The LYCRA Company, a global leader in developing sustainable and innovative fiber and technology solutions for the apparel and personal care industries, today announced the publication of its first annual Planet Agenda Update. Visitors to the company’s website may download the entire update or the abridged 2030 Goals and Commitments section.

The Planet Agenda Update is named for The LYCRA Company’s sustainability framework that was established in 2008. It has three pillars that touch every aspect of its business: corporate responsibility, product sustainability, and manufacturing excellence. The sustainability goals outlined in these documents are organized around these pillars, include 2030 targets (unless otherwise noted), and provide 2021 baseline performance.

“We believe in transparency and think it’s important to have a clear sustainability roadmap to guide our business into the future – a bold plan that fully supports our customers and stakeholders,” said Julien Born, chief executive officer of The LYCRA Company. “In support of this plan, we have signed the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) Call-to-Action Commitment Letter, a testament to our company’s focus on lowering emissions and environmental impact. I’m proud of our teams’ work to advance our sustainability efforts and develop our 2030 goals as we work toward our 2050 net zero commitment.”

This update also outlines how the company’s sustainability goals align with five of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and reports on its progress made thus far in reaching its objectives.

“We have a long legacy as an industry leader known for investing in developing sustainable fibers and collaborating across the value chain,” said Jean Hegedus, sustainability director at The LYCRA Company. “As we created our 2030 goals, we researched our customers’ goals to ensure that our goals supported them, which inspired the update’s theme of ‘What moves you… is what moves us.'”

The LYCRA Company is an innovation-driven organization that began offering COOLMAX® EcoMade fiber in 2008 and has since extended its recycled product line to include fiber branded under LYCRA®, LYCRA® T400®, and THERMOLITE®. It also produces LYCRA® XTRA LIFE™ brand fibers for stretch apparel that delivers lasting shape and fit. Extending garment life with durable fibers reduces the environmental impact of garments and helps keep them out of landfills. The company recently announced an agreement with Qore® LLC to use QIRA® for bio-derived LYCRA® fiber at scale.

“Our industry-leading research and development team is creating the next generation of sustainable offerings for apparel and personal care products right now. We can’t wait to share what’s next,” Born added.

LYCRA®, LYCRA® T400®, COOLMAX®, THERMOLITE®, and XTRA LIFE™ are trademarks of The LYCRA Company. Qore® LLC and QIRA® are trademarks of Qore® LLC.

Texworld Evolution Paris will open its doors from 4 to 6 July 2022 at the Paris-Le Bourget Exhibition Center. Apparel Sourcing Paris, Avantex Paris, Leatherworld Paris and Texworld Paris trade fairs will concentrate for 3 days the essential global offer for fashion brands, from ready-to-wear to luxury.

A growing recovery in the textile and clothing market
This summer edition – a first in July for the trade fairs of Messe Frankfurt France, whose flagship fair Texworld Paris is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year – will mark the return of the major sourcing countries to Paris, the capital of fashion. The first signs of recovery are very encouraging. Some countries, such as Turkey, are expected to participate at near pre-crisis levels: with more than fifty exhibitors, the Turkish pavilion at Texworld Paris has doubled in size compared to last February’s edition. Korea and Pakistan return in number, as is Indonesia, which will present a particularly high-quality textile offer, especially in the field of silk and silk-like fabrics. After an absence of two years, Taiwanese cotton manufacturers are making a comeback in the Elite area. Ethiopia will also be present, with some twenty companies led by two international organisations, Solidaridad and GIZ, which are particularly active in promoting new CSR-oriented development models.

The Indian manufacturers are back
There will also be a strong presence of Indian exhibitors, who were heavily impacted by the Omicron wave this winter. Nearly 80 manufacturers, including some newcomers, will unveil a wide range of textiles, finished garments and fashion accessories. Denim will be particularly visible this year, with major producing countries such as Turkey, China, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Nepal. As for leather and related materials, the offer gathered by Leatherworld Paris should satisfy the demand.

