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Hyosung TNC commercializes bio-based spandex


South Korean company Hyosung TNC reports success in extracting spandex from corn and commercializing the world’s first bio-based spandex. The bio-derived material, Creora bio-based, uses a natural material extracted from corn instead of coal. The material is certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and received the Eco Product Mark, ...

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    Archroma takes over Textile Effects business from Huntsman


    The Swiss chemical solutions company Archroma (part of the U.S.-based investment firm SK Capital Partners) has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Textile Effects business from Huntsman Corporation. Huntsman Textile Effects was in the OIC news lately for its new PFC-free water repellent.

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    Adidas supplier NTX closes $200 million funding round


    The textile technology company NTX, based in Singapore and Shanghai, has completed the funding of nearly $200 million in a C2 financing round led by Centurium Capital, with additional contributions from existing shareholder NRL Capital. Index Capital served as the exclusive financial advisor. According to a company release, the funding ...

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    Strong start of the Functional Fabric Fair in New York


    Functional Fabric Fair New York – powered by Performance Days® is a trade-exclusive event showcasing the latest trends in fabric development for the functional textile industry and provides a suitable marketplace in the U.S. for sourcing high-performance functional fabrics and accessories. On July 19-20, for the first time in three ...

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    Pádel meets domotics


    Smart Padel Automation has established a (non-exclusive) partnership with Playtomic to deliver a package of services that could render pádel clubs all but automatic and relieve them of the need for staff.

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    Coats acquires Texon


    Coats Group, a U.K.-based manufacturer of industrial yarns, has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Texon, a supplier of components and materials for footwear, accessories and apparel for Nike, Adidas and other brands, for an enterprise value of $237 million and a total cash value of $211 million after deductions ...

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    The Lycra Company announces new ownership


    A group of financial institutions, including Lindeman Asia and Lindeman Partners Asset Management, has assumed full capital control of The Lycra Company.

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    YKK adds WaveOn to its software partner’s list for Touchlink fasteners


    YKK has announced that the California-based software service provider WaveOn is joining its network of software partners supporting the YKK’s Touchlink fasteners enabled with Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. WaveOn looks to combine its software with the Touchlink hardware to help brand customers create a digital access point that can ...

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    Stella will produce more in Indonesia

    2022-03-21T07:18:00+00:00By Eugenio Di Maria

    While starting up its new shoe manufacturing facility in Solo, Indonesia, Stella International Holdings Limited is already planning to add a second factory to make 15 million pairs a year in the country, following a $120 million investment from its largest client, which represented 34 percent of its revenues last ...

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    China’s worst Covid outbreak since Wuhan is the next threat to the supply chain

    2022-03-18T10:51:00+00:00By Wolfgang Greiner, Jo Beckendorff

    Even before the initial problems caused by the pandemic could be solved, the war in Ukraine created new ones. And now, despite all precautions, the Omicron BA mutant of Covid-19 is spreading rapidly in China. The epicenter of infection was the northeastern province of Jilin, on the border with North ...

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    Yue Yuen turns around despite a volatile operating environment

    2022-03-16T17:23:00+00:00By Bob McGee

    The annual net income of the world’s largest maker of athletic, casual and outdoor footwear hit $115.1 million in 2021 against a loss of $90.8 million in the prior year. Yue Yuen made an operating profit (Ebit) of $175.4 million for the year against an operating loss of $51.4 million, ...

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    A Partial Farewell Note from Eugenio “Gene” Di Maria


    Dear Subscribers, I wish to inform you that this is the last Newsletter being published under my own signature. I am finally retiring as Chief Editor of SGI Europe, which remains the main information service of EDM Publications, the company that I founded in 1989, after a long career in ...

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    Haushofer is named ISPO project director, reporting to Gröber


    The Covid pandemic has been responsible for the fact that we have not been able to meet in person at any ISPO trade show for almost two years, and the situation has been particularly challenging for the trade show organizers. In the wake of the many cancellations and digital substitutes, ...

  • Inflationary pressures are mounting across the board


    Sports brands have already started to charge slightly higher prices on selected products, privileging limited editions and premium or novel product releases. The price increases have been a logical response to a situation where the available demand is outstripping the demand, especially because of high Covid vaccination rates, coupled with ...

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    Nick Brown passes on ownership of Nikwax and Páramo to employees


    After 45 years as their owner and founder, Nick Brown has handed over control over Nikwax and Páramo on Feb. 1 to his employees on three continents at the age of 67 by selling the company to a newly formed Employee Ownership Trust.


