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Sustainable Apparel Forum (SAF) organized in Dhaka to Accelerate Apparel Sustainability in Post-Covid (c) Bangladesh Apparel Exchange
Hall View Sustainable Apparel Forum
18.05.2022

News from Sustainable Apparel Forum (SAF)

  • Sustainable Apparel Forum (SAF) organized in Dhaka to Accelerate Apparel Sustainability in Post-Covid

Policy makers, industry leaders, brands’ representatives and fashion campaigners from home and abroad gathered in Dhaka yesterday to accelerate momentum of sustainability in Bangladesh apparel industry.

More than 50 speakers as well as 20 green growth exhibitors from over 20 countries participated in the 3rd edition of Sustainable Apparel Forum (SAF) organized by Bangladesh Apparel Exchange (BAE) partnering with Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers & Exporters Association (BGMEA).

Five plenary sessions on ‘Demystifying Climate Action’, ‘Purchasing Practice’, ‘ESG (Environmental, Social & Governance) & Green Finance’, ‘Closing the Loop: Circular Economy in the Fashion Industry’, and ‘Due Diligence and Legislation’ held at the SAF along with an opening plenary and a closing plenary.  

  • Sustainable Apparel Forum (SAF) organized in Dhaka to Accelerate Apparel Sustainability in Post-Covid

Policy makers, industry leaders, brands’ representatives and fashion campaigners from home and abroad gathered in Dhaka yesterday to accelerate momentum of sustainability in Bangladesh apparel industry.

More than 50 speakers as well as 20 green growth exhibitors from over 20 countries participated in the 3rd edition of Sustainable Apparel Forum (SAF) organized by Bangladesh Apparel Exchange (BAE) partnering with Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers & Exporters Association (BGMEA).

Five plenary sessions on ‘Demystifying Climate Action’, ‘Purchasing Practice’, ‘ESG (Environmental, Social & Governance) & Green Finance’, ‘Closing the Loop: Circular Economy in the Fashion Industry’, and ‘Due Diligence and Legislation’ held at the SAF along with an opening plenary and a closing plenary.  

(c) Euratex
17.05.2022

EURATEX 2022 Spring Report: Exports of textile and clothing articles +10.6%

EURATEX has just released its Spring report, offering a detailed insight into trade figures for the European textile and apparel industry in 2021. The numbers are encouraging: comparing with the dramatic corona-year 2020, EU exports of textile and clothing articles increased by +10.6%, while imports dipped by -7.5%. As a result, the EU trade deficit improved, even it remains significant (- €48 billion).

Furthermore, import prices went slightly down in clothing and dropped in textiles, following a strong decrease of Chinese import prices of face masks and protective medical supplies.

The boost in exports was mainly due to strong performance on the Swiss, Chinese and US markets. On the other side, EU sales of textile & clothing to the United Kingdom fell sharply (-23%), due to Brexit new requirements, customs’ delays and shortage of truck drivers.  Imports from the EU top supplier, China, plunged by -28%, corresponding to €13 billion. Similarly, textile and clothing imports from the United Kingdom recorded a sharp decrease over the period (-48%, equal to €-3 billion).

EURATEX has just released its Spring report, offering a detailed insight into trade figures for the European textile and apparel industry in 2021. The numbers are encouraging: comparing with the dramatic corona-year 2020, EU exports of textile and clothing articles increased by +10.6%, while imports dipped by -7.5%. As a result, the EU trade deficit improved, even it remains significant (- €48 billion).

Furthermore, import prices went slightly down in clothing and dropped in textiles, following a strong decrease of Chinese import prices of face masks and protective medical supplies.

The boost in exports was mainly due to strong performance on the Swiss, Chinese and US markets. On the other side, EU sales of textile & clothing to the United Kingdom fell sharply (-23%), due to Brexit new requirements, customs’ delays and shortage of truck drivers.  Imports from the EU top supplier, China, plunged by -28%, corresponding to €13 billion. Similarly, textile and clothing imports from the United Kingdom recorded a sharp decrease over the period (-48%, equal to €-3 billion).

Director General Dirk Vantyghem commented: “the 2021 export figures, presented in this Spring report, confirm that EURATEX members have gained momentum; even if energy prices are causing some serious short-term disruptions, our long-term ambition remains to be a world leader on sustainable textiles.”

The international trade dimension is indeed critical for the competitiveness of the European textile ecosystem, and needs to be fully embedded in the EU’s Strategy for Sustainable and Circular Textiles. The Commission insists that “all textile products placed on the EU market, are durable, free of hazardous substances, produced respecting social standards…” This is an essential condition to create a level playing field between all textile and apparel companies, regardless of their production base. With €100 billion of imports, and over 20 billion of “foreign” textile items put on the Single Market, this requires a dramatic upscaling of market surveillance, without however disrupting fluid supply chains.

Looking at the impact of war in Ukraine, EURATEX has strongly condemned the Russian aggression, and offered support to the Ukrainian textile industry. Ukraine offers valuable sourcing opportunities for European textile and apparel brands, as part of a broader nearshoring trend, which seems to emerge from the trade figures.

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Euratex

(c) RadiciGroup
11.05.2022

RadiciGroup closes 2021 with positive results

  • Continued focus on sizeable investments in innovation and sustainability.
  • Underway in India, the acquisition of the Engineering Plastics business of Ester Industries Ltd. with the objective of keeping up the Group’s global growth trend

With total sales of EUR 1.508 million generated by over 30 production and sales units in Europe, Asia and America, RadiciGroup closed its 2021 financial year with positive results, despite the difficulties due to the lingering effects of the pandemic and the steep increase in the cost of raw materials and energy, especially during the latter part of the year.

