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WORLD NEWS 36

BULETIN TEKSTIL.COM/ Jakarta

RED SEA

Textile entrepreneurs are urged to be attentive and prepared to act quickly in light of the Red Sea issue. TPT traders need to periodically check on the rates at which items are delivered, search for more affordable logistical options, and bargain with all relevant partners. Due to the unpredictability of item delivery, the challenging summer has affected the fashion industry’s ability to meet consumer demands in the market.

The Suez Canal, the quickest route between Europe and Asia, is thought to carry 15% of all trade worldwide. By raising freight rates, transportation businesses are profiting greatly from the Red Sea issue.

The burden on entrepreneurs will also increase due to other costs rising, such as fuel, insurance, and other expenses. As a result, business owners will need to watch market prices closely, be ready to haggle with buyers, and search for other options. However, they are cautioned not to stockpile items that could prove harmful in the future.

In these challenging times, issuing more shares may result in extra expenses for the company; nevertheless, stringent Just in Time procedures may also prove to be unfeasible, thereby compromising profitability. Usually, one of the first things many firms do to save expenses is to decrease the quantity and kind of discounts offered.

Reuter reports that in January 2024, the average store discount fell to 39% from 41% the previous year. Due to the disruption in the flow of commodities from Asia to Europe and America, dealers have shifted their sources of goods to locations closer to the market, albeit at the risk of varying purchase prices.

Following attacks on ships in the Red Sea last December 2024, a number of shipping companies relocated their vessels. Industry watchers predict that this heightened uncertainty will result in higher prices and may have an effect on textile supply chains.

Fashion enterprises should prioritize flexibility and resource diversity, according to Dr. Sheng Lu, a professor in the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the American University of Delaware. This will help them overcome uncertainties in the business’s scope amid geopolitical concerns. Importers in the European Union need to find workable alternatives to get around this disturbance in the supply of products, at least temporarily. In addition, war risk insurance is required for ships operating in the Red Sea and will be billed to the manufacturers and retailers involved in the TPT supply chain.

It is intended that by using the Covid-19 outbreak as an example, which disrupted the product supply chain, entrepreneurs will be better equipped to handle the challenges that arise in the current Red Sea issue. For instance, the ongoing Houthi attacks on ships traveling through the Red Sea forced the Danish freight giant A.P. Moller-Maersk to halt and suspend all transportation through the region at the beginning of January. (Just Fashion)

SPAIN

The Spanish clothing firm Inditex and the BASF company are working together to create Loopamid, a nylon-based textile raw material that is entirely generated from textile waste. Global markets provide nylon jackets under the Zara brand that are manufactured from raw materials derived from BASF Polyamide 6 (PA6) Loopamid. It is claimed that Loopamid can recycle textile waste from both post-industrial and post-consumer sources, including blends of fabrics like PA6 and Elastane.

The ModaRe program, managed by the nonprofit Carita, gathers, sorts, and classes textile waste so that it can be recycled back into textiles. Textile-to-textile recycling is made possible by loopamide’s technology, which guarantees that materials and fibers may be recycled again without losing any of their properties compared to traditional pure polyamide.

It is reported that Zara uses only waste raw materials and accessories for its nylon jackets: Loopamid raw materials are used to make the fabric, buttons, stuffing, zippers, and hooks. According to BASF, the PA6 market might undergo a positive revolution, and the company is working to advance the technologies needed to satisfy consumer demand on a commercial basis.

The fact that this jacket was successfully produced is seen as evidence that recycling, which leads to circularity in the textile industry, is feasible and will support a shift in the textile sector toward sustainability.

Many clothing accessory manufacturers have begun utilizing Loopamide in the production of their goods, including:

  • Producing hook and loop fasteners, snap buttons, and zippers is a Japanese corporation called Velcro Multinational.
  • Labels, fillers, and stitching threads were invented by Freudenberg and Gutermann in Germany, Uniter and Tessitura Vignetta in Spain.

Inditex highlights how crucial it is for numerous connected businesses to work together in order to foster innovation in the repurposing of trash as raw materials for the creation of circular solutions. Increasing the capacity to gather and recycle post-consumer trash that has already been thrown away is still necessary.

