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09.08.2022

NCTO: North Carolina Textile Executives highlight Importance of Industry

North Carolina textile executives spanning the fiber, yarn, fabric, and finished product textile industries participated in a roundtable discussion with Rep. Kathy Manning (D-NC), at which they discussed the innovative achievements and competitiveness of the domestic industry and outlined priority issues in Washington that impact their daily operations.

The roundtable discussion, hosted by Unifi Inc. and sponsored by the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), was held at Unifi’s headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina.

North Carolina is the second largest state employer of textile-related jobs, employing more than 30,000 jobs in 2021, according to U.S. government data. The state’s $2.7 billion in textile-related exports leads the nation, according to U.S. government data.

Congresswoman Manning’s visit comes at a pivotal time for the U.S. textile supply chain, which produced $65.2 billion in output in 2021 and employed nearly 535,000 workers. The industry has been at the forefront of domestic manufacturing of over 1 billion personal protective equipment (PPE) items during the COVID-19 pandemic.

North Carolina textile executives spanning the fiber, yarn, fabric, and finished product textile industries participated in a roundtable discussion with Rep. Kathy Manning (D-NC), at which they discussed the innovative achievements and competitiveness of the domestic industry and outlined priority issues in Washington that impact their daily operations.

The roundtable discussion, hosted by Unifi Inc. and sponsored by the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), was held at Unifi’s headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina.

North Carolina is the second largest state employer of textile-related jobs, employing more than 30,000 jobs in 2021, according to U.S. government data. The state’s $2.7 billion in textile-related exports leads the nation, according to U.S. government data.

Congresswoman Manning’s visit comes at a pivotal time for the U.S. textile supply chain, which produced $65.2 billion in output in 2021 and employed nearly 535,000 workers. The industry has been at the forefront of domestic manufacturing of over 1 billion personal protective equipment (PPE) items during the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the roundtable, North Carolina executives showcased the industry’s important contribution to the state and the U.S. economy as well as its advanced sustainability initiatives, while outlining critical policies, such as the importance of Buy American and Berry Amendment government procurement policies, maintaining strong rules of origins in free trade agreements, supporting a domestic PPE production sector, and the need to address larger systemic trade issues with China.

“In North Carolina, the textile industry is woven into the very fabric of our state and economy, with more than 33,000 workers employed in over 600 textile manufacturing facilities across the state. In Congress, I am committed to supporting our homegrown industry by making PPE in America, protecting the yarn forward rule of origin in our trade agreements, and cracking down on China’s unfair trade practices. I am thrilled to engage with industry leaders in my district, as we discuss ways to grow the U.S. textile industry and the critical role that textile manufacturers play in our local, state, and national economy,” said Congresswoman Kathy Manning.

05.08.2022

PwC: Inflation und Lieferengpässe trüben die Kauflaune

PwC-Konsumentenbefragung: Jede:r Vierte spürt Lieferengpässe beim Shoppen / Jede:r Zweite weicht vom Einzelhandel ins Internet aus / „Made in Germany“ und Secondhand-Produkte im Aufwind / Umwelt- und soziale Aspekte gewinnen an Bedeutung

In Folge der Corona-Pandemie und des Kriegs in der Ukraine haben viele Unternehmen mit Lieferkettenproblemen zu kämpfen. Daraus resultierende Lieferengpässe für bestimmte Produkte bekommen auch der Handel und die Verbraucher:innen zu spüren: Rund jede:r Vierte berichtet, dass bestimmte Produkte online wie offline nicht verfügbar sind. Lange Lieferzeiten beim Onlinekauf und Warteschlangen im stationären Handel trüben die Kauflaune der Kunden zusätzlich. Das Interesse an Umwelt- und Sozialthemen befeuern das Interesse an Secondhand-Artikeln und in Deutschland produzierten Waren. Zu diesen Ergebnissen kommt der Global Consumer Insights Pulse Survey von PwC, für den die Wirtschaftsprüfungs- und Beratungsgesellschaft halbjährlich Konsument:innen in 25 Ländern zu ihrem Konsumverhalten befragt, darunter 500 Menschen in Deutschland.