The Group – led by brothers Angelo, Maurizio and Paolo Radici – continued to pursue its strategy of focusing on the core businesses considered to be strategic and synergistic, such as nylon chemicals, engineering polymers and advanced textile solutions, while, at the same time,  introducing new products, such as a line of personal protective equipment for medical and industrial use.

EBITDA reached EUR 268 million, and net income for the year was EUR 150 million.

  • Continued focus on sizeable investments in innovation and sustainability.
  • Underway in India, the acquisition of the Engineering Plastics business of Ester Industries Ltd. with the objective of keeping up the Group’s global growth trend

With total sales of EUR 1.508 million generated by over 30 production and sales units in Europe, Asia and America, RadiciGroup closed its 2021 financial year with positive results, despite the difficulties due to the lingering effects of the pandemic and the steep increase in the cost of raw materials and energy, especially during the latter part of the year.

The Group – led by brothers Angelo, Maurizio and Paolo Radici – continued to pursue its strategy of focusing on the core businesses considered to be strategic and synergistic, such as nylon chemicals, engineering polymers and advanced textile solutions, while, at the same time,  introducing new products, such as a line of personal protective equipment for medical and industrial use.

EBITDA reached EUR 268 million, and net income for the year was EUR 150 million.

Despite this situation, RadiciGroup considers it essential to continue making investments.

“In 2021, the Group invested EUR 53 million financed from cash flow,” Alessandro Manzoni, CFO of RadiciGroup, emphasized. “There was no impact on net financial position, which registered an improvement over 2020, as did all our balance sheet ratios."

Furthermore, in spite of the complexity of the period, in 2022 the Group shareholders have kept on with their significant investment plan aimed at strengthening RadiciGroup’s presence in global markets and improving its competitiveness.

Indeed, the Group has moved forward, according to plan, with the acquisition of the Engineering Plastics business of Ester Industries Ltd., an India-based company engaged for decades in the production of engineering polymers and listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange. RadiciGroup’s EUR 35 million investment in this transaction furthers the internationalization strategy of its High Performance Polymers business area.

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RadiciGroup

(c) ACIMIT
09.05.2022

Italian Textile Machinery (ACIMIT): Drop in orders for first quarter 2022

The orders index for textile machinery for the first quarter of 2022, processed by ACIMIT, the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers, shows a slight decrease (-4%) compared to the same period from January to March 2021. In absolute value, the index stood at 117 points (basis: 2015 = 100).

On the domestic front orders shrank by fully 22%, whereas abroad the decline was more contained (-2%). The absolute value of the index in Italy was set at 136 points. On foreign markets, the index scored a value of 114.9 points.

ACIMIT President Alessandro Zucchi commented that: “The global pandemic and Russian-Ukrainian conflict have accentuated the climate of uncertainty for the whole of the textile industry. Criticalities already present in the past year (such as a sharp rise in prices of raw materials and their scarce availability, as well as increased transport costs) are now accentuated more than ever. While orders appear to have settled on foreign markets, domestically, following a strong recovery in 2021, we now have to deal with a general negativity permeating the Italian economy.”

The orders index for textile machinery for the first quarter of 2022, processed by ACIMIT, the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers, shows a slight decrease (-4%) compared to the same period from January to March 2021. In absolute value, the index stood at 117 points (basis: 2015 = 100).

On the domestic front orders shrank by fully 22%, whereas abroad the decline was more contained (-2%). The absolute value of the index in Italy was set at 136 points. On foreign markets, the index scored a value of 114.9 points.

ACIMIT President Alessandro Zucchi commented that: “The global pandemic and Russian-Ukrainian conflict have accentuated the climate of uncertainty for the whole of the textile industry. Criticalities already present in the past year (such as a sharp rise in prices of raw materials and their scarce availability, as well as increased transport costs) are now accentuated more than ever. While orders appear to have settled on foreign markets, domestically, following a strong recovery in 2021, we now have to deal with a general negativity permeating the Italian economy.”

The ongoing conflict in Ukraine, together with successive pandemic lockdowns in the main market for textile machinery manufacturers, namely China, have undermined the confidence of Italian companies in the sector. “I believe 2022 will be a transition year for the industry, as we await a calming international economic scenario. In the meantime,” adds Zucchi, “our association continues to work to strengthen the positioning of Italy’s textile machinery industry worldwide through promotional initiatives in collaboration with Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Italian Trade Agency.”

The latest of these initiatives was carried out at the end of April, with the opening of an Italian technology training center for textile machinery in Mongolia, a Country that ranks among the world’s leading producers of raw cashmere. ACIMIT’s president concludes that, “With the training center starting its operations, our sector is laying the foundations for further business opportunities in an emerging market. I’m certain the initiative will bear a return in terms of image not only for individual Italian companies who are participating by supplying machinery, but on the entire Italian textile machinery sector as a whole.”

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

Photo: SGL Carbon
05.05.2022

SGL Carbon: Dynamic business development in Q1 2022 continued

  • Low impact of Ukraine war on business performance in 1st quarter
  • 12.2% increase in sales to €270.9 million based on growth in all four business units
  • Adjusted EBITDA improves by 11.5% to €36.8 million

SGL Carbon generated consolidated sales of €270.9 million in Q1 2022 (Q1 2021: €241.5 million). This corresponds to an increase of €29.4 million or 12.2% compared to the same period of the prior year. All four business units contributed to the pleasing increase in sales. In parallel, adjusted EBITDA improved by 11.5% to €36.8 million in the reporting period.

  • Low impact of Ukraine war on business performance in 1st quarter
  • 12.2% increase in sales to €270.9 million based on growth in all four business units
  • Adjusted EBITDA improves by 11.5% to €36.8 million

SGL Carbon generated consolidated sales of €270.9 million in Q1 2022 (Q1 2021: €241.5 million). This corresponds to an increase of €29.4 million or 12.2% compared to the same period of the prior year. All four business units contributed to the pleasing increase in sales. In parallel, adjusted EBITDA improved by 11.5% to €36.8 million in the reporting period.

