Kornit Digital, a leader in digital textile printing, is set to present its waterless single-step textile printing system, Kornit Allegro, and the Kornit Storm Hexa, at FESPA Asia 2017, a key event for Asian print service providers to source the latest equipment, software and consumables, in Bangkok, Thailand, from February 15 to 17, 2017, in booth #14-100.


          The Kornit Allegro has become commercially available mid-2015 and since then benefitted from the increasing demand for a sustainable and versatile textile production technology, driven by the accelerated penetration of online shopping and personalisation into home decor and fashion. The Allegro is the only true digital solution for roll-to-roll textile printing which eliminates the need for pre and post-treatment for multiple fabrics, all within a seven metres integrated production line.


          The system is 1.80 metres wide, and is based on Kornit’s NeoPigment printing technology, which supports high quality printing on natural, man-made, and synthetic fabrics. Unlike typical digital technologies, the Kornit Allegro offers an innovative, enabling solution, saving on energy, water, space, and labour time. The Allegro eliminates the entry barrier to digital fabric printing, making it a solution of choice for businesses relying on multiple short runs and extremely short turn time.


          Another FESPA Asia highlight will be the Kornit Storm Hexa. Being the most recent member of Kornit’s mid-level technology platform, the Storm Hexa has been equipped with state-of-the-art recirculation inkjet technology, and the enhanced QuickP 6 software, improving print quality and cost per print. With the six colours ink set and integrated pre-treatment, it is the most advanced industrial direct-to-garment printing systems for medium-size businesses. Its features include 16 print heads and two additional colours for full CMYK, Red, Green, and White, as well as a recirculating ink system to reduce the ink consumption by up to 20 per cent and to further optimise reliability. It is ideal for colour conscious applications such as the production of promotional and brand related garments.


          All of Kornit’s systems are based on the company’s unique NeoPigment printing process. Kornit’s own water-based inks work on a variety of fibres (natural, man-made, and blends) and allow for inline-pretreatment. After printing, garments are cured with a standard hot-air dryer. The inks are Oeko-Tex 100 certified and GOTS pre-approved.


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          The Synthetic & Rayon Textiles Export Promotion Council (SRTEPC) has announced that it will be participating in the India promotion event to be held in Canton Tower in Guangzhou, China on March 11, 2017. Various Indian community organisations and businesses will participate in this Indian mela, which is being organised on a large scale.


          The event will have an exclusive pavilion to promote Indian handicrafts item and a fashion show will be held to showcase high-end Indian textile products.


          SRTEPC has called on its members to take advantage of this opportunity and participate in the event. The council has requested its members to showcase their products and support the event by providing samples of select items of textiles, garments and handicrafts for displaying them during the event, according to a press note.


          The event will also have cultural events, Indian tourism promotion booths, lucky draws, Indian food stalls and much more.


          The council has played a transforming role over the years, inculcating export culture and promoting exports of Indian man-made fibre (MMF) and textiles. Exports of these items, which were negligible in the 1960s, have grown substantially to touch $6.16 billion during 2013-14. India exports to nearly 140 countries at present.


          The council envisages exports to the tune of $9 billion by the end of the 12th Five Year Plan (2016-17). The MMF textiles industry contributes 17 per cent of the total Indian textile exports and this share is growing. India is the sixth largest exporter of MMF textiles in the world.


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          Prices of raw jute are going downhill with the Union textiles ministry's plan to go for dilution of the mandatory jutepackaging order and dwindling crop supplies triggered by the demonetization drive.


          Raw jute prices have tanked to Rs 36,650 per tonne and are likely to plunge further. The price fall is from the level of Rs 56,520 per tonne in July 2016. In 2015-16, there was an unabated rise in prices of raw jute. The downtrend in raw juteprices may dissuade farmers from growing more in the 2017-18 season, feels a leading jute mill owner.


          "The combined effect of demonetisation and the government opting for plastic bags to meet the foodgrain requirement for the rabi marketing season has come as a double blow to the industry. The impact is already showing in softening rawjute prices," he said.


          Raghavendra Gupta, chairman of Indian Jute Mills' Association (IJMA) could not be reached for comments.


          Amid a projected shortfall of more than 0.17 million bales (one bale is 180 kg) of B-Twill jute bags during the rabi marketing season (RMS) for 2016-17, the Union Textiles Ministry has allowed a dilution of 10 per cent in the mandatoryjute packaging order for food grains. The Jute Packaging Materials Act, 1987 mandates 100 per cent use of jute bags for packaging of food grains meant for government procurement.


          The estimated shortfall in B Twill sacking bags will be offset by the use of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) andpolypropylene (PP) bags.


          Later, the ministry gave further permission for use of 0.32 million bales of plastic bags to cater to packaging requirement of the RMS.


          Raw jute crop size during 2016-17 is estimated at 9.5 million bales (one bale is 180 kg). However, only 65 per cent of the production has arrived so far in the market.


          Public sector firm Jute Corporation of India (JCI) has so far produced 0.22 million bales JCI is continuing its purchase since lower grade jute(TD-6 and below) raised in Nadia and Murshidabad regions in West Bengal and parts of Bihar are available at MSP (Minimum Support Price) rates. Further, MSP grade differences are comparatively lower to ruling market prices. This may enable JCI to achieve its initial procurement target of 0.45 million bales during this fiscal.


