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09.05.2022

GOTS releases 2021 annual report detailing record growth and increased interest

Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) announces the release of its 2021 Annual Report. Even with the continued constraints of COVID-19, 2021 was a year of significant developments for GOTS. An increased interest in sustainability in the textile industry led to greater awareness of GOTS certification from businesses as well as consumers.

Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) announces the release of its 2021 Annual Report. Even with the continued constraints of COVID-19, 2021 was a year of significant developments for GOTS. An increased interest in sustainability in the textile industry led to greater awareness of GOTS certification from businesses as well as consumers.

The 31-page report details the record growth experienced in 2021, which included an increase of 19 percent in GOTS certified facilities around the world, with Certification Bodies (CBs) reporting 12.338 facilities in 79 countries (+11 percent). Three new GOTS-approved Certification Bodies brought the total to 18, nine of which have chemical input approval in their scopes. The additional CBs are helping meet an ever-increasing demand for certification. The rise in certifications also allowed GOTS to expand internally, adding Representatives as well as colleagues with expertise in Standard Development and Implementation, Quality Assurance, Communication, and IT. GOTS representatives worldwide offered training and education to thousands of participants, including businesses, governmental representatives, certification bodies, and other stakeholders. Visits to the GOTS website jumped 43 percent from 2020 and GOTS’s following on social media expanded significantly, gaining 57 percent across platforms.

“Despite ongoing difficulties and uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, decision-makers continue to pursue their sustainability goals and value GOTS as a tool to accomplish them. We will continue to strive toward our vision of a future in which organic textiles are a significant part of everyday life, enhancing people’s lives and the environment,” says GOTS Managing Director Claudia Kersten.

Additional highlights covered in the report include chronicling the implementation of the most recent update to the standard document, GOTS version 6.0, and the release of ‘Conditions for the Use of GOTS Signs (CUGS)’, which outlines the rules for using the GOTS logo and labeling and updates to GOTS Scope and Transaction Certification policies which are a crucial part of the certification process.

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Global Organic Textile Standard

06.05.2022

adidas grows double-digit in Western markets in Q1 2022

  • Currency-neutral sales down 3% as supply constraints reduce top-line by € 400 million
  • Western markets continue to show strong momentum with combined currency-neutral sales growing 13% across North America (+13%), EMEA (+9%) and Latin America (+38%)  
  • Gross margin down 1.9pp to 49.9% driven by significantly higher supply chain costs
  • Operating margin of 8.2% reflecting additional investments into brand, DTC, and digital
  • Net income from continuing operations reaches € 310 million
  • FY 2022 outlook for revenue and net income confirmed at the lower end due to the impact from covid-19-related lockdowns in Greater China

“In the first quarter, consumer demand for our brand and products was strong in all Western markets. Our combined sales in North America, EMEA and Latin America grew at a double-digit rate.

  • Currency-neutral sales down 3% as supply constraints reduce top-line by € 400 million
  • Western markets continue to show strong momentum with combined currency-neutral sales growing 13% across North America (+13%), EMEA (+9%) and Latin America (+38%)  
  • Gross margin down 1.9pp to 49.9% driven by significantly higher supply chain costs
  • Operating margin of 8.2% reflecting additional investments into brand, DTC, and digital
  • Net income from continuing operations reaches € 310 million
  • FY 2022 outlook for revenue and net income confirmed at the lower end due to the impact from covid-19-related lockdowns in Greater China

“In the first quarter, consumer demand for our brand and products was strong in all Western markets. Our combined sales in North America, EMEA and Latin America grew at a double-digit rate. Backed by an exceptionally strong wholesale order book and relentless focus on driving growth in our own DTC channels, we expect this positive development to continue for the rest of the year,” said adidas CEO Kasper Rorsted. “In the East, we will return to growth in Asia-Pacific in the second quarter, while we expect the challenging market environment in Greater China to continue. With strong double-digit growth in the vast majority of our markets, representing more than 80% of our business, we are well positioned for success in 2022. “

For the full press release, see attached document.

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adidas AG

07.04.2022

Rieter Annual General Meeting 2022

  • All motions approved

The Corona Virus also had an impact on the 131st Annual General Meeting of Rieter Holding Ltd., Winterthur, on Thursday, April 7, 2022.

Based on Article 27 of Regulation 3 on measures to combat the Corona Virus (COVID-19), the Board of Directors of Rieter Holding Ltd. decided that shareholders can exercise their voting rights exclusively by authorizing the independent proxy. Shareholders therefore could not attend the Annual General Meeting in person. The Annual General Meeting was held on the premises of Rieter Holding Ltd. at the company’s headquarters in Winterthur.

At the Annual General Meeting of Rieter Holding Ltd. on April 7, 2022, the independent proxy represented a total of 1 986 shareholders who hold 64.4% of the share capital.

The shareholders approved the proposal of the Board of Directors to distribute a dividend of CHF 4.00 per share. In addition, they approved the proposed maximum total amounts of the remuneration of the members of the Board of Directors and of the Group Executive Committee for fiscal year 2023.

  • All motions approved

The Corona Virus also had an impact on the 131st Annual General Meeting of Rieter Holding Ltd., Winterthur, on Thursday, April 7, 2022.

Based on Article 27 of Regulation 3 on measures to combat the Corona Virus (COVID-19), the Board of Directors of Rieter Holding Ltd. decided that shareholders can exercise their voting rights exclusively by authorizing the independent proxy. Shareholders therefore could not attend the Annual General Meeting in person. The Annual General Meeting was held on the premises of Rieter Holding Ltd. at the company’s headquarters in Winterthur.

At the Annual General Meeting of Rieter Holding Ltd. on April 7, 2022, the independent proxy represented a total of 1 986 shareholders who hold 64.4% of the share capital.

The shareholders approved the proposal of the Board of Directors to distribute a dividend of CHF 4.00 per share. In addition, they approved the proposed maximum total amounts of the remuneration of the members of the Board of Directors and of the Group Executive Committee for fiscal year 2023.

The Chairman of the Board, Bernhard Jucker, and the members of the Board of Directors Hans-Peter Schwald, Peter Spuhler, Roger Baillod and Carl Illi were confirmed for an additional one-year term of office. Sarah Kreienbühl and Daniel Grieder were newly elected to the Board of Directors for a one-year term of office.

Furthermore, Hans-Peter Schwald and Bernhard Jucker, the members of the Remuneration Committee who were standing for election, were also each re-elected for a one-year term of office. Sarah Kreienbühl was newly elected to the Remuneration Committee and is taking over the chair.

Shareholders also adopted all other motions proposed by the Board of Directors, namely the approval of the annual report, the financial statements and the consolidated financial statements for 2021, and formal approval of the actions of the members of the Board of Directors and those of the Group Executive Committee in the year under review. In addition, the authorized capital was extended for a further two years.

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Rieter Management AG

30.03.2022

Member States to nominate candidates for next IFAD President

At a time when global food security is becoming a rising concern for governments around the world, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) today announced a call to its 177 Member States to nominate candidates for the Fund’s next President.
 
IFAD is a specialized United Nations agency and international financial institution focused on the alleviation of rural poverty and hunger.
 
The President is IFAD’s most senior position with responsibility for leading the organization and chairing its Executive Board. Nominations for President can only be made by IFAD Member States and must be received by the Secretary of IFAD no later than 6 May 2022.
 

At a time when global food security is becoming a rising concern for governments around the world, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) today announced a call to its 177 Member States to nominate candidates for the Fund’s next President.
 
IFAD is a specialized United Nations agency and international financial institution focused on the alleviation of rural poverty and hunger.
 
The President is IFAD’s most senior position with responsibility for leading the organization and chairing its Executive Board. Nominations for President can only be made by IFAD Member States and must be received by the Secretary of IFAD no later than 6 May 2022.
 
The President will lead IFAD at a crucial time. Fears that rising food and fuel prices - worsened by the current conflict in Ukraine - could lead to a global food crisis are running high, with the world’s poorest rural people likely to be hardest hit. Small-scale producers are already reeling from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, droughts, cyclones and other natural disasters. Their incomes are expected to be affected by the rising cost of inputs and disrupted markets. This is also likely to have devastating and long-term impacts on their nutrition and food security.
 
