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(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

13.05.2022

BTE-Umfrage: Lieferprobleme führen zu Umsatzeinbußen

Die Lieferverzögerungen und -ausfälle bei Frühjahr/Sommer-Ware belasten viele Textil-, Schuh- und Lederwarenhändler. Nach einer aktuellen BTE-Umfrage berichten aktuell lediglich fünf Prozent der teilnehmenden Unternehmen über keine oder nur minimale Probleme. Ware im einstelligen prozentualen Mengenbereich fehlen bei 37 Prozent der Händler, bei weiteren 37 Prozent liegen die Ausfälle und Verzögerungen bei 10 bis 20 Prozent. Und bei immerhin 21 Prozent der Teilnehmer ist mehr als 20 Prozent der Frühjahr/Sommer-Ware verspätet oder (noch) nicht angeliefert worden.
 
Die Folge sind zum Teil schmerzliche Umsatzeinbußen. Ein Drittel der Umfrageteilnehmer schätzt die Mindereinnahmen auf 10 bis 20 Prozent, bei fünf Prozent fehlen sogar mehr als 20 Prozent in der Kasse. 43 Prozent der Textil- und Outfithändler schätzen, dass sie Einnahmen im einstelligen Prozentbereich verloren haben und nur 18 Prozent der Teilnehmer berichten von keinerlei oder nur minimalen Einbußen.
 

Die Lieferverzögerungen und -ausfälle bei Frühjahr/Sommer-Ware belasten viele Textil-, Schuh- und Lederwarenhändler. Nach einer aktuellen BTE-Umfrage berichten aktuell lediglich fünf Prozent der teilnehmenden Unternehmen über keine oder nur minimale Probleme. Ware im einstelligen prozentualen Mengenbereich fehlen bei 37 Prozent der Händler, bei weiteren 37 Prozent liegen die Ausfälle und Verzögerungen bei 10 bis 20 Prozent. Und bei immerhin 21 Prozent der Teilnehmer ist mehr als 20 Prozent der Frühjahr/Sommer-Ware verspätet oder (noch) nicht angeliefert worden.
 
Die Folge sind zum Teil schmerzliche Umsatzeinbußen. Ein Drittel der Umfrageteilnehmer schätzt die Mindereinnahmen auf 10 bis 20 Prozent, bei fünf Prozent fehlen sogar mehr als 20 Prozent in der Kasse. 43 Prozent der Textil- und Outfithändler schätzen, dass sie Einnahmen im einstelligen Prozentbereich verloren haben und nur 18 Prozent der Teilnehmer berichten von keinerlei oder nur minimalen Einbußen.
 
Dabei ist die Hoffnung, dass die unterbliebenen Umsätze in der laufenden Saison noch aufgeholt werden, eher gering. 22 Prozent der Umfrageteilnehmer sehen hier keinerlei Chancen, ein Drittel glaubt zumindest, dass bis zur Hälfte der nicht getätigten Umsätze aufzuholen sind. Nur eine Minderheit der Händler sind zuversichtlich, die verlorenen Umsätze zu einem großen Teil (12 %) oder sogar vollständig (17 %) aufholen zu können. Weitere 17 Prozent halten diese Frage aktuell nicht für beantwortbar.
 
Hinsichtlich der bald eingehenden Herbst/Winter-Ware berichten alle Umfrageteilnehmer von mehr oder weniger hohen Preissteigerungen im Vergleich zur letzten Herbst/Winter-Saison. 48 Prozent gehen von einstelligen prozentualen Verteuerungen aus, bei 50 Prozent der Händler liegen die Preiserhöhungen zwischen 10 und 20 Prozent. Zwei Prozent der Teilnehmer schätzen sogar, dass die durchschnittliche Preissteigerung der Herbst/Winter-Ware bei mehr als 20 Prozent liegt.

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BTE Handelsverband Textil Schuhe Lederwaren

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13.05.2022

Gesamtmasche e.V.: Maschenindustrie unter Druck

  • Beschaffungsprobleme, Überregulierung und Inflation belasten die Branche

Die Hersteller der deutschen Maschenindustrie blicken zum zweiten Quartal des Jahres sorgenvoll in die Zukunft.  Die wirtschaftlichen Folgen des Kriegs in der Ukraine und die anhaltenden Störungen in den Lieferketten lassen die Erträge trotz befriedigender Auftragslage einbrechen. „Immer höheren Beschaffungspreise belasten die Margen“, sagt Martina Bandte, Präsidentin des Gesamtverbands der deutschen Maschenindustrie. „Dazu kommt die Kaufzurückhaltung der Konsumenten, die durch die politische Lage und die hohe Inflation verunsichert sind.“

Mit den Umsätzen im In- und Ausland und den aktuellen Auftragseingängen sind gut 95 Prozent der Maschenfirmen zufrieden. Dadurch ist der Geschäftsklimaindex der Maschenindustrie zum 2. Quartal 2022 mit 9,28 zwar noch deutlich positiv, doch verzeichnet er im Vergleich zum 1. Quartal (17,96 Indexpunkte) einen drastischen Rückgang. Die Branche erwartet in den nächsten Monaten Nachfrageeinbrüche und weiter steigende Produktionskosten.  60 Prozent der Hersteller rechnen mit einer weiteren Verschlechterung der Ertragslage.

  • Beschaffungsprobleme, Überregulierung und Inflation belasten die Branche

Die Hersteller der deutschen Maschenindustrie blicken zum zweiten Quartal des Jahres sorgenvoll in die Zukunft.  Die wirtschaftlichen Folgen des Kriegs in der Ukraine und die anhaltenden Störungen in den Lieferketten lassen die Erträge trotz befriedigender Auftragslage einbrechen. „Immer höheren Beschaffungspreise belasten die Margen“, sagt Martina Bandte, Präsidentin des Gesamtverbands der deutschen Maschenindustrie. „Dazu kommt die Kaufzurückhaltung der Konsumenten, die durch die politische Lage und die hohe Inflation verunsichert sind.“

Mit den Umsätzen im In- und Ausland und den aktuellen Auftragseingängen sind gut 95 Prozent der Maschenfirmen zufrieden. Dadurch ist der Geschäftsklimaindex der Maschenindustrie zum 2. Quartal 2022 mit 9,28 zwar noch deutlich positiv, doch verzeichnet er im Vergleich zum 1. Quartal (17,96 Indexpunkte) einen drastischen Rückgang. Die Branche erwartet in den nächsten Monaten Nachfrageeinbrüche und weiter steigende Produktionskosten.  60 Prozent der Hersteller rechnen mit einer weiteren Verschlechterung der Ertragslage.

„Wirtschaft und Verbraucher brauchen jetzt dringend Entlastung. Aber Berlin und Brüssel nehmen allen Alarmsignalen zum Trotz weiter Kurs auf noch mehr Bürokratie und Vorschriften“, kritisiert die Familienunternehmerin Bandte. „Teure und ideologisch motivierte Regulierung in der Umwelt- und Energiepolitik und eine Wohlführpolitik auf Pump ziehen uns den Boden unter den Füßen weg. Die Politik scheint sich nicht mehr für ein innovationsfreundliches und dynamisches Wirtschaftsklima in Europa zu interessieren. Das ist Gift für Wachstum und Innovation.“

 

(c) INDA
11.05.2022

INDA announces three finalists for the World of Wipes Innovation Award®

Sustainable products that solve problems are the themes for this year’s finalists for the World of Wipes Innovation Award® that will be presented at the 16th annual World of Wipes® International Conference, June 27-30, at the Marriott Marquis in Chicago, Illinois.    

The three products vying for the award are an all-natural substitute for plastic fibers from Bast Fibre Technologies, a dual-textured 3D cleaning wipe from Fitesa and an environmentally safe flushable wipe from Nice-Pak.

