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T encel® lyocell fiber, whose closed-loop direct solvent process was patented in 1987, came on the market in 1992 as a branded fiber. Cellulose fiber producer Lenzing AG, Austria, one of the basic patent holders, acquired the brand in 2004 and has expanded production significantly to meet demand for a growing range of applications. The smooth-surfaced, hydrophilic fiber, extracted from wood, offers superior moisture management and natural cooling, inhibits bacterial growth, and is chemical-free and non-irritating to sensitive skin. It is available in the standard fibrillating variant as well as two non-fibrillating crosslinked variants.

Lenzing recently launched Tencel C,  comprising Tencel fiber soaked with chitosan, made of chitin extracted from crab shells. Chitosan, the second most available natural polymer after cellulose, has long been used in cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, and is said to relieve itching, regulate cells and protect the skin, in addition to having an antibacterial effect. Lenzing reports it adds skin-soothing cosmetic benefits to Tencel, and in a scientific wear study, stockings made with Tencel C were shown to protect the skin, allow it to retain more moisture, improve skin elasticity and stimulate skin cell regeneration. Lenzing is promoting the fiber for use in apparel worn next to the skin and in home furnishings such as bed sheets. There also are potential wound-healing applications.

"Our research team worked on Tencel C for almost ten years," said Alexandra Steger, project manager marketing apparel, Textile Fibers, Lenzing AG. "We have attached the chitosan so that it can’t wash off or be stripped off. The fiber is spun, and the chitosan solution penetrates into its porous structure. The fiber is then finished. Cellulose and chitosan are very similar, so we can combine the botanic and oceanic stories," she said, pointing out cellulose’s botanic source and chitosan’s oceanic source. "The molecules differ only at one point where chitosan has an amino group.

"Lenzing produces the fiber at its Heiligenkreuz, Austria, plant, and now makes a 1.3-decitex (dtex) fibrillating fiber. It plans also to offer a 0.9-dtex microfiber and a low-fibrillating crosslinked fiber.

To ensure end-product quality, Lenzing partners with the customers. "We will take care of all process steps and are in close contact with the spinning mills and dyehouses," Steger said. "Dyeing and finishing are quite sensitive, and the dyestuffs and processing are selected very carefully."

Tejidos Royo, Spain, is using Tencel C on the reverse side of its Wellness & Skin Care Denim fabrics. Huber Tricot GmbH, Austria, will introduce lingerie made with the fiber in its 2012-13 Bodywear collection. Other apparel companies as well as home textiles manufacturers are sampling the fiber. Lenzing will launch Tencel C in the United States at the upcoming Los Angeles International Textile Show and Texworld USA.


SOURCE Textile world


China Textile City

China Textile City

China Textile City is a textile distribution center that’s so large, it’s almost impossible to imagine.

Jürg Rupp, Executive Editor

During the last two decades, China has become the powerhouse of the world, at least within the textile industry. With enormous perseverance, a lot of work and a strong will to learn, an infrastructure was built that is probably second to none in the world today. And the expression of this determination became a reality with the impressive China Textile City (CTC), located in Keqiao, Shaoxing County.

A visit to CTC, Asia’s largest textile distribution center, is breathtaking. Located some three- to four-hours’ drive northeast of Shanghai, the place is huge - almost impossible to imagine. CTC was planned in the open countryside and became a reality some 20 years ago. Markets here gather together all kinds of fibers, yarns and fabrics - including home textiles and, of course, apparel, but also more and more industrial textiles. In spite of all its advantages, CTC is still mostly unknown in the Western world.
Shaoxing County
Shaoxing County is the center of the Chinese textile industry. According to CTC management, the fabric market on Dongsheng Road is CTC’s most prosperous market and takes up the its core area. It is located about half an hour east of Hangzhou International Airport, and one hour west of Ningbo Beilun Port.