IFAD plays a crucial role in increasing the resilience of rural small-scale producers to shocks, and ensuring that they can continue to grow food and earn incomes. The Fund’s investments in climate adaptation and sustainable food systems are helping to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals to eradicate hunger and poverty.
 
Following the nomination process, the appointment of the next President will take place on 7 July 2022 during the first special session of the IFAD Governing Council. The Governing Council is IFAD's principle governing body with full decision-making powers.
 
The President of IFAD serves a four-year term, renewable once. The newly appointed President will take office on 1 October 2022.

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IFAD

29.03.2022

Esprit Announces Annual Results for FY2021

  • Revenue Increases to HK$8,316 Million with Net Profit After Tax Surging Significantly
  • Recording a Turnaround to HK$381 Million
  • Re-Establishes ESPRIT’s Market Leadership

ESPRIT HOLDINGS LIMITED has announced its audited financial annual results for the year ended 31 December 2021, highlighted by a significant increase in both revenue and profit attributable to shareholders of the Company to HK$8,316 million and HK$381 million respectively, in which the profit attributable to shareholders of the Company also recorded a turnaround versus the loss attributable to shareholders of the Company of HK$414 million for the six months ended 31 December 2020. Gross profit margin was 48.6%, 7.0% higher than the Corresponding Period. Please refer to the Company’s results announcement for the Current Year for further details.

  • Revenue Increases to HK$8,316 Million with Net Profit After Tax Surging Significantly
  • Recording a Turnaround to HK$381 Million
  • Re-Establishes ESPRIT’s Market Leadership

ESPRIT HOLDINGS LIMITED has announced its audited financial annual results for the year ended 31 December 2021, highlighted by a significant increase in both revenue and profit attributable to shareholders of the Company to HK$8,316 million and HK$381 million respectively, in which the profit attributable to shareholders of the Company also recorded a turnaround versus the loss attributable to shareholders of the Company of HK$414 million for the six months ended 31 December 2020. Gross profit margin was 48.6%, 7.0% higher than the Corresponding Period. Please refer to the Company’s results announcement for the Current Year for further details.

Such financial improvement was attributable to various reasons, including (i) the new infrastructure and strategies instituted by the current management team; (ii) improvement in sales with higher gross profit margin; (iii) positive results of efficient cost control measures; (iv) improved inventory management; and (v) growth in E-commerce.

Although revenue in the Current Year was affected by lockdowns in the Company’s major European markets during the first quarter of 2021, and due to increased restrictions on entry requirements into stores during the fourth quarter of 2021, the Group generated revenue via three main channels: E-commerce, wholesale, and owned retail stores. As the ESPRIT brand website and third-party E-commerce partners continued to trade during lockdown, a large portion of the Group’s sales were generated online. This business model allowed it to mitigate some of the negative impacts of the Pandemic in the retail segment. Another driver of growth came from selling fewer discounted products from the Company’s retail business compared to 2020.

The Group has not forgotten the ESPRIT mission and long-standing commitment to sustainability. The Company has continued to work tirelessly towards developing cutting-edge materials that set new standards in terms of environmental sustainability. The Company has formulated and further advanced its ESG strategies to establish ESPRIT as an industry pioneer. Such strategies involve the greater use of sustainable fibers, developing new and innovative product options that support a circular economy, and ensuring environmental awareness is a key message that underpins all of the Group’s projects. To achieve these objectives, the Management has identified four key pillars of growth (Sourcing and Procurement; Marketing and Product; IT, Internet, and E-commerce; and The ESPRIT Brand Story) that are paramount in maintaining the loyalty of existing ESPRIT patrons and attracting new customers.

Looking ahead, the global economy is anticipated to be negatively affected by the lingering effects of the coronavirus pandemic and the conflict in Ukraine. The already unstable logistics industry and disrupted supply chain will likely be further impacted, which in turn will result in higher logistic service costs. Despite the unfavorable global economic outlook, the Group believes that under the leadership of its current management and with the support of dedicated staff members, the Company is on track to ongoing profit growth.

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FleishmanHillard

03.03.2022

Lenzing opens lyocell plant in Thailand

  • Project delivered on schedule and at budget after two and a half years of construction despite challenges arising from a global pandemic
  • New state-of-the-art lyocell plant with a capacity of 100,000 tons will help serve the growing demand for sustainably produced fibers
  • Important milestone towards a carbon-free future has been set

The Lenzing Group is pleased to announce the completion of its key lyocell expansion project in Thailand. The new plant, one of the largest of its kind in the world with a nameplate capacity of 100,000 tons per year, started production on schedule and will help to even better meet the increasing customer demand for TENCEL™ branded lyocell fibers. For Lenzing, the project also represents an important step towards strengthening its leadership position in the specialty fiber market and into a carbon-free future.

  • Project delivered on schedule and at budget after two and a half years of construction despite challenges arising from a global pandemic
  • New state-of-the-art lyocell plant with a capacity of 100,000 tons will help serve the growing demand for sustainably produced fibers
  • Important milestone towards a carbon-free future has been set

The Lenzing Group is pleased to announce the completion of its key lyocell expansion project in Thailand. The new plant, one of the largest of its kind in the world with a nameplate capacity of 100,000 tons per year, started production on schedule and will help to even better meet the increasing customer demand for TENCEL™ branded lyocell fibers. For Lenzing, the project also represents an important step towards strengthening its leadership position in the specialty fiber market and into a carbon-free future.

The construction of the plant located at Industrial Park 304 in Prachinburi, around 150 kilometers northeast of Bangkok, started in the second half of 2019 and proceeded largely according to plan, despite the challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. The recruiting and onboarding of new employees has been successful. Investments (CAPEX) amounted to approx. EUR 400 mn.

“The demand for our wood-based, biodegradable specialty fibers under the TENCEL™, LENZING™ ECOVERO™ and VEOCEL™ brands is growing very well. In Asia in particular, we see huge growth potential for our brands based on sustainable innovation. With the production start of the lyocell plant in Thailand, Lenzing reached an important milestone in its growth journey, supporting our ambitious goal to make the textile and nonwoven industries more sustainable”, said Robert van de Kerkhof, Member of the Managing Board.

In 2019, Lenzing made a strategic commitment to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions per ton of product by 50 percent by 2030. The target is to be climate-neutral by 2050. Due to the established infrastructure, the site in Thailand can be supplied with sustainable biogenic energy and contribute significantly to climate protection.

Together with the key project in Brazil and the substantial investments at the existing sites in Asia, Lenzing is currently implementing the largest investment program in its corporate history (with more than approx. EUR 1.5 bn). Lenzing will continue to drive the execution of its strategic projects, which are to make a significant contri-bution to earnings from 2022.

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Lenzing AG

24.02.2022

NCTO: Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Sarah Bianchi visits Shawmut Corporation

Shawmut Corporation hosted Deputy United States Trade Representative Sarah Bianchi at the company’s headquarters and state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in West Bridgewater, Mass., as part of the ambassador’s inaugural visit to textile manufacturing facilities in the New England area.

Ambassador Bianchi’s visit comes at a pivotal time for the U.S. textile supply chain, which produced $64 billion in output in 2020 and employed nearly 530,000 workers. Shawmut Corporation is part of the broader U.S. textile industry that has been at the forefront of a domestic production chain that has collectively manufactured over one billion personal protective equipment (PPE) items during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Shawmut Corporation hosted Deputy United States Trade Representative Sarah Bianchi at the company’s headquarters and state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in West Bridgewater, Mass., as part of the ambassador’s inaugural visit to textile manufacturing facilities in the New England area.

