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by GD Jasuja  April 27, 2011 8:27 pm

New Cloth Market Editorial

(February 2011)
 
GD Jasuja - Editor
U.S. President Barack Obama recently called on Americans to achieve global competitiveness through innovation in order to win the future. He hoped that the economy was growing again leaving behind the worst recession of past two years. He mentioned China and India in his speech acknowledging that the two countries were spending more on education with greater focus on math and science, and were also investing in research and new technologies. He noted that the world had changed, the competition for jobs was real and for many, the change had been painful. However, he was quite optimistic that his country would be able to maintain it's supremacy in the world in the coming future, too. The very fact that Obama had to emphasise on winning the future clearly shows that he felt that the battle for the future was on and China and India were two strong contenders for the same. Since the battle is going to be a long drawn one, there is bound to be lot of uncertainties especially because China has authoritative one Party regime whereas India's democracy is like a lame-duck. This may perhaps help Americans to continue to be the world leaders, if they fight well the present chaos facing their economy. 
 
Talking about China, it has the most impressive economy in the world but lacks natural and other resources.  There is a possibility that with the increasing demands of its growing middle class, China could run a trade deficit along with a weakening currency in a few years time. It is also recognised that China has better government policy makers whose most of the recommendations are followed by the governing Communist Party. However, the lack of democracy and ever increasing disparities between rich and poor can act as a big destabilising force in coming years and adversely affect China's march ahead. India, on the other hand, has leadership in the IT industry and has a vast pool of English speaking reasonably qualified young boys and girls who are the basic raw material for the fast growing service industry. But India's governance is burdened with too much of corruption at every stage, infrastructure is known to be pathetic and the legal system lacks credibility. There should be no illusion that India is any where in sight competing with China.
 
Let us examine the textile and apparel industry of India and China. India had set the target to achieve $50bn exports by 2010. India's Exports in 2004-05 were $14bn and in 2005-06: $ 17bn. India's official target in 2005, at the end of the quota system, was to achieving 7-8% share in the coming three years, and about 15 to 16% by the year 2010. Today, our leaders expect to achieve 20% per annum growth in exports over the next five years which would double India’s share of the global textile industry to about 6.6%.  India expects exports to be $24bn (about 4.5% of the global trade) for the current fiscal against the estimated  $20bn in 2009-2010. Experts believe this could reach $80bn in 10 years, or 8% of the world market. 
 
China's export of textile and clothes touched $206.53bn in 2010 (Jan.-Dec.), rising 23.59% from previous year. The global trade in textiles and clothing is expected to touch around $800bn by 2014 from the current $500bn. So, the fact-of-the-matter is that we are comparing India – having an annual exports of hardly $24bn (less than 4% global share) – with China having annual exports of more than $206bn and the global share of nearly 40%. Are they comparable? Definitely, No. Even Bangladesh, Indonesia and Vietnam are performing better than India on the export front.
 
The scenario is more or less similar in almost all spheres of economic activity. Definitely, India is not in the picture when it comes to Obama's so called 'war' to win the future. This 'war' is going to be between the US and China and everyone understands that. Obama may have just mentioned India's name to downplay China's role but let us not have any illusion. Let them fight that war. As far as India is concerned, we got to manage the present well so that we not only maintain our core competencies and specialities but also try to eliminate our drawbacks, acquire newer skills and hence 'make' the future for our billion plus population in the years to come. Let us not try to 'win' the future. Instead, let us work all together to 'make' it.
 
 
by GD Jasuja   6:07 pm

CONTENTS

APRIL 2011
(VOL. 25, NO. 4)
 
7 EDITORIALL : "Union Budget 2011-12 : Garment Industry Given Back to the Babu Raj"
 
11 EXECUTIVE PAGES
 
* Recipe for Wrinkle Resistant Finish from Kunal 
* Embroidered carbon-fibre-reinforced composite RSE-fabric 
* The High-tech World of Marine Fabrics
* An Overview Of Protective Clothing (PC)
* High Level Chinese Delegation Visits SRTEPC 
* Colourtex Recipe for 100% PES Rusgulla Fabric
* 'Comfort Mapping' to Enhance Next Generation Sportswear
 