Sales development
In the first three months of fiscal 2022, the sales increase of €29.4 million was driven by all four operating business units: Graphite Solutions (+€11.3 million), Carbon Fibers (+€6.6 million), Composite Solutions (+€7.2 million) and Process Technology (+€6.0 million).
In particular, sales to customers in the automotive and semiconductor industries and a significant recovery in the industrial applications segment were key factors in the increase in sales. Sales of the Process Technology business unit to customers in the chemical industry also developed pleasingly. The effects of the war in Ukraine, which has been ongoing since the end of February 2022, had only a little impact on SGL Carbon's sales performance in the 1st quarter.

Earnings development
Despite the increasingly difficult market environment in the course of Q1 2022, associated with temporary supply and production bottlenecks at their customers, temporarily interrupted transport routes, and significantly higher energy prices, SGL Carbon was able to keep the adjusted EBITDA margin almost stable year-on-year at 13.6%.  
Adjusted EBITDA increased by 11.5% to €36.8 million in the reporting period. Higher capacity utilization in the business units and product mix effects contributed to the improvement in earnings, together with the cost savings achieved as a result of the transformation. By contrast, higher raw material, energy and logistics costs as of end of February 2022 had a negative impact on earnings. The Carbon Fibers business unit was particularly affected by the energy price increases. One-time expenses of €9.2 million in conjunction with energy transactions burdened the Carbon Fibers business unit in the 1st quarter of 2022.  
To secure our production and delivery capabilities, around 85% of the energy requirements of the entire SGL Carbon for 2022 are price-hedged.
Adjusted EBITDA and EBIT do not include in total positive one-time effects and special items of €8.5 million, among other things from the termination of a heritable building right to a site no longer in use. Taking into account the one-time effects and special items presented as well as depreciation and amortization of €14.1 million, reported EBIT increased by 83.5% to €31.2 million (Q1 2021: €17.0 million). The net profit for the period developed correspondingly and more than tripled from €6.1 million to €21.4 million in a quarter-on-quarter comparison.

Outlook
The sales and earnings figures for the 1st quarter 2022 confirm the stable demand from different market segments. Price increases and volatility in the availability of raw materials, transportation services and energy were largely offset by savings from the transformation program and pricing initiatives at the customers.
For 2022, SGL Carbon continues to expect volatile raw material and energy prices, which were included in their forecast for 2022 at the time of planning. However, there are uncertainties about the extent and duration to which SGL Carbon and the customers will be affected by the impact of the war in Ukraine or temporary supply chain disruptions due to the lockdowns in China. Therefore, SGL Carbon's outlook for fiscal 2022 does not include supply and/or production interruptions at customers or the impact of a possible energy embargo that cannot be estimated at this time.  
SGL Carbon's forecast also implies that factor cost increases can be at least partially passed on to the customers through pricing initiatives. SGL Carbon has also included the revenue and earnings impact from the expiry of a supply contract with a major automobile manufacturer at the end of June 2022 in our forecast.

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SGL Carbon

22.04.2022

CHIC Spring 2022 postponed again

  • Autumn edition from Aug. 29-31, 2022, in Shanghai

Scheduled to take place in Nanjing in May, CHIC Spring requires another postponement due to the pandemic development of Covid19 in China. Organizers are focusing on the autumn edition of CHIC in Shanghai. From Aug. 29-31, the latest trends in the Chinese consumer market will be on display at the National Exhibition and Convention Center.

The trade fair concept is being revised for the autumn edition, which is expected to attract around 900 exhibitors. Ahead of the show, the CHIC LIVESTREAMING format will provide information on relevant topics during talks with industry experts on social media. The CHIC LIST OF THE BEST section of the trade show will also be launched. Based on industry research, it will showcase best practices and particularly successful brands in the areas of research and design, cultural values, technical innovation, best selling, etc.

CHIC is organized by Beijing Fashion Expo Co. Ltd. and China World Exhibitions sponsored by China National Garment Association, China World Trade Center and SubCouncil of Textile Industry (CCPIT).

  • Autumn edition from Aug. 29-31, 2022, in Shanghai

Scheduled to take place in Nanjing in May, CHIC Spring requires another postponement due to the pandemic development of Covid19 in China. Organizers are focusing on the autumn edition of CHIC in Shanghai. From Aug. 29-31, the latest trends in the Chinese consumer market will be on display at the National Exhibition and Convention Center.

The trade fair concept is being revised for the autumn edition, which is expected to attract around 900 exhibitors. Ahead of the show, the CHIC LIVESTREAMING format will provide information on relevant topics during talks with industry experts on social media. The CHIC LIST OF THE BEST section of the trade show will also be launched. Based on industry research, it will showcase best practices and particularly successful brands in the areas of research and design, cultural values, technical innovation, best selling, etc.

CHIC is organized by Beijing Fashion Expo Co. Ltd. and China World Exhibitions sponsored by China National Garment Association, China World Trade Center and SubCouncil of Textile Industry (CCPIT).