Ambassador Bianchi’s visit comes at a pivotal time for the U.S. textile supply chain, which produced $64 billion in output in 2020 and employed nearly 530,000 workers. Shawmut Corporation is part of the broader U.S. textile industry that has been at the forefront of a domestic production chain that has collectively manufactured over one billion personal protective equipment (PPE) items during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ambassador’s visit to Shawmut included a tour of the company’s manufacturing facility and a roundtable discussion highlighting the critical need for policies supporting a domestic supply chain and the innovative nature of the modern textile industry and its important contribution to the U.S. economy. Shawmut, a fourth-generation, family-run global advanced materials and textile manufacturer, is a global leader in automotive textile composites, innovative technical fabrics and custom laminating services, employing more than 700 employees worldwide with 10 global manufacturing plants and seven commercial offices. The company has also contributed greatly to U.S. PPE efforts, investing $20 million in a new state-of-the-art facility, which can produce up to 180 million NIOSH-approved N95 respirators and other PPE annually and created hundreds of new local jobs.

Ambassador Bianchi said, “Today’s tour of Shawmut’s manufacturing facilities and the roundtable discussion with textile industry executives was an invaluable opportunity for me to see innovative U.S. textile manufacturing first-hand, to learn more about the challenges that U.S. textile manufacturing faces, and to explore ways in which the Administration and industry can cooperate to support a worker-centric trade policy.”

During the visit, U.S. textile executives spanning the fiber, yarn, fabric, and finished product textile and apparel industries participated in a roundtable with the ambassador at which they discussed the innovative achievements and competitiveness of the domestic industry and outlined priority issues in Washington, such as the importance of Buy American and Berry Amendment government procurement policies, maintaining strong rules of origins in free trade agreements and the need to address larger systemic trade issues with China.

(c) Andreas Endermann
v.l. Theresa Winkels (Amtsleiterin Wirtschaftsförderung Düsseldorf), Dr. Michael Rauterkus (Wirtschaftsdezernent), Angelika Firnrohr (Geschäftsführerin Fashion Net Düsseldorf e.V.)
14.01.2022

Düsseldorf Fashion Days findet vom 26. Januar bis zum 02. Februar 2022 statt

In enger Abstimmung mit dem verantwortlichen Ordnungsamt erarbeitet, können die Düsseldorf Fashion Days vom 26. Januar bis zum 02. Februar 2022 unter Einhaltung der 3G-Regeln stattfinden. Die traditionelle Order und Kollektionssichtung der Fall/Winter-Mode 2023 kann durch die Vergabe von Einzelterminen sowie strenger Hygiene-Auflagen und starker Entzerrung umgesetzt werden.

In über 600 Showrooms platzieren Einkäufer:innen aus ganz Deutschland ihre Order. Die erwartete Frequenz ist niedriger als im Sommer, dennoch schätzt die Branche nach wie vor die Verlässlichkeit des Orderstandortes Düsseldorf sowie den persönlichen Austausch vor Ort. Dabei obliegt es jedem Showroom selbst, das Sicherheitskonzept auf 2G bzw. um 2G+ zu erweitern. Alle etablierten Networking-Formate wie die DFD Lounge entfallen.

In enger Abstimmung mit dem verantwortlichen Ordnungsamt erarbeitet, können die Düsseldorf Fashion Days vom 26. Januar bis zum 02. Februar 2022 unter Einhaltung der 3G-Regeln stattfinden. Die traditionelle Order und Kollektionssichtung der Fall/Winter-Mode 2023 kann durch die Vergabe von Einzelterminen sowie strenger Hygiene-Auflagen und starker Entzerrung umgesetzt werden.

In über 600 Showrooms platzieren Einkäufer:innen aus ganz Deutschland ihre Order. Die erwartete Frequenz ist niedriger als im Sommer, dennoch schätzt die Branche nach wie vor die Verlässlichkeit des Orderstandortes Düsseldorf sowie den persönlichen Austausch vor Ort. Dabei obliegt es jedem Showroom selbst, das Sicherheitskonzept auf 2G bzw. um 2G+ zu erweitern. Alle etablierten Networking-Formate wie die DFD Lounge entfallen.

Kontinuität, selbst in turbulenten Zeiten
Dass die Düsseldorf Fashion Days stattfinden können, ist ein wichtiges Signal für das gesamte Ressort Mode und unterstreicht die Relevanz des Standortes, auch unter den Umständen der Pandemie, sagt Theresa Winkels, Amtsleiterin der Wirtschaftsförderung Düsseldorf. „Im vergangenen Sommer ließen sich das Fashion-Business sowie branchenübergreifende neue Formate unter dem Dachbegriff DFD perfekt vereinen. Diese positive Entwicklung fokussieren wir von städtischer Seite auch weiterhin und setzen auf perspektivische Weiterentwicklung der ansässigen Modewirtschaft.“

Fashion, Zeitgeist, Düsseldorf: DFD begeistert mit zweiter Magazin Ausgabe
Zum Auftakt der diesjährigen Düsseldorf Fashion Days erscheint am 14. Januar 2022 das zweite DFD Magazin. Mit der ersten Ausgabe, die im Juli 2021 veröffentlicht wurde, konnte bereits ein absolutes Erfolgsformat etabliert werden, das nun seine Fortsetzung feiert. Neben einem sorgfältig kuratierten Themen-Mix aus Experten-Interviews, Trendreportings sowie Ausgeh- und Insider-Tipps der Düsseldorfer Kreativszene, erhalten Fachpublikum sowie Fashion-Begeisterte auf rund 30 Seiten exklusive Einblicke in ein zukunftsorientiertes Ordergeschehen. Das DFD Magazin präsentiert die Rheinmetropole authentisch, nahbar und informativ und fungiert als strategisch wichtiges Tool für die nationale Wahrnehmung des Modestandorts Düsseldorf.

Polestar als exklusiver DFD Shuttle-Partner
Mit E-Power durch die Düsseldorf Fashion Days: Vom Medienhafen über das Areal Böhler, der Kaiserswerther Straße oder der Derendorfer Allee bis hin zum Karl-Arnold-Platz – die Fashion Net Shuttles fahren von Freitag, 28. bis Montag, 31. Januar 2022, täglich von 9:00 bis 19:00 Uhr, alle relevanten Order-Hotspots an. Bereits zum zweiten Mal – und nun ganz exklusiv – ist Polestar offizieller Partner der DFD und steht für Elektromobilität, Nachhaltigkeit und Eleganz.

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PR + Presseagentur textschwester

(c) Bremer Baumwollbörse
04.01.2022

36. Internationale Baumwolltagung Bremen verschoben

  • Neuer Termin: 29. und 30. September 2022
  • Einbettung in Baumwollwoche zum 150. Jubiläum

Die 36. Internationale Baumwolltagung Bremen, ursprünglich geplant für den 30. und 31. März, wird auf den 29. und 30. September 2022 verschoben. Die anhaltenden Einschränkungen durch die weltweite Pandemie erfordern konsequente Entscheidungen und die Verlegung in einen nun optimalen Zeitraum.

‚Cotton Decoded‘ lautet das Motto der 36. Internationalen Baumwolltagung Bremen. Am 30. und 31. März 2022 sollte sie nach zwei herausfordernden pandemischen Jahren zu einem großen Wiedersehen für die Baumwollbranche werden. Nun hält die Covid-19-Lage die Welt weiterhin fest im Griff und die Planungssicherheit für internationale Veranstaltungen auch und gerade im Mischformat „vor Ort und per Livestream“ ist unzureichend.

Die Bremer Baumwollbörse und das Faserinstitut Bremen e.V. als Veranstalter der Internationalen Baumwolltagung mussten deshalb rechtzeitig Konsequenzen ziehen: Das Präsidium der Baumwollbörse und die Leitung des FIBRE e.V. verlegen die Internationale Baumwolltagung Bremen in den Spätsommer 2022.

  • Neuer Termin: 29. und 30. September 2022
  • Einbettung in Baumwollwoche zum 150. Jubiläum

Die 36. Internationale Baumwolltagung Bremen, ursprünglich geplant für den 30. und 31. März, wird auf den 29. und 30. September 2022 verschoben. Die anhaltenden Einschränkungen durch die weltweite Pandemie erfordern konsequente Entscheidungen und die Verlegung in einen nun optimalen Zeitraum.