INDA’s Technical Advisory Board selected the finalists from nearly 20 submissions based on their creativity, novelty, uniqueness, technical sophistication within the entire nonwovens wipes value chain and expansion of nonwovens use.

Kimberly-Clark Scott® 24-Hour Sanitizing Wipes was the recipient of the 2021 World of Wipes Innovation Award®.

This year’s in-person WOW International Conference is expected to draw 400-plus senior-level wipes professionals from all wipes segments, repeating last year’s strong live event that welcomed 475 wipes professionals from 14 countries to Atlanta, GA.

Sustainable products that solve problems are the themes for this year’s finalists for the World of Wipes Innovation Award® that will be presented at the 16th annual World of Wipes® International Conference, June 27-30, at the Marriott Marquis in Chicago, Illinois.    

The three products vying for the award are an all-natural substitute for plastic fibers from Bast Fibre Technologies, a dual-textured 3D cleaning wipe from Fitesa and an environmentally safe flushable wipe from Nice-Pak.

INDA’s Technical Advisory Board selected the finalists from nearly 20 submissions based on their creativity, novelty, uniqueness, technical sophistication within the entire nonwovens wipes value chain and expansion of nonwovens use.

Kimberly-Clark Scott® 24-Hour Sanitizing Wipes was the recipient of the 2021 World of Wipes Innovation Award®.

This year’s in-person WOW International Conference is expected to draw 400-plus senior-level wipes professionals from all wipes segments, repeating last year’s strong live event that welcomed 475 wipes professionals from 14 countries to Atlanta, GA.

Finalists Announced
The three companies vying for the award (in alphabetical order) are:

  • Bast Fibre Technologies – Sero® Hemp Fibers
  • Fitesa – Dual Textured 3D Wipe
  • Nice ’N CLEAN® SecureFLUSHTM Technology Flushable Wipes by Nice-Pak

WOW 2022 Conference Highlights
This year’s WOW conference sessions focus on: Circular & Sustainable Wipes, Supply Chain Challenges in Wipes, Nonwoven Substrates for More Sustainable Wipes, Trends in the Wipes Market and Among Consumers, Disinfection Concerns and New Technologies, Sustainable Wipe Packaging Trends, and Developments in Flushability Issues.

11.05.2022

NCTO: State of the U.S. Textile Industry Address

National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) Chairman David Poston, who was elected for the 2022-2023 term, delivered the trade association’s State of the U.S. textile industry overview at NCTO’s 18th Annual Meeting on May 11.
 
Poston’s speech outlined (1) the U.S. textile industry’s resilience and significant rebound in 2021 (2) U.S. textile supply chain, economic, trade data, and (3) NCTO’s  policy achievements and priorities for domestic textile manufacturers.
 
You can find his remarks here and a data infographic prepared by NCTO illustrating the current economic status of the U.S. textile industry here.
 
Poston is president of Palmetto Synthetics, a specialty synthetic fiber producer based in Kingstree, South Carolina.
 
NCTO’s annual meeting was held May 10-11 in Washington, D.C.

National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) Chairman David Poston, who was elected for the 2022-2023 term, delivered the trade association’s State of the U.S. textile industry overview at NCTO’s 18th Annual Meeting on May 11.
 
Poston’s speech outlined (1) the U.S. textile industry’s resilience and significant rebound in 2021 (2) U.S. textile supply chain, economic, trade data, and (3) NCTO’s  policy achievements and priorities for domestic textile manufacturers.
 
You can find his remarks here and a data infographic prepared by NCTO illustrating the current economic status of the U.S. textile industry here.
 
Poston is president of Palmetto Synthetics, a specialty synthetic fiber producer based in Kingstree, South Carolina.
 
NCTO’s annual meeting was held May 10-11 in Washington, D.C.

09.05.2022

EURATEX is reaching out to the Ukrainian Textile industry

EURATEX has launched its EU-Ukraine Textile Initiative (EUTI), which aims at facilitating cooperation between European and Ukrainian textile and apparel companies. EUTI offers a single contact point for Ukrainian companies who seek support and cooperation with EU counterparts, and vice versa. That connection will be helpful to match supply and demand (e.g. there are many requests for supplies of fabrics), engage in public procurement, offer company-to-company support.

The service will be coordinated by EURATEX in close cooperation with UKRLEGPROM, Ukrainian Association of enterprises of textile & leather industry. Olena Garkusha, an experienced manager coming from the Ukrainian textile industry and now based in Brussels, will act as contact point.

EURATEX has launched its EU-Ukraine Textile Initiative (EUTI), which aims at facilitating cooperation between European and Ukrainian textile and apparel companies. EUTI offers a single contact point for Ukrainian companies who seek support and cooperation with EU counterparts, and vice versa. That connection will be helpful to match supply and demand (e.g. there are many requests for supplies of fabrics), engage in public procurement, offer company-to-company support.

The service will be coordinated by EURATEX in close cooperation with UKRLEGPROM, Ukrainian Association of enterprises of textile & leather industry. Olena Garkusha, an experienced manager coming from the Ukrainian textile industry and now based in Brussels, will act as contact point.

EU exports to Ukraine reached €1.3 bln in 2021 (13th market), whereas imports from Ukraine reached €500 mln (21st place). There is potential to expand that relationship, both in the short term - to respond to urgent needs, e.g. in military and medical fabrics - but also in the longer run; as partner in the PEM Convention, Ukraine can play an important role in Europe’s textile and apparel supply chain. The proposed suspension of tariffs on imported products from Ukraine by the EU will offer further opportunities.

EURATEX Director General Dirk Vantyghem commented: “Supporting the textile industry is our way to help the people of Ukraine. We encourage our European members to connect via EUTI and develop sustainable partnerships.”

Tetyana Izovit, President-Chief of the Board of UKRLEGPROM welcomed the initiative: “Today, we have many textile and  apparel  companies in Ukraine with expertise and skilled workers; they are able and willing to work with EU, but lack the contacts, customers and supplies. EUTI will help them.”

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

05.05.2022

Tarifabschluss 2022 für die Nord-Ostdeutsche Textil- und Bekleidungsindustrie

Nach zwei ergebnislosen Treffen konnte am 5. Mai 2022 in der dritten Verhandlungsrunde zwischen den Tarifparteien eine Einigung erzielt werden. Nach einer schwierigen 17-stündigen Verhandlung steht der Tarifabschluss fest. Demnach erhalten die Beschäftigten der Textilindustrie in Brandenburg, Berlin-Ost, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt und Thüringen über eine Laufzeit von 25 Monaten in zwei Schritten zusammen 5,6 Prozent mehr Entgelt. Neben einer Entgelterhöhung um 4,1 Prozent ab dem 1. Oktober 2022 wird diese um weitere 1,5 Prozent ab dem 1. Oktober 2023 gesteigert. Außerdem erhalten die Beschäftigten zum Mai 2022 eine Einmalzahlung von 200,00 EUR brutto und zum August 2022 nochmals 120,00 EUR. Die Höhe der Einmalzahlungen wird für Teilzeitkräfte entsprechend ihrer Arbeitszeit angeglichen.

Nach zwei ergebnislosen Treffen konnte am 5. Mai 2022 in der dritten Verhandlungsrunde zwischen den Tarifparteien eine Einigung erzielt werden. Nach einer schwierigen 17-stündigen Verhandlung steht der Tarifabschluss fest. Demnach erhalten die Beschäftigten der Textilindustrie in Brandenburg, Berlin-Ost, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt und Thüringen über eine Laufzeit von 25 Monaten in zwei Schritten zusammen 5,6 Prozent mehr Entgelt. Neben einer Entgelterhöhung um 4,1 Prozent ab dem 1. Oktober 2022 wird diese um weitere 1,5 Prozent ab dem 1. Oktober 2023 gesteigert. Außerdem erhalten die Beschäftigten zum Mai 2022 eine Einmalzahlung von 200,00 EUR brutto und zum August 2022 nochmals 120,00 EUR. Die Höhe der Einmalzahlungen wird für Teilzeitkräfte entsprechend ihrer Arbeitszeit angeglichen.