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JANDALI

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

Kornit Rewrites the Rules for Fashion and Textiles (c) Kornit
Shai-Shalom-Hi2
06.04.2022

Kornit Rewrites the Rules for Fashion and Textiles

  • Hundreds of designers, brands, creators, e-com platforms, manufacturers, and virtual fashion pioneers expected to attend VIP events at Kornit’s headquarters, R&D and production centers, and in major venues of Tel Aviv     
  • Kornit will unveil future technologies and solutions, including the revolutionary Kornit Apollo fully-digital mass production direct-to-garment (DTG) platform – considered a future game-changer for the mainstream mass production of fashion and apparel, a multi-billion-dollar market opportunity – constrained today by antiquated, analog, and polluting methods of production
  • Mass production of textile, traditionally off-shored, is going through an accelerated shift to near-shore production, significantly shorter production runs, lean-to-no inventory risk, and unlimited creativity and flexibility for designers and creators – all possible with Kornit’s new solution for mass production
  • Kornit will also unveil its Kornit Atlas MAX Poly – predicted to transform the multi-billion-dollar professional and recreational sports apparel and teamwear markets, suffering today from
  • Hundreds of designers, brands, creators, e-com platforms, manufacturers, and virtual fashion pioneers expected to attend VIP events at Kornit’s headquarters, R&D and production centers, and in major venues of Tel Aviv     
  • Kornit will unveil future technologies and solutions, including the revolutionary Kornit Apollo fully-digital mass production direct-to-garment (DTG) platform – considered a future game-changer for the mainstream mass production of fashion and apparel, a multi-billion-dollar market opportunity – constrained today by antiquated, analog, and polluting methods of production
  • Mass production of textile, traditionally off-shored, is going through an accelerated shift to near-shore production, significantly shorter production runs, lean-to-no inventory risk, and unlimited creativity and flexibility for designers and creators – all possible with Kornit’s new solution for mass production
  • Kornit will also unveil its Kornit Atlas MAX Poly – predicted to transform the multi-billion-dollar professional and recreational sports apparel and teamwear markets, suffering today from major limitations with mass customization of polyester

Kornit Digital Ltd. (NASDAQ: KRNT) (“Kornit”), a worldwide market leader in sustainable, on-demand digital fashionx and textile production, announced today the Company will present the convergence of design, technology, and sustainable fashion at Kornit Fashion Week Tel Aviv 2022, April 3rd – 6th. Rewriting the rules for fashion and textiles, the transformative event will unveil vibrant runway collections together with game-changing industry-first product and technology introductions that bring digital production to the mainstream.

The four-day event is attended by some of the top designers, retailers, brands, fulfillers, and ecommerce players, in addition to global investors and press – and will include exclusive VIP experiences demonstrating the confluence of the design, technology, and fashion worlds. Together, these three elements are central to Kornit’s 4.0 strategy, bringing sustainable, on-demand fashion to the mainstream with end-to-end workflow solutions.

Kornit Fashion Week Tel Aviv 2022

Kornit Fashion Week features an immersive runway showcase produced by worldwide fashion icon, producer, director, and entrepreneur Motty Reif. The week follows successful Kornit events in 2021 across Los Angeles, New York, Milan, and Tel Aviv – displaying the creative freedom associated with sustainable, on-demand fashion fulfillment. Attendees will experience runway events showcasing designer creativity across a broad array of collections. These fascinating collections were created in just a few weeks, unlike typical fashion and textile production processes that take over six months.

Industry-First Introductions

Looking behind the scenes at Kornit Fashion Week, attendees will witness Kornit’s disruptive mass production technology in action. Unveiled for the first time, the Kornit Apollo direct-to-garment (DTG) system addresses accelerated post-pandemic market trends for streamlined supply chains and production nearshoring. Demonstrated at an exclusive VIP event, Kornit Apollo features the Company’s proven MAX technology offering the highest retail quality combined with full automation control and integrated smart curing processes, utilizing functionality from Lichtenau, Germany-based Tesoma (Kornit’s recently announced acquisition). The solution is the most comprehensive digital, single-step end-to-end system for nearshore short-and-medium-runs mass production and offers optimal TCO and highest output per operator. The result far surpasses performance of screen printing and analog techniques. With early customer engagements in the second half of 2022, the system will be available mid-2023.

Physical and Virtual Worlds

Kornit enables customers to exchange supply chain headaches and materials waste for unsurpassed creativity and a frictionless pixel-to-parcel-to-doorstep production experience. Supported by the KornitX workflow solution, customers have access to a scalable and modular ecosystem for on-demand decorated apparel and textiles. Supporting diverse supply chain models, the infrastructure-agnostic system enables on-demand, automated production, end-to-end from initial order to package delivery.

Indorama Ventures completes acquisition of Brazil-based Oxiteno, extending growth profile into attractive surfactant markets (c) Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited
(from left) Alastair Port, João Parolin
06.04.2022

Indorama Ventures now in Brasil

  • Indorama Ventures completes acquisition of Brazil-based Oxiteno, extending growth profile into attractive surfactant markets

Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL), a global sustainable chemical company, today completed its acquisition of 100% of Brazil-based Oxiteno S.A. Indústria e Comércio, becoming a leading global supplier in high-value surfactant markets.

The acquisition of Oxiteno, formerly a subsidiary of Ultrapar Participações S.A., was announced in August 2021 and is effective from 1 April 2022 after the transaction was approved by Brazil’s Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE). Through the acquisition, IVL extends its growth profile into highly attractive markets in Latin America and the U.S., becoming the leading surfactants producer in the Americas, with additional potential to expand in Europe and Asia.

  • Indorama Ventures completes acquisition of Brazil-based Oxiteno, extending growth profile into attractive surfactant markets

Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL), a global sustainable chemical company, today completed its acquisition of 100% of Brazil-based Oxiteno S.A. Indústria e Comércio, becoming a leading global supplier in high-value surfactant markets.

The acquisition of Oxiteno, formerly a subsidiary of Ultrapar Participações S.A., was announced in August 2021 and is effective from 1 April 2022 after the transaction was approved by Brazil’s Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE). Through the acquisition, IVL extends its growth profile into highly attractive markets in Latin America and the U.S., becoming the leading surfactants producer in the Americas, with additional potential to expand in Europe and Asia.

Oxiteno becomes part of IVL’s Integrated Oxides and Derivatives (IOD) business segment, which IVL formed in 2020 with the purchase of assets from U.S.-based Huntsman (Spindletop transaction). IOD is a high-margin growth driver alongside IVL’s traditional Combined PET (CPET) necessities segment and its Fibers segment. Together, IVL’s three segments create a stronger and more resilient integrated platform along the company’s petrochemicals value chain.

