Messe Frankfurt intensifies its textile-related involvement in Africa

Morocco, Ethiopia and South Africa: Network comprises the most important textile regions in Africa

First Ethiopia, then South Africa and shortly Morocco: Messe Frankfurt is expanding its portfolio of textile trade fairs on the African continent. With its forthcoming cooperation with the two trade fairs Maroc in Mode and Maroc Sourcing, the global market leader for textile trade fairs is expanding its presence in North West Africa. “In the future, our network will extend across important textile regions in Africa and encompass the leading trade fairs on the emerging continent,” explained Olaf Schmidt, vice president Textiles & Textile Technologies at Messe Frankfurt. “With our commitment to Ethiopia, South Africa and, in future, Morocco, we have created excellent conditions to support the positive developments in Africa’s textile industry”.

Demographic change, increasing urbanization and shifts in economic forces – these global developments are promoting the growth of the African economy and having a significant impact on the textile industry. According to the UN Economic Report on Africa 2017, Africa has the fastest growing population. The current population of around 1.2 billion people will more than double by 2050. The number of working people on the African continent is also increasing rapidly. The largest working population (1.1 billion) in the world is predicted to be in Africa by 2034. These demographic changes are causing personal and business consumption to increase sharply, and this will primarily benefit regional economic markets.

Morocco: Maroc in Mode & Maroc Sourcing
Morocco in particular offers great potential for the clothing trade: Morocco’s proximity to important fashion markets such as the EU and the USA, various free trade agreements and a recent economic growth rate of 4 percent (between 2010 and 2015, Nachrichten für den Außenhandel, NfA, 19 January 2017) create a secure business climate. The Maroc in Fashion and Maroc Sourcing trade fairs, which have been in existence since 2014, currently showcase around 120 exhibitors from Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Turkey, China and a number of Western European countries. The extensive product portfolio inspires with its strong expertise in fashion. The trade fairs are regarded as a hotspot for fast fashion and not only present fashion, denim, lingerie and knitwear, but also sports and casual wear, workwear and accessories. Messe Frankfurt will agree on a cooperation with AMITH (Association Marocaine des Industries du Textile et de l’Habillement), the organiser of the event, for the next edition. The trade fair will take place on 26-27 October 2017 at the Exhibition Park Hassan Circuit in Marrakesh.

South Africa: Source Africa & ATF Expo
South Africa is the continent’s strongest economic power and one of the largest consumer markets. The country has the most powerful retail sector and is the best networked of all African countries. This international networking and its regional free trade agreements make South Africa an important hub for trade with other African countries as well as neighboring Pacific countries such as the Arabian Peninsula and India.

With the recently approved takeover of the Source Africa and ATF fairs, Messe Frankfurt is driving the exchange between international and regional buyers, manufacturers and suppliers in this region. Source Africa was founded in 2014 as a trade fair for African producers of fabrics, accessories, clothing, shoes and leather items. It appeals not only to African trade buyers but also to international manufacturers of clothing and fashion. The fifth edition of the fair will take place on 20-21 June 2018 at the International Convention Center (CTICC) in Cape Town. ATF Expo will open its doors at the same venue from 21 to 23 November 2017. Ever since 1998, this trade fair has offered an internationally-oriented product range of fabrics, clothing, shoes, leather goods and accessories as well as services for a predominantly local and regional purchasing community.

Ethiopia: successful start for Texworld, Apparel Sourcing and Texprocess
In eastern Africa, Ethiopia has developed into an attractive contract manufacturing country for clothing and leather goods thanks to the government’s strategy of focusing on light industry. Ethiopia also benefits from free trade agreements such as AGOA that are aimed at promoting the African economy. With the Africa Sourcing and Fashion Week (ASFW), Messe Frankfurt has had a strong partner at its side ever since the latest edition in October 2017. Offshoots of the three trade fair brands Texworld, Apparel Sourcing and Texprocess were integrated into the Africa Sourcing & Fashion Week for the first time. It is a sourcing platform for mainly European and US fashion companies. The seventh edition brought together around 200 international exhibitors from 25 countries in Addis Ababa’s Millennium Hall. Clothing fabrics, contract manufacturing, fashion and accessories were exhibited as well as machinery for contract manufacturing, CAD/CAM systems, printers, printing inks and accessories. In addition, the trade fair also impressed visitors with a fashion show, a series of lectures, a trend section and a matchmaking platform.

Messe Frankfurt: A strong presence in global textile markets
With a portfolio of over 50 international textile trade fairs, Messe Frankfurt is the global market leader in trade fairs for the textile industry. In 2016, around 19,500 exhibitors and approx. 477,000 visitors came to the events in Europe, North America and Asia. With the name Texpertise Network, the textile event offer of Messe Frankfurt covers the entire value creation chain – from apparel fabrics and fashion to home and contract textiles, technical textiles and the processing and care of textiles. The trade fairs include the successful brands Texworld, Apparel Sourcing, Ethical Fashion Show, Greenshowroom, Intertextile, Yarn Expo, Leatherworld, Emitex, Avantex, Avanprint, Heimtextil, Intertextile Home Textiles, Interior Lifestyle, Home Textiles Sourcing, Techtextil, Texprocess, Simatex, Confemaq and Texcare.