PwC-Konsumentenbefragung: Jede:r Vierte spürt Lieferengpässe beim Shoppen / Jede:r Zweite weicht vom Einzelhandel ins Internet aus / „Made in Germany“ und Secondhand-Produkte im Aufwind / Umwelt- und soziale Aspekte gewinnen an Bedeutung

In Folge der Corona-Pandemie und des Kriegs in der Ukraine haben viele Unternehmen mit Lieferkettenproblemen zu kämpfen. Daraus resultierende Lieferengpässe für bestimmte Produkte bekommen auch der Handel und die Verbraucher:innen zu spüren: Rund jede:r Vierte berichtet, dass bestimmte Produkte online wie offline nicht verfügbar sind. Lange Lieferzeiten beim Onlinekauf und Warteschlangen im stationären Handel trüben die Kauflaune der Kunden zusätzlich. Das Interesse an Umwelt- und Sozialthemen befeuern das Interesse an Secondhand-Artikeln und in Deutschland produzierten Waren. Zu diesen Ergebnissen kommt der Global Consumer Insights Pulse Survey von PwC, für den die Wirtschaftsprüfungs- und Beratungsgesellschaft halbjährlich Konsument:innen in 25 Ländern zu ihrem Konsumverhalten befragt, darunter 500 Menschen in Deutschland.

Lange Schlangen und Lieferzeiten verderben den Kaufspaß
„Von E-Bikes über Spielkonsolen bis hin zu Smartphones: Insbesondere Artikel aus dem Elektroniksegment sind im Handel aktuell rar. Das bleibt auch den Verbraucher:innen nicht verborgen – und beeinträchtigt ihre Freude am Konsum“, kommentiert Dr. Christian Wulff, Leiter des Geschäftsbereichs Handel und Konsumgüter bei PwC Deutschland und EMEA. Dazu kommt die hohe Inflation:
„Viele Menschen müssen aktuell stärker auf ihre Ausgaben achten. Für Händler und Hersteller bedeutet dies: Es droht der Verlust von Kund:innen, sofern sie nicht aktiv gegensteuern“, so Dr. Christian Wulff, Leiter des Geschäftsbereichs Handel und Konsumgüter bei PwC Deutschland und EMEA.

Den Ernst der Lage illustriert auch der Consumer Index des Marktforschungsunternehmens GfK: Das gemessene Konsumklima in Deutschland ist für Juli auf ein Rekordtief gesunken. Mit 27,4 Punkten (1,2 Punkte weniger als im Juni) ist dies der niedrigste Wert seit Beginn der Messung 1991, die Kauflaune entsprechend gering.

Kund:innen weichen auf alternative Angebote und Anbieter aus
In der aktuellen PwC-Umfrage berichten 27 Prozent der Befragten, dass bestimmte Produkte im stationären Einzelhandel regelmäßig ausverkauft oder nicht verfügbar sind. Knapp jede:r Dritte beobachtet längere Warteschlangen. Das hat Konsequenzen: Jede:r Zweite wandert aufgrund der aktuellen Situation mindestens gelegentlich ins Internet ab – mehr als die Hälfte davon sogar regelmäßig.

Doch auch online stehen die Händler unter Druck. Im E-Commerce beklagt sich ein Fünftel der Konsument:innen über lange Lieferzeiten. Die Verbraucher:innen reagieren auf diese Situation, indem sie sich bei der Konkurrenz umschauen: 63 Prozent nutzen digitale Vergleichsportale, um Produktverfügbarkeiten zu prüfen.

Immerhin 60 Prozent geben an, dass sie bei Nichtverfügbarkeit eines Produkts den Kauf von Alternativen in Betracht ziehen – auch wenn diese teurer sind.

„Unter bestimmten Bedingungen sind die deutschen Verbraucher:innen durchaus bereit, mehr als üblich für ein Produkt zu zahlen. Das gilt insbesondere, wenn dieses maßgeschneidert oder individualisiert ist, regional produziert wurde oder aus nachhaltigen Materialien besteht“, sagt Dr. Christian Wulff.

„Made in Germany“ gewinnt wieder an Bedeutung
In Deutschland hergestellte Produkte liegen im Trend. Die Gründe dafür sind vielfältig: Jede:r Zweite gibt an, so die eigene Wirtschaft zu unterstützen. 42 Prozent kaufen in Deutschland hergestellte Produkte, weil sie wissen möchten, wo und unter welchen Bedingungen die Produkte hergestellt wurden. Denn: Die Aspekte Umwelt, Soziales und verantwortungsvolle Unternehmensführung spielen bei der Kaufentscheidung jedenfalls eine gewichtige Rolle. So geben zwei Drittel der Befragten an, dass es sich auf ihre Kaufentscheidung auswirkt, wie ein Unternehmen beim Thema Umwelt aufgestellt ist – also, ob es etwa seinen CO2-Ausstoß reduziert oder auf Plastikverpackungen verzichtet.