The Oxiteno acquisition includes 11 manufacturing plants in Latin America and the U.S., 5 R&D centers, an experienced management team, a strong environmental governance record, and expertise in green chemistry innovation. Through Oxiteno, IOD assumes a leading position in technologies catering to innovation-led, high-value-add (HVA) surfactant solutions in attractive home & personal care, crop solutions, and coating & resources markets. This diversity increases IOD’s earnings stability and resilience. The surfactants market has seen consistent growth over the last decade, driven by trends in population growth, urbanization and increasing hygiene awareness amid the global pandemic.

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.

Source:

FleishmanHillard

24.03.2022

SGL Carbon: Initiated transformation shows effect in sales and earnings 2021

  • Sales increase of 9.5% to €1,007.0 million driven by almost all business units
  • EBITDApre improves by 50.9% to €140.0 million, reaching the upper end of the 2021 guidance raised in July
  • Net financial debt reduced from €286.5 million to €206.3 million
  • Start of business in 2022 overshadowed by uncertainty resulting from the war in Ukraine

Rising demand in almost all market segments led to a 9.5% increase in Group sales to €1,007.0 million in fiscal 2021 compared to the previous year (2020: €919.4 million). Almost all business units contributed to the pleasing sales performance. At 50.9%, EBITDApre improved disproportionately to Group sales and amounted to €140.0 million in fiscal 2021 (2020: €92.8 million). Increased sales and the associated higher capacity utilization contributed to the improvement in earnings, together with the cost savings achieved as a result of the transformation initiated at the end of 2020.*

  • Sales increase of 9.5% to €1,007.0 million driven by almost all business units
  • EBITDApre improves by 50.9% to €140.0 million, reaching the upper end of the 2021 guidance raised in July
  • Net financial debt reduced from €286.5 million to €206.3 million
  • Start of business in 2022 overshadowed by uncertainty resulting from the war in Ukraine

Rising demand in almost all market segments led to a 9.5% increase in Group sales to €1,007.0 million in fiscal 2021 compared to the previous year (2020: €919.4 million). Almost all business units contributed to the pleasing sales performance. At 50.9%, EBITDApre improved disproportionately to Group sales and amounted to €140.0 million in fiscal 2021 (2020: €92.8 million). Increased sales and the associated higher capacity utilization contributed to the improvement in earnings, together with the cost savings achieved as a result of the transformation initiated at the end of 2020.*

Outlook
Based on the assumptions outlined and including the costs of the energy hedges, the company expects Group sales for the 2022 financial year to be at the previous year's level and EBITDApre to be between €110 million and €130 million.*

* See attachment document for more information,

Intertextile and Yarn Expo spring show dates to be adjusted
Intertextile and Yarn Expo spring show dates to be adjusted
23.03.2022

Intertextile and Yarn Expo spring show dates to be adjusted

In response to pandemic containment efforts, Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics – Spring Edition and Yarn Expo Spring will be merged with the respective Autumn Editions of the shows from 29 – 31 August, whilst Intertextile Home Textiles will also be moved to the same aforementioned dates. The fairs will still take place at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai where they were originally due to be held from 14 – 16 April 2022.
 

In response to pandemic containment efforts, Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics – Spring Edition and Yarn Expo Spring will be merged with the respective Autumn Editions of the shows from 29 – 31 August, whilst Intertextile Home Textiles will also be moved to the same aforementioned dates. The fairs will still take place at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai where they were originally due to be held from 14 – 16 April 2022.
 
Ms Wendy Wen, Senior General Manager of Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd explained the decision: “In view of recent outbreaks in multiple provinces and cities in China, and to support the government’s pandemic control measures, the organisers of the fairs have decided to adjust the three spring shows by combining the Spring and Autumn Editions of Intertextile Apparel and Yarn Expo, and holding these concurrently with the Spring Edition of Intertextile Home. The decision is necessary to reduce the risk of transmission and to ensure the welfare of all our participants. We will keep in close communication with all parties involved and we look forward to providing an effective sourcing platform for the textile industry when it is safe to do so. As we continue to adapt during these challenging times, we’d like to express our thanks to all participants for their unwavering understanding and support.”
 
Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics is co-organised by Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd; the Sub-Council of Textile Industry, CCPIT; and the China Textile Information Centre. The co-organisers of Yarn Expo are Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd and the Sub-Council of Textile Industry, CCPIT. Intertextile Shanghai Home Textiles is co-organised by Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd; the Sub-Council of Textile Industry, CCPIT; and the China Home Textile Association (CHTA). 

Source:

Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd

Photo: Ralph Koch for Mayer & Cie.
23.03.2022

Mayer & Cie.: Successful 2021 - Digitisation, Sustainability and Modernisation topics for 2022

Looking back, 2021 was a positive year for the Albstadt-based circular knitting machine and braiding machine manufacturer Mayer & Cie. After two tough years, sales exceeded Euro 100 million again last year, and the outlook for this year is promising, with production working at long-term full capacity in the circular knitting machine sector.

Looking back, 2021 was a positive year for the Albstadt-based circular knitting machine and braiding machine manufacturer Mayer & Cie. After two tough years, sales exceeded Euro 100 million again last year, and the outlook for this year is promising, with production working at long-term full capacity in the circular knitting machine sector.

In order to maintain its market edge Mayer & Cie. continues to rely on digitisation of both its processes and its products. Substantial investment at its headquarters location, especially in machinery, is on the Mayer & Cie. agenda for 2022. In the years ahead a range of production machinery – lathes, gear cutting and grinding machines – is to be replaced at a scheduled cost running into low double-digit millions. Last year saw an investment in a robot-controlled laser hardening system for heat-treating machine components. The company passes an energy upgrade milestone these days with launching its new CHP cogeneration units.  
 