34 Application Quality Methods In Garment Production
 
43 Potential Applications of Nanofiber TEXTILE Covered by Carbon Coatings
 
48 Odor Absorbing Hydrocolloid Dressings for Direct Wound Contact
 
56 INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS PAGES
 
* Lead Time Management in the Garment Sector of Bangladesh 
* Clothing & Textiles Industry in Moldova
* The Sourcing Issues From Around the Globe : Focus on Egypt
* Improving the Global Competitiveness of Textile Industry in China by Producing Ecological Textiles
* Market Trends for Textile and Apparel Products
* International News & Developments 
 
96 NEWS BRIEFS
by GD Jasuja   5:40 pm

CONTENTS

MARCH 2011
(VOL. 25, NO. 3)
 
7 EDITORIAL : "CURB THE LATE PAYMENT CULTURE, THE EU WAY"
 
13 EXECUTIVE PAGES
 
* Recipe for Wrinkle Resistant Finish from Kunal 
* Construction and Modelling Dresses 
* Colourtex Recipe for 100% PES Rusgulla Fabric
* Countrywise Export of Denim From India 
* Textile-reinforced Concrete Pedestrian Bridge : Technology Transfer Offer from Germany 
* List Of IEMs Filed From Jan 31 to Feb 4, 2011
* Nano-Enabled Protective Textiles
* Water Use in Textile Dyeing & Finishing for Profitable Environmental Improvement
 
39 THE DYEING OF POLYPROPYLENE FIBRES IN SUPERCRITICAL FLUID
 
46 CLOTHING RELATED HEALTH PROBLEMS OF FARM WORKERS 
 
51 A REPORT ON TEX-TRENDS INDIA 2011
 
56 INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS PAGES
 
* Chemicals in Textiles : Practical Advice for Companies in These Sectors 
* Greenpeace Report On China Reveals  “The Dirty Secret Behind Jeans and Bras” 
* A Report On Improving Productivity in Egypt’s Ready-Made Garments Sector
* Japanese Market for Bangladesh’s RMG  Industry
* 16th Techtextil and 6th Avantex Symposium
* International News & Developments 
 
96 NEWS BRIEFS
by GD Jasuja  January 7, 2011 3:43 am

Editorial : November 2010

Increase Productivity and Learn Risk Management to Counter/Neutralize the Impact of Rising Rupee

GD Jasuja - EditorTextile & Clothing is an important sector in India’s export basket. This sector has negligible use of imported inputs and is an employer of a large number of people in India. Rupee appreciation in the past has resulted in loss in export growth both in textile as well as in the readymade garment (RMG) sector. Clothing sector is highly labour intensive. An investment of Rs.100 Million generates 500 direct and 200 indirect jobs. Around 5.8 million people are engaged in apparel industry. Any slowdown in the export growth will adversely affect the employment generation. In fact, in many sub categories, job losses are already reported. It is estimated that for every percentage point of appreciation, profitability of exports in the textile sector is hit by 1.2%.

RBI has clearly indicated that it is going to intervene to contain the rise in rupee to avoid it’s negative impact on exporters. As India’s exports are at stake, government of India also needs to gear up to take appropriate steps to neutralize the effect of rupee appreciation, mainly in the form of providing several incentives to exporters and enhancing some of the existing ones. It is widely feared that profits will tank for the textile industry if the rupee goes below 44 against the US dollar. The rupee’s rise will certainly trim down profit margins and hit export competitiveness. Firms should, therefore, handle their foreign exchange with due care. As India is gradually getting integrated with the world economy, currency volatility will become a normal affair. Similarly, it is important for the firms – that are already enjoying several incentives for quite sometime – to enhance their productivity with the help of such incentives. Higher productivity leads to lower cost of production, and thus it can play a key role in neutralizing the loss that may occur due to currency appreciation. Within the industry also, we can see that the effect of rupee appreciation varies among firms. More productive firms can absorb the loss in a better way. Furthermore, firms need to learn sophisticated methods of risk management to maintain a favourable foreign currency hedge in view of the volatile currency market which has already become the order of the day.
Chinese are very much under pressure to appreciate their currency. The appreciation of the yuan, together with rising raw material and labor costs, has already squeezed profit margins in China’s textile industry. The yuan rose 21 percent against the U.S. dollar from 2005 to 2008. It is feared that if the yuan actually appreciates 5 percent from the current level against the U.S. dollar, then over half of China’s home textile companies will go bankrupt.
To cope with yuan appreciation, Chinese textile companies have already started vigorously promoting industry upgradation and technological innovation to achieve value addition. They have also started making structural adjustment to focus on the huge domestic market.
We got to do the same to be in the business of exports.