Ab dem 1. August 2022 erhöhen sich auch die Vergütungen für alle Auszubildenden auf 855,00 EUR im ersten Ausbildungsjahr gestaffelt auf bis zu 1.020,00 EUR im vierten Lehrjahr. Im folgenden Jahr ab dem 1. August 2023 gibt es dann im ersten Jahr der Ausbildung 880,00 EUR und wiederum gestaffelt im vierten Ausbildungsjahr 1.045,00 EUR. Für die Beschäftigten wird das Urlaubsgeld ab diesem Jahr auf 690,00 EUR und ab 2023 auf 720,00 EUR steigen. Alle Auszubildenden erhalten die Hälfte des zusätzlichen Urlaubsgeldes.

Des Weiteren einigten sich die Tarifvertragsparteien darauf, dass die Jahressonderzahlungen ab dem Jahr 2023 in Höhe von 75 Prozent des durchschnittlichen Monatsbruttoverdienstes bzw. der monatlichen Ausbildungsvergütung gezahlt werden. Darüber hinaus werden die Regelungen der Altersteilzeit vom 30. April 2019 für alle Beschäftigten fortgeführt und enden dann zum 31. Mai 2024.

Der Entgelttarifvertrag und die Tarifverträge zur Ausbildungsvergütung sowie zu den Jahressonderzahlungen sind erstmals mit einer Frist von zwei Monaten zum 31. Mai 2024 kündbar.
Die IG Metall, Bezirksleitung Berlin – Brandenburg – Sachsen, und der Verband der Nord-Ostdeutschen Textil- und Bekleidungsindustrie e. V. (vti) schlossen so eine tragfähige tarifrechtliche Basis für die Arbeitnehmer und Arbeitgeber in den tarifgebundenen Unternehmen der Textilindustrie ab. Für die Tarif- und Sozialpartner verhandelten von der IG Metall die Verhandlungsführerinnen Stefanie Haberkern und Miriam Bürger und für die Arbeitgeberseite die Mitglieder des Tarif- und Sozialausschusses des vti unter Vorsitz von André Lang, Geschäftsführer der Norafin Industries GmbH aus Mildenau im Erzgebirge.

Das Verbandsgebiet des Nord-Ostdeutschen Textil- und Bekleidungsindustrie e. V. (vti) umfasst die neuen Bundesländer, in denen rund 16.000 Mitarbeiter der Branche beschäftigt sind, davon mit Schwerpunkt in Sachsen 12.000 und in Thüringen 2.500 Beschäftigte. Damit vertritt der vti die Interessen der Textil- und Bekleidungsunternehmen in einer der viertgrößten deutschen Textilregion. Moderne Spinnereien, Webereien, Strickereien, Wirkereien, Vliesstoffhersteller, Stickereien, Veredelungsbetriebe und Konfektionäre sind hier ebenso ansässig wie leistungsfähige Forschungs- und Bildungseinrichtungen.

„Die sehr intensiven Gespräche waren auch von der gegenwärtig äußerst schwierigen wirtschaftlichen Lage der Textilunternehmen mit exorbitant gestiegenen Energiekosten und einem deutlich höheren Aufwand für Rohmaterialien, Verpackungen und Transport geprägt.  Trotz dieser schwierigen Rahmenbedingungen wurde mit dem Abschluss ein weiterer Schritt zur Angleichung der Entgelte an das Westniveau gemacht. Insbesondere mit den Einmalzahlungen im Mai und August wurde der besonders schwierigen Situation der Beschäftigten in den unteren Gehaltsgruppen Rechnung getragen. Wir haben mit dem vorliegenden Abschluss einen tragfähigen Kompromiss erreicht, der auch unseren Unternehmen eine Planungssicherheit für die nächsten zwei Jahre gewährleistet“ fasst André Lang, Vorsitzender des Tarif- und Sozialausschusses des vti, das Ergebnis zusammen.

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Verband der Nord-Ostdeutschen Textil- und Bekleidungsindustrie e. V. (vti)

textile network geht neue Wege und startet mit einem Podcast für die Textilbranche. Gast der ersten Folge ist Jane Ehlers von der Nachhaltigkeitsberatung akzente © Jane Ehlers
Jane Ehlers, Leiterin des Berliner Büros der Nachhaltigkeitsberatung akzente, ist zu Gast in der ersten Folge des textile network-Podcasts.
04.05.2022

Jane Ehlers im textile network Podcast

  • textile network geht neue Wege und startet mit einem Podcast für die Textilbranche. Gast der ersten Folge ist Jane Ehlers von der Nachhaltigkeitsberatung akzente.

Im neuen Podcast von textile network aus dem Meisenbach Verlag setzen wir uns mit aktuellen Themen und Entwicklungen aus der Branche auseinander, die wir gemeinsam mit Experten und Expertinnen aus der Textil- und Modeindustrie kompetent und kompakt beleuchten und diskutieren. In regelmäßiger Abständen erscheinen neue Folgen, die sowohl auf der Website als auch bei gängigen Anbietern wie Spotify zu finden sein werden.

  • textile network geht neue Wege und startet mit einem Podcast für die Textilbranche. Gast der ersten Folge ist Jane Ehlers von der Nachhaltigkeitsberatung akzente.

Im neuen Podcast von textile network aus dem Meisenbach Verlag setzen wir uns mit aktuellen Themen und Entwicklungen aus der Branche auseinander, die wir gemeinsam mit Experten und Expertinnen aus der Textil- und Modeindustrie kompetent und kompakt beleuchten und diskutieren. In regelmäßiger Abständen erscheinen neue Folgen, die sowohl auf der Website als auch bei gängigen Anbietern wie Spotify zu finden sein werden.

  • Folge 1 mit Jane Ehlers

textile network-Objektleiterin Sibylle Michel begrüßt in der ersten Episode Jane Ehlers, die Leiterin des Berliner Büros der Nachhaltigkeitsberatung akzente. Die Agentur hilft Unternehmen, Organisationen und Marken auf ihrem Weg zu mehr Nachhaltigkeit und Verantwortungsbewusstsein. Im Gespräch mit Jane Ehlers geht es vor allem um folgende Fragen rund um das Thema Greenwashing: Woran erkennen Verbraucherinnen und Verbraucher Greenwashing? Was sollten insbesondere Textilunternehmen beim Marketing beachten? Und inwieweit ändert das neue Lieferkettensorgfaltspflichtengesetz etwas an der Problematik Greenwashing?

STF News: Podcast mit Karen Fleischmann & der Countdown läuft!
Podcast
04.05.2022

Der neue STF Podcast ist live!

  • STF News: Podcast mit Karen Fleischmann & der Countdown läuft!

In der neuen Podcast-Folge des Creative Cocktail ist Karen Fleischmann, Influencerin und Nachhaltigkeits-Ambassadorin, zu Gast. Sie erzählt über Slow Fashion, den umweltbewussten Konsum und darüber, wie sie den Sprung von der Modelwelt zum Role Model für Nachhaltigkeit geschafft hat.

 

  • STF News: Podcast mit Karen Fleischmann & der Countdown läuft!

In der neuen Podcast-Folge des Creative Cocktail ist Karen Fleischmann, Influencerin und Nachhaltigkeits-Ambassadorin, zu Gast. Sie erzählt über Slow Fashion, den umweltbewussten Konsum und darüber, wie sie den Sprung von der Modelwelt zum Role Model für Nachhaltigkeit geschafft hat.

