Functional Finishes for Textiles, 1st Edition : New Book Release

Functional Finishes BookImproving Comfort, Performance and Protection

Editor : Dr. Roshan Paul
Woodhead Publishing Series in Textiles
Print Book ISBN: 9780857098399
eBook ISBN: 9780857098450
Pages: 678
Release Date : 10 October 2014
Price : Print or eBook : USD 238.00 (USD 280.00)

This book provides a comprehensive review of the most important fabric finishes in the textile industry. Continue reading

Abused Workers Make ‘Flawed Fabrics’  : Garment Makers of South India Under Global Watch

Editor-NCMThere is disturbing news for textile manufacturers of the country that must put them on a high alert, especially if they are engaged in export related production activity and not following the global practices with regard to well-being of their labourforce.

The Netherlands based Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) – in association with India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) – has come out with its latest investigative report on the Tamil Nadu textile and garment industry. The research was conducted to find out the current status of compliance of labour-related global standards by leading export oriented manufacturing units. Continue reading

Wages & Working Hours in the Textiles & Clothing Sector

Editor-NCMThe International Labour Organization (ILO) is holding a Forum of all the stake holders (workers, employers & representatives of government, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations) from 23-25 Sept. 2014 to evolve future policy with regard to wages and working hours in the textiles, clothing, leather and footwear industries.

According to UNIDO, global average wages in the clothing industry are 35% lower and in the textiles industry are 24% lower than the manufacturing industry average wage. In some production countries the minimum wage remains below the national subsistence minimum. The ILO notes that the industry is distinctly divided into high-end and low-end (or “value”) production and brands. Factories involved in high-end production generally use better technology and more skilled workers. These factories have greater degree of multi-stakeholder initiative engagement resulting in better working conditions. But factories engaged in low-end or low-value production are considerably focused on cost cutting measures and mostly have poor working conditions. Many national economies rely on the clothing industry: 88% of total exports from Haiti, 79% from Bangladesh, 58% from Lesotho, 52% from Cambodia, 43% from Sri Lanka, 38% from Honduras, 36% from El Salvador, 31% from Mauritius, 20% from Madagascar, 18% from Tunisia, 17% from Pakistan, 15% from Morocco, 13% from Jordan, 12% from Viet Nam and 10% from Turkey are linked to the clothing industry. A glance at the world’s clothing retail reveals that North America represents 25%, Western Europe 27%, Eastern Europe and Turkey 10%, Japan and the Republic of Korea 13%. The rest of the world represents 25% of the total clothing retail. Another point worth noting is that while trade has grown, clothing prices have dipped by 30 to 40%.

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The Cotton Textiles Export Promotion Council (Texprocil) – Submits Memorandum for Foriegn Policy to Modi Govt.

The Cotton Textiles Export Promotion Council (Texprocil) – has recommended some initiatives to the Modi Government to increase India’s footprint in the global market to get the benefit of increased employment opportunities for the rural masses particularly the underprivileged and unskilled labour in the agriculture sector.

Texprocil has a membership of around 3,500 companies spread across major textile clusters in India. Its members are well established manufacturers and exporters of cotton textile products like Cotton, Yarns, Fabrics and Home Textiles, showcasing a dazzling array of products across the value chain. Continue reading

Govt. Committed to Safeguarding Interests of Muga Silk Farmers of Assam

Production of Muga Silk in Assam as well as in country during the last five years period is given below, which indicates Muga silk production, has shown an increasing trend and hence, it is not on the verge of extinction.

The following statement indicates State-wise muga Silk production in the country during the last five years (2009-10 to 2013-14). It could be seen from the statement that the Assam produces substantial quantity of Muga Silk, when compared to other muga silk producing States. Continue reading

MoT Announces Rejuvenation of Silk Industry of Bhagalpur

The Bhagalpur of Bihar is famous worldwide for its distinctive type of tasar silk and coarse varieties of silk fabrics. But the silk handloom weavers of Bhagalpur are facing stiff competition from power loom and mill sector due to high input cost, low productivity and availability of cheaper imported silk fabric etc. sluggish export market and capturing of export market by other major silk producing countries like china in the recent past has also affected Bhagalpur silk industry. Continue reading

The Australian Wool Exchange (AWEX) Code of Practice to Address Contamination

The Australian Wool Exchange (AWEX) Code of Practice for the preparation of Australian Wool Clips describes the recommended practices and standards. The code aims to :

  • Prepare uniform, consistent, reliable, predictable, low risk lines of wool suitable for the diverse needs of wool processing and so maximise competition from buyers for the wool;
  • Present a product free of contamination that is correctly documented, described and packaged.

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MARFS : Germ-Resistant  Mask-cum-Scarves

Germ-Resistant Scarves Introduced as MARFS to protect against bacteria, viruses and airborne contaminants.MARFSMARFS, a wearable, germ-resistant product, was introduced in the health and wellness market earlier this month by Wrall LLC. Marfs function as both a mask and a scarf. When pulled over the mouth and nose, Marfs help to improve health by eliminating airborne contaminates by filtering the air. There have been growing health concerns among travelers and other health-conscious individuals who are looking for ways to avoid sickness, especially during air travel and other close-contact situations. Recent studies have indicated that viruses and bacteria such as MRSA and E. Coli are capable of living in the back of airport seat pockets for several days, making them a haven for germs. Marfs’ function to reduce the spread of germs and ultimately eliminate the hazard of harmful bacteria, making them ideal for travelers, commuters, students, and those prone to sickness.

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World Cotton Demand Expected to Improve as Prices of Polyester and Cotton Converge : ICAC

Texprocil has urged Cotton Corporation of India to buy from the market when prices here are cheaper than abroad and offload when these breach international prices. It would, they say, benefit farmers and mills. Globally, cotton prices have fallen to a five-year low.

After international cotton prices spiked in 2010/11, many spinners decreased the share of cotton in yarn in favor of greater use of polyester. At the start of 2013, the gap between cotton and polyester prices widened. Polyester prices remained fairly stable at around 74-76 cts/lb for most of 2013 and 2014 until dropping to 65 cts/lb in April of this year. During the same period, international cotton prices climbed higher, reaching 99 cts/lb at their peak. Continue reading