Textile & Clothing is an important sector in India’s export basket. This sector has negligible use of imported inputs and is an employer of a large number of people in India. Rupee appreciation in the past has resulted in loss in export growth both in textile as well as in the readymade garment (RMG) sector. Clothing sector is highly labour intensive. An investment of Rs.100 Million generates 500 direct and 200 indirect jobs. Around 5.8 million people are engaged in apparel industry. Any slowdown in the export growth will adversely affect the employment generation. In fact, in many sub categories, job losses are already reported. It is estimated that for every percentage point of appreciation, profitability of exports in the textile sector is hit by 1.2%.
RBI has clearly indicated that it is going to intervene to contain the rise in rupee to avoid it’s negative impact on exporters. As India’s exports are at stake, government of India also needs to gear up to take appropriate steps to neutralize the effect of rupee appreciation, mainly in the form of providing several incentives to exporters and enhancing some of the existing ones. It is widely feared that profits will tank for the textile industry if the rupee goes below 44 against the US dollar. The rupee’s rise will certainly trim down profit margins and hit export competitiveness. Firms should, therefore, handle their foreign exchange with due care. As India is gradually getting integrated with the world economy, currency volatility will become a normal affair. Similarly, it is important for the firms – that are already enjoying several incentives for quite sometime – to enhance their productivity with the help of such incentives. Higher productivity leads to lower cost of production, and thus it can play a key role in neutralizing the loss that may occur due to currency appreciation. Within the industry also, we can see that the effect of rupee appreciation varies among firms. More productive firms can absorb the loss in a better way. Furthermore, firms need to learn sophisticated methods of risk management to maintain a favourable foreign currency hedge in view of the volatile currency market which has already become the order of the day.
Chinese are very much under pressure to appreciate their currency. The appreciation of the yuan, together with rising raw material and labor costs, has already squeezed profit margins in China’s textile industry. The yuan rose 21 percent against the U.S. dollar from 2005 to 2008. It is feared that if the yuan actually appreciates 5 percent from the current level against the U.S. dollar, then over half of China’s home textile companies will go bankrupt.
To cope with yuan appreciation, Chinese textile companies have already started vigorously promoting industry upgradation and technological innovation to achieve value addition. They have also started making structural adjustment to focus on the huge domestic market.
We got to do the same to be in the business of exports.

GD Jasuja

by ganari   3:38 am
NOVEMBER 2010
(VOL. 24, NO. 11)
 
7 EDITORIAL : "INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY AND LEARN
RISK MANAGEMENT TO COUNTER/NEUTRALIZE THE
IMPACT OF RISING RUPEE"
 
13 EXECUTIVE PAGES
 
* Recipe for Wrinkle Resistant Finish from Kunal
* US Apparel Retailers Start Looking Beyond China
* Molecular Mfg. for Clean Low Cost Production
* Swiss Textile Federation : A Profile
* Techtextil N. America Symposium (15-17/3/2011)
* Remote Monitoring of Patients with Healthwear
* 31st AGM of Apparel Export Promotion Council
* IT Adoption in the Apparel Industry
* Body Scanning for Well-fitting Garments
* Colourtex Recipe for PES Rus-Gulla Dress
 
38 UV PROTECTED TEXTILES : AN OVERVIEW
 
52 ENJOY THE SUN SAFELY – TEXTILE UV PROTECTION
 
56 INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS PAGES
 
Bringing HOPE to Haiti's Apparel Industry –
Improving Competitiveness through Factory
Level Value-chain Analysis
 
96 News Briefs
by GD Jasuja   3:24 am

Editorial – January 2011

The World Welcomes 2011 With High Hopes

GD Jasuja - EditorThere is a general feeling that the world markets are on the recovery path after the nightmares of 2008 and 2009. This is especially true for the textile industry where we notice an upswing, even in so-called high-labor-cost countries – like Switzerland, Germany, Italy and even the United States – where leading machinery manufacturers have started reporting higher demand for their specialised machinery thanks to the booming Asian markets. In view of increasing purchasing power, consumers in these emerging markets are demanding better quality products and are ready to pay a premium for the branded goods. There is also considerable growth in demand in these countries.
 