‚Cotton Decoded‘ lautet das Motto der 36. Internationalen Baumwolltagung Bremen. Am 30. und 31. März 2022 sollte sie nach zwei herausfordernden pandemischen Jahren zu einem großen Wiedersehen für die Baumwollbranche werden. Nun hält die Covid-19-Lage die Welt weiterhin fest im Griff und die Planungssicherheit für internationale Veranstaltungen auch und gerade im Mischformat „vor Ort und per Livestream“ ist unzureichend.

Die Bremer Baumwollbörse und das Faserinstitut Bremen e.V. als Veranstalter der Internationalen Baumwolltagung mussten deshalb rechtzeitig Konsequenzen ziehen: Das Präsidium der Baumwollbörse und die Leitung des FIBRE e.V. verlegen die Internationale Baumwolltagung Bremen in den Spätsommer 2022.

„Die Bremer Baumwolltagung ist auch bei internationalen Teilnehmern und Sprechern beliebt. In der Regel sind Gäste aus über 40 Ländern präsent. Aufgrund von strengen Reiserestriktionen verbunden mit Quarantänepflichten und im Verantwortungsbewusstsein für Besucher und Mitarbeiter wuchs unsere Besorgnis, dass die optimale Durchführung der Tagung im März nicht möglich sein würde. Die Entscheidung zur Verschiebung war in Anbetracht der aktuellen Lage die Konsequenz daraus“, erklärt Stephanie Silber, Präsidentin der Bremer Baumwollbörse. Sie betont: „Zudem wird die Bremer Baumwollbörse damit dem Jubiläumsgedanken gerecht. Schließlich sollen im Jubiläumsjahr so viele Gäste wie möglich nach Bremen kommen, um gemeinsam zu tagen und zu feiern und das dürfte im September hoffentlich gelingen.“

Prof. Dr. Axel Hermann, Direktor des mitveranstaltenden Faserinstituts Bremen e.V., ergänzt: „Der neue Termin bietet Planungssicherheit für Organisatoren und Sprecher der Tagung. Zwar wird auch da eine Teilnahme per Videostream möglich sein, doch auch unsere hochkarätigen Referenten sollten nach Möglichkeit persönlich nach Bremen reisen. Im Livevortrag sollen die Vortragenden sich auch auf ein Publikum vor Ort freuen können.“

Jubiläumswoche
Die 36. Internationale Baumwolltagung wird nun vom 29. bis 30. September 2022 stattfinden. Die Teilnehmer können vor Ort teilnehmen aber auch eine Onlineteilnahme wird möglich sein. Die Veranstaltung sowie die zahlreichen Experten- und Verbandstreffen werden in eine von Themenvielfalt geprägte Baumwollwoche eingebettet. Nicht nur die Feierlichkeiten zum 150. Geburtstag der Bremer Baumwollbörse finden in dieser Woche statt, sondern auch die Vorstellung eines Jubiläumsbuches. Darüber hinaus steht die Eröffnung einer großen Baumwollausstellung im Übersee-Museum Bremen auf dem Programm. Geplant sind auch diverse Presseevents.

14.12.2021

INDA announces updated Value Proposition for Industry’s Future

INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, announced it has updated its value proposition to grow the nonwovens industry and establish its global leadership and versality in delivering essential, environmentally-responsible materials and products.

Resulting from an extensive strategic review process guided by industry experts, the new plan positions INDA to move forward from the business challenges of COVID that impacted its ability to hold in-person events.

INDA will equip the nonwovens industry and its customers to achieve business growth by focusing resources on shaping the external environment, and fostering actionable thought leadership on crucial issues. The association will continue to strengthen its vital role of bringing together industry experts in a pre-competitive environment by organizing and leading working groups and committees to focus on areas of mutual concern.

Dave Rousse, INDA President, stated, “We enthusiastically embrace the new foundation based on five key pillars that will guide INDA activities.” These pillars are:

INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, announced it has updated its value proposition to grow the nonwovens industry and establish its global leadership and versality in delivering essential, environmentally-responsible materials and products.

Resulting from an extensive strategic review process guided by industry experts, the new plan positions INDA to move forward from the business challenges of COVID that impacted its ability to hold in-person events.

INDA will equip the nonwovens industry and its customers to achieve business growth by focusing resources on shaping the external environment, and fostering actionable thought leadership on crucial issues. The association will continue to strengthen its vital role of bringing together industry experts in a pre-competitive environment by organizing and leading working groups and committees to focus on areas of mutual concern.

Dave Rousse, INDA President, stated, “We enthusiastically embrace the new foundation based on five key pillars that will guide INDA activities.” These pillars are:

  • Convene and connect the industry through trade shows and conferences
  • Achieve industry relevance among policy makers, end users, and other key stakeholders
  • Advocate for the Nonwovens Industry in public policy forums
  • Deliver market insights for better decision making
  • Provide training programs to sustain the industry’s innovative edge

Rousse continued, “With last month’s announcement of Tony Fragnito joining INDA as Chief Operating Officer, we are ready to implement this plan and take it into the future. I look forward to working with him to drive INDA’s continuous pursuit of excellence in providing ever greater value to our industry and our members.”

INDA has retained several outside resources to survey members and develop this plan, as well as recruit the support needed to execute the plan over the next several years.

(c) Koelnmesse / imm cologne
13.12.2021

imm cologne: Restart postponed to 2023

imm cologne will not take place on the planned dates in January 2022 in Cologne. The executive board of Koelnmesse reached this decision in close consultation with the Association of the German Furniture Industry (VDM) and in agreement with other well-known industry representatives at the international level. "This step is restricted exclusively to imm cologne and its specific requirements for trade fair operations. We are principally planning, as before, to carry out our spring events in 2022. The political guidelines allow for this, and, following the excellent and safe course of the past autumn trade fairs, this must remain our mission in the interests of the participating industries“, says COO Oliver Frese.

imm cologne will not take place on the planned dates in January 2022 in Cologne. The executive board of Koelnmesse reached this decision in close consultation with the Association of the German Furniture Industry (VDM) and in agreement with other well-known industry representatives at the international level. "This step is restricted exclusively to imm cologne and its specific requirements for trade fair operations. We are principally planning, as before, to carry out our spring events in 2022. The political guidelines allow for this, and, following the excellent and safe course of the past autumn trade fairs, this must remain our mission in the interests of the participating industries“, says COO Oliver Frese.

The VDM, as the industry sponsor of the event, and against the background of the current pandemic situation, sees the economic success of the event and thus the successful restart of imm cologne in January as extremely endangered. "Following consultation with numerous exhibitors, industry representatives and trading partners, there is either no question of participation on the part of German exhibitors or exhibitors from the German-speaking region, or this is very much in doubt", according to Jan Kurth, CEO of the VDM.  Similar feedback also came from many European countries.

"The current special basic conditions in the interior design industry make the practicability of imm cologne almost impossible", according to Oliver Frese. "We didn't make this very bitter decision easy for ourselves, but consider it to be our obligation to take this step now in close consultation with the industry. In this way we provide clarity and planning security in the interests of our exhibitors. In our shared perspective, an imm cologne with its claim as a leading trade fair for the interior design industry is not realisable in the current situation", the COO continues. "We are currently working actively on options for also still being able to offer exhibitors of imm cologne an attractive trade fair presence at the international level. Here, both spoga+gafa and ORGATEC present excellent alternatives in the interior design portfolio of Koelnmesse".

The cancellation is restricted to imm cologne and expressly does not include other B2B events planned for spring 2022 in Cologne. In autumn, the Cologne art fairs and the nutrition fair Anuga, among others, demonstrated that trade fairs are also once again possible at the international level and can be carried out safely for everyone. It is currently quite clear how differently individual industries are reacting to the present situation. "We have determined a heterogeneous estimation among the exhibiting companies in the face of the enduring pandemic situation in Germany", according to Oliver Frese, COO of Koelnmesse. The assessments vary in degree specific to different industries, "sometimes with a greater impact on the respective trade fair and sometimes hardly palpable", the COO continues. "In the interests of cooperation in a spirit of trust, we are of course communicating closely with our industries and customers, in order to be able to reach just these kinds of industry-specific decisions," according to Frese.

The hygiene and safety concept of Koelnmesse, which remains entirely in keeping with the decisions of the Minister-President Conference and the Corona Protection Ordinance of NRW, stands for safe processes.

