60 Years of Future, What's Next?
Loepfe Celebrates 60th Anniversary
Quality Control Specialist in the Textile Industry
In 1955, the two brothers Helmut and Erich Loepfe founded the
Loepfe Brothers LTD. in Zurich. Technical innovations for the
textile industry were the driving force behind the development
of the company over the last six decades. Loepfe introduced weft
feelers and weft stop motionthe first electronic sensors for
looms at a time, when electronics itself was still in its
infancy. The big success in weaving technology was transferred
to the world of spinning. The first electronic yarn clearers and
a data management system contributed to the success. In 1991
Loepfe developed the first yarn clearerYarnMaster, which was
able to detect not only classic yarn defects but also foreign
fibres as well as the first online classification of NSLT. The
next breakthrough development was the online detection of yarn
imperfections leading to an integrated laboratory. With the
launch of the YarnMasterZenit generation, the yarn clearers are
now also able to clear synthetic foreign material like
polypropylene. The YarnMasterZenit+, which has been introduced
in 2014, is the successor of the successful yarn clearer, offers
an user-friendly 15.6 inch wide touch-screen, completely new
graphical user interface with a dashboard view of top ten cuts,
trends over the last few days, all these useful information at a
glance. Today, Loepfe offers the new MillMaster TOP online data
management system, which monitors and analyses the quality data
from all Loepfe yarn clearers in a winding room in real-time.
During the last six decades Loepfe gained a market leading
position in electronic quality control in weaving and winding.
Loepfe employs approximately 150 staff in its headquarter in
Wetzikon. The company is present in all major textile markets
worldwide withagents and service partners. With its high
percentage of research and development Loepfe plans to
contribute substantially to future developments in the textile
New Sales Director SSM
Steven Lin is promoted to Sales Director China. The newly formed
sales team has started their activities on first of July 2015
SSM will modify their sales structure, in order to strengthen
their position in the market of the P.R. China. The main
objective is to get closer to their customers, without the use
of any agency as intermediary. In this process, their
longstanding sales representative in China, Mr. Steven Lin, is
promoted to the position of Sales Director China.
Mr. Lin will lead a newly formed sales team with the existing
and new sales managers. This new organization is effective as of
July 1st, 2015.
Despite the competitive situation in the textile machinery
business, SSM has been able to maintain its market leadership
and to excel within the holding company Schweiter Technologies.
SSM will continue to strengthen its personnel, thereby retaining
strong market position.
SSM wishes Mr. Steven Lin lots of success in his new function
Trade Expected in 2015/16
World cotton imports are projected to remain unchanged at 7.6
million tons in 2015/16. While China is likely to remain the
world’s largest importer in 2015/16, its imports are forecast to
fall by 12% to 1.6 million tons. This represents 30% of its peak
volume of imports in 2011/12. In 2015, the Chinese government
restricted imports to the minimum volume required by the World
Trade Organization to encourage mills to purchase domestic
cotton. In July and August 2015, it sold nearly 60,000 tons from
its reserve, but still holds 11 million tons. Given the large
volume of production and reserves, imports are likely to be
restricted again in 2016. Meanwhile, imports by other countries
are expected to grow 4% to 5.8 million tons. Imports in
Bangladesh, Vietnam, and Indonesia, the next three largest
importing countries, are all projected to grow in 2015/16.
Bangladesh imports are forecast to increase 1% to 972,000 tons
while Vietnam’s imports are forecast up 2% to 956,000 tons.
After decreasing in 2013/14, Indonesia’s imports recovered 13%
to 735,000 tons in 2014/15, and are expected to increase 6% to
782,000 tons in 2015/16. The United States is forecast to lead
in export volume, although its exports are projected down 9% to
2.2 million tons due to a smaller volume of production in
2015/16. After declining 48% in 2014/15, India’s exports may
recover 34% to 1.2 million tons. Exports in the next three
largest exporting countries are likely to decrease due to
reductions in their exportable surplus. Brazil’s exports are
forecast down 10% to 766,000 tons, Uzbekistan’s down 5% to
565,000 tons and Australia’s down 10% to 467,000 tons.
cotton area is projected to fall 7% to 31.1 million hectares in
2015/16 due to significantly lower cotton prices in 2014/15. As
a result, world cotton production is expected to fall by 9% to
23.8 million tons. India’s cotton area is estimated down 5% to
11.6 million hectares, and production down 2% to 6.4 million
tons. China’s cotton production is set to decline by 16% to 5.4
million tons due to a 12% reduction in area and a 5% decrease in
the average yield as a result of unfavorable weather. After a
24% expansion in 2014/15, cotton area in the United States has
receded 13% to 3.3 million hectares with production declining
11% to 3.2 million tons. Pakistan’s production is projected down
11% to 2.1 million.
