US retailer Dollar General has planned 1,000 new store openings in 2017, in addition to which it will also set up two distribution centres, all of which are expected to create 10,000 new jobs in the current year. The addition of these jobs will increase the strength of its workforce by around 9 per cent, and will be the highest intake in its 78 year history.


         Dollar General plans to use its robust training programs to support the company's commitment to one of its operating priorities of investing in employees as a competitive advantage.


         The company will invest more than 1.5 million training hours in employees in 2017, to promote education and development throughout the year.


         "Dollar General looks forward to welcoming new employees who want to grow with us, as we expand throughout the states we serve," Todd Vasos, Dollar General's chief executive officer said. “Since joining Dollar General in 2008, I have had the privilege to see the company grow from around 72,000 employees, to more than 130,000 anticipated employees by end of the fiscal 2017.


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          Schoeller Textil AG, Swiss firm that specialises in the sustainable development of innovative textiles and textile technologies, is showing a new wearable textile technology: a durable, heatable e-soft-shell material which can be flexibly cut to size, at ISPO Munich, the world’s largest sports trade show, from February 5 to 8, 2017, in hall A1-421.


          The new laminate is structured like a conventional soft-shell with corkshell technology and can be produced for sale by the metre. The incorporated textile electronics permit consistent heat distribution and are functional at common voltages. Furthermore, the material can be dyed and washed. The vision for the future of the e-soft-shell material includes washable electrical contacting, smart batteries, and sensor technology that operate by smartphone. A prototype vest in the new e-softshell fabric (see picture left) will be demonstrated to potential customers at the expo.


          Together with the companies KJUS and Osmotex, as well as the EMPA Institute, Schoeller is also working on an electro-osmotic membrane for use in outerwear. The aim is to ensure a pleasant microclimate in the face of fluctuating external temperatures and exercise level.


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          Nilit Fibers and LincSpun have jointly developed the Trinomax-In LincSpun yarn by combining Nilit Innergy far infrared rays (FIR) energy generating yarn with merino wool. It can be used to produce fabrics for sportswear, footwear, and seamless garments. Samples of Trinomax-In apparel and shoes are being displayed at ISPO Munich in hall B5 234 booth BN03.


          Knitting Trinomax-In LincSpun yarn on the state-of-the-art Shima Seiki machine, results in an innovative fabric that brings together performance, nature, and technology, said Nilit Fibers in a press release.


          Nilit innergy nylon 6.6 yarn captures body heat and reflects it back as FIR to gently warm and invigorate muscles. A naturally occurring mineral incorporated into the fibres converts the thermal energy and generates the FIR emissions.


          Nilit Innergy nylon yarn is durable, stays fresh, and protects from UV radiation making it the ideal choice for casual clothes, athleticwear, base layer, and footwear. As an added benefit, its FIR rays have been shown to improve post-workout muscle recovery.



          Australasian spinning technology company LincSpun chose merino wool as the perfect companion yarn for Nilit Innergy. Soft and versatile with inherent strength and moisture management capabilities, merino wool brings natural beauty and performance to Trinomax-In LincSpun yarn. The Nilit Innergy yarns are wrapped around the merino fibres so they are next to the body and the merino wool is on the inside of the fabric.


           “Nilit Innergy is an amazing performance fibre in its own right. But when combined with Merino wool in LincSpun’s ingeniously constructed TRINOMAX-IN LincSpun yarn, the result is a collection of well-designed performance fashions and shoes that shows a new range of aesthetic and performance capabilities,” said Pierluigi Berardi, Nilit’s global marketing director.


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          The Directorate General of Anti-dumping and Allied Duties (DGAD), under the commerce ministry, Government of India, has initiated anti-dumping investigation concerning imports of polyester staple fibre (PSF) from China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. The period of investigation shall be 18 months from April 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016.