This partnership is consistent with the circularity objectives that both companies have set for themselves. BASF wants to double its sales from circular economy solutions to 17 billion euros by 2030, while Inditex said that by the same year, all of its products will be made entirely of raw materials that have a lower environmental impact: 25% of their products will be made from currently developing new fibers, 40% will be made from traditional recycled materials, and the remaining portion will incorporate regenerative and organic fibers. (Just Fashion)

TURKEY

The European Union’s shrinking demand for Turkish textile exports, high inflation rates in the country, rising production costs, and fluctuating exchange rates present the Turkish textile sector with significant hurdles in 2023. The textile sector is making an effort to survive in 2023 despite a drop in exports and forced layoffs. To carry out brand transformation and boost textile production exports once more, businesses dispatch trade delegations to the nations where their exports are intended. With US$ 35 billion in export earnings, the automotive sector leads all other sectors in Turkey’s foreign exchange earners rankings. The chemical sector comes in second with US$ 30.5 billion, while the TPT sector is the third highest earner with US$ 19.2 billion in export realization. Turkey’s primary export destination markets will be China, India, and the United States.

Turkish TPT exporters predict that 2023 would be a challenging year for them. Their textile exports, which are worth US$ 1 billion, had a 17.6% fall in the market intended for the European Union. The ten percent increase in production costs was a result of rising foreign exchange costs, a rise in foreign currency that was much less than the rise in inflation, and rising labor wages, which had a significant impact given that the textile industry is a labor-intensive industry.

TPT business owners were content that they could continue to support the TPT sector in Turkey despite the challenging circumstances they encountered in 2023. Entrepreneurs are hopeful that 2024 would bring about improvements after witnessing changes at the start of the year, particularly in the second semester. (Textilegence.com)

INDIA

The Indian textile company Mohan Spintex India Limited (MSIL) has extended its Dyeing-Finishing business by using Brukner machines manufactured in Germany. In 2018, this plant installed a series of Power Colortherm continuous dyeing machines with an oil-based heating system and a machine width of 3,200 mm. This machine contains cooling devices at the entrance and exit, one Eco-Steam unit, one dipping cushion, and an infrared drying facility.

The Stenter Power Frame machine, which has eight chambers, a horizontal conveyor chain, and an oil heater, is the second machine that MSIL uses. It can dry a vast area. The extremely even distribution of temperature and air volume is thought to be advantageous to the users of this device.

Production cost reduction is greatly aided by machine parts that are simple to repair, nearly lubrication-free transport chains, ease of fabric reproduction, and recipe automation. MSIL highlighted its delight with employing Brukner engines, which are built with top-notch metallurgy and cutting-edge technology. High-production machines that consistently provide high-quality products, provide outstanding after-sales support, and have easy access to spare parts.

Cotton, P/C, viscose, linen, and lyocell fabrics are among the goods made by MSIL. Percale, satin, twill, damask stripe, pin stripe, dobby, and jacquard are the different forms of woven fabrics. Additionally, MSIL provides a range of cotton raw materials to its clients, including BCI, organic, Egyptian, and Supima cotton.

Several renowned Indian clothing companies, including Welspun, Himatsingka, Indocount, and Mafatlal, purchase fabric produced by MSIL. In addition, MSIL exports its fabric to global textile markets, such as those in China, the United States, and the European Union.

Having been established in 2005, Mohan Spintex boasts an ISO accreditation and uses sustainable production methods like GOTS, Okotex, Egyptian Cotton, WRAP, Sedex, and more. The company made $134 million in revenue. (textilevolution.com)

GERMANY

The subjects of circularity, sustainability, and environmental sustainability were covered at the January DOMOTEX show. The impact of the climate catastrophe on human life should serve as a reminder to us that sustainability is essential and should be incorporated into all facets of our lives. The FLOORED BY NATURE event’s primary subject was established by the organizers, who placed particular focus on THE GREEN COLLECTION.

Visitors are likely to be drawn in by the Green Collection, which features an intriguing display of cutting-edge products, the newest research endeavors, and an enticing conference schedule.

Pre-qualification and inclusion of the designs in this Domotex exhibition will be carried out by an international jury that will review the designs submitted by the participants. The chairman of the jury is Dr. Jacqueline Lemm, Director of TFI Aachen. The panel also includes Kemp Harr, publisher of Floor Focus magazine, and Reto Ascwanden, Managing Director of the non-profit organization Label STP.

The following are the evaluation components that center on the sustainability of goods and manufacturing procedures:

  1. Eco-friendly Products: made with organic materials, ethical considerations prioritized, and recyclable
  2. Healthy Products: give special attention to low-emission flooring and carpeting
  3. Sustainable: prioritize energy conservation, alternate manufacturing methods, and sustainable production processes
  4. Aspect of Social Responsibility: pertains to the Company’s obligation to care for employees engaged in manufacturing processes.

(Red B-Teks/Indra I)

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