“Compared with 2020, our Group sales were up by about 40 per cent in 2021,” said Mayer & Cie. Managing Director Benjamin Mayer. After two difficult years in 2019 and 2020 the circular knitting machine manufacturer was able last year to restore sales to a stable level of about 103 million Euro. And it could have achieved an even better result. “Supply chain problems hampered production perceptibly,” the company’s managing director said. “In view of the order situation up to five per cent more might have been possible.” The Albstadt textile machinery manufacturer’s order position has stayed at a sound, high level since the fourth quarter of 2020, and orders in hand will already keep the circular knitting machine division busy until the end of the year, with orders coming in from all over the world, but especially, and with no change, from the company’s core markets Turkey, China and India.

The Management views with concern, however, the conflict in the Ukraine, which at first glance may not affect the sales market directly but might lead to general purchasing restraint in the capital goods sector that like the trade war between the United States and China, which began in 2018, would also affect Mayer & Cie. In addition, effects of the conflict such as high energy prices and interruptions in material supplies and logistics pose a genuine challenge in the further course of the year.

In the braiding machine division, the order position recovered in 2021. Sales of new machines and, especially, spare parts exceeded the 2020 figures significantly. Mayer & Cie. has once more won an award for its in-house and external digitisation measures as one of the most innovative German SMEs. The textile machinery manufacturer won a 2022 Top 100 award for its innovative processes in particular.

Source:

Mayer & Cie.

Foto CHIC
22.03.2022

CHIC SPRING SHANGHAI auf Mai verschoben

Die größte Modemesse Asiens wird vom 20. bis 22. Mai 2022 in Nanjing stattfinden. Die neuesten Entwicklungen durch die Virusvariante Omikron in China und speziell in Shanghai hat die CHIC Veranstalter zu diesem Schritt veranlasst. Mit dieser Verlegung berücksichtigen die Veranstalter auch die Interessen der internationalen Aussteller und Besucher. Neben verschiedenen internationalen Gemeinschaftsständen wird auch Deutschland mit einem GERMAN PAVILION vertreten sein.

Im Nanjing International Expo Center wird CHIC in den Hallen vier, fünf und sechs den Fachbesuchern einen konzentrierten Überblick über die neuesten Trendentwicklungen der Mode bieten. CHIC SPRING als Fashion und Lifestyle-Messe zeigt die Bereiche Womenswear, Menswear, Kidswear, Denim, Schuhe und Taschen, Accessoires, Designer und Streetwear.

Die Provinz Jiangsu mit ihrer Hauptstadt Nanjing umfasst zahlreiche Modecluster wie das Changshu Garment Industrial Cluster für Leder und Downwear, Menswear, Womenswear, das Suzhou Garment Industrial Cluster oder das Xinqiao Knitwear Industrial Cluster in Jiangyin. Nanjing selbst ist bekannt für seine Womenswear Industrie.

Die größte Modemesse Asiens wird vom 20. bis 22. Mai 2022 in Nanjing stattfinden. Die neuesten Entwicklungen durch die Virusvariante Omikron in China und speziell in Shanghai hat die CHIC Veranstalter zu diesem Schritt veranlasst. Mit dieser Verlegung berücksichtigen die Veranstalter auch die Interessen der internationalen Aussteller und Besucher. Neben verschiedenen internationalen Gemeinschaftsständen wird auch Deutschland mit einem GERMAN PAVILION vertreten sein.

Im Nanjing International Expo Center wird CHIC in den Hallen vier, fünf und sechs den Fachbesuchern einen konzentrierten Überblick über die neuesten Trendentwicklungen der Mode bieten. CHIC SPRING als Fashion und Lifestyle-Messe zeigt die Bereiche Womenswear, Menswear, Kidswear, Denim, Schuhe und Taschen, Accessoires, Designer und Streetwear.

Die Provinz Jiangsu mit ihrer Hauptstadt Nanjing umfasst zahlreiche Modecluster wie das Changshu Garment Industrial Cluster für Leder und Downwear, Menswear, Womenswear, das Suzhou Garment Industrial Cluster oder das Xinqiao Knitwear Industrial Cluster in Jiangyin. Nanjing selbst ist bekannt für seine Womenswear Industrie.

18.03.2022

Umsatz mit Bekleidung und Textilien steigt 2021 auf 64 Mrd. Euro

Nach ersten Hochrechnungen des BTE ist der gesamte Einzelhandelsumsatz mit Bekleidung sowie Haus- und Heimtextilien im letzten Jahr um rund fünf Prozent bzw. drei Milliarden Euro auf rund 64 Milliarden Euro (inkl. MwSt.) gestiegen. Zwar sanken die Umsätze fast aller stationären Vertriebsformate - nach dem bereits hohen Einbruch um fast ein Viertel in 2020 - im letzten Jahr aufgrund des langen Lockdowns erneut, die Zuwächse im Onlinehandel konnten dies aber mehr als ausgleichen. Der Umsatz des Vor-Corona-Jahres 2019 in Höhe von 67 Mrd. Euro wurde aber deutlich verfehlt.
 
Die Umsätze speziell des stationären Textilfachhandels (inkl. Haus- und Heimtextilien) sanken im vergangenen Jahr um etwa fünf Prozent auf rund 29 Milliarden Euro. Die Textil- und Bekleidungsumsätze von Warenhäusern, Lebensmitteldiscountern und anderer stationärer Geschäfte ohne textilen Schwerpunkt fielen nach BTE-Schätzungen ebenfalls um einen einstelligen Prozentsatz auf rund 14 Milliarden Euro. Um fast ein Viertel auf ca. 21 Mrd. Euro zugelegt hat dagegen der Umsatz des Versand- bzw. Onlinehandels, wodurch dessen Marktanteil in 2021 auf rund 33 Prozent stieg.
 

