Shanghai, China – What do DuPont, Hyosung, INVISTA and Lenzing all have in common? Each of these industry heavyweights will be hosting Group Pavilions at this month’s Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics, adding to the A/W sourcing season’s most comprehensive range of quality, innovative and fashionable apparel fabrics and accessories – over 4,500 exhibitors from 32 countries and regions are taking part this edition. Joining them will be further Group Pavilions by the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), Korea Textile Center (KTC) and Korea Textile Trade Association (KTTA), ECOCERT and OEKO-TEX in the All About Sustainability area, and the Button & Garment Accessories Industry Chamber in Accessories Vision.
Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics is the apparel industry’s leading event, bringing together an unrivalled number of suppliers and trade buyers from 11 – 13 October. Covering the entire spectrum of apparel fabrics and accessories, the fair also boasts a number of trend forums, seminars and panel discussions, while it is also held alongside the concurrent Yarn Expo, CHIC and PH Value fairs – making it the most effective business platform for the global textile industry.
Lenzing Pavilion to feature more than 50 of their partner mills
The biggest Group Pavilion at the fair, Lenzing’s partner mills will showcase a wide range of their innovative products, but a particular highlight this edition will be their LenzingTM EcoVeroTM branded viscose fibres – a “new standard in eco-responsible viscose…offering the lowest environmental impact in the industry,” according to the company. This new product is based on three pillars: use of certified and controlled sustainable wood sources, an ecological production process and supply chain transparency that ensures EcoVero fibres in the final product. EcoVero fibres are made from natural and renewable wood, which comes from natural forests or from sustainable forestry plantations. Due to strict standards being enforced during the production stage, emissions and water impact are up to 50% lower than generic viscose, while EcoVero is also certified with the EU Ecolabel. Lastly, a special manufacturing system guarantees that even after long textile processing and conversion steps, EcoVero fibres can be identified in the final product.
INVISTA host two pavilions and seminar on IP protection in the textile industry
INVISTA’s involvement at this year Intertextile Shanghai will focus on what it dubs its ‘Innovative Attitude’ to consumers, partners, as well as the whole industry. This will be showcased in two pavilions: their main pavilion in the International Hall (hall 5.2) and the LYCRA® MOVESTM Denim pavilion in hall 7.2. The former will feature the latest possibilities offered by LYCRA® MOVESTM BRA, LEGGINGS and HOSIERY, while in the latter, visitors won’t just see innovative denim products offered by INVISTA; they will also learn about three themes highlighted through consumer insights – fit, shape and embracing heat & cold. A special session outlining the latest woven bottom trends will also be hosted by INVISTA experts.
In addition to their product development, INVISTA also cooperated with a number of media organisations to conduct a survey on IP protection in the textile industry. The results will be revealed during a seminar entitled ‘Innovation and IP: An Avenue for Sustainable Textile Industry Development’, which will be held on October 11th 2:45 – 3:45pm in the Textile Dialogue area in hall 5.2. Representatives from textile industry associations, legal firms and INVISTA will share the findings and offer insights on this topic.
DuPont and Hyosung Pavilions offer a range of functional options
From these two industry innovators, a number of functional fabric option will be on offer in their pavilions. For DuPont, a focus this edition is on stretch – particularly as it applies to performance sportswear, work wear and athleisure clothing. While a number of polyurethane fibres exist to meet the stretch requirements of garments such as these, DuPont’s Sorona® Stretch Fibre offers a superior solution in terms of production time & cost, stretch recovery and colour fastness. Unlike polyurethane fibres, Sorona Stretch Fibres do not need to be covered during the spinning process, reducing time, complexity and cost for fabric manufacturers. Additionally, polyurethane fibres lose their stretch and stretch recovery over time after repeated use or washes and exposure to heat and common chemicals such as chlorine and sunblock ingredients; Sorona Stretch Fibres are not affected by these agents and therefore maintain excellent stretch recovery over time.
Hyosung’s specialty in their pavilion will be the creora® Fresh odour neutralising elastane. According to the compny it has a “higher deodorising effect with a comfortable fit,” making it suitable for intimate apparel, sportswear, socks, hosiery and more. creora Fresh has been demonstrated with nylon and polyester fibres to perform better than traditional antimicrobial finishes.
Also from Korea, the Korea Textile Center Pavilion will showcase a range of functional fabrics, synthetic & blended fabrics, man-made leather and faux suede. Exhibitors in the Korea Textile Trade Association Pavilion will feature products such as chiffon, jacquard, cotton & polyester, nylon & spandex, knitted & linen blended fabrics, lace & embroidery and functional fabrics.
Eco-friendly sourcing options in three Group Pavilions
Featuring for the first time at the fair will be the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) Pavilion. BCI is a global not-for-profit organisation with more than 1,000 members from the entire cotton sector, making it the largest cotton sustainability programme in the world. The goal of BCI is to generate transformative, long-term change in the cotton sector, from field to store, by developing Better Cotton as a sustainable mainstream commodity. Last year, BCI and their partners provided training on more sustainable agricultural practices to 1.6 million farmers from 23 countries on five continents. At Intertextile Shanghai, their pavilion will feature spinners, weavers and more.
Providing buyers with even more eco-friendly sourcing options will be the OEKO-TEX® by TESTEX Pavilion, and the debut ECOCERT Pavilion. Both of these feature in the fair’s All About Sustainability zone.
In addition to Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics, three other textile fairs take place at the National Exhibition and Convention Center during the same period: Yarn Expo Autumn (hall 5.1), CHIC (halls 2 & 3) and PH Value (hall 3).
Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics – Autumn Edition 2017 is co-organised by Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd; the Sub-Council of Textile Industry, CCPIT; and the China Textile Information Centre.
Source: Messe Frankfurt