          Though JCI's procurement operations is expected to stabilize the prices and arrest falling tendencies, majority quantity of purchase will be of TD-6 and lower grades which have least scope of being used in the laid down batch mix of finished goods. This apart, the low grade varieties of raw jute have least avenue for use in manufacturing diversified jute products for which there is mounting pressure from the government.


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          Global yarn production increased in Q3 2016 both on quarter-on-quarter and on year-on-year basis as output rose in Asia and South America. Global fabric production too increased in Q3 2016 against Q2 2016 and Q3 2015, again due to rise in output in Asia and South America, the International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF) said in its latest report. 


          in Q3 2016, global yarn production increased by 3.4 per cent quarter-on-quarter, as Asian yarn output strengthened by 3.7 per cent quarter-on-quarter and by 2.6 per cent in South America. In Europe and North America, however, yarn output fell by 13.3 per cent and 1.4 per cent, respectively. 


          Global yarn output increased by 3.7 per cent in Q3 2016 versus Q3 2015. In Asia, yarn output improved by 3.5 per cent year-on-year and in South America by 21 per cent. In Europe and North America, yarn output declined by nearly 4 per cent year-on-year and by 7.8 per cent, respectively. 


          Global fabric production increased by over 3 per cent in Q3 2016 against the previous quarter. While Asian and South American output grew by over 4 per cent each, European fabric production fell by nearly 15 per cent quarter-on-quarter. Year-on-year, global fabric output improved moderately by 0.6 per cent in Q3 2016, as Asian production increased by 0.6 per cent and South America’s output improved by 4.7 per cent. Europe’s fabric output fell by nearly 7 per cent year-on-year. 


          Global yarn inventories increased in Q3 2016 by 4.8 per cent quarter-on-quarter with increases of 5.7 per cent in Asia. In contrast, in South America inventories fell by 1.4 per cent. In Q3 2016, the annual percentage change of global yarn inventories recorded a decrease of nearly 6 per cent, though European yarn stocks increased by 5 per cent year-on-year. Asian yarn stocks, however, fell by nearly 7 per cent annually and South American stocks reduced by 0.6 per cent. 


          Worldwide fabric stocks fell by 1.4 per cent quarter-on-quarter in Q3 2016, mainly due to nearly 8 per cent decline in South American stocks. In Asia and North America, fabric stocks increased moderately. On a yearly basis, global fabric inventories in Q3 2016 decreased by 5 per cent. Asia’s fabric stocks decreased by 0.4 per cent annually and South America’s inventories fell by over 16 per cent. In Europe stocks declined by over 2 per cent, while in North America they increased by 0.8 per cent year-on-year. 


          In Q3 2016, European yarn orders fell by 5 per cent quarter-on-quarter and by 2 per cent year-on-year. In South America, they fell by over 11 per cent quarter-on-quarter and increased by over 100 per cent year-on-year. European fabric orders in Q3 2016 fell by nearly 10 per cent quarter-on-quarter and by 11.5 per cent year-on-year. South American fabric orders in Q3 2016 fell by 3 per cent quarter-on-quarter and increased by 10 per cent year-on-year.


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          The Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Foundation will kick-start its training courses in four countries namely Bangladesh, Vietnam, India and Italy. ZDHC had recently launched an online training academy to train manufacturers on safer chemical management. The ZDHC Academy will provide accredited training modules in up to 20 countries.


          Aimed at the manufacturers and suppliers, the first course is introduction to chemical management in the textile industry. The training session in these four countries will begin from March.


          The launch of ZDHC training is pivotal in moving the objective of the programme from development of tools to implementation.


           “Developing safer chemical management standards is one thing,” said ZDHC training co-lead, Carmen Chan. “But to truly eliminate hazardous chemicals, the next step is to educate and support those working in mills, factories and even within brands, to understand how to implement these standards.”


          The online platform offers the ability to organise and administer tailor-made chemical management training modules, and incorporates brand specific requirements. With time, the academy will expand by including additional courses and e-learning possibilities.


          Currently, while all courses are administered via the platform, in person courses are offered by training providers namely, Intertek Consumer Goods GmbH, NimkarTek Technical Services Pvt. Ltd, Process Factory srl, Sustainable Textile Solutions.


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          Brazilian cotton prices climbed in the first fortnight of January 2017, primarily driven by low availability, coming from the failure of the 2015/16 crop and since most production from that crop, was traded in advance. On January 9, Brazilian cotton quotes touched BRL 2.7977 per pound, the highest level, in nominal terms, since May 2, 2011.


          However, cotton prices dropped 0.3 per cent in the second fortnight of the month, mainly due to more flexibility on part of sellers and also good liquidity.


          The CEPEA/ESALQ Index, 8-day payment terms, for cotton type 41-4, delivered in São Paulo, rose 0.3 per cent in January, closing at BRL 2.7573 or $0.8761 per pound on January 31.


          Quoting data of the Brazilian Commodity Exchange (BBM), CEPEA said 74.8 per cent of the 2015/16 Brazilian cotton crop, estimated at 1.288 million tons, had been traded until January 31. Of this total, 52.9 per cent was sold in the local market, while the rest was exported.


          The 2016/17 crop has been estimated at 1.4 million tons, 30.1 per cent of which has been traded. Of the traded portion, 34.6 per cent was sold in the domestic market and 65.4 per cent was exported.


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