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UK: Acordis To Close Viscose Plant just-style.com | 13 Feb 01

Acordis Cellulosic Fibres is closing a viscose factory in the north of England and concentrating production in Germany. The factory - formerly part of Courtaulds - employs nearly 200 people at Grimsby in Lincolnshire. It produces viscose staple fibres for use in the clothing industry. Production will now be centred on Kelheim in Germany, where nearly 75 per cent of the company's viscose is already produced.

EUROPE: Badly Spun Is Beautiful just-style.com | 21 Dec 00

Fabric manufacturers are being warned by Masters of Linen, the international organisation representing the interests of growers, processors and spinners, not to send yarns back to their suppliers simply because they assume them to be "badly spun" or "badly dyed." For an unevenness of finish, including in yarns destined for use in slubbed fabrics obvious signs of what appear to be surface imperfections, is a look that the most fashion conscious spinners are now striving to achieve as part of a move toward more rustic effects for summer 2002.

CHINA: Reverse Trend On The Silk Road just-style.com | 11 Oct 00

China was the original source of silk. But now the direction of the ancient silk road traffic which first brought this fabled fibre to Europe is being reversed. For what the present Chinese fashion industry seeks most keenly are the silk substitutes that originated in the west. So says Judith Chau, senior design executive of Shanghai Tang, a major force in the move to put China on the international fashion map. "We haven't of course wholly abandoned our ancestral interest in silk," says Judith. "But the practicalities of manmade fibres with silky handles such as Tencel make us eager to combine these with genuine silk in outfits which suit the present day lifestyle. "Our own label was one of the first to suggest to Chinese consumers that one could mix fabrics and garment styles and still be regarded as retaining one's good taste. "Now we are beginning to introduce other new elements into the Chinese style of dressing - most particularly this season fabrics which use modern geometric motifs instead of the floral motifs more familar to consumers in China."

A forum for change? just-style.com | 28 Sep 00

The British Government is confident that its £1.5m support for a new Textile and Clothing Industry Forum will help the sector respond to the challenges of the global marketplace. But are closer relationships throughout the supply chain really the answer? We speak with some of the companies involved.

Postcard from Portugal just-style.com | 18 Sep 00

Portugal, the tourists' favourite, is throwing off its relaxed image. Its economic growth rate is still outstripping the average EU rate, despite a business downturn, and its textile businesses are investing megabucks to catch the US market. And the strategy is definitely paying off, says Sonia Roberts

UK: Tencel And Wool Blend Yarn Improves Knitwear Handle just-style.com | 27 Jul 00

A specially developed synthetic fibre has helped British woollen spinners to produce a new yarn that they say is proving highly popular with the knitwear industry.The yarn, which has been developed by spinners Willey & Pearson and dyed by Bulmer and Lumb, is a blend of 60 per cent wool and 40 per cent Tencel. Tencel was originally developed by Courtaulds for the cotton industry, but the company has produced a new version specifically for use by woollen spinners. According to Fred Ellis, export sales manager of the Bulmer and Lumb Group, it has been a worthwhile exercise. "We are seeing a great deal of interest in the Far East and it is escalating rapidly. As well as yarn manufacturers, we are synthetic converters, and from the reaction we have had from customers in the Far East we think it is going to really take off. It will be very popular with the knitwear industry."The addition of Tencel has helped to soften the naturally coarse fibres in the wool and, says Fred Ellis, it has produced a much more versatile yarn for knitwear manufacturers to work with. It is also possible to spin a finer blended yarn for use in fine gauge knitwear."The Tencel has given it a better handle. It is a very soft fibre and the yarn knits very successfully into fabrics. It has a full soft warm touch, silky sheen and sensuous drape. It is a beautiful yarn."

USA: Levi's Launches Media Campaign For Engineered Jeans Company Press Release | 26 Jul 00

To support the launch of its new Levi's Engineered Jeans collection, the Levi's brand has introduced a new print and television advertising campaign comprised of four print ads and four television spots. The new television campaign, which debuts August 14, along with a new run of print ads, will introduce consumers to the new blueprint in denim from the company that invented the blue jean. Inspired by the shape of the human body, Levi's Engineered Jeans are ergonomically designed and engineered for the body's contours. The new design concept gives the product a three-dimensional shape that provides superior comfort and ease of movement. Levi's Engineered Jeans feature significantly skewed side seams that form their ergonomic shape and appearance. Other LEJ innovations offer important benefits:

Fabric Firms Evolve into Global Facilitators Bobbin Publishing Group | 24 Mar 00

Textile suppliers point to product innovation as a top priority in the new millennium. They also promise to source more goods globally, and deliver them locally to sewing facilities worldwide in the coming years. by Raye Rudie, Contributing Editor To subscribe to Bobbin, please visit







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