Soziale Aspekte – wie die Frage, ob ein Hersteller oder Händler die Menschenrechte in der Wertschöpfungskette einhält – sind sogar 71 Prozent der Befragten wichtig. Für 72 Prozent spielt die Unternehmensführung eine Rolle bei der Kaufentscheidung, also etwa der Umgang des Herstellers mit Datenschutz oder dessen Bekenntnis zu transparenten Geschäftspraktiken. Dabei schätzen Kund:innen es besonders, wenn der Einzelhandel auf Transparenz bei den Geschäftspraktiken setzt und Fehler eingesteht.

Dr. Christian Wulff: „Verbraucher:innen belohnen diejenigen Unternehmen mit einem Vertrauensvorschuss, die glaubhaft vermitteln können, dass sie sich um einen verminderten CO2-Ausstoß, die Einhaltung von Menschenrechten oder hohe Datenschutzstandards bemühen. Neben der Kaufwahrscheinlichkeit steigt dann auch die Weiterempfehlungsrate.“

Besonders die Gen Z öffnet sich für Secondhand
Dass die Herstellung eines neuen Produkts Ressourcen benötigt und damit Umwelt und Klima belastet, ist immer mehr Menschen bewusst. Entsprechend öffnen sie sich dem Secondhand-Markt: Die Mehrheit der Verbraucher:innen hat bereits gebrauchte Artikel gekauft oder könnte sich dies vorstellen. Bei Bekleidung haben 56 Prozent der Befragten schon Stücke aus zweiter Hand geshoppt; bei der Generation Z, also den 18- bis 27-Jährigen, sind es sogar 64 Prozent.

Was der Handel jetzt tun kann
„Für Händler bedeuten diese Entwicklungen, dass sie zum einen ihre ESG-Positionierung stärken müssen. Zudem können sie das Vertrauen der Kund:innen gewinnen, wenn sie für eine gelungene Customer Experience sorgen. Das kann zum Beispiel ein außergewöhnlicher Kundenservice sein. Aber auch attraktive Rabatte oder das Angebot zu vereinfachten Wiederkäufen stärken die Loyalität der Käufer:innen“, so Dr. Christian Wulff.

Und nicht zuletzt können sich Hersteller und Händler profilieren, indem sie auf innovative Technologien setzen und beispielsweise Virtual Reality (VR) als zusätzlichen Shopping-Kanal etablieren. Fast ein Viertel der Deutschen (23 Prozent) nutzt bereits aktiv virtuelle Welten und Produkte: Sie sehen sich etwa Filme mit VR-Headsets an, kaufen digitale Produkte, testen Produkte in einer virtuellen Welt oder nehmen an virtuellen Veranstaltungen teil. „Zielgruppe virtueller Angebote ist in erster Linie die Gen Z, die bereits am aktivsten Erfahrungen in der virtuellen Welt sammelt“, resümiert Dr. Christian Wulff.

More information:
PwC Covid-19 Einzelhandel
Source:

PwC

26.07.2022

adidas adjusts outlook for 2022: Declining revenues in Greater China expected

adidas is adjusting its outlook for the financial year 2022. While second quarter results were somewhat ahead of expectations reflecting continued strong momentum in Western markets and a return to growth in Asia-Pacific, the company has been experiencing a slower-than-expected recovery in its business in Greater China since the start of the third quarter. Previously, the company had assumed that in absence of any major lockdowns as of Q3, currency-neutral revenues in the region would be flat during the second half of the year versus the prior year level. However, given the continued widespread covid-19-related restrictions, adidas now expects revenues in Greater China to decline at a double-digit rate during the remainder of the year.

adidas is adjusting its outlook for the financial year 2022. While second quarter results were somewhat ahead of expectations reflecting continued strong momentum in Western markets and a return to growth in Asia-Pacific, the company has been experiencing a slower-than-expected recovery in its business in Greater China since the start of the third quarter. Previously, the company had assumed that in absence of any major lockdowns as of Q3, currency-neutral revenues in the region would be flat during the second half of the year versus the prior year level. However, given the continued widespread covid-19-related restrictions, adidas now expects revenues in Greater China to decline at a double-digit rate during the remainder of the year.