 

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STF Schweizerische Textilfachschule

29.04.2022

BTE startet Online-Umfrage zu Liefersituation und Preisentwicklung

Der BTE hat eine Online-Umfrage zur aktuellen Liefersituation und der Preisentwicklung bei Ware der Herbst/Winter-Saison gestartet. Alle Textil-, Schuh- und Lederwarenhändler sind eingeladen, bis zum 9. Mai (10 Uhr) fünf kurze Fragen zu beantworten. Der Teilnahme-Link ist auf der Startseite von www.bte.de eingestellt. Die Ergebnisse werden Mitte Mai veröffentlicht. Auf Wunsch erhalten die Teilnehmer eine separate Auswertung zugemailt.

Der BTE hat eine Online-Umfrage zur aktuellen Liefersituation und der Preisentwicklung bei Ware der Herbst/Winter-Saison gestartet. Alle Textil-, Schuh- und Lederwarenhändler sind eingeladen, bis zum 9. Mai (10 Uhr) fünf kurze Fragen zu beantworten. Der Teilnahme-Link ist auf der Startseite von www.bte.de eingestellt. Die Ergebnisse werden Mitte Mai veröffentlicht. Auf Wunsch erhalten die Teilnehmer eine separate Auswertung zugemailt.

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BTE Handelsverband Textil Schuhe Lederwaren

28.04.2022

BTE-Umfrage: Erreichbarkeit mit dem PKW für den Handel entscheidend

Laut einer Kundenbefragung des BTE aus den beiden ersten März-Wochen in insgesamt 10 Städten kamen 54 Prozent der befragten City-Besucher mit dem PKW in die City, 31 Prozent mit dem ÖPNV und zehn Prozent zu Fuß oder mit dem Fahrrad. Je nach Wohnort der Besucher gibt es jedoch starke Abweichungen. Während auswärtige Gäste zu 68 Prozent mit dem PKW und nur zu 25 Prozent mit dem öffentlichen Nahverkehr (ÖPNV) anreisen, nutzen in der Stadt ansässige Besucher das eigene Auto nur zu 40 Prozent und immerhin zu 37 Prozent den ÖPNV. Bei den Stadtbewohnern ist zudem noch die Anreise mit dem Fahrrad (12 Prozent) und zu Fuß (9 Prozent) bedeutsam.
 
Wie wichtig die Erreichbarkeit mit dem PKW für den Handel in den Städten ist, zeigt auch der Blick auf die Kaufquote. Diese lag bei den PKW-Kunden mit 48 Prozent mit Abstand am höchsten. Deutlich geringer war die Kaufrate bei der Anreise per ÖPNV (38 Prozent), mit dem Fahrrad (37 Prozent) und zu Fuß (33 Prozent).
 

Laut einer Kundenbefragung des BTE aus den beiden ersten März-Wochen in insgesamt 10 Städten kamen 54 Prozent der befragten City-Besucher mit dem PKW in die City, 31 Prozent mit dem ÖPNV und zehn Prozent zu Fuß oder mit dem Fahrrad. Je nach Wohnort der Besucher gibt es jedoch starke Abweichungen. Während auswärtige Gäste zu 68 Prozent mit dem PKW und nur zu 25 Prozent mit dem öffentlichen Nahverkehr (ÖPNV) anreisen, nutzen in der Stadt ansässige Besucher das eigene Auto nur zu 40 Prozent und immerhin zu 37 Prozent den ÖPNV. Bei den Stadtbewohnern ist zudem noch die Anreise mit dem Fahrrad (12 Prozent) und zu Fuß (9 Prozent) bedeutsam.
 
Wie wichtig die Erreichbarkeit mit dem PKW für den Handel in den Städten ist, zeigt auch der Blick auf die Kaufquote. Diese lag bei den PKW-Kunden mit 48 Prozent mit Abstand am höchsten. Deutlich geringer war die Kaufrate bei der Anreise per ÖPNV (38 Prozent), mit dem Fahrrad (37 Prozent) und zu Fuß (33 Prozent).
 
PKW-Kunden genießen den City-Besuch zudem meist als Gemeinschaftserlebnis. Mehr als zwei Drittel dieser Gäste reisen mindestens zu zweit an, bei 17 Prozent sitzen sogar drei und mehr Personen im Auto. Dagegen dominiert bei den anderen Verkehrsmitteln die Einzel-Anreise, und zwar beim Fahrrad mit 67 Prozent, zu Fuß mit 57 Prozent sowie bei Bus und Bahn immerhin noch mit 48 Prozent.
 
Entscheidend für den Handel ist aber die Erkenntnis, dass PKW-Nutzer überdurchschnittlich lang in den Cities verweilen und mehr einkaufen. Immerhin ein Viertel bleiben mindestens drei Stunden, knapp ein Drittel kauft dann mindestens vier Teile im Textil- und Schuhhandel. ÖPNV-Kunden bleiben dagegen zu 94 Prozent maximal zwei Stunden und kaufen dann maximal drei Artikel. Ähnlich unterdurchschnittlich waren die entsprechenden Werte bei den Kunden, die zu Fuß oder per Fahrrad anreisten.
 
BTE-Fazit: Die Erreichbarkeit der Cities mit dem eigenen PKW muss auch in Zukunft gewährleistet werden, um die wirtschaftliche Basis des Textil- und Outfithandels und damit auch die Funktion der Innenstädte und ihre Finanzierung als Ort der Begegnung und Kultur zu sichern. Ein paralleler Ausbau des ÖPNV ist zwar erforderlich und aus Sicht des BTE auch wünschenswert, er wird aber die Bedürfnisse der Auto-Nutzer schon aus Kapazitätsgründen nicht vollständig ersetzen können. Dies betrifft vor allem die Kunden aus dem Umland, die oft schon aus verkehrslogistischen Gründen kaum auf Bus und Bahn ausweichen können. Speziell die Politiker in den Großstädten und Oberzentren müssen daran erinnert werden, dass sie nicht nur Verkehrspolitik für ihre eigenen Bürger machen können, sondern ihre Stadt einschließlich des ansässigen Handels qua Gesetz auch eine Versorgungsfunktion für das Umland hat.

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BTE Handelsverband Textil Schuhe Lederwaren

(c) INDA
27.04.2022

World of Wipes® International Conference 2022 addresses changing role of wipes

With the wipes sector adapting to demands for products that protect consumers from COVID-related risks, industry experts will present the latest insights for moving forward post-pandemic at the World of Wipes® (WOW) International Conference.   

The shift from “clean” to “safe” in the world of wipes will be among the key topics thought-leading speakers will address at the in-person event, June 27-30, at the Marriott Marquis in Chicago.

The information-packed program will tackle timely topics to support decision making on the following key themes: Circular and Sustainable Wipes, Supply Chain Challenges in Wipes, Nonwoven Substrates for More Sustainable Wipes, Trends in the Wipes Market and Among Consumers, Disinfection Concerns and New Technologies, Sustainable Wipe Packaging Trends and Developments in Flushability Issues.

World of Wipes Session Highlights

With the wipes sector adapting to demands for products that protect consumers from COVID-related risks, industry experts will present the latest insights for moving forward post-pandemic at the World of Wipes® (WOW) International Conference.   

The shift from “clean” to “safe” in the world of wipes will be among the key topics thought-leading speakers will address at the in-person event, June 27-30, at the Marriott Marquis in Chicago.

The information-packed program will tackle timely topics to support decision making on the following key themes: Circular and Sustainable Wipes, Supply Chain Challenges in Wipes, Nonwoven Substrates for More Sustainable Wipes, Trends in the Wipes Market and Among Consumers, Disinfection Concerns and New Technologies, Sustainable Wipe Packaging Trends and Developments in Flushability Issues.