In China, Shaoxing County is a well-known historic place. It is reputed to be the pearl of South China, the birthplace of silk-making and a cultural center. For five consecutive years, Shaoxing has ranked among the top 10 regions in China. In 2006, the county’s gross production value totaled US$5.8 billion, and its gross domestic product per capita totaled US$8,000.

World’s Largest Trade Center

CTC is a textile distribution center of the very largest scale and offers the greatest variety of textile products in China. In addition, it is the largest textile professional market in Asia, and the biggest trade center worldwide. A massive group of big buildings, creating a true city for the domestic textile industry, covers a built area of more than 3.2 million square meters (m 2). Currently, CTC includes more than 20,000 business rooms and 19,000 operating companies. According to its management, CTC trades tens of thousands of fabrics, and more than 100,000 customers pass through daily. There are more than 3,500 permanent overseas purchasers and more than 700 permanent overseas representative agencies.

Textile products are sold to virtually all Chinese regions and the whole world. It is estimated some 83 percent of all global made-made fiber already is produced in Asia. CTC management claims that one-quarter of all global man-made-fiber fabrics are traded here, representing an annual market turnover of more than 60 billion renminbi.


China Keqiao International Textile Expo is one of the most important domestic fairs, and has become the largest, highest-level, most international textile exhibition venue in China.

Various Business Zones

CTC is the first professional market in China to incorporate the name "China." It includes four sectors:

·                          a fabric market in the south;

·                          an apparel and accessories market in the north;

·                          a company-oriented international trade zone in the center; and

·                          a textile raw material market in the west.

The International Trade Zone is a well-organized and structured international marketplace, integrating exhibitions, commerce and trade, offices and more.

Within the Common Zone of the Fabric Market, there are foreign textile companies and businesses; domestic large and medium-sized textile and printing businesses, including Shaoxing County’s top 500 textile and printing businesses; domestic brand businesses and companies; companies or dealers trading in other textile markets for more than three years; and finance corporations.

The so-called "Superior Goods Zone" within the fabric market includes overseas textile companies having annual sales of more than US$30 million, international chain enterprises and merchandising offices of well-known charitable and welfare institutions; as well as China’s top 100 textile companies and national-level branded textile companies and the top 10 large operators in China’s top five professional textile markets. The fabric market has a built area totaling 220,000 m 2. There are a large fabric exhibition and transaction area, and a company-oriented management trading area; as well as comprehensive logistics equipment and property management, and services such as banks and catering.

More than 12,000 operators -- including 370 foreign representative associations and foreign investment trade businesses, and more than 2,500 overseas buyers -- occupy quarters at CTC. Each booth in the superior goods zone measures 50 to 60 m2 overall and offers 25 to 30 m 2 of usable floor space. Parties interested in taking space in that zone may apply for two to three booths. In 2006, the total trade value was 50 billion renminbi including export trade valued at US$4 billion.

CTC’s fabric market at Dongsheng Road, which has been updated based on the old market with fabric exhibitions, covers 231,000 m2 and has 1,600 sales rooms. The fabric market is owned and supported by the Shaoxing government, which is said to ensure a prosperous development of the market. According to CTC’s management, the rent charge is only one-fifth that of other markets at the same level.

Environmental consciousness is growing in China: The size of the wastewater plant for CTC is so large that it is not possible to see from one end to the other.

Service Institutions

The whole area is professionally organized, which is a must at this scale. The different service areas - or service institutions, as they are called at CTC - are: Construction & Management Committee for China Textile City; Shaoxing County Foreign Service Center; Shaoxing County Local Taxation Bureau; Shaoxing County State Taxation Bureau; Administration of Industry and Commerce of Shaoxing County; Shaoxing County Economic and Trade Bureau; and Shaoxing County Administrative Service Center.

Country Pavilions

A special country or regional pavilion can be established if more than 20 enterprises from the same country or region want to participate. Setup would be handled using "most preferential policies," and could lower the entrance standard.