          The investigation has been initiated following an application filed by Alok Industry Limited, Indo Rama Synthetics (India) Limited and The Bombay Dyeing & Mfg. Co. Ltd. for imposition of anti-dumping duty on imports of non-dyed PSF ranging from 0.6 to 6 Deniers, excluding recycled PSF and specialty fibres namely, cationic dyeable, fire/flame retardant, low melt and bi-component fibres from China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, a DGAD notification said.


          Non-dyed PSF ranging from 0.6 to 6 Deniers are predominantly used to spin yarn of 100% PSF or in blends with natural, artificial and/or synthetic staple fibres for manufacture of textiles, sewing thread, other industrial textiles, non-woven applications, etc.


          Though the period of investigation shall be from April 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016, the injury investigation period will cover the data of previous three years, i.e. April 2012 to March 2013, April 2013 to March 2014, April 2014 to March 2015, and the current period of investigation, the notification said.


          The probe will determine the existence, degree and effect of alleged dumping and after that, DGAD may recommend the quantum of anti-dumping duty, which if levied, will be ‘adequate’ to remove the injury to the domestic industry.


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          In line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to increase output and jobs in the textile sector, the Budget has given a boost to textile infrastructure by increasing the allocation for building textile parks, incubation facilities, processing and development centres by almost three times to Rs 1,860 crore from Rs 506 crore in FY17. 


          These increased funds will also be used for the Pradhan Mantri Rojgar Protsahan Yojana to promote employment in the sector. Infrastructure is the only segment of the textile industry that has got higher funds. Allocation for the ministry is similar to last year. 


           “Though there are no new schemes or programmes specifically for the textiles or garment industry, the Budget has several provisions that will help the sector to grow faster,” said Rahul Mehta, president, Clothing Manufacturers' Association of India. 


          However, the government has cut support to the Amended Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme (ATUFS) which is used to promote technical textilesBSE 0.00 % and generate employment in the apparel and garment sectors. The budgetary allocation is down from Rs2,610 crore in FY17 to Rs2,013 crore. “The allocation for the textile industry used to go for TUFS but the industry felt that besides modernisation, more is needed in infrastructure such as plug-and-play facilities. So, the allocation is in the rig.


          The largest chunk of the spend, Rs1,600 crore, is expected from the remission of state taxes that will make garment exports competitive. By creating more incubation centres, the government has encouraged domestic textile manufacturing, which has lost market share to Bangladesh and Vietnam. Higher infrastructure spending will help create the logistics required for the Rs6,006 crore package for apparel.


Source : http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/

          The well-known designer from Italy, François Girbaud, is set to show the first exclusive collection in Sensitive Fabrics, the innovative technical fabrics by Eurojersey, a leading Italian-made warp knit fabrics and textiles company, at the Première Vision 2017 expo, the global event for fashion professionals, to be held from February 7 to 9, 2017, in Paris.


          The high-tech influences and urban dynamism for the garments displayed is made by the famous Portuguese garment maker Petratex. The Sensitive fabrics comprises of a special formula born of the fusion of three different components: design, fabrics, and manufacturing. The Sensitive Preformers is a series of modern, multi-purpose garments endowed with the superb comfort of innovative and high performing Sensitive Fabrics which, as well as being easy to wash and wrinkle-free, offer a modern-day take on the concept of “sport utility” and accompany the wearer in all sorts of activities throughout the day.


          The muse for presenting the collection is Rosie The Riveter, the iconic image which used to appear on US government posters. The girl hard at work during the period of the Second World War helped redefine the role of women and determined image continues to be a benchmark for the work clothes borrowed from men’s attire.


          Another inspiration is the sport, to meet the need of practical, comfortable clothing. In fact, in the pants of the male and female line, back pockets have been relocated to insert reflective strips to move safely in the cycling context, even in the city.


          The ultra-flat and super functional Sensitive Fabrics, combined with clever manufacturing technology, allows the review of details such as heat-welded side pockets and without seams, useful to accommodate little items such as credit card with microchips or smartphone.


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