Sustainability and environmental protection are becoming increasingly important in the textile sector. The look has to be right, but factors like the repercussions of textile production on our health and the planet are playing an ever-increasing role. This will also be apparent during Yarn Expo Spring 2018, which is taking place this March. Peter Dong, Marketing Director of the Aditya Birla Group, an Indian fibre and yarn manufacturer, is expecting fierce competition within the textile industry in 2018 due to the total production rising by 15 to 20%. To stand out from its competitors, the company is focusing on ecologically correct and sustainable fibres. The Birla Viscose fibre, which will be presented at Yarn Expo Spring 2018 by six exhibitors in the Birla Planet pavilion, is free from heavy metals. And Sateri, the biggest manufacturer of viscose fibres in China, is also expecting to have a successful season with products that are both innovative and environmentally friendly. Following the success of their debut at the previous Yarn Expo, this time Sateri is presenting skin-friendly hygiene products made of viscose fibres in the Sateri pavilion. With three factories and an annual capacity of 550,000 tonnes, the company is one of the industry’s leading players.
The most popular product by fibre and yarn manufacturer Yibin Grace, the Gracell fibre, is made of 100% wood pulp and therefore completely biodegradable. Due to its special properties – extremely strong but also soft at the same time – the fibre can be used for knitwear, woven wool fabrics, interior textiles, face masks and premium-quality fabrics for jeans, trousers and shirts. And Qian Min, Director of Marketing at textile fibre producer Jiangsu Guowang, already started noticing an increase in the demand for sustainable products at previous editions of Yarn Expo. The company’s response to this is product innovations like fibres that are free from heavy metals or dyed at a low temperature. With 430 exhibitors from more than 10 countries and regions, including China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Korea, Pakistan, Singapore, Thailand, Uzbekistan and Vietnam, around 22,000 expected professional visitors are guaranteed a wide-ranging selection of yarns and fibres. For leading companies that want to hold their own on the market, a product segment that provides environmentally friendly textile solutions will be elementary in the future.
Yarn Expo Spring 2018 is taking place together with Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics, Intertextile Shanghai Home Textiles, the clothing fair Chic and knitwear fair PH Value from 14 until 16 March 2018 at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai. Yarn Expo Spring is organised by Messe Frankfurt and the CCPIT textile association.
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