The Swiss textile machinery makers – Uster Technologies AG and Loepfe Brothers Ltd. – are reported to have confirmed that the demand for machineries that help in quality control and quality enhancement has particularly grown steeply due to greater emphasis being put on obtaining improved product quality. The spinning sector has shown considerable growth as this sector is mainly responsible for controlling a number of basic and fundamental parameters which affect both quality and costs including that of the raw material. Since the raw material contributes to 55%-65% of total production costs, it is vital to maximize the yield and minimize waste. Therefore, to ensure a very efficient overall process/production management mills need to have appropriate instruments, measurements and systematic analysis.
 
Similarly, the demand for weaving machineries and that for non-wovens and technical textiles is also on the rise globally. There is increasing interest in digital printing, too. The increased demand for textile machineries is reported from countries like China, India, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand and South Korea. Most stakeholders in the industry are hopeful that 2011 will be an even better year, thanks also to the forthcoming ITMA 2011 in Barcelona which will be a good indicator to gauge the industry’s performance and direction. The upswing recorded by some countries are : Germany (7.1%), Italy (6.0%), Brazil (4.8%) and the US (3.8%). People are expecting that the current positive trend will not only continue but will get a boost due to the forthcoming ITMA in Barcelona.
However, the main concern, at present, is the volatility prevailing among the major world currencies such as the U.S. dollar, the euro and the renminbi. Another difficulty being faced by the textile industry, in particular, are the high market prices of key raw materials such as cotton that play a dominant role in deciding the health of the industry.
 
In spite of these concerns, there is a widespread ‘feel good’ effect and the overall outlook for the new year clearly seems to be quite positive. So, let’s welcome 2011 with open and optimistic mind. NCM wishes its readers a very very Happy and Prosperous New Year.

GD Jasuja

by ganari   3:05 am
DECEMBER 2010
(VOL. 24, NO. 12)

7 EDITORIAL : "THINK GLOBALLY, ACT STRATEGICALLY"

11 EXECUTIVE PAGES

 

* Recipe for Wrinkle Resistant Finish from Kunal

* Nano Textiles : Facts Behind the Fabrics

* Karl Meyer's TM2 Tricot M/c for Mattress Covers

* 3D Fibrin Textiles for the Biomedical Sector

* Alexium Inc:Leader in Reactive Surface Treatment

* Cornleaf Yarn from PLA Biopolymer

* Montex 6500-6F Stenter for Yelcin Tekstil, Turkey  

* Trutzscler Spinning Machines for Vietnam

* German Textile Machinery in Brazil

* Colourtex Recipe for 100% PES Rusgulla Fabric

 

34 INTERNATIONAL DENIM CONFERENCE

ORGANISED BY TEXTILE ASSOCIATION (INDIA) –

AHMEDABAD UNIT AND FIBRE2FASHION.COM

AT IIM, AHMEDABAD

42 ENGYME BIOTECHNOLOGY FOR SUSTAINABLE  TEXTILES

58 INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS PAGES

 

* The Impact of World Recession on the Textile  and Garment Industries of Asia

* Retail Apparel Market in Canada

 

* International News & Developments

94 News Briefs

by ganari   2:55 am
JANUARY 2011
(VOL. 25, NO. 1)
 
 
 
* Recipe for Anti-Microbial Finish from Kunal
* Construction and Modelling Garment
* New Technologies in Textile Dyeing & Finishing
* Avoiding Fabric Holes Caused by Needle Cuts
* Acoustic Cloth Senses, Emits Sonic Signals
* Nano-Textiles : Manufacturing & Applications
* Linen Fibres With a Difference  
* Colourtex Recipe for PES Royal Crepe Fabric
 
 
 
 
 
* RFID Benefits : Supply Chain Management in European Textile Industry
* List of Buying Houses in UAE and Germany
* International News & Developments
 
by GD Jasuja   2:39 am
Editorial : December 2010
Editorial : Think Globally, Act Strategically
 