World of Wipes Session Highlights

  • Lifestyle Shifts and the World of Wipes: Meeting the Changing Consumer Demand to Secure Growth – Liying Quian, Research Analyst, Euromonitor International will explore personal and beauty care trends based on consumer surveys that could shape wipes’ long-term performance
  • The Supply Chain – Import Pressures Versus Domestic Manufacturing – Jacob Smith, Director, Supply Chain and Customer Care, Health, Hygiene, and Specialties Division, North America, Berry Global will share his expertise and experience on how COVID-19 has impacted domestic production and international sourcing of wipes
  • Packaging Sustainability:  A Global Perspective – David Clark, Vice President of Sustainability, Amcor will look at how consumer brands, retailers and others are responding to consumer demand for more sustainable packaging and discuss progress and risks in the U.S. and other countries
  • How Sustainable are You Willing to Be? New Technology to Support Use of Recycled Fiber Sources – Richard Knowlson, Principal, RPK Consulting will tackle the question of how new manufacturing technology can help produce more sustainable nonwoven substrates in today’s price-sensitive environment
  • Dead Turtle Logos – What We Know So Far in the EU – Heidi Beatty, Chief Executive Officer, Crown Abbey, LLC will share the latest learnings on the European Union’s Single Use Plastic Directive and the impact of the plastic-free packaging logos on consumer attitudes
  • Challenges and Pitfalls of Scaling Up a Waste Cleaning Wipes Collection and Recycle System – Sergio Barbarino, Research Fellow, Fabric and Home Care Open Innovation, Procter & Gamble Distribution Company Europe will look at cleaning wipes’ potential to be recycled and become a convenient pioneering experimental platform
  • Case Study: Surface Disinfection Incompatibility with Medical Devices Creates Potential Patient Risks – Caroline Etland, Ph.D., RN. CNS, ACHPN, Associate Professor, Hahn School of Nursing, BINR, University of San Diego will share real examples of the issues healthcare facilities face with surface disinfection incompatibility that make cleaning and disinfection a major challenge

In addition to the conference program, WOW 2022 also features two nights of tabletop displays and receptions; the presentation of the World of Wipes Innovation Award® and the INDA Lifetime Technical Achievement Award; and 11 hours of face-to-face engagement during a welcome reception, first-time attendee mentorship program, and breakfast connections. The event kicks off with the WIPES Academy, a 1.5-day value-added training opportunity on June 27-28.

Bohrgerät Schiefergas Bohrhaken Photo: Pixabay
26.04.2022

Natural gas embargo against Russian Federation would mean the end for man-made fibre producers

With its current position paper, the Industrievereinigung Chemiefaser e.V. takes a stand on the intense discussions about an embargo against Russian natural gas supplies. The association believes that Germany's economic and global political future can only be secured with a strong industrial base and therefore, weighing up all positions and influencing factors and assessing the consequences for labour and the market economy, cannot support a short-term natural gas embargo on Russia.

An interruption of the continuous supply of natural gas would result in immense losses for the chemical fibre companies, which could even lead to the destruction of the industry in Germany. The losses are made up of technical damage caused by an uncoordinated shutdown of plants on the one hand and market-related consequential damage caused by lost production and a lack of product sales on the other.

With its current position paper, the Industrievereinigung Chemiefaser e.V. takes a stand on the intense discussions about an embargo against Russian natural gas supplies. The association believes that Germany's economic and global political future can only be secured with a strong industrial base and therefore, weighing up all positions and influencing factors and assessing the consequences for labour and the market economy, cannot support a short-term natural gas embargo on Russia.

An interruption of the continuous supply of natural gas would result in immense losses for the chemical fibre companies, which could even lead to the destruction of the industry in Germany. The losses are made up of technical damage caused by an uncoordinated shutdown of plants on the one hand and market-related consequential damage caused by lost production and a lack of product sales on the other.

Depending on the location and size of the plants, a short-term outage due to a lack of natural gas would result in average losses of EUR 5 million/plant. In addition, an ongoing daily loss would have to be expected which could be in the order of e.g. 250 000 EUR/day/plant, depending on the location. Furthermore, restarting the plants is questionable if supply chains could no longer be serviced and customers globally look for other suppliers in the meantime. Thus, entire sites would be at risk. With China's global market share in man-made fiber production already exceeding 70 %, a scenario is more than realistic that China will also take over these supply chains, thus leading to an even greater dependence on China.

The vast majority of power plants used for the production of man-made fibers, especially the highly efficient combined gas-and-steam power plants based on the principle of cogeneration with efficiencies of 90 %, are designed exclusively for the use of natural gas. Quite often, there are no technical facilities for operating gas turbines or steam boilers with fuels other than natural gas. Only in exceptional cases could a switch be made to mineral oil. However, even in these cases, the necessary stockpiling of mineral oil is designed only for a short-term failure of the gas burners. A change to base-load supply with mineral oil could take a time window of between 3 and 56 months, depending on the type of plant and taking into account licensing requirements. The use of hydrogen as an energy source is only possible in the very long term. In the few cases where natural gas can be substituted, investment costs of EUR 250 million/plant can be incurred, depending on the emission level of the converted plant.

A natural gas embargo imposed by the European Union on the Russian Federation would not only mean the cessation of production and the end for man-made fiber producers, but also for other industries such as basic chemicals, paper, metal production and glass and ceramics manufacturing, as well as their related sectors. As the German economic institute Institut der Deutschen Wirtschaft Köln e. V. (IW Köln) concluded in its summary report 40/2022 of April 2022: "No one can accurately predict what future these businesses would then still have in Germany. That would be an unprecedented development."

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Industrievereinigung Chemiefaser e.V.

(c) Eton
22.04.2022

More localised and automated textile manufacturing with TMAS technologies

At the forthcoming Texprocess, Techtextil and Heimtextil shows taking place in Frankfurt from June 21-24 – members of the Swedish Textile Machinery Association TMAS will be showcasing a range of solutions aligning with the growing trend for more localised and automated textile manufacturing.

Digitalisation and the push for more sustainable, shorter and less expensive supply chains are currently making manufacturing in high-cost countries within Europe more attractive and there have been many other contributing factors to this over the past two years.

The Covid-19 pandemic exposed the vulnerability of many countries to shortages of essential items like PPE while at the same time making the full exploitation of new digital options essential during national lock-downs and long periods of restricted travel. The escalating cost of global transportation, as well as the growth of online retailing and the associated benefits of on-demand digital manufacturing, are further reinforcing the many benefits of short-run and near-shore new operations.

At the forthcoming Texprocess, Techtextil and Heimtextil shows taking place in Frankfurt from June 21-24 – members of the Swedish Textile Machinery Association TMAS will be showcasing a range of solutions aligning with the growing trend for more localised and automated textile manufacturing.

Digitalisation and the push for more sustainable, shorter and less expensive supply chains are currently making manufacturing in high-cost countries within Europe more attractive and there have been many other contributing factors to this over the past two years.

The Covid-19 pandemic exposed the vulnerability of many countries to shortages of essential items like PPE while at the same time making the full exploitation of new digital options essential during national lock-downs and long periods of restricted travel. The escalating cost of global transportation, as well as the growth of online retailing and the associated benefits of on-demand digital manufacturing, are further reinforcing the many benefits of short-run and near-shore new operations.

Secure supply
At Texprocess, for example, Eton Systems will be unveiling its latest Ingenious software solution which further enhances the company’s Opta Unit Production System (UPS) introduced in 2021.

“Our automated technology has already had a great impact on the productivity of thousands of garment production lines,” says Eton’s Managing Director Jerker Krabbe. “Our systems help producers across the world to reduce repetitive manual tasks and increase efficiency, which evens out some of the differences between production in high and low-cost countries, making reshoring a feasible option. Creating a diversified production portfolio with a mix of production facilities, some closer to home, makes for a more secure product supply.”