Chinese Growing Domestic Market, New Technologies Bolster Chinese Textile Industry

Textile World Asia recently interviewed a two textile machinery manufacturers that conduct a significant amount of business in China to get their view on what’s going on in the Chinese textile industry. Edda Walraf -- head of marketing, Rieter Group, Switzerland -- and Fabio Mario Mazzucchetti -- sales and marketing director, ITEMA Weaving, part of Italy-based ITEMA Group -- both noted that China’s domestic demand is booming. According to Mazzucchetti, areas such as home textiles, shirting, and denim have been doing very well, with denim exports in particular increasing considerably.

In addition, China’s textile industry more and more is developing machines that are locally made and/or assembled, and the country’s bank system is willing to support those types of investments. Mazzucchetti noted that ITEMA Weaving is benefiting from this development as more machines are built and delivered from its own plant in Songjiang, south of Shanghai.

    China’s textile industry has realized the need for "green" technology and is beginning to place more emphasis on being sustainable. "More than before, the textile industry in China is taking care of subjects such as power consumption and quality, and they are starting to raise issues such as "go green," Mazzucchetti said. "Apparently, the central government is pushing on these issues. Several investments, which were not seen before, show that the government is putting much more attention on this topic. The textile industry in China is changing rapidly and I’m sure we will see even more in the future."

    "The Chinese textile market is taking the global challenge and developing toward new, high-quality, sustainable technologies, and added-value products -- which is the global trend for success," said Walraf, who noted that only new technologies support China’s success. Walraf also reported that China’s yarn production from short-staple fibers has benefited from the implementation of new technologies. 


SORCE Textile World Asia


    US cotton production projection lowered, USDA (USA)


USDA’s June projection for the 2011 cotton crop was reduced from 18 million bales in May to 17 million bales due to the drought conditions which are expected to reduce harvested area, particularly in the Southwest region. In 2010, the U.S. cotton crop totaled 18.1 million bales. With U.S. abandonment projected at 19 percent for 2011, harvested acreage is currently estimated at 10.2 million acres, 500,000 acres below 2010 despite 1.6 million additional acres expected to be planted for the 2011 season.

The planting estimate currently at 12.6 million acres will be updated in the Acreage report released by USDA on June 30th. This report will include actual plantings as of early June as well as estimates for any remaining cotton to be planted. As of June 5th, 87 percent of the expected cotton area had been planted, slightly below last season but equal to the 5-year average. In addition to planting progress, 9 percent of the national crop area was squaring, slightly above last season and the 5-year average.

With the June projection, the U.S. cotton yield remains forecast at 800 pounds per harvested acre, as the reduction in production was associated with the expected loss of area to be harvested. The 2011/12 yield projection is 12 pounds below the 2010 season and 19 pounds below the 5-year average. USDA will begin “in field” production surveys in August.

Revisions to Demand and Stock Estimates
Adjustments to June’s U.S. cotton demand estimates were limited to exports. For both 2010/11 and 2011/12, U.S. cotton exports were reduced 500,000 bales. The current-year adjustment was the result of continued cancellations of previous sales and includes a small allowance for rollover sales into the new crop year. The reduction for 2011/12 was the result of a smaller U.S. crop projection, which is expected to limit exportable supplies, as well as slightly lower foreign demand.

U.S. exports are estimated at 15 million bales for the current season and 13 million bales for 2011/12. With U.S. exports decreasing and world trade expected to rise 10 percent in 2011/12, the U.S. share of global trade is estimated to decline from 42 percent in 2010/11 to 33 percent, a share similar to 2009/10.








China Textile and Apparel Industry to Hold Expo in Europe


China Textile and Apparel Trade Fair (Germany), a center of attention in world textile industry, will be held in European continent for the first time from Nov 5 to 7 in Karlsruhe, Germany. Excellent Chinese textile and apparel enterprises will present a new image of Chinese textile and apparel products to European industry circle and consumers while taking advantage of the platform built up by China National Textile And Apparel Council, Sub-council of Textile Industry of CCPIT, China National Garment Association and Karlsruhe Exposition Corporation of Germany.