As a result, adidas now expects currency-neutral revenues for the total company to grow at a mid- to high-single-digit rate in 2022 (previously: at the lower end of the 11% – 13% range). Because of the less favorable market mix due to lower-than-expected revenues in Greater China as well as the impact from initiatives to clear excess inventories in this market until the end of the year, the company’s gross margin is now expected to be around 49.0% in 2022 (previously: around 50.7%). Consequently, the company’s operating margin is now forecasted to be around 7.0% in 2022 (previously: around 9.4%) and net income from continuing operations is expected to reach a level of around € 1.3 billion (previously: at the lower end of the € 1.8 billion – € 1.9 billion range).

So far, the company did not experience a meaningful slowdown in the sell-through of its products or significant cancellations of wholesale orders in any other market. Nevertheless, the adjusted guidance also accounts for a potential slowdown of consumer spending in these markets during the second half of the year as a result of the more challenging macroeconomic conditions.

Despite these headwinds, adidas continues to expect double-digit revenue growth during the second half of the year for the total company. In addition to easier prior year comparables, the acceleration will be driven by adidas’ strong product pipeline, the restocking opportunity with its wholesale customers given unconstrained supply as well as the support from major sporting events.

Based on preliminary numbers, adidas’ currency-neutral revenues grew 4% during the second quarter. This increase was driven by strong double-digit growth in North America and Latin America, high-single-digit growth in EMEA (also double-digit growth excluding negative Russia/CIS impact) as well as a return to growth in Asia-Pacific. In euro terms, sales increased 10% to € 5.596 billion. The company’s gross margin declined 1.5 percentage points to a level of 50.3% and operating margin reached 7.0% during the second quarter (2021: 10.7%). Net income from continuing operations was € 360 million in Q2 (2021: € 387 million) supported by a one-time tax benefit of more than € 100 million due to the reversal of a prior year provision.

More information:
adidas financial year 2022
Source:

adidas AG

19.07.2022

Rieter starts sales process for the remaining land owned by Rieter

  • Order intake of CHF 869.4 million, order backlog of more than CHF 2 100 million
  • Sales of CHF 620.6 million, preproduced deliveries in the three-digit million range had to be postponed until the second half of 2022
  • EBIT of CHF -10.2 million, net result of CHF -25.2 million due to significant cost increases, additional costs, and acquisition-related expenses
  • Action plan to increase sales and profitability
  • Rieter site Winterthur
  • Outlook

Rieter continued to be successful in the market in the first half of 2022. Based on the company’s technology leadership, innovative product portfolio and the completion of the ring- and compact-spinning system, a high order intake and a significant increase in sales were generated. The increase in sales was achieved even though preproduced deliveries in the three-digit million range had to be postponed until the second half of 2022. The order backlog is at a record level.

  • Order intake of CHF 869.4 million, order backlog of more than CHF 2 100 million
  • Sales of CHF 620.6 million, preproduced deliveries in the three-digit million range had to be postponed until the second half of 2022
  • EBIT of CHF -10.2 million, net result of CHF -25.2 million due to significant cost increases, additional costs, and acquisition-related expenses
  • Action plan to increase sales and profitability
  • Rieter site Winterthur
  • Outlook

Rieter continued to be successful in the market in the first half of 2022. Based on the company’s technology leadership, innovative product portfolio and the completion of the ring- and compact-spinning system, a high order intake and a significant increase in sales were generated. The increase in sales was achieved even though preproduced deliveries in the three-digit million range had to be postponed until the second half of 2022. The order backlog is at a record level. Despite higher sales, the significant increase in material and logistics costs, additional costs for compensation of the material shortages and the expenditure incurred for the acquisition in the years 2021/2022 resulted in a loss. Rieter is implementing an action plan to increase sales and profitability. The sales process for the remaining land owned by Rieter was initiated.

Order Intake and Order Backlog
Rieter posted an order intake of CHF 869.4 million, which included CHF 176.6 million from the businesses acquired in the years 2021/2022. As expected, demand has thus returned to normal compared with the exceptionally high figure for the prior-year period, but remains well above the average figure for the last five years of around CHF 570 million (first half 2021: CHF 975.3 million, first half 2022 excluding acquisition effect CHF 692.8 million).

The regional shift in demand with investments in additional spinning capacity outside China along with investments in the competitiveness of Chinese spinning mills continues. Rieter benefits from its technology leadership, the innovative product portfolio and the completion of the ring- and compact-spinning system through the acquisition of the automatic winding machine business. The largest order intakes came from India, Turkey, China, Uzbekistan, and Pakistan.