Flexibility
Imogo meanwhile recently installed the first industrial scale dyeing system in Sweden for many years. The Dye-Max spray dyeing line has the potential to slash the use of fresh water, wastewater, energy and chemicals by as much as 90% compared to conventional jet dyeing systems. It is capable of carrying out the application of a wide range of fabric pre-treatments and finishing processes, providing users with unbeatable flexibility in production.

“Here in Scandinavia, we are currently seeing an explosion of companies developing sustainable new cellulosic fibres – many from waste clothing – but a problem is that all of the environmental benefits they deliver can potentially be lost in the further processing, and especially in conventional dyeing,” observes the company’s Founding Partner Per Stenflo. “The Dye-Max system positively addresses this, but interest in it has not just been confined to Europe. We are currently seeing a lot of activity in Turkey – largely as a near-shore partner to European brands – but also in Bangladesh.”

Robotics at Heimtextil
ACG Kinna Automatic specialises in automation solutions for filled products such as quilts, pillows and mattresses and its live demonstrations of robotics in action have proved a magnet for visitors to Heimtextil. This year’s show will be no exception.

“The use of robotics is now standard across many industries dealing in solid goods, but the handling of soft materials such as textiles is a little more complex,” says Managing Director Christian Moore. “Nevertheless, it’s something we have successfully mastered, and our robotic systems are proving highly beneficial to their users. There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution when it comes to automation and our approach is always to carefully examine where it will make the difference in each bespoke system. A focus is on identifying and eliminating bottlenecks which will increase product flows.”

During the Covid-19 pandemic, ACG Kinna drew on all of its automation know-how and extensive network of contacts to build a new nonwovens fabric converting and single-use garment making-up plant in a matter of weeks, in order to supply the Swedish authorities with urgently-needed medical gowns.

Instant colour
Localised textile production is also booming in the USA, where Coloreel has recently secured multiple orders for its instant thread colouration technology via its US partner Hirsch.

“Coloreel technology enables the high-quality and instant colouring of a textile thread while it is actually being used in production and can be paired with any existing embroidery machine without modification, while also making it possible to produce gradients in an embroidery for the first time,” explains VP of Sales Sven Öquist.

“Advanced rapid colour formulation software and high-speed drive technology allow a single needle to carry out what it previously required many multiples of them to do – and with much more consistent stitch quality. By instantly colouring a recycled white base thread during production, our system enables complete freedom to create unique embroideries without any limitations. Colour changes along the thread can either be made rapidly from one solid colour to another, or gradually, to make smooth transitions or any colouring effect desired. This provides big benefits when it comes to sustainability and design creativity.”

Milestone
Svegea will be promoting its latest EC 300 collarette cutting machine at Texprocess 2022. This machine is used by garment manufacturers around the world for the production of tubular apparel components such as waistbands, cuff and neck tapes and other seam reinforcements. With its E-Drive 2 system and fully automatic FA500 roll slitter, the EC 300 has an output of around 20,000 metres per hour.

“Advances in automation are only making the specialised, bespoke machines we engineer even more efficient and we are expecting a very busy year,” says Managing Director Håkan Steene. “The garment components our collarette cutters produce make it logical for them to be integrated into the operations of making-up operations, wherever they are.”

Sensors
The advanced yarn tension monitoring technologies of Eltex of Sweden meanwhile play an essential role in rectifying defects in  weaving, tufting and composite reinforcement operations.

“A correct tension of the warp and weft threads ensures proper machine operation,” explains Eltex Global Marketing and Sales Manager Anoop K. Sharma “The constant tension monitoring and automatic control of the tension of the thread help to overcome unnecessary problems.

“We continue to make advances in both the hardware and software of our tension monitoring systems, such as the EyE™ for the warping process. With the EyE™, the yarn tension values from all yarns are continuously updated and displayed on screen. In addition, tension values outside the warning level are indicated both on the sensor’s LEDs and on the screen for complete quality control. No fabric can be woven without the appropriate and correct tension.”

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AWOL Media

Participants Embrace Renewed Face-to-Face Business with Global Leaders in Nonwovens & Engineered Materials at IDEA® 2022 and FiltXPO™ (c) INDA
IDEA22 Ribbon Cutting
06.04.2022

IDEA® Achievement Award honorees

  • Participants Embrace Renewed Face-to-Face Business with Global Leaders in Nonwovens & Engineered Materials at IDEA® 2022 and FiltXPO™

Approximately 5,000 participants embraced the opportunity to again engage in face-to-face business meetings with global leaders in nonwovens and engineered materials at IDEA® 2022 in Miami Beach, Fla., co-located with the second FiltXPO™,  North American’s only exhibition and conference dedicated exclusively to filtration and separation.

Industry participants at IDEA® 2022,  the 21 st edition of the world’s preeminent event for nonwovens and engineered fabric professionals, expressed their business confidence through the floor exhibits and the return to face-to-face business interaction. Scott Beir, Executive Officer, CFM Global, called IDEA® 2022 “an exceptional show.”

Bob Usher, Technical Director, US Fibers, added that his company made valuable business connections. According to Rolk Kammermann, Head of Sales and Marketing, Innovative Swiss Made Nonwovens, “the size and scope of IDEA and FiltXPO have been excellent for us as both exhibitors and as visitors.”

  • Participants Embrace Renewed Face-to-Face Business with Global Leaders in Nonwovens & Engineered Materials at IDEA® 2022 and FiltXPO™

Approximately 5,000 participants embraced the opportunity to again engage in face-to-face business meetings with global leaders in nonwovens and engineered materials at IDEA® 2022 in Miami Beach, Fla., co-located with the second FiltXPO™,  North American’s only exhibition and conference dedicated exclusively to filtration and separation.

Industry participants at IDEA® 2022,  the 21 st edition of the world’s preeminent event for nonwovens and engineered fabric professionals, expressed their business confidence through the floor exhibits and the return to face-to-face business interaction. Scott Beir, Executive Officer, CFM Global, called IDEA® 2022 “an exceptional show.”

Bob Usher, Technical Director, US Fibers, added that his company made valuable business connections. According to Rolk Kammermann, Head of Sales and Marketing, Innovative Swiss Made Nonwovens, “the size and scope of IDEA and FiltXPO have been excellent for us as both exhibitors and as visitors.”

Organized by INDA, IDEA® also featured five essential nonwovens training classes; market presentations from China, Asia, Europe, North America and South America; industry recognitions with the IDEA® Achievement Awards and the IDEA® Lifetime Achievement Awards; and a welcome reception celebration.

Also, organized by INDA, FiltXPO™ featured five panels of global leaders in filtration and separation for the first-ever “Summit for Global Change,” discussing societal challenges such as indoor air quality, environmental sustainability, pandemic readiness, clean water, and filtration standards.  The event also featured a 1.5-day filter media training course, and sessions highlighting filter media market trends and filtration industry statistics.  

Exhibitors and attendees noted the welcome return to meeting face-to-face among industry senior leaders participating in the three-day event.

A highlight of IDEA® was the announcement of the IDEA® Achievement Awards by INDA, in partnership with Nonwovens Industry magazine. Moderated by Rousse and Karen McIntyre, Editor, Nonwovens Industry the awards recognize the leading introductions in equipment, raw materials, short-life, long-life and nonwovens products, and sustainability, since the previous IDEA® Exposition in 2019.

In addition, INDA presented the IDEA® 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award to Val Hollingsworth, board chair and CEO of Hollingsworth & Vose, and Nonwovens Industry presented the IDEA® Entrepreneur Achievement Award to Doug Brown, president of Biax-Fiberfilm/5K Fibres at the event.