A unique Chinese participation
China will also be present in Paris in July with more than 100 companies, despite the health constraints that still weigh on the country. The Source In China area will bring together the know-how of about 50 companies (compared to 25 in February). Led by agents and experts from Foursource, the digital partner of Messe Frankfurt France, this area will allow visitors to discover the products of manufacturers who were unable to make the trip. Information and quotations can be transmitted through a QR code system. Already in February, this space allowed buyers to express some 800 requests for information on the same principle. More than 60 Chinese manufacturers of fabrics and finished garments will be there to meet visitors’ expectations directly. The Asian offer displayed at the Parc des Expositions, Le Bourget will have no equivalent at this time in Paris.

Vision, trends and perspectives
True to its mission of openness, the Texworld Evolution Paris platform will
present visitors with perspectives on market developments and the direction of
demand. The art directors of the fairs, Louis Gérin and Grégory Lamaud, will
reveal the Trend Book for the Autumn-Winter 2023-2024 season, called 24H01,
and will present the creative directions that will shape the fashion of tomorrow.
These major themes will be illustrated in concrete terms during conferences and
trend forums on-site.

With an eye always turned towards the future of textiles, Avantex Paris is
designed around an offer of innovative Asian fibres, yarns and fabrics
represented by China of course, but also by the notable Taiwan Textile
Federation. France will be represented by companies offering innovative
services such as production chain optimisation for fashion companies.

Ranking 5th among the world’s largest yarn suppliers, Turkey increased its share in global yarn exports by 4.9% in 2021. In the first nine months of 2022, the yarn product group continued to rank first in Turkish textile and raw materials sector exports with an increase of 1.4%.

Yarn products, which make up a large part of the textile industry’s exports and are one of the important sub-sectors of the textile industry, are of great importance to revitalize both the world and Turkish economy. Global yarn exports, which have followed a fluctuating course in the last 10 years, increased by 41.5% in 2021 to 54.7 billion dollars, reaching an all-time high. China was the world’s largest yarn exporter with a 25.3% share of global yarn exports and exports of 13.8 billion dollars. Looking at global yarn imports, it was seen that imports increased by 40.3% compared to the previous year to 53.2 billion dollars and China ranked first in global yarn imports with a share of 15.2%.

Turkey Exports Yarn at All-Time High in 2021
Turkey’s yarn exports increased by 65.9% in 2021 to 2.7 billion dollars, reaching an all-time high. Turkey’s top yarn export destination was Italy with a share of 12.2%. Turkey’s yarn exports to Italy increased by 97.8% in 2021 and reached 328 million dollars. England ranked 2nd with a share of 8.6% and Portugal ranked 3rd with a share of 7.6% in Turkey’s yarn exports.

Turkey Exported Most Yarn from Synthetic-Synthetic Filament Fibers
When Turkey’s yarn exports were analyzed on the basis of sub-product groups, yarns from synthetic-synthetic filament fibers ranked first with a share of 36.3%. Turkey’s exports of yarns from synthetic-synthetic filament fibers increased by 55.6% in 2021 and were recorded at 979 million USD. Cotton yarn was the 2nd most exported yarn sub-product group with a share of 34.3%. Turkey’s cotton yarn exports increased by 90% in 2021 and were recorded at a value of 923 million dollars and realized as an all-time high. Turkey’s exports of yarns from synthetic-artificial non-staple fibers increased by 57.6% to 731 million dollars.

Turkey Buys the Most Yarn from China
Following a fluctuating course in recent years, global yarn imports increased by 40.3% in 2021 to 53.2 billion dollars, reaching an all-time high. China ranked first in global yarn imports with a share of 15.2%. China’s yarn imports increased by 36.3% to 8.1 billion dollars in 2021. Bangladesh ranked 2nd with a share of 7.3% in global yarn imports, while Turkey ranked 3rd with a share of 6.3% in global yarn imports, one step behind Bangladesh. Turkey’s yarn imports increased by 33% in 2021 and amounted to 3.4 billion dollars. The increase in yarn imports of the top ten countries in 2021 was remarkable. When Turkey’s yarn imports were analyzed by countries, China ranked first with a share of 25.1%. Turkey’s yarn imports from China increased by 40.4% in 2021 and reached 846 million dollars.