On June 30, 2022, the company had an order backlog of more than CHF 2 100 million (June 30, 2021: CHF 1 135 million). Cancellations in the reporting period amounted to around 5% of the order backlog.

Sales
The Rieter Group posted sales of CHF 620.6 million, which included CHF 68.9 million from the businesses acquired in the years 2021/2022 (first half 2021: CHF 400.5 million).

As a result, sales were significantly higher than in the prior-year period, although preproduced deliveries, which mainly affected the Business Group Machines & Systems, in the three-digit million range had to be postponed until the second half of 2022. The reasons for the postponements were the COVID lockdown in China and supply chain bottlenecks.

EBIT, Net Result and Free Cash Flow
Rieter posted a loss of CHF -10.2 million at the EBIT level in the first half of 2022.

Earnings were impacted by significantly higher material and logistics costs. The price increases already implemented are having a delayed effect, mainly in the Business Group Machines & Systems, and were therefore unable to compensate for the high increase in costs. In addition, costs in connection with material shortages negatively impacted profitability. The result also includes acquisition-related expenses of CHF -11.2 million.

The loss at the net result level was CHF -25.2 million, of which CHF -17.6 million was due to the acquisition.

Free cash flow was CHF -57.1 million, attributable to the build-up of inventories in connection with the high order backlog and postponed deliveries.

Action Plan to Increase Sales and Profitability
Rieter is implementing a comprehensive package of measures with the aim of increasing sales and profitability in the second half of 2022.

The package focuses on two main priorities: Firstly, Rieter is continuing to systematically implement price increases while working to improve the quality of margins of the order backlog, so as to compensate for cost increases in materials and logistics.
Secondly, Rieter is working closely with key suppliers and is developing alternative solutions to eliminate material bottlenecks, as far as possible, in order to safeguard deliveries.

Rieter Site Winterthur
The Board of Directors has decided to begin the process for the sale of the remaining land at the Rieter site in Winterthur (Switzerland). In total, around 75 000 m2 of land will be sold.

Outlook
As already reported, Rieter expects demand for new systems to normalize further in the coming months. Due to the capacity utilization at spinning mills, the company anticipates that demand for consumables, wear & tear and spare parts will remain at a good level.

For the full year 2022, due to the high order backlog and the consolidation of the businesses acquired from Saurer, Rieter expects sales of around CHF 1 400 million (2021: CHF 969.2 million). The reduced sales forecast compared to early 2022 (March 2022: CHF 1 500 million) reflects the impact of global supply bottlenecks. The realization of sales revenue from the order backlog continues to be associated with risks in relation to the well-known challenges.

Despite significantly higher sales, Rieter expects EBIT and net result for 2022 to be below the previous year’s level. This is due to the considerable increases in the cost of materials and logistics, additional costs for compensation of material shortages as well expenses in connection with the acquisition in the years 2021/2022. Despite the price increases already implemented, global cost increases continue to pose a risk to the growth of profitability.

Source:

Rieter Holding AG

15.07.2022

Intertextile Shanghai Home Textiles Autumn rescheduled to 2023

In light of the current pandemic circumstances in China, the 2022 edition of Intertextile Shanghai Home Textiles Autumn will be deferred. The Autumn fair, which was originally scheduled to be held from 15 – 17 August at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai, will now take place in 2023 at the same venue. The fair’s organisers will announce the new date in due course.

Ms Wendy Wen, Senior General Manager of Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd, explained the decision: “After holding discussions with our stakeholders, we have made what we believe to be the responsible decision to delay the fair. While the call was made with the safety of the fair’s participants in mind, deferring the fair to the early part of next year will also allow more time for fairgoers to plan for their participation.”

“We understand that there is a lot of anticipation surrounding this fair, with exhibitors and buyers eager to connect in person. We would like to thank all participants for their patience and understanding, and also to express our continued dedication to provide a quality international trading platform for the home textile industry.”

In light of the current pandemic circumstances in China, the 2022 edition of Intertextile Shanghai Home Textiles Autumn will be deferred. The Autumn fair, which was originally scheduled to be held from 15 – 17 August at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai, will now take place in 2023 at the same venue. The fair’s organisers will announce the new date in due course.

Ms Wendy Wen, Senior General Manager of Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd, explained the decision: “After holding discussions with our stakeholders, we have made what we believe to be the responsible decision to delay the fair. While the call was made with the safety of the fair’s participants in mind, deferring the fair to the early part of next year will also allow more time for fairgoers to plan for their participation.”