GD Jasuja - EditorThe current cotton crisis prevailing in the textile industries of various countries – that have a very dominant textile sector – is one of the irritating side effects of the policy of liberalization, modernisation and globalisation, which is now reasonably well established as a global phenomenon. And, as per the forecast made decades ago, it gives very little control to any one country for manipulating the core principles of the new world order.
We are living in a world (fashionably called "Global Village") where every country is connected with other countries in some way or the other, especially in the economic and financial domains. If one country makes any move to protect its economic or other interests then other countries have several ready options to make that move not only worthless but even counter-productive.
The US pressure on Chinese to appreciate their currency has snowballed into a sharp increase in prices of Chinese goods being imported by the US placing the burden on the American consumers who have not yet identified cheaper and stable alternative to the Chinese.
The Indian textile industry has strongly protested against the government policy to allow export of cotton. Now if cotton is not allowed to be exported then farmers are supposed to suffer a big loss as they are not  able to get right prices for their produce. Spinners and weavers are said to gain due to lower cotton prices but do they really gain? The answer is NO. They are simply working as converters, mostly on job work basis. Do consumers are made to pay lower prices? No way. The business of the textile supply chain is quite open and the cost structure is very well known to everyone involved with the business. Under such circumstances the increasing costs are generally passed on to the last few conversion points where they are either absorbed or passed on to the end consumers. Quite often, it is not possible to pass on the burden to the consumers because higher prices adversely impact the demand causing an unwanted chain reaction backward leading to hue and cry in the whole industry. Some large composite mills and apparel makers generally find it difficult to manage the increase in prices of such raw materials and they tend to turn to government seeking policy favour instead of having a deep look into their working style and tackle issues related with productivity and quality facing them.
It is high time the industries realise and accept their weaknesses and seriously focus on improving their work practices, productivity and quality. They should stop their reliance on the government policies for making their businesses profitable. After all, we are living in an open globalised world and firmly believe that everyone should get equal opportunities to make profit and progress.
The globalisation that has developed at a remarkable speed in the recent past, has started to show off its true colours. However, one factor which clearly emerges is that there is an outstanding potential for long-term partnerships across the world. Collaboration with various stakeholders increases the competitiveness, opens up new market opportunities and facilitates entry into newer markets. The need of the hour is to really modernise not only the production and marketing facilities but also the mindset that works behind the business. How many of Indian manufacturers can produce their goods of a given quality as efficiently and as economically, which their Chinese counterparts are able to do even with the same cost of inputs? It's time to think globally and act strategically. Right?

The current cotton crisis prevailing in the textile industries of various countries – that have a very dominant textile sector – is one of the irritating side effects of the policy of liberalization, modernisation and globalisation, which is now reasonably well established as a global phenomenon. And, as per the forecast made decades ago, it gives very little control to any one country for manipulating the core principles of the new world order.

We are living in a world (fashionably called "Global Village") where every country is connected with other countries in some way or the other, especially in the economic and financial domains. If one country makes any move to protect its economic or other interests then other countries have several ready options to make that move not only worthless but even counter-productive.

The US pressure on Chinese to appreciate their currency has snowballed into a sharp increase in prices of Chinese goods being imported by the US placing the burden on the American consumers who have not yet identified cheaper and stable alternative to the Chinese.

The Indian textile industry has strongly protested against the government policy to allow export of cotton. Now if cotton is not allowed to be exported then farmers are supposed to suffer a big loss as they are not  able to get right prices for their produce. Spinners and weavers are said to gain due to lower cotton prices but do they really gain? The answer is NO. They are simply working as converters, mostly on job work basis. Do consumers are made to pay lower prices? No way. The business of the textile supply chain is quite open and the cost structure is very well known to everyone involved with the business. Under such circumstances the increasing costs are generally passed on to the last few conversion points where they are either absorbed or passed on to the end consumers. Quite often, it is not possible to pass on the burden to the consumers because higher prices adversely impact the demand causing an unwanted chain reaction backward leading to hue and cry in the whole industry. Some large composite mills and apparel makers generally find it difficult to manage the increase in prices of such raw materials and they tend to turn to government seeking policy favour instead of having a deep look into their working style and tackle issues related with productivity and quality facing them.

It is high time the industries realise and accept their weaknesses and seriously focus on improving their work practices, productivity and quality. They should stop their reliance on the government policies for making their businesses profitable. After all, we are living in an open globalised world and firmly believe that everyone should get equal opportunities to make profit and progress.

The globalisation that has developed at a remarkable speed in the recent past, has started to show off its true colours. However, one factor which clearly emerges is that there is an outstanding potential for long-term partnerships across the world. Collaboration with various stakeholders increases the competitiveness, opens up new market opportunities and facilitates entry into newer markets. The need of the hour is to really modernise not only the production and marketing facilities but also the mindset that works behind the business. How many of Indian manufacturers can produce their goods of a given quality as efficiently and as economically, which their Chinese counterparts are able to do even with the same cost of inputs? It's time to think globally and act strategically. Right?

GD Jasuja

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