India ranked 2nd with a share of 15.9% and Uzbekistan ranked 3rd with a share of 12.8% in Turkey’s yarn imports. Turkey’s yarn imports from India increased by 40.6% to 535 million dollars in 2021, while yarn imports from Uzbekistan increased by 105.1% to 432 million dollars.

Turkey Exported About 2 Billion Dollars Worth of Yarn in the First 9 Months of 2022
Turkey exported approximately 2 billion dollars worth of yarn in the January-September period of 2022. In the same period, when yarn exports were analyzed on the basis of sub-product groups, it was observed that the most important sub-product group was yarns from synthetic-artificial filament fibers with an export value of 715 million dollars. The share of this product group in total yarn exports was 35.9%. Exports of the cotton yarn product group, which is the second largest sub-product group with a share of 32.6% in total yarn exports, decreased by 2.3% in the January-September period of 2022 and amounted to 649 million dollars. In the same period, the most important country in yarn exports was Italy, to which 261 million dollars worth of exports were realized, while yarn exports to Italy increased by 14.4% in this period. Other important countries in yarn exports were the USA, Portugal and Egypt. Exports to the European Union countries, where 49.2% of Turkey’s yarn exports were realized, increased by 0.5% to 979 million dollars.

DuPont Personal Protection today announced the launch of a new portfolio of patented DuPont™ Kevlar® engineered yarns, which combine cut and heat-resistant soft-spun Kevlar materials, high-strength inorganic yarns, and elastic stretch-core yarns.

Hand injuries continue to present a significant risk to workers across industries. Selecting the appropriate protection for the task, while ensuring hand or arm protection is comfortable to wear, is key to enabling safety compliance in the workplace. Through the development of personal protective equipment solutions made with Kevlar engineered yarns, it is now possible to address multiple levels of protection without compromising on comfort and dexterity.

Kevlar® engineered yarns can provide industry leading multi-hazard protection against cut, heat, flame, and electric arc hazards. This versatility is key to providing hand and arm protection which can be used across a range job tasks and industries.

The use of Kevlar engineered yarns helps enable manufacturers to increase the level of protection without significantly increasing weight and thickness. The materials are also designed to help deliver enhanced breathability and moisture management. These characteristics can contribute to greater comfort and dexterity across a variety of industries, from automotive to manufacturing and utilities.

“We’re excited to launch this new line of innovative and multi-hazard Kevlar® engineered yarns. It provides our Kevlar licensee partners access to a portfolio that includes a range of protection benefits as well as affordability levels.” said Joel DeNardis, global marketing leader, Kevlar Industrials. “Our mission is to provide innovative technology and protection solutions. Every day we strive to deliver the hand and arm protection workers need so they can do their job comfortably and safely, enabling them to go home to their friends, families, and loved ones in the same way they came to work.”

To address specific needs across industries, the Kevlar engineered yarns portfolio delivers next-generation performance across 3 new brands – Kevlar Xtreme, Kevlar Comfort, and Kevlar Essential yarns.

DuPont™ Kevlar fiber — with its lightweight, durable, and extraordinary strength — is used to make a variety of PPE solutions that provide both mechanical and thermal resistance. For more than 50 years, DuPont has continuously taken on new challenges, with our technical staff driving innovation and working on a range of new opportunities through collaborations with communities, industrial manufacturers and governments. We continue to deliver the strength, durability and performance of Kevlar® to those who need reliable PPE solutions. Kevlar pushes boundaries and defies obstacles every day, so that everyone can get home safely.

The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol announced on World Cotton Day that it had increased grower participation to include over 1,000 members since the program’s launch in 2020. There are now Trust Protocol growers in each of the 17 cotton-producing states. This follows the announcement that the program had doubled the number of U.S. cotton growers participating in the program with an estimated 1.1 million acres enrolled.

