Managing Director, Kufner South East Asia & UAE
According to you, how do South East Asian & UAE’s apparel markets differ from the rest? What kinds of transitions have been observed in these markets over the last few years?
It seems... due to the fact that China is becoming more expensive, it has lost the attraction for the worldwide garment industries. Indonesia and Vietnam seem to be the winners of this tendency. This is a great chance to develop the industries in Bangladesh as well. UAE could probably become an interesting platform for European customers as well.
Sir, Please tell us some thing about the history of Kufner and what have been the innovations by the company over the years?
Kufner is accompanying the garment industries, our company has a lot of ground braking innovations which had an essential impact to enable tailors and garment technicians in creating innovative and fancy fashion. Moreover, state of the art, the coated interlining, was invented our company. Later on the double dot coating, a two component adhesive with advanced performance is the brake through of this technology in the world of garments.
At the very first beginning of the 20th century, Kufner had already done great developments like the spinning process for horse hairs to an endless yarn. Besides of product like the warp inserted nonwoven and the tuning kit for a jacket, The “light and shape” canvas, we were the first to combine the interlining with a certain lining function by providing printed interlining. This was an idea which was picked up immediately from the Italian fashion market to create new interesting styles and looks for jackets. There are lots of interesting projects running to combine technical functions together with fashionable garments. It is still our passion to share the success with our partners...our customers.
As the global apparel industry is growing rapidly, how has been the market for interlining in last years? What has been the growth rate?
The situation on the interlining market was rather different. Some companies could follow the changes in the garment industries better, some could not. We consider it’s growth in the last years of about 5%, as a healthy and therefore as sustainable and stable for the future.
On the basis of end use application, Can you please differentiate between woven interlinings and nonwoven interlinings?
For a simple and economical re-enforcement, nonwoven interlinings are an important solution. Creating good looking and “real” shape as well as added value on light and comfortable jackets, woven interlinings are indispensable.
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