade Commission's report on the African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA), the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change (TBI) ’s Industrialization team and representatives from TBI country teams in West Africa tell Just Style why AGOA should be renewed for another decade, and how this region could help solve the global fashion industry’s sustainability problem.
Out of Fashion: Apparel Manufacturing Needs a Tech Update
Retail Dive | May 15, 2023
“Apparel manufacturing facilities are often family-run companies but younger generations aren’t interested in taking over the business…and the current owners are resistant to change.” Retail Dive explores the factors that may contribute to apparel manufacturers being slow to adapt to new technology and ways of doing business.
Sri Lankan Apparel Industry in Crisis Due to Struggling Global Economy
Apparel Resources | May 15, 2023
Sri Lanka’s clothing industry contributed nearly half of the country’s export earnings last year after enduring both the Covid pandemic and the crippling economic crisis. However, changes in the global economy have caused a drop in demand, forcing manufacturers to fire hundreds of workers.
SPESA MEMBER SPOTLIGHT | Groz-Beckert To Present Product Innovations at ITMA in Milan
Fibre2 Fashion | May 12, 2023
Groz-Beckert will be represented at ITMA with its six product sectors and will have various innovations in its luggage. The presentations at the booth will be supported by augmented reality applications. This allows visitors to discover the products both live and virtually.
SPESA MEMBER SPOTLIGHT | Zund To Focus on Digital Expertise for Single-Ply Cutting at ITMA 2023
Fibre2Fashion | May 11, 2023
At ITMA 2023 in Milan, Zünd Systemtechnik AG, a globally operating manufacturer of highly advanced digital cutting systems, will be demonstrating why the Swiss cutting system manufacturer is an excellent choice for customized, on-demand cutting in modern garment manufacturing, and why single-ply textile cutting offers nothing but advantages.
SPESA MEMBER SPOTLIGHT | CGS® Unveils Industry-First Extended Reality Immersive Learning as a Service (ILaaSTM) Solution; Seamlessly Integrates XR into Employee Training Programs
Press Release | May 11, 2023
CGS announced an industry-first XR Immersive Learning as a Service (ILaaSTM) solution that enables companies to accelerate and transform how they improve performance of their workforce digitally. The end-to-end solution provides everything a company needs to successfully launch an XR initiative, including launch strategy, equipment selection and sourcing, content creation, best practice learning methodology, logistics, and device management.
Chinese Cotton Production To Decline Due to Cold Weather
Apparel Resources | May 10, 2023
China, the world’s largest cotton producer, may see a decrease in cotton production this year as a result of cold weather that delayed sowing, damaged plants in some areas, and reduced acreage as some farmers moved to grain following government advice. The harvest may decrease by as much as 1 million tonnes from last year, a decrease of more than 15%.
‘Nearshoring’ Push Is Fueling Tech Job Demand in Latin America
Bloomberg | May 10, 2023
Nearshoring is all the rage these days in Mexico, where new factories are springing up along the U.S. border, built by US companies shifting operations from China. But nearshoring is also benefiting countries throughout Latin America that aren’t that close to the U.S. Global technology companies are increasingly hiring workers in Chile, Guatemala, Uruguay, and other South and Central American nations to handle such tech tasks as coding software.
Global Textile Trade Surges 14% in 2022, Surpasses Pre-Covid Levels
Fibre2Fashion | May 10, 2023
The World Trade Organization revealed that global trade in textiles surged by 14% in 2022 compared to the pre-Covid year of 2019, despite a 1% and 2% decline in the value of textiles trade in 2022 and 2021, respectively. Trade in clothing experienced significant growth, with a 9% increase in 2022 compared to the previous year.
SPESA MEMBER SPOTLIGHT | Alvanon Announces 3D Tech Fest 2023: Redefining Fashion Intelligence
Press Release | May 8, 2023
SPESA member Alvanon has announced an OPEN CALL for speaker proposals for its upcoming 3D Tech Fest. Online from September 26-28, 2023, the free to attend, three-day virtual conference is dedicated to all things digital, and will feature an innovative mix of talks and case studies exploring the impact of the key technologies currently shaping the fashion industry.
EU Proposes Tougher Rules To Counter Fast Fashion
Apparel Resources | May 3, 2023
Before the summer, the European Commission reportedly wants to suggest more stringent rules for fashion production. Products will need to be devoid of dangerous materials and made with as much recycled fiber as possible. They must be more resilient, reusable, and recyclable. Throughout the entire production process, human rights, social rights, labor rights, environmental protection, and animal welfare must be upheld.
Consumers Want More Transparency About the Provenance of Garments
Fashion United | May 3, 2023
Two-thirds of global fashion shoppers desire more transparency when it comes to the origin of garments, according to a report by Avery Dennison. More than half of these consumers find virtual reality experiences, triggered by scanning garment labels, interesting. The Digital Consumer Behaviour report surveyed over 6,300 clothing shoppers in seven countries, including the U.S., U.K., China, France, Germany, Mexico, and Japan, to examine consumer attitudes and behaviors.
Increased Supply Chain Focus Shaping Apparel Sector M&A
Just Style | April 27, 2023
Global supply chain disruption caused by the pandemic and worsened by the geo-political war and ongoing US-China conflicts have all contributed to driving M&A activity. Just Style examines the trends surrounding and key drivers behind industry mergers and acquisitions.