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Michelle Russell

India to surpass China as world’s top cotton producer

7 August 2015 | Michelle Russell

Cotton production in China is declining, with India forecast to overtake the country as the world's largest producer of the commodity, according to a new report.... read more

WoolVisions offers improved thermal performance

16 January 2015 | Michelle Russell

FiberVisions has developed a new wool combining blends of CoolVisions polypropylene fibre and merino wool, which it claims offers better thermal performance than other synthetic fibres.... read more

Better Cotton grows to 7.6% of global production

9 November 2015 | Michelle Russell

Responsibly sourced Better Cotton made up 7.6% of global cotton production in 2014, new figures show, extending its reach to 20 countries worldwide and helping to reduce the amount of synthetic pesticides and fertilisers used. ... read more

World cotton consumption growth seen slowing

3 December 2015 | Michelle Russell

Growth in world cotton consumption has slowed and, for a fourth consecutive season, imports are set to decline in 2015/16, according to new forecasts.... read more

Fashion for Good aims to scale Spinnova innovative fibre

24 July 2018 | Michelle Russell

Fashion for Good, a global initiative trying to make fashion more sustainable, is partnering with Finland-based fibre technology company Spinnova to help accelerate the development and adoption of its revolutionary fibre.... read more

Unifi ends joint venture talks in Guatemala

17 July 2018 | Michelle Russell

US yarn maker Unifi has put an end to its joint venture discussions in Guatemala to further expand the geographic footprint of its Repreve recycled filament fibre.... read more

Indonesia's largest rayon facility to open August

29 January 2018 | Michelle Russell

Asia Pacific Rayon (APR) is due to complete the construction of what is thought to be Indonesia's largest integrated rayon facility by August – a move that will help support the development of a national textile industry and help the country reduce its dependency on imported materials.... read more

Teijin develops two-in-one sweat-suit fabric

31 May 2018 | Michelle Russell

Teijin Frontier, the fibre product converting company of Teijin Group, has developed a two-in-one sweat fabric that it says is both water-repellent and sweat-absorbent.... read more

New Lycra Bra Fabric Finder technology launches

12 July 2018 | Michelle Russell

Synthetic materials manufacturer Best Pacific has partnered with the Lycra brand to launch a Bra Fabric Finder technology that helps consumers pick the right casual bra using a special search solution.... read more

Mega cotton bollworm threatens global crops

16 April 2018 | Michelle Russell

Researchers in Australia have discovered a cotton bollworm and corn earworm hybridization that could threaten crops globally and strip billions of dollars a year from the fibre and food industries.... read more

Lenzing redefined as speciality industrial brand

22 May 2018 | Michelle Russell

Austrian cellulosic fibre producer Lenzing Group has embarked on the latest phase of its new branding strategy with the launch of Lenzing as a product brand covering a broad range of industrial applications.... read more

Lenzing charts new course for Tencel brand

15 February 2018 | Michelle Russell

Austrian cellulosic fibre producer Lenzing is setting its sights on Tencel as its flagship brand for textiles, with a new strategy to  drive demand amongst retail brands and consumers.... read more

Indorama expands in Brazil with fibres acquisition

2 November 2018 | Michelle Russell

Thai chemicals, fibres and woollen yarns conglomerate Indorama Ventures has made its second acquisition in the last month with the purchase of Brazilian fibres business M&G Fibras Brasil Ltda.... read more

Indorama strengthens PET position with Brazil buy

19 March 2018 | Michelle Russell

Thailand based chemicals, fibres and woollen yarns conglomerate Indorama Ventures Group Ltd (IVL) is to acquire the assets of M&G Polimeros Brazil, strengthening its position in the Polyethylene Terephthalate Resin (PET) market.... read more

Polartec launches 'Power Fill' insulation

19 January 2018 | Michelle Russell

US fabric maker Polartec has launched what it claims is a "best-in-class fill insulation" for outdoor clothing, adding to its stable of temperature-regulating performance fabrics.... read more

Investments boosting Invista's ADN production

9 November 2018 | Michelle Russell

US-based fibre producer Invista has set a 12-month production record for adiponitrile (ADN) – a key ingredient for nylon 6,6 plastics and fibres – at its Orange, Texas facility.... read more

Schoeller releases new functional fabrics

19 January 2018 | Michelle Russell

Functional fabrics and performance textile specialist Schoeller Textil has released new fabrics with sustainable features including a naturally warming material with Nilit Heat yarn made with coffee bean shells, qualities in mulesing-free wool, and PFC-free bio-technologies based on renewable raw materials.... read more

