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          US based supplier of conductive solutions for smart textiles applications, Noble Biomaterials has partnered Bemis Associates, to design a seamless, conductive advanced material that allows for simple and durable integration of electronics into apparel. The fully bonded conductive material has been produced with Noble's Circuitex technology.

 

          Noble's Circuitex technology provides for the detection, transmission and protection of electronic signals in a soft and flexible format.

 

           “Its unique construction provides designers with complete freedom to design smart garments with integrated stretch and durability using Bemis Sewfree bonding,” Noble said.

 

          Circuitex is made by permanently bonding pure silver, to the surface of a textile fibre or fabric, which creates a continuous layer of silver, yet retains the flexibility, comfort and durability of the textile material.

 

          According to the company, products using Circuitex can provide myriad data streams like ECG, EMG, strain and pressure mapping, while also allowing for active power delivery like lighting, electro-muscle stimulation and basic power. 

 

Source : http://www.fibre2fashion.com/

         WL Gore & Associates, manufacturers of high-performance fabrics, implantable medical devices, and industrial manufacturing components, has announced environmental and management goals for 2020 as part of Gore Fabrics division’s sustainability programme. Gore Fabrics also intends to reduce the environmental footprints of consumer fabric products.

 

         By implementing an aggressive innovation programme, Gore is working towards the elimination of perfluorinated and polyfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) of environmental concern from its Durable Water Repellent (DWR) treatments and membrane manufacturing processes. By the end of 2020, Gore Fabrics will eliminate PFCs from its consumer laminate shipments corresponding to nearly 85 per cent of product units in the market. This includes jackets, shoes, gloves and accessories. Between 2021 and 2023 Gore Fabrics will remove PFCs of Environmental Concern from the remaining consumer fabrics laminate shipments while continuing to deliver products which meet the performance specifications relevant for the end use.

 

          “Gore continuously strives to deliver outdoor products with the optimal combination of high technical performance and sustainability. By adopting the ambitious goal to eliminate PFCs of Environmental Concern from all of our consumer fabrics products we are underlining our decades long commitment to continuously improve the environmental profile of our products. Together with our suppliers, we intend to achieve our goal through an aggressive innovation program that will entail the development of new DWR treatments and membrane materials,” said Christian Langer, member of Gore Fabrics’ divisional leadership team.

 

         In order to achieve these sustainability goals, Gore aims to undertake a substantial innovation programme which will include collaborating with suppliers to eliminate PFCs that are present in the processing aides Gore Fabrics' suppliers use to manufacture PTFE.

 

         As part of its ongoing engagement with stakeholders, Gore has associated with Greenpeace regarding the use of PFCs in outdoor apparel industry. Greenpeace and Gore have come to a mutual understanding on the distinct properties of materials that constitute a PFC of environmental concern. Based on broad scientific consensus and supported by Greenpeace, Gore's membrane material PTFE made without the use of PFCs of Environmental Concern, is considered environmentally sound. This polymer is inert, insoluble in water and does not degrade to become a source of PFCs of Environmental Concern.

 

          “The clear distinction between PFCs of Environmental Concern and PTFE will help overcome a long-standing ambiguity of how to differentiate materials that are safe from those that raise concerns. In addition to providing clearly defined guardrails for the outdoor industry, a rigorous and precise definition clears the way for Gore and its customers to deliver more sustainable technology innovations,” said Bernhard Kiehl, Gore Fabrics sustainability leader.

 

          “Greenpeace welcomes this move as a real game-changer in the outdoor industry. Given Gore Fabrics' influential role in the value chain, the innovation that Gore is driving will significantly broaden the range of materials free of hazardous PFCs for outdoor products, including those using PTFE membranes with less environmental burden,” according to Chiara Campione, Detox Outdoor Corporate Lead, Greenpeace Italy.

 

          “We are developing different material options, but according to our current technical understanding the unique performance and durability of PTFE will make it the preferred choice for many, especially high-demanding end-uses. Its outstanding durability further distinguishes PTFE as a beneficial choice from an environmental point of view. The longer a product is worn, the better for the environment,” Kiehl added. 

 

Source : http://www.fibre2fashion.com/

         Suominen, a globally leading supplier of nonwovens, will exhibit its portfolio at INDEX17, a four-day nonwovens industry event to be held in Geneva, Switzerland from April 4 – 7, 2017. The company will display its broadest range of innovation ever designed for wipes, hygiene products and medical applications at booth #1522 at the event.

 

         Suominen’s recent investments in production technology, product development and other strategic capabilities resulted in its broad range. The company will have its latest innovations for household, workplace, as well as flushable wipes on display. It will also introduce new freshness to the baby segment at the fair, said the company’s press release.

 

         Visitors at the event will also have a chance to discover Suominen’s approach to sustainability and how it continues to be pioneers in terms of environmental and social responsibility.

 

         Finland based Suominen is a market-driven, global nonwovens company that creates materials to make customers stand out. 

 

Source : http://www.technicaltextile.net/

         Exports brought home $3.31 billion last month, up 4 percent from a year earlier, driven by higher shipments of garment.

          The amount was 6.43 percent higher than the previous month's receipts but fell short of the target of $3.40 billion.

          January's receipts take the export earnings for the first seven months of fiscal 2016-17 to $20.11 billion, a 4.36 percent increase from a year earlier.