IDEA® 2022 Achievement Awards winners:

  • IDEA®  Equipment Achievement Award – Elastic Thread Anchoring (ETA) Sonotrode – Herrmann Ultrasonics, Inc.
  • IDEA®  Raw Material Achievement Award – ODOGard – Rem Brands, Inc.
  • IDEA® Short-Life Product Achievement Award – LifeSavers Wipes – LifeSavers LLC
  • IDEA® Long-Life Product Achievement Award – Nanofiber Cabin Air Filter – MANN + HUMMEL GmbH
  • IDEA®  Sustainability Advancement Award – Fiber-based Screw Caps – Glatfelter Corp. and Blue Ocean Closures
  • IDEA®  Nonwoven Product Achievement Award – HYDRASPUN® Aquaflo – Sustainable Nonwoven Substrates – Suominen Corporation
  • IDEA®, the Preeminent Event for the Nonwovens & Engineered Fabrics Industry, will next be held on its new 24-month schedule on April 23-25, 2024 in Miami Beach, Florida.

 

Names of the IDEA® Achievement Award honorees pictured:

Row 1, Left to right:
IDEA® Long-Life Product Achievement Award winner, Jon Nichols, MANN + HUMMEL, GmbH and Dave Rousse – Nanofiber Cabin Air Filter – MANN + HUMMEL, GmbH
IDEA®  Nonwoven Product Achievement Award winners, Pramod Shanbhag, Suominen Corporation, Karen McIntyre, Nonwovens Industry Magazine, and Avinav Nandgaonkar, HYDRASPUN® Aquaflo – Sustainable Nonwoven Substrates – Suominen Corporation
Row 2, left to right:
IDEA® Short-Life Product Achievement Award winner, Georgia Crawford, LifeSavers Wipes – LifeSavers LLC, and Karen McIntyre, Nonwovens Industry Magazine
IDEA® 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Val Hollingsworth, Hollingsworth & Vose, and Dave Rousse, President, INDA
IDEA®  Equipment Achievement Award winners, Uwe Peregi, Dave Rousse, and Thomas Herrmann – Elastic Thread Anchoring (ETA) Sonotrode – Herrmann Ultrasonics Inc.
Row 3, left to right:
IDEA®  Raw Material Achievement Award winner, David Schneider, ODOGard – Rem Brands, Inc. and Dave Rousse, INDA
IDEA®  Sustainability Advancement Award winner, Chris Astley, and Karen McIntyre Fiber-based Screw Caps – Glatfelter Corp. and Blue Ocean Closures
IDEA® Entrepreneur Achievement Award winner, Doug Brown, Biax-Fiberfilm / 5K Fibres

01.04.2022

BTE-Umfrage: City-Besuch vor allem zum Modeeinkauf

Shopping bleibt wichtigstes Motiv zum Besuch der Innenstädte. Das hat die dritte Auflage einer vom BTE beauftragten Kundenbefragung aus den beiden ersten März-Wochen in insgesamt 10 Städten sowie online ergeben. 55 Prozent der mehr als 4.000 Befragten gaben Einkaufen als Hauptgrund für den City-Besuch an, am Samstag waren es sogar 63 Prozent. Mit deutlichem Abstand folgten Essen/Trinken vor Verweilen/Sightseeing und notwendigen Erledigungen.
 
Handelsintern liegt der Modeeinkauf (inkl. Schuhe/Lederwaren) mit einer Nennungsrate von 67 Prozent weit vorne. Mit deutlichem Abstand wurde (auch) der Einkauf von Lebensmitteln (30 Prozent), Parfüm/Drogerieartikeln (19 Prozent) sowie Sportartikeln und Uhren/Schmuck (jeweils 16 Prozent) und Bücher/Schreibwaren (14 Prozent) genannt.
 
Weitere interessante Ergebnisse der BTE-Kundenbefragung:

Shopping bleibt wichtigstes Motiv zum Besuch der Innenstädte. Das hat die dritte Auflage einer vom BTE beauftragten Kundenbefragung aus den beiden ersten März-Wochen in insgesamt 10 Städten sowie online ergeben. 55 Prozent der mehr als 4.000 Befragten gaben Einkaufen als Hauptgrund für den City-Besuch an, am Samstag waren es sogar 63 Prozent. Mit deutlichem Abstand folgten Essen/Trinken vor Verweilen/Sightseeing und notwendigen Erledigungen.
 
Handelsintern liegt der Modeeinkauf (inkl. Schuhe/Lederwaren) mit einer Nennungsrate von 67 Prozent weit vorne. Mit deutlichem Abstand wurde (auch) der Einkauf von Lebensmitteln (30 Prozent), Parfüm/Drogerieartikeln (19 Prozent) sowie Sportartikeln und Uhren/Schmuck (jeweils 16 Prozent) und Bücher/Schreibwaren (14 Prozent) genannt.
 
Weitere interessante Ergebnisse der BTE-Kundenbefragung:

  • Der Anteil der auswärtigen Besucher ist gegenüber dem Januar 2022 leicht um drei Prozentpunkte auf 47 Prozent gestiegen, erreicht aber noch nicht dem Wert vom Sommer 2021 (53 Prozent).
  • 54 Prozent der City-Besucher kamen mit dem PKW in die City, 31 Prozent mit dem ÖPNV und zehn Prozent zu Fuß oder mit dem Fahrrad. Signifikant gegenüber den vorherigen Befragungen war der Zuwachs bei den PKW, während die ÖPNV-Nutzung kontinuierlich abnahm.
  • Überdurchschnittliche Frequenzzuwächse gab es bei den unter 25-Jährigen, die 20 Prozent der März-Besucher stellten (Januar 2022: 9 Prozent!). Anteilseinbußen gab es dagegen in den mittleren Altersgruppen, während sich die Quote der über 65-Jährigen in den drei Untersuchungszeiträumen kaum veränderte.
  • Knapp 30 Prozent der Befragten suchten bei ihrem City-Besuch drei und mehr Modegeschäfte auf, 45 Prozent zumindest zwei Outfitläden. 17 Prozent waren lediglich in einem Modegeschäft, jeder zehnte Befragte besuchte ausschließlich Geschäfte anderer Branchen.
  • 57 Prozent der Befragten waren ein bis zwei Stunden im Modehandel unterwegs, 13 Prozent immerhin drei Stunden und mehr. Die übrigen 30 Prozent benötigten weniger als eine Stunde zum Mode-Shopping.
More information:
BTE-Umfrage Shopping
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BTE Handelsverband Textil Schuhe Lederwaren

(c) VDMA
Chairperson and Vice Chairpersons of the VDMA Textile Machinery: Verena Thies, Dr. Janpeter Horn, Regina Brückner.
31.03.2022

VDMA: Dr. Janpeter Horn New Chairperson of Textile Machinery Association

Dr. Janpeter Horn, Managing Director of August Herzog Maschinenfabrik, is the new Chairperson of the VDMA Textile Machinery. Dr. Horn was elected at the members’ meeting of the Association in Leonberg. The new Executive Board is completed with Ms. Regina Brückner, Managing Associate of Brückner Trockentechnik and Ms. Verena Thies, Managing Shareholder of Thies Textilmaschinen, who were elected as Vice Chairpersons.

After his election, Dr. Horn stated: “I am pleased to have Ms. Brückner and Ms. Thies by my side. Both have been serving on the Executive Board of the VDMA Textile Machinery as well as the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers CEMATEX for many years. With this team, we are well prepared to effectively represent the interests of the industry at national and international level.”

Based in Oldenburg, Northern Germany, Herzog is a company with a long tradition and at the same time the most innovative developer and manufacturer of braiding and winding machinery. Worldwide references in braiding and winding technique confirm the company’s technical and quality leadership.