“We understand that there is a lot of anticipation surrounding this fair, with exhibitors and buyers eager to connect in person. We would like to thank all participants for their patience and understanding, and also to express our continued dedication to provide a quality international trading platform for the home textile industry.”

Exhibitors or visitors with any further enquiries related to the fair can email, or visit the fair’s official website.

Source:

Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd

(c) Beaulieu International Group
14.07.2022

Das France Relance-Programm stärkt die Stabilität von B.I.G. Yarns Comines

Am 13. Juli empfing B.I.G. Yarns Comines (FR) eine Delegation von institutionellen Vertretern im Rahmen des France Relance-Programms.

Ende 2021 wurde B.I.G. Yarns Comines als einer der Preisträger für das Programm der französischen Regierung ausgewählt, das sich stark auf die Beschleunigung des Wirtschaftswachstums konzentriert.

Das zu diesem Zweck geschaffene France Relance-Programm zielt darauf ab, Unternehmen nach der Covid-Krise finanziell zu unterstützen und die Erholung der Wirtschaft zu gewährleisten. Es gibt Unternehmen, die sich für zusätzliche Beschäftigung, die Stärkung von Kompetenzen (Beschäftigung, Ausbildung), Innovation, Wettbewerbsfähigkeit und natürlich Nachhaltigkeit einsetzen, Sauerstoff.

Am 13. Juli empfing B.I.G. Yarns Comines (FR) eine Delegation von institutionellen Vertretern im Rahmen des France Relance-Programms.

Ende 2021 wurde B.I.G. Yarns Comines als einer der Preisträger für das Programm der französischen Regierung ausgewählt, das sich stark auf die Beschleunigung des Wirtschaftswachstums konzentriert.

Das zu diesem Zweck geschaffene France Relance-Programm zielt darauf ab, Unternehmen nach der Covid-Krise finanziell zu unterstützen und die Erholung der Wirtschaft zu gewährleisten. Es gibt Unternehmen, die sich für zusätzliche Beschäftigung, die Stärkung von Kompetenzen (Beschäftigung, Ausbildung), Innovation, Wettbewerbsfähigkeit und natürlich Nachhaltigkeit einsetzen, Sauerstoff.

Die finanzielle Unterstützung ermöglichte es B.I.G. Yarns, die Produktionskapazität seiner erstklassigen 1-Schritt-3-Schicht-PA-Garntechnologie durch die Installation neuer, hochmoderner Produktionslinien am Standort Comines um 20% zu erhöhen. Die neuen Anlagen nutzen die hochmoderne PA-Garntechnologie von B.I.G. Yarns, die den Herstellern von Teppichfliesen mehr Freiheit in Bezug auf Design, Kontrast und Farbe, aber auch eine gesteigerte Flexibilität bietet. Dadurch können die Kunden schneller auf neue Entwicklungen auf dem Vertragsmarkt reagieren.

Auch den Mitarbeitern und der Umwelt kommt diese technologische Neuentwicklung zugute. Der spezifische Energieverbrauch wird ebenfalls optimiert und trägt so zur Energieeinsparung am Standort bei.

Neben der Stärkung und Erneuerung der Produktionsinfrastruktur und -technologie konzentrierte sich B.I.G. Yarns auch auf die Entwicklung neuer innovativer Produkte, die zu den Nachhaltigkeitsbemühungen seiner Kunden beitragen.

So wird B.I.G. Yarns zum ersten Mal PET-Garne produzieren und seinen Kunden in der Automobilindustrie ein völlig neues Portfolio an PET-Garnen anbieten können.

Dieses strategische Verstärkungsprojekt wird sicherstellen, dass sich B.I.G. Yarns Comines in einem sehr anspruchsvollen und sich schnell verändernden Markt, der von hohen Rohstoff- und Energiepreisen, starkem Wettbewerb und einer schwankenden Nachfrage, die den gesamten Sektor betrifft, geprägt ist, nachhaltig behaupten kann. Außerdem tragen alle Umsetzungen dazu bei, die CO2-Bilanz zu reduzieren, was sicherstellt, dass B.I.G. Yarns weiterhin eine nachhaltige Zukunft für seine Kunden, seine Mitarbeiter und die Gemeinschaft aufbauen kann.

Source:

Beaulieu International Group / EMG

14.06.2022

AkzoNobel updates Q2 outlook based on impact of China lockdowns

AkzoNobel has updated its Q2 outlook based on the impact of the evolving business environment, including the effect of China lockdowns and the slower start to the EMEA DIY season.