    WFSGI looks back on a positive year


    At its annual general assembly, which is usually held at this time of the year before the ISPO Munich show, the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) reported on a successful closing of the year 2021, with positive financial results and the addition of new staff, eight new ...

  • Nice Footwear posts positive results despite headwinds

    2022-01-31T09:03:00+00:00By Giovanni Vegezzi

    Nice Footwear, an Italian producer of mass and premium sneakers for international brands that went public Nov. 18, announced ”substantially positive” first-half results despite the negative impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and rising shipping costs and duties. In the six month ended Oct. 30, 2021, the Italian footwear group reported ...

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    OR’s organizers release a report on B2B trade shows


    Emerald Holding, the New York-based organizer of the Outdoor Retailer (OR) trade shows and others, has released its first research report about the exhibitors’ and visitors’ changing expectations that are influencing and shaping the future of the business-to-business (B2B) events industry. The report will be published annually in the future, ...


    Gore fabrics get Global Recycled Standard certification


    The Gore fabrics division, part of W.L. Gore & Associates, has achieved full compliance with the Global Recycled Standard (GRS) certification for its production sites in Germany and China. GRS is an international, voluntary product standard (issued by the nonprofit organization Textile Exchange) that sets requirements for the certification of ...

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    Polygiene acquires another British antimicrobial additive business


    Polygiene has entered into an agreement to acquire the SteriTouch business of Radical Materials, a U.K.-based company, founded in 2003, that is also operating with the product ranges Konduct, Scopic and Steritype. Its SteriTouch range consists primarily of antimicrobial additives for plastics, paints, coatings, silicone, rubber and textiles. The largest ...

  • Lockdowns affect Shenzhou’s sport apparel production


    Shenzhou International, a major Chinese sports apparel manufacturer that works for Nike, Adidas and other brands, announced that all its factories in the Beilun district of Ningbo City have resumed production after temporary Covid lockdowns were lifted by local authorities. However, the factory closures in the region and others have ...

  • Stella International grows by 44.9%


    A sales increase in consolidated revenues of 44.9 percent to $405.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2021 is expected to lead to an increase of 35.6 percent to around $1.5 billion for the full financial year, said Stella International, thanks to a continued recovery in orders for its shoe ...

  • IMG veteran joins Fanatics for its international development


    Fanatics has appointed Matthew Primack as senior vice president of international development. Based in London, he will responsible for the acquisition of new rights, reporting to Gary Gertzog, Fanatics’ president of business affairs. Primack has been work for IMG Licensing for 14 years, most recently as senior vice president, providing ...

  • Covid cut Messe München’s revenues by €400m in 2020 and 2021


    Messe München, the organizer of the ISPO trade shows, says it lost about €400 million in revenues over the past two years because of the Covid pandemic, but it is optimistic about this year, which will see 54 directly managed events being held inside and outside Germany, particularly in the ...

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    StockX is reportedly working on its IPO


    StockX, the fast-growing auction platform for heritage sneakers and other collectibles, has started working on a public offering with Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs, said Bloomberg, quoting “people with knowledge of the matter.” The report, which could not be confirmed, comes a couple of months after StockX announced its first ...

  • More manufacturing offsets a drop in retail at Yue Yuen


    In releasing its monthly revenues, Yue Yuen said it finished the 2021 calendar year with an increase of just 1.1 percent in total revenues to $8,533.4 billion, with a drop of 2.1 percent in December. Calculations indicate that the group’s shoe and components manufacturing operations booked a sales increase of ...

  • Oeko-Tex introduces ‘impact calculator’ for textile companies


    After about two years of development, Oeko-Tex has produced an “impact calculator” with which textile and leather companies can track their CO2 emissions and water use and share the data with customers, investors, business partners or others. It is available to customers of STeP by Oeko-Tex. Later this year, moreover, ...

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    Mojo Vision partners with sports apps


    Mojo Vision, a provider of smart contact lenses based in California, has established partnerships with five connected-fitness platforms: Adidas Running, the German sportswear company’s digital-tracking division; Trailforks, a trail-mapping service for cyclists and hikers; Wearable X, provider of smart haptic fitness apparel; Slopes, an iOS, Android and Apple Watch app ...

  • Li & Fung teams up with Maersk


    Li & Fung, the leading Hong Kong-based sourcing company, and Maersk, the world’s largest container shipping company, have agreed to form a strategic partnership to offer a more comprehensive range of end-to-end global supply chain services by utilizing their respective resources.