Nach ersten Hochrechnungen des BTE ist der gesamte Einzelhandelsumsatz mit Bekleidung sowie Haus- und Heimtextilien im letzten Jahr um rund fünf Prozent bzw. drei Milliarden Euro auf rund 64 Milliarden Euro (inkl. MwSt.) gestiegen. Zwar sanken die Umsätze fast aller stationären Vertriebsformate - nach dem bereits hohen Einbruch um fast ein Viertel in 2020 - im letzten Jahr aufgrund des langen Lockdowns erneut, die Zuwächse im Onlinehandel konnten dies aber mehr als ausgleichen. Der Umsatz des Vor-Corona-Jahres 2019 in Höhe von 67 Mrd. Euro wurde aber deutlich verfehlt.
 
Die Umsätze speziell des stationären Textilfachhandels (inkl. Haus- und Heimtextilien) sanken im vergangenen Jahr um etwa fünf Prozent auf rund 29 Milliarden Euro. Die Textil- und Bekleidungsumsätze von Warenhäusern, Lebensmitteldiscountern und anderer stationärer Geschäfte ohne textilen Schwerpunkt fielen nach BTE-Schätzungen ebenfalls um einen einstelligen Prozentsatz auf rund 14 Milliarden Euro. Um fast ein Viertel auf ca. 21 Mrd. Euro zugelegt hat dagegen der Umsatz des Versand- bzw. Onlinehandels, wodurch dessen Marktanteil in 2021 auf rund 33 Prozent stieg.
 
Für das laufende Jahr erhofft sich vor allem der stationäre Textil- und Modehandel eine Belebung der Kundennachfrage, die aktuell allerdings durch die hohen Inzidenzen und nicht zuletzt den Krieg in der Ukraine und dessen Folgen deutlich beeinträchtigt wird. Zwar hat es in den letzten Wochen immer wieder Tage mit erfreulicher Resonanz gegeben, die Umsätze und vor allem die Kundenfrequenzen liegen aber in der Regel immer noch deutlich unter Vor-Corona-Niveau. Die stationären Modegeschäfte brauchen daher weiterhin staatliche Unterstützung, die unbedingt auch unterhalb der bisherigen Schwelle von 30 Prozent Umsatzverlust bei den Überbrückungshilfen einsetzen muss.
 
Unabdingbar für das Überleben tausender Textil-, Schuh- und Modegeschäfte sind zudem Investitionen in die Innenstädte. Nach einer aktuellen BTE-Kundenbefragung aus den beiden ersten März-Wochen ist der Einkauf unverändert das meistgenannte Motiv für einen Innenstadt-Besuch. Der Modehandel wurde dabei von zwei Drittel der Befragten als Ziel angegeben. Der BTE rief daher alle Modehändler, Immobilieneigentümer und nicht zuletzt Bund, Länder und Kommunen dazu auf, gemeinsam die Attraktivität der Innenstädte zu steigern. So wünschen die Kunden in den Geschäften und Innenstädten vor allem mehr Sitzgelegenheiten, schöner gestaltete Plätze mit mehr Grün und Wasser, eine bessere Erreichbarkeit sowie mehr Aktivitäten bzw. Events. Mehr als ein Drittel der Befragten wünscht zudem die Möglichkeit für Shopping am Sonntag.

 

Source:

BTE Handelsverband Textil Schuhe Lederwaren

Good News from Maison&Objet Paris © M.Chat
© M.Chat, Leblon Delienne will be there at Maison&Objet Paris : Hall 7 — Stand D6
08.03.2022

Good News from Maison&Objet Paris

  • The vaccine pass will no longer be required for your fair
  • March 24 – 28, ­­­­­2022   Paris ­­­­­­­

The French government has announced the suspension of the vaccine pass starting on March 14, in addition to the end of the mask requirement indoors (except for on public transport).Only one requirement remains...as always, you must have your badge with you to enter the fair.

So don’t wait: get ready for your visit to the fair, and prepare to rediscover the joy of spotting the season’s future must-have products.

  • The vaccine pass will no longer be required for your fair
  • March 24 – 28, ­­­­­2022   Paris ­­­­­­­

The French government has announced the suspension of the vaccine pass starting on March 14, in addition to the end of the mask requirement indoors (except for on public transport).Only one requirement remains...as always, you must have your badge with you to enter the fair.

So don’t wait: get ready for your visit to the fair, and prepare to rediscover the joy of spotting the season’s future must-have products.

Source:

SAFI - SALONS FRANCAIS ET INTERNATIONAUX

07.03.2022

BTE: Schuhhandel hatte 2021 erneut schwieriges Jahr

BTE Bundesverband des Deutschen Textil-, Schuh- und Lederwareneinzelhandels anlässlich der SHOES Düsseldorf 6. bis 8. März 2022

Das vergangene Jahr war bereits das zweite Jahr, in dem der stationäre Schuhhandel unter der Pandemie und den Corona-Maßnahmen kräftig gelitten hat. Seit dem Ausbruch der Pandemie waren die meisten Schuhgeschäfte bis heute an rund der Hälfte aller möglichen Verkaufstage zwangsgeschlossen oder Einschränkungen wie der 2G-Regel unterworfen. Dies hat kräftige Spuren bei Umsatz und Ertrag hinterlassen.

Nach ersten Schätzungen des BTE, der Ende 2021 mit dem Handelsverband Schuhe (BDSE) fusionierte, endete das vergangene Jahr im Schuhfachhandel mit einem Umsatzminus von etwa 3 Prozent. Damit liegen nun die Schuhgeschäfte im Durchschnitt rund 25 Prozent unter den Umsätzen, die sie in Vor-Corona-Zeiten erzielt hatten.

