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Covid-19 weighs on cotton prices as clothing spend slows

15 May 2020 | Michelle Russell

Despite the effects of Covid-19 on the global economy, cotton prices made some gains over the last month, but with clothing spend down the outlook for pricing is uncertain, new figures show. ... read more

Noble Biomaterials rebrands antimicrobial tech Ionic+

21 May 2020 | Michelle Russell

Antimicrobial solutions provider Noble Biomaterials has unveiled a new brand identity – Ionic+ – for its antimicrobial technology, formerly known as XT2.... read more

Cotton prices stay low under various recovery scenarios

12 June 2020 | Michelle Russell

The the Covid-19 pandemic is continuing to weigh on the cotton market, with prices likely to remain low due to higher ending stocks, weaker textile fibre demand from brands, and lower polyester prices, a new suggests.... read more

World cotton production outpaces consumption

3 November 2020 | Michelle Russell

World cotton production is expected to outpace consumption in the next year, new data shows, with Covid-19 continuing to weigh on consumer demand, and inclement weather and trade conflicts expected to compound the challenges in some regions.... read more

Global cotton prices increase in October

23 November 2020 | Michelle Russell

All international benchmark prices increased over the past month, with the largest increase in prices in China, new figures from Cotton Incorporated show.... read more

Hyosung expands Turkey and Brazil spandex facilities

3 December 2020 | Michelle Russell

South Korean fibre giant Hyosung is expanding its Creora spandex manufacturing facilities in Araquari, Brazil and in the Cerkezkoy area of Turkey in order to better serve apparel brands who rely on South American and European-made textiles for performance materials.... read more

Kent Fountain to lead National Cotton Council in 2021

17 February 2021 | Beth Wright

Kent Fountain has been re-elected as chairman of the National Cotton Council (NCC) for 2021 during the organisation’s virtual annual meeting.... read more

Call for cotton industry assistance in USDA review

15 July 2020 | Michelle Russell

A group of US senators have led a call to Congress for additional relief efforts in response to the Covid-19 pandemic to adequately address the magnitude of losses felt throughout the cotton supply chain.... read more

DBT Fibre to bring Polylana to Europe

25 January 2021 | Hannah Abdulla

Dutch clean-tech startup The Movement – maker of Polylana Fiber – has announced a partnership with Italy's DBT Fibre to accelerate the use of low-impact and traceable fibres for the European fashion and textile market.... read more

PrimaLoft adds recycled content to Cross Core insulation

27 January 2021 | Michelle Russell

Performance fabric specialist PrimaLoft is increasing the use of post-consumer recycled content in its high-performance Cross Core insulations.... read more

Sudan rejoins International Cotton Advisory Committee

28 January 2021 | Beth Wright

Sudan has rejoined the International Cotton Advisory Council (ICAC), becoming its 29th member and twelfth in Africa.... read more

Hyosung expands Regen range to include 100% recycled fibres

28 January 2021 | Michelle Russell

South Korean fibre giant Hyosung has expanded its Regen sustainability offering to include 100% recycled multi-functional fibres.... read more

British Wool undergoes cost saving restructure as Covid bites

7 January 2021 | Hannah Abdulla

British Wool is embarking on a restructuring programme in a bid to save costs, which will see a review of the number of grading depots it operates from.... read more

Teijin Frontier expands with new India business

22 March 2021 | Michelle Russell

Teijin Frontier, the Teijin Group's fibres and products converting company, is looking to boost its global network with the opening of a new business in India.... read more

Zinc fibre microcurrent adds to antiviral arsenal

12 October 2020 | Leonie Barrie

A new antiviral zinc fibre based technology has been developed that creates a microcurrent on the surface of a fabric that is said to fully destroy viral pathogens including coronavirus.... read more

US Textile Rules updated to include generic fibre names

13 October 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued a final ruling that will enable the marketing of textile products under seven additional generic fibre names from next month.... read more

India continues to lead world cotton production

2 October 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Despite ongoing uncertainties in global trade patterns, India will remain the world’s top cotton producer in 2020/21, and the US will continue to be the top exporter, according to a new monthly update. ... read more