China Textile and Apparel Trade Fair European Expo is the demand of Chinese textile and apparel industry in post-quota age while attaching importance to change increasing pattern, promoting industrial upgrade and confronting international challenge and a significant platform for China and Europe strengthening industrial cooperation and enlarging trade affair, as well as the opportunity for Chinese enterprises implementing “go global” strategy. Textile import volume of EU constituted 31% of world import volume annually. Sales volume of textile and apparel was totaling over 190bln euros in a year. China-Europe textile industry has cooperated for a long time with deep levels; especially they have broad cooperative foundation in fiber, industrial textile product, textile machinery and brand promotion. With high technological and managing standard, European textile industry has strong innovation capability. It is predicted that EU GDP will keep increasing and bring more developing opportunities to Chinese textile and apparel manufacturers.

(Source: Network Center of MOFCOM)

China Expects to Double its Apparel Revenue by 2011

Rapid economic development and government initiatives have made China a dominant player in the global apparel and textile industry. Apparel and textile production has posted positive growth over the past few years, reflecting China’s strong potential to give tough competition to other emerging textile industries. According to our new research report “China Apparel Industry - New Opportunities for Growth”, the Chinese apparel industry is expected to earn revenue of US$ 150 Billion by 2011 on account of various supporting factors such as low labor cost and favorable economic conditions.

We have also found that good performance of manufacturing sector amidst global economic slowdown has provided a platform for the development of apparel and textile industry. Moreover, cloth and other textile products have been exported to several developed and developing countries, enabling China to generate a significant amount of foreign exchange.

Another interesting trend that has emerged in recent year is local people’s changing preference for branded clothes but the domestic clothes will continue to dominate the apparel industry in terms of consumption.

Our research report also contains information of similar new trends that have evolved in recent years along with reasons that have led to these transformations in the Chinese apparel industry. Besides, the report gives detailed industry overview and future outlook for the overall apparel and textile industry, including sub-segments of apparel (
casual wear, men’s wear, women’s wear, children wear, knitted undergarments, trousers and leather wear, woolen and thermal wear & sportswear) and textile (yarn, garments, chemical fibers, cloths, non-woven textiles & cotton).

“China Apparel Industry - New Opportunities for Growth” is a comprehensive research report that comprises quality research and in-depth analysis of the apparel and textile industry in China. It studies the current market trends in context of industrial developments to analyze their impact on the sector. The report will help clients to analyze the leading-edge opportunities, key players and all other factors, which are critical for the success of a new entrant in the Chinese apparel and textile industry.

The booming textile market in China

Published: 03 Sep 2009 19:38:57 PST

China is one of the world’s biggest textile producing and exporting countries. Long period of growth and development has enhanced its competitiveness and established more efficient and comprehensive  industrial supply chains to support world demand. Chin’s domestic demand for garments and accessories pushed profits to US$10.8 billion in the first eight months of 2008 with revenues from export  hitting US$120 billion in the same period. Domestic demand and export are projected to rise to US$17.5 billion and US$190 billion, respectively.

Prospects for international trade remain bright with the abolition of EU-China textile trade restrictions in 2007 and the impending removal of trade barriers under the Sino-US textile agreement in 2008. More  than 60% of the global textile market will soon open to China to bring greater opportunities to China textile producers.

In the domestic front, local consumption of textile products remains high. At present, 80% of China’s textile products is for the local market. Rapid growth of the domestic economy and higher consumer  income are expected to push further the development of China’s textile market.

Recent China Government initiatives such as the reinstatement of VAT tax credits and incentives for makers to upgrade and produce higher quality Value added products will help ensure continued growth  of the industry and the need for makers to upgrade equipment and materials used in the manufacturing process.

Source: Ringier

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