When we compare the strength and other such properties of a recycled thread to that of a regular thread, what are the differences observed?
As said before recycled threads are today mainly made for embroidery or all areas where medium tenacity filaments can be used. The sewability from recycled sewing threads on the machines is then almost identical to conventional ones.
When it comes to high tenacity threads the technical performance of recycled polyester threads is slightly inferior and the costs are higher.
For a multi-national company, is it tough to deal with different labour laws, different environmental laws and different wage structures? What kind of challenges you often face in this regards?
We work in close contact with our local HR departments and local lawyers and advisors to make sure that our policies are in compliance with the respective local regulations and laws.
We have implemented a global HR policy to set worldwide group standards in employment which contain guidelines for all our employees and the management.
Our employees are important to us and we therefore focus on local training programs to bring our teams to similar levels and we have fair remuneration systems.
When it comes to environmental laws our German standards which we follow for all our production sites are at the highest level anyway.
Sourcing is important for big companies. How do you identify from where and what to source?
We have our local sourcing networks on all continents through our subsidiaries and partners. We have many long standing suppliers with whom we have very close relationships.
According to you, what are the colour trends for 2014?
For this summer 2014 there is a strong trend to pastel shades. Nevertheless our customers order increasingly over a much wider range of colours. We even notice in the automotive business an increase of colours for interior design.
This summer we will see in apparel different yellows from lemon to saffron tones, blues focusing on azures, indigo, lilac, lavender and corals as well as mellow greens like lime, grass or jade greens. An essential colour will be white.
For the upcoming fall/winter season 2014/2015 the pastel colours will still be en vogue – often combined with a slight bloom. As contrast to those light colours will be seen intensive colours such as china blue, signal red, intensive jade and deep dark shades like aubergine and black.
Smart textiles (e-textiles etc.) have special kind of thread requirements. How do you plan to cater to this segment?
We have established a technical business unit 3 years ago with specialists from our target segments focusing on this interesting and challenging field. The technical team concentrates on highly specialised areas and develops in close cooperation with customers and our R & D new products and solutions.
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