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    New business plan for Polygiene


    The board of directors and the management of Polygiene, the Swedish ingredient brand supplier, have set new financial targets for the 5-year period from 2022 to 2026. According to the new business plan, Polygiene should achieve net sales of more than SEK 1 billion (€98.6 million) and an Ebit ...

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    FIFA unveils a new commercial partnership structure


    Brands will be able for the first time to take up dedicated partnerships with FIFA around women’s football and esports/gaming. The international governing body for football said the new range of partnership packages “will provide more options and flexibility for companies to connect with global football and the biggest cultural ...

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    ISPO will hold an online “trend festival” in January and February


    ISPO has announced the Trend Festival 2022, scheduled from Jan. 17 to Feb. 18, 2022, to celebrate the most innovative products, newcomers and important trends in the sporting goods and outdoor industry. After the strategic move of ISPO Munich’s dates from late January to its permanent new date in ...

  • More concentration in the German media market


    Accelerated by the Covid pandemic, which has reduced the sports brands’ budget for national B2B advertising, the number of German retailer-oriented trade publications operating in the German sporting goods market has been cut from three to one over a span of just five years. The Ebner Media Group (EMG) has ...

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    The Kapsul neck protector becomes an ingredient brand


    Kapsul Tech has started to market its neck protection device, rebranded as Kapsul, as an ingredient brand. The Canadian company is promoting awareness for the neck as a vulnerable and poorly protected part of the body in a variety of sports, especially among younger athletes, who still have underdeveloped neck ...

  • Kingmaker posts a negative gross margin due to Covid


    The mandatory payment of minimum wages to factory workers idled by the Covid pandemic caused Kingmaker to post a negative gross margin for the first half of its fiscal year ended Sept. 30, leading it to report a net loss of 15.5 million Hong Kong dollars (€1.8m-$2.0m) compared with a ...

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    Experts discuss textile recycling options at a meeting hosted by Lycra


    In a second global panel discussion hosted by The Lycra Company, 28 industry experts evaluated the pros and cons of mechanical recycling versus chemical recycling and what is needed to make garment recycling a commercially viable reality. The panelists agreed that chemical recycling is a more promising technology than mechanical ...

  • Rudholm Group acquires Euro Brand Management for sustainable packaging


    The Rudholm Group (RH), a Swedish-based supplier of garment accessories, packaging and logistical services for apparel producers, has taken over Euro Brand Management (EBM), a Munich-based company specializing in sustainable packaging and supply chain management solutions in all the segments of the footwear market. Founded in 1951 by the eponymous ...

  • Pusu teams up with Spinnova for more sustainable skis


    A five-year-old Finnish manufacturer of skis and snowboards, Pusu, has decided to partner with Spinnova, using its sustainable fibers to replace carbon and glass fiber as a durable, composite reinforcement material to go with wood. The company has already started pre-selling the first model of skis made with Spinnova for ...

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    Cancelled functional fabrics show in Munich goes virtual again


    The physical edition of Performance Days – initially planned for Dec. 1 and 2 – had to be cancelled at short notice due to the current sharp rise in Covid infections in Munich. Like already in May, the winter edition of the show will be moved entirely into the digital ...

  • Google develops geographic fiber-tracking tool


    Google has added a tool to its Google Earth Engine to gauge fibers by their geographic effects on the environment (air pollution, biodiversity, greenhouse gas emissions, effects on forestry, water use, etc.) and thereby guide textile brands to reduce the carbon emissions of their raw materials procurement. Developed in partnership ...

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    OrthoLite launches new sustainable insole technologies


    Addressing the rising demand for more sustainable insole solutions from its customers, U.S. brand OrthoLite is putting its plans announced earlier this year into action, introducing two new sole technologies that elevate the total eco content of the insoles to 57 percent and 50 percent, respectively. The new soles, called ...

  • Sentryc helps Oeko-Tex to track thousands of piracy cases over the internet


    In a move intended to protect its trademark from infringements on the eve of Black Friday and the Christmas shopping season, Oeko-Tex has revealed a partnership with a Berlin-based software firm, Sentryc, whose AI-based cloud solution scans more than 120 international online marketplaces and all the social media for product ...

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    ISPO Munich is moved to November


    After discussions with hundreds of exhibitors and retailers, Messe München decided to cancel next January’s edition of the ISPO Munich show and to set new dates for that fair and OutDoor by ISPO, making them coincide with the beginning of the ordering cycle for the two main seasons. It described ...

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