We use cookies to improve your browsing experience. If you continue, we'll assume that you are happy to accept cookies from our website. You can change your browser's cookie settings at any time. To find out more about how we use cookies and how to manage your browser settings read our cookies policy.
Textile Outlook International
Issue 127:
January-February 2007

Product Overview
Buy this Report now
Buy this Issue now
Download brochure (PDF)
Download price list (PDF)

Price list download

Please choose your preferred currency:
Request sample issue
View list of reports
in other issues

Reports in this issue
Editorial: World Fibre Production--Another Leap Forward
Profile of Oxford Industries (9 pages)
Developments in Textile Colorants (24 pages)
Sourcing Apparel from India (55 pages)
World markets for textile machinery: part 3 -- finishing, January-February 2007 (17 pages)
Profile of KappAhl: A Nordic Fashion Retailer With a Distinct Product Concept (10 pages)

Multi Report Package
We also offer a flexible subscription product, the Multi Report Package, which allows you to select your own choice of reports from our full range, to suit your own budget.
Click here for full details.

Developments in Textile Colorants

Buy 'Developments in Textile Colorants' now 24 pages, published in Issue 127, January-February 2007  
Report price: Euro 395.00; US$ 520.00  

Textile colorants consist of dyes and pigments for the coloration of yarns, fabrics and garments. These colorants are applied either by dyeing or by printing. In recent times, there have been a number of advances in textile printing equipment, mainly in digital printing methods. For example, digital printing is the fastest growing system of all textile printing processes. Between 2000 and 2005, the output of digital printed textiles increased by 300%. Some industry experts believe that digital printing could account for 10% of the entire textile printing sector by the early part of the next decade.

Innovations in printing and dyeing technology have led to a number of changes in the textile colorants sector, including shorter production times, smaller batch sizes, lower production costs and improved manufacturing efficiencies.

Also, in the past, dyers and printers have found it especially difficult to colour certain types of fibres—especially those made from synthetic materials such as polypropylene, and fibres which naturally consist of keratin, such as wool or fur. However, these types of fibres can be treated with plasma gas before dyeing to help the dyes to bond to the substrate. In printing, new ink equipment such as valve-jet systems—which are available on J Zimmer Maschinenbau’s ChromoJet 400 and 1200—enables images or designs to be printed on to wool or fur without loose fibres blocking up ink dispersion nozzles.

Perhaps one of the strongest drivers for change is pressure for dyeing and printing methods to become more environmentally friendly. The process of electrochemical dyeing—which reduces chemical waste and decreases water wastage—won an award for research and development in 2006.

In dyeing, key technological advances include: non-aqueous dyeing systems such as supercritical carbon dioxide (CO2) dyeing; the use of ionic liquids; electrochemical dyeing; cationisation; and plasma gas treatment.

Digital technology offers opportunities for companies to measure and monitor colours better during dyeing through the implementation of integrated colour management software packages. Netherlands-based Stork Prints, for example, has developed its own colour control concept to integrate the whole process.

Buy this Report now Buy this Issue (127) now Subscribe
Related Reports  
Product Overview   

Six times a year, Textile Outlook International provides up to 200 pages of expert comment and analysis. A subscription provides an overview of the global fibre, textile and apparel industries. It is essential reading for senior executives in the fibre, textile and apparel industries – and for anyone who is not involved in the industry, but needs to quickly gain an understanding of the key issues.
Reports in Textile Outlook International include:
 country profiles – providing a comprehensive guide to the textile and clothing industries in a range of countries and regions. The reports include an economic and political profile together with a comprehensive overview of the main issues, plus an outlook for the future.
 company profiles – giving you the opportunity to learn from strategies employed by others. Companies profiled recently include retailers, manufacturers, innovators and sourcing companies involved in textiles and apparel as well as smaller companies which illustrate the opportunities for firms which are interested in selected sourcing locations.
 trends in world textile and apparel trade and production – taking into account current issues facing the industry – such as global fibre prices; competition from China and other low cost countries; the elimination of quotas and imposition of selective new ones; relocation of production operations; the impact of economic factors affecting trade; international trade agreements; trade promotion agreements (TPAs); and much more.
 trends in EU and US imports of textiles and clothing – providing comprehensive statistical data and analysis of the top ten supplying countries to the EU and US markets. These reports are updated each year and contain value and volume data as well as average prices and analyses of trends for up to 15 product categories.
 innovations, technological developments, business development opportunities, individual sector analysis and political implications which affect players in the global fibre, textile and apparel industries. Some of the topics which have been covered in recent reports include: new innovations in the textile and clothing industry, such as environmentally friendly textiles, plant based fibres, and developments in textile colorants; innovations in textile machinery; and overviews of the European swimwear, hosiery and lingerie markets.
So whether you are involved in fibres, textiles or clothing – in manufacturing, spinning, weaving, knitting, sewing, import/export, retailing – or if you are in education or consultancy or investment or finance, a subscription to Textile Outlook International will tell you what you need to know about the key trends in the industry.
Textile Outlook International is available on subscription – either in printed format only, or in printed and electronic format. If you choose the printed only option, you will receive 6 printed publications a year, containing a total of 30 reports plus editorials written by Robin Anson, our editorial director and in-house industry expert.
Electronic supplement
If you choose the printed and electronic option, you will receive an extra service. You will still receive each issue in printed format, delivered to you by traditional post.

In addition, you will be able to download PDF files containing the same information – but the PDF files will be available immediately on publication, so you don’t have to wait for the printing and mailing. You also have all the benefits of electronic files: instant access even when you are away from the office; convenient storage in your PC or laptop; portability; electronic search facility; and copy/paste facility.

This is what our customers say:
"The quality of your reports is very high"
(The British Textile Technology Group (BTTG))