Intertextile Shanghai to have group pavilions
Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics will have group pavilions by industry heavyweights like DuPont, Hyosung, Invista and Lenzing. Over 4,500 exhibitors from 32 countries and regions are taking part in the show during October 11-13 in Shanghai, presenting season’s most comprehensive quality, innovative and fashionable apparel fabrics and accessories.
There will also be 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 and Garment Accessories Industry Chamber in Accessories Vision.
Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics, the China’s international trade fair for apparel fabrics and accessories, is the apparel industry’s leading event, bringing together an unrivalled number of suppliers and trade buyers. 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.
The biggest Group Pavilion at the fair, Lenzing’s partner mills will feature more than 50 of their partner mills. It 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 per cent 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’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 and the Lycra MOVESTM Denim pavilion. 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 and 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’. Representatives from textile industry associations, legal firms and INVISTA will share the findings and offer insights on this topic.
DuPont and Hyosung Pavilions will offer a range of functional options. From these two industry innovators, a number of functional fabric options 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 and 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 Centre Pavilion will showcase a range of functional fabrics, synthetic and blended fabrics, man-made leather and faux suede. Exhibitors in the Korea Textile Trade Association Pavilion will feature products such as chiffon, jacquard, cotton and polyester, nylon and spandex, knitted and linen blended fabrics, lace and embroidery and functional fabrics.
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 same place during the same period - Yarn Expo Autumn, CHIC and PH Value. (SV)
Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India