World cotton consumption could grow 2% in 2015/16 to 25 million
tons with consumption growth remaining flat or slowing in many
countries compared with last season. Consumption in China, the
largest cotton consuming country, is expected to remain flat in
2015/16 at 7.7 million tons. India’s consumption growth is
expected to slow to 3%, reaching 5.6 million tons, while
Pakistan’s consumption growth remains steady at 2%, reaching 2.6
HeiQ presents seven new enhanced
sustainable textile finishing products at ITMA
Throughout its ten
years of business, the Swiss textile innovator HeiQ has
constantly strived for utmost product performance while
simultaneously keeping sustainability as its guiding star. At
this year's ITMA Milan exhibition, HeiQ will present seven
performance enhanced textile technologies including
environmentally-friendly water-repellency, its enhanced dynamic
cooling technology and long-lasting odor control as well as the
CO2 and water saving dyeing accelerator DYEFAST.
Performance and sustainability are at the heart of HeiQ's
innovation expertise. HeiQ has developed a full range of
successful high-performance textile effects in the past decade,
which recently led to the recognition of HeiQ as one of the Top
10 McKinsey ETH Venture start-ups of the last decade. In terms
of sustainability HeiQ has repeatedly been proven to be one step
ahead with OilguardHeiQ launched a clean-tech product for beach
protection in 2010 and was awarded the Swiss Technology Award
and the European Environmental Press Award. In 2012, HeiQ was
one of the first to pioneer fluorocarbon-free durable water-repellent(DWR)
technologies, and in summer 2015 HeiQ launched the CO2 and water
saving dyeing accelerator DYEFAST. HeiQ stands for globally
compliant products and a commitment for sustainable chemistry
within the standards of Oekotex and bluesign.
At this year's ITMA, taking place from 12-19 November 2015 in
Milan, Italy, HeiQ will present the latest performance
enhancements of its core product families and will convey the
sustainability of each of its technologies.
Widely adoptedfluorine-free water repellent finish BARRIER ECO
was one of the first of its kind and offers competing
performance and durable results. This technology is blue sign
approved and one of the best in its class. HeiQ focuses fully on
fluorine-free DWR solutions, a choice supported by research and
development investments of CHF 3 million over the next 2 years
to push performance results even further. At ITMA, HeiQ will
present the performance enhanced version of its sustainable
fluorine-free DWR technology, an all-round product applicable to
all fiber types. In addition, new formulations specifically
developed for cotton and polyester will be launched.
Its dynamic cooling technology, ADAPTIVE, is HeiQ's most
successful technology and has been applied globally to over 300
million consumer products for performance brand partners like
Hanes, Champion, New Balance, Skins, Canterbury of New Zealand
and Kjus. At ITMA, HeiQ will launch a new ADAPTIVE product
version specifically designed for cotton and one for synthetics
to further boost the cooling and moisture control performance
HeiQ's odor control technology PURE will be extended with
performance enhanced and optimized products, developed to
minimize cost, chemical usage and wastewater for the technical
application in padding and exhaust. PURE offers the best
durability and odor control performance available on the market
while being compliant with global regulatory standards and
beating other technology providers on costs. HeiQ provides the
full range of testing services and capabilities including
technical support and performance testing. PURE-treated textiles
keep unpleasant odors at bay, are washed less frequently and
help to reduce the environmental footprint of the treated
HeiQ delivers environmentally sound textile effects but also
revolutionary processing technologies, such as the recently
launched DYEFAST. DYEFAST enables a faster polyester dyeing
procedure leading to a better dyed product, 1/3 less energy and
1/3 less water consumption and 1/3 reduced carbon footprint.