Overall demand signs for paints and coatings remain robust, with North America still constrained in raw material availability and logistics, but sequentially improving. In Europe in particular, macro-economic uncertainty related to consumer confidence has increased.

Consumer demand in the Deco DIY channels in Europe – which represent 40% of total Deco EMEA revenue – got off to a slow start in Q2, subsequently impacted by inventory reductions in the DIY channel. In June, Deco DIY channel demand improved back to 2019 levels. Despite share gains and our Deco Professional business performing as anticipated, the total Q2 operating income for our Decorative Paints segment is expected to be down by approximately €50 million versus expectations entering the second quarter.

AkzoNobel has updated its Q2 outlook based on the impact of the evolving business environment, including the effect of China lockdowns and the slower start to the EMEA DIY season.

Overall demand signs for paints and coatings remain robust, with North America still constrained in raw material availability and logistics, but sequentially improving. In Europe in particular, macro-economic uncertainty related to consumer confidence has increased.

Consumer demand in the Deco DIY channels in Europe – which represent 40% of total Deco EMEA revenue – got off to a slow start in Q2, subsequently impacted by inventory reductions in the DIY channel. In June, Deco DIY channel demand improved back to 2019 levels. Despite share gains and our Deco Professional business performing as anticipated, the total Q2 operating income for our Decorative Paints segment is expected to be down by approximately €50 million versus expectations entering the second quarter.

COVID-19 lockdowns in China during Q2 impact both paints and coatings. This impact was mainly on our coatings business, while paints was able to almost offset by progressing with its geographical expansion initiatives. The re-opening in June is showing a positive rebound, but not enough to catch up on all the missed revenue in the quarter, resulting in a negative operating income impact of approximately €40 million for the quarter, versus expectations entering Q2.

AkzoNobel continues to focus on achieving its €2 billion adjusted EBITDA target for 2023, despite the volatile market environment having a material impact on the company’s Q2 2022 financials.

More information:
AkzoNobel Coatings Covid-19
Source:

AkzoNobel

Fraunhofer: Kommunikationsadapter für Gesichtsmasken (c) Fraunhofer UMSICHT/Hasan-Tunc Dimetokali
24.05.2022

Fraunhofer: Kommunikationsadapter für Gesichtsmasken

Medizinische Masken sind in der Pandemie zum Alltag geworden. Mit ihrem erhöhten Virenschutz gehen allerdings auch Verständigungsprobleme einher. Forschende des Fraunhofer UMSICHT haben für dieses Problem einen Kommunikationsadapter entwickelt, der die Stimme verstärkt und so das Gespräch erleichtert. Nun ist die Erfindung unter dem Namen maskAMP® geschützt und ein Patent erteilt.

Comedians, Sänger*innen und Politiker*innen – sobald Menschen auf einer Bühne sprechen, greifen sie fast schon selbstverständlich zum Mikrofon. In unserem Alltag dagegen verstehen wir uns normalerweise ohne Hilfsmittel. Mit Pandemie und Gesichtsmasken finden wir Verständigungsprobleme allerdings auch in alltäglichen Situationen wieder. Nicht ohne Grund erklingt am Empfang in der Arztpraxis oder an der Supermarktkasse immer öfter ein »Wie bitte?«. Das Fraunhofer IBP hat herausgefunden, dass die Masken 5 bis 15 Dezibel der Lautstärke schlucken. Somit fühlt sich die Entfernung zum Gegenüber mit Masken doppelt so groß an, wie sie tatsächlich ist.[1]

Medizinische Masken sind in der Pandemie zum Alltag geworden. Mit ihrem erhöhten Virenschutz gehen allerdings auch Verständigungsprobleme einher. Forschende des Fraunhofer UMSICHT haben für dieses Problem einen Kommunikationsadapter entwickelt, der die Stimme verstärkt und so das Gespräch erleichtert. Nun ist die Erfindung unter dem Namen maskAMP® geschützt und ein Patent erteilt.

