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Saturday, July 5, 2008

Textiles: The Sustainability Revolution DVD

Textile companies around the globe are adopting innovative ‘green’ fabric processing techniques to bring cotton’s environmental footprint inline with sustainability goals in the world market.

And to spread the word about what’s now feasible in eco-friendly textile processing, Cotton Incorporated has released a new DVD, Sustainability: The Textile Revolution. It’s the follow-up to Cotton Incorporated’s initial DVD on cotton’s agricultural sustainability, and features global technology developments and mill case studies from China, India, and Latin America, as well as the United States and Europe.

Berrye Worsham, president and CEO of Cotton Incorporated, notes, “We work hand in hand within the industry to get these new ideas into mills because we believe it’s our responsibility to increase the demand for cotton in a more sustainable manner. We also feel that part of improving the long-term sustainability of cotton products is to communicate these developments to the market.”

In the DVD, Dr. Sam Winchester, a chemical engineer and professor emeritus at North Carolina State University and a consultant to Cotton Incorporated, points out that sustainability “is not a fad or something that will go away. It’s here with us and it has great, great impact on the future of the planet,” he observes.

“About 85 percent of the water used in textile processing is in wet processing, predominantly dyeing and finishing,” Winchester points out, saying that in addition to the energy required to heat up that water, about 75 percent of all the energy — and 65 percent of the chemicals — needed to convert fiber into apparel are used in dyeing and finishing.”

The DVD dramatically demonstrates these new finishing innovations, including enzyme finishing used in place of high-alkaline chemicals in scouring; foam finishing of fabrics that reduces water use and chemical discharge; digital printing of fabric that uses no harsh solvents and curtails waste of fabric and ink; a low-salt reactive dyeing process that gives a twentyfold reduction in salt use; low-liquor dyeing that uses air rather than water to transport fabric; bleaching techniques that dramatically reduce water use; dyeing and finishing done in the same stage in the same bath, ozone finishing, and more.

Among Cotton Incorporated’s partners featured in the DVD are Novozymes, Gaston Systems, Huntsman International, Fong Textile Machinery Co. Ltd., Innova International, BASF China, Freshtex, DyStar, Vijayeswari Textiles, Swift Galey, Marks and Spencer, JC Penney, and Nike.

As Nike corporate responsibility executive Sarah Severn says in the DVD, “With an increasing population we’ve got to be really careful about how we treat the environment that we’re living in and how we relate to society. My ultimate dream is that the whole team that we have in place is really not necessary within ten years, perhaps, because this will just be the way everyone does business.”

Click here to view Textiles: The Sustainability Revolution online.

Cotton Incorporated, funded by U.S. growers of upland cotton and importers of cotton and cotton textile products, is the research and marketing company representing upland cotton. The firm’s programs are designed and operated to improve the demand for and profitability of cotton.

Courtesy : Cotton Incorporated Focuses on ‘Green’ Finishing

Friday, June 27, 2008

Textile Exports - Vietnam, Pakistan outdo India in US, EU textile mkts- Foreign ...

Smaller countries like Vietnam, Bangladesh and Pakistan are outdoing India in textile and clothing exports to the US and EU in the post-quota (2005-2007) period, confirmed a FICCI study.

Vietnam’s share in EU25’s imports of textile and clothing has increased from 0.8% in 1995 to 1.6% in 2007. India has only been able to keep its rank intact in EU market at number three, while Bangladesh has impoved from sixth position in 2002 to fourth 2007. Similarly, in the US, Vietnam seems to be fast catching up with India’s exports.

It may be noted that the appreciation of rupee till a few weeks ago had been hitting India’s textile exports. Of late, there are signs of a turnaround. Back home, textile companies are investing heavily thanks to the technology upgradation fund scheme.

Some firms are also trying to expand their manufacturing bases to other countries through either acquisitions of greenfield plants or by taking over firms in low cost economies.

According to the Ficci study, India’s prices of textiles and clothing which witnessed a declining trend in the quota period, hardended in the post-quota period in the EU market. As a result, India’s share in the EU textile imports from the world declined from 7.9% to 7.5% between 1995 and 2007.

In the US market, even though India’s average price for textile exports declined in the post-quota period they were still higher than China’s and Pakistan’s prices, according to the study. But here also, India’s share did not increase significantly.

India’s share in the US global imports of textiles and clothing increased by merely 1.6% between 1995 and 2007, whereas that of Vietnam increased from 0.04% to 4.7% and that of China went up from 11% to 33.5% in the same period. Even Bangladesh seems to be catching up fast in both EU and the US market via a vis Indian prices.

India was the third largest exporter of textiles and clothing in the US market. However, in value terms, the country’s exports were just 1/6th of China which was the largest supplier in US market.

Also, FICCI study noted that in terms of volume, Pakistan was the second largest exporter of textiles abd clothing to the US in 2007 and India was the fourth largest supplier. Vietnam, which exported only $17 million worth of clothing to the US in 1995, exported $4.35 billion of clothing in 2007 as compared to $3.2 billion exported by India to US.

In EU, India was the third biggest supplier in the EU25 market and its share was 7.5% in 2007. India’s average growth rate higher in post-quota period than the pre-quota period, i.e. 15.4% in 2005-07 and 4.4% in 1996-2004.

However, FICCI observed that there has been a declining trend in growth of our exports to the EU since 2005. India’s growth rate of exports to the EU was 18.6% in 2005 which declined to 14.9% in 2006 and 12.6% in 2007.

India’s share has remained almost constant in EU25 for the last 13 years and its average growth rate (1996-2007) has been lower than EU imports from the world, for the same period.

Whereas, average growth rates of China, Bangladesh and Vietnam were not onlygreater than India, but also greater than the EU25’s average growth rate of global imports for the period 1996-2007.

Textile Exports - Govt eyes 15% growth in textile exports in 2008-09- Foreign Trade ...

The government is expecting a 15 per cent growth in textile exports in 2008-09, even as it fell short of achieving the 25 billion dollar export target set last year.

India's textile exports for 2007-08 stood at $20.5 billion, against the targeted $25 billion.

"Textile exports for 2007-08 registered a growth of 10 per cent over the previous year despite growth being impacted by the sharp rise in value of rupee against the dollar," Textile Minister Shankersinh Vaghela told reporters on the sidelines of a Ficci seminar on technical textiles.

While no target has been fixed for the current year, the government expects a 15 per cent growth in exports in the current fiscal over the previous year.

Earlier speaking at the occasion, Textile Secretary A K Singh said the government is in the process of constituting an inter-ministerial committee comprising representatives of the ministries of Road and Transport, Defence, Health and Family Welfare, Home Affairs and Environment to examine feasibility of a regulatory framework for use of technical textiles.

Manufactured for non-aesthetic purposes, technical textiles are materials used primarily for their functional properties, like fire-retardant, in areas of defence, health, infrastructure and aerospace.

"There is no regulatory framework in India for mandatory use of specific technical textile products particularly in areas of health and infrastructure. The regulations are mainly for safety and well-being in use of technical textiles and will be implemented by the Ministries," Singh said.

With a view to provide infrastructural support for technical textiles, the government also proposes to set up four Centres of Excellence within the next six months.

Courtesy: Economic Times Of India

Dyeing Printing Finishing- June-08- IV

Courtesy - Textile World