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UK: New Tencel Finish Leaves A Permanent Crease just-style.com | 14 Aug 02

Time was when fabric technicians focused on ensuring cloths shed their creases. Now that process has been put into reverse with the launch of a new process to give garments made from Tencel, and particularly Tencel denim, the look of permanent, all-over creasing.   The finish, launched to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the fibre's launch, will be marketed under the name Scrunch. "What we were seeking was the more rugged look today's casualwear market demands," says Tencel R&D director Pat White.

INDIA: Siyaram To Manufacture Lenzing Modal Fabrics just-style.com | 9 Aug 02

Mumbai-based Siyaram Silk Mills has signed a strategic alliance with Austrian fibre producer Lenzing to manufacture and market Modal fabrics in India. Under the exclusive arrangement, Lenzing is also providing technology to manufacture new fabrics being launched in the next two months.

Fabrics in focus at PV just-style.com | 27 Feb 02

Fashion designers, garment makers, retailers and buyers looking for the latest trends and technically innovative material developments headed to Première Vision in Paris last week.

THE NETHERLANDS: New Fibres Grouping At Accordis just-style.com | 22 Oct 01

Speciality cellulosic fibres maker Acordis is to link its Tencel and Acordis viscose staple fibres operations. The new business will be headed by Tencel's CEO, Mark Lejman. The company says that important synergies between the two Acordis companies and the introduction of new product variants in the coming months are expected to establish the new cellulosics grouping as a leading player in both textiles and nonwovens. The focus will be on value-added cellulosic fibres through investment in research and technology in both fibre production and downstream processing.

INDIA: Osia Italia Chain To Quadruple Stores just-style.com | 8 Oct 01

The Osia Italia clothing chain has said it will quadruple its outlets by next year. The Delhi-based company, which has exclusive rights to manufacture and market clothing under the Italian brand of the same name - Osia Italia - will expand from its current six stores to 25. Three are being opened in the next two months - one each in Delhi, Jalandhar and Ludhiana. And according to managing director Naren Jain, the company hopes to achieve a Rs 10-crore turnover after the expansion has been copleted

INDIA: Reebok Tees Off With Greg Norman Golf Apparel just-style.com | 29 Aug 01

Taking advantage of research that identifies golf as one of the fastest growing sports in urban India, Reebok India Company has launched a premium range of golf apparel and accessories inspired by legendary Australian golfer Greg Norman.

ISPO offers suppliers a sporting chance just-style.com | 27 Jul 01

Sports retailing in Europe has been through tough times in the past few years and this was reflected in one of the quietest ISPO shows in recent memory. Manufacturers and suppliers exhibiting at Europe's largest sporting goods fair earlier this week unveiled a large number of new products to try to attract interest from visitors, with new designs and new technology - especially in fabrics - at the forefront. Penny Leese was there.

USA: JPS Apparel Fabrics Files For Bankruptcy just-style.com | 26 Jun 01

JPS Apparel Fabrics Corp, the largest rayon and Tencel weaver in the US, filed for bankruptcy last Friday. The company is restructuring in an effort to reduce costs in the face of a slowing economy and the general malaise facing the US's apparel and textile sectors. JPS said it intends to continue to provide service to all of its customers. JPS said it would cease spinning operations at its Watts plant in Laurens, S.C., by August 20, affecting 233 employees.

FRANCE: New Lycra And Tactel Variations To Be Unveiled At Expofil just-style.com | 17 May 01

Lycra blends with heat-sensitive fibres and soft metallic Tactel yarns are just two of the innovations that will share the spotlight on the DuPont Apparel and Textile Sciences stand at the June edition of Expofil.

Denim with a difference at PV just-style.com | 6 Mar 01

Denim has got over the slump it suffered several years ago and mmade a triumphal return to favour at Premiere Vision. But this is denim as we've never seen it before, writes Sonia Roberts

AUSTRIA: EU Holds Up News Of Tencel Merger just-style.com | 5 Mar 01

Trade and financial journalists who attended a press conference called on March 2 at the Paris Premiere Vision exhibition in the hope of securing a definitive statement about the future of Tencel from Acordis chief executive Mark Lejman were doomed to disappointment. The conference did indeed take place but with negotiations in Brussels still in progress to resolve the question of whether the proposed merger, which would bring together the fibres division of Lenzing AG and Acordis as one new company, contravenes EU monopolies regulations, Mr Lejman felt himself unable to make any pronouncement. Earlier this year Bank Austria agreed to sell 80 per cent of its shares in Lenzing to CVC Capital Partners which already controls Acordis.

EUROPE: Tencel Takeover just-style.com | 28 Feb 01

Following the recent acquisition of Lenzing by CVC Capital Partners, Tencel business will be handled by a new company. Full details about the new set-up are to be announced by Mark Lejman, current chief executive of Tencel, during a press conference to be held on the Saturday of Premiere Vision.

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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