World Cotton Day highlights cotton’s role in providing jobs and maintaining economic stability to communities around the world. It is also a time to highlight cotton’s sustainability progress. In the United States there are approximately 16,000 cotton farms supporting local and global economies. As more producers are seeing the effects of climate change and limited natural resources, there has been an increased interest in sustainable growing practices which has led to greater awareness of the Trust Protocol and its mission to bring quantifiable and verifiable goals and measurement to the key sustainability metrics of U.S. cotton production.

“On World Cotton Day we want to celebrate our U.S. cotton growers, who are at the forefront of innovation, quality, and responsible stewardship.” said Dr. Gary Adams, President of the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol. “We are pleased to see that more and more growers are interested in learning about and enrolling in the program to ensure that the U.S. remains a leading producer of sustainable cotton to markets around the world.”

The Trust Protocol’s vision is to set a new standard in sustainable cotton production where full transparency is a reality and continuous improvement is the central goal. The program’s core values include a commitment to U.S. cotton’s legacy of authenticity, innovation and excellence, environmental stewardship, caring of people, and personal and corporate integrity. The program currently has over 800 members across the supply chain, including mills and manufacturers, and brands and retailers such as Ralph Lauren Corporation, Gap Inc., Levi Strauss & Co. and J.Crew.

Recently the Trust Protocol was announced as the lead and recipient of the U.S. Climate Smart Cotton Program, which will receive funding as one of those selected as part of the USDA Partnership for Climate-Smart Commodities pilot projects. The U.S. Climate Smart Cotton Program will provide technical and financial assistance to 1,650 U.S. cotton farmers to advance adoption of climate smart conservation practices on 1.2M acres. This will allow for production of over 4M bales of climate smart cotton for brand and retailer partners over five years.

The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol is aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, recognized by Textile Exchange and Forum for the Future, and part of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Cotton 2025 Sustainable Cotton Challenge, Cotton 2040 and Cotton Up initiatives. It has also been recognized and published in the ITC Standards Map, recognized as a standard for sustainable cotton by the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles, and is an ISEAL Community Member.

Let’s get back to Business

The next DOMOTEX will take place from 12 – 15 January 2023. By retaining the established date right at the beginning of the year, Deutsche Messe AG is responding to the wishes of the majority of the market and creating planning security for exhibiting companies and trade show attendees.

The next edition of DOMOTEX, the leading trade show for carpets and floor coverings, will take place in Hannover from 12 to 15 January 2023. The decision on the date in January 2023 was taken following intensive market discussions.

DOMOTEX will be a face-to-face event with additional digital offerings. This means that all participants will once again have the platform they have been longing for, for networking and to exchange ideas on a personal level. Exhibiting companies and trade show guests from all over the world will be able to exchange information on new products and current trends in the industry – both onsite and virtually.

High approval from market-relevant exhibitors and global brands
“With the new date of DOMOTEX in January 2023, we want to give the players in the carpet and floor coverings industry the greatest possible long-term planning security. We want to give our customers the opportunity to finally meet in person again, to be inspired and to forge new business relationships,” says Sonia Wedell-Castellano, Global Director DOMOTEX, Deutsche Messe AG, Hannover. “Having already had to cancel DOMOTEX twice due to the pandemic, we would have liked to give the industry its platform again this year. However, after intensive discussions with exhibiting companies, unfortunately a majority couldn’t be found for a late summer edition of DOMOTEX in September 2022. The preferred option of the entire market is to keep the usual date right at the beginning of the year.”

“It is particularly pleasing to see the approval already given by market-relevant exhibitors and global brands, who are eagerly awaiting the opportunity to finally meet the industry again,” says Wedell-Castellano. “Exhibiting companies and visitors can look forward to an extensive program with innovative ideas and digital offerings. To be able to meet the world of carpets and floor coverings live in Hannover again in January 2023 is a real highlight after all this time! We are looking forward to finally getting back on track with DOMOTEX in Hannover.”