          Garments, which typically account for 80 percent of the export receipts, raked in $2.7 billion, up 3.05 percent year-on-year and 4.65 percent month-on-month, according to data from the Export Promotion Bureau.

           “The export trend of apparel for the near future will remain the same due to the volatile economic situation around the world,” said Siddiqur Rahman, president of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association.

          For instance, garment export to the US, the country's single largest export destination, declined 1.49 percent to $5.11 billion during the January-November period of 2016, according to data from the US Department of Commerce.

          Garment export to the UK, the third largest destination, declined 5.19 percent in the first six months of the fiscal year.

          To achieve the sector's export target of $50 billion by 2021, more than 12.25 percent export growth is needed every year.

           “But we are far behind the target now,” Rahman said.

          In the first seven months of fiscal 2016-17, $16.41 billion worth of garment products were shipped, up 4.12 percent year-on-year. The receipts missed the seven-month target of $17.28 billion.

          Jute and jute goods sector was one of the top export performers during the July-January period, with shipments rising 14.05 percent year-on-year to $563.98 million. It was also higher than its periodic target of $548.26 million.

          Shipments of leather and leather goods grew well during the seven-month period. It stood at $743.77 million, up 12.18 percent year-on-year. This segment too hit its periodic target of $693.85 million.

          Furniture exports soared 23.37 percent to $23.65 million and pharmaceuticals 8.51 percent to $52.64 million.

          Home textile exports increased 1.42 percent to $427.21 million and plastic products 45.74 percent to $75.39 million on the back of the 10 percent cash incentive on shipments. Some sectors showed poor performance during the period.

          Among the poor performers, frozen and live fishes exports declined 0.80 percent to $329.15 million; it is 6.98 percent higher than the target of $307.68 million.

          Exports of petroleum byproducts declined 28.24 percent to $149.50 million.

          The government has set the export target of $37 billion for the fiscal year, which is 8 percent higher than fiscal 2015-16's receipts.

 Source : http://www.thedailystar.net/

         More than 30 players in the clothing and textile sector are set to participate in the How to Export to Sweden seminar to be held next week in Bulawayo.

 

BY TATIRA ZWINOIRA

 

         The seminar comes as a collaboration involving ZimTrade, Open Trade Gate Sweden (OTGS) and the Swedish embassy in Zimbabwe.

 

         In its January newsletter, ZimTrade said the textiles would be the main area of discussions at the February 15 seminar.

 

          “Over 30 participants from the clothing textiles, as well as leather sector, will attend this session. This session follows a similar one held in Harare in September 2015. The seminar will raise awareness on the rules and requirements for exporting to Sweden as well as to the European Union (EU),” ZimTrade said.

 

         OTGS was introduced to ZimTrade in 2015 to help local exporters in the areas of fresh produce, nuts, textiles and garments find markets in Sweden.

 

         At the seminar, a one-stop information centre will focus on Zimbabwean companies, particularly those with the capacity to export to Sweden and the EU.

 

         The country’s exports to Sweden are predominantly in textiles, which the OTGS managed to help grow.

 

         The Zimbabwe Statistics Agency (ZimStat) says exports to Sweden grew to $72 349 between January and August 2016, compared to the cumulative 2015 exports of $15 000.

 

         Trade is heavily skewed in Sweden’s favour. ZimStat reported that from January to August 2016, Zimbabwe had imported $13,88 million worth of goods, which was mainly in machinery, electrical and electronic equipment.

 

          “This, therefore, presents a huge opportunity for local players, hence, the need for this session (seminar),” ZimTrade said.

 

          “Some of the areas to be covered in detail include export procedures, trade agreements, as well as Swedish imports and consumer demands.”

 

         OTGS policy adviser, Ana Christiansson is on record saying Sweden is a heavily import-dependent country, presenting an opportunity for local companies to export to the Scandinavian nation.

 

         A 2015 study on spending in Sweden showed consumers spent 27% of earnings on housing, electricity, gas and heating, 12% on foodstuffs and non-alcoholic beverages, and 5% on clothes and shoes.

 

Source : https://www.newsday.co.zw

         The European Union’s Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) Plus status for Pakistan will remain intact until December 31, 2023, commerce minister Khurram Dastgir informed the National Assembly on Monday.

 

         Responding during the question hour, the minister said it was being provided on special incentives for good governance and sustainable development.

 

         The minister informed the house that the trend in exports was now picking up as the law and order situation had improved considerably, and the industry was being provided with uninterrupted electricity and gas supply. He said the farmers were provided better prices of commodities, particularly cotton and rice.

 

         Dastgir said until September 2016, almost 37 months of the incumbent government, the exports of the country increased by 37 percent. “The exports to EU increased by 1.7 billion euro annually owing to boost in readymade garments,” he added. The minister said knitwear exports increased by 15 percent in June-July (2015/16) and 18 percent in July-November (2015/16) compared to the corresponding period of the last year, respectively.

 

         Responding to a question the minister said during June-July (2015/16), bed wear exports in terms of quantity increased by one percent, towel by three percent, and readymade garments by four percent. Dastgir also said during July-Nov (2015/16), bed wear exports increased by 8 percent, while towel exports declined 9 percent, and readymade garments by one percent. 

 

Source : https://www.thenews.com.pk/