Clothing & Footwear
Retail demand for clothing in South Africa has expanded significantly since the world recession, according to a new report from the global business information company Textiles Intelligence – Prospects for the Textile and Clothing Industry in South Africa. But the main beneficiaries have been foreign suppliers rather than the industry in South Africa itself.
The retail sector in South Africa has expanded as a result of an improvement in the distribution of goods and the development of suburban shopping centres, and a stimulation of consumer demand stemming from low interest rates, real wage increases, increases in government subsidies and low inflation.
It sometimes seems as if every second person in Germany owns a Jack Wolfskin jacket, with its familiar paw logo. The brand – which employs 700 people in Germany and had 2013 turnover of €324 million – is tremendously popular in the country due to the quality and functionality of its garments, based around tried and tested material concepts like the Texapore range of waterproof shells.
The brand’s popularity is growing elsewhere too. Despite a slight downturn in sales in its key markets of Germany and Austria in 2013 – in line with general trends – sales for the company in the UK were up by 45% and also in China by 25%.
Textile manufacturer Auburn Manufacturing has created its own ‘Country of Origin’ certificate in response to rising US Government and private industry requirements for proof that its textile products are made in America.
The AMI certificate attests that the products are made in the USA — from yarn to finished product — at the company's manufacturing facilities in Maine. The certificate also identifies textiles that comply with the Berry Amendment, a statutory requirement concerning Department of Defense.
“When we certify that our products are ‘Made in the USA’, we mean that not only are the products themselves assembled in the United States, but that virtually all of the components are also made in the United States,” explained Kathie Leonard, AMI president and CEO.
A perfect storm of overlapping trade show schedules and an east coast blizzard reduced attendance at the Outdoor Retailer’s Winter Market 2014, held January 22 to 25 in Salt Lake City. Although the halls of the Salt Palace seemed quieter than usual, there was plenty of enthusiasm for the new products and technologies developed for winter weather from the more than 1,050 exhibitors.
An important trend was the development of hybrid yarns, fabrics, and technologies that improved product function and often resulted in cost benefits. For example, the iconic down puffer jacket saw a number of innovative concepts in insulation, driven by the recent 30% rise in the cost of down, and the controversy over the force-feeding and live-plucking of geese.
Decades after many people thought the US textile industry was dead, the industry generated $54 billion in shipments in 2012 and employed about 233,000 people.
Business is on the upswing as Southern states, in particular, woo textile companies with tax breaks, reliable utilities, modern ports and airports and a dependable, trained and non union workforce.
In 2013, companies in Brazil, Canada, China, Dubai, Great Britain, India, Israel, Japan, Korea, Mexico and Switzerland, as well as in the US, announced plans to open or expand textile plants in Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
Miniaturisation of electronic components and the use of conductive materials and other structures have enabled the development of smart textiles.
Growing demand for connectivity and enhancement in wireless technologies is expected to further market growth over the next few years, according to a report published by Grand View Research, a market research and consulting company.
This report takes a closer look at the smart textiles industry, providing a holistic perspective on market dynamics, trends, supply and demand. The study aims at providing granular information, regarding estimates and forecasts for key lens types including polarised and non-polarised, as well as major end-use industries including fashion and entertainment, sports and fitness, medical, transportation, protection and military and architecture.
Japanese mobile carrier NTT Docomo and materials developer Toray have been working on joint projects and have now announced one called Hitoe, which means ‘one layer’ in Japanese.
It is a cloth that contains Toray's nanofibres that are coated in a transmittable layer. It is a nicotine-patch sized square you attach to it that does the sensing.
The chapter on fibres and yarns is expected to grow at ITMA 2015, the international textile and garment machinery exhibition that will take place from 12- 19 November 2015 at Fiera Milano Rho in Milan, Italy.
As the textile and garment industry moves towards making a tangible commitment to sustainability, the chapter will now include a new sub-chapter on recycled fibres and yarns.
A climate controlling Outlast polyester phase change material (PCM) has been awarded as top innovation for the season Fall/Winter 2015-2016. It has been elected by an international Jury at ISPO Textrends 2014 as TOP 10 Winner for the category ’Second layer’.
For eight years now, Outlast Technologies, market leader for textile temperature regulating phase change materials (PCMs), is working together with the Portuguese company A. Sampaio, a well known leader for knitted fabrics.
A.Sampaio has designed new Outlast knits for the season Autumn/Winter 2015/16 and presents functional Outlast fabrics at the ISPO trade fair taking place from 26-29 January in Munich, Germany.
More than 80,000 visitors from 110 countries came to ISPO Munich that took place from 26-29 January. This year, the trade show experienced a strong increase of visitors from other nations, such as the USA and Russia.
Klaus Dittrich, Chairman of the Management of Messe München, commented: “The atmosphere at ISPO Munich 2014 was very good. All relevant statistics are extremely positive, and once again confirm our role as the international leading platform for the entire sports business.”