A positive picture was still taking shape for imm cologne as a whole with the end of the term for cancellation without penalties in mid-October: with 600 exhibitors from more than 50 countries, the event would still have been the largest and most relevant forum for the interiors industry, hosted in Europe’s biggest furniture market, even in this smaller form in terms of numbers.

The professional exchange and the networking between internationally active companies and highly qualified trade visitors provide the basis at every imm cologne for future-oriented innovations and the development of new business models. In this way, imm cologne ensures important business impulses for the industry. Koelnmesse, together with the VDM and the exhibiting industry, will therefore do everything possible to get a powerful and innovative imm cologne 2023 on its feet.        

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Koelnmesse / imm cologne

(c) BVMed
10.12.2021

BVMed-Hygieneforum 2021: Investitionen in Hygiene und Infektionsschutz

Investitionen in Hygiene und Infektionsschutz müssen im stationären wie ambulanten Bereich adäquater vergütet werden. Das forderten Expert:innen aus Pflege, ärztlichen Praxen, Kliniken und Medizinprodukte-Unternehmen auf dem 10. BVMed-Hygieneforum am 8. Dezember 2021 mit rund 200 Online-Teilnehmer:innen. „Wir brauchen eine frühzeitigere Infektionsprävention, um Infektionen besser zu vermeiden“, so Daniela Piossek, Sprecherin des BVMed-Fachbereichs Nosokomiale Infektionen und Moderatorin des Hygieneforums. Sie sprach sich dafür aus, in einem „Hygienedialog“ alle Beteiligten an einen Tisch zu holen, um einen ganzheitlichen Ansatz zu erarbeiten. Ines Perea vom Bundesgesundheitsministerium könnte sich das aus fachlicher Sicht sehr gut vorstellen: „Wir wollen das Thema Hygiene und Infektionsvermeidung in der neuen Legislaturperiode voranbringen.“ Für Andreas Wedeking vom Verband katholischer Altenhilfe sind Investitionen in den Infektionsschutz gut angelegt, „denn jede vermiedene Infektion muss nicht mehr langwierig behandelt werden.“ „Investitionen in Hygiene und Infektionsschutz sind ethisch und sparen Kosten“, unterstützte Krankenhaushygieniker Prof. Dr.

Investitionen in Hygiene und Infektionsschutz müssen im stationären wie ambulanten Bereich adäquater vergütet werden. Das forderten Expert:innen aus Pflege, ärztlichen Praxen, Kliniken und Medizinprodukte-Unternehmen auf dem 10. BVMed-Hygieneforum am 8. Dezember 2021 mit rund 200 Online-Teilnehmer:innen. „Wir brauchen eine frühzeitigere Infektionsprävention, um Infektionen besser zu vermeiden“, so Daniela Piossek, Sprecherin des BVMed-Fachbereichs Nosokomiale Infektionen und Moderatorin des Hygieneforums. Sie sprach sich dafür aus, in einem „Hygienedialog“ alle Beteiligten an einen Tisch zu holen, um einen ganzheitlichen Ansatz zu erarbeiten. Ines Perea vom Bundesgesundheitsministerium könnte sich das aus fachlicher Sicht sehr gut vorstellen: „Wir wollen das Thema Hygiene und Infektionsvermeidung in der neuen Legislaturperiode voranbringen.“ Für Andreas Wedeking vom Verband katholischer Altenhilfe sind Investitionen in den Infektionsschutz gut angelegt, „denn jede vermiedene Infektion muss nicht mehr langwierig behandelt werden.“ „Investitionen in Hygiene und Infektionsschutz sind ethisch und sparen Kosten“, unterstützte Krankenhaushygieniker Prof. Dr. Lutz Jatzwauk vom Universitätsklinikum Dresden. „Hygiene ist nicht verhandelbar“, so der klare Appell von Ulrich Freitag vom Berufsverband der Frauenärzte und Mitglied der Hygiene-Expertengruppe beim Spitzenverband Fachärzte Deutschlands (SpiFa).

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09.12.2021

Neonyt: Die Konferenz Fashionsustain zeigt Wege zur Veränderung

Um aktuelle Herausforderungen zu bewältigen und für zukünftige gewappnet zu sein, ist die Mode- und Textilindustrie bereit, sich grundlegend zu verändern. Unter dem Motto Change the set-up beleuchtet die Fashionsustain, das internationale und multidisziplinäre Konferenzformat der Neonyt, vom 18. bis 20. Januar 2022 im Rahmen der Frankfurt Fashion Week, wie das gelingen kann und setzt Impulse für den laufenden Transformationsprozess der Branche. Neben technologischen Innovationen, neuen Geschäftsmodellen und Ansätzen für den Modehandel stehen dabei Themen wie Konsumverhalten, Gaming und Nudging for Good auf der Agenda, um das Spannungsfeld zwischen Anspruch und Realität zu ergründen.

Um aktuelle Herausforderungen zu bewältigen und für zukünftige gewappnet zu sein, ist die Mode- und Textilindustrie bereit, sich grundlegend zu verändern. Unter dem Motto Change the set-up beleuchtet die Fashionsustain, das internationale und multidisziplinäre Konferenzformat der Neonyt, vom 18. bis 20. Januar 2022 im Rahmen der Frankfurt Fashion Week, wie das gelingen kann und setzt Impulse für den laufenden Transformationsprozess der Branche. Neben technologischen Innovationen, neuen Geschäftsmodellen und Ansätzen für den Modehandel stehen dabei Themen wie Konsumverhalten, Gaming und Nudging for Good auf der Agenda, um das Spannungsfeld zwischen Anspruch und Realität zu ergründen.

Selbst in Zeiten, in denen nichts sicher scheint, gibt es eine Konstante: die Veränderung. Change the set-up – unter diesem Motto lädt die Fashionsustain die Modebranche vom 18. bis 20. Januar 2022 nach Frankfurt ein. Mit dem Wechsel des Standortes von Berlin nach Frankfurt ändert die Fashionsustain nicht nur ihren Ort, sondern lädt Entscheidungsträger*innen der Branche auch zu einem Perspektivwechsel ein. In Panels, Talks, Keynotes und interaktiven Formaten sprechen internationale Vertreter*innen nachhaltiger und konventioneller Modemarken, Designerbrands, Modeproduzent*innen, Nichtregierungs- und Nonprofit-Organisationen und Handelsvertretungen darüber, wie sie sich weiterhin agil aufstellen und welche Rolle das Thema Nachhaltigkeit hier spielt.

Schon prä-pandemisch hatte sich die Textil- und Modebranche großen Herausforderungen zu stellen: Das Problem der Überproduktion und damit einhergehender Umweltbelastung und sozialer Ungerechtigkeit ist nun eines von vielen geworden. Neue Herausforderungen wie logistische Engpässe, Fertigungsverzögerungen, hohe Versandkosten und Materialknappheit kommen hinzu. Die gute Nachricht: Trotz international verbreiteter Produktionsstörungen und kurzzeitigem Stillstand kann selbst eine globale Pandemie aktuelle Megatrends wie Neo-Ökologie, Konnektivität und Wissenskultur nicht bremsen. Tatsächlich wirken diese Trends weiterhin als Treiber internationaler Branchenveränderungen und mit ihnen die aktuellen Herausforderungen als Beschleuniger dieses Wandels. Große Schritte in der Digitalisierung gehen dabei einher mit zunehmender Transparenz von Lieferketten und einem Fokus auf ökologische und soziale Maßnahmen, was wiederum positive Effekte auf Gerechtigkeit, Vielfalt und Integration mit sich bringt. Wichtig ist nun, dass alle Akteur*innen die vergangenen zwei Jahre reflektieren und sich auf ein sich ständig veränderndes Marktumfeld einstellen, in dem auch die Interessen ihrer Kund*innen, Partner*innen und der Gesellschaft Berücksichtigung finden.

