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Silicone inks for superior performance printing

Silicones have been widely accepted as environment friendly chemistry for textile application for quite a few decades now. Its use as a softener on different textile substrates is not only because of the unique handle it provides but also because of its durable and safe environmental profile that now a very significant majority of apparels globally is finished with silicones. In garment printing silicones have traditionally been used as additives in inks to improve the handle or performance of organic inks, Silicones by itself have not been used for printing as the performance especially handle on the garment of...

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Five factors that affect fabric consumption

It has been established over time that including all the costs related to the production of a garment, the cost of the fabric is the highest. As much as about 70 per cent of the expenditures of apparel production have been dedicated to the cost of raw material which includes fabric and trims. It would not be wrong to say that by controlling the raw material costs, one can substantially decrease the investment cost for a company, thereby directly affecting its profits. Logically, the cost of raw material can be controlled if we monitored the fabric consumption and utilization....

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SGS holistic solution for managing Zero discharge for textile and footwear industry

The textile industry is considered one of the most chemical intensive industries in the world. Approximately 9.3 mn tonnes of chemicals are used annually for the global production of textile products. Many of these chemicals will end up in the products to achieve the desired colour, effects and functionalities. However, if they are used inappropriately or ineffectively, they would be discharged from the factories, posing global environmental concerns. The inappropriate use of chemicals is the key issue. This problem boils down to the limited knowledge in upstream chemical management, limited knowledge about input chemicals, ineffective risk identification and lack...

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With textile facing saturation Option is diversification into MMFs

Much has been said and written about the dire need to make our textiles and clothing (T and C) sector globally competitive in the manmade fibre (MMF) segment. This is because our presence in the MMF-based garment segment is very limited, notwithstanding the enormous scope. Moreover, the usage of synthetic fibre is more than that of cotton which is the prevailing practice worldwide. The ratio is 60:40, whereas in India it is 43:57. The government recognises this stark reality, but has not initiated appropriate action in this regard. The 2017-18 budgets have provided no duty reliefs for MMFs. That...

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Artificial intelligence in the apparel industry

When compared to 2016, there has been a 300 per cent growth in investments in Artificial Intelligence capabilities development in 2017 globally, as predicted by Forrester Research. An IDC research has predicted that the AI market will become worth more than $47 bn in 2020 growing from an $8 bn market in 2016. We have seen science fictions portraying artificial intelligence as robots and near-human characters. But if you google the definition of AI, it says “programmes or systems that are designed to perform tasks requiring human intelligence: From visual perceptions, speech recognition, and language translations, decisionmaking to autonomous...

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