Indorama approves $9m investment for Trevira unit

15 May 2018 | Michelle Russell

Chemicals, fibres and woollen yarns conglomerate Indorama Ventures has approved various large textile projects at the Guben site in Germany of its Trevira polyester yarn business.... read more

Coats opens first of three global innovation hubs

18 October 2018 | Michelle Russell

Coats has opened the first of three innovations hubs planned by the industrial thread manufacturer for collaboration with customers, brands, suppliers, universities and start-ups.... read more

US cotton sector free of pink bollworm pest after 100 years

25 October 2018 | Michelle Russell

The US says it is now free of the pink bollworm pest after 100 years, which has cost the country’s producers tens of millions of dollars in yearly control costs and yield losses.... read more

US determines negative injury in PET resin probe

31 October 2018 | Michelle Russell

The US International Trade Commission (ITC) has reached a negative injury determination in the anti-dumping investigations on imports of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin from Brazil, Indonesia, Korea, Pakistan, and Taiwan.... read more

US cotton body seeks to assess hurricane impact

31 October 2018 | Michelle Russell

In a bid to assess the damage and economic losses caused by Hurricane Michael and Hurricane Florence, the National Cotton Council (NCC) is encouraging Southeast cotton growers to provide information on any effects to their farming operation or business.... read more

British textile centre of excellence to boost manufacturing

9 November 2018 | Michelle Russell

The British textile manufacturing industry could be about to receive a boost thanks to the opening of a new centre of excellence in Hawick, Scotland, early in the New Year.... read more

New thermal technology with activewear potential

21 August 2018 | Michelle Russell

Scientists in the United States have collaborated to develop a material that can dynamically regulate its thermal properties – switching back and forth between insulating and cooling – and is said to have massive potential for activewear.... read more

New Champion ultra-soft thread for stretch garments

3 May 2018 | Michelle Russell

Champion Thread Company (CTC), a leading global supplier of industrial sewing threads, has developed what it says is an ultra-soft thread designed for stretch garments.... read more

Gildan Yarns to expand US production capacity

17 May 2018 | Michelle Russell

Gildan Yarns is expanding the production capacity of its facilities in Columbus, Goergia to better meet demand for specialty yarns and service growing sales within its fashion basics segment.... read more

Pantone expands line with polyester standards

22 June 2018 | Michelle Russell

Colour specialist Pantone has expanded its product line with the development of polyester standards ideal for athleisure, footwear, swimwear, sleepwear and the home and fashion accessories markets.... read more

NCTO and AFMA merge to strengthen industry voice

9 March 2018 | Michelle Russell

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) and the American Fiber Manufacturers (AFMA) are to merge their respective organisations in a move aimed at strengthening the industry’s ability to influence federal policy.... read more

Egyptian cotton most recognised in US

21 March 2018 | Michelle Russell

Egyptian cotton is the most recognised cotton brand in the US, a new study has found, with it topping the poll on quality for consumers.... read more

Kraig Biocraft develops recombinant spider silk cocoons

4 April 2018 | Michelle Russell

Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, the leading developer of spider silk based fibres, has successfully produced what it says is the first recombinant spider silk cocoons from a new line of hybrid transgenic silkworms developed at its new R&D centre.... read more

New Oeko-Tex regulations come into effect

5 April 2018 | Michelle Russell

Modifications to Oeko-Tex’s existing guidelines have now come into effect following a three-month transition period and are now valid for all certification systems.... read more

Unifi to shorten lead times with National Spinning buy

13 April 2018 | Michelle Russell

Unifi Manufacturing, the domestic operating subsidiary of US yarn manufacturer Unifi, has acquired the dyed yarn business of National Spinning Co in a move that will allow it to shorten production lead times and offer more sourcing flexibility for its customers.... read more

Welspun India patents fibre-tracking technology

20 December 2017 | Michelle Russell

Welspun India, a subsidiary of the company embroiled in controversy last year over the provenance of its cotton, has developed and is testing what it claims is the first patented fibre-tracking technology for application in the global textile market.... read more

India considering own branded cotton launch?

29 September 2017 | Michelle Russell

India's Government is to understood to be considering the branding of locally produced cotton in a bid to fetch a higher price for the fibre from overseas – a move that has already proved successful for the US and Egypt.... read more

Birla Cellulose eyes speed to market with NY design studio

16 January 2018 | Michelle Russell

Birla Cellulose, the pulp and fibre business of Indian textile conglomerate Aditya Birla Group, has opened an international design studio in New York that will display over 300 of the group's fabrics and help speed the sampling process.... read more