Vor diesem Hintergrund bietet die Fashionsustain die Möglichkeit, sich im Rahmen der Neonyt aktiv mit aktuellen Herausforderungen auseinanderzusetzen und auszutauschen. Erste Einblicke in das Programm im Januar:

  • „Change the set-up“ steht gleich am ersten Tag der Fashionsustain ganz oben auf der Agenda. Wie wir die Lücke zwischen Einstellung und Verhalten von Konsument*innen und damit zwischen Wunsch und Wirklichkeit in Sachen nachhaltigem Konsum schließen können, diskutiert Neurowissenschaftlerin und Professorin für Medienpsychologie Prof. Dr. Maren Urner mit Brancheninsider*innen und NGO-Vertreter*innen. Dass der Wandel des Set-Ups international nachhaltig gestaltet werden muss und wie das gelingen kann, beleuchten das UN Global Compact Network Germany und das Umweltbundesamt gemeinsam mit einem der weltweit führenden Hersteller nachhaltiger Fasern Tencel Lenzing AG und den beiden NPOs Fairwear Foundation und The Sustainable Angle.
  • Um das Thema Digitalisierung dreht sich alles am zweiten Konferenztag. Wie wir diese nutzen können, um nachhaltige Mode zu designen, zeigt beispielsweise Deutschlands Nachbar Dänemark mit seinem Kreativnetzwerk Creative Denmark, dem nachhaltigen Modeunternehmen Son of a tailor und der Circularity App Create2stay. Ein weiteres Thema, das unter diesem Schwerpunkt nicht fehlen darf: digitale Lösungen, um Lieferketten transparent zu machen. Dazu diskutieren unter anderem die nachhaltige Modemarke Greenbomb und die Technologieanbieter Retraced GmbH und Remei AG.
  • Der Handel steht am dritten Tag der Fashionsustain im Fokus. In einem Interview geben die Startups Yook und Keepoala Einblick, wie sie Konsument*innen anhand ihrer Apps mit positiven Anreizen motivieren, nachhaltiger zu konsumieren. Vintagemode-Anbieter Vinokilo, das nachhaltige Mode-Label Jan‘n June und Re-Commerce-Expertin Doris Schoger liefern Brancheninsights darüber, ob und inwiefern Re-Commerce ein erfolgreiches Businessmodell für den Modehandel sein kann.

Das vollständige Programm der Fashionsustain erscheint in Kürze online.

Source:

Messe Frankfurt / KERN

(c) Dr. Wieselhuber & Partner GmbH
25.11.2021

W&P: Modebranche - Trendometer 2022

Was sind die angesagten Themen in der Modebranche im Jahr 2022?  Auf einer Skala von 1-10: Welche Trends scheuchen die Player aus ihrer Komfortzone, welchen „Impact“ haben sie?
Branchenexperte Philipp Trompeter von Dr. Wieselhuber & Partner (W&P) wagt eine Prognose – im Trendometer 2022.

Was sind die angesagten Themen in der Modebranche im Jahr 2022?  Auf einer Skala von 1-10: Welche Trends scheuchen die Player aus ihrer Komfortzone, welchen „Impact“ haben sie?
Branchenexperte Philipp Trompeter von Dr. Wieselhuber & Partner (W&P) wagt eine Prognose – im Trendometer 2022.

Engpass Lieferkette und Warenversorgung - IMPACT 10
Nach Ifo-Umfragen leiden fast alle Modehändler unter Lieferproblemen und sie rechnen damit, dass diese Versorgungslücken noch weit in das Jahr 2022 andauern. Während es in Lockdown-Zeiten noch darum ging, die Warenversorgung mit Hinblick auf Unsicherheit bzgl. der Öffnungszeiten im Textileinzelhandel möglichst flexibel zu halten, kämpfen die Lieferanten nun überwiegend damit, die Ware zielgenau aus den Produktionsländern in die Absatzmärkte zu schaffen. Die Hersteller müssen mit Herausforderungen wie Rohstoffverknappung, Containerstaus und Hafenschließungen umgehen. Wer seine Supply-Chain also bestmöglich im Griff hat, verfügt über einen Wettbewerbsvorteil gegenüber Lieferanten, deren Ware nicht zum geplanten Abverkaufszeitpunkt am POS eingetroffen ist. Hierbei gilt es zum einen den Anteil aus Fernost und Nearshore Produktion auszubalancieren. Aber auch operative Spielregeln in der Warenlogistik müssen berücksichtigt werden. Die Digitalisierung spielt auch weiter eine tragende Rolle, wenn es darum geht Prozesse unternehmensweit schlank und fit zu machen, um so den steigenden Einkaufs- und Logistikkosten entgegenzuwirken.

Wirksame Pillen für die Performance – IMPACT 9
Gerade in wirtschaftlich herausfordernden Zeiten mit steigenden Beschaffungskosten kommt es drauf an, die „richtigen Pillen zu schlucken“, die zu einer Verbesserung der Performance beitragen. Pricing ist der eine Hebel. Im hochwertigen Segment wird bereits versucht, durch selektiven Vertrieb die Preise und Margen zu erhöhen. Doch nicht immer sind Preisanpassungen möglich, vor allem wenn Eckpreislagen gehalten werden müssen oder die Macht des Handels zu groß ist. Umso mehr rücken die eigenen Kosten in den Fokus. Viele Einsparpotenziale, die während der Corona-Hochphase eingeführt wurden, können in den „Regelbetrieb“ überführt werden. Dazu gehört z.B. die Senkung der Marketing-/Vertriebskosten durch digitales Ordern und andere Prozessoptimierungen. Doch das allein reicht nicht: Weitere Kostenstellhebel für die operative Exzellenz liegen erfahrungsgemäß im Einkauf, in der Logistik und Supply Chain, im Neuproduktentwicklungsprozess sowie last but noch least in den Gemeinkosten. In allen Segmenten spielt die Digitalisierung eine Schlüsselrolle: Digitale Prozesse und Vernetzung sowie digitale Tools sind erforderlich, um effizienter, robuster und damit renditestärker zu werden.

Konsequente Nachhaltigkeit im gesamten Geschäftsmodell - IMPACT 8
Das Thema „Nachhaltigkeit“ ist durch die Pandemie zunächst in der öffentlichen Wahrnehmung etwas in den Hintergrund gerückt. Gleichzeitig haben die meisten Unternehmen den gesellschaftlichen und politischen Druck sowie die zunehmende Wichtigkeit für den Endverbraucher erkannt und zahlreiche Initiativen und konkrete Maßnahmen in diese Richtung gestartet. Für echte Nachhaltigkeit in der Textilbranche reichen einzelne Projekte jedoch nicht. Die Dimensionen „Planet“, „People“ und „Performance“ müssen konsequent angegangen werden. Umweltfaktoren (Planet) sind z.B. nachhaltige Praktiken in der der Rohstoffgewinnung (inkl. Recyclinganteilen), Verringerung des Wasserverbrauchs in der Produktion oder die Reduktion von Verpackungsabfällen. In der Dimension „People“ sind insbesondere die sozialen Standards in der Produktion im Fokus. Wer nachhaltig am Markt vertreten zu sein will,  braucht zudem ein robustes Geschäftsmodell, das nachhaltig gute Ergebnisse liefert, um auch in die Zukunft investieren zu können (Performance). Nur so sind Unternehmen auch krisenresistent.

Source:

Dr. Wieselhuber & Partner GmbH

10.11.2021

adidas' performance in a challenging environment during Q3 2021

  • Currency-neutral sales up 3%, despite € 600 million drag from external factors*
  • Strong top-line momentum in EMEA, North America and Latin America with double-digit
  • increase across these regions*
  • DTC business growing at double-digit rate in EMEA, North America and Latin America*
  • Gross margin at 50.1% as significantly higher full-price sales partly compensate
  • negative currency impact and higher supply chain costs*
  • Operating margin at 11.7% despite strong double-digit increase in marketing spend*
  • Net income from continuing operations reaches € 479 million*
  • Inventories down 23% currency-neutral*
  • 2021 top- and bottom-line outlook confirmed*

“adidas performed well in an environment characterized by severe challenges on both the supply and demand side,” said adidas CEO Kasper Rorsted.