TNC Global and Radici Group Signs Agreement

TNC Global of Greensboro, NC and The Radici Comfort Fibres Business Area, part of Radici Group Italy, are pleased to announce the signing of a distribution agreement for the US and Canada.

TNC will be responsible for both Nylon and Polyester fiber and filament yarn products.  In the past the polyester products have been identified as “Noyfil”.  Going forward Nylon and Polyester both will be referred to as “Radici” products.

Joey Fields, Global Business Director of TNC, says, “We are enthusiastic about working with such an estimable company in Radici.  They can supply numerous specialty products that fit right in with our core customer base and for other companies that we don’t work with yet.  Radici has offered full commitment to the US and Canadian markets and have promised their best talent for engineering specific yarns for TNC and our customers.”

According to Marco De Silvestri, Marketing Director at Radici Radici Comfort Fibres business Area, “the decision to appoint TNC as Distributor for US and Canada is part of Radici’s strategy to offer to these key markets the due level of service; we know the professionalism of TNC and are very confident they will be a real partner for both us and our American customers”

For more details contact:
TNC Global
Tel: 336-668-7060
Joey Fields


New report: “Spunbonded and Spunmelt Nonwoven Polypropylene World Capacities,

“Spunbonded and Spunmelt Nonwoven Polypropylene World Capacities, Supply/Demand, Manufacturing Economics and Profitability 2012, 2017 – 2022”

Price Hanna Consultants LLC, a management consulting firm whose principals have specialized in the nonwoven products, hygiene absorbent products and related fields, worldwide, for more than 35 years, has published a new report which provides comprehensive global and regional market information on spunbonded and spunmelt nonwoven polypropylene manufacturing costs and profitability, demand and capacities through 2022. The report provides detailed information on capacity by producer, country, line, and technology and beam configuration and compares regional and global supply to demand. The report is of value to companies at all levels of the spunbonded and spunmelt nonwoven polypropylene value chain to enhance their understanding of capacities, comparative producer costs and profitability and regional and global supply/demand. The report is available for immediate delivery in hard copy or electronic PDF.

From 2012 to 2017, 38 production lines with an annual nameplate capacity of 15,000 tonnes or more were commissioned around the world totaling more than 678,000 tons of nameplate capacity. During this period, 16 new producers began using this nonwoven technology worldwide. Between 2018 and 2022, 409,500 tonnes of nameplate capacity will be commissioned globally and even more is likely to be installed. This capacity will serve growing demand in emerging and developed markets, increase the availability of light weight, high strength spunbonded and spunmelt nonwovens and enhance the cost-of-manufacture position of producers. This large increment of capacity will affect regional capacity utilization and challenge the continued operation of early generation technology.

The report provides a detailed forecast and analysis of supply, demand and machine utilization each year from 2017 – 2022 in each global region. Demand for polypropylene spunbonded nonwovens is growing at attractive rates in some regions and less so in others. Capacity utilization will be uneven among global regions and producers. Hygiene demand continues to dominate consumption in this technology segment. Demand growth is driven by the increasing market penetration and a variety of other factors. Positioning of new plants in India, Africa and throughout the Asia-Pacific region illustrates demand growth in these locations. Several major factors influence producer profitability around the world, including raw material costs, supply/demand imbalances, increasing use of modern, low-cost technology, emergence of new global and regional producers, shifts in merchant market versus captive demand, producer consolidation and restructuring. Many spunbonded polypropylene producers struggle with profitability, while others are performing well. In some regions, capacity rationalization has occurred as new technology is commissioned. Modern, advanced technology has been, and will continue to be, installed.  Newer technology will take share from older, less productive units of capacity to supply the hygiene market. Older technology will be used to supply non-hygiene markets and generally operate at lower utilization rates until retired.

The Price Hanna Consultants study provides significant new findings on the following topics:

  • Perspective on regional and global capacity development from 2012-2022 and estimates of supply/demand by global region for each year from 2017-2022.
  • Estimates of imports and exports by region and their impact on regional capacity utilization.
  • Analysis of regional output capacity capable of supplying modern hygiene end uses by individual machine and in total by producer and region as compared to regional demand.
  • Cost-of-manufacture estimates for selected leading regional producers using the latest generation technology based on estimates of Q3 2017 polypropylene costs.

To obtain a detailed prospectus for this study, please contact:

Price Hanna Consultants LLC
603 Fairway Drive, West Chester, PA  19382
Tel:  610-793-1500
Fax:  610-793-1415

Kurskhimvolokno starts up new Trützschler extrusion lines for industrial yarn

Within the frame of a strategic company modernization program, Kurskhimvolokno, a major Russian player in the polyamide industrial yarn industry, recently increased its capacity by more than 30%. Trützschler Switzerland had been selected again to implement the project. This repeat order of a larger number of Trützschler’s symTTec spinning positions confirms the long-term and successful cooperation between the two companies.

