Two of the UK's leading trade organisations have launched a new initiative aimed at providing clothing suppliers and retailers with a better understanding of colour technology and processes.

The Association of Suppliers to the British Clothing Industry, ASBCI, and the Society of Dyers and Colourists, SDC are to share their resources by setting up a programme of meetings, technical visits, seminars and training forums where their respective members will be able to discuss colour issues and improve their knowledge and expertise of dyeing and colour processes.

There are also plans to publish innovative literature on the basics of colour suitable for personnel in the retail, fashion and design sectors.

Malcolm Ball, chairman of ASBCI technical committee said: "The work of the SDC is of immense importance to the UK's clothing industry but up to now there has not been a close relationship with the clothing supply chain. This new collaboration will give ASBCI members an opportunity to tell the SDC direct of the colour issues facing suppliers and the high street while gaining a greater understanding of the science and technology involved in the creation, application and performance of dyes and colours."