  • Currency-neutral sales up 3%, despite € 600 million drag from external factors*
  • Strong top-line momentum in EMEA, North America and Latin America with double-digit
  • increase across these regions*
  • DTC business growing at double-digit rate in EMEA, North America and Latin America*
  • Gross margin at 50.1% as significantly higher full-price sales partly compensate
  • negative currency impact and higher supply chain costs*
  • Operating margin at 11.7% despite strong double-digit increase in marketing spend*
  • Net income from continuing operations reaches € 479 million*
  • Inventories down 23% currency-neutral*
  • 2021 top- and bottom-line outlook confirmed*

“adidas performed well in an environment characterized by severe challenges on both the supply and demand side,” said adidas CEO Kasper Rorsted. “As a consequence of successful product launches we are experiencing strong top-line momentum in all markets that operate without major disruption. Double-digit growth in our direct-to-consumer businesses in EMEA, North America and Latin America is a testament to the strong consumer demand for our products. At the same time, we are navigating through the current world-wide supply chain constraints. Despite all challenges, we are on track to delivering a successful first year within our new strategic cycle.”
 

*See attached document for more information.

More information:
adidas Covid-19
Source:

adidas AG

(c) CHIC / JANDALI
29.10.2021

CHIC fueled fashion business in Shanghai and Shenzhen

  • CHIC Shanghai successfully completed under high safety and hygiene conditions
  • The trend hotspot for the Chinese sales market: Lively interest of more than 20,000 trade visitors in the new collections of the 487 brands at the NECC in Shanghai
  • Sustainability in great demand in all areas
  • CHIC Shenzhen focuses on trading in the strong sales region of South China and the international clusters Hong Kong and Macao: Date postponed from November to December due to current Covid-19 cases in China

The fashion world of China met at the physical event CHIC Shanghai from October 9-11, 2021 at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai

487 exhibitors presented themselves in clearly structured segments on 50,000 square meters. Maximum compliance with the security measures determined the course. Against this background the exhibitors welcomed more than 20,000 trade visitors and reported cheerful orders.

The 487 exhibitors were also satisfied with the business activity and reported successful orders.

  • CHIC Shanghai successfully completed under high safety and hygiene conditions
  • The trend hotspot for the Chinese sales market: Lively interest of more than 20,000 trade visitors in the new collections of the 487 brands at the NECC in Shanghai
  • Sustainability in great demand in all areas
  • CHIC Shenzhen focuses on trading in the strong sales region of South China and the international clusters Hong Kong and Macao: Date postponed from November to December due to current Covid-19 cases in China

The fashion world of China met at the physical event CHIC Shanghai from October 9-11, 2021 at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai

487 exhibitors presented themselves in clearly structured segments on 50,000 square meters. Maximum compliance with the security measures determined the course. Against this background the exhibitors welcomed more than 20,000 trade visitors and reported cheerful orders.

The 487 exhibitors were also satisfied with the business activity and reported successful orders.

Perfect presentation platform: the CHIC Matching area
The expanded matchmaking events at CHIC were also enthusiastically received.
In total, over 37 matchmaking events took place in the specially set up matching area consisting of several presentation platforms and private negotiation rooms at the fair. From company presentations by industry giants such as Shein, through trade fair tours to selected one-on-one discussions, CHIC brought exhibitors and visitors together in a targeted manner. More than 600 participants have been matched by this CHIC event. Among them visitors such as Shein, Walmart, Wang Yi Yan Xuan, Tiktok, BAILIAN GROUP, LIQUN etc, parts of the organizer's broad network.

Continuing growth: sustainable productions
Sustainability is one of the most important consumer trends in China. CHIC played the theme in all exhibition areas; from womenswear, kidswear and menswear to accessories, sustainable collections were represented in all segments.

Design talent and traditional styles
In the IMPULSES area, innovative designer brands showed inspiring trends, high-quality collections and fashion variety like Kmusso, MIJA or Yu Jian Tian with its new design collection made by natural materials such as mulberry silk and wool, presenting the unique traditional Chinese style.

CHIC Shanghai presented the entire range of the fashion business in a total of 12 exhibition segments. This year's acclaimed visual concept, created by lava beijing, has been awarded the Bronze Award of the Hiiibrand Awards 2021 in the Identity category.

Digital tools and physical events
In addition to the on-site trade fair offer, CHIC is expanding its reach through the consistent use of digital tools. The CHIC app combines all the functions needed for a successful trade fair participation, from the digital trade fair catalog and matchmaking to direct appointments and live chats for all participants who cannot be on site.

The next CHIC in Shanghai will take place in March 2022.

Source:

CHIC / JANDALI

26.10.2021

ITA: New pre-competitive partnership model for industrial companies

The ITA Group, consisting of the Institute for Textile Technology of RWTH Aachen University (ITA), their research and development service provider ITA Technologietransfer GmbH (ITA GmbH) are proud to announce their new strategic positioning: in order to better respond to actual industrial demands and needs, ITA decided to install a partnership model as of January, 25 2022.

The ITA Group comprises the ITA of RWTH Aachen University, a leading research and qualification research institute with 400 employees in the areas of fibre-based high-performance materials, textile semi-finished products and their manufacturing processes and the ITA Technologietransfer GmbH, the partner of the industry in R&D, providing technology and knowledge transfer, as well as offering comprehensive solutions along the entire textile value chain.

The ITA Group, consisting of the Institute for Textile Technology of RWTH Aachen University (ITA), their research and development service provider ITA Technologietransfer GmbH (ITA GmbH) are proud to announce their new strategic positioning: in order to better respond to actual industrial demands and needs, ITA decided to install a partnership model as of January, 25 2022.

The ITA Group comprises the ITA of RWTH Aachen University, a leading research and qualification research institute with 400 employees in the areas of fibre-based high-performance materials, textile semi-finished products and their manufacturing processes and the ITA Technologietransfer GmbH, the partner of the industry in R&D, providing technology and knowledge transfer, as well as offering comprehensive solutions along the entire textile value chain.

Prof. Dr. Thomas Gries, Director of ITA, explains the new partnership model:” The impact of the Covid-19-crisis has shown once more the importance of long-term trustworthy business relationships. Therefore, we are establishing our new partnership model where we will even more closely cooperate with our actual and future industrial partners, providing them with the latest technologies and innovations from R&D side. We will initiate networking and workgroup meetings, offer access to ITA´s large machine parks and labs, carry out joint partner projects and commonly organized publicly-funded projects as well as training for partner´s employees and HR opportunities.”

Dr. Christoph Greb, Scientific Director of ITA: “We are very happy to initiate this new partnership model where science, research and industry are working shoulder to shoulder in pre-competitive projects on our future projects along the entire value-chain from the fibre to the final component in order to close a missing gap and form innovative paths forward in various industrial fields.”

During an initial session of three Innovation days in hybrid format, ITA successfully introduced in September 2021 the first industrial partner projects which will be carried out, among them “Recycling of composite battery cases”, “Recycling of composite pressure vessels”, “Natural Fibre Composites”, “Textile Structures with focus on biaxial Warp-Knitted Structures”, “Factory of the Future”, “Tapes and Hybrid Yarns”.

The next opportunity to meet with ITA is at JEC DACH in Frankfurt (November 23 and 24 2021).

Source:

ITA

20.10.2021

NCTO launches Video highlighting Healthcare Workers & U.S. PPE Supply Chain

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), representing the full spectrum of U.S. textiles, from fiber through finished sewn products, released an illuminating video and social media campaign detailing the heroic efforts of U.S. textile manufacturers to supply desperately needed medical personal protective equipment (PPE) at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. The video features interviews with healthcare workers who confronted a once-in-a-generation health crisis and American textile and apparel executives, who came together to manufacture lifesaving PPE as the pandemic intensified and, once again in 2021, when President Biden issued a call to deliver 20 million American-made face masks for underserved communities in 60 days.

To view the video, click here.

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), representing the full spectrum of U.S. textiles, from fiber through finished sewn products, released an illuminating video and social media campaign detailing the heroic efforts of U.S. textile manufacturers to supply desperately needed medical personal protective equipment (PPE) at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. The video features interviews with healthcare workers who confronted a once-in-a-generation health crisis and American textile and apparel executives, who came together to manufacture lifesaving PPE as the pandemic intensified and, once again in 2021, when President Biden issued a call to deliver 20 million American-made face masks for underserved communities in 60 days.