BTE Bundesverband des Deutschen Textil-, Schuh- und Lederwareneinzelhandels anlässlich der SHOES Düsseldorf 6. bis 8. März 2022

Das vergangene Jahr war bereits das zweite Jahr, in dem der stationäre Schuhhandel unter der Pandemie und den Corona-Maßnahmen kräftig gelitten hat. Seit dem Ausbruch der Pandemie waren die meisten Schuhgeschäfte bis heute an rund der Hälfte aller möglichen Verkaufstage zwangsgeschlossen oder Einschränkungen wie der 2G-Regel unterworfen. Dies hat kräftige Spuren bei Umsatz und Ertrag hinterlassen.

Nach ersten Schätzungen des BTE, der Ende 2021 mit dem Handelsverband Schuhe (BDSE) fusionierte, endete das vergangene Jahr im Schuhfachhandel mit einem Umsatzminus von etwa 3 Prozent. Damit liegen nun die Schuhgeschäfte im Durchschnitt rund 25 Prozent unter den Umsätzen, die sie in Vor-Corona-Zeiten erzielt hatten.

Zwar wachsen die Online-Umsätze jener Schuhhäuser, die neben dem POS-Umsatz auch einen digitalen Vertriebsweg unterhalten, doch konnten die Online-Umsatzanteile den Rückgang im stationären Business nicht kompensieren. Zwei Drittel der Schuhhändler verzeichnen einen Online-Umsatzanteil von unter 10 Prozent vom Gesamtumsatz. Dabei handelt es sich um Verkäufe über Plattformen, den eigenen Webshop oder über Social Media-Verkaufsaktivitäten.

Die Online-Umsätze mit Schuhen insgesamt, inkl. jener der Online-Pure Player, stiegen in 2021 nach ersten BTE-Berechnungen um 12 bis 15 Prozent. Vor diesem Hintergrund haben sich die Marktanteile auch im vergangenen Jahr weiter zugunsten des Online-Handels verschoben. Der BTE geht davon aus, dass nach knapp 35 Prozent in 2020 der Onlineanteil mit Schuhen auf aktuell 40 Prozent gewachsen ist. Während die Corona-Maßnahmen das stationäre Business hart trafen und es förmlich ausbremsten, wirkten sie für den Online-Handel wie ein Konjunkturpaket.

Der stationäre Schuhhandel durchlief im vergangenen Jahr eine Berg- und Talfahrt. Bis einschließlich Mai mussten die Schuhgeschäfte in den meisten Bundesländern geschlossen bleiben und konnten sich nur über Click&Collect oder Click&Meet über Wasser halten. Nach dem Re-Opening zog dann in den Sommermonaten das Geschäft kräftig an, so dass über eine ausgesprochen starke Verbrauchernachfrage ein Gutteil der im Lockdown verlorenen Umsätze wieder aufgeholt werden konnte. Allerdings brach mit Einführung von 2G im November die Umsatzkurve erneut und heftig nach unten hin ab. Selbst im normalerweise stark frequentierten Weihnachtsgeschäft fehlten vielerorts 30 bis 40 Prozent der Kunden, mit entsprechenden negativen Auswirkungen auf die Verkaufserlöse.

Insgesamt verlief das letzte Jahr je nach Betriebsform und Standort sehr unterschiedlich. Entsprechend ist die Spreizung der Umsatzentwicklung sehr groß. Kleine inhabergeführte Fachgeschäfte mit traditionell starker Kundenbindung kamen meist besser durch das Jahr als so mancher größerer Filialist, der in Shopping-Zentren oder in Normalzeiten hoch frequentierten Haupteinkaufslagen der Metropolen vertreten ist. Denn die Einkaufszentren mit ihrem hohen gastronomischen Mieterbesatz waren schwach besucht und in den Highstreets fehlten oftmals die Kunden aus dem weiteren Umland sowie Touristen und Messebesucher aus dem Ausland. Kleine Standorte konnte dagegen davon profitieren, dass viele Menschen im Homeoffice arbeiteten und sie ihren Einkaufsradius deutlich einschränkten.

Bei rückläufigen stationären Umsätzen und steigenden Online-Verkäufe dürfte das Marktvolumen mit Schuhen in 2021 in etwa auf dem Niveau des Jahres 2020 geblieben sein. Damals betrug das Marktvolumen nach den Berechnungen des BTE 10,2 Milliarden Euro und lag um 1,6 Milliarden Euro bzw. 13 Prozent unter dem Vor-Corona-Niveau des Jahres 2019. Eindeutiger Corona-Verlierer ist der stationäre Schuhhandel, dem – wie bereits erwähnt – noch immer 25 Prozent seiner früheren Umsätze fehlen.

Dank staatlicher Hilfsprogramme schlugen sich diese Umsatzverluste nicht in vollem Umfang in den Bilanzen des Schuhfachhandels nieder. Über rückzahlbare KfW-Kredite und neue Bankkredite konnten sie ihre Liquidität sichern und mittels Kurzarbeit und Überbrückungshilfen die Kostenseite entlasten. Anders hätte ein größerer Teil der Unternehmen das abgelaufene Jahr auch wohl kaum überstanden.

Mit den vor einigen Tagen beschlossenen Lockerungen ist nun die Zuversicht in den Schuhgeschäften zurückgekehrt. Zwar herrscht noch immer ein gewisses Maß an Verunsicherung in der Bevölkerung, aber es ist abzusehen, dass sich diesbezüglich bald wieder Normalität im Einkaufsverhalten einstellt und bei den Menschen – wie bereits nach dem Ende des letzten Lockdowns – die Freude am Shoppen in den Schuhgeschäften zurückkehrt. Ein unbeschwerter Einkauf wird sich allerdings erst einstellen, wenn die Ukraine-Krise überwunden ist. Darauf hoffen alle.

 

More information:
Schuhe Schuhhandel SHOES
Source:

BTE Handelsverband Textil Schuhe Lederwaren