Comedians, Sänger*innen und Politiker*innen – sobald Menschen auf einer Bühne sprechen, greifen sie fast schon selbstverständlich zum Mikrofon. In unserem Alltag dagegen verstehen wir uns normalerweise ohne Hilfsmittel. Mit Pandemie und Gesichtsmasken finden wir Verständigungsprobleme allerdings auch in alltäglichen Situationen wieder. Nicht ohne Grund erklingt am Empfang in der Arztpraxis oder an der Supermarktkasse immer öfter ein »Wie bitte?«. Das Fraunhofer IBP hat herausgefunden, dass die Masken 5 bis 15 Dezibel der Lautstärke schlucken. Somit fühlt sich die Entfernung zum Gegenüber mit Masken doppelt so groß an, wie sie tatsächlich ist.[1]

»Im Alltag gleichen Menschen diese maskenbedingten Verständigungsprobleme mit einer lauteren Stimmgebung aus«, erklärt Melih-Ahmet Dimetokali, Mitarbeiter in der IT-Infrastruktur des Fraunhofer UMSICHT. »Das belastet allerdings die Stimmlippen und auch eine physiologische Stimmgebung funktioniert dann zum Teil nicht mehr.« Verstärkt wird das Problem gleichzeitig durch Mindestabstände und schalldämpfende Glasscheiben. Die Resonanz ist so noch stärker eingeschränkt und die Artikulation gehemmt. Wie das Fraunhofer IBP herausgefunden hat, machen sich dadurch auf längere Zeit Erschöpfungssymptome wie Heiserkeit, Halsschmerzen, aber auch Kopfschmerzen und Abgeschlagenheit bemerkbar.

Mit Kommunikationsadaptern wieder mehr verstehen können
Das UMSICHT-Forscherteam – bestehend aus Melih-Ahmet Dimetokali, Michael Joemann und Rasit Özgüc – hat als Lösung einen abnehmbaren Adapter entwickelt, der die Stimme verstärkt und so Gesprächssituationen erleichtert. »Anders als bei Konkurrenzprodukten mindert der leichte Adapter nicht den angenehmen Tragekomfort der Maske«, betont Rasit Özgüc aus der Abteilung Elektrochemische Energiespeicher. »Uns war bei der Entwicklung sehr wichtig, dass der Verstärker alltagstauglich ist. Denn auch wenn die allgemeine Maskenpflicht derzeit weggefallen ist, gibt es Personenkreise, die Gesichtsmasken auch vor und nach der Pandemie regelmäßig tragen müssen. In medizinischen und pflegerischen Einrichtungen (Arztpraxen, Krankenhäuser, Pflegeheime etc.) beispielsweise bleibt die Maskenpflicht bestehen, um ältere und vorerkrankte Menschen besonders zu schützen. Allein in Deutschland arbeiten an die 3,3 Mio. Menschen im öffentlichen Gesundheitswesen.«

Ein weiterer Vorteil des Verstärkers ist seine Wiederverwendbarkeit. Da er flexibel positionierbar und abnehmbar ist, kann er bei einem Wechsel der Gesichtsmaske auf ein neues Modell übertragen werden. Nutzende können den Adapter so einfach reinigen oder wieder aufladen. »Das macht ihn im Vergleich bereits erhältlicher Produkten auf dem Markt umwelt- und ressourcenschonend. Dort ist die Elektronik nämlich meistens fest in der Maske integriert«, erklärt Özgüc, »Trotzdem können wir mit geringen Materialkosten und ohne Mindestproduktionsmenge der steigenden Nachfrage gerecht werden.«

Erstes Patent für einen Kommunikationsadapter
Für maskAMP® haben die UMSICHT-Forschenden nun einen Patentschutz für Deutschland erlangt, welcher jetzt in die weltweite Anmeldung überführt wird.  Das Produkt umfasst zum einen den wiederverwendbaren Kommunikationsadapter für Gesichtsmasken und zum anderen das System aus Kommunikationsadapter und Gesichtsmaske. Auch das Verfahren zur Bereitstellung eines solchen Systems fällt unter den Namen. Damit ist maskAMP® der erste patentierte Kommunikationsadapter.

Entwicklung vom Prototyp zur Marktreife
»Bis es den Kommunikationsadapter zu kaufen gibt, wird es allerdings noch etwas dauern«, ergänzt Michael Joemann, einer der Miterfinder. »Unser System muss zur Marktreife entwickelt werden. Dafür suchen wir lizenznehmende Vertragspartner mit den entsprechenden technologischen Möglichkeiten und Vertriebskanälen. Interessierte wenden sich bitte unter dem Stichwort maskAMP® an Rasit Özgüc.

[1] Fraunhofer »Das Magazin« Ausgabe 4.20, Seite 30-31.

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.

Source:

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.

Source:

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.

More information:
Rieter general meeting Spinnerei
Source:

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.

Source:

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.

Source:

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.

Source:

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.

Source:

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.        

Source:

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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