Dr. Janpeter Horn, Managing Director of August Herzog Maschinenfabrik, is the new Chairperson of the VDMA Textile Machinery. Dr. Horn was elected at the members’ meeting of the Association in Leonberg. The new Executive Board is completed with Ms. Regina Brückner, Managing Associate of Brückner Trockentechnik and Ms. Verena Thies, Managing Shareholder of Thies Textilmaschinen, who were elected as Vice Chairpersons.

After his election, Dr. Horn stated: “I am pleased to have Ms. Brückner and Ms. Thies by my side. Both have been serving on the Executive Board of the VDMA Textile Machinery as well as the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers CEMATEX for many years. With this team, we are well prepared to effectively represent the interests of the industry at national and international level.”

Based in Oldenburg, Northern Germany, Herzog is a company with a long tradition and at the same time the most innovative developer and manufacturer of braiding and winding machinery. Worldwide references in braiding and winding technique confirm the company’s technical and quality leadership.

The new Executive Board of the VDMA Textile Machinery for the legislative period until 2026 is composed of:

  • Dr. Janpeter Horn (Chairperson), August Herzog Maschinenfabrik
  • Regina Brückner (Vice Chairperson), BRÜCKNER Trockentechnik
  • Verena Thies (Vice Chairperson), THIES
  • Peter D. Dornier, Lindauer DORNIER
  • Stefan Flöth, A. Monforts Textilmaschinen
  • Arno Gärtner, KARL MAYER STOLL Textilmaschinenfabrik
  • Markus Kleindorp, MEMMINGER-IRO
  • Andreas Lukas, ANDRITZ Küsters
  • Benjamin Mayer, Mayer & Cie.
  • Dr. Jörg Morgner, Temafa Maschinenfabrik
  • Benjamin Reiners, Reiners + Fürst
  • Dr. Uwe Rondé, Saurer Group
  • Eric Schöller, Groz-Beckert
  • Georg Stausberg, Oerlikon Textile
  • Heinrich Trützschler, Trützschler Group
Source:

VDMA e. V.
Textilmaschinen

30.03.2022

CASA and INDA welcome Introduction of WIPPES Act in U.S. Senate

The California Association of Sanitation Agencies (CASA) and INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry joined in welcoming the recent introduction of the WIPPES Act in the U.S. Senate by Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Susan Collins (R-ME).

This bipartisan legislation is intended to address the growing problem of sewer system clogs caused by improper disposal of consumer wipes like baby wipes, household cleaning wipes, cosmetic wipes and others that are not intended to be disposed of in toilets. Improper disposal of these wipes can have significant negative impacts on wastewater infrastructure, including causing sewer spills. The bill would help address this problem by establishing federal requirements for these disposable wipes to carry prominent “Do Not Flush” labeling on packaging. Additionally, the bill would provide funding for an Environmental Protection Agency-administered grant program focused on educating consumers about how to recognize “Do Not Flush” labeling, identify relevant products, and understand the impacts that flushing these products can have on wastewater treatment infrastructure.

The California Association of Sanitation Agencies (CASA) and INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry joined in welcoming the recent introduction of the WIPPES Act in the U.S. Senate by Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Susan Collins (R-ME).

This bipartisan legislation is intended to address the growing problem of sewer system clogs caused by improper disposal of consumer wipes like baby wipes, household cleaning wipes, cosmetic wipes and others that are not intended to be disposed of in toilets. Improper disposal of these wipes can have significant negative impacts on wastewater infrastructure, including causing sewer spills. The bill would help address this problem by establishing federal requirements for these disposable wipes to carry prominent “Do Not Flush” labeling on packaging. Additionally, the bill would provide funding for an Environmental Protection Agency-administered grant program focused on educating consumers about how to recognize “Do Not Flush” labeling, identify relevant products, and understand the impacts that flushing these products can have on wastewater treatment infrastructure.

Source:

INDA

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30.03.2022

EURATEX comments “Strategy for Sustainable Textile” calling for a realistic implementation

Today, March 30, the European Commission released its long-awaited Strategy for Sustainable Textile, with the ambition to move the sector towards the path of sustainability. EURATEX welcomes the EU ambitions to act on sustainable textiles and investments, in order to change how textiles are made, chosen and recovered, but calls for a smart and realistic implementation. Many European companies have already chosen this path, therefore the strategy should support them in this process, especially considering today’s energy crisis.

The strategy recognises the strategic importance of textiles, which are not only used as apparel or furniture, but applied in cars, medical equipment, agriculture, etc. It acknowledges the European Industry pro-active initiatives to tackle microplastics, to solve challenges of market surveillance and the skills needs. More cooperation is needed for re-use and recycling of textiles and to set up an EU market for secondary raw materials. On this last point, EURATEX ReHubs initiative is developing proposals to size EPR potential, to transform waste into value, and create a new capacity and jobs.

Today, March 30, the European Commission released its long-awaited Strategy for Sustainable Textile, with the ambition to move the sector towards the path of sustainability. EURATEX welcomes the EU ambitions to act on sustainable textiles and investments, in order to change how textiles are made, chosen and recovered, but calls for a smart and realistic implementation. Many European companies have already chosen this path, therefore the strategy should support them in this process, especially considering today’s energy crisis.

The strategy recognises the strategic importance of textiles, which are not only used as apparel or furniture, but applied in cars, medical equipment, agriculture, etc. It acknowledges the European Industry pro-active initiatives to tackle microplastics, to solve challenges of market surveillance and the skills needs. More cooperation is needed for re-use and recycling of textiles and to set up an EU market for secondary raw materials. On this last point, EURATEX ReHubs initiative is developing proposals to size EPR potential, to transform waste into value, and create a new capacity and jobs.

The proposed “transition pathways”, which will translate the strategy into action, will be critical in this respect: how will these sustainability targets be reached, what will the cost for SMEs be, how can companies be supported in that green transition, what about the impact on global competitiveness? These are essential questions to be addressed in the coming months.
The Textile strategy is part of much broader package, including as many as 16 new legislative actions and other policies which will directly impact on textile value chain. In particular the Sustainable Product Initiative Regulation released on March, 30 includes game-changing provisions on Digital Product Passport, Eco-Design, SMEs and Green Public Procurement.  The Regulation has an overwhelming ambition and, to be realistic, it would require a new way of joint working between institutions and business, and which builds on lessons learned on data flow across value chains, interoperability, conformity assessment and effective measures to support SMEs.

If wrongly implemented, such an unprecedented wave may cause a complete collapse of the European textile value chain under the burden of restrictions, requirements, costs and unlevel playing field. On the contrary, the changes ahead can boom the entire textile ecosystem and create a model of successful green and digital transition in manufacturing, which starts in Europe and expands globally.

Already in 2019, EURATEX asked policy makers to work together and remove barriers to circular economy, solve the market surveillance paradox in which laws are made but not checked, and to help create scale economies to make sustainable textiles affordable, hence the norm.

For example, there are 28 billion products circulating per year in EU, which is an impressive task for market surveillance authorities including customs. EURATEX has been stressing non-sufficient market surveillance and it is actively working on solutions for a fair and effective market surveillance of textile products through Reach4Textiles. EURATEX very much welcomes that the European Commission recognizes our work and the need for market surveillance by establishing more harmonised efforts in the EU.

EURATEX also welcomes the establishment of the Digital Product Passport. It has a high potential to improve every step in the textile value chain, from design and manufacturing to recycling and purchasing. At the same time, EURATEX calls the co-legislators to take into account the role of SME’s in this transition and to put forward pragmatic initiatives, supporting SME’s across the EU in a systematic approach.

Alberto Paccanelli, EURATEX President, concludes: EURATEX calls for true cooperation with all policy makers and other stakeholders across the value chains to advise, pressure-test and use this opportunity for a successful transition. Our ambition must be to reconcile sustainability, resilience and competitiveness; we know it can be done”.

Source:

EURATEX