To view the video, click here.

DyStar Releases 2020 – 2021 Integrated Sustainability Report (c)dystar
Sustainability Performance Report 2020-2021
13.10.2021

DyStar Releases 2020 – 2021 Integrated Sustainability Report

DyStar is pleased to announce the release of its eleventh annual Sustainability Performance Report. The report is written in accordance with the GRI Standards: Core option, while using the Integrated Reporting <IR> framework to communicate how DyStar drives value creation across multiple stakeholder groups in six capital categories, namely financial, manufactured, intellectual, natural, human capital and social capital.

In FY2020, COVID-19 has continued to present its challenges, such as the shortage of raw materials and rising freight costs. Gloomy global demand has also resulted in some raw and product material wastage in production plants worldwide, leading to increased non-hazardous waste output for FY2020. DyStar recognizes these global factors in play and will continue to make active efforts within the organization’s capability to reduce its environmental footprint in the years ahead.

DyStar is pleased to announce the release of its eleventh annual Sustainability Performance Report. The report is written in accordance with the GRI Standards: Core option, while using the Integrated Reporting <IR> framework to communicate how DyStar drives value creation across multiple stakeholder groups in six capital categories, namely financial, manufactured, intellectual, natural, human capital and social capital.

In FY2020, COVID-19 has continued to present its challenges, such as the shortage of raw materials and rising freight costs. Gloomy global demand has also resulted in some raw and product material wastage in production plants worldwide, leading to increased non-hazardous waste output for FY2020. DyStar recognizes these global factors in play and will continue to make active efforts within the organization’s capability to reduce its environmental footprint in the years ahead.

The Group has set its sight on achieving the 2025 sustainability target of reducing its production footprint by 30% from 2011 levels for every ton of production. “We will continue to innovate and develop a wide range of products and processes that improve environmental performance and reduce carbon footprint across our value chain”, said Mr Xu Yalin, Executive Board Director of DyStar Group.

Mr Eric Hopmann, CEO of DyStar Group added: “We are also developing various projects in anticipation of future demands from customers as well as adopting more environmentally friendly technologies and improve our workflows and processes. Some of our projects include traceability programs, adopting renewable energy technologies, and digitalizing our business processes.” Understanding the importance of collaborative efforts to drive sustainability across the value chain, DyStar seeks to continually support industrial innovations and develop strategic partnerships to work towards becoming a sustainable and trusted leader in the industry.

Source:

DyStar Press Info

(c) IFNANO e.V.
IFNANO-Schnelltest zum Protein Interleukin 8
13.10.2021

Schnelltests: Vom Ja/Nein bei Corona zu differenziertem Gesundheitsstatus

Spätestens seit der Corona-Pandemie kennt man Antigen-Schnelltests. Ein Rachenabstrich oder eine Speichelprobe reichen aus, um schnell eine mögliche Infektion festzustellen. Doch wie lassen sich Schnelltests für noch anspruchsvollere diagnostische Fragen in der Medizin nutzen? Im Zentrum der Forschung an Instituten der Zuse-Gemeinschaft stehen der Einsatz mehrerer Analyte und damit die gleichzeitige Beprobung auf verschiedene gesundheitliche Fragestellungen ebenso wie Möglichkeiten zum Nachweis sehr geringer Konzentrationen von Substanzen.

Spätestens seit der Corona-Pandemie kennt man Antigen-Schnelltests. Ein Rachenabstrich oder eine Speichelprobe reichen aus, um schnell eine mögliche Infektion festzustellen. Doch wie lassen sich Schnelltests für noch anspruchsvollere diagnostische Fragen in der Medizin nutzen? Im Zentrum der Forschung an Instituten der Zuse-Gemeinschaft stehen der Einsatz mehrerer Analyte und damit die gleichzeitige Beprobung auf verschiedene gesundheitliche Fragestellungen ebenso wie Möglichkeiten zum Nachweis sehr geringer Konzentrationen von Substanzen.

Am Göttinger Institut für Nanophotonik (IFNANO) setzt man dafür auf die Weiterentwicklung von Analyseverfahren, die mit Teststreifen funktionieren, wie man sie nicht nur von Corona-, sondern z.B. auch von Schwangerschafts-tests kennt. Das Grundprinzip dieser Teststreifen: Die Analyte werden in wäss-rigen Medien gelöst dann mit Markern gemischt und auf ein Trägermedium gegeben, auf dem sie bis zur Test- und Kontrolllinie wandern. Die Analyte, wie zum Beispiel das Corona-Virusmaterial, binden sich einerseits an den Marker, der aus einer Farbmarkierung wie z.B. Goldnanopartikeln und dem Antikörper besteht, und anderseits an den Antikörper an der Testlinie. Die Antikörper sind so aufgebaut, dass sie selektiv d. h. möglichst nur einen Analyten, wie das Corona-Virusprotein, binden. Durch das Anreichern der Marker auf den Linien verfärben sich diese und man kann den Test mit bloßem Auge auslesen.

Diagnostik u.a. von Autoimmun-, Stoffwechsel- und Infektionskrankheiten
Ähnlich wie beim IFNANO, so steht auch am Forschungszentrum für Medizintechnik und Biotechnologie in Bad Langensalza (fzmb) bei der Arbeit an Schnelltests im Fokus, mehrere Analyten aus einer einzigen Probe zu bestimmen. Dazu gehören die Diagnostik von Autoimmun-, Stoffwechsel- und Infektionskrankheiten, Allergie- und Nahrungsmittelunverträglichkeitstests sowie Krebsanalytik und Biomarkersuche. „Unsere Entwicklungsprodukte bieten hervorragende Perspektiven für neue Wege in der individualisierten Diagnostik und personalisierten Medizin“, erklärt fzmb-Geschäftsführer Dr. Peter Miethe. Die Auswertesysteme des fzmb ermöglichen nach seinen Angaben die automatisierte, kundenspezifische Analyse auf verschiedenen Trägerformaten wie Mikrotiterplatten, Objektträgern, Membranen und kundenspezifischen Biosen-soren. Als konkrete künftige Einsatzgebiete für die Schnelltests strebt das fzmb u.a. das Erkennen autoimmuner Schädigungen von Gehirnfunktionen beim Menschen an. Hierzu läuft aktuell ein Projekt mit drei Forschungspartnern bei dem Thüringer Institut. Dabei sollen erstmals mehrere Autoantikörper gleichzeitig bestimmt werden, um eine differenzierte Diagnose, individualisierte Therapieeinstellung und Verlaufskontrolle bei Patienten mit autoimmunen neuronalen Erkrankungen zu gewährleisten.

Lab on a Chip-Technologie entwickelt
Kernkompetenz sind Schnelltests mit Hilfe der Bioanalytik auch bei Hahn-Schickard. Neben klassischen Verfahren mit Teststreifen setzen die Forschenden in Freiburg auf die „Lab on a Chip“-Technologie. Die von ihnen entwickelte sogenannte LabDisk, das ist eine Kunststoff-Kartusche, die als Träger für das Testmaterial dient und in ein mobiles Auslesegerät eingeführt wird, hat sich nicht nur in medizinischen Anwendungen, sondern auch in der Umweltanalytik, z.B. in der Qualitätssicherung von Wasser- und Lebensmittelproben bewährt.

Fertigung wieder in Deutschland ansiedeln
Der Pharmabereich ist einer jener Sektoren, in denen Störungen von Produktions- und Logistikketten, bedingt durch Lieferprobleme aus Fernost, während und nach der Corona-Krise schmerzhaft spürbar wurde. „Die Arbeit von Instituten der Zuse-Gemeinschaft ist ein Baustein, um in einigen wichtigen Teilbereichen der Medizintechnik wieder mehr Souveränität zu erlangen“, erklärt der Geschäftsführer der Zuse-Gemeinschaft, Dr. Klaus Jansen.

Source:

Deutsche Industrieforschungsgemeinschaft Konrad Zuse e.V.