The industrial and technical yarns of the new extrusion lines fulfill the requirements of various high demanding end applications such as tire cord. The yarn’s tenacity can reach 88-90 cN/tex, the production runs smoothly with very high efficiency. The high quality of the product enables Kurskhimvolokno to strengthen its market share and to acquire new customers in Russia and abroad.

About Kurskhimvolokno
Kurskhimvolokno Ltd is a leading Russian company in the market of manmade fibers. It provides numerous enterprises in Russia and worldwide with a wide range of industrial yarn for high-tech applications like tyre cord, industrial fabrics, ropes, conveying belts and other technical products. Kurskhimvolokno is integrated in the OJSC KuibyshevAzot Group of companies, the biggest producer of caprolactam and nylon chips in Russia and one of the leaders in the market of chemicals in the word.

About Trützschler
With about 3000 employees, Trützschler is one of the world’s leading textile machinery manufacturer. Trützschler specializes in machines, installations and accessories for spinning preparation, the nonwovens and manmade fiber industry. The headquarters of the more than 125 year old company is located in Mönchengladbach, Germany. Sites in Germany, USA, Brazil, India, China and Switzerland, as well as a number of service centers, provide customer proximity in the important textile processing areas.

Since November 2012 Trützschler Man-Made Fibers in Switzerland is bundling decades of experience in development, design and construction of spinning lines for carpet (BCF) as well as industrial yarns.

For more information:
Kurskhimvolokno Ltd

Trützschler Nonwovens & Man-Made Fibers GmbH
Marc Wolpers
Managing Director Sales
Tel: +49 (0)6103 401 195

INDA Rebrands “Nonwovens” to “Engineered Material Solutions”  

New Tagline Better Defines the Dynamic Technology-Based Industry to Attract Young Talent

INDA has launched a rebranding initiative to strengthen recognition of the nonwovens industry as a stand-alone, vibrant, attractive sector for up-and-coming professionals to help companies recruit new talent, and also to lay the foundation for fairer treatment in tariff and trade areas.

To better reflect the dynamic, technology-based nature of the industry, INDA has launched a new tagline of “Advancing Engineered Material Solutions,” which appears under its logo.

In addition to the tagline, the initiative includes a video that positions “nonwovens” as “engineered materials” and highlights the breadth of nonwoven applications; a new Academic Outreach Initiative to attract young talent to the industry; and is working with EDANA, the European nonwovens association, to secure approval for a new definition of nonwovens through the International Standards Organization (ISO).

“These three initiatives are critical to ensure our industry is properly recognized, attractive to newcomers and defined as being independent from textiles to enable fair tariff treatment,” said INDA President Dave Rousse.

Refined Definition More Clearly States What Industry Is About 

This growing global industry produces high-performing versatile products that cost-effectively deliver features such as acoustic insulation, thermal protection, absorbency, filtering, liquid repellency, or flame retardancy that solve many problems. Examples include diapers, absorbent hygiene products, surgical drapes, cleaning wipes, automotive parts, and liquid and air filters, among many others that are essential to daily living.

“Our industry has traditionally defined itself by what it is not – which is a woven, knitted or converted product,” Rousse said. “Some of our members are adopting more modern phrases to describe themselves, including engineered materials, performance materials and fiber-based specialty materials.  We support this language refinement as we try to distinguish ourselves from textiles and instantly connect with those not familiar with our business.”

Connecting with Up-and-Comers

Recognizing that young new talent is critical to sustain its growth, the association is positioning the industry in a new, dynamic way so people instantly understand what it does.

“The term ‘engineered materials’ is a far more comprehensible concept to provide the clarity needed to connect with today’s up-and-coming professionals,” he said.

The tagline was developed as part of the Academic Outreach Initiative led by INDA’s new Assistant Director of Career Services. The initiative supports members recruiting on college campuses by providing information on what the industry does, the products it produces or contributes to, the prospects for continued growth, jobs in it, and potential hiring companies.

Video and Standard Rework       

Along with the new tagline, INDA produced a one-minute video ( that conveys the contemporary, forward-looking nature of the industry in a manner that appeals to young professionals.

A third component of the rebranding of nonwovens is the soon-to-be-changed official ISO definition of nonwovens in the IS that forms the basis of the Harmonized System of tariffs and underpins trade agreements. The current ISO definition states that nonwovens are “structures of textile materials.”  The proposed new definition calls nonwovens “primarily fibrous assemblies,” a more general approach that enables tariff treatment separate from that of textiles.

About INDA

INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, serves hundreds of member companies in the nonwovens/engineered fabrics industry in global commerce. Since 1968, INDA events have helped members connect, learn, innovate, and develop their businesses. INDA educational courses, market data, test methods, consultancy, and issue advocacy help members succeed by providing them the information they need to better plan and execute their business strategies. For more information,, or download the INDA mobile app for immediate updates.