Future of cotton

Future of cotton

Future of cotton and textile sales in the world

Prices of cotton have kept on the same range since October, 2015 with stocks at high levels, which will continue influencing on prices. However, it is the first time in 5 years that the worldwide production will not cover the total demand, which will decrease the total stock slightly, but the total demand of production for this fiber is not high enough to affect the price.

The main producer of cotton nowadays is India, and worldwide, cotton represents only a third part of the textile that is consumed. In Europe, synthetic fibers are still representing a 4% total of the textile consumption.

“Cotton is the main fiber to produce denim, which is used to manufacture garments which are more popular each day, the low price of cotton can be helpful to offer more competitive prices to our customers”, said Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal, president of Grupo Denim, an enterprise dedicated to manufacture garments mainly made of denim.

The demands of the emerging economies in Asia is still strong, but the growth rate is diminishing significantly, plus some tensions on the Chinese market, such as the falling on competitiveness of cotton costs are causing a regrowth of business risks on this sector. On the more developed economies, the Europeans are slowly going back to buy confection, while that in North America, this sector is growing up significantly.

In North America, the cotton production is the third more important in the world, and it is actually facing a deceleration to the Chinese demand linked to the importation restrictions. United States used to be one of the main providers for China.

In Canada, the sectorial risk needs to be watched, the slowdown of energetic investments is affecting the economy and the increasing rate of unemployment is starting to cause tensions on the household incomes, which might mean reducing the amount of money destined to clothes expenses.

“There are different factors that are causing a deceleration on the demand of textiles, and clothes; however, this is nothing more than a batch as many more we had seen or will have to go through in the future on this industry”, added Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal.

Mexico’s government and the textile sector

textile sector

How is Mexico’s government driving the textile sector?

Mexico’s economy has a positive influence thanks to the textile sector, which activity generates profits and thousands of job sources for Mexican people each year, the government is aware of this and it is why they are searching new ways to promote innovation, financing and a better level of competency on this sector.

“The textile sector has been a very important part of the economy, so it is excellent news to see how the Mexican government is working already to make the textile and clothing sectors to be more productive”, thinks Salomón Juan Marcos Villarreal, a Mexican entrepreneur and current president of Grupo Denim, a jeans manufacturer in this country.

Mexico’s government has announced the three main axes that will help them driving the textile sector to a different level, by supporting the quality, innovation and competitiveness; customs measures against the unfair competition and new financing products for the entrepreneurs on this sector, everything in order to make the textile sector increase in Mexico.

The government has also announced that Hidalgo will be the first benefited state.

Among the changes proposed by the government against the unfair competition, they will implement new measurements on prices for raw materials, the new sectoral register for the clothing and textile sectors and the pilot program about tariff issues.

The textile sector will also see other positive changes such as the hedging program for cotton purchasing, as well as reinforcement of the financing scheme to internationalize the textile products.

“Textile industry has suffered illegal trades that damage the established companies, so hopefully these new changes and measurements will help to disappear these illegal practices, which will benefit the textile companies, who are constantly creating more jobs which benefits the Mexican families”, added Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal.

Embroidery trends

Embroidery trends

Embroidery trends for apparel industry

Embroidery decorations are never out of fashion, we see jeans with embroideries on hip pockets, watch pockets, pick stitch along the out seam, etc…

All manufacturers in the apparel industry are always looking for new embroidery techniques, digitizing or even 3D embroidery. Here are the steps to follow when developing a new embroidery design:

  • PDF Artwork of the embroidery design
  • Digitize the design on the computer
  • Cut denim or any other fabric mock ups, a hip pocket for example.
  • Embroider the mock up in order to confirm the stitches are correctly set as per as the needed specifications.

Embroidery threads need to meet the embroidery machine capacities, tex 24 is the most common thread to be used in so many singular colors, multi colors, metallic, etc..

In the present, some of the brands are combining embroideries & heat transfers designs, the truth is that this trend is still present on each fashion seasons, more or less, but every jean has an embroiderer design on it.

Grupo Denim, as a leader manufacturing industry located in Gomez Palacio, Durango, Mexico, is always looking for new and more sophisticated embroidery machines in order to accomplish its customer’s needs that are showing an increase on their fashion jeans sales; therefore, more embroidery capacity is needed. “Even a 5 pocket jean takes an embroidery now, so embroidery is always on trend, Rock 47 by Wrangler is a brand that takes a lot of embroidery, so on every season we are seeing new designs, we are glad and proud to work with our partners’ designers by working as a one team only, and they have come with such a great ideas that makes every season so successful in sales, we start with a minimum order and our customers always come back to place an extra purchase order”, said Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal, president of Grupo Denim.

Clothing using infrared technology

Clothing using infrared technology

Clothing using infrared technology, introduced by Invista

Invista is introducing “Thermolite Infrared” technology, a solar activated technology that allows the garments to heat when they are exposed to the sun.

According to Invista, the Thermolite Infrared technology is made from a new products pallet developed by the Thermolite Pro brand. The techonology is activated by the sun or artificial light sources, thanks to its exclusively yarns that absorbs the NIR rays to increase the temperature of the garments.

The fiber technology gives insulation and reduces heat loss helping its performance, even in cold temeperatures. The performance is constant and lasts during the life of the garment. The warming properties are designed to dry the garments faster than traditional technologies. This dry timing means that in case of the garment gets wet when wearing it, the body heat can be used to stay warm instead of helping the garment to dry, this gives more protection when the weather is extremely cold.

According to Huw Williams, Invista’s global leader for sportswear and outdoor, the consumers will enjoy the new and innovated benefits, while meeting the most high standard levels of quality and performance. The first market to enjoy this new Thermolite Infrared technology is going to be the outdoor market, with insulation for jackets, gloves, caps and sleeping bags. Others will be announced late 2016.

Salomon Juan Marcos, president of Grupo Denim, is looking forward to start new projects using this new technology, they have worked fire resistant clothing in the past, and are very familiar to handle Invista fabrics. “One of our best partners is working on a new jacket design, we are very excited to venture in this kind of products, we have worked Invista fabrics before and we have a dedicated production area that is assigned for this project, we are here to innovate for them” said Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal.

Sustainable textiles

Sustainable textiles and their importance

Sustainable textiles and their importance for the environmental care

Textile industry started on XXI century and it has suffered some major changes since then, biology, microelectronics and nanotechnology has made it possible for manufacturers to incorporate new process with natural fibers in order to get sustainable textiles that are very important to take care of the environment.

These sustainable textiles being considered now for multiple uses and not only for clothing, as it makes an important contribution to decrease global warming, because of the biodegradability they have, as natural fibers can biodegrade in months.

“New times have new demands and being complete aware of the importance of environmental care is vital to be able to conserve our world as we know it” was the opinion of Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal, in regards to this topic.

Consumers are also more conscious about the importance of caring for environment and are starting to look for garments made of sustainable textiles, as they are comfortable, and look very similar to any other textile, the only negative side they find is the high prices they might reach at the market due to the newest technologies being used to create textiles with natural or regenerated fibers.

Textile products produce enough sources of work for more than 40 million workers around the world, so textile producers are working to get the new technologies and machinery that will help them create sustainable materials by offering competitive prices and taking care of the environment at the same time.

“It is very important to protect the environment from all possible sides, it is very exciting to see how sustainable items are getting stronger, that means awareness of the value of making changes today to take care of our planet”, added Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal, president of Grupo Denim.