Process-time savings of 33% is a direct outcome of the
utilization of this green technology which has the potential to
revolutionize polyester dyeing and save up to 50 million tons of
CO2emissions per year.
At ITMA, HeiQ will unveil the specific details for each of these
technologies, from 12-19 November 2015, booth number H8-E105.
Additionally, HeiQ's CTO Prof. Dr. Murray Height will give a
deep knowledge presentation about “Water repellency without
fluorine Learning from Nature” at the Textile Colourant and
Chemical Leaders Forum on 14 November, held in parallel to the
The global garment
and apparel industry is now focusing its energies on South Asia.
As garment manufacturing shifts from China to South Asia, the
potential for intra-regional trade is growing exponentially.
Realising there is a need for an international textile sourcing
show in the South Asian region, Intex South Asia was created
with the sole purpose of converging the South Asian industry by
bringing together suppliers and buyers from across South Asia on
one single networking platform. Intex South Asia is the first
and only 'International Yarn, Apparel Fabric & Accessories Trade
Fair' in South Asia promoting intra-regional trade.
Sri Lanka is the location of choice for the show because its
politically neutral status ensures a conducive business
environment for entrepreneurs from India, Pakistan and
Bangladesh to meet and do business together. In the near future
these traits could see Sri Lanka transform into the central
business district for South Asia.
Created with a global objective, Intex South Asia is attracting
international suppliers to the show as they are increasing their
focus on the South Asian market. Their interests lie in the fact
that South Asia manufactures 80% of the world's brands and is
considered the next garmenting hub of the world. It is also
recognised as one of the best manufacturing, sourcing and
distribution destinations for garments, textiles, accessories
and finish. India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka & Pakistan together
exported garments worth US$ 49 billion in 2014-15 and are
expected to reach US$ 84 billion by 2020.
South Asia is also the fastest growing region in the world its
economy expanding by 6% in 2015 & 6.4% in 2016 and has the
largest youth population in the world. Giving an insight, Ms.
Arti Bhagat, Director, Worldex India says, "A purchase of just
one extra garment by South Asia's 487 million fashion conscious
youth would instantly lead to consumption of 974 million
garments a year. Imagine the potential."
South Asia is therefore on a seamless and relentless process of
setting up a unique platform to accomplish global growth through
superior quality, incomparable turnaround time and adoption of
Intex South Asia is the only international sourcing textile show
in the region connecting global exhibitors from India, Pakistan,
Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, China, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong,
Indonesia and more.
Intex South Asia is co-organised by Sri Lanka Export Development
Board (EDB), in association with Joint Apparel Association Forum
(JAAF); Sri Lanka Apparel Exporters Association (SLAEA); Sri
Lanka Apparel Sourcing Association (SLASA); Sri Lanka Apparel
Brands Association (SLABA); Pakistan Readymade Garments
Manufacturers & Exporters Association (PRGMEA); Taiwan Textile
Federation (TTF); Tirupur Exporters' Association (TEA),
Confederation of Indian Textile Industry (CITI); The Cotton
Textiles Export Promotion Council (TEXPROCIL) and the Southern
Gujarat Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SGCCI).
Major product exhibits include yarns like Acrylic, Cotton,
Viscose, Synthetic, Carded, Combed, Ring Spun, Linen, Polyester,
Nylon, Wool, Textured, Viscose Rayon, Filament Yarn, Fancy,
Poly/Cotton, Blended, Open-end Yarns, Ply Yarns, elastic, etc.
Fabrics like Cotton, Knitted, Woven, Printed, Hosiery, Blended,
Dyed, Jacquard, Poly/wool, Poly/viscose, Functional, Linen,
Denim, Satin, Greige, Organic, Voile, Poly/Cotton, Textured,
Chiffon, Silk, Jute, Georgette, etc. and accessories
manufacturers. Accessories include Lace, Embroidery, Trimmings,
Buttons, Stamping foil, Tape, Labels, Elastic, Cord, Ribbons,
Rivets, Velcro, Motifs, Interlining, Zippers, etc.
Buyers can mark this show on their calendar, understanding that
Intex South Asia is the place to be at, meet at and do business
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