Cotton Council International (CCI), along with the leadership of the U.S. cotton industry, held its annual Cotton Day in Mumbai, India, educating over 120 attendees on how U.S. cotton adds value for its partners in the Indian textile industry. This year’s event, held both virtual and in-person featured the theme “Your Partner for Prosperity”, bringing a fresh perspective from leading industry experts on how U.S. Cotton connects the textile community and is a trusted partner in the textile supply chain.

“Accountability and transparency are integral to the U.S. cotton industry’s values,” William Bettendorf, Director, COTTON USA Supply Chain & South Asia, CCI, said. “Both brands and consumers today are increasingly becoming more responsible in their sourcing strategies. Sustainability and transparency are the top priorities in our industry, and with a collaborative approach, we aim to add value for our partners.”

Peush Narang, CCI Country Representative-India and Sri Lanka, added, “The Indian textile industry is one of the largest industries in the country and has witnessed phenomenal growth in the last two decades in terms of installed spindles and yarn production. Technology-wise, the Indian spinning industry has been able to keep pace with international technology trends. Cotton has been the growth engine for Indian textile industry, and India has become one of the largest consumers of cotton, with about 22% of the world’s cotton consumption.”

 Cotton Day India 2022 featured eminent speakers and panelists from the U.S. Embassy, CCI, and cotton industry experts from the U.S. and UK, along with allied companies that support the industry with traceability solutions.

The event included insightful sessions on what the industry can do together to encourage partnerships and collaborative approaches for growth and prosperity. The event had sessions about the recent global cotton scenario, an update on Indian cotton, risk management, the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol® and how sustainability and transparency are defining future global supply chains. It also included the latest CCI updates and industry guidelines on how Indian textile mills could adopt COTTON USA SOLUTIONS best practices to help increase profitability.

Marc Lewkowitz, President & CEO of Supima, shared key updates on the Supima licensing program. Jane Singer, Managing Director of Inside Fashion also spoke about trends in the global fashion industry.

Despite daily reports of global supply chain issues, Loepfe Brothers Ltd. rise above market uncertainty to continue exceeding customer expectations.

Positioning themselves for future growth, Loepfe have made several key strategic moves to allow them to continue their mission to champion customer-centricity. Loepfe report that committed customer orders are being delivered on time, making them a reliable partner within the very uncertain business environment. Loepfe consider transparent communication and their collaborative approach with all the involved parties as main success factors.

Delays in international sourcing has been the downfall for many market players, however, Loepfe are committed to sourcing with a future vision to ensure that customer expectations can still be met. Clearing sourcing bottlenecks, holding increased stocks, and building closer working relationships with both new and existing suppliers, as well as customers, has allowed them to gain additional business against a challenging procurement backdrop. Also, strengthening relationships with transport partners and increasing the use of air freight has helped Loepfe fulfil their commitments.

Further, Loepfe’s broad product range has played a crucial part. With more complete product families, they have the flexibility to use multiple products to fit the needs of the customer. The respective product components are sourced independently from long-standing suppliers, and product production runs in parallel thanks to successful recruitment and new employment models. Swiss-made hardware quality along with the offering of software updates give products greater longevity and the ability to adapt to changing demands.

However, all these initiatives have come with higher cost pressure and increased capacities and have required a great level of dedication and flexibility from every individual in the Loepfe team and its partners. In an ever-changing landscape they recognize there is no room for complacency and remain committed to evolving their processes to ensure customer satisfaction. Dr. Ralph Mennicke, CEO of Loepfe Brothers Ltd. said: “We are delighted we have been able to fulfil our commitments to customers, old and new. We are constantly looking for innovative ways to retain our strong position. There are many pressures in the market right now, and our strong position has required a great deal of foresight, dedication, and troubleshooting. While full availability of all components in our complex sensor products cannot be taken for granted nowadays, we are making the utmost efforts to ensure transparency to our partners and to find solutions along the way that meet our customers’ needs. I’m grateful to every individual in our team who has helped to make this happen. We remain committed to our long-standing clients and look forward to welcoming even more new customers into the Loepfe world.”