Global cotton stocks to reach five-year high

2 June 2020 | Beth Wright

Global cotton stocks are set to reach the highest level in five years during the 2019/2020 season as the Covid-19 pandemic knocks both consumption and trade.... read more

New Coats app for real-time yarn blend calculation

5 June 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Industrial thread maker Coats has developed a new app featuring a yarn blend calculator that accurately predicts, within seconds, fabric properties for end-use in the personal protection sector. ... read more

TUV Rheinland joins fight against microfibre shedding

2 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Testing and inspection services provider TUV Rheinland is helping the The Microfibre Consortium (TMC) to understand the problem of fibre shedding from textiles after its Shenzhen and Shanghai laboratories were approved to carry out tests for member companies... read more

Frankfurt Fashion Week to focus on digitalisation, sustainability

10 June 2020 | Michelle Russell

Tradeshow organisers Messe Frankfurt and Premium Group are joining forces to launch Frankfurt Fashion Week for summer 2021 with a focus on digitalisation and sustainability.... read more

Ocean microplastics could be hugely underestimated

27 May 2020 | Michelle Russell

The amount of microplastic debris in coastal waters may have been significantly underestimated, a new study has found.... read more

Sateri wants to be leading net-positive fibre producer

2 November 2020 | Michelle Russell

Viscose fibre producer Sateri has pledged to become the world’s leading net-positive fibre producer as it laid out its sustainability vision for the next decade.... read more

Gartex Texprocess India to launch in 2021 as hybrid event

2 November 2020 | Michelle Russell

Garment and textile manufacturing exhibition Gartex Texprocess India is to become a hybrid event next year, held alongside Screen Print India.... read more

Lenzing issues cautious outlook despite improvements

5 November 2020 | Michelle Russell

Austrian cellulosic fibre producer Lenzing says it has seen a significant improvement in the third quarter after a Covid-19-related slump in the fibre market but has issued a cautious outlook for the remainder of the year.... read more

Sanmartin develops eco-friendly fabrics, polyesters, cottons

6 November 2020 | Michelle Russell

Portuguese textile firm Sanmartin has developed a sustainable range of eco-friendly fabrics, recycled polyesters and organic cottons.... read more

YKK teams with Polygiene for anti-viral zipper

22 September 2020 | Beth Wright

Fastener manufacturer YKK has teamed up with Swedish odour control specialist Polygiene on a new line of zippers featuring treatment that is said to physically halt 99% of any viral activity.... read more

Allied moves to localise down supply chain

17 November 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Down supplier and processor Allied Feather & Down says it has benefitted from a continued effort to open its latest factory in Montreal, Canada, as it moved to "strategically localise" its facilities in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.... read more

Usha Yarns to verify 100% recycled cotton yarn

24 November 2020 | Michelle Russell

Usha Yarns, one of India's largest producers of recycled knitting yarns, has entered into a strategic partnership with Dutch fibre solutions firm The Movement to verify a fully traceable recycled cotton yarn.... read more

Lower global cotton production to ease pressure on prices

2 December 2020 | Beth Wright

A projected reduction in global cotton production in the 2020/21 season is expected to ease pressure on prices due to lower year-ending stocks.... read more

Better Cotton grows membership despite pandemic

9 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) grew its membership last year by nearly 200, including fashion brands and retailers JD Sport, New Balance and Reiss.... read more

Teijin commits to science-based targets

9 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Polyester fibres and products producer Teijin Limited has committed to setting science-based targets to provide it with a clear route to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.... read more

US cotton planting likely to fall 5.2% in 2021

17 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

US cotton acreage is expected to be down by 5.2% this year, new figures show, as strong competing crop prices prompt farmers to switch to commodities like corn, soybeans, wheat and sorghum.... read more

Japan's Kuraray commits to UN Global Compact

17 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Japanese fibre manufacturer Kuraray has become the latest signatory to the UN Global Compact to boost its sustainability efforts, as the global pact outlined a new programme focused on accelerating business performance on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).... read more

Retailers and brands sourced 13% more Better Cotton in 2020

25 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) says its members sourced 13% more Better Cotton in 2020 compared to 2019 sourcing volumes, despite the impacts felt by retail markets due to Covid-19.... read more